It's hard to believe but we are close to finishing the first decade of the 21st century. The past ten years have seen a ton of major changes to PC gaming. Naturally, games have taken quantum leaps in improving graphics, but the gameplay has also become more sophisticated, and the lines that define genres are becoming increasingly blurred. Massively multilayer online games exploded in popularity in the past ten years, changing the way we interact and think of being social. Perhaps the biggest change to hit PC gaming is the rise of digital download retail, which lets gamers purchase their games without ever leaving the comfort of their own home, or deal with the hassle of putting in a disc when they want to play.
In the midst of all this evolution came some of the best PC games ever made. 2000 to 2009 brought quite a few memorable games and many surprises. The team at Big Download has debated on which games were the best of the past ten years and have come up with a list of 26 games that have left a mark on gaming history. We know there will be lots of debate about what games we put in this list and in which position, but as usual you are free to debate our choices in our comments section. Click on the logo above to see our choices for the best PC games of the decade.Editor's Note: Big Download team members Steven Wong and James Murff contributed to the making of this feature.