As the old saying goes, third time is the charm. Well, for these video game series, the third completed the charm. So I have been playing video games since I was a kid and ever since the turn of the millennium, I have been living a dream. We have got some really amazing games since 2000. So here are the top 10 trilogies released since the year 2000.
The games on this list are all related to each other. Games like GTA and Assassin’s Creed are not included in this list as these games are not directly related to each other. Also, some of the games spawned further sequels. However, all these games able to stand alone as a trilogy. So without further ado, let’s get down to business-
10) Metroid Prime Trilogy-
The first game came out in 2002 and established the series as a great sci-fi shooter game. Released for Nintendo, we return as our favorite bounty hunter, Samus Aran to stop the Phazon from spreading. To complicate matters, Phazon takes the form of Dark Samus. All in all, the series was an amazing sci-fi game series. The series evolved with time and the plot was carried over sublimely from one game to another.
9) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Trilogy-
Love it or hate it, you just can’t deny the fact that this series had tons of cool moments. Yes, the AI felt weak at times and nearly all the games felt the same. However, you just cannot not binge play these games. This series gave us really memorable moments like the nuclear holocaust and the taking down of the Eiffel Tower. With a memorable cast of Price, Soap, Yuri etc., the games were more of an action movie than a FPS game
8) Max Payne Series-
Max Payne was the first cult classic shooter game delivered by Rockstar. The dark and gritty tale it told was an instant hit with fans and critics alike. The brooding and damaged hero Max was shown as, was a stroke of genius. The subsequent games all picked up where the last one left. By the end of Max Payne 3, we all know Max’s complete story and boy it was a piece of art.
7) Gears of War Trilogy-
Well, I am glad that we don’t live on the fictional planet of Sera where these games are set. The first three games follow the fight for survival of humanity against the locusts, led by Marcus Fenix. The action sequences were awesome, setting was superb and the battles epic. With each subsequent game making the future of humanity look bleaker, it was super satisfying to finish the last game in the trilogy. With the series getting a 4th installment soon, it will be interesting to see where the story goes next since the locusts arc was finished off in the third game.
6) Dead Space Trilogy-
EA and Visceral Games rose to the occasion when they realized that the Resident Evil series had gone stale. Boy did they rise spectacularly. The Dead Space series easily displaced Resident Evil as the Survival Horror game series. We stepped into the shoes of Isaac, a mechanic stranded on a space station filled with the undead. The story slowly graduated from a single space ship to an entire planet in the last game and increment was sweet. The story evolved and by the end of the series, you would have to have a heart of stone if you didn’t feel for Isaac. This was the perfect trilogy for the horror survival genre. With Dead Space 4 announced, let us see where we go next now that the Issac and necromancer arc is finished. Or is it?
5) Halo Series (1st Three Games)-
For me, Halo is the game that launched the Xbox. This trilogy had nearly everything in it. A perfect Sci-Fi plot, a great protagonist and a superb antagonist. For quite a long period, this trilogy was at the epitome of everything done right in a futuristic setting game. Playing as Master Chief was tons of fun. The alien Covenant and the parasitic flood were compelling foes and made it one of the greatest soap operas ever. I don’t know why the makers decided to ruin everything by releasing a new trilogy and a couple of spin offs.
4) Bioshock Trilogy-
This trilogy by 2K games deserves a movie trilogy. All the three games had top notch storylines, amazing characters and over the top setting. Rapture in the first two games was beautiful as well as grim at the same time. The Big Daddies and Little Sisters were the excellent frienimes. The villain and the ending twists were mind numbing to say the least. Bioshock Infinite had pretty much everything from the previous games except it had a much more vibrant setting of Colombia. The game felt completely unrelated and more of a spin off till the very end. At the end, when all the tangled story yarns came together to form one big picture, it was spectacular to say the least. This is what top notch writing looks like.
3) God of War trilogy-
This was the defining PlayStation title for quite a long period of time. The game allowed us to play as Kratos on his way to a bloody revenge against the Gods of Olympus. The game had tons of gore and violence, but that didn’t take away the fact that it was an amazing series. With each game, the plot and the characters evolved more and more until the end when we had our last bloody battle with Zeus. This game had stunning graphics and smooth gameplay to complement the amazing plot it had. With God of War 4 coming out next year to give the series a soft reboot, it will be interesting to see what happens next.
2) Uncharted 1, 2 & 3-
If Lara Croft is the queen of archaeologists, then Nathan Drake is their unquestioned king. When Naughty Dogs and Sony gave us the Uncharted series, we knew we were going to fall in love with this action adventure genre again. All three games had a superb storyline, gorgeous locations and a stellar gameplay. The story got more exciting with each passing game and by the end of the third game, we knew that the gaming world had found its Indiana Jones. The final installment of the series, Uncharted 4 came out earlier this year, but the first three games are a complete trilogy in themselves. Hence, they have a place on this list.
1) Mass Effect Series-
Was there any doubt about the top pick? The Mass Effect trilogy has been the best trilogy to have come out so far. From the opening scene of the first game to the closing scene of the last one, this series was awesome. Playing as Commander Shepard, this was a soap opera fleshed out to its fullest. The best part about this RPG series was that it allowed us to carry forward our choices from the previous games. These decisions and choices affected the game as well and the ending, boy it was spectacular. With rumors coming out that there wlll be a Mass Effect 4, I am really excited about what happened to the crew of Normandy and where they go next.
So these are my top 10 picks of the greatest gaming trilogies of this millennium so far. Are you satisfied with the list? Did we miss out any? What are your top picks? Do let us know in the comments section below.