Throughout gaming history, the UK has become one of the largest contributors to the gaming market. With thousands of UK-based games companies releasing titles every year we decided to look at the Top 10 Best British Video Games ever!
Top 10 British video games ever
10. Monument Valley
The popular mobile game Monument Valley saved the British games industry from falling behind many other countries whilst breaking records with over 26.1 million downloads in its first two years of release. Created by Ustwo, this puzzle game changed people’s perspectives on problem-solving and went on to win several awards for its gameplay and design.
9. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
The Tomb Raider game series was one of the first to have a playable female main character, paving the way for Lara Croft to be a cultural phenomenon. Tomb Raider served as an example of gaming evolution leading to many graphical iterations of Lara’s character and discussions over what it means to be a strong woman. It’s the game series that launched a franchise of subsequent movies, games, and merchandise and amassed a strong worldwide fan following.
RuneScape was one of the first MMORPG games to incorporate 3D graphics and a massive open world. RuneScape has been a treasure to the history of British games and its unique game design inspired many other games to be created in a similar fashion. Whilst RuneScape has arguably gone through a recent rough patch it’s still an enjoyable game developed by Jagex.
7. GoldenEye 007
If we asked you to name an iconic game from the 90s, no doubt GoldenEye 007 would be up there. One of the oldest British video games, it was considered a revolutionary form of first-person shooters (FPS) when it came out. With a fantastic story playing as James Bond stealthing and shooting through levels, this game became an instant fan favourite with high replayability.
6. Worms W.M.D
Worms W.M.D (or Weapons of Mass Destruction) is a brilliant team-based fighter game developed by Team17 back in 2016. It involves the player using their team of worms to eliminate the other teams using weird and wacky weapons. It’s a fantastic game that unusually is enjoyed amongst all generations.
5. Little Big Planet
Little Big Planet is a game where you play as a little stuffed plushie that travels through sticker and material worlds with the task to complete levels. However, it was the ability for players to create and share their own intricate and highly customised levels that really pushed this game to become such an instant hit.
4. Fable III
Fable III was the much-anticipated sequel to its predecessor and seemed to divide opinion. Players either absolutely loved it or loathed it to eternity. It was perhaps the behind the scenes drama and ambitious statements from its designer Peter Molyneux that got so many gamers excited. In a No Man’s Sky esque delivery, none of the promised functionality was included in the game, but that didn’t stop it being an enjoyable game with a surprising amount of heart.
3. Sniper Elite V2
Sniper Elite V2 brings back that gameplay feeling of accurately shooting enemies. Inside of Sniper Elite V2, released in 2005, is a World War 2 (WWII) shooter game where you play as Tom Clark-Hill an American OSS officer deployed into Berlin in 1945. It was the addition of new fun game mechanics such as the frame-by-frame photo mode, 16-player multiplayer, and zombie spin-offs that made this game super popular with players.
2. Total War: Rome II
The Total War franchise is one of the most popular strategy game series in British gaming history, with Total War: Rome II being the standout popular release. It’s a brilliant mix between history and fiction with the player being able to play multiple civilizations from the Roman Era. Players loved how entertaining and completely compulsive the gameplay and storyline proved to be and it became a staple in British video game history.
1. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Being one of the most iconic games that’s been produced in the GTA series, GTA: Vice City is one of the most memorable British video games to ever exist. Developed by Rockstar Games in October 2002, GTA: Vice City involves the player playing as Tommy Vercetti a criminal in Vice City. Back in 2002 the game was a global success and won many awards in its time, including Game of the Year. You’re lying if you say you’ve never played Vice City running around like a lunatic, causing as much havoc as possible to see if you can escape the impending police chase.
All of the games we’ve chosen have been a significant part of British game history. These games are huge fan followings and have been distinctly memorable for various reasons. The British games industry is a brilliant part of British history and has helped define the current standard of gaming all around the globe. Every game mentioned on this list is a great definition of the best British games and, of course, there is always an open market to get better.
Guest post by Lewis Wight from Ukie