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Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - Day 12

Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - #14

GameZone celebrates the end of a glorious decade of gaming

The end of the decade is upon us and it’s time to revisit the landscape of gaming that began in 2000 with the launching of the PlayStation 2 and is now ending in 2009 with three viable console platforms in the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

Over the next 25 days, GameZone will be bringing our readers the “Top 25 Games of the Decade.” Considering how many games released in the past ten years, it was an exhausting process to narrow down our initial list of more than 200 games to the top 25.

Factors that played a large part for titles that made the cut included: initial impact, lasting impact, longevity, “standing the test of time”, popularity, advancements in the genre, and much more.  It wasn’t easy picking and choosing between our favorite children, but we feel the games that made our list are representative of the decade that was.

#14 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003)

 

Publisher: LucasArts
Developer: BioWare
Platforms: Xbox, PC (2004)
GameZone Review – 9.5

When the Xbox was in need for an “AAA” title, BioWare answered the call. When LucasArts was in need for a developer to take their Star Wars franchise and create a critically acclaimed RPG with it, BioWare answered the call.

Whether they aligned themselves with the dark or light side, gamers jumped on board to experience the thrilling introduction to the Star Wars RPG series, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Developed for both the PC and Xbox, BioWare showcased their extraordinary talent with creating a wonderful RPG title with hidden turn-based combat.

As one of the only licensed video game to make our list, Knights of the Republic pushed the boundaries in several areas such as: storyline, character development, cunning twists, and party combat.

BioWare’s creation of the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Malak, was one of the primary reasons gamers stayed around to see how Knights of the Republic ended – he was a dastardly villain that joined the classic rogue’s gallery that BioWare is known for.

 

Beyond that, the rest of the cast is equally as brilliant. Bastila Shan, HK-47, Canderous Ordo, Jolee Bindo and many more helped keep gamers on their toes with thoughtful dialogue and stunning reactions to the decisions the gamer made within the game. Also, it should be noted that a developer can never go wrong when they add Ed Asner and Jennifer Hale to their voice-cast.

Any Star Wars media library without Star Wars: Knights of the Republic is an incomplete one.

A must have for any Star Wars or RPG fan,” Steven Hopper, GameZone.

Previously announced …

#25 – Shenmue II. Find the story here.
#24 – Counter-Strike. Find the story here.
#23 –
Gears of War. Find the story here.
#22 – Guitar Hero. Find the story here.
#21 – The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Find the story here.
#20 - Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec. Find the story here.
#19 - Final Fantasy X. See the story here.
#18 - Ico. See the story here.
#17 - Bioshock. See the story here.
#16 - The Sims. See the story here.
#15 - Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2. See the story here.

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Check back tomorrow to find out what “next-gen” shooter made the cut.

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