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Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - Day 13

Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - #13

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.

#13 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)


Publisher: Activision
Developer: Infinity Ward
Platforms: Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3
GameZone Review: 9.6


Activision and Infinity Ward accomplished what the industry thought was impossible – they created a first-person shooter for the consoles that is on par in popularity with Microsoft’s Halo franchise.

How did they accomplish this difficult task? It’s simple. They moved away from the World War II theme and used a fictional modern approach that has drove gamers to having Call of Duty fever; a fever that they won’t be able to shake for a long time.

The online multiplayer components of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare excelled in the area that many developers didn’t figure out until after Infinity Ward capitalized on it – rewarding gamers for their skill and time. Leveling up and unlocking weapons served as a huge driving point for gamers sticking around and waiting in online lobbies for the next map to play on.

For gamers who were in need of a single-player campaign to enjoy, Modern Warfare pushed the pace to an extreme level and didn’t let up until the bitter end. The high quality campaign and the terrific multiplayer served as a delightful package for the ages.

Gamers will be speaking about Modern Warfare when they grow old and begin sentences with, “When I was your age ...” It’s a game that time and the gaming industry will never forget.

“CoD4 is the best in a long and storied franchise. This is next-gen gaming in every sense of the phrase,” Michael Lafferty, 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.
#14 - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. See the story here.

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Ever wanted to travel to outer space? Come back tomorrow to find out how you could do so with our #12 Game of the Decade.

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