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Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - Day 15

Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - #11

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.

#11 Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)


Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Bungie Studios
Platforms: Xbox, PC (2003)
GameZone Review: 9.5


It’s inevitable – you’ve heard of Halo. I’d even take the bet that your parents or grandparents have heard of Microsoft’s incredibly popular sci-fi shooter franchise. 

Debuting in 2001, Microsoft and Bungie Studios broke new ground for first-person shooters on the consoles with Halo: Combat Evolved. It brought friends and family together with its offline cooperative gameplay. Memories of The Library, a level of unfathomable repetition, are bound to be at the top of their thoughts.

Creating unforgettable characters such as The Master Chief, 343 Guilty Spark, Cortana, and Sergeant Johnson, Halo: Combat Evolved helped pave the way for a world full of endless possibilities that Microsoft is bound to explore, and has explored with Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo Wars and Halo 3: ODST. Some may even consider the Warthog, the entertaining off-road vehicle, a character in the series as Halo’s popularity is often attributed to its resounding success at capturing the audience’s attention.

Pushing the genre forward with two equipped weapons, incredibly diverse enemy AI, realistic physics, and a gameworld which gamers could get lost in instantaneously, Halo: Combat Evolved was undeniably one of the best games of the past decade. 

Sure, there are naysayers, but not even they could deny Halo: Combat Evolved’s immense popularity. It helped pave the way for first-person shooters to transition from PCs to the consoles, and with that, Halo: Combat Evolved is a precursor to what we know as gaming today.

“Halo did far more than justify to the gaming community that it was worth the wait - it became the veritable gem of the Xbox release,” The Badger, 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.
#13 - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. See the story here.
#12 - Super Mario Galaxy. See the story here.

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Tomorrow, be prepared to run across walls and rewind time with our #10 Game of the Decade.

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