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Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - Day 16

Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - #10

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.

#10 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2003)

 

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms: Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2, PC
GameZone Review – 9.6

 

When gaming needed an evolution of gameplay for the adventure genre, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was there to answer the calling. When gamers were in dire need for beautiful animations, thoughtful artwork and fantastic camerawork, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was there too.

Any way you phrase it, the end result is the same. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time helped push the Xbox, GameCube and PlayStation 2 forward with intelligent game design, clever puzzles and responsive controls. 

Never one to shy away from great story telling, Jordan Mechner, the writer and game designer behind the title, assembled an adventure that, suffice it to say, was extraordinary until the bitter end. The villain of the story, the Vizier, was more than adequate enough to keep gamers interested in extracting the Prince’s revenge.

Don’t mistake Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time as a story-heavy title. Yes, the storyline grabbed hold of the gamer and the characterizations of the Prince, Vizier, and Farah were memorable, but the Sands of Time was a simple story that had a sweeping narrative of vengeance; undoubtedly, though, the main attraction was the superb gameplay. 

Running across walls and performing acrobatic flips to new heights was the reason why gamers were instantly hooked. From beginning till the end, The Sands of Time was a gorgeous game to see in motion. The character art stood out above the rest of the sequels due to the personality that Mechner and the development team provided for The Sands of Time.

Add in the wonderful time-manipulation and breathtaking environments, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was a 'Tour de France' of gaming excellence. 

“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a cornucopia of gameplay goodness,” Louis Bedigian, 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.
#11 - Halo: Combat Evolved. See the story here.

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You better be ready to sneak around the battlefield with our #9 Game of the Decade.

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