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Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - Day 17

Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - #9

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.

#9 Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (2006)

Publisher: Konami
Developer: Kojima Productions
Platforms: PlayStation 2

GameZone Review: 10.0


In 2004, Konami and Kojima Productions released the popular Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. A year and a half later, they perfected the formula and fixed their mistakes by delivering Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, the enhanced version of the third entry in the series.

What exactly did Subsistence do right? Well, to start off, it included an improved camera and an online multiplayer mode. These two additions, coupled with the updated versions of Metal Gear and Metal Gear Solid 2, helped push Subsistence over the edge with longevity.

The addition of online gaming finally gave Metal Gear fans the ability to square off against their friends in capture-the-flag and deathmatch variations. The Metal Gear community responded positively and it was huge success for Kojima to introduce multiplayer to the previously single-player only franchise.


Giving gamers more control of the camera, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence was exactly what fans wanted – it delivered more freedom and fewer restrictions to create the perfect Metal Gear experience. As usual, the rest of the graphical features were fantastic with: impressive artwork, unique character models and exciting environments to traverse.

Keeping up with typical Kojima tradition, the cut scenes were beautifully shot. A cinematic title to the core, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is a must-have title for any gaming collection.

“Metal Gear Solid 3 was a fantastic game as it was, but with all the additions included in Subsistence just pushes it over the top,” Rob Watkins, 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.
#10 - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. See the story here.

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For our #8 Game of the Decade, Nintendo brought forth an evolution of one of their classic titles that made a huge impact in its genre.

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