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Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - Day 19

Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - #7

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.

#7 God of War (2005)

 

Publisher: SCEA
Developer: SCEA Santa Monica
Platforms: PlayStation 2
GameZone Review: 9.7

 

“Leaving the rotting carcass of the hydra behind, Kratos set sail once more. His greatest challenge, and freedom from his growing madness lay before him, in the ancient city, of Athens.”

The greatest triumph of God of War was that it gave gamers exactly what they wanted: outstanding action and glorious violence. Creator David Jaffe was also able to do one of the hardest things in the video game industry - create a memorable character.

Kratos' journey is a troubled one that was worth every moment spent completing the single-player campaign. Fighting off the many heads of the Hydra, the boss battles are out of this world in brilliance as they capture the epic nature of Kratos’ mission.

The gameplay is simply to die for – just ask all the God of War clones who are trying to emulate (or depending on who you ask, imitate) the formula Jaffe helped start. Every action-adventure game released since God of War’s debut has, for one reason or another, been compared to SCEA’s award-winning title.

 

Not only was the gameplay pleasant, but the graphics and animations leapt off of the television and into the living room – God of War simply made gamers feel like they were living and breathing in the world of Kratos.

The combat system, with all its upgrades, kept gamers busy to the point they never were asking, “Is this all of what God of War has to offer?” There was something new to discover around every corner. 

Lastly, the orchestral score put gamers in the mood for this over-the-top hack and slash title. Without God of War, action-adventure titles wouldn’t have progressed as far as they have since its release.

“God of War is a phenomenal bit of storytelling, immersive and a truly incredible videogame in terms of graphics, sound and gameplay,” 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.
#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.
#9 Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence. See the story here.
#8  Metroid Prime (2002). See the story here.

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Say hello to a unique melee weapon when we reveal our #6 Game of the Decade

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