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Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - Day 20

Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - #6

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.

#6 Half-Life 2 (2004)


Publisher: Sierra Entertainment, Valve Corporation
Developer: Valve Corporation
PC, Xbox (2005), Xbox 360 (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007)
GameZone Review: 9.5

If there’s one thing Half-Life 2 was able to convey better than any other first-person shooter it would be the perfect atmosphere alongside with the chilling mood it set. 

The Havok physics engine provided a huge boost with its modifications that were packaged in with the Source Engine. This fact alone gave Half-Life 2 one of the more robust weapons in recent memory - aptly titled the gravity gun.

The puzzles took advantage of both the in-game physics and gravity gun, so it was easy to take notice on why it was important for gaming. It turned any item in the game as a weapon that could be thrown or picked up.

We can’t forget the mysterious Gordon Freeman; he ranks up there with the best characters to have ever been created. While Half-Life 2 wasn’t exactly his unveiling, it did give gamers more insight on his story since Half-Life 2 is seen through his own eyes.

The gameplay variety helped set it apart from its competitors. Each and every memorable moment that Valve created will be in thoughts of its fans until they are in an old folk’s home – it’s that good. Valve once again took steps forward with innovation and has entered the stratosphere of gaming elites that many other developers wish and pray they could one day enter.

It was a six-year wait between installments and, oh boy, was it worth the wait. Half-Life 2 was a refinement of what made the original Half-Life so special. The gravity gun alone made Half-Life 2 an automatic entry in our Top 25 Games of the Decade.  

“Half-Life 2 is a game that truly lives up to it predecessor but adds even more to the heritage that is Half-Life,” Aceinet, 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.
#7 God of War (2005). See the story here.

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Tomorrow we will be entering into the Top 5 Games of the Decade. Our #5 entry assisted with launching the decade into the magnificent 10 years of gaming we have had thus far.

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