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Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - Day 22

Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - #4

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.

#4 Deus Ex (2000)


Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Developer: Ion Storm
Platforms: PC, PS2 (2002)
GameZone Review: 9.0

Blending genres, Deus Ex was a mesmerizing title that delivered so many innovations that the rest of the industry took almost the entire decade playing catch up.

Calling attention to the choices that the players make, Deus Ex was much more than a game – it was about providing a world of possibilities. With many possible solutions presented to the player, Deus Ex had enough replay value to supply several titles. The level of freedom compelled players to return for multiple playthroughs.

Emphasizing a concern for intelligent dialogue and a narrative worth playing through, Deus Ex was always in the mood for giving. It gave and it gave and it gave till the point it never stopped giving.

Combining a first-person shooter with a role-playing game, Deus Ex broke the ground for mixing and matching the best features of each genre. Having 11 different areas to customize their character, the player was able to determine the results for each and every playthrough.

Exploring the wide open environments was a pure joy that every gamer needs to experience for themselves. We can only pray that the third entry in the series lives up to the lofty expectations that the original set for hybrid gaming.

“Deus Ex is compelling, great to look at, and a whole lot of fun to play,” 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.
#7 God of War (2005). See the story here.
#6 Half-Life 2 (2004). See the story here.
5 Diablo II (2000).  See the story here.

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Whether playing with friends or a stranger, our #3 Game of the Decade opened up gaming to so many new demographics.

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