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Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - Day 23

Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - #3

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.

#3 World of Warcraft (2004)

 

Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Platforms: PC
GameZone Review: 9.1

 

A no-brainer on any top of the decade list, World of Warcraft was a star that burned bright and continues to burn bright for the latter half of the decade.

Blizzard created a MMO for everyone; it was simple to play and understand to the point that the entire family could play along and go questing together with no complications. This could be perceived as a negative from the perspective of a hardcore MMOer, but alas, the gaming industry needs to take advantage of any chance it can to expand its audience to new demographics.

 

With a certain level of personality due to the artwork, World of Warcraft’s look is classic and unique. Having breathtaking environments to traverse with a different style of detail, World of Warcraft needn’t realism but a great sense of character to set itself apart.

Having the pleasant addition of incredibly background music to set the mood, each area felt distinctively different. The world that Blizzard created invited gamers in and had them losing track of time instantly. World of Warcraft was an addicting game that required several weeks of rehabilitation to even remove the mere thought of playing it again.

Before you know it, World of Warcraft will be passing its ten year mark and continue on proving itself as the most successful MMO ever.

“World of Warcraft is a wonderful-looking title that is accessible and will definitely appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers,” 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.
#4 Deus Ex (2000). See the story here.

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Asking someone to get out of their car will never be viewed the same again in our #2 Game of the Decade

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