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Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - Day 24

Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - #2

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.

#2 Grand Theft Auto III (2001)

 

Publisher: Rockstar Games
Developer: DMA Design
Platforms: PlayStation 2, PC (2002), Xbox (2003)
GameZone Review: 9.5

 

Controversial, notorious and one of the most popular franchises in all of gaming, Grand Theft Auto took to the headlines in 2001 with the release of Grand Theft Auto III.

Not only was Grand Theft Auto III a smash hit, but it’s still affecting gaming today. Even with the release of Grand Theft Auto IV and other competitors such as Saints Row 2, GTA III reigns supreme as the predecessor to the genre that laid the foundation for the entire decade.

As one of the most important video games of the past decade, Rockstar helped inspire the infatuation for sandbox titles. The overflow of sandbox titles that gave gamers the freedom to run around and do as they please was astonishingly high. Matter of fact, the tradition continues still to this day, almost 10 years later and hasn’t waned one bit. 

Containing a wide variety of missions and an aurally pleasing soundtrack, Grand Theft Auto III broke new ground back in 2001 and never looked back. If there was one game that affected gaming the most in the past decade, it would have to be Grand Theft Auto III. The only reason why it was placed as our second and not our first is that it seems that the sandbox genre is slowly losing its popularity and our #1 title helped push new boundaries in new areas that are currently being explored. 

But even with that considered, Grand Theft Auto III is among the best games of all time.

“Regardless on where your loyalties lie, always watch your back.  You’ll never know when a friend becomes an enemy,” John Wrentmore, 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.
#3 World of Warcraft (2004). See the story here.

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Here’s a hint for tomorrow’s #1 Game of the Decade: A new look at how zombies changed the face of gaming.

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