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

Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - #1

GameZone names its top title in 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.

#1 Resident Evil 4 (2005)

 

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Production Studio 4
Platforms:
GameCube, PlayStation 2, PC (2007), Wii (2007)
GameZone Review: 9.7


Capcom did the unthinkable; they were able to continue forward and improve the Resident Evil series with every installment. From the original Resident Evil to Resident Evil: Code Veronica for the Dreamcast, Capcom took all that they knew and went back to the drawing board for Resident Evil 4.

As immersive as any video game could be, Resident Evil 4 is now the standard for all third-person shooters and action titles. The over-the-shoulder camera has set a precedent that the entire industry is following or emulating in their various ways.

Leon Kennedy, the protagonist of Resident Evil 4, broke through as one of the leading characters from the decade that gamers could root for. His voice-acting was top notch, as was a majority of the dialogue provided throughout the story.

The care that was placed into creating a dazzling world to become a part of helped further the overall value of RE4. By the end of the game, there was a burning desire to jump back into the world and play through it all over again.

The boss battles and general action scenes were done to perfection. To go along with that, the character design was top notch – there was never a time where gamers were removed from the title to reflect on RE4 as a video game. Capcom created a believable world and it was easy for gamers to find themselves enthralled with the action on hand.

Resident Evil 4 was the best game of the decade and is one of the best of all time. This is simply a title that can’t be missed by anyone.

“Around every corner, after every simplistic puzzle, and before and after every boss battle is a new experience waiting to be had,” Louis Bedigian, 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.
#2 Grand Theft Auto III (2001).  See the story here.

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