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

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

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.

#22 Guitar Hero (2005)

Publisher: Red Octane
Developer:
Harmonix Music Systems
Platforms: PlayStation 2

GameZone Review: 9.2

 

“It’s depressing to have a label come and tell you that [Guitar Hero] is how kids are learning about music and experiencing music,” said The White Stripes singer-guitarist Jack White at press conference for the “It Might Get Wild” documentary. 

“You think of the drum part that John Bonham did on Led Zeppelin's first track on the first album, ‘Good Times Bad Times’,” said legendary guitarist Jimmy Page. "How many drummers in the world can play that part, let alone on Christmas morning?" 

When famous rock stars are “lashing out” against a video-game, then it’s apparent that said video-game has some pull within the media and music scene. This said game is Guitar Hero and it has been a rollercoaster of a ride for the gaming industry since its release. 

Selling more than 25 million units worldwide, the franchise is now up there with Madden NFL, Mario, and Halo as one of the top-selling series of all time. Guitar Hero alone sold more than 2 million units on the PlayStation 2. It kick started the music genre and a revolution with plastic peripherals. 

As one of the most popular party games to hit the consoles, Guitar Hero brought the arcades home with its interactivity. Without it, gamers would not be head banging in their living rooms with their ma and pops while they use Star Power and specializing in hammer-ons. 

Rock on gamers …Rock on. No longer do you have to perform your best attempt at an air guitar at a party.

“If there is even a little rocker in you, you will want this game. It is a concept brilliantly conceived and well executed,” 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.

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Stick around GameZone as tomorrow we will reveal a chart-topping title as the #21 game of the decade.

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