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Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - Day 5

Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - #21

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.

#21 The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002)

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer:
Bethesda Game Studios
Platforms: PC, Xbox
GameZone Review: 9.2

 A sprawling world that proved to be full of adventure, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind’s Vvardenfell was exciting to explore and discover.

Asking gamers to upgrade their gaming rig to the latest high-tech equipment, Morrowind was a graphical beast in 2002 and provided lush environments to traverse. Rich visuals, real-time weather effects, a day and night cycle, and flourishing foliage paved way for an all around beautiful game.

Impressive with its sheer scope, gamers could get lost for months on end within Morrowind. Whether it was adventuring through the faction quests or reading the in-game literature, Morrowind could steal the soul away from its audience in a heartbeat.

Comprising of more than a hundred hours of gameplay, Morrowind is a title that beckons for repeat playthroughs. Even upon a handful of completions, gamers most likely never saw all that Morrowind had to offer.

Without scaling enemy AI, Morrowind is hands-down the more popular title of the TES series. If developers are aspiring to create a western-RPG, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is the standard to draw from. 

The skill system made perfect sense for an RPG. The combat was entertaining to experiment with. And, beyond all, it was an enthusiastic look at what games could turn out to be in the future with open-ended gameplay.

“…it wowed gamers by offering a huge open-ended world, excellent graphics and stellar gameplay,” Steven Hopper, 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.

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Stick around GameZone as tomorrow we will reveal a chart-topping title as the #20 game of the decade.

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