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Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - Day 6

Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - #20

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.

#20 Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (2001)


Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Polyphony Digital
Platforms: PlayStation 2


Kazunori Yamauchi, CEO of Polyphony Digital and creator of the Gran Turismo series, has assisted in developing one of the top-selling games of all time. Close to 15 million units sold on the PlayStation 2, Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec was a mythical entry into the racing genre.

As one of the few racing “killer apps” to still exist in present time, the Gran Turismo franchise is synonymous for greatness. It was a graphical masterpiece for its time that opened up eyes all around the world. The attention to detail, such as the tracks and surfaces of the cars, was among the reasons why gamers became hooked upon completing their first race.

Audio was on par with the graphics for the tremendous work Polyphony Digital put into it. Each and every car sounded exquisite; from AC Cobra to Mazda 787B, Gran Turismo 3 went above and beyond the bar for its technical prowess.

Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec is truly one of the best racers that has inspired a myriad of clones. A simulation racer to the core, Gran Turismo 3 took what its predecessors started and expanded on it in dozens of areas. Unfortunately, it did receive a downgrade in one area – the car count. But that is to be forgiven due to the tight controls and smooth handling that GT3: A-Spec employs.

For its time, GT3: A-Spec was a gargantuan project that succeeded critically and financially. Every simulation racing title that has been released in GT3: A-Spec’s wake has been compared in each and every area of concern.

A remarkable game that deserved all the accolades it received in 2001, Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec has justly earned its place in our Top 25 Games of the Decade.

 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.

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If you thought Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec was a huge release for the PlayStation 2, just wait until we reveal our #19 game tomorrow.

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