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Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - Day 7

Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - #19

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.

#19 Final Fantasy X (2001)

Publisher: Square
Developer: Square
Platforms: PlayStation 2

GameZone Review: 9.5


Final Fantasy X helped kick off the decade as Square delivered on its promise with a glorious role-playing game that was one for the ages.

Paving way to the introduction of a memorable cast consisting of: Tidus, Yuna, Auron, Wakka, Kimahri and Rikku, Final Fantasy X had more than enough characters that gamers could attach themselves to. Yuna and Rikku even starred in Final Fantasy X-2, the first direct sequel to any Final Fantasy title.

Graphically, Final Fantasy X set the bar high for the PlayStation 2 and still holds up to this day as a visual masterpiece for the platform. The character models, cinematics, environments and art work were all extraordinary. Tetsuya Nomura helped start the inclination for leather clad and zipper-loving characters with Final Fantasy X.

Story driven and much more complex than it’s often given credit for, Final Fantasy X is an oddity that tended to avoid the typical clichés and break new ground. It stands head and toe above a majority Japanese-RPGs that have hit the western shores of the U.S in the past decade.

“Once you've had a taste of the exquisite beauty, solid battle system, and intelligent story and character development, you may never be able to accept less,” The Badger, 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.

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Another stunning work of art from 2001 will be revealed tomorrow as our #18 Game of the Decade.

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