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Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - Day 8

Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - #18

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.

#18 Ico (2001)

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Team Ico
Platforms: PlayStation 2

GameZone Review: 8.5

 

If there’s ever one game that ultimately defines the word “cult hit,” Ico would be it. It was an absolutely breathtaking title that did everything to earn the right to be called a masterpiece.

It broke away from the conventional way that video games were made and took a step away from the medium to transcend into the stratosphere as a piece of art. Pay no mind to other entertainment industries stating that video games are not art; if they were to take one look at the beautiful scenery and art style of Ico, they would undoubtedly change their mind in a flash.

 

For gamers who absolutely adore challenges and complicated puzzles, Ico went above and beyond what was expected for the time and gift-wrapped a powerful entry into the genre that makes everyone put on their thinking cap.

Even though it was a short escapade that didn’t require countless hours to fully complete the story, Ico is an ever-inviting video game that welcomes back gamers with warm arms as it’s a title that stands the test of time. Ico plainly is one of the most stunning games to have ever been released.

“ICO dared to break out of the mold of a typical console title, and in doing so has really raised the bar in the artistic aspects of game development,” 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.
#19 - Final Fantasy X. See the story here.

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Tomorrow we bring to you a game from 2007 that came out of nowhere and stole a lot of thunder from already established franchises.

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