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Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - Day 9

Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) - #17

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.

#17 Bioshock (2007)


Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: 2K Boston/2K Australia (2K Marin for PS3)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3 (2008)
GameZone Review: 9.5


“I am Andrew Ryan and I am here to ask you a question:
Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow?

No, says the man in Washington; it belongs to the poor.
No, says the man in the Vatican; it belongs to God.
No, says the man in Moscow; it belongs to everyone.

I rejected those answers. Instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose...Rapture.”  — Andrew Ryan 

Rapture was a fantastic and thrilling place to embark through. BioShock came out of nowhere in 2007 and stole the thunder from Microsoft’s Halo series and Activision’s Call of Duty series by winning a lot of Game of the Year awards.

The storyline was out of this world and the gameplay was to die for. Ken Levine, the writer and designer on the title, helped create a masterful world that provided memorable moments around every corner.

As a spiritual successor to the System Shock series, BioShock introduced gamers to the unforgettable Little Sisters and Big Daddies. It could be said that without the Little Sisters and Big Daddies, BioShock would have a huge hole in its soul. They literally brought Rapture alive.

Using a modified Unreal Engine 2.5 engine, BioShock is a title that will stand the test of time for its technical standards. The first time gamers had the opportunity to see the gorgeous water implemented in BioShock was the first time they should’ve realized they were in for a rollercoaster of a ride.

BioShock is one of the most atmospheric video games from the past 10 years and is not to be missed for any reason.

“A tour de force from start to finish, BioShock weaves an exciting plot with excellent gameplay and gorgeous graphics” 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.
#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.
#18 - Ico. See the story here.

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Come back tomorrow as we will be revealing a title that opened up the casual gaming market to a whole level.

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