Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) – Day 10

Top 25 Games of the Decade
(2000-2009) #16

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.

#16
The Sims (2000)


Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Maxis


GameZone Review
– 9.0

 

If there is one game that the whole
family can enjoy together on our list, it would have to be The Sims.

Almost everyone – and I mean
everyone – has played or at least seen The Sims in action. It was a milestone
game that set the PC charts on fire and had the industry in a craze on how to
capitalize on Maxis and EA’s success – in other words, make clones.

The Sims also showed that the female
gamer audience can actually be a viable market to cater towards. The Sims is the
best-selling PC game of all time and it is for good reason that it resides at
the top.

 

Creating a virtual family within a
world that had no repercussions for failures or mistakes, The Sims was a home
away for home for millions of gamers worldwide.

Providing a lot of worthwhile
memories that are most likely shared amongst gamers who had similar experiences,
The Sims was one of the first games that provided laughs when our character
urinated in their pants since we forgot to tell them to go to the bathroom.

A classic still to this day, The
Sims is a title that time will not forget.

“It is compelling, addictive,
fun, frustrating, well-designed and intriguing,” Michael Lafferty,

GameZone
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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.
#17 – Bioshock. See the story
here.

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Get ready for an extreme sports
title that sneaks its way onto our list at #15.