Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) – Day 23

Top 25 Games of the Decade
(2000-2009) #3

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.

World of Warcraft (2004)


Publisher: Blizzard
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Platforms: PC

GameZone Review:


A no-brainer on any top of the
decade list, World of Warcraft was a star that burned bright and continues to
burn bright for the latter half of the decade.

Blizzard created a MMO for everyone;
it was simple to play and understand to the point that the entire family could
play along and go questing together with no complications. This could be
perceived as a negative from the perspective of a hardcore MMOer, but alas, the
gaming industry needs to take advantage of any chance it can to expand its
audience to new demographics.


With a certain level of personality
due to the artwork, World of Warcraft’s look is classic and unique. Having
breathtaking environments to traverse with a different style of detail, World of
Warcraft needn’t realism but a great sense of character to set itself apart.

Having the pleasant addition of incredibly background music to set the mood,
each area felt distinctively different. The world that Blizzard created invited
gamers in and had them losing track of time instantly. World of Warcraft was an
addicting game that required several weeks of rehabilitation to even remove the
mere thought of playing it again.

Before you know it, World of Warcraft will be passing its ten year mark and
continue on proving itself as the most successful MMO ever.

“World of Warcraft is a
wonderful-looking title that is accessible and will definitely appeal to both
casual and hardcore gamers,” Michael Lafferty,


Previously announced …

#25 –
Shenmue II.
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#24 –
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#23 –
Gears of
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#21 –
The Elder
Scrolls III: Morrowind.
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#20 – Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec. Find the story
#19 – Final Fantasy X. See the story
#18 – Ico. See the story
#17 – Bioshock. See the story
#16 – The Sims. See the story
#15 – Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2. See the story
#14 – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. See the story
#13 – Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. See the story
#12 – Super Mario Galaxy. See the story
#11 – Halo: Combat Evolved. See the story
#10 – Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. See the story
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence.
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 Metroid Prime (2002). See the story
God of War (2005)
. See the story


Half-Life 2 (2004)
. See the story
Diablo II (2000).
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Deus Ex (2000).
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