Top 25 Games of the Decade (2000-2009) – Day 4

Top 25 Games of the Decade
(2000-2009) – #22

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.

Guitar Hero (2005)

Publisher: Red Octane
Harmonix Music Systems
Platforms: PlayStation 2

GameZone Review:


“It’s depressing to have a label
come and tell you that [Guitar Hero] is how kids are learning about music and
experiencing music,” said The White Stripes singer-guitarist Jack White at press
conference for the “It Might Get Wild” documentary. 

“You think of the drum part that
John Bonham did on Led Zeppelin’s first track on the first album, ‘Good Times
Bad Times’,” said legendary guitarist Jimmy Page. "How many drummers in the
world can play that part, let alone on Christmas morning?" 

When famous rock stars are “lashing
out” against a video-game, then it’s apparent that said video-game has some pull
within the media and music scene. This said game is Guitar Hero and it has been
a rollercoaster of a ride for the gaming industry since its release. 

Selling more than 25 million units
worldwide, the franchise is now up there with Madden NFL, Mario, and Halo as one
of the top-selling series of all time. Guitar Hero alone sold more than 2
million units on the PlayStation 2. It kick started the music genre and a
revolution with plastic peripherals. 

As one of the most popular party
games to hit the consoles, Guitar Hero brought the arcades home with its
interactivity. Without it, gamers would not be head banging in their living
rooms with their ma and pops while they use Star Power and specializing in

Rock on gamers …Rock on. No longer
do you have to perform your best attempt at an air guitar at a party.

“If there is even a little rocker
in you, you will want this game. It is a concept brilliantly conceived and well
Lafferty, GameZone

 Previously announced …

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Stick around GameZone as tomorrow we
will reveal a chart-topping title as the #21 game of the decade.