What a decade it's been for gaming. The Noughties saw the release of no less than six new consoles, the rise of Microsoft as a serious industry player and the re-emergence of Nintendo as the dominant force. Yeah, it's been an incredible ten years of gaming goodness. But what lights have shined the brightest? What video games are destined to join the pantheon of the immortals? Here, in the final part of VideoGamer.com's mammoth Top 100 Games of the Noughties list, we tell you, counting down from 10 to 1. Like the best rollercoasters, there are peaks and troughs, nerve-shredding twists and turns, and a bit where you're really high up and wish you'd never got on the bloody thing in the first place. But hold on tight, weary video gamer, because by the time this ride ends, you'll know just how good the Noughties have been.

Games 20-11
Games 30-21
Games 40-31
Games 50-41
Games 60-51
Games 70-61
Games 80-71
Games 90-81
Games 100-91

10. Gears of War 2 - Xbox 360, 2008

If there's a single game that represents the pinnacle of co-operative action gaming, Gears of War 2 is it. The campaign is a breathtaking ride through some of the most glorious locations ever committed to DVD, the pacing is pitch perfect and the set-pieces are stunning. No cover-based shooter has nailed the mechanic as well as Epic did with Gears 2. Add to the campaign a superb competitive multiplayer component and the time-sapping Horde mode, and you have an action game with few equals. While Gears of War ushered in the Xbox 360 and PS3 generation, Gears 2 bettered the original in every way.

9. Modern Warfare 2 - Xbox 360, PS3, PC, 2009

You've probably heard of this one - and by now you're probably fed up of hearing about this one. Or maybe you're not, because at the moment roughly 75 per cent of the Earth's population is playing Modern Warfare 2. Okay, so that's a slight exaggeration, but the fact remains that there are a lot of people having an awful lot of fun with this game. The single player campaign is a bombastic triumph, and the co-op challenges offer a surprising degree of tactical depth, but it’s the ultra-addictive multiplayer that remains the jewel in Infinity Ward's crown. The revamped create-a-class system is one of the slickest mechanics in first-person shooter history: You'll still get destroyed by a whiny 11-year-old from Forkland, Alabama - but as you die, you'll say to yourself, "I did it my way".

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thpcplayer@ altaranga

i had already observed that, mate.
As of gta 4, i think it is at no. 5 because of episodic contents. i was really surprised not to seed left 4 dead on the list!
OMFG!
Posted 14:07 on 04 January 2010
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altaranga

Overall quite an interesting list. I did notice a few 'mistakes' in the list, though...

- Resident Evil 4 was also released on the PS2
- BioShock was an Xbox 360 exclusive ack in 2007.
- Prince of Persia: TSOT was also released on Gamecube, Gameboy Advance and PC.
- FIFA 10 was a multi platofrm release.
- Pro Evo 4 was also released on the PC.

Furthermore, there are a few inconsistencies between this list and the 2007, 2008 and 2009 GOTY lists.

2007
1. Halo 3 (Noughties #6)
Mass Effect 2 (Noughties #15)
The Orange Box (Not Comparable)
Modern Warfare (Noughties #14)
Bioshock (Noughties #26)
PGR4 (Did Not Feature)
Crackdown (Noughties #40)
Ratchet & Clank (Did Not Feature)
God of War 2 (Noughties #20)
Mario Galaxy (Noughties #4)
Most notable thing here is that Mario Galaxy is considered the fourth best game of the noughties but only just scraped into tenth place for 2007.

2008
Left 4 Dead (Did Not Feature)
Gears 2 (Noughties #10)
GTA4 (Noughties #5)
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 (Noughties #50)
Fable 2 (Noughties #23)
Fallout 3 (Noughties #13)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriot (Noughties #12)
Prince of Persia (Did Not Feature)
Dead Space (Noughties #83)
LittleBigPlanet (Noughties #81)
The VG GOTY 2008 doesn't even make it into the GOTN Top 100 list!!

2009
Modern Warfare 2 (Noughties #9)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Noughties #11)
Streetfighter 4 (Noughties #18)
Forza 3 (Noughties #17)
Left 4 Dead 2 (Noughties #19)
Assassin's Creed 2 (Noughties #85)
Killzone 2 (Noughties #87)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Noughties #86)
Football Manager Live (Did Not Feature)
GTA: Chinatown Wars (Noughties #90)
The most easy to compare with the noughties, because they seem to follow the same(ish) levels of importance. Interestingly FM Live did not make the GOTN list, and yet GTA:CW did.
Posted 13:08 on 04 January 2010
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timbubbles

cant disagree with most of this list tbh but maybe, for me anyway's, id have had cod:mw1 ahead of 2, and half life 2 would have been top 3.

but it also reminded me of some great games i haven't played un ages so it'll be fun to revisit them!
Posted 12:38 on 01 January 2010
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II@ strickers66

I agree, it is by far the most over rated game this gen.

Sunshine was better...
Posted 10:27 on 31 December 2009
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strickers66

Gears should not be above the superior Uncharted 2 but for me,and I know it's not a popular view,Mario Galaxy wouldn't make my top 50.I think it's the most over rated game this gen.If you don't love Mario,it's really not that great.I prefer Super Mario Bros Wii by some margin.
Posted 08:29 on 31 December 2009
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VideoGameMan636

I've never heard of the last one either. Maybe I suck or something. :S
Posted 03:24 on 31 December 2009
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Bloodstorm@ Woffls

Spot on about GOW2.
Posted 22:59 on 30 December 2009
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Ashinator

I thought Assassin's Creed could have been pushed up the list a bit more, I would have thought it would beat Mario Kart.
Posted 22:31 on 30 December 2009
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jakeistheman

love this set(also i dont have to smash my halo1 disk).SOTC is certainly a worthy winner, i never finished it though.
Posted 21:56 on 30 December 2009
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SexyJams

Never even really known about Shadow of the Colossus, so I can't argue,
but does Halo 3 and Resi 4 deserve to be ahead of some fo the other games?
Made me really want to buy Gears 2 though.
Posted 21:15 on 30 December 2009
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chelskiboy247@ Woffls

I know what you mean, but Gears 2 is still one of my favourite games. And the multiplayer search times and connection quality is lot better now, although it still isn't great.
Posted 20:28 on 30 December 2009
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Woffls

Gears 2 in the top 10? Seriously? That game's online was nigh on broken, and the single player was just Gears 1 with some set pieces and more *****ty vehicle sections. In my opinion it shouldn't be anywhere near the top 10.

MGS4 is a bold move, but I respect that more than choosing MGS3 which actually, y'know, sucks :P
Posted 20:22 on 30 December 2009
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pblive

Good list, some real classics in that top 10 as well.
Posted 15:54 on 30 December 2009
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chelskiboy247@ jaanpunjabi

Got to agree with Bloodstorm here, the videogamer.com staff have spent a long time organising this list, which must have been a huge task. So I'd rather you let them keep their own opinion and not ask them to do all that work again.
Posted 15:21 on 30 December 2009
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Bloodstorm

No, it shouldn't have.
Posted 15:15 on 30 December 2009