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 eighth part of VideoGamer.com's mammoth Top 100 Games of the Noughties list, we tell you, counting down from 30 to 21. 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 40-31
Games 50-41
Games 60-51
Games 70-61
Games 80-71
Games 90-81
Games 100-91

30. Silent Hill 2 - PS2, 2001

Here's a tip for you: if you ever receive a letter from a loved one who's supposed to be dead, ignore it. Whatever you do, don't answer their request to meet them in an abandoned town that acts as a gateway to a demonic other world. James Sutherland ignores this advice in Silent Hill 2, and the results aren't pretty. Well, actually they're very pretty - but they're also terrifying. SH 2 is the scariest and most nuanced of all the Silent Hills, the kind of survival horror that climbs inside your skull and lays eggs. It's an adult game about guilt, sickness and mortality, and it features one of the most notorious villains in the history of video gaming: the nightmarish Mr Pyramid Head. Approach with caution.

29. God of War - PS2, 2005

Sony isn't afraid to invest in new IP. God of War was to take on the likes of Devil May Cry, but at the same time bring the genre to an audience more interested in slaughtering mythical beasts than learning complex combos. The game brought a new level of visceral violence to the genre, with now iconic leading man Kratos pulling no punches when laying down his own special punishments. With some spectacular boss battles, easy to grasp combo attacks and an impressive character and weapon levelling system, God of War started a franchise that now stands shoulder to shoulder with the genre's best entries.

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CityFan's Avatar

CityFan

Perfect Dark has got to make it into the top 5 surely?

it is Goldeneye on steroids!!! :D
Posted 19:28 on 29 December 2009
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SexyJams

Gosh, a sick list indeed.
Posted 14:17 on 29 December 2009
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chelskiboy247

Nice work guys, this must have taken you ages!
Posted 11:04 on 29 December 2009
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VideoGameMan636

My 2 favorites still haven't been put up yet. And VG gave them both 10's, so I'm hoping.
Posted 01:38 on 29 December 2009
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jakeistheman

thanks for the updates altaranga, good list hope halo 3 isn't number one.
Posted 18:08 on 28 December 2009
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altaranga

21. Crysis - PC, 2007
22. Portal - Xbox 360, PC and PS3, 2007
23. Fable 2 - Xbox 360, 2008
24. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - PS2, 2002
25. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - Xbox and PC, 2003
26. BioShock - Xbox 360, PC and PS3, 2007
27. Gran Turismo 4 - PS2, 2005
28. Counter-Strike - PC, 2000
29. God of War - PS2, 2005
30. Silent Hill 2 - PS2, 2001
31. Gears of War - Xbox 360, 2006
32. Halo: Combat Evolved - Xbox, 2002
33. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - GameCube, 2003
34. Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis - PC, 2001
35. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - PS2, Xbox, Cube, 2003
36. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Xbox 360 and PC, 2006 - PS3, 2007
37. Football Manager 2010 - PC, 2009
38. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - PS2, 2004 - Xbox and PC, 2005
39. Metroid Prime - GameCube, 2003
40. Crackdown - Xbox 360, 2007
41. Ico - PS2, 2002
42. Vagrant Story - PlayStation, 2000
43. FIFA 10 - Xbox 360, PS3, 2009
44. Pro Evolution Soccer 4 - PS2, Xbox, 2004
45. Burnout Revenge - PS2, Xbox, 2005 - Xbox 360, 2006
46. Skies of Arcadia - Dreamcast, 2001
47. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos - PC, 2002
48. Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn - PC, 2000
49. Diablo II - PC, 2000
50. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 - Xbox 360, 2008
51. Rallisport Challenge 2 - Xbox, 2004
52. Max Payne - PC, PS2, Xbox, 2001
53. F.E.A.R. - PC, 2005
54. Metropolis Street Racer - Dreamcast, 2000
55. Call of Duty 2 - Xbox 360 and PC, 2005
56. Halo 2 - Xbox, 2004
57. Company of Heroes - PC, 2006
58. Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes - Dreamcast, 2000
59. The Operative: No One Lives Forever - PC, 2000
60. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 - Multiplatform, 2002
61. Advance Wars - Game Boy Advance, 2002
62. Ikaruga - Dreamcast, 2002
63. Luigi's Mansion - GameCube, 2002
64. Rez - Dreamcast, 2002
65. Virtua Fighter 4 - PS2, 2002
66. Virtua Tennis 2 - Dreamcast, 2001
67. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem - GameCube, 2002
68. TimeSplitters 2 - PS2, Cube and Xbox, 2002
69. Beyond Good and Evil - PS2, 2003
70. F-Zero GX - GameCube, 2003
71. Ninja Gaiden Black - Xbox, 2004
72. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door - GameCube, 2004
73. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 - Xbox, PS2 and GameCube, 2003
74. Rome: Total War - PC, 2004
75. Mario Kart DS - Nintendo DS, 2005
76. Soulcalibur II - GameCube, PS2 and Xbox, 2003
77. Dead Rising - Xbox 360, 2006
78. Ōkami - PS2, 2007
79. Psychonauts - Xbox, PS2 and PC, 2006
80. Peggle - PC, 2007
81. LittleBigPlanet - PS3, 2008
82. Professor Layton & The Curious Village - Nintendo DS, 2008
83. Dead Space - Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, 2008
84. Super Smash Bros. Melee - Nintendo Game Cube, 2002
85. Assassin's Creed 2 - Xbox 360 and PS3 - 2009
86. Batman: Arkham Asylum - Xbox 360, PS3 and PC - 2009
87. Killzone 2 - PS3 - 2009
88. Hitman: Blood Money - Multiplatform, 2006
89. Grand Theft Auto 3 - PS2, 2001
90. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars - Nintendo DS, PSP, 2009
91. Colin McRae: Dirt 2 - Multiplatform, 2009
92. Devil May Cry - PS2, 2001
93. Battlefield 2 - PC, 2005
94. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory - Xbox and PC, 2005
95. Final Fantasy X - PS2, 2002
96. Rock Band 2 - Multiplatform, 2008
97. Guitar Hero 5 - Multiplatform, 2009
98. Viva Piñata Trouble in Paradise - Xbox 360, 2008
99. Wii Sports - Wii, 2006
100. The Sims - PC, 2001
Posted 18:05 on 28 December 2009
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MJTH

Ooo, tomorrow the top 20 will be revealed, I think mario galaxy may appear.
Posted 14:01 on 28 December 2009
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shutupsven

Surprised that Vice City was so low down the list. Was the pinnacle of the series for me.
Posted 12:53 on 28 December 2009
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renegade

Tbh Crysis is good, But it is mainly because it looks ZOMG eye popping and this is a site that says its all about the Gameplay ;)
Posted 12:46 on 28 December 2009
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thpcplayer@ GeNeCyDe1993

I hope mgs 4 is in somewhere
Posted 12:37 on 28 December 2009
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thpcplayer@ Stegosaurus-Guy-II

from whom?
Posted 12:36 on 28 December 2009
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GeNeCyDe1993

Im predicting:
Shadow of the collosus
Left4dead
Half life 2
Gears of war 2
World of warcraft
Mass Effect
Modern warfare
Modern warfare 2
Uncharted 2
Orange Box*
Halo 3
MGS4
I hope they all feature in the top 20 (in no order)

If that counts as one game
Posted 12:22 on 28 December 2009
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II

Crysis? The 21st best game of the decade?

I heard it sucked.
Posted 12:20 on 28 December 2009
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thpcplayer

damn good list
Posted 12:14 on 28 December 2009
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