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.
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.