The past decade has been a particularly strong era in  the history of video games. In 2004, the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox were reaching their primes with titles like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Halo 2 finally taking full advantage of the systems in ways that had never been done before. As we progressed through this period of time, we also saw the release of the Xbox 360, the Nintendo Wii, and the PlayStation 3, introducing graphics systems and gameplay that could finally compete with the hardware that a PC offered.

With the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One fast-approaching, though, we thought it'd be a good idea to take a look at the last ten years and remember the good times we had with all the games that spanned this cross-console rift. A lot of great games came out during this time, but only 20 truly transcended greatness. Amid all the contenders and pretenders, this is our list of the 20 Video Games of the Past 10 Years that Deserve Classic Status.

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