This feature was originally published on October 19, 2009.

In the 2000’s, gaming went through one of its most prosperous growth periods. Gone were the Sega vs. Nintendo “Bit Wars” that dominated the ‘90. In their place was the three-way battle for console supremacy that still exists today: Sony vs. Microsoft vs. Nintendo.
We had the Playstation 2, which sold a record-breaking 155 million units over the course of its lifetime. We had the Wii, which reinvigorated gaming on a mainstream level, more than any console since the original NES. We had the Xbox, the newcomer that prioritized processing power above all else. 

And gamewise, we had everything from narrative epics, to sports simulations, to open world sandboxes. Here are our picks for the Top 100 games of the 2000’s.