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Game of the Decade: Round Two

Game of the Decade

Update: Round Two voting is closed -- see who made it to the Sweet 16 and vote on the next round.

You were right. We left some memorable games out of our original list. We're so glad that we asked. Seven members of Crispy's Game Trust voted on the first-round matchups, and most of the People's Choice seeds advanced to the second round. Sorry, Eternal Darkness, you couldn't overcome the buzzsaw that is Portal, but Soulcalibur II, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Deus Ex are all in the thick of it.

The voting panel consisted of Russ Fischer, James Fudge, Scott Jones, Gus Mastrapa, Evan Narcisse, Kyle Orland, and John Teti. So praise/blame them for the results below. The winners of the first round are in bold, with the vote total alongside.

But now, the panel's job is done, and it's up to you. Your votes will determine which game receives that glorious honor, Game of the Decade. Pore over the results below and then head to the next page to cast your ballots. Polls for this round close Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. Eastern, with results and another round of voting to follow on Friday.

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<!-- DIVISION 1 -->

Koopa Division
<!-- MATCHUP 1 -->
1. Metroid Prime (5‑2)

16. Nintendogs

<!-- /MATCHUP 1 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->
1. Metroid Prime
8. Super Smash Bros. Melee
<!-- /MATCHUP 9 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 13 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 15 -->
<!-- MATCHUP 2 -->
8. Super Smash Bros. Melee (5‑2)

9. Wario Ware Inc.: Mega Microgame$!
<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 3 -->
5. Paper Mario

12. Animal Crossing (5‑2)
<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->
12. Animal Crossing

4. Katamari Damacy
<!-- /MATCHUP 10 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->
4. Katamari Damacy (6‑1)

13. Jet Grind Radio
<!-- /MATCHUP 4 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->
6. Okami

11. Ico (5‑2)
<!-- /MATCHUP 5 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 11 -->
11. Ico

14. Psychonauts
<!-- /MATCHUP 11 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 14 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->
3. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

14. Psychonauts (4‑3)

<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->
7. Shadow of the Colossus (5‑2)

10. Pikmin
<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->
7. Shadow of the Colossus
2. Super Mario Galaxy

<!-- /MATCHUP 12 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->
2. Super Mario Galaxy (5‑2)

15. Boom Blox
<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

<!-- /DIVISION 1 -->

<!-- DIVISION 2 -->

Alucard Division
<!-- MATCHUP 1 -->

1. BioShock (7‑0)

16. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
<!-- /MATCHUP 1 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->
1. BioShock
9. Portal

<!-- /MATCHUP 9 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 13 -->
<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->

TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 15 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 2 -->
8. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

9. Portal (5‑2)

<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 3 -->
5. Grand Theft Auto III (6‑1)
12. Diablo II

<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->
5. Grand Theft Auto III
4. Resident Evil 4
<!-- /MATCHUP 10 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->
4. Resident Evil 4 (7‑0)
13. Dead Space
<!-- /MATCHUP 4 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->
6. Fallout 3 (6‑1)

11. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
<!-- /MATCHUP 5 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 11 -->
6. Fallout 3
3. Half-Life 2

<!-- /MATCHUP 11 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 14 -->
<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->
3. Half-Life 2 (6‑1)
14. Dead Rising
<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->
<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->
7. Batman: Arkham Asylum (4‑3)

10. Demon's Souls
<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->
7. Batman: Arkham Asylum
15. LEGO Star Wars

<!-- /MATCHUP 12 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->
2. Perfect Dark

15. LEGO Star Wars (6‑1)

<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

<!-- /DIVISION 2 -->

<!-- DIVISION 3 -->

Chocobo Division
<!-- MATCHUP 1 -->
1. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (4‑3)
16. Bejeweled

<!-- /MATCHUP 1 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->
1. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
8. Deus Ex

<!-- /MATCHUP 9 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 13 -->
<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->

TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 15 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 2 -->
8. Deus Ex (7‑0)

9. Braid
<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 3 -->
5. Viewtiful Joe

12. Plants vs. Zombies (6‑1)
<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->
12. Plants vs. Zombies

4. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
<!-- /MATCHUP 10 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->
4. Star Wars: Knights of the Old
Republic
(4‑3)

13. Beyond Good and Evil
<!-- /MATCHUP 4 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->
6. Final Fantasy XII

11. Lumines (4‑3)
<!-- /MATCHUP 5 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 11 -->
11. Lumines

14. Peggle
<!-- /MATCHUP 11 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 14 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->
3. Civilization IV

14. Peggle (4‑3)

<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->
7. The Sims (4‑3)

10. Mass Effect
<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->
7. The Sims
2. World of Warcraft

<!-- /MATCHUP 12 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->
2. World of Warcraft (5‑2)

15. Killer 7
<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

<!-- /DIVISION 3 -->

<!-- DIVISION 4 -->

Bo Jackson Division
<!-- MATCHUP 1 -->

1. Halo: Combat Evolved (6‑1)

16. Ratchet & Clank
<!-- /MATCHUP 1 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->
1. Halo: Combat Evolved

8. Soulcalibur II
<!-- /MATCHUP 9 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 13 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->

TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 15 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 2 -->
8. Soulcalibur II (4‑3)

9. God of War

<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 3 -->
5. Madden NFL 2005

12. SSX (6‑1)

<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->
12. SSX

4. Gears of War
<!-- /MATCHUP 10 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->
4. Gears of War (4‑3)

13. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
<!-- /MATCHUP 4 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->
6. Advance Wars (4‑3)

11. Guitar Hero
<!-- /MATCHUP 5 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 11 -->
6. Advance Wars
14. Left 4 Dead

<!-- /MATCHUP 11 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 14 -->
<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->
3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
14. Left 4 Dead (6‑1)
<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->
<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->
7. Rock Band (6‑1)

10. Burnout
<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->
7. Rock Band
15. Battlefield 1942

<!-- /MATCHUP 12 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->
2. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

15. Battlefield 1942 (4‑3)

<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

<!-- /DIVISION 4 -->

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Next page: Koopa and Alucard Division voting!

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Koopa Division

There were not many close votes in this Nintendo-heavy division, with Psychonauts taking the only squeaker over Wind Waker. Two Fumito Ueda games -- Ico and Shadow of the Colossus -- breeze through to Round Two. Will you see fit to put them both through to the division semifinals? Or is Super Mario Galaxy the juggernaut we think it is?

<!-- DIVISION 1 -->

Koopa Division
<!-- MATCHUP 1 -->

1. Metroid Prime (5‑2)

16. Nintendogs
<!-- /MATCHUP 1 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->
1. Metroid Prime
8. Super Smash Bros. Melee
<!-- /MATCHUP 9 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->

TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 13 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 15 -->
<!-- MATCHUP 2 -->
8. Super Smash Bros. Melee (5‑2)
9. Wario Ware Inc.: Mega Microgame$!

<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 3 -->
5. Paper Mario
12. Animal Crossing (5‑2)

<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->
12. Animal Crossing
4. Katamari Damacy
<!-- /MATCHUP 10 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->
4. Katamari Damacy (6‑1)

13. Jet Grind Radio
<!-- /MATCHUP 4 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->
6. Okami

11. Ico (5‑2)
<!-- /MATCHUP 5 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 11 -->
11. Ico

14. Psychonauts
<!-- /MATCHUP 11 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 14 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->
3. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

14. Psychonauts (4‑3)

<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->
7. Shadow of the Colossus (5‑2)

10. Pikmin
<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->
7. Shadow of the Colossus
2. Super Mario Galaxy

<!-- /MATCHUP 12 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->
2. Super Mario Galaxy (5‑2)

15. Boom Blox
<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

<!-- /DIVISION 1 -->

<!-- ******** KOOPA DIVISION POLLS ******** -->




Alucard Division

Is LEGO Star Wars this decade's Cinderella story? After humiliating Perfect Dark in the first round, the game of little plastic Lukes and Leias will face a tough opponent in Batman: Arkham Asylum, a candidate for 2009 Game of the Year. And holy cow, check out the other three second-round matchups in this division. Some heavy hitters out there. Getcha popcorn ready.

<!-- DIVISION 2 -->

Alucard Division
<!-- MATCHUP 1 -->

1. BioShock (7‑0)
16. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

<!-- /MATCHUP 1 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->
1. BioShock
9. Portal
<!-- /MATCHUP 9 -->
<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 13 -->
<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 15 -->
<!-- MATCHUP 2 -->
8. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
9. Portal (5‑2)

<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 3 -->
5. Grand Theft Auto III (6‑1)

12. Diablo II

<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->
5. Grand Theft Auto III
4. Resident Evil 4

<!-- /MATCHUP 10 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->
4. Resident Evil 4 (7‑0)

13. Dead Space
<!-- /MATCHUP 4 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->
6. Fallout 3 (6‑1)

11. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
<!-- /MATCHUP 5 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 11 -->
6. Fallout 3
3. Half-Life 2

<!-- /MATCHUP 11 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 14 -->
<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->
3. Half-Life 2 (6‑1)
14. Dead Rising
<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->
<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->
7. Batman: Arkham Asylum (4‑3)

10. Demon's Souls
<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->
7. Batman: Arkham Asylum
15. LEGO Star Wars

<!-- /MATCHUP 12 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->
2. Perfect Dark

15. LEGO Star Wars (6‑1)

<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

<!-- /DIVISION 2 -->

<!-- ******** ALUCARD DIVISION POLLS ******** -->


Next page: Chocobo and Bo Jackson Division voting!

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Chocobo Division

There's always that one freak division where nothing goes according to plan. In this competition, that's the Chocobo quadrant, where all hell broke loose in Round One. Older series had a hard time with the Game Trust voters, who preferred to reward games that brought something new to the scene in the '00s. The upshot was shockers like Lumines over FF12 and Peggle over Civ 4. Bejeweled almost took out Oblivion, for Pete's sake. Surveying the aftermath, World of Warcraft seems to have a clear path to the division finals, with its stiffest opponents knocked out of contention.

Oh, and you guys were right about Deus Ex. It trounced Braid with a unanimous vote.

<!-- DIVISION 3 -->

Chocobo Division
<!-- MATCHUP 1 -->
1. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (4‑3)
16. Bejeweled

<!-- /MATCHUP 1 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->
1. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
8. Deus Ex

<!-- /MATCHUP 9 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 13 -->
<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->

TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 15 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 2 -->
8. Deus Ex (7‑0)

9. Braid
<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 3 -->
5. Viewtiful Joe

12. Plants vs. Zombies (6‑1)
<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->
12. Plants vs. Zombies

4. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
<!-- /MATCHUP 10 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->
4. Star Wars: Knights of the Old
Republic
(4‑3)

13. Beyond Good and Evil
<!-- /MATCHUP 4 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->
6. Final Fantasy XII

11. Lumines (4‑3)
<!-- /MATCHUP 5 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 11 -->
11. Lumines

14. Peggle
<!-- /MATCHUP 11 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 14 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->
3. Civilization IV

14. Peggle (4‑3)

<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->
7. The Sims (4‑3)

10. Mass Effect
<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->
7. The Sims
2. World of Warcraft

<!-- /MATCHUP 12 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->
2. World of Warcraft (5‑2)

15. Killer 7
<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

<!-- /DIVISION 3 -->

<!-- ******** CHOCOBO DIVISION POLLS ******** -->


Bo Jackson Division

Two more big upsets here as Left 4 Dead creams CoD 4 and Battlefield 1942 ekes out a victory over MGS 2. Kojima fans may protest that Sons of Liberty was not the game that ought to have represented MGS, but the voters were instructed to consider a series' entire output for the decade when making their choice. Battlefield 1942 won fair and square. Now it faces Rock Band, which survived easily even as its predecessor, Guitar Hero, fell to the plucky Advance Wars.

<!-- DIVISION 4 -->

Bo Jackson Division
<!-- MATCHUP 1 -->

1. Halo: Combat Evolved (6‑1)

16. Ratchet & Clank
<!-- /MATCHUP 1 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->
1. Halo: Combat Evolved

8. Soulcalibur II
<!-- /MATCHUP 9 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 13 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->

TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 15 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 2 -->
8. Soulcalibur II (4‑3)

9. God of War

<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 3 -->
5. Madden NFL 2005

12. SSX (6‑1)

<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->
12. SSX

4. Gears of War
<!-- /MATCHUP 10 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->
4. Gears of War (4‑3)

13. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
<!-- /MATCHUP 4 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->
6. Advance Wars (4‑3)

11. Guitar Hero
<!-- /MATCHUP 5 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 11 -->
6. Advance Wars
14. Left 4 Dead

<!-- /MATCHUP 11 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 14 -->
<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->
3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
14. Left 4 Dead (6‑1)
<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->
<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->
7. Rock Band (6‑1)

10. Burnout
<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->
7. Rock Band
15. Battlefield 1942

<!-- /MATCHUP 12 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->
2. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

15. Battlefield 1942 (4‑3)

<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

<!-- /DIVISION 4 -->

<!-- ******** BO JACKSON DIVISION POLLS ******** -->


Update: Round Two voting is closed -- see who made it to the Sweet 16 and vote on the next round.