"What a decade the '00s was! For RPGs, it was ten years of transition, featuring the rise and fall of the Playstation 2: the genre's most dominant system to date, and in its later years, a big upswing in the popularity of Western RPGs. In addition, as gaming hardware grew more powerful, many games started stepping outside of the rigid genre boundaries of the past, adding "RPG elements" to their gameplay.
Of course, change is not necessarily a bad thing. RPGFan reviewed 643 games released between 1/1/2000 and 12/31/2009, and there are more than enough great games to keep you busy year round, no matter what flavor of RPG you prefer. Beyond great games, though, are the classics: the games on our Top 20 list. Every one of them comes with RPGFan's stamp of love, not just approval."