Guitar Hero (PS2)
Few games have had the impact on the industry as Guitar Hero. Who would have thought a simple guitar-shaped controller would have spawned a legion of sequels and clones? It did, and the Guitar Hero brand is now known by people who have never touched a game in their lives. It wasn't just game industry types that felt the benefit of the Guitar Hero craze; classic rock was introduced to a whole new generation and has enjoyed a rise in popularity.
Personal Highlight:Cowboys from Hell. Oh wait. A personal highlight should be a moment I look upon fondly. Yeah, that's not Cowboys from Hell. I only have strings of four letter words that come to mind when I think of this song on expert difficulty.
Other Notable Releases in 2005: Gran Turismo 4 (PS2) continues to deliver racing fans an unparalleled racing-sim experience. LEGO Star Wars kick starts the LEGO video game franchise, while providing a family-friendly game loaded with charm. Shadow of the Colossus (PS2) is the gorgeous follow up to the cult hit Ico.