4. SSX 3
Who would’ve believed that anyone would have thought that making an extreme-sports game less ‘extreme’ would make it a better game? A tip of the hat to EA Big for toning down the zany-ness of SSX and delivering the best winter sports game ever. Exploring the entire mountain in SSX 3 took hours of pure bliss. Extreme Sports Runner-up: Tony Hawk’s Underground (THUG)
The Metal Gear Solid franchise turned gaming on its head by creating the stealth-action genre. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty provided a cinematic style of play, unforgettable characters, and a welcomed emphasis on non-violent solutions to problems. All of the SOCOM and Splinter Cell games owe their existence to MGS 2. Stealth Action Runner-up:Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
When I first saw Japanese high-school students ‘dancing’ on a machine in Shinjuku, I though to myself, “only in Japan”. When I returned to the states and saw American students ‘dancing’ on a machine in an arcade I knew I’d have no career as futurist. DDR is the twister of our era. I know people who have used the workout mode to lose weight, and have had more fun busting out my DDR pads at parties than I can describe
9. God of War
More than any other genre, action combat gamers are blessed with a bevy of beautifully violent games for the PS2. God of War is a showstopper. We all expected a strong showing, but God of War stunned everyone with a sublimely stylish combat system and a level of brutality that we hadn’t seen since the introduction of Mortal Kombat.
10. Jak II
Jak grew up a little, and the gameplay matured a lot. Jak II is truly a story-driven action platformer. Taking a hint from Grand Theft Auto Jak II allowed you to freely roam the city, stealing cars and causing chaos. Where Jak II departed, however was in the mature storyline that drew in older games, and reminded us that platformers need not always be about princesses and mushrooms