I'm hooked on GTA 4, so without wasting any time, lets jump into todays list.
30. Jak 3 (PS2)
Unlike Hollywood, most Gaming trilogies actually get better with each title, and usually the third game is the best (Prince of Persia comes to mind) In fact, Jak shares many parallels with Prince Of Persia. With both series, I disliked the second game because it was too dark and moody for my liking. The thing about Jak is that after playing it, its hard to accept the mediocre graphics of most other PS2 games.
29. F Zero X (Nintendo 64)
Before Wipeout, Extreme G and Kinetica, there was nintendos F Zero. My favourite version is the N64 version. What it sacrificed in terms of graphics (it looked awful to say the least) it made up for in pure speed and gameplay. To this day I have yet to find a racer with the responsiveness of F Zero X.
28. WWF No Mercy (Nintendo 64)
I enjoy my wrestling games alot, having owned more than twelve wrestling titles and while I spend hours every weekend playing Smackdown vs raw 2008 with my mates, my favourite Wrestling game will always be WWF No Mercy on the Nintendo 64. The follow up to their critically acclaimed Wrestlemania 2000, if you havent heard of WWF No mercy - google it. Smackdown is good, but No Mercy was pure fun.
27. Prince of Persia 3. The Two Thrones (XboX)
The Prince of Persia series has always been one of the better franchises in the video game world, from the groundbreaking original of yester year, to the time manipulating beauty of the recent trilogy. My favourite however, has to be Prince of Persia 3. The first one was really good, but had a flawed combat system. I did not like the second one, Warrior Within at all because of the dark and mature theme that it had. I was disappointed with the direction that the game had taken, even though the combat elements were tightened. Luckily, for the third game, Ubisoft went back to its roots and produced a legendary title worthy of a top fifty accolade. I have played all three versions (Ps2, xbox and Wii) and I enjoyed it the best on the Xbox (better graphics and the controls seemed better suited to the controller) so that version gets the nod.
26. Conkers bad Fur day (Nintendo 64)
I remember seeing the first images of Conker and thinking 'Oh great - another kiddies platformer on a system that was already straining under the weight of too many platformers (kinda like the FPS and the Xbox 360). I heard nothing about the game for two years and then, BAM, Rare hits us with one of the crudest yet funniest games ever. A swearing drunk squirrel. Cant get much funnier than that.
25. Devil Mat Cry 3 (PS2)
I just finished Devil may Cry 4 on the Xbox 360 last week, and while I was blown away with the stunning visuals, the gameplay was just repetitive, problematic and showed signs of lazy ideas (rehashing bosses etc) In fact, it reminded me alot of Assassins Creed. Devil may Cry 3 represents a common trend in my top 50 list, in that I loved the first one, hated the second one and thoroughly enjoyed the third one. Where else can you kill demons by playing on a Guitar. Tenacious D probably took some ideas from this classic. Did I mention the fact that it was frikken hard to boot
24. Burnout Paradise (Xbox 360)
For a long time, Burnout Revenge was my favourite racer on the PS2, and finally it has relinquished its title. I don’t care that none of the cars are licensed or that I cant modify my car with a new spoiler or rims or any of that. Because what it lacks in Sizzle, the game makes up for in Steak, and Steak in gaming is Fun Factor!
23 Metal Gear Solid 2 (PS2)
OK, so I had to play it twice to figure out what the hell was going on, but every moment of Metal Gear Solid 2 was pure joy. For me, it was the same feeling I had when I played Gears of War for the first time. The feeling that I was in store for something special. Something that justified the purchase of a ridiculously priced console. I love conspiracy stories, so it made good change to play an intelligent game like MGS 2
22. Sonic 2 (Sega Mega Drive)
I had the tv on in the background the other day( something i usually do when I’m on the pc) and I heard a familiar tune, and without even looking at the screen I knew that it was Sonic the Hedgehog) Sonic 2 remains my favourite in the series. And I doubt Sega would have been a serious contender in the market if it hadn’t been for this blue haired wonder.
21 Drakes Uncharted (PS3)
I'm not a big fan of the PS3. Its no big secret. Only now are we seeing decent ports of games being released on the console (Metal Gear Solid 4 will be awesome though - mark my words). But even so, Second party releases have always been Sony’s strong point, and Naughty Dog (the guys behind Jak and Crash Bandicoot) certainly delivered with this game. One of the best PS3 games ever released, imagine Tomb Raider, and Indiana Jones done right, and you have Drakes Uncharted. Almost worth splashing out five grand to buy the damn console. Almost
This concludes today’s ten games. Please join me again in a few days time when I count down from 20 to 11