Top Ten Overall
GameSpot is pleased to bring you its first list of the top 10 video games of the year, culminating in the game that earned our single highest honor. For the sixth year in a row, we've doled out genre awards to the most deserving games in the different categories. But this year, we've also carefully compiled and ordered the following list of the year's top games. These games are not necessarily arranged in terms of the rating they earned in our reviews--they are arranged in terms of their overall impact, their overall success, and their overall achievement. These are the top games of the year, the games we will remember years from now. Now, without further ado, let's begin the countdown:
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Super Smash Bros. has always been about extremely fast-paced multiplayer fighting, and Melee is no different. It's an experience that's at its best in the company of other humans. It's easily among the most inventive fighting games released in recent years, 2D or otherwise, and its accessible nature can often hide the reasonable bit of depth its fighting system offers. Taking a close look at the wonderful new, high resolution Mario character model stirs feelings of anticipation for the bright future of Nintendo, which perfectly balances the blissful nostalgia felt when listening to classic themes from the company's past, leaping across 2D platforms, and bashing friends with your favorite characters from video gaming's first family. Those who are familiar with Nintendo's long and illustrious history will no doubt enjoy the game much more than the casual passerby. Judged on its own merits, though, Nintendo's spastic tribute to itself stands quite strong as one of the most engaging multiplayer games available for any console platform.
Developer: Incog Inc.
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At the time of the game's release on June 19th, the PlayStation 2 was still lacking the number of solid, standout titles that gamers were looking for. Twisted Metal: Black was among the first of these to be released for the system. Not only was the game one of the first great titles for the PS2, it was also one of the year's best. Even after six months of what some are calling the biggest year in gaming history, Twisted Metal: Black still holds up as one of the best games available on the PS2 or any other system.