Make sure you read part 1 first; this is a continuation!
5. METROID PRIME 2: ECHOES (GC)
No top-10 list is ever complete without Metroid. The worlds you get dropped into to blast through are incredible, and this installment took everything that was great about Metroid Prime and built on it with dimension-altering mechanics and new weapons and enemy-forces. It's one of the most atmospheric games ever created,yet also one of the best. You can't beat this game at what it does on any platform availiable today, and the perfect balance of puzzle, shooter, and adventure make something memorable.
4. SSX 3 (PS2)
SSX is the best extreme-sports franchise out there. The characters, the tricks, the speed, the music, the atmosphere; the list is endless. I could shred the mountains from top to bottom thousands of times before I get bored, and it had enough deep and entertaining elements to make me want to play it that often. Not only did it deliver a rush that no other game in it's genre could, but it's also the best in the series and great value to boot.
3. JET GRIND RADIO (DC)
Jet Grind Radio was really something. The graphics, soundtrack, controls,and art ****were sofresh and fantastic for it's time, and the entire game premise just made it a winner right from the beginning. It managed to be unique and fun at the same time, which should be a requirement for any hall-of-famer if you ask me. The game still holds up today, andreally set the framework for all other free-roam extreme-sports games after it. As one of the best games in the Dreamcast library, it's also certainly up there with one of the best games period.
2. GUITAR HERO II (360)
It's not about the presentation when it comes to Guitar Hero. Music and games are both awesome, and when both of them come together in something that's such a blast to play it's definitely worth the price of admission. This installment improved over the first game in almost every way, and the online content and fantastic set-list all added to a great foundation, pretty much making the best rhythm game in existence, and alsothe most addicting to boot.
and the winner is...
[spoiler] 1. CHRONO CROSS (PS1)
This game blew me away. I found it in a bargain bin for $14.99, and it ended up being the best game I ever played. Sure it had an outstanding soundtrack, it was fun and incredibly deep, and it had amazing graphics; butthere was something else. Anytime a dumb little video-game can pull you into it's story so well that it makes you feel, it deserves a little credit, don't you think? This is the best RPG ever, the best fantasy adventure game ever, and quite simply the best game in existence.
[/spoiler] Other Worthy Mentions:
- Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble (SNES)
- Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World (SNES)
- Bust-a-Move 4 (DC)
- Pokemon: Crystal Version (GBC)
- Wario Land 3 (GBC)