Games I Rate a 10/10

I had this list in order from oldest to newest game, but glitchy Gamespot is trolling me. So it's now in alphabetical order. Interestingly, I've learned that I have never given a ten to a game whose name starts with any of the first twelve letters of the alphabet!

My ten rating does not necessarily mean perfect, but a few games on here come pretty close to that description. I've played at least three or four hundred video games in my lifetime, I am sure, so the number of titles that earn a ten are quite few.

Game Release Date GameSpot Score The_deepblue's Score

Metroid Prime

Just like Nintendo's Mario and Zelda series before it, Metroid made a near flawless transition into the world of 3D gaming. The series' emphasis on exploration and discovery was as great as ever, and its music and environment was as lonely and eerie as iterations of the past. "Metroid Prime" is without a doubt one of the greatest looking games of its time, both artistically and graphically. To sum it all up, Metroid Prime is the most enjoyable first-person shooter/adventure game ever conceived.

10

Resident Evil 4

Here's the entry in Capcom's Resident Evil series that steered the quintessential survival-horror franchise into a ditch of overblown, unbalanced hysteria, yet Resident Evil 4 is the greatest action game ever made. Resident Evil 4 captures the series in a monumental shift of direction, but it's a path that Capcom drove too far down with Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6. The core franchise is now a ridiculous caricature of this supreme title that channeled the finest of Resident Evil's dark persona and blended it with outlandish thrills.

10

Super Mario 3D World

When Nintendo revealed Super Mario 3D World during E3 2012, many people were underwhelmed, including myself. After the magnificent, groundbreaking Galaxy games, many were unsettled at the thought that the Super Mario franchise was scaling back in creativity. Nothing could be further from the truth concerning Super Mario 3D World, for this continues the franchise's superb, unmatched quality in platforming. Whereas the Galaxy games and Super Mario 64 were larger in scale, Super Mario 3D World masters the simplistic feel of Mario games of old. Instead of dizzying doses of deliciousness, 3D World feeds the player small doses that are sweet beyond compare.

10

Super Mario All-Stars / Super Mario World

When people talk about excellent compilations, many reference The Orange Box and Metroid Prime Trilogy, but I argue that Super Mario All-Stars/Super Mario World has not been topped. Here you have three original NES masterpieces redone in sweet 16-bit graphics as well as the sublime Super Mario World. Can't get better than that, especially considering the type of deal this was back in 1994.

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10

Super Mario Bros. 3

Blowing up the original Super Mario formula to magnificent proportions--Super Mario Bros. 3 was the most imaginative platformer of its time, and even today, no other game has matched its unique aesthetic.

10

Super Mario Galaxy

Super Mario Sunshine for the Nintendo Gamecube was a very fun and unique game in the Mario canon. However, many were turned off by the game's style, controls, and mechanics. "Super Mario Galaxy" really felt like a spiritual sequel to the classic "Super Mario 64". The ability to hop around planetoids with lack of gravity throughout the many inventive worlds of "Super Mario Galaxy" brought the series to new heights that were out of this world. Easily the Wii's greatest looking game, the bar was raised by "Mario Galaxy" in terms of the console's graphical capability. "Super Mario Galaxy" did a great job by delivering nostalgia for the fans and bringing something entirely new to the Mario series.

10

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Who would have thought that 3D platforming could have gotten any better than the superb, original "Super Mario Galaxy" for the Nintendo Wii? Nintendo realized they had a winning formula on their hands and decided to--for the first time in console generations--release a direct Mario sequel on the same system. The return of Yoshi, as well as some excellent new power-ups, extremely diverse stages, an upped difficulty, and a mass of content all help make "Super Mario Galaxy 2" a game that shines throughout, topping its amazing predecessor, and providing hours and hours of platforming excellency.

10

Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy is the best 2D platformer since Nintendo's finest efforts with the Super Mario franchise on the SNES. And it turns out that Team Meat's masterpiece has more in common with the plumber's games than you may think. Well, the presentation in Super Meat Boy mimics the old-school style that Super Mario Bros. popularized, and its story is a parody of that franchise. In gameplay, Super Meat Boy is its own little beast, a heart-pounding, adrenaline rush full of bite-sized stages littered with death traps. It's hard, so finishing this one is as rewarding an experience a platforming lover can have.

10

Super Metroid

Super Metroid is the king of games with dreadful, mysterious atmospheres. Samus' SNES adventure is an addicting game with secrets to be unearthed in every nook and cranny. Epic boss fights and a flurry of innovative gadgets make this a game ahead of its time, one that holds up exceptionally well.

9.5

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Nintendo released two of its finest achievements on November 22, 2013, but it's The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds that tops anything released on a Nintendo system that year. A sequel to the SNES classic A Link to the Past, this Zelda excels as the first true open-world Zelda since the original. Fluid animation, glorious tunes, and Link's ambitious new abilities alongside some of the best dungeons in a 2D Zelda make A Link Between Worlds an unforgettable experience.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Many young, current generation gamers can possibly play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the universally hailed holy-grail of the adventure genre, and still find that it has a lot to offer. It stands the test of time, validating this Nintendo masterpiece as a timeless classic; but to fully understand how Ocarina of Time was revolutionary, one must understand that it not only perfected many of the elements and basic mechanics of three-dimensional adventure/role-playing games, it invented those said aspects.

10

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

The first Wii-exclusive Zelda begins at a slow pace, introducing the characters and developing their strong relationships, especially between Link and Zelda, stronger than ever here. Once the pace picks up, this becomes the most rhythmically speedy and exhilarating Zelda around. A linear approach and a scaling down of exploration contributes to this, and it's one of the reasons why fans are so divided over Skyward Sword. A magical sense of identity, as is found in other entries in the series, shines true, however. And the dungeons and clever gadgets that Link wields are a blast to use. Boss battles provide a satisfying adrenaline rush, and the ending in the story line gives the game a delightful finishing touch not only for the game itself but in the context of the entire series.

10

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Many people were turned off by the graphical style of "Windwaker." Many jokingly called it "The Legend of Celda". For many, this Gamecube classic was beautiful in graphical style. It was one of the Gamecube's best looking games, and one of the Gamecube's most charming games. The 3D Zelda formula excelled in "Windwaker", and while many remember the long sailing of the seas as tedious, some of us cherish the traveling component of this classic. "Windwaker" wasn't quite as challenging as its predecessors, but the game's sense of adventure, dungeons, and puzzles were just as fun and amusing.

9.5