39. Secret Of Mana
Square’s Super Nintendo top-down real-time RPG.
38. Virtua Fighter 5
Bang up-to-date arcade fighter from Sega.
Blizzard’s finely balanced RTS is still a multiplay favorite almost a decade after it arrived.
36. Battlefield 2
Sweden’s much-loved shooter combines strategy, tactics and role-playing.
35. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty
Hideo Kojima’s highly regarded adventure in which Snake sneaks up and whacks terrorists.
34. R-Type Final
Irem’s old-school scrolling shooters keep coming back for more. Except this really is the last one from the Japanese developer. No, really.
33. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Spooky 2D action adventure added depth to what had been a straight platforming series.
32. Project Gotham Racing 2
Superb racer for Xbox from Bizarre Creations which put style as well as speed on the agenda.
31. Katamari Damacy
Namco’s curious third-person puzzle action game offered a unique take on collecting stuff.
30. Shadow Of The Colossus
Massive in scale, beautiful in execution; one of PS2’s highest achievements.