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.








37. StarCraft

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.