#10: Conker's Bad Fur Day (Nintendo 64)
Release Date: March 4, 2001
Last Year: #10
Conker's Bad Fur Day came out in a time where the Nintendo 64 was old news. The next generation was already on the forefront with new games (with better graphics!), but if you paid attention you noticed that Rare released their final game on Nintendo's aging system... and to me it was their greatest achievement. Conker's Bad Fur day is a brilliant game for a multitude of reasons. The constant morphing gameplay styles (from Platformer to Racer to Third Person Shooter and everything else you can think of. And every single part is as fun as the other), the awesome and addictive multiplayer modes, and the fantastic humor made this a game unlike any other. The game is so unique and well done that it's simply an unforgettable experience. There's been so many smiles, laughter, and screams (those Zombie Squirrels scared me!) while playing this game... and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Favorite Boss: The Great Mighty Poo
Favorite Satire: The Matrix
#9: Metroid Prime (GameCube/Wii)
Release Date: November 17, 2002
Last Year: #9
Metroid Prime is one of the most (if not the most) atmospheric games I've ever played. I've never felt so alone in a game before... on a planet that is filled with crumbling ruins, beautiful landscapes, deadly flora and fauna, and a secret that will change the course of the universe. The game's brilliance comes from it's ability to merge you as the player with the protagonist Samus Aran, to the point where it really feels like you are the one who is investigating this long forgotten planet. Every corner holds a secret, every boss encounter is incredibly intimidating, every new area takes your breath away (looking at you Phendrana Drifts). Metroid Prime was actually my first Metroid game, and it turns out that it's also one of the most brilliant games I've ever played. Truly a classic.
Beautiful Music?: Look no further
Hooray For: Added WiiMote functionality in Metroid Prime Trilogy