Tekken 5 (PlayStation 2)
Change From Last Year: -1
To me, Tekken 5 is the peak of Namco's long-running fighting game series. From the faster paced fighting system compared to the previous games, to the roster that basically includes every single one of my favourite characters, this was the game that overtook Tekken 3 as the best in the series, and since then nothing has changed. Tekken 6 was very good as well, but it still wasn't quite as good as 5, and I still haven't gotten around to playing 7.
Naturally, the best way to play games like this is with friends sitting around the same TV and passing around the controllers around. That is something that has become disappointingly rare in recent years for me, but from time to time the chance to do so still comes around, and it's always fun.