3. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sega Genesis (1992)
...Sonic still knows how to take the crown. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a gem of a game. Perfection of a road it alone has traveled. Adding gameplay tweaks to ensure the game feels perfect, pitch perfect level design to house the blue blur, fantastic colorful graphics, amazing music, and amazing pacing that sweeps you to Oil Fields, Ancient Ruins, and Outer Space. It's a simple game that uses that simplicity to its advantage, mastering everything it wants to accomplish with utmost perfect. What else is there to say? Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a childhood dream that holds up to this very day. I wonder if he'll ever be topped at his own game.