Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Wii / Nintendo / 2008
This is one of the (very) few Wii games on my list, and it struggled to get its spot. Super Smash Bros. Brawl was a very impressive title and was a very fun experience alongside friends. We all had a blast playing it everytime, and the character roster was as big and diversified as the crazy stuff that happened whenever there was a match going on. The single player modes were also very good, with Subspace Emissary in particular standing out, but maybe it's in this mode that the game kinda lost the Smash Bros. identity for me. Brawl looks, sounds and feels way too serious for what it's supposed to be - which is ironic considering in terms of actual gameplay it's the most casual title in the franchise. The main theme, while good, is too slow and dramatic, the graphics are too realistic, and Subspace Emissary also took itself too seriously. As much as Brawl is a great entry in a fantastic franchise, I just don't like how the mindless fun atmosphere was lost and I also wish it could be more competitive. I like having fun as much as the next guy, but when you're trying to be serious and play for real it's just not fun to see your character trip on the floor randomly.