1. Ico - Playstation 2, 2001
Emotive storytelling using gameplay, not cut scenes.
2. Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask - 2000, Nintendo 64
Flow of time achieves things few other games dream of - a truly living world.
3. Half Life 2 - PC, 2004
A carefully crafted world with fantastic set pieces
4. NCAA Football 09 - Xbox 360, 2008
Representative of the entire series, but this entry added online dynasty.
5. Metroid Prime - Gamecube, 2002
Take a Metroid game, add a dimension, polish until ready. Serve.
6. Super Smash Bros. Melee - Gamecube, 2001
Link pwns Pikachu.
7. Super Mario Galaxy - Wii, 2007
The only 3D Mario game that compelled me to get all 120 stars.
8. Rock Band 2 - Xbox 360, 2008
The most fun four people can have with plastic toys.
9. Pikmin 2 - Gamecube, 2004
Only slightly better than Pikmin.
10. Pikmin - Gamecube, 2001
only slightly worse than Pikmin 2.
11. Eternal Darkness - Gamecube, 2002
Quite possibly the very definition of epic.
12. Batman: Arkham Asylum - Xbox 360, 2009
A lesson in how to make a licensed title.
13. Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - 2002, Gamecube
A technical and storytelling achievement.
14. Bioshock - Xbox 360, 2007
Does atmosphere right. The best character is Rapture.
15. Portal - PC/Xbox 360, 2007
Best writing in a video game. Ever.
16. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - Gamecube 2003
Three games later, they're all still trying to live up to this one.
17. Geometry Wars:Retro Evolved 2 - Xbox 360, 2008
Return of the high score battles from days of yore.
18. Fable II - Xbox 360, 2008
Half life simulator, half fantastic adventure game.
19. Shadow of the Colossus - Playstation 2, 2005
A bit of a let down from Ico, but still a masterpiece of storytelling.
20. Resident Evil 4 - Gamecube, 2005
Gets better as you play, and the action is pitch perfect.
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - 2006, Wii
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow - Nintendo DS, 2005
Resident Evil - Gamecube, 2002
Pac-Man Championship Edition - Xbox 360, 2007
Animal Crossing - Gamecube, 2002
Metroid: Zero Mission - Gameboy Advance, 2004
Kirby's Canvas Curse - Nintendo DS, 2005