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15. Wild Arms
Sony Playstation, 1997
As one of the first RPG's I've ever played, Wild Arms holds a special place in my heart. Its simple approach to characterization and storytelling is still one of the best. You get banished from hometown for doing the "right" thing, you stumble upon two other wanderers who are on their own journey, you unite for a common goal. It's been done before, and it's been done after, but none have done it as good as Wild Arms in my opinion. I personally love the psuedo-wild west meets japan feel to the game, and the soundtrack is second to none.
14. Mortal Kombat II
Owning fools at my local dollar movie-theater as an eight year-old was quite the experience, but none of this would have been possible if it weren't for this gem. MKII is one of the best fighting games of all time, whether the veterans of the genre will admit it or not. It hit the sweet spot with its expansion on MKI, before it went completely ape-shit with MKIII and beyond. The perfect fighting system? Just the right amount of approachability? And there's tons of gore, although that goes without mentioning.
13. Deus Ex
PC, 2000Bridging the gap between FPS and PRG was the original Deus Ex, a game that stands the test of time despite looking horribly out-dated today (a feat I can't say about half of the games on this list). I really loved the all-angle approach you could take to virtually every sequence in the game, and how you distribute abilities and stats and all that awesome junk always gets me giddy. I'm thinking about installing this again just for the lulz. The sequel was great as well, don't let the nay-sayers deter you!
Nintendo Entertainment System, 1989
No game has scarred my memory quite like Shadowgate, the second in a line of three clicking adventure games released for the NES, the others being Deja Vu and Uninvited respectively. I don't know what it is that makes this game in particular so horrifying, but even today I still have chills running down my spine when I see my torch is fading away and I hear that awful music (by awful I mean amazing). What keeps me coming back? The various methods in which you can use things on yourself, of course! "Use hammer on self -- YOU PLUNGE THE HAMMER DEEP INTO YOUR CHEST!!" Is that even possible? Who cares, it's awesome.
11. Shadow of Destiny
Sony Playstation 2, 2001
You probably don't know this game exists, but that's ok. I'm here to tell you that it's awesome. As one of my early PS2 experiences, I was grabbed immediately by the storytelling, engaging plot-twists, and multiple wildly different endings. It's mostly a hands-off adventure game, but it makes you FEEL like you're in a fair amount of control, as you never really feel the need to do anything beyond the games limitations. I cannot stress it enough, pick this one up on the cheap for either the PS2 OR PC, chances are you'll be pleasantly surprised. It's super short, I managed to get all five of the endings in one day.
Stay tuned in the near future for #10-6!