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25. Vandal Hearts
Sony Playstation, 1997
I really like tactical RPG's, and there was just something that Vandal Hearts brought to the table that all the other ones didn't. It wasn't really the excessive geysers of blood rushing from slain opponents, or the horrible art direction. It was decidedly more mature in tone than the other jolly-go-rpgs of the era, and I commend it for this fact. I also have the sequel, but that incorporated some weird "enemies move at the same time as you" mechanic that made it dumb. Unfortunately VH was so hard that I gave up on it. Someday..
24. Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
Since I'm a relatively new Street Fighter fan, I didn't know where or even if one of them would place on this list. But eventually I caved and put my buddy 3S on it. This game has brought me a large amount of joy over the last year or so, and even though SFIV is out I can't help but think this is just a better playing game. I really like the fluidity that SFIV lacks, and the guess-parry keeps you on your toes at all times. Also, Akuma has mad mixup game and a great super (the fireball obviously). Tip one back for the old days!
Sega Genesis, 1990
I'm not really good at shooters, vertical or horizontal, but I've always felt a strange attraction towards them. Horizontal has of course always been where it's AT, and Gaiares is my personal prescription. The neat weapon-stealing system is different than other shooters and you totally fight a giant anime robot. What the hell else do you need? GO PLAY IT NOW.
Half-Life 2 might be a better game, that's not the point. The original blew the doors off of my expectations. The human interaction, scary solidarity, interesting protagonist, and the mystery of the G man still blow my mind to this day. The shooting felt great, but you could opt to beat a zombie in the face with a crowbar, how excellent is that? This game in particular started the "cool-gameplay-sequence-usually-at-the-beginning-of-the-game-where-you're not-actually-in-danger" thing, that a few others including the sequel have tried to build upon.
21. Dr. Mario
Nintendo Entertainment System, 1990
The only Mario game on this list is probably the least interesting to most of you. To Tetris fans I say forget you, I have something infinitely better than that. This game has chill pills, son. It was much less frustrating than most other puzzle games, you just match up one of the three colored germs to the pills, and you're in business. Not to mention, it has some of the best video game music in the history of the universe.
Stay tuned tomorrow for #20-16!