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  • beardybot - April 4, 2014 12:10 p.m.

    Grandia. Before it was even released I knew I wanted it in my life. I hunted for it everywhere as a kid, and everywhere as a teenager, too. My wife recently bought me a PS2, on the proviso that I get her favourite game as a kid... Grandia. The thing is, not only is my wife so darn cool, but I love every minute that I'm playing this game. Every other time I've waited with so much anticipation for a product, it's been a let down. This one just keeps getting better. Likewise, I thought I'd smirk at Final Fantasy X's outdated graphics, but I'm thoroughly enjoying reliving the story. There's something about both games that just makes you want to play them. Thunder Plains and Blitzball be damned!
  • TheGooseinator - April 4, 2014 7:02 a.m.

    Half-Life 2 also holds up incredibly well, although it's not quite as old as some of the other games on this list.
  • Relayer71 - April 3, 2014 6:38 p.m.

    Don't forget, RE4 also STILL looks amazing. Quite possibly the best looking game of its generation.
  • Marcunio88 - April 3, 2014 4:39 p.m.

    Personally I think Wind Waker, Burnout 3, SSX 3, Tony Hawk's 3 and Metroid Prime have all aged extremely well. The 3's in that list are all just as fun now as the day they were released, and Wind Waker / Prime contain two of the most engaging game worlds ever created. Also, if you want to experience F-Zero GX in it's full glory -- and trust me, you really do -- then do yourself a favour and play it on the Dolphin emulator in glorious 1080p. Preferably on the biggest TV available. Thank me later.
  • luke-perryman - April 3, 2014 2:08 p.m.

    Burnout 3 hasn't aged since it came out. And so long as you turn the dj off it remains almost a perfect arcade racing game whose sole purpose is to put a huge smile on your face. Can I also make a case for Oblivion? Sure it's only 8 years old now, but it's depth is second only to skyrim. The massive caves and daedric plains you can slaughter your way through to your hearts content still have me smiling the same way as they did when I conquered my very first one.
  • rigbybot127 - April 3, 2014 1:21 p.m.

    It's been 7 years, but not a single aspect of Bioshock has aged. It's story and gameplay are still amazing and fun, and Rapture still looks terribly gorgeous, and fully immerses.
  • Mafu - April 3, 2014 12:02 p.m.

    Mortal Kombat 3 Ultimate. That game never gets old. Sometimes, I plug my old SEGA console to play a little bit.
  • Fang5290 - April 3, 2014 11:51 a.m.

    Okami
  • injustice45 - April 3, 2014 9:39 a.m.

    Street Fighter II still feels pretty great to play after so many years. Tekken Tag Tournament is 14 years old, and it still plays and looks great on the PlayStation 2. Well, there are lots of PS2 games that hold up really well in gameplay and visual quality, like Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2, Virtua Fighter 4, Soul Calibur II, Ace Combat 4, and Devil May Cry 3, to name a few.
  • runner - April 3, 2014 9:25 a.m.

    I'd like to add Katamari Damacy. Visual that focuses more on style than technical aspects. Simple gameplay mechanic and control. Catchy (though a bit quirky) soundtrack. For me, all of these make it timeless
  • newmachine - April 3, 2014 9:16 a.m.

    for me, add Chrono Trigger and Street Fighter Alpha 2
  • Rhymenocerous - April 3, 2014 8:53 a.m.

    No Ico or Shadow of The Colossus? I suppose they get so much attention on articles like this that it almost feels like a cliché to mention them.
  • mothbanquet - April 3, 2014 7:52 a.m.

    I must say, Dave, you are a living thesaurus.
  • wittynickname - April 3, 2014 6:53 a.m.

    Some great choices. I'm absolutely delighted to see Silent Hill 2 on the list. It's among that rarified list of games I could sit down and replay annually and never, ever tire of. Easily has a seat at the table in any "Name the top five or ten games you've played" discussion I'm involved in. Obviously it's all subjective, but games I didn't see on your list but wish I had include: --Super Metroid --Ico --Chrono Trigger All instantly pick-up-and-playable today, and probably for the rest of time.
  • ncurry2 - April 3, 2014 5:53 a.m.

    I've been replaying resident evil 4 (for probably the fifth or sixth time since launch) on GameCube and it still blows me away. What really stands out to me is the excellent pacing. Nothing ever seems to be drawn out or rushed through. The environments seamlessly change, each adding a bit of spice to the solid gameplay mechanics. You're constantly being thrown into amazingly intense action sequences, followed by almost serene exploration elements right before some light puzzles need overcome to throw you back into the action again. I'd wager that no game has struck such a beautiful balance of action, suspense, and a sense of wonder since. Like David mentioned, some complain about the clunky controls but that is entirely intentional to help build the suspense. The environments and audio compound this but it's really that lack of control that drives it. If you could just run around while free aiming with dual analog sticks, you'd never feel backed into a corner or vulnerable. With the over the shoulder camera, every reload animation out in the open was intense. Enemies could quickly flank you without you even knowing they're there until you literally hear them breathing down your back. It's such a shame that the series lost it's way because to me, resident evil truly represents the pinnacle of all of these various elements of game design coming together to deliver and outstanding product.
  • CitizenWolfie - April 3, 2014 5:08 a.m.

    I'd say pretty much any first party Nintendo game from the 16bit generation has aged really well. A lot of people say SMB3 is the best Mario game but it's hard to find anything bad about Super Mario World. Great level design that makes even replaying levels feel fresh, timeless graphics, great power ups and those little secrets and touches like the Yoshi sacrifice jump or the Special world or flying underneath the finish gate to find another exit. I always come back to it even now. Magic.
  • BlueBoboDoo100 - April 2, 2014 7:14 p.m.

    Was pleasantly surprised to see F-Zero GX. My friends and I still play that game often (along with Mario Party 6, our favorite entry) I would personally add Street Fighter 3 Third Strike and Alpha 3 MAX (though on the PSP controls are slightly iffy) Those are still far and away the best-looking Street Fighter games and most fun for me. And that Alpha 3 announcer is the DEFINITION of timeless: "Beat 'em up, guys!"
  • homestar99 - April 2, 2014 5:01 p.m.

    You had me at Resident Evil 4 and then lost my interest until Silent Hill 2. I just thought they were amazing and I'm incredibly nostalgic about the PS2.
  • awesomesauce - April 2, 2014 3:36 p.m.

    I really was expecting Jet Set Radio Future to make this list or its predecessor
  • LordZarlon - April 2, 2014 3:13 p.m.

    Since you mentioned Quake 3, I feel that Unreal Tournament hasn't aged much either. I game with a family and they have a variety of laptops. Some newer, some not. UT plays great on those systems and it's still an absolute blast to play!

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