6. Metal Gear Solid 2
Metal Gear Solid 2 was famously contentious when it first came out, and some fans still curse its name to this day, though others have accepted it for what it is, not what they wanted it to be. Prior to release MGS2 was one of the most anticipated games of all time, but when gamers saw that series star Solid Snake was replaced early in the game by pretty boy Raiden, many rejected it. But those that could get past any feelings of betrayal would find the same excellence they’d come to expect from Kojima.
Telling what might be one of the most complex plots in game history (and that’s saying something for MGS), Raiden’s postmodern espionage mission on Big Shell had many questions and few answers, but the stellar gameplay was still there. Wrapped in some of the best graphics of the era, the sneaking was refined, the boss fights were still first-rate, and the narrative tackled deeper societal issues that the majority of mainstream games avoid. If you’ve denied yourself MGS2 all these years for purely superficial reasons, you owe it to yourself to finally play the HD rerelease, which is the superior version of the game.