5. Just Cause 2
In 2006, many developers were releasing titles on both last-generation (PS2 and Xbox) and next-generation (Xbox 360) consoles--and usually, both versions suffered from this attempt. The original Just Cause was met with this cruel fate, and ended up being buggy, shallow, and not nearly as fun as it felt like it wanted to be. It wasn’t bad, it was just… well, actually, it was sort of bad.
The sequel, on the other hand, was absolutely marvelous. Just Cause 2 was a playground of destruction, taking full advantage of the current generation’s power with a massive, beautiful island to explore, filled with fun stuff to destroy. The game was simply jam-packed with stupid, hilarious things to do, like strapping propane tanks to people and then shooting them, or jumping out of helicopters in mid-air and trying to fly back in. Just Cause 2 was everything we wanted from the original, except cooler, prettier, and a hell of a lot more fun. And not bad. Oh, not bad at all.