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SPRay

While plenty of games have been very clearly inspired by Super Mario 64, SPRay might be the first that's drawn so directly from the underrated Super Mario Sunshine.

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Wario Land: Shake It!

Wario Land: Shake It! may be the best post-modern video game ever.

Jason Cook
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Braid

The organic, malleable gameplay that Braid offers is refreshing in the context of a game that superficially looks to be a platformer.

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Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys!

It's quite bizarre to see a game which in the concept sounds incredible -- playing as the dead, awakening to feed -- when the ultimate experience is so the opposite.

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Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction

Tools of Destruction excels in squeezing personality not just from ancillary characters, but from the levels and environments themselves.

Arun Subramanian
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Beautiful Katamari

The charm that once made the original fun and interesting has worn thin now that the second and third sequels have come around.

Ryan Smith
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Super Mario Galaxy

Super Mario Galaxy might be the first time old-school gamers have to accept that, y'know, maybe gamers these days do have it better than they did.

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Ratatouille

It's like Crash Bandicoot with more mobility, as rats can apparently walk tightropes, climb nets, and use conveniently-placed umbrellas to float around.

Mike Schiller

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