10. Quake for PC
I'm giving Quake the number ten position mainly due to the fact that it was the first 3D game I seriously invested time in. As far as gameplay goes it's fairly identical to any FPS of the day (back when Doom and Doom II were kings). Where it shines is it's use of 3D graphics and overall creepiness. It seriously scared the crap out of me countless times. It was also fun to play around with the console commands to change gravity and how enemies act. If you ask me, without Id softwares numerous game offerings we wouldn't be enjoying the FPS's of today.
9. Halo: Combat Evolved for Xbox and PC
Halo gets number nine due to the fact that it was the first successful console FPS. It also introduced coop game play through for the first time in an FPS. But the main reason is because it was the first FPS to have local multiplayer via LAN that wasn't PC based. There was a PC version that came out a few years after the Xbox version which included online multiplayer, but by that time Halo 2 was almost out which used Xbox Live to greater success.
8. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for Playstation
The Castlevania series is full of really good titles and really horrible subpar titles. Symphony of the Night was the first to really change things up. Almost every Castlevania after it takes a similar game mechanics path. The best part of this game is the RPG elements which add more reasons to kill the numerous enemies you encounter throughout Dracula's castle. This is my most favorite Castlevania by far.
7. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for PC
Call of Duty was for the longest time a World War II genre of FPS games. When I first saw Modern Warfare was coming out I thought to myself "Finally something the younger generation can actually relate to." I find it strange that WWII games are even still being made, but I digress. Modern Warfare brought together a lot of great things. First great graphics, great FPS gameplay, fun online multiplayer, and a decent story. For me it was love at first sight.
6. Just Cause 2 for PC
This game is just fun! I've played GTA I-III and Vice City, and I've even played the Just Cause demo, but no Sandbox game has brought me more joy than Just Cause 2. The enormity of the world is breathtaking, the amount of freedom you have is incredible. I love to play this game just to explore and blow up things. You don't even have to pay attention to the story, and to me that is the best part. Just Cause 2 for the PC is doubly pleasing with mods. Really, this should be higher on the list but it lacks a good story.
5. Final Fantasy III (VI) for SNES/Playstation
Arguably the single best Final Fantasy ever. It has everything you'd come to expect in a Final Fantasy game. It introduced the ATB (Active Time Battle) system that was used in practically every Final Fantasy and even Chrono Trigger ever since. It features incredible Magical Spells, powerful weapons, incredible Summons, and a cool story to boot. The music, composed by Nobuo Uematsu is by far the best of the series. Overall it is my favorite Final Fantasy besides Final Fantasy IX.
4. Super Mario World for SNES
Literally the most fun Mario game of the previous two decades. This title introduced to us so many things. For starters you got to use Yoshi, who went on to star in his own fantastic game, Super Mario World 2 Yoshi's Island. Also, the Magic Cape power up, which allowed Mario to fly somewhat like the Raccoon tail power up in Super Mario Bros. 3. Much of the other features that made the other Mario games were also included, but probably to coolest thing about Super Mario World was the amount of secrets there were. I still don't know them all.
3. Chrono Trigger for SNES/Playstation/DSi
This RPG has seen many ports, but no worthy sequels. However, it is the best RPG of the SNES generation. Chrono Trigger is so iconic in it's story telling, and the way it plays. You literally travel through time in order to save the planet. There's no peer when it comes to time traveling RPG's. The only complaint I have is that the main character has no voice, which is okay I guess, but it makes the story a bit lacking during some of the more pivotal parts. But don't let that deter you, this is a stunningly superb entry from Squaresoft (back when they actually made good games).
2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for SNES
THE BEST LEGEND OF ZELDA GAME EVER! You cannot say that Ocarina of Time was better because basically this game was Ocarina of Time. This is why; in A Link to the Past you didn't ever time travel, but you did go to the dark world which is basically what happens in Ocarina of time. Not everything is similar, but without this game Ocarina of Time would have never been as good. That is why this entry gets the number two position.
Aaaaaaw yeaaaaaah! Super Metroid is by far the best game I've ever played. It's difficult, it's long, it's scary, and it's fun as heck. In the opening of the game it sets up the "story" and then you are free to explore, defeat enemies, collect power ups and kill bosses to get to mother brain. Let me tell you, that is one of the most satisfying final boss battles in the history of games. Everything after Super Metroid just got better and better (except Other M, which was just okay). My fondest SNES memories are from hours of enjoyment while playing Super Metroid.