30: Crash Bandicoot Warped
The third and best entry in the Crash Bandicoot series, Warped tackled a greater variety in its stages – and a host of obscure secrets – as Crash made his way through history to stop a triumvirate of villains.
29: Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble
An underrated gem in the SNES library, DKC3 often gets flack for not being as good as the series’ second installment (though that’s no small feat). It could be argued that DKC3 is actually better than the original, though its downgrade in music quality has always put it at the bottom of the trilogy in my eyes. Still, DKC3 is a terrific platforming adventure.
28: The Last of Us
Many hail The Last of Us as one of the greatest video games of all time. Though that may be a bold claim, it’s still a testament to Naughty Dog’s game making abilities. Its campaign tells a good story that may lack in replay value, but the underrated multiplayer mode should keep you coming back.
27: The Misadventures of Tron Bonne
One of the best, rarest and most underrated games in the PSOne library, The Misadventures of Tron Bonne is finally more readily available for download on the PS3. Despite some controls that take some getting used to, it’s well worth the investment. It’s a downright charming game, and there’s not really anything else like it.
26: Super Mario Bros.
One of the classics of the medium. Scratch that. THE classic of the medium. Super Mario Bros. is still just as fun to play as ever.
25: Bayonetta 2
With Bayonetta’s now exclusivity to Nintendo, it’s easily the most un-Nintendo of all Nintendo games. Though that only speaks for content. In quality, it’s right at home with the likes of Mario and Link.
24: Donkey Kong Country
Yes, DKC is far more straightforward than its sequels. But damn, if it isn’t a whole lot of fun. Not to mention its soundtrack by David Wise is still one of the greats in gaming history.
23: Pikmin 3
We had to wait nine years between Pikmin sequels. Thankfully, the wait was worth it, as Pikmin 3 ended up being the most balanced entry in the series. Hopefully we won’t have to wait so long for the fourth entry on NX.
22: Super Mario 3D World
The perfect blending of the old and the new, Super Mario 3D World improved on 3D Land in every way, and then some. Introducing four-player gameplay to 3D platforming stages with 2D Mario progression is a recipe for pure chaos, and a whole lot of fun.
21: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Fantastic set pieces, fun level design, and improved gameplay make Uncharted 2 one of the best third-person action games ever.