Final Fantasy VII (1997)

10 Though I grew up with a Playstation in the mid-’90s, I was one of¬†the few underage Playstation owners that failed to be granted a copy of Final Fantasy VII. I was well-acquainted with the classic Sony mascots like Crash and Spyro, and I was even aware of more mature games for the system like…

Super Mario Sunshine (2002)

8.5 Like many of the First Party titles to come out of the Gamecube era, Super Mario Sunshine is an unorthodox take on a Nintendo faithful, full of water, and is a divisive entry among legions of fans. As PeanutButterGamer so eloquently pointed out on his list of the Top 10 Mario games of all…

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)

9.5 Few (if any) games have frustrated me as much as Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune gave it a run for its money with its hoards of endless enemies with often sloppy cover mechanics, unclear platforming paths, and a final boss encounter that tested the boundaries of my penchant for pain. But Uncharted…

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (2007)

9 I continue my impromptu run-through of Naughty Dog’s catalog with Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, the cinematic blockbuster that took the developer¬†to a whole new level. Even so, while there are elements of Uncharted that are truly sublime, its formulaic delivery and a few frustrating segments hold it back from being on the level of much…

Jak 3 (2004)

9.25 Naughty Dog’s swan song for its second major IP (unless you count the phoned-in Jak X: Combat Racing) added to the formula set by its predecessor with epic, but mixed results. There are a lot of things that Jak 3 improved upon Jak II. The gun count jumps up from 4 to 12 (though…

Jak II (2003)

9.25 It’s no secret that Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is one of my favorite video games of all time as it launched my love of gaming into the PS2 era, which for my money was still the greatest in gaming history. But Jak II changed just about everything it could about the core…

Crash Team Racing (1999)

9.75 Though Naughty Dog had only planned on three Crash titles originally, after the completion (and success) of Crash Bandicoot 2 (not to mention, the success of kart racers like Mario Kart and Diddy Kong Racing), the team decided to begin production of Crash Team Racing. The result was not only one of the most…