By by Sean Ewing
1. Super Robot Wars Alpha 3 (PS2): A Japan only title, this is the premier strategy role-playing game for the ps2 or any current system. Banpresto has created a fantastic system that allows for an unbelievable level of customization and immersion. The graphics are wonderful, blending 3-D and hand drawn sprites to create a unique, colorful and vibrant environment. Super Robot Wars Alpha 3 is the total package.
2. Call of Duty 2 (Xbox 360): This game has garnered a ton of attention and rightfully so; in a genre crowded with WWII first person shooters, this stands head and shoulders above the rest. The graphics are impeccable and the sound design is fantastic. The missions keep the game varied and last long enough to let you get a real sense of the world.
3. Ninja Gaiden Black (Xbox): This game looks as good as it plays, rivaling most X360 games in terms of sheer graphical power. The difficulty has been ramped up, but so has the fun. This game is at it's best when you charge a horde of giant monsters with nothing but a sword and a vengeance.
4. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PSP): The PSP suffered from a lackluster launch and no real killer apps. Fortunately, Rockstar was there to lend a helping hand. GTA is the first real "gotta have" title for Sony's machine, and with good reason. This game offers a huge and real world for you to explore. The game play remains fresh after multiple playthroughs and the multiplayer is a welcome addition to the series.
5. Shadow of the Colossus (PS2): In terms of game play, there are a few titles that are better than this one. In terms of sheer artistic design and style, this is one of the most original games to come our way in years. It presents a lush, vibrant world painted with watercolors in broad, living strokes. The design of the enemies is amazing, and the boss battles feel epic and cinematic in scope. This is a game that could stand in a museum.