The followup to Blizzard's mega-hit Diablo, the second game in the franchise upped the ante in almost every way. Featuring faster gameplay, a choice of five new classes (seven in the expansion) each with their own variety of skill sets and equipment choices, and of course a plethora of new quests, items, bosses and challenges to undertake. It also featured multiplayer for up to eight simultaneous players, who could choose to tackle dungeons, gain levels or just duke it out in battles to the death. Other new features, like "Rune words" and the ability to combine items and reroll equipment properties would also become staples of other games in the genre. Once again, a major hit for Blizzard that continues to be fun even today. There are even a few killer fan mods available for those tired of the stock game.
54. Metal Gear Solid (Konami, 1998)
53. The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo, 1987)
52. Axiom Verge (Thomas Happ, 2015)
51. Mischief Makers (Treasure, 1997)
The first Treasure game I ever played, and once I did, I was hooked on the company for life. Equal parts over the top silly and awesome, the game has you playing as Marina Liteyears, a hyper-strong jet-propelled robotic maid out to rescue Professor Theo from his kidnappers, the Clancer army. The game's mechanics center on grabbing, shaking and throwing items to a variety of effects - grabbing missiles out of the air, shaking them to make them larger, and throwing them back at your enemies to name just one. Tossing enemies into one another, throwing bombs and items into a pot then shaking to "combine" them into one larger item to name a couple more. It even features some delightfully silly stages like riding a giant bee, outrunning a tidal wave on a tricycle and the ever-awesome missile surfing stage (pictured), as well as boss fights against some truly outlandish boss monsters. Hell, there's even a time trial system and a hidden gold gem in each stage that extends the ending cinematic slightly, giving it some considerable replay value as well. Another game that should be rereleased to a wider audience but still hasn't for some reason...