Sort of recent: Bayonetta
Mass Effect 2: I enjoyed the first one a lot, but even 2 months after beating it, pretty much everything about the 2nd one still resonates. It's at the top of my all time game list.
Other notables .... the first 2K Football release with the Dreamcast launch. Madden what?
Devil May Cry blew me away at the time.
Shadow of the Colossus shown above was impressive in scale.
Battletoads for the ridiculous, controller breaking difficulty.
Where are we going and why am I in this handbasket?
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
by the time skate came out i was done with these games but the first tony hawk made me
gears of war
gt and gt2
link to the past
zelda 64(cant remember the name although i think its ocarana of time)
killer instinct (arcade not snes)
mike tyson's punch-out
super mario world (first 16 bit game i played after the nes days)
Make it three yards mother****er and we'll have an automobile race
Herzog Zwei... many didn't quite get this game, because it seemed(to them) like a real quirky shooter, but instead it was one of the first real time strategy games out there.
Along the skateboarding/extreme sports games you had Aggressive Inline, which had all the controllability of your Tony Hawk games, but introduced the open world style play to the genre, basically you played in a free skate style mode doing tricks all over place, doing specific level goals on your own timetable (before this game the THPS series had time limits for each level)
THPS quickly added this style of play while calling their original form of play.
Recent - dirt3. It's not stellar but just poo grinning fun.
Past - twisted metal. So much fun playing split screen against friends.
.tow rig '01 Excursion | My track hotel Room - Addt'l custom tranny cooler - Upgraded torque converter
.bmw '08 335i | 60k miles + bone stock!
.porsche '87 944 | SCCA ITS :: ICSCC 944 Cup Race Car - Fordahl Motorsports built!
^^ lmfao i remember pepsi man. idk why but i always had troubles timing the jump out of the window after running through the house