I know it’s been said before, but it can’t be stressed enough: This game makes you feel like Pac-Man more than any other entry in the series. Longtime fans initially were very vocal in their opposition to the more realistic take on Pac-Man’s physique, but the more mature direction (along with Troy Baker’s rawest performance to date) allows the themes of fatherhood to have far more emotional weight.
Metroid Prime 4: Grand Prix
Samus is back baby! It’s been 13 years since her last original outing but this one was worth the wait. Boasting ten cups with six courses each (that’s over fifty courses!), this game has plenty of single player content, and when the online gets fixed there will be even more replay value. Adding the F-Zero universe not only adds a ton a racers to the roster, but also satisfies fans of both franchises. Let’s hope it’s not another 13 years for the sequel!
Story is whatever, but there’s a gun that shoots a drone that drops nukes, which is epic enough to land it on this list.