25. Pokémon Red & Blue (1998)
The simple, charming design of the monsters. The “gotta catch ‘em all” completionism which compels you to keep exploring. The underdog story of a small town Pokémon trainer battling their way to the top of the league. What makes Pokémon Red & Blue great (or any Pokémon game for that matter) is that underneath all of that is a deceptively deep RPG that can be as simple or complex as the player needs it to be. Without that, none of the other stuff works. Thankfully, it all comes together in a replicable formula that has spawned dozens of fantastic titles.
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24. Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike (1999)
Typically on a list like this, deference is paid to the game that started it all — Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior. Without question, it was a phenomenon in the arcades and popularized the fighting genre. However, it was improved upon in every way by the games that came after it, the best among those being Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike.
The 20 character roster is well balanced. The soundtrack is vibrant and memorable. It features some of the best sprite work I’ve ever seen with smooth, expressive, and highly detailed animations. The game itself works great for both casual games among friends and competitive play at the highest level. The parry Capcom added to this game changes everything ; the move requires incredibly precise timing and rewards you with a risky way to block attacks without accruing damage. If you haven’t seen the “Daigo Parry” please google “Daigo Evo Moment 37” and enjoy. You’re welcome.
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is the best fighting game. Put it on the list.
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