5) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Blast Processing wasn’t real. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news Genesis kids, but it’s true. The Sonic games, in particular Sonic the Hedgehog 2, were just so fantastic looking Sega was able to convince gamers there must be some sort of magic lurking within the humble Genesis.
The reality was Sonic 2 was just so well programmed it managed to move faster and generally outshine a large portion of the games on the beefier SNES hardware. Sonic 2 wasn’t just a technical marvel, it was absolutely bursting with detail, personality and, dare I say it, ‘tude. Sonic looked so good he set off an entire console war — how many games can say that?
4) Resident Evil 4
How the hell did they manage to pull off Resident Evil 4 on the Gamecube? Resident Evil 4 was of course bleeding edge stuff that continued to hold up well against even HD games well after its release. Unlike more recent Resident Evils it was also an effective horror game, playing brilliantly with light, shadow and atmosphere.