At a time when everyone else was chasing grey-brown gritty realism, Borderlands developers Gearbox Software made the bold decision to go with a stylish cartoon shaded approach. Gearbox backed that style with solid tech, and the result was a game that’s going to outlive the vast majority of shooters released this past generation.
43) Silent Hill 3
Never has a game been more gorgeously grimy. Silent Hill 2 may have been the best in the series in terms of story, but Silent Hill 3 easily has the best visuals. The characters in Silent Hill 3 have an incredible amount of personality — they remain more true-to-life than many of today’s beautifully textured, super HD, next-gen models.