9. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
Metroid Prime is one of the most important games in Nintendo's history. The most remembered series in the GameCube's lifespan, Metroid Prime revolutionised its franchise and was directly responsible for some of Nintendo's best reviewed and most beloved gaming experiences. The first entry in the Metroid series to implement 3D graphics and a first person perspective, the original game is heralded as a masterpiece to this day.
However, the improvements and significant shifts to the Metroid franchise didn't end with the first entry. The follow-up, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes continues some of the aspects implemented by the original Prime, but pushes forward in its own idiosyncratic and mesmerising direction. With a greater focus placed on storytelling, Echoes immerses the player in its alienating, lonely and beautiful world through its level design and emotionally resonant narrative.
Echoes further leans into the chilling feeling of being a solo adventurer on an alien world, creating more difficult encounters with boss battles and featuring elements of horror more predominantly than the original game. While this divided some fans, it helps Echoes stand out as a truly original and mesmerising sequel, one that improved on its original.