10. Devil May Cry

Devil May Cry, PS2, PlayStation 2, Metacritic

Metacritic Rating: 94

The 2001 release of Devil May Cry kickstarted the rise and popularity of the franchise, with critics at the time being pleased enough with it for the game to get a 94 average rating on Metacritic, which included 9.5/10 from Game Informer and 9.6/10 from IGN.

The hack and slash game took players to Mallet Island as demon hunter Dante, who is on a journey to defeat a demon lord named Mundus. The game revolved around sword fights, and players are scored between D and A depending on how well they did and how quick each mission was completed.

It was the second game directed by Hideki Kamiya and just the fourth game he worked on with Capcom at that time. As you may know Kamiya now works for PlatinumGames and has worked on the likes of Viewtiful Joe, Bayonetta, The Wonderful 101 and the now cancelled Xbox One exclusive Scalebound.

 


 

9. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, PS2, PlayStation 2, Metacritic

Metacritic Rating: 94

It isn’t the highest up game in the Tony Hawk game franchise, but it is a personal favourite. Like previous games you had multiple levels to explore and complete missions usually given to you by characters based on real skateboarders, and it was the first game in the series to not have a set time limit for each attempt. Hidden combos, which were introduced in Pro Skater 3, were also refined and worked better.

From San Francisco to London, Alcatraz to the zoo, there were multiple great new levels along with some small improvements over Pro Skater 3. The game received a 94 average rating on Metacritic and was the last Pro Skater game in the series before Robomodo developed the frankly terrible Pro Skater 5 in 2015.

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