I’m not by any means saying these are the best games ever. These are simply the games I’ve had more fun playing, the most engrossing and satisfying experiences.
They are not in any specific order.
Sim City 4
A city building and management simulator. Lots of numbers to juggle, really cozy graphics, fun text. There were more Sim Cities, but this one was the best.
Lots of people wanted graphically impressive games with their PSPs, but this games was just the best. Absolutely beautiful, great music by Mondo Grosso, gameplay was tight and super fun.
Streets of Rage 2
Oldschool early 90s action with great bassy techno and rather repetitive but fun anyway gameplay. The music really sets this game apart from other inferior and ugly games like Final Fight.
Final Fantasy VII
Damn this game is beautiful. The first hours were one of the best experiences ever. The cyberpunk aesthetics and the ultra charismatic NPCs and the impressive prerendered backgrounds and the crazy magic – everything about this game is legendary. Other Final Fantasy games (such as VI or X) are also super good. This one, however, blew my teenage mind.
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
My computer being able to run a GBA emulator in the early 2000s was how I mostly played around that time. There were tons of great games for the system, mind you, but Castlevania: AoS was deep, long, graphically detailed, and tons of fun. I adored it. Pixel art is one of my weaknesses since then.
Sonic used to be so cool. This game, for example, gives you speed, crisp and saturated graphics, catchy electronic music, and technically impressive effects, including animated cutscenes. The timeline concept was also an interesting idea, and the sprites used in this game are the best ever in a Sonic game IMO.
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
Such an experience. This game had me obsessed until the end. The characters are so likeable, the gameplay is so much fun, the visuals are so appealing. I wanted to live in that small village.
I like racing games for the eternal replayability and the sense of progression, and this game gives you that plus slick futuristic graphics and tight controls. The techno soundtrack is, again, perfect for the game.