There's Waves, which tasks you with destroying horizontal and vertical lines of rockets.And there's the beautifully pure Pacifism, in which players must simply survive against an onslaught of enemies without firing a shot.Oh, and it's also home to some of the sweetest, most satisfying zombie headshot rules ever committed to a gaming disc.
But Dragon Quest 9: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is also more experimental than any previous Quest.
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To prevent long-running series like Mario and Zelda from unbalancing the list, we're only allowing one game per series (with representatives for both the 2D and 3D iterations if need be). It's scary enough for you to hide in a locker or crouch under a table when you hear so much as a blip on your chunky green radar, or ready a flashbang when you see the sharp end of a physics-enabled tail whip round a corner.
This isn't a compendium of the most important games of all time, either; historic significance doesn't mean diddly if it ain't still fun to play. Even after 15 hours of atmospheric exploration and cowering in terror, Alien: Isolation maintains its survival horror scares until the end.