8. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Robots Killing Robots! is the perfect premise for a just-keep-shooting-oh-god-why-are-there-more-where-do-they-keep-coming-from arcade game. Then once you add a layer of James Cameron, it suddenly goes to a whole new level of awesome, in what's easily the coolest Midway arcade game of the pre-NFL Blitz era. For four quarters you can fight that Robert Patrick mimetic poly-alloy guy while you blow holes through the tanker truck full of liquid nitrogen behind him, and then finish him off with a garbled "Hasta la vista, baby" actually voiced by Arnold Schwarzenegger. 1991's collective feeling about that opportunity: "Mom! Mom, I need another dollar. Mom! MOM!"


7. Spider-Man 2

The Spider-Man comics are a thrilling nerd-soars-through-New-York exercise in wish fulfillment. So luckily the three Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies meant three obligatory videogame tie-ins, and plenty of opportunities for the designers to nail the task of a great Peter Parker game. The second movie's console offering for PS2, XBox, and Gamecube is a standout, packing everything you want from its AMAZING premise into a sandbox gameplay environment, featuring with the second-coolest videogame rendering of modern NYC ever. If nothing else, it's the first game to really push the idea that Roosevelt Island is an exciting area to check out, instead of a group of condos, which is some pretty creative work on the programmers' part. Try Spider-Man 2 out sometime if you've never played it. It feels like Grand Theft Auto: Manhattan: Oh Also Webs Fly Out Of Your Hands And You Fight Doc Ock: But No Stealing Cars, Dude, You're the Good Guy: Besides, Remember The Web-Slinging Thing?. Just make sure you play one of the console versions, because for some reason they simplified (read: dumbed down) the PC game significantly.


6. X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged

Wait, hang on, who wants to spend a game being a NERD? "Math" isn't a skill category in Skyrim for a reason. No, you want to play the game where you slice people in half with your adamantium claws, grimace your way through unimaginable pain, and do cool stuff that wasn't even in that lousy Wolverine movie. Like fighting lava monsters. And killing a Sentinel. And fighting the Meat Loaf-esque Blob. And all the while watching as your Logan takes more and more physical damage till he finally breaks down to his skeletal layer, AND KEEPS FIGHTING A WHILE LONGER. Yeah. That's a game, bub.


5. Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader

If you're a gamer and you know who Wedge Antilles and Biggs Darklighter are and still laugh that they actually named the one fat pilot "Porkins", it's probably because you got this game IMMEDIATELY after you found out it was all about playing through all the major battles of the original trilogy. (getting to pilot X-Wings, A-Wings, Y-Wings, a T-16 Skyhopper, and where are you going I thought this was a date?) Sure, other games before this had recreated many of the battles - but none with this level of detail and level of control. Plus, you could pilot a 1969 Buick Electra 225, which is pretty cool, but really makes you question the canonicity of the game.