Sure, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain redefines stealth-based action and Forza Horizon 3 is the definitive open-world racer, but they didn't make it into this guide based purely on those metrics.
Any game that's still available and still considered excellent when ranked against the best of today is eligible.
$14.99 %display Price% at %seller% Galaxy Trail's Freedom Planet is a retro-platformer that looks and feels like a long-lost 16-bit mascot game.
Freedom Planet's 14 levels are large, colorful, and varied.
Yes, this guide goes into some depth on each game entry, but the ability to link to a full review benefits those looking for a deeper cut. For now, three stars is the happy medium, but, as we review more games, we may have to be choosier, to keep the list at a manageable size.