GoldenEye 007 (1997, N64)
Not many games start a level by dropping you through an air vent into the gents' loos in a Soviet military base, but that's one of many reasons why this game was so very good. Its single-player campaign mixed stealth and explosions with great success, but where this game really came into its own was in the multiplayer mode. Basic by today's standards, yes, but having four players trying to kill off each other from their quarter-screen view was incredibly exciting. License to Kill. Pistols. No, you can't be Oddjob…
Spider-Man 2: The Game (2004, PS2)
Spider-Man 2 combined GTA's open-world sandbox magic with Spider-Man's arachnid superpowers, and the end result was every aspiring superhero’s dream. Unlike its predecessor, which saw you disappointingly shooting web randomly into mist, Spider-Man 2 let you hit buildings and lampposts, giving you full freedom to web swing around an open city in three dimensions. It took days for us to even start the main mission, such was our addiction to the freedom of web swinging. Never had the guts to try it out in real life, mind.
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Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (2005, PS2/Xbox 360/PC)
Clearly aiming to retrieve the longest game title accolade from Riddick, Peter's Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie was one of the launch titles for the Xbox 360. Mixing first-person shooter action with third-person sequences in which you actually got to play as Kong, it featured fantastic graphics and an entertaining combo of ammo conservation and puzzle-solving.
Finish the game a second time and rack up 250,000 points and you're treated to a happier ending, in which Kong climbs down from the Empire State Building and returns to Skull Island to live out his days in peace.
Dune II (1992, PC/Amiga)
Based on David Lynch's 1984 movie adaptation of Frank Herbert's 1965 sci-fi novel, this one was a long time coming. But it was worth the wait and can claim the honour of being the game that really kicked off the real-time strategy genre, spawning the likes of Command and Conquer and Starcraft. A simple premise – mine valuable 'spice' from the planet Arrakis and defend territory from rivals. It was so insanely addictive that we've kept our coriander under close guard ever since. If you want a quick reminisce, head over to play-dune.com where you can play Dune II in your browser.
Lego Star Wars: The Video Game (2005, PS2/Xbox)
Combining Lego, the Star Wars prequels and a video game sounds like a recipe for disaster – but like a beautiful construction made out of mismatched Lego bricks, it all fits together perfectly. An addictive mix of puzzle solving, action and memorable set-pieces inspired by the films – with a dash of wit – made for a masterpiece that was, frankly, vastly better than watching Jar-Jar Binks capering about on the big screen.