14. Soulcalibur II (PS2/Xbox/GameCube, 2003)

Never mind the fact that Soulcalibur had already rocked the fighting scene. Gamers got to play as Link! While they were familiar with his work in Super Smash Bros., this was on a whole other level of violence and graphics. You couldn’t pick a better player for the series—and believe us, Namco has tried (we see you, Yoda). You can say what you like about sequels, but you can only salute Soulcalibur II.

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