Following in the footsteps of GoldenEye 007 was no easy task for the team at Rare responsible for developing Perfect Dark. And yet, they stuck the landing, even without the help of James Bond. Though this title was released near the tail end of the Nintendo 64’s heyday, its timing did nothing to dim its reception. The game was honored with contemporary praise, and has lost none of its luster in retrospective appraisals.

Critics pointed to its masterful multiplayer mode, ambitious design, and next-level graphics as the highlights of this classic. Us? Well, we just loved that FarSight, even if we were the ones occasionally on the receiving end of a super-powerful snipe.