Released: 2000
Developer/Publisher: SEGA-AM2 for Sega
Platform(s): DC

With its fascinating open world and realistic weather effects, Shenmue was clearly ahead of its time. (And costing a reported $70 million, it certainly should've been.) But more than any gameplay element, it's the compelling story of a teenager avenging his father's death that sticks with us to this day. Well, that and a seriously awesome score.

Ryo has been confirmed as a playable character in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, out in February.