I love Sands of Time. I like how combat was greatly improved for its sequels. But Prince of Persia (2008) is absolute beauty everywhere you look. Had it not been preceded by the Sands trilogy the game would have had a much greater impact. And its artstyle? It puts the latest PoP game to shame!
Sonic Battle (SEGA), GBA; fighting game developed by Sonic Team & published by Sega & THQ. It is the second Sonic based fighting game. The first being Sonic the Fighters. was released in North America in 2004. It was also the first Sonic game in Japan to feature cursing. Battles are fought in 3D arenas with up to 4 players. Each character has a set of attacks & abilities. game received generally mixed to positive reviews.
As Final Fantasy was arguably THE flagship series of the original PlayStation, expectations were high for Final Fantasy X, the first game in the series on then next-gen hardware. Suffice to say the game succeeded in its goal, becoming one of the best-selling/received games on its console and in its series. This could be due to aiming to "avoid many JRPG cliches" - just look at my characters section for details.