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January 19, 2007 1:21:34 PM

OK, just finished the Half-Life best game thread, and figured it was time to do an all-time greats list. Gimme your Top 5 personal faves, all time, all platforms. No flames please, just animated discussions... :lol: 

Mine are:
1) World of Warcraft (PC)
2) Starcraft (PC)
3) Escape from Castle Wolfenstein (apple II)
4) Dark Castle (Mac)
5) Diablo I/II (PC)

My most important factors here were stickiness (how long I would continue to play), sheer fun, challenge, and replayability. Fire away ladies and gents - let's hear your thoughts!

PS - I do NOT work for Blizzard, I just happen to really enjoy most of their games!

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January 19, 2007 2:01:22 PM

Hmm, tough one, lets see.
I will have to base this one on games that exemplified their given genre.

1. Fallout 1/2 (PC) - RPG
2. Warhammer 40k Dawn of War (PC) - RTS
3. Tribes (PC) - FPS
4. Elite 2 Frontier (PC/Amiga/?) - Space Sim
5. Dead Rising (XBox360) - Action game

The competition was fierce, especially in the RTS and RPG genres. These are all games I completely lost myself in for months at a time and none of them are even MMOs.
January 19, 2007 2:11:07 PM

1) Final Fantasy 7
2) Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater
3) Half Life + Counter Strike
4) Civilization (all of them really they just keep getting better with each new rendition)
5) Total War
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January 19, 2007 3:18:12 PM

I'm reorganizing it in a list by category.

FPS:
Unreal Tournament/2004 (PC)
Half Life & 2 (PC)
Goldeneye (N64)
Duke Nukem (N64)
Battlefield 2 (PC) As buggy as it still is, it's still a great game.

Strategy:
Starcraft/Brood War (PC)
Command & Conquer Red Alert (PC)
Homeworld/Cataclysm (PC)

RPG:
Phantasy Star 4 (Sega Genesis)
Chrono Trigger (SNES)
Oblivion (PC)
Guild Wars (PC)
Diablo 1 & 2 & LoD (PC)

I especially love my games that DON'T require a CD, like ut2k4, guild wars, and half life, I rather have a program like Steam than placing a freaking CD/DVD (which I gotta find in a freakin pile, those arent the only games I play) in the 1 dvd drive I have!
January 19, 2007 3:47:11 PM

I really kicked Fallout around in my mind too, and it would probably be number 6 on my list. So when is Fallout 3 coming again... :cry: 
January 19, 2007 4:16:20 PM

unknown. Thump Bethesda on the head and tell them to get working on that for me would ya?
January 19, 2007 6:23:49 PM

There's only three I can give you with any real guarantee that they won't change on a whim, so in no particular order:

The Longest Journey
Half-Life 2
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Five is an awfully large number to fill though...
January 19, 2007 9:38:02 PM

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There's only three I can give you with any real guarantee that they won't change on a whim...Five is an awfully large number to fill though...


I've got the same problem:

Half-Life 1/2
Deus Ex

Plenty more I like, but I've very picky as to what I put in my top five. Here's more (intentionally exhaustive) favorites, maybe they'll help other people come up with theirs...

PC:
Doom 2
Quake 1/2
Unreal Tournament
Neverwinter Nights
The Secret of Monkey Island
Rama
The Sims
Jump n Bump
Chex Quest

Xbox 360:
Geometery Wars
Marble Blast Ultra
Kameo
Oblivion
Tomb Raider: Legend

Xbox:
Dead or Alive 3
Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee
Project Gotham Racing
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2x
Wrekless
Knights of the Old Republic

NES:
Mario 1-3
Mike Tyson's Punchout
Metal Gear
Battletoads
Basewars

Amiga:
Sim City
Populous
Globulous

Palm:
Kyle's Quest

Genesis:
James Pond 3

Game Gear, Nintendo DS, PocketPC:
Nothing sticks out. :( 
January 20, 2007 5:54:16 PM

Surely Phoenix Wright can stick out if you have a background in PC Point & Click Adventures?
January 21, 2007 6:28:23 AM

It probably could if I'd played it. :wink: Are you talking about this game? Is it a P&C too?
January 22, 2007 1:23:25 AM

Yeah, it pretty much is a Point & Click. =)

The sequel just came out this week. (and the Japanese release with an incomplete English translation with lots of typos & the un-trans-culture-formed puns & figures of speech has been available for import for a while now)

It's funnier than Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge!
January 22, 2007 9:17:33 PM

W00t! Thanks for the recommend. I'll check it out.
January 23, 2007 12:54:20 AM

ooooh, Deus Ex... Damn, thats gonna give Tribes a run for its money in the FPS position.
January 23, 2007 9:24:57 PM

PC:
shogun:total war
age of empires II
Diablo II
knights of the realm 4
stronghold

Console:
final fantasy tactics
final fantasy X
Madden 07
breath of fire IV
final fantasy VII

This may sound a little weird but i think each one of the games has affected my personality and life in some way....
January 23, 2007 10:44:02 PM

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This may sound a little weird but i think each one of the games has affected my personality and life in some way....


You're right, Troy -- that did sound weird. But hey, I applaud your honesty.

I can't pick just five. I mean, how can you? Looks like Guru, Info and Cafuddled are the only three that have stuck to five, and I salute them. I can't. No way.

Console
Castlvania
Contra
Star Fox 64
Mario Kart 64
Street Fighter II
Mortal Kombat II
GoldenEye 007
Metal Gear Solid
Resident Evil 4
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay
God of War

PC
Doom
Castle Wolfenstein
Deus Ex
Half-Life
Starcraft
Half-Life 2
Call of Duty

F.E.A.R., Company of Heroes, and Oblivion are all climbing the charts.[/quote]
January 24, 2007 3:57:19 PM

I waffled and put Fallout in at #6... :oops: 
January 25, 2007 1:56:15 AM

RobWright likes the First Person Shooter genre... =)
January 25, 2007 3:52:30 PM

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RobWright likes the First Person Shooter genre... =)


Sh*t, you're right. Rob Wright does like his FPS games, which is weird because most of my friends think I'm anti-FPS because I don't really care for Halo and BF2. Go figure. But I'm definitely in an FPS cycle right now having moved on from fantasy and RPGs in the 90s.

Confession time: I've never played Fallout. Is the game too dated to appreciate it now or should I give it a try?
January 25, 2007 4:05:39 PM

Great games are never too dated, as long as you can still get them to run. I didn't play Monkey Island when it first came out. PC Gamer gave it to me for free. Then I rushed to work at EB and picked up the Curse of Monkey Island. Came bundled with the first two. GTs.

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But I'm definitely in an RPG cycle right now having moved on from sci-fi and FPSs in the 90s.


Oh yeah, I forgot James Pond 3. Great Genesis game. Added.
January 26, 2007 12:02:36 AM

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RobWright likes the First Person Shooter genre... =)


Sh*t, you're right. Rob Wright does like his FPS games, which is weird because most of my friends think I'm anti-FPS because I don't really care for Halo and BF2. Go figure. But I'm definitely in an FPS cycle right now having moved on from fantasy and RPGs in the 90s.

Confession time: I've never played Fallout. Is the game too dated to appreciate it now or should I give it a try?

The graphics are dated, but the gameplay has not been trumped by new features that make it unbearable yet if that is what you mean.

I went back and replayed Fallout 1/2 just a couple months ago, but I have a HUGE tolerance for old graphics. If the graphics on the back of the box don't scare you off, go for it.
January 26, 2007 2:00:32 AM

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The graphics are dated, but the gameplay has not been trumped by new features that make it unbearable yet if that is what you mean.

I went back and replayed Fallout 1/2 just a couple months ago, but I have a HUGE tolerance for old graphics. If the graphics on the back of the box don't scare you off, go for it.


Sweet, I'm in. Just send me your copy :wink:
January 26, 2007 8:26:21 AM

Trying to think of them and it's a toughie to say cos I've way more than 5.

In no particular order:

Operation Flashpoint.
Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butchers Bay.
Zelda: Link to the Past/ Ocarina of Time.
Goldeneye (Next to Zelda LTTP in terms of hours played, I could do most levels with my eyes closed towards the end).
Eve Online cos I've been playing solidly now for 1 yr and 3ish months and I've no intention of stopping atm.
January 26, 2007 11:12:22 AM

The graphics in Fallout are dated by now, but great games are rarely defined by their graphics alone - Fallout is just a fun game to play, and I find that the graphics are irrelevant to my enjoyment of it.

The bundled version containing 1 and 2 still shows up on the bargain shelves with regularity (pretty good for a game that old!), so you should be able to find it fairly readily - enjoy!
January 30, 2007 11:30:13 AM

Like many posters, my "favourite" games seem to change daily. I guess one way to decide is to look at what 5 games you've played the most. In my case...

Civilisation 2
Age of Empires 2
Caesar 3
Football Manager (2007 at the moment)
Pro-Evolution soccer (6 at the moment)
'X' series of games (X3 and counting...)
Master of Orion 2

That's 7 isn't it? Bugger. Galactic Civilisations 2:D read Lords deserves to be on there too, but I haven't owned it long enough for it to qualify on the time spent criteria :wink:
January 31, 2007 5:57:00 PM

Best 5 games ever made in my view...hmm, this is a tough one.

1. Fallout 1/2 (just have to point out that Tactics sucked bigtime)
2. System Shock 2
3. Silent Hunter 3
4. GT Legends
5. Sudden Strike or Blitzkrieg cant decide

Edit: Bah cant keep the list this short, allso must give honorary mention to Day of the Tentacles, Operation Flashpoint, Deus Ex (deffinately not the second one), the Total War series, Gal civ 2, Homeworld 2, Gothic series, Hearts of Iron 1 and 2, Toca 3, Dune 2, Soldier of Fortune 1 and some more i cant quite remember right now.
February 2, 2007 9:09:49 AM

How can you rate Silent Hunter 3 as a great game???? Looks nice, sounds loooovely but... it's not a game. You go out.... you blow stuff up you go home you go out you blow stuff up you go home. Germany still loses the war. What's the point of it all?

Never played GT legends either but wasn't it supposed to be meh.

Whiiiiich drags me back to another fave game of all time which would be gran turismo. Lots of hours spent on that game by me. Oh oh and while I'm thinking about the PS1 Silent Hill has to get a mention.
February 2, 2007 9:32:52 AM

Turn all the realism options up in SH3 and it no longer is a game where you merele sail the seas and murder merchant seamen, you have to think and are constantly on a knifes edge, especialy from 1943 onwards. How does Germany losing the war stop the game from being fun to play?

GT Legends is great in my view because it is the closest thing to a simulator with cars of that era on the market, arcade racers like need for shit and such dont really interest me.

I never really understood why people like gran turismo so much to be hones,t way too arcade for my taste, sure the selection of cars is great but when i run into a brick wall at full speed i expect to be penalized a bit mroe than driving slow for 10 or so seconds.
February 2, 2007 5:49:45 PM

I'd love to add Soldier of Fortune: Double Helix to one of these lists here. It was a great FPS. I agree StarCraft is a top five along with Civ, HL and the original Doom. Return to Castle Wolfenstein was also an amazing game as well with a great online multiplayer.
February 4, 2007 4:32:19 PM

Ahhh
counterstrike :lol: 
cs source :D 
halflife :wink:
links2003 :) 
fighter ace-when it was free I can remember spending hrs playin it :D 
February 5, 2007 8:07:03 AM

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Turn all the realism options up in SH3 and it no longer is a game where you merele sail the seas and murder merchant seamen, you have to think and are constantly on a knifes edge, especialy from 1943 onwards. How does Germany losing the war stop the game from being fun to play?


What's the point of playing it then? You can't win. The only goal to play towards is upgrading your sub. There is no tension in it so I'm not sure where you get the knife edge quote. You basically just shoot ships. That's it. No storyline, no specific mission goals no nothing. It's not a game, it's an exercise in futility. I much prefer Dangerous Waters as a sub sim. Specific mission goals leading to genuine tension. It's just not as tense and a million times more complex.

All in all SH3 is a pretty game but also pretty souless imo.
February 8, 2007 6:16:50 PM

The point is to survive, the convoy escorts become brutal later in the game, allso stalking a convoy or a ship for a long time, marking its course, calculationg its speed acording to that, coming up wit the torpedo firing solution and then waiting to see wether or not you made a mistake or if you fired a dud. All that is exiting for me and in the case of a convoy diving down to 200 meters and runing silent in an efort to survive the depth charge assault and to fool the enemy into thinking you are somewhere you are not only to continue to stalk the same convoy and to launch another attack when night falls once more.

Surviving the war and managing to do so while geting decetn tonnage is your victory.
February 10, 2007 3:09:03 AM

Clearly Wolfy doesn't understand what simulations are all about...

But anyway, I've got more good news for VBDude. Another DS Adventure game came out that's pretty good. It's called Hotel Dusk: Room 215.
February 12, 2007 7:50:02 AM

pffft..... Give me Dangerous Waters any day.
February 12, 2007 5:45:53 PM

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But anyway, I've got more good news for VBDude.


:lol:  Ty. Saw the ad and wondered about it. I'll have to check it out.
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