The big list of classics!

Evening everyone!

So gaming for me over the last 6 months has changed, with the advent of micro-transactions in full price games and generally newer games focusing less on single player and actual gameplay I feel a list maybe in order from the community to help the community.

Now classics can include modern titles, it can include anything you think are timeless classics for whatever reasons, just post a list of what you personally love, mine are below

Grim fandango
Roller coaster tycoon 1
Doom 1/2
Simcity 2000
Started valley
Guild of dungeoneers
Diablo 1/2
Sims 1
Need for speed most wanted original
Need for speed underground 2
Final fantasy 6 - 10
Warcraft series
Starcraft 1
Tomb raider (classic series)

Games for 2018
Monkey island series
System shock 2
Command and conquer first decade

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Roller Coaster Tycoon 3
Dishonored 1/2
Remember Me
Terraria
Emergency 4
Magicka
Shank
Shank 2
Mark of the Ninja
SOMA
Trine 1/2/3
The Talos Principle
This is the Police
Caesar IV (troublesome to get running, WinXP VM works best)
Mirror´s Edge
Velocity 2
Crazy Taxi
3D Pinball for Windows (XP Pinball)
StarWars: Battlefront II (the old and good one from 2005)
MassEffect 1

I prefer RT III, but that is probably down to personal taste.

Freelancer
AoE series
Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds series
Arcanum
Escape Velocity series
Might & Magic V - VIII
Heroes of Might & Magic I - III
Disciples II
Jade Empire
Railroad Tycoon II
Theme Park
Syndicate
Total Annihilation: Kingdoms
Inherit the Earth
Labyrinth of Time

Outcast
Fallout 1/2
Deus Ex

I agree original battlefront 2 was excellent, thankfully gog sell it

Here are mine to add to the list. Heavy on the shooters as that’s my thing…

  • Delta Force
  • Enemy Territory
  • Medal of Honor AA, SH and BT
  • Day of Defeat Source
  • Battlefield 2
  • Call of Duty 4
  • ArmA
  • Insurgency
  • Day of Infamy

The older games on this list are hard if not impossible to play these days. However, CoD 4 still has a community especially around mods. ArmA is still going strong along with both Insurgency and Day of Infamy.

ArmA has quite a barrier to entry given how complex the game is and you would have to time your purchase to a sale to get it for a reasonable price. Insurgency is often on sale and can be bought for less than a cup of coffee most of the time. Day of Infamy is quite a new game but still inexpensive compared to AAA games that have worse game play.

If you like a goof tight shooter game I strongly recommend Insurgency and Day of Infamy. ArmA is ArmA and there is no game quite like it. A sprawling mod friendly military simulator that I warn you, if you get sucked into ArmA you may not resurface and it will come to dominate your gaming life.

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Portal - First PC game i bought and saw the amazing world of cheats and mods :smiley:
Half Life 1/2
Mass Effect 1 - Have atleast 500+ hours on this game and would happily add more to that counter
The Sims 2 - Never played it much but was always fun to screw around in
BattleField 2
GTA:SA - I had so much time in this game as a kid
Fallout 1/2
Yoshi’s Island - Art style means this game hasnt aged at all
Super Mario World
Postal 2
Mirror’s Edge - Wish it had a playground mode with a bigass map that i could just run around in
Remember Me - Really creative combat with amazing graphics.
Minecraft - Great game with great mods that make it even better
Morrowind - Played alot as a kid but mostly just explored around
Skyrim

There is probably more but ill edit those in as i think of them

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FPS

MechWarrior 2, 1995: Why I bought a PC. I had Commodore computers before that.

Quake III, 1999. Runtfest was my favorite map.
Q-pong (Rocket League with a spiked steel ball & you kick with your gun) was my favorite mod.

Unreal Tournament, 1999: We played corporate deathmatch after hours. I like UT4 best.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, 2007: I started playing it again. Awesome mods!

Bulletstorm, 2011: Crash landing on mutant DisneyPlanet. Creative carnage earns more weapons.
A kill is 10 points. Kick someone into the water = ‘Fish Food Bonus!’ 250 points.

RAGE, 2011: Much hated game because it needed a patch at launch. I never had a problem.
John Carmack asked his kids what they like and they wanted driving and shooting.


RACING

Road Rash, 1991: The new Road Redemption is a killer remake.

Interstate '76, 1997: Funky car combat. The first multiplayer online game I got into over AOL dial-up.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater, 1999: I used to be a skate punk but I’m too old now.

Motocross Madness 2, 2000: Serious racing mode and wacky mode in 1 good LAN party game.

Jet Set Radio: Tagging graffiti on roller blades.

FlatOut 2, 2006: Crashing earns turbo & demolition derby is a thing everyone understands.

DiRT 2, 2009: D2 is the perfect fun simulator. Challenging but it doesn’t punish you for mistakes.

Need for Speed: SHIFT, 2009: The same team that makes Project Cars made Shift. Nuf said. I was gud.

NFS: Hot Pursuit, 2010: 4 racers. 4 cops was a fun online game.

Blur, 2010: is like Mario Kart in real cars.

Split Second, 2010: A death race on live TV where stunt drivers get paid more depending on their ratings.


RTS

Command & Conquer: Red Alert, 1996. Isometric base building.

Star Trek Armada II, 2001: 2.5 D base building. I liked zooming to see little spacemen welding the ships. With the original CD as DRM, one can play the mod Fleet Ops in Windows 10.

X-Men Legends II, 2005: Isometric team fight adventures.

LEGO Star Wars, 2005: My neighbors kid loved this game. Yeah… I got it for the kid. not me.
When I found out he hadn’t seen Star Wars. I turned off the game and we watched ‘A New Hope’.

“The movie is just like the game.”
“No my young Padawan learner, the game is just like the movie.”

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If only I had access to my GOG account.

The Ultima series. If you’re not familiar, become familiar. If nothing else, go watch the Spoony reviews of the various Ultima games. Though if you’re interested in the history of gaming in general, you should probably nab a copy of Ultima Underworld I and II. Those were game changers in the industry. The others were, too, but the effects of Ultima Underworld on the industry can still be felt quite clearly toady.

The Quest For Glory series
The Kings Quest series
The Gabriel Knight series

The first Alone In The Dark
The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall.
Thief The Dark Project
Thief The Metal Age
X-Com UFO Defense (Enemy Unknown for those of you in the UK)
X-Com Terror From The Deep
X-Com Apocalypse
Descent
Descent 2
Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe
Ground Control
The various X-Wing games
Star Wars Dark Forces
Star Wars Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight
And of course, what list would be complete without Wolfenstein 3D?

That’s what I can think of off the top of my head.

Edit:
Oh JFC, Day Of The Tentacle!!! Where is my mind? Probably on work, where it should be.

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For me, my favorite “old” games would be:
Deus Ex
Max Payne (1 and 2)
Red Faction
Need for Speed Most Wanted (2005-ish)
Mass Effect (2 and 3 mostly for the continuation of the story)
Skyrim
UT2004 was cool

I feel like I’m missing a bunch. I’ll edit when more come to me.

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Myst
Riven
The Dig
Any Zork

I will chime in here, with just one for now, may edit and may be back as and when with more.

For now

FTL: Faster Than Light

For new(er) games:

  • Skyrim
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Civilization V
  • Borderlands 2
  • Minecraft
  • The Witcher III
  • Portal and Portal 2
  • Stardew Valley
  • Mount & Blade: Warband
  • Dishonored
  • Bioshock Infinite
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Entomorph, Plague Of The Darkfall

Jagged Alliance 1, + 2

Theme Hospital

https://www.gog.com/mix/turn_based_fantasy_strategy_games_with_rpg_elements

  • Final Fantasy Series (mostly older games but 9 is my favorite)
  • Front Mission 3
  • Fallout 3
  • Morrowind
  • Skyrim
  • Mass Effect 1
  • Minecraft
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  • GTA Vice City
  • GTA:SA
  • Guild Wars
  • Just Cause 2-3
  • Battlefield 2
  • KotOR 1-2

Fairly short list but I’m sure there are games I’m not thinking of right now.

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Hardball
Beachhead 2
The Bards Tale (2 and 3 are meh)
Test Drive (the original)
Test Drive II - The Duel (F40 or 959!!! OMG!)
Syndicate
Sim City (original and 2000)
The Need for Speed (original and SE)
Starflight
Dune II
Falcon 4.0 (Falcon 3 was good too, and in many ways more important from a historical aspect)
Mechwarrior 2 (and Ghost Bear and Mercenaries)
Ultima Online
Counter Strike
Diablo 1&2 (incl. LoD expansion, 3 is meh)
Doom 1, 2, and 2016
Duke Nukem 3D
Quake
Comanche Maximum Overkill

I know I’m forgetting stuff

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I played a ton af Mechwarrior and MW2 back in the day. These games are wonderful.

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What about great MMO Games like EVE Online, World of Warcraft, ArcheAge, Lineage 2, ESO or Path of Exile? I can not say about Blade and Soul. Blade and Soul is very great anime style game. Sometimes I buy Blade and Soul gold because great gear give lots of fun. BnS is not the most important in the game. Without skill you can not be good. So it is not typical p2w.

I like to be immersed in a virtual world, so I tend to play first-person role-playing games. My top 10 in order of release:

  1. Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss
  2. The Elder Scrolls: Arena
  3. System Shock
  4. The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
  5. Thief: The Dark Project
  6. Deus Ex
  7. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  8. Fallout: New Vegas
  9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  10. Fallout 4 + Sim Settlements
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My all time classics (Maybe showing my age here)

River Raid (Atari 2600)
Megamania (Atari 2600)
Defender (Atari 2600)
Boulder Dash (C64 / Atari 800XL)
The Last Ninja (C64)
Turrican 1-2 (Amiga)
Xenon 2 Megablast (Amiga - if you’ve only played on PC do yourself a favour and run it under amiga emulation)
Speedball 2 (Amiga)
IK+ (Amiga)
Indy 500 (PC)
Silpheed (PC - be sure to try and get Roland MT-32 emulation working. the adlib soundtrack was good, but Roland is amazeballs for 1988)
Microprose F1GP (PC)
F117 Stealth Fighter 2 (PC)
DOOM (Original - PC)
Wing Commander 1-2 (PC)
Ultima Underworld (PC)
Frontier: Elite 2 (PC)
Falcon 4.0 (Also BMS - PC)
Baldurs Gate 2 (PC)
Icewind Dale 2 (PC)
Diablo 1-2 (PC)
Neverwinter Nights 2 (PC)
Dragon Age: Origins (PC)
Borderlands 2 (PC)
Witcher 3 (PC)
Elite Dangerous (PC)

Also, how could i forget…

Gran Turismo series (Playstations)
Wipeout 2097 (PS1)
Wipeout HD (PS3)