Asheron's Call -
One of the best online game to date and the one I have played
the most out of the dozens I have tried. I
played it for over three years and even though I haven't
logged in for a long time I still love it. It
truly deserves its nick name Asheron's Crack. Online
Quake with a fantasy theme and player levels. The great
part about the game is the fact that every month new content
is put into the game. AC was always innovating and
changing their world to keep players interested. Now
over 10 years old, it is still going strong which is a
testament to how good that game really is.
Warlords III -
This is the best turn based fantasy war game created. The goal
of most strategy games is to offer simple game play, complex
strategy, and a great AI. Warlords I offered this without
question. Warlords II expanded the universe adding multiple
scenarios and an editor to boot. Who says you can't teach a
dog new tricks? Warlords III didn't relax on its laurels.
Missing from the others was network play and stunning
graphics. Warlords III added these along with campaigns,
improved interface (believe it or not), and amazingly enough
did not swamp the game with micro-management.
Baldur's Gate II
and expansion - When I was growing up, this is the game I
imagined in my mind while I was playing the pen and paper DnD. Not perfection,
but close enough for me. High level D&D rules, great
interface, wonderful story, plenty of action, and multiplayer.
This is definitely one for the record books.
SSI AD&D Gold
Box - This series kept me up for months. The graphics really
sucked, the sound was poor, and it was buggy. To its credit it
was the first game that ever captured my imagination and made
me feel 12 again playing the real AD&D.
- The best group RPG to come out yet. I played Wizardry I on
an Apple IIe back in the day. Never really got into II-IV, but
V revived this sputtering market of turn based RPGs.
- In college my final GPA dropped by 2/10s because of this
game. It was the first real strategy game I ever played that
was not a true war game. All aspects of society and technology
must come together to win this game. Sid Meier is a real
Empire - First
on the TRS 80, next on the Apple IIe, then the C64, and
finally on the PC. This is the longest played war game for me
ever. I love this game for its simplicity and plain fun.
Bard's Tale I/II
- This amazing RPG made my C64 alone worth buying. The first
RPG to offer stunning art in the game.
Heroes of Might
and Magic I/II/III/IV - Some say the best fantasy strategy
game of all time. I agree it is great, but just falls shy of
Warlords III's AI. Otherwise this is a stellar strategy game.
Elite I/II/III -
The only flight/space sim I can stand. The single item that
sets it apart from the rest. No not graphics, movies, or any
of that other crap. Simply put, no plot. The game has no plot.
An immense universe where you can be outlaw, trader, bounty
hunter or all of the above. This game let you go where you
want when you want and do what you want.