I'm not asking what game is the best. I'm asking what game you would play first, be it for the first time, or just to revisit some old (better?) times.
- Final Fantasy V - Japan is a country too!
- Star Control II - Aliens have diplomacy needs also...
- Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins - The Game Boy has a resolution of 160x144 pixels
- Super Mario Kart - Days . . . days upon days have gone into this cartridge. Wouldn't want those back whatsoever. Time well spent.
- Streets of Rage 2 - Featuring Max Thunder and Eddie 'Skate' Hunter.
- Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting - Make the game faster. Thats what I do when I want to make a great game better.
- Shin Megami Tensei - Yep, it all started here, 20 years ago.
- Ultima VII: The Black Gate - Already in it's seventh game...such a grandfatherly series.
- Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss - First ever first person 3D RPG.
- Kirby's Dream Land - First game featuring our beloved pink ball of Ninitendo!
- Wolfenstein 3D - It all started here.
- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis - SCUMM games go!
- Ecco the Dolphin - Love me some porpoise based action.
- Mortal Kombat - MORTAL KOMBAT.
- Night Trap - This has to be featured in Random PC Game.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - Introducing Tails . . . . yeah . . . .
- Alone in the Dark - Horror is slowly making a comeback. Thankfully.
- Dune II - Anything involving anything of Frank Herbert is pretty awesome. Especially when it helps spawn a genre.
When making the list for this year (check out the other polls for 93 94 95 96 97 98 and 99) I just keep shaking my head out of sheer Ican'tbelieveI'mputtingthesedown. Here we have the start of the popularity of the SCUMM engine, Mario Kart, 3D engines, the ESRB, and MORTAL KOMBAT. Crazy to think how many things are still being used in the modern day, 20+ years later. Stoked to be living in these times.
My personal choice is a realllll close toss up between Mario Kart (I've spent many many many hours on this) and Mortal Kombat just because it's straight up fun. But I'm going to have to give it to Mario Kart. Can't get rid of that feel good music!
Sonic 2 has the best level design in Sonic history. Sure, Sonic 1 doesn't have Tails, and Sonic 3 & Knuckles have a bunch of awesome features, but Sonic 2's levels are just all awesome.
It's what I voted for, but I didn't feel amazing about it, either.
I chose Fate of Atlantis. Of all those games it's one I would replay right now. I love Indiana Jones and I remember the game being extremely interesting, with the different paths you could take and all, but I've forgotten most of the little details. In fact, I wanna play most old school adventure games, I think they hold up incredibly well mainly because of their story lines, which i think were way more developed than what we usually find nowadays.
Definitely Fate of Atlantis. Easily one of my favourite adventure games.
edit: @Matthew Dolphins and porpoises are in the same order (cetacea), but they aren't synonymous; also, Wolfenstein 3D was preceded by both Hovertank and Catacombs 3-D.
I had a hard time choosing between Wolfenstein 3D and Dune II, both pretty damn important (as were a lot of games released in 1992 of course - it's doubtful the survival horror genre would look as it does now if it wasn't for Alone in the Dark), but being a fan of both FPSes and RTS games, the former two are the most important to me. I went with Wolfenstein 3D because it actually still holds up as an FPS - the controls and level designs, while simple, still holds up really well. The same can't be said for Dune II - while you can see what it tried to do and how it influenced the genre, the controls are just too limited to be enjoyable today (like the inability to select multiple units at once, or having to click interface buttons to order units around rather than having keyboard shortcuts like C&C and WarCraft).
Most of the other games in the list, while great, are sequels or just do something that has been done before but refining it, Wolfenstein 3D, Dune II and Alone in the Dark - while not the very first in their genres had much more impact on the games to follow.