I'm not asking what game is the best. I'm asking what game would you play first, be it for the first time, or just to revisit some old (better?) times?
- Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall - The best in the series?
- Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal - STOP POKING MEEEEE!!!!!!
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire - Play the Hoth Level! You can't do it anywhere else, only in this game!
- Civilization II - Back when Turn-Based strategy wasn't frowned upon.
- Super Mario 64 - Confession - I never got Yoshi..
- Tomb Raider - Check out those bazookas....
- Wave Race 64 - 'Swimmy' controls.
- Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares - Only game in the series with a subtitle?
- Pilotwings 64 - 3D meant so much more 15 years ago.
- Duke Nukem 3D - Shake it baby.
- Resident Evil - The origin of the revolutionary Tank Controls.
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars - I'm a sucker for tongue-in-mouth games, and this started'em all.
- Quake - Reflex test.
- Star Ocean - Enix released this. Just straight up Enix.
- Crash Bandicoot - Never would've thought peaches to be a requirement to allow awesomeness.
- Command and Conquer: Red Alert - Attack laser bears? Yes please.
- Marathon Infinity - You can see so much of Halo in these games.
- Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries - I've always loved piloting big robots. With guns.
Everytime I do one of these polls (97, 98, 99), I just look back at the roots of our pastime. Where would we be without even one of these games? Take out something as 'trivial' as the Marathon series, and we don't get anything Halo related. Something as bizarrely titled as Star Ocean? Enix doesn't become as prominent as it does, the SquareEnix as we know it doesn't exist...which may or may not be a better thing.
I personally went for Super Mario RPG. I'm a sucker for it. Those guys know how to push my buttons when it comes to cornyawesome games able to look back on themselves and chuckle a bit.
Went for SMRPG myself as well, though SM64 is a close second. Was too young to be playing a lot of those other games at that point, but those two games were a big part of my childhood.
Right now, I'd be more worried about Shin Monshou no Nazo getting a release. After all, once that's out of the way, they can port Seisen no Keifu to the 3DS. Wait, that would be a bad idea. What the hell would Fire Emblem 4 get from it? More physical depth to the meteors that crush Sigurd and his army? A bird's eye view of each battle?
This is a tough one. So many good memories from most of those games.
I'd have to go with SW: Shadows of the Empire. It probably isn't the best game on the list but being a Star Wars nut I probably loved it more it more than I should of.
People to play it that don't want to go through the hassle of patching roms would be my guess.
@Little_Socrates: Right now, I'd be more worried about Shin Monshou no Nazo getting a release. After all, once that's out of the way, they can port Seisen no Keifu to the 3DS. Wait, that would be a bad idea. What the hell would Fire Emblem 4 get from it? More physical depth to the meteors that crush Sigurd and his army? A bird's eye view of each battle?
Also Super Mario RPG, easily.
Almost touched the button for Resident Evil, but I played Crash for sooo long and enjoyed it immensely, far more than any of the others on this list. I even played through it a couple of years ago and I think it still stands up as a great platformer!
@Matthew: Not according to this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diablo_(video_game)Damn kid, you're right. I clicked your link, saw it said 96, then refused to believe my beloved GiantBomb is fallible. So I check out the release tab of the Diablo page, and it said Jan 2 of 97, so I was thinking the wikipedia people were just being retards. But then I figured, hey, both of these sources are just 2nd hand information, what people thought actually happened - why not go to the source?
http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/games/legacy/ - scroll down to the bottom.
So yup, you're right, I'm wrong.
Releasing on New Years Eve? Yeah, sounds like something only Blizzard would do.
BUT - I made a previous poll of this type - 1997 ed., where Diablo is listed first in the choices. 400 people voted, 8.5% chose it. 34 people would choose to stay awhile and listen.
Man what the fuck? Warcraft 2 gets so little love? Really? Warcraft existed (and was good) long before World of Warcraft. Bah!
But if I had to choose a game I would prefer to play today, it would probably also be Mario 64. I love Warcraft 2, but that locked resolution of 640x480 is killer and makes the game seem unplayable today with such a limited view range.