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#1 Posted by Matthew (1914 posts) -
#2 Posted by Matthew (1914 posts) -
  • 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?

  • Diablo  - Loot collection at it's finest. Until number 2 came along.
  • Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter - While not quite as memorable as TIE Fighter, I think it's our last great space fighter.
  • Ultima Online - People are still playing this game...
  • Fallout - This is the daddy that started what many of the users here still play in a form - New Vegas
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II - It's not quite Dark Forces, but this one put together lightsaber goodness with force powers.
  • Age of Empires - Ensemble Studios had a breakout on their hands.
  • Riven - I'm still not smart enough to figure out these logic puzzles. 
  • The Curse of Monkey Island - LucasArts at the peak of their craft.
  • Quake II - And people think Black Ops is a fast paced shooter....hahahaha
  • Gran Turismo - This may actually be better than it's 5th iteration.
  • Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - It'll be interesting how the remastered version turns out.
  • Final Fantasy VII - Let's just say it's a good game. And it brought RPGs recognition stateside.
  • Golden Eye 007 - Pierce can never replace Sean Connery as the ultimate Bond.
  • Star Fox 64 - Do a barrel roll? I'll never get over the fact when I discovered this game was meant to be played in one sitting, arcade style.
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - Easily far superior than it's God of War clone that just came out. Awesome score.
  • Mario Kart 64 - You can find me poppin balloons, slippin and slidin on ice, using those bananas to awesome ends.
  • Mortal Kombat 4 - ummmmmm, it's no MK2, so I know Brad isn't voting for this one.
  • other - specify in comment 
 
When making the list for this year (check out the other polls I made for '98 and '99) I seriously thought I had too many games up there. How can there be this many quality releases in one year? Forget quality, how can there be this many crucial and founding games? Obviously the games are right there for you to check out, I don't have to tell you the significance behind each title. Just be happy we live in the times we do.
 
I have to admit, I'm a Final Fantasy 7 guy. Yes, the gameplay might not be all up to par, and some will call the story generic. But at least give props where props are due - this game has an absolutely amazing score.  The memories they bring back, backed up by the visuals? Give me chills each and every time.    
#3 Posted by chstupid (806 posts) -

MORTAL KOMBAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#4 Posted by President_Barackbar (3474 posts) -

The only correct answer is X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter.

#5 Posted by JJOR64 (19071 posts) -

Love me some Mario Kart 64.  I can go back to that game any day.

#6 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

If I had a PS1 at the time, it might have been Final Fantasy VII.  But my brother and I put a ridiculous number of hours into GoldenEye's multiplayer.

#7 Posted by Red12b (9085 posts) -

AoE with Gran Turismo a close second. 

#8 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

This is a really hard choice. Games like Oddworld and Fallout are automatically eliminated, since they're not good enough for me to rush at their pants to carefully bite off the zipper. Same goes for Final Fantasy VII, if barely. The competition's between Goldeneye, Mario Kart, Star Fox, and Symphony of the Night. Two of them are excellent multiplayer experiences, while the other two deliver really solid single-player campaigns. However, I'm probably gonna go with Goldeneye, since it also has a strong single player mode. Also, fun fact: Star Fox 64 is the only one of those that I mentioned that didn't get a navgtr video.

#9 Posted by face15 (1306 posts) -

Okay so I am young and have therefore only played two of these games. Now with that said; 
 
Winner: Age of Empires 
Runner-Up: Oddworld: Abe's Oddessey 

#10 Posted by ch3burashka (5264 posts) -

Wow, I'm surprised that Age of Empires is #1 at the moment. That can't be right, though, can it? It's probably all the AoE fans voting first. Surely Diablo will overtake it soon or something? I'm just surprised as hell, didn't think it was THAT popular.

#11 Posted by mosdl (3259 posts) -

I think Monkey Island 3 was one of the first games I got that had full voice overs, so it wins.  Age of Empires was quite good as well.
 
Space sims though, please come back.  If only to give joystick makers some life.

#12 Posted by jkz (4062 posts) -

Jedi Knight or Diablo, with AoE a far third.

#13 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5818 posts) -

I love Fallout, so I'd probably pick that.
 
Followed by Diablo, then Quake 2.

#14 Posted by Soapy86 (2623 posts) -

#15 Posted by McGhee (6075 posts) -

WILD ARMS was also released in 1997. It's one of the often unsung greats of JRPG history.

#16 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
@McGhee_the_Insomniac said:
" WILD ARMS was also released in 1997. It's one of the often unsung greats of JRPG history. "
Then again, there are a lot of unsung greats in JRPG history. I can understand why they're unsung; even though they're pretty cool, that would lead to too much singing.
#17 Posted by lead_farmer (1041 posts) -

Wanna go with X-Wing vs tie Fighter, but had to choose Star Fox 64. Played the shit out of both games.

#18 Posted by McGhee (6075 posts) -
@Video_Game_King: 
Never not singing, dawg. 
 
NEVER  
NOT 
SINGING
#19 Posted by ssj4raditz (1125 posts) -

Do a barrel roll!

#20 Posted by tunaburn (1891 posts) -

i put like 80 hours into final fantasy 7. had a whole stable of gold chocobos. i raced em and bred them all the way up to a rank gold. had beaten ruby weapon. was getting close to beating emerald weapon and then my friend overwrote my save data with his crappy game. about 3 hours in. :'(

#21 Posted by Skald (4370 posts) -
@Matthew said: 
  • Gran Turismo - This may actually be better than it's 5th iteration.
Having played both, I'm pretty confident in saying that you're crazy.
 
Anyway, I voted for Fallout, one of the greatest CRPGs of all time, followed closely by Gran Turismo, because I like racing sims, despite not being particularly good at them.
#22 Posted by MikkaQ (10344 posts) -

AoE I dug, but I though II was the real pinnacle.  
 
Goldeneye was my choice, I was rocking a nintendo 64 at that point. 

#23 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12138 posts) -

Of all the games presented here, I would probably be the most willing to play Fallout in this day and age, with Star Fox 64 as a runner up. While I personally consider it and Fallout 2 to be somewhat overrated in the general pantheon of CRPGs, I would say that the quality of the experience isn't totally dictated by nostalgia the same way a lot of the other games on this list are. Goldeneye has quite frankly held up pretty horribly since I was a kid and there are better Mario Kart games than Mario Kart 64. Certainly, Fallout has its own issues, but I feel like it's a game that still has its own unique worth underneath occasionally archaic and outdated mechanics and storytelling devices. Also, you can shoot dudes in the balls.
 
 Keep in mind that this is coming from someone who goes out of his way to find old games that he's never played before and blog about them (such as Fallout, which I only came to 2 years ago, right before Fallout 3 came out). That's a fairly slanted position.

#24 Posted by animathias (1194 posts) -

Had to go with Symphony of the Night, though it was a tough call. Mario Kart and Starfox 64 were the ones I played first on that list, since I was an N64 kid. Got my first Playstation with a copy of Final Fantasy VIII (which turns out, playing VIII means not liking VII and vice-versa.) Picked up SotN years later and was hooked. I picked it on the list because it's the one I would go back to in a second today. I'd definitely go back to some Starfox 64 or Mario Kart, though. Goldeneye was great in its time, but I don't think I could play it after playing any modern fps. :)

#25 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -
@tunaburn said:
" i put like 80 hours into final fantasy 7. had a whole stable of gold chocobos. i raced em and bred them all the way up to a rank gold. had beaten ruby weapon. was getting close to beating emerald weapon and then my friend overwrote my save data with his crappy game. about 3 hours in. :'( "
Oh my god the absolute hatred.
#26 Posted by BeachThunder (12450 posts) -

Oddworld, with Fallout a close second.
 
Reason: Oddworld was a weird and wonderful game with great characters/creatures, nice visuals and a generally great atmosphere. Oh, and the gameplay was good too. One of the few fantasy games that has nothing at all to do with swords and sorcery etc...

#27 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -
@SathingtonWaltz said:
" @tunaburn said:
" i put like 80 hours into final fantasy 7. had a whole stable of gold chocobos. i raced em and bred them all the way up to a rank gold. had beaten ruby weapon. was getting close to beating emerald weapon and then my friend overwrote my save data with his crappy game. about 3 hours in. :'( "
Oh my god the absolute hatred. "
Ugh.  A friend once did that to my brother's save file in Dragon Warrior.  He had done everything except defeat the final boss.  Then his save data got overwritten in an act of utter thoughtlessness.
#28 Posted by Trace (3577 posts) -

Close call between Quake 2 and Gran Turismo, but I think I would choose Gran Turismo. It's really hard in this day and age to illustrate the impact of a racing game with a bunch of real cars that looked fabulous for the generation, but Gran Turismo really changed the racing game genre from an era where ten cars and variations of two to three tracks would suffice.
 
Plus, I'd like to see how much more I understand proper racing technique now versus my early-teens self, who thought skidding into turns was somehow a competent way to drive. Thankfully that bad habit went away by Gran Turismo 2 or 3.

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#29 Posted by august (3866 posts) -

Fallout and Quake 2 are the acceptable answers.

#30 Posted by Matthew (1914 posts) -
@mosdl: @President_Barackbar: Dude, I put a ton of hours into that. I actually started with that one, then moved on to TIE Fighter and X-Wing. TIE Fighter might actually take the cake from me. But I loved constantly shifting the power percentages between the engines, shields and weapons. There really has to be another space sim.... 
 
@Video_Game_King said:
"Games like Oddworld and Fallout are automatically eliminated, since they're not good enough for me to rush at their pants to carefully bite off the zipper. Same goes for Final Fantasy VII, if barely. "
This is the new way to decide if I dig a game. If a game doesn't trigger these emotions, it's a deal breaker for me. Thank you sir.
 
@tunaburn: I've played the game twice. Once, initial playthrough, took just under 60 hours. Beat the game, didn't get Knights of the Round. 2nd playthrough, I maxed out the clock at 99:59, with 4 of the characters maxed out at lvl99. The thing is a beast.
#31 Posted by ThePhantomnaut (6201 posts) -
@ssj4raditz said:
" Do a barrel roll! "
#32 Posted by supermike6 (3645 posts) -

Definitely Star Fox 64. I love that game.

#33 Posted by Seedofpower (3949 posts) -

R. None of those or any. I have such a large back catalog right now, from past steam sales. I don't think I'll be that bored enough to return to the 90's.

#34 Edited by FesteringNeon (2166 posts) -

Need for Speed II

#35 Edited by Stete (748 posts) -

Diablo by far! The game was a blast to play but what totally blew my mind was the ability to have a stable online multiplayer experience on a 33.6 dialup modem!
 
Oh and Fallout comes second. And Quake 2 third.

#36 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

Wow, not a great year really. I'll go with Castlevania because I think it has stood up really well and had a long term impact. StarFox 64 would be my second, only because I personally think its awesome (I have no other justification). I've never cared for most of the other games on that list.
 
'cept maybe X-wing Vs. Tie Fighter.

#37 Posted by CaptainObvious (3000 posts) -

I fucking love Mario Kart 64.

#38 Posted by Wunder_ (1171 posts) -

Diablo - is there really any dispute?

#39 Posted by drgrumbles (213 posts) -

Ultima Online.  My friend and I got the game and had so many fun adventures PKing people and robbing fools.  
So many good memories!

#40 Posted by Castro (951 posts) -

I went ahead and selected Mario Kart because it provided the most hours of entertainment for my housemates and myself. I enjoyed many other games on that list a great deal, but none of them put the whammy on me like that one did.
 
Also, I would like to mention that Blade Runner also came out that year and it was pretty sweet. Duders should definitely check it out if they can find it anywhere.

#41 Posted by Aronman789 (2671 posts) -

Quake 2, followed by Fallout, awesome game and all but I barely got through it, I can't stand isometric games.

#42 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

Voted for Fallout,if it wasnt an option, AoE

#43 Posted by JackSukeru (5967 posts) -
Abe's Oddysee probably, I don't really feel like replaying Symphony of the Night right now and that's the only other one of the alternatives I care about.
#44 Posted by mzuckerm (351 posts) -
@tunaburn: That sucks.  I must've put close to 200 hours total into FFVII.  My last playthrough (on the PS2, actually) I'm pretty sure I did everything that was possible in the game (beat all the weapons, got every item, leveled up every materia, etc.).  Man, I loved that game.
#45 Posted by Bloodgraiv3 (2690 posts) -

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, or AoE.
#46 Posted by MattyFTM (14434 posts) -

It's a really close call between Oddworld & Monkey Island. I'd probably lean towards Abe's Oddysee.

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#47 Posted by Rockdalf (1293 posts) -
@Matthew: You cut me deep with the Castlevania comment.  The last game was pretty damn good (not as good as SOTN, but that's not saying much).  But the point I would like to make is that even if Castlevania: Lords of Shadows borrowed from God of War, how much has God of War borrowed from earlier Castlevania.  I mean, if you were to look at the 2d roots of the 3d Hack and Slash that God of War typifies, it would be Castlevania.
#48 Posted by parakeith (5 posts) -

Nothing quite held my attention like Monkey Island when I was a kid. My memories of Golden Eye and Mario Kart are littered with my brothers unplugging my controller mid-game.

#49 Posted by Soap (3646 posts) -

I chose Final Fantasy VII, I play that game AT LEAST once a year on my PSP now, but that is mostly because I am fucking insane!

#50 Posted by mylifeforAiur (3489 posts) -

Curse of Monkey Island is the only right answer!^^