Originally Posted by boredgunner
I tend to find a great game almost every year, sometimes even more. This is coming from someone who has been gaming since the late 90s.
- 2013 - Underhell, Metro: Last Light, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut, Rising Storm is great for a MP game
- 2012 - Mass Effect 3, Dishonored, Black Mesa, Natural Selection 2 is one of the best MP shooters
- 2011 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- 2010 - Fallout: New Vegas, Mass Effect 2, Metro 2033, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat
- 2009 - Dragon Age: Origins, also the greatest game ever made in my opinion
- 2008 - Fallout 3, Penumbra: Black Plague
- 2007 - Mass Effect, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl, Penumbra Overture
- 2006 - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Neverwinter Nights 2
- 2005 - I'm at a loss here
- 2004 - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords, Half Life 2
- 2003 - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- 2002 - The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Neverwinter Nights, I have yet to play Icewind Dale 2 but it also came out this year
- 2001 - Silent Hill 2
- 2000 - Icewind Dale, I have yet to play Baldur's Gate II/Deus Ex/Thief II
- 1999 - Planescape: Torment, Silent Hill
- 1998 - Thief: The Dark Project, Half Life, Resident Evil 2, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, plus I have yet to play Baldur's Gate and Fallout 2
- 1997 - Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, I have yet to play Fallout
You name it, I've probably played it. These are the ones I find to be great. The most recent games that really impressed me were Metro: Last Light and Underhell, both from 2013.
You really need to play Baldur's Gate and when I say Baldur's Gate I mean start BG1 and export into BG2. I look at it as one game. I always have a game going. I have it in my Windows install image.
Icewind Dale 2 is pretty cool too. Though I've never been a fan of D&D 3.0 rules. It is so easy to make over powered characters that they had to balance it by making lots of enemies meaning that if you get a few bad dice rolls it can be game over. For Neverwinter Nights they just only made you have one character with an underpowered henchman to balance it out...meaning you lose the greatest aspect of Baldur's Gate which was the party member interactions, but they really had no choice because a full party of you would be hard to stop. NWN2 handled it with buggy code though woulf have your party member getting stuck or just just stand there and a RNG that seldom let you or your party roll above a 10 on a D20...it is one of the very few games that I have never finished and it takes a lot for me not to at least play a game through once.
And I wish I could agree with you on the Dragon Age being a great game...but it got ruined in my opinion by the NPC party members. In order to keep the interesting members happy you had to do things that no "hero" character would do...many things that were actually borderline criminal psychopath. A character of that attitude would have never even cared about the blight. They'd just go off and use their insane ability to shotgun health potions to take over some mountain village and live out the good life til the taint took them. Since that wasn't an option you were pretty much forced to pick certain party members if you were role playing at all and they consisted of an old woman, a whiney dink, and a rougue that had alright character...if a bit teen-agerish...but rogues were a pretty worthless class in the game's mechanics. Mods changed a lot of this, but I am judging it for the vanilla point of viewEdited by Vagrant Storm - 3/11/14 at 12:38pm