What are the Classics?

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..and I don't mean Classic like Tetris or Space Invaders.

Computer games have come a long way since their inception. I want to know what the key points in the evolution have been. what games even though they might be old are still worth playing?

My Examples might be:

  • The Lucas Arts Games - monkey island, sam and max, day of the Tentacle
  • Halo, Half-life, Goldeneye, Metal gear solid - you know these are classics
  • Silent Hill 2 - This was just awsome scarey/weird good atmosphere, with good story to boot.
  • Max Payne - just after the matrix came out and everyone went crazy for Bullet time.
  • GTA III - like nothing else when it came out.
  • I really liked "Beneath a Steel Sky" as it was quite moody and bleak
  • Unreal Tournament and Counterstrike.

i'm sure there are more.

Anyway - What are the sorts of games you go back and play? What is like the Watchmen for Comic book fans? What games are essential playing if you wanted to be really big on computer games.
 
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Doom. The daddy of all FPS games. I know there was Castle Wolfenstein before it, but Doom really kicked that genre in the arse.

World of Warcraft. Love it or hate it, WoW is the definitive MMORPG.

Starcraft. Koreas' national sport.
 

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World of Warcraft. Love it or hate it, WoW is the definitive MMORPG.

This is so true, it seems like it's the first MMORPG that your everyday gamer is part of. Definitely something that will be remembered.

I'd probably include Castle Wolfenstein too, just don't want Arcade games, as there's far too many that are all tres addictive. Pac-man, donkey kong, chucky egg etc. the list would get too long.
 

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Doom. The daddy of all FPS games. I know there was Castle Wolfenstein before it, but Doom really kicked that genre in the arse.
He speaks the truth.

However, it's not Castle Wolfenstein but Wolfenstein 3-D. Castle Wolfenstein is a completely different game from the 80s. What confuses most people on their game history even more is that id Software later let Raven software develop the sequel to Wolfenstein 3-D called Return to Castle Wolfenstein.

Incidentally I used to love adventure games, and though I still enjoy playing them, I now think they are a really dumb genre and the hard core fans of the genre are, in general, kind of a bunch of pretentious morons.
 

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Too many but the old games I've been playing last month is :


Super Mario World - Still love this game and thanks to Wii vc I've got it again. Really fun platform game and a real laugh in multiplayer as one always ****s up in a funny way sometimes.

Super Monkey Ball it's basically pinball but you control the ball and it has monkey in it. The first two are great and really make you think on later levels and hardest sill requires just that real skill to do

Sonic Adventure DX I loved Sonic adventure on dreamcast. If you like sonic you must have played adventure sometime if not and you have a gamecube or a wii buy Sonic adventure DX it's the same great 3d sonic game with great story but also has

1. Sonic the Hedgehog
2. Sonic Drift
3. Sonic Chaos
4. Sonic Spinball
5. Sonic Labyrinth
6. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
7. Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
8. Sonic Triple Trouble
9. Sonic Drift 2
10. Tails' Skypatrol
11. Sonic Blast
12. Tails Adventure
as unlockable extras and maps and improved graphics it's perfect.
 
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Super Mario World - Still love this game and thanks to Wii vc I've got it again. Really fun platform game and a real laugh in multiplayer as one always ****s up in a funny way sometimes.

I'd go with Super Mario Brothers over World. SMB basically invented the platformer back in the early 80s. Its first real Overhaul was in SMB3, which SMW was more of a larger, graphical upgrade to. Not really a reinvention like Ninja4Peace was asking.

And I beat every level in SMB3 in a row Saturday night at a friends house. I don't think anyone believed I could.
 

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Thief: the Dark Project and Theif 2: The Metal Age. Some of the best sneaking games ever made. Also, it's a sword and bow game which has it's own style and isn't a big Tolkien rip-off like many games in that setting.

I'm sure I'll think of more that haven't been mentioned as the day goes on.
 

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I'd go with Super Mario Brothers over World. SMB basically invented the platformer back in the early 80s. Its first real Overhaul was in SMB3, which SMW was more of a larger, graphical upgrade to. Not really a reinvention like Ninja4Peace was asking.

I 100% agree I thought he was just asking for old games that are still worth playing.

I love super Mario bros all of them. On my Wii vc I have Donkey Kong Mario bros , Super Mario bros , Super Mario bros : the lost levels (real 2, thank god they put that on vc for a while) , Super Mario bros 2, Super Mario bros 3, Super Mario world, Super Mario 64 (I'm geek aren't I. Even more so for putting them in that order on my wii so the channels are in chronological order :lol:
 
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I 100% agree I thought he was just asking for old games that are still worth playing.

I love super Mario bros all of them. On my Wii vc I have Donkey Kong Mario bros , Super Mario bros , Super Mario bros : the lost levels (real 2, thank god they put that on vc for a while) , Super Mario bros 3, Super Mario world, Super Mario 64 (I'm geek aren't I. Even more so for putting them in that order on my wii so the channels are in chronological order :lol:

See I just still have an 8-bit Nintendo. And for when i don't feel like blowing the box I still have my Super Nintendo and Super Mario All Stars.
 

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Final Fantasies IV, VI and Chrono Trigger - The definitive RPGs of the SNES era, and there hasn't been an RPG since that has come close to the masterful storytelling of these three games.

The Command and Conquer Series - The "other" RTS franchise after Warcraft and Starcraft, these games were brilliant with their unique sides, sci-fi units, and brilliantly told stories through FMV (Which was liked so much, that EA still does it for the new games in the franchise, including C&C3, C&C: Kane's Wrath, and, soon, Red Alert 3).

Civilization II - The quintessential management game, this was really the first game of its kind to combine city building and management with RTS elements (Civ did it first, but Civ II did it far, far better). I'd say that Civ II is actually the best of its kind, even better then its sequels where the new features managed to clutter the game rather then add to it (Although, Civ IV is pretty good).

Diablo II - Quite possibly the best CRPG ever. Nothing has come close to the awesomeness of Diablo II's dark atmosphere, randomly generated maps, and simple, but intuitive gameplay.

If I think of more, I'll add them later.
 
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Sonic 3 & Knuckles (when you hook the cartridges together)

Super Mario Bros. 3 (i grew tired of 1-2. 3 I don't think i could)

Super Smash Bros. 64 (i can't beleive it's been 9 years, and i still play it just about every other day)

Vectorman (more or less Sega's Metroid with Donkey Kong Country graphics)
 

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well good for you, now you got a classic to contribute?

and if you say Halo i'm going to take a bus to Toronto and slap you

Nope, I only started playing videogames regularly last generation(first system I owned was my Gamecube).

I played the classic early 90s games with friends and relatives, but they've already been listed. I suppose you could call Super Smash Bros. Melee a classic, though.

And yes, the first Halo is imminently approaching classic status, but it's already been listed here. Looking at trends and stuff we're talking about here, I think it's worth noting that Mass Effect has a good chance of becoming something similar.

Ooh, I'd also put Quake on this list. It barely gets recognition because Doom was such a big deal and it's basically just an improvement on it, but I think it's a far, far better game.
 
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Diablo II - Quite possibly the best CRPG ever. Nothing has come close to the awesomeness of Diablo II's dark atmosphere, randomly generated maps, and simple, but intuitive gameplay.

Whoops, I forgot this. Diablo II was an immensely addictive game, and a game that became an iconic and memorable part of my times at university, i.e me and my 3 house mates all playing together. Constantly.
"Dude, you going to your lecture?"
"No."
"Diablo?"
"Diablo."

Another important fact about the game is the number of features of World of Warcraft it has inspired. The "Ghost getting the body" feature, the socketed items introduced in The Burning Crusade, even the little Diablo demon you could get as a pet...
 

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Maximum Carnage was great shame the comic sucked but the game was everything it was meant to be. I saw Total Carnage written in Planet-man's post and thought of Maximum Carnage
 
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