What are the best games you've played on PC from all time?

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  1. digitalwanderer

    digitalwanderer Dangerously Mirthful
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    I keep thinking of the original Ultima, all the Scott Adams text games, Doom, Far Cry, Tie Fighter and X-Wing, Dark Forces, GTA (ALL of them!), and most of the recent ones I like.

    Just curious what others think. My PC is in decent gaming shape and seems to be able to run most any game again at least decently, I'd love some ideas for some of the best PC titles I just KNOW I'm forgetting. (My memory isn't going so much as overloaded and scrambled right now, but same affect)

    Oooh, the original Quake! And UT! I taught my son how to use the mouse/WASD configuration on that game! (I think he was almost 2...) Half-life, Soldier of Fortune, the one PC Spider-man game that didn't suck!

    Just a general happy, "I really liked this PC game!", thread. I'm gonna get the PC board hopping again since the console people don't want us to hang there. (No disrespect to consollers, I do this out of respect for your wishes)
     
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  2. techuse

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    Starcraft
    Unreal Tournament 2004
    Battlefield 4
    Quake 3 Team Arena
    World In Conflict
    Company of Heroes
    Sim City 3000
    Doom 2016 and Eternal
    Crysis
     
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    Wolfenstein 3D
    Doom
    Quake
    Quake II
    UFO/X-COM
    Half-Life
    Half-Life²
    Outcast
    X-Wing
    TIE Fighter
    X-Wing vs TIE Fighter
    Jedi Knight
    Jedi Knight 2 - Jedi Outcast
    Jedi Academy
    Unreal
    Unreal Tournament
    Quake 3 Arena
    Medal of Honor
    Call of Duty
    FEAR
    Sid Meier's Pirates!
    Sid Meier's Civilization (not sure which number, 4 or 5 maybe ?)
    Company of Heroes
    Guild Wars
    Bioshock
    Batman Arkham City
    Mass Effect
    Magicka
    Renegade Ops
    Terraria (highly addictive)
    Orcs must die!
    Bastion
    Overcooked
    Overcooked 2

    They all stand out to me, I have 347 digital games (according to GoG Galaxy which I find very useful), so that list is short in comparison, and I'm not even counting physical games ^^ (So I'm probably forgetting a few worth mentionning, didn't even spend more than 5 minutes to write that down)
    I find it interesting how my latest games are mostly indies and not big studio games...
     
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  4. Plano

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    The most memorable PC games for me:
    • Warcraft 2
    • C&C Red Alert
    • Diablo 2
    • Counter Strike (pre 1.0)
    • Serious Sam (1st and 2nd encounter)
    • Supreme Commander
     
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    Doom
    Descent
    GLQUAKE (Voodoo PCI)
    X-Wing Collectors CD-ROM
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert
    Jedi Knight
    F-22 Raptor
    Unreal (Voodoo 2)
    Fear
    World In Conflict (dual screen setup)
    ArmA: Cold War Assault
    Crysis (6800 Ultra)
    The Witcher 3 (Titan(K))
    Subnautica
    CyberPunk 2077 (3090)
     
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    Dungeon Master
    Curse of the Monkey island 1/Indiana Jones fate of atlantis
    Adom
    Planescape Torment
    Unreal Tournament/Quake2
    Vampire: The Masquerade - bloodlines (with fan fixes)
    Civ5 without brave new world dlc
    Half Life - Alyx
     
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    Super interesting to see how other people rate games in this thread. Some games like witcher3 I never understood fully. I finished it but I felt it wasn't great game. The ending was strong though. I much preferred witcher2 over 3. Horizon zero dawn probably spoiled witcher3 for me. Horizon was "kind of similar" but with a lot better gaming mechanics and plot. Witcher3 felt like downgrade after horizon&witcher2.
     
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    I found TW2 far to "linear" to my liking...similar to old "shooters on rails" due to "consolitties".
     
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    For me it was opposite. W2 was uniquely challenging and fairly tight plot. W3 just felt empty and copy pasted. In W3 there literally is one easily winning tactic to all except 1 battle. It felt like W3 could have used a lot more polish to make it more fun. Like make enemies different so one has to figure out something new instead of same rinse and repeat. Playing it after horizon made it that much worse. Horizon Zero Dawn has such a cool and varied game mechanics and no one way to win it all.
     
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    I was flip flopping between baldur's gate and planescape torment. Both are brilliant though quite different. At least for me planescape is more about story and baldur's gate is more about the battle.
     
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    I agree with a number of the above listed items, such as:
    • Wolf3D
    • Doom
    • Quake
    • Half Life
    • Unreal and (the original) Unreal Tournament
    • F22 Raptor
    • Crysis
    • Half Life and HL2
    • Portal and Portal 2
    • Grand Theft Auto (except 4, blech)

    I'd also add:
    • Fallout 3 / Fallout NV / Fallout 4
    • TES Morrowind / Oblivion / Skyrim
    • The new MS Flight Simulator
     
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  13. hoom

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    MoOII
    Total Annihilation
    I-War
    X-Wing Alliance
    Shogun: Total War
    Third Age: Total War (conversion mod of Medieval II)
    To a lesser extent Rome II: Total War
    World of Tanks
    HL2/Portal
    FarCry/Crysis (? I never actually got very far into either, just periodically run through the first bit)
    Battlefield 1942
     
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    TFX
    X-Wing
    Tie Fighter
    Indycar Racing
    Doom
    Unreal
    Unreal Tournament
    TOCA Touring Cars 2
    X-Wing Alliance
    Colin McRae Rally
    Max Payne
    UT2004
    Quake III
    Counterstrike
    Supreme Commander
    CS:GO
    GTA 5
    Tomb Raider (reboot)
    Dishonored
    Doom (reboot)
     
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  15. cheapchips

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    Lots of fantastic games here which would make my list.

    I have a really soft spot for Ascendancy. It's the most fond memories I have of any 4x game. The research tree and alien races felt like good sci-fi. Haven't played it since the 90's, so it's probably garbage. :-D

    edit: someone just playing with no commentary. Takes me back!



    Surprising lack of MMOs here. WoW would have to be a defining game for me. Over 5-6 years that I spent time raiding, the chatting, larking about and occasionally beating a boss with a lovely group of people was just a fantastic experience. Really restored my faith in people, including myself, and I was having a great time out in real-life as well.
     
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    Ugh...I forgot about the Max Payne...not #3 though...utter dissapointment.
     
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    Great thread! After ~30 years of PC gaming I have no idea where to start on this one. Taking inspiration from many of the previous posts I'd say:

    Doom
    X-Wing
    Tie-Fighter
    X-Wing vs Tie-Fighter
    Tombraider
    Quake 3
    Mario 64 (emulated)
    Halo
    Chronicles of Riddick
    Far Cry
    Doom 3
    Half Life 2
    Command & Conquer Generals
    Max Payne 2
    Mafia 2
    Crysis
    GTA Vice City
    GTA San Adnreas
    GTA V
    Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    Ori & the Blind Forest
    Assassins Creed (all of them)

    EDIT: Going back even further: Lemmings and Worms.
     
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  18. hoom

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    Oh I forgot the criminally under-recognised R.U.S.E. (&/or its Wargame sequels)
    Yes Supremecommander deserves an entry.
    I've played a lot of Planetary Annihilation but I don't know it deserves a 'best'
     
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    What is even more surprising is not a single mention of Deus Ex or Thief? For shame.:yep2:
     
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    warlords battle cry III
    settlers II
     
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