50 Best Computer Games of all Time (according to PC Gamer Mag)

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  1. Kenneth

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    Unfortunately they don't have it on their website, but here is there list:
    50 - Combat Mission
    49 - Tribes, Tribes 2
    48 - Beavis and Butthead in Virtual Stupidity
    47 - Sam and Max hit the Road
    46 - Homeworld
    45 - Worms Series
    44 - No One Lives Forever
    43 - High Heat Baseball Series
    42 - Bard's Tale
    41 - Populous
    40 - Roller Coaster Tycoon
    39 - Total Annihilation
    38 - Lords of the Realm II
    37 - Unreal Series
    36 - Monkey Island Series
    35 - 1942: Pacific Air War
    34 - Star Control 2
    33 - Need for Speed Series
    32 - Gabriel Knight Series
    31 - Master of Orion
    30 - Ultima Underworld Series
    29 - Heroes of Might and Magic Series
    28 - Panzer General
    27 - NHL 2001
    26 - Tomb Raider
    25 - The Simcity Series
    24 - Age of Empires II
    23 - System Shock series
    22 - Warcraft series
    21 - Ultima - Ultima VII
    20 - Everquest
    19 - Wing Commander series
    18 - Black and White
    17 - Quake series
    16 - X-Wing series
    15 - Doom, Doom II
    14 - C&C: Red Alert series
    13 - Baldur's Gate series
    12 - Duke Nukem 3D
    11 - The Sims
    10 - Deus Ex
    9 - Rainbox Six series
    8 - Mechwarrior 2
    7 - Diablo series
    6 - Starcraft
    5 - Dark Forces series
    4 - Fallout, Fallout 2
    3 - X-com: UFO Defense
    2 - Civilization II
    1 - Half-Life
    Whew, that's a lot of typing. What do you think? Any notable ommisions or curious rankings? I can definitely agree with the number two choice. Playing Civ II in diety mode is one heck of time sink, but lots of fun. Blizzard seems to be well represented. Interesting that Duke Nukem is ranked higher than Doom and Quake.
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  2. Iain Lambert

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    err, who wrote this again? Dark Forces at 5 when Doom is at 15 and Quake at 17? No Thief? Deus Ex down at 10? The only Sports games are Baseball and NHL, with no Football (ok, soccer you Americans) games? Where to start?
    OK, here is one obvious point to haul them up on. The sole entry from the entire genre of racing games is Need For Speed, that sack of rubbish that gets trashed by everything from Grand Prix 3 on the serious side to Midtown Madness 2 and Colin McCrae as fun.
    Oh, and "Beavis and Butthead in Virtual Stupidity" is apparently better than Tribes 2. Of course it is, how silly of me to not realise.
    Still, thats what you get from asking someone who clearly only plays strategy games to make your list up.
     
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    Where's Zork?
     
  4. Dennis Reno

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    My personal Top 5:
    5. SimCity
    4. Fallout series
    3. Diablo series
    2. Half-Life
    1. Civ II
    Half-Life was great, but Civ II may be the greatest time-sink of all time!
     
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    PC Gamer's opinions on anything have been nigh-worthless for years...
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    No Wolfenstien 3d !? Doom at number 15! My god, these are only the games that revolutionized the computer game world.
    I think they should read up on some of thier own back issues.
     
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    .bogus list. Nuff' said.
    [Edited last by Sean Oneil on August 23, 2001 at 05:50 AM]
     
  9. Brian O

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    Mostly first person shooter and Role-playing crap.
    Where are the sports and driving sims?
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    What? No Mine Sweeper or Pipe Dreams [​IMG]
     
  11. John Berggren

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    A Beavis and Butthead game made this list, but not the King's Quest series?
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  12. Doug Schiller

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    That is a lame list.
    To put Unreal and Quake games into "series"?
    Unreal Tournament has about as much to do with Unreal as Sim City.
    Quake 3 and Quake 2 are also two different games.
    I'd also put them in top 5.
    I've played Dues Ex and its nice, but no way does it get as much playing time as Q3 and UT from me.
    Half Life was great the one time through that I played it, but I always end up going back to the big boys.
    Doug
     
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    I also think the Warlords series should be there. I wonder if Heroes Of Might and Magic would have ever existed if it wasn't for Warlords?
    Also, the Quake series shouldn't be grouped together. They're like 3 completely different games. Quake 1 was the best one IMO.
     
  14. Joe D

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    PC Gamer has a very limited view of computer games, they kind of limit themselves to games released only the past few years.
    Black and White at #18?
    Beavis and Butthead is actually a great game, but I don't think it deserves a top 50.
    Lords of the Realm 2 at #38?
    Computer Gaming World put out a top 150 games a few years back that was very accurate, it had a good mix of new and old games.
    I prefer Doom to Dark Forces. Jedi Knight is about equal to Quake in my mind, Jedi Knight having a great story, Quake being scary as hell. If you're going to put Unreal on this list, you might as well put Thief 2 in there somewhere.
    I just got started playing Deus Ex, seems pretty cool so far.
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    I can't believe they left out Descent!
     
  16. Joe D

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    One thing that bugs me is that they list series of games, instead of the games itself.
    I mean, is Quake 2 really a better game than System Shock or Gabriel Knight: The Beast Within.
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    I agree with Mike, Grim Fandango and at least one Monkey Island are some of the greatest experiences I've ever had playing the PC, and I'm a full fledged shooter fan myself. There cinematic and epic storytelling (at least on GF), along with humour and very strong gameplay should have beat out several games on the list. And what's with all the strategy games? I know I'm not a fan, but it's a little overwrought with them.
     

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