Best games of the 90s?

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Best games of the 90s?

Post by Aldeb » Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:46 pm

What's your opinion? what are the most influential, technically advanced, highly rated etc games in human history. i'm referring specifically to Dos/Windows. My list would be:

Best adventure - myst series, Tomb Raider series
Best RPG - Diablo I, Daggerfall, Diablo II, Ultima, Baldur's Gate
Best RTS - Warcraft II, C&C, Age of Empires II
Best Flight Sim - Longbow 2, Falcon 4.0, Flight Simulator series
Best turn-based - Heroes III
Best Action - Doom, Duke Nukem 3D, Quake, Unreal, Half-Life
Best tactical shooter - Rainbow Six, Thief The Dark Project

i also thought of listing some bad games as well. but they're harder to remember. if anything because nobody bothers remembering them. i would add in no particular order

Jurassic Park Trespasser, Ultima 9... and that's all i can name


here's an issue of CGW on the subject, p 58 http://www.cgwmuseum.org/galleries/inde ... b=2&id=200

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Post by dosraider » Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:06 pm

Aha, again a 'best' of ...???

I'll keep it short:
Doom - U8 Pagan - Falcon 3 - Longbow 2 - Unreal/UT99 - Half life (only the first one!) - Fallout - Quake 2 - Deus ex- Corncob 3D (meh, yeah I know, I know ....) - ......
and so many others I enjoyed ...... so many .... so many...... :laugh:

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And Wing Commander , how could I forget this one ????
Forgot probably many more .... :laugh:
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Post by Quadko » Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:25 pm

University, first job, engagement, marriage, cancer... great important 90's.

Interplay Lord of the Rings, Planet's edge, Wing Commander, Arena, Daggerfall, Quake, Ultima Underworld, Planescape: Torment - the 90s were a awesome timeframe!

But Breach, Pac Man, Ultima IV, Kroz, Paratrooper, Snipes, Snarf, Shogun, Popcorn, Tetris, Manhunter: New York, King's Quest, Space Quest, Codename Iceman, Trek, and Rogue from the 80's - that's my heart's true love! Well, I guess, 85 to 95 to pick a 10 year span.

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Post by dosraider » Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:44 am

Quadko wrote:..., first job... 90's.
First job in the 90's .... ??? Your all such babies !!!
My first job was in '73, loading Coca Cola crates (last year studying but needed some cash .... wanted a car, a NSU TT1200 http://www.autobelle.it/annuncio_old.php?ad=15212 and got it, what a worthless thing)
First regular job was in '75. Retired now.
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Post by 486 player » Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:07 am

Platform (regular): Keen 4
"-" (shooter): Duke 2
FPS: Descent II
Shoot 'em up: Tyrian
Puzzle: Lemmings 2
Simulation: SimCity 2000
Artillery: Scorched Earth
Edutainment: Word Rescue
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Post by wardrich » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:57 am

Platformers: BioMenace, Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure, Secret Agent, Duke 2
FPS: Doom, ROTT, Blood, Shadow Warrior, Descent
Shoot 'em up: Tyrian, Star Goose
Puzzle: The Incredible Machine
Simulation: Pizza Tycoon, Roller Coaster Tycoon
Artillery: Scorched Earth, Worms II

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Re: Best games of the 90s?

Post by MrFlibble » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:50 am

Aldeb wrote:what are the most influential, technically advanced, highly rated etc games in human history.
Dunno about the "most influential" part, but "technically advanced" and "highly rated" are parameters that can be measured and compared on an objective basis. It shouldn't be too hard to track down games with highest system requirements (for the year of release) that got most praise from major game review sources.

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Post by Wally » Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:24 am

Changing my response.. because I was lazy.

Platformers: Cosmo's Cosmic Adventures, Commander Keen, Jill of the Jungle
Puzzle: The Incredible Machine, Supaplex
FPS: Wolfenstein 3D, Blood, Duke 3D, Descent, ROTT
Simulation: Theme Park, Theme Hospital

Plenty more too.

P.S The smileys on the forum are looking a bit low-res.

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Post by dosraider » Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:59 am

Wally wrote:......P.S The smileys on the forum are looking a bit low-res.
Always were...... btw,Cosmo ? Really?
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Post by Wally » Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:02 am

Whats wrong with cosmo? Sure it has shitty PC speaker music.. but its alright. Duke 1, Lemmings are also fun :P

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Post by dosraider » Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:51 am

I didn't say there is something wrong with Cosmo, just that, dunno, favorite game seems a bit fart stretched, that's all.
Ah well, each his own as usual.
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Post by wardrich » Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:18 pm

Wally wrote:Whats wrong with cosmo? Sure it has shitty PC speaker music.. but its alright. Duke 1, Lemmings are also fun :P
I'm pretty sure it supported Adlib/SB16. Sorry your 90's computer sucked haha. Its graphics were also pretty bright and inviting.

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Post by 486 player » Sun Mar 30, 2014 4:24 am

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Post by Nemesis Zero II » Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:59 am

My favorites of the 90s:
- Doom (1+2)
- Heretic
- Terminal Velocity
- Diablo (1+2)
- VGA Planets 3
- Warlords 2
- Magic Pockets
Let the 90s never die!

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Post by nickherc » Mon Aug 18, 2014 4:47 am

C&C: Red alert 1
Theme park & Sim city 2000
Monkey Island 1&2
Half life
AOM2
and the list goes on and on... :bday:

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Post by Brad Evans » Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:12 am

My fave of the 90s:

1. Half Life
2. Doom
3. Diablo
4. System Shock 2
5. Mortal Kombat 3
6. dolphinspearl777com
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Post by dr_st » Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:49 pm

Somehow it looks like y'all are forgetting that they were still making platformers in the mid-to-late nineties, with classics like Rayman (1 and 2, which was 3D), Oddworld (Oddysee&Exoddus) and Abuse (that I personally did not care for, but was interesting in many ways).

Of the early-90s Apogee/id platformers, I think Duke II is easily the best, with the second Keen trilogy and Bio Menace somewhat behind. Earthworm Jim 1&2 are also great. And of course, Prince of Persia 1&2. PoP3D failed to deliver, and it wasn't until Sands of Time in the 2000s that the series was properly translated into 3D.

In terms of turn-based strategy, I actually like Heroes II better than III, even though from technical aspects the latter is superior in every way.

And the Mortal Kombat series is my favorite fighting franchise, specifically MK2.

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Post by goosebumps » Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:39 am

Super Mario
Donkey Kong Country
Street Fighter

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Post by RolandH » Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:28 am

dosraiderr wrote:I didn't say there is something wrong with this phen24 review blog Cosmo, just that, dunno, favorite game seems a bit fart stretched, that's all.
Ah well, each his own as usual.
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I'm going to sound like a Blizzard fanboy, but I was hooked on gaming because of their 90's games. I loved Diablo, Starcraft and Warcraft games. I'd throw in the Heroes of Might and Magic 2 & 3 on that list too.
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Post by butterburp1 » Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:44 am

Very tempting to bookmark this thread and play games from it every weekend!

I loved Solitaire, Minesweeper and the various entertainment packs for Windows. Especially while listening to MIDI tunes in the background. I still play some of the games: Chess, Word Zap and Klotski (block-moving game).

The first two Civ games came out in the 90's. Great to see the franchise is still going to this day.

Lastly, would definitely recommend the various point & click adventures from Sierra and Lucas Arts. Sam & Max was my go-to game in my college days, on my good old 386/40 and Sound Blaster 2.0.

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