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Top 10 PC games ever

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"What elements push a PC game beyond mere goodness and into greatness?

For this author, games are best when they deliver a transcendent gaming experience that is possible only with the aid of a personal computer. They don't simulate board or card games, reproduce real-world sports or try to approximate movies. They are an art form unto themselves.

I surveyed dozens of PC game developers, asking them to share their picks for the 10 greatest PC games ever. In addition to weighing their opinions, I took into account factors such as influence, innovation, design and replay value.

To be considered, a game must have achieved most of its prominence on a PC platform. (This explains why Tetris, for example, didn't make the cut: it was clearly the Nintendo Game Boy's killer app. I defined a PC as any consumer computer that has a keyboard the user can program with arbitrary code, not just a PC of the IBM variety."

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okichi3487d ago

Good list. I remember playing MULE with friends back in the 80's and it was a blast. Wish I can play that again.

Agent VX3487d ago

The list is good, but this top 10 list should be named "Top 10 most Influential PC Games".

Lots of the games listed were good, but not the best ever. Their creation influenced some of the greatest PC games, like Civ 1 was the seed the made Civ 4 which is a much better game. Doom 1 was great, but the games Doom 1 influenced like Halflife 2 are much better.

Never the less, PC gaming is still the best.

Baka-akaB3487d ago

To each their own , but sounds more for a few , as a list of who brought some features first , than a real top pc games . At least to me .

Mine would be , in no particular order :
diablo 2
Starcraft
Baldur's gate
Baldur's gate 2
Quake 2
Quake 3 (i know 2 games and their prequels aleady , but each were quite different and brought a lot imo )
Everquest
Syndicate Wars
X-wing vs tie fighters
Counterstrike (though i can't stand it anymore for various reasons)

Agent VX3487d ago

My list would be in no particular order:

Rome: Total War
Any of the "Baldur's Gate"
Age of Empire 2
Starcraft
IL-2 Sturmovik
Company of Heroes
Call of Duty
Civilization 4
HalfLife 2
Unreal Tournament

table3487d ago (Edited 3487d ago )

You have to have the following;

-Age of Empires2
-Commandos2
-Half Life
-Championship Manager 01/02(still the best)
-Driver
-Rome: Total War
-Dungeon Keeper2
-Return to Castle Wolfenstein
-Shogun: Total War
-The Sims

Man were those games top class.

Leathersoup3487d ago

This list needs more Tex Murphy...

Revvin3487d ago

Nice list, never played MULE or Rogue so I'd put in Geoff Grammonds Grand Prix as that was the racing game that really hooked me and got me playing multiplayer over a null modem lead. I'd perhaps put Quake in the list for its 3D graphics and for being the game that really brought internet multiplayer to the FPS genre and like Agent X would add IL-2 Sturmovik to the list in place of Myst which I felt was overrated. IL-2 or perhaps European Air War though I've spent more time in IL-2 than I ever did EAW. Warbirds was another great air sim that hooked me and I remember evening making PPP/SLIP scripts in DOS to dial long distance to get into the servers.

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