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    Simple: post what you consider your favorite PC game ever and list your reasons. If you have a hard time thinking something up, a good way to judge is how often did you play the game? Were you good at it? Did it challenge you? Did it have a satisfactory ending in its story line? Did you like the online community? Did it have good replay value?

    For me personally, I'd probably have to go with Empire Earth. The game is dated now, but out of all the games I've ever played it probably kept me occupied the longest amount of time, I played almost nothing but EE and its expansion for an entire year. In fact, I DIDN'T play anything but EE and its expansion for an entire year. In this game I feel I can honestly say I had a large amount of skill, in the last single player campaign the online community was hard-pressed to discover an easy way to beat it (especially the last level) and after playing multiplayer for a bit I beat the entire thing with relative ease. I won at the very least a 2:1 ratio online against a fairly small community, and I played it constantly. I have not yet had any such experience with any other game and I doubt I ever will again.

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    What I was best at and played the most was:

    Heroes of Might and Magic 3
    Grand Theft Auto (the first one)
    Quake
    Shogun: Total War (+MI)
    America's Army
    Enemy Engaged Comanche Vs Hokum
    Alien Vs Predator (I&II)
    Operation Flashpoint
    Morrowind (+expansions)


    All these games shared the factor that it didn't get old or boring. It always develops, whether it is in SP or MP. Obviously quake didnt change much in SP but in MP it was what I played most on LAN parties back in the day.
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    DOOM

    It was the first game i ever played and remember playing it for months when i first got it. It was even more fun when the PS version came out and I could play a link up game with a friend.

    Can't wait till my copy of DOOM3 comes out

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    I played star wars supremacy for ever when it came out. I think it really got me into strategy games. I was so dissapointed they never followed it up.

    And then Shogun came out....and the rest they say is history...
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    UFO Enemy Unknown (X-com) is my fave game ever! Good story, good guns, good aliens, good music, good FUN!!!

    does anyone know how to get it to run on XP?? is it even possible??
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    Sid Meier's Pirates!

    I played it forever on my Amiga 500 and then occasionally
    on other machines using emulators.
    Can't wait till it comes again for PC at the end of the year.
    The story/ gameplay is fantastic. You could sail the Caribbian for hours and days. Naval combat, fencing, governors daughters, the Silver Train, evil Spaniards hunting you. All the stuff from great pirate movies.

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    BG2 - definitely one of the best RPGs I ever played - epic story, memorable NPCs, polished D&D game system

    HOMM 3 - the epitome of the "one-more-turn" syndrome IMO - easy to learn game mechanics but still challenging with lots of replay value to do the variety of factions and lots of downloadable maps; great combination of strategic map and tactical battl ... too bad that HOMM 4 did not live up to it (I keep my fingers crossed for HOMM 5)

    Tie Fighter - excellent space combat game with great mission design, good variety of spacecrafts, very good Star Wars feeling ... I still play it from time to time (nothing beats flying Ties for the Empire)

    KOTOR - great RPG, fantastic use of the Star Wars license (better than the new movies)

    M:TW/S:TW - no praise necessary here - I just like to point out that this is the only game for which I actually joined a gaming forum (!)

    Some older games that I do not play anymore due to their age but which I played until my eyes turned red when they were up-to-date:
    - Bard's Tale
    - Dungeonmaster
    - Star Wars: Rebellion (although some potential had been wasted there)
    - Star Wars: Dark Forces
    - Doom
    - Eye of the Beholder
    - Fantasy General

    And of course I am sure I missed a couple of my favourites

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Edward
    UFO Enemy Unknown (X-com) is my fave game ever! Good story, good guns, good aliens, good music, good FUN!!!

    does anyone know how to get it to run on XP?? is it even possible??
    Yeah, I got it to work. But you need a recent version, not the original - I downloaded one from the Gamer's Lounge; there's probably been a recent commercial release (eg in a compilation). IIRc, there were some other twists - a google search should throw them up; re-post if you oursue this & get stuck.

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    Nice titles! Unfortunately I was too young to be around with the very first classics hit the stores (Doom, Pirates!, heck even the first Zelda).

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    There can only be one, and obviously it is Thief:the Dark Project.
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    Default Re: Your favorite PC game ever.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ser Clegane
    M:TW/S:TW - no praise necessary here - I just like to point out that this is the only game for which I actually joined a gaming forum (!)
    My thoughts exactly.


    Some older games that I do not play anymore due to their age but which I played until my eyes turned red when they were up-to-date:
    These are maybe not the best or even all of those I liked a lot, but I sure played them a lot:
    -Grand Prix I
    -Wolfenstein
    -Hexen I and II
    -European Air War
    -WW II Fighters
    -Superbikes and SBK 2001
    -Colin McRae II
    -Diablo and Diablo II LoD
    -X-Wing Alliance
    -Jedi Knight I and II
    -Quake I, II and III
    -Half Life
    -Deus EX
    -Thief I: The Dark Project
    -Thief II: The Metal Age
    -Homeworld
    -RTCW
    -MOHAA


    And of course I am sure I missed a couple of my favourites
    I also probably did that too.

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    Diablo 2. Just keep on playing it with a mate of mine and we still can't find all those item sets and uber powerful items!

    Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Played and completed it three times on various difficulty settings. Now that's a lot for me because I usually only play FPS games once. It was also the best FPS I have ever played.

    AvP. Played it a lot of times and enjoyed being the Predator. The original was slightly better than the sequel in my opinion.

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    U people r forgetting all the time wasted trying to get to the end of the Monkey Island business.

    Wonderful games (1 & 2). Twisted humour. The 1st time a game made me fall off the chair laughing. ROFLMAO literally.

    I also played a lot of

    Wolfenstein
    Age of Empires, Kings
    Grand Prix
    Shogun
    MTW
    Half-Life

    and Doom, off course (all my exames went down the drain...)

    Presently I'm playing a lot of Sudden Strike 2 which I discovered a couple of months ago.

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    TRIBES!

    Still the most online fun I have ever had!
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    My favourite game ever is Burning Rubber on the amstrad to be honest it was totally pants simple arcade style car racing game but it was my first computer and my first game so it will always have a favoured place in my memory.
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    I have four favorites, but they are all different categories.

    Flight Sim

    European Air War---I probably logged more hours flying this classic WW II sim than all of my other flght sims put together, and that includes Red Baron 3D and IL-2. Until recently it was always the first thing I loaded after a re-format or if I got a new system.

    Even though the graphics aren't state of the art any more, the game still has the look of a fine aviation painting, and when the skies are filled with B-17's, their P-51 Escorts, and swarming Fw-190, there is still an absolute epic quality to it.

    Unfortunately, my new Radeon card doesn't like the game, but when I get my next system, I intend to put a N-vidia card back in my present rig as a legacy system. EAW will reside there once again.

    Land Sim

    Panzer Commander---This old SSI WW II tank game has whiskers now, but I played it off and on for years. There is still a site on the net that has scores of downloadable missions, and I may just have played them all at least 3 or 4 times. To the best of my knowledge this is one of only three WW II tanks sims ever made for the PC, and it was my favorite. Gee, I wish someone would make an up to date verson, but it'll probably never happen.

    Action/Adventure

    SeaDogs---I never got to play Sid Meier's Pirates, but many have compared this game favorably. Although probably not as good as Sid's game, it still really satified my need to plunder, pillage, solve quests, hunt for treasure, attack island fort, ramsack towns, and fight "edge of your seat" ship to ship battles on the high seas. I can hardly wait for Sid's new Pirates 2.

    Strategy

    Shogun Total War----I must have played every faction at least 2 or 3 times on every difficulty level. If I had been paid just $5 for every hour I logged playing STW, I could probably retire right now.


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    Although at least a dozen titles spring to mind, only one manages to outshine them all, and that is the legend of our time that is Deus-Ex. There are simply so many reasons why it's the best game of all time. I've finished it about 10 times now and played chunks of it over countless times. The storyline os one of the most engaging I've had the pleasure of experiencing. The combat is varied, and the interface is easy to use. I could sit for days playing Deus-Ex, despite the fact that I would know exactly what to expect around every corner. I haven't even ever playing it in multiplayer, and it still took up more of my time than any other game (that MIGHT be a lie - Medieval Total War and the Heroes of Might and Magic series come pretty close, as does Counter Strike). The game is in fact so unique that you can complete it by only ever killing one enemy - or all of them. What other action-packed game offers this? (I'm starting to sound like the guy who writes the adverts on the back of the game boxes, so I'll stop )
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    Most of my best are/were flight sims.

    CFS1 (uncounted hundreds of hours)
    Janes WWII Fighters
    IL2 Sturmovik series
    Falcon 3
    Falcon 4

    Tom Clancy shooters; Rainbow Six, Rogue Spear, Ghost Recon, Raven Shield

    And M:TW of course.
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    I have two favourites which are the only games on my HDD.

    MTW/VI (including NTW, which I also have installed)
    Can't get enough of it, I keep coming back to it (since I can't play the RTW demo).

    American Conquest: Fight Back
    Love it. In my opinion is a very well done and replayable RTS. I love playing island maps as colonial wars, and making my own Historical Battles, especially those in Europe during the Baroque Era (late 16th Century-French Revolution)
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    in cronological order (as far as i can recall)

    On the Spectrum ZX80:

    Elite - The Original and Only Great Space trading/fighting Game
    Arnheim/Desert Rats/Vulcan - great simple to get into, historical accurate, wargames
    Tetris- huh... do i need a reason...?

    On the PC:

    Civ 1/2 - ... World Domination!!!!!
    Privateer - The closest thing to Elite on the PC
    Master of Magic - Civ Like strategy with nice tactical turn based combat (an ancient prelude to total war?)
    Master of Orion 1/2 sames as "MOM" but in space.
    Diablo 1/2 "Trinkets!!! I need Trinckets!!"

    (i'm sure i'll miss quite a few, so here follows my current favorites, as in "Still on my HD and I'll buy any sequel that comes out" )

    Jagged Alliance 2
    Those that played Rebelstar/Laser Squad/X-Com will imediately recognize and love the gameplay with an additional great quality: Character. Each of your mercenaries has a distinct personality. And boy do they have things to say...

    Operation Flaspoint
    No other game llike this. None. If you havent played it you cant even begin to imagine. A very realistic battlefield simulation, endless terrain. Play it like a FPS and you're dead. A strong community keeps i very much alive since 2001 providing high quality add-ons and mods.

    Shogun Total War
    Medieval Total War
    Need i tell you why?

    I also found great relief for my brain and stress for eyes in playing Need For Speed Underground, but thats another story.
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    Nah, one game would never be enough, but a bunch of addictive games!
    ..here my list:
    -Doom(played it even this summer, and I was still getting scared sometimes);
    -Panzer General(It's like a drug. Once I saw it in a shop after 4 years I lost my cd, and .. it's not necessary to say what I played the following months..and now waiting for Rome);
    -Shogun, with or without mongols my partner since it has been released. I think to have played at least 20 times that campaigns.
    -Monkey Island2...sorry guys, but who cannot start to laugh thinking of that split challenge?
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    - Star Wars: Rebellion (although some potential had been wasted there)
    You too!? I thought I was the only one who loved that game. It got awful reviews but I loved it, it was really what warmed me up for MTW.


    My fave pc game of all time though would have to be Moh:AA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teutonic Knight
    You too!? I thought I was the only one who loved that game. It got awful reviews but I loved it, it was really what warmed me up for MTW.

    After I bought that one I did not play any other game for at least a month. I did not agree with the reviews that ctiticized the steep learning curve and the complicated interface.
    If the tactical battle would have had a bit more depth and if the AI had been a bit more challenging, I would probably still play it from time to time.

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    REALLY showing my age here, but anyone remember Wizard's Crown for the old Commodore 64? Man, that was good.

    Others I really went nuts for:

    Civilization
    Everquest
    Warcraft II
    Medieval: Total War
    Diablo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teutonic Knight
    You too!? I thought I was the only one who loved that game. It got awful reviews but I loved it, it was really what warmed me up for MTW.
    All those years I spent hiding my love of Supremacy, it's like coming home

    I loved playing as the Empire; I conquered the galaxy many times over. I used to capture rebels, stuff them all on a crappy ship, and send them hopping from one side of the galaxy to the other so they could never be rescued. Does that make me mean?
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    Medieval Total War for it's excellent replay value (when you get get bored with leading the English in battle, you can try the Turks instead or mod the game).

    UFO:Aftermath. It's a spiritual sucessor to X-COM and it is set in the near future after an alien attack wipes out most of the human race. The story-line is well thought out and far more original than what you normally get with alien invasion type games. Also, unlike the X-COM games you never get to the point where you just can't lose a battle because the aliens keep inventing new weapons, some of which are alien applications of human technology. There's some pretty good mods and a friendly on-line community.

    Colonization - a spinoff of Civilization I. I love building up by colonial empire by launching pirate attacks on rival shipping, and then fighting a war of independance.

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    shogun
    gettysburg
    thief
    eu2
    sea dogs
    patrician 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by frogbeastegg
    All those years I spent hiding my love of Supremacy, it's like coming home

    I loved playing as the Empire; I conquered the galaxy many times over. I used to capture rebels, stuff them all on a crappy ship, and send them hopping from one side of the galaxy to the other so they could never be rescued. Does that make me mean?
    Oh yeah I forgot they called it 'Supremacy" across the pond. I almost never played as the stupid rebels, so if you're mean then I am too

    Don't you love how the emporer blames you when his mission fails

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    Favourite PC game ever would have to be Panzer General. The first computer game I ever got - swallowed several years of my gaming time. I loved the detail of the units - having the PzJager I, Czech tanks and early war allied planes etc as well as the more common standbys. The mechanics of how to play was so easy (click to select, click to move or attack) and yet fun (combined arms, unit match ups, supply etc all important). The "hook" through the campaigns of earning prestige, buying a core, watching it gain experience and upgrading its kit was amazingly addictive (TW could improve on this). The scenarios were inspired - epics like Norway 1940, the Balkans 1941 and Kiev captured the heart of the key WW2 operations without getting the player bogged down.

    Now it does not have too much replay value - the difficulty plummets in a campaign after a few campaigns. Subsequent games in the series were better balanced in this respect and so hold up better now, but can't match the epic qualities of the original.

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    I don't have one yet. That's my reason.
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