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30 PC Games to Play Before You Die

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I highly recommend Rome: Total War and it's successor, Medieval: Total War II (and even Empire: Total War, but after the bugfixing is over). These are some great games!

There are 3 reasons I like them:
1) History: the games are inspired by our own history. The game developers tried very hard to respect the historical past and the geographical truth, and in most cases they succeeded. So you play and, at the same time, you learn history and geography. Isn't that great? (my sister got an 10(= an A in USA) just because she played this game and she knew how to answer a question in the class)
2) Strategy: you have to think like a strategist. You must make very good thought decisions in order to expand your territory and manage your towns and cities.
3) Tactics: you command armies on the battlefield. You must know the weaknesses and strengths of each type of unit and use them accordingly.

Who wouldn't like to be a little virtual Cesar (or Alexander Macedon, or Hannibal or...)?

The list is very 1st person shooter heavy, a genre I don't care much about. That said, I played through the first half of Far Cry and liked it.

From the 6 games on the list that I actually played my favourite is Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. It is charming and engaging, and just about the right mixture of story, puzzle and action. I have bought Grim Fandango and I think I would have liked it, but the character controls turned me off so much that I couldn't play it.

My all time favourite game is not on the list: The Longest Journey.
Playing it was an experience that still haunts me. If you like adventure games and haven't played it, do yourself a favour and check it out. It can be bought on Steam, I believe.

You might guess that I love stories, so the other games on my personal best of list are probably not too surprising:

Nox (was much better than Diablo 2 IMHO, has immense replay value because the 3 classes play so differently plot- and abilitywise)
Warcraft 3 (I still play this one regularly - it's immense fun and extremely versatile due to tons of user-generated gameplay)
World of Warcraft (thank god I found the strength to give it up - still one of the best games ever but too addictive to play)
Dune II (I loved that game, and found it much better than it's C&C descendants)
Bard's Tale (probably unplayable now because it's so ancient. I invested months into that game as a kid)
Indiana Jones 4, Monkey Island I & II, The Dig and Loom (of the Lucas Arts games I enjoyed these the most)
Gabriel Knight (although definitely not flawless I liked the game's atmosphere and have fond memories of playing it)
Broken Sword (a great adventure game with an engaging story and likeable characters)
Beyond Good & Evil (a game between classical adventure and action, has a great sci fi setting and story)

There are possibly a few games that I forgot and certainly a few I've never tried and would have liked (like Planescape). Nowadays I don't want to invest too much time into gaming, so I haven't played any of the more modern games.

Now that you mention it, it's very surprising not to see Beyond Good & Evil in the list, considering the author of the article is a HUGE fan of it, and I lost count of how many times he has mentioned it. And it really deserves a place there.

i haven't played Beyond Good & Evil but i do hear that it's fantastic game. like nafs, time is at a premium for me unfortunately..

I loved Dune II too. Maybe because I also liked the books very much. It's one of the few games I didn't pass on or throw away after I had played them.

And what about Morrowind? I very much liked the 'cultural diversity' of that game. Every race with its own 'architecture' which looked completely different than the others. Much unlike Oblivion, where everything looks more or less the same.

And what about Dungeon Siege? The only game ever that brought me to tears. Sounds weird but it's true ;D. I've been playing it on a weekend with almost no breaks, almost no sleep. Then there is that scene, where an elevator takes you out of the mines, you step out and snow starts falling on your head, and sentimental music starts to play. Unlike DS2 the original also didn't have these boring teleporters (whatever they are called). You were what felt like days in the wilderness, not knowing how far from the next town, or settlement, or hut even. The feeling of 'remoteness' was overwhelming.

And what about Far Cry (as already mentioned), where you constantly think you're on holiday somewhere in the Caribbean :)

And there are many others I could think of which I would prefer to some on that list.

Something which I find interesting is that I can't play a game twice. I've tried with several and only managed one or maybe two. The problem with games that have a (decent) story is that once I know that story, they kind of become unattractive for me to play again. I sometimes wish I could selectively erase my memory to overcome that problem  ;)


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