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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Soulskill posted about 5 months ago | from the you-have-died-of-dysentery dept.

Classic Games (Games) 382

SternisheFan writes: I am not a "gamer," per se. I grew up on "old school" arcade/Atari-type games. My question is: What are the very best games to own? Let's assume platform is irrelevant — any console, any computer, any operating system, any mobile device. I'd just like to know what you think are the most indispensable games to have in your collection. Let's expand this to include board games and other tabletop games as well. What games do you make sure to always have on hand for get-togethers?

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vote to close -primarily opinion based (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47775767)

leave the circle-jerks to reddit.

Re:vote to close -primarily opinion based (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776295)

seconded, this is precisely what that community is for. Please leave s

Classics (3, Insightful)

jcfigueiredo (980114) | about 5 months ago | (#47775769)

River Raid

Re:Classics (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776013)

I played that on my phone this morning. It never gets old.

Re:Classics (4, Informative)

Grizzley9 (1407005) | about 5 months ago | (#47776033)

Chopper Command is where it's at.

Subjective (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47775783)

That's like asking what's the best food to have in your fridge. What is the best color is along the same lines...

Re:Subjective (5, Funny)

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) | about 5 months ago | (#47775941)

That's like asking what's the best food to have in your fridge. What is the best color is along the same lines...

Bacon and green. Next!

Re:Subjective (2)

tompaulco (629533) | about 5 months ago | (#47776359)

Green Eggs and Ham FTW!

Get-togethers? With DnD geeks? And enough PCs? (4, Interesting)

Woodmeister (7487) | about 5 months ago | (#47775785)

Neverwinter Nights

Re:Get-togethers? With DnD geeks? And enough PCs? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776241)

It's a shame AOL shut it down so Neverwinter Nights is no longer possible to play. Or were you talking about that lame BioWare game that is only good for the rape mods?

MAME (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47775787)

All 56 GB of them. Now if only Mac MAME could catch up with games made in late '90s.

Re:MAME (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776065)

Give up already and switch to sdlmame [lngn.net] .

various card games (4, Insightful)

halfEvilTech (1171369) | about 5 months ago | (#47775795)

For get-togethers the easiest thing to use is just plain old cards. The number of games that can be had from just a couple decks is great.
Common games for us -
Blackjack, Hearts, Pinochle, Poker, etc

for more entertainment you could always Check out Cards again Humanity for those with a twisted sense of humor.

Re:various card games (1)

fritz1968 (569074) | about 5 months ago | (#47775899)

...don't forget Euchre and cribbage.

Re:various card games (5, Funny)

sacdelta (135513) | about 5 months ago | (#47775987)

Cribbage... that's where those fat cat card manufacturers get you with their fancy wood board and peg upgrades.

Re:various card games (4, Interesting)

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) | about 5 months ago | (#47775971)

Settlers of Catan for gatherings of 4-6. The only issue is when alcohol gets involved, the games can become marathon sessions.

Re:various card games (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776287)

maybe you should check out boardgamegeek. catan was a great game in its days, but it has been surpassed

various card games (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776225)


depends on who's there (4, Informative)

rogoshen1 (2922505) | about 5 months ago | (#47775799)

If people aren't too uptight, cards against humanity is great.
Mario kart (any version)
trivial pursuit

subjective lists are awesome! If you don't know your friends well enough to know what they like, you have other questions you should be delving into first :)

depends on who's there (2)

Unknown1337 (2697703) | about 5 months ago | (#47775903)

completely agree on both of these! I would also say yatzee and scrabble are must haves. I always find myself replaying Super Mario 1 and 3, so personally I'd include them as well.

Majora's Mask (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47775801)

Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Single-handedly the best N64 game, nay the best video game of all time.

N64 (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47775805)

Super smash bros on n64 but the recent versions are nice too

This is very Subjective. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47775811)

Mario 64, by today's standards, is a pretty boring platformer.

By 1990's standards, it, and zelda orcana of time, were earth shattering. Today?

Some people are happy with AngryBirds, some people need Gothic 3. One game can be completed in 5 minutes, the other takes 5 months.

Also, when you're grown up, the games you used to play that were so fantastic are faded.

So this is a very subjective request, and really, just flamebait.

Oh come on (1, Troll)

tsa (15680) | about 5 months ago | (#47775823)

Do we really need this on /.? Every gamer forum is full of threads like this. Why repeat that here? It's not news and it's not stuff that matters.

Re:Oh come on (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47775943)

Do we really need this on /.? Every gamer forum is full of threads like this. Why repeat that here? It's not news and it's not stuff that matters.

My comment will pop up in about 30min, subject (how did this make it to the top of the page?)
Such a broad question to waste time, please educate yourself and then come back here where news is what is important, not some lazy ass who doesn't put the effort to do his own research. go away

Re:Oh come on (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776105)

Would you like some cheese with your whine? ;)

umm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47775827)

space empires IV

Nethack (4, Interesting)

fisted (2295862) | about 5 months ago | (#47775829)

NetHack [nethack.org] , preferrably on a public server [alt.org]
Years of time can be wasted

Nethack (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776261)

just discovered the endless maze of nethack. Never bored anymore when I have my phone. Sometimes end up in the bathroom for too long though ;)

Missing some platforms (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47775835)

Namely board and card

Sega Genesis (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47775853)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

The Old Standby (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47775855)

A game I have been playing since its release and have repeatedly come back to, year after year, is Medieval Total War II. Everything about that game is just so engaging to me. The UI is clean and familiar, the nuances are fun and varied, the strategy is solid, and the map AI is among the best I've seen of its kind.

If I had to ban myself from every game in my library save one, I would have to keep this one.

Skyrim is also worth looking at.

Look it up (1)

toejam13 (958243) | about 5 months ago | (#47775865)

You could look up games based off of their annual sales rank or based off of the number of awards they've won. Probably more accurate than asking everyone for their personal favorite. Some of the lists are broken down to genre specific categories, so if a first person shooter isn't your thing, you can always look for what is.

Re:Look it up (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776005)

The author (such a elite name to give soulskill) should educate himself on how to search.

How did this make it to the top of the page? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47775879)

Have you heard of Google or other search engines, there are some pretty decent articles out there for your brain to absorb with enough comments to satisfy your opinion. How did this make it to the top of the comments section (hindsight sight activated).

Atari (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47775883)

I'm a big fan of the old Atari stand-up arcade games, so I'd include Tempest, Marble Madness, and Centipede on my list of essentials.

Might not be big winners (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47775895)

Warcraft 3, especially because of the huge number of custom maps. There was a map for everything that could be done on the engine. The base game wasn't as great as all the custom maps made, and not just DotA. There were many good RPG's, Survival Games, and others.

Old-school is best (3, Interesting)

B5_geek (638928) | about 5 months ago | (#47775897)

Civ2 - Call to power
NeverWinterNights 2
Tribes (I & II)
Dark Reign

Re:Old-school is best (1)

Sowelu (713889) | about 5 months ago | (#47776223)

That's the first time I've seen anyone reference Dark Reign in a 'best games' list. Or ever, for that matter. Still haven't made up my mind on whether it's a true classic of an underdog, or yet another great concept that was woefully underexecuted (see Malkari).

Re:Old-school is best (2)

NoImNotNineVolt (832851) | about 5 months ago | (#47776449)

MechWarrior (mechwars.exe) was terrible! MechWarrior 2, on the other hand, was quite awesome. The soundtrack alone should land it on this list.

Also, I'd add Star Control 2, which is now available as FOSS under the title The Ur-Quan Masters. This is my favorite video game of all time.

Warcraft 2 should be mentioned also. Maybe even Syndicate.

Old skool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47775915)

1. Yar's Revenge.
2. All of Infocom's text adventures.
3. NetHack.
4. Doom.

Get off my lawn!

Re:Old skool (3, Insightful)

Mikkeles (698461) | about 5 months ago | (#47776447)

'2. All of Infocom's text adventures.'

Text adventures are still being produced. The Interactive Fiction Archive has many old and new games. Many are very good.

Uno, Scrabble, Apples to Apples (1)

sandytaru (1158959) | about 5 months ago | (#47775919)

Uno for long time friends who probably won't end up hating each other. Scrabble for a small group of newer friends. Apples to Apples for larger gatherings, since it can scale up to accommodate teams.

Re:Uno, Scrabble, Apples to Apples (1)

juancnuno (946732) | about 5 months ago | (#47776051)

I don't understand why Apples to Apples is so popular. I'll play almost anything. But Apples to Apples is one of the very few games I will refuse to play.

I have maybe ten Apples to Apples games under my belt. I just never really have fun with it.

Re:Uno, Scrabble, Apples to Apples (2)

Webs 101 (798265) | about 5 months ago | (#47776109)

Even better is the game Apples to Apples wants to be when it grows up: Cards Against Humanity.

The Distant Worlds series is pretty good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47775927)

Here is the forum: http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tt.asp?forumid=782

That has link for you to buy the game.

Re:The Distant Worlds series is pretty good (1)

johanwanderer (1078391) | about 5 months ago | (#47775945)

Oops, posted as AC by mistake. Forum is here [matrixgames.com]

Star Control 2 (1)

neghvar1 (1705616) | about 5 months ago | (#47775947)

My favorite video game of all time and all platforms is Star Control 2. Released in 1992 on PC Favorite NES: Dragon Warrior 4. Favorit SNES: Tie! Super Mario RPG & Chronotrigger.

Re:Star Control 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776131)

Now completely open source and in the Debian repos as "The Ur-Quan Masters".

The best games are... (4, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | about 5 months ago | (#47775959)

The best games are the ones I have played between the ages of 10-18.
The ones before that are too primitive, the ones after that are just full of eye candy and attempts to just harness a bunch of money.

Oddly enough a lot of my favorite movies and TV shows were during that time too.

I guess things were just better during the time where you didn't have any responsibilities.

Trolling (5, Funny)

Zalbik (308903) | about 5 months ago | (#47775961)

I like to play a game called "Troll the Internet"

You pick some category (music, books, movies, etc) and then ask a question along the lines of "Which is better?". You can even do it with entire categories (e.g. "What are the best songs to have in my music collection?" "What are the best books to read?")

It's hilarious watching the infighting and attempts to justify responses to a subjective question.

The game has gotten a bit out of hand though. I've even seen it being played on popular tech forums like "Slashdot".

Re:Trolling (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776089)

Nope. just had ice cream, your opinion is invalid. But you are right, it did get me kind of ticked off because I saw my favorite news site polluted with what I thought to be stupidity but now realize it was all a ruse to draw me in to reply and comment over 3 times to article that should be left comment free.

I tip my fedora and bid you good die!

Dark Souls/DS II, Baldur's gate II (3, Interesting)

kruach aum (1934852) | about 5 months ago | (#47775965)

Baldur's gate II is the best of the infinity engine games, all of which are already great. Dark Souls and Dark Souls II have the best method of story delivery in any RPG I've ever seen, as well as easily the most engaging and immersive combat. To illustrate, when I was fighting one of DSII's new DLC bosses recently I did something I hadn't done since I first picked up a controller: I moved my physical body to dodge an incoming blow, instead of pressing the relevant button. The last time I did that I was 7 years old and jumping on goombas. It's that good.

Re:Dark Souls/DS II, Baldur's gate II (1)

PIBM (588930) | about 5 months ago | (#47776361)

You aren't playing enough good games!

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is perfect for practicing those movements :)

Planescape: Torment (2)

dotd (1609) | about 5 months ago | (#47776381)

Personally I think Planescape: Torment is the best infinity engine game by far.

*sigh* (1)

mythosaz (572040) | about 5 months ago | (#47775967)

I'll "me too" on this a bit.

I own a MAME cabinet, with a (nearly) complete collection of ROMs and CHDs.
I own an RFID enabled poker table, with the kit from VideoPokerTable.net
I have a makeshift craps table, one Bally 70's era EM-series slot machine and an antique 36" roulette wheel.
We're an XBox family, now with a One.
My Cards Against Humanity set is mostly complete, only missing the extra-rare PAX sets and the misprint set, plus nearly all possible expansions, including 3rd party ones.
I've been a Magic nerd since the 93's (with time off in the 2000's for good behavior).
We do some of the newer deckbuilding games.

I rarely go a week without an organized poker tournament AND cash game, a sanctioned magic match and some "fun" Magic, CAH with friends, and some light gaming on the One. When we throw a party, nearly everything else ends up getting used.

Hmmm .... (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 5 months ago | (#47775979)

Old Skool: The Mario Bros and Donkey Kong games are where my heart lies. 2D side scrollers.

Tabletop: I've always loved the German style board/card games -- fun for the whole family, the outcome is pretty much random, and someone doesn't get ganged up on or eliminated early in play. The goofier the premise the better, it's the mechanics which makes them enjoyable to play in groups, and sometimes strategy is pointless or impossible.

New Skool: I'm afraid I'm pretty much eternally hooked on Skyrim. I like not being constrained to a linear plot or where I can go.

My wife and some of our friends are also huge fans of the Kinect games, because drunk people dancing is hilarious. Also good for a girls exercise night, while the guys play a golf video game.

I also miss my copies of Rock Band/Guitar Hero ... because I learned to appreciate a vast amount of music and greatly expanded my music collection as a result of it. The sheer amount of punk rock I now own is directly attributable to those games.

For those of us who are old and creaky, and grew up where video games took quarters, and had a joystick and two buttons ... many modern games left us in the dust years ago, and simply stopped being fun. I doubt I could beat a 6 year old at a first person shooter.

Dominion & Munchkin (2)

theArtificial (613980) | about 5 months ago | (#47775991)

Dominion [playdominion.com] ! This is an excellent card based game. Not difficult to pick up, a warmup game clears up things quickly, and as a bonus they've got an official electronic version online at http://playdominion.com [playdominion.com] built using html and js, and there is a chrome extension too. You can play without signing up or logging in and against bots or other players not to mention the entire base game is free. You are not hindered with the "base game" and there are several expansions which add additional cards to the game. The game itself uses 10 cards at a time which you can randomly draw to keep things interesting or if you prefer you can build decks. Dominion shines with 3+ players and maxes out at 8. Games last anywhere from 10-45 minutes. I'm actually working on an IRC port of this since everything is better on IRC >.>

Munchkin [worldofmunchkin.com] is another great party game.

Re:Dominion & Munchkin (4, Interesting)

theArtificial (613980) | about 5 months ago | (#47776125)

Re:Dominion & Munchkin (1)

Sowelu (713889) | about 5 months ago | (#47776299)

My problem with Pandemic is that if you don't work as a perfectly aligned team, you lose horribly. No personal scores equals no autonomy, with the end result that one player pretty much dictates everyone's actions. Okay, you probably make your decisions as something like a committee, but it feels like a joke to pretend that each player really has "their own" cards and pieces.

Dominion (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47775993)

Dominion with a couple of its expansions for 4 -6 Pricey for card/board game but worth it for replay-ability and fun
Cribbage board
Deck(s) of cards for 4 hearts, spades, poker, w/e

PC games (Steam - generally buy only during sales)
Portal 1/2
whatever coop online game your friends are playing
Don't play RPGMMOs, you don't have that kind of time.
Some recent but value binned singleplayer shooter ie Metro, Dishonored, w/e
Some recent but value binned singleplayer rpg
add random Free to Play as you need variety
World of Tanks

Tabletop staples: Chess and checkers (1)

davidwr (791652) | about 5 months ago | (#47775999)

Even if you never play them, if you have more than a few tabletop games and don't have these, your collection is incomplete.

Portal (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776037)

1 & 2
Periodically they are on sale discounted (last time some weeks ago).

KSP (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776067)

Its been 2 years and im still addicted. Great mod community!

My Favorites (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776069)

Computer Games: The original Master of Orion

Card Games: Dominion (also on Mobile), Poker,

Pure Board Games: Chess, Ra, Power Grid.

My club's favorite boardgames: 7 Wonders, Dominion, For Sale, Forbidden Island, High Society, Incan Gold, Kingdom Builder, Kingsburg, Pandemic, Power Grid, Power Grid: The First Sparks, Puerto Rico, Qwirkle, San Juan, Stone Age, Ticket to Ride: Europe, TransAmerica, Tsuro

Try Go (Wei-chi, Baduk). (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776101)

The most deep game ever created was Go (Baduk).

Much more subtle than chess.

Re:Try Go (Wei-chi, Baduk). (1)

kruach aum (1934852) | about 5 months ago | (#47776143)

Much less tractable than chess, anyway.

Commadore 64 (1)

quipalicious (1036368) | about 5 months ago | (#47776107)

Red Storm Rising, played it for years.

My Favorites... (1)

RailGunner (554645) | about 5 months ago | (#47776117)

Here are what I consider to be the best games I've ever played (in no particular order):

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Final Fantasy 6
Final Fantasy 9
Megaman 2
Megaman 3
The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Super Metroid
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
God of War II

Re:My Favorites... (2)

Sowelu (713889) | about 5 months ago | (#47776327)

Final Fantasy 4 doesn't get enough love. I really appreciate your unconventional choice of 9 though.

The Orange Box (3, Interesting)

jeti (105266) | about 5 months ago | (#47776123)

The Orange Box bundled:
-Half Life 2
-Team Fortress 2

Seven years later, all three are still among the best games to have and play.

sex with a 8are (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776149)

developers are alm0st

Descent II - Must have. (1)

KDiPietro (3765499) | about 5 months ago | (#47776153)

Now running the Linux distro of your choice.

Mech Force on the amiga (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776157)

I know people that have been playing that on original hardware then emulation for 20 years.

Fireball Island, Hotels, Settlers of Catan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776167)

Love me some board games.

Bad Rats. (1)

Tyrannicsupremacy (1354431) | about 5 months ago | (#47776175)

And maybe Tony Lazaro's Ultimate Super Speed Racer

Solitaire (1)

JoeTechie (787181) | about 5 months ago | (#47776177)

Seems everyone I know over the age of 76 plays Solitaire. Almost exclusively.

Re:Solitaire (0)

Art Challenor (2621733) | about 5 months ago | (#47776443)

Seems everyone I know over the age of 76 plays Solitaire. Almost exclusively.

Roger Moore plays Solitaire as 007 in Dr. No and it's the only game he plays. He's 86, so your comment is validated...

For how many people? (2)

Webs 101 (798265) | about 5 months ago | (#47776185)

The "best" games depends on how many people you have to play, not to mention their tastes and time commitment.

Nothing beats Diplomacy, but you need seven people, a whole day, and people who can be bastards when required.

Other games I keep going back to are Civilization (the original board game that has nothing to do with Sid Meier), Kingmaker, Pictionary, Scattergories, and the Combat Mission series of digital war games.

For mixed-age crowd: Pictionary, Bananagrams, Set (1)

timothy (36799) | about 5 months ago | (#47776189)

You don't actually need a board game or someone's pre-made list of cards with choices, either, but the Pictionary folks have done a pretty good job at providing some ideas, sorting them into categories, etc.

Bananagrams is the most age-independent word game I know; Scrabble can be pretty frustrating when playing with people of vastly different ages (and thus, often, vastly different vocabularies), but nearly any age can play with Bananagrams, and older players can adjust their style as they deem best suits the players as a group.

Set: as above.

Go (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776207)

If we're including table top games, Go continues to fascinate me with its seemingly contradictory simplicity & complexity.


It's one of those classic "minutes to learn, lifetime to master" games.

Incidentally, this the game that gave go enthusiast Nolan Bushnell his company name (Atari) back in the early 70s.

I Hate Bethesda Studios (3, Insightful)

crackspackle (759472) | about 5 months ago | (#47776217)

for taking years of my life (Fallout and Elder Scrolls Series). My love will only return as soon as you publish something else

There Is One (1)

bistromath007 (1253428) | about 5 months ago | (#47776227)

Others are complaining, rightly, that this topic is junk. It's all down to taste, and these media are too widely varied for us to give useful answers even if it weren't.

With video games though, there is one that can be considered more or less objectively a must-play: Deus Ex. Even if you wind up not liking it for some reason, it's important. It's like not reading any Shakespeare.

For table games, it's much harder. They're definitely worthy of being called art, but they are obviously much less "literary" in nature. There's no paradigm-shifting cultural messages to receive.

Despite that, there is one that I think kind of encapsulates the state of the art, and depending on how your group handle it, it can be either a light party game or a total brainfry, so it's got that going for it: The Resistance. Funny thing is, I fucking hate it, so you know that recommendation has at least a little objective value.

For politically incorrect afficianados... (1)

Jawnn (445279) | about 5 months ago | (#47776231)

(...and rather reinforcing the gamer=misogynist riff...)

Death Race (Exidy arcade version)
Custer's Revenge (Mystique, for Atari 2600)
Leisure Suit Larry (Sierra)

Re:For politically incorrect afficianados... (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about 5 months ago | (#47776377)

Postal and Redneck Rampage are quality games for that Genre...

xboing (1)

PoiBoy (525770) | about 5 months ago | (#47776253)

xboing is my all-time favorite game. I wasted many hours in the late '90's playing it on a Sun workstation and later on linux. It's too bad it doesn't seem to be available any more, and none of the more recent games like it are as good in my opinion.

Re:xboing (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about 5 months ago | (#47776407)

https://packages.debian.org/un... [debian.org]

You can easily get it for debian and the code is out there for compiling.

Re:xboing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776431)

Not available any more? It's in the Debian repos. What am I missing?

MOO2 (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776277)

Masters of Orion 2 -- just one of the finest space 4X games ever.

Table games: Risk, Rummikub, and, of course, Cosmic Wimpout

From my youth, here is my pick-list. (1)

Anon-Admin (443764) | about 5 months ago | (#47776313)

Ms. Pacman
Pole Position
Battle Zone
Jungle hunt

And they all fit on 2 150k (664block) floppies for my commodore 64 or 1 double sided 5.25" floppy. :P

Don't know where to begin (1)

Cinder6 (894572) | about 5 months ago | (#47776319)

I have over 1000 games at this point, and I have no idea how to answer this question. The problem is that games that I like might not line up with games you like. I would call Panzer Dragoon Saga a must-play, but if you don't like JRPGs, then you won't like it. I consider Radiant Silvergun the pinnacle of the vertical shooting genre, but if you don't like those, then why would you waste $120 and go through the hassle of making sure you can play Japanese Saturn games? At the same time, I'm not big on the hardcore simulation games, so I have no idea if Train Simulator is good or not. I don't like sports games, so even though NBA Jam is widely considered one of the best of the genre, I'm uncomfortable recommending it.

That said, I think there are a few classics that most people will enjoy if they have even a passing interest in games. Games like Super Mario World (or SMB3), Mega Man X, Metal Slug, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 are very safe bets. They're quick and accessible without being too hard or too easy.

I think a better way to approach this question is to look at what would be the best introductory game for various genres. Here are a few of my picks.

Adventure games: Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis; Legend of Kyrandia 2: The Hand of Fate; Myst (or Riven)
FPS: Doom (1 or 2); Half-Life 2; Wolfenstein: The New Order
Platformer: Super Mario World
Shooter: Radiant Silvergun; Ikaruga
Run 'n' gun: Metal Slug; Contra
JRPG: Chrono Trigger
CRPG: Planescape: Torment; Baldur's Gate 2
WRPG: Oblivion; Skyrim

With any list of this nature, there are glaring omissions, and many people would disagree with my choices (though I did pick popular games). One thing to note is that I pretty much picked single-player games. I think the best thing you can do is download ROM packs for various consoles and try the games out. See what you like, then research more games like them.

Best Games? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776363)

Settlers of Catan, Munchkin, Risk, The Great Dalmudi, and Cards against humanity are my must haves.

Oh wait you are talking VIDEO GAMEs and not real games.... sorry.

unreal tournament. (2)

polar red (215081) | about 5 months ago | (#47776379)

UT2004, certainly if you can invite some friends over.

Legos... in a game (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776393)

Creationary is amazing. Like pictionary, but you build the objects out of Legos instead of drawing them. Think you are a good builder? This is a good way to find out.

Subjective list of some faves (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47776399)

Wow this is broad! I'll throw out some of my faves. Fluxx (card-based and very fun); Cards Against Humanity (ensure no prudes present, or it can be uncomfortable, to say the least); Carcassone (depending on the size of the group). PC-based: Baldur's Gate; Monkey Island; Grim Fandango; Wing Comander; Civilization (any of them will do). Nintendo based: Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, Metroid. OK, gotta stop now, and rebuild my amazon and GOG purchasing lists now...

Party Games (1)

twistedsymphony (956982) | about 5 months ago | (#47776403)

I have a full-sized Dance Dance Revolution machine, always a hit at parties. If you don't have the space then Rock Band is a good party game too, basically karaoke + plastic instruments for the introverts. Other video games I like at parties are You Don't Know Jack and Typing of the Dead (for Sega Dreamcast as it supports 2 players) and Wii Sports. For Board games Apples to Apples and Cards Against humanity are popular party games but I find that The Resistance is a lot more fun once A2A and CAH have been played to death.

Party games (1)

Sowelu (713889) | about 5 months ago | (#47776405)

When you have to entertain large groups of people, and you don't want to worry about any of them having to sit down and learn a new time-consuming game, keep copies of The Resistance and Are You a Werewolf around. (Yes, Werewolf is fine with scraps of paper, but the cards are fun.) You can explain them in minutes, and they make people a heck of a lot more social than most board games. The Resistance is better if you don't want any players to be eliminated, but you should only use it in groups that already know each other...it's a lot of fun to see the evil scheming side of people, but it makes terrible first impressions.

Games on hand for get togethers. (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | about 5 months ago | (#47776413)

All of my friends are assholes, so i only have Mario Kart 8 and Dokapon Kingdom around for game night.

also now I don't host game nights.

Depends which decade... (1)

bswarm (2540294) | about 5 months ago | (#47776423)

70's Pong
80's Tempest, Mario Series
90's Sonic Series, Gran Turismo
00's Gran Turismo again
10's Nothing Special

Games I keep going back to. (1)

StrangeBrew (769203) | about 5 months ago | (#47776445)

-Civilizations 3 or 4; -Uno (for mixed age family games); -Medieval 2- Total War
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