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Games That Keep You Coming Back?

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the over-and-over-and-over-again dept.

Games 601

The Guardian Gamesblog kicked off a great discussion on their site, talking about games that just keep pulling you back in. Games that, even if you've played through them once, you just have to pick them up again. eToyChest and Kotaku both have related threads. So, what about you? What are some videogames that, even years later, you just have to play through one more time?For me, besides my ongoing fascination with World of Warcraft, Star Wars Galaxies, and Everquest II, there aren't that many that needed more than one playthrough. Both Half-Life titles, of course. I needed to play HL2 just to get everything I missed the first time. Jedi Academy and System Shock 2 required additional plays to try the game at a different angle. Similarly, I've played through the Diablo titles more than once each, as there's just so much clicking to be had. I somehow managed to avoid the gravity well of Civ4 for the most part, but Civilization 3 was almost the only game I played in college. Good times.

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Some games off the top of my head. (4, Insightful)

falzer (224563) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588924)

The Legend of Zelda
Wasteland
Nethack on alt.org [alt.org]
Star Control II

Re:Some games off the top of my head. (2, Interesting)

ShyGuy91284 (701108) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588970)

And I add Goldeneye, Mario Party, Smash brothers if people are around. For single-player, Zombies Ate my Neighbors, Final Fantasy VII, Console Zelda games, and Anything by Blizzard (although some never stopped playing Starcraft....).

Re:Some games off the top of my head. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14588980)

For those that don't know there is an open source version of Star Control 2 called The Ur-Quan Masters [sourceforge.net] . I would advise against playing that game if you value your job/gpa.

Re:Some games off the top of my head. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14589002)

Surely you mean Ur-Quan Masters [sf.net] , not Star Control 2

Re:Some games off the top of my head. (1)

Kuciwalker (891651) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589124)

Civilization IV. Just one more turn...

BZFlag (2, Informative)

bwd (936324) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588928)

BZFlag [bzflag.org] is one of those free multiplayer games that keeps pulling me back in almost every day. The competitiveness of the game coupled with the community is hard to beat. And it's open source to boot!

However... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14589052)

...You are gay!

GOOD DAY, SIR!

Obviously... (4, Insightful)

joe 155 (937621) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588932)

...It has to be the Zelda games... almost every one is a classic, my personal favourite has to be Ocarina of Time, its so fantastic.

The newest game to captivate me like this is Resident Evil 4, its a classic, getting to shoot anything with a shotgun, brill.

TFC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14588935)

TEAM FORTRESS CLASSSIC

I'm still playing the same map (Dustbowl) over and over again after four years. To me, that's a testament to great game design

Koules (2, Informative)

Mr2cents (323101) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588936)

One of the koulest games around for linux, eighties style.

Games that I can modify. (4, Interesting)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588938)

Even though I'm a geezer, I find games like Vice City and San Andreas to be supreme. Why is that? Because I can easily edit the vehicle properties, for instance. I like having Cabbies that can go 800 km/h, while cop cars and paddy wagons that top out at 2 km/h. Even modifying the landscape is fun to do. People have added additional islands to Vice City, for instance.

Then again, card games are also always entertaining, and keep me coming back for more.

Tetris (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14588939)

I still haven't got to the last level :(

Diablo! (3, Interesting)

mrobin604 (70201) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588941)

I think most people will agree on this game. I play a lot of games, most of them once through (I'm not a huge FPS/online player, so a trip through the single player game and I'm usually done). The addictive thing about Diablo is the play mechanic... I was actually done with the game, and didn't have a desire to keep playing it, but for some reason I had to go through and play it again anyways.

Re:Diablo! (1)

falloutgib (585732) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589012)

I think Diablo is crap. Just a bunch of clicking to collect teh +3 STR SWORD OF DRAGONPOWER

Re:Diablo! (4, Funny)

mrobin604 (70201) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589093)

Good point. Any game that involves pressing buttons to make things happen sucks.

Re:Diablo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14589112)

Exactly, you get to kick ass and find neat prizes... I keep coming back for more every 6 months. I don't go and make uber builds, so it's challenging.

X-Com + Fallout (4, Interesting)

falloutgib (585732) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588942)

X-Com was a brilliant blend of strategy and role-playing elements that manages to make every game exciting and different.

Fallout 2 was amazing -- a huge world, violent weapons, and intensive role-play action. Anything post-apocalypic gets marks up from me :)

NESkimos -- Best. Nintendo. Metal. Ever. [neskimos.com]

Re:X-Com + Fallout (2)

Nato_Uno (34428) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589108)

Ironically enough, I'm in the middle of X-Com: Ufo Defense right now (*AGAIN*) running under dosbox. I have the original CD media and everything. Seriously addicted in college (a buddy of mine and I played *literally* 24/7 in shifts for about two weeks at one point) and it just keeps coming back...

Multiplayer Games (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14588943)

In my experience, I've never wanted to replay a single player game I beat over and over again. For me, it's the multiplayer games that keep me coming back.

I just recently stopped playing Medal of Honor: Allied Assult online, and that came out years ago. C&C Generals had a similar affect on me.

Nethack (3, Informative)

undeadly (941339) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588945)

is the one game I've been playing for more than a decade, on and off. No fancy graphics, but great gameplay. Yeah, cool slick graphics and corresponding sound is nice, but no substitute for great gameplay.

Re:Nethack (1)

edwyr (792284) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589036)

I've been playing nethack since 1989. It's the only one I still come back to.

Psst.. (2)

Ardeocalidus (947463) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588947)

Yo, bud... I've got some Evercrack here. By one hit, get one level free...

Re:Psst.. (1)

Ardeocalidus (947463) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588987)

Since someone thinks this is offtopic, I will post an explanation. Evercrack is a nickname for Everquest due to its addicting nature. We see this behavior in almost all finely made MMORPGS. DAOC, WoW, FFXI, AO, etc. Lord knows I've spent enough of my life on games. It seems we are becoming addicted to gaming. Games are like the next television. Within another decade, I'm sure television and gaming will merge (and I don't mean like the crappy adventure games of old).

Re:Psst.. (1)

Ardeocalidus (947463) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589014)

Well screw me sweetly. I clicked the wrong link. This post was in re: to my previous post.

Vaginas for Jesus (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14588949)

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Warcraft II (1)

rratss (893595) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588954)

Warcraft II

I'm playing FF 7 right now :-) (2, Interesting)

HackHackBoom (198866) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588955)

I just love this game. Probably one of the best RPGS EVER. I'm also playing Civ 2 and Civ 4 on the side.

X-COM UFO DEFENSE (5, Interesting)

Zelph (628698) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588958)

X-COM UFO DEFENSE was my all time favorite. I even played it a year or two ago. I wish they would re-release it with the exact same A.I. only with AWESOME graphics. That would be great.

Re:X-COM UFO DEFENSE (1)

Davorama (11731) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589145)

Amen, brother. That game had me coming back again and again. Always back to the original too, not the sequels.

I'm an old fart (3, Informative)

Nuclear Elephant (700938) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588960)

You guys are probably too old to remember some of these classics, which I still play occasionally today:

Crystal Castles (Rocks)
Omega Race
The original Star Wars, with the vector graphics
Xybots (this one isn't too old)

Re:I'm an old fart (1)

nelsonal (549144) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589051)

I haven't played the vector graphics star wars since I last went to Disney land about 10 years ago. That game was so sweet!

Continuum (1)

42Penguins (861511) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588961)

Continuum: it's like crack!
Only problem is the noobs these days with their artificial lag that think they're "leet"...

Diablo 2!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14588964)

As far as crack-like addictive quality goes, I still have to play through Diablo 2 once more about every year or so. Of course, Civilization is right up there as well.

Roshambo (1)

Hohlraum (135212) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588965)

I'm going to get to go first one of these days and win for once.

If you Count Multiplayer (1)

usermilk (149572) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588967)

Super Smash Bros: Melee has gotten way too much usage out of my GameCube. I still haven't collected all the trophies and I've owned it for 3+ years.

Fallout (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14588968)

The fallout games would have to be the ones that keep me coming back. There was just something about that retro-futuristic wasteland that hooked me.

Devs should do this (1)

Have Blue (616) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588971)

Hey, ALL games would be so much better if the main character was wearing a goose outfit.

Re:Devs should do this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14589038)

That marketing degree is already paying dividends

One of my personal favorites (1)

zfractal (170078) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588977)

Giants: Citizen Kabuto.

I'm also hoping that Planet Moon will do a sequel of some kind, but alas it seems they're more focused on the PSP these days.

Two words... (1)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588978)

"Half Life". You know you had to complete it a second time with just the crow bar!

What is this blasphemy?! (2, Funny)

adminsr (919472) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588981)

Pong is the only game for me.

I played Icewind Dale for the longest time... (1)

Kingrames (858416) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588984)

Creating D&D characters is somewhat addicting. When I had the ability to create an entire party of characters and run them through a game, I had an absolute blast.

One of my favorite things to do was when I had like a whole day of free time, I'd create a new party, and run them as far as possible. The first time they died, I restarted with a new party. I still have the urge to play that game to this very day, but I keep putting it off in favor of other games.

MMO's will probably top the list of these games, if they are being rated fairly. Even though they are boring, repetitive, and bland, for some strange reason they keep sucking people back in.

My list... (1)

xerxesVII (707232) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588988)

Starcraft... I just love slowly spreading out and dominating a map methodically.

Tetris... I love tetris anyway, but in Tetris Worlds there's a mode called "Fusion" that just keeps me coming back. I like trying to fill the screen with as many fusion blocks as I can. It's got this meditative thing going for it.

Armagetron... Simple fun.

Mahjongg... Another meditative game.

Ski Stunt Simulator (1)

algernongray (950290) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588990)

Every 6 months or so I spend a few hours with Ski Stunt Simulator [fun-motion.com] . It's difficult to learn but addictive as all get-out when you do.

X-Com: UFO Defense is absolutely amazing, too. The best way to play is to disallow saving during combat (or the temptation is to save/reload like a bitch when something bad happens). You'd be surprised how attached you can get to your team.

they don't make 'em like this anymore (1)

podRZA (907929) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588991)

Super Metroid Castlevaia Symphony of the Night Vandal Hearts

Re:they don't make 'em like this anymore (1)

Namronorman (901664) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589101)

Wow, and I thought I was the only person in existance that played and enjoyed Vandal Hearts. Never got to play #2. If you've played #2, was it any good?

Joust (1)

Kohath (38547) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588992)

I like Joust. 1982's finest

for me and what little it's worth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14588995)

Transport tycoon deluxe - open transport tycoon deluxe http://www.openttd.org/ [openttd.org]
Deus Ex - try not killing anyone and then by killing EVERYONE
Red Alert 2/Yuris revenge with the eagle red mods.

As for star control, nerd!

Lux & Pax Galaxia (1)

Barkmullz (594479) | more than 8 years ago | (#14588999)


Lux [sillysoft.net] and Pax Galaxia [sillysoft.net] , both distributed by SillySoft, are two simple games that I have spent countless hours playing. They are simple enough to just jump right into, but the gameplay is surprisingly deep and enjoyable. Highly addictive!

This may seem like a sales-pitch, but I am not affiliated in any way.

Pre-modern classic RPGs (1)

bi_boy (630968) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589003)

Final Fantasy 3(6) and Chrono Trigger. Freakin classic. Better than any of the other crap RPGs being peddled nowadays.

Tetris (2, Insightful)

Nerviswreck (238452) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589006)

Best game ever. Bar-none

I'm surprised.. (1)

flamesrock (802165) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589010)

No one has mentioned SimCity. I've played every iteration, including the PS version and they're ALL amazing.

System Shock 2! (5, Insightful)

PontifexPrimus (576159) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589011)

... and Deus Ex (played that one on my last four computers). Both great games with extreme replayability, since they offer so much customzing options for your character. And, what's more important, those choices actually matter in terms of gameplay and are not purely cosmetic, resulting in sometimes radically different games.
Don't get me wrong, I like (for instance) the Splinter Cell series, but if you don't sneak in the levels where you're supposed to sneak, you simply lose the game; when I've made it through such an obstacle course once I see no motivation to do the exact same thing again the next time through.

Oh so many... (1)

Jackie_Chan_Fan (730745) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589021)

Street Fighter 3 Third Strike
Mr Do's Castle
Pacman
Mrs Pacman
Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Kung Fu
Mario Brothers (the two player original)
Joust
StarCraft
RC ProAM
Escape from Robot City
Gauntlet
Paperboy
Any Neo Geo or CSP1/2 arcade games.

Mame rules so much. Thank you world for Mame :)

Karl Buiter's Sentinel Worlds (1)

willith (218835) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589022)

Call me old-fashioned, but at least once every year or two I fire up Karl Buiter's Sentinel Worlds [the-underdogs.org] and play through it from beginning to end. I played it first in 1989 in glorious CGA, sharing the keyboard with my dad for hours every night. My life has shifted dramatically since then--family members have died, jobs and homes have come and gone, but when I sit down and start up that game and hear the PC-speaker music start up, it's like I'm eleven years old and I've come home.

Moo2 (1)

compwizrd (166184) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589024)

Master of Orion 2.

MOO3 completely destroyed any fun in playing.

The 13 year old classic (1)

Diocleciano Palma (929600) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589025)

Doom. It's a simple game, lots of new maps and addons are still being made for it, and with source ports such as ZDoom [zdoom.org] or Doomsday [doomsday.hq] , a whole new life is being breathed into it.

games w/ lots of player created content (nwn...) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14589026)

NWN has held up for me due to the large number of player created modules, some of which are quite good. It's like a different game each time you play it, and as a nice bonus, it works on Linux and Mac.

Games with good replay value? (1)

bhaak1 (219906) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589027)

Nethack
DeusEx
Tetris
Frontier: Elite 2
M.U.L.E
Several Sid Meier games like Railroad Tycoon, Pirates and Civilisation (Civ4 doesn't have proven its replay value up until now)
All old LucasArts adventures, even though I almost know their storyline by heart :-)

Monkey Island (3, Interesting)

DarkDust (239124) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589029)

Monkey Island II is the game I play the most. I normally play through at least one Monkey Island game every year, I just love the humor (I like the first two parts the most but enjoy III and IV as well).

Maniac Mansion II: Day of the Tentacle is also one of those games I replay quite often. Like Monkey Island, the humor is just great.

Too bad Sam and Max II was cancelled and that the gaming industry doesn't produce good adventures (especially humorous adventures) any more... at least I haven't heard of any.

Battlefield 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14589031)

I keep trying to get past that last boss. The AI is eerie. It's almost like a human is behind it. The team that did the text messages and VOIP should be commended. I almost think it could pass a Turing test.

My list (1)

afidel (530433) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589035)

Diable (1 and 2)
Civ (the original)
Masters of Magic
Masters of Orion
XCOM (most of them)
Continumm (formerly Subspace)
Heroes of Might & Magic
WoW

Most of them are games from the ealry 90's and their sequels.

My list (1)

nelsonal (549144) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589037)

Diablo 2 (is this old enough to qualify I put it down and pick it up almost annually)
Fallout 2 Nothing better than trying a role that I've never played yet.
Masters of Orion series I even fired up MOO on DOS Box the other day just as sweet as it always was.
Frontier: First Encounters Holy crap do I wish I could get x2 working or that they would release Elite 4. That series has always led with graphics, unstructuredness, and fun.
X-Com--Fighting my way to mind control and then making the etherials do my bidding. I'll never forget how scared I was doing the first nighttime terror mission with the etherials I think I broke and ran with half my crew after the town was completely destroyed.
Super Mario Brothers My sister and I still fire this up when we go home for the holidays.

Might and Magic 4 and 5... (1)

klipsch_gmx (737375) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589043)

World of Xeen.

Counter-Strike (2, Interesting)

dnixon112 (663069) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589045)

If what you like out of video games is competition, nothing beats CS. It's so easy to organize 5v5 matches, hop in a server with some friends and it's as if you're in a high stakes shootout with all the tension. There's always TONS of people playing, always tons of competition, it's no wonder it's the top competitive video game around.

Think of it this way, why do you go back and play the same sport you like over and over. Because you like to compete in basketball, or football or whatever. Same thing with CS, it's all about competition, and it'll keep you coming back.

P.S. If you're worried about cheaters, there's many communities that are organized with the specific goal of stopping this threat with sophisticated anti cheat software and admin support.

Check out ESEA [esportsea.com] CEVO [cevolved.com] NEL [nationalesports.com] CAL [caleague.com] GGL [ggl.com]

Addictive games (2, Insightful)

HalAtWork (926717) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589047)

Contra & Super C (NES, Konami) - I memorized the game as a kid getting through it, going back to the game and running through it once more to play out all of that memorization is always fun

Gunstar Heroes (Genesis, Treasure) - It just has great gameplay, your characters seem like an extention of you. The stages are each unique and are fun obstacle courses to run through.

Megaman (NES, Capcom) - It's just a really unique and weird game, one of the first of its kind, the enemies and characters had a lot more personality than other games and it's always fun to go back and play because of the aesthetics, ambience, and gameplay.

Wildsnake (Genesis/SNES, Alexy Pajitnov) - It's party fun! You'll never stop playing!

Ghouls & Ghosts (Genesis, Capcom) - Again with the memorization here, plus a very unique concept and characters. The music, stages, and characters all came together to provide a fun experience. One wrong move and you're dead, but it's fun to get to the point where you can run through without dying. It may seem cheap at first but when you become one with the controls you'll do surprisingly well.

Streets of Rage II (Genesis, SEGA) - This game is great. Different characters to choose from with their own moves. Yes, moves in a brawler, like a side scrolling Street Fighter II where you beat up more than 1 opponent. This was the pinnacle of brawlers in my opinion. Had great music, graphics, and long stages that keep you entertained.

Thunderstrike (Sega CD, Core) - A blast! You'll keep playing the missions until you have a shred of life left and must escape. It's an arcade helicopter shooter... Sounds weird but incredibly fun. Lots of missions with varied objectives, music that fits the game, and great controls. Very good presentation and hasn't been a game that comes close, except maybe Warhawk on PSX.

Castlevania SotN, Metroid II, Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Quackshot are some others really worth checking out.

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (1)

BuR4N (512430) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589048)

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri , is one of the few games I truly enjoy to play over and over again.

If you like turn based stategic games, pick it up, its a great game.

http://www.firaxis.com/smac/ [firaxis.com]

There is also an expansion, Alien Crossfire.

Super Metroid (2, Interesting)

techrolla (902384) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589049)

Definitely Super Metroid. Perhaps because the game has the most amazing music and a slew of secrets that just give you a sense of satisfaction to find over and over again, years after you beat the game with 100% of the items. Not many games can do that.

My choices (5, Interesting)

vectorian798 (792613) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589056)

Starcraft: For a RTS with such diverse races, it is amazingly balanced and has some very interesting gameplay in UMS maps. Time and again I uninstall SC only to reinstall it soon after. It is the one game for which I can say that I enjoy it as much as I did the day I got it.

Super Smash Brothers Melee: My and my friends spend hours battling it out. One of the few games of this last (meaning pre-X360) generation that really had incredible gameplay. For the majority of people I know that own a GameCube, this game is the reason why they bought it.

Diablo 2: Patch 1.10 added a whole lot of material and pulled back a lot of people who left during the 1.09d era because of hackers, dupes, and overall lack of depth.

Pokemon: Fun to replay it with different creatures...what can I say. I didn't believe that my friends were actually going to spend several hours playing this all over but I have to say, I kinda wanna play it right now haha.

Baldur's Gate II: So much depth in this game. Tons of classes and races, tons of items, over 200 hours of play time because of a myriad of subquests - and this doesn't include the expansion.

Fallout 2: One of the best RPG's ever. And so unique in comparison to the stale overused 'fantasy' setting RPG's. Fun to go run around towns doing side quests and talking to all those people I never talked to before.

Unreal Tournament: Still a great Lan Party game, because it runs well on everyone's computers and just has outstanding FPS gameplay overall. A few years from now, I'll add 2004 to this list because it's gameplay modes are also amazingly addictive.

Note: I know there are a lot of CLASSIC games that aren't on this list (esp. on consoles), but I leave them out because I think the important factor here is replay value and so the grading is a little different. Games that tend to be strictly linear especially hurt from this.

Hands down (1)

john_is_war (310751) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589057)

Chrono Trigger
Earthbound
Final Fantasy Tactics

Dungeon Keeper 1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14589058)

I can't count how many times I have played through DK1 now. Last time was just a few days ago. /MackanZoor

C & C (4, Interesting)

iggy_mon (737886) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589060)

I play Command and Conquer - Renegade all the time. Renegade was the only FPS in the C&C universe and it rocked. Wish they'd make a second one.

I bought the game the hour it was released locally (Mechanicsburg, PA, where I was at the time) and was eventually recruited for every clan on the net ;^) I always shot down every offer 'cause I liked to kill without prejudice ;^)

Yeah, I play as iggy_mon there, too. If you pick up the multipack for around $20(us) join me!

puzzle games (1)

loserhead (941655) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589061)

for me, puzzle games are the most addictive. my favorites:

Tetris
Bust-a-Move
& Devil Dice (was for PS1, but i cant find it anywhere. should have stolen it from the video store i rented it from)

Thief (1)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589064)

I know that there are a few other taffers on Slashdot; where are you? Come out of the shadows and give praise to The Builder! Er, I mean Garrett.

Super Mario 64 (1)

Illissius (694708) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589066)

I've beaten it at least 4 times so far, right now I'm going back and seeing how far I can get without any of the special caps. You can get a surprising amount of stars you would supposedly need them for, without them.

Trriiiiiibbbeesss (1)

BugsPray (940704) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589071)

Starseige Starseige: Tribes Tribes 2 I'm a fanboy, so sue me.

For me, there are just two (1)

Rick Genter (315800) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589074)

1) Age of Empires. The original, not II, III, or any of the expansion packs. There is something about that game that just keeps me playing it.

2) Quake. Again, the original, not II, III, IV, or any of the derivatives. Occasionally I like to kill all the lights and at about one in the afternoon, fire up Quake and just start playing. I can usually get through the entire game by midnight or 1 AM. I find it - refreshing ;-).

Oldies but Goodies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14589076)

Moria.
Empire/Strategic Conquest.
Spaceward Ho!

I agree about Diablo/D2 and Civ, too.

Dragon Warrior 4 (1)

eruanno (598239) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589080)

Without fail, my all-time favorite game is Dragon Warrior 4 for the NES. I may be young, but that game had such a great story! It was excellently pieced together and I felt involved.

Other great games were Final Fantasy 3, Lufia 2, and the Zelda on the SNES (whichever that one was).

Cheers,

M.T.

HL forever (1)

ShaneThePain (929627) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589081)

Half-Life

Deus Ex (4, Insightful)

__david__ (45671) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589083)

I loved the original Deus Ex and played all the way through it twice and played just the first few levels a number of times since then. I would definitely consider playing it all the way through again! It's a shame the second one wasn't as good as the first.

The sad thing is I have it for the Mac and it only runs in classic mode now. When the intel move becomes ubiquitous they aren't going to do classic and I'm going to lose Deus Ex (as well as all my nostalgic classic apps). Very sad.

-David

old school mac games (1)

Geekboy(Wizard) (87906) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589084)

pathways into darkness
marathon
escape velocity
maelstrom

Re:old school mac games (1)

nelsonal (549144) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589132)

Was Maelstron the old game where you defended a planet called harmony? I bought that years ago and poured over the manual but the 6th disk was corrupt and the company had long since gone under by the time I fished it out of the bargain bin. I finally downloaded it of a warez site and got it sorta running on win2k but it locked up too much to play.

Total Annihilation, Neverwinter Nights. (2)

guidryp (702488) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589085)

I have played these two more than any other games I bought. Played them each for years, still will play them today.

Free Online Multiplayer (1)

Absolut187 (816431) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589087)

Personally, I don't really enjoy playing against the computer at all.
So my favorites are online games, and most of them are free.

America's Army (3d first-person shooter) [Free]
http://www.americasarmy.com/ [americasarmy.com]

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory (3d first-person WW2 shooter) [Free]
http://enemy-territory.4players.de:1041/ [4players.de]

FreeCiv (online multi-player civilization 1) [Free]
http://www.freeciv.org/index.php/Freeciv [freeciv.org]

I'm shocked! (1)

Skal Tura (595728) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589092)

How come not many people appreciates the geniunity of Master Of Orion 2? :O

It's a true masterpiece, i still keep spending sleepless nights with it sometimes, and playing it on network... Even more so!

Re:I'm shocked! (1)

nelsonal (549144) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589115)

It's only flaws were insanly long multiplayer turns at the end of the game and the let down of MOO3 (it was both too complex and too dumbed down at the same time).

Civilization. (2, Informative)

darkmeridian (119044) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589097)

From the original all the way to Civilization IV. Addictive.

Nethack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14589102)

www.nethack.org
it's addiction for life
don't get near it...

Not many games pull me back in years later.... (1)

King_TJ (85913) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589106)

My biggest problem is spending money on a game, only to find I'm bored with it rather quickly - and can't even get enough gameplay out of it to justify the price tag.

Civilization 1, 2, and 3 were all excellent games with lots of "staying power" though. Every time I run across the installation discs for one of those titles and decide to load it back on a computer for the heck of it, I end up playing another round or two of them.

I've never completely grown tired of Warcraft III (with the Frozen Throne expansion set - which really seems like a necessity to give the game enough interesting characters and things to do). I'd couldn't get enough of Starcraft either, until people finally mastered every last detail of that game to the point where it's simply not enjoyable to play against online gamers anymore. (I don't get why it's supposed to still be "fun" to play, when all you're doing is methodically clicking on objects according to some optimal system you've worked out, as rapidly as possible - which guarantees you a win unless the other person performs the same series of commands a little more efficiently than you managed to perform them?)

I always seem to have a version of Unreal Tournament installed too, which I play online now and again. There are so many great custom levels and mods for those games, you *always* see something new when you connect to a server and play.

Other than that, I think the original "classics" like Mario Brothers, Centipede, Burgertime, etc. are much more the type of games I can "go back and play again and again" - because they're much more basic. They take seconds to load up, and you can play 5 or 10 minutes, be satisfied, and forget about them until some other time when you get a urge to fire one back up again. Modern games are so much more complex, they demand more commitment from players.

Well... (2, Informative)

Kegetys (659066) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589107)

System Shock - Simply a stunning game... And although it isn't as scary as it used to be when I played it the first time, I'm still afraid of going to the third level

Nethack - Of course. Though I'm not that good at it :P

Transport Tycoon Deluxe (And OpenTTD) - This one never gets old, and with OpenTTD it gets new features all the time.

Thief 1 & 2 - Simply great, too bad Thief 3 (imo) wasn't nearly as good as these two

Fallout 2 - I hope Bethesda can make Fallout 3 as good as this one...

Operation Flashpoint - Not that old yet, but a superb game, especially in multiplayer co-op

Doom 1 & 2 - Somehow I still can enjoy playing the same old original maps through one more time :)

And of course many C64 and Amiga games, though most of them feel too hard today. I guess the new games have spoiled me.

Oldies - Empire ... (1)

kwandar (733439) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589111)

I started playing Empire http://www.classicempire.com/ [classicempire.com] with my Atari ST about 1987? Move forward to today, and I'm still playing it, albeit a newer version. http://www.killerbeesoftware.com/ [killerbeesoftware.com] Speaking of Atari games ... FTL's Sundog and Dungeon Master

two games... (1)

PcChip (651632) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589117)

Zelda: A Link to The Past (SNES) Amplitude (PS2)

Quake 3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14589118)

I have really gotten into this again in the last months. The Excessive Plus mod great

Tetris (natch) (1)

rinkjustice (24156) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589119)

But I find the sim games are pretty timeless too (The Sims, Sim City). One game I wish I still had was Star Control II for the 3DO... man was that game addictive!

Jagged Alliance 2 (1)

Ryn (9728) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589129)

That game simply keeps on astonishing me. There is also a number of mods available that completely change the storyline and quests (Urban Chaos can't be even considered a mod, it's a whole different game that uses JA2 engine, that's how good UC guys are).

Chips Challenge (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14589136)

Is simply the best game ever, have yet to see its equal

so many PC games in the responses... (1)

solios (53048) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589137)

I still play Halo and Wolfenstein : Enemy Territory, but I've got a Mac and I don't like Unreal, so those games are pretty much it in terms of modern FPS that'll play on my home machine.

Emulators, on the other hand, do a dandy job of making the pile of still-functional cartridges I have for my long-dead consoles very enjoyable:

Bionic Commando (NES, I'd kill for a Metal Gear Solid styled "update")
Final Fantasy 6 (SNES please, the Playstation version introduced load time)
River City Ransom (NES- single player's kind of boring, but the two-player mode is a blast.)
Puzzle Fighter (Playstation, another great two-player title)
Secret of Mana (SNES- good single, fun multi)
Quake III (still hasn't lost the fun factor, still hate the grenade launcher)

The first FPS/RPG ever (1)

marsu_k (701360) | more than 8 years ago | (#14589141)

Ultima Underworld. Brilliant it still is.

Total Annihilation & Final Fantasy I and II (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14589143)

Total A has to be one the best multiplayer strategy games of all time especially because of the many additional units and excellent game play.

Final Fantasy had so many character combinations you could play thru the game with, I'd play it again today if I still had it around.

Final Fantasy II for one of the best story lines I have every experienced in a game.
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