Top (5 to 25) Computer Games of Your Time

Since Top 5 lists are all the rage in the Movies & Music category, I figured I’d start one in the games category. But when I started my list, I realized I needed 25 entries, not just 5. :)

This is for your top XX personal favorite computer games over the time you’ve been gaming – looked at from the perspective of how good the games were at the time, and how they hooked you in the day. IE: Civ II may be a better game than Civilization, but which one had the most impact on you at the time of its release? So think back and list the games that truly enthralled you and made you write those “suddenly it was 4 am” reviews… If you haven’t been gaming that long, feel free to just list your five faves. But if you’ve been around a while, reach back into the past…

  1. Summer Games (C64)
  2. Red Storm Rising (Amiga)
  3. Raid on Bungeling Bay (C64)
  4. Suspended (C64)
  5. Wings (Amiga)
  6. SimCity (Amiga)
  7. Warbirds (PC)
  8. [color=red]TIE:[/color] US Navy Fighters (PC) and CYAC (PC)
  9. Deus Ex (Hi Tom!)
  10. Archon (C64/Amiga)
  11. M.U.L.E. (C64)
  12. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (C64)
  13. BattleMech/BattleFort (Amiga, shareware by Ralph Reed)
  14. Pirates (Amiga)
  15. F-14 Fleet Defender (PC)
  16. Populous (Amiga)
  17. Age of Empires (PC)
  18. Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain (PC)
  19. Star Control II (PC/Amiga)
  20. F/A-18 Interceptor (Amiga)
  21. Half-Life (PC) (and Team Fortress Classic)
  22. Empire (Amiga)
  23. Civilization (PC)
  24. Starcraft (PC)
  25. Aces of the Pacific (PC)

[size=2][color=darkred](Feel free to start a separate list for your kiddie video games… This is for computer games. :twisted: )[/color][/size]]

As I was putting this together, I realized how many great games there have been. I could have made this “Top 100,” but nobody would read anyone’s messages then.

The order is very rough, and I had to leave a lot of games off. Very sad.

  1. Civilization
  2. SimCity
  3. Baldur’s Gate
  4. X-Com
  5. Red Baron
  6. Harpoon
  7. Populous
  8. Europa Universalis
  9. 688 Attack Sub
  10. European Air War
  11. Darklands
    12.Space Quest
  12. DOOM
  13. Age of Empires
  14. Railroad Tycoon
  15. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
  16. Pirates
  17. Neverwinter Nights
  18. Prince of Persia
  19. Starflight II
  20. Out of the Park Baseball
  21. Championship Manager
  22. F-19 Stealth Fighter
  23. Alpha Centauri
  24. Annals of Rome

A major dearth of action games and shooters. Largely because I sucked at them and could never really get hooked. DOOM was huge exception - it was a revelation at the time and cost me a lot of time better spent on my honors thesis.


Tie Fighter
Full Throttle
Master of Magic
Master of Orion II
Crusader: No Regret
Syndicate Wars
Baldur’s Gate II
Planescape: Torment
(Crap! Forgot Panzer General. And Fallout I/II.)

That’s it, really. Surely it’s not coincidental that these are largely old games…

Yeah, 25 isn’t enough… Seeing your list, I realize SMAC and Red Baron should probably be on mine… And Full Throttle.

not in any particular order

Ultima 5
Ultima 7
Bard’s Tale III
Airborne Ranger
Civ 2
Panzer General 2
Tie Fighter

There are probably a few more I should slap on there but I’ll think about it more some other time

Laura Bow: The Colonel’s Bequest
Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon
Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within
The Curse of Monkey Island
Tomb Raider
Broken Sword: Circle of Blood
The Last Express
Byzantine: The Betrayal
System Shock 2
The Longest Journey
Diablo II w/LOD
And last but not least, my current addiction (crashes aside), Morrowind

My list reflects which games grabbed me and wouldn’t let go the most–i.e. not necessarily the games I’ve spent the most hours with, but the ones that really made me go “whoa…”

16-25. Various Infocom titles released between the years '79 and '90. Infocom text adventures are basically all I played during the '80’s. “Videogames” were beneath my contempt back then.
15. DOOM
14. Alone in the Dark
13. Vietcong
12. Black Dahlia
11. Front Page Sports Football Pro
10. Civilization
9. M.A.X.
8. Carnivores 2
7. Shogun: Total War
6. Thief
5. European Air War
4. Mafia
3. X-Com
2. System Shock 2

  1. NOLF

I love these lists :)

Recently we put up framed screenshots of some of these classics’s around the office. Its awesome to walk in every day and see a screen shot of Bruce Lee (Atari 800) on the way to the bathroom :)

Steel panthers
Miner 2049er
Medieval Lords
Wizards Crown
Bruce Lee
Alternate Reality
Fantasy General

Railroad Tycoon II
Bards Tale

The Secret of Monkey Island 1/2
Wing Commander 1/2
Ultima 7
Master of Magic
Crusader: No Remorse
Command and Conquer
Fallout 1/2
Rollercoaster Tycoon
System Shock 2
Deus Ex
No One Lives Forever 1/2
Grand Theft Auto 3

Railroad Tycoon 1 & 2
Civilization 1 & 2
Wizardry 6 & 7
Jagged Alliance
Command & Conquer
Red Alert
Baldur’s Gate 2
Icewind Dale 1 & 2
Quest for Glory 1 & 2
Warlords 1 & 3
Warlords Battlecry 2
Leisure Suit Larry - All of em - yes I was an immature teen at the time
Full Throttle
Eye of the Beholder
Curse of the Azure Bonds
Original Neverwinter Nights
Gemstone III

Wing Commander IV
Combat Mission

The problem with this list is I have a very warped sense of the games I played in my formative years.

e.g. I remember loving (playing through several times) a game called Legacy of the Ancients on the C-64, but I’m not sure I can tell you it’s a great game. Or Mail Order Monsters. The game I probably played most in that time was “Adventure Construction Set”. Going even further back (apple 2 with a cassette drive), I played the hell out of, say, Temple of Apshai, but I’ll be damned if I can accurately compare that to modern games.

But here’s my top 17 off the top of my head and pulling memories from others above:
1.Half Life
2. Civilization 2
3. Pirates
4. The Bards Tale (could just as easily be wizardry here)
5. Fallout
6. Star Control 2
8. Nethack
9. Planescape: Torment
10. System Shock 2
11. Warlords 3 (best of the series, best TBS multiplayer yet)
12. Ultima 4
13. Elite
14. X-Com
15. Allegiance (a horribly underrated and underappreciated game)
16. BF1942 (despite tragic unpatched missed opportunities)
17. Wing Commander (they all blend together, sadly)

  1. Ultima IV (Atari 800)
  2. Dungeon Master (Atari ST)
  3. MULE (Atari 800)
  4. Dune II (PC)
  5. Counterstrike (PC)
  6. Wolfenstein 3D (PC)
  7. Seven Cities Of Gold (Atari 800)
  8. Temple Of Apshai Trilogy (Atari ST)
  9. Phantasie I/Phantasie II (Atari ST)
  10. Bard’s Tale (Atari ST)
  11. Wargame Construction Set (Atari 800)
  12. Xenon 2 (Atari ST)
  13. Fallout (PC)
  14. Lost Dutchman Mine (Atari ST)
  15. Archon (Atari 800)
  16. Softporn Adventure (Atari 800)
  17. Outlaws (PC)
  18. Interstate '76 (PC)
  19. Blue Max (Atari 800)
  20. Battlehawks 1942 (Atari ST)
  21. Might And Magic III (PC)
  22. Behind Jaggi Lines (Atari 800)
  23. Excalibur (Atari 800)
  24. Roller Coaster Tycoon (PC)
  25. Battelfield 1942 (PC)
  1. Master of Orion 2
  2. Half-Life
  3. The Curse of Monkey Island
  4. Dungeon Keeper
  5. Heroes of Might and Magic 2/3
  6. Civilization 3
  7. Myth II
  8. Alpha Centauri
  9. Anachronox
  10. Quake 2
  11. Unreal Tournament
  12. Homeworld/Cataclysm
  13. Wing Commander 3
  14. Age of Empires 2
  15. SWAT 3
  16. Mario 64 (N64)
  17. Shogun: Total War/Warlord Edition
  18. Ghost Recon/Desert Seige/Island Thunder
  19. Kohan
  20. Sonic 2 (Sega Genesis)
  21. Chrono Trigger (SNES)
  22. Freedom Force
  23. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2
  24. Pipe Dreams (Atari ST)
  25. XOR (Atari ST)

I’m young, so moust of the games listed aren’t that old. All games listed are for PC unless it says otherwise.

Also, the order doesn’t mean much to me.

I’ve played quite a few of the adventure games on this list but have never heard of Laura Bow. Is it on top of your list as #1 or is your list non-ordered? If it is #1 what makes it so great? Is it an ancient game or merely a few years old?


Fallout 1 and 2
Diablo 2 w/ LoD
Sentinels 1: Future Magic
Megatraveller 2: Quest for the Ancients
Civilization II
System Shock 1 and 2
Max Payne
Need for Speed SE
Roller Coaster Tycoon
Heroes of Might and Magic III
Deus Ex
Alpha Centauri
Kung Fu Master
Secret of Monkey Island
Wolfenstein 3D
Team Fortress Classic (for Half Life)

edit: In my enthusiasm to list my favorite games, I overlooked the fact that not all of these are computer games. But the NES and PS One are kinda computers–right, guys? …Guys? Hellooooo?

What is this? The Gone Gold Forums?!?? :lol:


I cant think right now, I’ll list later!

my list off the top of my head

Operation Flashpoint
Total Annhilation
System Shock 2
Jagged Alliance 2

GTA3/Vice City
F-19 The Sid Meier one
Ultima 3
Wizardry 1

Wizardry 5-7 (Bradley’s Wizzies)
Seven Cities of Gold
Earl Weaver Baseball 1n2

Railroad Tycoon
Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe
Might and Magic 3
The Bards Tale
Final Fantasy VIII (that card game got me!)

Sim City
Heroes of Might and Magic 2
Rollercoaster Tycoon

damn i keep rearranging the list… i see some games listed you others put up and i cant keep from putting it on mine! gaming is good.


Okay, using the “How much they grabbed me at the time” criteria, and in rough order, my top 20:

  1. Starflight
  2. Civilization
  3. Fantasy General
  4. Myth: The Fallen Lords
  5. X-COM 2: TFTD*
  6. Archon
  7. Wing Commander
  8. Planetfall
  9. DOOM
  10. The Secret of Castle Wolfeinstein (the original top-down one)
  11. Wishbringer
  12. Fallout
  13. Half-Life
  14. Panzer General
  15. Thief
  16. Fallout 2
  17. The Witness
  18. Unreal Tournament
  19. Civilization 2
  20. Wing Commander 2

*(probably only beats XC1 because I played XC2 first…XC 1 was kind of not as impressive then)

I should make a permanent copy of this list for next time this thread topic comes up :D

It would be so hard to sort most of these:

Alpha Centauri
Crimson Skies
System Shock 2
Europa Universalis
Simcity 2000