Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Computer Generation: Games of the 90s (Part 2)

Part 2 of my list on computer games of the 90s that stand out to me.

Shorter than Part 1, but there are some good ones:

Civilization II (1996)

I never played the original Civilization, but spent countless hours on Civ2.
I'm pretty sure Sid Meier is some sort of time-bender, because time just disappears whenever I play Civilization. The first major turn-based game I played, something about the gameplay makes 5 hours seem like 5 minutes.

Diablo (1996)

The ultimate hack-and-slash video game, it was so simple, yet so addictive. There's really nothing better than running into a room full of monsters and killing everything inside.

Starcraft (1998)

Blizzard could do no wrong in the 90s and got its biggest hit yet with Starcraft.
The first of its games to use extensively, it took some getting used to; everyone hated it and its servers were constantly down. However, it was also one of the first PC games to get a lot of attention as an e-sport, particularly in South Korea.

Profession leagues still exist, 20 years after its release

Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun (1999)

I didn't play the original series too much, but really got into C&C with Tiberian Sun (later backing in to Red Alert).
I was definitely led into the franchise because of Warcraft and Starcraft, but C&C has its own unique aspects and worth mentioning on its own.

Diablo II (2000)

Blizzard hit the magic formula with the original, then somehow improved it in Diablo II.
Arguably the game with the best balance of hack-and-slash clicking, drop-rates, variety and customization of characters, and multi-player ability, it is one of my all-time favorite games.
It ultimately led to the creation of World of Warcraft and the  (unfortunately?) more profitable model of monthly subscriptions and never-ending expansion sets.

That's all I got for now. I'm sure I missed many others.

What were your favorite games of the 90s?
Did you prefer PC or console?

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