Top 10 CRPGs of all time
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January 9th, 2012, 08:55
1. Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
- Like some others have posted, the one that got me into RPGs. Back in the day I remember keeping a journal throughout, I was so engrossed. Combine that with a unique plotline and characters I actually gave a damn about (Iolo! Dupre!) and you have a true classic.
2. Ultima VI: The False Prophet
- Definitely a soft spot for this one. I remember it being quite a technological jump from Ultimas I-V (though not as much as VII), but I was completely caught up in the story.
- I found Fallout 2 something of a disappointment compared with this, though it could just be I have fonder memories of playing this one. As others have mentioned, it made you feel that your actions truly had consequences. And I fondly recall a playthrough were I butchered every person I came across. Success!
4. Baldur's Gate 1 and 2
- Tough but more rewarding than virtually any other CRPG out there (I haven't played Planescape Torment yet, much to my embarrassment).
5. Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
- Am digging all the love for this underrated gem. Compulsively replayable and genuinely gripping, with a fantastic atmosphere. Writing this, I'm tempted to reinstall and play it again.
6. Deus Ex
- Though I almost always opt for a sniper/shooter character, the number of ways you can complete most missions is always an eye-opener. I've heard Human Revolutions is pretty good too, certainly better than Deus Ex 2, but this would be hard to top.
7. System Shock 2
- Probably the most terrifying gaming experience of my life and Shodan is one of gaming's best villains.
8. Ultima Underworld 1 & 2
- Truly innovative for their time, they were two of the most addictive dungeon crawlers I can remember (though the Eye of the Beholder and Lands of Lore games were great, too).
9. Dungeon Master I and II
- I still remember these fondly from my Amiga days, whittling away countless hours.
10. Fallout 3
- Far better than I could have expected by moving the Fallout franchise into three dimensions. Still playing this and its DLC to death.
Lands of Lore
Icewind Dale 1 & 2
Elder Scrolls III - V
(despite bugs and horrible voice acting)
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