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The Codex’s Best Computer RPGs (pre-Diablo)

Karwelas

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Time to strike my fancy, dear Codextar- I mean, Codexlads.

Four Points:
Ultima 7 - The Black Gate: legendary game with legendary consequences for it's genre and hobby as a whole. Shame about what became of the series and ol'Lord British. Ultima Online still may be one of the best MMOs released upon this land and I will love it forever, ever with the very little experience I had with it.

Three points:
Star Control 2: The Ur-Quan Masters (Toys for Bob) - God, there are few words of magnitude that can rightfully explain how perfect this game meshes into the entirety of wonderfulness that it creates - a light, but wonderful lore (that Mass Effect shamelessly stole in bulk), nice and nimble combat gameplay, shitton of secrets to find out, atmosphere to read from the texts, the personality of aliens races you meet (along with their themes. God, fucking Yehat man, I still have their theme on my tabletop and writing playlists. Not to mention its title, Years Late, perfectly meshing with their story.



"THE REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN!"


Darklands: There is very little actual European fantasy in the whole big ol'pot of the RPG stew, but this one hits the onion and meat in perfect manner. Saints and devils, brave knights and dark mages, darkness of Dark Ages and light that only your heroes can carry into this night. But beware, for the night is dark and full of witches.
 

Nazrim Eldrak

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Why dots? A bar chart is easier to read.

Due to the fact that this is not the final result and also old collected data, I did it without much thought. Here you go, and the next time you want something from me, you'd better give me a game on GOG:
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Catacombs

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Due to the fact that this is not the final result and also old collected data, I did it without much thought.
Got it. That's more scannable and easier on the eyes. :incline:

and the next time you want something from me, you'd better give me a game on GOG
You misread my post. I didn't want anything. I asked why you went with the inferior dot plot when the superior bar chart works better for this kind of data.
 
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At this point its clear my votes don't friggin matter anyhow so I'm just gonna pop 5 each into my 2 favorite computer RPGs period:

5 for Curse of the Azure Bonds

5 for Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny

Honorables to Pool of Radiance, Star Control 2, and Ultima 1.

Console Honorables to Phantasy Stars and Dragon Quests and Kings Fields but this is computer rpgs so they don't count except DQ1 which was on the MSX IIRC but its like the worst of them anyhow. (And I guess Kings Field 1 got a Win 9x or XP era port as an example game in a construction set. Still doesn't count but I'm gonna mention it anyhow.)

I'm getting my Amiga running again so maybe its time to try some forgotten or barely touched with classics? I mean early last year I finally played through World of Xeen and got far as hell in Wizardry 7. What better thing to celebrate my 30th year of owning an Amiga in summer 22 than actually maybe playing more than a taste of Crystals of Trazere n only having finished EoB 2 in the few months between getting the thing and then going into the Navy? Like if playing on old hardware got me to play through Curse through Darkness to finally complete the first Gold Box series (albeit on a Mac iisi as opposed to the C64 I originally beat the first 3 on..) maybe it'll do the same here?
 

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About time I do more than stare at the thing and then parts break before I get to my next upgrade or part.

Noice! I have the exact same A500 + GVP HD8+ setup (among a few other other A500s and C64s) but sadly on a different continent... Never really noticed that Sysinfo was developed by a guy around here in Toowoomba, that's a new discovery for me :)
 

4too

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My Wonder Years


Auto side mirror warning: "objects in (the) mirror are closer than they appear"...

5 Wasteland (Interplay)

1 Mines of Titan (Westwood) a.k.a. Mars Saga

2 Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday (SSI)

1 Sword of Aragon (SSI)

1 Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday (SSI)


Enjoying others’ variations on the theme.
Stunned by my personal vehicular blind spots when driving by meme mirrors.
For, your experience, most delightfully, will vary.


4too
 

KeighnMcDeath

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My Wonder Years


Auto side mirror warning: "objects in (the) mirror are closer than they appear"...

5 Wasteland (Interplay)

1 Mines of Titan (Westwood) a.k.a. Mars Saga

2 Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday (SSI)

1 Sword of Aragon (SSI)

1 Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday (SSI)


Enjoying others’ variations on the theme.
Stunned by my personal vehicular blind spots when driving by meme mirrors.
For, your experience, most delightfully, will vary.


4too
Buck Rogers: Countdown twice?

Also
 

Deuce Traveler

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Grab the Codex by the pussy Divinity: Original Sin Torment: Tides of Numenera Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pathfinder: Kingmaker Pathfinder: Kingmaker
Thanks for all of the votes, the participation, and your patience with the rules that were set. I especially really enjoyed reading some of the reasoning behind your votes. I know the manner this was done was not perfect, and I encourage someone to put together an online poll and post it in the thread if they want to allow people to rate all of these games instead of just assigning points to a few. As for me, I'll be working on tallying and verifying the results with the Ring of Prestigious Gentlemen.

Although I didn't expect the order they came in (I expected Pool of Radiance higher and Betrayal at Krondor lower), these are the top CRPGs so far according to the initial summation: Betrayal at Krondor, Daggerfall, Dark Sun: Shattered Lands, Darklands, Might and Magic: World of Xeen, Pool of Radiance, Ultima 7, Ultima Underworld, and Wizardry 7. There are some surprises in the results, too. Dark Heart of Uukrul got some love despite being an obscure title, but no one voted for the equally obscure Magic Candle series. Exile 3 ended up being more than twice as popular than Exile 1. There were no votes for Wizardry 2 or 3, nor Ultima 1 and 2; but each franchise easily leads the pack in votes, with the Might and Magic series trailing at a respectful third place. However, if we were to tally votes by company than SSI would smash the competition with the two Dark Sun games, Gold Box series, Eye of the Beholder games, Ravenloft games, and a number of others. Interplay's The Bard's Tale trilogy performed much weaker than I expected despite its name recognition, and was outgunned by the indie Exile trilogy. I doubt Exile would even be mentioned on a less prestigious site.

Albion, Princess Maker 2, Conan the Cimmerian, and Mordor: The Depths of Dejenol made a respectful showing, outperforming more well known titles as Realms of Arkania 1 and 3, Quest for Glory 2 and 3, Elder Scrolls: Arena, Battletech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception, and Bard's Tale 2 and 3. FRUA also got some love; more so than most of its felow Gold Box games. I was shocked that Disciples of Steel only got one vote.

We'll have the final numbers announced as an official post later this month.

:excellent:
 

Lord_Potato

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Good luck with calculating the results! A very interesting poll it was.
 

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Decado

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Interesting. Why QFG3? The usual thought tends to be that it's the second worst game in the series (but still pretty good imo).

It was my first experience with an RPG. I had played many games prior to QfG 3 - typically platformers, 3d shooters, civilization, point and click adventures - and I enjoyed all of them, but I was not immersed in them. I never felt like it was *me* killing the nazis in Wolf 3D, driving the car in Stunts or leading the Roman tanks in their battles against the Japanese Catapults. Every time I loaded QfG, I felt like being transported into a different world inhabited with brave paladins, terrifying villains, magic, sexy waitresses serving delicacies blended with the finest of spices ... so much more interesting than my shitty real world existence, which consisted of sitting through boring classes all day long.

Of course, many games have better design, nicer graphics, higher quality writing But very few games have made me feel so invested in them as QfG3.

QFG3 sucks compared to 1,2, and 4 but this is a lovely post.
 

Morpheus Kitami

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Wait a second...

The final release in the Exile trilogy takes place some time after Exile II, released in January 1997.

That's it, we have to start all over again.

And now all the votes that went to Exile III should be declared and void (according to Wikipedia II is still a 1996 release).

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiderweb_Software
I was curious about this, so I decided to do some checking around. Mobygames lists the original Macintosh version as a 1996 release, but there's no month/day. Checking the Macintosh Garden, and they list it as a 1997 release, and what do you know, they have a citation for it? Check that lower right image, and we can see that the game could not have been released earlier than January 1997.
This could be a problem.
 

Jason Liang

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Escape from Hell should have more votes. I mean, it's not a top 5 RPG but it's better than most of the RPGs on the poll. It's certainly a better game than say, Wasteland.

Hey, found a LP by our beloved @crookedbee

Let's not keep forgetting about this classic.
 
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KeighnMcDeath

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Oh, I dunno if it is better than wasteland. It has a comedic tone and you do need certain npcs over others. I think a possible turn-off is not creating your own character. I found it pretty entertaining. It is way better than the movie.

 

Biggus

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Dungeon Master (Psygnosis Limited)
The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate (Interplay)
Might and Magic 2: Gates to Another World (New World Computing)
Fate: Gates of Dawn (reLINE Software)
Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant (Sir-Tech)

2 each
 
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