1. Ultima VII. havent found any game that can even match the interactivity and varieties of its world.
2. Wasteland, Fallout 1 & 2. Played the third, but just not the same…
3. Fallout 3. See, i'm not stuck in the past… hahahahaha
I'm going with Phantasy Star IV. Great comic style graphics in the cutscenes, and an interesting game dynamic which took some getting used to. Premade chars are a pro in this case, in my opinion. It would take away from the storyline to have to constantly mess around designing chars. For those that don't know, Phantasy Star IV had this ecological apocalypse theme, everything from global warming to the death of the dinosaurs by comet, to ice age, to the collapse of an Atlantis equivalent.
Balder's Gate is still really good (still have NWN installed). Just about anything by Origin was good (Ultima, Bad Blood, etc.). Diablo was good for less story-driven. I have my discs and docs for Wasteland around somewhere. I enjoyed Planescape: Torment, too.
But my favorite of all time is still NetHack (I always have NetHack installed on at least one computer at all times — currently playing Powder on my AT&T Fuze). Less story driven and you don't get to allocate your skill points, but it's a classic.
Wow. Glad to see I still have readers out there. I was beginning to think that I had bored everyone to sleep.
Excellent choices, everyone. I guess I'll chime in with some of my favorites: Ultima VI & VII. If Ultima Online counts, I'd mention that too. Oh, and DikiMUDs in general. I'm sure there are some others that I'm forgetting.
Wow - Wasteland, that brought back great memories. I remember a game called Legacy of the Ancients as well. I appreciated those two games alot, but my vote has to go to Ultima IV. RG was a man ahead of his time back then.
The original Fallout. Save State Syndrome aside, rarely have I been so dragged in a fictional universe than when I played it. Beautiful (in a bleak way) atmosphere and great dialogues.
But really, just wanted to comment that when I saw covers like this one of the game Wasteland, dreams of the day when games could reach that level of visual beauty started poping up in my mind with incredible speed.
Actually still dream about it, really. Patience is a virtue…
While I loved Wasteland and Zork, I still find myself going back to Neuromancer by Interplay when I feel nostalgic. I still enjoy aspects of the game like tracking down utilities, decoding passwords, and trying to navigate the cyberspace half of the game without a map or list of where everything is.