My Biggest Influences & All-Time Favorites

I find it hard to draw the line between the games I enjoyed the most and the ones that forged my vision of video games. So I decided to reunite them all on the same list, ordered by genre and date of first release.
1996 Albion
You’ve never heard of Albion? Of course you haven’t. Nobody knows this game. I guess it wasn’t a great success. Anyway, it was my first rpg, and as such, one of the biggest influences in my gaming experience. Most of the game was in 2D, except for the dungeons which were in 3D; the graphics weren’t astonishing for 1996, but at that time it was usual to let your imagination do half of the gpu’s work. The turn-based combats occurred on a grid which somewhat looked like a chessboard. The very detailed story mixed a science fiction background with fantasy elements, a combination that I still cherish to this day. Each quest had a real motive, nothing of the kill-x-rats kind, and you could get companions, that would sometimes interact,… For a 1996 RPG, it was pretty deep.
1996 Diablo
What I really liked about Diablo was the ambiance, dark and threathening. The music, the characters, the story – as light as it was, everything was harmoniously dark. Also, the hack’n’slash genre coupled to random dungeons was refreshing back then. If you don’t want to avoid intense thinking and need to let off steam, it still works today.
1999 Planescape Torment
Another story-driven RPG taking place in a unique universe, with a very charismatic main character, many endearing companions and lots of interactions between them, and where your choices matter. While the leveling and the combat systems weren’t innovating, it was a very good surprise to never die and instead have the cycle of death fully integrated in the story, allowing you to recall past events. What’s an even better surprise is the kick starter project for Torment 2, check it out!
2001 Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
2002-2009 Zelda: Windwaker, Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks
2002 The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
2002-2006 Xenosaga I, II, III
2003 Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader
2005 Radiata Stories
2008-2011 Demon Souls, Dark Souls
2010 End of Eternity (Resonance of Fate)
2010 Nier
2012 Dragon’s Dogma
2001-2008 Metal Gear Solid 2, 3, 4
2004 Thief: Deadly Shadows
2008 Tenchu 4
1994 Woodruff and the Schnible of Azimuth
1995-1996 Discworld 1, 2
1998 Sanitarium
2005 Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy)
2009 Way of the Samurai 3
2009 Machinarium
2010 Ghost Trick
2012 The Walking Dead
Simulation, management, strategy
1994 Theme park
1995 Sim Isle: Missions in the Rainforest
1997 Theme Hospital
1997 Age of Empires
1997 Dungeon Keeper
1998 Anno 1602: Creation of a new World
2000 The Sims
2010 Game Dev Story
1980 Pac-Man
1984 Tetris
1989 Prince of Persia
1996 Death Rally
1997 Road Rash
Various pinball games from the 90s

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