Counter-strike. 30 dollars and 13 years later ... still playing.
We have threads that talka bout best games ever, worst games ever, games worth replaying, best indy games, etc etc. I was just thinking, as I reinstalled Prophecy of Pendor for the 3rd time, what games have I gotten my money's worth over the years. Make a list with your estimated playtime of the games that were the best bang for your buck.
Mount and Blade Warband - 150h according to steam, I think I bought it for $10?
Terraria - Played it through solo once, and with different friends a couple times, then again with the big update a few months after release. 96h, and I think I got it for $15?
Civ4 - Must have reinstalled and played it 4-5 times. Guessing around 100h of playtime. I might have pirated it though, so that doesn't really work well in the calculations
WoW - Obviously, considering its an MMO. I must have over 100days played on my warrior over 4 xpacks. Who knows, maybe more. Haven't played in 2 years. But with a monthly subscription, box prices and so on, I dunno if it really has been "the best bang for your buck".
Tetris on my cellphone - I'm a fucking tetris savant or something. I can play that shit for hours on the subway. It probably cost me $.99 and I've put dozens of hours on it.
Counter-strike. 30 dollars and 13 years later ... still playing.
Solitaire. It was free and I play it 6 - 7 hours a day, 5 days a week.
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DOTA + DOTA2 free and going on 7 years of playing on and off.
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I had them all myself from the HL key, and I'm in agreement that it was probably the best $30 ever spent.
Like somebody said, yea Civ4.
Alpha Centauri too. I've played and replayed that thing thousands of times.
Starcraft - all about the custom maps
Company of Heroes
Kerbal Space Program
I honestly wouldnt rate MMOs high up on the most bang per buck meter considering you pay $10-15 per month to play them while games like Half Life or Starcraft which i played a ton more of compared to EQ(even in back during Velious) and those where one time purchases.Everquest
just saved from becoming a EQ circle jerk for 60+ pages
Time to get real old school up in this bitch.
Most of the old KOEI strategy games (romance, nobunaga's, etc), Wizardry (we leveled dudes to 500, we modded a toggle switch onto that large ass NES joypad's turbo fire at one point)
1 EQ (still keep in touch IRL with people I only met there) /EndEQ_DerailThere
2 First few months of Planetside 2. Was free freee freeee and not crippling for us F2P cheapos. I eventually spent $$$ on it for OP weapons that were then nerfed (they use this cycle to this day)
My rationale for including MMOs despite the sub fee, is that when I first started, it was what, eight bucks a month for EQ? Best value in that I stopped spending hundreds on movies and other crap.
Half life 1 is, by far, the best value game I ever bought. The single player was amazing. The deathmatch was fun. But then the mods like Counter Strike, Natural Selection, The Specialists, and all the various single player mods extended its longevity even further.
Quake 3 is a close follow up. I must have put a few thousand hours into that game.
I put a couple hundred hours into Zombie Panic! Source
Terraria. 100+ hours for like 5 bucks or something
Dungeons of Dredmor
Eq obviously. 100 days /played on my main at the end of GoD. A lot of those were AFK in bazaar though.
CS 1.6/ GO
Played through Dark Souls a few times. Top 5 all time RPGs for me
Plants vs Zombies
Trying to get into NWN2 but the old school models (terrible, EQ2 style) and the camera style are kind of bugging me out. That, and getting used to DND rules..
Also, this is a game thread, but, books. Seriously. Like 12 bucks tops for a paperback, quite a good $/hour ratio on those.
Edit: D2 back in the day, tons of time put in.
Path of exile
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In terms of value?
1) Lords of the Realm 2
2) Wing Commander 4
3) Finaly Fantasy Tactics
4) Rome: Total War
5) Final Fantasy 7
6) Orance Box
7) TES: Oblivion
8) Ultima Underworld 2
9) Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
10) Quake (with mods)
11) Half Life 1/2 (with mods)
12) Warcraft 3 (with mods)
13) League of Legends
14) World of Warcraft
15) TES: Morrowind
16) Baldur's Gate 2
17) Civ 3 / 4 / 5
18) Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core
19) Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2
20) Dwarf Fortress
21) Eve Online
96/97/98 Greatest years in gaming value?
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Call of Duty 2 - bolt action rifle-only server was amazing. I played that shit for god damn ever. Probably put over 200 hours into that
CS:Source (fuck you 1.6) - one gungame server that had infinite level up, team kill, nade-->knife last levels, and those textureless boxy maps was possibly the most fun FPSing I ever had. I still remember the adrenaline pump from hiding on knife level and seeing a guy run by, and you chase him from behind for the win and at any second he could just turn around and see you and kill you. God I loved that game, then I got banned for "wall hacking" because I knew people's movement patterns on a map and correctly predicted where the guy would go. I think it was just a bs reason to kick me off the server because I had gotten better than their faggy clan members. Probably 300 hours or more
EQ / WoW - Dunno why you guys act like the $10-15 a month for MMOs takes down the bang for your buck. I put so many hours into it each month that the $10-15 was nothing.
Goldeneye / Smash Bros / Mario Kart for N64. Tons of hours w/ friends on those. Smash Bros is an iffy call because playing that destroyed the controllers so fast you had to continuously buy new ones.
No Fallout love?
I'd say the entire Fallout franchise has had huge re-playability, especially with the modding community for the FPS ones. New Vegas was a different game with addons. It was like 2 for 1.
Also, every final fantasy up to FFX-2 was always big bang for my buck.
Civ 1/3/4 (FFH mod is really what made 4 have such a long shelf life - still play it)
Any Madden game? Ridiculous amount of playtime with those.
I think I had over 300 days played on my BL in EQ. High school is still a blur.
Final Fantasy 9 - I must've beaten this game about 7 times, and each time is probably 40+ hours into it.
Zelda:OoT and ALttP - Beaten each of these at least 10 times, never gets old.
SC2 - Dumped a lot of hours into this shit.
WoW - Especially since I don't pay for my own sub (raid leader bought me a year, idk why).
LotR: Battle for Middle Earth - holy shit did I play this game endlessly. Terrible, terrible game, but fuck me Rohan was so OP.
WoW/EQ. It really is hard to beat MMO's when it comes to money spent per hour played.
CS (can't beat free for original CS)
Mass Effect series (I've played through 1 and 2 probably 5 or 6 times each, 50+ hrs each time)
Final Fantasy X. Not the best of the series but dear god I have spent a lot of time playing it. Think I maxed out the clock on two different save files at 99:59.
Mass Effect 3 multiplayer element only. Considering it was an afterthought to the SP game I'm still playing it over a year after it's release and see nothing changing that anytime soon. Prior to that it'd be Adventure on the Atari, Chucky Egg 2 on the ZX Spectrum, Turrican on the Amiga, Goldeneye on the N64, and FF7 on the PS.
If we're allowing MMOs into the equation then FF11 would be mine. While EQ holds a place in my heart the world of FF11 was so beautifully polished I lost years of my life in it.
Tribes 1 - Shifter Servers
Ultima Online - Free Shards
Both free to me with hundreds of hours of gameplay.
League of Legends
How could I forget Rise of Nations. Probably played that for close to 2 years. Very under rated RTS imo
I call those my "best buys" of the year awards. It used to be just pc games, but now I've extended it to any form of entertainment or tools.
In my gaming category:
1) Neverwinter Nights (including the two main expansions.
2) Mount & Blade
4) Blood Bowl (all three)
Neverwinter Nights: I know I have over 500+ hours played. Between the main campaigns, private servers, RP servers, DM guided games, my own modding work (converting it into 40K). I got so many hours of fun out of this game, I eventually got the platinum edition just to stay up to date. So far no game has dethroned NWN. NWN2 was a flop, I pirated the expansions in protest. Right now I'm entertaining the idea of updated the graphics so that I can use it to run our rpg games with it.
Mount & Blade: 500+ hours, way too many to even know. I know I played this game for years back when it was still alpha and all the new factions didn't exist. I played this game back when you couldn't join swadians or vaegirans, they were just some random armies wandering the map. I still remember the Black riders that would invade every once in a while. Aside from that I spent many months doing artwork for the 1866 mod.
EQ: nuff said.
Blood Bowl: My baby. I know I have as many hours played as some of the games above; steam says 275, but that's just Chaos edition. I had Legendary and Dark Elf edition prior from Direct2Drive.
Ultima Online would be up there as well as The Sims (original), but when I honestly look back I think the games above easily beat those in terms of how much use and entertainment I got out of how much I invested. Although some of those games on there would easily be dethroned by the mini's games I play.
List with rpgs and miniature wargames included:
1) Battlefleet Gothic (32,000 points worth of Imperial Guard alone, throughout the years gave away several fleets of different races).
2) Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 and 3.5
3) Neverwinter Nights
4) Blood Bowl tabletop
Aside from the obvious MMO stuff.
Gran Turismo 2: I played this game so fucking much. I learned to tweak gear ratios and camber and shit to eke out 1/10th of a second a lap on courses. And to get my Pikes Peak Escudo to 250+mph
Monster Hunter/Monster Hunter Tri: Especially MH1 on the PS2 though. Got the intranat shit just for that. Had almost the best weapons and armors for each type. Blah blah blah. I played the fuck out of Tri as well on the Wii, just not quite as much.
Dungeon Defenders: Initially played through and got pretty damn buff on Xbox, then got it through Steam where it was actually supported and ran through everything there. Over and over and over. They just absolutely nailed the formula of Tower Defense + 3rd person action + Upgrades/Looting. Wish they hadn't nickle and dimed so hard and constantly unbalanced the game to justify the new shit being worth paying for. Still, this game was the shit.
Diablo 2: Duh
Oh yeah and Super Mario Kart, didn't play as obsessively as GT2 but I did have to play non-stop long enough to always beat my brothers' times on every track. It was a LOT of play time...
Xenogears is not only the best game of all time it's also the game I've put more hours into than anything else and one of the few things I have ever replayed (normally I play through a game once and that's it).
Heroes of Might and Magic 3 : still playing 2-3 times a month
Hmm in chronological order:
Super Bomberman 3, played thousands of hours for several years, almost every weekend with friends during middle and high school.
Chrono Trigger/Final Fantasy VI, only jrpgs I really played more than once.
Diablo 1, played a lot of it especially LAN via serial port cable with my best friend
Counterstrike beta, played again hundreds of hours back in the days
One of the Pro Evolution Soccer on PS1, forgot which but the only I bought, played that a fuckton with friends for a couple of years
Then a fairly big jump in time due to mmos, to stuff like:
Orange Box, about 70-80hours combined, not bad
Dark Souls, about 100-120hours total
Torchlight 2, 230hours(lots of afking but still)
Planetside 2, 140hours(F2P but spent a bit of money on it, like 30 or 40$)
Dota 2, 1534hours(forgot to close it a lot though ^^)
I don't really count mmos though, I played them a lot, but I also spent a lot of money into them. Subs and shit, it's worth it but it's not like super good returns, besides maybe the first couple of years of wow and UO when I played a ton every day.
Early Command and Conquers
Minecraft : /
Mortal Kombat 9 (PS3)
mario party 3 (N64)
Maybe I'll think of some later on
Dragons dogma, I never get tired of throwing my pawns or strangers off ledges and mountains.
No particular order:
Sins of a Solar Empire
Disciples 2 + expansions
Dungeon Siege 1 & 2
Total Annihilation/Supreme Commander
Super Mario 2, 3, and World
Final Fantasy 6
Zelda 1, 2, and LttP
River City Ransom
Left 4 Dead 2
Team Fortress 2 and Classic
Secret of Mana
Final Fantasy Legend 1 and 2
Final Fantasy Tactics
Dragon Warrior 4
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Dark Souls and Demon's Souls
Half-Life 1 and Opposing Force
Kaige#1128 - Battle.net
Kaige - Steam
Path of the exile
Diablo 1 and 2
Spent some time thinking about older games that were a great value.
I replay chrono trigger and shining force every couple of years. Those are fkn great games.
Duke Nukem 3D
Unreal Tournament ('99)
I'd spend just as much time messing with the level editors for them as I did playing them. I still have this book for editing Doom levels.
Baldur's Gate 2
Counter Strike is easily #1.
Then probably Starcraft 1 & 2, League of Legends & WoW.
Recently it's been Skyrim though, been downloading mods for it and replaying the hell out of it.
Most bang for the buck?
Wiggling your Arcade Joystick with microswitches to please the space women was priceless.
Other than that, Counter Strike would be a PC classic - I remember when the radar was introduced in beta - totally a game changer
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Legend of Faerghail
Diablo 1 (and 2 but played D1 far more)
Baldurs Gate 1
Also Everquest (and WoW) I guess, although both have great hours (much more in EQ for me) they had monthly costs so the best bang for the buck pales compared to the offline games. I played D1 SO much for 1-2 years. Only bought EQ on a hunch because D2 was delayed yet again in early 2001.
Best bang for the buck gets muddy now with all the F2P titles. While I did put some money into LoL it was only for skins, nothing gameplay related like champs or boosts. I played it almost daily for about a year. Been playing alot of PS2 the last half year, too.
LoL has to be near the top of (money spent / hours played) for me.
Chrono Trigger (get nostalgic and run through it at least once a year)
Mario Kart Double Dash
2. StarCraft series/WarCraft 3
3. Civ series
Nothing else even comes close to the hours enjoyed versus money spent.
In no real order
1. Vanilla WoW
3. Borderlands 1 & 2
4. Age of Empires series
5. Galactic Civ 2
And after 19 years I still to this day will fire up Master of Magic and play that. Same with Master of Orion 2
For me it would all be strategy type games:
SimCity (various, but not most recent!)
Total War: Medieval 2
Railroad Tycoon (various)
Just Cause 2 (if only cause I paid nothing for it, and got a good 30-40 hours)
Supreme Commander/Total Annihilation series
The Bard's Tale series
Starcraft (5 yrs+)
Total War: Medieval 2
Terraria without a doubt. Picked it up on a weekend sale for $2.50. Steam says I have 212 hours spent playing, and it has a new content patch due out soon which will steal even more of my time.
1 : Half-Life I (Between CS, Natural Selection, TFC, and HLDM, I probably put somewhere between 8500-10k hours into the engine for multiplayer. Some really amazing single-player mods, like They Hunger, extended the life of single-player as well.)
2 : Warcraft III (Footmen Frenzy and EoTA > *)
3 : Deus Ex: Human Revolution. (I think I've put in like 400+ hours just playing around, setting up stupid kills and what not. I just have a hard-on for Adam Jensen, the biotech in the series, and the atmosphere.)
So many (in no order):
FF6 & FF:Tactics
Q3 (between map making and Rocket Arena.. so many hours)
Street Fighter 2 & 4 (honorable mention for Alpha 1-3) -- also MvC2
Mass Effect 2 & 3
Golden Eye / Smash Bros / Starfox 64 / WCW vs. NWO (all the good good 64 party games + wrastlin')
and... motherfucking Bushido Blade 1 & 2.
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Paradox titles; Europa Universalis 3, Crusader Kings 2 and Victoria 2, mostly. Theyre ridiculously addictive for strategy/history nerds.
Of course quite a few MMOs sucked way too much of my time too, but given their higher costs and monthly fees, its harder to call them absolutely best value.
Well, MMOs decisively win for me although it is tricky if I work in opportunity costs. EQ and even WoW were hundreds (or, fuck me, thousands) of hours of play for relatively little cost. Still, I did occasionally skip money-making opportunities back in the EQ days so that should count against!
Modern stuff? Most games to be honest. Almost anything I play for more than ten hours is much, much cheaper than other entertainment I'd spend my time on.
Specific nods to Dark/Demon Soulses, most FFs, Borderlands I/II, all the RTSes ever, CivIV, the HLs, M:TG and Plants v Zombies.
Recently Gnomoria wins. I've put nearly 100 hours into it so far. Not bad for $8.
Borderlands 1 & 2
Titan Quest: Immortal Throne
Deus Ex 1
Dungeons of Dredmor
Diablo 1 & 2
EQ we paid what, $30 for the box in '98 or '99 and what per month, $10? Played it for years and then sold the account for $1500 when I quit. I don't think any video game account will EVER again have the value that EQ did. I think I sold my FBSS alone for $150. Of course I camped that thing forever to get it too...
Recently for me it was BF3, paid $40 and got 250 hours of multiplayer out of that according to battelog. I do wish I had not bought the premium expansion pack though, I won't be doing that again for BF4.
Everquest, WoW, League of Legends. Most of the Battlefield games.
I've probably logged the vast majority of my pc gaming hours in those games right there.
For console it would be all the grand theft auto games. I would beat them all and just fuck around in them endlessly when I was bored. Except the latest GTA, they took some of the fun factor out of that one.
Unsurprisingly two online games top my list by far.
SubSpace - didn't pay anything. Played for thousands of hours. A masterpiece of easy to learn hard to master game. SS is probably pretty obscure to most but the game is actually still alive. It had public beta start in 1996 and was released in 1997. Sure it's been "dying" for a decade. If it had good population I'd probably start playing some again. Some footage for the interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GzHQSGVkWc
World of Warcraft - Don't feel like totaling up the costs but again played for thousands of hours. Sold vanilla account for 1400 euros before tbc so costs got recouped with interest. Not much of a hourly wage thou.
My memory starts to get hazy on games before those two but I remember playing Baldur's Gate a fuckton.
Plants vs Zombies - couple bucks for GotY edition. Steam says 96 hours although half of that is probably farming garden while raiding in WoW.
Mass Effect 3 multiplayer - Bought at release. Approaching 200 hours and I started playing it again last week after several months of not playing.
Civ 5 - Bought at release. Steam says 240 hours which is shocking to me.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Bought at release. 118 hours played. One of the few single player games to keep me entertained in the past years
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The Civ series excluding Civ5
The Fallout series
SSI's Panzer General2 and PG3d
All these games have brought countless hours of fun and continue to do so even a decade or two later.
Firearms mod for HL 1.
When I started playing it was on version 2.5, really fun 'run n gun' combat, much faster paced than CS and with a finite number of respawns/reinforcements per match.
Unfortunately it was all downhill from there, version 2.6 which was years in development almost killed the community..one of the worst changes was a severe reduction in the accuracy of the guns which meant encounters were heavily dependent on luck rather than skill.
I'm surprised more people haven't said Minecraft. What with all the mods, texture packs, and the directionless gameplay, it has nearly infinite replayability. Not bad for the $20 I paid for it.
For me going all the way back to the 80s:
Elite (the original)
Sim City (the original)
Transport Tycoon (and Open TTDlx)
X-com and TftD
Masters of Orion 2
Europa Universalis 3
Hearts of Iron 3
Wing Commander Privateer, and another space trading game by the same dude released around 2002, can't remember the name. Excellent space sims.
Baseball Stars 2, I spent an absolutely ridiculous amount of time playing this game. I would sign a rookie that had great potential(like a 99 which was the cap for his stats to reach, you could sign bums that only went to 40 ish etc) and then play and play until he was maxes. I actually remade all teams to match the current MLB rosters as much as you could. You could rename all players and then bump their stats so their averages/hr/rbi etc numbers matched what they were in real life. I mean I cannot even imagine doing that at this point heh. You played games and got points to use based on what you did in the game. Each stolen base, hit, home run etc gave you certain amounts of points to use. You also got money for winning and losing and so on. This game was such a blast on the Super Nes I believe. The best part of this was the game cost me 1 dollar. This was the price for the wheel game on the Seaside Heights boardwalk that gave Nes/Super Nes and Sega games away as prizes. The first time I ever tried it, I won from putting my dollar token on blue Pop. If that is not bang for your buck I don't know what is. I probably put in a 1000 hours at least.
Wizardry 8(series), I have replayed these games over and over with new parties and mods. I can't and probably won't ever get enough of Wizardry.
Madden, I have made new players endlessly and trained them up to be superstars.
MLB 11(series), same as Madden, made and ranked up superstars.
EQ 2 and 1, I played 2 quite a bit more than 1 but still spent a ridiculous amount of time playing these games. The pricing per month and box didn't matter when you played 10 hours or more a day on average. You also can't put a price on the friends you make. I have made so many true, long term, great great friends from these two MMO's. I still calll 30 or more folks good friends and 8 close friends from these two games.
Wing Commander Privateer 1 and 2, I spent at least 200 hours playing these games. They might have cost me 30 each?
Goldeneye/Mortal Kombat 2/Twisted Metal 2, I lump these games because they became good bang for the buck games because of the multiplayer only.
X-Com new/old and the rest of the series. I still play the original games often as well as the newest one.
Bard's Tale series(most time spent playing 2), I still have and use my Apple 2GS for these games and a few others. I also still have my graph paper and notes that I use to this day as well.
Final Fantasy Tactics, I must have spent 1000 hours playing this game over the years. I still play this game monthly.
Tabletop DnD and the like. I definitely got way more bang for the buck for all games/modules etc that I ever bought.
Elder Scrolls games are up there for me. According to Steam, I'm sitting on a little over 380 hours played on Skyrim alone.
Newish titles: Skyrim ( 150 hours and counting still have not finished main campaign lol )
Civilization ( various versions, i played the crap out of these )
nwn2 - with the mods out, i have logged over 200 hours if not more
AgeOfEmpires2 - I played the crap out of this
I think I've seen every game that immediately jumps to mind in this thread, cept I haven't seen anyone say Mario Paint yet. If you didn't waste too much time with that game you must have a poor imagination.
Considering I played WoW for like 8hr day for years and bought zero other video games the entire time I'm going with WoW
It's quite hard to answer such topic taking into account old games since I don't remember how much I paid them, and most of the time I was pirating stuff since I was a student.
I guess the question could have been: "Games that gave you the most bang for your time"
Sticking to the bang for your buck ... my top, from lowest to highest:
- Dead Space 1: Only 16 hours, but one of the few games (if not the only one) who was able to scare me. And a game often on sale. A pity the series went downhill after.
- Deus-Ex/Alpha Protocol: Bought for nothing during sales. Very enjoyable games. About 40 hours each.
- Borderlands 1/2, L4D 1/2: Spent countless hours playing those with friends. Topped 140 hours under Steam with BL2 only.
- X-Com: Enemy Unknown: Spent countless hours. First game I dared modding/bug fixing through hex editing to increase its longevity even more. Soon to reach 100 hours
- Skyrim: Well its TES. Although it's seldom on sale, with modding its just a delicacy. 60 hours and I barely scratched the surface because I always put it on hold to take care of my game backlog ...
- Batman Arkham Asylum and City: Great games on many aspects (not counting the fact they are on sale so often for next to nothing). Only 22 hours on Asylum, but still spending countless hours playing City in the Joker/Penguin arena to blow steam off: about to reach the 100 hours.
- Everquest: Obviously ... can't say how much time, but it ate my life for several years.
- Mass Effect 1/2/3 + Mass Effect 3 MP: Even with the butchered ending, this epic story will always hold a place in my mind/heart. And the MP was just icing on the cake. The only game that gives me a reason to keep Origin installed. Difficult to say how long since I played each twice, sometimes with boxed versions ... most likely over 300 hours everything (SP+MP) included.
Tribes 1. Got a copy of it for free in high school. Played an insane amount for probably 4-5 years, I'd assume at least 200 days played.
EQ - 167days played, kind of sad lol
Wow - 131 days played
codmw2 - 25 days played, became unstoppable, almost never lost a ffa or tdm game.
Bought King's Bounty Armored Princess a few years ago off Steam for $7.50. 100+ hours and multiple replays later, it's still one of my all time favorite games.
Killing Floor. Bought it for 15 bucks when it first came out and I have over 200 hours in it. All the meaningful dlc is free (maps/weapons), they only charge for skins.
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No love for anno serie ? I'm a big fan of these games, i usually end up spending way more time than planed on these games.
I'll build another sushi factory and i'm going to bed...oh new buildings available let's test that...oh new citizen level...oh time to go to work and i haven't slept -_-
As mentioned earlier the original Half Life. Having CounterStrike and Day of Defeat as my 2 main games for about 5 years will definitely put it in the best bang for my buck category. Not to mention when Steam came out, it transferred my Won ID so I was able to keep playing.... well once the whole "Steam updating" debacle got settled and I was actually able to play again.
A close second would be Battlefield 1942. I only played it for about 2 years but I really put my hours in for those 2 years.
Man BF1942 was fucking awesome. Back before the series tried competing with Call of Dootie.
Yeah, they've all been mentioned but I have to agree with the Civ(1,2,4), New Vegas, and Mount & Blade. You'd probably need to throw a few final fantasies in there tbh for completeness. Like FF3. Shit, I'd even put DA and DA:O on the list.
Didn't like Civ3 that much but it wasn't bad. Civ5 is a good effort and not a bad game but it's not a Civ game the way Civ1-4 were Civ games. Civ5 is really intended for one style of map and one style of play. For that map and for that style of play it's still a good game though.
Basically any decent core engine that attracts a vibrant and versatile modding community is going to be in the best bang for your buck category. You can see it from this thread too, regardless of genre. FPS, RTS, RPG. Most of these games listed sold as stable core engines with decent gameplay that were highly moddable by amateur teams.
It's too bad that established, proven companies are moving away from that.
Civilization and Everquest
Final Fantasy Tactics - Cannot stress this enough. Was given to me in '99 as a present, played the everliving shit out of it when I initially got it. Have played it consistently over the course of 14 years. The soundtrack is incredible as well and I don't think I know any soundtrack as well as I know FFT's themes. This is one of the best entertainment values all across the board, hands down.
Mass Effect 3 (MP)
Mortal Kombat/Street Fighter/Tekken of any version/platform/age
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Unreal Tournament - Strike Force Mod
Infantry - Warzone Alpha zone mainly
World of Warcraft
I was killbot and killboticus! I still think making that game exactly as it was pre alien bullshit on a new engine would be the best game to play atm without a doubt :\
where did you play at? lvl caped nub planet or with the big boys? I was on argus for a couple of months where I ran a regiment called Dark Apocalypse. I then defected to Fiera cause my friend was the big bad overlord where I joined his regiment which i dont remember the name of. He quit shortly thereafter so I played with evil tofu the rest of my time in SG.
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