HF Retro Game of the Year - 1996 - Vote in the Poll!

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Game of the year back in 1996?

Poll closed Saturday at 3:36 PM.
  1. Civilization II

    9.5%
  2. Command & Conquer: Red Alert

    9.5%
  3. Diablo

    6.0%
  4. Duke Nukem 3D

    7.1%
  5. Quake

    6.0%
  6. Resident Evil

    4.8%
  7. Super Mario 64

    42.9%
  8. The Edler Scrolls II: Daggerfall

    1.2%
  9. Tomb Raider

    1.2%
  10. Twisted Metal 2

    3.6%
  11. Super Mario RPG

    8.3%
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  1. SniperHF

    SniperHF Premium Administrator

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    Bah, don't feel particularly strongly about any of these.
     
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    All the time myself and my buddies spent playing Twisted Metal 2, drinking Mountain Dew, and listening to the Spawn Soundtrack. Such a great time!

    Bonus points to Tomb Raider, the PS1 was truly a great machine.
     
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    Master of Orion II would have been my vote.

    As it is, Civ 2 which held up for many years as the gold standard for empire building games.
     
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    I went with Diablo, but could have easily went with Quake as well. A lot of classic games in 1996 all of which could be winners here.
     
  6. ArGarBarGar

    ArGarBarGar Defense Please

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    Resident Evil just for the voice acting alone.
     
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    A lot of great options here, but I'm going to go with Resident Evil. It's the only one of the bunch that I'd still play today and enjoy it as much as I did back then. I've always wanted a re-release of Diablo 1 with increased movement speed...but I don't think I'll ever get that.
     
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    50 Sheas of Grey Registered User

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    Out of the choices, I only really have memories playing Duke Nukem 3D and Super Mario 64. Both great games, I went with Duke Nukem 3D mainly because of the level design and wacky weapons.
     
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    The only two on the list I haven't played are Daggerfall and Twisted Metal. Well technically I only played the demo disc of Tomb Raider but I played it a lot :laugh:
    I'd probably go:
    1. Diablo
    2. C&C RA
    3. Mario 64
    4. Duke
    5. Civ II
    6. Quake
    7. Resident Evil
    8. Super Mario RPG
    9. Tomb Raider

    Red alert is somewhat rough to play without the comfort of build queues. But being able to keep up with it is part of the skill so simply tacking them on would require a total rebalance.
     
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    I loved Diablo and Civilization II, but I have to go with Quake. It really was the Game of the Year on the PC side, a landmark game that had a profound effect on the industry. It popularized fully 3D engines, 3D accelerators, mouse look, client side network prediction, drop-down consoles, .cfg/.ini file tweaking, esports, machinima and extreme modability (thanks to QuakeC, allowing for Team Fortress and Capture the Flag multiplayer modes). BTW, I know that a few of those weren't in the original release, but were still added in by the end of 1996. Speaking of the original release, I still have a factory-sealed copy of the retail shareware release (an interesting experiment by id to sell the shareware on CD for $4.99 that failed when people learned how to unlock the full game without the paying for the unlock code).
     
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    Super Mario 64 and it’s not even close.
     
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    McRpro Call the rulebook!

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    I voted for Twisted Metal 2 even though SM64 should win this in an absolute landslide. I had so many great times with Twisted Metal 1 and then part 2 was even better! Then the series developers changed and it turned to ****.
     
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    I absolutely love Civilization II and still believe it is the best Civilization (unless, of course, we count Alpha Centauri). It was so beautiful, so nuanced, so well-structured, had such fantastically fun ways to build and grow and conquer and diplomatize, was such a wealth of historical knowledge, and had the super sweet throne room and advisors wearing sunglasses. There are few games that can make an entire afternoon race by in what seems like 15 minutes the way Civ II does.
     
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    I absolutely love most of these games, and am tempted to vote Duke Nukem, but at the same time, how can you not vote Super Mario 64?
     
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    542365 Schwartz Be With You

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    Voted Super Mario 64, but my friends and I played the hell out of Twisted Metal 2 as kids.
     
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    1. Mario 64 (because it still holds up as still fun.)
    2. Duke Nukem 3D (had tremendous fun playing this years ago. Not so much nowadays.)

    Can't say I played any of the other games on the list.
     
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    Blitzkrug Bae over Bay

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    I'm tempted to vote Super Mario RPG because that game is a masterpiece imo. Clever writing, intuitive battle system (that would become the hallmark for all future mario RPG games) and a unique look graphics wise. Squeezed the last bits out of the SNES hardware. Shame it was kinda buried by the wave of new consoles because that game never gets enough love.

    It kinda also marked the end of an era since this was pretty much the last thing the Square/Nintendo relationship produced before it completely collapsed over FFVII. A relationship that to this day has never been the same.

    I'll give it to Mario 64. Pretty much laid the groundwork on how to take the leap from 2D to 3D...awful camera aside.
     
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    Getting to the point where I was too young to have an informed opinion. I definitely played MARIO 64 more than any of the others though.
     
  19. MetalheadPenguinsFan

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    Duke Nukem 3D

    AINEC.
     
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    Super Mario 64.

    Not close for me.

    EDIT: This is my first time seeing all the winners from the previous polls, and good lord...there are some dreadful choices in there. :laugh:
     
  21. Ducks in a row

    Ducks in a row Go Ducks Quack Quack

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    I don't like RPG games all that much but Super Mario RPG is different for me so I vote for it.
     
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    Yeah I'm wondering how long we'll keep going. I think through the start of the SNES years most posters around here can have a mostly informed opinion.

    But like the mid DOS years and games outside of the tentpole franchises on the NES I expect knowledge drops off pretty quick. And all the various smaller consoles and PC competitors like the IBM compatible competitors like the Commodore 64. Though there were a lot of ports between them.

    By biggest blind spot is say 86 to 91. Though I have a reasonable amount of playtime on games before then since I only had an Atari through most of the 90's.

    But if people keep voting I think we'll keep going.
     
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    1997 was a hard choice. 1996 is a landslide for me.

    Red Alert. No question.
     
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    I used to love using the map editor to make completely absurd challenge maps like starting on a small island while the enemy gets the whole mainland with beach defenses.
     
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    The map editors in those old RTS games added so much replayability.
     

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