It seems to me that many, if not most people on the boards can agree about certain games being "classics". I've noticed, particularly in the rpg area, the same handful of games being mentioned, and most of these games are 5-10 years old.
This thread is not about the death of good gaming, but instead, a place to post games that you think could possibly be looked back on 5-10 years from now, as being classics, or groundbreakers etc.
obviously someone is gonna say something like "fallout 3", and other people will try and argue, but I really don't want to have too many tangents in here, so I'd humbly request that if you MUST go on a tangent about someones suggestion that you both keep it civil as well as posting your own suggestion of a potential modern classic. that way, if you cant think of one, you arent allowed to bash someone elses suggestion
Last point, for now, some games, like fallout 3 again, have been built on classic games. that does not necessarily disqualify them: deus ex is widely considered a classic but it would not exist without games like system shock having come before. most games are built on older ideas so don't let that disqualify a suggestion, so long as your suggestion added SOMETHING OF VALUE to the formula/idea whatever.
so I'll start with my first suggestion: Bioshock.
it's obviously built on games like system shock, but it will be looked back on fondly by people years from now for having done several things (though it was not the FIRST to do any of these, it was the combination of elements that will make it a classic):
1. It demonstrated, to the growing masses of console gamers, that atmosphere and character (through the voice snippets) can make a game better than just having flashy halo action.
2. it demonstrated that a strong artistic and sound direction can elevate a game in much the same way a movie can be elevated
3. it had a cool and memorable plot twist and villain set (though a lackluster final battle)
4. it was kinda scary (which for some reason makes games much more memorable in my opinion)
final thoughts: it's kinda sad that bioshock is in many ways a slightly dumbed down sequel to system shock. yet in other ways, particularly art and sound direction, it far exceeded the original classic games. I suppose that when it comes down to it, bioshock will be considered a classic in later years because of it's remarkable and memorable atmosphere.
but only time will tell! maybe ten years from now no one will hardly remember it at all!
oh and more rules: the game has to be LESS than five years old to count as "new"
Edited by entrerix, 01 September 2009 - 11:27 AM.