1998 Week? Fine. What are your favorite games from that year?

Here's a list I compiled by looking at the Game Rankings list for that year. I've only included the games that I actually played around that time. There are so many great titles from that year.

TLoZ: Ocarina of Time
Tekken 3
Gran Turismo
Half-Life
Grim Fandango
Starcraft
TLoZ: Link's Awakening
Thief: The Dark Project
Battlezone
Unreal
Final Fantasy VII
Spyro the Dragon
Point Blank
Heretic II
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars
Populous: The Beginning
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Prix Legends

If I absolutely had to choose one, it'd be Half-Life. I spent so much time playing it, playing mods and messing around with the editor.

1998...wow

These were the games I played that year:

Baldur's Gate
Descent: Freespace
Diablo
Fallout 2
Grim Fandango
Half-Life
Metal Gear Solid
Rainbow Six
StarCraft
Thief: The Dark Project
Beneath a Steel Sky
Breath of Fire III
Bushido Blade 2
Command & Conquer
Final Fantasy VII
Marvel Super Heroes Vs. Street Fighter
Parasite Eve
Quake
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness

Good times...I'm sure there are a few that I missed

As interesting as Grand Theft Auto was back in the day, the idea of the game was definitely around before the technology could make it playable with GTA3. GTA and GTA:London were interesting, had lots of things going for it, but played crap and looked like sh*t.

Khoram wrote:

Diablo was 1997. I'm pretty sure because I almost failed that semester because of it, and it was my last in college. Thank goodness.

Agreed, it was definitely 1997 (my Junior year of college, I feel your pain)

If I have to pick one it's going to be Starcraft. Half Life would have to be second, what a year!

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Also my RIVA TNT card was so awesome! It was my first 3D card.

It wasn't just good for PCs.

Breath of Fire III (oops)
Colony Wars: Vengeance
Descent: FreeSpace – The Great War
Descent: FreeSpace – Silent Threat
Future Cop: LAPD
Grim Fandango
Half-Life
Jade Cocoon
Kartia: The Word of Fate
LOZ Ocarina of Time
Lunar 2 Eternal Blue
Metal Gear Solid
Parasite Eve
Radiant Silvergun
Resident Evil 2
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Suikoden 2
Tekken 3
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
Xenogears

Hmmm.
On second thought, this list it confirms that 1998 was the greatest year for gaming ever.

Suikoden 2 seals the deal.

Tiger Walts wrote:

Here's a list I compiled by looking at the Game Rankings list for that year. I've only included the games that I actually played around that time. There are so many great titles from that year.

Final Fantasy VII

Somebody screwed up - that was '97.

I'm pretty sure that in 1998, I was still playing a lot of Age of Empires. And I know I picked up Baldur's Gate. (Never finished it, though.) I was also being stuck in Riven. (Never finished that, either.)

It may be that the entered dates are iffy due to regional release dates. I spotted a few in there that have already been disputed in this thread.

Actually, I'll be an ass and say that 1999 was my year of games because of:

Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine
Rogue Spear
Half Life: Opposing Force (preferred it to the original!)
Driver
Alpha Centauri (even though I only played the demo and didn't even realize that I was playing Alpha Centauri)

But fine... I'll throw up one of my first games that I ever bought that came from 1998.

Army Men, the first in a long series hit shelves in 1998.

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IIRC, in 1998, I got my first DSL connection, true broadband for the first time. I think it was 1.5 down, 128K up, for something like $90/mo. I spent most of that year in hopeless thrall to the Counterstrike betas. The one thing that broke me out of my Counterstrike haze was finding the 1994 SNES game, Chrono Trigger, via emulation -- and being so incredibly impressed that, when the emulator failed to render one area of the game properly, I hit up eBay, bought a real SNES and real cartridge, and didn't surface for like two weeks.

Between those two games, I just flat missed a lot of the other stuff that was released in the second half of the year. I don't think I got to BG until like March or April of 1999.

By the way, whoever mentioned Diablo upthread, you really had me confused there for a bit, because I have very strong memories of Diablo that were well before DSL and Counterstrike. I looked it up, and D1 was released in January of 1997.

Wow, that is quite the list of releases. My favorite of that list at the time has to be Ocarina of Time. Almost any other year, Metal Gear Solid, Half-Life, Fallout 2, or Starcraft could have taken my game of the year.

Also, I played the hell out of Tekken 3 back in those days.

Ah, 1998, back when Babbage's still had an open box game return policy... and I had a CD burner... not that those two had anything to do with one another.

Grubber788 wrote:

Army Men, the first in a long series hit shelves in 1998.

YES. Thank you for trotting that gem out, I had forgotten about it.

1998 was the year I moved out from my folks at 18, in with friends and discovered how far PC gaming had come since F-19 and Ghostbusters 2.

So I will be painfully obvious and say:

Starcraft
Baldur's Gate
Half-life

Each is for me the seminal game in its genre for me, and in the recent year or so the actual sequel (SC2) or spiritual successor (DA:O) of two have been my most anticipated games of all time.

Half-Life is the only game I continue to go back to from that year. Ocarina of Time was great and all, but if I want a classic Zelda game, it's gonna be the much earlier ALttP. Also, for the sheet amount of fun I got out of it, F-Zero X was a hallmark release for me in '98.

If Diablo did indeed come out in '97--man, that game dominated a good chunk of my life--I'll have to go with Half-life and Starcraft. Two games that still have their hooks in me thirteen years later...

Oh man, Tenchu, Poy Poy, and The Unholy War were favorites of mine that year too.

Xenogears. Best PS1 Squaresoft RPG.

chrisg wrote:

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a real 1998 gem...

However, I recently tried to reinstall it under Win7 but had no luck.

I've gotten it to work on Windows 7 not long ago - the two things I would suggest is - firstly, track down the "Thief trilogy" boxed set that came out not too long ago, as this has been (more or less) patched up and is ready to go for most modern machines AND has the bonus of including the Gold levels for The Dark Project.

Secondly, are you using a duel core or higher processor? The Dark project games will ALWAYS crash if you don't disable all but one of the processors. Of the top of my head I can't quite remember the steps you need to do for this but there's a thief thread around here somewhere that outlines it. I think you need to load the game to the menu, alt-tab out, Ctrl-Alt-Del to the task manager and use the "set affinity" option to just pick one core.

Other things you may have to try in order to get Thief and Thief 2 to work are:

*Find the USER.CFG file and un-comment the line...
;safe_texture_manager
by removing the semi-colon.

*If the installer fails (possibly with an error about DirectX) then try running the setup with the -lgntforce option. It'll force the installer through the compatibility errors.

These can also be used to help get System Shock 2 running as it's built using the same base engine. If you have Thief 2 I also suggest you go and find Thief 2X, it's a total conversion mod with a full campaign and some nice new items and a few gameplay surprises.

Tiger Walts wrote:

Other things you may have to try in order to get Thief and Thief 2 to work are:

*Find the USER.CFG file and un-comment the line...
;safe_texture_manager
by removing the semi-colon.

*If the installer fails (possibly with an error about DirectX) then try running the setup with the -lgntforce option. It'll force the installer through the compatibility errors.

These can also be used to help get System Shock 2 running as it's built using the same base engine. If you have Thief 2 I also suggest you go and find Thief 2X, it's a total conversion mod with a full campaign and some nice new items and a few gameplay surprises.

I've never actually gotten to play Thief due to compatibility problems. It works on my Win 7 system save for the fact that the cursor will not move unless I put it in windowed mode (edit: it would be more appropriate to say that the cursor moves, but the graphic of the cursor does not). Once in windowed mode my lock picking interface goes crazy. I will have to try your config tweak to see if it helps.

Oh, and Baldur's Gate gets my nod for my favoritest game of 1998.

Gonna have to go with Freespace. Intellectually I know that Half-Life, Diablo and Starcraft were bigger and more "important," but Freespace was an incredibly good game in all aspects. Whereas the others kicked off a genre, the Freespace franchise capped one that died before its time.

Dive indeed, pilot. Dive indeed.

iaintgotnopants wrote:

Hey, listen!

There were good console games in 1998 too, elitist jerkfaces.

Yeah, Navi was TOTALLY better than, say, Half-Life.

Not a PC game, but Final Fantasy Tactics gets a nod from me.

The Dreamcast was released in 1998, and while I never owned one, I had friends who had them and spent many hours plugged in front of a Dreamcast in my college days.

Also, Tribes anyone?

I spent most of my time with Freespace, Rainbowsix, and Everquest. Even started up an R6 clan and we used Roger Wilco - very forward thinking for the time. We also pwned everyone.

FF:T and Xenogears came out in 98? No wonder I don't remember what else came out then. I was busy.

Man that was a fantastic year for PC and console gaming.

AUs_TBirD wrote:

Also on PC - Shogo: M.A.D.!

Almost forgot it game out in 1998. Another game I replay a lot, it's just plain fun. The Juggernaut is one of the most satisfying weapons to use ever!

Rob_Anybody wrote:

The Dreamcast was released in 1998, and while I never owned one, I had friends who had them and spent many hours plugged in front of a Dreamcast in my college days.

Dreamcast in the US was released 9/9/99. How can you forget such a date?

Only Japan saw it in 98.

Rob_Anybody wrote:

Also, Tribes anyone?

I mean no disrespect. But none of you, none, have any concept of what Tribes is.

Diablo ate up more of my time but Baldur's Gate is more important to my snobby gamer narrative.