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Pre-Poll The Best RPGs of the 90s

Pre-Poll The Best RPGs of the 90s

That’s right ladies and germs, we’re putting together another poll here at XP4T! This time we’re gonna do it right, and ask YOU, our esteemed readers for your input.  Below is a list that we’ve wacked together of potential candidates to be the Best PC RPGs of the 1990s, but before we open the poll, we just want to make sure that we didn’t miss any.  All you need to do is write your suggestions below in the comments section. If the game that you’ve suggested was in fact published in the 1990s and had a PC release, and is of course a role playing game, then we’ll verify it and add it to the list.

Here’s what we’ve come up with so far:

Albion 1995 Blue Byte Software Blue Byte Software
GAME YEAR OF RELEASE DEVELOPER PUBLISHER(S)
Alien Logic: A Skyrealms of Jorune Adventure 1994 Ceridus / Toys for Bob Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Ambermoon 1993 Thalion Software Thalion Software
Amberstar 1992 Thalion Software GmbH Thalion Software GmbH
Baldur’s Gate (incl. +Tales of the Sword Coast expansion) 1998 Bioware Black Isle Studios,
Interplay Entertainment
BattleTech – The Crescent Hawks Revenge 1990 Westwood Infocom
Betrayal at Krondor 1993 Dynamix Sierra On-Line
Betrayal in Antara 1997 Sierra Entertainment Sierra Entertainment
Black Crypt 1992 Raven Software Electronic Arts
Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday 1990 Strategic Simulations, Inc. Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Buck Rogers: Matrix Cubed 1992 Strategic Simulations, Inc. Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Champions of Krynn 1990 Strategic Simulations, Inc. Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Crystals of Arborea 1990 Silmarils Silmarils
Dark Sun: Shattered Lands 1993 Strategic Simulations, Inc. Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Dark Sun: Wake of the Ravager 1994 Strategic Simulations, Inc. Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Darklands 1992 MicroProse MicroProse
Darkstone: Evil Reigns 1999 Delphine Software International Electronic Artrs
Death Knights of Krynn 1991 Strategic Simulations, Inc. Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Diablo 1996 Blizzard North Blizzard Entertainment
DragonStrike 1990 Westwood Associates Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Dungeon Hack 1993 DreamForge Intertainment Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Dungeon Master II: The Legend of Skullkeep 1993 FTL Games Interplay Entertainment
Elvira II: The Jaws of Cerberus 1992 Horrorsoft Accolade
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark 1990 Horrorsoft Accolade
Entomorph: Plague of the Darkfall 1995 Cyberlore Studios Mindscape Inc.
Eye of the Beholder 1991 Westwood Associates Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991 Westwood Associates Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Eye of the Beholder III: Assault on Myth Drannor 1993 Strategic Simulations, Inc. Softgold Computerspiele
Ving Co., Ltd.
Fallout 1 1997 Interplay Entertainment Interplay Entertainment
Fallout 2 1998 Black Isle Studios Interplay Entertainment
Fantasy Empires 1993 Silicon Knights Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Final Fantasy VII 1997 Square Eidos Interactive
Fountain of Dreams 1990 Electronic Arts Electronic Arts
Gateway to the Savage Frontier 1991 Stormfront Studios Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Hero Quest 1991 Gremlin Interactive Ltd. Gremlin Interactive Ltd.
Ishar 2: Messengers of Doom 1993 Silmarils Silmarils
Ishar 3: The Seven Gates of Infinity 1994 Silmarils Silmarils
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress 1992 Silmarils Silmarils
Lands of Lore III 1999 Westwood Studios Electronic Arts
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny 1997 Westwood Studios Virgin Interactive
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos 1993 Westwood Studios Virgin Interactive
Legend of Faerghail 1990 Electronic Design Hannover Rainbow Arts Software GmbH
Menzoberranzan 1994 DreamForge Intertainment Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Might and Magic III 1991 New World Computing New World Computing
Might and Magic IV 1992 New World Computing New World Computing
Might and Magic IV and V – World Of Xeen 1994 New World Computing, Inc. New World Computing, Inc.
Might and Magic V 1993 New World Computing New World Computing
Might and Magic VI 1998 New World Computing 3DO
Neverwinter Nights (AOL version) 1991 Stormfront Studios Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Planescape: Torment 1999 Black Isle Studios Interplay Entertainment
Pools of Darkness 1991 Strategic Simulations, Inc. Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Prophecy of the Shadow 1992 Strategic Simulations, Inc. Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire 1990 Sierra Sierra
Quest for Glory III: Wages of War 1992 Sierra Sierra
Quest for Glory V: Dragon Fire 1998 Sierra Sierra
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness 1994 Sierra Sierra
Ravenloft 2: The Stone Prophet 1995 DreamForge Intertainment Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Ravenloft: Strahd’s Possession 1994 DreamForge Intertainment Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny 1992 Attic Entertainment Software Sir-Tech/U.S. Gold
Realms of Arkania: Shadows over Riva 1996 Fantasy Productions
Attic Entertainment Software
TopWare Interactive
Sir-Tech
U.S. Gold
Realms of Arkania: Star Trail 1994 Attic Entertainment Software Sir-Tech/U.S. Gold
Return to Krondor 1998 PyroTechnix
7th Level
Sierra Studios/Activision
Shadow Sorcerer 1991 U.S. Gold U.S. Gold
ShadowCaster 1993 Raven Software Origin Systems
Spelljammer: Pirates of Realmspace 1992 Cybertech Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Stonekeep 1995 Interplay Entertainment Interplay Entertainment
Syndicate 1993 Bullfrog Productions Electronic Arts
System Shock 1 1994 Looking Glass Studios Origin Systems
System Shock 2 1999 Looking Glass Studios Electronic Arts
Treasures of the Savage Frontier 1992 Stormfront Studios Strategic Simulations, Inc., WizardWorks Software
The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate 1990 Interplay Productions Electronic Arts
The Dark Queen of Krynn 1992 Strategic Simulations, Inc. Strategic Simulations, Inc.
The Elder Scrolls: Arena 1994 Bethesda Softworks Bethesda Softworks
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall 1996 Bethesda Softworks Bethesda Softworks
The Legacy: Realm of Terror 1993 Magnetic Scrolls MicroProse
The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I 1990 Interplay Interplay
The Summoning 1992 Event Horizon Software Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss 1992 Blue Sky Productions Origin Systems
Electronic Arts
Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds 1993 Looking Glass Technologies Origin Systems
Electronic Arts
Ultima VI 1990 Origin Systems Origin Systems
Ultima VII 1992 Origin Systems Origin Systems
Ultima VIII 1994 Origin Systems Origin Systems
Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams 1991 Origin Systems Origin Systems
Unlimited Adventures 1993 MicroMagic Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Veil of Darkness 1993 Event Horizon Software Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Waxworks 1992 Horrorsoft Accolade
Wizardry VI 1990 Sir-Tech Software, Inc. Sir-Tech Software, Inc.
Wizardry VII 1992 Sir-Tech Software, Inc. Sir-Tech Software, Inc.
World of Aden: Thunderscape 1995 Strategic Simulations, Inc. Mindscape, Inc.
Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire 1990 Origin Systems Origin Systems

The list is by no means complete, so don’t be shy, write down your favorite games down below in the comment section, hazaa!

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  • Charybdisjim

    How about “Albion”?

    • Added! Thanks for the suggestions.

  • Mike

    What about Ambermoon? It was the successor of Amberstar. It was released
    on Amiga 500. Thalion the company which developed it ran out of money
    at its release and so they were not able to finish the PC-Version.
    Ambermoon was far better than Amberstar and it was the best RPG I ever
    played till Baldurs Gate 2: Shadows of Amn was released.

    • Ambermoon has been added, thanks for the input!

  • James F

    The list is missing first-person action RPGs:
    System Shock 1 & 2 (1994,99)
    Shadow Caster (1993)

    • Good point, however I’m wary of adding ‘action RPG’s’ as we’ll inevitably have to add Diablo (sigh). I don’t think that Diablo can be considered a true RPG, but rather a hack and slash with a spattering of RPG elements.

    • All 3 have been added, thanks!

  • Donkerman

    Betrayal at Krondor

    • Thanks for your input, but it’s already on the ist 😉

  • Travis

    Nice list 🙂 Just add Quest for Glory 2 – 4, and Septerra Core, and it will be complete!

    • Although that’s a great series, those games would be considered hybrids, action/RPG’s. If we open up the list to hybrids, then it’ll quickly double in size! We have to draw the line somewhere. Although, perhaps we should do another poll for hybrid games…

      • Ok, ok. we’re going to open it up to all hybrid games, we’re retracting our previous stance. The people have spoken!

    • Cool stuff, thanks for suggesting those. We’ve also added Quest for Glory V: Dragon Fire.

  • Binary Michael

    Don’t forget Diablo!

    • We’re steering clear of ‘hybrid games’.

      • Dig_Bick

        Diablo is not being put on the list to give Baldur’s Gate a chance of winning.

      • Binary Michael

        It’s a Roguelike? I think if you’re including Rogue and Hack then for the 80s group, and if you’re going to pick and choose, why have a poll at all? Personally, it’s not even on my top 5, but to ignore it completely would be a mistake.

        • You are right! It’s been added. Thanks for your input.

      • Ok, ok. we’re going to open it up to all hybrid games, we’re retracting our previous stance. The people have spoken!

  • Mike

    I´ve got another one, the very first RPG I ever played. Black Crypt from Raven Software, released on Amiga 500, published by EA. It was the first game Raven Software ever did and it was a dungeon crawler in the style of Dungeon Master and Eye of the Beholder.

  • Benediktcz

    I am missing:
    Veil of Darkness (SSI, 1993, cross between RPG and adventure in The Summoning engine)
    Entomorph (SSI, 1995, cross between RPG and action game)
    The Legacy (Microprose, 1993, horror RPG)

    • Benediktcz

      oh and LotR vol I (Interplay, 1990) (and vol II, 1992, tho this game was a lot weaker)

      • Added! Thanks for the suggestion.

        • Benediktcz

          oh also Elvira I,II and Waxworks, tho i am not sure if i would call them more RPGs or adventures.

          • If Computer Gaming World awarded Elvira: Mistress of the Dark the 1991 Role-Playing Game of the Year, then that’s good enough for me. All 3 have been added!

    • Wow, great finds there, they’ve been added. Thanks!

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