I have been playing computer games for 20+ years, so a Top 3 is really impossible, so i'll do this:
1) Elite - The classic that always has to be somewhere in any C64 gamers list
2) Redstorm Rising - The best video game based on book or film, tremendous atmosphere!
3) Koronis Rift - an excellent action adventure that was ahead of it's time and so incredibly addictive!
Not in any order
The Longest Journey - the best story ever put into a digital format
Darklands - an RPG based on German 15th century beliefs and lifestyles. So much historical research, so much detail, and a game that does not have to end, so I have been playing it for 15 years now!
S.T.A.L.K.E.R - The perfect merging of shooter, RPG Lite, horror and a totally believable world that has not been bettered in any game before or since.
The above lists are unfair, undemocratic and downright not correct, for I really would have to list at least 50 games, without any order, to feel I had told you the games I love and are the greatest games ever. I have already thought of a couple more C64 games i could have put up and 4 or 5 PC games I could have put in my Top 3. I chose three that showed the breadth of genres you can have - that in recent years have shrunk terribly. today, on PC, I would say at least 80% of all PC releases are variations on first and third person shooters. We don't get adventure games, or puzzle games, or real RPG's, or simulations or original ideas more than once every 3 or 4 years. In the 90's we had so many genres and so much innovation that that is why it is seen as the golden years of PC gaming.
Post edited September 11, 2008 by UK_John