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Must-Play Classic CRPGs

GOGmix by phanboy4's avatarphanboy4 1101votes

Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga

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250

phanboy4 says: Still my favorite Bioware game, this is the most 'classic' feeling of all the Infinity Engine titles. Simple, 'let's go adventuring' plot, and great Infinity Engine gameplay mechanics, with a large dose of tongue-in-cheek humor.

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Planescape: Torment

phanboy4's rating:
250

phanboy4 says: Unlike most CRPGs, Planescape is focused exclusively on the plot. And what a plot it is. Think Square-Enix creates great stories? Play this game. Then think again.

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Ultima™ 7 The Complete Edition

phanboy4's rating:
250

phanboy4 says: A legend of the genre. Still unmatched in terms of world interactivity. Buy it and play it with Exult.

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Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obs...

phanboy4's rating:
250

phanboy4 says: Created by ex-Fallout devs, this is another absolute classic of the CRPG genre. Really excellent quest design and a great plot that fools you into thinking thinking it's clichéd, then spirals into excellence.

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Ultima™ Underworld 1+2

phanboy4's rating:
250

phanboy4 says: When Wolfenstein 3D was still a twinkle in John Carmack's eye, Ultima Underworld was breaking ground by combining true 3D free-roaming environments, nonlinear questing, and a fully interactive world. All first-person RPGs are measured against this.

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Gothic

phanboy4's rating:
250

phanboy4 says: One of the finest CRPGs of the '00s, this third-person Ultima-influenced German masterpiece nails atmosphere, proper world design, and logical NPC behavior. Sadly the big CRPG houses have yet to learn from this game.

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Divine Divinity

phanboy4's rating:
250

phanboy4 says: This game popped out of an unknown Belgian dev house in 2002 and took everybody by surprise. On the surface it looks like a Diablo clone, but thanks to the open world, quests, and world interactivity it feels more like what Ultima 8 should have been.

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Darklands

phanboy4's rating:
250

phanboy4 says: A legendary name among CRPG fans. Darklands is unique, offering a historically-focused world instead of a fantastically-focused one, as well as a mechanically rich gameplay experience based on an entirely original ruleset. Complex. Deep. Unmatched.

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Baldur's Gate 2 Complete

phanboy4's rating:
250

phanboy4 says: I prefer Baldur's Gate, and I think the sequel is a tad overhyped in terms of plot and characterization, but it's still the pinnacle of Infinity Engine tech, with lots of questing and combat. Also, if you have this you can use the BGTutu mod!

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Arx Fatalis

phanboy4's rating:
250

phanboy4 says: A reimagining of the Ultima Underworld games, this is a linear, but very atmospheric and well-put-together dungeon crawler. It remains the best example of first-person dungeon crawling since the DOS days.

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Lands of Lore™ 1+2

phanboy4's rating:
250

phanboy4 says: Lands of Lore 1 (which incidentally is supported in ScummVM now) is one of the finest introductions to old-school first-person dungeon crawls out there. This gem features some of the finest VGA art your eyes will ever see, and VO by Patrick Stewart!

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Betrayal at Krondor Pack

phanboy4's rating:
250

phanboy4 says: Classic, well written, huge CRPG with lots of great lore. One of the best story-driven CRPGs ever made.

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Might and Magic® 6-pack Limited Edition

phanboy4's rating:
250

phanboy4 says: Contains the massive 'World of Xeen' saga, which is parts 4 and 5 of the series combined, as well as the legendary M&M 6. Free-roaming real-time party-based first-person excellence. Later games pretty accessible as well.

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Icewind Dale Complete

phanboy4's rating:
250

phanboy4 says: Pure Hack 'n slash where you create your entire party from scratch. Great music, atmosphere, great Infinity Engine combat. If you're like me you'll assign personas to your party members and get very attached to them.

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Realms of Arkania 1+2

phanboy4's rating:
250

phanboy4 says: Parts 1& 2 of the classic Arkania trilogy, which are PC adaptations of the German D&D equivalent "Das Schwarze Auge", or "The Dark Eye" . These games implement unique CRPG gameplay mechanics not seen before or since.

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Realms of Arkania 3

phanboy4's rating:
250

phanboy4 says: The third and final game in the Arkania series, this is the most graphically polished of the lot. It retains the same basic Pen&Paper style turn-based gameplay as the first two and adds a nice CD soundtrack as well.

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Deus Ex™ GOTY Edition

phanboy4's rating:
250

phanboy4 says: Yes, you've likely played it, and yes, it has guns, but in most essential areas this qualifies as a CRPG. And of course it's magnificent. Not much more needs to be said.

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