A little while back, Gamasutra (http://www.gamasutra.com) had a feature on Essential RPGs that a game designer should play. Excellent feature:
Let's see how I stack up! Bold if I've played it, Italics if I haven't.
- Dungeons & Dragons (PnP) - Haven't played in, oh, 25 years (not counting computer versions), but definitely where it started for me.
- Wizardry (series) - Not sure why this made it instead of other like minded games like Bard's Tale. I guess the series went on longer. I'm guessing not worth going back to play now.
- Ultima (series) - I've completed 4 (a classic), and played 3-7. I really should go back and play 7 all the way through.
- Wasteland - Awesome, awesome game. The setting (post apocalyptic) made it really novel.
- D&D Gold Box series - I finished "Pool of Radiance", and played another one or two. These were competent, but less engrossing for me than some others.
- Quest For Glory - I played a bunch of the Sierra adventure games, but not this one.
- Might & Magic - Played an older one, never finished, didn't really make a big impression.
- Nethack - Never really caught the Nethack bug; preferred Moria or Angband, or even old-school Rogue.
- Elder Scrolls (series) - Finished Morrowind. Fooled around with Daggerfall, but after it was too dated to be much fun. Waiting for a more powerful laptop before I take on Oblivion.
- Baldur's Gate (series) - Still the best single player RPG I've played. I'll avoid waxing poetic so as not to bore regular readers, who have probably heard enough about BG already.
- World of Warcraft - Can you believe I've never played this? I really should, just to check out the craftmanship if nothing else. But I never have had the time or desire to get sucked in.
Well, I haven't played a single one of these, so no point making comments. Here's the list:
- Dragon Quest
- Dragon Slayer
- Fire Emblem
- Final Fantasy
- Mother, a.k.a. Earthbound
- Pokemon (series)
- Mystery Dungeon
- Square's 16-bit RPGs
- Tales games (series)
- Nippon-Ichi RPGs
I suppose I should go back and play one of the Japanese RPGs, just to see what's up. Final Fantasy 7, maybe?
Anyways, 8 for 21. What kind of an RPG designer do I think I am, anyways?