Indiana Jones And The Fate of Atlantis
Thanks to ScummVM I have been able to play this PC classic on my Palm.
Call of Duty
It would be easy to write this game off as "yet another ww2 shooter", but I think the Call of Duty series stands up as a ground breaking game in it's own right.
Combat Mission (CMBB and CMAK)
I never played the original Combat Mission Beyond Overlord, but it's successors "Barbarossa to Berlin" and "Afrika Corps" have been my primary source of gaming entertainment for about 2 years now. These games use a "we go" model for turn based combat, complex ballistics, armour and physics models, a huge database of OOB (Order of Battle) data and a respectable 3D graphics engine (that has managed to date reasonably well, despite the huge improvements in 3D graphics of late) to create an incredibly realistic simulation of small to medium sized tactical engagements during the second world war. Since playing these games I have read a number of books on combined arms, armoured vehicle and infantry tactics and found that many of the lessons learned in histories battlefields can be applied to the Combat Mission environment. A game that can capture atmosphere, urgency and tactical challenges in a turn based environment has five stars in my book, I will be playing this game for many years to come and am looking forward to seeing what Battlefront will do in the sequel.
Dark Age of Camelot
I was hoping for a next generation game when I read the hype before this game's release. Unfortunately, this was not to be. DAOC is an incredibly good game, it solves many of the problems that players had encounted in EQ and it offers a lot of new features that add to the MMOG (massively multiplayer online game) genre. It is not, in my opinion, a next generation game, it doesn't offer something groundbreaking to the genre. Perhaps I have become a little cynical about the driving premise behind all of the currently existing MMOGs, but I can't wait for a MMOG that I can't judge or analyze based on previous games, a game that is truely unique. Check out the parody of games like EQ,AC and DAOC at progress quest, there are definately comparisons that can be drawn. All that said I still played this game casually for about 6 months before it lost it's appeal and not for lack of effort by it's developers Mythic. While I played Mythic did a fantastic job of keeping the game running and developing new content and I understand that they are continuing to do so.
If you havn't read the first five books in the Roger Zelazny Amber series, I really recommend it. The books set up a universe that was made for roleplayers. Cosmic powers, forces of order and chaos, a complex and interesting history with powerful characters and infinite worlds in shadow (read the books).