And, since that rare PC game thread reminded me of it, here's my list of big box PC games that I currently own (some are Mac versions, but try not to hold that against me):
Star Trek TNG: Klingon Honour Guard - A pretty good FPS based on the Unreal engine (I think?).
Star Trek TNG: A Final Unity - An ok adventure game. It has the original voice actors and digitized characters, but the cutscenes are, for some bizarre reason, really early CG (kind like the Magic Carpet intro). Data looks like a yellow lightbulb with a mouth.
Star Trek TOS: 25th Anniversary - Much better than "A Final Unity", but still not Lucasarts level. The best thing about it is that it has the original cast doing the voices and it feels just like an old episode of Star Trek.
Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force - My favourite Star Trek game. Elite Force is a great little FPS. Worth it just for the holodeck based deathmatch, but the single player is great fun too. The only thing that lets it down is the squad AI. Again, it is voiced by the original cast (including Jeri Ryan, who was added in a later patch).
(And, yes, I like Star Trek)
Diablo 2 - The boxart for Diablo 2 is truly awesome (and it's a pretty good game too!).
Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer - I think this is the same as the version that appeared on the N64. Good fun, if a little too easy. The music is especially excellent.
Outpost - This wretched stink pile ran on Windows 3.1 and has to be the most broken game I have ever played. A real pity, because the idea was so good and the game was actually quite addictive.
Tempest 2000 - The best game on the Jaguar also made a pretty terrific PC game. The music streams off the CD and it actually quite good. The gameplay is classic Tempest.
Deus Ex - I hated Deus Ex when I first played it. That last bit of the training mission where you were suddenly expected to be quite and sneak around just aggravated me (I died over and over trying to shoot my way through). The box is huge and really well designed.
Alice - Another really nice box. The game itself is a perfect demonstration of art direction over gameplay. More fun to look at than play.
Quake II - One of id's best, if not the best, games. I still play Quake 2 occasionally and it hasn't aged at all. The soundtrack does stream off the CD though, so you need to have it in the drive while you're playing to get the full effect.
Quake III - Q3 was ok, I played through the bots and a bit online, but it wasn't my favourite game ever. Great intro though.
C&C Red Alert - Still my favourite of the C&C series. The intro is a classic.
Space Quest IV - Picked this up for basically nothing on eBay a while ago. SQ4 isn't my favourite of the series, but the box and manuals were produced at the height of the big box era. The box is stuffed with brochures and manuals and a whole fictional magazine. The artwork is awesome and it has the classic 90's Sierra system requirements boxout (EGA/VGA and so on).
Codename: Iceman - This was the first PC game I ever bought. I still remember the day my parents took me into the local supermarket and let me pick a game out. It was this or Ultima (1 or 2, I forget). I probably just picked it because of the box art (and it was one of the few games that still supported hercules monochrome). I paid far, far, too much for this on eBay. There's a german guy (soundtrackguide_net) selling mint boxed Sierra games on eBay. Hideously expensive, but highly recommended.
Steller 7 - Found this in my local charity shop. The box is MINT. The disks still work. It was £2. I couldn't censored believe it.
Silpheed - Was sitting on the shelf next to Steller 7. Again, mint. Also £2. It was published by Sierra, but developed by Game Arts Co. For an early DOS EGA game, it is an incredibly fast and impressive shmup. Sadly Takeshi Miyaji, the game's creator, recently died.
Wing Commander 2 - Another charity shop find. It even had the blueprints inside. WC2 has a great story that is told in a really cinematic way. The gameplay isn't terribly varied though (I think there are only a two or three mission types).
Wing Commander 3 - Starring Mark Hamill! Sadly, I only have the budget rerelease, which, like all budget rereleases, looks like ass.
Microprose Formula 1 Grand Prix - aka Geoff Crammond's GP1. Recently found this on eBay for 99p. Probably my first grown up racing sim, it truly is one of the best games on the PC ever. You start off with all the driver aids on, the game throws you a curveball by mapping the cursor keys to switch drivers (I would love to know who thought that was a good idea), but you eventually work out the keys. The game just sucks you in and you turn off the driver aids one by one until you end up spinning off into a ditch. Brilliant!
Microprose Grand Prix 2 - Same as above, only with better everything. This game murdered even the highest end PC back in the day. I eventually got it to 20+ frames a second by turning all the detail off at which point it looked a lot like its predecessor!
Syndicate - I actually got this from the local PC Zone distributer after I complained about their shoddy service. It is the budget rerelease, but I suppose it was free.
Fatal Racing - A great little arcade racer by Gremlin Graphics. Duncan McDonald mentioned in his PC Zone review that it didn't really give you a feeling of speed. He was spot on. Still, the game has loops and crazy jumps, so that goes a long way to distract you from the engine's lack of pep.
Lords of the Realm - An old medieval strategy game. Never really got on with it.
That's it! (I think?)
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