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101. Blood
YEAR 1997: The Duke 3D clone that could... And absolutely did. Fantastically imaginative maps, a bizarre steampunk vibe and the best level set onboard a moving train ever. If the sequel hadn't been such an unremitting disaster, the Blood franchise could have lived forever. Toast those zombies! Pitchfork them in the head!

100. Starsiege: Tribes
YEAR 1998: It cared not a jot for the single-player, but for truly original green-hill ski fun and remarkably canny foresight into the teamplay required in the online shooters of tomorrow (well, today), Tribes is worthy of its place in this list. Vengeance delivered story, but the original provided that true jetpack glory. We miss you Tribes. Come back soon.

99. Need For Speed: Most Wanted
YEAR 2005: Finally emerging into the sunlight after the night-time races of Underground, Most Wanted was a brilliant blend of arcade racing, the obligatory 'pimp my ride' car customisation and car chases that put Smokey And The Bandit to shame. And dropping a giant donut onto a pursuing police car was so satisfying.

98. The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay
YEAR 2004: Escape From Butcher Bay is one of the best console-to-PC conversions ever. Vin Diesel was superb as the enigmatic see-in-the-dark Riddick, while the well-crafted story saw you exploring the universe's worst prison, chatting and swapping items with other inmates and enjoying first-person hand-to-hand combat that actually worked. Weapons could be anything from a guard's pistol to an improvised 'shiv' such as a shard of glass, and the stealth element allowed you to sneak up on enemies and push them into rock grinders or snap their necks like twigs. Also featured one of the best end-of-game levels ever. Shine on.

97. N
YEAR 2005: Fun and free Flash platform game featuring simple graphics and chucklesome ragdoll physics. Control a stick-figure ninja, as he jumps, slides and bounces around the levels, avoiding mines, missiles, electric fences and other nasties - fail and you'll usually end up as a pile of detached bloody limbs. Includes replays and online high scores. Unmissable.

96. Worms
YEAR 1995: "Incoming!" The original - and still the best - version of the seminal multiplayer tactical battle game from Yorkshire-based Team 17. Four teams of four worms take turns to fire a twisted assortment of weapons, including the Dragon punch, Uzi and Bazooka, to wipe out each other. Simple, addictive, hilarious and still great today.

95. NetHack
YEAR 1992: In NetHack, you play a @, fighting through dungeons with your trusty d(og). NetHack was ASCII adventuring - based on the 1980 game Rogue - at its finest, with gobsmackingly deep gameplay for a game you can find on your keyboard. You could win favour with gods, research dozens of scrolls and potions, even train your pet. Version 3.4.3 was released last year, and these days, you can use a graphical interface. If you're scared of capital 'D's, you big baby.

94. Hidden & Dangerous 2
YEAR 2003: "Bugged, but brilliant" was our assessment of this hardcore WWII tactical shooter back in issue 136. Created by Illusion Softworks (makers of gangster hit Mafia), H&D2's huge variety of unscripted levels - from stealth missions in the Burmese jungle to full-on assaults in the African desert - keeps it in our 101 best games list.

93. Hitman: Blood Money
YEAR 2006: One of the PC's great underachievers, the Hitman franchise finally spawned a classic. Easy to pick-up-and-play, with great level design, including a hugely-populated Mardi Gras. However, it was the accidental deaths that proved a stroke of genius, allowing you to drop targets into shark pools or set them on fire with barbecue fuel.

92. Grand Prix Legends
YEAR 1998: The Steve McQueen of racing titles, Grand Prix Legends captured the romantic feel of the 1967 season, complete with staunchly authentic detail such as the rocket-on-wheels cars and handlebar moustaches. Incredibly hardcore, but packed full of adrenalin rushes from a time when safety was a secondary concern for the organisers of the World Championship.

91. Splinter Cell
YEAR 2003: The Splinter Cell series, coupled with the Thief series, is one of the crowning jewels of the stealth genre. While later titles have brought even greater things to the table, the first was a genuine leap forward for PC gaming. Plus, with its 24-style narrative, gripping plot, Bond-beating gadgets and undeniably cool acrobatic moves, it's still brilliant fun to play today.

90. Silent Hunter III
YEAR 2005: "We all live in a WWII submarine," sing the jolly submerged Nazis, just before a depth charge condemns them to a watery grave. Silent Hunter IV is the kind of game that only the PC could champion - join the crew of a U-Boat in a tense and hardcore simulation. Das Boot-iful.

89. Sid Meier's Pirates!
YEAR 2004: An update of strategy king Sid Meier's 1987 classic Pirates!, this is a buccaneering adventure taking elements of role-playing, trading, naval warfare, stealth and even rhythm action romantic dalliances to create a charming whole. Wonderfully engaging and accessible with great humour, this is pure buried treasure. Thar be gold!

88. Supreme Commander
YEAR 2007: Big stompy mech robots destroying shit with lasers. Always good in our book - and Supreme Commander (created by Chris Taylor, the bloke behind Total Annihilation - see no.72) gives you the ultimate all-powerful walking turret to destroy your foes in this ambitious RTS. Humongous battlefields, tons of units and tech trees, exciting skirmishes and cracking multiplayer.

87. Grim Fandango
YEAR 1998: What's most memorable about Grim Fandango? The humour? The still-unique voodoo-tiki art direction? Or the fact that is was so hard that most people snapped in excess of 500 pencils before even getting to their car? Not hard like the obtuse nonsense that went on in the riddles of Discworld and the like. No, Grim Fandango had great logic. Which only made you feel even more stupid when you finally cheated. Which you did.

86. Cave Story
YEAR 2005: A Japanese freeware action-adventure platformer in the vein of Super Metroid or Castlevania with lovely old-school graphics, great level design and neat weapons. Escape from a complex underground cave network, while helping the cute rabbit-like inhabitants. Cave Story could easily be mistaken for a lost classic from the 16-bit era.

85. Rollercoaster Tycoon 3
YEAR 2004: Peter Molyneux created Theme Park. Chris Sawyer created Rollercoaster Tycoon. David Braben then drew the spiritual strings of both together in a neat bow to create Rollercoaster Tycoon 3. A game your kid-sister would play, it also had the depth required to capture your bitter heart too. The real-life manager of Alton Towers must be a happy man indeed.

84. Descent
YEAR 1995: "Which way up am I? Is this the ceiling? Maybe I'll just rotate around a bit... Argh! It's one of the rocket-y ones!" All these experiences and more were part of the Descent play experience - a 360-degree shooter of panoramic robot-induced terror. And occasionally nausea. Its like shall not be seen again...

83. Soldier of Fortune II
YEAR 2002: Notorious for its 'Ghoul II' technology that allowed for the gory blasting off of body parts, Soldier Of Fortune II was a brilliantly brutal shooter - especially in multiplayer. Whether real-life 'military consultant' and star John Mullins had ever crouched down and attacked a headless corpse with a knife while giggling is still unknown...

82. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
YEAR 1992: Everyone bangs on about story-telling these days, but so often it boils down to a witty line or a third act reversal where aliens turn out to be quite nice after all. The Fate Of Atlantis did so much for gaming so far before its time that no bugger seems to realise. Like Half-Life, it had a game introduction you played through before the game kicked off; like the best roleplayers, it had different story strands to follow; and like Half-Life 2, it had a female sidekick you felt genuinely in cahoots with. Plus, it had Nazis. What's not to like?

81. The Movies
YEAR 2005: It should have entertained so many more. The sheer joy of creating your own dumb cinematic masterpieces in The Movies has never been rivalled before or since. Single-player was a sideshow, admittedly, but with the mindblowing Stunts And Effects expansion in tow, your efforts, if not consummately professional, were never short of hilarious.

80. Clive Barker's Undying
YEAR 2001: Your favourite haunted house level extended over an entire game and punctuated by some of the creepiest sound effects rendered on CD, Undying was a relentless and brilliantly scripted affair. A first-person Alone In The Dark whose dank brilliance demanded a sequel, but instead got diddly squat.

79. F.E.A.R.
YEAR 2005: Spooky girl + paranormal special forces x slo-mo bullet effects/corridors = shitted trousers. F.E.A.R. is developer Monolith's most recent jaunt into the old ultra-violence, and managed to combine ridiculous gunplay with creeping unease and a handful of shocking moments. Japanese horror-movie-influenced and really rather proud of it.

78. Team Fortress Classic
YEAR 1999: It looked like Half-Life and sounded like Half-Life, yet had a taste and smell all of its own. Namely: 'teamy', 'tactic-ful' and 'absolutely raving bonkers'. With classes that fitted your personality in zodiac fashion, it's the little mod that could, would and then bloody well did. Roll on Team Fortress 2!

77. Frontier: Elite II
YEAR 1993: The enormity of space is oft-commented on, but has never been felt quite as acutely as it was here. Its progenitor may have cleaved its mark more firmly onto history, but with an increased roleplay feel to its trading, piracy, Viper-baiting and slave-shifting, as a mag we prefer Frontier. Plus: less silly 'ship in letterbox' docking procedures.

76. No One Lives Forever 2
YEAR 2002: Immaculately designed, bravely pioneering and with a cracking script: the demise of NOLF ranks as one of the highest tragedies in gaming. Seamlessly merging its '60s setting with its gameplay and putting as much emphasis on dainty footwork and stealth as on blasting - Cate Archer is sorely missed.
Right, let's get on with part two...

75. Final Fantasy VII
YEAR 1998: Yes, it's a console port, but Final Fantasy VII remains a touchstone in role-playing games. Featuring the biggest tear-jerk moment, an epic story, great settings, excellent turn-based combat and an unforgettable soundtrack, the FF franchise has rumbled on, but VII is the one you'll be making your grudging grandkids play.

74. The Longest Journey
YEAR 1999: A breathtaking and absorbing trek through a world where fantasy and sci-fi combine. The Longest Journey was a traditional pointand- click through and through, but was also a deliberate foray into adult adventuring where easy laughs were not a priority, but narrative was. Buyer beware: this product does contain traces of penis.

73. Uplink
YEAR 2001: There's no feeling like being somewhere you really shouldn't, and the excitement of evading the online fuzz was neatly captured by Introversion in Uplink. Gifting you the absolute buzz of fast-paced computer hacking without hazardous FBI interest, it may not look like much, but it can and will rock your geeky little world.

72. Total Annihilation
YEAR 1997: Command & Conquer brought strategy to the masses, but it was Chris Taylor and Cavedog who took the RTS mechanic, distilled it, put in some ballistic physics and 3D-lollapalooza and created sheer tactical gold. Supreme Commander has since followed in its wake, but Total Annihilation's legacy will live longer in the memory.

71. Fahrenhiet
YEAR 2005: "Well that's right, that's right, that's right, that's right, I really love you Fahrenheit!" sang Mud in 1974, with spooky foresight. From the artistic brainwaves of David Cage came a cinematic treatment of a game that bent itself around your actions, told its story the way you played it, and was so grown-up that it contained scenes that went way beyond second base. Playing as multiple characters that you honestly gave a shit about, and with a story that perhaps went that little bit too mad - but was at least a stunning and unpredictable beast - its spiritual follow-up Heavy Rain simply can't come soon enough.

70. Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War
YEAR 2004: Back in the early days,Warhammer was all about theartistry of turning a hundred metal men into a vibrant army of inch-high warriors, so it's no surprise that this RTS outing was a gorgeous affair. Preferring fast surging warfare to plodding army building, it's an RTS of unique blood-splattered joy.

69. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
YEAR 2007: A diamond in the rough this one. Unpolished and unremittingly Eastern
European, yet wondrously scary and beautifully envisaged. Trekking around the Chernobyl fallout zone is a truly haunting experience, while the roving dynamic AI pulls all manner of surprises out of its hat. Pretty much worth the wait...

68. Trackmania: United
YEAR 2007: A racing game, a track construction kit, a virtual racing community - TrackMania: United is as mad as a box of frogs (no offence to French developers Nadeo), and a game likely to induce lucid speed-licked dreams in the most placid of participants. It may cause retinal damage, but the optometrists haven't caught on yet, so our secret remains safe.

67. Garry's Mod
YEAR 2006: What began as a way to make the G-Man appear to take Alyx roughly from behind has now bloomed into a Great Egg Race meets Scrapheap Challenge box of delights. Completely sandbox, completely stupid and quite possibly the most romantic entanglement you and your brain will ever have, this is one mod that has truly transcended its, erm, 'source' material.

66. SimCity 2000
YEAR 1993: OK, so technically the most fun you got from SimCity was turning on the riots, fires and alien invasion and watching your carefully crafted creation burn, but the management bits were damn good too. Plus, there was the added bonus that your new-found knowledge of city planning could be used to pass your geography GCSE. A classic of addictive gameplay from Maxis.

65. SWAT 4
YEAR 2005: After the abortive Urban Justice sank without a trace, it looked like the noble SWAT series was done for - until this top-notch instalment saved the day. Developers Irrational certainly didn't spare any grit as you led your five-man team through a series of challenging and at times unsettling scenarios. Decent multiplayer and a robust level editor completed the resurrection.

64. X3 Reunion
YEAR 2005: The learning curve may have been a little steep on the third game in the X series, but no-one ever said space life was going to be easy. What's more, once you mastered the umpteen controls required, this game really did offer everything you could ever wish for in a space sim. It demanded a lot, but gave a lot too.

63. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
YEAR 2003: There he was, our once pyjama-clad Prince all grown up and muscly. A time-shifting, acrobatic, death-defying warrior - who was simultaneously crap with women and a bit of a ponce. Fight mechanics improved with two further POP iterations, but nothing came close to rivalling the inherent loveliness contained within The Sands Of Time.

62. Dungeon Keeper
YEAR 1997: One of the most loved titles to emerge from the late, great Bullfrog Productions, this fantastically wicked game turned us all into cackling dungeon keepers, prodders, pokers and fiddlers. Its robust design and rather British sense of humour ensure that it remains relentless good fun even today. Sim evil at its very best.

61. Planescape: Torment
YEAR 1999: A firm favourite of RPGers everywhere, Planescape: Torment is still loved, still discussed and still sadly lamented. It was one of the first (and only) games to really capture the grimy weirdness of the Forgotten Realms world - pregnant walls, floating skulls, towers built around giants, the lot. Players valiantly ploughed through the swathes of text in the game, proving that gamers will read anything and everything just as long as it's suitably interesting. Indeed, with its memorable characters, great dialogue and engaging plot, Planescape: Torment is the ultimate proof that games can be a powerful storytelling medium.

60. Age of Empires
YEAR 1997: Another pillar supporting the giant mouse-shaped roof of the pantheon of strategy gaming, Microsoft's Age Of Empires is a true PC icon. The series has inspired a hundred copycat franchises, but few could touch this historical strategy classic. With sequels and expansion packs still rolling out, the series is an essential part of the PC gaming landscape.

59. StarCraft
YEAR 1998: With official patches still appearing from time to time, Blizzard's ongoing support for this sci-fi classic shows exactly how recognised the game is as an almighty icon of strategy gaming. Still played in RTS tournaments, still sublimely designed, still immaculately balanced. If the RTS genre were the Catholic church, StarCraft would be placed among the highest of saints - but only if it ever dies.

58. TIE Fighter
YEAR 1994: Sod Luke Skywalker, the prissy do-gooder - what every Star Wars fan really wanted was to get behind the controls of a TIE Fighter and kill that stupid farmboy Biggs. Well-crafted missions, secret missions on behalf of the Emperor and the best 'swoosh!' sound effects in spaceships... Oh happy, evil days.

57. Guild Wars
YEAR 2005: NCsoft's magnificent Guild Wars stuck two fingers up at the run-of-the-mill MMO templates, by opting for exciting, immediate and, just as importantly, free online action. It proved to be an extremely smart move on the developer's part, as it's still hiding behind metaphorical large rocks, then pouncing on grind-weary MMOers and enlisting them for the Guild Wars cause.

56. Neverwinter Nights
YEAR 2002: After the successes of Baldur's Gate I and II, the 3D Neverwinter Nights was one of the most anticipated RPGs of all time. When it came out, the new engine proved hugely versatile, and the ease with which players could create mods and run their own DMing sessions has proved more enduring than the game itself. True single-player wonders would have to wait for expansions and downloads, but this remains a monumental game.

55. Thief: Deadly Shadows
YEAR 2004: Sadly kept at an arm's length from outright brilliance by Xbox considerations, Garrett's third outing in tea-leafing contained some of the best stealth money can buy. With a semi-persistent city allowing for a slice of freeform pilfering, plus the 'OMG scariest level eva', Deadly Shadows was and is a taffing marvel.

54. Tomb Raider
YEAR 1996: Lara's first and, for some, best adventure saw the nature-hating archaeologist embarking on a globe-trotting journey to push ancient levers on four different continents. Introducing the most recognisable game character of all time, and having the sense to have her bosom defy gravity, the jumpy, shooty bits were fairly ace too.

53. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
YEAR 2002: Allied Assault's Normandy landing mission remains one of the finest FPS levels ever. Lifelike yet cinematic, the mission defined this exhilarating shooter. Despite its inherent reliance on scripted action, you genuinely felt part of a fighting unit that was in constant peril. The solo bits and ending were complete shit though.

52. EverQuest
YEAR 1999: EverQuest was the first MMO to hit the big time and propelled the genre towards the mainstream. Its then groundbreaking persistent world Norrath allowed a massive 24,000 people to batter goblins online at any one time. Had EverQuest not grabbed the attention of the planet, there may never have been a World Of Warcraft. Just imagine...

51. The Sims 2
YEAR 2004: The little burbly morons that we, in all honesty, love having to hate are nevertheless wrapped up inside a jaw-droppingly well-designed game. At one end brilliantly geared to a dollhouse mentality beloved by the mainstream, and at the other allowing us to watch them catch fire and die - small wonder it sells bucketloads. Expect Spore, (next from Sims creator Will Wright) to be near the head of this list come its release...
50. CARMAGEDDON II: CARPOCALYPSE NOW
YEAR 1998: While it may have been much the same as its predecessor, it was still impossible to ignore the sheer unadulterated entertainment value of Carmageddon II's unsubtle yet irresistible mix of high-speed driving, car-trashing and pedestrian-ramming. Politically incorrect in the extreme, it was also bloody good fun.

49. STAR WARS: JEDI KNIGHT- DARK FORCES II
YEAR 1997: This shooter remains one of the finest examples of how to make a Star Wars FPS. Set in the aftermath of the second trilogy, you reprised your role as bearded pseud Kyle Katarn and battled an evil Sith lord in a Force power-packed intergalactic romp of blasting and lightsaber duelling. Genius!

48. SYNDICATE
YEAR 1993: One of Bullfrog's finest ever creations, you played as the director of a massively powerful global corporation who were hell-bent on annihilating your competitors and setting pedestrians on fire. Controlling four drug-fuelled soldiers in isometric battles, the action/strategy mix was a precursor to the likes of Command & Conquer and Commandos.

47. BEYOND GOOD & EVIL
YEAR 2003: An unfairly overlooked adventure, Beyond Good & Evil is a jaunt of startling depth and character, in which you play photo-journalist Jade (who you fancy), who's accompanied by her piggy uncle (who you don't). Recruited to expose an alien conspiracy, its delightful puzzling and oddly Rastafarian rhino mechanics made it nigh-on unforgettable.

46. BLACK & WHITE
YEAR 2001: A flawed masterpiece it may be, but Black & White remains one of the most innovative and ambitious games of the new millennium. Playing as a god within a mystical world and aided by a giant creature you had to nurture from childhood to adulthood, you were charged with becoming the world's most powerful deity by any means at your disposal, be they good or evil. With your every action causing a reaction, both your creature and the world around you physically changed to represent your alignment, while the open-ended gameplay meant endless hours of freeform fun and villager torment.

45. ALIENS VS PREDATOR 2
YEAR 2001: A game of wondrous chills, this fright-fest made use of stunningly understated lighting and sound to generate genuine terror. Playing as a human (amazing!), a Predator (really good!) and an Alien (a bit confusing!), it also made for some of the tensest multiplayer action ever seen on PC. It's also the best film-licensed game money can buy.

44. COMMANDOS 2: MEN OF COURAGE
YEAR 2001: This superb sequel remains one of the most taxing and entertaining strategy games of times past. Controlling a squad of four elite soldiers, you used their unique skills of sabotage and clothes-nicking to solve vexing puzzles while stealthing your way behind the sumptuous-looking enemy lines of Nazi Germany.

43. X-COM: UFO DEFENCE
YEAR 1994: Long before the likes of Total War combined strategic maps with 3D battlefields came this superb tactical romp, in which you battled invading aliens. Split into two sections - a tactical map for troop movement and resource gathering, alongside a turn-based 3D battlefield - X-Com: UFO Defence was simply light years ahead of its time.

42. COMMAND & CONQUER
YEAR 1995: While not quite the first RTS, Conquer & Conquer was the game that turned the genre into a global phenomenon. Suddenly, turn-based gaming was a thing of the past as gamers across the world experienced the joys of real-time warfare. Packed with cool and imaginative hardware - most notably the still unsurpassed Mammoth tank - and driven forward by superbly acted FMVs and one the best RTS soundtracks ever, C&C heralded a new dawn in PC gaming and would go on to influence such classics as Company Of Heroes and the Total War series. Now that's what we call a legacy.

41. QUAKE
YEAR 1996: Having changed the world of PC gaming forever with the all-conquering likes of Wolfenstein 3D and Doom, id Software then went and made it three hit series in a row with this stunning medieval-fantasy- meets-sci-fi blaster. A dearth of story was made up for with giant electrosloths, eerie murk and brutal multiplayer.

40. DUKE NUKEM 3D
YEAR 1996: A woman shouldn't be alone in a bar like this. She's interested, that's for sure. No matter how fast you strafe around her, she's facing you. Your hopes raised, you try to catch her attention with a dollar bill. "Shake it, baby," you growl, before renting a porn movie and going home alone.

39. WARCRAFT III: REIGN OF CHAOS
YEAR 2002: Two years before the freakish popularity of World Of Warcraft, there was the only slightly less freakish popularity of Warcraft III. Ushering in the Night Elf and Undead races, it fleshed out the world and packed it with more of that compulsive Blizzard gameplay.

38. MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIM 2007
YEAR 2006: Think non-combat flight sims are tedious? Then shut up. Microsoft have this genre sewn up, and even if MFS07 is, ahem, 'Vista Preferred', it still hurls more fun, technology and innovation into the genre than ever, with missions that even include spies. Still think it's for dads, eh? Even with spies?

37. SAM & MAX HIT THE ROAD
YEAR 1993: The new games are great, but they wouldn't have been made if the LucasArts original hadn't earned an immortal sheen. The comic-book roots were clear - every click was a joke, and sophisticated enough to not even feel like it was trying that hard. The 'Bigfoot' storyline wasn't quite as memorable as that of Monkey Island, but some of its scenes will live forever: the Cone of Tragedy, Gator Golf, bungee jumping from the noses of Mt Rushmore... And did you know the world's largest ball of twine is actually in Wisconsin? Well it is. That's a true story.

36. PSYCHONAUTS
YEAR 2005: Psychonauts was Tim 'Grim Fandango' Schafer's first departure from point-and-click games, and he managed to fill the world of platform puzzling with his rich comic imagination. Artistically beautiful without the modern cop-out of being state-of-the-art, Psychonauts has some of the most innovative level design around.

35. IL-2 STURMOVIK: 1946
YEAR 2006: When IL-2 Sturmovik was first released, it was already a great flight sim - perhaps the greatest. Since then, its creator Oleg Maddox has continued to update and expand IL-2 until it's damn near perfect. The new 1946 version is 100% refined pure flight-action goodness. Proof that history (not to mention flight sims) can be fun.

34. PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 6
YEAR 2006: With goals creating the kind of rush previously reserved for non-prescription drugs, Konami's latest arcadey kickabout is still the pinnacle of the genre, however much FIFA is catching up. As in real football, however, violent disputes and foul language tend to follow it wherever it goes.

33. BATTLEFIELD 1942
YEAR 2002: Get in tank, shoot something, get out of tank, run around, shoot something. That's the pleasure of Battlefield 1942, and why it's more instant fun than the strategically superior sequels. It not only invented a whole genre from scratch (Codename Eagle aside), but also made crashing into a hillside in a freshly taken-off plane seem hilarious.

32. GTR 2
YEAR 2006: While not for the novice (first-timers probably won't get round the first corner), SimBin's hardcore racer is quite simply the finest racing simulation on Earth. With force-feedback that's so realistic it gave our managing editor travel sickness, slick hi-res graphics and obsessively accurate recreations of famous tracks and exotic machinery, GTR2 is quite simply petrol-soaked delirium.

31. ULTIMA VII: THE BLACK GATE
YEAR 1992: Boasting the first true free-roaming world, Ultima VII still hasn't been topped. It satirised Scientology, let you fish, mine and have sex; it also lay the foundations of the MMO, but you got to make a permanent impact on your world. Best of all, it's still playable via Exult (exult.sourceforge.net).

30. FAR CRY
YEAR 2004: Far Cry: punishing, intelligent, beautiful and shackled to a
hero with a distinctly odd sense of fashion. Developers Crytek may pour scorn on their Trigen creations these days, but for long-range, heart-stopping combat and remarkable outdoor level design, their tropical shooter remains a ground-breaking FPS experience. It's also, however, extremely bloody bastard-difficult to complete.

29. WING COMMANDER IV: THE PRICE OF FREEDOM
YEAR 1995: Beyond the orgy of million-dollar FMVs (this time abandoning blue screen for real sets) and the dumb thrill of having Luke Skywalker play your hero, WC4 offered high-impact space battles, the likes of which are curiously uncommon in this day and age. Come back soon, Wing Commander. Please!

28. VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE - BLOODLINES
YEAR 2004: Troubled development, bugged-filled release and the closure of the development company. That would spell the end of most games, but not Bloodlines. It was so stupidly good anyway that the fans resurrected it themselves. Three years and 2.4 versions later, we still don't know which 'sister' we'd rather sleep with.

27. MAFIA
YEAR 2002: Describe Mafia as a Grand Theft Auto clone and you honestly should be sleeping with the fishes. This superb mobster game boasted a fantastic storyline that saw you rising to inevitable Don-hood, along with a considered approach to car theft, gunfights that felt real and a gut-wrench of a final scene. We're in desperate need of a sequel.

26. COUNTER-STRIKE: SOURCE
YEAR 2004: It's the most popular online shooter ever, and the second place isn't even close. I mean, we know how to strafe around de_dust better than we know the route between the sofa and the bed in our own homes. Even if the recent introduction of market forces has rankled some players, the continued amount of love being pumped into the game from users and developers alike is remarkable. Will we ever tire of playing those same maps again and again, and being shot in the head from a mile off by someone whose skill infinitely outstrips our own? It's sadly doubtful.
25. Diablo II
YEAR 2000: The dungeon crawler par excellence, Diablo II is for many still untopped in the realms of fantasy hack-and-slash. There's no denying the repetitive gameplay, but the devil of Diablo was in the intricate character stats - the bigger, better weapons and the endless quest for self-improvement. Add random generation, high production values and the marvel that was battle.net and you get a game that may never be surpassed.

24. Call Of Duty
YEAR 2003: More Nazis? Oh go on then... From developers split from the MOH: Allied Assault team came another title to raise the WWII shooter bar into the stratosphere. From aerial insertion into France to a dread-filled river crossing before the smoking ruins of Stalingrad, the tension rarely relented - and when it did you'd usually been killed.

23. Baldur's Gate II: Shadows Of Amn
YEAR 2000: From the RPG masters at BioWare, BGII truly felt as if you were living an adventure through a real world. Romance, deceit, your own stronghold digs and weighty decision-making were just as important as stabbing vampires in the heart. There was so much detail that it just boggled the mind.

22. Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
YEAR 2003: Here's what happens when RPG heroes BioWare raid George Lucas's cupboard: the best Star Wars game ever. Set thousands of years before Luke Skywalker was even a twinkle in Anakin's evil eyes, KOTOR was a sprawling RPG with fantastic characters (assassin droid HK-47 was unmissable) and genuinely intriguing missions. Persuade an escaped droid to return to the mourning widow who'd taken to humping him as a replacement for her dead husband, or tell her to stop being mental? The choice is yours! With a third act twist better than all the prequels combined, it was a meatbag-delighting work of art.

21. Fallout
YEAR 1997: A candidate for 'brownest game ever' (along with Quake I and II), Fallout was also an intricately written jaunt through sex, violence, drug addiction and hulking green mutants in a world where the bomb has dropped. Gripping storyline, strong characters and even a few Monty Python references if you looked hard enough...

20. Eve Online
YEAR 2003: Deep down, every MMO feels the same - grind, level, repeat, move on. But not EVE - the first high-gloss persistent game world to truly live beyond the minds of its creators. With player corporations constantly battling it out both via diplomacy and the occasional space fracas, it's more like the real world than any MMO. Plus it's teh pretty.

19. Quake III: Arena
YEAR 1999: id Software's greatest multiplayer frag-a-thon, yet to be matched in its sheer frenetic speed. Unreal Tournament's varied environments and alt-fire modes made many new fans, but to the hardcore shooter fraternity, nothing matched Quake III's unforgiving and brutal gameplay. Rule the railgun and rule the universe.

18. Operation Flashpoint
YEAR 2001: War isn't about pretty explosions, nor is it about regenerating health: it's about patience and getting killed from a very, very long way away. Like a grumpy-faced single-player Battlefield holding a tank manual, Flashpoint has trapped countless gamers in its cruel embrace. A legendary title.

17. Company Of Heroes
YEAR 2006: An epic WWII strategy game with incredible graphics, realistic physics and superb AI soldiers that find cover wherever they are in the dynamically destructive environments, Company Of Heroes is a rock-solid classic. When you've finally finished slaughtering the Nazi war machine in the story-driven single-player campaign, the multiplayer skirmish mode should keep you entrenched at your PC for months.

16. Max Payne 2: The Fall Of Max Payne
YEAR 2003: From the rewound whip sound bringing you back into real-time to the effortlessly cool film noir stylings and soundtrack, destruction has never been quite as satisfying as it was with Payne. A thrill-packed funhouse of violence and inventive design, it even contained a glimpse of Mona Sax's bare behind.

15. World of Warcraft
YEAR 2004: So, according to official figures, you've got almost eight-and-a-half-million players paying £8.99 per month. So that's, let's see, 77 million quid a month. Cripes! Luckily, the experience justifies the global obsession, as WOW is beautiful, addictive and a genuinely wholesome experience (in game terms, if not life terms). It's also the first MMO to funnel in players from the true mainstream - a remarkable feat.

14. Football Manager 2007
YEAR 2006: It may not have the eye-sizzling graphics of other titles, but few could deny a high-league placing for the addictive footy management series begun by the Collyers in 1992. Previously known as Championship Manager, FM is the closest most of us will get to being Jose Mourinho (thank god).

13. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
YEAR 2006: Held below Morrowind after a populist revolt in the PC ZONE offices due to qualms with the levelling system and an enduring love for its predecessor, Oblivion is nevertheless an outright triumph. Beautiful, bold and endlessly inventive, it's one of the greatest fantasy RPGs of all time. From its first moments, it makes you kiss goodbye to
any other waking thought.

12. Unreal Tournament 2004
YEAR 2004: Featuring an arsenal of alt-fire weaponry (the Flak Cannon remains peerless), nimble vehicles, innovative multiplayer modes and excellent AI bots, UT2004 is a violently colourful gib-splattering FPS classic and Epic's most complete shooter experience - at least until UT3 lands on terra firma.

11. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
YEAR 2003: "It should be San Andreas!" "Bollocks - how about the original GTA?" "F*** off. The first 3D Grand Theft Auto is the most genre-defining." The GTA series caused more trials and tribulations than any other in our top 101 discussions, but we eventually settled on GTA: Vice City as our choice of free-roaming adult playground. Vice City enjoyed some hilarious missions (trying to photograph a congressman in congress with porn star Candy Suxxx, for instance), a cast of Hollywood legends (Dennis Hopper and Ray Liotta), plus an unforgettable 1980s setting and soundtrack. Plus it wasn't too big, it wasn't too small: it was just right.

10. The Secret Of Monkey Island
YEAR 1990: They don't make 'em like this any more. You see, Monkey Island was funny. Be it the hilarious insult swordfighting or Threepwood screaming "Elaine!" Graduate-style as his beloved was about to marry the evil LeChuck, barely a single gag fell flat. The puzzles were great too. None of this 'find rusty key put in rusty lock' rubbish. Add in a cast of unforgettable characters (not least Stan the dodgy owner of a used-ship dealership), and an ending that involved a heavily shaken can of grog, and you get a game whose innate lovability will last forever. Plus Guybrush could hold his breath for ten whole minutes: now that's impressive.

09. Battlefield 2
YEAR 2005: Are you an online FPS? "Sir, yes sir!" Are you a frag-infested representation of modern warfare packed with infantry and vehicular combat? "Sir, yes sir!" Do you have boot-and-shoot, instantly playable (well, sometimes instantly playable) 64-player online wars between gruff military types? "Sir, yes sir!" Well, that's nice. Seeing as you've taken the precedent set by BF1942, then added decent tactics and squad-play - and on a good server are the pinnacle of drive, crash and shoot gameplay - you're in the PCZ elite list. "Sir! Thank you Sir!" Good, now go and jump around on an assault course or something...

08. Doom
YEAR 1993: The opening chapter was free to download, and immediately it changed everything. It was single-minded, it was obsessed with keycards, it wouldn't let you look up and down. And yet it was absolutely bloody terrifying: the growl of a pinky, the distant flare of an imp readying a fireball. Doom provided the foundations of the shooter genre we know and love today, from its use of atmospheric sound and lighting all the way through to the omnipresent cult of the exploding barrel. As iconic today as ever it was, its success and its legions of fans have made it pretty much synonymous with the concept of PC gaming. Hooray for hell.

07. System Shock 2
YEAR 1999: "Where am I? Why are the crew's innards smeared into cryptic sentences over the walls? What's that alarm saying? Compartment? Depressurising? Evacuate? Shit, what do I do now?" System Shock 2 was packed with desperate moments like this. Masterfully designed, perfectly paced, fundamentally terrifying and, in Shodan, boasting the most ingeniously portrayed arch-villain ever to occupy a hard drive. System Shock 2 is the ultimate in abject, lidless terror. If you've never played it, then dear god track down an (unforgivably rare) copy of the game. You'll thank us. After a fashion...

06. Rome: Total War
YEAR 2004: From the mists they emerge, marching like one beating drum in columns of red and gold. Arrows streak down from the darkening sky. Siege towers roll towards crumbling walls, their creaking wheels thunderclaps of doom. Then, you fancy a cup of char, press escape and put the kettle on. Rome: Total War contains an inordinate amount of goodness - to label it as a mere military RTS would be an outright crime.

History, technology, entertainment, unreliable drunken generals in your northern territories and heaps of bloody death make it the greatest PC game ever crafted in the British Isles. There's no strategically minded game studio that can currently match The Creative Assembly; Medieval II: Total War is good, but the grip of Rome will last as long as the civilisation it's based on. Or at least until the next game comes along.

05. Half-Life
YEAR 1998: Half-Life was infused with genius. Even if you were grumpy enough to dismiss the superb level design and robust combat, Valve created an unprecedented sense of immersion. Starting with that monorail ride, the lack of cut-scenes and indirect style of exposition made you feel like part of the storyline in a fashion that was both effective and understated. The illusion of intelligence was just as cunning; hearing the marines talking about what to do, seeing them do it, then getting flushed out by a grenade was superb, and created a feeling that was never quite equalled in the sequel. Just one thing; forget about the last level in Xen. Someone had been playing Crash Bandicoot and got carried away.

04. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
YEAR 2002: Ooh, aren't we controversial? Yes, but constant bickering among the PCZ team has left the Vvardenfell lobby victorious. The argument runs thusly: Morrowind is a better game than Oblivion, if only for the things that Bethesda sacrificed in their pursuit of making the latter that bit more action-orientated. Consider that moment three hours into the game when you realise you've covered only a minute fraction of the map - the sheer scope of Morrowind's world is breathtaking even by today's standards. It focused on creating a rich, deep back-story for every faction and race, and its lore and fantastically varied environments were more enjoyable to delve into than Oblivion's.

You were also more attached to your character and his role in the story. More practically, the taxi-like Silt Striders were infinitely better for RPG gameplay than the adventure-impeding Fast Travel feature, while the levelling system made you feel like you were actually getting progressively stronger and pushing further into the game's wilderness. The absence of voice-acting allowed characters to move beyond the somewhat restrictive vocal talents of Oblivion's actors. In retrospect, the combat was pretty crap, but hell, we stuck with it regardless, and if that's not a measure of this game's brilliance we don't know what is.

03. Civilization IV
YEAR 2005: Looking deep inside the code of Civ IV would be the gaming equivalent of climbing inside the Total Perspective Vortex from The Hitchhiker's Guide - so vast, complex and limitless in potential that your mind would be mulched instantly. Thankfully then, Sid Meier saw fit to nestle a beauteous interface over his creation - letting it feel like you'd got raw history ticking away beneath it all, but keeping it manageable and non-terrifying.

From the very first selection of a decent place to settle to the point at which you first dropped the nuke (and all the pointy-sword squabbling in between), Civilization was
so captivating that bedtime was always pushed into the wee small hours. You couldn't help but give human qualities to your AI opponents, analysing their movements and trying to see through their meaningless platitudes and offers of bananas in exchange for plutonium.

There was just no other game that provided such feelings of glory or impending doom - all through one simple 'end turn' key-press to boot. And with Civ IV, well that's the iteration that just nailed everything: multiplayer, looks, religion, music, modding, engine, Leonard Nimoy... Everything.

02. Half-Life 2
YEAR 2004: We gamers have become steeped in Half-Life - its engine, its Counter Strike bedfellow, its sci-fi lore, its physics, its characters spreadeagled in humorous Garry's Mod poses, and the unexpected desktop disturbance that was Steam. Because of all this white noise, the fuzzy appendages of a game installed on countless hard drives worldwide, it's easy to forget just what made Half-Life 2 (and its offspring Episode One) so damn special.

For a start, it was one of very few games that developed true emotional attachment to its characters, through dialogue, remarkable facial animation and even the odd hug and kiss. Better yet, it allowed you to play a role in some 3D action set-pieces that wouldn't be out of place in the very best of Spielberg or Cameron; to be a part of a stunningly realised future-scape not a million miles away from the mind of George Orwell. It's fair to say that elements of HL2 were slightly too in love with its own physics system; it's also fair to say the squad bits at the end were clunky - but these are flies in a jar of ointment the length and breadth of the North Sea. Valve's creation is, was and remains a vital stepping stone between the games we all love and the games our children will be playing in years to come...

01. Deus Ex
YEAR 2000: Yes, Deus Ex. The greatest step the PC has ever made towards total immersion in plot, character and interactivity. A game that truly made you feel like star of the show - the fulcrum in a global conspiracy upon whom everything hinged. It was a page-turning interactive thriller, fulfilling every action-hero daydream present in the big book of male insecurities.

Hacking into mainframes without being detected, becoming a oneman killing machine as well as a creature of shadows and stealth, and turning on your cruel masters in support of the little man. Who wouldn't want to be the hero?

Deus Ex's plot was always in flux - it delighted in putting you on the spot. Do you put the bloody icing on the cake of your defection by filling Manderley with bullets, or do you walk out the bigger man? Do you protect your brother in his seedy hotel room as Men In Black start banging on the door, or do you start running? In your Half-Lifes and Dooms, the bottom line was that you were playing a game. In Deus Ex, on the other hand, you were breathing a narrative that felt as if both it, and you, truly mattered.

There was some pure trickery too, points at which the game would pull the cybernetic rug from beneath you. Who can forget being shot like a dog on the street before waking up in the evil Majestic 12 base - and slowly realising you were beneath the familiar halls of UNATCO? All this is nothing compared to the freedom Deus Ex forced on you: to use your own brain, think outside the box. Stranded on top of a building with next to no ammo and an enemy to one and all? Why not attempt to cushion your fall with cardboard boxes, jump down four stories, break your legs and crawl away at a painfully slow pace?

With its role-playing depth, its feeling of character ownership and countless ways to approach offing your foes, the fact we were never given a worthwhile sequel is among the greatest of gaming crimes. For sheer immersion, for so brilliantly disguising linearity, for convincing us that we were the centre of our own little universe and for giving us orange when we wanted lemon-lime, it's number one. We wear our sunglasses at night, and probably always will.

DEUS EX'S CREATOR WARREN SPECTOR ON BEING NO.1
"Our need to create something truly interactive - that got players 'off the rails' - drove us to solve all but impossible problems. There was a thrill, a feeling of being part of something special. Working on DX was gruelling and stressful, but none of us had a choice about it - we had to deliver the Game Of The Year - just making a good game wouldn't have been enough.

"It's incredibly gratifying to be recognised for your work. Winning more than 30 'Best Of' awards in 2001 was terrific. And hearing from players, as I still do, who've played the game numerous times is... Well, a little scary, but still cool! Having other developers tell me that DX changed the way they think about their work, and seeing games come along that were openly inspired by DX, now that's a great feeling.

"But, honestly, all the accolades pale before the experience of being part of the team that made Deus Ex. So, thanks to PC ZONE for recognising DX as a great game. But my deepest thanks go to the team that made it possible."
You can read Warren Spector's full winning speech on PC Zone website.

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