-Diablo - PS1-
Diablo almost defines its own genre. It bears the most similarity to role-playing games (RPG) insofar as one chooses along what path a particular character of a given class develops. Yet the gameplay mechanics are far more like some third-person variant on a first-person shooter game (FPS). The action is intense, and the pace can be pretty feverish. Diablo seems like something new under the sun. Admittedly, I came to the game rather late, years after it was released, but I simply had to find out what all the fuss was about. I now understand
The story is a good one. There's something about the use of serious good and evil in a story that makes it more compelling. In diablo, the hero isn't just fighting your run-of-the-mill bad guy; he's fighting against evil itself in the form of the very minions of Hell. That's not a bad cause at all, I figure, and it makes for a compelling plot. The final twist also separates diablo from other games insofar as I never saw that coming. I can usually tell you what the end of a game is going to look like after the first few minutes of play, but diablo really threw me for a loop. It sure makes me look forward to the sequel!