The Best PC Games That You've (Probably) Never Played

The top 10 of unsung PC heroes

The deal is this: there are hundreds of games that should have been given more respect by history - and today, we are going to narrow them down to a shortlist of ten. Each participant has nominated two games and underlined their passion for both, now PC Zone bods Will Porter, Steve Hogarty, Dan Griliopoulos and Jon 'Log' Blyth and CVG's Andy Robinson have reconvened after a mammoth gaming session for an almighty discussion of the utmost importance. Join us as we strive to discover the answer to the ultimate question. Just what is the greatest PC game you've (probably) never played?

Find it: Knocking about on eBay for a couple of quid
As put forward by: Log


You haven't lived until you've played this game because:
First, the introduction includes the most endearingly earnest yet embarrassing way of explaining how you 'control a videogame character'. You transfer your soul, you see. Yes, you the 'player' - this is after all the creation of insane genius David Cage, who would later stun and awe with Fahrenheit.

Then you're made to listen to an unskippable Bowie track dedicated to the city of Omikron. Only then are you allowed to walk around the town and try to work out what you're supposed to be doing.

The level of freedom was amazing for the time; all the doors to the buildings open for you and you've got a proper home with a woman who you can climb into bed with. Although there's no sheets and you never seem to take your clothes off. Mainly, you should play it because it's got triangular coins, pyramidal medkits and Bowie piping up occasionally. The shape of coins defines how messed-up a universe is. Triangular coins would gouge holes in your pockets. They'd dig in when you sat down. It's brilliant madness.

People probably didn't play it because:
Phwoo, god knows. Perhaps the title made everyone think it was about Jesus, or something. The stuff Bowie was releasing at the time - Seven, Survive - hardly turned out to be career-defining classics, and the cover art was an eyeball with a skull in the pupil, which is a bit naff. That's probably it. People thought Bowie had gone god-happy and released a death metal game to convert us all.

Stand-out moment of brilliance:
There's something about your wife that's excellent. I can't tell you because you've got to go and get it off eBay or Amazon and play it through yourself. But it's something that'll shock you to your core. Don't read the following sentence backwards if you don't want to know! Nomed a S'ehs Gmo.

The panel's views:
Steve: "I can see why this is here, but it's a pretty clunky game to play these days."
Will: "I like it because it's so joyously different, even if it has got a few faults - it does look dated now, and the fighting is rubbish. I just wish that after I'd completed Deus Ex someone had told me that a game existed that was almost as clever..."

The conclusion:
So off-the-wall that you really should give it a go.

Find it: On the high street or on Amazon.co.uk, for a pittance
As put forward by: Andy


You haven't lived until you've played this game because:
In 2003, Io Interactive took a break from its seminal Hitman series to create this brilliant third-person shooter which brought squad-based combat and shooting at communists to the masses. In an alternate universe where the Soviet Union built the A-bomb first, you control a plumber-come-freedom-fighter who leads the rebellion to free New York City from the Iron Curtain and kick those Soviets back to where they came from - Russia.

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