The name Phantasmagoria brings two things immediately to mind; a long overdue, extravagantly produced PC adventure game from Sierra and a nasty bout of overblown, relatively unjustified controversy.
When it came out back in the late 1990s Kingpin heralded a new era where PC gaming aggressively sought to become part of mainstream culture. Its copious use of swearing and gratuitous violence was a sort of anguished plea directed at the masses – “It’s really not nerdy to play PC games any more, look at me I’m cool…”
Released back in 1994 the original System Shock was an excellent first-person sci-fi RPG, perhaps let down only by frequent and often frustrating sojourns into the game’s wire-frame depictions of ‘cyberspace.’
I first reviewed Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn some 12 years ago and it still stands out as being one of the all time classics in the single-player PC role-playing genre.
Bullfrog’s original Dungeon Keeper (released in 1997) was an incredibly fresh and entertaining real-time strategy game let down by a couple of gameplay and AI-related flaws.