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My definitive list of great games released in 1994-1999.

greencoder

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237 titles. I have another list for 1985-1993 games. If the game has/will have an official remake/remaster, then I put it instead. The brackets contain the platform or release date of the remake/remaster.

1994-1996:

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (2010)
Nights into Dreams
Quake
Descent (1995)
Descent II
Duke Nukem 3D
Doom II: Hell on Earth
System Shock (2020)
X-COM: UFO Defense
Sid Meier's Civilization II
Star Wars TIE Fighter: Collector's CD-ROM
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares
Master of Magic
Panzer Dragoon (2020)
Panzer Dragoon II Zwei (2020)
Wild Guns Reloaded (2016)
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse
X-Men 2: Clone Wars
Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage
The Adventures of Batman & Robin (SNES)
Contra: Hard Corps
Metal Slug
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (SNES)
Street Fighter Alpha 2
X-Men vs. Street Fighter (Arcade, Saturn)
Samurai Shodown II
Killer Instinct
Comix Zone
Alien vs. Predator (Arcade)
Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara
Streets of Rage 3
Final Fight 3
Dragon Force
Guardian Heroes
Beyond Oasis
Demon's Crest
Jazz Jackrabbit
Dynamite Headdy
Alien Soldier
Vectorman
Ristar
Rayman (PS)
Monster World IV
Castlevania: Bloodlines
Earthworm Jim Special Edition
Earthworm Jim 2 (SNES)
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Sonic & Knuckles
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kirby Super Star Ultra (2008)
Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow (SNES)
Mega Man V
Mega Man 7
Mega Man X2
Mega Man X3
Super Metroid
Super Mario 64
Saturn Bomberman
Tetris Attack
Super Punch-Out!!
Corpse Party (2015, 3DS)
Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation (2010)
Final Fantasy VI Advance (2006)
Chrono Trigger (2008)
EarthBound
Terranigma
Suikoden
Wild Arms
Live A Live
Front Mission: Gun Hazard
Trials of Mana (2020)
Breath of Fire II
Secret of Evermore
Tales of Phantasia (1998, PS, Phantasian Productions)
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals
Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen (2004)
Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete (1998)
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (2002)
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
Donkey Kong (1994)
Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Little Big Adventure - Enhanced Edition (2015)
Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside
The Neverhood
Phantasmagoria
Beneath a Steel Sky
Under a Killing Moon
The Pandora Directive
Discworld
Discworld II: Mortality Bytes!
Toonstruck
Clock Tower (SNES)
The Dig
Full Throttle Remastered (2017)
Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail!
Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream
Simon the Sorcerer II: The Lion, the Wizard and the Wardrobe
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut (2009)
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary (2006)
Command & Conquer (2020)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert (2020)
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
Heroes of Might and Magic II Gold (1998)
Might and Magic: World of Xeen
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
Resident Evil HD Remaster (2015)
Tomb Raider: Anniversary (2007)

1997:
Final Fantasy VII Remake (2020)
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (2007)
Grandia HD Remaster (2019)
Breath of Fire III
Alundra
Fallout
MDK
Diablo
Quake II
Outlaws
Einhander
Tomba!
Claw
Blast Corps
Star Fox 64 3D (2011)
Little Big Adventure 2
Mystical Ninja starring Goemon
Tomb Raider II
Tekken 3
Darkstalkers Resurrection (2013)
Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Mega Man X4
Super Bomberman 5
Myth: The Fallen Lords
Total Annihilation
GoldenEye 007
Dungeon Keeper
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition (2020)
The Last Express
Zork: Grand Inquisitor
Riven: The Sequel to Myst
The Curse of Monkey Island
Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror - Remastered (2010)
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Shadow Warrior Classic Redux (2013)
Blood: Fresh Supply (2019)
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (2018)
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty! (2014)
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II

1998:
Sanitarium
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (2004)
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines
Populous: The Beginning
Myth II: Soulblighter
Metal Slug X (1999)
Radiant Silvergun
Fallout 2
Half-Life
Jazz Jackrabbit 2
Wario Land II
MediEvil (2019)
Suikoden II
Xenogears
Parasite Eve
Legend of Legaia
Brave Fencer Musashi
Panzer Dragoon Saga
Star Ocean: The Second Story
The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match (2008)
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes
Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX (2006)
The Last Blade 2
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil (2017)
Caesar III
Heart of Darkness
Banjo-Kazooie
Thief: The Dark Project
Grim Fandango Remastered (2015)
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition (2012)
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (2011)
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (2017)
Descent: FreeSpace - The Great War
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
StarCraft: Remastered (2017)
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus
Resident Evil 2 (2019)

1999:
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition (2019)
System Shock 2 Enhanced Edition (2020)
Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition (2017)
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (2019)
Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor
Heroes of Might and Magic III Complete (2000)
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
RollerCoaster Tycoon Deluxe (2003)
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun [DLC]
Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver (2009)
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered (2019)
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber
The Legend of Dragoon
Dungeon Keeper 2
Jagged Alliance 2
Front Mission 3
King Of Dragon Pass
Syphon Filter
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance
Star Wars Episode I: Racer
Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return
Rayman 2: The Great Escape (2000, Dreamcast)
Chrono Cross
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth (2006)
Persona 2: Innocent Sin (2011)
Parasite Eve II
Pharaoh
Crazy Taxi (2000, Dreamcast)
Outcast: Second Contact (2017)
Tekken Tag Tournament HD (2011)
Dead Or Alive 2 Ultimate (2004)
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike
Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Soulcalibur
Power Stone
Silent Hill
Dino Crisis
Ape Escape
Donkey Kong 64
Quake III Arena
FreeSpace 2
Worms Armageddon
The Longest Journey
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (2020)
 
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Hawks Eclipse

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Merely reading the titles of some of these games brings a smile to my face.

And while Hexen was way too hard for me to navigate, I'll always love it for its atmosphere and aesthetics. Secretly hoping it gets a proper port to consoles like how Doom and Doom II did.

Edit: I'd like to vote for Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri to be added. Pretty much the whole Looking Glass Studios catalog for that five-year period should be in the list, IMO.

Edit 2: Not sure if they stood the test of time but Magic Carpet 1 and 2 were great games to me at the time.
 
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231 titles. If the game has/will have an official remake/remaster, then I put it instead. The brackets contain the platform or release date of the remake/remaster.

1994-1996:

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (2010)
Nights into Dreams
Quake
Descent (1995)
Descent II
Duke Nukem 3D
Doom II: Hell on Earth
System Shock (2020)
X-COM: UFO Defense
Sid Meier's Civilization II
Star Wars TIE Fighter: Collector's CD-ROM
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares
Master of Magic
Panzer Dragoon (2020)
Panzer Dragoon II Zwei (2020)
Wild Guns Reloaded (2016)
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse
X-Men 2: Clone Wars
Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage
The Adventures of Batman & Robin (SNES)
Contra: Hard Corps
Metal Slug
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (SNES)
Street Fighter Alpha 2
X-Men vs. Street Fighter (Arcade, Saturn)
Samurai Shodown II
Killer Instinct
Comix Zone
Alien vs. Predator (Arcade)
Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara
Streets of Rage 3
Final Fight 3
Dragon Force
Guardian Heroes
Beyond Oasis
Demon's Crest
Jazz Jackrabbit
Dynamite Headdy
Alien Soldier
Vectorman
Ristar
Rayman (PS)
Monster World IV
Castlevania: Bloodlines
Earthworm Jim Special Edition
Earthworm Jim 2 (SNES)
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Sonic & Knuckles
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kirby Super Star Ultra (2008)
Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow (SNES)
Mega Man X2
Mega Man X3
Super Metroid
Super Mario 64
Saturn Bomberman
Tetris Attack
Super Punch-Out!!
Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation (2010)
Final Fantasy VI Advance (2006, emulated and with sound patch)
Chrono Trigger (2008)
EarthBound
Terranigma
Suikoden
Wild Arms
Live A Live
Front Mission: Gun Hazard
Trials of Mana (2020)
Breath of Fire II
Secret of Evermore
Tales of Phantasia (1998, PS, Phantasian Productions)
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals
Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen (2004)
Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete (1998)
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (2002)
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
Donkey Kong (1994)
Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Little Big Adventure - Enhanced Edition (2015)
Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside
The Neverhood
Phantasmagoria
Beneath a Steel Sky
Under a Killing Moon
The Pandora Directive
Discworld
Discworld II: Mortality Bytes!
Toonstruck
Clock Tower (SNES)
The Dig
Full Throttle Remastered (2017)
Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail!
Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream
Simon the Sorcerer II: The Lion, the Wizard and the Wardrobe
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut (2009)
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary (2006)
Command & Conquer (2020)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert (2020)
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
Heroes of Might and Magic II Gold (1998)
Might and Magic: World of Xeen
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
Resident Evil HD Remaster (2015)
Tomb Raider: Anniversary (2007)

1997:
Final Fantasy VII Remake (2020)
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (2007)
Grandia HD Remaster (2019)
Breath of Fire III
Alundra
Fallout
MDK
Diablo
Quake II
Outlaws
Einhander
Tomba!
Claw
Blast Corps
Star Fox 64 3D (2011)
Little Big Adventure 2
Tomb Raider II
Tekken 3
Darkstalkers Resurrection (2013)
Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Mega Man X4
Super Bomberman 5
Myth: The Fallen Lords
Total Annihilation
GoldenEye 007
Dungeon Keeper
Blade Runner
The Last Express
Riven: The Sequel to Myst
The Curse of Monkey Island
Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror - Remastered (2010)
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Shadow Warrior Classic Redux (2013)
Blood: Fresh Supply (2019)
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (2018)
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty! (2014)
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II

1998:
Sanitarium
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (2004)
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines
Myth II: Soulblighter
Metal Slug X (1999)
Radiant Silvergun
Fallout 2
Half-Life
Jazz Jackrabbit 2
Wario Land II
MediEvil (2019)
Suikoden II
Xenogears
Parasite Eve
Legend of Legaia
Brave Fencer Musashi
Panzer Dragoon Saga
Star Ocean: The Second Story
The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match (2008)
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes
Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX (2006)
The Last Blade 2
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil (2017)
Caesar III
Heart of Darkness
Banjo-Kazooie
Thief: The Dark Project
Grim Fandango Remastered (2015)
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition (2012)
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (2011)
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (2017)
Descent: FreeSpace - The Great War
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
StarCraft: Remastered (2017)
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus
Resident Evil 2 (2019)

1999:
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition (2019)
System Shock 2 Enhanced Edition (2020)
Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition (2017)
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (2019)
Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor
Heroes of Might and Magic III Complete (2000)
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
RollerCoaster Tycoon Deluxe (2003)
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun [DLC]
Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver (2009)
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered (2019)
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber
The Legend of Dragoon
Dungeon Keeper 2
Jagged Alliance 2
Front Mission 3
King Of Dragon Pass
Syphon Filter
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance
Star Wars Episode I: Racer
Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return
Rayman 2: The Great Escape (2000, Dreamcast)
Chrono Cross
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth (2006)
Persona 2: Innocent Sin (2011)
Parasite Eve II
Pharaoh
Crazy Taxi (2000, Dreamcast)
Outcast: Second Contact (2017)
Tekken Tag Tournament HD (2011)
Dead Or Alive 2 Ultimate (2004)
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike
Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Soulcalibur
Power Stone
Silent Hill
Dino Crisis
Ape Escape
Donkey Kong 64
Quake III Arena
FreeSpace 2
Worms Armageddon
The Longest Journey
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (2020)

What else would you add?

how could we add to a list of games you like? We dont know what other games you might have missed. This seems a pointless list just to list your own favourite games ?
 
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SpiceRacz

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Interesting list. Here are my favorites out of the ones you listed.

Nights into Dreams
Doom II: Hell on Earth
Sid Meier's Civilization II
Panzer Dragoon
Samurai Shodown II
Guardian Heroes
Beyond Oasis
Castlevania: Bloodlines
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kirby Super Star
Super Metroid
Super Mario 64
Saturn Bomberman
Tetris Attack
Final Fantasy VI
Chrono Trigger
EarthBound
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Yoshi's Island
Donkey Kong (1994)
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
Resident Evil

1997:
Diablo
Star Fox 64
Total Annihilation
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

1998:
The King of Fighters '98
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Grim Fandango
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

1999:
RollerCoaster Tycoon
Crazy Taxi
Street Fighter III
Garou: Mark of the Wolves
 

Danny Dudekisser

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This is so overwhelmingly the best period for gaming. That list omits a bunch of great stuff and is still staggering.
 

EverydayBeast

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Ocarina of Time was an amazing experience playing through it the first time, we got a little better tech. today but its sounds like this was the greatest era of gaming of all time.
 

greencoder

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Updated. Additions:
Mega Man V
Mega Man 7
Corpse Party
Mystical Ninja starring Goemon
Zork: Grand Inquisitor
Populous: The Beginning
 
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