Game Devs Vote Baldur's Gate Best Game of All Time

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Game Devs Vote Baldur's Gate Best Game of All Time

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1,000 developers listed their twenty favorite games, and a certain mustachioed plumber didn't even make the top fifteen.

A recent survey given to game developers awarded BioWare's beloved game series Baldur's Gate top honors as the best game series of all time, winning out over second place runner up, Diablo, and third place winner, Monkey Island. I know everyone's aching to cheer and/or groan at what else was included, so without further ado, here's the full list:

1) Baldur's Gate (series)
2) Diablo (series)
3) Monkey Island (series)
4) Shadow of the Colossus
5) Mass Effect (series)
6) Batman: Arkham Asylum
7) StarCraft
8) The Legend of Zelda
9) EverQuest
10) Devil May Cry
11) Tomb Raider (series)
12) BioShock
13) Metal Gear Solid
14) World of Warcraft
15) Deus Ex
16) Super Mario (series)
17) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
18) Silent Hill
19) Assassin's Creed
20) Dead Space

The poll was conducted by The World Gaming Executive network for the first issue of its WGE magazine. While the publication may be new, the organization itself has been around for four years and includes over 30,000 members. You may have never heard of the WGE, but Blizzard, Apple, Virgin Games, and Ubisoft are but some of the larger developers already included in its network.

All in all, while there are a few surprises to be had (and some obvious exclusions), I think we've all read multiple "best games of all time" lists far worse and nonsensical than this one. I was even impressed by the variety of styles and genres represented, spanning everything from point-and-click adventure to first-person-shooters. Since games are subjective, there's never going to be a list that's a perfect fit for everyone--especially one that's made from 1,000 different people's opinions--but hey, I've seen worse. Only one thing really stands out to me: Not one of these games was made for the App Store.

Source: Eurogamer

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Magic is impressive, but now Minsc shall lead with blade and boot. Boo will take care of the details.

Assassin's Creed? Dead Space? Looks like some people might have been voting for their own games. :P

Hamsters and Rangers everywhere, rejoice!

This really begs the question: if so many developers love Baldur's Gate, why the hell does no one make that kind of isometric RPG any more?

So, there's Modern Warfare, there's Bioshock... but no Half-Life, bullshit.
Crappy list anyway in my opinion.

Leftnt Sharpe:
This really begs the question: if so many developers love Baldur's Gate, why the hell does no one make that kind of isometric RPG any more?

That sort of decision is ultimately based on what they think will sell, not what they'd prefer to be playing themselves.

Leftnt Sharpe:
This really begs the question: if so many developers love Baldur's Gate, why the hell does no one make that kind of isometric RPG any more?

Because it's harder to make an AAA title out of one. They still make them indie though.

OT: A lot of the higher ranks go to older games. Perhaps this is an indication of a trend of quality?

Wait...Baldur's Gate is there, but -not- Planescape Torment...seriously?

Though I'll admit it's still a pretty good list otherwise.

Evil, meet my sword! Sword. MEET EVIL.

Sorry, but this list is kind of crap and reeks of developers trying to push their own games. I have been wanting to try Baldur's Gate for a while, but this list is not reinforcing or diminishing my desire to play the game.

Leftnt Sharpe:
This really begs the question: if so many developers love Baldur's Gate, why the hell does no one make that kind of isometric RPG any more?

It's more of a fond, nostalgic love I believe.

Also, Diablo 3, Torchlight and Dungeon Siege 3 are just a few off the top of my head.

How come the MGS series wasn't included but the Mass Effect series was! I detect major bias here.

Also who the feth voted for COD and Dead Space? Okay their good games; but not best ever. Silent Hill2 > Dead Space anyday. What about RDR (series) or a Total War game? Half-Life (series).

I would agree with that sentiment, seeing as it is my all-time favourite game of all-time across all platforms and all that :P
Still nothing better created up to today, not even by Bioware themselves...

Damn, I only like 6 out of the 20.

Now I feel out of the loop!

SteelStallion:

Leftnt Sharpe:
This really begs the question: if so many developers love Baldur's Gate, why the hell does no one make that kind of isometric RPG any more?

It's more of a fond, nostalgic love I believe.

Also, Diablo 3, Torchlight and Dungeon Siege 3 are just a few off the top of my head.

Those are all Hack and Slash RPGs, not CRPGs like the Infinity Engine games.

Go for the eyes, Boo!

alrekr:
How come the MGS series wasn't included but the Mass Effect series was! I detect major bias here.

Also who the feth voted for COD and Dead Space? Okay their good games; but not best ever. Silent Hill2 > Dead Space anyday. What about RDR (series) or a Total War game? Half-Life (series).

MGS=13

I do agree with you and everyone else about the bizarre lack of HL, though.

Leftnt Sharpe:
This really begs the question: if so many developers love Baldur's Gate, why the hell does no one make that kind of isometric RPG any more?

They tried a total conversion of Mass Effect 2 in that style. Wyvern Aeon II or somesuch shit. Didn't sell too well.

I can't help but chuckle everytime I see somebody quoting Minsc.

randomsix:

Leftnt Sharpe:
This really begs the question: if so many developers love Baldur's Gate, why the hell does no one make that kind of isometric RPG any more?

Because it's harder to make an AAA title out of one. They still make them indie though.

OT: A lot of the higher ranks go to older games. Perhaps this is an indication of a trend of quality?

I've been looking for an indie BG-style 3/4 isometric RPG for ages, would you mind pointing me in the right direction? The only things I've found that were even close have been Avernum/Jeff Vogel and the upcoming Age of Decadence, but those are a very different beast.

I have half a mind to make one myself, I think the demand is great enough to turn a profit -- even with 2d graphics.

The fact that dead space is in here invalidates the vote and proves these people are idiots.

I too am curious to why Half Life and it's buddy Counterstrike didn't make the list. Warcraft should have be on there next to Starcraft, but for some reason WoW is there instead.Mario shouldn't have reached the top 20.I've always seen him as Nintendo's version of Sonic, but with a better life support system. I have mixed feelings on Silent hill. They've got a track record very similar Resident Evil. For the most part I been more creeped out (kinda scared) by SH more than RE.

Leftnt Sharpe:
This really begs the question: if so many developers love Baldur's Gate, why the hell does no one make that kind of isometric RPG any more?

Because "no-one plays Turn Based Strategy any more."

That's a pretty solid list. Needs more Minsc though.

"A den of stinking evil. Cover your nose Boo! We will leave no crevice untouched! "

Much as I hate to say it, neither Baldur's Gate nor Diablo deserves to even be close to the top of this list. The best games of all time have all been made in the past five years, and for a good reason.

While I felt some games didn't really deserve to get there (Dead Space) and that some really should be there (Fallout Series), I'm happy that my all time favorite Deus Ex beat Mario.

I am somewhat irrateted by this list. What has Dead Space done that other horror games haven't done better? Why is Tomb Raider on that list? It's a fun game, it's a great game, but everything that TR did had been long surpassed. Arkham Asylum was a great game as well, but you just can't convince me that Blood Money isn't supperior to it. And why is Mass Effect on that list. Seriously, it's not a bad game, but it never became anything more than a Star Control wanna-be, and not a very good one at that.

Now where is Doom, where is Half-Life, why isn't there a single old-time RPG and why for god sake isn't there a single 4X on that list?

Butt kicking!! For justice! :D I'm not sure about the rest of the top, but i don't really care that much. Baldur's gate deserves to be in first place, from my point of view. There are only a couple of other games that could challenge that as far as i'm concerned.

Honestly not the worst list ive seen, with many appropriate games included. There are however some obvious games included that shouldnt be in my opinion (Dead space for example), and some even more glaring games missing that should be there (Half-Life series, Counter Strike, etc)

And don't expect another game like Baulders Gate in the corporate age of gaming. Indies might get close to the experience but they're still too small to put in the same time for such a game.

But wait... Dead Space? Tomb Raider?

Why Dead Space instead of Silent Hill 2? This is a "Best of all time" list. Where Are:
-Doom
-Quake
-X-wing
-Tie-fighter
-King's Quest Series
-Wing Commander series
-Ultima Online
-GTA 3
-Red Alert 2
-original C&C
-Fallout 1 & 2

There's more I could list, but what the hell, did they only ask developers who weren't older than 23?

Aidinthel:

Leftnt Sharpe:
This really begs the question: if so many developers love Baldur's Gate, why the hell does no one make that kind of isometric RPG any more?

That sort of decision is ultimately based on what they think will sell, not what they'd prefer to be playing themselves.

Games like that would sell, they always did, even with the new popular FPS genre taking off. The difference is that now, the big publishers don't think they'll make ENOUGH assloads of cash with those games like "Modern Battlefield Duty" so they won't bother. As good as Dragon Age was, the second was a watered down hack and slash because EA said they wanted it more "accessable" because dragon age didn't make as much money as they thought it should.

Mike Kayatta:

Not one of these games was made for the App Store.

Except
Monkey Island
Mass Effect (series)
Devil May Cry
Tomb Raider
Metal Gear Solid
Call of Duty:
Silent Hill
Assassin's Creed
Dead Space









This list is about as valid as Yahoo's top 10 games list. Here's some of the numerous things I see wrong with this collection:

NO fighting games. Really? Not even Street Fighter II or the series?
NO GTA games. The massive impact these games had on the industry cannot be ignored.
Diablo games ranked #2. Really? There's only been 2 of these games and from what I played, they weren't exactly innovative or industry changing.
Deep Space. The idea that this would be up there but NOT put on the Resident Evil series (or even Alone in the Dark for that matter) is ludicrous.

I feel like these developers were trying to be "too cool" for this list, so they didn't pick games that they thought were actually the most FUN and instead picked stuff that was most "meaningful" and artistic. They went for the "hip" factor as opposed to the "truth" factor. Either that or it seems to be that most developers are tossers.

at least they got the first place right ^^

but... where's Planescape Torment?
...
......
then again, where are so many games missing on that list, and what in the blue hell are some games doing on it?!

ResonanceGames:
Assassin's Creed? Dead Space? Looks like some people might have been voting for their own games. :P

Dead Space, yes. Overappreciation much.

But Assassin's Creed, as a series? It's pretty God damn awesome. I can really see people 10 years from now remembering how good it was, just like the 3 first series from the list ARE THE GAMES.

You see an RPG, you remind yourself of Baldur's Gate. You see hack'n'slash, you call it Diablo clone (because Diablo did it best, case closed), and if you see point and click adventure ga... or when you used to see p'n'c adventure games, you'd compare them to Monkey Island. Especially if they had comical elements.

But Call of Duty? HALF LIFE PEOPLE?

Remember people that a game devloper has a different state of mind from you in terms of what a 'great' game is.

Fun =/= great.

Although I will admit some of these choices are moronic. But hey, there never will be a 'perfect' list because opinions are just that: opinions.

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