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The best video games of the late '90s

Joseph Carpenter
The list author says: "Ah, the late '90s. When Marilyn Manson still scared people, the nation was obsessed with Clinton's tallywacker, and it was okay to say you liked KoRn. This was also the golden age of computer and video gaming, with title after title that broke new ground and became cult classics (which, ten years later, are reimagined and revisited to mainstream acclaim). The sound effects of these games comprise the soundtrack of my adolescence."
System Shock 2 - PC
System Shock 2 - PC
"This was the game to play. If you didn't play it, you weren't cool, and if you weren't cool, you probably listened to *N'SYNC back then. Admit it, you did. If you liked Bioshock, you'll love this one - Bioshock is this game's spiritual successor."
Deus Ex - PC
Deus Ex - PC
"Forget Dan Brown and Umberto Eco or whatever you kids are reading these days. This game is a conspiracy theorist's wet dream. It's smart, funny, and fast."
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII
"This is the RPG on which all RPG cliches are based. Dorky, moody, spikey haired protagonists all have Cloud to thank."
StarCraft Battle Chest
StarCraft Battle Chest
"If you haven't played Starcraft, you are probably way too old or way too young. Do yourself a favor and pick this up."
Diablo 2
Diablo 2
"Remember when all your friends were playing this game and you were too busy listening to Creed and they ignored you for the rest of high school? Pick this game up and get back in their favor - those goons are probably STILL playing this game."
GoldenEye 007
GoldenEye 007
""Man, I'm bored." "Want to see what's on MTV?" "Nah probably just Real World: Seattle. I'm sick of watching that black guy slap that chick with Lyme's disease. They play that episode like every day." "Yeah...Goldeneye?" "AAAAH YEAH IT'S ON SON." Most of my conversations went like that."
Half-Life
Half-Life
"Remember how every corner you came across one of those face suckers jumped out on you and you fired your gun wildly screaming "DIE DIE DIE JUST DIEEEEEEE" and you weren't exactly commanding the alien to die, more like pleading with it? I think that only happened like three times the entire game but Jesus. It sure felt like it happened all the time."
Fallout 2
Fallout 2
"Back when the value of a game wasn't based on silly things like moderate learning curves or modesty and more on humor and engaging storylines. Before you play Fallout 3 (which has done the franchise proud in my opinion), play this one to get a taste of why Fallout 3 was so hyped to begin with."