From: Jackson Tn
ORIGINAL: KG Erwin
As of now my top three all-time faves are SPWaW, PureSim Baseball and Birth of America 2. Note I did not say "wargames" as I included a PC baseball game. All of these I have at least a 5-year history of owning, but I never tire of them. The key to each one is their replayablity, plus the number of possiblities offered up. Two of the three are fully customizable, which is very important to the value of a game (to me, at least).
Honestly, I think that the ability to give a game your own personal touch is a very important factor, as it adds to the uniqueness of the game experience. When I worked with some of the SPWaW OOB teams many years ago, I felt a sense of being "on the inside", so my history with it has a definite personal imprint. I know of many individuals who have the same feeling towards the "old warhorse". This is why I really hold no strong desire for it to be upgraded, as it is a timeless classic. If it's ever to be redone, it would have to be "from the ground up". In other words, a brand new game.
I am shocked, shocked I say, that you listed SPWaW as you favorite - none of us saw that coming.
My favorite 3, after much anguished thought:
2. Civilization IV(all expansions)
3. Heroes of Might and Magic IV(tied with Baldur's Gate 2).
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