Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss

This game was literally years ahead of its time and remains the favorite RPG of a great number of genre fans. While there's no doubt that the game still holds up well, what should really blow you away about this first-person representation of the Ultima universe is that it was released in 1992, offering up slick first person action, complete with an RPG style inventory and tons of monsters, a full year before Doom even hit the shelf. While the game's scope was a little limited by today's standards (you're thrown in a dungeon for a crime you didn't commit and spend your game wandering through its depths), in terms of storyline and game length, it's worlds beyond even the biggest RPGs of the last few years. In late 1993, Origin released the sequel to this title, Ulitma Underworld 2: Labyrinth of Worlds, which featured the Guardian as the big villain. These two titles led (at least intellectually) to the company's 1994 release of System Shock, another breakthrough title. An amazingly rich title that showed the world that first-person engines were capable of a lot more than simple shoot-em-ups.

- IGN, "The Top 25 PC Games of All Time"

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