Opinions: What are the best isometric games ever made?

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#1 Posted by elessarGObonzo (1099 posts) -

Always go back. Divine Divinity, Diablo 2, Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment, Titan Quest, A Farewell to Dragons, Planet Alcatraz. These and others stay installed and get a few hours each here and there in between the big releases as the years go by.

Always looking for the best/most fun of them all. Any suggestions of great ones to try? List your favorites and ones on the horizon that we can look forward to.

...Umbra looks like it will be pretty badass...if it ever comes out

#2 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -
Commandos.
#3 Posted by Masculus (2867 posts) -

It's really hard to enumerate the best isometric games, there were far too many of those that were absolutely awesome.

#4 Posted by BrunoBRS (73260 posts) -
my favorites are probably all on consoles and handhelds, not on PC.
#5 Posted by SovietsUnited (2314 posts) -

My favourites are Divine Divinity, Diablo and Sacred.

I have missed out on many great games in this view angle, but probably my biggest regret is never playing Planescape: Torment.

#6 Posted by elessarGObonzo (1099 posts) -

need to get back to Sacred, that was a cool setup. keep hoping someone will make a good Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain hi-def version. had tried a version couple years ago but just didnt work well. that was an awesome game back before vampires became g ay/twilighted.

#7 Posted by NaveedLife (17179 posts) -

Diablo 2, Diablo 2, and Diablo 2 ;)

#8 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (16307 posts) -

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light?

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#9 Posted by NaveedLife (17179 posts) -

my favorites are probably all on consoles and handhelds, not on PC.BrunoBRS

like what? I cannot think of many isometric games not on PC. Overhead is not the same as isometric.

#10 Posted by Flubbbs (3137 posts) -

Ultima Online

#11 Posted by Yams1980 (778 posts) -

I'd have to say games like Syndicate 1 and 2, Ultima 7, Theme Hospital, Crusader No Remorse/Regret, Jagged Alliance 1 and 2. These were true classic isometric games. Maybe can mention Dungeon Keeper in this also...

These are all classic games from before year 2000, i can't recall playing any fun isometric games since then... i hated all the Diablo games and all its clones so I can't count that.

One other game that almost had it right was The Bard's Tale, but they had too much an overhead view and not enough lower angle so it ruined the game not being able to see properly ahead.

I remember Gauntlet Legends on N64 had an isometric view, it was probably the only good gauntlet legends version i played... the others before or later on were worse.

Another recent game I played was The Witcher, it had a good isometric view which had a good angle of everything... just I wouldn't call it good compared to real classics.

#12 Posted by iagbas (444 posts) -
Diablo 2
#13 Posted by happyfella89 (37 posts) -

Diablo 2, Diablo 2, and Diablo 2 ;)

NaveedLife

This, this and more of this! :)

#14 Posted by pl4yer_f0und (965 posts) -

How's Titan Quest? I got that in the humble bundle, but I haven't played it yet. I've never played a loot based ARPG before, so I kind of want to see whats the big deal about.

#15 Posted by Sparky04 (3385 posts) -

Super Mario RPG

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Also Diablo 2 for derp

#16 Posted by TheLoneMortal (820 posts) -

Super Mario RPGSparky04

That game is great. Planescape is my favorite so far. Still need to catch up play more of the older ones myself though lol. As for isometric RPGs over the horizon, there is Wasteland 2 and Project Eternity that's being developed by talents like Tim Cain, Chris Avellone, Josh Sawyer and a number of other great designers. Numenera is sounding promising as well.

#17 Posted by Revolution_DDM (274 posts) -

Nox. Oh the endless hours put into this game, it definitely deserves a mention.

#18 Posted by kraken2109 (13067 posts) -

Red alert 2.

Age of Empires 2.

#19 Posted by zeus_gb (7792 posts) -

Nox is a good title. A conjurer with a Stone Golem is just awesomeness.

#20 Posted by BrunoBRS (73260 posts) -

[QUOTE="BrunoBRS"]my favorites are probably all on consoles and handhelds, not on PC.NaveedLife

like what? I cannot think of many isometric games not on PC. Overhead is not the same as isometric.

like zelda? lol

and that's not counting the insane amount of JRPGs that use isometric perspective for everything but the combat screen.

#21 Posted by geitenvla (960 posts) -

Marble Madness; Man, I was totally blown away by that game. Back then, isometric graphics were a novelty...

EDIT: Come to think of it, there was another C64 game that used isometric graphics and was really good, but I can't remember the title. You were a robot that could transform into a plane. Anyone?

EDIT2: Man, google does know everything. I searched for "robot + plane C64" and it spit out the game with ease. It's called Deceptor.

#22 Posted by elessarGObonzo (1099 posts) -

cant believe i forgot to mention torchlights. i was surprised how much i enjoyed the first one and now 2 is awesome.

#23 Posted by elessarGObonzo (1099 posts) -

How's Titan Quest? I got that in the humble bundle, but I haven't played it yet. I've never played a loot based ARPG before, so I kind of want to see whats the big deal about.

pl4yer_f0und
great. one of the better looking and it's just cool being in the middle of the whole ancient mediterranean myths world on earth. after having played so many rpgs in other dimensions\worlds it was surprisingly cool to be back on earth with stories you've grown up hearing. that laura croft & guardian of light was really good too, i need to see if i still have that around. glad you mentioned it 'pekto
#24 Posted by Elann2008 (32991 posts) -
Divine Divinity, Diablo 1, Fallout.
#25 Posted by NaveedLife (17179 posts) -

[QUOTE="NaveedLife"]

[QUOTE="BrunoBRS"]my favorites are probably all on consoles and handhelds, not on PC.BrunoBRS

like what? I cannot think of many isometric games not on PC. Overhead is not the same as isometric.

like zelda? lol

and that's not counting the insane amount of JRPGs that use isometric perspective for everything but the combat screen.

But the only isometric games are the CDI ones no? Zelda is overhead, not isometric. Same with most JRPG's. Maybe I am misunderstanding, but isometric games use that angle to make a 2D game feel sorta 3D. Such as Diablo I, Diablo II, Planescape, and more.

#26 Posted by geitenvla (960 posts) -

[QUOTE="BrunoBRS"]

[QUOTE="NaveedLife"]

like what? I cannot think of many isometric games not on PC. Overhead is not the same as isometric.

NaveedLife

like zelda? lol

and that's not counting the insane amount of JRPGs that use isometric perspective for everything but the combat screen.

But the only isometric games are the CDI ones no? Zelda is overhead, not isometric. Same with most JRPG's. Maybe I am misunderstanding, but isometric games use that angle to make a 2D game feel sorta 3D. Such as Diablo I, Diablo II, Planescape, and more.

No, you're not misundertanding. Isometric graphics give the illusion of being 3D in a 2D environment, just like a painting.

#27 Posted by elessarGObonzo (1099 posts) -
funny everyone left out Dungeon Siege 3 & Diablo 3: because they are major disappointments i did enjoy dungeon siege 1 & 2 though
#28 Posted by rhazzy (1516 posts) -

S A N I T A R I U M

#29 Posted by MirkoS77 (7566 posts) -
I find the lack of the early Fallouts disturbing. Only one mentioned it.
#30 Posted by G-Lord (2134 posts) -

S A N I T A R I U M

rhazzy

Came here to make sure that this one is mentioned.

#31 Posted by tanerb (931 posts) -

Crusader

#32 Posted by DJ_Headshot (6243 posts) -

Fallout 1&2 and Diablo 1&2 and more recently I enjoyed Titan Quest alot.

#33 Posted by illmatic87 (15282 posts) -

By "isometric" the original Starcraft, XCOM and even games like Sim City and Civ 4 do count. So it could be a more interesting question over just RPGs :P.

#34 Posted by ssvegeta555 (2268 posts) -
Dungeon Keeper 2! :D
#35 Posted by elessarGObonzo (1099 posts) -

[QUOTE="BrunoBRS"]

[QUOTE="NaveedLife"]

like what? I cannot think of many isometric games not on PC. Overhead is not the same as isometric.

NaveedLife

like zelda? lol

and that's not counting the insane amount of JRPGs that use isometric perspective for everything but the combat screen.

But the only isometric games are the CDI ones no? Zelda is overhead, not isometric. Same with most JRPG's. Maybe I am misunderstanding, but isometric games use that angle to make a 2D game feel sorta 3D. Such as Diablo I, Diablo II, Planescape, and more.

Shadowrun on snes was my favorite back then. just saw this the other day too: http://www.gamespot.com/shadowrun-returns/

#36 Posted by theoo13 (1 posts) -
Fallout and Diablo 2, the games I spent most my time. :)
#37 Posted by elessarGObonzo (1099 posts) -

someone mentioned Witcher 1. if we are taking games that have an isometric camera view, along with other views, into consideration than i would have to add The Witcher and Dragon Age:Origins to my lists. am actually playing Dragon Age again now for the first time in a couple years and am enjoying it again more than most games that have come out since.

Loki, Drakensang, and Drakensang:River of Time are a few more with that isometric camera option that i really enjoyed.

#38 Posted by undeadgoon (604 posts) -

for me would have to be immortal.. maybe itsnostalgia but i loved going thro that game

#39 Posted by alan_carter (1404 posts) -

rise of nations, heroes of might and magic III.

Also there was a game named space colony in the early 00s which was vry enjoyable.

#40 Posted by elessarGObonzo (1099 posts) -
if you really like Torchlight games and have completed them; the Fate games are Torchlight clones and are decent but fairly immature.
#41 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (16307 posts) -

2D?

Ditto for Crusader: No Remorse

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#42 Posted by Geosisnl (143 posts) -

Baldurs gate 1 & 2 and Planescape: Torment

#43 Posted by elessarGObonzo (1099 posts) -

just checkin out Realms of War but can find no way to remap keys so havent actually started playing. no way to manually edit a config file i could find either. seems this will be a pointless dload from the reviews i've read anyway.

#44 Posted by LookAnDrolL (2483 posts) -
1) All Black Isle RPGS 2) Baldurs Gate II 3) Diablo 4) X-COM: EU 5) Syndicate Wars 6) Sanitarium 7) Commandos 8) Dungeon Keeper 9) Starcraft 10) Ultima
#45 Posted by harry_james_pot (10886 posts) -
Rollercoaster Tycoon!
#46 Posted by matem8904 (46 posts) -
Arcanum. Also Bastion is a great game from the more recent releases.