4. Baldur’s Gate
And what a game it was. Not only was the story of a young orphan raised in the fortress of Candlekeep engaging throughout, but all the little details such as the way your party members would wave their hands in the air before casting a spell, to the spell animations themselves, and the orchestral score, were awesome too.
Of course, looking at the game nowadays it’s easy to notice Bioware’s masterpiece doesn’t have the best script in the world (some of the dialogue is quite risible actually), and the isometric graphics look quite dated by today’s standards. But still, this is a bona fide classic from 1998 that influenced almost every single RPG that came afterwards, and definitely deserves its place in any video game fan’s library.
Release date: November 30, 1998. Available on PC, iOS, Android and others.