02-02-99 01:55 PM
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For the past week you've wrapped your eyes around OGR's exhaustive coverage of the E3 Convention in Atlanta. Over one hundred articles and 40,000 words later, we're left in the same position you are: wanting every single title you've read about. As enticing as it is to read about the new crop of games, the OGR editors actually got to see them in action, causing our impatience to magnify exponentially. There were so many quality titles on the horizon that we left the convention floor a quivering mass of needy greed, returning to our humble offices and staring at our calendars, mumbling, "Is it Fall yet?"
There was something for everyone at this year's E3. 3D games will soon be coming out en masse, most of which elevate the genre to new levels of realism and violence. Sports nuts are going to have a field day with the overhauled lineups up Sierra Sports, EA Sports, and several impressive entries from the new kids on the block, ESPN and Fox. While we saw quite a few titles we expected to see, even those managed to exceed our expectations, such as Prey and Half-Life. For every well known title on the floor there were plenty more being displayed behind closed doors that were absolutely amazing, like Peter Molyneux's Black & White and Ron Gilbert's Good & Evil. RPG's are on their way back in the form of Baldur's Gate and Everquest, flight-sims are advancing to the next level with Terminal Reality's Fly! and the impressive Jane's lineup. No matter what your tastes, E3 found a title for every type of gamer. More than any other year, the 1998 E3 convention represented a crop of games that were more diverse and original than ever before.
It's a good time to be alive.
Narrowing down the Top 25 games displayed at the E3 show was no easy task, nor was handing out our special awards, but our mission is done and the results are in. This certainly doesn't mean there were only 25 games; definitely not. There were at least a dozen others worthy to fit into this 25. Enjoy the list and try and hold back your anticipation.
The 25 Best of the Best (in alphabetical order)