25 best fantasy games ever

Skyrim may be coming out today, but it has a lot to live up to – here are the best fantasy games of all time

Final Fantasy VII (1997)

The one with the giant sword dude. From one of the most successful RPG fantasy franchises ever, Square brought us this seventh installment on the PlayStation that is still – with over 10 million sales – the best selling of the lot. An intensely detailed story, powerful weapons, top graphics and great cut scenes made this a hit, even outside of Japan. Often called “the game that sold the PlayStation”.

Zork (1979)

Created by MIT programmers on a DEC PDP-10 PC and named Zork, hacker slang for an unfinished programme. Released on Apple II, Atari 8-bit, IBM PC and Commodore 64, it was the most successful game of its era. The story of a treasure hunting dungeon explorer was pretty intricate and helped make it a cult hit of its day.

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It’s even included as a hidden easter egg in Call of Duty: Black Ops – press R1 and R2 at the menu to stand up, head over to the computer at the left of the room and type 'zork' for some retro gaming goodness. Good luck playing a text adventure without a keyboard, though.

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World of Warcraft (2004)

WoW is the world's most subscribed MMORPG, ever, and its unprecedented popularity made it a cultural phenomenon. As the fourth game in Warcraft's fantasy universe, WoW continues where Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne left off. And while it encourages you to play relentlessly, joining an online world of myth and magic, exploring jagged, snowy peaks and vast mountain fortresses can be dangerous. You only need to look at the amount of WoW-related deaths to know an addiction really isn't healthy. 

Ultima VII (1992)

The seventh instalment in the Ultima series was not only a critical and commercial success, but was the most masterfully executed of the Ultima series. It brought major changes to the forefront – mainly a move away from tile and grid-based graphics and was the first that offered entirely mouse-driven game-play. Combined with an impressive level of storytelling, which developed real characters, Ultima VII is regarded as one of the best RPGs ever created.

Fable II (2008)

What kind of hero will you be? One who selfishly hoards his money and looks out for number one, even at the expense of other's suffering? Or a noble hero who helps the poor and sacrifices everything to protect the innocent? Whether corrupt or pure, Fable makes sure it shows. The truly evil grow horns, while the saintly earn a halo. So good, it was awarded gold master status a month after release.

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