4. Quake (1996)
It was tons of fun to play alone, but when hooked up to other computers via a network, Quake became an Olympian sport. Fast, mean and ferociously competitive, networked Quake foreshadowed our online gaming present.
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3. Goldeneye (1997)
A dream to control on the N64’s analogue stick, Goldeneye’s four-way split-screen multiplayer has rarely been bettered. It was packed with clever maps seemingly designed for mate-humiliating fun, and the single- player mode wasn’t bad either.
2. Deus Ex (2000)
Not just a great shooter, but also a great stealth game, a great RPG, and a great piece of writing. Your character and his weapons adapted and evolved, and it was also a leader in forcing you to make moral choices and choosing your style of play: tool up like a tank and smash through, or crawl through some vents, turn off the security cameras and leaving your enemies wondering what happened.