[2020 with Windows games] Planescape: Torment/ Patrician III / Portal

Hello guys,

This is the sixteenth entry of the [2020 with Windows games] column, a mini-compendium of the mandatory Windows games ever released. For a big part of my life I’ve been a PC games player and I had tons of old games to play with back in the 00s. This is my homage to them.

The rules are simple. Windows rose to a wordwide popularity with the release of Windows 95 in 1995. After this years all of the DOS games became obsolete and Windows impose itself as operative system in the new PCs. As it was for last yeasr column dedicated to DOS games, even for Windows games we will have a selection of three games, one for every five-year period (1995-1999, 2000-2004 e 2005-2009) in alphabetilac order that I consider either important, ground-breaking or simply fun and easy to play. I’ll try to consider only Windows-exclusive games or, in case, games spread on different platforms that have the PC version as a flagship. No claim of completeness, I’m not a human encyclopedia (unfortunately…). Let’s go with letter P.

Ciao a tutti,

Questa è la sedicesima puntata della rubrica [2020 with Windows games], un mini-compendio dei migliori giochi per Windows rilasciati. Per gran parte della mia vista sono stato un giocatore da PC e avevo tonnellate di giochi con i quali giocare negli anni Duemila. Questo è il mio modo di omaggiarli.

Le regole sono semplici, Windows ha raggiunto la fama mondiale con il rilascio di Windows 95 nel 1995. Da lì in poi tutti i giochi per DOS divennero obsoleti e Windows si impose come sistema operativo nei computer. Come per la rubrica dello scorso anno dedicata al DOS, anche per i giochi per Windows prendo in considerazione tre giochi, uno per ogni lustro (1995-1999, 2000-2004 e 2005-2009) in ordine alfabetico che considero o importanti di per se o meritevoli per affezione personale. Cercherò di considerare solo giochi esclusivi per Windows o giochi per i quali il porting per Windows risulta essere il più importante. Non ho pretese di completezza. Sfortunatamente non sono un’enciclopedia umana. Via con la lettera P.

Planescape: Torment (1999)

  • Developer: LucasArts
  • Publisher: LucasArts
  • Genre: Shooter

Patrician 3 (2002)

  • Developer: Bungie Studios
  • Publisher: Gathering of Developers
  • Genre: Action

Portal (2008)

  • Developer: Hydravision Entertainment
  • Publisher: DreamCatcher Interactive, MC2-Microïds
  • Genre: Action

As always some honorable mentions:

  • Powerhouse (1995)
  • Panzer General (1996)
  • Postal (1997)
  • Payday (2003)
  • Postal 2 (2003)

Previous entries of this column:

  1. [2020 with Windows games] The 7th Guest / 1503 A.D.: The New World / 1701 A.D.
  2. [2020 with Windows games] Age of Empires / Age of Mythology / Age of Alexander
  3. [2020 with Windows Games] Big Red Racing / Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn / Black & White 2
  4. [2020 with Windows games] Civilizations II / Colin McRae Rally 2.0 / Crysis
  5. [2020 with Windows games] Doom II / Deus Ex / Driv3r
  6. [2020 With Windows games] Entombed / Europa Universalis II / Empire: Total War
  7. [2020 With Windows games] Fallout / Full Throttle / F.E.A.R.: Extraction Point
  8. [2020 with Windows games] Grand Theft Auto / GTA III / Gun
  9. [2020 with Windows games] Half Life / Hitman: Codename 47 / Hearts of Iron III
  10. [2020 with Windows games] Imperialism II: The Age of Exploration / Icewind Dale II / Imperial Glory
  11. [2020 with Windows games] Jazz Jackrabbit 2 / Jagged Alliance 2: Wildfire / Jade Empire: Special Edition
  12. [2020 with Windows games] Kick Off ’97 / Knights of Honor / Keep the Balance
  13. [2020 with Windows games] Lode Runner 2 / Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 / Dreamfall – The Longest Journey
  14. [2020 with Windows games] Men in Black / Max Payne / Mass Effect
  15. [2020 with Windows games] Nocturne / No One Lives Forever 2 / Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  16. [2020 with Windows games] Outlaws / Oni / ObsCure

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