There are plenty of better racing games than Ballistics. None can match its unbelievable, outrageous speeds.
Barrack is a decent entry point for the weird world of Ambrosia Software, a company that takes arcade classics and fills them with crazy. This riff on JezzBall is scattershot but subtly improves the original.
If you’ve ever wanted to pilot a flying car, BHunter is excellent wish fulfillment. Its shoddy world-building may not hold interest past that.
The free multiplayer shooter Control Monger has a unique defensive gameplay keeps you constantly moving. To learn what it was like, I brought in some friends!
The rusty sci-fi future of Cybermercs enlivens its repetitive role-playing shooting gallery gameplay, at least for a while.
Tensions flare quickly in Deadlock, a colonization game focused on one crowded region of a new planet.
Combining first-person shooters and strategic simulation around a specific location is a brilliant concept. Defcon 5 implements it in an extremely flawed way, though enough that you can see what works.
This game has an eye-popping design right out of the early internet age’s imagination – plus a strategy game concept that plays off the surprise of the setting.
This officially sanctioned modification of Half-Life catches the shooter genre mid-growth, sandwiched between a history of dark corridors and the promise of expansiveness.
The Journeyman Project has a brilliant vision of the future, a standout among games of its time, that tackles a great paperback science fiction premise with maturity and hope.