Originally Posted by Riptide
Doom3 was meh to me. But I think it's great it provided OP with that excitement he remembers.
For me what really got me into gaming and what really got me excited. StarFlight (EA/Binary Systems) and then after that Wing Commander. I pre-ordered every single installment and expansion pack of Wing Commander. I F'n loved that game. And to this day I wish we could get something like it again but nobody develops that style of game any more. StarLancer was it and that game was entertaining but just didn't get me excited like Wing Commander did.
Unreal also was another one that I really, really loved. Blew me away the first time I loaded that thing up on my SLI system and saw that awesome sky and stars.
I remember when Quake 3 Arena and UT 99 came out around the same time and they were the big contenders. I bought both and loved both for what they were. Good times.