The 3DO did not have a lot of “classics” per se but there were a few really really good titles. While many of the better 3DO titles are made by either Electronic Arts or Crystal Dynamics, there were a few that were released by other companies such as Prolific Publishing (they didn’t do much else than one game). Time Warner Interactive brought the Silent Software Inc. title, Return Fire, over to the original Playstation in 1996, about a year after it hit the 3DO (where it got an expansion pack).
What most gamers will remember about Return Fire is the soundtrack- all public doamin goodness (seriously, there are some good PD songs). Jump in the helicopter and Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries plays, drive the jeep and be greeted with Flight of the Bumblebee. There is even the William Tell Overture that plays when you are in possession of the flag among a couple of other songs that play in key moments in Return Fire.
One cool thing about Return Fire is the intro to the level. Somewhat like Mode 7 on the Super Nintendo, though MUCH better, scaling and rotation are incorporated quite well. The camera doesn’t stay stationary at a birds eye view of the proceedings (similar to Jungle/Desert/Urban/Nuclear/Soviet Strike games)- nope, in Return Fire the camera zooms in and out, bobs and weaves to get the best view of the action.
Besides the music, Return Fire is known for its extremely tense two player mode- long before Internet gaming, we had to sit in the same room with our opponents. This led to lots of trash talk and possibly a few friendships lost over really tense/cheap battles.