Old & Aging Game Discussion

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Old & Aging Game Discussion

Postby Falchion » Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:00 am

Based on it's directly opposite thread, which I couldn't believe no one ever did, I'm starting this topic to remind the good old times when we still played something. And I'm starting it with a few old preferences of mine on RTS, yours truly.

Also, joking, no copyright claims, please, Ricky?

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Age of Empires 2 (Age of Kings and The Conquerors):

AoE 2 is a classic for the series, the ultimate peak, like HoMM 3 was for me. I didn't even bother looking at the third for how incredible was this medieval-themed masterpiece.

Talking about HoMM 3...

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I only have the vanilla, but all it's complexity enchanted me from demo to onward: Multiple resources, adventure and quests, making buildings forge out of nowhere and fight all sorts of things. Also, SKELETON TRANSFORMERRRRRRR!!!

Finally...

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Zeus: Master of Olympus

Zeus comes from the same company whom made Pharaoh and Caesar, with the only difference some things were very well optimized (Except for the combat, which was a step BACKWARDS from Pharaoh, and basical residence development.). The only joy you can get out of it is that you can make an arrow residence block in an island and then place all jobs in the continental and still occupy them (Something you couldn't in Pharaoh).

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Re: Old & Aging Game Discussion

Postby Taeradun » Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:01 am

anyone else remember this old gem?

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Re: Old & Aging Game Discussion

Postby Falchion » Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:50 am

Taeradun wrote:anyone else remember this old gem?


We don't just remember: We STILL play it! :)
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Re: Old & Aging Game Discussion

Postby Theia_Loki » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:13 am

Command and Conquer: Tiberian Sun and Firestorm expansion, anyone? And that's not including EA's continuity. At least before stuff went downhill with the retcon that was C&C3.

Couldn't get online play to work, though. Still have it.

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Then there's Jazz Jackrabbit 2. Still have the game disc, but 64-bit doesn't let me even try to install it (it stops responding, to be exact).

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And Commander Keen 4: Secret of the Oracle. Dopefish, anyone?

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Re: Old & Aging Game Discussion

Postby Lavarinth » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:18 am

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This game took up so much of my younger life, Afterlife is what it was called, pre-Brood War.

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Another wonder, Full Throttle.

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SimCopter, of course, during the SimCity 2000 days.

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I still play this to this day.
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Re: Old & Aging Game Discussion

Postby Legion » Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:38 pm

This game, with its immortal score, helped me through some long, painful teenage hours. Lords of the Realm II, y'all.
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This!
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One obscure, weird motherfucker of a game, Sanitarium.
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I hope I'm not the only one that played this afterbirth of chaos. Down in the Dumps! Fun game.
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Hey! I was 10!
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Warcraft 1 and dos and Diablo 1 (not that fucking 2) also, but you know.

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Re: Old & Aging Game Discussion

Postby Alevice » Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:42 pm

Interestingly, I actually enjoyed AoE3 (even more than AoE2), but the whole thing felt more like a well done spinoff rather than a proper sequel.

Legion wrote:One obscure, weird motherfucker of a game, Sanitarium.
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Sanitarium was an awesome game. Well, at least it had an incredible beginning. I think the last levels and the ending blew balls, but I remember playing the chapter with the orphan kids and it was like WHOOOAAAH. Oka, not that much, but I deeply loved that one.


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Zeus: Master of Olympus


And Zeus, oh man, I fucking loved Zeus. It was one of my favorite city building games, along with Anno 1602. So many great memories summoning fucking Hercules for the first time and beating the fucking hydra that was eating my stadiums.


Speaking of which

ANNO 1602
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I somehow managed to learn on my own how the game worked back then, without manuals nor guides and shit, and the game refused to tell you shit often. Okay, actually the UI was quite informative, which helped a lot.

Anyway, I loved how every new game was a new competition, and learned a fe eficient street layouts from the AI opponents. It was a simple, but quite well done sim.

FALLOUT 1 & 2
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You can never go worng with the first two fallout brothers. I remember the demo for the first game was my introduction to western rpgs. The demo offered a custom Junktown (called scrapyard) where 3 gangs were in conflict, and you could choose to join either and find a diplomatic or brutal resolution. It was quite an insightful demo that showed much more about the game than what a simple portion could have done so.

As said, the demo showed me how incredibly could the wrpgs be in contrast to the stagnating (for me) jrpgs.


Planescape: Torment
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At first there was smething that I didnt enjoy about the game, perhaps the waay bright BG gradients on the character portraits, and I felt the infinity engine overall ugliness didn't help. In fact I left the game collect dust, until I changed my mind like 6 months after. My God, the game had such a well done story, and the dialogue on the more profound arguments was great to read, specially the background of a few of your NPC companions.

Arcanum
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This one is a rough gem. It has a reaaaaally dull start with the crash site and the Shrouded Hills. But when you finally manage to leave those, you get to explore a very fleshed out world. It is by the same creators of Fallout, and it shows with some awesome characters and narrative.

System Shock 2
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While I always thougt the awesome techno music was somewhat out of place, the voice of the Many always freaked me out everytime one of them showed up.


Star Control 2/The Urquan Masters
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A great game that is part ship sim, rpg, and arcade ship combat. The story was great, the universe fleshed out even better. I loved Fwiffo and the Pkunk, let not to say the whole Ur´Quan background.

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Re: Old & Aging Game Discussion

Postby Linaze » Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:28 pm

Legion wrote:Hey! I was 10!
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That game looks incredibly familiar. Might be one that I've wanted to remember the name of for years. What's it called?

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Re: Old & Aging Game Discussion

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Re: Old & Aging Game Discussion

Postby Lavarinth » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:26 pm

Did you guys know the level designer / matte painter for Sanitarium (amazing game) is one of the lead artists for Diablo 3? Trivia for the day complete.
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Re: Old & Aging Game Discussion

Postby Theia_Loki » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:43 pm

Monster Bash
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That was one of the first few games, asides from Commander Keen, that I first played. Dad was the one who first introduced me to these games, and I was about 5 or 6 or something.

Duke Nukem 3D
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Yep. Duke Nukem 3D was another of those games Dad let me play. Mind you, I had no idea what boobs were or even looked like at that age; was completely unaware of nudity and porn up until, say, my teen years.

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Re: Old & Aging Game Discussion

Postby Taeradun » Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:27 pm

Alevice wrote:FALLOUT 1 & 2
can't go wrong with Wasteland either :)

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Alevice wrote:System Shock 2
Star Control 2/The Urquan Masters
ffffffuuuuuuuu I was going to post both of these

definitely agree on Star Control 2's plot and lore being awesome; I only just played through UQM again a few days ago. BEST "SC2" EVER. (also one of the best games ever, in general)

I only just started on Star Control 3; everyone says that as a sequel to SC2 it's absolutely terrible which is true (stupid publisher owned the copyrights and got some wankers to make the sequel without involving the original SC/SC2 developers, after they had deliberately left SC2 with an openish ending), but I've heard that if you pretend it's a standalone title then it's still a really cool game which kinda seems to be the case except for the annoying, outdated interface?


edit: also hell yeah Theia_Loki, Tiberian Sun owns - I've never done multiplayer but it's long struck me that it seems like it'd probably be imba as all hell, or half of the wacky units would rarely ever get used - but it has the coolest setting/ambience of any C&C game
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Re: Old & Aging Game Discussion

Postby mark_009_vn » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:48 pm

Il2 Sturmovik

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This game has warmed my heart for over 10 years, from the time it was released in the glory days of 2001 to now. The game is epic in every way, there is nothing like a good dogfight between a WW1 era Soviet biplane and a early Cold War American jet, nor could anything compares to a massive bombing run with 100+ B29 bombers upon Berlin (alas the pic). The game virtually have an unlimited completion time, even now I have yet to go through all the campaigns, all the single missions, and have yet to fly all individual planes. The game was so addicting, I remembered buying 3 to 4 different versions of the game, from the original, Forgotten Battles, to 1946 as I lost the install disc from time to time.
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Sudden Strike

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Another 2000/2001 game, this is an RTT to end all RTTs! It is immersive, contains some of the largest battles I have ever played in a strategy game before, and being very carefully balanced with very intricate and well though of mechanics (something you don't see often in RTTs). The game also have some of the best map designs I've seen for a long time. Estimated completion time: ~100 hours.
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Re: Old & Aging Game Discussion

Postby Taeradun » Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:16 am

Hero's Quest aka Quest For Glory I
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I played the crap out of this as a kid. Original EGA version ownz; the later VGA remake is ugly as fuck :(



Chrono Trigger
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best JRPG ever



Deus Ex
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A bomb!



Mirror's Edge
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*moar hugz~*



Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow/Gold/Silver/Crystal/Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald/FireRed/LeafGreen
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Re: Old & Aging Game Discussion

Postby mark_009_vn » Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:58 am

Taeradun wrote:Image

YES!
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