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Post#1 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Oh yeah, my 10 yr. old grandson was playing a Final Fantasie VII Demo on my PC last summer, and it looked interesting so I bought it and have it going too. Haven't played it for a couple weeks (been spending too much time here). It is rather kiddie-like; the battles are simple, no geographical features to take advantage of, just stand if front of the enemy and trade blows and/or spells. The scenery is fun to wander through. And if you remember to talk to the natives two or three times each, the story can be interesting. Still it isn't a 'Forgotten Realms' setting nor a D&D game.
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Post#2 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

I keep seeing screen shots from Doom III in magazines, and they look awesome. They are predicting Doom III will be as groundbreaking as the original was 10 years ago. That one will be a must for me when it comes out.

I like the sound of Battlefield 1942 as well. Once I get connected to broadband, I think I might treat myself to that one.

Anyone know what has happened to Freelancer? I loved Elite on the Amiga, and Freelancer was supposed to be something of a modern space-trader version. It seems to have disappeared without a trace though.

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Post#3 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Where do I begin?

Since discovering this site, I actually get very little time for playing games. Hence I am still ploding through the first-person shooters, Deus Ex, Meddle of Honour - Allied Assault, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and Soldier of Fortune II. I still have Half-life unopened in my draw from last year.

I have a copy of Neverwinter Nights, but I dare not even install it because I know my girlfriend will leave me.

Since buying a second PC last month, I have spent a lot of quality time playing Age of Empires with my son and capture the flag sessions of Unreal Tournement against him. For an eight year old, he's getting really good at both.

When off-duty at work, we've been playing Mafia too. Bit like a 1920's GTA.

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Post#4 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Oh, and don't forget good old Freecell :)

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Post#5 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Ahh! Now your talkin'! :cool:

I have Deus Ex for PS2 which is supposed to be identical to the PC version. It was a great game but, like many games I start, I never finished it. The sequel is supposed to be something REALLY special but I'm not sure off the top of my head when it's going to be released.

I have MoH: Allied Assault installed on my PC but I haven't put much time into it yet. I'm a HUGE fan of the first two Playstation MoH games but I really need a break from killing Nazi's for a while. They are all great games with a high immersion factor.

I haven't played Return to Castle Wolfenstein because, again, I've had enough of Nazi's for a while. I've read about and seen screenshots from Soldier of Fortune II and it looks very cool. The location based damage effects are incredible.

I love a good scary story and that's why I HAVE to recommend that you unwrap Half Life and install it. It's old and the graphics won't blow you away or anything, but it definitely reigns as the greatest first person shooter to date, mainly due to it's high immersion factor and top notch story line...something rare in FPS's. Half Life and Red Faction (which is VERY similar but just as good) are the only two FPS's that I've pl;ayed through, beginning to end, more than once. Oh and the original Medal of Honor too. :smoke:

I was an Age of Empires fan for a while 'til I discovered Empire Earth. At first, EE seems almost exactly like AoE (it's made by the same people) but it's much broader in scope. You start in prehistoric times and progress through every major age right on up to the distant future using large mechs and nano-technology. Very cool :cool:

Unreal Tournament was the very first game I bought for my PS2. I'm not sure how it compares to the PC version but I absolutely LOVED it.

Oh, and if what I've heard about Neverwinter Nights is true, and you're a tabletop RPG fan, you're probably right... DON'T INSTALL IT! ;)
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Post#6 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

I cut my teeth on the original 'Pool of Radiance' series of computer games on my Commodore 64, and have since played them and their sequels on my PC. I have yet to unwrap 'Pools Of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor' the latest one as I have too many other games going.

I've almost finished all the Baldur's Gate I and II Series, as well as the 'Icewind Dales' up to the new 'Icewind Dale II' which is unoppened. I have tried 'Decent 3' but found I am subject to motion sickness when subjected to rapid movements in unrestrained 3-D, I seem to need gravity to tell me which way is up, which is something my eyes can't tell me.

I loved 'Planescape: Torment' having played it numerous times.

I have completed all five of the Tomb Raider games the last one 'TR-5: Chronicles' was a flop because of the bugs, but I was able to work my way around the final bug and pass my method on to Stella's Tomb Raider Site for her walkthrough, which she just revised to incorporate. I can't wait for the 'TR-6: Angel of Darkness'

And I still go back to play the games on my Commodore 64 while I watch TV; I'm currently replaying 'Curse of the Azure Bonds'.
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Post#7 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

One thing I don't like about the sequels to the RPGs on the PC is that the characters are too high a level resulting in too much magic to wade through. The companies in order to make more money have issued the sequels, and they seem require even more inflation of magic in order to sell their products. And you must master the magic in order to win the games.

I do not like having to have my spell casters use spell breaking and blocking spells to counter the spells of the enemy spellcasters. It stops being fun and becomes pure unadulterated work when you are having eighth, ninth, and tenth level offensive spells cast at your group or defensive spells cast on their group; requiring you to choose the right spells from about 300 total to counter the enemies spells. And now they are using 3rd Edition rule for the games where they have thrown in something called High Level Class Abilities for everyone, which are even more things to master once your characters reach levels 18-24. It is a pain in the butt.

I was much happier playing level 7-9 characters where I only had to deal with missile, fire, lightening, and ice based attacks either offensively or defensively, as well as you basic holding spells, and a few low level summoned monsters. In fact when I only needed magic missile, fireball and lightning bolts for my offensive spells, the dungeon bashing was much better and the armor and weapons never was better than +3. Instead now they are +6 and every fighter has magic items (not just temporary potions) that brings their strength up into the low twenties like they were giants. Of course all this is needed when you take on the full sized sentient dragons, but you only have to battle one of those at a time, rather than a couple Beholders, some Ilithids, some 16th level Drow, and a half dozen of their minions with your party of six plus a few summoned monsters of your own, and the battles now take place in real time. Arrrgggh, it is just too much to handle for this old codger.

Anyone else want to use the soapbox :question:
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Post#8 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

I much prefer action RPG's a la Baldur's Gate or the old SNES games The Legend of Zelda and The Secret of Mana. Turn based RPG's always end up becoming more work than there storylines are worth... at least for me. The other extreme would be those games where you end up with one weapon or spell or combinations of the two that are effective 99% of the time. Then the whole thing just becomes tedious, constantly repeating the same action over and over until the battle is done.

Don't get me wrong, I love RPG's. But I prefer more time spent on storyline or character developement or even map exploration than overwrought menu surfing. Give me a sword or a bow, a handfull of spells, some magic healing items and such, and a kick @$$ story and I'll be good to go.
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Post#9 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Well,I like RPG's somehow-specially Diablo1 and 2(i only finished the 1st one) and strategy-Heroes 3 of Might and Magic.Has anyone played Evolution?Not Evolution4x4 but Evolution!!!!??I think it's the most interesting game concept ever.

But I haven't played any game in 2 or 3 months(except some short Counterstrike blastings with some friends).

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Post#10 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Who likes Sonic the Hedgehog?

I'll get my coat.....
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