What old games have you dredged up recently and why?

Vrikk wrote:

Ever play Another World? Damn fine piece of software right there. It's really the only thing I can think of to add to the growing list.

One of the finest games ever made. Also known as Out of this World.

I just fired up Sacred last night and man I'm having a blast. All the Diablo 3 talk and reading up on Sacred 2 got me in the mood. Sacred might actually be my favorite hack-and-slash game.

I'm always playing some old game or other (Diablo II, Freelancer, Starcraft, and a few of the Lucasarts adventures are permanent residents on my hard drive). At the moment though I'm on a epic trip through D&D videogame history, starting with Pool of Radiance - which I'm nearing the end of - and mixing it up with newer efforts like Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights.

Since I have a lot of new HD space and am in a sci-fi mood, I've reinstalled the following games because:

Star Wolves - Never finished
Freelancer - Need to play at least once a year with mods
Parkan II - Never finished
Hardwar - Love to revisit this one every so often
Terminus - I also love to revisit this one from time to time
Independence War - Another one that needs to be revisited
Independence War 2 - Never finished due to annoying missions, but I'll give it another go
Klingon Academy - Probably one of the best sci-fi cap ship sims ever

Will I have time to play all these regularly? Probably not, but I love dabbling.

Swabbleflange wrote:

At the moment though I'm on a epic trip through D&D videogame history, starting with Pool of Radiance - which I'm nearing the end of - and mixing it up with newer efforts like Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights.

I'm constantly getting the urge to play through the gold box games, for the life of me I can 't remember where I put my disks.....maybe that's a good thing

With AoC not rocking right now I'm playing Neverwinter Nights 2 and the Total War games. I couldn't believe when I patched NWN2 that it had been almost 2 years since I last played. It sure didn't feel like that long.

Sorry guys couldnt resist bring this post back....

For me these are classics I keep going back to....

Under A killing Moon
Pandora Directive
tex Murphy Overseer
Civ III
Colonization
Fallout
Fallout 2
Fallout Tactics
Covert Action
Steel Panthers III
Privateer
Freelancer
Shogun Total War
Pirates! (2004 edition)
X-Com 1
Rollercoaster Tycoon II
Sam and Max Hit the road
Master Of Orion II
Hearts of Iron II

I try to get to most of these every year, more and more I am becoming a classic gamer and not a current gamer.

I installed Planescape Torment last night with all of its mods and patches. I don't know when I'll start playing it, but it's at least sitting there on my laptop ready to go.

WWII Online, NWN2, Europa Universalis III, and Hearts of Iron II for me lately.

Diablo II: LoD - not because of the announcement, but because I found out from a post about the D3 announcement that you can register your store-bought cd keys at the blizzard store and download the games from it. (I wish Stardock and Steam would allow this!) Of course, once it downloaded, I had to "try" it...for about 10 hours

Breath of Fire (SNES) - played this a while 14 years ago, but never got too far...determined to see it through this time (although much to my chagrin, it's turning out to be VERY long!)

Grim Fandango - intend to start this up very soon. Reinstalled it earlier today.

BlackSheep wrote:

WWII Online, NWN2, Europa Universalis III, and Hearts of Iron II for me lately.

Does EUIII even count as an oldie? I mean, after the current expansion it's pretty much a new game. Still, the last two are always installed on my machine. You never know when the urge to make Tuscany a world power or win WWII as Switzerland strikes.

Been playing a little gem called Nox lately. I always seem to reinstall it and play it through every couple of years. Was pretty obscure even when it came out I think, although it was made by Westwood. Not someone you'd be expecting to make an action-RPG. It was a great game anyway, but really shined in multiplayer. The interface was way ahead of its time, in fact it almost feels a little like WoW in some ways. It also has one of the coolest weapons in gaming history in the form of the conjurer's crossbow. Damn that thing was awesome!

wanderingtaoist wrote:
BlackSheep wrote:

WWII Online, NWN2, Europa Universalis III, and Hearts of Iron II for me lately.

Does EUIII even count as an oldie? I mean, after the current expansion it's pretty much a new game. Still, the last two are always installed on my machine. You never know when the urge to make Tuscany a world power or win WWII as Switzerland strikes.

Well... its franchise is pretty old, and I'd say any game you can get in the bargain bin can be considered 'old.' I just saw EUIII for $9 at Half-Price books the other day. I think that pretty much dates things. I love the Paradox games of this sort because of their endless playability. My favorite was Crusader Kings -- playing the Duke that starts in the bottom of the Italian boot and then quickly crushing Naples and Sicilly always made a world power out of you. Combined with the proximity of the Holy Land, it made gouging out large swaths of territory easier in the south, which made taking on the Holy Roman Empire easier and collecting those northern Italian lands. Mucho fun.

I'm so freakin' bummed.

Between the "What is your top 15 PC games of all time?" thread and the "Mod to play Planescape, Baldurs, Icewind series in High Resolution" thread, I've been jonesing to dig out and install Planescape: Torment on my spiffy new laptop.

The roadblock is that I currently have a bunch of my stuff in an off-site storage space. I went by there this weekend to drop a couple things off, and more importantly to dig up the box that had my old pc games, including the coveted four-disc version of Planescape. I checked the most accessible boxes with no luck. The game is buried somewhere deep in there, but apparently I have to pull everything out to get access. Too tall a task at the moment.

Boo.

At this point, I'd be willing to buy a second copy of the game online, but Amazon.com and such only have the game starting at $75 and above. Pshaw!

Redwing wrote:

Been playing a little gem called Nox lately. I always seem to reinstall it and play it through every couple of years. Was pretty obscure even when it came out I think, although it was made by Westwood. Not someone you'd be expecting to make an action-RPG. It was a great game anyway, but really shined in multiplayer. The interface was way ahead of its time, in fact it almost feels a little like WoW in some ways. It also has one of the coolest weapons in gaming history in the form of the conjurer's crossbow. Damn that thing was awesome!

Heh, I LOVED Nox, played the hell out it back in the day. I actually enjoyed it a lot more than Diablo.

Aaron, you may have to get lucky on Ebay to find that version. Years ago I bought it for about $30, and that included the 4-disk holder and the instruction manual.

BlackSheep wrote:

My favorite was Crusader Kings -- playing the Duke that starts in the bottom of the Italian boot and then quickly crushing Naples and Sicilly always made a world power out of you. Combined with the proximity of the Holy Land, it made gouging out large swaths of territory easier in the south, which made taking on the Holy Roman Empire easier and collecting those northern Italian lands. Mucho fun.

I've tried to play Crusader Kings: Deus Vult lately, but sometimes, it just feels as though there isn't enough for you to do. There's too much downtime with little input. I love the concept, but it just isn't as fleshed out as it could be. If it were as deep as Romance of the Three Kingdoms 7, 8, or 10, it would be great.

I tried Diablo 2 over the weekend (with the expansion) since it seems like EVERYONE is playing D2 again. I didn't really "get" Diablo then, and I still don't. You just walk around and click the mouse. Maybe I'm missing something, but I just couldn't get into it.

I just ordered Fallout 1 and 2 because I've [sacrilege]never played either of them[/sacrilege], and I want to find out why so many people are like a five year old on Christmas Eve at the prospect of Fallout 3.

I played through Fallout 2 again right before I got my new laptop, but then again, before the new hardware, all I could play were old bargin-bin and out of print games.

Some of my favorites, though, are:

Unreal Tournament: GOTY (The rest kinda... suck, but that one rules.)
System Shock 1 & 2
Planescape: Torment
Fallout 2

Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa!

Ok, so, it's not really that old for most people, since before coming to the Wii Virtual Console, it only came out in Japan. Oddly enough, however, I played an import of this game back in 1989, about a year after it came out. I remember being told it was Baby Mario, and although I knew it wasn't made by Nintendo and wasn't actually Mario, I still knew it by that name until just recently. It's a fun little side-scrolling platformer where you play as a baby with a magical rattle that turns nearby enemies into slowly rising platforms. You can knock them around to kill other enemies, as well. And you jump crazy high for a baby. Oh, and in the first world, you travel through a land made of candy! The second level has you eating your way through a cake!

It's surprisingly difficult, though. I'm stuck on 2-1 because I can't get across a chasm of cherries. The cherries fall as soon as you land on them, and you basically have to time your jumps just right to get across. It's difficult because, while most of the controls are pretty solid, there's a bit of wonkiness when you land on these falling cherries.

Still, I love it and feel it was definitely worth the 600 Wii Points.

Now if only Nintendo would release the other unofficial "Mario" game of my youth, Invisible Mario. Won't happen, though. It wasn't an import. It was a ROM hack that rearranged most of the graphics of Super Mario Bros. but didn't actually rearrange where everything really was in the game. The only way to get through the game was to have memorized Super Mario Bros. I beat this game without using any warps as a child. I had way too much free time.

ApplepieChamploo wrote:

I just ordered Fallout 1 and 2 because I've [sacrilege]never played either of them[/sacrilege], and I want to find out why so many people are like a five year old on Christmas Eve at the prospect of Fallout 3.

My Fallout imports came from the US this weekend, make sure you patch them up before playing. Playing 1 and finding it pretty tough, those conventions that we are used to are missed by their absence, but I'm liking so far. Started 3 times already to get a feel for different characters, but I'm going to continue with the one I'm using now.

ApplepieChamploo wrote:

I just ordered Fallout 1 and 2 because I've [sacrilege]never played either of them[/sacrilege], and I want to find out why so many people are like a five year old on Christmas Eve at the prospect of Fallout 3.

I'm in the same boat you are. I've never played either Fallout 1 or 2. I think I'm going to have to order them and give them a try.

divorced wrote:

I tried Diablo 2 over the weekend (with the expansion) since it seems like EVERYONE is playing D2 again. I didn't really "get" Diablo then, and I still don't. You just walk around and click the mouse. Maybe I'm missing something, but I just couldn't get into it.

You aren't alone. Whatever they try to tell you.

IMHO, Diablo is right up there with the MSG series as "games which lead you to question the conception of man as nature's final word".

MSG series? There's a series of games about monosodium glutamate?

MrDeVil909 wrote:
ApplepieChamploo wrote:

I just ordered Fallout 1 and 2 because I've [sacrilege]never played either of them[/sacrilege], and I want to find out why so many people are like a five year old on Christmas Eve at the prospect of Fallout 3.

make sure you patch them up before playing.

I'm on Vista so I'm looking forward to them working at all

ApplepieChamploo wrote:
MrDeVil909 wrote:
ApplepieChamploo wrote:

I just ordered Fallout 1 and 2 because I've [sacrilege]never played either of them[/sacrilege], and I want to find out why so many people are like a five year old on Christmas Eve at the prospect of Fallout 3.

make sure you patch them up before playing.

I'm on Vista so I'm looking forward to them working at all :D

Works perfectly. If you get graphical glitches apparently that is fixable by running as administrator, but I haven't had issue.

MrDeVil909 wrote:
ApplepieChamploo wrote:
MrDeVil909 wrote:
ApplepieChamploo wrote:

I just ordered Fallout 1 and 2 because I've [sacrilege]never played either of them[/sacrilege], and I want to find out why so many people are like a five year old on Christmas Eve at the prospect of Fallout 3.

make sure you patch them up before playing.

I'm on Vista so I'm looking forward to them working at all :D

Works perfectly. If you get graphical glitches apparently that is fixable by running as administrator, but I haven't had issue.

Good stuff.

I also tried to dig out Poy Poy 2 but the disc was scratched and unplayable. /cry

Veloxi wrote:

Heh, I LOVED Nox, played the hell out it back in the day. I actually enjoyed it a lot more than Diablo. ;)

I loved it too, perhaps because it felt a little more hands on to me. Where in Diablo it was mostly a click-fest, you actually had to be really fast with your quick keys in Nox to survive. The death-matches in that had more in common with Quake than Diablo, they were so fast paced. But better for it I think, a game with the potential to create many a water-cooler moment!

So, my first ever game of Fallout. Shot some rats in a cave. Got outside. Went across the desert for a bit. Got jumped and killed by a quartet of mantises (mantisii?). Ron Perlman telling me my bones are being polished by the wind, or something along those lines.

Have I missed something here?

ApplepieChamploo wrote:

So, my first ever game of Fallout. Shot some rats in a cave. Got outside. Went across the desert for a bit. Got jumped and killed by a quartet of mantises (mantisii?). Ron Perlman telling me my bones are being polished by the wind, or something along those lines.

Have I missed something here?

Yes, save frequently. Save after every battle, save before every battle, save in between every battle, save before traveling, save after traveling. Grandfather your saves. Even if you make a perfect character an enemy can get a lucky critical and you're toast.

You may also want to check an FAQ to see how to generate a character properly, most purists would say that this is a bad thing, but I want to get through the games before 3 arrives, and I found out I was making basically broken characters.

Started playing Arcanum after borrowing it from a friend. It's....interesting. Not very refined and the combat seems confusing. I'm only about 30 minutes into it.