What old games have you dredged up recently and why?

I've recently started to play Diablo II. I'm a little embarrassed to say that I did so completely in response to all the hype surrounding DIII.

What's more, I've never even been a fan of this series... or the action dungeon-crawling genre in general. I can remember calling the original Diablo a Gauntlet clone, and a carpal tunnel-inducing click fest.

I've put at least 10 hours into the game now, and I am enjoying it despite my criticisms. Perhaps WOW has desynthesized me to the grind- and loot- oriented gameplay.

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?

Where did you get a hold of a copy of fallout that runs on a modern rig?

AmazingZoidberg wrote:

Where did you get a hold of a copy of fallout that runs on a modern rig?

http://www.amazon.com/Global-Softwar...

Not sure if there's any difference between the games on this DVD version and the original CD's, but the original CD versions run on my modern laptop pretty well.

Radical Ans wrote:
AmazingZoidberg wrote:

Where did you get a hold of a copy of fallout that runs on a modern rig?

http://www.amazon.com/Global-Softwar...

Not sure if there's any difference between the games on this DVD version and the original CD's, but the original CD versions run on my modern laptop pretty well.

Thanks for the heads up.

Am I the only person who prefers Diablo to Diablo 2? Any Hellfire fans out there?

See if you can make sense of this. The Diablo 2 digital download is $20 on the Blizzard Store, and the Diablo 2 expansion is an additional $20. Diablo 1 is not available for digital download, nor is the Battle Chest. The Battle Chest is...still...$40 at retail. So for the same price online I get one less game and don't get the two strategy guides? Huh? Reportedly you can register a Battle Chest bought retail for the online benefits (no CD)? And people are buying it! I've looked in stores in my area but it's sold out. After that, I'm through with physical copies of Diablo. When they have the battle chest, not just Diablo 2, available for digital download, I'll bite.

I dredged up Sacred: Underworld because of Felicia Day's reference to a Diablo-like indy game and all the Diablo 3 announcements..... I don't know why, but it was through six or less sphere's of association I'm sure.

Keithustus wrote:

Am I the only person who prefers Diablo to Diablo 2? Any Hellfire fans out there?

See if you can make sense of this. The Diablo 2 digital download is $20 on the Blizzard Store, and the Diablo 2 expansion is an additional $20. Diablo 1 is not available for digital download, nor is the Battle Chest. The Battle Chest is...still...$40 at retail. So for the same price online I get one less game and don't get the two strategy guides? Huh? Reportedly you can register a Battle Chest bought retail for the online benefits (no CD)? And people are buying it! I've looked in stores in my area but it's sold out. After that, I'm through with physical copies of Diablo. When they have the battle chest, not just Diablo 2, available for digital download, I'll bite.

You also get the strategy guide for Diablo 2 with the battle chest...

nsmike wrote:

You also get the strategy guide for Diablo 2 with the battle chest...

Unfortunately, it's out of date now that they've patched Diablo 2 so many times.

Being in self-imposed exile in the last gen (other things are consuming my disposable income), I've been doing a lot of dredging up...well, not so much dredging up, but traveling back and visiting seriously for the first time, classics I missed in the years between the NES and the Playstation 2 years (I was out of the console world for a while...)

At the moment, I've got active game saves for:

Final Fantasy VII - after an aborted attempt a couple of years back); which I'm enjoying, except for what seems like a wonky control scheme (since my first game system in years was a PS2, I guess).

Grand Theft Auto III - I've had this game for years, but honestly never devoted any time to doing anything else but causing some traffic carnage until recently.

Recently finsihed Fallout, about to embark on Fallout 2.

Why?

Fallout 3. Simple as that.

Diablo 2 doesn't really take off until level 30 for a lot of the classes. (sorceress especially)
Even with the classes that start off powerful, really get moving in act 5. (the expansion act)

I'm with you in preferring Diablo 1 (and Hellfire). It held my attention throughout the entire game, for several playthroughs. For me, D2 starts off great in Act 1, fizzles a bit in act 2, is downright dull in 3 and most of 4, and then really shines in act 5.

Just started back into Jagged Alliance 2 based on a thread here. Good times.

I bought the Titan Quest pack off of Steam in response to the D3 hype...and damn, this is a really good game. Totally just a D2 clone, but with better graphics, good design, etc. Feels like Diablo 2.5 to me. I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for that fix.

The class/character spec system is surprisingly deep and fun. I'd say this is a generally underrated game.

Just finished Titan Quest and it's expansion very recently. Definitely quite a good game (the loot dropped felt a little imbalanced though - ended up getting quite powerful stuff early on which never really got replaced with anything better for a LONG time).

Now that's out of the way - In search of another action RPG - I've been trying 'Fate' (which to my surprise is now free to play with advertising up front) and Dungeon Siege 2 (which is another game I never really finished).

I picked up Burnout 3 a couple weeks ago for only $8 at a used games place. Still as viscerally awesome as I remember it to be and much less frustrating to actually play the game than I found Paradise to be.

Let's see... I'm back into playing the usual suspects, such as Diablo, Diablo 2, Starcraft, and Brood War with the announcement of Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3. With every summer comes our yearly Alaska trip, and I generally end up playing Icewind Dale 2 while we're up there because it seems like a fitting game to play. Maybe this summer I'll actually end up beating it.

In other games, I ended up replaying Parasite Eve 2, starting Parasite Eve 1 (both fantastic games -- though I was finally able to beat Parasite Eve 2 this time around, guess it finally grew on me) replaying and beating Megaman Legends and the SNES version of Shaodwrun. Both of those only took me about 6-7 hours each, which was a solid overnight gaming session. And now, as we speak, I'm about to get cracking on the Genesis version of Shadowrun, which I hope to finish tonight.

As an aside, though: I'm really tempted to give that epic BG I & II together patch a shot, except the only expansion that I'm missing is Tales of the Sword Coast. Does this matter, or do I absolutely have to have both expansions to use that patch?

My problem is that I never seem to get around to playing new games. I've been playing a lot of Fire Emblem lately, and I had been replaying Fallout 2, but I got sidetracked and haven't touched it recently, leaving it in limbo like my third PS:Torment game. I also really need to get around to playing through Longest Journey (and then Dreamfall I suppose).

Let's see... I'm also a little into a new game of Earthbound, one of my flatmates was demonstrating Battle Isle 3 to me, and I really want to replay Baldur's Gate for the seventy-millionth time using BGTutu (and so the BG2 engine) as, yes... a sorceror... that'll be a change from playing a wizard like usual. Yep, totally different (I have a strange affliction in RPGs where I just replay refinements of the same preferred character type, rather than actually different things for some reason).

Oh, and I've recently had a compulsion to replay Wizardry 6 -- because then, if I buy Wizardry 8 and dig up my copy of 7, I can play across the entire trilogy with the same party in a single epic adventure, which my faerie ninja tells me would be awesome.

Did I mention I'm at an advanced stage in my PhD, and so don't technically have any actual free time? I'm so screwed [holds head in hands].

Thanks to WipeOut (big thanks bud) I got free access to Half LIfe 2 and Episode 1. Never played them before and I have already finished the main game (nice two weekends of fun) .

Now on to Episode 1

Fallout 2 (because, of course, of the Fallout 3 hype). I want to try it differently, but I have trouble actually doing it. Playing as a sniper just works so damn well, I feel like I'm gimping myself to do it any other way. Maybe I'll try speech/barter guy, but I don't know how I'm going to actually kill things that way...

Oh, and purely as a brag: I picked up my copy of the 4-disc Planescape package used for $1.99 at EB about two years ago.

A friend of mine gave me an X-Com novel he found in a used book store, so I absolutely had to jump back into the game. It hooks me every time I fire it up.

The book, alas, was not so good.

Well, I just got a new laptop and was trying to convince myself that Vista deserved a fair shot before reformatting and installing XP. So, I began installing a whole bunch of old stuff to see what didn't work with Vista (64). Of the first 5 games I tried, 3 would not work. Not looking good for Vista. At that point, I'd given up...until I found out how daunting a task installing XP was going to be. So while I pondered it some more, I installed some more stuff to see what happened, and was happy to see that almost everything else worked fine!

So, with my new 8800 GTS-equipped system, I'm reliving "top-end" games like Doom 3, Farcry, Portal, Flight Sim X, and Neverwinter Nights. Older games I'm enjoying are Diablo 2, Simcity 4, RC Tycoon 3. But what I'm really enjoying is UT2004. It's been so long since I've played it, I forgot how bad I am at it, but it's a blast nonetheless. I even downloaded the UT3 demo--wow it's purdy!

One old game I'm surprised worked is a little-known title called Moonbase Commander. A great, simple combination of strategy and skill.

It's really been a treat to relive these older games playing them maxed out.

BTW, if anyone has gotten Galciv, Shattered Union, Darkstar One, or Massive Assault to work on Vista64, let me know!

Veloxi wrote:

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.

Ah! Major points for knowing Hardwar! Such an awesome piece of simulation.
I am stuck in IWar2 at the mission where you hide, then are supposed to follow a jumped-in ship. I can't figure out how to do it correctly -- you?
I think I broke the mission by SAVING after securing my hiding spot. Maybe broke the script or something.

From your playlist, I need to find the ones I have not played.

I've actually not gotten that far in I-War 2 because the puzzle-like missions keep pissing me off. Once day I'll return to finish it. And yeah, Hardwar is the shiznit. Loooooooooove that game.

chalk me up for fallouts as well.

i've also been playing Beyond good an evil again after seeing that trailer. great game.

Beyond good and evil also got me playing a really old DOS game called Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure that I loved when I was a kid. Surprisingly, it's aged well.

Am I the only person who prefers Diablo to Diablo 2? Any Hellfire fans out there?

Amen Brothah; the simple fact that you can *clear the levels* in Diablo 1 made all the difference for me. In the second one enemies respawn whenever you reload the game. This was an affront so egregious to me compared to the simple beauty of "purifying" the dungeon through dedication found in the first one that I actually contacted Blizzard's tech support over it, hoping against hope that it was some hideous bug/feature that could be adjusted. Sadly, it was a gameplay 'feature' and I quickly threw D2 to the wolves on eBay, and D1 reigned once more.

Did you ever play the Abyssal (abyssmal?) mod? Now that was some fun co-op! I remember being killed in one hit by bats in the lower levels; I think I died over 100 times making it to the bottom using that mod. Good times!

I've started Pikmin 2. I really liked the core gameplay of the first Pikmin, but the time system seemed broken to me. I didn't mind that there are only so many hours before sunset to accomplish your goals. What seemed broken is that you have a limited number of days. If you miss a goal or two early on, I think it's impossible to win. That's why I gave up on it. Pikmin 2 tells you what day you're on, but as far as I can tell, you have as many days as you need. I'm enjoying it so far.

Puce Moose wrote:

Amen Brothah; the simple fact that you can *clear the levels* in Diablo 1 made all the difference for me. In the second one enemies respawn whenever you reload the game. This was an affront so egregious to me compared to the simple beauty of "purifying" the dungeon through dedication found in the first one that I actually contacted Blizzard's tech support over it, hoping against hope that it was some hideous bug/feature that could be adjusted.

Now that was one thing I didn't actually mind. It helped me level- and item-grind a bit in anticipation of some of the bosses, such as Diablo (where the grinding ultimately proved futile, as it was just non-stop death and corpse-running), and Ball (where it did help quite a bit).

I'm attempting a playthrough of the Baldur's Gate series, but it hasn't aged well.

Mario 64 because we got a Wii.

Mario Galaxy is such a failure in comparison.