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Mr. Matt VIP Member

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#1 14 years ago

Hey, we've got a 'biggest gaming letdown' thread. Seemed appropriate to counter the bad with the good. If it's been done recently, I do apologise. I hate when people do that. I don't remember one and I did a quick search so I should be safe up to about 2001 threads (when I stopped looking :D). What games did you pick up, and say, 'meh, worth a go I suppose', and then later decide it to be one of your favourites? I have a few. Starlancer wasn't really my sort of game. Space simulators. Not the sort of thing I would usually buy. But, I played the demo, and thought 'it's not too bad', and went out and bought it. Which was no easy task, I think I got the last copy in the town. It was a year or two after it had been released, y'see. Anyway, I played it through, and then played it through again, and then played it through again, and it's now one of my all-time favourites. Urban Assault was the same, really. Although it took me a long time to buy it. I have to tell a story, I'm sorry. When I was young, very young, before a lot of people here were even born, we had a PC. Which was unusual back then. My dad, you see, was a partner in a business which built them, and designed software. And he brought it home for himself. It was very good back then, a top-of-the-line Intel 486 BEAST, with Windows 3.1 installed on it. And DOS. We had a few games on there too, like Commander Keen and Out of this World. Anyway, his partner screwed him over and we ended up rather poor for a few years as he tried to make his own business. Didn't work very well, and we were left with this 486 machine rotting away. Eventually, he got a job. A year later when we were fairly well-off again, we bought a new PC. I wasn't much interested in it at the time. I had naturally learned how they work, and could have dismantled it and rebuilt it in five minutes if I'd wanted, but I wasn't very interested in it. I'd even stopped playing my Mega Drive a while ago. My dad and my sister were fascinated by it though. I walked in one day to see them struggling on some game or another. It was the Urban Assault demo. They were having trouble with the simplest of things on the training missions. I could see what they should have been doing, and they gave up and let me on it. And I finished it for them. And I finished it again. And again. And again. Almost a year later, I finally bothered to hunt down a copy -- which wasn't an easy task, again. And to this day, I still install it and play it once in a while. I even have a website about it. In some small way, I suppose you can thank Urban Assault for me even being on a gaming forum. Age of Empires 2. I was never really bothered with strategy games. Except for Urban Assault, of course, which was sort-of like strategy and first person shooter combined. But I won a copy (well, two actually, for some reason) from a magazine (PC Gaming World if I'm not mistaken. My name was in it and everything -- me's famous :D :uhm: ), and decided to play it. I didn't have enough RAM (I still wasn't much of a 'hardcore' gamer then, you see; I did have 32mb, but 4mb of that was being used for shared graphics). Which was an arse. But, it was the first thing I'd ever won and I was determined to play it, so I bought a 256MB chip and finally got it switched on. And Age of Empires 2 is now amongst my most treasured games, and got me playing countless other games including the (IMO) superior Rise of Nations. JK2, and as a result of playing JK2, JK1. My friend had it and was raving about it. I didn't much like Star Wars at the time. Well, I had never bothered to see it, anyway. But he forced me to borrow his copy. And I played it. And I now consider it one of the greatest games ever. I later went and bought JK1 and its expansion, and played that. I couldn't find DF though. Which led on to KotOR. I had played one or two RPGs briefly before, and didn't think much of them. But I went and bought KotOR anyway, because I had lots of money but I was bored. And at the moment, I consider it THE best game in my collection. I guess the moral of my long-winded stories, if you were looking for one in the first place, would be not to knock something till you've tried it. Anyway, don't worry, I don't expect you to type as much as I did. I'm famous around here for typing more than I need to, and I've been doing it a lot lately. Anyway, just say which games you played not expecting much out of, and then finding they were the best things since sliced bread. Or picked bananas. Whatever you think is the best thing.




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#2 14 years ago

well i never was a big fan of strategy games and one day i saw a friend playing warcraft 3 the frozen throne..it looked really stupid to me..he told me to try it out,and i got addicted it was so good..




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#3 14 years ago

Urban Assault, is that the game when you're a black woman that puts handcuffs on bad guys? If that's the game I remember the demo, it kicked ass. I remeber that I had Commander Keen when I was very young, I remeber that me and my sister used to play that ping pong game he had in hes watch.

My list is:

Unreal Tournament: Didn't think that it would be so fun, but now I think that it's one of the best FPS ever made, I remeber that assault map with the boat, I just loved that map! Never bought any of it's successors though.

Police quest: Swat 2: Didn't have much thought in this game but it's one kick ass game!

Delta Force: This was also a surprise for me, and the graphics kicked ass for it's time.




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#4 14 years ago
Urban Assault, is that the game when you're a black woman that puts handcuffs on bad guys?

No, I think that was called something else. Even if it wasn't, this is a different game I'm talking about. Released in 1998 I think, made by Terratools or some company that's long since gone out of business, and published by Microsoft. Hmm. I think the URL is http://www.microsoft.com/games/urbanassault but even if that's wrong, you can probably find it from there. I can't check right now, I'm at work. Basically, UA was a strategy/FPS hybrid. You were a person hooked up to this huge war machine called a 'host station', fighting for the 'Resistance'. The atmosphere/ozone layer had been damaged beyond repair, in the 'Big Mistake', and humans were forced to live in biodomes all over the place. This caused some wars. In the meantime, some aliens called 'Mykonians' thought that Earth would be an excellent battery (that's what they referred to it as, actually) and built a 'harvester', which was sapping the heat from the Earth's core. Which didn't make the climate problems any better, as you can imagine. Anyway, you then had to fight against several different factions right across from Britain to Eastern Europe to get to this Harvester and destroy it before it destroyed the world. You could take about four/five different routes, but it was best to complete all the regions before the final battle, as some of them contained tech upgrades. The factions other than the Resistance were the Ghorkovs, the Taerkastens, the Sulgogars (weird plant-based lifeforms, hanging around in North Africa / Southern Europe where it was nice and warm -- they ate people, as I recall), the 'Black Sect' (bunch of pirates, they use a powerful Resistance host station. It was originally built for you to use, but they stole and reproduced the prototype. They also use vehicles from all the other factions -- they don't really have anything unique except for the host station and their flak cannons), and the alien Mykonians. A host station could use plasma energy extracted from power stations, which in turn extracted it from deep beneath the Earth's crust, to create solid objects, such as tanks and planes and buildings. They were all drones, though, controlled by the Host Station. You start off sitting in the host station. Although it's a strategy game in nature, you are actually IN the action. You get a transparent map to control everything, in its own window, and a 'squadron manager'. You could jump into tanks and planes and stuff and control them for yourself, which would give that unit and its entire squadron an armour, power and weapon upgrade (as well as some intelligence...). It was a massive game, especially in the later battles. You really had to use your noggin to win the later missions, because the maps are huge and you can't just beat your enemy with a tank rush. You have to slowly eat up their territory (power stations produce more power if you have more territory), and box them up, before a final strike. A very, very good game. Not without its flaws, granted, but then even Half-Life had some flaws. I think the demo's only 14mb. It's got unique missions in it too, none of them are in the full game. I'd DL it, it's not very big. It's hard to explain everything properly.




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#5 14 years ago

Warcraft 3. I saw tht and though, it sunds a bit wier, but i played a deo and got hoked on it. Now I love that game... Same thing with Deus Ex. Somehowi hadn't heard of it, and saw it in a shop fo £5, when i read the blurb, thought it sounded good. Now it is one of my favorite games......




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#6 14 years ago

Doom 3. In the beginning I thought it was overrated and overhyped until I got it and it was actually pretty good.




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#7 14 years ago

fire emblem

I had a bit of cash to spare and I just randomly bought it because I read a nice review about it... turned out to be the best gba game I ever played. spent over 150 hours on it now, still hooked.




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#8 14 years ago

Star Wars Galaxies - for the true old movies lovers out there, downloaded the trial for the hell of it, and I was hooked after half an hour, who doesnt want to hunt Jedi and just generally kick ass as a Boba Fett look-alike?




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#9 14 years ago

Biggest suprise..hmmm it's hard to think about it you know but...

Battlefield 1942 when i first played was kind of amazing, as vehicular combat merged with infantry was kind of new.




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#10 14 years ago

-Fallout- I'v always been a RPG fan, but Fallout really change my out look on how good RPG's could be, just the sheer amount of replay-ablity made fallout 1-2 such great games. Nothing more to say really, it was a great game.

-Army Men 2-,Say what you want about this game. Buggy? you bet, Bad command over your solders? indeed. Bad graphics? even for their time it was pretty bad. But despite all those problems it was a great Squad-Based, Skill driven game.

Online the game was great honestly. It was fun because of the fact that you were able to pick and choose what units you wanted to use for that map online, depending on how much money the game is set to, you had to set a balance between offence units like soldiers(Machineguns, flame throwers, Motors etc) and offencive tanks/jeeps/apcs/boats. And defending your base flag unless it was King of the hill.