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#1 Mango

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 08:12 PM

I'm getting a MacBook Pro within a couple of weeks and I'm wondering which PC games I should try under Boot Camp. So, I'm looking for your recommendations of "must-play" PC games for which there are no Mac versions. Let me add that I like pretty much any genre of video game except ones that have excessive resource gathering/building (like Age of Empires).

Are Far Cry and Oblivion worth buying? Any recommendations?

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 08:35 PM

View PostMango, on June 11th 2007, 07:12 PM, said:

Are Far Cry and Oblivion worth buying? Any recommendations?

They're not the best of their respective genres, but they'll do if you're desperate.

I'd suggest, by genre then order of importance:

Stealth and/or Horror:
System Shock 2
Thief 1-3
Splinter Cell 2-3

Role playing:
Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines
The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind - Oblivion
Stalker

Real time strategy:
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1-2
Supreme Commander

Real time tactics:
Shogun: to Medieval: Total War

Shooters:
Max Payne 2
Half Life 1-2
Rainbow Six: Vegas

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 08:38 PM

Galactic Civilizations II: Dreadlords + Expansion
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 09:07 PM

Another for Half-Life 2 and HL2 Episode 1. I normally don't like FPSes, but HL2 and on are works of art.

I also highly recommend Every Extend. It's free, and you can google for it and find a download off Download.com.

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 09:11 PM

These are already some good suggestions. I completely forgot about the Thief series and I didn't realize that Splinter Cell 2 & 3 for available for PCs. I thought they were console-only games.

Has anyone played "Beyond Good & Evil"? It's another Ubisoft game that I've heard good things about.

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 11:25 PM

I honestly can't think of any games on the Windows side that tempt me.
I tried Oblivion but it didn't hold my attention.
I have VTM: Bloodlines, and while it seems intriguing, it is not rebootworthy.
Does anybody know of any single player RPGs similar in scope to Baldur's Gate, Planescape Torment, or Fallout?
I haven't heard anything good about Neverwinter Nights 2. I am however, enjoying Icewind Dale 2 in VMWare.
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 02:27 AM

View PostMango, on June 12th 2007, 05:11 AM, said:

Has anyone played "Beyond Good & Evil"? It's another Ubisoft game that I've heard good things about.
I tried to, but the game wasn't playable on my MBP. That actually was the second Ubisoft game that made trouble: Silent Hunter III didn't run either.

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 07:23 AM

View PostMango, on June 11th 2007, 09:12 PM, said:

Are Far Cry and Oblivion worth buying? Any recommendations?

Far Cry- Adventure on a tropical island is definitely worth trying for its sneak and free roaming aspects. See the hill, way over there in the distance?- You can run/drive/swim to it without a noticeable scene load. As I recall, there is a nuke somewhere about to go off...

Oblivion is outstanding. But there are Morrowind fanatics who were not happy with it. I have Morrowind on my list to play. If you haven't seen check out the Oblivion FAQ in this forum.

Half Life 2- The supreme solo shooter. The single most impressive game of it's kind.

Half Life (original)- despite lesser graphics by todays standards one of the great solo shooter adventures.

Total War:Medieval (the original)- RTS at it's best with very large armies and an outstanding hybrid game- both RTS and strategy elements. I've not played the new version.

VTM:Bloodlines- A Good RPG. I enjoyed it.

System Shock 2- All most forgot, outstanding suspense and atmospherics.

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 09:31 AM

A lot of repeats here, but here are some of my favorites, in no particular order:

Half-Life 1 + Blue Shift + Opposing Force: The original still holds up after all these years, and the two expansion packs are fun.

HL2 + Episode 1: Probably the best straight-up FPS I've ever played, the design in this game is brilliant.

Vampire:Bloodlines: Fun RPG/FPS hybrid

System Shock 2: One of my all time favorites - precursor to Deus Ex, excellent RPG/FPS/Survival Horror game

Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War: Good RTS, nice attention to detail, feels a bit like Starcraft, has some nice additions to RTS gameplay. There's very little resource gathering in it.

Oblivion: Sure, it's shallower than they would like to pretend it is, but a good free-roaming RPG nonetheless, and it sure is pretty.

Deus Ex 2: Yes, it's a disappointment compared with the first, but it's still one of the more intelligent shooters out there, and I liked it.

I've heard excellent things about Beyond Good & Evil, though I haven't gotten around to it yet - it's on my list along with Stalker.
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 11:06 AM

Even though I'm not a FPS fan (hardly at all in fact) I'd definitely put Half Life 2 on any list. It looks stunning. (And grab Garry's Mod too). Any of the first three Total War series (Shogun, Medieval, Rome). I like Titan Quest a lot as well (despite nuking my Windows partition without saving all of my son's characters ... that resulted in a really good cry).

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 12:53 PM

View Postbobbob, on June 11th 2007, 07:35 PM, said:

Rainbow Six: Vegas
That game is waaaaaay too hard...or maybe its just because i hate tactical shooters.

You should go and try out battlefield 2. it has supreme multiplayer.

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 03:07 PM

Here's a quick list:

Dark Messiah (1st person action-RPG)

F.E.A.R (psycho intense and creepy shooter)

Infernal (3rd person shooter)

Stalker (the game of all time!)

C&C3 Tiberium Wars and/or Supreme Commander. (RTS.)

"stealth" titles

Thief: Deadly Shadows

Splinter Cell: Double Agent

Manhunt

I'll echo what some of the others said. Oblivion is good, but not much too my liking. (I prefer something more gritty and dark such as Gothic 3) And Deus Ex 2 is nice, as well as Half-Life 2.

Oh yes, and Rainbow Six: Las Vegas rulez! If you like semi-tactical shooters. In reality its not nearly as hard as the previews Rainbow titles, as you have regenerating health, and your buddies are near invincible. But its so damn fun I can't get enough of it.

Hope this helps :)
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 03:49 PM

Final Fantasy 7 :)

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 03:53 PM

All great choices. It's going to tough to choose which three to buy first.

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 08:16 PM

simple:
Half Life 2 or a bundle which has Half Life 2 and episode 1 together.
FEAR
and some other game, though those will last you for a bit.
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Posted 13 June 2007 - 07:57 AM

I found FEAR total weaksauce. Call me jaded, but little girls don't scare me.

I have, in my Pile to Play;
GalCiv II and expansion, Far Cry, Dawn of War + expansions, and Silent Hunter 4.

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 10:44 AM

View PostDrinniol, on June 13th 2007, 08:57 AM, said:

I found FEAR total weaksauce. Call me jaded, but little girls don't scare me.

Maybe you just don't understand the danger of little ghostly visions who might just rip your eyes out before you can burp?? :bleedingeyes:


View PostMango, on June 12th 2007, 04:53 PM, said:

All great choices. It's going to tough to choose which three to buy first.

Half Life 2, Elder Scrolls-Oblivion, 3rd one your choice- Stalker? Total War? System Shock? Roll the dice? :)

System Shock 2 is selling used on Amazon for $39- AMAZING for such an old game. A testiment to it's greatness?

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 11:48 AM

View PostHuntn, on June 13th 2007, 05:44 PM, said:

System Shock 2 is selling used on Amazon for $39- AMAZING for such an old game. A testiment to it's greatness?

or its collect-ability?
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Posted 13 June 2007 - 02:07 PM

Fable (unless the Mac version comes out soon).  Livelier RPG than Morrowind and Oblivion, albeit more linear.

Deep Space Nine: The Fallen.  Third-person shooter set in the Deep Space Nine universe.

Freedom Force and Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich.  Super hero actions RPGs.

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri.  Best computer strategy game.

War! Age of Imperialism.  Good strategy game.  The Mac version doesn't work under Rosetta.

Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising.  An overlooked gem.  It's a vehicle-based RTS that lets you take control of any unit and play it in the first-person perspective.  So you can fly any of your helicopters or drive any of your tanks, while still commanding the other units.

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 08:43 PM

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Splinter Cell: Double Agent

They screwed the pooch on the PC version, so play it on the X-box 1 if at all. Not the 360 version, either, it picked graphics over gameplay.