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#1 UniversalWolf

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 06:47 PM

I thought it might be a good idea for people to post their favorite old Windows games for people who can dual-boot.  I'm thinking of games that came out at least two or three years ago and can be found on, say, Amazon for peanuts.  Of course these ought to be games that have no mac version.

I picked up Parsoft's last flight sim, Fighter Squadron: Screamin' Demons Over Europe for the cost of shipping alone.  I loved A-10 Attack! and I like this one quite a bit.  There's a ton of community content available too.

I also recommend Troika's RPGS, like Arcanum and Temple of Elemental Evil, although ToEE was something of a debacle upon release and needs the community-made patches in order for it to be really playable.

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 08:47 PM

I actually did this, but I went all the way back to the original Doom and played nearly every game in every genre up 'til now.  If it taught me one thing, it's that there are no classics in the gaming world yet--the medium is evolving in a positive way far too quickly (even the movie industry, which is far more stable than the video games industry, arguably has had only a handful of titles survive more than a couple of decades). That said, here's a couple of games to try, and I highly recommend each one, irrespective of your genre preferences.  All of these games deserve a reinvisioning at some point in the future, when the pace of development slows down a bit.

- Homeworld (sci-fi RTS).  Homeworld 2 was released on the Mac. In defiance of my earlier statement about the short shelf life of today's games, the original Homeworld still rocks--my theory behind this phenomina is that strategy games evolve more slowly than shooters.  If you can, run through both games back-to-back.  I've tried almost every good RTS out there, and this series is one of the only four that I've enjoyed (the others: Myth, Starcraft, and Company of Heroes).

- Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (1st/3rd person stealth shooter).  If you haven't played the original game, hit that first.  Ignore the second game (Pandora Tomorrow), which was done by a different studio.  As a shooter, the (originally) spectacular presentation of the original game is fading fast--if you want to get into this series, do it as soon as possible.  

- Half Life 2 (and the episodic sequels).  Assuming that you have a decent GPU, just buy the Orange Box--you'll get the Half Life 2 series, Team Fortress 2, and Portal for the price of one game.  A word of advice: ignore the original Half Life--it's been slaughtered by the beast of time (much to my disappointment when I played it three years ago).  In all honesty, while playing the original game eliminates a couple of questions that you'll probably pose if you jump straight into the sequel (like, "what's Black Mesa, and why do I have a crowbar?") the answers aren't worth the primitive gameplay experience.  If you absolutely must know what happened, go ahead and play the original--just don't say that I didn't warn you.

- Knights of the Old Republic 2.  The original was great, and if you loved that, this should be a no-brainer.  Unfortunately, the game was sold unfinished because the publisher put pressure on the developers to release it in time for the holiday season (if I recall correctly).  Still, it's a great game, and a heck of a lot of fun.

- Titan Quest (and the Immortal Throne expansion, sold as a set on Steam). I never got into Diablo, nor did I want to.  From what I hear, this is the only isometric RPGs good enough to warrant NOT being called a "Diablo clone."  Personally, I love the God of War-like story. It also has a cooperative singleplayer feature for up to 6 people--I highly recommend buying this with a friend and playing through the game with him/her (be sure to use something like Skype to facilitate battle chatter).

- Max Payne 2.  The original was released on the Mac.  The sequel is more of the same film noir storytelling and addictive gameplay.  As with all of my suggestions, don't play the titles out of order.

- Nexus: The Jupiter Incident (a steal on Steam). I don't characterize this as a RTS, although you certainly could.  In my opinion, the gameplay is too action-oriented to drop it squarely in the RTS camp, although the last quarter of the storyline heats up to the point where it deserves the RTS designation.

- STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl.  This foreign RPG FPS is a one-of-a-kind game, like Deus Ex.  It requires a lot more user maturity than the typical FPS.

- Darkstar One.  The easiest way to describe this game is a blend of an arcade sci-fi space sim (like Rogue Squadron) and a really, really fun RPG.  The Darkstar One (a bionic space ship) is pretty awesome as a character.
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Posted 27 June 2008 - 10:36 PM

Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind, GoTY Edition. Great atmosphere and Role playing abound, and you can pick the entire thing up for around 20 Aussie Dollars.

Max Payne 1 & 2. Max Payne 1 is easily the better game but they are both worth a look out. There's a movie with Mark Whalberg due out this year (fancy that? the game based on movies becomes a movie). Check out the Kung Fu 3.0 Mod for Max Payne 1. It keeps all of the game intact but adds a couple of stylistic changes including a full set of kung fu moves. Lots of Fun. There are not any good mods like this for Max Payne 2 however.


On the note about Half Life 1, there is currently a massive mod under production called Black Mesa. They are converting the entire game into the Source engine... properly. Most of the levels are being completely redone from scratch, merely being based on the original designs, and all of the art is being redone, all the music, ect, ect. It will basicly come together more like Half Life 2.

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Posted 28 June 2008 - 05:07 AM

Perhaps in look, but probably not in feel.  Game design progressed quite a bit between Half Life and its sequel.  Community efforts seem to be able to do a fair job of enhancing graphical detail on a regular basis, but I've never seen one that has the leadership, motivation, and resources necessary to do a full overhaul.
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Posted 29 June 2008 - 01:03 PM

I just finished Thief 3 and Painkiller. Both are really fun games. Thief 3 is particularly addictive.

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 08:16 PM

Planescape: Torment is one of the best games ever.
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 05:01 AM

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 05:13 AM

View PostUniversalWolf, on June 28th 2008, 02:47 AM, said:

I picked up Parsoft's last flight sim, Fighter Squadron: Screamin' Demons Over Europe for the cost of shipping alone.  I loved A-10 Attack! and I like this one quite a bit.
Then you'll like Il-2 Sturmovik – or even better: Il-2 1946, which is the game with all its expansions. The best WWII flight sim to date. Period. Falcon 4.0 Allied Force is another great flight sim, but of course more modern (regarding setting and simulated planes, that is).

Actually, those are the only two games I boot into Windows for. Everything else worth playing there (in my opinion) is playable under CrossOver Games virtually flawlessly: (the slightly overrated) Half-Life 2 and derivatives, Civ IV: Complete, Fahrenheit... Max Payne 1 & 2 and KotOR 2 also run there, but I haven't tried them personally.

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 10:23 AM

View PostQuicksilver, on June 27th 2008, 07:47 PM, said:

- Homeworld (sci-fi RTS).  Homeworld 2 was released on the Mac. In defiance of my earlier statement about the short shelf life of today's games, the original Homeworld still rocks--my theory behind this phenomina is that strategy games evolve more slowly than shooters.  If you can, run through both games back-to-back.  I've tried almost every good RTS out there, and this series is one of the only four that I've enjoyed (the others: Myth, Starcraft, and Company of Heroes).

There is the old open-source port of Homeworld released a few years ago - I tried it out and it works pretty well; lack of sound/movie playback notwithstanding, everything works, even multiplayer (which granted I haven't tried yet). I have no idea if it works on Intel Macs, though.
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 11:39 AM

View PostQuicksilver, on June 27th 2008, 10:47 PM, said:

- Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (1st/3rd person stealth shooter).  If you haven't played the original game, hit that first.  Ignore the second game (Pandora Tomorrow), which was done by a different studio.  As a shooter, the (originally) spectacular presentation of the original game is fading fast--if you want to get into this series, do it as soon as possible.

How good is the 3rd splinter cell compared to the 1st one. I beat the 1st and 2nd but for some reason never picked up the 3rd one despite SC 1 being one of my most favourite games. SC 2 was definately fun but laughably easy compared to number one. I beat the 2nd one in a week, where as the 1st one took me about 1-2 months. Also how are these games on the computer, cuz I played them on xBox. How do you quickly change your speed as thats a very key part of the game.

After beating SC 1 on xBox I got it for mac and they used page up/down to change speed, the game was also very glitchy (didn't save anything, so you had to do the whole mission in one run). I only made it to the 2nd level and that's when i gave up on playing SC on the computer.

Oh, and if you've played number 4 how does it compare with the others?


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Posted 30 June 2008 - 11:35 AM

View PostJanichsan, on June 30th 2008, 07:13 AM, said:

The best WWII flight sim to date. Period.

Agreed. And cheap like dirt at most major electronics box retailers. Recommended.

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 03:20 PM

View PostSneaky Snake, on June 30th 2008, 06:39 PM, said:

How good is the 3rd splinter cell compared to the 1st one.
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 03:31 PM

System Shock 2 - If you liked Bioshock or Deus Ex, try out the granddaddy of the RPG-FPS, and find out why oldschool PC dorks called Bioshock shallow. Ok, technically there are earlier ones than this, but this is one of the best, and also doesn't have a frustratingly old interface like SS1. Other than the dated graphics, it's stood the test of time nicely, methinks.  (Lookit them pointy heads! Any fewer polygons on these guys, and it would be Doom3!)
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 05:30 PM

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Then you'll like Il-2 Sturmovik – or even better: Il-2 1946, which is the game with all its expansions. The best WWII flight sim to date. Period.
I'll try it then.  I've seen it on the shelf at a few stores for $20.


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Planescape: Torment is one of the best games ever.

Planescape:Torment is one of the few games that has actually gone up in price.  I'm not sure you can find a copy for less than $50 or $60, although it may be possible.

I think this is because in addition to being one of the best games ever (not that I've played it, but that's what everyone says), it didn't sell when it first came out.

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 08:18 PM

View Postrampancy, on June 30th 2008, 12:23 PM, said:

There is the old open-source port of Homeworld released a few years ago - I tried it out and it works pretty well; lack of sound/movie playback notwithstanding, everything works, even multiplayer

Negative, multiplayer does not work in the open source port of the game.  However, "Skirmish vs CPU" games do work, which fall under the "multiplayer" option in the game.
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Posted 02 July 2008 - 02:20 PM

I second whoever mentioned Morrowind: GOTY which is just as good as if not better then Oblivion which is one of my favorite games ever. Also I greatly enjoyed Baldur's Gate 1 & 2, Icewind Dale, and Neverwiner Nights. I think BG 2 came out for Mac but have never looked into it. Hmmn. Oh, a game called Disciples Gold 2 which was my first foray into the strategy genre. Oh and playing all of the Backyard sports titles were great while playing through them with my younger brother. That's about the limit of my pre-Bootcamp Windows days though. I'm getting a little nostalgic.  :nods:

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 02:59 PM

View PostQuicksilver, on June 28th 2008, 04:47 AM, said:

- Knights of the Old Republic 2.  The original was great, and if you loved that, this should be a no-brainer.  Unfortunately, the game was sold unfinished because the publisher put pressure on the developers to release it in time for the holiday season (if I recall correctly).  Still, it's a great game, and a heck of a lot of fun.
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Posted 02 July 2008 - 03:42 PM

View PostQuicksilver, on June 28th 2008, 03:47 AM, said:

- Half Life 2 (and the episodic sequels).  Assuming that you have a decent GPU, just buy the Orange Box--you'll get the Half Life 2 series, Team Fortress 2, and Portal for the price of one game.  A word of advice: ignore the original Half Life--it's been slaughtered by the beast of time (much to my disappointment when I played it three years ago).  In all honesty, while playing the original game eliminates a couple of questions that you'll probably pose if you jump straight into the sequel (like, "what's Black Mesa, and why do I have a crowbar?") the answers aren't worth the primitive gameplay experience.  If you absolutely must know what happened, go ahead and play the original--just don't say that I didn't warn you.

Don't forget the Black Mesa Mod for HL2 will be out 'soon' - bringing that original HL1 gameplay to the world of shiny graphics!

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 03:56 PM

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 04:48 PM

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Also I greatly enjoyed Baldur's Gate 1 & 2, Icewind Dale, and Neverwiner Nights. I think BG 2 came out for Mac but have never looked into it.

All the games you mentioned have mac versions.  The OSX version of BG2 has some unresolved bugs, however.  I don't think there was a mac version of Icewind Dale 2.