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    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2007
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    Gah! Just my favorites would be far too many to list. Sticking with Unsub's PC-bent though, I can narrow it down a fair bit:

    Half-Life series and all the goodies that come with it(Counterstrike pre-1.6, Portal, TF2, etc)
    Nethack
    Diablo II + Lords of Destruction expansion
    Puzzle Quest
    Magic: The Gathering Online(if only because the 'local' gaming shops aren't convenient to my location/schedule)
    FarCry
    Unreal Tournament / UT2004
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    Oh, yes, if you like frenetic, non-stop, high-octane action, simply go with Unreal Tournament. Haven't played the latest UT yet - I'm dying to do it - but they say it's more of the same with better graphics and gameplay. Perfect.
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2007
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    i just got a copy of Lost in Blue for the DS...I got hooked real fast...basically your trapped on a deserted island with a chick who's nearly blind and you have to survive/find help.
    it doesn't sound like much, but it's very Sims like...i'm having fun anyway...
    • CommentAuthorTominator2
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2007
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    I would also like a good WW2 game as I am a big history buff. Especially if I can play the Soviets.
    _Hearts of Iron 2_, _Making History: the Calm Before the Storm_. HOI2 in particular is a monster.
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2007
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I sure picked a great time to get into PC games. The ATI 2600 pro card I got was cheap but as good as my atholon and power supply can handle. It will run all the great games from the last couple years and even the new ones although some not that well. Also there are so many great games for 10$ to 20$. I could not find an Orange box so I picked up Half Life2 which I am terrible at.
    I just spent 45 minutes trying to stack enough boxes to get up a little loading dock. I am getting punisher next ,I will buy anything with garth's name on it.

    One of my favourite books of all time "Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson was originally supposed to be a game.

    I am not sure if I would use a DS. I do think Nintendo could build a phone/PDA/device that would kill the Iphone. That idea almost deserves it's own thread.

    Thanks again everyone ,I really appreciate all the helpful advice. One of the advantages of this being Warren's site is I already know most of you have good taste in comics so your taste in video games or even books and movies is going to be closer to mine than if I just went to a gaming site.
    • CommentAuthorlex
    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2008
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    Civilization 4 is excellent if you are into turn-based strategy. Should be available with all expansions for a bargain.
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2008
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Picked up Call of Duty4 modern warfare. Punisher was my first choice but they did not have it.
    Is Punisher even available for the PC?
    • CommentAuthorVelleity
    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2008
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    Planescape: Torment was an absolutely brilliant game, though the DnD style stats did sometimes make me wanna choke a bitch. Seriously, I've NEVER seen a game with better dialoge then Torment.

    I agree that Mass Effect was awesome, though I wish Ashley not Liara had been avaiable for us damn lesbians. Or at least a Joker path, though I'm not sure how well the sex scene would go what with his fucked up legs. @_@
    • CommentAuthorNicolai
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008
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    If you're looking for a decent WW2 game where you can play as the Soviets, be sure to check out Tripwire's Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45. It's a quite marvellous FPS where teamwork and realism are the focal points. Check youtube for some gameplay vids.
    • CommentAuthorIsaacSher
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008 edited
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    I recently picked up SWORD OF THE STARS, a relaively obscure "4x" game (i.e. kinda like CIVILIZATION) for the PC that clearly took a lot of inspiration from Master Of Orion.

    Very fun, an easy interface, and very nice visuals. Conquering a galaxy hasn't been this fun in years. :)

    Also, if you're a fan of gaudily dressed Asian folks running through fields of thousands of enemy warriors and KILLING THEM ALL through the power of their Personal Awesomeness, then I suggest "Warriors Orochi" for the PS2. It's made by the folks who do Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors, and merges the casts of those two game series for a big knockdown brawl. It's mindless, it's even rather goofy at times, but it's very pretty, and very fun to play.
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    Fallout is definitely my favorite game. The quest design, dialog, and setting are unparalleled in my opinion. Fallout 2 was also good, but doesn't quite live up to the original. Arcanum, by several of the key designers of the original Fallout, has a great fantasy/steampunk setting with well designed quests and dialog, but the character system and combat almost destroy the game. Planescape: Torment is also great, but I think it might actually work better as a book than as a game. These are all RPGs, but they have very little in common with jRPGs like Final Fantasy.

    System Shock 2, Half-Life, BioShock, and the first two Thief games are all extremely well designed action games that I occasionally like to replay. Gears of War was also really good, but a little too short, in my opinion. I'd wait until you could pick it up at a discount.

    Guilty Gear XX and it's upgrades have possibly sucked up more time than any other game I've played. I spent a lot of my first few years in college playing this with my roommate and a couple of other friends. This was the first fighting game that I really got into, and it also sucked in some people that had previously stated that they hated fighting games.

    For strategy and tactics games, I really enjoy Master of Magic, Master of Orion, Master of Orion II, Jagged Alliance 2, Silent Storm, and Dungeon Keeper 2. Of these, I'd recommend trying Silent Storm and it's expansion first. It's a World War II Turn-based strategy game with a lot of depth. It lets you play as several different nationalities, with different missions based on where you are from. It's not very historically accurate, however. Later in the game, both sides start using mechs, and the game really goes downhill. I haven't picked up the expansion pack yet, but I've heard they heard the complaints about the science fiction elements and made it more historically based.
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      CommentAuthorpomfelo
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
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    Half-Life series- I can play HL1 today 100 times and not get bored. Portal is one of the best funniest, darkest games ever.

    CoD- I enjoyed the others in the series, but CoD4 is an excellent evolution. It has a great mix of online and offline modes.

    GTA- I admit it, sometimes I need some mindless violence.

    Zelda- Sometimes you have to go old school.
    • CommentAuthorKassiday
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
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    Unsub, Snow Crash (paperback version) was included in the macintosh version of a game called Spectre VR which was a cyber looking tank / arcade game. It was actually pretty spiffy on the Mac. There was also a PC port of the game.

    I agree, Snow Crash is a great book.
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      CommentAuthorvideocrime
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
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    Star Wars : Knights of the Old Republic rocks, as well as its sequel, though 2 kinda ends abruptly...

    Portal makes the Orange Box worth it, as does Team Fortress 2

    Other recommendations : Psychonauts, STALKER : Shadows of Chernobyl, BioShock, Guild Wars is a good MMO since you don't have to pay monthly fees, FarCry (no one I know of has the gear to play Crysis) and Lost Planet : Extreme Condition
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
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    The games I've played most often are pretty acclectic--Tony Hawk and Metal Gear Solid. I've also recently played Marvel: Ultimate Allience (awesome game).

    Recently I've been playing The Simpsons Game for the PSP, which I'm digging.
    • CommentAuthorJohnPopa
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
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    On my PC I mostly play the Age of Empires games. I really enjoy them, you build your community from one small town center to an empire and fight enemies along the way, gaining new stuff as you get deeper and deeper into things. It's all in real time, involving a lot of moving villagers and soldiers around and setting them after targets. You can either play a longer pre-planned campaign the game provides or you can just pick a landscape and do battle with the enemy.

    Age II is the Age of Kings, so it's the Spanish/French/Japanese/Vikings.

    Age III is the New World so it's England, France, the Dutch, the Portugese hacking it out on US soil.

    There's also Age of Mythology that has the Norse vs. the Egyptians vs. the Greeks.

    A good mix of strategy and fun fights and the games move along at a good clip.
    • CommentAuthorzenbullet
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
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    Planescape was an awesome game, with such a creative in game way of dealing with character death. I could tell you my favorite part of the game, but it's kinda spoilerish. Really the best DnD game I ever played.

    Check on Snowcrash, love that book. I actually tried to acquire the rights to it as an animated feature, but as you can tell from the lack excitement in our lives over a Snowcrash cartoon, it didn't happen.


    I would recommend Warhammer 40K if you are into RTS. Fun skin.

    Oh and Orange Box, Orange Box, Orange Box.
    {now you are playing with portals}
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      CommentAuthorMalsain
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
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    Unreal Tournament is totally on my list.

    Saw Stalker: Shadows of Chernobyl this evening in a store, and wondered if it was any good. Looks ace on the game website ;)
    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
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    STALKER is buggy as hell, and there's a whole lot of running to be done, but it's a fun game. Immensive.
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      CommentAuthorMalsain
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
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    Worth £12? I heard there was bugs, but I saw there were patches, so I dunno.