I am writing this review to let you all know about the Big Fish range of games that are available on your PC.
I have currently discovered them via playing on the internet and downloading certain ones which I found very easy to play and fun to work out. I have enjoyed Hidden object games where you are led through different levels via picking out various objects and fulfilling little puzzles inbetween them like rearranging bits of a photo or portrait. Or simple spot the difference tasks. Some have more complex puzzles to solve which are brilliant brain training exercises.
There are Lots of match three games and shootem ups and the list goes on. But if you are interested in computer games and you have a little space on your harddrive give them a go. Most of them can be found on Bigfish.co.uk
I like Adventure games like Golden trails, Samantha swift, and Mystery Games.
You can either play these online or download them for 60 minutes and if you really like them buy them online or look them out in the shops.
Big fish have an extensive catalogue and varied format types so anyone can play these games providing your pc is capable of taking the download.
I have had hours of fun with these types of games especially when I was bored and stuck indoors after all the snow.
Great bit of escapisum and can be a bit addictive.
So it may be a good Idea to give yourself a time limit.
Have fun and enjoy.
At work I don't have access to the Internet so I decided to dig out some of my old PC games and install them at work to play when I have 5 minutes spare to laze about. One of the games I dug out was a word games disc that I used to play a lot before we got the Internet at home, since having the Internet I don't think it has seen the light of day, until this week when I dug it out. The game is simply called Word Games For Windows, it is Manufactured by Guildhall Leisure Services Limited and is sold in CD ROM Format. As the title suggests you will need to be running Windows in order to install the games but other than that there is not any system requirements detailed on the packaging. At work our computer is at least 3 years old and it is very basic - we don't have any problems running the game there so I would imagine that provided you are using a reasonably modern computer that runs using Windows then you would probably be able to install the game quite successfully. The disk contains 5 games - in order for you to be able to evaluate each game I am going to detail each game separately. What's Up What's Up is played in exactly the same manner as the board game Upwords, for the benefit of those who haven't played Upwords I will explain how the game is played. This is a game for up to 4 players - you can opt to play the game either alone, against the computer or with up to 3 other human competitors. There is an option to chose player skill levels at the beginning of the game, if you don't change them they remain on the default setting which is midway, (not too easy but not overly hard either). I don't generally bother with this as I find that the default setting is a good place to play from, however, it is a good idea if you are playing against the computer and want a more challenging game as it allows you to increase the computers skill level, similarly if are findin
g the default level to hard and you cannot beat the computer you can reduce the computers skill level to a more appropriate level to suit yourself. The skill level is also great for when children are playing so that they can set the computers level to match their own levels to give them a chance of winning and consequently boost their egos and increase their interest in playing the game - not realising that whilst they are playing the game they are also educating themselves. Once you have selected the number of players, and set their skill level, (if you wish), you are ready to play. In order to commence the game you need to click on the start button and this will deal each player seven lettered tiles. If you are playing against the computer it will decide who is going to play first, but if you are playing with other people the players are numbered 1-4 and you will play in numerical order. The idea of the game is to make as long a word as possible from your seven lettered tiles in order to score points. When you have decided upon a word you need to drag your letters to the tiled board and make the word, when you are satisfied with your word you have to click finish. Play then passes to the next player. The next player can then lay his/her word - unlike Scrabble where you can only make words using the existing letters, with What's Up you can actually lay tiles over the tiles that are already in place in order to change them into different words, you can also change one letter within the existing word and go on to make a new word off this word - enabling you to score more points. For example, if the word on the board was "BOSS" and it was your turn, assuming you had the correct letters, you could turn "BOSS" into "LOSS," again assuming you have the correct letters you can then go on to make another new word which includes the letter "L" - so if you had the letters M, I, L & K you c
ould make the word MILK and where you have laid the "L" over the "B" from "BOSS" you have now also created the new word "LOSS." It sounds complicated but it isn't, it is simply harder to explain to you in words, it would be much easier to show you, unfortunately this isn't possible. All words must be listed in the games build in dictionary - if you have chosen a word that the computer doesn't recognise, but you know that the word does exist, (even if only in your own made up language, lol), there is an option to add the word to the dictionary so that in future the computer will recognise the word as being legitimate and acceptable. If, when it is your turn and you cannot go, because you cannot make a new word with the letters you have got and those available on the board, you have an option to pass, if you pass you can then swap letters, in order to swap a letter you need to click on the letters you wish to discard and the computer will reissue you with new tiles, if you do opt to pass, the pass counts as your turn and play moves to the next player and you don't score any points for that turn. As well as the lettered tiles there are also a couple of blank tiles, if you are dealt a blank tile you can use it as any letter you like. Just lay the word on the board and click done, the computer will then ask you to select which letter you wish the blank tile to be, your chosen letter will then be marked on the blank tile. You can build over the top of each tile 5 times, the more times that you reuse a tile the higher the points value. The game continues in the same fashion until all the tiles are used, if you cannot use all your tiles the computer will deduct points from your total score at the end of the game. This is my favourite game on the disk and I would give it 5/5. Letter Rack This is the poor mans version of Scrabble, it is exa
ctly the same as the board game Scrabble, but as it isn't called Scrabble you can purchase it as part of this multi-game CD for a fraction of the price of the computer Scrabble game. Again, the game can be played with 1-4 players and skill levels can be set. You can opt to play against the computer, alone or with up to 3 other humans. At the beginning of the game seven lettered tiles are dealt to each player. Each lettered tile is worth points, vowels are worth 1 point each and the consonants vary from being worth 3 - 10 points each, depending on how difficult they are to place into a word - i.e. Z is worth 10 points and R is worth 3 points, obviously there are a lot more words containing the letter R and therefore it is easier to make a word using the letter R than it would be to make a word using the letter Z. There are also two blank tiles, they can be used as any letter but they are not worth any points. The aim of the game being the same as What's Up - to make the longest word possible with the letters available, and to score as many points as possible in the process. However, unlike What's Up you cannot build on top of existing tiles. You can use a letter contained within a word that is already on the board, provided that you can fit your word around the existing words on the board without creating any new words that aren't legitimate. Similarly to What's Up you can, create more than one word. Once you have had your turn play moves on to the next player and so on. There are bonus squares dotted randomly across the board, if any of the letters in your word are placed onto a bonus square you can score extra points. The bonuses available are double word score, double letter score, triple word score and triple letter score. If, when it is your turn and you cannot go, because you cannot make a new word with the letters you have got and those available on the board, you have an option to
pass, if you pass you can then swap letters, in order to swap a letter you need to click on the letters you wish to discard and the computer will reissue you with new tiles, if you do opt to pass, the pass counts as your turn and play moves to the next player and you don't score any points for that turn. If you wish to cheat there is a help button you can press and this will get the computer to find the highest scoring word you can make using the letters in your rack. The game has a built in dictionary and all words must be contained within the dictionary to be valid - having said that if the dictionary rejects your word and you know that it is a legitimate word then you can add it to the dictionary. The game ends when all the letters have been used, or when none of the players can make a new word with the tiles that they are left with. Any left over tiles are deducted at the end of the game - it is therefore worth getting rid of your higher scoring letters early in the game so that if you are left with tiles you don't lose loads of points at the end of the game. This is my next favourite game although I do find it confusing to play straight after What's Up as I keep trying to put tiles on top of each other, which of course in this game you can't do. Word Blitz Word Blitz is a completely different game all together. Word Blitz is a game for one player to play against the computer. There is a grid containing a minimum of nine letters, you can go into the player settings and add more rows and columns, up to a maximum of a 6 x 5 square, (30 letters in total), and the aim of the game is to beat the computer to make eight words containing three letters of more. You cannot have the same words as the computer and therefore speed is of the essence. To make the game more complicated there are also key letters thrown in and your words must contain the key letters to be valid. There are thre
e different ways of playing this game, as follows. Anagram All the letters within the grid are available to play, however, every entered word must contain all the 'key' letters, the key letters are those with a black typeface. Tree Mode In tree mode only buttons adjacent to an already selected button are available, thus making the game more complicated and more challenging. Snake Mode Snake mode is similar to that of Tree but the only buttons available are those adjacent to the last selected button, again this is more complicated and more challenging still. This is a another good game, I don't play it as often as the first two games but I like the fact that the game has different skill levels and modes of play so you can tailor the game to suit your own needs to make it as challenging as you like. Foreword This isn't actually a game but more of a lexical tool to help you to solve crossword clues where you have missing letters or to enable to create anagrams. To use it as an anagram generator you just need to type in the word or letters you wish to create an anagram of and 'Foreword' will come up with a list of possible anagrams. To use Foreword as a crossword solver to enable you to find missing letters you just have to type in the letters that you have and place a # where you have a missing letter - Foreword will then present you with a list of possible words. Foreword is actually shareware and you are advised that "Foreword is Shareware software and as such is totally free to use and distribute but the software must be registered if you continue to use ForeWord after 30 days. There are no nag screens or any other restrictions." I rarely use this but haven't ever had any problems accessing it well after the 30 days. Countdown Cracker If you like the television programme Countdown then y
ou will love this game. Based on the television series the Countdown Cracker offers you the option to solve either a letters puzzle, numbers puzzle or conundrum. You can select whether you want to solve a letters puzzle, numbers puzzle or conundrum or you can hit the random select button where the computer will chose the puzzle for you. The game will provide you with the numbers or letters and a clock that will count down the time, however, you cannot type your answers in so you will need a pen and paper to play this game. At the end of the time limit you can press the solve button and the computer will list all the possible answers. In the numbers game the computer even offers details of all the possible solutions. I don't dislike this game but rarely play it because of the need to use pen and paper to play the game - personally I would be much more likely to play the game if I could type my answers into the computer and check them at the end of the time limit. I paid £10 for this game about 3-4 years ago and it is one of those games that won't date and will continue to provide hours of entertainment for ever after. If you like word games and a challenge I would highly recommend this game to you. It is also a good educational game for children to play, my 9 year old son loves playing What's Up, he particularly enjoys it because he can set the computer skill levels to match his own and therefore create himself with a challenge. I believe that this product is still available from selected High Street outlets, I bought it in GAME about 3-4 years ago, but I don't know if they still stock it. However, as I'm very kind I have done a bit of research and have managed to find the game on a website called education4today, they currently stock it and sell it for £8.00, if you want to take a look for yourself you can copy the following link and you will be taken directly to the correct page, http:
//www.education4today.com/product_detail.cfm?DBID=183. Thank you for reading and if you decide to purchase this game - ENJOY :) Julie
I remember a time, many centuries ago, when I used to play Wolf3d. Well, a nice game, but it can be boring after some 30 minutes. This is from the non-net age, you don´t have too much to play, well you know... after another 3 months I played doom. Ohh it´s cool, some 3D graphics, a lot of weapons, a first-view shoot´em up. But I heard about another game, I think it was called Duke Nuke 3D, Dark Forces, then Quake, Medal of Honor... Oh man, it´s the same shit! Graphics and sound were better, but the gameplay is ALWAYS the same. When they´ll stop thin %¨¨%&%¨$%#$ half life, counter strike thing??? I´m not a pc gamer non-fan! But this first view shoot´em up is too much for me!!! I used to play some nice games... F-19, F-117 and other Microprose simulator´s... I´ll love it until these days, but I still can enjoy the Novalogic simulations cause it had a lot of improvements! There are some nice RPGs too (Ultima 8 and more), diferent than that diablos´ senseless killing, with nice story and beatiful graphics. A first-person game can be great, but they still fail in tactical battlefield and stealth action (perhaps they have a lot to learn from third-person games like Metal Gear Solid, Tenchu, and others). I heard about some Delta Forces, but I didn´t play it yet. It looks like they made some tactical improvements, but let´s see.
Your City Is Alive. In SimCity™ 4, you don't just build your city, you breathe life into it. With god-like powers, sculpt mountains, gouge riverbeds, and seed forests to lay the groundwork for your creation. Then construct the most realistic city you can imagine. Your city comes alive with the hustle and bustle of construction crews, the snarl of traffic and the activity of your Sims. Move your personalized Sim into your city and watch as he goes about his daily life. Build mansions on mountainsides, cross canyons with bridges, raise skyscrapers downtown, and compete for resources with neighboring SimCities. The impact of your touch will be immediate but not entirely predictable. Cap an erupting volcano to save your city, but don't be surprised if lava explodes from another source. If your citizens burst into a panic, throw down barricades and dispatch the police or send the Mayor's limo to quell the mob. Will your actions calm the crowd or contribute to chaos? With every decision you make, your city and your Sims will respond for better or worse. In SimCity 4 your city pulses with the life you give it. KEY FEATURES Put Your Sim in Your City, Move your personalized Sim into your city and watch as he goes about his life. Will he enjoy a blissful existence in an urban utopia or fight for survival in an inner-city slum? Watch your Sim carefully--he will provide valuable clues to improving your city. Connect Your SimCities, Connect your cities by transportation networks to form a massive region of SimCities that share and compete for resources. Each choice you make can result in a variety of outcomes so be sure to delegate your resources wisely. Bring Your SimCity to Life, Create and control the most life-like metropolis you can imagine. Sculpt Your World, Breathe life into your city right from the start. Form mountains, carve valleys, plant forests and raise oceans. New landscape cre
ation features give you unprecedented control to lay the groundwork for your ultimate city. Experience Life in the Big City, From mellow traffic flow to commuter hell, noontime crowds to nighttime calm, partygoers to troublemakers, the movement in your city is ever-changing and unpredictable. Touch Your Creation,Feel the pulse of your city in the most responsive, personal, and satisfying SimCity yet. Whether booming with expansion, decaying through neglect, or left abandoned, SimCity 4's new simulation engine gives you immediate feedback so you can react to its every need. Protect Your Sims, Dispatch police cruisers to fight crime, wrestle control of a tornado before it strikes, or cap an erupting volcano threatening your citizens. You have ultimate power at your fingertips but don't be surprised if your efforts have unforeseen results. well if you are like me and like this game the you will like sim city 4
Hotel Giant (Full Product) Manufacturer: Jowood Productions Model: 712692956564 Required Operating System: Microsoft Windows 2000|Microsoft Windows 95|Microsoft Windows 98|Microsoft Windows ME|Microsoft Windows XP Media Format: CD-ROM Specifications ESRB Rating: RP (Rating Pending) Media Format: CD-ROM License Type: Full Product Min License Size: 1 user(s) Max License Size: 1 user(s) Required Disk Space: 700 MB Required Processor Class: Intel Pentium II Processor Required Memory: 128 MB Required Processor Speed: 350 MHz Required Operating System: Microsoft Windows 2000 Microsoft Windows 95 Microsoft Windows 98 Microsoft Windows ME Microsoft Windows XP so if you have all of this why will this game not work on the Pc is it that the game itself is just not good or to good bets me from darren a.k.a sargeogod
From my experence with PC gaming, I want to give you some advise that I hope will be helpful. I want to start off by saying that PC games are some of the best, and most fun games to play, and have alot of dept. I love strategy games, and combat flight simulators, which can only be found on the PC. I have never enjoyed console games as much as some of the deeper PC games. Console games are just too shallow. The graphics are always better on a high-end PC, than on any console, and the online service is next to none, But sadly, the bad out weighs the good in PC gaming. The Bad: Unreliable: 1.The PC is a veary unstable platform when it comes to computer games. I have been through hell with having my PC reject my games, and the many bugs on the software. When I buy a game, I always check the requirements on the back of the game pack, so there is no excuse as to why the games won't work on my PC's. The first games that I install on my PC's work fine, but with a few bugs, but all too often I run into a game that won't work on my computers. When I excange the game, then the new game also will not work. And some of the games that I have that do work, end up not working right in the future. Every time that I buy a new PC game, I feel like I am taking a gamble, because there is always a good chance that it won't work. I have asked many people about this problem and they always give me a blank stare, and don't know the answer. The only useful information that I recieved was from a man that has fixed computers for 20 years, and my A+ computer teacher. They told me the truth, and sometimes the truth hurts, but the truth is better than fiction. The guy who fixes our computers said that games are the worst things for computers. Now I believe him because every time that I install games my PCs run into problems, and we have to call the guy to fix it. Ever since I stoped playing computer games, I have hardly had my comp
uters break down. When I used to play games my PCs would break down all of the time. Every time that you install a game on your computer, it changes the programs on your PC, and when you keep on adding games, your PC gets out of wack. Believe me, I know from experence, and with more than one computer. My computer teacher told me that PC games work your computer to the max, and if there is 1 bad bit, you will know about it. I have had these problems with more than 1 PC, so it's not just my PC. As a result of this, PC games are almost unplayable. Patches And Driver Upgrades: There are so many bugs in PC games, that they offer patches on the game's website. The problem is, that if you don't have the internet hooked up to the PC that you are gaming on, then your out of luck. Anyways, it's absurd that PC software is so buged. Sometimes your drivers for your video card become out dated, and as a result you might have problems running some of the newer games, if able to run them at all. There are websites that offer driver services. Then again if you are not hooked up to the internet, then your screwed. When I first got my PC it had a 3D FX Voodo 3 video card. When I found out that 3Dfx was out of business, the 3dFX website would stop driver support in the future, that just added insult to injury. Requirements: The many requirements that each PC game has, makes PC game shopping a pain. There is nothing worse then finding a game that you want, only to find out that your computer does not meet the games requirements. complications with different hardware, and software: Since there are so many different PCs, CPUs, and video cards, and different companies that make them, it is common that many PC games made by different companies will not work right with the given hardware. Many complications arise as a result. After I bought one PC game I looked on the help menu of the game, and found
a huge list of video cards that were not supported. There was no way I could have known this, as this is not written on the outside of the game box at the store. You would have to find out the hard way. Tecnology Evolving Too Fast: It seems like more than every month they come out with a new video card, which makes you video card seem outdated. Some video cards can cost up to 500 $, only to become outdated 2 to 3 years down the line. So that means that you have to buy a new video card every 1 to 2 years, in order to play some of the newest games. Cost: Oh boy. Computer gaming is a good way to blow your money. Unlike consoles which cost from 200 to 300 dollars, a good PC for gaming can cost up to 2000 dollars. Not counting the video card, which can cost up to 500 dollars. Add that to the fact that video cards become outdated every 2 to 3 years. Conclusion: As you can see, PC gaming is a royal pain in the !&%. Don't do it unless you want to have a heart attack before the age of 50. Too unstable, too unreliable.
Scrabble has got to be the best game ever invented. There is some History about the inventors to be found at the site Which is quite interesting, the concept of scrabble has been around for some time; basically for those not initiated I will briefly explain. Scrabble is a game where you make up words from a choice of seven letters these letters each have a certain amount of points, the object is to strategically place your words on the board taking in to account triple word, double word, double letter squares on board to gain the most points. The computer version of the game prevents you having to tax your brain with arithmetic in adding scores and lets you concentrate more on forming good words, fine if you are a sycophant. The problem is some of the words in the computer version are words, which I am sure you would not find in Oxford English Dictionary, XI for example, which apparently is a Chinese currency or something like that! Look it up in the definition part of CD-ROM. Also Hint mode is quite useful .if your brain is scrambled. The game however is excellent for playing online at MSNzone.com and I can play my favourite game with friends who live abroad and keep in touch at the same time! Well done HASBRO keep up the good work , I love this game
Transport Tycoon, in it's various versions, has been around for a while now. Other attempts to duplicate it have come and gone, but Tycoon (in it's 'Deluxe' format') remains one of *the* definitive strategy/planning games around. The confusing thing about this genre is that you can't 'win' the game. You simply build up your network of roads, rails and shipping lanes in order to make more money so you can build more! That said, TT is exceptionally addictive. There are now a number of websites from which you can download 'real world' scenarios, adding extra interest. There are a few playability problems (limits on vehicle/platform numbers, etc), but this is a wonderful game with which I've wasted many hours!
Three months ago I went with my best friend to a computer club. There he tought me the nicest game I have ever played, Counter-Strike. The game is so easy, you could either join the Terrorist force or join the Counterterrorist force ( CT ). The rules depend on the type of stage your playing. If your playing a bomb/defuse senario in the terrorist force, you should plant the bomb to win or kill all the CTs, but if your in the CTs force you should either kill all the terrorists before they plant the bomb or defuse it after they plant it. If your a terrorist in the other stages you should kill the CTs to win the round, but if your a CT you should either rescue all the hostages that are found in the terrorist base or kill all the terrorists. To kill your opponent you should buy a gun. There are two kinds of guns a primary weapon and a secondary weapon. You also have a knife but you can't drop it.You can also bye grenades. There ar emany ways to get the money to buy the guns: - whenever you kill an opponent you get 300 $ - whenever your team wins or loses a round you get money( the winners team gets more) - if your a CT you can gain money by rescuing a hostage ( but if you accidently kill a hostage you will lose your money ). Trust me you should play this game because it is great.
Todays's multimedia PC's with their fast Pentium 4 processors, 16 bit sound, and accelerated 3D graphics make it an excellant games platform, so you might think that the day of dedicated games consoles is past. But sales of games consoles are booming. they are often bought by households that already have a pc. So what is it that's so appealing about the consoles? In the first place, consoles are a fraction -- and usually as low as 1/10th of the price of a PC. And installation really is plug and play. you connect the console to you TV, p[ut the games cartridge in, and your ready. However, this alone does not explain why PC owners also but consoles; for that you have to take a look aat one. While PC games can be very sophisiticated, for raw action, consoles are the state of the art. Console CPU's may be slowere than the latest pentium, but the PC can't come close in terms of rendering and texture mapping, the process that create realistic looking 3D worlds as you run or race through them. Console controllers are purpose built for gaming, unlike PC keyboardds, which means that players find it easier to settle back and become absorbed in the game. With Nicam digital stereo in telly's the consoles boom and explode much more realistically through the home hi fi speakers. (as my poor ears can testify) Many consoles allow you attach up to 4 handsets now, so you can play with your mates. And the fact the you can now rent the games from video shops help keep the costs down. Consoles are generally meant for the younger audience than their PC counterparts so brighter graphics and cartoon style characters are the norm. Children seem to prefer the consoles, but with the inclusion of computers now in schools, who knows what the future fate of the good ole console will be.
How many times have you bought an expensive new game, only to find it's not quite what you thought. You can't change it, so it sits there until you either give it away or use it in part exchange. It would be nice if you could have a try play before buying it. Quite a few of the net sites now let you do just that, but how many people do not have a pc, just a games consul. Why don't the shops that sell the games keep a copy of the new games, so you can sit down and test it. You can read a book in the library before borrowing it. You can test an armchair before buying it. It would not be difficult to control, and I am positive it would increase sales. Many a time I have returned a game to the shelf because I don't want to commit that kind of money to a game I might not like. Whereas a 10 minute try would help me decide. I would even be happy to pay a small charge for this service as in the long run it would save me money, and sales would benefit. So come on, somebody out there, how about giving it a try. You might be surprised.
I bought Operation Flashpoint a week ago and I wasn?t sure if it was going to be a good game or not. But my worries soon went away when the CD left the box and entered my CD drive. The game started to load and from then on I knew that the game would be good. But as the game loaded for the first time I was pleased with the results because the style of the game and the game type is kind of a new genre, it was a mix between an RPG, a flight sim and a driving game. The game revolves around a group of islands, which were used to train US, army personnel but the Russian army has begun an invasion but no one knows why. The game starts of with some basic training and then it throws you straight into the action. It starts of with easier missions to get you accustomed to the controls etc. but as you progress through the game the missions become increasingly harder. It doesn?t matter if you fail a mission, because it will just give the game a different ending. Overall the game is a good game and I strongly recommend it to any game buyers -------------------------------------------- Update 1 -------------------------------------------- i had some difficulty with getting the game to run at first, but I found out that it wont run if you use a dvd drive. i used my cdrw drive and it worked perfectly
When we bought the GSP mind games CDrom, the first thing we extracted from it was a game called Gazillionaire. From this particular CD rom you only get the shareware version, but we were so addicted, we bought the full version from America. This is a kind of monopoly game for multiple players set in space. You get to choose your own space ship, and your company name. There are many lovable characters: Mr Zinn the man who gives you all your money, the banker, the loan company, hands the crook... This is a game for up to 10 players, and you can set the level you have it on, and the level of intelligence of the computer companies. YOu have to trade items such as moon ferns, oggle sand, diapers, gem stones, kryptoons.... between 5 or so planets. In the full version of the game, you get to choose what planets you trade on. There are also more planets to choose from on the full version. The aim of the game is to be the first player to gain 1,000,000 Kubars (this is the unit of currency). It is a very visually pleasing game! Although the graphics arent super, it is very colourful and imaginative. The sound is also very good. Each character has its own sound bite, and they are all highly amusing. I know this game may sound like poo, but believe me it is fantastic! Everyone I have introduced to it has become addicted! You will never really know why until you play it for yourself! I recommend this game to everyone! Suitable for all!
Call me an old fart but I am a bit disappinted with the current crop of games. As an occassional gameplayer I hark back to my youth where real classic games existed and wish there were more games like this around. Firsty, ELITE. For me this is the best game of all time. Addictive, great gameplay, incredible depth and excellent computer intelligence. Why isn't there a game of this type around any more? They all have to have some limiting factor like a tedious storyline filled with video clips of washed up actors. Are these type of games just out of fashion? Secondly, original games. Yes you could say Black and White, but the God type game has been done to death in my opinion. Does anybody remember the game Sentinel, on the commodore 64. What a brilliant concept. Why can't we have games like this anymore. They all seem to be either Doom type games which are good fun, but a bit samey for me, or a strategy type game like Command and Conquer. Whenever someone comes up with an interesting formula then everyone jumps on the bandwagon to try and improve it. Don't get me wrong, these games are very good, such as Half Life, Quake, and the like, and I love Age of Empires 2, but I just fancy something a bit different, something to spark my imagination. Am I asking for too much? Elite still holds fond memories for me, and with todays technology and graphics I think a fantastic game could be made. Is it just that todays gamers want instant gratification, is Elite just out of fashion? I would love to hear from PC Gamers and see what you think. Thanks for reading...
I used to play a lot of computer games, back in the days of the old megadrive, Amiga's, even as far back as the BBCs. This may sound poor, but I never owned a Spectrum, only ever played on a mates :) My main point I am trying to get across anyway is I think developers nowadays are more concerned with realistic looking wood grain on doors, and pretty patterns on chandeliers than actually paying much attention to how well the game plays. I've got to say long gone are the days that I have been 'addicted' to a computer game. Most of the time it will be, get a new game, have a quick go and say, ooh those graphics were nice and a pretty good buy I think this is. Then two weeks later you will see it on your shelf and think oh yeah forgot about that game, must put it on, and then refuse because really it was crap. Although I am generalising a little, as there has been some classic titles that do also have amazing graphics, the majority of stunningly beautiful games do not play very well. I think anyone could say that looking at the best games out there now that technology has reached a point where it could comfortably stay put for a while, and concentrate on making more of the of the old classic gameplay orientated games, just updating the graphics to make them more accessible. Don't get me wrong I am all for technological advances, but when it means buying a brand new pc every week just so my screen can display 8 castles instead of 4 is just silly. Bring back games like Sensible Soccer etc !! If any fan of that game could honestly tell me they didn't cry when the 1998 version of this came out, with new and improved graphics, absolute pants it was. Just think of the hours people used to spend playing on games like Sonic the Hedgehog and suchlike, these games are just very hard to come by nowadays. A good example of this being the majority of EA's games, whilst being the best sports game producers over recent yea
rs, just look at the fifa series. From the original in 1994 I think it was, till 1998 every year got tonnes better, as one years game was almost re-written and played amazingly. Then you look at 1998 to the present 2001 effort. Graphically outstanding, but could you honestly say it plays the much different, all they seem to do is fiddle with graphics and update player stats. I have to say one part of the graphics in games that I would love to see ironed out are the little jagged edges we see down the sides of mountains etc. 3DFX seemed to be the most interested in sorting this out with their anti-aliasing techniques, but sadly the company has paid for seemingly focusing so heavily on Glide technology, whereas all the rest of the cards simply overtook them. But nevermind, my card knowledge is not very vast so I won’t waffle on about that before some nerd corrects me on a little error. I must say I am glad to see a game like championship manager up at the top in games charts as this is nothing graphically, but it is so in depth, and addictive. Fair enough a decent pc is still needed for good performance, but i'll still be able to play the next incarnations of such a title hopefully in years to come on my current pc. I think most companies seem to need revenue for pouring so much money into producing these advances, I say don't bother, and charge half the price for you r games !! I must add this little section, because as kindly pointed out, I did neglect to include multi-player games. Although this is a fair point, and I can agree that games like Quake 3, not exactly that enthralling single player, but when played over a network with other humans, it can be very exhilarating. But I still stand by the fact that if there weren’t so many unnecessary intricate little touches to games, then the network games would run much more smoothly and be more fun to play. Granted, people with LAN’s, or even cable modem/
T1 connections can play pretty much as well as their pc can handle. But unfortunately the majority don’t have this kind of access, and multiplayer games can become a slog. I do enjoy a game of pool over the net, but I attempt an Unreal Tournament or something, the familiar start, wait a second to move another frame, oh no I’m dead, happens. So yes multi-player is now, and will be possibly the best way to enjoy your games, but I’m sure even the most die hard multi-players would happily submit a few colour and minute details for a smoother ride. I just find it a big co-incidence that most cheapish games tend to be the most addictive and playable. Before more examples of games are quoted saying this is great and blah blah, remember, I am generalising about the state of a lot of games, and the way the market is headed. Right I am going to leave now, and I hope you'll all go and play Sensible Soccer or something just to remind you how class games used to be :) If anyone feels I have blatantly left anything else out, please leave a comment, and I’ll try to sort it.