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  1. #201
    Moderator
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: Yangon, Burma
    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowcat View Post
    Exile 2 - The Nameless
    I misread this at first and thought it said a successor to Elite, which made me excited for a second.

    But it prompted me to do a little research and I found Vega Strike, a very good open-source game in the Elite lineage (i.e., space trading), and even though it still says beta, it's perfectly playable, and already incredibly detailed and fun.

    (It also reminds me of FreeOrion, also still in development but not fully playable like Vega Strike, I gather, but I'll link to for reference).
    Last edited by demagogue; 26th Jan 2008 at 19:30.

  2. #202
    I Wanna Be The Guy

    It may not look like much at first...until you start playing it and the totally-fuck-you-in-the-face-with-a-rusty-wooden-spoon level design rears its ugly head.

  3. #203
    Cuddly little misanthropic hate machine
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: 4 doors down, bad side of town


    omfg.

  4. #204
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: god dammit dantes
    I can now see why the game website is titled 'IWBTG! A Very Hard Game About a Boy and 8-bit Masochism!'

  5. #205
    Oh, I just remembered about this video...I'd want one about IWBTG in a similar style.

    (Of course, that Super Mario Bros. hack probably has nothing on IWBTG in terms of difficulty...especially when you can skip most of the alternate World 1-1 by breaking a block jumping through the ceiling at a point halfway through the level.)

    EDIT: Found one!
    Last edited by NamelessPlayer; 28th Jan 2008 at 07:21.

  6. #206
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    But it prompted me to do a little research and I found Vega Strike, a very good open-source game in the Elite lineage (i.e., space trading), and even though it still says beta, it's perfectly playable, and already incredibly detailed and fun.
    Actually I think that it's primarily influenced by Wing Commander and Privateer.

    In fact there's two completed Privateer remakes floating around that were built upon Vegastrike (can't link to them as I believe they've used loads of assets from the original game).

  7. #207
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: Yangon, Burma
    Yeah ... that's why I said "Elite lineage"; it was just the first in that line. I didn't meant to say it was the main influence. I was just connecting it to my previous sentence, and as just a shorthand for games in that style.
    Last edited by demagogue; 28th Jan 2008 at 17:50.

  8. #208
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2008
    Location: In cryostasis
    Quote Originally Posted by dethtoll View Post
    http://kayin.pyoko.org/iwbtg/ss/ohmysweetgod.png

    omfg.
    Good luck, sir, you'll need it

  9. #209
    Member
    Registered: Dec 2006
    Location: Rochester, NY
    I just have to say that Allegiance is an excellent game. Give it a try, and don't be discouraged by the learning curve.

  10. #210
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    The Marathon trilogy is LEGAL abandonware. Playable on practically every platform now thanks to an enhanced source port. There's lots of user-made HD content packs too, designed for said source port.

  11. #211
    Cuddly little misanthropic hate machine
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: 4 doors down, bad side of town
    Abandonware is the wrong word for it, but it's the only word that fits. Too bad I hate Marathon 1, want to like 2, and haven't bothered with 3. The primary problem? They all make me physically ill.

  12. #212
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2004
    Location: Maritime Provinces (Canada)
    Abandonware is the wrong word for it, but it's the only word that fits.
    How about open-source freeware?

    EDIT: For clarification, the engine is open-source; the game is freeware.

  13. #213
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    Ultima IV I'm pretty sure is freeware. I recall that some fan site got permission from Origin and/or Garriott to post the DOS version on their site.

    One Must Fall 2097 was released as freeware by the developer. An overlooked DOS fighter, inspired by mecha anime.

  14. #214
    BR796164
    Registered: Dec 2000
    Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
    UNIVERSAL COMBAT ! \o/ (if you have nerves for it)

    http://www.3000ad.com/site/free_games/
    Last edited by Rogue Keeper; 4th Feb 2008 at 03:37.

  15. #215
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2008
    Location: In cryostasis
    Quote Originally Posted by BR796164 View Post
    UNIVERSAL COMBAT !
    Fun game, though it's a bit hard to maneuver (when using a laptop)

  16. #216
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    LOL, Derek Smart.

  17. #217
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2004
    Location: nor which
    New Glest multiplayer client is here
    Last edited by Trappin; 4th Jun 2010 at 06:33.

  18. #218
    Moderator
    Registered: Jun 2001
    Location: The Doldrums

    I'm not sure if someone already mentioned this, but Spheres of Chaos is now totally free.

  19. #219
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2003
    Location: United Kingdom
    Awesome, thanks for the heads up!

  20. #220
    BR796164
    Registered: Dec 2000
    Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
    WolfQuest

    http://www.wolfquest.org

    Sorts of a remake of an oldie "Wolf simulator", called "Wolf" from 1995.

    Learn about wolf ecology by living the life of a wild wolf in Yellowstone National Park. Play alone or with friends in on-line multiplayer missions, explore the wilderness, hunt elk, and encounter stranger wolves in your quest to find a mate. Ultimately, your success will depend on forming a family pack, raising pups, and ensuring the survival of your pack.
    The WolfQuest experience goes beyond the game with an active online community where you can discuss the game with other players, chat with wolf biologists, and share artwork and stories about wolves.

    Both the single-player and multiplayer game will offer about a couple of hours of gameplay (or more, if you want to replay the same missions). Key features:

    * Create your wolf avatar, selecting male or female, choosing from a range of realistic wolf coats (and customizing the coat with color tints), and configuring its abilities (strength, speed, and stamina).
    * Explore four square kilometers of alpine wilderness on the slopes of Amethyst Mountain in Yellowstone National Park, running across open meadows, through dense fir forests, and along sheer cliffs.
    * Hunt elk. Follow scent trails to locate elk herds, then sneak up on the herd, find the weakest one, and begin your attack. Pursue your prey and sap its strength while dodging its counterattacks, to make the kill.
    * Harrass coyotes who try to eat elk carcasses, or just for the fun of it.
    * Chase and eat snowshoe hares.
    * Earn Experience Points for bragging rights with other players.

    Additional features of the single-player game:

    * Follow scent trails to find stranger wolves. Communicate with them through wolf vocalizations and behaviors.
    * Find a mate and establish a bond.

    Additional features of multiplayer games:

    * Form a pack with 2-5 players in private multiplayer sessions.
    * Chat with other players with an in-game safe chat system, limited to common English words
    * Work as a team to bring down a powerfull bull elk.
    I have tried this and I think it's a neat educational ecological simulation. It also looks pretty while it doesn't have killing requirements. However I must complain it has a bit clumsy wolf character control and I have noticed several bugs. Hopefully they improve them in future versions - new episodes will probably come out during this year.

  21. #221
    Knows his stuff
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland

    w00t

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowcat View Post
    The Nameless

    With physics-based gameplay now all the rage, it's worth taking a trip down memory lane to relive one of the first (and certainly the most complex) games to really do such things in earnest -- 20 years ago.
    This is fun.

    Just spent 2 hours with it, I've found the first 3 keycards, and it constantly keeps surprising me with new things that you can do. I'm a bit let down by the fact that you can't kill stuff by hurling crates/things at em tho.

  22. #222
    Cuddly little misanthropic hate machine
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: 4 doors down, bad side of town
    Very fun game. Kinda makes me think of Metroid.

  23. #223
    Knows his stuff
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    THE NAMELESS

    THE FUCKING NAAAAAAMEEELEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!


    A review. By henke.


    Why haven't I heard of this game called Exile before? This shit is classic! I seriously have a hard time beliveing that all the stuff in Nameless was really that game they made 20 years ago. The complex physics, the breakable debris, the story, the fricken ECOSYSTEM! Well, maybe calling it an ecosystem is an exageration but I got real kick out of throwing one of those red floaty things over at the wasps to find out that IT EATS THE WASPS! And the more it eats the bigger and bigger it gets until it pops and leaves a big diamond! BTW my final score was 10000+ something and I got 100% on everything except for the Ore which I only found 99% of. Grrrr.

    And what about those Space-Sheep eh? I was so thrilled when I escorted one into what looked like some sorta space-sheep pen and saw the little green light light up. I just kneeeew I had done something right. And the game doesn't tell you jack shit! You gotta figure it all out for yourself and when you do it's just so rewarding. I read that Exile is one of only 3 games that EDGE has given a posthumous 10/10 score to and I can see why. It's just perfect gamedesign. Even today it holds up.

    That was 7 or 8 hours well spent. I will be going back some day. To replay it. And find that last 1% or ore. Thanks for the tip ShadowCat.

    EVERYONE DOWNLOAD THE NAMELESS AND PLAY IT NOW

  24. #224
    I just realized that The Nameless(no pun intended)is actually a spiritual sequel to Exile, NOT a remake. Thus, I might as well install and play it...

    ...if the damn download link on the Web page wasn't always giving me a corrupted .zip file!

  25. #225
    Member
    Registered: Dec 2007
    Location: Finger paintings of the insane
    Quote Originally Posted by BR796164 View Post
    WolfQuest
    No offense to you, but that was the most ridiculous, buggy, WTF game ever. The wolf jumps 30 feet straight up. And the controls are broken. I really liked the premise, and I am rooting for it, it is just an unplayable mess in my experience. Any tips? Am I possibly missing something or doing anything wrong?

    Also, THe Nameless is looking great so far. Good start.

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