Like finding a stash of 20 year old crack
The recent hype and release of Fallout 4 reminded me that I had snagged both the original Fallout and Fallout 2 for free via a GoG.com promotion. So what better time to check them out while I wait for the €60 price tag of Fallout 4 to cool off?
The final Hexen game on my Steam list, a terrible conclusion to a poor series. I also briefly cover the series’ previous games and how they aren’t as fun as some nostalgia blinded fans claim.
A double review where I create and clean up corpses
A quick word on some favorites
First off, there are no (and never will be) perfect games. It is not possible to say which game is the ‘best’ as the question itself is pretty much meaningless. A more appropriate question would be which game is the ‘Best’ in a certain aspect, and even that is subjective to the individual. Even of my own opinion it is difficult to say what I believe to be the ‘best’ game, or even my favorite game.
If however, someone were to put a gun to my head and ask such a silly question, I would say it is a tie between Deus Ex and Final Fantasy VII. If then forced to choose between those two then I would probably be dead before I heard the shot. My fondness for both prevents me from making a decision. Both are large in scope, have complex stories, different ways to play, great music, action and effectively provoke emotion. Neither have aged well and when I revisit them I notice more and more flaws, but I will forever remember these with rose tinted glasses. I played them at just the most appropriate moments in my life for them to have the biggest impact and they will not soon be forgotten.
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition
I don’t know if I should be happy or sad with Baldur’s Gate’s lack of setup problems. I was pleasantly surprised that (unlike every other game I have reviewed) it ran without any complications. This is a sixteen year old game that installed and launched with no issues.
Quake: 2 The Reckoning Quake 2:Ground Zero
Now this is obscure! Most PC Shooter enthusiasts remember Quake 2, but I believe you will be hard pressed to find many that played it’s expansions. There was oddly little information to be found on these titles when searching in wikis and other reviews. They don’t appear to have a metacritic score either – but that is likely due to their
age (Quake 2 doesn’t have one either). One might say that these two expansions were forgotten to gaming history. After playing both I found that there was a very good reason for this, there wasn’t anything of interest to remember.
Hexen: Beyond Heretic
Published originally in 1995 and later released on Steam, Hexen: Beyond Heretic, its predecessor Heretic and their cousin Doom (which used the same ID Tech 1 engine) are an early example of how realistic graphics can age terribly. That’s not to say that there is a lot of realism in Hexen, it’s set in a fantasy world, but it suffers the same problem as other aging games in that it’s attempt to have high graphical fidelity (for it’s time) results in it dating very quickly.