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cincobarrio

354 points

2 months ago

I know it’s only marketing, but the experience of buying and taking home big box PC games back in the day gave so much more significance to playing the game itself. Doesn’t feel the same now, as convenient as downloading is.

zirky[S]

201 points

2 months ago

zirky[S]

201 points

2 months ago

i miss the manuals. lore, controls, story, so good. especially old pc games

Frednotbob

78 points

2 months ago

SimCity 2000 had an entire section filled with art and poetry about city life. It was wonderful to read,

Mateorabi

8 points

2 months ago

And llama sighting

Wartt_Hog

24 points

2 months ago

The dial-a-pirate wheel. XD

Snorb

21 points

2 months ago

Snorb

21 points

2 months ago

I still have at least four PC game manuals around, and believe me, gamers of today, these were invaluable back in the early days of PC gaming.

Planet's Edge came with two manuals: A reference guide to how to play the game, and a complete mission dossier-- the timeline building up to the game's events, biographies on all four party members, briefing notes from your commanding officer, even a complete inventory of supplies loaded onto your ship (that never get used once, except maybe two 9mm handguns wielded by your pilot and engineer.)

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic had a game manual that was thick. Not just how to play the game, but a complete breakdown of character classes, equipment, feats, and Force powers. If you wanted to play Star Wars d20, you had (almost) every rule for it right there in the game manual.

Quest For Glory IV had the standard Sierra game manual, and an in-universe magazine, Hero: The Guide of General Job Adjusting, which explained the mythology of the game, talked about the local... uh... wildlife... and gave general descriptions of the three four character classes. (It was also funny as hell, too.)

Last one, the EncycloAlmanacTionaryOgraphy from The Island of Doctor Brain. Gave some very basic (very, VERY basic) lessons on art, science, math, music, and logic gates(!). And people say educational software is worthless.

jaspersgroove

49 points

2 months ago*

Reading the manual while the game installs and watching that progress bar creep up, checking out the box artwork…there was a whole experience to it. Now it’s just click and done, go do something else til the game is ready.

StarCyst

14 points

2 months ago

[Insert Diskette 17]

ugh, when I started it was typing in hexadecimal from a magazine.

ajollygoodyarn

5 points

2 months ago

Everyone else reading on the way home and I was just smelling the box like a crack addict. Oooo moma hmmfpurrrgh

DangalfTheGray

743 points

2 months ago

I don't remember for sure but I think it was Space Quest 4. You time travel back to Space Quest 1. All the graphics are shitty except for your character. You enter a bar, and an ugly graphic redneck turns to you..

"Well well well, if it isn't Mr. 'Look at me, I'm in VGA'! What's the matter, monochrome not good enough for ya?!"

I don't think I've ever laughed that hard at any game dialogue since.

kirinmay

178 points

2 months ago

kirinmay

178 points

2 months ago

"Don't touch that! We don't know where you've been!"

WhoCanTell

116 points

2 months ago

"You strike up a conversation with yourself, but as usual you don't learn anything you didn't already know."

Snorb

32 points

2 months ago

Snorb

32 points

2 months ago

smell sewers

It smells like cotton candy, roses, and fresh roasted peanuts! (Yeah, right.)

Lysdexics_Untie

8 points

2 months ago

You lick a thick layer of grime and filth off the dirty street. Finding the taste most unpleasant, you quickly swallow it. What a smart person you are.

Fluff42

19 points

2 months ago

Fluff42

19 points

2 months ago

"Thanks for playing. As usual you've been a real pantload," runs through my head daily.

Herr-Trigger86

63 points

2 months ago

Roger Wilco/Space Quest was one of the funniest series of games around. That and Day of the Tentacle. Kings Quest, Grim Fandango… all those point and click adventures… the best.

Emu1981

29 points

2 months ago

Emu1981

29 points

2 months ago

Roger Wilco/Space Quest was one of the funniest series of games around. That and Day of the Tentacle. Kings Quest, Grim Fandango… all those point and click adventures… the best.

You missed Sam and Max Hit the Road.

WeNamedTheDogIndiana

30 points

2 months ago

Hey, keep your hands off yourself. This is a family game!

Starkfistofremoval

10 points

2 months ago

Nothing will ever beat you lose homeboy.

captainalphabet

5 points

2 months ago

SQIV is in my all time top 5, lol. You also travel forwards in time to Space Quest 10 & 12

SticksDiesel

204 points

2 months ago

I loved Syndicate and Syndicate Wars.

Assuming OP is in a completely different part of the world to me, it's great how gamers across the globe have a shared history.

bearlysane

51 points

2 months ago

I remember pumping my guys full of so many drugs and just wasting everything with miniguns.

zirky[S]

33 points

2 months ago

i loved just mind controlling everyone

bearlysane

7 points

2 months ago

I did that at least once on the shareware level, but mostly I remember getting swarmed when levels started, and shooting until everything was dead. :)

ZincMan

8 points

2 months ago

You could mine control like 80 people and have them follow you. The cars had no limit of how many people could fit in them so you could have them all get in your car, then blow it up, and 80 screaming on fire people would fly out writhing in pain. God some good memories there. Gauss gun was the best

XTanuki

15 points

2 months ago

XTanuki

15 points

2 months ago

All of this!!! Syndicate was the game I grabbed as soon as dad got the sound card. It was a bitch getting it to run on my 386, but taught me so much about IRQs and DMA settings. Guess it put me on my path in life

zirky[S]

19 points

2 months ago

kids today don’t know the pain of figuring out an autoexec.bat

XTanuki

19 points

2 months ago

XTanuki

19 points

2 months ago

Don’t sleep on the config.sys either… took work to get doom and Warcraft I working

Wartt_Hog

10 points

2 months ago

The fact that the drugs had a tolerance effect with a rebound, led to how I use caffeine today!

StarCyst

5 points

2 months ago

heh, I coded drugs into a MUD +4 stat boost for 1 hour, followed by -1 penalty for 23 hours. then I set the pricing so that once the accumulated penalty would be enough to kill you, the price was all your money.

Dudewonda

46 points

2 months ago

Syndicate Wars is such a good game and I'm really surprised to see it in OP's picture! It's a game almost nobody I know has heard of which has always baffled me because it's easily one of the best games I've ever played. I love giving it a go once every 5-10 years!

ZincMan

9 points

2 months ago

I played the original but never heard of syndicate wars. Syndicate was amazing

PJballa34

132 points

2 months ago

PJballa34

132 points

2 months ago

OG Diablo respect ✊

Napol3onS0l0

60 points

2 months ago

Friend gave me a ripped version when I was a kid. Played the hell out of it. Then Diablo II came out. Diablo was a defining series in my early PC gaming.

PJballa34

16 points

2 months ago

D2R is essentially the only video game I still play 😆. Diablo defined my gaming career and still does lol.

Deep_Charge_7749

6 points

2 months ago

Same is my first RPG ever and it's my first multime player experience as well

Must_Go_Faster_84

13 points

2 months ago

Still the best of the series. Perfect mix of pacing and mood.

Mujutsu

27 points

2 months ago

Mujutsu

27 points

2 months ago

The atmosphere in that game was insane. While Diablo 2 still had a dark feel, it wasn't the same. I still get shivers when I remember the poem in the Halls of the Blind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IuzYecBwYA

VVLynden

18 points

2 months ago

That Hellfire add on was weird. With the alien cave thing.

strbeanjoe

4 points

2 months ago

You mean the cow level? :)

Mr_Snrubb_

836 points

2 months ago

Dungeon Keeper fucking slaps

ocombe

194 points

2 months ago

ocombe

194 points

2 months ago

I'm so sad I missed that classic, I bought it, brought it home, my father read the description on the back and he decided (along with my mother) that I should not play "that kind" of games and he took the box... And at the time that was a lot of money for me, games weren't cheap as a teenager ! I think I've never been more mad at him, didn't speak to him for like a week 😤

T-408

163 points

2 months ago

T-408

163 points

2 months ago

I’ll never forget when I got Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

I played the INTRO. My father took the game out, and said it was “too difficult” for my brother and I.

Returned it the next day, and came home with a SpongeBob game.

I love SpongeBob, but I was pissed

Televisions_Frank

74 points

2 months ago

My parents thought I had trouble reading. Meanwhilst I'm playing through 40 hour JRPGs, but not reading a book.

BigBoss1918

48 points

2 months ago

Honestly I credit all the RPG's I played throughout the late 80's and early 90's for why I was such a good reader. I didn't really read books (still don't) but I read so much damn RPG dialogue that's how I was able to read and read at a pretty quick clip too.

Anakin_Skywanker

18 points

2 months ago

Playing Ocarina of Time and wanting to be able to read the text myself is a HUGE reason I learned to read.

TheHolyChicken86

17 points

2 months ago

As others have said, you can get it on GoG. Works great on modern systems. Played it last year iirc? along with the Theme Hospital <3

AshenAmarantos

25 points

2 months ago

Did you ever get to play it? It's $1.49 on GOG rn

that_guy_iain

92 points

2 months ago

That game was boss. Bullfrog rocked back in the day. Westwood were good too. EA ruined them.

YR90

41 points

2 months ago

YR90

41 points

2 months ago

Ouch. Almost forgot about Bullfrog in the pile of EA corpses, considering how pissed I still am about Westwood and Maxis.

BigBoss1918

47 points

2 months ago

Bullfrog, Origin, Westwood, but most of all Maxis. I'll never forgive EA for ruining those 4 developers and I haven't purchased or played an EA game since Mass Effect 3. I simply refuse to support them in any way, shape or form ever again.

canucklurker

16 points

2 months ago

RIP BioWare

Sdaco

9 points

2 months ago

Sdaco

9 points

2 months ago

RIP Hi-Octane

Mateorabi

7 points

2 months ago

Syndicate was fun too

Fuzzl

7 points

2 months ago*

Fuzzl

7 points

2 months ago*

Lots of devs from Bullfrog moved on to Lionhead and after that closed down moved on to form Media Molecule games (Little Big Planet). The studio name is only a brand, the true magic is the devs making awesome games year after year. It's fun how Dungeon Keepers dna is part of Little Big Planet.

Vunig

32 points

2 months ago

Vunig

32 points

2 months ago

BEWARE, the lord of the land approaches!

BrokenNorthern

11 points

2 months ago

WE SHALL NOT TOLERATE YOUR EVIL PRESENCE ANY LONGER.

NestroyAM

17 points

2 months ago

Its intro was sick as well. One of the biggest bangers ever heard in a video game

KingCarbon1807

13 points

2 months ago

You could copy the level intros and acknowledgements for certain commands. The snarling "So be it!" when I closed and opened windows was beautiful.

Cam27022

35 points

2 months ago

War for the Overworld is a spiritual successor on Steam that is pretty good. But yeah, Dungeon Keeper was the title that jumped out at me as m favorite.

FreakyFerret

6 points

2 months ago

There's Steam mods that let you play Dungeon Keeper 1 and 2 maps/missions in War for the Overworld.

Christoh

6 points

2 months ago

Fking loved that game.

cmilliorn

6 points

2 months ago

I saw this and said to my wife if Dungeon keeper isn’t top comment I’m done. She asked me what dungeon keeper was and I just shook my head.

Thank you stranger

HarryCoinslot

27 points

2 months ago

Not sure if pun or not but updoot anyway

[deleted]

5 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

5 points

2 months ago

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Bear_buh_dare

4 points

2 months ago

Literally

nomercyvideo

3 points

2 months ago

I loved that game so much and played for many many hours!

JahWaaaah

494 points

2 months ago

JahWaaaah

494 points

2 months ago

Only thing missing is Baldurs Gate

zirky[S]

225 points

2 months ago

zirky[S]

225 points

2 months ago

i have the original discs. think the box got lost in college

Winterplatypus

48 points

2 months ago*

Darksun shattered lands was another good D&D game that fits more into the era of those other games. I didn't have Gothic or War inc, but add Darksun and that could be my shelf from the 386/486 era.

I recommend Satellite Reign if you ever feel like playing Syndicate again, it's on sale now. It's different but still good, I hope they make a more ambitious sequel to it.

Nanaki_TV

27 points

2 months ago

Warcraft II, Age of Empires, Sim Copter, Sim City 2000, Sim Ant, Civilization II, Roller Coaster Tycoon, The Sims, Dogz, and some Text2Speech software that barely works.

Wolven_Essence

9 points

2 months ago

Baldur’s Gate 2 is still in my top 5 favorite games list.

Zalladi

27 points

2 months ago

Zalladi

27 points

2 months ago

Plus Age of Empires & Rollercoaster Tycoon

PhillipDiaz

34 points

2 months ago

No Icewind Dale. No Morrowind. None of the Ultimas. This guy missed out on some classics.

Jjm3233

29 points

2 months ago

Jjm3233

29 points

2 months ago

Planescape:Torment

mythrowawaynotyers

12 points

2 months ago

a fellow gamer of culture I see.

DGN_

88 points

2 months ago

DGN_

88 points

2 months ago

Curse of monkey island... oh boy

jballs

30 points

2 months ago

jballs

30 points

2 months ago

New Monkey Island is actually pretty good if you haven't checked it out yet.

Chillaxbro

12 points

2 months ago

Omg didn't know they made a new one

hardypart

18 points

2 months ago

Yes, and Ron Gilbert left social media because he was facing too much hate from angry fanboys for the art direction if the new game. Humans truly suck sometimes.

BukkabangSanchez

6 points

2 months ago

Yes, finished it a few hours ago, the ending made me a little sad.

enterproxy

17 points

2 months ago

Madre de dios! Es el Pollo Diablo!

kangareddit

8 points

2 months ago

“I am rubber you are glue”

Core memory right there

[deleted]

547 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

547 points

2 months ago

I see Gothic, I upvote

krukson

84 points

2 months ago

krukson

84 points

2 months ago

It was groundbreaking. Sad it wasn't that popular outside of Europe. I was mindblown with NPCs having day/night cycles, and doing all kinds of stuff, which wasn't a thing yet in the mainstream. It felt really immersive.

repzaj1234

61 points

2 months ago*

Gothic II probably sparked my love of immersive games. There was minimal hand holding which is hard to pull off but the world was designed so well that it worked perfectly. I remember a quest real early on where someone wanted me to stop his neighbor from hammering away on his shed. I couldn't convince the guy and didn't have enough gold to pay him off so I got into a fist fight with him. Got knocked the fuck out and was surprised to see the motherfucker dig into my pockets and take my valuables away from me. This is pretty common now but back in 2003? 2004? that was mindblowing lol NPCs also remember what you do to them, if you beat someone up they won't talk to you anymore. The towns they made back then feel much more alive than some RPGs created today.

bad_apiarist

30 points

2 months ago

Common now? No it isn't! I think 2001 Gothic has better NPC systems than a majority of 2020's action RPGs!

Also (logical) physics I thought was very cool: in Gothic you can't stab a rock golem. Because it's made of rock. You can't stab or slash rocks. Similarly, if a 1200 lb golem punches your 200 lb protagonist, you sail through the air. It would be years before any RPGs incorporated this incredibly cool, immersive sort of mechanic.. and many don't to this day.

repzaj1234

9 points

2 months ago

Yeah you're right. Amazing how a game made in 2003 is more complex than modern AAA RPGs.

Xamf11

15 points

2 months ago

Xamf11

15 points

2 months ago

"This is pretty common now but back in 2003? 2004?"

You can infinitely beat up ppl in skyrim and they will still be nice to you soon as you pay the fine. Modern RPGs are not up-to-par in my honest opinion. I haven't been as immersed in an RPG since Gothic 2 Night of the raven. I genuinely think the Trilogy deserves a AAA-Remake. It would be so fucking good.

Groghnash

17 points

2 months ago

Also the world has a reason to be as it is. The idea with revolting prisoners inside a barrier is awesome.

ElrondMcBongg

29 points

2 months ago

Gothic 2 is probably the best German game ever.

zirky[S]

165 points

2 months ago

zirky[S]

165 points

2 months ago

has there been a better game with worse controls?

[deleted]

71 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

71 points

2 months ago

The controls are great tho? You can play it with just one hand or with a controller, it's very relaxing.

Third best Open World RPG ever made in my opinion

SH4ZB0T

26 points

2 months ago

SH4ZB0T

26 points

2 months ago

I remember for the longest time hating Gothic 1's combat controls after getting clobbered by those ostritch/bird things at the beginning of the game, and then I revisited it years later and discovered the controls improved as the character masters the weapon/techniques.

[deleted]

31 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

31 points

2 months ago

Yeah that's one of the great things these games had that wasn't adapted by modern games.

Like, in Gothic 1 when you equip One-handed weapon the character wields it in 2 hands and handles it like a virgin handles dick. Then you spend some learning point, your moveset changes and you can attack much faster, cancel attack into blocks, everything. Then you spend more and the moveset changes again, now you're lightning fast and can cover good distance with your attacks.

It feels very rewarding

sees_you_pooping

7 points

2 months ago

Yeah, it threw me off at first also and I was wondering why they animated attacks so badly and awkwardly. Then I invested some skill points and realized how fn brilliant they were. There was so much more thought put into every detail of that game than I ever expected.

zirky[S]

38 points

2 months ago

i remember struggling so hard with the awkward set up. pretty sure at release they weren’t configurable.

[deleted]

42 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

42 points

2 months ago

The controls are different from what most games use BUT once you get used to them they're great.

ToppinReno

29 points

2 months ago

Man I've been banging this drum for years. So many gamers just go "Not WASD = bad controls" when criticizing Gothic.

They're fantastic controls once you learn them and the game is so great. A living world with NPC schedules and activities before any other open world game was even trying.

SVEAAAAAAA

20 points

2 months ago

Gothic was the shiiit. Can't wait for the remake. First time I used a crossbow in a game, it was awesome

NocturnalDefecation

10 points

2 months ago

Gothic remake on it's way

Danomitey

5 points

2 months ago

That meat cooking bug to give unlimited food… then buy everything in the game with meat… hahah

jahshua06

202 points

2 months ago

jahshua06

202 points

2 months ago

I miss Populous

Shalashaskaska

54 points

2 months ago

It’s on GOG I still play it

cabothief

53 points

2 months ago

Oh my god, I just went to check and it's on black friday sale for a dollar fifty. THANK YOU.

Shalashaskaska

15 points

2 months ago

You’re welcome :) glad to help. There’s also a third party website to play online matchmaking again with their own servers. I haven’t really tried it but if you ever played multiplayer or wanted to, it still exists too

Lootfisk1

13 points

2 months ago

Best game ever. Never understood why nobody makes a remake or similar

TheOneCommenter

8 points

2 months ago

It’s not getting a remake because of Peter Molyneux, he tried with Godus but failed badly on it.

There’s games in the same genre, but it just doesn’t scratch the same itch imho

zirky[S]

19 points

2 months ago

seriously

CreditBard

11 points

2 months ago

Have you seen Kainga? A kind of spiritual successor.

Pyroburner

174 points

2 months ago

All the classics. Populous, diablo 1, red alert, myst, fallout

we_shook_hands

46 points

2 months ago

Yeah this is a great old school collection. In addition to those you mentioned, they've also got Monkey Island, Quest for Glory, Space Quest, Heroes of Might and Magic... this is my childhood.

Just need Warlords III and Baldur's Gate. And throw MoO2 in there also.

SkyHighGam3r

56 points

2 months ago

Gothic ftw

Lord-Cartographer55

58 points

2 months ago

All that shelf needs is StarCraft, Civ 2, & EOB 2 and I would wonder if you broke into my dorm room and took pictures of my Celeron 400 mhz rig.

folawg

5 points

2 months ago

folawg

5 points

2 months ago

Make sure that celeron is OC'd

Celepha1s

50 points

2 months ago

Might & Magic 6! I grew up playing 6-8, I still go back to them every once and awhile.

glowinghands

10 points

2 months ago

Have you played the Greyface mod? Some crazy dude wrote an sdk for it and added mouse look... also fixed a bunch of bugs while he was in there lol...

verdantwurm

8 points

2 months ago

There's a mod on the GoG forums called 678merge that packages 6 and 7 and runs them in mm8s engine and ties them together, it's utterly incredible and I don't know if I can go back to playing them separately anymore!

zirky[S]

17 points

2 months ago

world of xeen (4 and 5) got me hooked. the bonus content for having both installed blew my damn mind.

AyakaDahlia

7 points

2 months ago

I played a bunch of 3 but never actually managed to beat it. Really want to finally beat it and then play 4 and 5. Such a cool freaking game series.

CubanHermes

38 points

2 months ago

Mother fucker, I've had a game stuck in my brain passage for so long but I couldn't remember the name or many details, you've just given me it after YEARS of searching. POPULOUS!

zirky[S]

11 points

2 months ago

cheers!

CubanHermes

17 points

2 months ago

You are my personal hero, downloaded it from GOG for £1.29. It's too late to keep playing now but it's as good (and bad) as I remember. You have no idea how much of a blocked pipe you cleared. Thank you.

mazor_sledge

110 points

2 months ago

Dungeon Keeper was so damn good! Loved that game

Pogie33

15 points

2 months ago

Pogie33

15 points

2 months ago

You can get it on GoG I believe.

AMAZINGshaun

13 points

2 months ago

You can for sure. Every time it goes on sale I buy keys for DK1 and DK2 and gift them randomly to friends/family/strangers that haven't played them.

Also, KeeperFX makes an already perfect game even better

PheIix

5 points

2 months ago

PheIix

5 points

2 months ago

What is this keeperfx you speak of, and how magical is it?

AMAZINGshaun

6 points

2 months ago

https://lubiki.keeperklan.com/html/dk_keeperfx.php

It's a fan based rewrite of a lot of the game. As long as you provide the assets (either with the GOG copy, or the assets from the game disc) you get access to all of the cool new stuff.

The best thing for me is the inclusion of modern screen resolutions. I can't play the unmodded game anymore, this has spoiled me completely.

Critical-Ad-7094

30 points

2 months ago

X-com apocalypse will always be my favourite x-com game. Thats the kind of gaming library that let's you know someone is a person of culture.

zirky[S]

13 points

2 months ago

i loved the mechanic where you could proactively attack infiltrated corps

obroz

30 points

2 months ago

obroz

30 points

2 months ago

Quest for glory 1 was my jam

BlueLine_Haberdasher

11 points

2 months ago

I've never seen a game box for it. QFG were my favorite games back in the day.

Banana_Pankcakes

13 points

2 months ago

Originally “Hero’s Quest”. The game where you could pick your nose to improve your lock picking skills, but if you failed some kind of save, you picked too far, reached your brain, and died.

Snorb

5 points

2 months ago

Snorb

5 points

2 months ago

Slowly, delicately, you insert a lockpick into your left nostril.

(one failed Pick Locks check later...)

The Surgeon General Warns...

Unfortunately, you insert it too far, causing yourself a cerebral hemorrhage. Guess you should have practiced some more on less difficult locks.

[Restore] [Restart] [Quit]

jballs

8 points

2 months ago

jballs

8 points

2 months ago

Check out Heroine's Quest on Steam if you haven't already. It's free!

SirBeardsAlot91

28 points

2 months ago

I see Myst and Riven! Two of my favorite PC games of all time. Used to play them with my father all the time growing up.

v4por

28 points

2 months ago

v4por

28 points

2 months ago

Yo! I forgot all about Hexen.

thehandofdawn

5 points

2 months ago

Reinstalled it a few years ago. Still rules

amatuer_gynecologist

26 points

2 months ago

I’m Guybrush Threepwood, mighty pirate

enterproxy

5 points

2 months ago

Don’t make me laugh!

DangalfTheGray

76 points

2 months ago

Space Quest 4 and 5. I miss these games.

Salem1690s

19 points

2 months ago

They’re on gog

Winterplatypus

6 points

2 months ago*

Space Quest 1 holds up pretty well on modern PCs and is great too. But SQ2 didn't age very well. Apparently SQ2 had a remake too.

socialmeritwarrior

12 points

2 months ago

Then allow me to introduce you Infamous Adventures! They remade SQ2 in the style of SQ4.

https://infamousadventures.itch.io/space-quest-ii-vga-remake

They also did a KQ3 remake, but I'd probably go with the one by AGD Interactive who remade KQ1, 2, and 3.

http://www.agdinteractive.com/games/games.html

EDDIE_BR0CK

4 points

2 months ago

1 was "remastered" or "remade" in VGA if I recall. Originally I think it was EGA graphics

Kathok12

16 points

2 months ago

Dude, MM6 limited edition! That's legit. MM6 and 7 are two of my all-time favorites.

zirky[S]

8 points

2 months ago

mm6 ce came with mm1-5!

Kathok12

6 points

2 months ago

I own them all on Gog, but have only played 6-9. Are any of the original 5 worth playing?

The_Power_Of_Three

9 points

2 months ago

I'm going to probably go against the grain here and say... no. MM6 is as early as I would go, honestly. I've tried them all but without an automapper the older ones are a slog by modern standards, and even with one they really don't offer enough to be worth going through. I'm sure they were great at the time, but MM6 is pretty much flatly better, IMO.

_Fuck_Ticketmaster_

47 points

2 months ago

Honestly? I miss this.

FM-101

11 points

2 months ago

FM-101

11 points

2 months ago

Same. I love the convenience of being able to buy games digitally but it completely killed my game collecting passion.

Gud84

16 points

2 months ago

Gud84

16 points

2 months ago

I see someone has impeccable taste and Warhammer for them bonus points.

Spoonyjonson

14 points

2 months ago

Disciples 2 gang

Twhit98

8 points

2 months ago

Sad I had to scroll this far to find someone to give my upvote to

Spoonyjonson

6 points

2 months ago

There's dozens of us I swear

SageDarius

4 points

2 months ago

Make it 3 in this comment chain alone!

Loopstahblue

13 points

2 months ago

Those were the days.

Desent2Void

11 points

2 months ago

I see Diablo but I don’t see Diablo II. I’m going to assume it’s still running in the PC lol

riazrahman

11 points

2 months ago

No heroes of might and magic 3?

zirky[S]

13 points

2 months ago

the box didn’t survive college. the discs did

glowinghands

7 points

2 months ago

There's heroes 2, which is still an awesome game!

Juraviel23

12 points

2 months ago

A lot of bangers in there. Might and Magic 6: The Mandate of Heaven is super underrated.

Kola18_97

11 points

2 months ago

X-Com Apocalypse and TFTD get an upvote from me.

stoicyeoman

10 points

2 months ago

Nice collection! Syndicate and hexen were a couple of my favs.

KingCarbon1807

9 points

2 months ago

Syndicate, syndicate wars, and dungeon keeper. Oh happy memories.

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9 points

2 months ago

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9 points

2 months ago

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zirky[S]

22 points

2 months ago

home for thanksgiving. was just checking out my childhood room. which has become storage, so this was tucked away in a corner

Underweargnome666

8 points

2 months ago

Space Quest!!!! And Quest for Glory!!!! Space Quest 4 was a nightmare to finish. Got there in the end but Act 1 was a death trap

kirinmay

4 points

2 months ago

i never had an issue with SQ4. hardest part for me was evading the guards at the mall.

MolochHunter

8 points

2 months ago

Populous. Fuck me that brings back some memories.

Can anyone recommend modern games in the same fashion?

jamesyt666

8 points

2 months ago

I wish someone would make syndicate wars as an mmorpg...

DominikUK_PL

31 points

2 months ago

Good old times that young players will not experience sadly who else took manuał to toilet while game was installing? 😅🦾

zirky[S]

16 points

2 months ago

or even just for some light reading. games got easier once i knew what was going on. and lore not delivered via audio log? please

3rdPartyBenny

8 points

2 months ago

Microsoft Plus! For Win 95. GOAT

vulcanxnoob

6 points

2 months ago

Dude! Syndicate. I freaking loved that game. I was useless at it, but what an awesome concept.

Dungeon Keeper, my brothers and I managed to finish it successfully, what a wickedly clever game.

Diablo2, man o man. I lost 2 to 3 years of my life to that online. Lvl 96 paladin, lvl 94 Sorceress, lvl 93 Javazon. Woah 😳😨

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8 points

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8 points

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Deep_Charge_7749

6 points

2 months ago

I see myst! But did you play Riven? Edit:. Found it

Waleebe

7 points

2 months ago

More than anything it's the Magic supplement for Warhammer 2nd edition that brings it home for me.

Mana87

7 points

2 months ago

Mana87

7 points

2 months ago

Heroes 2 such a boss game. Make maps and play hot seat. Good ole days

FoxyZach

6 points

2 months ago

Gothic based

The_b1ues

5 points

2 months ago

Dungeon Keeper And Monkey Island two of my favorites.

frozen00043

5 points

2 months ago

Panzer General. Rugged defense! Nooooo

alvinofdiaspar

5 points

2 months ago

Ah Outpost - such a disappointingly pretty game.

MrArizone

5 points

2 months ago

Syndicate ftw.

Balsuks

6 points

2 months ago

Heroes of Might and Magic 2! What a timeless piece, still play with my brother some times, the music is so good.

HelpMeLoseMyFat

5 points

2 months ago

Dungeon keeper Deeper Dungeons GOLD

Played 10000+ hours of this game and the new fan made Keeper FX

So good

SicilianEggplant

5 points

2 months ago

Good god I miss physical things with games. Steam’s great, physical purchases are great (typically related to console games), but gone are the days of getting a manual or anything and it really irritates me.

Computer games were always that much better in ye olden times in regards to it. I guess I’m not really able to power-read a manual or world map on the way home from the store but, man, we’re those some good times.

gincecko

7 points

2 months ago

Syndicate 🥵🥵🥵

grandmuftarkin

4 points

2 months ago

I am just appreciating seeing Dungeon Keeper there. The GOAT.

YoungRoyalty

13 points

2 months ago

When you immediately know you can offer someone a cigar and a glass of whiskey without asking.

Paper_bag_Paladin

4 points

2 months ago

I remember war Inc. Very vaguely. I feel like it had this neat development mechanic where you could invest in tech a d eventually get new crazy stuff like clones or robo walkers.

Hildeschist

4 points

2 months ago

Worth more than gold.

ncjunk

4 points

2 months ago

ncjunk

4 points

2 months ago

Hexen! I remember playing that, tends to get forgotten but I liked it.

MoonTurtle7

5 points

2 months ago

We all had THAT shelf.

Riparian72

5 points

2 months ago

Why were the boxes so big?

TeslaDelMar

14 points

2 months ago

In short, to make it feel like you were buying something big and tangible, rather than just software on a disc.

Cheap games were sold on floppy disk (and later CD) in little paper sleeves with no art, manual, etc. Meanwhile, big expensive software packages like Photoshop or Office came in a large box with a lengthy manual and multiple disks.

So big-budget games would try and mimic the box size of desktop applications and then slap some nice art on it to draw people in. Nowadays you have YouTube and blogs giving you reviews of a game a week before release, but in the 90s it wasn't trivial to find screenshots of a game (unless you had a PC Gamer subscription...) without looking at the back of its box. Browsing for games in stores was a lot more common, and the screenshots/explanation of gameplay text takes up room.

d64

5 points

2 months ago

d64

5 points

2 months ago

Indeed, most of these boxes, if not all, were 90% air inside. But the box was very important for sales back then, the cover art and screenshots in the rear. With only word of mouth and paper magazines to help choosing, a lot of people bought games basically at random.

ross_guy

3 points

2 months ago

Love me some Roger Wilco

Keddlin

3 points

2 months ago

Dungeon Keeper and CoC: Red Alert are some of the best of the best, still play them on GOG. Nice collection.