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Overlooked classics

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  • Handsome CostanzaHandsome Costanza We sell products... ...and get in ROBOTS!Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Of course, no one knows about this game except for me but obligatory:

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    Dark Colony was a horribly broken RTS released during the beginning of the Starcraft era that pitted humans against "Gray" type aliens. The battles in this game were so epic due to a lack of unit limit and pretty easy (read:broken) economic mechanics. I remember I had a battle that literally lasted about 6 whole hours of constant dying on both sides. It also had one of those nifty buttons you could push to take you to the last "great battle" where there would always be some type of giant crater field or giant mass grave of units. The only game that's really came close to the epicness since then has probably got to be Supreme Commander (Which is really cheating because that game has you build thousands of barracks or whatnot to get your units up). Or maybe those golem custom maps in SC/Warcraft3. This game had the same amount of units coming out of a single barracks. Apparently its become open source but I'm not too sure about that. I do know that I would buy it from GOG.com in a heartbeat though.
    Spoiler:

    Oh, the aliens also had an artillery unit that literally was just a giant slug that shot poop from its butt.

    Ahhh Childhood memories.


    edit: fuck yeah

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  • CherrnCherrn Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Hey, I bought Dark Colony at launch. It was a time when RTS games still felt new, and that game was fucking beautiful when I first played the demo. Awesome base-building system, too, that was actually way ahead of its time.

    Of course, being complete shit at RTSs I could never progress beyond a few missions. Didn't help that it was abnormally difficult even for the genre.

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  • BecomingBecoming Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    TheStig wrote: »
    Raynaga wrote: »
    Bill Cosby wrote: »
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    One of my all time favorite games. Often overshadowed by the Mechwarrior series but Starsiege had so much style that I still think its at least on par with mechwarrior. Also it has Mark Hamil in it and some of the best music in a mech game.

    I was heavy into the multiplayer for this game. Nothing like rocking an Olympian with 4 Blasters and 2 EMPs with an SMOD and bare bones computers and sensors to compensate for the huge weight and heat issues that loadout caused.

    Man, I played so much Starsiege online. It seemed so unique at the time compared to mech warrior.

    I came here to post this and I'm happy that I was beaten!

    This game is legendary in my circle of friends. It still makes me sad that it was/is so overlooked because it blew away the competition in every way imaginable.

    We formed a clan, setup a website, fashioned a custom logo for our team, raided servers, etc. It showed us all the magic of team-oriented online gaming!

    And so many amazing times were had! Sniping the toes of Olympians, shooting out the crotches of Apocs, making a cloaked tank with a turbo to surprise ram an enemy into oblivion... and of course the elusive Cloaked Exec that came oh so close to ambushing one of us, almost causing him to quit the game forever (it was a bet)! bahahaha

    Must play...

  • DaSniper91DaSniper91 Registered User
    edited March 2010
    Glal wrote: »
    Ranadiel wrote: »
    I finally took the time to look into Street Fighter 2010. Apparently it was another product of wacky localization by Capcom USA. In Japan, the main character and story have no links to Street Fighter whatsoever.
    Yes, but it was still made by Capcom and still published and advertised as a Street Fighter game, even in Japan. While these days sequels may just end up being polished-and-bigger versions of their originals changing the mechanics and even genres with further games was pretty common place back then. Just look at Sonic Spinball, or the Ghosts 'n Goblins take on The Incredible Machine (wish that got a Western release).



    WHAAAAA? I must have this!

  • irnirn Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    LCDXX wrote: »
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    Part shooter, part gravity-based puzzle game. Each of the 12+ planets had varying levels of gravity that affect the inertia of your ship. Each stage had a number heavy cargo drops (collectibles, fuel, etc.) that you had to locate, hook onto with a tow cable and drag them back to your shuttle.

    The game was very difficult, but SO much fun. Unfortunately, it was a commercial flop in the US (although it was pretty popular in Europe).

    In fact, I was just reminiscing about Solar Jetman when PixelJunk Shooter! was released - that game made me wish for a Solar Jetman remake like no other.

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    SILLY GOOSE this game when I was like 8 years old... SILLY GOOSE it to hell

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  • GlalGlal Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    DaSniper91 wrote: »
    Glal wrote: »
    Ranadiel wrote: »
    Spoiler:
    Yes, but it was still made by Capcom and still published and advertised as a Street Fighter game, even in Japan. While these days sequels may just end up being polished-and-bigger versions of their originals changing the mechanics and even genres with further games was pretty common place back then. Just look at Sonic Spinball, or the Ghosts 'n Goblins take on The Incredible Machine (wish that got a Western release).
    WHAAAAA? I must have this!
    Behold! <3 chibi Arthur.

    [edit] Just realized it's technically possible to play this on my PSP. Life is good...

  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    anyone remember Faxanadu for the NES?

    I loved that game, but I don't know too many people who have even heard of it.

  • DarmakDarmak Godking of the Snerkywizards Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Xaquin wrote: »
    anyone remember Faxanadu for the NES?

    I loved that game, but I don't know too many people who have even heard of it.

    I've actually been replaying that game, it's pretty fucking great. The only thing I hate is the password system uses lowercase and uppercase letters, and the letter O and the number 0 look too similar. So much frustration as a child from that.

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  • PasteePastee Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Rescue on Fractalus! is a game that few people have ever played. Which is a shame, because it's wicked fun even all these years later, and was damned impressive on the Atari computer system it was made on.

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    It was also one of the God Damned most frightening games ever.
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    Such an awesome game! I had a version for the Atari 800 called "Behind Jaggi Lines" I think they just changed the name. First time that green bugger pounded on my window I almost fell out of my seat.


    Man, if we want to go that old-school. Anyone remember Space Taxi for the C64?

  • Fatboy RobertsFatboy Roberts Registered User
    edited March 2010
    I don't know if it's considered overlooked now, but at the time, I know for a fact that of all my friends who had an Atari 2600, none of them had ever heard of this game, and everyone who's come over and watched me playing it has said "What the hell is this thing?"

    Activision's "Megamania"

    Until I turned 31, got an Activision Compilation disc for PS2, and had a friend come over and recognize the game, I thought the only two people in the world who had ever played this game were me and my older brother. The concept is gold: A Klingon Bird of Prey shoots day-glo colored junkfood and household appliances that fall from the sky. Cookies, Caterpillars, Radial Tires, Hamburgers, Bow Ties.

    I know there were patches you could win if you took a photo of your high score and sent them to Activision, but I never tried it. To this date, the most addictive game I've ever played.

  • ReynoldsReynolds Sting, Sting, Sting Venice Beach, CARegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Darmak wrote: »
    Xaquin wrote: »
    anyone remember Faxanadu for the NES?

    I loved that game, but I don't know too many people who have even heard of it.

    I've actually been replaying that game, it's pretty fucking great. The only thing I hate is the password system uses lowercase and uppercase letters, and the letter O and the number 0 look too similar. So much frustration as a child from that.

    Apparently that's one of the few games in a long running series that was brought over here. Same series as Legacy of the Wizard, actually! Which is another ridiculously hard NES game, of course.

    http://hg101.kontek.net/dragonslayer/dragonslayer.htm

    And, if you're going to link one of the Cocoron videos, you have to show the best one.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1O3Q869mRQ

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  • BecomingBecoming Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Xaquin wrote: »
    anyone remember Faxanadu for the NES?

    I loved that game, but I don't know too many people who have even heard of it.

    I owned it and loved it! I wasn't sure if it was worthy of "classic" status though since I never knew of anyone else that played it.. haha

  • SilpheedSilpheed Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Glal wrote: »
    Let's not forget the poster child for overlooked classics, Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri (and if you just posted a picture without any text then you're a dick, it's impossible to Ctrl-F pictures ;-)).

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    Squad based combat before it became popular... which of course meant the game flopped terribly and nearly killed Looking Glass Studios right there and then. Sometimes it doesn't pay to be in front.

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    I have this game and the original box standing in my bookshelf. :winky:

  • PeenPeen Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Synthesis wrote: »
    Crusader: No Remorse was an excellent game, but I wouldn't call it 'overlooked'.

    I mean, it was popular enough to spawn a sequel.

    It seemed like people had expanded the scope of the thread to include forgotten gems and for me that game qualifies. I can't believe that someone hasn't revived it, a version using the same engine that Red Faction Guerilla is running on would be a thing of beauty.

  • StormwatcherStormwatcher Uee Citizen Record #2051 Über Star CitizenRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Silpheed wrote: »
    Glal wrote: »
    Let's not forget the poster child for overlooked classics, Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri (and if you just posted a picture without any text then you're a dick, it's impossible to Ctrl-F pictures ;-)).

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    Squad based combat before it became popular... which of course meant the game flopped terribly and nearly killed Looking Glass Studios right there and then. Sometimes it doesn't pay to be in front.
    I have this game and the original box standing in my bookshelf. :winky:

    It runs pretty well on Dosbox too.

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  • HilleanHillean Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
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    These pretty much got me through high school.

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  • GlalGlal Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    None of them were exactly overlooked.

  • HilleanHillean Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Glal wrote: »
    None of them were exactly overlooked.

    Only by those who probably aren't hitting 30 like myself.

    Youngsters these days have no clue what any of those are, except maybe the Descent series (Freespace keeps it alive, slightly).

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  • GlalGlal Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Might as well start listing all half-decent pre-2000 games then... :P

  • HilleanHillean Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Glal wrote: »
    Might as well start listing all half-decent pre-2000 games then... :P

    My apologies that my definition of 'overlooked' skews from yours.

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  • RenegenRenegen Registered User
    edited March 2010
    Hillean wrote: »
    Glal wrote: »
    None of them were exactly overlooked.

    Only by those who probably aren't hitting 30 like myself.

    Youngsters these days have no clue what any of those are, except maybe the Descent series (Freespace keeps it alive, slightly).

    Freespace is the one that's overlooked! I didn't sell very well I think. I hark back to my old gaming days. Back when I bought Fallout 1 by just reading a preview, or played the demo for X-Com 3 and bought that series. Or played a demo for Thief and bought that. You don't seem to stumble on classics like that these days.

    Terra Nova was overlooked and awesome. I played the demo, loved it, but never found it in retail so I never bought it... It's a lot like Tribes for some reason.

    ---Yeah
  • MgcwMgcw Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Xaquin wrote: »
    anyone remember Faxanadu for the NES?

    I loved that game, but I don't know too many people who have even heard of it.

    HAHA, I read this thread title and instantly thought of that game, but then I remembered that I completely hated it.

  • HilleanHillean Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Mgcw wrote: »
    Xaquin wrote: »
    anyone remember Faxanadu for the NES?

    I loved that game, but I don't know too many people who have even heard of it.

    HAHA, I read this thread title and instantly thought of that game, but then I remembered that I completely hated it.

    I liked it quite a bit, but there were many frustrating parts, and until you started getting some good items you died pretty damn easily.

    This was the first game that introduced me to 'farming'.

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  • HilleanHillean Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
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    How bout some good old Karnov?

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  • StormwatcherStormwatcher Uee Citizen Record #2051 Über Star CitizenRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Edit: Bleh nevermind
    Olivaw wrote: »
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    I loved each of these games so much

    So much

    I wanna be your friend forever. :D

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  • DavoidDavoid Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Picked up Faxanadu. The music is AWESOME. Almost as good as Solstice.

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  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Olivaw wrote: »
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    I loved each of these games so much

    So much

    I just recently bought FutureCop on ebay for like $4. It is amazing. The music is the best part.

  • ironsizideironsizide Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    ^5 for the No One Lives Forever love. I loved both games to pieces. I had a hearty guffaw at the full reveal of the main villain in the first game. I think NOLF 2 *still* looks pretty snazzy.

    Astroboy Omega Factor is the poo. I was pretty blown away once I discovered how the replay mechanics worked. I would normmlly be annoyed at having to replay a game multiple times to unlock stuff, but the fact that doing so unlocked so much more of the story to reveal what you though was the truth was in fact not was pretty cool.

    Moonbase Commander! Great game. I got everyone hooked on that bad boy on the local game stores' computer network. I gotta see if I can find my disc somehere...

    I wanted to play Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri very badly about the time I was really into Heavy Gear (both pen/paper and computer versions). Found a soitary copy in a CompUSA for like $2... only to find the box had no f-ing disc. I only lost $2, but damn I wanted to play it!

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  • Handsome CostanzaHandsome Costanza We sell products... ...and get in ROBOTS!Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    ironsizide wrote:
    Found a soitary copy in a CompUSA for like $2... only to find the box had no f-ing disc. I only lost $2, but damn I wanted to play it!

    CompUSA were some fuckers, back in the day.

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  • KrisKris Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    urahonky wrote: »
    Olivaw wrote: »
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    I loved each of these games so much

    So much

    I just recently bought FutureCop on ebay for like $4. It is amazing. The music is the best part.

    Oh god. SO many hours were spent playing the multiplayer on this as a kid, squished right next to my brother as we each used the keyboard, and getting pissed off at each other for blowing our shit up. Thanks for reminding me about this! :D

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  • RebootReboot Registered User
    edited March 2010
    I don't know if this is "looked over" but I had some great times with The Summoning and always felt sad that there's never a remake.

    (Diablo) - (Rigid Classes) + (Puzzle Solving) + (Slightly more RPG)

    Subterranean Map overlays, Weight Panels, Secret Locations, Traps, Life-Draining tiles, a very cool weapon, etc etc.
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  • UrianUrian __BANNED USERS
    edited March 2010
    Cryostasis is still pretty new (1-2 years), but I'm positive it hasn't gotten much attention. It's one of the best games I've ever played, one of the best stories I've ever seen in a game, and it uses some of the most brilliant gaming storytelling conventions I've ever seen. It wraps together an artistic, atmospheric package as well as anything else out there, but it really is for the thinking man. I'm able to forgive any of it's gameplay faults just for how bold the ideas are.

  • GlalGlal Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Aye. I still need to finish it, but some minor niggles aside it's atmospheric as all heck. But then, it's Action Forms, they've a habit of making interesting shooters that get overlooked (I've a soft spot for Vivisector's arena set piece design, despite the game suffering from its delayed release date visually).

  • LaCabraLaCabra Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    I played it for a while and it didn't really grab me. I have no idea what's going on in it.

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  • Apothe0sisApothe0sis Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Psychic Force and Psychic Fox were pretty rad sauce.

    And I don't know how appropriately looked Alex Kidd in Shinobi World was, but it's much better than the game it parodied. And that game was awesome.

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  • VistiVisti Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Hillean wrote: »
    Glal wrote: »
    Might as well start listing all half-decent pre-2000 games then... :P

    My apologies that my definition of 'overlooked' skews from yours.

    So, I'm making a bit of a strawman here, but would you say that Citizen Kane, for example, is an overlooked movie?




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  • CherrnCherrn Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Urian wrote: »
    Cryostasis is still pretty new (1-2 years), but I'm positive it hasn't gotten much attention. It's one of the best games I've ever played, one of the best stories I've ever seen in a game, and it uses some of the most brilliant gaming storytelling conventions I've ever seen. It wraps together an artistic, atmospheric package as well as anything else out there, but it really is for the thinking man. I'm able to forgive any of it's gameplay faults just for how bold the ideas are.

    I might have similar feelings if it wasn't a technical abortion. Even with all the settings turned down, I cannot get a framerate that consistently goes above 10. And I'm not even running an outdated rig here, either. I just got Metro 2033, and it runs wonderfully.

    I want to play Cryostasis, but it is almost literally unplayable.

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  • GlalGlal Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    For me it runs smoothly with occasional frame drops with everything cranked up (except FSAA and with anisotropic filtering at 4) on a 1.86GHz C2D and an 8800GT. So, slowest dual core on the market and an almost 3 year-old card. Did you try updating your drivers?

  • CherrnCherrn Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Glal wrote: »
    Did you try updating your drivers?

    I hope you're joking, but

    YES

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  • DixonDixon Screwed...possibly doomed CanadaRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Apothe0sis wrote: »
    Psychic Force and Psychic Fox were pretty rad sauce.

    And I don't know how appropriately looked Alex Kidd in Shinobi World was, but it's much better than the game it parodied. And that game was awesome.

    Was Psychic Force that 3d fighting game where you floated in the arena?

    I remember when I was young we flew over to england and my cousin had a playstation with that game. It was all I ever did when I was there

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