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Help me get back into PC Gaming!

Bat-Winged BoyBat-Winged Boy Registered User, ClubPA regular
edited February 2008 in Games and Technology
*two-year delurk*

Oi - just got BootCamp installed on my MBP and secured a copy of BioShock. I am enjoying it immensely. However, having XP installed on my computer means that, for the first time in years, I once again have a computer that will run sweet, sweet gam3zorz.

Despite playing a shitton of PC games during the 90s, I am now completely out-of-touch. Besides WoW (which I finally quit last year), I think that the last PC game I played was Diablo II. Or maybe Hitman. Like, I haven't even played Half-Life 2 yet (Orange Box is next on my "to purchase" list).

I'm basically ready for anything great - I used to play anything from Starcraft to Giants to Freespace to Serious Sam to Diablo II, and so on. What am I dumb to have been missing all these years?

PS. I just quit WoW last season, one point five levels away from 70. No MMORPGs please - my work ethic has suffered enough!

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  • PeewiPeewi Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    You should buy The Orange Box.

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  • PMAversPMAvers Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Peewi wrote: »
    You should buy The Orange Box.

    Seconded. Come play TF2 with us, IMO.

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  • DisruptorX2DisruptorX2 Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    What genre are you looking for?

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  • KingthlayerKingthlayer Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
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  • subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Oh boy, TychoCelchuu's going to hit this thread with one of his lists again isn't he? :mrgreen:

    Anyway:

    - The Orange Box: All of the HL2 series so far (not HL1 or those respective addons), Portal and TF2. And even once you're done with them there are a lot of really good mods to try.

    - Dawn of War / Company of Heroes: Depending on how powerful your system is and where your preferences lie, Dawn of War is a pretty awesome RTS rendition of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, and it's still going with another addon pack due soon.

    Company of heroes on the other hand came out later, is more hardware intensive, but is a pretty awesome WWII strategy game, bucketloads of atmosphere. WWII maybe be an over-done topic in gaming, but they've executed it quite well here.

    -The Witcher: Fairly in-depth singleplayer PC RPG. You can find out more information on it in the thread. Generally a lot darker than the standard Tolkienesque fantasy games you see. The devs are actually doing a pretty hefty re-vamp of the game to fix some of the major complaints, when they're done they'll be releasing it to retail, but regular users will be able to download the patch and upgrade for free. The demo takes you through the first act.

    -Sins of a Solar Empire: Like a hybrid RTS and 4X game. Depending on the universe size games can last anywhere from a couple of hours to literally weeks. Pretty epic in scale. No singleplayer campaign as such though. It's mainly designed as a multiplayer game, but I find playing against the AI plenty of fun as it is, I haven't touched the multiplayer yet.

    -Audiosurf: Takes a music track that you give it and turns it into a road that you race down, it's a sort of music puzzle game, reminiscent of games like Rez in terms of visual stylings. It's pretty awesome, you can try the demo on Steam.

    -Freespace Source Code Project: I realise you've already played it, but since you've been out of the loop for a while, you may not know that it's now free and being updated in what's called the Freespace Source Code Project (SCP for short). Updated visuals and effects with the same awesome gameplay.

    Tonnes more but I can't think of them at the moment. I'd suggest Crysis but I suspect that your machine might have problems running it.

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  • MalkorMalkor Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
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  • Bat-Winged BoyBat-Winged Boy Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2008
    What genre are you looking for?

    Well, I've played a lot of FPS, a little RTS, and a whole helluva lot of Diablo. I'm mostly a console gamer - REZ and JSRF and Castlevania are my bread and butter. That said, I cannot resist a quality PC shooter. I'm super-down with this Freespace thing I'm hearing, and will be tracking down a copy of Serious Sam as soon as I can find one.

    Also, I consider Star Control II the best PC game ever made.

    Really, I'm hoping that this thread will be the place for obvious games I'm forgetting to play (Doom 3!), as well as a place where I can find those underground smash hits that went under my radar while I was busy with WoW. Like I got a little excited in that special way when I heard "Freespace Source Project."

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  • Bat-Winged BoyBat-Winged Boy Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2008
    Oh yeah, almost forgot:

    17" Macbook Pro
    2.16 GHz
    2 GB RAM
    256MB VRAM

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  • KingthlayerKingthlayer Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    You're in luck, as the mac version of DF was just released IIRC. If it hasn't been, it will be soon. You owe it to yourself to at least try the game out, shitty (read:awesome) graphics aside.

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  • subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Like I got a little excited in that special way when I heard "Freespace Source Project."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6VhyMzu12c&feature=related
    (Better in the hi-res linked in the posters comments)

    http://www.fsoinstaller.com/
    This link is for the installer. Basically you download and run this, and it'll download and install all the relevant components that you choose at the beginning. Requires downloading a few GB's of data since you're essentially downloading all of FS1 / 2 with updated visuals, plus whatever other campaigns you want to include.

    To hear a cool little addition they made, go to the in-game tech room. :mrgreen:

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  • SueveSueve Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    DO NOT DWNLD THE FS2 FOR MAC

    it will cause you many hardships

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  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Games with a * are free as in beer.

    Aliens vs Predator 2
    Allegiance*
    America's Army*
    Anachronox
    Armed and Dangerous
    Baldur's Gate II
    Barkley Shut up and Jam Gaiden*
    Battlefield 2142
    Beneath a Steel Sky*
    Beyond Good & Evil
    Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 and Earned in Blood
    Chivalry is Not Dead*
    Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord, Barbarossa to Berlin, and Afrika Corps
    Crimson Skies
    Crysis
    Diablo II
    Dungeon Keeper 2
    Empyreal Nocturne*
    F.E.A.R and F.E.A.R Combat*
    Fahrenheit
    Fallout and Fallout 2
    Freedom Fighters
    Freedom Force and Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich
    Freespace* and Freespace 2*
    Galactic Civilizations II
    Gears of War
    Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2
    Giants: Citizen Kabuto
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    Grim Fandango
    Ground Control*
    Guild Wars
    Hidden and Dangerous 2*
    Homeworld 2
    IL2 Sturmovik
    Jedi Academy
    Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
    Jedi Outcast
    Knights of the Old Republic and KOTOR 2
    Lego Star Wars and Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
    Mafia
    Masq*
    Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries
    N*
    Neverwinter Nights 2 and Mask of the Betrayer
    No One Lives Forever and No One Lives Forever 2
    Oblivion
    Planescape: Torment
    Rainbow 6: Vegas
    S.W.A.T 4
    Silent Storm
    Sim City 4
    Sins of a Solar Empire
    Splinter Cells 1, 2, and 3
    Starsiege: Tribes*
    Supreme Commander and Forged Alliance
    Synaesthete*
    The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
    The Witcher
    Thief, Thief 2, Thief III
    Tron 2.0
    Tropico
    Warzone 2100*
    World in Conflict
    XIII

    On Steam:
    Audiosurf
    Battlestations: Midway
    Bioshock
    Call of Duty, Call of Duty: United Offensive, Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 4
    Civilization IV
    Company of Heroes and Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
    Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
    Day of Defeat: Source
    DEFCON, Darwinia, Uplink
    Deus Ex and Deus Ex 2
    DiRT
    Disciples II
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
    Full Spectrum Warrior
    GUN
    Hitman: Something or other
    Jade Empire
    Jagged Alliance 2
    Just Cause
    Max Payne and Max Payne 2
    Medieval 2: Total War
    Orange Box
    Overlord
    Painkiller
    Project: Snowblind
    Psychonauts
    Quake Wars: Enemy Territory
    Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45
    S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl
    Sam and Max: Season 1 and 2 (Season 1 Episode 4 is *[free as in beer])
    Sid Meier's Pirates!
    Star Wars: Republic Commando
    The Longest Journey
    Titan Quest
    Tomb Raider: Whatever the good ones are, by Crystal Dynamics or whatever
    Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
    X3: Reunion

    Mods (all free):

    Battlefield 2:
    Battlefield Pirates 2
    Forgotten Hope 2
    Point of Existence 2
    Project Reality

    Half-Life:
    Natural Selection
    The Specialists

    Half-Life 2:
    Age of Chivalry
    Fistful of Frags
    Hidden: Source
    Insurgency
    Minerva: Metastasis
    Pirates Vikings Knights 2
    Revolt: The Decimation

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  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I bought AoEIII today, along with the War Chiefs expansion. Is it any good? I like the second one.

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  • reach42reach42 Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Half-Life:

    The Specialists

    I love you.


    sooooo much.

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  • FellhandFellhand Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Barkley Shup Up and Jam: Gaiden.

    This. This is why man made the internet.

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  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Mount & Blade

    Seriously buy it. What can be more fun then leading an army of medieval soldiers? How bout when your in the head of the charge. Nothing, nothing, is more satisfying then hearing the *squish* sound when you cut open a mans chest!

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  • artooartoo Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Half-Life 1 + Orange Box = Some of the best PC gaming there is, trust me.

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  • freakish lightfreakish light butterdick jones and his heavenly asshole machineRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Psychonauts is free on GameTap.

    go get it

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  • PharezonPharezon Struggle is an illusion. Victory is in the Qun.Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
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    The zone welcomes you into the fold.

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  • subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited February 2008

    Epic SNIP

    You never dissapoint when one of these threads roll around do you? :lol:

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  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    subedii wrote: »

    Epic SNIP

    You never dissapoint when one of these threads roll around do you? :lol:

    No, and, in fact, I usually pick up another game or two that I somehow forgot to add. In this thread, it's Mount&Blade, which is what you get when you focus on the combat aspect of medieval Europe instead of the "what if there were elves and orcs and magic" aspect of medieval Europe.

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  • vsovevsove ....also yes. Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    If you enjoy FPS games with a ton of atmosphere and some really intriguing mechanics, pick up STALKER. Make sure you patch, and I suggest looking at the STALKER thread to find out what mods you should download. It is, however, a very good game.

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  • randombattlerandombattle Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    subedii wrote: »

    Epic SNIP

    You never dissapoint when one of these threads roll around do you? :lol:

    No, and, in fact, I usually pick up another game or two that I somehow forgot to add. In this thread, it's Mount&Blade, which is what you get when you focus on the combat aspect of medieval Europe instead of the "what if there were elves and orcs and magic" aspect of medieval Europe.

    I dunno a uncategorized giant list with nothing but names doesn't really help someone find some good games.

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  • stranger678stranger678 Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    For RTS Company of Heroes is fuckin amazing.

    For Diablo II Style clickfest, check out Titan Quest, and it's expansion Immortal Throne.

    Just those two together can be had for under fifty bucks and monopolize your time for years.

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  • TelMarineTelMarine Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Turn-based strategy, can't go wrong with Heroes of Might and Magic series. Play 3 and 5.

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  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    subedii wrote: »

    Epic SNIP

    You never dissapoint when one of these threads roll around do you? :lol:

    No, and, in fact, I usually pick up another game or two that I somehow forgot to add. In this thread, it's Mount&Blade, which is what you get when you focus on the combat aspect of medieval Europe instead of the "what if there were elves and orcs and magic" aspect of medieval Europe.

    I dunno a uncategorized giant list with nothing but names doesn't really help someone find some good games.

    Except that they're all good games.

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  • DaemonionDaemonion Mountain Man USARegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    God damn it, TychoCelchuuu.

    Every time you post your godly list I always find a game that I have to go out and buy.


    No joke, I'm heading out the door right now.

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  • DhalphirDhalphir don't you open that trapdoor you're a fool if you dareRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I know you said you don't want to play WoW but you were so close to 70 and the game completely changes at 70.

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  • KrunkMcGrunkKrunkMcGrunk Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Dhalphir wrote: »
    I know you said you don't want to play WoW but you were so close to 70 and the game completely changes at 70.

    Seriously man, don't say this. I played WoW for damn near 3 years, and the game is just as much of a grind at 70 as it is before 70. Hell, I think a lot of people would say that it's more of a grind at 70. So yeah, I suppose the game changes for the worst.

    WoW is great if you're OK with being a monogamous guy with a girlfriend that treats you like shit. You will not touch another video game while you play WoW.

    To actually contribute to the thread, if you're into First-Person RPGs, and can look past bugs, I'd very much recommend STALKER and Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. The latter of which I just started playing, and am already loving it. Both games can be had off of Steam for $20 each.

    Also, agreeing with people who have said Company of Heroes. It's a very cool, very fun RTS with a WWII setting.

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  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Dhalphir wrote: »
    I know you said you don't want to play WoW but you were so close to 70 and the game completely changes at 70.
    Yeah, it goes from playing a bunch of different "kill 10 boarmonkeys in an instance" quests to the same instance over and over only without a boarmonkey.

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  • LanrutconLanrutcon The LabyrinthRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Dhalphir wrote: »
    I know you said you don't want to play WoW but you were so close to 70 and the game completely changes at 70.
    Yeah, it goes from playing a bunch of different "kill 10 boarmonkeys in an instance" quests to the same instance over and over only without a boarmonkey.

    Boarmonkey. I see what you did there!

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  • shaminatorshaminator Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I second buying Mount and blade.
    If you aren't pleased with the original game you can download the Onin no Ran mod if you want to play as a samurai. The last days if you want to play as a soldier in the lord of the rings, or as a pirate in the Pirates! mod.

    Its community is a very good example of why i like pc games more then console games, it adds so much to the game with its mods.

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  • -SPI--SPI- Osaka, JapanRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    If you can run it, get World in Conflict. Absolutely fantastic and unique rts. It seems like it was overlooked by a lot of people despite it being the best RTS of last year.

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  • ArasakiArasaki Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I'd second VtM:B and Warzone 2100. If you liked Diablo 2 you could try Beyond Divinity - I never got into it myself, but I know a couple of people who enjoyed it.

    I'll also second staying the fuck away from WoW. You'll either a hit a point you can't advance past, and be stuck doing the same boring shit everyday or you'll finish everything and be stuck doing the same boring shit everyday.

    Tachyon: The Fringe was a pretty good space game too if you like them.

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  • Operative21Operative21 Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I noticed you mentioned you played the first Hitman, in which case you might enjoy the trilogy pack that's available on the market now. The most recent incarnation Hitman: Blood Money was probably the best, it's the one where they finally got the gameplay mechanics done "just right" in my opinion. Still, the trilogy pack will give you access to Silent Assassin, Contracts and Blood Money for the cost of a single game, which is pretty decent value.

    I'd definitely further recommend the Freespace 2 Source Project - it's seriously fantastic and they even made a port of Freespace 1 for it which quite frankly is awesome. If you happen to like Battlestar Galactica you can even check out Beyond the Red Line, which is a BSG mod for the Freespace Source Project which looks very promising.

    If you like tactical RPG's at all, you might also check out Silent Storm, a turn based World War II themed RPG with fully destructible environments 3D environments. The story is nothing special but the gameplay itself is stellar.

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  • subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I would also like to add that Dawn of War is probably worth it just for the most awesome 2-minute intro ever made.

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