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Can you recommend a game about corporate intrigue?

NeonBlackJackNeonBlackJack Registered User regular
edited August 2009 in Games and Technology
I just got a hankerin' for a game about business/unbridled capitalism/corporate intrigue. Maybe a tycoon sort of deal, or anything, really. Anybody have recommendations? Thanks!

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    lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    The Eve Online recruitment thread is on the first page :)

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    ReynoldsReynolds Gone Fishin'Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Misadventures of Tron Bonne is all about making money. And you steal things!

    There's also plenty of stealth games that involve some amount of corporate intrigue.

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    falling_stonefalling_stone Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    does Deus Ex count? It was about rival corporations trying to get rid of one another...

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    DrakeDrake Edgelord Trash Below the ecliptic plane.Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    The Eve Online recruitment thread is on the first page :)

    Unless you don't play MMO's for whatever reason, it's not going to get any better than this. From Corporate espionage (as in real players, infiltrating corps to spy, steal and sabotage) to brutal competition (competing corps can and will hire mercenaries to wreck your shit by proxy) it doesn't get any more cutthroat. On top of that, the market place in Eve is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen in a game. Production chains, research, distribution, logistics, it's all there. I mainly PvPed in my Eve days, but I had an alt character who made money (to support my PvP character) through mining and industry. You can make a good bit of cash just by mining low end minerals and producing loads of cheap Frigates for the Empire markets.

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    subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Drake wrote: »
    The Eve Online recruitment thread is on the first page :)

    Unless you don't play MMO's for whatever reason, it's not going to get any better than this. From Corporate espionage (as in real players, infiltrating corps to spy, steal and sabotage) to brutal competition (competing corps can and will hire mercenaries to wreck your shit by proxy) it doesn't get any more cutthroat. On top of that, the market place in Eve is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen in a game. Production chains, research, distribution, logistics, it's all there. I mainly PvPed in my Eve days, but I had an alt character who made money (to support my PvP character) through mining and industry. You can make a good bit of cash just by mining low end minerals and producing loads of cheap Frigates for the Empire markets.

    This cutthroat nature is also why he isn't likely to get in. Believe it or not, there's a recommended 1000 post minimum before you're even likely to be considered for a place. I had a look in there once, it's surreal. You've got all these 1 post dudes who signed up just to try and get a place in the PA EVE group, all the while maintaining they've been lurking for years. I even saw two new guys post in the thread trying to validate that they both knew each other in the previous PA EVE group. :lol:

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    NEO|PhyteNEO|Phyte They follow the stars, bound together. Strands in a braid till the end.Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    does Deus Ex count? It was about rival corporations trying to get rid of one another...

    If we're going that route, Syndicate.

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    CrashmoCrashmo Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    NEO|Phyte wrote: »
    does Deus Ex count? It was about rival corporations trying to get rid of one another...

    If we're going that route, Syndicate.

    Heck yes

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    Peter EbelPeter Ebel CopenhagenRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Bioshock.

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    Kris_xKKris_xK Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Not entirely sure what you're looking for, but here are some suggestions:

    Capitalism
    A bit older (ok over a decade) its more of a serious tycoon game. Hope you like spreadsheets!

    Startopia
    One of the best tycoon games out there. Still looks hot.

    Uplink
    Doesn't really fit, but certainly gave me a feeling of intrigue. An excellent game.

    Republic
    More intrigue! Actually, thats all this game has really. Still enjoyable tho.

    And yes, Syndicate rocks.

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    OpiumOpium regular
    edited August 2009
    Perfect Dark for corporate intrigue, Animal Crossing for unbridled capitalism.

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    SorensonSorenson Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    the old Genesis Shadowrun game, perhaps? More Deus Ex-y and Perfect Dark-y than out-and-out tycoon capitalistic stuff, but you can get various jobs to work against one corporation or another or go spelunking through their networks for data to (hopefully) sell for a tidy profit.

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    DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Dinopark Tycoon

    You didn't specify serious, and it IS about being a business mogul.

    A dinosaur business mogul.

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    SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited August 2009
    subedii wrote: »
    Drake wrote: »
    The Eve Online recruitment thread is on the first page :)

    Unless you don't play MMO's for whatever reason, it's not going to get any better than this. From Corporate espionage (as in real players, infiltrating corps to spy, steal and sabotage) to brutal competition (competing corps can and will hire mercenaries to wreck your shit by proxy) it doesn't get any more cutthroat. On top of that, the market place in Eve is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen in a game. Production chains, research, distribution, logistics, it's all there. I mainly PvPed in my Eve days, but I had an alt character who made money (to support my PvP character) through mining and industry. You can make a good bit of cash just by mining low end minerals and producing loads of cheap Frigates for the Empire markets.

    This cutthroat nature is also why he isn't likely to get in. Believe it or not, there's a recommended 1000 post minimum before you're even likely to be considered for a place. I had a look in there once, it's surreal. You've got all these 1 post dudes who signed up just to try and get a place in the PA EVE group, all the while maintaining they've been lurking for years. I even saw two new guys post in the thread trying to validate that they both knew each other in the previous PA EVE group. :lol:


    When did we introduce the 1000 post rule? Regardless, he doesn't have to join merch to play eve.

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    DorkmanDorkman Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Lemonade Tycoon?

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    IvanIssacsIvanIssacs Skull Leader SDF-1Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Darkewolfe wrote: »
    Dinopark Tycoon

    You didn't specify serious, and it IS about being a business mogul.

    A dinosaur business mogul.

    I've been looking for this game ever since I got my first computer...

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    lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Civ IV:Colonization is another game that focuses on making cash.

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    Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I'll see your Uplink and raise you a Street Hacker. I played Uplink first, but enjoyed Street Hacker much more. It felt more realistic to me and I liked the plot better.

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    NeonBlackJackNeonBlackJack Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Thanks guys, all great recommendations!

    I actually do have an EVE Online sub, and you're right, I should be playing that right now.

    I've been meaning to play back through Deus Ex. Haven't played it in years. Any mods recommended to make it feel like a more modern game?

    I'm currently playing through Stalker SOC again with the Stalker Complete 2009 mod. Makes it feel nice a fresh and a little fixed.

    How can I get ahold of a version of Syndicate that will work on my Windows 7 pc? Or even an XP PC? I'd love to play that.

    Bioshock's a great game, but not what I'm in the mood for.

    Capitalism is great, I should play that again.

    Startopia and Republic are both games that I had great interest in but never got around to playing.

    Man! How do I get a version of DinoPark Tycoon that will run? I loved that game in 3rd grade!

    I've played through Lemonade Tycoon too many times already.

    Colonization looks like a lot of fun, I just didn't spring for it when it came out. Still not quite what I'm looking for though, I think.

    Street Hacker looks really cool. I'll check that out.

    Keep em' comin! This is great guys, it's bringing me back.

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    Kris_xKKris_xK Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    You're probably going to have to DosBox Syndicate and DinoPark, I seriously doubt they'd run on anything made in the past few years.

    Seriously, go play Startopia. Its fantastic. Just check out this fanpage

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    l337CrappyJackl337CrappyJack Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    There was a multiplayer Half Life mod called something like Science & Industry, where you infiltrate the other team's company and kidnap their scientists, putting them to work for your company so they can research new kickass guns for you to wipe out the other team.

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    Niceguy MyeyeNiceguy Myeye Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    For Syndicate, I'd try running it in Dosbox http://www.dosbox.com/

    I know I'm able to run Master of Magic in dosbox on a Vista 64 bit OS machine.

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    AnalrapistAnalrapist Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    What about a game like Evil Genius?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evil_Genius_(video_game

    There's research and a whole lot of little micro resourcing things in there.
    Also, global domination. With lazers.

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    DrakeDrake Edgelord Trash Below the ecliptic plane.Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    For Syndicate, I'd try running it in Dosbox http://www.dosbox.com/

    I know I'm able to run Master of Magic in dosbox on a Vista 64 bit OS machine.

    I actually just found my Syndicate Plus CD from the EA Classics series. I dropped it into my DOSgames folder, fired up DOSbox and bang, I had it up and running without any issues. Such an awesome game.

    And I'll reiterate that MerchI isn't necessary to enjoy Eve. I was playing Eve before it got big on these forums, and the Alliance I was in was actually hostile towards MerchI. If I ever get back in to Eve (the itch has been particularly strong lately) I doubt I'd join up with MerchI/Goons, since PvP with a heavy dose of RP is my thing. I'd probably either hook up with my old Alliance or one of the Pirate Corps that I have contacts with.

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    ericrossericross Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
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    JimpyJimpy Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
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    I just bought that game yesterday. It is horribly boring but funny for about 5 minutes.

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    theSquidtheSquid Sydney, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Thanks guys, all great recommendations!

    ...

    I've been meaning to play back through Deus Ex. Haven't played it in years. Any mods recommended to make it feel like a more modern game?

    Dig up the Deus Ex thread. Firstly, the Shifter mod is awesome for fixing up some of the little things about Deus Ex that weren't perfect, and there's also some High Res texture packs lying around. I was actually considering doing a Let's Play of it on Realistic choosing the worst possible skills and augs.
    Startopia and Republic are both games that I had great interest in but never got around to playing.

    I would actually like to know myself how the hell you can get hold of Startopia.

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    NeonBlackJackNeonBlackJack Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    theSquid wrote: »
    Thanks guys, all great recommendations!

    ...

    I've been meaning to play back through Deus Ex. Haven't played it in years. Any mods recommended to make it feel like a more modern game?

    Dig up the Deus Ex thread. Firstly, the Shifter mod is awesome for fixing up some of the little things about Deus Ex that weren't perfect, and there's also some High Res texture packs lying around. I was actually considering doing a Let's Play of it on Realistic choosing the worst possible skills and augs.
    Startopia and Republic are both games that I had great interest in but never got around to playing.

    I would actually like to know myself how the hell you can get hold of Startopia.

    I just found Startopia on GameTap.
    Been having a hell of a time getting GameTap to really work these days, though. :(

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    AntihippyAntihippy Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Anyone here ever played patrician 3?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrician_3

    You could sail around europe, build your business, trade meat, wool, wine, build farms, get married, help towns defend against sieges, and battle pirates.

    Shit was awesome when I was 11.

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    NeonBlackJackNeonBlackJack Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Antihippy wrote: »
    Anyone here ever played patrician 3?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrician_3

    You could sail around europe, build your business, trade meat, wool, wine, build farms, get married, help towns defend against sieges, and battle pirates.

    Shit was awesome when I was 11.

    Yea, actually. I had a blast with that one when I was younger, too. Great game.

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