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  1. Scarbase

    Doom 3

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    It replaces the pure adrenaline-fueled intense action of the originals with a slower-paced, story-based survival horror shooter like Undying or Resident Evil. The resulting game is, like the original, a technological tour-de-force. And id retains its ability to make a game feel as solid as granite. Several spectacular early technological feats were rearing their heads into computer games at around this time, including normal mapping (similar to bump mapping), specular highlights (lights bouncing back from shiny surfaces), and real-time shadows, all making the game look extremely photorealistic. Despite all of this technology and some amazing gameplay set pieces, its overall design is all over the place, feeling like a combination of elements from previous games. DOOM 3 is essentially a single-player game. Multiplayer is very perfunctory, if entertaining in a retro sort of way, though the omission of co-op is a serious disappointment, considering the original pioneered that style of play. The plot is very much Half-Life for the first twenty or so minutes, sans the compulsory tram ride (you do get one of those in a later level, though). You’re a nameless space marine sent to a research colony on Mars to investigate some strange events. A portal opens, denizens of Hell show up, people turn into zombies, blood and human entrails get spray-painted on the walls, and you suddenly find yourself in the most absurdly over-fortified base in history. The arsenal is nearly identical to the original, from the shotgun, to the BFG-9000 or the chainsaw. The gameplay is slightly more elaborate than “find the red keycard to open the red door”; in the case of DOOM 3, you get to click a button on a monitor to open the door. That’s 10 years of progress right there. (That’s a cheap shot–letting you click on screens and touchpads is a welcome bit of additional interaction, and a terrific feature.)

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  2. Scarbase

    Doom 1 + 2

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    Doom Doom has done more to establish the PC’s arcade clout than any other title in gaming history. The premise is a skimpy excuse to push you through the game’s 24 levels – a space marine gets stranded on an alien base as the denizens of Hell invade, and it’s his job to fight through the demonic lines with all the firepower he can carry. Dubbed a ‘mass-murder simulator’ by its critics, Doom was nothing short of revolutionary, eventually finding its way on the PlayStation and kiddy-oriented GameBoy Advance once the PC version had become a classic. id Software’s Doom was a natural progression from the overwhelmingly well-received Wolfenstein 3D. Noticing they were on to something big, id made a goal of coding the right sort of engine that would support their next-generation 3D shooter. A sector-based system was implemented, allowing for complex levels that rendered realistic indoor and outdoor areas, complete with elevators, platforms, stairways, windows and doorways. In short, it made the grid-based labyrinths of Wolfenstein look immediately archaic. And while texture-mapped surfaces were around in games past (Shadowcaster), none were as detailed and sharp as those seen in Doom. Doom 2 Having sent the armies of the damned back to Hell, you return to Earth for peace and quiet. Naturally, some fool forgot to close the dimensional portal, leaving a gateway for all those evil denizens to invade the planet and take over. Armed with your worthless pistol and brass knuckles, you venture once again as Doom Guy to beat the invasion and drive the demons back. Although Doom 2 is essentially the same game with new levels, monsters and one mean double-barreled shotgun, the game is structured slightly differently. There are no episodes this time, but instead the game flows as one stream of linear levels. The campaign is still divided among three major themes – you start inside a spaceport, then continue through a besieged urban environment, and finally enter Hell in its appropriately sinister form. And while the Hell from the first Doom was cool, the one here is truly surreal.

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  3. Scarbase

    Myst 4

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    There is more live action video in this game than in all of the other Myst games combined. As the game opens, you’ll encounter Atrus, portrayed for the fourth time by Myst co-creator Rand Miller (who said after Riven in 1997, “I will never play Atrus again”). In true adventure game fashion, he needs you to help align sine-wave patterns on a video monitor. Oh no! Something explodes! He asks you to restore power to the area and rushes out leaving you in a state that Myst fans will remember well – alone and surrounded by lots of mysterious gadgetry. Each Myst game pushed the limits of photo-realism in computer games, if more or less by trickery. By pre-rendering the visuals with such extreme detail that no video card at the time could hope to run in real-time, the Myst series have given us games that looked both wonderful and extremely static. That same level of jaw-drapping artistry mixed with pre-rendered trickery powers Myst IV, but gone is the static slideshow-style gameplay that plagued previous versions. The game still retains the familiar node-to-node navigation system, but everything around you makes it feel like you’re in a living, breathing 3D fantasy world. You can look anywhere with the free-floating camera – up, down, left and right – and are graced with the most beautiful visuals seen in any point and click game. You can watch the trees as they gently breeze in the distance, the clouds as they move slowly, or catch glimpses of little insects buzzing around you. It’s all very vibrant, and it looks superb. Gameplay

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  4. Scarbase

    Myst 3

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    Better navigation, looks and smarter puzzles make up this sequel to Riven. The story picks up after the events in Myst, Riven, and the Myst-based novels (The Book of Atrus, The Book of Ti’ana, and The Book of D’ni). Atrus, the beleaguered Age-writer from the previous games, welcomes you, the player, to the age of Tomahna, where he’s currently working on a new age for the D’ni, a race of people whose world was destroyed in the novels. They’re the folks who figured out how to write Ages in books in the first place. You enter the fray when some stranger bursts into Atrus’ study, grabs his new Age (Releeshahn), and disappears. The biggest improvement over the previous Myst games is the full 360-degree view of the environment. Rather than display a single postcard, you can move the camera around and examine your newly animated surroundings. It’s not exactly comparable to the freedom you get from a 3D game, but it’s always good to at least feel like you can look around a corner. The wonderful rendered screens and videos more than make up for the lack of movement, sporting enough visual detail to surpass Riven. Certain puzzles require an attention to detail from previous areas, while others simply require mechanical or spatial thinking. The puzzles are hard enough to make you think, but not so impossible that you have to resort to a hint book to get past them. Each of the Ages contains puzzles that relate to the nature of the Age, and very few of them are completely arbitrary – most times, the puzzle fits in to the concept of the game. And unlike Riven, doing something on one side of an island doesn’t affect something on the far side. Very rarely will you have to leave an area in order to get past an obstacle. However, the game is still very much a Myst game at the core — a pretty slide show with logic puzzles. There were quite a few people who really tried to play Myst and found it about as entertaining as watching paint dry. These people won’t find much excitement in Myst 3: Exile, but for the fans of the series it should be a real treat. Gameplay

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  5. Scarbase

    Myst

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    It’s undeniable that Myst has both in equal measure, as it’s better to describe it all as an experience than a game. You start off Myst completely clueless, with nothing but a note from Artrus and his wife Catherine guiding you. This note leads you to a hidden chamber next to the dock, where you discover another secret message. The story slowly unfolds, through Artrus’ writings you learn about the man and his creation of the Ages. Artrus suspects that one of his sons is destroying the books, and so he imprisons both of them. You find the books in the library and, assuming you’ve got Quicktime working correctly, find a video message from each son proclaiming his innocence, but whom do you believe? There are also missing pages scattered throughout the Ages which you have to retrieve, and all manner of puzzles to solve. In one Age, for example, you have to guide water through pipes to trigger a series of switches. As in previous games made by the Millers, Myst isn’t completely linear. You get a feeling of exploration as you’re snooping around the place, and you can even travel through various Ages before you decide which puzzle you want to tackle. Myst was truly ambitious and highly successful for many reasons. First it was one of the first games that shipped exclusively for CD-ROMs, a risky but in the long run rewarding undertaking. The best-selling CD-ROM of its time, it lead the way for an army of copycats to follow the same route – the infamous Myst clones, which were so numerous that they fielded their own gaming category. The game was released on almost every console that had the memory to run it, popularizing point and click adventures like never before. Gameplay

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    Magic and Mayhem comes from Mythos, the guys famous for the creation of X-Com. A game that combines elements of role-playing with strategy, action and puzzles, Magic and Mayhem almost succeeds in creating a new category. Set in a world ripe with magic and mythology, you play a young mage, Cornelius, who seeks to uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of his mentor. The result is adventures that will span three islands, which will uncover new mysteries and make new friends, and force you to face a multitude of challenges, puzzles and enemies. Magic and Mayhem is loosely based on the old Mythos classic Chaos. The diversity in the design and implementation of the magic system is very interesting. There are three different spell types: lawful, neutral, and chaotic. Each class of spell is represented by its own different colored talisman. There are 21 different ingredients in the game; each allows a different spell when placed in one of the three talismans. This allows quite a diverse selection of spells, including 21 Creature spells (from Elves to Dragons) and 42 other spells including Tornado, Iron Skin, and Meteor Strike spells. The spells can be combined for added diversity, and the balance and counterbalance for individual spells is so well designed that discovering and effectively merging them into effective combined spell types can be a formidable task. Gameplay

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  7. Scarbase

    Fallout 2

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    Set eighty years after the end of the first game, this post-apocalyptic role-playing odyssey builds on the story of the Vault Dweller. The backstory is simple. Cast out by his or her own people, the hero of Vault 13 wandered the Wastes for a while before founding the village of Arroyo. By the time Fallout 2 begins, little remains of the legendary founder but collective memories, an old blue and yellow vault suit, a barely-functioning Pip Boy, and a water flask. Unfortunately, the village is dying; the crops are withered and the wells are running dry. The solution? Send you, the player and lineal descendent of the Vault Dweller, on a quest to find the one object that can save Arroyo: the G.E.C.K., or Garden of Eden Creation Kit. Naturally, no one has the foggiest idea of where one might find a G.E.C.K., other than that it might be best to scout out another vault to see if anyone happened to have an unused one lying about. Armed only with a spear, the vault suit of your forefather or mother and a genuine Vault 13 water flask, it’s your job to scour the wastelands looking for salvation in a suitcase. And scour you will, all over northern California and Nevada. There are a lot of places to visit in Fallout 2, though few are critical to the main plot. Just as in the original game, however, you’ll want to buff up your character through a lot of side quests before tackling the nastier bits of the main story. Gameplay

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  8. Scarbase

    Fallout 1

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    Note Requires ISO emulator. Not tested on Windows 10. During the 1980s, Interplay left its mark on computer role-playing through a classic called Wasteland. Universally hailed for its then superior gameplay, Wasteland threw players into a dreary, vast, post-apocalyptic world where mutants, blood-thirsty gangs, and radiation-scarred madmen roamed the land. It’s then probably no surprise that Interplay decided to revisit this desolate but attractive setting with Fallout. And the result is one of the finest role-playing games around. During the introduction, we learn that the player character is one of the “lucky” few who have survived inside a massive nuclear bunker. Yet, after seventy years of isolation, time is beginning to run out for the vault-dwellers; the chip that controls the Vault’s water purification system has given out and supplies are running desperately low. With only 150 days left before the remaining water runs out, the leader of the Vault asks you to journey into the hostile wastelands to find a replacement chip. Gameplay

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