the long awaited fifth..

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So, a recap:

10- Planescape Torment
9 - Diablo
8 - Starcraft
7 - Unreal Tournament
6 - Baldurs Gate

5

COMMAND AND CONQUER

Yes, the legend itself is here. A genre defining and ridiculously addictive and competetive, not to mention stunningly well made game from a small developer named Westwood studios came to us in 1995 in the form of Command and Conquer (aka Command and Conquer: Tiberian Dawn). With some developers helping with acting in the now legendary (thanks RA2) so bad they're good FMV scenes, this was a surprisingly small project. What was produced was, frankly, stunning.

Set in an alternative history Earth within the year 1995, Command & Conquer tells the story of two globalized factions; the Global Defense Initiative (GDI) of the United Nations, and the ancient cult organization known as the Brotherhood of Nod (NOD), becoming locked in a mortal struggle for control over a mysterious resource known as Tiberium.

This game can be downloaded for free online - Westwood released it for free online to mark the 12th anniversary of the C&C series.

GDI disc: http://www.fileshack.com/file.x/11068/Command+&+Conquer+Gold+-+Full+Game:+GDI+ISO

NOD disc: http://www.fileshack.com/file.x/11069/Command+&+Conquer+Gold+-+Full+Game:+Nod+ISO

predictions for no. 4?

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In other news, i'm hoping to get warhammer online for christmas this year, WoW has been boring me recently and I need something new - plus, PCZone gave it a very positive review (92%) and the pvp & public quests sound amazing. Hopefully I'm getting xbox live soon and I'll be able to lose to you all online as well as offline - I can't wait, can you? :O

Keep a look out for the Deus Ex 3 trailer that will soon be appearing on my profile :)

Number 6, I suppose

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after long deliberation, i've decided on my number 6.

BALDURS GATE 2

SHADOWS OF AMN

It's difficult to know where to start with a game like this. Shadows of Amn is the critically acclaimed masterpiece that continues the story told in the original, almost perfecting an already exceptional series from black isle studios. Developed by Bioware and released in September 2000, this game sets the benchmark for all roleplaying games, and who better to make it than the grand-daddys of rp games?

The story is set in the Forgotten Realms, the most popular D&D story setting. It has sold over 2,000,000 units and is widely regarded as one of the best role-playing games of all time.

A well deserved #6.

Number 7!

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Unreal Tournament

Unreal Tournament is a first-person shooter video game co-developed by Epic Games and Digital Extremes. It was published in 1999 by GT Interactive. Retrospectively, the game has also been referred to as UT99 or UT cl/ssic to differentiate it from its numbered sequels. The game is based on the same technology that powered Unreal, but the design of UT shifted the series' focus to competitive multiplayer action, a trend at the time: id Software's Quake III Arena was released only ten days later.

UT is known and widely praised for its bot A.I., the product of programmer Steve Polge who had earlier risen to fame by designing the Reaper Bot for Quake, one of the earliest examples of an effective deathmatch bot.

Unreal Tournament was one of the best deathmatch games ever created. It's a true test of lightning quick reactions and sharpshooting, and considering it's still played today there are some very seasoned players - you're not in for an easy fight!

Number 8 & New Games

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So, a recap:

10 - Planescape Torment

9 - Diablo

8:

Starcraft

StarCraft is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. The first game of the StarCraft series was released for Microsoft Windows on 31 March 1998. With more than nine million copies sold worldwide as of 21 May 2007, it is one of the best selling PC games of all time.

It's fitting then, that such a great game should still be played competetively - and it is, especially in places like south korea, where large amounts of money can be won, and players join teams and get sponsors. These tournaments are even televised. I think it's evident that the sequel to starcraft is going to be massive!

so,

in other news...

I went into town on Saturday to get a present for my little sisters birthday, and I got to spend the change. I saw a nice Turisas album which I thought of buying in hmv, but eventually I gave in and went to gamestation. I bought 4 games:

Heroes of Annihilated Empires

Pariah

Trackmania Sunrise

UFO Aftershock

I bought some of these just for the sake of it, to see what they were like - some may be terrible (though I know for a face that trackmania is awesome). Anyhow, we shall see :) Predictions for number 7, anyone?

Finally, number 9

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Diablo

Diablo is a dark fantasy-themed action role-playing game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment on January 2, 1997.

Set in the fictional Kingdom of Khanduras (located in the Diablo series fantasy world of Sanctuary), Diablo has the player take control of a lone hero as he or she battles to rid the world of the eponymous Lord of Terror. Beneath the town of Tristram, the player journeys through sixteen dungeon levels to ultimately come face to face with Diablo and his demon minions.

It's testament to how awesome a game this is that attemps to make something like this 10 years later have looked utterly feeble by comparison.

Diablo - the original dungeon crawler.

holy crap!

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hello :o

sorry about the lack of blogging (again), i've been too busy buying games!

some recent additions to my collections have been:

Deus Ex, Dungeon Seige, Morrowind, Cutthroats (ancient game from 1984 i used to play), not to mention a massive 3 disc set of old zx-spectrum games. Because nostalgia rules.

but enough of that crap, the news this blog is that Deus Ex 3 has been announced. Oh yes. Oh yes yes yes. :)

now, for number 10 in my top ten old games. It's been tough whittling down around 20 years of amazing games into just 10. I just hope i've done it right :)

So, number 10:

Planescape Torment!

I am nameless. I do not know who I am. I know only that I cannot die. I awoke on a slab in a vast mortuary, in the heart of the city of Sigil. The City of Doors. The center of all things, the core of the multiverse. Sigil is the gateway to every plane of existence. In one of those planes lies the secret of my identity. Of my immortality. The quest may lead to the gates of Hell itself -- or beyond.

Planescape Torment is, simply, one of the best roleplaying games ever created. It was released in 1999 by Black Isle studios, the undisputed daddy of roleplaying games, who created such games as Baldurs gate and Icewind Dale.

With gameplay ahead of its time, graphics so well done for the technology of the time, and arguably the best story ever in a game, Planescape Torment takes a fitting spot as one of the best games of all time.

Blog Drought!

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After a spiffing summer in which i hit a 5 day adventure camp, did mountain biking, massive 80ft climbing walls, 5th storey balcony absailing and 100ft high assault courses (yes, I did crap myself, and yes, I am scared of heights), I'm back in school, bored and fun-deprived.

However, I'm compliling a list of the 10 best old (as in 1999 and under) games on pc, including the ZX Spectrum. Any predictions? This should be fun :)..

A message to all PC naysayers

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This is a blog based on the rantings of a chap called Dgsag on gamespot. Not only did I feel the need to do a fully blown blog on this instead of simply writing a reply on his blog, but I also felt the need to quote what he said and be blunt with any narrow minded console fanatics.

This is what Dgsag had to say: Many gaming sites and console fanatics have been predicting the death of PC gaming for years. While untrue, its gotten to some of us hermits

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These console fanboys are idiots if I'm honest with you. PCs will never be overtaken by a living room console for so many reasons.

They're constantly updated and improved upon, unlike consoles which make you pay a few extra hundred pounds for some improved graphics on a new console (see xbox-xbox360, ps2-ps3 as just some of many examples), then have the audacity to charge £50 pounds for a newly released game. Last time I checked, I don't want to pay a fifth of the price of my console for one game.

As well as that, online gaming is free on the PC. Aside from the awful Games For Windows Live Online, which covers only a few games anyway (and who the hell wants to play shadowrun, let's face it), Steam is a public darling for this sort of thing. Not only is this the case exclusively for the PC, consoles like the 360 do get something that pc doesn't - and that's whiny little kids with more confidence than should be allowed on their microphone. Enjoy that now.

Now I'm not hating on the 360, infact I like it, but this is addressed to all the narrow minded ps3/360, hell, even Wii console fanatics or fanboys as many so bluntly put it these days, who think that pc gaming will come to an end. I think with companies like Valve, Crytek and Bioware, pc gaming will outlive even the most high tech console.

The death of pc gaming will never come - in fact, we've been ahead the whole time.

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What are your guys thoughts on this?

Duuuuude.

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With a blog title like this you just had to click on it and read, huh?

Well, for those of you who know, I'm still on holiday in malta. The promised blogs from the 'hotel with internet' did indeed have internet. But it was on a cruddy 10 year old computer that probably ran on a hidden hamster & wheel. with accompanying toaster.

Anyway, after a NAIS 2 weeks in gozo (the little island beside malta), in which i stayed in a villa & pool, I'm in another hotel, with BETTER internet. It's a bit more high tech, and i get to play loads of freeware games.

If you have the time, download:

Karoshi 2.0 (a game in which you strive to kill yourself over and over), OpenArena (like quake 3 arena, BUT FREE), and Senseless War, a game in which you ... have a senseless war.

Now my rant about freeware games is over (they WILL take over the planet, guaranteed), I'm going to end this blog.

right...

NOW.

LOLPLANES, etc..

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So I'm blogging from a computer in the airport, internet access costs a pound every 10 minutes haha :)

The taxi came to pick us up to go to the airport like 10 minutes late, and now I'm waiting to board the plane. We just walked past like this massive arcade. No air hockey for me. My dad's just scared I'll beat him at it to be honest.

I'll do another blog once I've arrived in the hotel, which I know has a computer, coz I've been before.

Bye guys :D

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