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Title: Budget Game Reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on May 30, 2004, 03:27:50 PM
I'm a big fan of older games. Not Doom-old ( even though I like Doom as well ), but more Quake2 oldish. They hardly have loading times, you can set all the settings to the maximum, and they don't lag. Lovely.

Now I though - heeeey! - let's start a topic where you can review budget games that you've just bought. The name, the price, what you think of it and a general conclusion saying it's worth the money or not. Anyone in? I'll start in my next post :D


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on May 30, 2004, 03:28:39 PM
Game: Delta Force 2
Price: Around 5 euros
Extras: B-movie DVD based on the game

Delta Force 2 = big areas, missions, and weapons. Even though it's not as exciting as let's say the randomly generated maps in Soldier of Fortune 2, it's still fun to play thanks to the large amount of mission and the rather easy difficulty.
Harsly enough the game doesn't support 3d ( for as far as I know ) so it'll look a bit corny, and the maximum resolution is 800X600 - what gets annoying when you want to snipe someone in the distance. There also aren't any hitzones on enemies, so a well-aimed shot in their leg will take them out every time. This also happens with you, so be sure to stay covered.
The installation worked perfectly, the game doesn't crash and it takes up 170 mb, what isn't that much compared to SoF2.
The DVD that I got with the game is utter crap - it looks like a 2 hour episode of the A-team, only with more horrible actors.

Conclusion: Worth the money, fun to play, won't get old very fast. To bad about the low resolution and the lack of 3d support.

(http://edomekuvat.soneraplaza.fi/deltatesti5b.jpg)

Get my drift?  ;)


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Sang on May 30, 2004, 03:55:49 PM
I never buy old games, I only buy the new ones...and OPF is the only oldie I bought.


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: MSandt on May 30, 2004, 04:30:58 PM
Game: Delta Force
Price: I paid 10€uros about four years ago

Fun & easy game. Follows the path of realism started by Rainbow Six in -98. Surely not the most realistic game since the enemies are all boneheads & you can easily take down any enemy with just one shot no matter how far he is. Sniping is fun, playing with other guns (mp5) is more exciting. Levels tend to repeat themselves but that doesn't matter - environment is always nice to look at and only some of the levels got too confusing. There's no Save Game feature which is always a major design flaw.

Conclusion: This one's for AWM/military freaks - not too realistic and not too hard. Simple action packed military game.

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The DVD that I got with the game is utter crap - it looks like a 2 hour episode of the A-team, only with more horrible actors.

You got that right - I prefer those two old Delta Force movies over these new ones - at least they had Chuck Norris;)  


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: MSandt on May 30, 2004, 04:53:09 PM
^Me agrees. Better than the original product.  


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: LAW on May 30, 2004, 10:38:45 PM
Bad. It would be nice if tell the specs to run game on optimum  :rolleyes:  


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: LAW on May 30, 2004, 10:59:39 PM
U meant Delta Force 1 ? I played Delta Force 2 and it was laggy on that HUGE desert with huge pyramid :(


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: LAW on May 30, 2004, 11:06:21 PM
^ hmm could be. I dunno. THX U clarified some things to me :)


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on May 31, 2004, 01:22:37 AM
Game: Daikatana
Price: Again, around 5 euros

Good points:
Fantastic music. Daikatana has alot of different levels and level styles, and every style comes with it's own music, sounds, weapons and enemies.
Design of the maps is good in all four time periods, although there aren't many puzzles and it's mostly straight-forward shooting fun. Supports deathmatch, and doesn't require the cd to run. Also, it doesn't crash.

Bad points:
Doesn't run that fast, even on a newer machine. Also, the bots that should help you along the way aren't really usefull when it comes to AI.
The install is rather large - and it takes a long time to install ( version I bought had a patch with it - that took ages ).

Conclusion:
Very nice game to buy. Music is fantastic - and can be copied from the /music folder to listen to anytime. Levels, enemies, weapons and ambience is all very splendid. However, it doesn't have many new things if you've played more FPS games than Duke3d.

( can't this topic be an important one? )

 


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: James on May 31, 2004, 01:59:01 AM
Game: SiN
Price: Around 5 Euros
I heard a lot of good things about this game so I finally managed to get my hands on it. It was more than worth it! The enviroments in this game are really interactive - you can affect other levels by your actions in the current one (I remember turning a valve and filling another level in Lava :D ) Like in Duke, Blade says stuff when you kill enemies which is pretty cool (y)

Although this came out around the same time as HL (and as a result was brushed under the door by many people, and the fact that the game was initially buggy didn't help) I think that SiN is a good game on par with HL easily. The whole game just has the atmosphere of a movie which makes it pretty damn immersive. The levels range from Chemical labs to City Banks to Oil rigs and Tropical islands.

The only bad things about SiN is that it has a Warehouse level (and I hate warehouse levels). It's based on Quake 2 Engine so the models suffer from the Jelly-effect (In other words the models Wobble during their animations) but really that doesn't bug me at all ;)

This is a great game so don't miss the chance to get it if you can. If you can run Quake 2 on your Computer than you'll be able to run this with no problems at all.


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: LAW on May 31, 2004, 04:59:39 AM
Is Sin so stupid as Quake 2 was, which REQUIRED Sound Blaster to run :( Same as Turok 1 wanted Direc 3D card (n)


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on June 01, 2004, 12:21:57 AM
Game: Dune2000
Price: 10 euro

Good points:
Well, it's dune2 only newer. If you've played dune2 then you'll recognise some sounds from the original, as well as some remixed music tracks which'll take you through memory lane. Also, there are again three different camps to choose from, and they all have their own maps.

Bad points:
Only runs at 800X600, isn't as good as dune2 was, doesn't keep you playing for hours like red alert does, and doesn't have enough variaty in buildings and units.

Conclusion:
Not really worth it. Since I've bought this game I've played it maybe 4 times, and I never completed a map because it just got too boring, even in skirmish. Maybe if you're a big fan of RTS games and you just have to own every one of them, but if not just leave it be.


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: HighWire on June 01, 2004, 01:08:19 AM
Game: CIA Operative
Price: I bought this for 40 euros

Good Points: The missions are filled with a shitload of radio sound. Some guy is informing you what to do all the time. Provides a nice atmosphere.

Bad Points: Get ready...

The price was too fucking high for this piece of crap. All characters in this game use the same model (with the exception of the females. All weapons are low-poly and poorly textured. Weapon sounds are poorly recorded. Probably some Valu Soft guys clapping in front of a microphone.
The game only provides an hour of gameplay (or you have to be a deaf, dumb, and blind guy, in which case means you´ll only need 2 hours to finish it) The
installation is HUGE!!! Takes up to 400 mb for just one fucking hour of gameplay.
A retarded ´Big Foot mode´. Replaces all game characters in bigfoot guys. (funny). Can be activated when you finished the game and bent on replaying it. (If you haven´t suffered enough) And oh, I paid 40 euros for a game with 2 different character models.. 3 low poly weapons.. and 6 levels providing 1 hour of fun.

Conclusion: doh, just stay away from this fucking piece of crap. I bought a fucking low budget game for 40 euros at the local Dynabyte. The case of the game was even more worth than the game itself. (it had some nice cuttings giving the image in front of it a 3 dimensional look.

Stay away, stay away, stay away.


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Stef on June 07, 2004, 12:47:37 AM
This topic is really great   :) I will cetainly add according the  last games I bought for some euro...(Die Hard, The thing and NOLF1) But I need first to play them :lol:  


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Semicharm on June 21, 2004, 10:40:28 AM
God, I almost never buy new games, so I have shelves of budget titles.  :D  New games cost too much and the hardware need to run it does cost even more.  With older titles you can run every thing on high, even on a modest machine, and enjoy it more than you could have back in it's day.

The last ones I played were Max Payne ($10US) and Gabriel Knight 3:Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned ($3US).  

What can I say about Max Payne?  It was a awesome, atmospheric and loads of fun.  Some of the bosses were ridiculously hard though and I had some sound issues that I never could fix.

Gabriel Knight 3, the last of the series was interesting, but a bit disappointing.  The graphics where good for it's time, even though the texturing of the models could use some serious work.  The story is just as good as the others in the series, but I didn't care much for the religious overtones and some of the puzzles were a bit too hard.  It's a must have for any fan of the series, otherwise there are plenty of other great adventure games.


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: kinslayermds on June 22, 2004, 04:30:50 AM
Clive Barkers Undying
 
Next to System Shock 2 the scariest game I’ve played for a pc.
The use of ambient sounds up the tension with just 2 speakers, and the old Unreal engine holds up at least to my eyes.  I bought this in a four pack with, No One Lives Forever 1, The Gunmen Chronicles, Die Hard: the Nakatomi Plaza, and American Mcgee’s Alice.

But Undying is my favorite of the pack and two and a half (<--Gunmen :rolleyes:  ) games are not bad for  $20.00 US… oh and Alice did not did not age well on the game play side(Great levels though)
 


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Semicharm on June 22, 2004, 04:45:45 AM
Damn, I've been looking for Undying and System Shock 2.  The copy my friend gave me didn't work.


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: kinslayermds on June 22, 2004, 05:20:29 AM
well if you cant wait try the first deus ex it should be cheap
or try to find a copy of ultima underworld... I think there was an issue of pc gammer a few years ago that had that and ten other old greats... now that I think of it there was x-com 1, UU, monkey Island, and a windows98se compatible version of ultima one... WHY DID THAT DISC HAVE TO BREAK! uh sorry... All games mentiond in this post are excellent. really I would give all of them five A's out five one hundred percents.

aka great


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Semicharm on June 22, 2004, 08:00:23 PM
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well if you cant wait try the first deus ex it should be cheap
Have it, but haven't played it yet

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or try to find a copy of ultima underworld...
Played 1&2.  They're awesome games!  I thought the second one was way better though.  Whenever someone spouts off saying Wolfenstein was the pinnacle of first person games at its, time I tell them to play underworld!  It realy was lightyears ahead. (textured polygon renderer and voxels to name a few)


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: kinslayermds on June 23, 2004, 07:23:40 AM
just ignore the voice "acting" ? in deus ex


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Sang on June 23, 2004, 06:40:55 PM
^Hahah, I like that one :D


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: _ on July 15, 2004, 08:08:08 PM
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By the way; PCGamer Disc - July 2000:
- Links: The Challenge of Gold
- X-COM: UFO Defence
- Terminal Velocity
- Alone in the Dark
- Duke Nukem II
- King's Quest
- Descent
 
I remember i bought King's Quest 5  from a things with lower price game like this. I also bought Street Racer. (I had lots of fun time with Street Racer)  

I never finished King's Quest 5, it was my first adventure game like this one, i never finished it. After i had in this adventure style "Indiana Jones and the last crusade" and this one, i finished it a year ago only  :P

 


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Chris Coleman on August 19, 2004, 09:35:53 AM
I have that PCGamer disc... good stuff there. :)

Plus... hehehe... If you DON'T have the January 2004 CGW DVD you missed out bigtime... (Deus Ex 1 and a shitload of other full games were on it!)

Also... System Shock II is available for free on the internet... (Just can't remember exactly where... I got it off some french website though. :) )

Ah yes... Gunman Chronicles, somewhat lacking SP play... but devilish fun in MP.

Additional budget fun:

$20 US, look for "Freelancer" and to make it worth replaying goto www.lancersreactor.com/t/ to hit up a modular modification manager. There are some hurking huge 100+ MB TCs for it. Wanna play in the Babylon 5 Universe or a dozen others? You can.

Yet another:

$20 US as of two years ago, probably less now. A package called "Totally Unreal" has Unreal Gold (Unreal I + exspansion pack) and the GOTY of the original UT with a fourth CD patching it upto v436 and the fourth bonus pack (1-3 are integrated into the GOTY version) Also it has a reworked tourney from the original version. Newer maps integrated. Also still out there is all the massive TCs I talked about back then. Xidia Gold and RTNP (Return to Na Pali) from Team Phanlanx are still some of the absolute best gameplay that is out there. A CO-OP game of the original Unreal is great fun too.

Thats my two cents, this forum topic needed a refresh. I have a few more titles stocked up I could talk about... but this post is long enough already!


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: mrline on January 20, 2005, 04:47:07 PM
Let's get this topic back since it's a quite interesting topic.

Games I bought last year:

Doom3

Price I paid: 50 euro's (might be cheaper now? dunno)

Pro's: dark, scary, immersive, atmospheric and fun. Awesome graphics too. So it's a very solid horror FPS.

Cons: system requirements, I experienced some lag on certain locations (esp. when much enemies at the same time appear).

Conclusion: certainly your moneys worth if your computer can handle it.

Duke Nukem: Manhattan project

Price I paid: 5 euro's

Pro's: It's FUN! Blowing up pig cops with pipebombs never gets old. Graphics look great too, especially for a side-scroller. Captured Duke's attitude very well too.

Cons: couldn't think of anything serious really. It's a bit short maybe.

Conclusion: certainty worth even more then 5 euro's!

Unreal2

Price I paid: none, I borrowed it.

PRo's: great graphics, some missions are fun and the skaarj still are cool enemies.

Con's: cohesion is kinda bad, there's too many random missions that don't forward the plot in any way, the parts back in your ship and the cutscenes are too long and not dramatic enough. In short: the game lacks something.

Conclusion: don't know how much you have to pay for it, but invest your money in something else, such as UT2004tk :P


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: MSandt on January 20, 2005, 06:03:08 PM
Game: Rainbow Six 3 - Raven Shield
Price Paid: Less than 15€

You can get Raven Shield anywhere for less than 20€uros. It's really worth every penny. The gameplay is suberb - the stealth mission is typically very exciting, the locations vary a lot and thanks to Unreal Engine they look very good. Enemies are still stupid/too accurate but that kinda fits with the fact that you can't save during the levels. Unlike in previous R6 games in Raven Shield you can see the weapons on screen just like in other FPS games.

Rating: 4/5


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Sang on January 20, 2005, 11:45:54 PM
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Duke Nukem: Manhattan project

Price I paid: 5 euro's

Pro's: It's FUN! Blowing up pig cops with pipebombs never gets old. Graphics look great too, especially for a side-scroller. Captured Duke's attitude very well too.

Cons: couldn't think of anything serious really. It's a bit short maybe.

Conclusion: certainty worth even more then 5 euro's!

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Bah, you suck :P
DNMP sucked IMO, it couldn't entertain me at all.


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: mrline on January 21, 2005, 12:35:03 AM
Why is that Sang? I tought it was an exellent mixture of duke3d and the old sidescroller duke games. And it's a blast to play (alltough music is kinda annoying) :D

Oh and another game I recently played:

Serious Sam

Price: N/A

PRo's: mindless shooting is fun when you're in the mood and some enemies are really fun (those bulls and the kamikaze guys). Plus it has a splitscreen option! Me and my brother had lotsa fun playing this game with splitscreen. Graphics are good (especially outside locations are well done) and the final boss was cool.
Humor is nice.

Con's: some very annoying enemies, esp when you have to keep fighting endless waves of them. Sometimes it's just overkill. Story is non-existant, it's nothing more then mindless shooting endless hordes of aliens.

COnclusion: it's a good looking FPS with classic doom styled gameplay (mindless shooting) which is fun every once in a while. Nothing more, nothing less.


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Sang on January 21, 2005, 12:44:04 AM
Now that I agree with, Serious Sam was fun to play once, maybe twice but no more.
I attend to buy Serious Sam: The Second Encounter and I eagerly await the release of Serious Sam 2.


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on January 21, 2005, 12:46:33 AM
How could anyone not like MP?


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Sang on January 21, 2005, 10:38:20 PM
Yeah babes and nudity are the most important aspect in a game  :dry:


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on January 21, 2005, 10:58:47 PM
Wow a sarcastic comment on a obviously non-serious post, you've got it going on :)


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: James on January 21, 2005, 11:38:10 PM
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Yeah babes and nudity are the most important aspect in a game  :dry:
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You've only just realised this? This is why all new games suck, because they lack hardcore nudity.


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on January 23, 2005, 06:55:06 PM
Hey - this topic reminded me that I should get out at least once next week to check for new budget games.. I think I saw the settles 3/4 some time ago, and even though it's not really my kinda game I am VERY tempted :)


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Iggy on August 01, 2005, 11:33:18 PM
Speaking of budgetgames, does someone know (especially to the Dutchieboys here) where little me can get Quake II; Quad Damage. I only found it on Amazon.com with a 100 dollar pricetag. (Like Hell I ain't paying that amount for it)


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Sang on August 02, 2005, 01:04:21 AM
Hmm in my last post (back in 1736) I said that I was looking forward to playing Serious Sam: The Second Encounter - and now I have so it'd be a shame not to give it a review - so somebody please do it. I suck at reviews.

I can only say that if you were a fan of the original game, get this one as well - it's probably better.


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: mrline on August 02, 2005, 01:14:45 AM
Haven't played many new games since my last post here.

Doom3: Ressurection of evil (expansion pack)

Price I paid: 20 euro's

Pro's: if you liked Doom3's atmosphere you'll like this game too. Altough it's more action packed it does have it's freaky moments (the level before hell). Has quite some memorable and intense moments. Double-barred shotgun is great. Level design seems to be a bit more complex too. Artifact is uber-cool and fun to use.

Con's: Doesn't share the level of immersion of the original game (exept for the later levels) and has a weaker story. Too much spawning enemies at some points, can get tiresome.

Conclusion: get it if you liked the original game, don't get it if you expect it to "fix" Doom3.


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Iggy on August 02, 2005, 01:36:05 AM
Thanks a lot bloke, your review just made me 20 euro poorer.

(My 100th post. I'm just a spammer.)


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Sang on August 07, 2005, 03:38:57 PM
Call of Duty is a really decent WW2 game, made by Infinity Ward (made up out of several people who worked on Medal of Honor: Allied Assault), with the punchline "No one fought alone". And yes, teamwork amongst several AI players has increased since MOH: AA but in the end it did came down to one man. Don't let that dissapoint you though - you're still in for one hell of a ride.

In Call of Duty there are 3 different campaigns (and you can't just pick them, they're just different levels that jump from battle to battle) and in each of them you play as a different soldier - In the first one you play as an American Paratrooper that was dropped behind enemy lines on D-Day. In the second one you play as a British SAS unit that has to blow up stuff and in the third you play as a Soviet Conscript. The Soviet Campaign is pretty interesting as you get shot by your own superiours if you take cover for too long or try to retreat.

Although it sounds pretty big - don't be fooled, the campaign will take you just a bit over 6 hours to complete, but you'll enjoy every moment of it (given you're not playing as a total jackass dying every 5 seconds even on the easier levels).

The graphics in CoD (it uses the Quake 3 engine) are pretty well done, it might not look as good as for example HL2 or any of those newer games but still it looks rather convincing.

All in all, this game is certainly worth your 40 (?) bucks, but if you can get the Deluxe Pack for less then 40 bucks..or 40 bucks..don't doubt about it - get it.


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: MSandt on August 08, 2005, 08:31:43 PM
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All in all, this game is certainly worth your 40 (?) bucks, but if you can get the Deluxe Pack for less then 40 bucks..or 40 bucks..don't doubt about it - get it.

Only 24€ - and NO shipping!

http://play.com/play247.asp?page=title&r=P...pa=cart&Cur=258 (http://play.com/play247.asp?page=title&r=PC&title=490262&id=0&adudisc=y&who=&cpage=1&pa=cart&Cur=258)

So how you like MoH: AA? Ever tried it? It's almost identical with CoD.


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Sang on August 08, 2005, 08:45:08 PM
Yeah MOH: AA is pretty good too, the gravity of the grenades could be better though. But all in all it's good - just CoD is more moody I think :)


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Daedolon on September 24, 2005, 09:07:15 PM
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Only 24€ - and NO shipping!
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Haha! Maybe that's why it's so cheap! :biggrin2:

Nah.

I just bought Kuru Kuru Kururin for 5 euros, I don't have a Gameboy Advance/SP1 or DS, but I can always play it with my friends DS. Truly a great game.


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Sang on September 24, 2005, 11:01:43 PM
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Haha! Maybe that's why it's so cheap! :biggrin2:

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It's cheap because of it's length methinks :blink:


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: MSandt on September 25, 2005, 12:14:25 AM
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It's cheap because of it's length methinks :blink:
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Games are not priced according to their lenght but according to markets.


Title: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Chris Coleman on January 20, 2006, 11:46:54 PM
Hmm... time to toss a couple more into here.

$20 US each for:

Mechwarrior 4 Complete
Given that it has MW4 Vengeance, Black Knight, AND Mercenaries in it the value is easily worth what I paid for it. While it is true that these days the graphics wouldn't win any awards they aren't that bad either. And c'mon... big mechs, big very destructive toys, and with a host of online content out there to expand what it is capable of doing this is by far going to eat up a lot of time. Basically a must have of all robot/mecha fans.

Sacred Gold
Not the best graphics... somewhat cheesy storyline, another Diablo style clone... but with some redeeming features in it. Although I notice there may be a few "balance" issues even with them upping the power of the dragons like they said they did... I was still able to off a lvl 26 dragon with a lvl 5 Wood Elf archer. Hooray for a couple overpowered special attacks. Though given the amount of time an RPG takes to go through... well worth the money time wise... but some knocks for the "escort x to x" and "go kill x" style fed-ex par for the course. I dub this one an "okay" value. Only get it if you aren't saving up your cash for NWN2 and Oblivion. (or the video card to run them...)


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: FreeFrag on June 03, 2006, 01:26:46 AM
Evil Dead: Regeneration
Initial release price: $20 US (dirt fucking cheap!)
Released for: PS2, XBox, PC


Probably the most polished of all three Evil Dead games. Graphically, it isn't quite stunning or up-to-date, but it looks significantly better than the other two. As with these games, though, gameplay over graphics. I've only the PC version, and let me tell you: you will regret playing with a keyboard! The zombies actually pose a pretty good threat in this game, though I'm not fond of their method- weakening the weapons to about 20% of their power compared to the preceding Fistful of Boomstick. It takes 20+ shots with the shotgun to put a zombie down, but fortunately there's no ammo in this game. Zombies can be knocked into an unconscious state, however, where Ash may use one of a selection of finishing moves to kill a deadite. In the meantime there are also about 20-odd attack combinations. The weapons are great, most notably the harpoon cannon, which can be used to lasso in zombies for the kill, and the "bomb lance" which fires an explosive stake into targets. If this isn't enough, you can conjure up the strength of Evil Ash. He is faster, takes less damage, and can usually kill deadites in a few good hits.

The thing that really sets this one apart, though, is Ash's half-sized, half-deadite mafia sidekick. They both enjoy insulting each other, and Ash loves killing him over and over, since he always respawns. The player can use the dwarf as a weapon by kicking him into the air, even flaming, so that he can yank off zombie's heads. One can also later use him as a scout in areas that Ash can't get to because he is simply too large. He becomes an integral part of the gameplay as later he becomes the main tool of finishing the larger freaks and getting past certain barriers. Overall, the most enjoyable bits with him are the times that you can abuse him by kicking him into deadly areas.

As with the previous game, if you're an elitist gamer, you'll hate its guts. If you just like the raw fun factor, this would be enjoyable.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on June 03, 2006, 01:28:26 AM
Oh man I'm going to fill this topic up in a matter of weeks; soon ( when school is over ) I'm going on a budget  buying spree.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on June 20, 2006, 02:44:05 PM
Game: Red Faction 1
Price: 5 euros

I just finished this game yesterday, it took me around five hours? Less? Red Faction is incredibly short. And, and this is the main thing that's been haunting me after finishing it, doesn't get the message across. There are some parts in the game which are supposed to be very drastic and impressive; but when you're walking around in these parts you'll probably ask yourself why you're not completely wowed.

L'example: after spending the whole first part of the game underground, without windows and the likes, you'll finally reach the surface ( yes, there are tons of Half Lifish things in the game ). Now, if you've played doom3, or if you've at least seen some screenshots, you know how amazing it can be to walk around on mars: but in RF this factor is just overlooked. There are maybe three windows which have a fairly nice view of the planet. Wrrrry! And there are many things like that; where the authors could've done so much more to make a certain scene just that tad more impressive.

Not saying that it's a bad game, but if you can finish it on a rainy afternoon then it would've been nice if the vibe would last a bit longer. Apart from that the overall gameplay, the story.. it's all good. There are some weapons that don't really feel that fine and there are some holes in the story that really don't make much sense ( someone is helping you for reasons you'll never know, he just pops out of nowhere ) but overall it's a fun shootfest.

And finally.. the big thing about RF - you can blow walls up? In the first level it's used to destroy marked walls ( even Duke can do that ) and that's about the last time you'll activly use it - since the mappers haven't succeeded in creating a world where you'll know that there's always that extra option. There might be a time in the game when you've accidentally blown something up, which reveals an extra path to a place you've already visited - but that's about it.

Conclusion: Fun half-life inspired shooter; every FPS fan needs to have it. But I wouldn't pay more than 10 euros for it ( which is good because I bought it for five lol ) since it's just way too short; and doesn't leave much of an impression afterwards.

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Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Quakis on June 20, 2006, 03:06:40 PM
I don't really remember any of those areas in the game and played through till the end. Is the PC version different from the PS2 one? It's been a while though.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Rusty Nails on June 20, 2006, 03:09:00 PM
Hm, what about Red Faction 2, is that any good? I'm getting it right now, as I played Red Faction before and I think I quit while I was doing some kind of stealth mission that really busted my nuts. Ahh the annoyance. :)


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on June 20, 2006, 04:44:29 PM
I'm playing RF2 now and so far it's a blastfest ^_^ Though I did get a peek at the movies menu which said 50%.. so I don't know about the length of the game.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: James on June 20, 2006, 06:15:54 PM
Your review's pretty damn spot on with the points you made - it took me about 5 hours as well. Blowing up the bridge to stop the APC near the start was cool, but that was literally the only time you could do something like that :/


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on June 20, 2006, 06:57:55 PM
I don't remember that :huh:

Game: Red Faction 2
Price: 8 euros

RF2 hardly picks up where RF1 left off. There's a small story element that's carried over to part two; but apart from that it's a whole new game that has very little to do with RF1. It does have something in common with part one though; this took me five hours to complete as well. It's like the entire Red Faction fanbase kept their mouth shut about the length of the first title.

Anyway - the Half Life-based atmosphere of RF1 is gone. Maybe the developers thought that gameplay like that is outdated, so they went for a more serious sam/painkiller/doom-ish approach. As soon as you enter the game you'll get shot at, and there's never a quiet moment where you can catch your breath. This might not work for anyone but I thought it was kind of fun; the weapons all have a certain powerful feel to them and the enemies are fun to mow down. So if that's your thang then there's nothing to complain about on this aspect.

Now, RF1 was about blowing shit up - but that didn't work out that well. In RF2 they tried to fix that; the usage of the geo-mod engine has been greatly improved. Blowing stuff up was never this much fun, but it also has some use every now and then; killing someone from below by shooting a hole through the floor feels mighty fine. And at some points there's only one way out of a locked room: blowing the walls up. These things rocks; but it's still obvious that it's an effect - as two minutes later you won't even be able to shoot through wooden plates. This doesn't matter all that much though, the explosive nature of the game is present in every level so if you can't blow one thing up then there's something else you can blow up just around the corner.

There are two final things that are worth mentioning. One of them is the hard, russian vibe of the game. If you've seen the intromovie of Red Alert 2 then you know exactly what I mean; the whole game is covered in this sauce. From the font of the menu's to the color usage, music and intercom messages. The other is the fact that the game has little to no loading times, which really helps to keep you in the zone.

Conclusion: Not the same type of game as part one. Alot of combat, alot of demolition, alot of blasting and a little story that just goes on and on. Very short, but great fun for the time it lasts. However, even though there's a shitload of stuff to unlock by finding secrets throughout the maps, I don't think it's a game you'll want to replay over and over once you've finished it. Worth the price I paid for it though :)

( there's no screenshot key! wtf, amirite!? )


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: James on June 20, 2006, 09:29:54 PM
It was almost RIGHT near the start - you're on a small ledge and below you a big APC drives by. You can blow holes in the rock bridge (I should of said rock bridge first time) to stop it and even send it crashing down below :)

I did shout out Total Recall quotes whilst playing this game I have to admit :D


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on June 20, 2006, 10:18:02 PM
Well I've played both part one and two right after each other and now I'm busy with Chaser; so excuuuuuuse me if I don't remember every room ^_^ I honestly don't remember that.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: FreeFrag on June 29, 2006, 02:22:33 AM
I remember when I first got Red Faction that I was amazed that it ran on my old box. :D 800 MHz Celeron and 128 MB RAM with an on-board Intel graphics card


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Telee on June 29, 2006, 11:34:34 AM
Battlefield 1942, a good WWII multiplayer shooter. The graphics are sometimes blurry, but other than that they are pretty good for the time. Gameplay gets a little repetitive, and missions get boring after a while.

There isn't any music, and the sounds are well done. Bots are incredibly stupid, and sometimes even treat you as a friendly (yes, they ARE that stupid)

 I got BF 1942, BF 1942 The Road To Rome (expansion pack), BF 1942 Secret Weapons Of WWII (expansion pack) and BF Vietnam for 30 dollars, so it was a pretty good deal IMO. I suggest getting it if your computer can't handle Battlefield 2, but other than that, just pass this up.

 Also Battlefield Vietnam is a good game to get, but once again, get Battlefield 2 first.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on June 29, 2006, 04:23:21 PM
BF1942 was horrible in my opinion; if you've played any newer game then there's absolutely no reason to go back to 1942. The main reason I still wanted it is because I've always loved vehicles in FPS-titles; but UT2004 silenced that hunger for me :)


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: MSandt on June 29, 2006, 09:40:09 PM
I suggest getting it if your computer can't handle Battlefield 2, but other than that, just pass this up.

Do people still play it (BF1942)?

Fakir:
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but UT2004 silenced that hunger for me

I think the vehicle system in UT2004 is pretty good but nothing beats flying this: http://wiki.bf2s.com/vehicles/helicopter/ah-1z


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Telee on June 29, 2006, 10:51:34 PM
Yes, there are a LOT of servers. But Battlefield 2 is better, of course. The most laughable part of the game is the bots: They always run to the planes, then fly around in circles the whole game. The bots that don't run to the planes just stand there, doing nothing. The bots even treat you as a friendly  ^_^ I thought BF Vietnam was pretty good, though.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: MSandt on June 29, 2006, 11:46:12 PM
You don't happen to be this: http://bf2s.com/player/72138855/ ?


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Telee on June 30, 2006, 04:11:20 AM
nope


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: MSandt on June 30, 2006, 05:41:49 AM
Then who?


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Telee on June 30, 2006, 05:42:27 AM
QuakeMarine


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: MSandt on June 30, 2006, 07:25:07 PM
You have played only five hours? Got bored or something? Or have you spent your time in non-ranked servers?


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Nexus on July 01, 2006, 11:54:25 AM
Soldier of Fortune 2, got it for $11 Australian dollars.

Enjoyable 1st person shooter. You play an ill-tempered mercenary (sorry, "consultant") called John Mullins who has to uncover and foil a far-fetched plot involving biological weapons and the Cold War. By sneaking around with all sorts of guns and shooting people in the head. The game is full of corny dialogue which gets irritating after a while.

The enemies are reasonably smart, and the level design is top-notch, but what really makes this game fun is the realistic ways in which people die. Shoot 'em in the head and they drop immediately. Shoot 'em in the foot and they hop around. Shoot 'em in the nuts and they curl up into a ball, groaning pitifully. Not that I'd do that on purpose- even to a computer baddie. You can even desecrate corpses.

My rating: 8.5/10

Worth having.



Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on July 01, 2006, 02:40:05 PM
I thought the level design was a tad boring in places ( the first map being one of the lesser maps ) - but luckily the random mission generator makes up for that.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Nexus on July 01, 2006, 05:28:31 PM
Yeah I suppose the Prague levels, and the ship, are a bit boring but you have to agree the snow base and the secret labs underneath are cool.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on July 01, 2006, 05:44:17 PM
The snow labs on the outside were awesome, but the interior was the same old corridor stuff again. Though I really loved the jungle maps ( the village -- you know what I mean -- I don't want to spoil anything :) )


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Nexus on July 01, 2006, 05:50:15 PM
I like the corridor stuff. Each to their own I guess.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: MSandt on July 01, 2006, 07:26:36 PM
Soldier of Fortune 2

I'd say I'm usually pretty good at playing these games but the first map - the jungle one - seemed hard.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on July 01, 2006, 08:50:15 PM
The first map is in prague :huh:


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: MSandt on July 01, 2006, 09:05:41 PM
The first map is in prague :huh:

Maybe it was the demo?


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on July 01, 2006, 09:45:15 PM
You want me to find out for you? olol

Anyway; as soon as I get my screen fixed I'll probably write another short budgetreview - I still have tron 2.0 ( which was awesome for the few minutes I play-tested it ), Chaser ( which is fukken horrible ), Serious Sam 2 ( which is mm ), Commandos 3 ( ack ), Wolfenstein ( if I can get it to work ), and battlefield 1942 ( which I probably won't play, but it's nice to have in your collection anyway - like tribes 2 :) ) to play through. Vacation omg!


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Telee on October 10, 2006, 05:42:27 AM
You have played only five hours? Got bored or something? Or have you spent your time in non-ranked servers?

Sorry to bump this OLD topic, but I just saw this post.

No, whoever you saw wasn't me - I've been playing Single-Player.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: MSandt on October 10, 2006, 06:16:26 AM
No, whoever you saw wasn't me - I've been playing Single-Player.

http://bf2s.com/player/61589096/


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Telee on October 10, 2006, 06:19:55 AM
No, whoever you saw wasn't me - I've been playing Single-Player.

http://bf2s.com/player/61589096/

Oh, Battlefield 2, I thought you meant 1942 - Yep, that's me. Yes, I know, I suck  ^_^ I would play it more but my brother is always on my gaming rig. :(


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Stef on October 11, 2006, 01:56:30 AM
You want me to find out for you? olol

Anyway; as soon as I get my screen fixed I'll probably write another short budgetreview - I still have tron 2.0 ( which was awesome for the few minutes I play-tested it ), Chaser ( which is fukken horrible ),  Serious Sam 2 ( which is mm ), Commandos 3 ( ack ), Wolfenstein ( if I can get it to work ), and battlefield 1942 ( which I probably won't play, but it's nice to have in your collection anyway - like tribes 2 :) ) to play through. Vacation omg!

It's one of the game i was pretty estonish and like it. Actually whenever i play, i always count my time of gaming and all actual fps game HL2,D3,NOLF,... took me arround 15 hours to complete in average settings...Chaser took me 23 hours...and i was never bored.

for the moment i'm nearly the end of NOLF1 just bought NOLF2 today (6 eur) and will try to play through farcry in the short future...


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: MSandt on October 11, 2006, 02:44:58 AM
all actual fps game HL2,D3,NOLF,... took me arround 15 hours to complete in average settings...Chaser took me 23 hours...and i was never bored.

I actually don't prefer that long fps games. Even HL2 felt a bit too long while Q4 was more of the right size.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Sang on October 11, 2006, 06:47:10 PM
I don't care how long a game is if it manages to keep my interest - That'll be by a gripping story rather than good gameplay. Even if a game has awesome gameplay (like say, HL2, that's quite my definition of clever gameplay) it still won't make me play it for 2 months. Epic seemed to have tried to make a huge game with Unreal but unfortunately there was little of a story. I played the game about 4 times but I've finished it only once.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Quakis on October 15, 2006, 07:53:52 PM
I played the demo for Chaser and it seemed rather boring and repeatative. (Little Tokyo Level) If I saw it really cheap though, around £1 - £3 I'd pick it up.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: _ on October 15, 2006, 08:27:23 PM
At a shop I saw Doom 3 for 15€, Quake4 for 20€ and Far Cry for 15€.
I might buy at least one of them (or the three of them...) but I've got so many things to do at the moment....


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Stef on October 16, 2006, 01:14:50 AM
At a shop I saw Doom 3 for 15€, Quake4 for 20€ and Far Cry for 15€.
I might buy at least one of them (or the three of them...) but I've got so many things to do at the moment....

Ebay is cheaper less than 10 eur if you can find a good opportunity and it arrives direct in your post mox


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Stef on October 16, 2006, 04:54:18 PM
No one lives forever 1 (better known under NOLF)

price arround 5 eur-$ (got it for 4 eur on a market 3 years ago)

year 1998

This Game is base on the litetech engine (Blood2, Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza,...)
and provide a quite well textured architecture but is a little bit strange according human texturing and AI behaviour.

The story is quite simple: you play the role of Agent Kate Archer (yes, a girls...) and will need to pass through a lot of missions (20 separeted over than 60 maps) with a really good back ground story. To succeed you will use a lot of weapons and gadjets (over 20 differents) and also some vehicles (moto and skydoo). Mission are quite fun to play through except the sneaking ones (when the camera catch you you restart the level). Design may sometimes be repetitive or boring especially eveytime you get a briefing but give a better storyline to the whole mission. Gameplay is correct and not too linear or repetitive (using the thing we like like solving puzzles and other taking key to open next door). Boss fights are perhaps a little to easy but gameplay is still correctly balanced. Interesting point is the searchings of top secret elements that will lead you to an end grade mission with power increase...

Took me arround 15 hours to complete (from where you can easily take 2-3hours of scripted sequences). An let me an enjoyable filling but not more.

Rating : 7/10

Actually there are 5 sp missions (maps and mod) that where created for this game if you know other ones i'm interested...

link to the official site: www.nolfgirl.com (http://www.nolfgirl.com)


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Hudson on December 10, 2006, 08:09:09 PM
Line of Sight: Vietnam - Decent budget game, great for coop.
Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddlers Green - Awesome for a budget game, I mean.. it has zombies! What else is there to say?
Chaser - Can find it for ten bucks now, definetely worth it. Like you're in an action movie.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Sang on December 14, 2006, 09:37:02 PM
Operation Flashpoint - Cold War Crisis possible spoilers
Released 5 years ago already so I guess it's budget-priced ;)

With me having found out about Armed Assault a couple days back (check the other thread) I kinda had to calm myself down so I launched this up again. I had a pretty good time, in the first "single mission" (read: missions that don't have anything to do with the campaign, just extra's) I was succesfull, in the second I failed (the mission also had a different failure-ending) and in the third one that I tried I had to retry a thousand times. This third one shows one of Operation Flashpoint's global flaws - the game difficulty. I don't think the game should have been made easier in the way that you could go all Rambo on your opponents, but there should've been more savepoints. I tried to play the game sticking to the "normal" amount of saves you get (1, in every mission) this time around but well... Pretty soon I was using the SAVEGAME cheat again, which allows you to save over and over again. But I don't know, is it really cheating? God mode or all weapons is cheating, but saving?

The movement, radio chatter, squeeking weels of tanks,.. really makes it feel like you're in a real war. And, apart from the lack of saving, this can give a bit of stress (positive or negative is up to you) in a few missions, mainly the ones where you have to use stealth to get around. The stealth missions can last a long time and because they're at night, with trigger-happy Russians nearly everywhere and with you only being able to take a few shots, you are kinda constantly pissing your pants. So I guess you can understand that I'm not too fond of those missions. I think the standard infantry, chopper pilot and tank commanders missions are a lot more fun - The first few missions are some of the finest. You have a group of soldiers who return in every mission for some time (even if they died in a previous one...) which kinda gives you some emotional connection to them. Also on the jobs you have to pull of with your buddies, it really does feel like you're just one small part in a bigger happening and the hero. You can complete the first mission by just kinda hanging back, maybe firing a shot or two, while everyone else does the rest. However.. after about 7 missions, everyone dies in-game and you're left all alone hunted by the Russians and you have to make it to an escape camp. This mission (called After Montignac) is not neccesarily the hardest, but I did find it to be the most annoying of them all. However after you finish this you'll quickly forget about the frustration as some really nice and fun missions will follow ;)

Once you've progressed well into the story, the whole "band of brothers" thing goes kinda lost and the campaign seems like it's full of those "Single Missions", only loosely connected. There is a main story line, but it's not like it's very important because you'll be too focussed on survival. The last mission again kinda sucks - I never had any problems making sure the Russians don't launch their nukes but you also have to capture the General -- and when he gets word of the SCUDs being destroyed he goes further on foot instead of a car, and because the island you'll be on at that time is so big and has such thick forests, it's damn near impossible to find him. I never managed to complete it fully.

Apart from the campaign, OFP still has a number of bugs such as poor collision detection inside buildings; however most of the combat is in outdoor areas (which look very good) so it's not that bothering. Apart from that there are a few "unimportant" bugs with sound and AI but they don't really get in the way of anything.

I could yap on and on about the vehicles you can drive/fly, but I think you've got the general idea of it by now ;)


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Telee on February 11, 2007, 05:44:44 AM
Game: Medal of Honor: Frontline
Price: About 15 bucks (I got it for 50)

Another World War II game. In my opinion, it took a step down from it's prequel, Medal of Honor Allied Assault, due to its "one-man army" scheme (AA had it too, but not as much as this). It's a pretty good length, only problem is, the missions are very repetitive and you will be bored pretty soon. You'll sink about a dozen U-Boats, invade a couple german towns and all the time hear that overdone MOH theme song. The missions are fun at first, but tend to get pretty dull after the first few.

I found Frontline's arsenal pretty fun to play with. There's a new weapon, the Gewehr 43, which acts pretty similiar to the M1 Garand. The graphics are pretty well done, but get to close and it is horribly detailed; the characters show a decent amount of emotion. The sound is overall above average too, and you should be able to tell weapons apart.

Bottom line, Medal of Honor Frontline is a good purchase and if you enjoyed Allied Assault you'll enjoy this as well.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Sang on February 11, 2007, 07:28:24 PM
Grand Theft Auto 3
I've got no idea about the price, but it should be real cheap.

I'm not going to make this review as big as Operation Flashpoint's one - I'll just cut straight to the core: GTA3 is a very simplistic and fun shooter, which offers you the chance to drive around and kill people or do some missions. In that way, it's not too much like San Andreas which has you buying clothes and eating food. Vice City, though, is certainly able to stand up to it, as it, too, offers fun - pure and simple - but has a better protagonist and style than GTA3. Still, if you just want to drive around in a big sandbox and not want to have to worry about going back to your "hood" to protect it, about girlfriends, about not starving to death,... GTA3 is what you want.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Telee on February 12, 2007, 02:55:53 AM
Game: Medal of Honor: Rising Sun
Price: About 5 bucks (50 for me)

A big step down.

Unlike the other Medal of Honor games, Rising Sun focuses on the conflict between the US and Japan during World War Two. The game starts off with the Pearl Harbor incident, holding your hand through a small tutorial in which you shoot down Japanese planes and see panicked sailors being killed all around you. At this point, you'd expect it to be great in the long run. Wrong. The developers attempted to shake off the linearity of Medal of Honor, and instead made a mess.

The actual gameplay, however, is worse. Rising Sun, in my opinion, had a totally different gameplay experience than the other MOHs. The AI is very dumb, they miss about 70 percent of the time. The multiplayer sucks too, with only two basic modes: Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch.

Oh, and by the way, a man gets eaten by an alligator and you ride an elephant mounted with a machine gun. A prime example of why you should stay away from this game.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Telee on February 25, 2007, 11:38:00 AM
Game: NAM/Napalm
Price: 5 to 10 bucks

NAM is a first-person shooter set in the Vietnam war. As such, you can use many true-to-war tactics to survive, such as set mines and call air-strikes. You can also use mounted machine-guns to eliminate VCs (your allies can too!). These kind of things are very interesting and amazing for a build game.

NAM also has mostly above-average level design. The jungles are covered with foliage and the occasional river, as well as APCs, trucks and other cool vehicles used in the war. You'll also experience napalm strikes and hear your friends screaming and yelling for help through their radios. This really makes you feel like you are an average grunt in the war.

NAM feels like a cheesy Duke Nukem 3D TC, definitely. The HUD is practically the same, the enemies are all edited versions of Duke's sprite and the claymore is almost identical to the trip-mine. The mission briefings are also horribly recorded. But most of all, NAM is insanely difficult. Due to the foliage and bad AI the enemy can see you, but you can't see them. Snipers kill you almost instantly, mines are tiny and spread all over and you'll be pressing the quick-load button time after time. Also, if an ally encounters an obstacle he will fly over it - he seriously looks like he's jumping on the moon.

Most people get frustrated by NAM's difficulty and judge it as a horrible game - but look further, and NAM is actually half decent. If you can find NAM at a reasonable price get it, but if you absolutely refuse to use god mode occasionally then keep looking.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Telee on February 25, 2007, 11:48:43 AM
Game: WWII GI
Price: 6 dollars tops

WWII GI is a sequel to NAM; instead of fighting in the Vietnam war, you fight in World War II, as the title suggests. My favorite thing about WWII GI is the level design - the entire game takes place in France, and WWII GI succeeds in that. You'll fight in towns taken by the Germans, and it definitely looks like it. WWII GI has lots of cool features that are pretty cool for a build game. You'll find Anti-Aircraft guns that actually shoot missiles into the air, as well as planes that fly by and drop missiles/supplies down at you. Pretty cool. There's also tanks, and while they don't move they succeed in sending a chill down your spine when you hear their grinding noises.

WWII GI was definitely a step up from its prequel, NAM. In NAM, you could use gun-emplacements on your enemies. These have now been replaced by mortars. Also, the weapons are cool but lack reloading animations, except for the Thompson and MP-40 - the rest just shake around when reloading. Pretty strange since there's a reloading animation for the BAR in the .grp but it's not used in-game.

Also, the developers apparently didn't take a hint with NAM's difficulty - WWII GI is even worse. You now have a morale meter - whenever you are shot at or your buddies die, it decreases. The lower it is, the worse your accuracy is. While this is an interesting feature it just makes you hate the game even more.

Finally, WWII GI has very little music - as such, they repeated the same songs over and over again. You'll probably end up turning it off.

If you enjoyed NAM then you should probably get WWII GI. It has similiar gameplay with a couple bad points, but you'll still have a good time with it.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Telee on February 25, 2007, 01:06:37 PM
Game: James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire
Price: 15 dollars and below

James Bond 007 is another game in the growing Bond series of games. As such, you'll spend most of the game infiltrating buildings or shooting things beyond recognition. Either way, Agent Under Fire has above-average action which will keep you awake. You also get to drive in a couple missions as well as commandeer a tank. The objectives are decent and entertaining too.

First off, this game is a disappointment compared to the other Bond games. There's only one stealth mission and the rest of the game is just shooting everything while hearing that annoying Bond tune. There's also 'bond moves'. Whenever you do something Bond would do, you are awarded a bond move. Unfortunately, the game overuses it. You get bond moves for EVERY LITTLE THING. Use your Q-Claw to grapple up to a ledge for the tenth time, and you'll get a bond move. Slice through a lock with your Q-Laser and you'll get a bond move. OPEN A DOOR AND YOU'LL GET A BOND MOVE (I'm not kidding)... Not to mention you can download secret files off a computer at the press of a large, blinking button, and somehow know the combination to every single keypad lock.  I seriously don't know what they were thinking.

The plot is pretty bad too. Basically some terrorists are planning on cloning the world leaders, killing them then replacing them with the clones, thus taking over the world. Hasn't the 'taking over the world' story been used a bit too much?

One last thing; this game is just... stupid. That's the only word I can use to describe it. I already mentioned all my reasons above, specifically the large blinking button and the keypad locks.

Agent Under Fire is a bad game that fails on multiple accounts. It's worth a rent but it's generally a big, big mess.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Thedutchjelle on April 18, 2007, 02:03:19 PM
^_^
A while ago (like 2 years) , my father had to retrieve something from a computerstore. While he was there, the people were cleaning out the storage area. And they asked if he could help.

He found 3 sealed boxes in a corner, with games that were WAY to old to sell anymore (with Netherland's old currency on it, like ƒ125,-). He got them all for free

 Among those was ofcourse a lot of crap (Example : A game called Rune.. it used the UT engine but it sucked so baaaaad), but i liked Baldur's Gate (Big manual, 5 CD's, pwnage graphics (all handdrawn!)), Carmageddon 2 (Lolz, lots of blood and multiplayer is awesome to. You get cars random, so try and win with your buggy vs my 50 ton truck.).


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on April 18, 2007, 02:34:35 PM
Carma2 has a great soundtrack, that's for sure :) Nothing beats jumping rooftops while your speakers are barfing out "FALLING DOWN FALLING DOOOOWN FALLING DOOOOWN"


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Thedutchjelle on April 18, 2007, 06:33:52 PM
Carma2 has a great soundtrack, that's for sure :) Nothing beats jumping rooftops while your speakers are barfing out "FALLING DOWN FALLING DOOOOWN FALLING DOOOOWN"

I dunno, i always played with the soundtrack off. I liked the weird power ups though, it is possible to defeat a 50 ton truck with a 50 kg buggy, if you use the Solid Granite powerup :P
Also, the pedestrian thunderstorm was pretty neet to.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on April 18, 2007, 06:43:00 PM
That's true :) If you get far enough in the game your car's strength will go through the roof, one good hit can basicly take out giant trucks and such (which was a mission IIRC, you had to beat a gigantic truck which was next to impossible, unles you found the right powerup and hit him head on (which was doable, since there was this long road from corner A to corner B - he was in A, I was in B, PEDAL TO THE METAL YEAH)).

I got really far but I stopped playing at some aircraft carrier map, you had to find some special places which I just couldn't get to which frustrated the shit out of me. I did complete carmageddon TDR2000 (which beats carma2 with ease!) though :)


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Thedutchjelle on April 18, 2007, 10:07:51 PM
That's true :) If you get far enough in the game your car's strength will go through the roof, one good hit can basicly take out giant trucks and such (which was a mission IIRC, you had to beat a gigantic truck which was next to impossible, unles you found the right powerup and hit him head on (which was doable, since there was this long road from corner A to corner B - he was in A, I was in B, PEDAL TO THE METAL YEAH)).

I got really far but I stopped playing at some aircraft carrier map, you had to find some special places which I just couldn't get to which frustrated the shit out of me. I did complete carmageddon TDR2000 (which beats carma2 with ease!) though :)

I cheated through the entire single player game, those missions sucked imo. I replayed my fav maps over and over till i had all the 1337 cars and my fav car (the Hummer or something.. it's black/yellow) was uber upped.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Sang on April 18, 2007, 11:46:32 PM
Have you guys played the first one as well? It roxors :ph34r:


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: MSandt on April 18, 2007, 11:51:38 PM
Have you guys played the first one as well? It roxors :ph34r:

Brings back such great memories! However, I played the game for maybe a few months and mostly with cheats. I really didn't like the way the single-player campaign was done apart from its innovative levels. Playing the first one really made the subsequent games rather useless.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Trooper Dan on April 19, 2007, 12:16:15 PM
In the category of FREE games (can't get any more budget than that) I recommend Icy Tower, by Free Lunch Design: http://www.freelunchdesign.com/games.php

It's extremely fun and addictive.

(http://www.freelunchdesign.com/screenshots/tower13_03.gif)

Also, I wonder if anyone around here has played Adventure Quest?

http://www.battleon.com/aq-about.asp

(http://www.battleon.com/images/screenshots/ss-vampslayer.jpg)


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Sang on April 20, 2007, 09:47:04 PM
I did play Battle-On once. Didn't like it much.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Telee on June 30, 2007, 10:40:18 AM
Hm - I recently saw that Geoffrey posted some screens of WWII: Iwo Jima (http://www.gamespot.com/pc/action/wwiiiwojima/index.html?tag=tabs;summary) in the screenshots thread some time back. It looks kinda interesting - the question is, is it worth it? I hear it's really short.

I also saw WWII: Normandy (http://www.gamespot.com/pc/action/wwiinormandy/index.html?tag=tabs;summary). These looked pretty cool, too - the review says the game are short but since it's about 2 or 3 dollars it might be worth it. I'm not looking for a realistic war FPS here, just a fast-paced run-and-gun FPS that isn't too realistic.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on June 30, 2007, 02:19:46 PM
No, it's definately not worth it. Well, maybe for a few bucks - you can have a little fun and truth be told the music is great.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Telee on June 30, 2007, 11:11:13 PM
Thanks, I'll go after some other games like RTCW and Serious Sam then :) The reason I posted that is because I didn't want to buy something that's QFH quality.

I also saw some Vietnam game by the same developer and that looked like shit.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Sang on June 30, 2007, 11:13:49 PM
Thanks, I'll go after some other games like RTCW and Serious Sam then :)

If it comes down to you having to choose between these two, pick Sam! It's less realistic but it's loads more fun than RTCW (that's not to say RTCW is a bad game, just not as fun as Sam)


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: MSandt on July 01, 2007, 12:07:08 AM
Wrong. RTCW is better.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Sang on July 01, 2007, 12:27:18 AM
Nuh-uh! You're wrong.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: PencilPusher93 on August 07, 2008, 03:16:02 AM
Name: Unreal Tournament 2003
Price: 10 euro's

The price was so worth it, such a great game, even though I heard 2004 is supposed to be better. Love the Unreal Tournament Series.       :ph34r: (y)


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: DavoX on August 07, 2008, 07:50:23 AM
UT 2004 is what they really wanted to do with 2003. UT2003 is just not as good as UT2K4.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Gambini on August 07, 2008, 09:16:34 AM
Name: Cyberdogs 1.0
Price: €3000 (not really :P )

I remember playing this game for hours with a friend (it´s available 2 players by screen) back in the years, the gameplay is something like Crusaders, but also you are able to buy new weapons, armor and other things, The funny thing is that each level has a target of enemies killeds to reach, but already done that you can keep playing and getting more and more and more money, then in the shop screen you will be able to buy rockets and life and stuff.

Really Addictive for two players, and freeware(y)





Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Trooper Dan on August 07, 2008, 10:56:43 AM
UT 2004 is what they really wanted to do with 2004. UT2003 is just not as good as UT2K4.

Yeah, he wasted his money.  He could have got UT2K4 for a few bucks more and it has double the content.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on August 07, 2008, 01:41:34 PM
Name: Cyberdogs 1.0
Price: €3000 (not really :P )

I remember playing this game for hours with a friend (it´s available 2 players by screen) back in the years, the gameplay is something like Crusaders, but also you are able to buy new weapons, armor and other things, The funny thing is that each level has a target of enemies killeds to reach, but already done that you can keep playing and getting more and more and more money, then in the shop screen you will be able to buy rockets and life and stuff.

Really Addictive for two players, and freeware(y)

Ahhh I remember this! It was always on those game classics cd's back in the days, me and my brother had tons of fun with it.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: PencilPusher93 on August 07, 2008, 08:46:23 PM
UT 2004 is what they really wanted to do with 2004. UT2003 is just not as good as UT2K4.

Yeah, he wasted his money.  He could have got UT2K4 for a few bucks more and it has double the content.

I don't use the currency "bucks" and plus Unreal Tournament 2004 was 20 euro's so there you go.     :/
I'm not paying 20 euro's for a game thats 4 years old .


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: DavoX on August 07, 2008, 11:01:05 PM
Paying 10 for UT2003 is like paying 50 for an 8 years old game.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Sang on August 07, 2008, 11:02:56 PM
I'm not paying 20 euro's for a game thats 4 years old .

Retarded logic.

Myself I wouldn't pay 20 euros for a game that sucks. A game that's 4 years old - no problem! I bought Far Cry when it was 3 years old for about 13 euros and it was worth it.

I bought UT2004 when it was a bit over a month old for 40-50 euros, at the time I thought it was a bit of a crappy game but once I really started playing it online I did get my money's worth.

Hell I bought The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind last year for 7 euros - but I've spent so much time with it that I would easily pay 20 euros for it.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Trooper Dan on August 07, 2008, 11:04:56 PM
UT 2004 is what they really wanted to do with 2004. UT2003 is just not as good as UT2K4.

Yeah, he wasted his money.  He could have got UT2K4 for a few bucks more and it has double the content.

I don't use the currency "bucks" and plus Unreal Tournament 2004 was 20 euro's so there you go.     :/
I'm not paying 20 euro's for a game thats 4 years old .

OMG they rip you off in Europe.  UT2K4 is a lot cheaper here in the USA.  Here it is for $10, which is 6.4 euros:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832129122&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Software+-+PC+Games-_-Atari-_-32129122


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: PencilPusher93 on August 08, 2008, 03:22:16 AM
UT 2004 is what they really wanted to do with 2004. UT2003 is just not as good as UT2K4.

Yeah, he wasted his money.  He could have got UT2K4 for a few bucks more and it has double the content.

I don't use the currency "bucks" and plus Unreal Tournament 2004 was 20 euro's so there you go.     :/
I'm not paying 20 euro's for a game thats 4 years old .

You actually worked out the price in euro's, lol! Even though I probably got "ripped" I do live in the 3rd most dearest country in the whole world, so where I come from thats a good price.                      :/

OMG they rip you off in Europe.  UT2K4 is a lot cheaper here in the USA.  Here it is for $10, which is 6.4 euros:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832129122&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Software+-+PC+Games-_-Atari-_-32129122


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Sang on August 08, 2008, 04:31:02 AM
Dearest countries? You mean most expensive? Guess the prices are high because of high taxes.. you from a Scandinavian country?


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Gambini on August 08, 2008, 05:57:01 AM
Quote
Ahhh I remember this! It was always on those game classics cd's back in the days, me and my brother had tons of fun with it.

Back in the days, ok, i also was very sad since my machine was unable to execute this game, beacuse it was very new for that old game. Bu then i discovered DosBox  (y) (y)

Long life to DosBox! -_-


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: PencilPusher93 on August 09, 2008, 02:49:23 AM
Dearest countries? You mean most expensive? Guess the prices are high because of high taxes.. you from a Scandinavian country?


High taxes, you got that right! Fuckin' government over here, and no, i'm not Scandinavian, i'm Irish.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: MSandt on August 09, 2008, 02:57:09 AM

High taxes, you got that right! Fuckin' government over here, and no, i'm not Scandinavian, i'm Irish.

Ireland has one of the lowest tax burdens in the 1st world.

Still high, of course.


Title: Re: Budget Game Reviews
Post by: MSandt on December 28, 2009, 02:37:23 AM
Reviving a good thread...

Daikatana (MSDN review on the way, has been since March actually.)

Pros: Good soundtrack, some good visuals (graphics in general are pretty good), good voice acting.
Cons: Horrible AI (especially the sidekicks), uninteresting level design, uninteresting weapons & monsters (a good example of quantity over quality: each episode has its own distinct set of weapons and monsters), horrible item/monster balance.


Title: Re: Budget games and budget game reviews
Post by: Trooper Dan on December 28, 2009, 03:31:48 AM
The music must be pretty damned good, because both you and Geoffrey mentioned it in your reviews.


Title: Re: Budget Game Reviews
Post by: MSandt on December 28, 2009, 03:37:43 AM
The brilliant track in Dukecide is from Daikatana, though I may have mentioned this before.


Title: Re: Budget Game Reviews
Post by: Geoffrey on December 28, 2009, 03:39:33 AM
I didn't think the level design was that uninteresting - at first sight it may appear bland but it has the same complexity q2 had and especially in the plague maps I remember things to look great.


Title: Re: Budget Game Reviews
Post by: Fernito on December 28, 2009, 05:19:15 AM
I'm very surprised that no one has mentioned Braid. It's by far the most amazing game I've ever played. It's difficult to make a review of a game so cool, so I'll just say:

Pros: Everything.
Cons: Somewhat short.

And you can get it for just US$ 2.49 on Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/26800/).

EDIT: Oh, I see why Braid hasn't been mentioned. This thread is very old, and Braid came out on 2009 :P


Title: Re: Budget Game Reviews
Post by: Sang on December 28, 2009, 05:41:25 AM
And you can get it for just US$ 2.49 on Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/26800/).

As part of a Christmas deal, of course.


Title: Re: Budget Game Reviews
Post by: MSandt on December 31, 2009, 07:12:04 AM
I didn't think the level design was that uninteresting - at first sight it may appear bland but it has the same complexity q2 had

Nah, it was just inconsistent. The first episode was linear but in the second episode you had to travel back and forth so it came like out of the blue, not to mention that the 2nd episode hub levels were hard to navigate due to inadequate lighting and poorly communicated tasks (as opposed to Q2).