Well, alot of websites and magazines are releasing what they thought to be Games of the Year. It's been awhile since I've played any games (Changes soon with my new computer on January 13!!!!), but, I've kept a eye on the games. So, here are a few games that critics thought were the best.
No One Lives Forever 2
Grand Theft Auto 3
Never Winter Nights
Battlefield 1942 (does anyone know if you pay a subscription fee to play online?)
All the above are for the PC, I don't have a console. :) Though, it seems Metroid Prime is a big winner on the console.
January 10th, 2003, 11:21 PM
In no particular order:
No One Lives Forever 2
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (GTA3 won awards the previous year)
Edler Scrolls 3: Morrowind
Asheron's Call 2
Jedi Knight 2
Medal Of Honor (not sure when it was released though)
America's Army - for being the best free game
Final Fantasy X
January 11th, 2003, 04:13 AM
I didn't get many games last year, but my faves are...
Hitman 2 (love sneaking around killing people)
Medieval Total War (don't yet own it, but heard it the dog's b*llocks)
Dominion Wars (old game, but I got it last year) gives you chance to play as the bad guys and the kill all the cast of DS9 in space combat http://members.iinet.net.au/~vroncol/Smiley_gifs/evil_laugh.gif
January 12th, 2003, 07:40 PM
Metal Gear Solid 2: The Sons of Liberty
An incredible game, I've played it through on every single difficutly just to see how hard it can be and let me tell you, beating it on the Impossible setting where having an enemy see you is an automatic game over is insanely difficult. The story line, while strange near the end is quite good, the gameplay is the best of any game I've ever played and the graphics are beyond incredible, not to mention one of the best soundtracks available.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation VS. Zeon
Captures the essence of the show perfectly. With a great control scheme, graphics, and a story that effectively follows the show the only bad part is they kept the horrible gut wrenching music from the series. Nothing brings down the fun level then a screechig song that sounds like Yoko Ono vocalizing and nails on a chalkboard at the same time.
January 13th, 2003, 10:28 AM
Medieval as a nominee for strategy game would be interesting. The Total War battle interface it shares with Shogun is the best I've experienced. It really does feel like you are commanding an army waging a battle and the advantages and disadvantages of the kinds of troops you have as well as the terrain give it a really good realistic feel. Still in the overview diplomatic strategy game separate from the battlefield the interface and game design I think is not as good.
January 13th, 2003, 04:29 PM
I've tried Shogun but not Medieval.
I love changing the formations and watching the little dinks run around to live up to my expectations!!!
It's pretty cool when you get a couple thousand guys all fighting at once too, with the sounds and all. I also like how after a REAL big fight there's just corpses everywhere.
January 13th, 2003, 08:30 PM
Fundamentally there's not a whole lot interesting that's different in Medieval from Shogun except for more units, more buildings, slightly more detailed leader description and the concept of navies with their attendant consequences for naval landings and trade. Sounds like a lot but not that much really and something like the trade income function doesn't make logical sense because you start losing revenue once you get too big because you lose trading partners. Internal trade doesn't seem to exist. Basically a glorified Shogun. If it wasn't for the battle interface I'd still go for Europa Universalis II
January 13th, 2003, 08:42 PM
I'd say we should have a game sometime but I get a feeling I'd get smoked...
I don't play that game often enough.
I like to thing I'm a better than average tactician too, but the computer whomped me so bad in this one game I was done before I knew what'd hit me. Sneaky bugger hid a horde of those fighting monks in the greenery all along the western flank. Probably one of the simplest tricks ever and it totally smoked me!
January 13th, 2003, 11:47 PM
Yeah those monks are pretty hardcore.
My fave tactic for slaughtering the enemy (although an obvious one) is keeping the cavalry back until the enemy is routing then send em in for the chase. The head count they amass is huge.
Cavalry archers are cool too as they double up as regular cavarly if you're in a pinch (alt+left click forces them into melee combat).
I've completed it on "hard", Have to try the next level.
I haven't played the warlord edition (featuring the Mongol horde of Kublai Khan) but there's some cool new units like "master swordsman"; a lone warrior who can take on whole units, and "battlefield ninja" who are sneak attack specialists who can apparently hide virtually anywhere.
I heard though that in "Medieval" you get to choose famous leaders from history like William Wallace etc.
January 14th, 2003, 12:20 AM
Only one for me... Icewind Dale II. I am not a big games player... but I am hooked on the Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale series.