Old Games Stuff
This is the page where I share my love of older PC games. Since I can't play modern games - which most of them sucks anyway - I am finally finishing some older ones!
Most of these games are available from GOG, and I recommend to buy from them, as you can archive the games very well and mods are working with these versions too.
The page is under heavy construction, so expect more reviews, resources and other useful stuff.
Updated: 2020-12-18 - with Alien vs Predator 2 stuff, it's the best action game of that universe, looks to be playable via Wine.
Contains Thief: The Dark Project (and Thief Gold), Thief II: The Metal Age, Thief Deadly Shadows.
Thief: The Dark Project was the first stealth game from the first person perspective, heavily relied on sound and light elements. While the games' engine is old, thanks to the level editor, people are still making missions for all both Thief Gold (the extended version of TDP) and TMA.
Personally, I liked TMA better as the story left the supernatural stuff behind and moved into a new era of steampunk and machinery. Now Garrett faces a lunatic who wants to create a machine centered world.
Visit Thief corner for more information.
Dungeon Keeper is a real-time strategy game, more precisly a god game from 1997, where we play the bad side for once. Building dungeons, killing heroes and conquering the underworld! With Dungeon Keeper FX you can have a better gameplay with widescreen resolution and other cool things!
Dungeon Keeper came with new engine, and several improvements, but to this day, I have never played it. I honestly like the pixelated first game much better.
Check out the Dungeon Keeper page!
Command & Conquer (Remastered)
I played the original games, and when the remastered came out, I waited for reports, how it plays with Steam Proton. The game has not just upgraded graphics, but remastered music, multiplayer (ranked too), upgraded FMV stuff, and behind the scenes stuff. Unfortunately the original video source is lost, so they used an AI to upgrade it. The game also has updated UI and control options, among many more. It's truly a great remaster, in the same year when Warcraft Reforged and Resident Evil 3 came out. The game already got many updates to it too.
I highly recommend watching the NoClip documentary about the remastered version, how it came about. AI and games also put out a video about the AI in the game recently. And Digital Foundry went through what's in the remastered version, and why it become one of the best remastered games.
Unfortunately the game is only available on Steam, but in this way, you don't need to do much to make it work. If you however you don't want to pay for the game, but still want to get a little nostalgic, go to OpenRA, which is an open-source port of the game. Only the videos and music are missing, but everything is there, and people are still playing multiplayer. With the newly release source codes, the OpenRA devs will be able to use that, to develop their version further. Hats off to EA for this move!
This was one of my favorite childhood strategy game. There is an open source implementation that you can play the game natively, without DosBox. One of the best cyberpunk themed games ever. You can buy it from GOG.
One of the best space series of all time! It has no relation to Descent though.
Dark Forces was the first FPS from the Star Wars universe (1995). We bought the first gaming magazine because the stormtrooper on the cover. Poor love for the genre, but the game was overshadowed later by Quake and Duke Nukem 3D. The game had such a good level design, that GOG included the original manual, which had a detail instructions how to go through each map.
Winter and Summer Challenge
One of my favorite childhood games, and the first sportsgames. Mechanically it doesn't really go beyond the press Enter to run, and jump with space, but I am sure you will enjoy the painful experience in your hands. :) I still love it, and it has local co-op, which can bring fun times for family and friends. Just remember, to laugh at each other when you press spacebar too soon in high jumping! It's 16 sports in 2 games. You can buy the game on GOG.
One of the first third person games, that amazed us, back in 1997! It had only a few levels, but because you couldn't save during levels (only between) and had tough enemies, it was a real blast. And it has one of the best music in a game, ever! You can buy it on GOG and make it work with Lutris, on Linux.
Total Annihilation: Commander Pack
I think this was the very first real 3D strategy game, and it was before Starcraft (which wasn't 3D). Two factions only, but it had land, see and air combat, and some unique mechanics, lots of units and great music. It spawned also an open source engine, Spring. The Commander Pack has the base game and all the expansion pack. There was another game under the Total Annihilation name, called Kingdoms, which was fantasy themed, with the same engine, two years later.
There is also multiplayer stuff for TA, if you want to test your skills against others, A fan mod of Total Annihilation with remastered graphics and balance.
What can you say? The first 3D fps game, from 1996! With an awesome soundtracks, levels, really good sound design, and memorable multiplayer. I spent too much hours playing mp, and downloading maps. This was the first game that really went into the AI stuff, with designing bots. It spawned countless mods, like CTF, it had the original Team Fortress, Quake Arena, and many others. You could even drive cars in Quake Rally! Buy them from GOG!