Not intended to be a full blown review, this section deals with my experiences with various computer games I bought over the years. Generally speaking, I play the games very little, rarely ever finish any of the campaigns given, become bored or distracted then move onto another game. I have perhaps 40 or fifty games I have purchased over the years of varying quality. Computer gaming is sort of a vice hobby of mine, I should better spend the time improving my drawing and sketching abilities, or even chasing women!
Star Wars BattleGrounds with expansion
General: LucasArts published a game using elements of the Star Wars universe. Though Tie fighters and X wings are included the game, it does its best in ground style battles, featuring Imperial Walkers, Storm Troopers, base building and resource gathering. I noticed Star Wars purists complain about various aspects of the game not "being exactly like the moovies" but it is the best Stars Wars strategy game depiction I have seen to date.
I experienced: It's
like Age of Empires, it IS Age of Empires: gather berries, build buildings,
produce workers and warriors, seek out and destroy the enemy. I played
on medium difficulty for the first skirmish game and had a few tense moments
when the Naboo strafed my base with a fighter. I produced a few Stinger-type
anti air troopers and after losing a few, got the fighter.
I have since hacked into the .drs files and reduced the resource cheats
the computer artificial intelligence (AI) gets. Subsequent skirmish
games are more challenging but not impossible to win. I generally play
on tiny maps with one teammate against two other teams (8 players total
making for a fast, ferocious experience.
Auto repair of damaged buildings and units. Once I set a worker to repair something, I would like it to continue to repair anything else it can detect that is damaged. It would reduce a lot of the "micromanaging" that I would have to do.
More games to come:
Age of Empires
Hate telling those farmers when to replant, Liked the era, AI seems to "fall asleep" after awhile though.
Age of Kings with expansion
AI builds walls quickly. On Hardest impossible for me to beat. Liked the winter landscapes. Formations give feel of fighting with and against an organized army.
Galleons of Glory
Got this just to try out a PC emulator on my Mac. Ran ok on a Quadra 950 but lagged on an earlier Mac FX. Did not beat the game, picked out the wrong mutineer and got thrown off the ship by the real one.
Played this continuously at one time and really enjoyed a user created map-Casino. Created a utility mod called "Slimebabes" which allowed Duke to "rescue" the various females he ran across. Works best in DOS and getting it to run sometimes gave me a real education in how config.sys and autoexec.bat files really work.
This game seemed to really push the limits of what the hardware could do at the time. The user boards were full of advice on how to squeak an extra megahertz or two out from a processor to increase the framerate.
StarCraft with expansion
Really disliked telling the workers what to repair and when, especially when it was burning down in front of them!. Really needs an autorepair function. Otherwise enjoyed the winter maps. The AI seemed to be quite a challenge and even though I did not play the campaign, in skirmish I found the sides very interesting and varied.
The road race set I always wanted. Around and around they go and after they ran over a mine or two, is where they burn! Used the cheat to get unlimited machine gun ammo since I was just NOT GOOD at getting it otherwise. Cars raced and battled on various tracks to win across the finish line and collect the winnings which could be used to get better cars and weapons. Explosive mines can be dropped in front of other cars and machine guns fired to eliminate the competition. I used a joystick and got a lot of mileage out of this game.
Lords of the Realm with expansion
Played the demo got the retail and its siege pack. Lost a few games on the siege pack, never finished the main game. Hmm, I want to go back to this sometime.
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