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They don’t make them like this anymore: PC Games
If you’ve been coming to this site for a bit, chances are you’ll have noticed I have an interesting taste in games. Something like this has its pro’s and its con’s but that’s just the burden I have to bear. The good thing about my unique style is that I can use it for the betterment of mankind. Okay, maybe not exactly, but I can use it to bring you games that you may have otherwise overlooked or just plain had no idea existed. Today, I would like to showcase a few PC games that were definitely unusual and some of my favorites.
Deadlock: Planetary Conquest
I am a huge fan of strategy games and the more sci-fi they are, the better! I find them to be a rather satisfying experience; it’s probably all the conquest that goes on. Deadlock was unique in the fact that it was the first game that I played which blended turn based with real time strategy; to this day I don’t think I could compare it to anything. Deadlock featured an amazing cast of alien races. There were only a few to choose from but they were enough. There was another unique feature of this game; while warring with the other races, the Skirineen, aka the Black Market, will contact the player and entice them into buying weapons to help further their cause. Be careful though, apparently the colonists you represent find this a little shady.
This game ladies and gentlemen, this game! Before its release, there were few games that really let you experience what it was like to be an evil dungeon master. The ultimate goal was to conquer the land by building the best dungeon and attracting the best monsters. Eventually the heroes of the land would get wind of the Keeper’s existence and try to overthrow them. Add to this rival Keeper’s and you have one addictive game. Think “What did I do to deserve this, my Lord?” but made in the 90’s.
Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds
I have read the book War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells a lot and will continue to do so. I love this story! It really is a shame that the closest we’ll get to a good movie is a three hour long over budget indie movie. Luckily, in the late 70’s, musical genius Jeff Wayne magically adapted the story into a musical. In the United Kingdom, almost forty years later, the album is still going strong and as popular as ever. A few changes were made such as the design of the Martian tripods. These designs became iconic and in 1998, a PC, real time strategy game featured these machines and more as one of two playable campaigns. Players could take over the UK or defend it from the alien invaders. Being able to play as the Martians was a child hood dream come true for me. It’s a shame though; the game refuses to work properly on newer systems. C’mon HD remake!
While Sim City has been a gaming icon for years and is poised to begin life a new, many forget the other Sim games. Let’s see, there were Sim, Tower, Sim Earth, and Sim Ant just to name a few. Sim Ant was so much fun it was stupid! As the title suggests, players take control of a single yellow ant which is just the games way of saying, “You are this ant.” You would lead your fellow colony mates of black ants on a quest of survival, hunt for food, and even take over the back yard while fighting the evil red ants. No I am not crazy, a game where you play as a single ant in a colony is some of the best fun I’ve ever had! The game even had its comedic moments as well. A mode the player can enable will have little comic like bubbles appear above the ants which share their thoughts. Then there’s the spider which is a recurring enemy in the game. You’ll have to swarm the eight legged beast in the hopes of defeating him but beware; the more you kill it, the quicker it returns with a new trick… Lasers. I kid you not! If you kill the spider so many times, he returns and eventually shoots lasers at your sorry yellow ant (Get it?).
If you ever have the chance to play these games, I implore you, please do! I realize you may not enjoy them as much as I do but maybe you know someone who will. Games like these aren’t made these days and it’s a freaking shame. These games were awesome and one was as simple as playing as an ant! Maybe one day we’ll see more games like these or even new entries in these forgotten series.