Diablo by Electronic Arts

Editor's Rating: 4.6/5
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It’s been quite some time since I have wrote something here at GameGoldies, and since Stilgar wrote a review about Diablo and Geocities closed down, I thought I’d share with you my retrospective view on the same game… but played on my favorite console – the PlayStation.

Overview

Back in the day even I, a non-PC gamer, have heard of Diablo. I was not sure what type of game it was but I definitely knew it was popular with the PC gamers. Needless to say when I heard that a PSX version was in the works, I was definitely psyched to see what this game was all about. I was also a bit skeptical due to the less than stellar PC to PSX conversions in the past but I knew that if anyone could pull it off, EA could.

I remember Diablo was nothing like what I expected. I figured it was one of those real time strategy (yawn) games that ware the rage on PC. But after checking out the back of the box I knew that this was not the case. What it looked like I bought was a good hack-n-slash adventure game. As it turned out, there was plenty of hacking and slashing (oh yes) but (as I later discovered) that is only part of the game. You may even say that the game has some small RPG influence albeit very minimal. All of this and the Mature 17+ rating really had me pumped to rip into the game. After the first level it became abundantly clear to me why the PC game is so popular.

Download Diablo for the PSX…

Posted in PlayStation, Roleplaying

Rayman Gold by Ubi Soft

Editor's Rating: 3.5/5
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Overview/Storyline

I must admit from the outset that I am not a fan of side-scrolling platform games. They involve way too much jumping and shooting needing split-second timing, and often end up either in a series of repetitive moves or in being trapped in locations from which there is seemingly no escape. The one platform game I have enjoyed in recent years, Sierra’s Hunter/Hunted, broke many of the traditional rules of this genre and was thus quite addicting for me.

Ubi Soft first released the PC version of Rayman in 1996, and since that time the game has been quite popular in many countries. Rather than emphasizing destroying everything in sight, people and nature live together in peace in Rayman’s world. Once the evil Mr. Dark steals the Great Protoon that preserves global harmony, strange disruptions begin to occur. Only Rayman can restore balance in the world.

Fighting Bad GuysRayman Gold contains the complete original Rayman game, 24 brand-new levels, and tools to build your own customized Rayman levels. You can also access the Rayman Gold website directly from the game to download new levels for the game or to compare scores with those of other players. Ubi Soft has a strong reputation as a company that goes well beyond normal efforts to provide special add-ons for its games, best exemplified by the extraordinary range of additional cars and tracks it has provided for its hit racing game POD.

Jump into the world of Rayman!

Posted in Action

Re-Volt by Acclaim

Editor's Rating: 4.4/5
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Overview

There’s an undeniable appeal found in radio-controlled cars. Admit it. . . you’ve felt your fingers twitching while watching kids race their cars all over the neighborhood. Acclaim brings the RC experience to the computer with Re-Volt. With cars ranging from high-powered NASCAR look-alikes to designs reminiscent of classic RC racers, the game provides hours of racing fun. It even manages to go one better than real RC racing – you’re not limited in where you can drive your cars. Tracks range from neighborhood streets where you have to dodge parked cars and basketballs to the darkened hallways of a museum where you can jump down stairways and speed through a spectacular planetarium.

 

 

Where can you download Re-Volt from?

Posted in Racing

Diablo by Blizzard Entertainment

Editor's Rating: 4.9/5
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Update: Download links were removed.

Overview

If you’ve played Diablo, reading my review will simply be a confirmation of something you already know: this game rocks. We here at GameGoldies try to avoid such phrases because they tend to get overused and fail to convey real specifics. But in this case, I can’t avoid saying it: Diablo truly rocks. If you know this, your time is probably better spent playing Diablo than reading this … if you want to see what all the fuss is about, I’ll do my best to clue you in.

Diablo, in my opinion, is the first completely successful combination of role-playing and real-time action to hit the PC. There have been successful RPGs and great action games, but never a combination that played so easily and offered so much as the first Diablo. Until 1997, RPGs were basically a niche market, mostly bought and played by diehard Dungeons and Dragons types. Similarly, action games have traditionally been focused on inducing an adrenaline rush, with only the occasional half-hearted attempts to incorporate role-playing or character-building elements.

Unfortunately Diablo is no longer supported by Blizzard, the only information I could find on their websites about this ol’ game is on the legacy page.

Download Diablo 1 for free as in pirated…

Posted in Roleplaying

Delta Force by NovaLogic

Editor's Rating: 4.4/5
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Overview

If you liked playing army as a kid, you’ll love NovaLogic’s Delta Force. Players use military combat skills to outfox and outgun enemies in single play or multiplayer modes. Anyone can jump right into a game. It’s so easy that training missions are not even offered. But don’t expect a point-and-click arcade-style fragfest. It will take a little time to master the environment of Delta Force.

Although this 3D shooter wasn't the most popular, mainly because of the lower graphics, I really enjoyed it. Probably because it was one of the first to have team missions and very  distinct objectives such as assassinations, rescuing hostages or protecting leaders. Delta Force 1 was a game that emphasized on game play rather than cutting edge graphics. It was released in 1998, a year before Counter Strike.

Download Delta Force only if you have time to waste because this game is addictive…

Posted in 3D Shooters

Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty

Editor's Rating: 4.5/5
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Overview

In 1998, Eidos Interactive brought us one of the most refreshing real-time strategy games of that year. With its addictive and challenging gameplay, Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines separated itself from the masses with its unique approach to the strategy game genre. Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty is basically a mission add-on pack for Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, adding just eight more missions, a few new weapons and a higher graphics resolution. However, this game is sold as a stand-alone product so you won't need the original Commandos to play.

PC games often fall into one of two categories: gameplay rich and graphically rich. Games such as Red Alert feature engrossing game play but adequate graphics, whereas others like Forsaken have killer visuals but less interesting game play. For me, gameplay is by far the most important aspect of any game. I remember playing games like the original Warcraft which had mediocre graphics but was a blast to play. So it’s fortunate that Commandos: B.C.D. has gameplay that really rocks!

Download Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty, kill some nazis…

Posted in Real-Time, Strategy

NetStorm: Islands At War by Activision & Titanic

Editor's Rating: 4.7/5
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Overview

NetStorm may be the most creative and original real-time strategy game that came along in 1997. It combines Tetris-like puzzle elements, real-time strategy, and even some role-playing elements into one nice little package.

Built specifically for multiplayer online warfare, NetStorm gives each player control of one of a handful of floating islands in the airborne world of Nimbus. Nimbus is ruled by the Furies, and if you please them, they will reward your priest (your leader) with knowledge of new units you can use in future battles. To please the furies, you must conquer your enemies’ islands and sacrifice their priests on your altar.

Netstorm is abandonware, download it for free!…

Posted in Real-Time, Strategy

Samba De Amigo by Sega

Editor's Rating: 3.9/5
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Overview

Grab your maracas and get ready for fun — the Sonic Team has stuck again with Samba De Amigo. A dance fiesta where everything is moving and bouncing (including you), Samba De Amigo challenges you to keep the beat of the songs using a special set of maracas controllers. Stay with the beat and you will move onto the next stage, miss too many times and you aren’t a dancing fool, you’re dancing history.

Gameplay

Although popular in Japan, dancing games have never really caught on in the US except Guitar Hero and Rock Band – you find some in arcades, but they haven’t made it big on the home console. The only previous experience I’ve had with the genre has been during my last few visits to the Seattle Gameworks where several arcade dance games are available. I must admit that I was skeptical of Samba De Amigo — I’ve never seen the point of dancing games, but after playing for a few minutes I began to enjoy myself. However, this isn’t a game you’re going to want to play alone — this is a party game and full enjoyment requires making a fool of yourself with your friends.

You’ll shake those maracas and dance samba con los amigos all night long…

Posted in Action, Dreamcast

Worms 2 by Microprose

Editor's Rating: 4.6/5
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Overview

When I received Worms 2 in the mail a couple of years ago I thought to myself "Oh great, another kuso-ge". To my surprise, Worms 2 turned out to be a very addictive and enjoyable piece of work.

The basic concept of the game is to either kill or be killed. Worms 2 is a turn-based strategy game where you control up to eight worms on a team and try to be the last team standing. As with the first game of the series, there are a multitude of different weapons at your disposal. There are the normal weapons, as the shotgun and minigun. Ho-hum. Then you also get the crazy weapons like the banana bomb and little old lady (who blows up after complaining for awhile). What could be more fun than blowing up your friends with a holy hand grenade or a mad cow?

Download Worms 2, kill some maggots!…

Posted in Action, Strategy

Unreal by GT Interactive & Epic Games

Editor's Rating: 4.8/5
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Overview

You wake up, dazed and injured in the wreckage of the prison frigate that had been taking you on what for all intents and purposes was a one-way trip. As you try to make your way out of the twisted corridors, you fight your way through billowing steam venting from broken pipes, stumble to keep your balance as the settling wreckage groans and crumbles around you, and all the while desperately search for a weapon or even some bandages to bind up your wounds. Then, you hear voices from beyond a door that appears to have been welded shut in the crash. Unfortunately, the voices you hear are begging for mercy. Several flashes paint the floor orange and yellow, a scream echoes from beyond the door, and something thuds against the metallic wall on the other side. Eventually you find a way to pry the door open, only to find a scene of carnage, severed limbs, and blood everywhere, but no one left alive – no one except for the bent shape that howls and leaps away into the shadows as you enter. And it only gets worse from there.

Unreal, the excellent old first-person shooter from Epic, unleashed what, honestly, was a new level of gameplay and quality in this genre. The graphics are stunning – the first real mix of Tomb Raider style graphics with Quake 2 style gameplay, but in an environment that outclasses them both, plus adds in a masterful mix of puzzle elements, intriguing storyline, and an ambience of the best adventure games.

All of this is a pleasant surprise in a class of games that is so often over-hyped only to check in with another mediocre Doom update five years too late. Add to this the fact that this game was so ruthlessly slammed as vaporware on all the newsgroups when its ship slipped several times, and you have what amounts to a huge vindication of Epic’s commitment to putting out a quality game that breaks the mold of what has gone before.

Download the Unreal game…

Posted in 3D Shooters