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Would say the genre died rather evolved with MOBAs

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Why has elegance found so little following? Elegance has the disadvantage that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it. - Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

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The last two I played were Grey Goo and Dawn of War 3 and they both had my single most hated, I guess I'll call it a feature, of having a shared singular campaign that has you bouncing between factions. DoW3 really disappointed me across the board though.

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I'll stipulate that Dark Colony, while not great gameplay wise, tried to do good things in the genre.

The Warlords Battlecry series had the most evolved main characters.

Battle Realms had the most involved systems.

Spellforce the most hybridization with RPGs. (and Spellforce 1 the most ambitious story (though too complicated for PC Gamer UK to understand)

Dune 2 not only pretty much birthed the genre, but also started it off the bat with unique faction units (the Harkonnen missile launch being very different to Atreidis Fremen units), and with spice booms moving the battle unpredictably across the map.

Dawn of War 1 had very fast gameplay - a rusher's dream.

 

 

edit: and Earth 2160 had the most city builder base building

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Spellforce 3 was a fantastic RPG-RTS hybrid with a nice character-driven plot. And somewhat of a rarity for the genre, it's fully playable in co-op.

Speaking of which, they just announced a new standalone expansion.

 

- When he is best, he is a little worse than a man, and when he is worst, he is little better than a beast.

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6 minutes ago, 213374U said:

Spellforce 3 was a fantastic RPG-RTS hybrid with a nice character-driven plot. And somewhat of a rarity for the genre, it's fully playable in co-op.

Speaking of which, they just announced a new standalone expansion.

 

I wasn't impressed by the first expansion. I would have enjoyed the story, but unlike the previous entries in the series, the German Language version was terrible. And that was very disappointing seeing how they are a German developer.

Also, I had just gotten used to the SF3 controls and they went and changed everything 😛

SF3 I enjoyed very much how it tied in with the original game.

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When you meet Rohen and suddenly realize who everyone is.

 

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37 minutes ago, Skazz said:

Metal Fatigue. I loved that RTS - the ability to endlessly customize gundams combots and then see them duke it out was a dream come true to my kid self.

I'm not sure why I'm linking this, aside from Mandalore deserving more exposure. But hey, a timely review!

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33 minutes ago, Melusina said:

Anyone has feeling GOG's dying? I mean 10+ year old game and free demos, abandoning tradition of free games every big sale.

Not really, they got in last few months few games, which I never expected to see there. I think, they provide much better incentives to purchase from them (at least for me), than free game every sale.

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2 hours ago, 213374U said:

Spellforce 3 was a fantastic RPG-RTS hybrid with a nice character-driven plot. And somewhat of a rarity for the genre, it's fully playable in co-op.

Speaking of which, they just announced a new standalone expansion.

 

The real question for me is, does it still have the hot chick on the cover.

I still need to finish the first two games.  Deserts if Kharak was the last fun RTS I played, as it is Homeworld in Sand.  Nothing really new, but was a good formula anyway

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4 hours ago, melkathi said:

Also, I had just gotten used to the SF3 controls and they went and changed everything 😛

SF3 I enjoyed very much how it tied in with the original game.

I have only played 3 and Soul Harvest. Found the franchise almost by accident, really. Very underrated.

As for the interface/controls, the same happened to me initially. But the new scheme handled arranging and using a larger number of items and abilities better so eventually it grew on me.

I was looking forward to replaying the original campaign in the upgraded SH engine as per their roadmap, but at this point I don't think it'll happen.

 

 

1 hour ago, Malcador said:

The real question for me is, does it still have the hot chick on the cover.

What, hot trolls not doing it for you?

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5 hours ago, 213374U said:

I have only played 3 and Soul Harvest. Found the franchise almost by accident, really. Very underrated.

 

 

That's a shame. The original and both stand-alone expansions were great.

2 was a bit strange. Never finished it. At the time I didn't game much.

 

 

What they did in 1 (I think second expansion) with the co-op, was hide the main NPC for 2 in it. If you played co-op and skirmish and leveled your character up way up, you got to do a quest to tie in with 2. At least from what I understand. Never got high enough level.

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Hitman: Absolution giveaway on GOG running right now!

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9) Demon's Souls - PS3 - 197+ hours

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13) Soulcalibur V - PS3 - 73+ hours

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15) Tales of Xillia 2 - PS3 - 302+ hours

16) Mortal Kombat XL - PS4 - 95+ hours

17) Project CARS Game of the Year Edition - PS4 - 120+ hours

18) Dark Souls - PS3 - 197+ hours

19) Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory - PS3 - 238+ hours

20) Final Fantasy Type-0 - PS4 - 58+ hours

21) Journey - PS4 - 9+ hours

22) Dark Souls II - PS3 - 210+ hours

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31 minutes ago, Mamoulian War said:

Hitman: Absolution giveaway on GOG running right now!

Still too expensive.

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I grabbed the Eye of the Beholder games for free, though I doubt I'll ever play them :)

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15 minutes ago, melkathi said:

I grabbed the Eye of the Beholder games for free, though I doubt I'll ever play them :)

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EOB1 & 2 are fantastic TSR/SSI gems.  The GOG versions do come with the booklets in PDF form; including the clue books—if need be.

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Even Legend of Grimrock had a couple references to them.

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Eye of the Beholder II was the first AD&D game I ever played. Loved every second.

If you're interested in playing the EOB games these days I'd recommend using The All-Seeing Eye. While drawing my own maps was a fun thing to do while I still had oodles of free time it just isn't something I want to have to do today. ASE really helps.

And before anyone wants go to KKKodex on my ass here, keep in mind that Grimoire, Herald of Incline also has an automap feature (sort of). :p

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Some CP77 goodies up for grabs on GOG, including big discounts on CDPR games...

https://www.gog.com/news/grab_your_free_digital_goodies_from_cyberpunk_2077

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1) God of War III - PS3 - 24+ hours

2) Final Fantasy XIII - PS3 - 130+ hours

3) White Knight Chronicles International Edition - PS3 - 525+ hours

4) Hyperdimension Neptunia - PS3 - 80+ hours

5) Final Fantasy XIII-2 - PS3 - 200+ hours

6) Tales of Xillia - PS3 - 135+ hours

7) Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 - PS3 - 152+ hours

8.) Grand Turismo 6 - PS3 - 81+ hours (including Senna Master DLC)

9) Demon's Souls - PS3 - 197+ hours

10) Tales of Graces f - PS3 - 337+ hours

11) Star Ocean: The Last Hope International - PS3 - 750+ hours

12) Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII - PS3 - 127+ hours

13) Soulcalibur V - PS3 - 73+ hours

14) Gran Turismo 5 - PS3 - 600+ hours

15) Tales of Xillia 2 - PS3 - 302+ hours

16) Mortal Kombat XL - PS4 - 95+ hours

17) Project CARS Game of the Year Edition - PS4 - 120+ hours

18) Dark Souls - PS3 - 197+ hours

19) Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory - PS3 - 238+ hours

20) Final Fantasy Type-0 - PS4 - 58+ hours

21) Journey - PS4 - 9+ hours

22) Dark Souls II - PS3 - 210+ hours

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Warhammer 40000 Rites of War giveaway on GOG!

 

With it also new games from the universe have come to the platform in a sale!!!

https://www.gog.com/news/join_us_in_celebrating_the_warhammer_weekend_and_grab_a_free_game

 

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Let's Play/AAR Europa Universalis 1: Austria Grand Campaign (completed)
Let's Play/AAR Europa Universalis 2: Xhosa Grand Campaign (completed)
My PS Platinums and 100% - 22 games so far (my PSN profile)

 

 

1) God of War III - PS3 - 24+ hours

2) Final Fantasy XIII - PS3 - 130+ hours

3) White Knight Chronicles International Edition - PS3 - 525+ hours

4) Hyperdimension Neptunia - PS3 - 80+ hours

5) Final Fantasy XIII-2 - PS3 - 200+ hours

6) Tales of Xillia - PS3 - 135+ hours

7) Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 - PS3 - 152+ hours

8.) Grand Turismo 6 - PS3 - 81+ hours (including Senna Master DLC)

9) Demon's Souls - PS3 - 197+ hours

10) Tales of Graces f - PS3 - 337+ hours

11) Star Ocean: The Last Hope International - PS3 - 750+ hours

12) Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII - PS3 - 127+ hours

13) Soulcalibur V - PS3 - 73+ hours

14) Gran Turismo 5 - PS3 - 600+ hours

15) Tales of Xillia 2 - PS3 - 302+ hours

16) Mortal Kombat XL - PS4 - 95+ hours

17) Project CARS Game of the Year Edition - PS4 - 120+ hours

18) Dark Souls - PS3 - 197+ hours

19) Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory - PS3 - 238+ hours

20) Final Fantasy Type-0 - PS4 - 58+ hours

21) Journey - PS4 - 9+ hours

22) Dark Souls II - PS3 - 210+ hours

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I'd so grab it, but I already own it on GOG :)

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1 hour ago, Melusina said:

What do you think of giveaway that caused lots of controversies on GOG? Apparently sharing your gaming stats is intrusion of privacy, but I think GOG users wants to hide their pirate side.

Wow, my brain hurts from reading that thread on the GOG forums. Seems like there are two issues:

First that this is a giveaway where Linux users miss out on wallpaper artwork (!) due to not having the Galaxy client even as an option. I'm sure Keyrock and the other guy on the planet who is exclusively playing on Linux will be fine with that. And if not, they can voice their protest by not buying from GOG. I'm suspecting building and maintaining a Linux version of Galaxy might cost more than the expected increase in sales or usage will rake in.

The other one is sharing your stats on social media. Which I get, and is the reason why I am not participating. If nobody participates then promotions like those will go away on their own. I'm sure a hell not sharing my GOG stats with the world, then everyone would see the thousands of hours I've put into Master of Orion 3. Talk about embarrassing.

There's a third ridiculous complaint that I see all the time when it comes to development. People who say that they should not spend their time making silly promotions but rather finish Cyberpunk. Yeah, sure. Because CDPR's game developers double as marketing team, right? Sigh. :p

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And before someone from PETL (People for the Ethical Treatment of Linux :p) comes around and berate me for passive-agressive penguin hate - I've been an avid Linux user for longer than most. It's kind of a requirement in my line of work, although it's been a while now, I just never bothered playing games on it. Except Tux Racer.

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1 hour ago, Melusina said:

What do you think of giveaway that caused lots of controversies on GOG? Apparently sharing your gaming stats is intrusion of privacy, but I think GOG users wants to hide their pirate side.

My take on this is you don't want to then don't. Hardly an intrusion of privacy when it's voluntarily. 

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