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Posts tagged “microprose”

Feature: Return of the king?

The Flare Path: MicroProse Memories

Having imprisoned you in his dungeon in the bowels of Mount Olympus, Emesdos, the Greek god of computer gaming, asks his customary question. You ponder for a few seconds, more out of seemliness than necessity, before responding with an unequivocal “MicroProse!”. If you have to spend Eternity playing the oeuvre of just one developer/publisher, then obviously that oeuvre has to be the one that includes…

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Feature: A round-up of the realistic

The Flare Path: A2Z

A is for Alphabetised wargame and sim news. Every four weeks or so I hang up a streamer of industrial strength fly paper in The Flare Path water closet and see what wargame and simulation news items stick to it. Below is this month’s bag – 25 stories, most of which involve virtual vehicles and surrogate slaughter. If you’ve visited a transport museum or heritage…

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Feature: Saved Games: a retrospective series

1942: The Pacific Air War Is The Game Most Worth Saving From 1994

Every game released before 2005 is being destroyed. We only have time to rescue one game from each year. Not those you've played to death, or the classics that the industry has already learned from. We're going to select the games that still have more to give. These are the Saved Games.1942: The Pacific Air War is a game about jinking the Zeroes from your…

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Have You Played… Magic: The Gathering?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.Not Duels of the Planeswalkers, not the cardboard version - I mean MicroProse's MTG game from 1997. Far less literal than DotP, it took Wizards of the Coast's collectible card game into an open world RPG-ish thing. Your wizard roamed around battling monsters and…

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Feature: Icarian Bite

The Ambitious Failure Of Cybervamp RPG BloodNet

I'm known for writing about old games that are worth playing today. This is something of a departure, as I can't really recommend Bloodnet [Wikipedia page] with a clear conscience. It isn't a good game. But it's been lurking in my mind for the better part of 20 years.It's a rare game that would excite a traditional RPG fan as well as a genre cynic…

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Feature: Bohemian Laxity

Darklands Retrospective: What RPGs Are Supposed To Be

A lesson that often eludes the games industry is how much names matter. Though it's hardly the worst offender, Darklands is about as generic as a name gets, and its cover image (which mattered once) is even worse. Even discounting that, it faced an uphill struggle, as its original 1992 release was marked by a plague of bugs, which Microprose's patching never entirely expunged. It…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: Orientally Oriented

When a Flare Path Friday falls on Chinese New Year, it’s traditional for all the stories to be Sino centred. Back in 1997 that meant coverage of Taiwan invasion TBS 以臺海兩岸緊張, thoughts on Ding Ding, a work-in-progress Hong Kong tramway sim, and an interview with Implicit Sextant, the team behind heavenly 14th Century fireworks sandbox, The Fire Drake of Fuzhou. Today it means Silent Service…

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Microprose Now Making Special Forces: Team X

Ah, you couldn't make this stuff up: Microprose, which was resurrected and attached to bunch of obscure console games in the past couple of years, has been assigned to make a game in conjunction with Zombie Studios. No, really, that is an actual thing that is happening. Anyway, the famed old undead name is now going to appear with third-person tactical shooter Special Forces: Team…

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New X-COM Incoming, Old X-COM Cheapens!

EDIT: added Gamersgate deal.Steam's daily deal sees the complete X-COM bundle reduced to £3.05, while the complete pack is £2.49 at Gamersgate. It's as if they think the whole internet is talking about the series. You probably don't want Enforcer and Interceptor but if you don't have them, you almost definitely want the other three. They are £1.01 each on Steam. I still play the…

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Retro – The Legacy: Realm of Terror

A guilty secret. This Microprose RPG was one of the first games I ever bought - not played, but bought, with actual money, in an actual box and everything. I think it was a good year or so after the thing was actually out, but for some reason it caught my eye in the shop and stuck in my head, convincing me to save my…

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