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Posts tagged “Sierra Entertainment”

Feature: Crab Siu Mai

Have You Played… Emperor: Rise Of The Middle Kingdom?

I'm always going on about Pharaoh, the Impressions city builder from 1999 that's lodged itself in my psyche like a toy soldier in an alsatian's paw. And every time I mention how good it is, some forlorn soul in the comments mentions Emperor: Rise Of The Middle Kingdom, it's successor-but-one (after Zeus: Master of Olympus) from 2002, as being better. And you know what? They're…

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Feature: Not buying it

Romancing The Code: the ‘hooker’ scene in Leisure Suit Larry

A couple of weeks ago I was at GDC, surrounded by hundreds of people talking about the present and future of games. So it made sense, in my mind, to play Leisure Suit Larry 1 (aka Leisure Suit Larry In The Land Of The Lounge Lizards). I’ve wanted to do this for some time because people, people writing for this very website, no less, have…

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Feature: Not quite game over, man

A handful of fans have kept Aliens Versus Predator 2 multiplayer alive for a decade

Aliens Versus Predator 2 pitted colonial marines against predators against aliens. It was an asymmetrical first-person shooter that stood out when it was released in 2001. For seven years, the multiplayer servers pulsed with life. No dark corner offered sanctuary, cloaked predators disemboweled marines, and marines surrounded themselves with thickets of spider mines, and, all the while, alien players crawled through the vents.Then in early…

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Have You Played Freddy Pharkas, Frontier Pharmacist?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.Not enough games with commas in the titles these days, if you ask me. It's all : this and - that. Whither the simple descriptor? Anyway: 1993 Western comedy Freddy Pharkas was probably Sierra's most overt attempt to catch up with Lucasarts, the rival…

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Feature: Lovely curves or a bit flat?

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions review

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved is one of those classic designs that's so lean and simple it's very hard to improve upon. Which despite everything is what Geometry Wars 2: Retro Evolved managed, through leaving the core game well alone and splitting off aspects of its finely-tuned mechanics into their own modes. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions (geddit?) has been a long time coming and adds an…

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