Posts Tagged ‘Virgin Interactive’

DOS Boot: Ascendancy had brilliant worlds and a dunce of an AI

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DOS Boot is just Brock digging into old DOS/Windows games and talking half-remembering cool and bizarre experiences that are only available on abandon-ware sites at this point. Weekends should be for having fun and by god, we’re going to have some wholesome gosh dang fun on RPS Weekends.

My introduction to the 4x genre (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) came through a lesser known game from 1995. Made by an incredibly small team, the game slipped through the cracks as the mid-90s got flooded by 4x games. The one I wound up with, perhaps just by luck of the draw, was Ascendancy. And if you’re trying to compete with comparable titles like the Master of Orion series, and are doing so on a budget, you’d better have some unique, attention grabbing gameplay elements. I’ll let the Wikipedia entry show you just how much of a splash Ascendancy made: “Several reviewers praised the game for having great graphics, being entertaining, and being fun to play.” Being entertaining and being fun to play. Whoops.

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Have You Played… Screamer?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Some games, years later, I can still remember what was remarkable about them. I played Screamer when I was very young, but the truth is I’m not sure there was anything remarkable about it. It was a fast and attractive arcade-style racing game on PC at a time when there weren’t many of those, I think, but what made love it was the rivalry it inspired between my brothers and I.

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