GT Diablo II retrospective

June 29th, 2014 marks 14 years since the release of Diablo II for the Windows PC. Probably the first Action RPG game that I ever played in a multiplayer Co-op situation thanks to living near a PC gaming LAN cafe. I think that I usually played as the Amazon during both the single-player and multiplayer.

Gametralers, a website that uploads video game trailers and reviews has been working on a video retropective of Blizzard’s Diablo series.

 

Link to Gametrailers site where the video is hosted. There’s at least one more part in the series left since Diablo 3 and Reaper of souls expansion is the most current game.

 

 

 


Call of Duty: Ghosts requires Windows 64-bit to play!?

The latest installment of the Call of Duty series is coming out soon. PC gamers such as myself will need to be aware of an important piece of info… You need to have Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 64-bit edition to play this game. This is on top of the usual hardware system requirements

Minimum System Requirements:

OS: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit

CPU: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHZ / AMD Phenom™ X3 8750 2.4 GHZ or better

Memory: 6 GB RAM

Hard Disk Space: 40 GB

Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 450 / ATI® Radeon™ HD 5870 or better

Sound: DirectX compatible sound card

DirectX®: DirectX® 11

More of my thoughts can be read here


The Cluless Gamer playing PC horror games

Late Night talk show host Conan ‘O Brien is also known as  “The Clueless Gamer” a segment in his show where Conan sits down and plays some video games. While he usually plays on an Microsoft XBOX 360, this time he’s playing on a Microsoft Windows PC. He plays 3 games, Slender, Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Outlast.

 


Winboard: Chess game for Windows

Winboard is a Microsoft Windows port of a Chess game for Unix called XBoard.

Winboard: free Chess game for Windows

Users on Windows Vista and Windows 7 already have access to Chess Titans which definitely offers better graphics. What Winboard lacks in graphics makes up for in other handy features…

  • Take a screenshot of the game board from within the game window
  • Save your  game, so you can continue it later
  • Move list history mini window
  • set (custom) thinking time
  • Use your own sound (.wav) files
  • International languages ( Russian, Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese)

You can even use the game board without a computer opponent. This allows you to play with a local human opponent even plan out strategies by playing with both sides of the board.


Replaying Star Wars: Rogue Squadron for PC

SW Rogue Squadron box art. Image source Wikipedia

With the recent release of Star Wars on Blu-Ray  I had the urge to Replay Star Wars Rogue Squadron for the PC.  I also chose this game to see if this game would run on a newer Windows Operating system. It installs and starts up just fine. I didn’t have to do anything special.   For a game developed with Windows 98 (and the Nintendo 64) in mind, runs stable enough. UAC doesn’t seem to affect the game after the initial install is completed.
The System Requirements are:

Quoted from www.roguesquadron.net

Operating System: 100% Windows 95/98 DirectX compatible PC.

CPU: Pentium 166 MHz or faster required.

Memory: 32 MB RAM or higher required.

CD-ROM: Quad speed or faster required.

Graphics Card: 3D accelerated video card required–PCI or AGP with 4MB or higher, Direct3D or Glide compatible required.

Sound: Supports 100% DirectX compatible 16-bit or better sound cards.

Input Device: Supports joystick, mouse or keyboard. Joystick recommended. Also supports Force Feedback joysticks. A joystick is not required to play, however, it is highly recommended that you use one. This is a flying game, after all.

DirectX: DirectX 6.0 or higher. DirectX 6.0 is included on the CD and must be installed prior to playing Rogue Squadron 3D.

 

I really do enjoy these Arcade space shooter games. Flying through Star Wars themed locations, and missions.  You play through the game as Luke Skywalker (who is not voiced by Mark Hamil.) Accomplishing various tasks during the course of each mission.  Having that medal reward system for completing levels  in the game adds some replay value.  The ships you would expect to be playable are here…

  • X-Wing
  • Y-Wing
  • A-Wing
There also other crafts that you can pilot:
  • V-Wing Air speeder
  • Millennium Falcom
  • Naboo Starfighter ( w/ update 1.2)

 

Using the Air/snow Speeder’s tow cable has caused me much frustration. They seem to break away from the target no matter how I adjust my ship’s speed. The terrain detail and draw distances in general are quite bad. Then again, this is a game from 1998, that just happens to be running on a  more powerful machine. The sound in the game is still good. Laser fire, and other sounds.

Overall, Rogue Squadron II is still my personal favorite.
I wonder why Lucas Arts hasn’t made  a new Rogue Squadron (X-Wing or TIE Fighter) game for the current generation of gaming consoles.


Starcraft II Passenger Jet

South Korea sure loves it some StarCraft. With the televised games with full commentary but it seems like Korean Air also joined in the fun by redecorating this Passenger Jet with a StarCraft II theme. Old news from last year but still something worth  sharing.

 


Thoughts on Streets of Rage Remake v5

SOR Remake v5 Title Screen

Streets of Rage Remake is a freeware,  fan made project mixing (and improving) elements of the original Streets/Bare Knuckle game series. It can be played on Microsoft Windows PCs (XP, Vista, 7)   The team at BomberGames has spent around 8 years of effort into this. So what are some of the key features?…

  • Initial Playable characters are Axel, Skate, Blaze, Zan,  Adam, and Max
  • Improved graphics engine. Explosions, shadows, blood, cutscenes, enemies
  • All (initial) characters can run, perform their own signature moves and have new (star) attacks
  • Routes: Choose  on what area to start from with various alternate paths all throughout the game
  • Support attacks (from SOR 1)
  • Remixed Soundtrack, based on the original music by Yuzo Koshiro. I prefer v4’s soundtrack a bit more though
  •  Shop: features to unlock (enable/disable) playable characters, cheats, extras
  • Game takes a temporary snapshot during your finishing blow(s) during  each boss battle (which you see, if you beat the game)

SOR Remake v5 Main Menu

  • 1 Player – just as it says
  • 2 Players (local only) – 2 human-controlled players can play through the game  ( you can enabled/disable friendly damage, if you with )
  • CPU Friend – 1 Human player and 1 computer controlled character can fight through the game
  • Shop – Use the money you earn from completing the main game to unlock  more game features. Blaze is the shopkeeper
  • Extra Modes – Access the different game modes like Survival, Boss Rush, Volleyball, 2-player Battle-mode
  • Editor – player profile editor
  • SORMaker – I haven’t unlocked this feature yet
  • Options – This is where you change game settings for Gameplay , Graphics, Difficulty, Sound, and controls
  • Ranking – in-game points leader board

SOR Remake v5 gameplay

I was playing as Blaze with Axel controlled by the computer.

SOR Remake v5 Weapons

The classic weapons are here. Pipes, bats, swords and knives. Projectile weapns (can be enabled/disabled in options menu)

v5 Character select screen (2-players)

The initial playable characters are Axel, Blaze Adam, Max, Skate, Zan. Each character has three color settings.  You need to unlock a cheat in the shop to be able to play as the same character.

Streets of Rage Remake (v5) 2-player boss battle

Boss Battle with 2 players

SOR remake has 16-bit cut-scenes

Still images and text.

Shop
Here’s what you can unlock, when you earn enough points:

  • 6 playable characters
  • Play as uncensored Blaze from Bare Knuckle 2
  • Fight two bosses instead of one
  • All enemies die when bosses die
  • Keep weapons between stages
  • Switch names to Bare Knuckle 3 (Heroes only)
  • Play as Max, BK2 beta
  • Defeated enemies bodies never disappear
  • All enemies explode when they die
  • All swords become lightsabers
  • Always have three stars ( star attacks)
  • Always have a full (special attack) gauge
  • Players can select the same character
  • Weapons never disappear
  • Infinite Ammo for guns
  • Become invincible against projectiles
  • Infinite Lives
  • Art Gallery
  • Character profiles
  • Survival mode – reminds me of the combat  challenges found is Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Volleyball mode
  • Unlock all SOR 1 and 2 characters
  • Boss Rush mode
  • Stage Select
  • View cutscenes
  • Event mode
  • Edit Enemy names

I really think the team at Bomber Games did a great job with this 5th and final version. The game is no longer available for download on the Project’s website due to the recent take down  requests. I’m  glad that Sega let the team finish the project before the take down, I was lucky enough to get a copy of the  game before the take down went into effect. The SORR is floating around on the Internet, you can find it if you search hard enough.  It was around 220 MB in a  single compressed zip file. Uncompressed, it is 420 MBs in size. Nothing to install, just run it when you finish uncompressing the zip file.  The memory usage was around 50 MBs.  For fans of the Original games, you can purchase them on the Wii Virtual Console (1,2,3) , XBOX Live Arcade ( SOR 2 only), Steam/PC ( 1 & 2 as part of  the Sega Genesis Classic Pack 4), iOS  via iTunes ( 1 and 2), PS3/360 on physical discs  Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis collection . Fans of the original games should play it at least once if you get the chance.

Additional Info:
Streets of Rage Remake 
Streets of Rage Wikipedia Entry
Streets of Rage on Wii Virtual console 1,2,3
Streets of Rage 2 on XBLA
Streets of Rage on Steam  1 & 2
iTunes (1,2)

SOR Remake download link take down info via Joystiq, via Destructoid 

-Tony