FINALLY they get a re-release, and on GOG no less! I don't think these have been printed since the last Collection or whatever they called it so many years ago. Good job GOG! :D
And yes, AGDI's remake of II is fantastic. (I need to actually finish it one of these days... maybe after I buy the series here. :)) Definitely needs a stickied link in the GOG forum.
Oh!, but these are all old games. You know, many of us come to gog for newer games and indies and I think the site is shifting too much to some sort of "good old" games store.
Well played, sir.
plus you can export your characters to the other series, which i doubt you can with the vga version.
No, exporting works fine with either version.
That said, while I personally prefer the remake (because I'm just a sucker for 256 colors) the EGA version is definitely one to consider. VGA was unfortunately a step back in some regards, the combat system most notably.
Well I already own the originals.......... Oh who am I kidding purchased.
So do I, but but... the CDs could break someday! :)
QfG 4 is the DOS talkie version, all patched up including the non-Sierra patch (reference
Ah, so they did include the NRS patch. Thanks for the info.
Would you happen to know if I-VGA and III are also pre-patched with NRS?
Btw, is V any good? I once got the retail version from a bargain bin but I never managed to install it due to some disc error or DRM or system incompatibilities, dunno. I only ever looked at the screenshots and wondered: Can this really compare to the other QfG titles or is it one of the much hated epigones to a great series, a failed experiment into new graphic and gameplay territories?
It's okay. Even has a few areas where it's better than previous games: actual 3D environment and no mini-game for combat means you can actually try to be stealthy as a real strategy for the thief, which is pretty cool, though like most of the game mechanics it's not very well fleshed out except for a few areas where they explicitly designed it to be possible.
Certainly I can complain. It is pretty rough in some areas, does lean too heavily on lackluster combat, and if you're a fan of one particular character from IV, they didn't get the voice actor back and it shows. :/
But if you're a fan of the series, definitely worth playing. It's still QFG, still headed up by the Coles. It's no XCOM Enforcer or anything. :)
Personally, I would say I and V are the contenders for worst in the series. I is very weak on story, but can be forgiven because it's at least decently well balanced on the stats end and has the excitement of starting out on the journey. V has a better story, though sometimes they try too hard to tie all the games together, and combat/stats are a weak part.
QfG3 had some "you did something we weren't expecting" errors that could ruin the game half way through, but it was not anywhere near as bad as 4.
I only recall a couple of those (it was no IV) and I think most if not all are fixed by the unofficial NRS patch.
I liked 3 better than 1. ;__;
1 had better balance for the fighting/stats (read: any) but otherwise I agree, I prefered III to I.
2 was best, though. By far the best.
I'd say IV is a pretty good contender too. It and II are my top two faves. If you forced me to pick I'd probably go with IV.
Sierra's titles are a bit unforgiving for me.
bazilisek is right, that shouldn't turn you off from these. Most deaths are instant, there aren't really any "oh no, you didn't find the needle in the haystack before you left town and now you're screwed." Circumstances where you can save yourself into a corner do exist, but many are easily avoided, along the lines of "if you throw this unique inventory item away for no reason you won't be able to make this critical potion later." The few "you have now saved yourself into a stuck state" things I can remember are time limit related, and they are always pretty clearly called out when the clock first starts ticking as "oh no, this happened and you now have a limited number of game days to address this problem." It's not like some of the earlier Sierra games where you're constantly banging your head against a wall because you didn't foo the bar a few scenes earlier because there was no apparant need to.
they just didn't grab me like Kings Quest
You got into King's Quest but not QFG?
After loving the + remake of KQ2, I dragged myself through most of the King's Quest games and I'm really not sure why. I guess I just kept figuring they'd get better. VI was the only one (aside from that fan-made enhanced remake of II) I didn't look back on and go "well, that was a waste of time."
Even the worst QFG game, I was still glad I played. :)