For the first time in over 20 years, we are heralding the return of a much loved piece of gaming history with the classic RPG, Wasteland!
Mutants. Again. Even more than there were last time: they seem to materialize out of the very grains of the radioactive desert sand. Venomous yellow eyes. The black gunmetal glint of Uzis as they close in for the kill. There's nowhere to run, and nothing to rely on but your MAC 17 machine gun. What a way to save the human race.
The year is 2087, eighty-nine years after an all out nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union turned vast swaths of the Earth into a hellish wasteland where survival is a daily struggle against thirst, hunger, radiation sickness, ravaging raiders, and mutants - always mutants. You are a Desert Ranger, one of a band of stalwart lawmen born from the remnants of a U.S. Army detachment who survived the nuclear holocaust by holing up in a maximum security prison. You may wear ragtag uniforms and carry make-shift weapons, but the Desert Rangers are the only law left in what was once the American southwest.
Now something more secretive and sinister than the usual roving bands of mutants and raiders is menacing humanity, and it's your job to investigate. Recruit the help you need, follow any leads you find, but beware. The wasteland is lawless desert and a lonely place, and the choices you make will shape the world around you. Better choose wisely. Your life depends on it.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.0 or later Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled. NVIDIA or ATI graphics card required.
Additional Notes: Minimum monitor output of 1280x720 (PC and MAC). Patched to version 2.0.3
Posted on 2013-11-12 12:53:51 byAlexWalex:
I played this when it first came out - just a completely immersive, mind-controlling game. A unique experience for it's time. Even now, just staring at the picture of the Ranger Center takes me back to a very special, warm place.
I am buying it, but not sure if I can really ever go back to that place again. Yes, it has spawned the Fallout series, and I'm sure it has more than slightlyread more inspired the Stalker, Metro 2033 series, and others....but methinks those games will make me keep Wasteland where it belongs - fixed in my mind as one of the greatest gaming experiences ever.
I don't want to boot it up to realize that yes, the interface was/is beyond clunky, that the combat is flawed, that ...well, u get the idea. Hard to go back, almost impossible to convince new gamers to try something that looks like this.
Their loss. I'll always know where this game took me, and I'm a much better gamer for the experience.
In truth, there are certain titles that define 'classic' pc gaming. Along with the Ultimas, Wizardry, Starflights and M&Ms, GoG has now pretty much earned their name with the addition of this legendary title.
Thank you for taking me back - again.
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Posted on 2013-11-13 14:20:04 byGames4Mage1970:
One of the games of my youth - very well remebered, because I played it nearly every second year since the first time it has been published. BUT - the rerelease seems to have a lot of flaws (unfortunately). While the "original" release of the 10th anniversary box runs perfect in DOSBox, the re-release featuring music, ingame paragraphs and enhanced graphics does not. In fact, itread more crashes nearly all the time after a couple of minutes playtime. E.g. I take my time in creating good characters by rerolling several times, which takes initial character generation around 10-20 minutes. In the original+DOSBox, no problem. In the re-release, it crashes after 5-10 Minutes (it just freezes and that's it.)
Another example: (small spoiler ahead)
I use the shop at Quarz a lot in the first hours of gameplay. The re-releae crashed exactly when I entered the shop. As a result, I could now enter the former shop area on the overview , but no shop will show up - the Quarz shop is gone forever!
What started as a cool idea (especially for the backers of Wasteland 2, which I am) to have the original Wasteland re-released an playable on modern machines, turns out to be a marketing mess.
What I did (being the addict to Wasteland that I am):
I booted my old DOSBox installation with the original Wasteland and run WinAMP with the new background music in the background. The paragraphs are open in another Window, so I could at least play the gem that it STILL is...
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Posted on 2013-11-12 12:36:34 byjmarsh07:
Played this for the first time when it came out in 86, and have played it many times after that. Yes, youngsters, you've been spoiled by games that are no brainers. You do have to put in an effort to play this game, but that's what makes it so memorable. I'm definitely enjoying it again, and the uprezzed portraits makes it feel almost like a new game. Thanks for the memories, Brian and GOG.
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