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A Geezer Gamer's Guide to GOGs

GOGmix by VetMichael's avatarVetMichael 7votes

Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: successor to Master of Magic, AOW:SM is best when patched by the community patch from AOWHaven. Great campaign, excellent tool kit, and strong scenario generator make this a must-have for TBS fantasy strategy players. Sort of AOW 2.5 but better!

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Master of Magic

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: A crowning achievement in TBS fantasy strategy games; slews of races, spells, heroes, and endless replayability (though no 'campaign'). Set the standard which other strategy sims have been trying to emulate for over 16 years.

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Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obs...

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: Bug-alicious game with a strong premise that moves fantasy RPG out of the Medieval Era and squarely into Steam Punk. The game has an excellent soundtrack and good for its day 2d iso graphics. Elvish gunslinger or Orc warlock? Decisions, decisions.

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Arx Fatalis

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: First-person dungeon crawl from a decidedly European sensibility. Lots of places to explore and factions to offend/involve with. Weaker than other 1st person RPGs (like Elder Scrolls) but solid.

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Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: A fantastic AD&D 2nd Ed game with lovable characters (especially Minsc and Boo) and a great storyline, BG is the standard-bearer for D&D computer adaptations. You MUST get this one!

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Baldur's Gate 2 Complete

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: Most of the crew from BG return (esp. Minsc & Boo) in this excellent sequel to BG which pulls on your heartstrings even more; torture, escapes, fighting, fencing, betrayal, true love, and godhood - what's not to like?

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Call to Power 2

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: Inheritor of the Sid Meier/Civilization controversy and a good to very good strategy sim. If you're familiar with the Civ franchise, you'll feel right at home with CTP2 and will wish many of the features in it were implemented in later Civ games.

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Castles + Castles 2

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: Imitated and emulated by Stronghold, Castles includes kingdom-altering decisions (let the serf migrate? Chase out the witch?) on top of castle-building and -defending fun. Dated graphics are excusable with this ground-breaking quasi-RTS.

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Conquest of the New World

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: Complex in its execution and in need of better interface and movement mechanics, CotNW is a turn-based strategy with lots of bells and whistles to keep a player interested, though not enthralled.

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Disciples 2 Gold

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: Sort of like Heroes of might & Magic, but with frustrating short-comings; no ability to carry XP on from one stage of the campaign to another, for example. Average semi-strategic game which is surpassed by others who execute the premise better.

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Divine Divinity

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: Ah the German Diablo clone; lots of interactive content throughout the world with a fun (if at times mindless) hack-and-slash adventure. The flimsy plot is merely a premise for the epic dungeon crawl.

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Heroes of Might and Magic® 3: Complete

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: 3 fun campaigns (especially Shadow of Death) with your decisions in one scenario affecting the outcomes of late scenarios, even though the heroes never met. Lots of critters and lots of spells make it an engrossing strategy game

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Icewind Dale Complete

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: The little brother to Baldur's Gate has some gorgeous graphics and great environments, but is a little short on story compared to its predecessors. Fun 2nd edition D&D game with few surprises.

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Lords of Magic: Special Edition

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: A shot at trying to recapture the excellence of Master of Magic, but one that falls short on many aspects, especially in spell research. An average turn-based strategy with novel races/spheres of magic.

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Master of Orion 1+2

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: MOO 1 came out at the same time as MOM and has some cross-over races and heroes (Mystic X). Both MOO and MOO2 are excellent, well-executed turn-based space strategy sims with outstanding armada flexibility and awesome races. Get these games!

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Might and Magic® 6-pack: Limited Edi...

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: Lots of history with this game, and a title franchise that has longevity. First-person party-based RPG with all the elements that later games included and improved upon. A standard-bearer for RPGs, though not as immersive as it could be.

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Master of Orion 3

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: Avoid this game like the plague; it doomed the MOO franchise with a clunky interface, too much going on at once, and an incomprehensible tutorial. You're better off getting MOO 1 + 2.

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Myst: Masterpiece Edition

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: A First-person adventure game that is full of difficult, brain-bending puzzles which rely on your ability to remember where you last saw something. Definitely keep a notebook with you while playing this game.

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Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: Quirky platformer which introduces you to a strange world where an escaped slave/food source (Abe) must defy the odds by relying on your reaction times.

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Planescape: Torment

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: Weird, engrossing play which takes place in Sigil, the City of Doors. Shunned by death, you rise from the slab in the morgue only to realize your memories are fragmented and your torment eternal. Memorable characters, involved party, and great game!

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Port Royale

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: A trading/war semi-RTS with elements of Age of Empires. Can become overwhelming to the novice gamer though the unpredictable markets and ability to hunt down pirates is awesome.

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Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri™

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: Taking Civ to another world isn't easy, but what happens to the human race after the end of Civ? Alpha Centauri introduces new tech, new 'natives' and new factions into the existing Civ2 template. Good for a new spin on an old favorite

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Stonekeep

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: Oh so much fun, especially the singing Golbins! Quirky, silly, deadly, and amazing, Stonekeep is an epic 1st person dungeon crawl with MUPPETS!

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Stronghold HD

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: A reinterpretation of the 'Castles' game, this RTS is engaging and challenging. The storyline is flimsy but it is an excuse to build increasingly complex castles, train archers, knights and men-at-arms and smash your enemies.

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Temple of Elemental Evil, The

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: 3.5 rules delve into the most epic of D&D campaigns. There are some bugs and quirks which will leave you frustrated, but the mechanics are solidly 3.5 ed and the artistic stills add the feel of late nights fueled by Mountain Dew, Cheetos, and d20s.

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Wing Commander ®: Privateer ™

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: Though the graphics are now super-dated, the flexibility of your ships and the entertaining story line should hook you now and forever. A great space-flight and -fight sim with a semi-open story.

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Neverwinter Nights: Diamond Edition

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: D&D 3rd Edition with an okay campaign improved vastly by two things: 1) an incredibly flexible tool kit and 2) a die hard community of online players and modders. Add on campaigns improve the solo campaign.

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Age of Wonders 2: The Wizard's Throne

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: A worthy successor to MoM, Wizard's Throne has a good single player campaign and a robust tool kit. Lots of modder support and a rabid fan base keep this game fresh and enchanting. Consider this the prequel to the events in AOW:SM.

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Age of Wonders

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: If you went backwards, like I did, this game is disappointing and difficult; your mage roams with his creatures, you NEED siege machines, walls are not manned, but barriers to overcome. But it's a good game when played 1st and then the sequels.

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Freedom Force vs. the 3rd Reich

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: Whether you've played the original FF or not, you'll love a world where Jack Kirby and Stan Lee rule; lots of super heroes, tons of powers, a FULLY destructable environment, and all the 'ZAP" and "POW" fun of the 1950's-60's comic books. GE

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Battle Chess Special Edition

VetMichael's rating:
250

VetMichael says: It's chess with actual violence! Watch the rook-turned-golem smash the Bishop or the queen melt faces in a fun twist to classic Chess.

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Heroes Chronicles: All chapters

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250

VetMichael says: HOMM 3 all over again. If you loved 3 you'll adore Hero Chronicles. Very familiar maps, interface, and system of combat plus more hours in your favorite universe.

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