Old PC Gaming.

Shadows of the Empire

Shadows of the Empire
2.5

LucasArts seems to make two kinds of Star Wars games. There are the storied classics, such as TIE Fighter and Dark Forces, and then there are the instant duds, such as Yoda Stories and Rebel Assault II. You can file Shadows of the Empire under the latter category. Compared to the Nintendo 64 version released […]

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Supaplex

Supaplex
4

Basically Pac-Man with more brains, Supaplex involves you navigating a round, red thingamajig collecting Infotrons, solving puzzles and reaching the exit within each level. Many obstacles will interfere with your progress, such as boulders or scissors. Nothing is random here, and while good reflexes help, carefully planning every move (especially in the later levels) is […]

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FIFA 2005

FIFA 2005
3

While there’s nothing unforgivably wrong with FIFA 2005, this edition edition has so few new features that the publisher might as well have just shipped the same package as FIFA 2004. So it goes without saying that if you’re happy with FIFA 2004, there is no reason to upgrade. A bigger problem is that some […]

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Medieval II: Total War

Medieval II: Total War
4

A larger, more detailed campaign powers Medieval II. I was a complete fan of Rome: Total War, having played it before Shogun and the original Medieval. Returning to its roots (sort of) while simultaneously keeping the stronger points of Rome and sprucing up the world with diplomatic niceties, Medieval II marks a healthy leap for […]

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Earth 2160

Earth 2160
3.5

The little-known Earth series started its journey as an obscure, C&C strategy game among a sea of similar looking games – aka Earth 2140. Eventually it morphed into a more original sequel, Earth 2150, which presented a novel meta-campaign where three factions strived to fund their own space-faring project to escape a doomed Earth. Fast […]

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Magic & Mayhem II: The Art of Magic

Magic & Mayhem II: The Art of Magic
3

Art of Magic, the sequel to Magic & Mayhem, is a strategy role-playing hybrid that tells the story of a young man (brave, naive) who seeks to rescue his sister (buxom, don’t need no man) from the clutches of a wizard (deep-voiced, ruthless) with the aid of female companions (courageous, don’t need no man). The […]

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Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance

Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance
3

Set during the Roman Empire in 106 AD, Gladiator follows the swordfighting shenanigans of one Invictus Thrax, an undefeated champion who finally gets sent into the hereafter by the evil despotic Arruntius. The sons of Mars give Thrax an extra lease on life, however, and what follows is a fairly conventional arcade game fueled by […]

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Battle Mages

Battle Mages
3

Battle Mages from Russian-based publisher Buka is the usual stew of strategy and role-playing that seemed so common after Warcraft III. There’s also a hint of Sacrifice and Rage of Mages thrown into the game. The main gist of it is a generic romp through a fantasy setting replete with monsters to kill, towns to […]

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Xpand Rally

Xpand Rally
4

Rally gaming has been around for quite a while and Xpand Rally does a good job at expanding upon it. You get above average graphics in this package alongside the usual offerings in rally racing – tons of upgrades, cars and races. You start off with a stock car and gradually build up your finances […]

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NBA Action 98

NBA Action 98
3

NBA Action 98 is a lesser known competitor to EA’s traditional line of NBA games. One of the most noticeable mistakes is the lack of 3D hardware support. This game supports several resolution modes, but even at the highest setting of 640×480 with 16-bit colors. The interface works well but still betrays the game’s console […]

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