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Air Offensive

Air Offensive
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Air Offensive is a budget-priced arcade flying game. You hover more than fly here, forever gliding on a sleek invisible pillow, fighting enemy craft spread over voxel-rendered maps. It reminds one a lot of Thunder Brigade, except you control your craft with the keyboard and not the mouse or joystick. The missions are also a […]

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Crime Cities

Crime Cities
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Fans of G-Police will instantly dig into Crime Cities. Taking place in a future world that owes as much to the Fifth Element as it does to Blade Runner, the game casts you as a hovercar-driving undercover cop out to blow away the bad guys, earn cash by taking jobs, and not get dead. It’s […]

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Dead Reckoning

Dead Reckoning
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What do you do when you’ve been abducted from Earth by a sadistic Master Race? Fight for your life in the game they’ve arranged for their amusement. Losing isn’t an option – the fate of Earth hangs in the balance. Facing you in battle is a host of repulsive and violent aliens who are just […]

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AI WARS: The Awakening

AI WARS: The Awakening
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Another case of forgotten 90s weirdness. AI Wars aspires to be an action/RPG somewhat along the lines of System Shock 2 or TRON. It’s one of many 90s experimental games. Your avatar explores a complicated 3D environment in search of the cash, passwords, and technologies necessary to achieve your goals, deceiving or fighting its way […]

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Firestarter

Firestarter
2.5

GSC Game World, Ukrainian developer who would later create STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl, was still a small company when it created Firestarter. Like Croteam’s Serious Sam series, this title rejects the notion that first-person shooters must be deep, thought provoking and complex. Firestarter contains 16 levels of frenzied sci-fi action, with each broken down into […]

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Terminator 3: War of the Machines

Terminator 3: War of the Machines
2.5

War of the Machines is essentially “Battlefield 2042: Terminator.” It’s humans versus machines, with 32-player Internet and LAN play, lots of vehicles, different maps set in all sorts of post-nuclear worlds – a ruined ocean harbor, devastated highways, Tech Com and SkyNet bases, crumbling factories, downtown future Los Angeles, etc. The concept behind Terminator 3 […]

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The Stalin Subway 2: Red Veil

The Stalin Subway 2: Red Veil
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A poorly veiled attempt at making an incompetent shooter. There aren’t enough shooters set in the totalitarian confines of Soviet Russia. The last good game which gave us a tangential tour through the Motherland was No One Lives Forever 2, but it wasn’t exactly that memorable of an experience. A genuine exploration of the political […]

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Carnivores: Cityscape

Carnivores: Cityscape
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As if the first three Carnivores games weren’t the cause of enough suffering, along comes Carnivores Cityscape, which tries to offer a more traditional first-person take. (The operative word is tries.) You get two campaigns, unique mission objectives, and even a multiplayer component. But sadly, like the previous Carnivores games, Cityscape is just a Festival […]

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Carnivores: Ice Age

Carnivores: Ice Age
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Will the madness never end? Since the release of Deer Hunter in 1997 approximately ten thousand hunting “games” have been released. Cue the release of Carnivores: Ice Age, the third game in the Carnivores series. In Carnivores: Ice Age, you travel around hunting ice age-era mammals like the smilodon (saber-tooth tiger), the wooly mammoth, and […]

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Wolfenstein 3D: Spear of Destiny

Wolfenstein 3D: Spear of Destiny
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Spear of Destiny, an add-on pack for the original Wolfenstein 3D (standalone, doesn’t require the old game), was id’s final encore before moving on to the much more advanced Doom one year later. Granted, Spear of Destiny was more of a sideshow than a fully fleshed out game, so it plays like any mission pack. […]

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