Old PC Gaming.

The Corporate Machine

The Corporate Machine
3.5

The Corporate Machine lets you become the chief of a startup corporation in your choice of three industries: aircraft, cars, or computers. From your humble beginnings in a garage, you’ll eventually get to purchase a variety of buildings that affect marketing, research, employee costs, and morale. Of course, the ultimate goal is to gain the […]

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Monaco Grand Prix Racing Simulation 2

Monaco Grand Prix Racing Simulation 2
4

Monaco Grand Prix Racing Simulation 2 depicts the FIA Formula One series, but never states as much. The cars and teams are fictitious but closely modeled after 1998 F1 cars. By the same token, the tracks are rarely (Monaco excepted) identified by name, but seem to be exact replicas of the circuits that host the […]

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Armed and Dangerous

Armed and Dangerous
3.5

Truth, they say, is stranger than fiction, but the idea that a game featuring a cockney thief named Roman, a robot called Q1-11, a Scottish Mole Miner named Jonesy, and Rexus, a “stinky, unpleasant wreck of a man“ could be “based on a true story” (as revealed in the introductory cutscene) stretches credibility far past […]

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Beetle Buggin’

Beetle Buggin’
3.5

As a racing game, Beetle Buggin’ (based on the Volkswagen Beetle) is surprisingly broad. You can run Quick Races, but the game inexplicably doesn’t allow you to select the tracks, just the type of race. You can choose from any of the four race types: Speed (regular racing on concrete), Jump (a bizarre skill test […]

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25 to Life

25 to Life
1.5

Grand Theft Trainwreck Trailing behind GTA is 25 to Life, a dumb, ugly, barely playable hood shooter with a mean attitude. You start out as Freeze, a drug dealer looking to retire from the scene. Before he can, he’s asked to do one more deal, but everything goes wrong. You’ll eventually play as other characters […]

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Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars

Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars
4

Little men with little muskets, marching on. When developers march for a sequel, they try to keep what works from the original design and cut whatever wasn’t. In the original Cossacks, the prospect of fighting huge battles with rows of disciplined troops was the part that worked. Managing hundreds of peasants and dozens of marginal […]

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Alias

Alias
2

In what amounts to an admission that Alias is aimed at fans of the television show, the game version lacks any cutscene introduction to the characters or their current situations. You have to have watched the show to have any idea what’s going on. The two pages in the manual devoted to this cause indicate […]

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Spec Ops II: Green Berets

Spec Ops II: Green Berets
3

Spec Ops 2: US Green Berets is the sequel to the original action-sim, Spec Ops: Rangers Lead The Way. The original game introduced a pleasing balance between the realism of a diehard infantry warfare simulation and the arcade-action of more accessible 3D shooters. Spec Ops 2 puts you in the first-person perspective and allows you […]

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South Park

South Park
2

I’m one of the few people who watched South Park from its first season, way back when Matt and Trey awkwardly made introductions to each episode. The series really came into its own at around Season 10, and looking back to the first episodes I can’t help but wonder why I watched them. You stumble […]

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The Thing

The Thing
3

Games based on movies seem to be jinxed. Maybe it’s the rush for quick cash, but they almost always hold a bleak reputation for being some of the most broken, buggy, or (at best) average games out there. It’s difficult to pin exactly where The Thing fits, a game-to-movie adaptation based on the John Carpenter […]

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