System Shock IP is never coming. It is being held ‘hostage’ by someone wanting an absurd amount of money for it. Oh well.
I’m awaiting the expansion packs for Alpha Centauri and Wing Commanders 1 and 2 (damn EA).
For new games added, I really want Homeworld 1 and 2 with their expansions. They had such powerful soundtracks. The designer of Homeworld said, “I want to recapture that feeling of what a great game was such as when you went to the game store and bought games for the NES like Metroid. I want to get to that level of quality.”
Tyrian 2000 is great. Ultima IV is going to be very rough to play due to its age. Theme Hospital is on sale and that is a good game. I see for Macs they have all the Ultima games pre-U7 including Ultima Underworld 1 and 2.
Currently, I started playing Might and Magic VI with very little experience of the M and M series. Damn. I see where World of Warcraft got its design from. The reviewers who said the M&M games have tremendous amount of gameplay time in them were not joking. I estimate it will be around 150 hours just to play through the sixth game the first time run (and there is so much replayability as like the original Final Fantasy, you can choose your party members and all that). I bought the Might and Magic Collection which comes with Might and Magic 1-6 plus another game which seems to be a scenario added with 5′s engine. Geez, how many hours will it take to beat all these games just once? 50 hours for each one at the minimal? And you kids think the Final Fantasy games are time sinks. They are casual games compared to this (and they really are). GoG has the collection for ten dollars but I got it on sale for $5. A good review of how the Might and Magic series works can be found here. It’s like a single player WoW.
I’ll probably buy that Interplay deal. Damn you, GoG. I’ll have so many games to consume that I won’t need something like a game console for the next decade. A shame Nintendo was never serious about their Virtual Console. If they offered permanent account bound purchases of old games, I’d buy it in a heartbeat. I don’t think Nintendo understands how the digital market is supposed to work. It’s like the only difference is that they get to cut out Wal-Mart which is not the case. The consumer expects to get the advantages of the digital games. It’s absurd that the console maker expects to only get the advantages and have the digital game behave like a retail game.
Sega is offering their catalog, drm free, on Dotemu. No reason why Nintendo can’t do it on their consoles.
Nintendo is proving the author of “Game Over” correct, Nintendo is interested in games only as a form of psychological manipulation and doling them out like Godiva chocolates. But digital stores are destroying this model.
The days Nintendo can put out old games like the NES games as Godiva chocolates are over. We will not pay so much money for something we’re not even allowed to own. Nintendo calls it ‘managing the value of the IP’. I call it destroying it. Millions are refusing this deal and just pirating the roms and emulating them for free. Yet, Nintendo thinks it is doing its digital store correct.