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2022-05-08 10:58:30 PM  
Everyone  re-instal...
 
2022-05-08 11:04:35 PM  
Ancestors was really the only game on that list that intrigued me but only enough to watch Let's Plays of it.  Seems like a game with very little replay value.

That said, I'd be up for a sequel continuing the theme.
 
2022-05-08 11:16:35 PM  
Spore?
 
2022-05-08 11:21:51 PM  
We Happy Few looked interesting, but I checked it out on Game Pass and it was really  a chore to play. It just didn't get me hooked at all.
 
2022-05-08 11:22:56 PM  
The fact that "Can you play it today?" is an open question is everything I hate about modern gaming.
 
2022-05-08 11:24:23 PM  
One that comes to mind for me was the ARPG Wolcen.  It was the talk of ARPG fans everywhere. I mean the hype train did a good job getting it going.  Great Kickstarter campaign promising a beautiful, fun, deep, ARPG experience.  Well, we got one out of the three.  The game was a buggy mess, the passive tree was completely useless as about a quarter of the passives did nothing of value.  The classes were meaningless due to the ability to rotate the passive tree.  The gameplay was hampered by a weird Rage & Mana tug-of-war mechanic that all classes had to use.  The graphics were freakin' great though!

Supposedly some updates made it a bit better but the dev team has stopped communicating with the community all together.  That's a bad sign.  Apparently they were bought by another company.  All in all it was a developer that didn't know how to make an ARPG, got caught up in the Kickstarter hype, and then didn't know how to fix things once the game launched.
 
2022-05-08 11:26:22 PM  
Mad Max was fine.  I played it for at least 60 hours.

Now, where is Pantheon?????
 
2022-05-08 11:59:31 PM  
Mods gave Civ: Beyond Earth playability.

Unfortunately, they were broken by every patch, the community didn't get enough support, interest was lost by both players and modders, and the expansion turned the game on its head and further broke mods.
 
2022-05-08 11:59:39 PM  
I had fun playing Mad Max. Ancestors: Humankind was....meh. I didn't want a babymaking/sitting simulator and you couldn't evolve very far anyways.
 
2022-05-09 12:14:22 AM  

Chabash: Spore?


Omg spore. But that was much more than 10 years ago my also ancient friend.
 
2022-05-09 12:22:51 AM  
never heard of most of these
someone was hyped for watchdogs?
 
2022-05-09 12:25:59 AM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: The fact that "Can you play it today?" is an open question is everything I hate about modern gaming.


That's pretty much an inherent risk for MMO games that depend on huge servers.  Not all of them are going to be successful, and at some point it makes no sense for anyone to keep running the servers.

Don't like it?  Don't play MMOs.

"Can you play it today?" is not really a big open question for single-player and smaller-scale multiplayer games that can be feasibly hosted by hobbyists.  A small one, yes.
 
2022-05-09 12:46:46 AM  
Never got into mad max despite loving the movies. Rage 1 I lived, and they were right about 2, just lacked any excitement.

There ya go, finally a list I agree with.
 
2022-05-09 1:16:15 AM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: The fact that "Can you play it today?" is an open question is everything I hate about modern gaming.


It really depends on the system. If it was on Xbox 360 you're probably golden because backwards compatibility is really solid on Xbox. For PlayStation 3, sorry you're shiat out of luck unless they did a PS4 remake.
 
2022-05-09 3:17:10 AM  

nigeman: Never got into mad max despite loving the movies. Rage 1 I lived, and they were right about 2, just lacked any excitement.

There ya go, finally a list I agree with.


Rage 2 couldn't decide rather it wanted to be a vehicle game or a FPS game, and it was mediocre at both.  The whole thing felt like it was a dated playstation 2 game.
 
2022-05-09 3:43:30 AM  

Mad_Radhu: It really depends on the system. If it was on Xbox 360 you're probably golden because backwards compatibility is really solid on Xbox. For PlayStation 3, sorry you're shiat out of luck unless they did a PS4 remake.


Playstation 2 (especially) and 3 had pretty crazy architectures. They were trying (successfully) to max out the available technology at a decent price point and did that by combining several fast but special-purpose processors.  Original Xbox went at a higher price point and was more conventional and not as well-performing even though it came a year later, which is a big reason PS2 won that round.

But as a result of being more conventional it has backward compatibility.
 
2022-05-09 3:44:55 AM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: The fact that "Can you play it today?" is an open question is everything I hate about modern gaming.


For the most part it referred to online multiplayers that lost server support.
 
2022-05-09 4:10:49 AM  

aerojockey: Olympic Trolling Judge: The fact that "Can you play it today?" is an open question is everything I hate about modern gaming.

That's pretty much an inherent risk for MMO games that depend on huge servers.  Not all of them are going to be successful, and at some point it makes no sense for anyone to keep running the servers.

Don't like it?  Don't play MMOs.

"Can you play it today?" is not really a big open question for single-player and smaller-scale multiplayer games that can be feasibly hosted by hobbyists.  A small one, yes.


One of my favorite developments in gaming ever is that someone leaked the entire back end platform for City of Heroes. The community restarted development and there are now multiple servers under private administration out in the wild, apparently including at the one former developer who had worked on the game in its commercial phase. The larger instances of CoX might have a few thousand concurrent users on them; it's not just a project for one or two people, although it can be if that's all you want from it.

This  is what should happen with abandoned online games.
 
2022-05-09 4:32:56 AM  

Chabash: Spore?


It still hurts.
 
2022-05-09 5:16:07 AM  
Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation on Steam
Currently on sale (for the next 7 hours), and will be delisted from Steam on May 20.
 
2022-05-09 5:51:42 AM  
Mad max was awesome and does not deserve to be on a list with paragon and artifact.
 
2022-05-09 6:03:09 AM  
Lawbreakers delusion in an oversaturated market
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2022-05-09 6:07:44 AM  
Fallout 76

Glad to see No Man's Sky was not included
 
2022-05-09 6:53:50 AM  
Paragon deserved to be forgotten.  Everything in that game can be summed up in one word, slow. Movement, combat, progression(both in game and that stupid deck building system), everything took way too long.  I've ranted enough lately so I won't even bother talking about the awful character balancing.
 
2022-05-09 6:56:03 AM  
For me it's every Prince of Persia after Sands of Time. The emo turn of the next two games was grating. The latest one was interesting for 30 minutes then it was a slog through same environments and a hackneyed plot.
 
2022-05-09 7:00:52 AM  
MOO 3

/#1 POS
 
2022-05-09 7:05:13 AM  
Why we forgot it:Look, military simulation is already a delicate enough line to walk when it doesn't have any cops around. If we're going to remember this game at all, it should probably only be to have a conversation about the implications of how a military shooter franchise like Battlefield can be mapped so easily onto law enforcement.

Somehow, I doubt that's why we forgot it. Interesting extrapolation though.
 
2022-05-09 7:17:51 AM  

Spartapuss: Why we forgot it:Look, military simulation is already a delicate enough line to walk when it doesn't have any cops around. If we're going to remember this game at all, it should probably only be to have a conversation about the implications of how a military shooter franchise like Battlefield can be mapped so easily onto law enforcement.

Somehow, I doubt that's why we forgot it. Interesting extrapolation though.


Odd that the game being absolute trash never crossed his mind.
 
2022-05-09 7:39:32 AM  
Ehhh, 5 games on that list I own, 4 of which I played and 1 I still will.

I liked Rage 2, Ryse and Civ:BE.  Battleborn had potential, except Overwatch then came out, and instantly bye bye anyone to play campaigns with (yes, some of us just want to see the story and then move on).  Watch Dogs: Legion is still on my upcoming games to play list, I think right now it's after the first 2 which I want to start after the Dishonored trilogy.
 
2022-05-09 7:41:49 AM  
Ryse was one of the free Games with Gold last year, I played it for about 10 minutes and got bored.

I bought Battleborn at five below.
I played it for about 10 minutes and got bored.

Battlefield: Hardline is currently at five below. I didn't bother buying it!
 
2022-05-09 8:33:12 AM  

Ragin' Asian: For me it's every Prince of Persia after Sands of Time. The emo turn of the next two games was grating. The latest one was interesting for 30 minutes then it was a slog through same environments and a hackneyed plot.


Sands of Time was amazing.
 
2022-05-09 8:52:00 AM  
Where is the great Mad Max video game?  Seems like a great world to make an open world game.
 
2022-05-09 9:11:24 AM  
Video game thread?

In this decade I've gotten Ancient: Legacy of Azul and Crystal Project.
 
2022-05-09 9:29:29 AM  
Black and White
 
2022-05-09 9:31:54 AM  
Whoops past decade
 
2022-05-09 9:37:24 AM  
I remember reading hype about half of the entries on that list.  Several I do not recall ever hearing about at all and I had not know of their existence until just now.

Were they actually hyped?  Am I that out of touch with gaming?
 
2022-05-09 9:38:57 AM  

chawco: Chabash: Spore?

Omg spore. But that was much more than 10 years ago my also ancient friend.


The penis creatures...

*shudder*

How could uploading creations to a cloud that then feeds back into everyone's game be a bad idea?
 
2022-05-09 9:43:21 AM  

discoballer: chawco: Chabash: Spore?

Omg spore. But that was much more than 10 years ago my also ancient friend.

The penis creatures...

*shudder*

How could uploading creations to a cloud that then feeds back into everyone's game be a bad idea?


Hahahhahahahahah
.
Aaahhhhh hahahahahahahaha.
 
2022-05-09 9:45:53 AM  

discoballer: chawco: Chabash: Spore?

Omg spore. But that was much more than 10 years ago my also ancient friend.

The penis creatures...

*shudder*

How could uploading creations to a cloud that then feeds back into everyone's game be a bad idea?


https://www.gamesradar.com/spores-rudest-creatures/

Ahahahaha hahahah hahahah hahaahha
 
2022-05-09 9:54:13 AM  

chawco: discoballer: chawco: Chabash: Spore?

Omg spore. But that was much more than 10 years ago my also ancient friend.

The penis creatures...

*shudder*

How could uploading creations to a cloud that then feeds back into everyone's game be a bad idea?

https://www.gamesradar.com/spores-rudest-creatures/

Ahahahaha hahahah hahahah hahaahha


Lol, EA had censors?!
 
2022-05-09 10:15:24 AM  

aerojockey: Mad_Radhu: It really depends on the system. If it was on Xbox 360 you're probably golden because backwards compatibility is really solid on Xbox. For PlayStation 3, sorry you're shiat out of luck unless they did a PS4 remake.

Playstation 2 (especially) and 3 had pretty crazy architectures. They were trying (successfully) to max out the available technology at a decent price point and did that by combining several fast but special-purpose processors.  Original Xbox went at a higher price point and was more conventional and not as well-performing even though it came a year later, which is a big reason PS2 won that round.

But as a result of being more conventional it has backward compatibility.


The Xbox 360 had a PowerPC architecture that was similar to the PS3 (although not nearly as complicated as the Cell), so not every Xbox was x86-based. Despite this, Microsoft still managed to emulate the system on the Xbox One so well that the game actually played better, and the experience is better still on the Xbox Series X/S due to the fast storage.
 
2022-05-09 10:30:56 AM  

Dimensio: I remember reading hype about half of the entries on that list.  Several I do not recall ever hearing about at all and I had not know of their existence until just now.

Were they actually hyped?  Am I that out of touch with gaming?


Have you tried this one?  Farkin' amazing game play, man.

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2022-05-09 11:03:20 AM  
Hyper Scape I would have never heard of if I wasn't a Ubisoft fan. I played a couple of rounds on an old LCD TV with a lacking response time, and though I sucked, it wasn't half bad. Enjoyed my brief time with it more than Apex Legends, and had a pretty cool urban map too. If I gave it some more time, I could have seen myself getting into it. Better promotion and it could have been a contender in the BR space.

Watch Dogs Legion... as someone who really enjoyed the first game, all I can say is that this title absolutely derailed the franchise! It lost so much focus and didn't know what it was doing. If a fourth title is made, hopefully they bring it back to its roots. Also they need to allow you to ride the metro again.
 
2022-05-09 12:24:35 PM  
Oh man, I need to pick up that Gears of War Tactics. Thanks article! Forgot it existed!
 
2022-05-09 12:49:56 PM  
Wait, was Ryse actually hyped?

Wasn't it just a tech demo launch title for some platform or other?  I generally just game on PC, but I seem to remember putting it in basically the same mental file as "The Order 1860something" etc.

Like, tech-demo launch titles don't have to be bad or quickly forgotten as later titles rapidly one-up them but for every Mario 64 there's nine to ninety Wave Race 64s, where the game's perfectly fine and does its job showing off the tech but doesn't really give anyone any real reason to care long-term.
 
2022-05-09 2:58:03 PM  

Spartapuss: Why we forgot it:Look, military simulation is already a delicate enough line to walk when it doesn't have any cops around. If we're going to remember this game at all, it should probably only be to have a conversation about the implications of how a military shooter franchise like Battlefield can be mapped so easily onto law enforcement.

Somehow, I doubt that's why we forgot it. Interesting extrapolation though.


It was used to kill Visceral slowly, so that's why I hate it even if I never played Hardline.
 
2022-05-09 3:30:44 PM  

Jim_Callahan: Wait, was Ryse actually hyped?

Wasn't it just a tech demo launch title for some platform or other?  I generally just game on PC, but I seem to remember putting it in basically the same mental file as "The Order 1860something" etc.

Like, tech-demo launch titles don't have to be bad or quickly forgotten as later titles rapidly one-up them but for every Mario 64 there's nine to ninety Wave Race 64s, where the game's perfectly fine and does its job showing off the tech but doesn't really give anyone any real reason to care long-term.


It was hyped show the capability of the new generation of consoles and what they could display.  It was visually impressive given the times, but that was the focus and not gameplay which is why it was so forgetable.
 
2022-05-09 4:28:14 PM  

chawco: Chabash: Spore?

Omg spore. But that was much more than 10 years ago my also ancient friend.


Thats not possible. Its only *checks date* Jesus. I am old. You sure it isnt 2010 still?
 
2022-05-09 4:30:07 PM  

likefunbutnot: aerojockey: Olympic Trolling Judge: The fact that "Can you play it today?" is an open question is everything I hate about modern gaming.

That's pretty much an inherent risk for MMO games that depend on huge servers.  Not all of them are going to be successful, and at some point it makes no sense for anyone to keep running the servers.

Don't like it?  Don't play MMOs.

"Can you play it today?" is not really a big open question for single-player and smaller-scale multiplayer games that can be feasibly hosted by hobbyists.  A small one, yes.

One of my favorite developments in gaming ever is that someone leaked the entire back end platform for City of Heroes. The community restarted development and there are now multiple servers under private administration out in the wild, apparently including at the one former developer who had worked on the game in its commercial phase. The larger instances of CoX might have a few thousand concurrent users on them; it's not just a project for one or two people, although it can be if that's all you want from it.

This  is what should happen with abandoned online games.


I was heavily active in that game in its hey day. Didnt even know this was a thing. Guess I need to look into it. CoX is the new name?
 
2022-05-09 4:33:45 PM  

ItWas2Minutes5MinutesAgo: chawco: Chabash: Spore?

Omg spore. But that was much more than 10 years ago my also ancient friend.

Thats not possible. Its only *checks date* Jesus. I am old. You sure it isnt 2010 still?


Get with the times man, its 2020. Has been for... quite a while... now...
 
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