Yes, it’s another one of those posts. No, I was not invited or challenged, deal with it. Yes, I am so old that I have to break this up into multiple parts, but OH WELLLLLLLL! Now on with the self-explanatory show…
These first few entries will be pretty brief since I was busy spending the first few years of the 80’s learning to walk and use a toilet and such. I did have a cousin with an Atari 2600 and a huge pile of games though, so I really did play these early ones, just not in the actual years of their release.
After the success of Wing Commander III, Chris Roberts and crew apparently got a much larger budget for IV. The frequency and scope of the cutscenes increased quite a bit, with the actors even performing on actual physical sets instead of being pasted on cg backgrounds. Apparently there was a rare, special DVD version back in the day too, for the ten people who had DVD-roms on their PCs back in ’96. It was interesting to see all the ultra-90s design and effects in “high quality”.
Ah, Wing Commander 3. Back when I was a kid that was just starting to get into PC games there was stuff like Wolfenstein 3D that caused me to say “Holy shit dad, we need a Sound Blaster!”, there was stuff like Return to Zork and Wing Commander 2 that caused me to say “Holy shit dad, we need a CD-ROM!”, and then there came Wing Commander 3, which led to the first “Holy shit dad, we need a whole new PC to play this shit!”.
Apologies for the low quality screenshots. There was a problem with the videos so I just made some hasty pic replacements so there was at least something to see here, if anyone actually ever looks back this far…
Ah. Another classic Origin game. This one has you trying to discover your identity and survive as you wake up in a strange place, having apparently been experimented on by a crazy future scientist.
Ahhhh Crusader. One of the best old PC games from one of the best old PC game companies…Origin! Hey, yeah, remember when Origin was a division of EA that made fucking amazing games like the Wing Commander series, Bioforge, Cybermage, and etc. etc., and not the name of their shitty Steam knock off service for some reason? Of course you don’t, because I am fucking old. Anyway, Crusader was a crazy sci-fi action adventure game. One of the biggest things that set it apart from other such games was how destructible everything was.