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Kel Shek
Posted - 2004.10.24 02:32:00 - [1]
 

I'm working on some concepts, that I hope to eventually develop into an actual game(MMO), and while I have my own views and things i've heard from people, and their opinions, I would like to try some more concentrated research, as such.

For starters, I'd like to "hear" about as many different peoples's favorite gaming experiences.

I would be interested in hearing about both MMO, and non-MMO experiences, PC or console (preferably PC, but consoles have their high points too, Wink) and why that was so enjoyable for you.

only partial exclusion, is instances that were so great, because of the offline interaction while playing. having a blast playing Quake at a LAN party is great, its not so much the sorta thing I'm looking for. but if it might be helpful, feel free.

I'm going to be posting this on several various game boards, and I plan on documenting helpful responses,

Thanks.

Seto Mazzarotto
Caldari
Caldari Provisions
Posted - 2004.10.24 04:15:00 - [2]
 

Some of my absolute favorite gaming experiences:

The Metal Slug series -- you have to experience it to understand the sheer glee of these games. Incredible animation combined with slick, crisp gameplay.

King of Fighters / Samurai Showdown: Same company that makes the Metal Slug franchise. Arguably a pair of the very best fighting games -- SNK is the king of 2-dimensional games, using 16-bit hardware to do things the XBox can't copy.

These are both Arcade cabinets, by the way. ;)

Earth & Beyond: My first MMO -- the game's engine was horribly flawed, but what parts they did get right they aced. The game's atmosphere was astounding... things like seeing city lights on a settled planet's dark side, or the voice acting of various impartant NPC's, or the news broadcasts (again with voice) made for nice little touches that made the game incredibly immersive.

Carmageddon: Sheer, unbridled mayhem that paved the way for games like the GTA series.

Red Faction: Who could resist a shooting game that lets you blow stalactites off a cavern ceiling to use for cover in a firefight? Bright, crisp graphics, gameplay that was easy to master. Needed more time in development, but excellent as it was.

Halo: Need I get into this?

Shadris
Gallente
CATT Incorporated
Posted - 2004.10.24 13:22:00 - [3]
 

Some of my best moments were playing System Shock. Listening to the audio logs and looking at the faces displayed with them, you kind of got attached to the characters. Then there was the moment that you found the head of the character that you had been listening to. The atmosphere was very creepy as well something that SS2 improved on.

Hope that helps.

Neon Genesis
GoonFleet
Posted - 2004.10.24 15:48:00 - [4]
 

Aside from Eve online the best gaming experience I ahve ever had was with Morowind.

The game gave u complete freedom and it was absolutely huge. The map was way bigger than anything i have ever seen. If u want to take the silt strider to get from ton to town quik, u do it, but if u wanna walk, u bring up ur map and u can run ther. The first 6 months of me playin the game virtually solid were just me roaming, doin random quest, stealing things, becoming high up in guilds, gettin my skills up. The skills system was almost as good as the freedom, it was a standard exp system where u go up in levels as u use certain disciplines, but the great thing about it was the amount of modifiers for atributes and the amount of spells and weapons. I think its almost impossible to do everything in the game.

The only thing that kept this from bein the best game ever made imo was that the combat system was v basic and didnt do the rest of the game justice.

If u havnt played this, get it Very Happy I judge all games before and after in comparison to morowind.

John Legrasse
Posted - 2004.10.25 06:00:00 - [5]
 

The first time I played, and beat, RESIDENT EVIL. Still my second favorite game ever. The end is just so cool, after I nuked Tyrant I started jumping around for joy. It was the first time I had literally put my head back, took a deep breath, and yelled "WOOHOO!!"

Another classic was the first time I saw the CyberDemon Lord in DooM. Greatest. Boss. Ever.Shocked

Of course, THE, single most classic moment in my video game history is TWO WORDS:

COW LAUNCHER.

I loved Earthworm Jim.LaughingLaughing

John Legrasse
Posted - 2004.10.25 06:02:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: Neon Genesis
Aside from Eve online the best gaming experience I ahve ever had was with Morowind.

The game gave u complete freedom and it was absolutely huge. The map was way bigger than anything i have ever seen. If u want to take the silt strider to get from ton to town quik, u do it, but if u wanna walk, u bring up ur map and u can run ther. The first 6 months of me playin the game virtually solid were just me roaming, doin random quest, stealing things, becoming high up in guilds, gettin my skills up. The skills system was almost as good as the freedom, it was a standard exp system where u go up in levels as u use certain disciplines, but the great thing about it was the amount of modifiers for atributes and the amount of spells and weapons. I think its almost impossible to do everything in the game.

The only thing that kept this from bein the best game ever made imo was that the combat system was v basic and didnt do the rest of the game justice.

If u havnt played this, get it Very Happy I judge all games before and after in comparison to morowind.



And I' like to second this. Morrowind was a great game, filled with great moments. Can't wait to play the next one.

Nebulous
Minmatar
Mirkur Draug'Tyr
Ushra'Khan
Posted - 2004.10.25 06:29:00 - [7]
 

Final fantasy 7: when aries sinks to the bottom of the water Crying or Very sad

Final fantasy 7: when you finaly completed it and you get the feeling youve just played through one of the best gaming experiances of your lifeVery Happy



fras
Amarr
Posted - 2004.10.25 15:04:00 - [8]
 

for me it was team fortress classic before first person shooters bored me silly.

a game that requires physical skill and working together as a team. The feeling after winning a tough match hasn't been met since.

Tavalisk
Gallente
Doomheim
Posted - 2004.10.25 15:39:00 - [9]
 

Hmm Best and worst gaming expereince the first time i play Counter-Strike, Was well chuffed Embarassed but then after 3 years of playing ti when you die you get extremly frustrated. Rolling Eyes

Dirtball
PinK Tac0 ReasearcH
Posted - 2004.10.25 17:35:00 - [10]
 

The FBI was all over me, I was making a break for it needing to shake them. Just then my car burst into flames and I had to bail out. 2 or 3 FBI Ranchers screeched to a stop immediatly after I bailed and the dreaded sound of doors opening and closing was heard all around me. The air was thick with bullets and I managed to take cover in one of the FBI Ranchers, I shut teh door and hit the gas smashing through anything in my way, another FBI Rancher rammed into me bursting my vehicle in flames once again, being a half block away from a local pay and Spray, and already at full speed, I mashed the gas pedal and said a little prayer. My Rancher barely made the turn into the pay and spray and smashed full speed into the back. Amazed my vehicle did not blow up before I got there, I slowly buckled my seatbelt and lit up a smoke thinking maybe I'll go stop at the Pole Position club and relax a little.

Seto Mazzarotto
Caldari
Caldari Provisions
Posted - 2004.10.26 02:44:00 - [11]
 

Ooh, forgot one: Deus Ex. Very Happy

W0LFMAN
Caldari
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Posted - 2004.10.26 08:20:00 - [12]
 

Roland on the ropes------------ Amstrad CPC464k
Chucky Egg -------------------- Spectrum Sinclair
Stunt 2000 -------------------- Acorn
mario ------------------------- Nintendo
california Games -------------- Atari Lynx
Phys -------------------------- Game gear
toe jam and earl -------------- magedrive
destruction derby/FF8---------- ps1
Gran turismo ------------------ ps2
halo ----------------- x box
SSX3 -------------------------- Game Cube
Eve/All Star wars/homeworld --- PC

All have there special part, in my life :)

Myko
Minmatar
Sebiestor Tribe
Posted - 2004.10.26 08:23:00 - [13]
 

Number one for me has to be Day of the Tentacle, no other game has made me laugh as much (had the cd version). Two is Final fantasy 7, i had no idea Aeris was going to perma-die, and i'd levelled her up which made it even more painful. Number three is probably Privateer 2, played that sooo much.

Admiral IceBlock
Caldari
Northern Intelligence
Posted - 2004.10.26 11:16:00 - [14]
 

Heroes of Might and Magic VII : for Blood and Honour. Very Happy

Burga Galti
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2004.10.26 13:21:00 - [15]
 

Carrier Command on the Atari ST

I'd set a trap. I'd observed the enemy's actions and managed to create a bottle-neck situation near Thermopolyae. I knew the enemy carrier would launch an assault to take the island, and I was ready.

The attack came, and I waited until the island had been freed. That meant the enemy carrier was on the island preparing to deploy a new command centre. I flew my fleet of 4 manta attack aircraft from my own carrier and, with each in turn, expended all my missles whilst dodging enemy fire before performing a kamakize run with all four aircraft into the enemy's engines. Twisted Evil

With it's engines down I brought my own carrier close to the island and launched my 4 walrus amphibious attack vehicles and procedded to slam these into the engines of the enemy as well to destroy and repairs that had been done whilst I moved closer.

Turning my back to the enemy a let loose with my entire supply of surface to surface missles and the laser turret mounted on top until the complete destruction of my foe.

Best acheivement yet, considering I was only 8 and had succeeded in trapping and killing an enemy who seemed almost invincible, repaired itself a lot faster that I could, had an unlimited supply of superior weapons and was much faster than I could hope to be. Very Happy

Ninja Panda
Destructive Influence
Posted - 2004.10.26 15:49:00 - [16]
 

I was playing this game on my computer the other night, think it was a Text based MMO and basically I stumbled across it by accident.

It was pretty basic stuff as you'd expect from a text only game so I said Hi and that I wanted to join a group session.

Immediately I was convo'd by 2 characters called BigNBusty and IwearNothing and they asked me what I looked like. Guessing it was a fantasy set game I said I have only a fur loin cloth on and am wielding my Two Handed Sword ...

I wont tell you what happened next......but it was NEAT !!

Best game ever !!!!

Estios
Minmatar
Posted - 2004.10.28 14:04:00 - [17]
 

Dungeon Master, nothing scared me like the first encounter with them purple worms.

Well maybe getting chased by 43 ships in EVE the other night but what a rush

Joshua Calvert
Caldari
Rule One
Posted - 2004.10.28 14:56:00 - [18]
 

Originally by: Nebulous
Final fantasy 7: when aries sinks to the bottom of the water Crying or Very sad

Final fantasy 7: when you finaly completed it and you get the feeling youve just played through one of the best gaming experiances of your lifeVery Happy





Ditto - I love that game.

Ghost Red
The Scope
Posted - 2004.10.28 15:11:00 - [19]
 

Gran Turismo, when I finally managed to win my first proper race in my first ever car - a burnt orange Toyota supra.

Completing Lords Of Midnight for the first time, pressing the night key and being greeted with one of the most disappointing win screens in history - "You have won" or something.Sad Great game though.

Completing Pyjamarama in under 4000 steps and getting treated to a great endscreen of fireworks. That was cool.

Completing Zelda WW. I loved that game from start to finish.

Getting my ass kicked on Tekken by my wife and seeing the look of delight on her face. I'm not buying her the new mortal combat, thats for sure.

And of course, my first BS takedown in a frig squad in Eve. Superb.Very Happy


Asharee Intrefer
Their Damnedest Day
Posted - 2004.10.28 15:21:00 - [20]
 

I can also remember a couple of great moments from FF games. They may be quite simple in a general rpg perspective, but the stories and all the details make them great.

flummox
Posted - 2004.10.29 02:45:00 - [21]
 

Edited by: flummox on 29/10/2004 02:58:50
Originally by: Joshua Calvert
Originally by: Nebulous
Final fantasy 7: when aries sinks to the bottom of the water Crying or Very sad

Final fantasy 7: when you finaly completed it and you get the feeling youve just played through one of the best gaming experiances of your lifeVery Happy





Ditto - I love that game.


Tritto - but the PC version. loved it on PC... wish they would have released FF9 or FF10 on PC. FF8 kinda sucked, so i never gave it much of my time...

flummox
Posted - 2004.10.29 02:56:00 - [22]
 

some of my best gaming experiences are at LAN parties or just at a friends house gaming until the sun goes up, or down. EVE is my first MMO game, and i do love it and love playing online with thousands of others. but nothing beats being able to yell or cheer along side your friends in some good multi-player games.

a friend of mine and i used to work the night shift at a bakery. we'd start at 9:30 the night before and get out about 8 or 9 am the next morning. so we'd grab some breakfast and head on over to his house to play the recently released Diablo game. he always has the nicest stuff to game with. so i'd always be sent to the desk with his old PC. this time, it happened to be his (only) DELL P90... lol !! my was that thing a dinosaur!! the thing was pushing limits just trying to run the 640x480 Diablo graphics. when too many sounds would go on in the game, the sound card would just hose up and get all jittery. this usually happened when i would get killed. it was very funny to us. just to hear the "hya-hya-hya-hya-hya-hya-hya-hya-hhhhyyyaaaaahhh!" warble out of the speakers... then you'd hear "Squi-squi-squi-squi-squi-ssqquuiisshh!" as my ear would drop and then the rest of my loot... most of the time it was either me walking into my friends stream of arrows (yes. one of his arrows was enough to take me out... lol)... Embarassed

but lots of fun. basically anytime or anygame i've played with others in the same room or house has been the most fun. i'm not a big fan of FPS games cuz i have horrible eye-sight and it gives me a splitting headache after about 20 minutes. but when i find a good game or system that has good graphics to play them on, i love them. i suck. but i still love them. and playing them with people all around you is super fun. community is what it is all about...

Very Happy

Jhodas
Minmatar
FATAL REVELATIONS
FATAL Alliance
Posted - 2004.10.29 17:09:00 - [23]
 

CS. No question. The knowlege that when you die, you can take no further part in this particular round makes ur heart beat that little bit faster, ur hands that little bit sweatier, ur reactions that much sharper... Of course there's always late night Micromachines 2 on the megadrive. Name another console that supports 8 simultaneous players on 4 joypads?! nuff sed.

Waga
Infinite Improbability Inc
Posted - 2004.11.08 01:53:00 - [24]
 

TRANSPORT TYCOON

Znaei
Caldari
Thundercats
RAZOR Alliance
Posted - 2004.11.08 07:23:00 - [25]
 

Leisure Suit Larry series!!! No contest Laughing

Grismar
Gallente
Vertigo Corp
Posted - 2004.11.08 09:07:00 - [26]
 

Edited by: Grismar on 08/11/2004 09:10:57
Most memorable: Dungeon Master for the atmosphere and for proving that mountains can be moved using a teaspoon. Master of Orion for providing the equivalent of crack for SF godsims in its time. GTA 3 for its freedom, Morrowind for the same.

And let's not forget the original Elite and EVE... We have come quite far in these 20 years...

Edit: lol censorship, that crack s me up. I suppose neither the drug crack nor the crack of a butt are worth discussing here though...

The7thDwarf
Brutor Tribe
Posted - 2004.11.08 23:22:00 - [27]
 

Someone already said it but Final Fantasy 7... never experienced that kinda depth and emotion in a game before... After that and more recently FFX, best game I ever played and story was heart breaking.. I love that kinda ****

Jozef Meurtrier
Aliastra
Posted - 2004.11.09 01:09:00 - [28]
 

FF7 was great, I remember beating all the 'weapon' bosses, those guys were 50 times harder than the end boss. Took me forever aswell. Very Happy

Still, my best ever gaming experiences all come from Dark Age of Camelot, especially before they released ****load of watered down expansions. Nothing beats relic raids with 200+ people runing all over Emain, or taking DF and cleaning the enemy out.. or even better, the enemy taking DF and holding off an army of 100+ with the 20 of you. ugh

Sqalevon
Sebiestor Tribe
Posted - 2004.11.09 11:19:00 - [29]
 

Edited by: Sqalevon on 09/11/2004 11:29:33
My best PC gaming experience to date was during a insanely ballanced game of Natural Selection. Linky
This is a teambased FPS RTS !?, based on the HL engine, its a free mod.
Both teams have to build defences and research skills ( Aliens vs Marines )
While the Marines are commanded by a commander, the aliens have some sort of a HUD, that gives instructions ( like where things are under attack )
The commander has a topdown view ( much like any RTS, and can order marines to build things, investigate area's and research new weaponry ect. )
Marines play like "any FPS"
The aliens can evolve in different classes, depending on how many hives are build.
There are different clases.
I would decribe it as Starcraft meets Alien vs Predator. ( leave predator and protos out :) )
That's also the feeling of the maps, infested Spaceships, Spacestations and Mining outposts...

Ok, now we where playing with 2 very balanced teams, and what we basicly had, was a tug of war that lasted for 4 hours. 4 hours of intense fighting ( I was playing alien, hunting with 2 others in a pack, to take out their scout squads ) Others where taking care of defence of our hives ( building defence and offence chambers ), and conquering marine "territory" When we lost a hive, a new one was almost finished, so we where always solid with our evolutions. And we kept the marines short of resources by destroying their resource nodes.

Anyway, because it was balanced, and long, it was great.


My best MMOG moment is probably when I had a 3 vs 1 with 3 PIE members, I eventually lost the fight, but took 2 down in the process ( all in frigates ), O post about this should still be somewhere in the Intergallactic Summit.
( Another nice moment )
I once played Planetside, and although I found the reward of your efforts ( capturing bases ect ) completely bogus ( the complete world could simply be conquered in a matter of hours, depending on wich side had most online ) so one moment you had 70% of the continents, and when you logged on like 8 hours later you lost everything ( disapointing )
but the good thing where the battles at stations, when the fight was ballanced.
I once was in a Phoenix crew with my outfit, we ( 6 of us ) all had Phoenix missiles, wich you can steer ( more or less like the Unreal tournament Redeemer ) with 6 missiles you could take down a MAX ( Mechanised armored exoskeleton ) in one volley, one would take the lead, and the other 5 followed to the target, wich was effective and fun ( the reward of teamplay and strategy )

I like to be rewarded for teamplay, strategy, and diversity ( in terms of setups / ships / vehicles ... ), And I like to think that I'm not the only one at that.

From a Console ( I own about everything Nintendo ever sold ) I really like the control you get with the 3rd person games ( zelda / mario ), this just cant be matched very well ( imo ) with a keyboard, because its digital ) Offcourse you dont have a mouse for aiming, but some games dont need a mouse to work ( see the two above ).
Another thing I like about consoles is, you can sit behind it with 3 (girl)friends, and have a good laugh at some of the party games ( mariokart or more recently donkey konga <- its superb :D ), sitting next to someone when you win is just that little bit better then when you talk to him with TS ( or type ) you can see them getting anoyed ( wich is fun :o) ) O good example of a game that captures this competitiveness !? (spelling) is Liero, some sort of worms look alike, only then realtime ... ( also a bit like soldat ).

So in short
- reward for teamplay ( 1+1=3 )
- reward for strategy ( think rock paper scissors )
- reward for diversity ( combination of teamplay and strategy, complement each other, and make it worth it )
- reward for PvP ( some sort of bonus for the victor, and some kind of penalty for the victim )

One more thing, if you make something RPGish, make sure things are happening in the world, and that interacting with it, is rewarding ( on more then a mental level ).

Let's hope that this is any use to you at all :)
People might disagree with me, wich is fine ...
And I must say CCP did a pretty good job for their first shot, not that I'm an expert :P, but I'm still playing ... :)

Greetings, Sqalevon.

[EDIT]
Like Flummox said, LAN party's are great :)
fras also makes a good point with Team Fortress Classic, it's great :)
The two combined are even better :D ( Claw LAN anyone ??? )

Greetings -CAT-Biggles

Neon Genesis
GoonFleet
Posted - 2004.11.09 11:34:00 - [30]
 

Originally by: Joshua Calvert
Originally by: Nebulous
Final fantasy 7: when aries sinks to the bottom of the water Crying or Very sad

Final fantasy 7: when you finaly completed it and you get the feeling youve just played through one of the best gaming experiances of your lifeVery Happy





Yeh excellent game, took me ages of fun play and amazing story to cmplete it Wink

Ditto - I love that game.


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