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Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Nintendo 64

Conker’s Bad Fur Day was a surprising 2001 release – on the Nintendo 64 – for British developer Rare, in collaboration with Nintendo.

What is surprising about it is that it is an “adult” game – meaning: it contains cartoon characters behaving in ways that you don’t normally see in a Nintendo game, like vomiting on people’s shoes, making sexual innuendo, and using mild swear words.

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Fallout 2, PC

Released in 1998, Fallout 2 is a sequel developed by Black Isle Studios, for Interplay, and using mostly the same post-apocalypse setting, graphical style, and game mechanics, of the first game.

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Fallout, PC

Interplay‘s 1997 release, Fallout, began its existence as a post-apocalyptic Role-Playing Game based on the Steve Jackson “GURPs” ruleset, and also as the ‘spiritual successor’ to the classic 8-bit RPG, Wasteland.

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Doom, PC

id Software‘s hit shooter, Doom, blew the roof off the gaming world when it was first released in 1993.

It was the first First-Person Shooter that moved really fast and smoothly, and gave you a real sense of ‘being there’ when you played it.

Doom used a controversial mix of monsters, science fiction and satanic imagery to create an atmosphere unlike any other (at least until Quake appeared). It was also pioneering in its use of sound effects.

I remember very well Doom‘s initial (shareware) release and the ripple of excitement it caused in the gaming world. I was one of the first people to review it in 1993, for Maverick Magazines’ PC Player magazine, and revelled in its unbridled joy. Nowadays: Doom is legendary. You can still buy it, and people still play it. Doom II might have the better shotgun, but Doom one was where it all started.

See also: Brutal Doom and Doom II

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doom_(1993_video_game)
Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/2280/Ultimate_Doom/
GOG.com: https://www.gog.com/game/the_ultimate_doom

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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, PC

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was first released in 2011 by Polish developer CD Projekt Red.

It is the predecessor to the smash hit The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and also follows the exploits of Geralt of Rivia – a Witcher, or monster-hunter – on a series of open-world adventures.

I hadn’t played The Witcher 2, before playing The Witcher 3, so was disadvantaged in some ways, although some might argue that playing The Witcher 2 might put you off The Witcher 3… Personally, I was shocked by how clunky The Witcher 2 is (to 3), when it comes to combat, the menu system, and various other things. Just playing through the tutorial brought on serious doubts. The graphics were so garish, compared to The Witcher 3. The facial models were so lifeless… It almost put me off. But I’m glad I ploughed on regardless and got to the meat of the game itself, because the opening is very exciting.

The first act shows Geralt in prison, being interrogated. His predicament is explained in a series of flashbacks, which you play out in real time. The way these first sequences play is very interesting and clever game design, as it slowly dawns on you what is going on. Without wanting to give too much away, you’re then launched into a whodunnit type hunt for multiple assassins of multiple kings, of which you yourself are implicated.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is a superb game, but looks and feels a bit outdated, compared to The Witcher 3. The tutorial, in particular, looks and plays horribly, and further dents confidence. Ignore that, though, and play the first act. Then you’ll know that this game is good. Oh, and consider playing with combat set to ‘easy’, because it’s one of the weaker aspects of the game. The story and characters are all top class in this, though, and are worth experiencing if you liked The Witcher 3. Letho of Gulet is especially interesting. As is Foltest. Both of whom appear as Gwent cards in The Witcher 3, but not in the game itself (well Letho of Gulet can, if you import a Witcher 2 saved game).

Anyway, don’t judge a book by its cover (or a game by its tutorial), like I almost did. And ignore the dead-faced characters; the under-developed combat; the archaic levelling system; the clunky menus; the primitive 3D models and animation; the dull conversation menus; and the slightly blurry wolf medallion in the top left hand corner… There is a great game in there!

One thing is for sure: the Witcher series definitely got better and better as it went along. I REALLY want a fourth! 🙂

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Witcher_2:_Assassins_of_Kings
Steam: The Witcher 2 on Steam
GOG.com: The Witcher 2 on GOG.com

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, PC

First released in 2015, CD Projekt Red‘s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a third-person, open world Role-Playing Game that is based on a series of novels by the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.

Obviously it is the third instalment in the series (and last, according to the developers), and in it you play a monster-hunting detective badass called Geralt – a Witcher; a carrier of two swords (one steel, for killing humans, and one silver, for killing monsters); and a superhuman solver of problems with acute senses and no emotions.

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