Originally posted by TheLurkingHorrorAre those the horror games of the genre? I remember looking at the back of the box and noticing it looked slightly gothic in presentation.
Yeah. They each had a different genre theme (Voodoo, werewolves, vampires) but they were handled very differently than one might expect, and all extremely well. In addition to being very dark, however, I always enjoyed that they had the tradmark Sierra wry humor. It's too bad I've never been able to finish the third one because of a glitch in the game.
Mark Hamil seems to like appearing in games. Either that, or he was desperate for the work. Not only was he in Gabriel Knight, but I seem to remember him being in Full Throttle and one of the Wing Commander games as well.
More than anything, I think Mark loves doing voice work. He's in just about every cartoon and animated film imaginable. Hey, it's constant work and it probably pays well, plus he's avoided just falling off the face of the earth after Star Wars. Though I've got to say, he was a bit over the top in Wing Commander IV.
I remember the Laura Bow games too (I only played the second, Dagger of Amon Ra), but I think those just got burried in the genre under the Sierra series games.
SWEET! When this topic first came up, my only thoughts were remembering having played an interesting Sierra game featuring Laura Bow. Thanks for refreshing my feeble memory as it was Dagger of Amon Ra I played. It was set mostly in a museum of history and was a lot of fun. I did get stuck in one place though, and after many hours of trying everything, I couldn't get any further and gave up. It was still a fun game though.
Molly, Stacy and Daffney all in WWE? I suddenly lost all my will to complain about anything regarding the WWE. Hope I don't lose my street cred for this.
TS, the greatest Wiener rated 6.1554 ever to live!! Oops, I mean 5.5...4.5?? Oh, dammit! I guess Notorious FAB was right.
Maggie was the guy's dog in Blade Runner, right? I absolutely hated it whenever she got killed.
Is Gabriel Knight 2 commercially available anymore? I've wanted to play it, but never got around to buying it until it was too late.
Lately, I've been playing Discworld, which is based on the Terry Pratchett novels. Eric Idle even provides the voice of Rincewind! It's a very funny game, and the difficulty level is up there.
Did you know that IMDB.com also has listings for most computer/video games? While the 'Fun Stuff' section is woefully empty (although a King's Quest 2 review mentions the Space Quest egg), there's pretty complete cast lists for the later games. The guy who did Prince Alexander's voice in KQ6 also does the voice of Beast for Disney!
The Sierra games had narrators, which was really interesting. I remember really liking Gary Owens as Space Quest's narrator, and not really digging the one for Gabriel Knight.
Also, has anyone ever read the book based on The Dig? I read it too long ago to remember it, but I probably still have the soundtrack for the game somewhere. I also own a copy of the Gabriel Knight novel, which reads like a glorified walkthrough at points.
I think that a good game that blends adventure and RPG elements with a First Person Shooter game is Deus Ex. It has conversation trees, skill building, and adventure style puzzles. Also hacking! You can be 1337!
And speaking of lesser-known Sierra games, has anyone here ever played the Laura Bow series of games? There were two of them, and they were fairly interesting mystery adventures.
I remember, I think the first one was called 'The Colonel's Bequest'. Something like that anyway. Like someone said previously, I'm not too keen on the Sierre games due to the fact that the character you play can die.
Also, all this talk, and no mention of Day of the Tentacle? Awesome game, and the voice acting is spot on.
Has anyone played the Blade Runner game? Now that's a great adventure game, very atmospheric and true to the movie.
I enjoyed the second one, called Laura Bow and the(something) of Amon Ra. That was a lot of fun, and a challenge too. Unfortunately, it totally relied on the point and click gaming, where as I liked the original LSL typing kind of gaming.
Originally posted by SOKI enjoyed the second one, called Laura Bow and the(something) of Amon Ra. That was a lot of fun, and a challenge too.
C'mon, man, it's right at the top of the page. (Psst: It's "Dagger")
On LSL IV:
If you beat LSL III, Larry ends up with Patty, has a job, a house and the ending pretty much kills off his bachelor life style which drove the other games. (Edit: It should be noted that he also left the game ) It was written pretty much to kill off the series. Besides, Lowe was working on Space Quest scripts and couldn't be bothered to write up another Leisure Suit Larry anyway. Though he and Sierra tried to get Larry off the ground as an online dating sim (in 1991!), they couldn't get anything to work right.
So, Sierra told anybody who cared to listen that there was not currently plans for, nor would there be in the future, plans to make a Larry IV. However, Sierra DID approach Al about doing another straight LSL game, and so he started to work on it. Rumor got around the office, and somebody asked him if what he was working on would be LSL 4, to which he sarcastically replied, "No, it's going to be Larry 5." Then, he figured it out. He could totally eliminate all the restricting elements of LSL 3's ending, if, he were to totally eliminate the next game in the series. Anything that wasn't explained in how things got to Larry V, were explained as having happened in the missing Larry IV. It's actually a pretty genious little way to write himself out of a corner, and it fits right along with the whole big Sierra Sequels in joke (that they pretty much drove into the ground in Space Quest IV).
(edited by Excalibur05 on 5.11.03 1505) Wisconsin Badgers: 6-3 (A Bye Week means you can't lose.)
Minnesota Vikings: 6-2 (Unless your other team is playing piss poor this week.)
Originally posted by EnderHuh? Since when was there any voice acting in Loom?
Did they do a remake or something? ... I remember liking the old one...
There were, I believe, two versions of the game. One on disks and one on CD. Did you have the disks? The CD one was novel because it was one of the first CDs to be pimped commercially (my family got it when we got our first CD-ROM Drive). The voice acting was a bit hamhanded but it all fits EXTREMELY well. It was all very cool in its day, though it may not hold up in the long run.
Yeah, Ender and I had the one on discs. Unlike him though, I HATED it. "Green...my least favorite color."
I couldn't figure out what the hell to do with the stupid game and I never got anywhere. Bottle that one with "Mist" as some of the least entertaining and most painful games I've ever wasted my time with.
See, you had a magic stick that played notes, and you played musical notes on your stick so you could watch everyone you come into contact with die a horrible death. Then you get to destroy the world! Hooray! At least there's a happy ending: you turn into a goose and fly away. *sigh*
I lived and breathed adventure games as a kid. Loved 'em all; Space Quest, Maniac Mansion, the Indy games, Loom, King's Quest etc. I think Loom gets my vote just because it did something outside of the norm with the music play mechanic.
However, outside of Sierra and Lucas, I'd almost have to go with Under a Killing Moon. The Tex Murphy series was utterly fantastic, and thanks to some awesome comedic acting by the characters, one of the funniest games I've ever played. The sequel wasn't quite as good, and its sequel was utterly terrible, unfortunately.
Originally posted by Mack SalmonSee, you had a magic stick that played notes, and you played musical notes on your stick so you could watch everyone you come into contact with die a horrible death. Then you get to destroy the world! Hooray! At least there's a happy ending: you turn into a goose and fly away. *sigh*
It was a Swan, man. That's SO much more happy. Hey, at least you were reunited with your mom.
The WORST part of that game emotionally speaking though was when you were battling the main bad guy at the end of the game and besting him in a magical duel. He turns her into a duck and then he makes her explode in a wave of bloody feathers. What the fuck? That's a great way to pay off at the end of the game.
I still love it though.
Wisconsin Badgers: 6-3 (A Bye Week means you can't lose.)
Minnesota Vikings: 6-2 (Unless your other team is playing piss poor this week.)
The European PS Blog is a lot better in breaking out which stuff is for both PS3 & PSP than it's American cousin. All the minis/PS1 games are for both, only one reminds me of this. Europe also seems to be catching up at all times.