Myst: Welcome to Myst

Welcome to Myst. You have opened a book into a surreal world then fallen into it and left to fend for yourself. This is without a doubt, the most revolutionary game of all time. It is the standard for puzzle games everywhere. Myst was without a doubt, lightyears ahead of it time. When the game starts you are on this island and basically told to go explore and have fun. Oh, and you aren’t told what to do. That is the fun part. You must figure out what happened on the island. And any gaps in the story you fill in for yourself. Myst was a world that invites you to get lost in it. It was a wonderful gaming experience that I will never forget.

So, overall, I think that for its genre, this is the greatest game ever made.

Gameplay: The gameplay was incredibly simple. You just point and click and you are moved there. It fits very well with the style of game because it gives you the chance to fully appreciate the surroundings. And you really want to look around. The vistas are stunning in some places. It is amazing to think that two guys did this on an Apple 11 years ago. Anyway, the gameplay fits very well with this game. It lets you concentrate on the puzzles and the atmosphere.

Graphics: The graphics were incredible by 1991 standards and are still pretty impressive today. And that is assuming you don’t’ go out and buy one of the new remastered versions. I thought the attention to detail was astounding. In one age when you are in the treetops looking over the swamp. That was just cool. And when you are in the library, the books and the ceiling were both incredible. I loved the library. Overall the graphics were killer. Some shots you just had to spend a few min. just staring at because there was so much to see.

Sound:  You may ask me about the sound. The sound really is what gives you that feeling of being in the game. Once again the attention to detail is superb. But it is the little noises in addition to the sound that really draws you in and makes you think that you are really on this magical island far away from reality, stranded and desperately seeking the truth.


Motocross Madness 2

Since I am a huge fan of all off road bike sports just like the ones featured in the game and I ride enduros myself, I must say I haven’t got bored of Motocross Madness 2 yet and I still love it just as much as when I first got it. Yes the game maybe a challenge at first and seem frustrating since the computer is so good, but once you get a hang of the handling and gameplay subtleties, you can really push the bike performance a lot to the point where you’re lapping your opponents. Hence this I believe the gameplay is very flexible not without its limits of course, and once mastered, the many challenging tracks are a blast to play. One other thing is the amount of tracks there is in different modes which are all different except the enduro where there are different courses laid out on same maps, though this is a realistic feature like it or not.

Gameplay: When I first started to play Motocross Madness 2 i was much frustrated by the subtleties which make you eat the dirt upon small mistakes like landing with the wrong wheel first and body position, but it is due to this that the game shines because there is a right way to do most things and once you learn how to max the angle of your bike while jumping into a corner, you’ll see the flexibility and variety of moves there are available are somewhat realistic. You can actually apply some real life techniques in Motocross Madness 2, and just like in real life you really have to push your bike to kick ass, for example I never let the rider stand in the neutral position, as I always lean back or forward. The game is also rewarding in that you receive a couple of treats upon finishing your career mode.

Graphics: The graphics are still excellent. Lots of movable objects like cars, trucks and trains. The environments are well constructed and believable, like in supercross you can see the tracks are built on football stadiums. The modelling of bikes and rider is great and together with real life manufacturers it really is a great experience to ride your favourite bike in your favourite gear.

Sound: Sound is very good with real and ambient sounds constantly elevating the experience. The 4-strokes sound great and so do the 2-strokes. I heard elsewhere the 125’s are too high pitched but that is forgivable and doesn’t really take anything from the overall experience.

Return to Castle Wolfenstein

My general summary of Return to Castle Wolfenstein is GREAT! The missions are mixed, you can be doing a normal mission (say destroying a Nazi project or finding Nazi research), but then you find yourself blasting zombies left, right or centre! All that you want in a game! Killing zombies and Nazi’s at the same time… perfect!

Gameplay: The AI is brilliant. Trying to hit a Nazi whilst he is rolling and jumping for the alarm button is difficult. When you get him though you think to yourself ‘Come On!’. When you are blasting your ammo into a zombie with a huge axe and after about 20 rounds in his face he goes down, overwhelming satisfaction takes over, until you get clobbered round the head by one coming from behind! The best things about the game is that you can find yourself shooting zombies and Nazi’s at the same time, whilst the Nazi’s are shooting you and zombies and then the zombies are beating you and the Nazi’s up. Pure Mayhem! The only thing that is annoying is the last two weapons are slightly too futuristic for the game, but still fun!

Graphics: If you’ve got a decent graphics card the scenery is amazing! The detail taken on the people, guns and landscapes is amazing in Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Explosions look perfect. Facial detail is outstanding. You can see the scars on the faces of the Nazi’s who have been fighting zombies!The shredded bodies left behind by the zombies are SICK!

Sound: If you have Surround Sound it makes it all the better!You can listen in on the Nazi’s talking about what’s been happening from behind a wall in Return to Castle Wolfenstein. You can hear the screams of soldiers being ripped to shreds in the dungeons!The sound of stalking zombies from all over is wicked as well. Turn all your lights off and put the bass up on your subwoofer and you can feel them breathing down your neck. AWESOME!