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April 28, 2006 11:59:35 AM

We've all done it. You buy a game, install it, play it for a few hours and then... never play it again. Which games do you own that still look new?

My top 3:

1. Battlecruiser 3000AD. The game crashed every time I tried to play the training mission. Unplayable. Uninstalled after less than an hour and never used again.

2. Zeus: Master of Olympus. I absolutely loved Caesar III so got this game. Problem is, I loved Caesar III too much. Played 2 missions of Zeus and decided I preferred CaesarIII. I'm fickle like that. Keep meaning to give Zeus another go, but Caesar 4 is coming out later this year so it'll probably not happen.

3. Battlefield 2. Bought it on recommendation. Annoyed me intensely. Takes ages to load a map, and just as you're about to join the action, you get booted. Lame. Even when you finally get into a map, most people are running around like headless chicken and vehicle-whoring etc. Big disappointment.

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April 28, 2006 2:57:51 PM

Ohh, I do this a lot... Quake 4 most recently. Bought it, played two levels. I think the box is somewhere around or under my desk. There it is... Only reason I don't do it more often these days is because I'm so damn busy. Give me a quiet five minutes and you can bet it'll happen again.
April 28, 2006 3:14:20 PM

Battlefield 2
Red Orchestra
Doom 3 Expansion Pack (I played the original through)
Day of Defeat Source
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April 28, 2006 3:52:50 PM

Most recent is Doom 3 (boring as hell, all the hallways look the same)

Il2 Sturmovik (too much commitment time to learn, might try again when I have more time)

Almost every single Ghost Recon or Splinter Cell game (too structured for me, prefer melee combat)

Numerous others I'm too lazy to list, I'm sure most of us could fill an entire closet with all the boxes to games we've bought over time.
April 28, 2006 5:05:06 PM

I don't like DOD because I am done with the world war II multiplayers. Its enough, I would rather escape reality with fantasy style games.
April 28, 2006 7:18:53 PM

Age of Empires III - What a stupid game. Talk about taking 10 steps backwards.
April 29, 2006 11:33:22 AM

Farcry, played up to crygens myself then the game got stupidly hard and frustrating.

Quake 4 - played through once never went back to it.

HL2 - got no replay value whatsoever.

COD2 - i actually got bored half way through the game.
April 29, 2006 11:41:56 AM

Who actually plays a game through multiple times? Personally I never went through a game more then once. HL2 is as good as it gets but I can't go through it more then once.
April 29, 2006 11:59:41 AM

The next good game I will try it twice. Sin Episodes is coming out May 10th and that will be a good one to do twice, especially being a shorter then normal game.
April 29, 2006 3:18:09 PM

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Who actually plays a game through multiple times? Personally I never went through a game more then once. HL2 is as good as it gets but I can't go through it more then once.


I play through a few. I must have run through System Shock 2 more than half a dozen times. System shock one three times as well, last time was last year. I've run through HL more than once, Star Wars Ep 1 Pod Racer, Aliens Vs Predator, Aliens Vs Predator 2, Baldur's Gate 1 and 2, Thief 1 and 2, Fallout 2.

Also, I can replay good flight sims endlessly. Falcon 4.0, IL2/Pacific Fighters, X-Wing, Tie-Fighter, X-wing Alliance (never got the chance to try X-Wing vs Tie Fighter), I-War 2 Edge of Chaos, Privateer, Freelancer.

There's probably quite a few I'm forgetting, as well. And there's also games that have replay value, though for other maps and multiplayer, like Warcraft II, and Starcraft.
April 29, 2006 7:31:30 PM

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Who actually plays a game through multiple times? Personally I never went through a game more then once. HL2 is as good as it gets but I can't go through it more then once.


so you pay top price for a game to play it once? thats a waste of money.

i was severly dissapointed with Quake4, ive played through Quake2 a few times and i enjoy the fact it lets you go different ways and discover secret areas. Quake 4 had nice graphics and a a too linear story line. dunno i think i prefer a bit of freedom in my games, i cant play HL2 through again for the same reason its just walking down the same path.

Games ive found to have good replay value are;

Quake2
C&C(infact just about any command and conquer game i can play all day and not get bored.)
HL
Diablo2
UT2004(multiplayer)

and theres a few others, maby i just prefer the older style, yes graphics suck but gameplay was so much better.
April 29, 2006 7:35:38 PM

I dont have time to play through more then once, so I use my time to play the new game and move on
April 29, 2006 8:33:27 PM

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Who actually plays a game through multiple times? Personally I never went through a game more then once. HL2 is as good as it gets but I can't go through it more then once.


Oblivion is good more than once. Max Payne was good. Neverwinter Nights. Call of Duty was good twice.
April 29, 2006 10:13:36 PM

Bet On Soldier. I thought it was the most retarded pc game I ever had. I didn't even go past 3 level and I just quit and have never played it again. Maybe I'll give this to someone as a present.
April 29, 2006 11:01:59 PM

The demo on bet on a soldier was enough for me to not get it
April 29, 2006 11:16:33 PM

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Bet On Soldier. I thought it was the most retarded pc game I ever had. I didn't even go past 3 level and I just quit and have never played it again. Maybe I'll give this to someone as a present.


lol, i know im gonna get blasted for this, but i just finished the new ghost recon advanced warfighter demo, and i put this in the same category as bet on soldier....my main gripe was how stupid your little squadren are, they stood still while getting shot at most of the time, i told a guy to move to a spot, so he stood out in the open about 4 foot from the wall i told him to move to then he got fired at and he just stood there like a pansy!. wont be getting this game i could see my self chucking my pc outta the window in frustration over the AI.
April 30, 2006 12:40:22 AM

Guild Wars- one of the most boring RPG games i ever played in my life. you can only go up to level 20 and all you really do is walk down paths and gain combat levels(20).

AOEIII- not that boring. i like it. but im not addicted to it like i am to oblivion or CS:S.
May 1, 2006 5:33:31 PM

madden 06 lol.. I love sports game and bought it and never really played it more than 2 hours lol
May 2, 2006 11:19:03 AM

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Who actually plays a game through multiple times? Personally I never went through a game more then once. HL2 is as good as it gets but I can't go through it more then once.


so you pay top price for a game to play it once? thats a waste of money.


I disagree. You can often buy new release games on the net for under £20. This roughly equates to two cinema tickets. I usually get more enjoyment from a decent computer game than two movies. I think the only game I completed in 4 hours was Hardwar!
May 2, 2006 7:07:13 PM

Quote:
Who actually plays a game through multiple times? Personally I never went through a game more then once. HL2 is as good as it gets but I can't go through it more then once.


so you pay top price for a game to play it once? thats a waste of money.


I disagree. You can often buy new release games on the net for under £20. This roughly equates to two cinema tickets. I usually get more enjoyment from a decent computer game than two movies. I think the only game I completed in 4 hours was Hardwar!

were the hell you get those prices from?

it costs £4.90 here for a cinema ticket and the only time i got a new game for under the price was in a sale and it was £25 pound, thats 5 movies. i tend to say if i dont play atleast the amount of hours it cost then its a waste.

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ive just been to see Silent Hill btw it has some great effects, and plenty of gore not for the faint hearted.
May 3, 2006 11:29:01 AM

Adult cinema tickets in London are often up to £8. You can get games on play.com for under £20. For example - Galactic Civilisations was £17.99 on Play, but was £29.99 in Game.
May 3, 2006 2:06:05 PM

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Adult cinema tickets in London are often up to £8. You can get games on play.com for under £20. For example - Galactic Civilisations was £17.99 on Play, but was £29.99 in Game.


woah didnt realise they were that expensive down south, im in the north east and its only 4.90 for an adult, you guys get ass raped on prices.
May 3, 2006 3:23:39 PM

Sorry to bring us back to the original question; I think it's a good one though.
I never finished HL2. Just couldn't do it. Never got what people saw in that game. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but no 95% rating from every website good.
Never finished the ol' Quake4 either. It was fun and all, but halfway through you get to the end boss, so you know what's coming. Just doesn't seem to pressing after that.
And to wind it up: Guild Wars. Fun for the first hours, but then you realize that you look just like everyone else who has the same class as you, that everyone is running around with max damage or the same 'unique' weapons and that everyone is trying to run to the next major city so they don't have to do the quests. Yes, you get all this and no crafting or real character building.
May 3, 2006 5:20:26 PM

I think I was pretty close to finishing, but just couldn't ever bring myself to actually finish the thing. I got up to escaping the prison with all the walkers around.
Ravenholm was one of the brighter spots, but I think my favorite part was the bridge. That was good times.
May 4, 2006 3:07:49 PM

I guess I did. :cry: 
Was it worth it? Maybe I'll ask my HL2 obsessed friend if I can play through that part.
May 5, 2006 1:53:13 AM

Since I am still in the process of updating my rig any good FPS from the last year or two I haven't played on my machine so I couldn't say but I do know that there are games I have bought and never really finished.

1 - The original HL is a great game, I bought the game of the year version that came with everything else. Still haven't touched the extra 3 CDs.

2 - Any of the Sims games make me sick, although Sim City 4 is fun for a bit but it just is too hard to get things how you want them.

3 - Unfortunately the most recent purchase, SW: Empire at War looks good but I just haven't got into it. It just can't compete with my old favs

1 - C&C (now I have first decade and just finished Tiberium Dawn, still the best RTS game ever).

2 - Quake2, oldie but a goodie.

3 - The original Age of Wonders

4 - Civ 3.
May 5, 2006 1:59:28 AM

after I post I play madden lol
May 5, 2006 9:05:42 AM

Most of the games I haven't finished are games that I actually liked and plan to return to at some point. I always say that though. For instance I never completed HL2 but I can't say I've given up on it. The one game that springs to mind that was a big disappointment after all the hype that was surrounding it was Black & White. Tried it 2-3 times to no avail. And most of the games I did complete also had some replay value for me
May 5, 2006 5:33:03 PM

Man I buy way to many games and dont play them much. Lets see...
doom 3
sims 3
blitzkreig
stronghold 2
battlefield 2
agoe of emires 3
gta sa
rise of nations
hl2
dod:s

and thats just the game boxes i can see from my desk ::smacks self in forehead:: thats like $600 worth of games. I fail.

I did enjoy and get a ton of playtime out of the battlefield sereis up until bf2, i agree with whoever above said load times are crap, everyone viechle whores, what happned to good ol fashioned infantry? now I play cod2. all I have to say about that is about time punkbuster.
May 6, 2006 8:35:04 PM

The only game that I bought and didn't play was the sims, man, it was one peice of a waste
I make my choises very carefuly, relaying on my friends to see what the game has to offer, and of course, if it has no multiplayer, IM NOT BUYING IT!
July 9, 2006 9:33:24 PM

DOOM3, built a system around it, played it for a day. and never touched it again.
July 10, 2006 5:22:00 AM

man am i the only one who finished q4? offcourse i didnt buy it heh, the multi sucks ass. and the boss was so insanely stupidly hard on hard diff he just kept killin me in 1 hit so i just cheated and F@#$%D his ass up. i didnt play rome total war very much because the comp was the exact same every friggin time they run away and u have to chase them eventually they just run out of bounds and forit its rettaartteeddd. like my 150 soliders killed their 1,000 solider army lol. i got bored of oblivion(maybe it was the lag). i never got through fear either i got really tired of the same scene same setting same enemy kinda thing. i really hate how most games only have like 3 different enemys and you just kill them mercillesly, borrinng. Peace.
July 10, 2006 6:58:28 PM

Games I bought and never played:

1) Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter (GRAW): All I have to say is: A total waste. Like someone mentioned earlier, AI is horrible and the games' graphics look pretty sad and you need a CUTTING EDGE computer to get a framerate above the 20s.

2) Call of Duty (CoD): This game feels so incredibly repedative to me, especially multiplayer. Single Player is worth playing through, but after that it looses most of it's replay value. CoD2 is not much better -- just has a good graphics engine. I take that back; another game that runs shitty on good hardware.

3) Battlefield: Vietnam (BfV): It's simply not much fun, i find the Battlefield games way to cheesy (BF:2 is an exception). If anyone has played BF:V you know the annoying-ass radio chatter: "Start fightin' soldier, or we're all going home in body bags!"

4) Counter-Strike 1.6 / Source: CS:Source is fun to play, with nice graphics, great physics and smooth gameplay, but I get bored playing it after about 10 minutes. CS: v1.6 has no physics and no nice graphics, so, I haven't touched that in ages.

Games I keep coming back to:

1) Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield (RvS): At first when I started playing this game, I didn't have the patience for it. But at the current day, it's the game I keep coming back to play over and over. It's one of the #1 tactical shooters (Which I love) and it plays smooth and has TONS of replay value! You can play TDM, DM, CO-OP or do some terrorist hunting. Games like RS:Lockdown are just console rip-offs... don't even go there.

2) Battlefield 2 (BF2):
I usually don't play mainstream games but i'm truly addicted to this one. The loading times are insane, it's a resource hog i know... but I keep playing it because it has the most extensive ranking system i've ever seen, each map is so completley different in it's own way -- I can use so many tactics to play the game. I love it. Yes, I know you're saying "FRIGGIN VEHICLE WHORES" the whole time but, that's someting you gotta accept while playing a Battlefield game. Note that this game is the only one that makes me scream at my monitor!

3) IL2: Sturmovik (w/ ACE expansion):
I've alwaysed kinda liked flight simulators, but i never played the games on a regular basis until this came out. The graphics are exceptional for a game of it's time, and I find this game easy to control and understand. Someone said this game was hard to learn, and you couldn't be further from the truth. If you want a flight sim that's hard to understand and so extremley complex... try "Lock on: Modern Air Combat".

P.S. If anyone knows of a modern-day combat simulator (You can fly F-15s, A10s, etc) please let me know! I need a good flight sim that's not horribly complicated like LockOn.
July 11, 2006 6:18:40 PM

well i know this topic is old but last night i was looking thru some boxes and wondering how much of a waiste of money there was
my games

quake 4: even though i liked the game i used the cheat codes once and that ruined it for me
oblivion: fell for the hype i dont think the graphics are all that great ( and i think i have a kick arse system) plus not my favorite style of game
Fear: it was not scary + not enough action but i did love the ai.+plus someone told me the ending
Tombraider aod: dont even think i installed it

On the plus side i just started to play far cry and i like it i have had it for a while but did not play it because i thought it was just like the one for the xbox (that was terrible)

my fav games are doom3,hl2,cod2
July 12, 2006 5:43:13 PM

well I have a bunch although I don't buy them, my mom gives them to me for bday and xmas presents. Here they are:

the first Battle for Middle Earth (I felt I didn't have much control over the players and in the build your own town mod I felt I'd rather play AOE)

Microsoft Flight sim (almost impossible to keep your plane level as the controls are way to sensitive, also I'm not training to become a pilot...)

some random offroad driving game, really boring as I saw no objective to it so it was just to drive around and buy parts

a bunch of ancient NFS games, got them in a 5 pack of NFS games for only $16 and I only wanted hot pursuit and porsche unleashed from that pack, all the others just sucked....

oregion trail 5, I bought this one hoping it would be something like the awesomely old trail games we played on the ancient school computer but it kind of sucked...

age of mythology I found this game was too easy to beat with the titans and all, and I was sort of dissapointed with the graphics, so I went back to AOEII
July 12, 2006 6:56:58 PM

man, I must be one of the few that like GRAW. Perhaps it is b/c the emphasis is on tactics, not run-and-gun play... dunno. Granted, my machine posts great performance in it too, and I think it looks incredible. Oh well... anyway,

Games Still unfinished:

Braveheart. Yep, movie cash-in. I was in a strategy jones and thought it would give me a fix. It did not. Horrible game this is.

Doom3. Just plain boring. FarCry blew it away, and I prefer games w/ good variable play. (although admitedly FarCry stumbled in places too) Doom was just: walk until trip the moster trigger, turn around and shoot the one behind you, turn back around and walk backwards killing everything rushing you. wash, rinse, repeat.

Act Of War Really wanted to like this title. Love rts games, adore all the c&c games, but this one just lacked that certain "something". go figure.

bf2: SF Got it and played for a few hours, but just not enough there. went back to vanilla bf2 and still play it from time to time.

that is all I can think of for now. We all make mistakes though, and learn to buy less and less games if they keep coming out w/ crap... every time we get burned we become more jaded. sucks.

although like you stranger, I keep going back to the good ones like valve's stuff... here's to a good developer: cheers!
July 12, 2006 11:59:54 PM

lol, bfs sf, i bought it played the crap out of it to. till somthing dorked up my install, tryed to reinstall. but i couldnt. still cant.

so i guess bf2 sf is a new thread, games i rally liked that wont play anymore.
July 13, 2006 1:23:55 PM

Stolen Good graphics, story seemed decent, controls like a loaded 18-wheeler in a mud bog. Down right unplayable.. :cry: 
July 15, 2006 3:45:30 AM

Master of Orion 3 - I loved MOO and MOO2 but 3 was a serious letdown...
July 16, 2006 6:47:28 PM

Master of Orion 3. After countless hours of playing Moo and Moo2 I just couldn't get into this game...
July 28, 2006 6:34:53 AM

I got Battlefront 2 as a gift (even though I wanted it) and played no more than 3-4 hours of it. I've also played Doom 3 for only several hours.
July 29, 2006 12:13:41 AM

Lock on Gold Modern air combat. terrain details look like total crap, no turning control on the tarmack and once you got to the runway (via over the grass or however you could get there) good luck trying to keep a MiG 29 strait @ 150 + MPH down the runway. :D 
July 29, 2006 12:43:07 AM

thought id update, as this is quickly becoming my favorite thread. my job requires me to spend time in alot of isolated places, i just dont get to read the news alot, so i was relishing in an internet connection one day and i saw pahriah. thought it mite cool to check it out. oops, shouldnt have dont it. i hate overly development plot lines, and really hate not starting with a weapon, in an FPS, no matter how fast i can find one. so i played P for about 25min, and i havent touched it all week, which will turn into all month, and then years. :evil: 

at the same time i bought shell shock, nam'67, you know, not a bad game, seeing as how im forced to play single player all the time. :cry: 
July 29, 2006 6:24:03 AM

yes, pariah was pretty lame.

I played the demo and never got the game, that is why I like demos. I always buy a game (now) based off of these criteria:

-is there a demo, and did I like it?

-is there a good review from a respected (i.e. PCgamer or gamespot) source?

-do I have a reccomendation from trusted friends that like my type of games?

-is it a sequel from a series I like or is it from a developer that has done me no wrong (yet)?

I pick one of these and go w/ it. While the last one can steer you wrong at times, if a game can meet one of those points then it will prb treat me well. If it makes more then one it is probably a sure thing as it gets closer to meeting them all.

Unfortunately the first point on the demo is becoming less reliable... as tweaks can make the game play different (star wars empire at war being the most recent) and then make you think the game is different. To me this is stupid, as if the demo can be made so you like it... why not the whole game? Plus, as devs release crappier games there may be less demos to give the crap parts away...
July 29, 2006 12:20:47 PM

they did the same with the FEAR demo, the fear demo i enjoyied i found it scary and interesting, yet the actual game wasnt scary nor was it interesting(cause everthing looked the same). in the demo of fear you play through several different looking areas, in the game you do have the areas in the demo but its played in a totally different order.
July 29, 2006 9:24:23 PM

Wow 8O

There is a lot of hatred for Doom 3! I actually played it through 3 times.

However, I was awaree of what the game was from the get go. It was no more than a graphically superior original of the Doom series. I think some members here are not aware of the impact that Doom had in the early 90's ( :(  am I that old?)

I also played through Q4 and loved it. Since I liked D3, I enjoyed "D3 with vehicles"

FarCry with the 64bit update brings a tear to my eye.


I also played HL2 3 times (first two were one right after the other)

To the original question...

NOLF I never finished, although I really enjoyed the campiness.

Sacrafice intrigued me but I never got to deep into it.

I completely lost interest in BF2 because of the load times... :evil: 

I loved the movie Tron but could not get through the game. It seemed good but it just didn't grab me.
August 5, 2006 2:13:34 PM

Wanna sell your BF2? I own 3 copies, (my girlfriends, her son and mine)
but I lost my #2 and #3 disk.. I still can play, but I couldn't re-install if I ever have to.. Guess I could burn the Battlefield 2 directory to a DVD..it's about 3gigs.. copy it back to my hard drive if i needed too.. probably wouldn't work.. haha

Pete
August 5, 2006 5:49:25 PM

Image your girls set of disks, then put in your key during reinstall. my wife and i do it all the time.
August 10, 2006 9:34:28 AM

Most Recently: Star Wars: Empire at War, was this game even play tested? It has got to be the most boring game I've ever played.

Others include: X3 and Empire Earth
August 10, 2006 9:45:20 AM

yeah, almost forgot about this (MOO3) big disappointment. Thanks for opening old wounds again :?
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