(Last updated February 27, 2017)

Ok, I admit it. I like computer games, basically those in three categories: the genres popularly known as real-time strategy and "first-person-shooter," and (in the old days) any good driving simulator. The FPS's are the closest thing we have yet to true virtual reality, and the latter allow me to learn how to drive a car at its limits without being arrested, careening into another car, or generally causing mayhem on the streets. The guys who designed the Holodeck on Star Trek have it all wrong. In the future, we're not going to walk into some room that magically changes its physical form and becomes larger to imitate any real-world environment. We're going to plug ourselves into some apparatus that feeds sensory information directly to the brain to imitate external input. The difficult part is the engineering: finding the right neurons to stimulate and getting the signal to them. I can imagine some in-between stage, the primitive likes of which we already have, where the input remains external but all-encompassing. Basically a big suit with speakers and pressure nodules and the rest. No thanks. I'd rather have a chip in my brain. Actually, I'd rather BE a chip, but that's another story.

Anyway, enough futurist BS. I am sure you simply cannot wait to see what I own. As a special bonus just for you, I've even rated the quality of each game in units of Adrenaline:

(or Epinephrine for you biochemists / new school types). You'll notice that most of the recent games get high ratings, and honestly, that's because I can't afford to waste what little game-playing time I have these days with stuff that sucks.

Fucking Awesome adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes)
Sort of Kick-Ass adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes)
Interesting adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes)
Waste of Money adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes)
Piece of Shit adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes)

Sorted in chronological order for your viewing pleasure.

Game Adrenaline Rating
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Star Wars: Commanderadrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) A Star Wars game modeled after Clash of Clans? Are you serious? It sounded awesome, so I started playing the day the game came out. Umpteen buffs and nerfs and changes and bugs and fixes and more bugs later, I've gotten to HQ10 as an Imperial and upgraded all of my defenses and all the important troops -- with a never-ending chain of new troops and upgrades and incredibly expensive droid upgrades to come. No thanks. I'm in a decent squad that wins most of their wars, but otherwise, this game's time is done. It's also a laggy game that just doesn't respond well to user input as one plays, which really retracts from the otherwise pretty fun experience of laying waste to rebels with the expected gamut of bad-ass Imperial hardware and troops.
Jungle Heatadrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Possibly the best-known of the Clash imitators, with a modern rather than medieval setting. Unfortunately, where Clash's pushing of people to buy gems is pretty subtle and not that intrusive, Jungle Heat's is ever-present and annoying. On the bright side, if you stay away from the game for a while (a month or so) you come back to a bunch of free stuff and full resources, which means you can do some big upgrades and then leave for a while. I've been into JH off and on, and used the free stuff to get to the highest HQ in the game and max out the biggest baddest troops. Unfortunately, as with other such games, it gets boring quickly.
Boom Beachadrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Boom Beach was the first game I started playing as I searched for similar experiences to Clash. I likewise did a couple accounts in Boom, although I focused increasingly on my main account. I became determined to finish at least one of these damn games, and did it in Boom - my main account reached level 65 with nothing left to upgrade. At that point the game got really boring and I retired. I have no interest in spending inordinate amounts of timing fighting my way up some leaderboard, just to prove that I am the best in the world at spending inordiate amounts of my time fighting my way up some leaderboard.
Clash of Clansadrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Ah yes, Clash of Clans - the freemium game that nearly launched an industry - and still a focus of some of my attention as I run raids to collect the resources for the never-ending upgrades to my troops and defenses on my twin TH10 accounts. Clash began a bit of obsession for me with these annoyingly addictive games, and remains the best of the bunch. I'm in a clan with a bunch of friends with whom I also play volleyball in real life.
Battle of the Bulge

Drive on Moscow

Desert Fox
adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) A friend of mine from work, Eric Smith, launched a mobile game company called Shenendoah Studio, focusing on tablet versions of well-known board strategy games. In a former life Eric was a designer of said board games before he moved into the enterprise software business. I came very close to investing in his company, and Battle of the Bulge won all sorts of awards and was really well executed. Drive on Moscow and Desert Fox were similar World War II themed strategy games, with turn-based movement based on the eastern front and the battle of El Alamein. Unfortunately the company struggled, and eventually was purchased by another outfit (I don't know the complete story), but after the purchase the games were rewritten by a new team into one of the standard game engines, and lost something in the process. Bulge in its early versions was still a great game, a true work of art.
Angry Birds

Angry Birds Seasons

Angry Birds Star Wars
adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Angry Birds was my first real introduction to mobile gaming. I got into it before Angry Birds was passe and before the freemium concept had completely taken over mobile gaming overall. Well known story by now: launch little birds with various attributes to destroy piggie complexes. Add never-ending variations on the same theme and repeat.
Call of Duty: World at Waradrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Going back to WWII but with the CoD 4 engine, CoD 5 packs a nice punch but isn't quite as ground-breaking as CoD 4 was. CoD:WaW, 50$; GeForce 9800 GTX+, $220; spewing flames at Japanese soldiers in multiplayer, priceless!
UPDATE: DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. It is so easily addicting it should be illegal! I refer to multiplayer, of course. I love all the insults thrown during the fighting: "Go to hell!" "Die, f***ckers!" Maybe I just didn't turn on the kiddie controls.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfareadrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) The latest REAL installment of the Call of Duty series came out to rave reviews. This is a great game. The single-player mode is short but deep, and multi-player is probably the deepest FPS multiplayer game around. The challenge and unlocking system works much better than that in Battlefield 2, and even low-level guns pack a lethal punch. Highly addictive!
Call of Duty 2adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) I picked up the sequel to the original CoD because I was getting bored with Day of Defeat but still love WWII shooters. CoD 2 is just CoD but bigger and better. I haven't even looked at single player -- all I'm interested in is multiplayer. It does have one downside, which is that it has highlighted the failings of my aging Athlon 64 desktop PC.
Day of Defeat: Sourceadrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) This was included in my silver or whatever edition of Half-Life 2. It's basically the same as the older Day of Defeat, but running on the new Half-Life Source game engine. There are still a few bugs as of this review (people stick to each other, for example), but the good qualities of the original are retained with some new eye candy. I do miss the MG34, though.
Battlefield 2adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) An updated, modern version of the multiplayer classic, BF2 provides just the right number of updates while keeping the fundamental formula the same. Engrossing and quite easily a gigantic time-suck.
Half-Life 2adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) A very atmospheric and action-filled sequel with great graphics, cinematic settings, and an amazing physics engine. The gravity gun is just the coolest thing since the Quake 2 BFG. Multiplayer is a boring adrenaline-fest, but the single player is really quite good.
Forgotten Hope (BF1942 mod)adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Yet another free mod for Battlefield 1942, this may very well be the best of the lot. It doesn't try to create an entirely new game, but rather it just makes BF1942 better and more realistic. There is no aspect of the game that hasn't improved: better sound, better maps, better scenery, more and better vehicles, realistic weapon impact.
Doom 3adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Doom 3 is a love-it-or-hate-it game. Those who hate it say that it's basically the same game as the original Doom was, and doesn't introduce anything really new to gaming. Those who love it, myself included, think that the new graphics, sound, environments, and monsters make for an incredibly atmospheric and exciting game. Yes, all you do is shoot monsters and find stuff. You know what? It's fun, and in many places, it's adrenaline-pumping, shit-your-pants scary.
Desert Combat (BF1942 mod)adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) The famous mod for Battlefield 1942, Desert Combat is up to version .7 and is very impressive, especially considering it's free. I wish there were no WWII maps (since that seems stupid), but the vehicles are great and the Iraqis finally speak, um, whatever language they speak, although some of the voice clips sound like someone sitting on a toilet in a small marble bathroom.
Far Cryadrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Those who know this game may be surprised that I gave it only 3 stars. The graphics, sound, and overall feel are spectacular. There are lots of nice touches like flocks of birds and schools of fish. But it's just another single-player FPS, and a really long one at that, where you spend untold hours trying to fight past hordes of monsters. Yawn. I will grant that the sniper rifle is really cool.
Battlefield Vietnamadrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) BFV certainly isn't as original as its parent game, Battlefield 1942, but it's fun nonetheless and there are a number of nice additions to the gameplay. The vaunted undergrowth graphics engine isn't all it's cracked up to be, since it only works locally -- go prone and you can't see shit, but stand up and you can see someone lying prone a quarter mile away. The weapons also don't really have the kind of punch you might expect. The CAR15 sounds like a pea shooter.
Call of Dutyadrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Yet another WWII shooter, with both strong single player and strong multiplayer aspects. It's a fun game, and looks very up-to-date even though it's based on the aging Quake III engine. Single player gets very boring as the Russian campaign deteriorates into little more than an adrenaline-driven Nazi slaughter exercise. Multiplayer is lots of fun, and the "look down the sight" aiming for weapons is awesome.
Day of Defeat adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Home-grown WWII infantry combat mod based on the aging Half-Life game engine, finally released for retail. Sounds lame, doesn't it? WRONG!! This is by far the best infantry squad game out there. The look and feel of the weapons is amazing. Incredibly addictive.
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) This is the game that Battlefield 1942 should have been, crisp, responsive, and sharp. It may not have the same huge maps or all the equipment, but it has fantastic realism. The "sounds of war" in this game have been praised and rightly so--the sound effects are amazing and contribute tremendously.
Battlefield 1942 adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) At first I gave this game a top rating, after all, the concept is a nice one: all-out WWII battles in large-scale compaigns with a huge variety of weapons and equipment. But it is really buggy and the lag is terrible, even on EA's own servers. What kind of game makes lifeboats attached to a ship lag behind the ship? That is some pretty awful programming. Lots of potential, but even after the first patch, it's unrealized.
UPDATED: After several patches and two expansion packs (Road to Rome and Secret Weapons of WWII), this game really kicks ass. It helps to have a new video card.
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) The latest entry in the Star Wars FPS series is pretty good, although single-player mode starts out slowly and involves way too much blasting of stormtroopers. Multiplayer is loads of fun. How can you argue with a game that lets you force grip your opponents to near asphyxiation and then strike them down with a single powerful blow from a light saber?
Return to Castle Wolfenstein adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Wow!! The granddaddy of the shooters is back, but this time the little 2-D maze has been replaced by massive cinematic levels run by the Quake III engine. It kicks ass! Not only does it have hordes of goose-stepping Nazis and other bad guys to shoot, but it has an incredible range of realistic weapons and the best simulation of first-person WWII infantry combat since Saving Private Ryan. Multiplayer is incredible, and it gets bonus points for the beach invasion map and the axis vs. allies theme. It's good.
Tribes II adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Incredibly sophisticated and challenging, not to mention well put-together. A drawback is that it takes a frickin' Pentium IV/GeForce3 to get good graphics performance. It wasn't quite as much better than the original Tribes as I was expecting it to be. UPDATE! This game kicks ass on a Pentium IV/GeForce 3. It gets 5 molecules now instead of 4.
Quake III Team Arena adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Pretty good, but not as good as the original. Other games do team games better (Elite Force, for one, and Tribes and Tribes II far and away are superior).
Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes)adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Very, very impressive. Think Quake III with photon torpedoes. Single player is not too bad, and multi-player is tons of fun--blowing up Borg just seems cooler than shooting those stupid Quake III characters. Except that roller skate girl...
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes)adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Wow. This game also kicks ass. The realism is pretty good, except for the fact that if you hit a brick wall at 150mph you don't destroy the car.
Daikatana adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) We waited that long... for THIS? I have to trek through this huge swamp and keep shooting all these f***ing metal mosquitos? It's how damn slow? I actually bought this thing?
System Shock 2 adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Very immsersive, but not immersive enough to justify all the details you need to do to move through it.
Unreal Tournament adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Decent game. Better for strategy and camping than Q3A, but nothing near the adrenaline rush. Very nice graphics.
Quake III Arena adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes)adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Wow. F***ing amazing. There is no better way to get carpal tunnel syndrome real fast than this. No other game comes close in speed or brutality.
Carnivores 2 adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Not bad, and good graphics, but it's really no different from the original.
Half-Life Opposing Force adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Very good, but not as original as the original (er...). The loads of new weapons are much appreciated. The squad helpers are interesting but not very impressive--they're not particularly smart and usually they just get themselves killed.
Unreal Mission Pack 1 adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Pretty good for a mission pack. Gotta love the little lizard things.
Sports Car GT adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) The only thing it doesn't do is recognize the gear-flip paddles on my wheel. But I can use other buttons for that. Very realistic.
Official Formula 1 adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Mediocre. No wonder it only cost twenty bucks.
Aliens Vs. Predator adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Wow. Predator mode is great, but what can be better than shredding hordes of acid-spurting aliens in a hail of bullets?
CART Precision Racing adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Very realistic, but the graphics are so-so and the force feedback support is erratic.
Need for Speed IV: High Stakes adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Great graphics, but the realism leaves a bit to be desired (real drivers do not leave inches of rubber on the highway).
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Pretty good, but the lack of gamma control makes a couple of the tracks dicey and night driving impossible.
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Ok for a sequel. I had just seen Episode I.
Carnivores adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Surprisingly good for a cheap game. Not fast-paced or action-packed, but probably the best dino simulator out there today.
Star Trek Klingon Honor Guard adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Unreal engine. Big deal. Boring.
Half-Life Team Fortress Classic adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) It was free and it's still one of the best internet games.
Tribes adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Very cool.
Half-Life adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) The best single-player game I have ever played.
Unreal adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) The second best single-player game I have ever played, and it's gorgeous.
Test Drive 5 adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Bleah.
Quake II Mission Pack 2 adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Ok, this stuff is played out by now.
Quake II Mission Pack 1 adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Almost as good as the original, but most unsatisfying when you finish. You get a screen that says you finished. Oooooh... aaaaaah. Bleah.
Trespasser adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) The worst piece of shit I have ever gotten. It's slow. It's buggy. It doesn't look good. The dinosaurs are about as a life-like as the big robots at the museum. This is what happens when you build software on a tight budget, in limited time, don't test, and don't care.
Postal: Special Delivery adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) See below for the full story
Postal adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) I bought this one Friday when I was incredibly pissed off about things at work. I got the mission pack for free. It's one of those look-down-on-the-minions-from-above type games. It's violent. It's gory. It's not really that good.
Quake II adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) The first release lacked a little polish but the engine was fanstastic.
Turok Dinosaur Hunter adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Boring, long, and stupid. I don't want to waste my time jumping from one little platform to another little platform, or run through 50 levels looking for the one stupid piece of whatever that I missed.
Shadow Warrior adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) More penis jokes than you can... er... shake a stick at. Primitive graphics but lots of "interesting" enemies and weapons, and ya gotta love the samurai sword. Lame ending.
Quake Mission Pack 2 adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Better than the original. The dragon is great.
Quake Mission Pack 1 adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) A little bit of a let down.
Quake adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) What more needs to be said?
Duke Nukem 3D adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) "Come get some". Old-school graphics, vulgar jokes, tons of fun.
Star Wars Dark Forces adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Pretty good, the first Star Wars game I really liked.
Star Wars Tie Fighter adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) I went through a space combat phase. It was short, but it wasn't the game's fault.
The Hive adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Otherwise known as, "Crap".
Final Doom adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Enough already.
Doom II adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Some new enemies and stuff. Pretty good.
Need for Speed II adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Bleah. Early 3D graphics really sucked.
Rise of the Triad: Dark War adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Erm, kind of a lame almost-3D shoot-em-up. If I wanted to play Super Mario Bros. I would. Admittedly, the firebomb weapon created just about the coolest explosion ever, and the flying eyeballs were a nice touch.
Doom adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) It's the best selling game ever and there is a reason. It's good. Totally ground-breaking when it came out, and only the second game that could really freak you out.
Castle Wolfenstein 3D. adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) "Gestapo! Gestapo!" The FFPS (first first person shooter) remains a classic. Plus it had that freaky bad sound track. Just the right cartooniness. In what other game could you ever shoot at a Hitler wearing a robot suit? (Note: I realize that technically there was another game that came before this one that was a first person shooter, but you know what? It sucked and this kicked ass.)
Test Drive 2 adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Pretty good in its day, but samey.
Test Drive 1 adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) adrenaline2bsmall.GIF (744 bytes) Version 1. And it showed.

That's as far back as my records go. According to legend, there are other games from the ancient days buried in the archives such as Tankwar, Sopwith, and other memorable lo-res creations. Of course, prior to the PC Age the Atari Age had its own set of classics. I even wrote a couple games back in the Atari Age. They were lame.


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