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Offline The Dead Herring

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Great games for a PC gaming newbie
« on: May 19, 2007, 12:24:50 pm »
I'm going to be installing Windows Vista Ultimate on a MacBook Pro when I get it in June.

In short, I have not had access to a Windows PC before, so I have very little knowledge about the best games to pick up.

What are some of the best PC games around that you can recommend for me?

I love first person shooters, so I know about Half Life 2, BF2 etc. However, I have never really been to fond of real time strategy games. Oh, and I love Oblivion, I'l be picking that up for sure.

I read a few articles and it appears that Windows Vista is not as bad a platform for gaming as it is made out to be, so compatibility shouldn't be to much of an issue.

Although the particular system has not yet been announced, I predict the specifications will be something like this.

Dual Core Intel Celleron Pro 2.4ghz (Santa Rosa chipset)
512mb graphics (Probably an ATI Radeon)
160gb 5400 HDD
2Ggb DDR2 667mhz SDRAM

I have some catching up to do!

Joe



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Re: Great games for a PC gaming newbie
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2007, 12:40:04 pm »
Give us the estimated RAM specs too if it's not much trouble.

If you want a fun space shooter I recommend Freelancer. It's old but it's fun and looks pretty good. Um... The Sims 2 is always a safe bet as is any Myst game.

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Re: Great games for a PC gaming newbie
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2007, 12:55:48 pm »
I was about to say The Sims/Sims 2, along with any expansions you may want (Nightlife and Open for Business are perticularily fun).

SimCity 4 Deluxe is now only $10 at some places. I got both this and The Sims/Sims 2 when they first came out, and I still play them very often.

Civilization IV is another awesome choice. I missed out on the Civ series, and didn't get into Civ IV until a few months ago. Very fun, especially if you like history/strategy.


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Re: Great games for a PC gaming newbie
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2007, 12:57:55 pm »
Give us the estimated RAM specs too if it's not much trouble.

If you want a fun space shooter I recommend Freelancer. It's old but it's fun and looks pretty good. Um... The Sims 2 is always a safe bet as is any Myst game.

Ah yes of course, I knew I had forgotten something, It's definitely going to have 2GB of DDR2 667mhz SDRAM, i'l edit the first post now.

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Re: Great games for a PC gaming newbie
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2007, 12:58:01 pm »
Medieval Total War 1 with expansions is pretty good.


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Re: Great games for a PC gaming newbie
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2007, 01:06:56 pm »
I keep forgetting that you're talking about a laptop...

Let's see, this game is VERY old but it is fantastic for a quick shot of fun. You need to try to track down a copy of The Incredible Machine: Contraptions. It's an updated version of the original and is XP friendly so it should  work on Vista.

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Re: Great games for a PC gaming newbie
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2007, 02:03:58 pm »
If you like Sim City, try Tropico (the original). Its quite old, but it has nice graphics and game play similar to Sim City. I think The Underdogs has a review
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2007, 02:04:49 pm »
Any game that lets you play as Castro is a good game in my book.

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Re: Great games for a PC gaming newbie
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2007, 02:28:36 pm »
Medieval Total War 1 with expansions is pretty good.




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Re: Great games for a PC gaming newbie
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2007, 04:29:48 am »
If you like Sim City, try Tropico (the original). Its quite old, but it has nice graphics and game play similar to Sim City. I think The Underdogs has a review

I remember tropico actually came out on the mac, I might check it out again.

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Re: Great games for a PC gaming newbie
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2007, 10:59:41 am »
If you're into the whole character-building-dealy you should definately pick up Fallout, you can probably get it bundled with Fallout 2 and Fallout:Tactics for a few bucks. Excellent games.

Also, as people have said, Civ IV.

Also, I wouldn't recommend gaming on a laptop; the screens are usually kinda blurry (haven't used a macbook myself). I'd recommend investing in a monitor and mouse for when using it at home and bingo, you've got yourself a nice little gaming setup. I gave myself eyestrain trying to play Ultima Online on my bro's laptop for 12+ hours per day back when I was in college.

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Re: Great games for a PC gaming newbie
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2007, 11:56:45 am »
Homeworld was quite good, but hard. And Starcraft and Warcraft 3.
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Re: Great games for a PC gaming newbie
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2007, 01:34:50 am »
oe! Good old oldies anyone ?

- UFO:Enemy Unknown
- Meglomania
- Xenon 2
- Beneath a steel sky
- Populous
- Command & Conquer
- Doom 2
- Quake
- Starcraft
- Earthworm Jim
- Bubble Bobble
- Lure of the Tempress
- and many many more! Add your own!

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Re: Great games for a PC gaming newbie
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2007, 09:33:40 am »
Baldur's Gate 1, 2, and its expansions.
Fallout 1 and 2
Planescape: Torment
Jagged Alliance 2
Europa Universalis 3
Capitalism 2
Patrician 3
Port Royale 2
Theme Hospital
Syndicate Wars

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Re: Great games for a PC gaming newbie
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2007, 09:35:36 am »
Get the Diablo II battlechest. I've been playing it recently and it is still incredibly fun.