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Postby Kalah » Aug 22 2011, 18:20

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<td align="left">Currently, we are updating our CH <a href="http://www.celestialheavens.com/438"><u>Marketplace page</u></a> to reflect the latest developments in gaming. The way it works is that CH gets a tiny percentage if people who shop at Amazon enter the Amazon site via the links on our page. So please do. <img src="http://www.celestialheavens.com/forums/images/smiles/wink.gif">
<p>We don't do it for the money, though. The main reason why we recommend a selection of games is that we genuinely feel that the games we put up are good suggestions for purchase: Games we think you'll have fun with. Which brings me to the point: Which games to recommend?
<p>The M&M series is a given; we all love that, and over the recent months (and years), Ubisoft have released several packages containing a selection of the old games. Indeed, one of the links provided takes you to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051UMYLW/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=celestialheav-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=B0051UMYLW&adid=0FPGYTY0658FS0Q7D8PM&">a new collection</a> containing <i>all</i> the Heroes games previously released. This re-release policy works well for us all: Ubisoft makes money and we get the old games in re-released (modern OS compatible) forms.
<p>But what about <i>other</i> games? I have a couple of suggestions, of course, but I would very much like to hear from <i>you:</i> Which games would <i>you</i> recommend ... and why should <i>we?</i></td>
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Postby Kristo » Aug 22 2011, 21:46

Since CH is in-part about strategy games, I think we should recommend Galactic Civilizations 2. It has an excellent single-player experience with an AI that keeps up with a human (without cheating) better than I've seen before. I wouldn't recommend GalCiv1 though after playing 2.
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Postby archcorenth » Aug 22 2011, 22:22

Etherlords 2 is just wonderful in my opinion and should appeal to Heroes fans who also like King's Bounty.

Also, Disciples, Age of Wonder, Kohan, Seven Kingdoms, King Arthur, Tactics Ogre (not PC :-( ), Lords of Magic, Birthright, Hammer of the Gods, Fantasy Wars/Eleven Legacy. They are all classic to modern games/series that would appeal to Heroes fans, I think.

Oh, and King of Dragon Pass, which is also coming out in a special edition for Iphone.

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Postby Spin » Aug 22 2011, 22:23

Civilization 5 needs adding. Other than that maybe some other Turn Based strategies which aren't HoMM or Civ, such as Battle for Wesnoth.

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Postby MMXAlamar » Aug 22 2011, 23:02

How about some NWC oldies like Nuclear War and Planet's Edge?

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Postby Variol » Aug 23 2011, 1:24

I have been playing Kings Bounty AP for a week and a half now. It's fast becoming one of my fav games. Very much like the Heroes Games. Disciples 2 is a must as well.

A friend made an interesting comment yesterday. He said that a game like Heroes, should not be made by a company like Ubi, because they are too big and do not care enough about the game. I think there is a grain of truth to that. I think that, as good as the game looks, it will get boring too fast. They do seem to be making a good effort though. I still maintain that each faction should have had a different number of units in each. They really needed to break the game out at this point.

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Postby Tale » Aug 23 2011, 6:51

archcorenth said: "Also,... Kohan..."

I loved Kohan. Really, I liked all the Kohans - and I'm the only person I know that has even heard of the game. I'm so glad someone else in the world knows of it. Hopefully they'll eventually make another, but somehow I doubt it.

I'd suggest Arcanum (loved the world) and Age of Wonders. The Baldur's Gate series as well.

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Postby Avonu » Aug 23 2011, 8:25

Tale wrote:I loved Kohan. Really, I liked all the Kohans - and I'm the only person I know that has even heard of the game.

You are not alone.

Anyway, I think there are few good games to list:
- King's Bounty: The Legends (and addons)
- Age of Wonders (and Master of Magic)
- Disciples 1-2 (D3 seems to be a little better which each addon but it still is far from D2)
- Fantasy Wars (and Fantasy General)
- Galactic Civilization 1-2 (and Master of Orion 1-2)
- Drakensang (especially The River of Time)
- Majesty (second one is not so good but it worth play only for Monster Kingdom addon)
- Spellforce 1-2

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Postby Ya5MieL » Aug 23 2011, 11:14

Kohan was truly a marvel game for it's time. 2nd one wasn't as charming as first (it was still great), but rest assured, the game is not forgotten :)

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Postby Skullmane » Aug 23 2011, 12:17

I can see you have some classic RPGs there. I'm baffled as to why Planescape: Torment is not on the list then! I doubt you need a reason to recommend that timeless piece.
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Postby Crayno » Aug 23 2011, 12:40

The only other games that caught me as the HOMM series (4 excluded ;P ) were Thief 1 and 2

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Postby Raelag84 » Aug 23 2011, 13:14

Any of the "total war" games would be nice. What can I say they are good games.

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Postby Yurian Stonebow » Aug 24 2011, 10:22

I would personally recommend Anno 1404 if it isn't already there. D Critic praised the game, saying that "with up-to-date graphics, a great soundtrack, and great gameplay, there’s a lot to love about this game."
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Postby Humakt » Aug 24 2011, 16:47

I limit my recommendations to the games that are either turn based strategy or western rpg and have fantasy theme, to keep them somewhat similar to M&M.

Strategy
    Fantasy General
    + Good tactical design
    + Lots of different units and viable army setups
    + Upgradable army with research
    + Army units also gains experience and there is moral system
    + Soundtrack
    Warlords 2 Deluxe
    + Lots of different scenarios ranging from fantasy to scifi and from Napolean wars to Rise of the Rome
    + Diplomacy
    Warlords 3: Darklords Rising
    + Same warlords formula plus heroes have more chances for development
    + Heroes can cast overland spells
    + Towns offer multiple different quests suitable for heroes of different level
    Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic
    + Combines elements of Heroes of Might and Magic, Master of Magic and Warlords series
    + Researchable spells and abilities
    + While graphics look outdated they have this nice mystical feeling to them
    + Lots of different races
    King's Bounty: The Legend
    + Good mixup of rpg adventure and strategy/tactics
    + Nice soundtrack and art
    King's Bounty: Armored Princess
    + Same as above
    Disciples 2 Gold
    + Incredible artwork
    + Campaigns have fascinating story

RPG
    King of Dragon Pass
    + Different and successful take on rpg
    + World of Glorantha is captured nicely
    + Music and artwork though there should be more of both
    Betrayal At Krondor
    + Story is fascinating and it is written exemplary
    + Huge open world with plenty of things to do
    Baldur's Gate 2
    + Lots of things to do and explore
    + Companions are mostly well done (in 2 at least)
    + Combats system is good and battles are challenging
    + Soundtrack
    Planescape Torment
    + Story
    + Soundtrack
    + Companions are both fascinating and tie nicely to the story and main character
    Never Winter Nights 2 and Mask of the Betrayer
    + Combat system
    + While story starts slow in OC it builds up nicely
    + Mask of the Betrayer story and companions are both about Torment level
    + D&D rules aren't as restrictive as in Baldur's Gate
    + Lots of customization and different classes in character development
    Arcanum of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
    + Mix of Steampunk and fantasy is very unique as far as games go
    + Story is both well written and dephtful
    + Huge world with lots of things to explore and do
    + Rpg system is well done.
    + Violin music
    Witcher Enchanced Edition
    + Soundtrack
    + Story with nice number of plot twists
    + World setting
    + In some parts scenery is breathtaking (particularly the 4th chapter)
    Witcher 2 Assassin of Kings
    + Some of the best graphics seen to date
    + Soundtrack and story
    Dragon Age: Origins
    + Companions
    + Combat system


I listed at least some of the reasons why I would recommend particular games ( I did not list negative aspects of the games). Note that these games are not listed in any kind of order.
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Postby Linky » Aug 24 2011, 17:50

I would recommend keeping track of Elemental: Fallen Enchantress, but since the release is still half a year away, it's not that relevant here.

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Postby Kalah » Aug 24 2011, 19:39

Thanks for all your input and keep it coming. I will keep updating the marketplace page and add new games to it - particularly games that are available on both the US and UK branch of Amazon is what I'm looking for. Shame about NWN2.
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Postby Variol » Aug 24 2011, 23:48

Fantasy General!?!?!!?! 8|
Wasn't that back in the DOS days??? ;)

Does the original Kings Bounty game run on Win 7?

Temple of Elemental Evil was good too, but quite short.

For RPG's, of course there's the M&M series of games, but it's hard to top Wizardry 8.

I got bored with Drakensang. I found it too hard to remember where everything was in the cities. Too much aimless wandering. :(

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Postby Kalah » Aug 28 2011, 15:14

Added Deus Ex, Civ 5, Witcher 2 and the Thief collection.

The retro games are a nice touch, but they need to be in stock at Amazon to be posted here.
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Postby Qurqirish Dragon » Aug 29 2011, 1:14

Variol wrote:For RPG's, of course there's the M&M series of games, but it's hard to top Wizardry 8.


But if you can get them (and get them to run) Wiz 8 is best if you have a party you start in Wiz 6 and bring forward!

Of course, Wiz6 is in EGA, so you may not be able to stomach the graphics.
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Postby astral76minor » Aug 30 2011, 2:42

These games have to be emulated on a PC:

Master of Monsters
Warsong
Vandal Hearts
Herzog Zwei

They are free.

Not free:

Y's Vanished Omen
Ultima
Phantasy Star Online (by Sega)
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