Werewolf? You don't like adventure games, and I assume most of you don't like FMV adventure games... but still, Gabriel Knight 2 : The Beast Within
was a great adventure game (although pale compared to the 1st one
) with werewolves as the main pivot of the plot. But the game is quite old - 1994-95, AFAIR.
There is no game that I know that you can constantly
be a werewolf, but other exaples are :Morrowind : Bloodmoon
it's an add-on to Morrowind
, a great one, included in GOTY edition along with weaker (but still very good
add-on. It focuses around working for Imperial mining company located on a Solthseim island, north of Morrowind. During the course of the plot you're sent to investigate why people are missing and you find yourself lured into Great Hunt organised once a hundred (or 1000, I don't remember
) years by god of hunt, Hircine. That includes being transformed into werewolf by being biten by them or become cured and fight him as a human. Either way, you can become a licanthrope in two ways - one is being bitten and after that, every single night you'll turn into a powerfull beast that can kill almost everyone in your path. But be aware of being seen during the transformation, because then your cover will be blown and you'll be hunted by day or night, no matter of the form you'll take. Or, you can kill Hircine's paw and take his ring of licantrhophy change wich allows you to change into licanthrope whenever you want. IMO, this is the most climatic add-on I've ever played, with great atmosphere of nordic tales, curses and prophecies and the best game that you can feel like werewolf. Also, you can become a vampire in the basic Morrowind
, one from three clans with all of responsibilities (people hating and hunting for you, fear of the sun etc.
) or... both. Yes, lycanthropic vampire. Great game.
The other is Vampire The Masquerade : Bloodlines
. Although you are a vampire through course of the game you can play as one of few clans that have different powers. Once clan, my favorite one (next to psychotic Malkavians
) is Gangrel, a clan that embraces the beast within them wich allowes them to morph into lesser werewolf wich violates the masquerade when seen by common folk, but is a real powerhouse killer when tweaked with thought. Also, you fight with werewolf during the course of the game. The real, big, bad wolf, that is. And let me tell you, when I first played that part, it was intense.
But ok., if we're talking about favourinte genres, here's my opinion about them :
- adventure games. Classic point&click like good ol' LucasArts (or LucasFilm in the past
) games like Day of Tentacle
, Full Throttle
, Grim Fandango
, Sam & Max : Hit The Road
, Sierra games like the mentioned above Gabriel Kinght
series or King's Quest
series, others like Revolutions Broken Sword
series, Beneath At Steel Sky
, Cryo's (R.I.P.
series or others like Myst
or Quest for Glory
, I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream
, The Longest Journey
. I like them mostly because of the - in most cases - skillful storytelling, captivating stories and the intelectuall challenge they offer. Sometimes they require logical or critical thinking, while sometimes they force you to think in an abstract way. Adventure games, like no other games can settle for good in your mind and you won't forget so soon about them even after you've finished them, because in most cases they're like a good book. My favourite genre if I have to pick one, but most new adventure games suck donkey ass.
- RPG games. Mostly because they relate to adventure games, at least in terms of good story. Titles like Fallout 1&2
(disregard 3, it's a piece of shit
), Baldur's Gate
series, Icewind Dale
series(although it's more like tactic-RPG hack'n'slash
, Betreyal At Krondor
series(on my good ol' Amiga!
)... they all had great stories, they all required some thinking, althought they're much easier than adventure games, they can be more captivating, more personal. After all, they are called Role-Playing Games for a reason...
- turn-based games. That includes both Civilization
and Europa Universalis
and Master Of Orion
or UFO : Enemy Unknown
. I just like turn-based style of gameplay, if done properly it beats real-time solutions.
- strategy games. But the oldies. Like I said, turn-based mostly, but also I'm a great fan of first two Age of Empires
). Age Of Mythology
was good, it had a nice twist and movie-like campaing, and I like that because it was based on mythology
not history, creators could let their imagination go, but I shiver at the travesty that Age Of Empires 3
is. God dammit, it's awful. No historical campaings? In Age of Empires
game?! No wonder they've closed Ensemble Studios - that sin cannot be forgiven. I also liked the first Rise of The Nations
, but, again, sequel was WTF piece of donkey turd with a power of 75.5 Magniturds. I also have sentiment for Dune 2
, because it was my lovely Amiga RTS and pretty much first RTS in history. And because I love anything related to Dune
. I don't like rush-bonanza RTS games like Starcraft
, but I liked one of these called Battle Realms
. It had an atmosphere and few good solutions.
- fighting games. My two picks - Street Fighter Alpha
series(2 being my fave
) and Virtua Fighter
series(5 being my fave
). But others like Soul Calibur
or King Of Fighters
will also do. Also, a great sentiment to Mortal Kombat 2
and four. New ones - not too much. And Fight Night
are the treat of the evening when my friend comes around, because he is training kickboxing and krav maga and he loves that game. And I love beating him in that game, because he sucks at it.
- hybrids. Yep, the only solution to save the modern games or to put a bane on them for all eternity. Good hybrid game - like Deus Ex
, Vampire The Masquerade : Bloodlines
is a good hybrid game. Bad hybrid game - like pretty much everything else - is either bad or at least decent. It's really hard to make a good hybrid game that isn't half-assed.
The genres I don't like... well, there ain't none. I like to play few rounds of Fifa
(I've spent hours on Fifa 2000 in my teenage days
) or Pro-Evo
, but only with my friends and semi-sports games like Tony Hawk
series are always fun to play for a while. But if I really had to pick one it would be racing games. I don't like cars, they are strange machines to me, I see nothing appealing in riding faster than 120km/h, both in real life and in games. Although I like Lotus
(on Amiga 500
) series, but because of sentiment and great tunes, rather than other reasons.
That's basicly all for this long post.