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Upcoming reviews – Bioshock and Civ 4

Friday, December 28th, 2007

In the post-holiday mode, I have been playing through Bioshock and Civilization 4 (“Warlords” expansion). I plan on doing a post on each of them in the near future. Civ 4 especially has me intruiged since I spent way too long playing Civ 2. Also, at the 2008 GDC, there is a presentation on the AI of the Civilization series that I plan on attending – so this is research, right? :-)

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Coming attractions – Games to cover

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Well, as I get my thoughts together (the process of which always involves the decision on whether to use a fish net or a butterfly net) on which games I should do first, it brings me to a larger concept of “what games should I do at all?” Of course, I am necessarily limited to commenting on games that I have already played. What would be the point of analyzing the AI of a game that I haven’t played? On the other hand, I have experienced some games where, despite having played all the way through, it was as if the AI was never there. Anyway, I digress. (Where’s my net?)

I thought that I could toss out a list of games that I remember having made mental notes on regarding the AI and see what you, my loyal readers the hapless wanderer into this site, may be interested in hearing about. So, here’s a partial list of games that I may be interested in, and at least minimally prepared to comment on.

The games I have been playing recently are as follows:

  • Call of Duty 2 (XBox 360) (Entries here)
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 (PC)
  • Splinter Cell (XBox)
  • Doom III (PC)

The games that I have spent time on in the past 4 years or so that I would be interested in covering are:

  • MarioKart: Double Dash (GC) (Finished!)
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee (GC)
  • Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 (PC)
  • Empire Earth (PC) (with a nod to Bob Scott)
  • Warcraft 3 (PC)
  • Madden 2003 (PC) (is there’s a point since this is now 4-5 versions old?)

Some classics that I would like to revisit at some point:

  • Railroad Tycoon II (PC) (did that game have legs or what?)
  • Civilization II (PC) (speaking of replayability!)
  • Creatures (the original one) (PC)
  • Rainbow 6 (PC)
  • Starcraft (PC)

What would really be crazy is for me to go back to the 80s and talk about some of the games I played back then… like North Atlantic ’86. It’s kinda funny to think that a game in 1985 actually had AI, isn’t it?

Anyway, if anyone has any preferences on that list, let me know. I will probably bust loose on something either very recent (like my meandering through NWN2) or something I can write at length on (like how my whole family has picked apart MarioKart: DD) for my first review. Keep an eye open!