SMAC gets 98% in PC Gamer

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Colin

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Feb 27, 1999, 3:00:00 AM2/27/99
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I seem to recall having to download numerous Civ2 patches because of bugs
though, and Firaxis is being just as quick to release patches as Microprose
was when Civ2 came out... Both games had there flaws, Civ2 was far from
perfect (bug wise) when it was released, just as SMAC is far from perfect in
its current state (though its pretty damned close if ya ask me).

Later, Colin

Andrew R. Gillett wrote in message ...
>In comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.strategic, SnowFire wrote:
>> Highest score ever. Civ2 got a 97%, Half Life got a 97%, WarCraft II and
a
>> whole bunch of other games got a 96%, but this is the first 98%.
>>
>> The issue next month will have a large strategy guide, as well, straight
>> from Firaxis.
>>
>> http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/990225/ca_electro_1.html
>
>In PC Gamer UK, Civ 2 got 96%, Half-Life got 96% (the only other game to
>get that was Quake II), and SMAC got 91%. 98% is just ridiculous, SMAC is
>nowhere near as good as Civ II was at the time, and it has many flaws
>(bugs, for a start).
>
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>"Sir, sure am, sir." - Chelmer Monkton, Starship Losers

Will Moeller

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Do you remember Civ2? The only thing most reviews said about it was that it had
way too many bugs in the first release. SMAC has a lot less bugs. I haven't run
into any really noticable bug in SMAC actually.

Will Moeller
The Alpha Centauri Nexus
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Will Moeller

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They gave I-War a great review and it was from a pretty much unknow company....

Will Moeller
The Alpha Centauri Nexus
http://sidgames.com/ac

!Anthony Q! wrote:

> Well after seeing last months PC GAmer give Falcon 4 such a high rating an then
> say barely anything about its bugs, I decided to scrap my subscription. They are
> WAY off on most of their reviews and any game from a big-time advertiser seems
> to get much better treatment than the small non-advertsing group. Even CGW made
> a big deal about Falcon 4's bugs and it only got 3.5 stars. For me they seem
> like the better mag now.


>
> Colin wrote:
>
> > I seem to recall having to download numerous Civ2 patches because of bugs
> > though, and Firaxis is being just as quick to release patches as Microprose
> > was when Civ2 came out... Both games had there flaws, Civ2 was far from
> > perfect (bug wise) when it was released, just as SMAC is far from perfect in
> > its current state (though its pretty damned close if ya ask me).
> >
> > Later, Colin
> >
> > Andrew R. Gillett wrote in message ...

> > >In comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.strategic, SnowFire wrote:
> > >> Highest score ever. Civ2 got a 97%, Half Life got a 97%, WarCraft II and
> > a
> > >> whole bunch of other games got a 96%, but this is the first 98%.
> > >>
> > >> The issue next month will have a large strategy guide, as well, straight
> > >> from Firaxis.
> > >>
> > >> http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/990225/ca_electro_1.html
> > >
> > >In PC Gamer UK, Civ 2 got 96%, Half-Life got 96% (the only other game to
> > >get that was Quake II), and SMAC got 91%. 98% is just ridiculous, SMAC is
> > >nowhere near as good as Civ II was at the time, and it has many flaws
> > >(bugs, for a start).
> > >
> > >--
> > >Andrew Gillett http://argnet.fatal-design.com/ ICQ: See homepage
> > >"Sir, sure am, sir." - Chelmer Monkton, Starship Losers
>

> --
> Later,
>
> Anthony
> Bea...@hotmail.com


SnowFire

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Highest score ever. Civ2 got a 97%, Half Life got a 97%, WarCraft II and a
whole bunch of other games got a 96%, but this is the first 98%.

The issue next month will have a large strategy guide, as well, straight
from Firaxis.

http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/990225/ca_electro_1.html

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Webmaster of The Mindworm, Chiron's First Strategy & Tactics Magazine
http://www.sidgames.com/ac/mindworm but that server is down.

Mike

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I read the review... no offense, but I think it is total hog shit. There is
no way that AC is better than Civ2, Civ2 is the greatest turn based strategy
game EVER made... I can't believe they rated it higher than civ2.

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Andrew R. Gillett

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In comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.strategic, SnowFire wrote:
> Highest score ever. Civ2 got a 97%, Half Life got a 97%, WarCraft II and a
> whole bunch of other games got a 96%, but this is the first 98%.
>
> The issue next month will have a large strategy guide, as well, straight
> from Firaxis.
>
> http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/990225/ca_electro_1.html

In PC Gamer UK, Civ 2 got 96%, Half-Life got 96% (the only other game to

Tor Iver Wilhelmsen

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"Mike" <tans...@pilot.msu.edu.NOSPAM> writes:

> I read the review... no offense, but I think it is total hog shit. There is
> no way that AC is better than Civ2, Civ2 is the greatest turn based strategy
> game EVER made... I can't believe they rated it higher than civ2.

SMAC doesn't have CivII's routing problems - there's a percentage
point alone. And the interface is far better, with build queues etc.

Krud

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!Anthony Q! wrote in message <36D8D59A...@hotmail.com>...

>Well after seeing last months PC GAmer give Falcon 4 such a high rating an
then
>say barely anything about its bugs, I decided to scrap my subscription.
They are
>WAY off on most of their reviews and any game from a big-time advertiser
seems
>to get much better treatment than the small non-advertsing group. Even CGW
made
>a big deal about Falcon 4's bugs and it only got 3.5 stars. For me they
seem
>like the better mag now.


Don't you all realize that PC Gamer is a game company magazine? They don't
write reviews for gamers, they write them for game companies. I bet the
person who wrote the review played a final beta for a few hours then
submitted their review. They probably didn't play it long enough to know
that there are bugs. It wouldn't be the first time. I always get a laugh
when they review a game that has a game-stopping bug, but they don't mention
it in the review.

But that's not the point. PC Gamer isn't in business to write quality
reviews, they're in business to make money and if rushing through a review
gets it out in print faster than the competition then that's what they'll
do. Stick Dan Bennett in a closet with a computer and a half dozen cheese
steak subs and tell him to write a review by tomorrow. Dan the man will get
the job done!

-Krud

Mike

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You are right, but AC just isn't as fun, nor nearly as addictive, in my
opinion. Not even close. I can't wait for CTP...

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Mike

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Tor Iver Wilhelmsen wrote in message ...

Andrew R. Gillett

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In alt.games.firaxis.alpha-centauri, Krud wrote:
> Don't you all realize that PC Gamer is a game company magazine? They don't
> write reviews for gamers, they write them for game companies. I bet the
> person who wrote the review played a final beta for a few hours then
> submitted their review. They probably didn't play it long enough to know
> that there are bugs. It wouldn't be the first time. I always get a laugh
> when they review a game that has a game-stopping bug, but they don't mention
> it in the review.
>
> But that's not the point. PC Gamer isn't in business to write quality
> reviews, they're in business to make money and if rushing through a review
> gets it out in print faster than the competition then that's what they'll
> do. Stick Dan Bennett in a closet with a computer and a half dozen cheese
> steak subs and tell him to write a review by tomorrow. Dan the man will get
> the job done!

Whoa, sounds like PC Gamer US and UK are a world apart, PC Gamer UK pride
themselves on writing decent reviews and not sucking up to publishers.

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!Anthony Q!

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I understand that, but after seeing some of the more recent reviews in CGW, I
believe they are not as prone to this as PC Gamer. Falcon got 3.5 stars, which
is about right. They also state that it has the potential to be a 5 star game
which is also correct.


Krud wrote:

> !Anthony Q! wrote in message <36D8D59A...@hotmail.com>...
> >Well after seeing last months PC GAmer give Falcon 4 such a high rating an
> then
> >say barely anything about its bugs, I decided to scrap my subscription.
> They are
> >WAY off on most of their reviews and any game from a big-time advertiser
> seems
> >to get much better treatment than the small non-advertsing group. Even CGW
> made
> >a big deal about Falcon 4's bugs and it only got 3.5 stars. For me they
> seem
> >like the better mag now.
>

> Don't you all realize that PC Gamer is a game company magazine? They don't
> write reviews for gamers, they write them for game companies. I bet the
> person who wrote the review played a final beta for a few hours then
> submitted their review. They probably didn't play it long enough to know
> that there are bugs. It wouldn't be the first time. I always get a laugh
> when they review a game that has a game-stopping bug, but they don't mention
> it in the review.
>
> But that's not the point. PC Gamer isn't in business to write quality
> reviews, they're in business to make money and if rushing through a review
> gets it out in print faster than the competition then that's what they'll
> do. Stick Dan Bennett in a closet with a computer and a half dozen cheese
> steak subs and tell him to write a review by tomorrow. Dan the man will get
> the job done!
>

> -Krud

--
Later,

Anthony
Bea...@hotmail.com

SnowFire

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!Anthony Q! <bea...@hotmail.com> wrote in article
<36D8F641...@hotmail.com>...
> I didnt say that they gave all unknowns/smaller companies bad reviews, I
was trying to
> convey that they RARELY if EVER give a bad review to the BIG companies,
while they
> have no problem slamming the smaller fish for bad games.

That just isn't true. I can give you many hyped games from big companies
that PC Gamer has absolutely panned, from Sierra, Microsoft, Microprose,
Electronic Arts, all the big companies. Should I get out my back copies
and read them off?



> Will Moeller wrote:
>
> > They gave I-War a great review and it was from a pretty much unknow
company....
> >
> > Will Moeller
> > The Alpha Centauri Nexus
> > http://sidgames.com/ac
> >
> > !Anthony Q! wrote:
> >

> > > Well after seeing last months PC GAmer give Falcon 4 such a high
rating an then
> > > say barely anything about its bugs, I decided to scrap my
subscription. They are
> > > WAY off on most of their reviews and any game from a big-time
advertiser seems
> > > to get much better treatment than the small non-advertsing group.
Even CGW made
> > > a big deal about Falcon 4's bugs and it only got 3.5 stars. For me
they seem
> > > like the better mag now.
> > >

> > > Colin wrote:
> > >
> > > > I seem to recall having to download numerous Civ2 patches because
of bugs
> > > > though, and Firaxis is being just as quick to release patches as
Microprose
> > > > was when Civ2 came out... Both games had there flaws, Civ2 was far
from
> > > > perfect (bug wise) when it was released, just as SMAC is far from
perfect in
> > > > its current state (though its pretty damned close if ya ask me).
> > > >
> > > > Later, Colin
> > > >
> > > > Andrew R. Gillett wrote in message ...

> > > > >In comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.strategic, SnowFire wrote:
> > > > >> Highest score ever. Civ2 got a 97%, Half Life got a 97%,
WarCraft II and
> > > > a
> > > > >> whole bunch of other games got a 96%, but this is the first 98%.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> The issue next month will have a large strategy guide, as well,
straight
> > > > >> from Firaxis.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/990225/ca_electro_1.html
> > > > >
> > > > >In PC Gamer UK, Civ 2 got 96%, Half-Life got 96% (the only other
game to
> > > > >get that was Quake II), and SMAC got 91%. 98% is just ridiculous,
SMAC is
> > > > >nowhere near as good as Civ II was at the time, and it has many
flaws
> > > > >(bugs, for a start).
> > > > >

> > > > >--
> > > > >Andrew Gillett http://argnet.fatal-design.com/ ICQ: See
homepage

> > > > >"Sir, sure am, sir." - Chelmer Monkton, Starship Losers
> > >

> > > --
> > > Later,
> > >
> > > Anthony
> > > Bea...@hotmail.com
>
> --
> Later,
>
> Anthony
> Bea...@hotmail.com
>
>
>

Will Moeller

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Andrew R. Gillett wrote:

> In alt.games.firaxis.alpha-centauri, Krud wrote:
> > Don't you all realize that PC Gamer is a game company magazine? They don't
> > write reviews for gamers, they write them for game companies. I bet the
> > person who wrote the review played a final beta for a few hours then
> > submitted their review. They probably didn't play it long enough to know
> > that there are bugs. It wouldn't be the first time. I always get a laugh
> > when they review a game that has a game-stopping bug, but they don't mention
> > it in the review.
> >
> > But that's not the point. PC Gamer isn't in business to write quality
> > reviews, they're in business to make money and if rushing through a review
> > gets it out in print faster than the competition then that's what they'll
> > do. Stick Dan Bennett in a closet with a computer and a half dozen cheese
> > steak subs and tell him to write a review by tomorrow. Dan the man will get
> > the job done!
>

> Whoa, sounds like PC Gamer US and UK are a world apart, PC Gamer UK pride
> themselves on writing decent reviews and not sucking up to publishers.
>

PCGamer UK isn't really different from the US. UK just writes reivews more pro to
UK made games.


Andrew R. Gillett

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In alt.games.firaxis.alpha-centauri, Will Moeller wrote:
> PCGamer UK isn't really different from the US. UK just writes reivews more pro to
> UK made games.

Examples?

(every game that I can remember that got 95/96% was made in the US)

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AcK!

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Sun, 28 Feb 1999 15:37:56 GMT was when a million monkeys took over "Mike"

<tans...@pilot.msu.edu.NOSPAM>'s $2000 typewriter and wrote:

>You are right, but AC just isn't as fun, nor nearly as addictive, in my
>opinion. Not even close. I can't wait for CTP...

Probably because (it sounds like) you've soundly defeated it. Gotta get alphahq.net
set up soon, eh? :)

TTYL

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AcK!

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Sun, 28 Feb 1999 12:56:37 GMT was when a million monkeys took over "Krud"

<au...@mindspring.com>'s $2000 typewriter and wrote:

>Don't you all realize that PC Gamer is a game company magazine? They don't
>write reviews for gamers, they write them for game companies. I bet the
>person who wrote the review played a final beta for a few hours then
>submitted their review. They probably didn't play it long enough to know

PC Gamer UK will write a review based on a beta copy of a game. US PC Gamer doesn't
write reviews based on betas. That's why we're still waiting for the review to get
published (in print, of course)...

>that there are bugs. It wouldn't be the first time. I always get a laugh
>when they review a game that has a game-stopping bug, but they don't mention
>it in the review.

They usually mention the bugs.

>do. Stick Dan Bennett in a closet with a computer and a half dozen cheese
>steak subs and tell him to write a review by tomorrow. Dan the man will get
>the job done!

I could do that. ;)

TTYL

... Anger not a moderator, thou would make a silly trophy on the wall.

AcK!

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a...@whangomatic.freeserve.co.uk (Andrew R. Gillett)'s $2000 typewriter and wrote:

>Whoa, sounds like PC Gamer US and UK are a world apart, PC Gamer UK pride
>themselves on writing decent reviews and not sucking up to publishers.

They're unrelated, except in name.

TTYL

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Mike

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I have defeated it... but that isn't my biggest compliant. AC just isn't
fun. The graphics just aren't good (seems like they use a dozen colors). The
music and sound blow. The AI is horrible. It just doesn't get my imagination
going like civ2. After a week of AC, I returned it. After playing literally
(i know this is sad) millions of hours of civ2 for years, it is without a
doubt one of the greatest computer games ever made. AC isn't a terrible
game, but is sure as hell isn't better than Civ2... the guys over at PC
Gamer must be smoking something.

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Prowler

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In article <01be6345$4d4f79e0$afdd...@worldnet.att.net>,
snowball...@worldnet.att.net says...

> > convey that they RARELY if EVER give a bad review to the BIG companies,
> > while they have no problem slamming the smaller fish for bad games.
>
> That just isn't true. I can give you many hyped games from big companies
> that PC Gamer has absolutely panned, from Sierra, Microsoft, Microprose,
> Electronic Arts, all the big companies. Should I get out my back copies
> and read them off?
>

Please do. I for one stopped bothering with PClamer
after the Ass-end-ancy fiasco. It was that coupled with
their amazing record of every single game advertised on a
front cover fold out in their magazine getting editors
choice (or whatever it is). Then of course there was the
phenomenal average rating of 88% they had back
then....which they corrected after public outcry by
slamming older games hard (reviewing games that had been
out for 6-10 months and giving them 15-60% while still
reviewing "big name" games within a few weeks of their
release.

AcK!

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Sun, 28 Feb 1999 18:07:58 +0800 was when a million monkeys took over "Waver"
<wav...@hotmail.com>'s $2000 typewriter and wrote:

>I have to agree. I havn't come across one bug. Sure, the formers AI could be
>better. But thats all. I never liked civ2 more then civ1. SMAC rocks 'em
>all.

Never liked civ2 more? You'd go back to civ1 and play it after having played civ2?

That was my test as to whether or not the new game had succeeded over the old one. A
year or two of civ2 later, I loaded up civ1. Yuck. Exited quickly.

I'll see my reaction to civ2 after playing a few months of SMAC....

TTYL

... Ever get the feeling your guardian angel is laughing?

!Anthony Q!

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Colin wrote:

> >--
> >Andrew Gillett http://argnet.fatal-design.com/ ICQ: See homepage

Dennis Francis Heffernan

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On Sat, 27 Feb 1999 23:28:25 -0600, Will Moeller <wmoe...@sidgames.com>
wrote:

|Do you remember Civ2? The only thing most reviews said about it was that it had
|way too many bugs in the first release. SMAC has a lot less bugs. I haven't run
|into any really noticable bug in SMAC actually.

EHHH?? Do games you can't win count?


Dennis F. Heffernan UO: Venture (Catskills) dfra...@email.com
Montclair State U #include <disclaim.h> ICQ:9154048 CompSci/Philosophy
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when Victoria reigned." -- T. S. Eliot, "Gus, the Theatre Cat"

Dale Hight

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On 28 Feb 1999 01:15:15 GMT, "SnowFire"
<snowball...@worldnet.att.net> wrote:

>Highest score ever. Civ2 got a 97%, Half Life got a 97%, WarCraft II and a
>whole bunch of other games got a 96%, but this is the first 98%.
>

I think PG Gamer has got it wrong (again). I would rate AC less than
Civ2. I think because AC is so much like Civ2. To me, (it's not
really innovative, but instead more of an engine update with different
names for the same things and some added things. But, all in all the
same basic game system...

Dale

!Anthony Q!

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I didnt say that they gave all unknowns/smaller companies bad reviews, I was trying to
convey that they RARELY if EVER give a bad review to the BIG companies, while they
have no problem slamming the smaller fish for bad games.


Will Moeller wrote:

> They gave I-War a great review and it was from a pretty much unknow company....
>
> Will Moeller
> The Alpha Centauri Nexus
> http://sidgames.com/ac
>
> !Anthony Q! wrote:
>

> > Well after seeing last months PC GAmer give Falcon 4 such a high rating an then
> > say barely anything about its bugs, I decided to scrap my subscription. They are
> > WAY off on most of their reviews and any game from a big-time advertiser seems
> > to get much better treatment than the small non-advertsing group. Even CGW made
> > a big deal about Falcon 4's bugs and it only got 3.5 stars. For me they seem
> > like the better mag now.
> >
> > Colin wrote:
> >
> > > I seem to recall having to download numerous Civ2 patches because of bugs
> > > though, and Firaxis is being just as quick to release patches as Microprose
> > > was when Civ2 came out... Both games had there flaws, Civ2 was far from
> > > perfect (bug wise) when it was released, just as SMAC is far from perfect in
> > > its current state (though its pretty damned close if ya ask me).
> > >
> > > Later, Colin
> > >
> > > Andrew R. Gillett wrote in message ...

> > > >In comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.strategic, SnowFire wrote:
> > > >> Highest score ever. Civ2 got a 97%, Half Life got a 97%, WarCraft II and
> > > a
> > > >> whole bunch of other games got a 96%, but this is the first 98%.
> > > >>

> > > >> The issue next month will have a large strategy guide, as well, straight
> > > >> from Firaxis.
> > > >>
> > > >> http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/990225/ca_electro_1.html
> > > >
> > > >In PC Gamer UK, Civ 2 got 96%, Half-Life got 96% (the only other game to
> > > >get that was Quake II), and SMAC got 91%. 98% is just ridiculous, SMAC is
> > > >nowhere near as good as Civ II was at the time, and it has many flaws
> > > >(bugs, for a start).
> > > >
> > > >--
> > > >Andrew Gillett http://argnet.fatal-design.com/ ICQ: See homepage
> > > >"Sir, sure am, sir." - Chelmer Monkton, Starship Losers
> >
> > --
> > Later,
> >
> > Anthony
> > Bea...@hotmail.com

--
Later,

Anthony
Bea...@hotmail.com

Waver

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I have to agree. I havn't come across one bug. Sure, the formers AI could be
better. But thats all. I never liked civ2 more then civ1. SMAC rocks 'em
all.

wavver

Trevor Farrell

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In a recent article <01be62b7$a1c48260$c4dd...@worldnet.att.net>,
SnowFire <snowball...@worldnet.att.net> writes

>Highest score ever. Civ2 got a 97%, Half Life got a 97%, WarCraft II and a
>whole bunch of other games got a 96%, but this is the first 98%.

The UK version gives it 91% in a comparison with CTP which got 92%.
Presumably the latter was a pre release version, perhaps they both were!

Trevor

>
>The issue next month will have a large strategy guide, as well, straight
>from Firaxis.
>
>http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/990225/ca_electro_1.html
>

Trevor Farrell

Trevor Farrell

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In a recent article <MPG.11438ac39...@news.freeserve.net>,
Andrew R. Gillett <a...@whangomatic.freeserve.co.uk> writes

>In alt.games.firaxis.alpha-centauri, Krud wrote:
>> Don't you all realize that PC Gamer is a game company magazine? They don't
>> write reviews for gamers, they write them for game companies. I bet the
>> person who wrote the review played a final beta for a few hours then
>> submitted their review. They probably didn't play it long enough to know
>> that there are bugs. It wouldn't be the first time. I always get a laugh
>> when they review a game that has a game-stopping bug, but they don't mention
>> it in the review.
>>
>> But that's not the point. PC Gamer isn't in business to write quality
>> reviews, they're in business to make money and if rushing through a review
>> gets it out in print faster than the competition then that's what they'll
>> do. Stick Dan Bennett in a closet with a computer and a half dozen cheese
>> steak subs and tell him to write a review by tomorrow. Dan the man will get
>> the job done!
>
>Whoa, sounds like PC Gamer US and UK are a world apart, PC Gamer UK pride
>themselves on writing decent reviews and not sucking up to publishers.
>

Well IMO it wasn't always like that but it does seem to have improved.
The Falcon 4 review was odd though but I guess the reviews aren't done
to any depth.

Trevor

Trevor Farrell

Richard Gregory

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Dale Hight wrote:

> I think PG Gamer has got it wrong (again). I would rate AC less than
> Civ2. I think because AC is so much like Civ2. To me, (it's not
> really innovative, but instead more of an engine update with different
> names for the same things and some added things. But, all in all the
> same basic game system...
>
> Dale

I'd have to agree. What spoils it for me is that SMAC has allowed
gloss to overcome substance: I've played games like CIVII or, even
better, Master of Orion 2, for ages: unless you're very lucky in
the start conditions these games will give even the experienced
player a run for their money and getting a high CIVII percentage
is still an achievement. With SMAC you have to play really, REALLY
dumb to stand a chance of losing. I won the very first game I played
in a day. Not a challenge. It's great if you want to spend ages
dicking about with unit designs and such, but the AI players
are very non-agressive. Maybe multi-player is better.

spaceboy

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Andrew R. Gillett wrote:
>
> In alt.games.firaxis.alpha-centauri, Will Moeller wrote:
> > PCGamer UK isn't really different from the US. UK just writes reivews more pro to
> > UK made games.
>
> Examples?
>
> (every game that I can remember that got 95/96% was made in the US)
>

The rather average Dungeon Keeper got 94% or 95%. They also foam at the
mouth in an undignified manner over every DID flight sim.

On the other hand, while they may overrate from time to time, but they
do usually manage to slag off the real rubbish.

spaceboy

SnowFire

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Prowler <Like_downtime?_then_you'll_lo...@tampabay.rr.com> wrote in
article <MPG.11439ea47ff3ddce989740@news-server>...

> In article <01be6345$4d4f79e0$afdd...@worldnet.att.net>,
> snowball...@worldnet.att.net says...
>
> > > convey that they RARELY if EVER give a bad review to the BIG
companies,
> > > while they have no problem slamming the smaller fish for bad games.
> >
> > That just isn't true. I can give you many hyped games from big
companies
> > that PC Gamer has absolutely panned, from Sierra, Microsoft,
Microprose,
> > Electronic Arts, all the big companies. Should I get out my back
copies
> > and read them off?
> >
>
> Please do. I for one stopped bothering with PClamer
> after the Ass-end-ancy fiasco. It was that coupled with
> their amazing record of every single game advertised on a
> front cover fold out in their magazine getting editors
> choice (or whatever it is). Then of course there was the
> phenomenal average rating of 88% they had back
> then....which they corrected after public outcry by
> slamming older games hard (reviewing games that had been
> out for 6-10 months and giving them 15-60% while still
> reviewing "big name" games within a few weeks of their
> release.
>

Yup, they gave Outpost (the original) a 90% or something too, back in the
old days. But I didn't subscribe to the magazine back then, and they've
got a fully new staff for now and have had one for some time. Looking back
at some indexs of games, and some hyped games that got poor reviews:

The X-Files, the Game- 35% CGW gave that one 3 stars, despite no substance.
Riven- 40% Of course. Somehow, CGW was reasonably amenable to that one.
Tomb Raider III- 49% Absolutely nothing new to series. And they ran
articles on this as well.
C&C Sole Survivor 35% Totally panned it as no fun.
Ultima Online- 55% Lag, bugs, and PK'ing.
Dominion: Storm over Gift 3- 55% Not surprisingly.
Starship Titanic- 64% They were very disappointed, and they did a cover
story on that as well.
Star Wars: Rebellion- 60% A tremendous disappointment to all, and they said
it in their review.
M.A.X. 2- 40% Over the bugs, naturally.
Battlecruiser 3000 AD- 15% Same as above: bugs galore.
Red Baron II- 59%, Again, bugs.
Magic: The Gathering - Battlemage (something in the 30's) They had a
feature story that had a section on this as well.
G- Police 68% Panned it for good graphics, no substance while CGW gave it 5
stars
Police Quest: SWAT 2- 55% Impossible to control, unrealistic.
Frogger 32% Yes, this counts. That was definitely hyped, and I think CGW
gave it 3.5 stars.
Armored Fist 2- 34% Not surprisingly, but they had a cover story covering
parts of that.
Streets of SimCity- 37% Hated the driving model. Put out by big publisher
and famous developer.
Tom Clancy's Politika- 40% Boring boardgame.
Battlespire 58% - Didn't like this one either.
Journeyman Project 3- 75% Yeah, maybe not a pan, but CGW gave it an
incredible 5 stars, totally unrealistic.


That's what I could remember as well as what I found looking in the index
for last year. Satisfied?


Andrew R. Gillett

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In alt.games.firaxis.alpha-centauri, spaceboy wrote:
> Andrew R. Gillett wrote:
> >
> > In alt.games.firaxis.alpha-centauri, Will Moeller wrote:
> > > PCGamer UK isn't really different from the US. UK just writes reivews more pro to
> > > UK made games.
> >
> > Examples?
> >
> > (every game that I can remember that got 95/96% was made in the US)
>
> The rather average Dungeon Keeper got 94% or 95%. They also foam at the
> mouth in an undignified manner over every DID flight sim.

Dungeon Keeper was an excellent game and was a big hit over here.

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Chris Byler

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On Sun, 28 Feb 1999 06:25:22 GMT, daleh...@earthlink.net (Dale
Hight) wrote:

>On 28 Feb 1999 01:15:15 GMT, "SnowFire"
><snowball...@worldnet.att.net> wrote:

>>Highest score ever. Civ2 got a 97%, Half Life got a 97%, WarCraft II and a
>>whole bunch of other games got a 96%, but this is the first 98%.

>I think PG Gamer has got it wrong (again). I would rate AC less than


>Civ2. I think because AC is so much like Civ2. To me, (it's not
>really innovative, but instead more of an engine update with different
>names for the same things and some added things. But, all in all the
>same basic game system...

Maybe (although I think you're wrong, there are several things that
change the game _a lot_, most notably the design workshop and the new
diplomacy model).

But even if it is "Civ 3", that doesn't change the fact that
everything Civ 2 does, AC does just as well or better. It is a better
game.

I don't have anything against evolutionary development of game
systems; I'll take AC over "revolutionary" Ascendancy any day. In
fact, I think that games that break new ground usually have a lot of
rough spots and are not as good as their successors that do "the same
thing" only better.

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JSpectre07

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>Dungeon Keeper was an excellent game and was a big hit over here.
>

Ugh... must... take... exception... Dungeon Keeper wasn't much of a "game". It
was BEAUTIFUL, and amusing for a while, but there was really nothing to do
besides draw squares and drop your 8 toughest critters on whatever was foolish
enough to step up to the plate... hopefully, DK2 will fix that.

Pat
When I am king you will be first against the wall
With your opinion which is of no consequence at all.


Thierry Nguyen

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According to Zubanski, it was 1 Mar 1999 01:46:39 GMT when "SnowFire"
<snowball...@worldnet.att.net> approached him in the old
spaghetti factory. Zubanski then makes the dubious claim of being
handed a letter containing the following text:

>Journeyman Project 3- 75% Yeah, maybe not a pan, but CGW gave it an
>incredible 5 stars, totally unrealistic.

You're probably thinking of either Journeyman 2 or S+. CGW gave
Journeyman 3 3.5 stars.


--
Thierry Nguyen
"Isn't sanity just a one trick pony anyway? I mean, with sanity, you only
get one trick--rational thought. But when you're good and crazy, the sky's
the limit!" -The Tick


John Park

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very interestingly, CTP in the UK PC Gamer went head to head with AC and got
92%.

Andrew R. Gillett wrote in message ...

>In comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.strategic, SnowFire wrote:
>> Highest score ever. Civ2 got a 97%, Half Life got a 97%, WarCraft II and
a
>> whole bunch of other games got a 96%, but this is the first 98%.
>>

>> The issue next month will have a large strategy guide, as well, straight
>> from Firaxis.
>>
>> http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/990225/ca_electro_1.html
>

>In PC Gamer UK, Civ 2 got 96%, Half-Life got 96% (the only other game to
>get that was Quake II), and SMAC got 91%. 98% is just ridiculous, SMAC is
>nowhere near as good as Civ II was at the time, and it has many flaws
>(bugs, for a start).
>

>--
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David Adrien Tanguay

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Tor Iver Wilhelmsen wrote:
> SMAC doesn't have CivII's routing problems - there's a percentage
> point alone.

I've seen the goto bug in SMAC. It doesn't seem as common, but it's
still there.
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Krud

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Chris Byler wrote in message <36d9f51d...@news.vt.edu>...

>
>But even if it is "Civ 3", that doesn't change the fact that
>everything Civ 2 does, AC does just as well or better. It is a better
>game.


PC Gamer probably didn't have time to play the game so they figured if they
gave Civ 2 a 97, AC is probably better so they'll give it a 98.

I can picture it now............ an overworked, underpaid PCG writer gets to
work Monday morning and sees a copy (probably a gold version) of Alpha
Centauri sitting on his desk. He thinks, "damn, I don't have time to play
this! I've got important things to do today. It's 9:30 and I haven't even
decided what to get for lunch. What the hell does that prick Gary Whitta
want from me, for God's sake!" So he looks at the box and remembers how
good Civ 2 was and realizes that AC was made by the same people. He
figures, it can't be any worse, so he'll give it a 98 and probably get away
with it.

-Krud

Joe Schlimgen

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On Sun, 28 Feb 1999 23:46:13 GMT, "Mike"
<tans...@pilot.msu.edu.NOSPAM> wrote:

> After playing literally (i know this is sad) millions of hours of civ2 for years

_Literally_ millions of hours? Let's see, 1M hours is 114+ years and
you've played _millions_ (plural). IIRC, Civ2 hasn't been out that
long. :)


Mike

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Hmmm... well, maybe many thousands of hours. (thousands of games).

Been playing it (nearly) non stop since it was released.

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ric...@wargamer.com

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In article <9zkC2.361$db6....@news.rdc1.mi.home.com>,

"Mike" <tans...@pilot.msu.edu.NOSPAM> wrote:
> I have defeated it... but that isn't my biggest compliant. AC just isn't
> fun. The graphics just aren't good (seems like they use a dozen colors). The
> music and sound blow. The AI is horrible. It just doesn't get my imagination
> going like civ2. After a week of AC, I returned it. After playing literally
> (i know this is sad) millions of hours of civ2 for years, it is without a
> doubt one of the greatest computer games ever made. AC isn't a terrible
> game, but is sure as hell isn't better than Civ2... the guys over at PC
> Gamer must be smoking something.

The graphics fit the time period in question.

The music and sound are very mood oriented. They are certaintly better than
the sing songy music of Civ 2. I liked Civ 2 but this is a major leap
forward.

The AI seriously kicks butt. What level did you play at? The AI does a
great job using diplomacy and the tools of this game against you. I think no
one should ever base their opinion of a game like this on one game. I have
found that sometimes the other civs have bad startup conditions and just
never recover. And the AI does an excellent job of remembering treaties and
forming lasting relationships where the original Civ2 failed. More than once
I have had an ally come to my aid in my time of need without asking.

The steps forward in SMAC are incredible. I kind of compare it to a whole lot
of Civ with a little MOO and MOO2 thrown in for good measure.

>
> --
>
> Mike
>
> Please remove the .NOSPAM from my email address when replying
>
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>

> AcK! wrote in message <36d9d1a0...@news.interlog.com>...
> >Sun, 28 Feb 1999 15:37:56 GMT was when a million monkeys took over "Mike"
> ><tans...@pilot.msu.edu.NOSPAM>'s $2000 typewriter and wrote:
> >
> >>You are right, but AC just isn't as fun, nor nearly as addictive, in my
> >>opinion. Not even close. I can't wait for CTP...
> >
> >Probably because (it sounds like) you've soundly defeated it. Gotta get
> alphahq.net
> >set up soon, eh? :)
> >
> >TTYL
> >
> >... Backup not found: (A)bort (R)etry (S)lap nearest innocent bystander.

> > krup...@yahoospa.com
> > remove "spa" to email
>
>

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Henri H. Arsenault

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In article <e21C2.290$db6....@news.rdc1.mi.home.com>, "Mike"
<tans...@pilot.msu.edu.NOSPAM> wrote:

> I read the review... no offense, but I think it is total hog shit. There is
> no way that AC is better than Civ2, Civ2 is the greatest turn based strategy
> game EVER made... I can't believe they rated it higher than civ2.
>
For its time, yes, but Civ CHEATED!

Henri

Neil Fradkin

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>I think PG Gamer has got it wrong (again). I would rate AC less than
>Civ2. I think because AC is so much like Civ2. To me, (it's not
>really innovative, but instead more of an engine update with different
>names for the same things and some added things. But, all in all the
>same basic game system...


By your logic Civ1 should have gotten the highest rating of the three.
At least AC has one hell of a lot more additions and changes than civ2 did
from civ. (civ2 was an very minor engine update with the name names and a
small amount of added things)

Neil Fradkin

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>PC Gamer probably didn't have time to play the game so they figured if they
>gave Civ 2 a 97, AC is probably better so they'll give it a 98.


I don't understand why it's so hard to believe that people might
actually think AC is better than Civ2. IMHO, AC is much better than Civ2. It
removed Civ2's primary flaw, the game bogging down with micromanagment to
the point where it's not at all fun to play.

D. Bingham Brown

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AcK! wrote in message <36d9d1f7...@news.interlog.com>...

>>do. Stick Dan Bennett in a closet with a computer and a half dozen cheese
>>steak subs and tell him to write a review by tomorrow. Dan the man will
get
>>the job done!
>
>I could do that. ;)


Man, I'd do it for two cheesesteaks...

D. Bingham Brown
(far too many cheesesteaks already)


CaptComal

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Where is this PC GAMER issue that everyone is talking about. I subscribe
and don't have it. What is the ISSUE MONTH? What Page? I looked at
their online site and did not see it there either. What am I missing?

Best Regards,
CaptComal

SnowFire wrote:
>
> Highest score ever. Civ2 got a 97%, Half Life got a 97%, WarCraft II and a
> whole bunch of other games got a 96%, but this is the first 98%.
>
> The issue next month will have a large strategy guide, as well, straight
> from Firaxis.
>
> http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/990225/ca_electro_1.html
>

> --
> -SnowFire
> Webmaster of The Mindworm, Chiron's First Strategy & Tactics Magazine
> http://www.sidgames.com/ac/mindworm but that server is down.

Mike

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>The AI seriously kicks butt. What level did you play at?

3rd hardest, 2nd hardest and the very hardest. I played about 4 or 5 games

Mike

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I don't care, at least it was FUN.

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idleeric

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Neil Fradkin wrote in message ...


"Micromanagement": TBS:: "Mouseclicking":RTS

"bogged down"? ... nope .... depends what gives you a buzz ... the
meglomania of controlling 150+ cities on every corner of the Earth by 1950
after centuries of struggle did it for me ... isn't there a bit of Lenin in
all of us?

but then the curveball ... Pollution.

Isn't there a bit of Al Gore is all of us??

* * * * * * * *
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controls the world."
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James Dusek

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In article <01be62b7$a1c48260$c4dd...@worldnet.att.net>,
snowball...@worldnet.att.net says...

> Highest score ever. Civ2 got a 97%, Half Life got a 97%, WarCraft II and a
> whole bunch of other games got a 96%, but this is the first 98%.

A 98%, thats WAY to high. I'd give it a 78%, the game isn't that
fun and the AI isn't that good.

> The issue next month will have a large strategy guide, as well, straight
> from Firaxis.
>

A bribe?

James Dusek

Jon Nunn

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In article <7beg78$f...@newsops.execpc.com>,

CaptComal <CaptCom...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Where is this PC GAMER issue that everyone is talking about. I subscribe
> and don't have it. What is the ISSUE MONTH?

April 99, which is probably why you don't have it yet.

>What Page? I looked at
> their online site and did not see it there either. What am I missing?
>

I went to March 99 on their web site, hit next and got a list of what their
reviews are going to be in April with a note that they'll be avaiable as soon
as the April edition hits the stores. (In case your wondering, the online
version of their reviews just have the rating, bigest strength, bigest
weakness, and bottom line.)

> SnowFire wrote:
> >
> > Highest score ever. Civ2 got a 97%, Half Life got a 97%, WarCraft II and a
> > whole bunch of other games got a 96%, but this is the first 98%.
> >

> > The issue next month will have a large strategy guide, as well, straight
> > from Firaxis.
> >

> > http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/990225/ca_electro_1.html
> >
> > --
> > -SnowFire
> > Webmaster of The Mindworm, Chiron's First Strategy & Tactics Magazine
> > http://www.sidgames.com/ac/mindworm but that server is down.
>

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JSpectre07

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>isn't there a bit of Lenin in
>all of us?

No.

>Isn't there a bit of Al Gore is all of us??

Dear GOD no.

Kevin B. O'Brien

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For the benefit of Mr. Kite, "idleeric" <std...@mich.com> kindly
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>Isn't there a bit of Al Gore is all of us??

I'm not certain there is any Al Gore in Al Gore.


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In article <36d9f51d...@news.vt.edu>,
cby...@REMOVE-TO-REPLY.vt.edu (Chris Byler) wrote:

> I don't have anything against evolutionary development of game
> systems; I'll take AC over "revolutionary" Ascendancy any day. In
> fact, I think that games that break new ground usually have a lot of
> rough spots and are not as good as their successors that do "the same
> thing" only better.

Ascendancy was a REALLY bad game, but primarily because there was WAY to much
micromanagement and the computer AI was incredibly BAD.

It's too bad that all game designers gave up on all that was good about
Ascendancy. There hasn't been a really good space strategy game since MOO1.
(MOO2 was not as good as MOO1)

mike...@my-dejanews.com

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ric...@wargamer.com wrote:

> The AI seriously kicks butt

I haven't played the game enough to comment on the AI.

The AI in Civ2 was better than Civ1. The AI in Civ1 cheated massively.
Initially the AI in Civ2 seemed REAL good at first, but after playing for a
while, I figured out how to beat the AI.

I presume it will be the same with SMAC. These games are kind of like
puzzles. The goal is to figure out how to beat the AI. Once you've figured
out how to beat it, the game becomes a lot less fun. Then you buy a new game.

The question is, how long have you played with SMAC? Because after playing
with these games a real long time, eventually you figure out how to beat the
AI every time.

Jim Leonard

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In article <92bC2.1256$_J5....@news.rdc1.md.home.com>,
Krud <au...@mindspring.com> wrote:
>Don't you all realize that PC Gamer is a game company magazine? They don't
>write reviews for gamers, they write them for game companies. I bet the
>person who wrote the review played a final beta for a few hours then
>submitted their review. They probably didn't play it long enough to know
>that there are bugs. It wouldn't be the first time. I always get a laugh
>when they review a game that has a game-stopping bug, but they don't mention
>it in the review.

This is precisely one of the reasons my friend and I created
MobyGames. I got sick and tired of inaccurate reviews written by
magazine employees trying not to piss off big advertising accounts.

<blatant advertisement>
Take a look at http://www.mobygames.com/ as it might have the features
you're looking for in a review site. All reviews are user-contributed;
all ratings are relevant (ie you don't rate an Infocom text-adventure
on it's "graphics" and "sound", etc.). Everything is hyper-linked.
</blatant advertisement>

(Standard disclaimer: we *just now* opened up mobygames last night, so
there's only about 30 games in there. This will increase as we add the
ability for users to 1. create entries in the database via a web-based
form, and 2. give users the ability to create and maintain their own
software lists, for incentive :-)
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Jonathan Dalton

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What a load of crap. PC Gamer is beginning to turn into a "let's give it
100% and call it the best game ever made" console magazine (FFVII, anyone?).
No matter how good the game, I don't think it should ever be awarded above
05%, since there will always be faults with it, and people that don't like
bits of it. PCF is a perfect example of this ( I like that mag :) )

jon

SnowFire

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Thierry Nguyen
<deruber...@pleasedonthurtmeIhavebeanies.zombieworld.com> wrote in
article <36db30e5...@news.mindspring.com>...
> According to Zubanski, it was 1 Mar 1999 01:46:39 GMT when "SnowFire"
> <snowball...@worldnet.att.net> approached him in the old
> spaghetti factory. Zubanski then makes the dubious claim of being
> handed a letter containing the following text:
>
> >Journeyman Project 3- 75% Yeah, maybe not a pan, but CGW gave it an
> >incredible 5 stars, totally unrealistic.
>
> You're probably thinking of either Journeyman 2 or S+. CGW gave
> Journeyman 3 3.5 stars.

I stand corrected. However, I still think that the other panned, hyped
games shows that the conspiracy theories advocated by the others aren't
right.


Winte...@tictac.org

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In comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.strategic, du...@cadsun.corp.mot.com (James Dusek)
wrote:

>In article <01be62b7$a1c48260$c4dd...@worldnet.att.net>,
>snowball...@worldnet.att.net says...

>> Highest score ever. Civ2 got a 97%, Half Life got a 97%, WarCraft II and a
>> whole bunch of other games got a 96%, but this is the first 98%.
>

> A 98%, thats WAY to high. I'd give it a 78%, the game isn't that
>fun and the AI isn't that good.

Maybe 94-95%. Much better than 78%.