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#95501 - 07/12/06 02:58 PM Re: 2006 Darkside 13 - The List
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The time has come.
I will post final lists this Sunday morning my time, so get your recommendations in.
Here is my short and rpg deprived list - next year I promise I will have played enough to include a few.

Ico
Outcast
Realms of the Haunting
FEAR
Half Life
Half Life 2
Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy
Deus Ex
Twinsuns Odyssey
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#95502 - 07/13/06 01:27 AM Re: 2006 Darkside 13 - The List
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argh, only 13! I've been Darksiding A LOT more these days and it's getting harder to narrow the list down. And I can't believe I'm actually recommending 2 games that are fairly hard and only have checkpoints to save at. I use to hate those kind of games. But if you can actually make it thru King Kong and POP Sands of Time it is some of the most satisfying fellings of accomplishment and exhileration ever.(and FUN TOO) In other words; What a rush!

1) Doom 3
2) Unreal 2: The Awakening
3) Chronicles of Riddick
4) The Wheel of Time
5) Drakan
6) Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
7) Thief Gold
8) Thief 3: Deadly Shadows
9) Blair Witch 1:Rustin Parr
10) Silent Hill 3
11) Outcast
12) Splinter Cell 2: Pandora Tomorrow
13) King Kong

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#95503 - 07/13/06 03:47 PM Re: 2006 Darkside 13 - The List
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wow flotsam. u played Indigo Prophecy?
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#95504 - 07/13/06 04:01 PM Re: 2006 Darkside 13 - The List
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Sure did Hugh although if I never see another "simon says" sequence I won't miss it.
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#95505 - 07/13/06 04:25 PM Re: 2006 Darkside 13 - The List
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A query.
The original release of Silent Hill 2 appears to be a slightly different version from Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams. The first is a playstation exclusive release, the latter for other platforms including pc.
They are pretty much the same game, but I am going to list it as Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams unless one of the persons who listed it says they specifically wanted the playstation original version.
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#95506 - 07/13/06 05:51 PM Re: 2006 Darkside 13 - The List
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I'm a Darkside newbie. I'm still playing Oblivion and oddly I'm not 100% sold (Its a huge beautiful game but not enough varity for my taste) so I'm going to wait to list it till I finish. I can't wait to play some of the others on everyones lists

Zanzarah
Divine Divinity
Morrowind
Draken
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#95507 - 07/15/06 12:43 AM Re: 2006 Darkside 13 - The List
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Last chance - results go up tomorrow
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#95508 - 07/15/06 04:35 PM Re: 2006 Darkside 13 - The List
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Loc: Dallas. TX
Hi, I haven't posted in a while but I have still been playing games!

1)Morrowind
2)Divine Divinity
3)NWN
4)Halo (Xbox and PC)
5)Outcast
6)Might & Magic VI
7)Hexen II
8)Drakan
9)Oblivion
10)Dungeon Seige
11)Thief Gold
12)Halo 2 (Xbox)
13)Might & Magic VII
Not necessarily in any order although I rate Morrowind on top.

Marianne

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#95509 - 07/15/06 05:56 PM Re: 2006 Darkside 13 - The List
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Hi all,
Well the top 3 remain the same, with not a lot of change in the top 10 recommendations. Oblivion is the best performing new entrant and by next year it might well challenge for the top spot. Alice, Undying and the Sims 2 all jumped up, and fairy battles also got a bit of a rise, but Psychic battles disappeared altogether.
I have genre listed the top 20 plus ties based on Nickie’s categorisation last year (the genres will be finlaised later with the help of schwab35) and rpg’s certainly rule the roost – more reason I guess why I should play some smile
What follows as usual is a numerical list and an alphabetical list. I tried to use full names and to show alternative titles. If I mucked any up I apologise in advance.
Hopefully you will find the list useful in helping decide which little dark side jaunt you should take next. My wallet can testify I already have razz
So without further ado.....
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#95510 - 07/15/06 05:57 PM Re: 2006 Darkside 13 - The List
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19 Divine Divinity (RPG)
13 Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind (RPG)
9 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (RPG)
9 Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion (RPG)
9 Neverwinter Nights (RPG)
9 Outcast (Action/Adventure)
8 Gothic (RPG)
8 Zanzarah (Action/Adventure/RPG)
7 Baldur’s Gate 2 (RPG)
7 Planescape Torment (RPG)
7 Vampire Masquerade: Bloodlines (RPG)
6 Anachronox (RPG)
6 Baldur’s Gate (RPG)
6 Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine (Action/Adventure)
6 Might and Magic 6: The Mandate of Heaven (RPG)
6 Sims 2 (Simulation)
6 Splinter Cell (Action)
5 American Magee’s Alice (Action)
5 Beyond Divinity (RPG)
5 Gothic 2 (RPG)
5 Thief: The Dark Project/Thief Gold (Action)
4 Clive Barker’s Undying(Action)
4 Deus Ex (Action/RPG/Stealth)
4 Dragon Riders: Chronicles of Pern(Adventure/RPG)
4 Drakan: Order of the Flame (Action/Adventure)
4 Might and Magic 7: For Blood and Honour (RPG)
4 Painkiller (FPS/Action)
4 Realms of the Haunting (Adventure/Action)
4 Sacred Plus (RPG)
3 Arx Fatalis (RPG)
3 Dungeon Siege (RPG)
3 Dungeon Seige 2 (RPG)
3 Fable: The Lost Chapters (RPG)
3 F.E.A.R. (FPS/Action)
3 Half Life (FPS/Action)
3 Half Life 2 (FPS/Action)
3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone (Action/Adventure)
3 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Action/Adventure)
3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Action/Adventure)
3 Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition/Kult: Heretic Kingdoms (RPG)
3 Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit (Action/Adventure)
3 Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark (RPG)
3 Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (Action/Adventure)
3 Quest for Glory 1: So You Want to Be a Hero (RPG)
3 Quest for Glory 4: Shadows of Darkness (RPG)
3 Silent Hill 3 (Action)
3 Thief 2: The Metal Age (Action)
3 Tomb Raider 7: Legend (Action/Adventure)

2 Arcanum, Beyond Good and Evil, Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butchers Bay, Diablo 2, Dungeon Seige: Legends of Arrana, Elder Scrolls 3: Blood Moon, Fallout, Fallout 2, Ico, Indiana Jones and the Emperors Tomb, Lego Star Wars, Mafia, Max Payne, Might and Magic 8: Day of the Destroyer, Movies, The, Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide, Prince of Persia 3D, Prince of Persia: Two Thrones, Sacred, Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams, Silent Hill 4: The Room, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 – Sith Lords

1 007 Nightfire, Aikens Artifact, Anvil of Dawn, Arabian Nights, Baldurs Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast, Baldurs Gate 2: Throne of Bhaal, Betrayal at Antara, Big Kahuna Reef 2: Chain Reaction, Black & White 2, Blair Witch: Rustin Parr, Clocktower 1: The First Fear, Clocktower 2: The Struggle Within, Cold Fear, Condemned, Cultures, Diablo, Doom 3, Elder Scrolls 3: Tribunal, Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom, Everquest 2, Evil Genious, Freelancer, God of War, Grand Prix Legends, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Guild Wars, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Heroes of Might and Magic 3, Heroes of Might and Magic 4, Hexen 2, Hitman, Icewind Dale, Imperial Cities: Children of the Nile, Jade Empire, Jagged Alliance 2, Kingdom of Loathing, King Kong, Lands of Lore, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Luxor, Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom, Majesty: The Northern Expansion, Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure, Matrix Online, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, Mortal Combat: Shaolin Monks, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Nightlong: Union City Conspiracy, No One Lives Forever, Nosferatu: Wrath of Malachi, Obscure, Quest for Glory 5: Dragon Fire, Redjack: Revenge of the Brethren, Return to Krondor, Richard Burns Rally, Roller Coaster Tycoon 3, Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Serious Sam 2, Silent Hill, Sims University, Space Hack, Spider Man 2, Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Star Wars: Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy, System Shock 2, Thief 3: Deadly Shadows, Tomb Raider 2, Tomb Raider 3: The Lost Artifact, Trapt, Twinsuns Odyssey, Unreal 2: The Awakening, Unreal Tournament, Ultima Ascension, Vampire Masquerade: Redemption, Wheel of Time, Wild Wild West: The Steel Assassin, Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant, World of Warcraft, WWE: Smackdown vs Raw, X Com: Terror From the Deep.
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#95511 - 07/15/06 05:59 PM Re: 2006 Darkside 13 - The List
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1 007 Nightfire
1 Aikens Artifact
5 American Magee’s Alice
6 Anachronox
1 Anvil of Dawn
1 Arabian Nights
2 Arcanum
3 Arx Fatalis
6 Baldur’s Gate
1 Baldurs Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast
7 Baldur’s Gate 2
1 Baldurs Gate 2: Throne of Bhaal
1 Betrayal at Antara
5 Beyond Divinity
2 Beyond Good and Evil
1 Big Kahuna Ref 2: Chain Reaction
1 Black & White 2
1 Blair Witch: Rustin Parr
2 Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butchers Bay
4 Clive Barker’s Undying
1 Clocktower 1: The First Fear
1 Clocktower 2: The Struggle Within
1 Cold Fear
1 Condemned
1 Cultures
19 Divine Divinity
4 Deus Ex
1 Diablo
2 Diablo 2
1 Doom 3
4 Dragon Riders: Chronicles of Pern
4 Drakan: Order of the Flame
3 Dungeon Siege
2 Dungeon Seige: Legends of Arrana
3 Dungeon Seige 2
2 Elder Scrolls 3: Blood Moon
13 Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind
1 Elder Scrolls 3: Tribunal
9 Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion
1 Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom
1 Everquest 2
1 Evil Genious
3 Fable: The Lost Chapters
2 Fallout
2 Fallout 2
3 F.E.A.R.
1 Freelancer
1 God of War
8 Gothic
5 Gothic 2
1 Grand Prix Legends
1 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
1 Guild Wars
3 Half Life
3 Half Life 2
1 Halo: Combat Evolved
1 Halo 2
3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone
3 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
3 Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition/Kult: Heretic Kingdoms
1 Heroes of Might and Magic 3
1 Heroes of Might and Magic 4
1 Hexen 2
1 Hitman
1 Icewind Dale
2 Ico
1 Imperial Cities: Children of the Nile
6 Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine
2 Indiana Jones and the Emperors Tomb
3 Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit
1 Jade Empire
1 Jagged Alliance 2
1 Kingdom of Loathing
1 King Kong
1 Lands of Lore
2 Lego Star Wars
1 Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
1 Luxor
2 Mafia
1 Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom
1 Majesty: The Northern Expansion
1 Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure
1 Matrix Online
2 Max Payne
1 Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
1 Mortal Combat: Shaolin Monks
6 Might and Magic 6: The Mandate of Heaven
4 Might and Magic 7: For Blood and Honour
2 Might and Magic 8: Day of the Destroyer
2 Movies, The
1 Need for Speed: Most Wanted
1 Nightlong: Union City Conspiracy
1 No One Lives Forever
1 Nosferatu: Wrath of Malachi
9 Neverwinter Nights
2 Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide
3 Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark
1 Obscure
9 Outcast
4 Painkiller
7 Planescape Torment
2 Prince of Persia 3D
3 Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
2 Prince of Persia: Two Thrones
3 Quest for Glory 1: So You Want to Be a Hero
3 Quest for Glory 4: Shadows of Darkness
1 Quest for Glory 5: Dragon Fire
4 Realms of the Haunting
1 Redjack: Revenge of the Brethren
1 Return to Krondor
1 Richard Burns Rally
1 Roller Coaster Tycoon 3
1 Serious Sam: The First Encounter
1 Serious Sam 2
2 Sacred
4 Sacred Plus
1 Silent Hill
2 Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams
3 Silent Hill 3
2 Silent Hill 4: The Room
6 Sims 2
1 Sims University
1 Space Hack
1 Spider Man 2
6 Splinter Cell
1 Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
1 Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
9 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
2 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 – Sith Lords
1 Star Wars: Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy
1 System Shock 2
5 Thief: The Dark Project/Thief Gold
3 Thief 2: The Metal Age
1 Thief 3: Deadly Shadows
1 Tomb Raider 2
1 Tomb Raider 3: The Lost Artifact
3 Tomb Raider 7: Legend
1 Trapt
1 Twinsuns Odyssey
1 Unreal 2: The Awakening
1 Unreal Tournament
1 Ultima Ascension
1 Vampire Masquerade: Redemption
7 Vampire Masquerade: Bloodlines
1 Wheel of Time
1 Wild Wild West: The Steel Assassin
1 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant
1 World of Warcraft
1 WWE: Smackdown vs Raw
1 X Com: Terror From the Deep
8 Zanzarah
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#95512 - 07/15/06 07:27 PM Re: 2006 Darkside 13 - The List
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My Oh My! Thank you again and again, flotsam!

Your hard work is very much appreciated. I'm sure this will help the gamers in choosing the 'what's next'!

bravo bravo bravo

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#95513 - 07/15/06 11:09 PM Re: 2006 Darkside 13 - The List
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I added the genres to all games with 3 votes or more, and may I say, another fine job by Flotsam!
bravo
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#95514 - 07/16/06 12:22 AM Re: 2006 Darkside 13 - The List
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Thanks to you too schwab35 for you help bravo
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#95515 - 07/16/06 10:16 AM Re: 2006 Darkside 13 - The List
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Registered: 11/03/04
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flotsam, hi,

Thanks once again for making the effort to compile one of your enlightening lists praise

Interesting results, though not surprising, considering the audience here. RPGs are quite heavily favoured over action, probably due to most Boomers' preference for story and character development over twitch.

Kinda surprised that Deus Ex and Half-Life didn't fare better though. They both had involving stories and good adventuring/exploration possibilities. Two of the finest games ever created, IMO.

Cheers,
MetzO'Magic
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