Category Archives: Games

Midtown Madness 2 (2000)

Midtown Madness 2

Microsoft Corporation

In Midtown Madness 2, players get to race a greater variety of vehicles than in the original Midtown Madness. New vehicles include: a Mini, a Panoz roadster, a Ford pickup and a Greyhound bus. Gameplay is essentially the same, being arcade oriented with simplified handling and physics, and pure action modes.

Half-Life (1998)

Half-Life

Sierra On-Line, Inc.

Black Mesa Research Facility, an ultra-secret laboratory under government contract, conducting top-secret and extremely volatile experiments with stuff we’re not supposed to know about. You play as Gordon Freeman, a Black Mesa employee. And this morning, as usual, you pit your way to the research facility for a run-of-the-mill experiment.

Midtown Madness (1999)

Midtown Madness (1999)

Microsoft Corporation

Drive around the streets of Chicago in a series of races, or just try the various timed challenges! The entire city is recreated, with more landmarks and major streets drivable, complete with pedestrians and traffic cars! Drive your “common” cars like Cadillac Eldorado or Ford Mustang, or go superexotic like Panoz Roadster, or drive a super-though F-350 HD pickup… Or even the Detroit City Bus and/or a Freightliner truck… Lots of variety, lots of scenary to admire, lots of challenges to attempt… And when you get bored, try the multiplayer, including tag, football, cops and robbers, and many more modes.

Age of Empires II: Gold Edition (2001)

Age of Empires II: Gold Edition

Microsoft Corporation

This package contains both Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings and Age of Empires II: The Conquerors expansion, along with some brand new maps as well as 3 recorded games by the masters of AoE, showing you the best strategy to win.

Max Payne (2001)

Max Payne

Gathering

Max Payne was a police officer of the New York City police. On one terrible day, his wife and newborn daughter were killed by three junkies, who broke into his apartment after having ingested a new designer drug known as Valkyr. After the tragedy, Max quit the police force and joined the Drug Enforcement Administration. Three years later, during a raid on a mafia compound that was reportedly trafficking Valkyr, his best friend and fellow DEA agent Alex is killed, and he becomes the prime suspect in his murder. Now Max is all alone in the cold, snowy night of New York. The mob is out to get him. The police are out to get him. The only way out is with guns blazing, because he has nothing to lose.

Bugdom (2000)

Bugdom

Global Star Software Ltd., On Deck Interactive

Bugdom is a third-person action adventure game, originally a Mac title and later ported over to Windows.

The game is set on the insect kingdom of Bugdom, where the bad Fire Ants have overthrown the government and kidnapped all the ladybugs. You play as pill bug Rollie McFly who takes it upon himself to rescue everyone and save the day by riding bigger bugs, jumping around and kicking some Fire Ant booty. The game uses fully 3D accelerated polygonal graphics.

Homeworld (1999)

Homeworld

Sierra On-Line, Inc.

Homeworld is a revolutionary 3D strategy game where you control a mothership and a fleet as you harvest resources, conduct research, and build up your fleet that can vary from small, fast, and nimble scouts to lumbering heavy cruisers. Move your camera in full 3D (up/down/around) and issue full 3D movement orders. Specify 3D formations for your ships, employ cloaked vessels to ambush enemy or employ salvage vessels to capture enemy ships… or defend against them with prox sensors and mines… The choice is yours. There is a 17-mission single player campaign, or you can play online in true internet multi-player.

Homeworld: Cataclysm (2000)

Homeworld: Cataclysm

Sierra On-Line, Inc.

Cataclysm is an add-on for the RTS Homeworld. It includes a new race, called “The Beast”, a kind of a parasite that just converts everything it comes by. There are also new units available, like the mimic, which is a futuristic kamikaze fighter; a ramming frigate, that crashes into hostile ships, preferably cruisers; and many more. Home base management became more complex. If one wants to research new ship classes, one has to build an extra research lab for this; if one wants to research a new weapon technology, one’s got to build another. If the player wants to expand his fleet, he has to build rooms for his pilots. All these parts are connected with the mother ship. The mission design is very different.

Grand Theft Auto 2 (1999)

Grand Theft Auto 2

Rockstar Games, Inc.

Lie, cheat, and steal your way through three districts of a huge city in the follow-up to Grand Theft Auto. Earn the respect of 7 different gangs as you demolish the town in your attempt to make lots of cash. The game takes place at an undisclosed time in the near future. Unlike the first game which featured three different cities, Grand Theft Auto 2 only features a single town, but it’s divided in three districts which are unlocked one at a time: downtown, residential and industrial. Like in the original the player goes around answering phones to initiate various missions. The game uses an overhead camera in a 3D landscape and allows the player to freely explore the city and steal any vehicle the player sets his or her eyes on. To unlock new districts the player must reach a certain score which is done by committing crimes and finishing missions.

System Shock 2 (1999)

System Shock 2

Electronic Arts, Inc.

System Shock 2 is an FPS/RPG hybrid, set on the Von Braun, the first faster-than-light speed space vessel. After choosing a set of initial skills, you are thrust into the plot as you awaken from cryogenic sleep with no memory of recent events. Something has gone horribly wrong on the Von Braun and you must fend for yourself with only one mysterious contact to guide you.