I don't know about you, but I used to get a HUGE kick out of the DUKE NUKEM series of games - the humour and gameplay, around 1996, took some beating back then.
Wolfenstein 3D was my first experience with a first person shooter, and I was hooked. I hope to never remember how many hours I gave to it.
That is, until DOOM came out. There went a lot more time.
Great experience, too, and when you play the games now (guilty, as charged), they show their age in graphics, given today's technological climate; but the playability remains, and I keep coming back to enjoy the experience.
Duke Nukem 3D was refreshing for both its tenacious humour, and it's blunt honesty that you are simply there to chew bubblegum and kick *XBox*. And it pulls it off not only unapologetically, but successfully! The game every teen and college boy would want to play, and did, even if you had to pirate a copy to do it.
Quake wasn't bad, and I still play it sometimes, but unless you had a math-coprocessor and a 386 minimum back when the game came out— and even then, you didn't dare set the resolution very high because the frames per sec were awful. The later Quakes are better for that series, in my own experience.
Unreal was a game that improved on the way iD was approaching 3D gameplay, and if you've played it you know what I mean. I love that game, and it became my pasttime for its entire single-player run. Great story, too!
But my favorite will always be, and is, Heretic. That was the game I think I was waiting for my entire life. Just something about it. The medieval aspects, the dungeons. And a crossbow. Take my money, please!
I use the OpenGL Heretic these days, and I know the levels and their secrets about 80% or so. Headphones only, of course, because the sounds only add to the experience you are about to undertake.
Hexen was ... pathetic. I mean, I get what they were trying to do, but no. It didn't work, accept it and move on. There continue to be times when I try to play it, but I guess I don't see it as strong and immersive game as Heretic was for me. Others mileage may vary.
And to think that I was there when 3D first-person perspective games came into existence. Not to mention where games are at now. Yet these first-person shooters that I see as I'm browsing through Twitch are nothing but death, carnage, and did I mention death? Kill, kill, kill. Or be killed. The choice is yours. Results when you tune into the 10pm News. There's no soul to them. None that I can see.
Or, I've simply gotten old. Who is it that put it this way?
"The memories of the man in his old age are the deeds of a man in his prime."
======== "The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long, and you have burned so very very brightly Roy."— Tyrell, Blade Runner ======== Atari on, everyone, and tarry not. ======== For long you live and high you fly And smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry And all you touch and all you see Is all your life will ever be... —Breathe, Pink Floyd
You make some great references there, Tim, to some great titles from yesteryear.
Duke Nukem 3D was the dog's bolly's - top class 1st person shooter action - editable WAV files to taunt your chums - head to head via modem - humour SPOT ON! If Brenski is reading this, I am sure the memories (mainly 4mb) will come tumbling back for him, too.
Wolfenstein 3D was also another classic - a great series of challenges with rooms and corridors full of Nazis to map and clear out. I can still hear digitised cries of "HALT!" Followed by cracks of gunshots ringing out.
I do remember the medieval atmosphere of Heretic - my old mate Mezza used to play it - and I think he was similarly hooked as you, Tim.
I also recall some Triad gang title, too, but although the action was hectic, a bit like Hexen, I'm not sure it caught on as well as the authors had hoped.
Now don't get me started on Quake, mate... I'm still very partial to a game of Quake Arena - Tank Junior, Klesk, Lucy...QUAD DAMAGE!
You've certainly whet my appetite again, bud.
As for frame rate problems, bout time you upgraded your 386, Tim.
I'll flog you a 486/DX66 when I prise myself off my Pentium 150!