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Are classic shooters really worth finishing nowadays?

#11StormKMD(Topic Creator)Posted 10/7/2013 9:30:31 AM
Garquille14 posted...
you can't put them in Completed in your backloggery you cheater


:D

And I like most games. Just not classic DOS shooters :P
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#12akuma634Posted 10/7/2013 9:38:19 AM
Most of those games haven't aged well. A big issue for me is that while you do get bigger levels, most of it is filler, misdirection, and a hunt for 3 colored keys to advance in the level. At least Duke 3D put some brain usage into the puzzles. Wandering around aimlessly with nothing to even fight so you can find some stupid key isn't a lot of fun. That's where Serious Sam really shines, it took what was fun about the classic shooters and it gutted all the boring parts.
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#13DarkshowersPosted 10/7/2013 9:56:53 AM
On XBLA, I finished Doom, Duke Nukem and Marathon Durandal on difficulties harder than normal. I actually grew up playing demos of these games and never had a chance to finish them so I was pretty happy when I did. Beating old school classic FPS games definitely feels like more of an accomplishment because they are such a challenge compared to easier, dumbed down modern FPS games today.
#14jake-sfPosted 10/7/2013 10:15:19 AM
akuma634 posted...
Most of those games haven't aged well. A big issue for me is that while you do get bigger levels, most of it is filler, misdirection, and a hunt for 3 colored keys to advance in the level. At least Duke 3D put some brain usage into the puzzles. Wandering around aimlessly with nothing to even fight so you can find some stupid key isn't a lot of fun. That's where Serious Sam really shines, it took what was fun about the classic shooters and it gutted all the boring parts.


Outside of bad level design, which does happen, you don't generally just "get lost" and wander aimlessly. Backtracking with the speed they're at takes the likes of 5 to 10 seconds when necessary, which is actually less time spent doing nothing than some Serious Sam arenas take to traverse at the slow pace you go in that game once they're cleared.

Just say it when you can't take any break in the action or some pacing that means everything isn't entirely about a linear choise-less corridor of rocket spamming.
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#15sonicteam2k1Posted 10/7/2013 10:21:05 AM
install the Brutal DOOM mod and you'll love DOOM IMO.

Also the Duke Nukem and Quake mods are awesome.

The new Shadow Warrior is pretty awesome too. Sword combat is pretty good.
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#16ThePCElitistPosted 10/7/2013 10:29:07 AM
akuma634 posted...
Most of those games haven't aged well. A big issue for me is that while you do get bigger levels, most of it is filler, misdirection, and a hunt for 3 colored keys to advance in the level. At least Duke 3D put some brain usage into the puzzles. Wandering around aimlessly with nothing to even fight so you can find some stupid key isn't a lot of fun. That's where Serious Sam really shines, it took what was fun about the classic shooters and it gutted all the boring parts.


Everything you just said is subjective. In fact, the entire statement "It hasn't aged well" is rather pointless to say. Just because one individual doesn't like a game a decade later that doesn't mean that it's not fun to anyone else. Why bother saying it at all? You aren't stating a fact.
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