Myst (PC, Macintosh) – 1994
- Category Archives DOS
There have been a lot of mech games over the years. There are only few I have spent serious time playing and MechWarrior 2 is one of those. In my opinion, it is still one of the best.
MechWarrior 2, like the other MechWarrior games, is part of the BattleTech universe. MechWarrior 2 was originally written as a DOS game in 1995 but was ported to Windows and Macintosh as well as to the PlayStation and Sega Saturn. As the player you must choose one of two clans that are at war with each other. After making your choice, you will pilot a mech in a variety of missions with various goals. As the game progresses, you can further modify your mech and can eventually issue commands to your own squad. MechWarrior 2 is a cross between a tactical simulator and first person combat. It really plays much like a flight simulator only with mechs instead of planes and it is awesome. Unfortunately, they went in a little different direction with the console ports. The arcade aspects were emphasized more and the game was simplified somewhat. Some will no doubt like this better but to me it ruined the game. I loved the simulation aspect of the original computer versions and to change that makes it a much different game. So if you want to give this one a try, the DOS or Windows versions are definitely the ones you want to chose from. The problem is that these are relatively difficult to get working on modern hardware. MechWarrior 2 has not been re-released for modern hardware and is not available via distributors like GoG or Steam. Getting this game to work is complicated by the fact that there were different versions released for different 3D accelerators as well. There are tutorials out there for getting the Windows version to work on a modern system and I suspect that you can get the non 3D accelerated version to work via DOSbox but I haven’t tried it (and you would lose out on some textures). However, despite the dated 3D graphics and extra effort required to get this one up an running on modern hardware, it is well worth it. Whenever you see a list of top 100 games this one is typically in it and for good reason. Hopefully it will show up on GoG one of these days…
Desert Strike (DOS)
Desert Strike is a shooter released by Electronic Arts in 1992 for the Sega Genesis. It was ultimately ported to a number of other systems including the Super Nintendo, Atari Lynx, an enhanced version for the Amiga, MS-DOS and Game Boy among others. The above ad is for the 1994 DOS version of the game which could be had on 3.5″ disks or CD-ROM.
Desert Strike is a nice change of pace from more common bullet hell shooters. It is a bit slower paced, more strategic in nature, and is played from an overhead isometric perspective. It comes across as a sort of cross between Choplifter, Blue Max and Raid on Bungeling Bay.
While the development of Desert Strike started well before the Gulf War (Desert Shield and Desert Storm), the plot was adapted as development went along after those events occurred. You must execute a series of missions in your Apache helicopter with the ultimate goal of stopping the evil dictator from escaping with a bomber full of nukes.
The game was great on just about every system it was released on and was especially good on the Genesis, Super Nintendo, Amiga and DOS. A couple of later ports were excellent as well. As far as shooters go, this one is very well done and a little different than the vast majority of shooters out there. I’m not aware of any re-releases of this game though there were a couple of later ports including a 2002 Game Boy Advance release and a 2006 PlayStation Portable release. There were also a number of sequels including Jungle Strike, Urban Strike, Soviet Strike and Nuclear Strike. Future Strike was also planned but it evolved into Future Cop: LAPD. Desert Strike is an excellent game and worth tracking down. I recommend one of the 16-bit console versions or one of the computer versions whether you are using original hardware or emulation. Screen shots above are from the DOS version of the game.