Welcome to part three of the Memorable gaming moments, we are now fully immersed in PC gaming.
7 ) We are kicking off todays trip down memory lane with the single player space simulator Tachyon : The Fringe, there were many space sim games over the years but for me this was the one that delivered all the elements that I wanted, intuitive space combat with a variety of ships to kit out and fly, an enjoyable but storyline that sees you choosing sides in a giant space conflict.
All of this from a rather small developer, it was a treat to play and Dok and I spent countless hours discussing the game and tactics.
But for the two big draws to buying Tachyon were:
- the first was that the main character Jake is voiced by Bruce Cambell
- the second was that the ships allowed for sliding which being a Babylon 5 fan was an instant attraction (for reference this is when you can maintain the direction and velocity of travel while being able to alter the direction the ship was facing).
8 ) Final one for this post is Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, released in 2002 the game delivered an amazing single player campaign, but also gave me my first proper experience with online gaming.
The single player narrative for me was a wonderful glimpse into the use of more action focused games for story telling but with Steven Spielberg on the writing team it’s no real surprise. I think the thing that struck me most about the game was that it jumped between locations and environments, giving you different environments to handle and deal with.
There were moments when you were taking part in street battles, attempting to take out sniper nests before they targeted you or avoid enemy tanks as infantry. The game used AI to control allied troops that would fight around you giving things a more immersive feel.
The multiplayer was fast and frantic, there was a variety of weaponry and the maps were lifted from game locations, some later mods added artillery fire or animated tanks that would periodically fire at known camping locations to allow the games to flow alot better.