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Best SSI Fantasy RPG's

Post by Mantas » Thu Jul 26, 2007 5:47 pm

Just wondering what everyone's fav was. I remember reading about the famous "Gold Box" SSI games but I never played any of them. I did play Eye of the Beholder 3 but wasn't overly impressed with it. Lands of Lore was much better but it wasn't a SSI game.

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Post by michaelf » Thu Jul 26, 2007 5:54 pm

Eye of the Beholders One and Two were [apparently] much better than EotB3. I only played the first two but I read at the time that by the third one the genre was running out of steam.

I'm not sure about the other ones; Curse of the Azure Bonds, Secret of the Silver Blades etc. Certainly Amiga Power panned them but, well, on occasion that's what you'd expect from AP :D

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Post by MC1 » Thu Jul 26, 2007 5:58 pm

Played a few but favourite was Secret of the Silver Blades.
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Post by russgalleywood » Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:03 pm

Champions of Krynn for me as I really loved the Dragonlance books.

The graphics were not fantastic but the games stuck accurately to the AD&D rules and the game engine just worked really well.

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Post by Belgarath » Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:06 pm

EotB 1 and 2 were made by Westwood which is why there were a lot better than the 3rd one which wasn't.

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Post by merman » Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:24 pm

Curse of the Azure Bonds was the one I played the most and got the furthest in
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Post by Scapegoat » Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:33 pm

Phantasie I and II ('87 ish) were even better RPG's than the early Ultima series.

http://www.atarimania.com/detail_soft.p ... ON_ID=3930
http://www.lemon64.com/games/details.php?ID=1917

The SSI war games were top notch too.

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Post by cruachan » Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:06 pm

one of the only ssi titles i played right to the end was MENZOBERRANZAN. i remember at the time reading reviews slating it - that at one point you simply could go no further. i remember that point and stumbling upon a hidden key hole on a random obscure wall - it would be so difficult to find but somehow i found it and played to the end. great memories!

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Post by revgiblet » Fri Jul 27, 2007 8:20 pm

EOB 1 and 2 were excellent and I prefer them to Dungeon Master, purely because of the D&D setting and character creation system. Haven't played 3, but I'd heard the same as everyone else - i.e. it's not made by Westwood and it sucks.

For the same reasons I really like the SSI games based on the D&D rules (including the Buck Rogers games). They're all great, but like russgalleywood I would go for the Krynn games because I too love the Dragonlance books.

I'm surprised that they got panned by AP because Stuart Campbell is such a huge fan of RPGs. In fact, I reckon we should all PM him asking him to do a 'Definitive Guide To' the SSI D&D games. I think he'd enjoy it.
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Post by StickHead » Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:38 am

BSS Jane Seymour on the Atari ST was atmospheric, engrossing, bloody difficult.

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Post by Belgarath » Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:32 pm

And has nothing to do with SSI :)

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Post by StickHead » Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:57 am

How silly of me! :oops: Time to do some research, I think.

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After a quick squizzepedia I see that Buck Rogers was an SSI game. The Megadrive version ate many hours of me and my mate's lives. I loved the way you could team up with some alien species (if you could sweet-talk them right).

Interesting to note Flashback is on the list, too. I think SSI were responsible for the American DOS version.

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Post by demon cleaner » Mon Jul 30, 2007 2:09 pm

Champions of Krynn and Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday.

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Post by Madge » Mon Jul 30, 2007 2:30 pm

StickHead wrote: After a quick squizzepedia I see that Buck Rogers was an SSI game. The Megadrive version ate many hours of me and my mate's lives. I loved the way you could team up with some alien species (if you could sweet-talk them right).
Countdown to Doomsday is one of my favourite Megadrive games too. It's very different from the computer versions though - not nearly as stat-heavy.
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Post by Mayhem » Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:41 am

The Krynn games were my favourites and probably the best.
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