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Old 09-16-2011, 01:56 PM   #1
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There have been plenty of 'best game' threads, but what is the absolute worst commercial game for Amiga in your opinion?
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Old 09-16-2011, 02:08 PM   #2
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There have been plenty of 'best game' threads, but what is the absolute worst commercial game for Amiga in your opinion?
Gloom 3 was pretty terrible. Same great engine as the previous games but with some poorly drawn home-made graphics which made it look like a PD game knocked up in Dpaint.

http://youtu.be/WMazTlO9Vco

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About 75% of them were technically beneath the OCS abilities IMHO.

Arcade conversions except simple games like Rainbow Islands etc were comically bad.

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Old 09-16-2011, 02:55 PM   #4
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About 75% of them were technically beneath the OCS abilities IMHO.
This.

Nothing ground my gears more than seeing straight EGA ports of games that the Amiga should have swallowed and had rattling around inside it.

For me the worst game I actually paid money for was Hillsfar (an allegedly AD&D based game).
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:19 PM   #5
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For me, it has to be Forgotten Worlds. The graphics look great, but the game is completely unplayable due to the ludicrous controls. It's simply an atrocity.

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Gloom 3 was pretty terrible. Same great engine as the previous games but with some poorly drawn home-made graphics which made it look like a PD game knocked up in Dpaint.

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This.

Nothing ground my gears more than seeing straight EGA ports of games that the Amiga should have swallowed and had rattling around inside it.
Or ST conversions.

There's too many "bad" games to list. I agree with the 3/4 or more percentage really. This is yet another way in which the Amiga and its users were gypped. With very few excepetions, action/arcade gaming on computers back then really was a joke compared to consoles. The more Amiga games from yore I try out, the more it becomes clear to me why pirating was such a big deal back then. Majority of it simply wasn't worth the high asking price that in some cases, were as much or more than their console counterparts! Still, like to collect the buggers though. Box artwork, pretty static pictures and its marketing hype is typically more entertaining than the actual game itself.
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Old 09-16-2011, 05:53 PM   #8
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Sometimes im glad nobody i knew had a console when i grew up we played amiga versions of strider and street fighter and thought they were pretty good.

Okay so not Strider but you get the point
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There was a game I bought in Electronics Boutique shortly before they gave up selling Amiga stuff which is a likely candidate. It was some sort of turn-based submarine strategy game. I bought it on a whim one day to support the small remaining Amiga market, but it was so bad I returned it for a refund.

No manual, and took 3 attempts to boot on my standard A1200, only to be greeted by an interlaced black & white screen with impossible-to-read text, no sound, and no way of knowing what I was supposed to be doing. There were a couple of gadgets I could click which were copies of Mac OS 7 gadgets, but couldn't figure out what they did.

I can't remember what it was called, and I can't find any mention of it anywhere on the internet, but the developers should still be ashamed of themselves for that atrocity.
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For me the worst game I actually paid money for was Hillsfar (an allegedly AD&D based game).
This was the only game I had on a crappy old Amstrad CGA (mind you, this was well into the VGA era) PC for nearly a year as a child. Those were dark times...
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:38 PM   #11
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:20 PM   #12
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Hi,

It is actually easier to do the best game threads, since there was so many rotten games brought out for the Amiga.

To me Electronic Arts games where the worst, you had to look at the time they were made, so you could determine which Amiga they ran on. Due to Electronic Arts copy protection every time they came out with a new Amiga system, the old games wouldn't play on it, you had to wait for the new games to come out. So to keep up with the new games you had to buy a new system, if you played Electronic Arts games.

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Default Re: The absolute worst commercial game for Amiga?

The game Top Banana is often mentioned in "worst game" type of threads, and I simply have to try it out one day

In my opinion there is almost a certain "quality" with being crap as well, because both the greatest and the most crap games will always be remembered, but just think about all the mediocre games that are long since forgotten.

Another thing is that everybody needs something or someone to hate
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There have been plenty of 'best game' threads, but what is the absolute worst commercial game for Amiga in your opinion?
As much as I love this game: Quake. Amiga port was just a mistake. Releasing game which couldn't run propely on any Amiga at that time..
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Honestly, Quake wasn't the first or the worst of such games. It's funny - in the PC market when a game would come out that simply wouldn't run at full speed on any computer at the time of its release was not a big deal - you just waited a while until new HW came out that could run it well (Strike Commander, Ultima VIII...). On Amiga in the second half of the 90s the 060 accelerators came out, but that was it - of course nobody knew at the time. So games that don't run that well on the 060 are basically only playable on UAE (maybe Natami or some FPGA in the future).

I personally think AB3D2 was much worse optimized than any Quake port. But that may be just my problem, because other people have apparently played it on 040 and it ran well (I've never tried patching the game). Quake on 060 with RTG is actually very playable (and a much better game than AB3D2 I might add...).
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Hi,

It is actually easier to do the best game threads, since there was so many rotten games brought out for the Amiga.

To me Electronic Arts games where the worst, you had to look at the time they were made, so you could determine which Amiga they ran on. Due to Electronic Arts copy protection every time they came out with a new Amiga system, the old games wouldn't play on it, you had to wait for the new games to come out. So to keep up with the new games you had to buy a new system, if you played Electronic Arts games.

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Your kidding right? EA were responsible for publishing a lot of great Amiga games, some of which had no copy protection at all! I know EA got a bad rep particularly in the PS2 Era, but in the Amiga days most of their stuff was pretty good. Even their console conversions like Desert Strike and Road Rash were good, when a lot of other developers/publishers did some really shoddy ports to the Amiga.

Anyway, back with the plot, Im picking the all time classic worst Amiga game - 'Rise of the Robots' - utter ****e, even the ports of Strider and Outrun weren't this bad!
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This isn't right.. it took over a page of comments before someone mentions "Rise of the Robots"....

... and still nobody until me mentions that game "Akira".

How quickly we forget.

(and how Electronic Arts games - which includes Populous, Populous II and Powermonger - can be mentioned in a worst games thread I don't know)
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This isn't right.. it took over a page of comments before someone mentions "Rise of the Robots"....

... and still nobody until me mentions that game "Akira".

How quickly we forget.

(and how Electronic Arts games - which includes Populous, Populous II and Powermonger - can be mentioned in a worst games thread I don't know)
Proud to say, I never even wasted a blank disk on Akira, I have never played it! (I did waste a few blanks on Rise of the Robots though... Still at least I was able to re-use them)

As for EA, most of the Amiga games I actually bought back in the day were by them, for the simple reason they actually weren't dross. Where a lot of firms early on in the Amiga's life pushed lame ST ports, EA actually took advantage of the Amiga's superior ability. Later in the Amigas life, EA tried to ensure that the Amiga versions were at least as playable and on a par with the Console/PC versions, if not better. As far as I recall they were about the only multi-platform software house to do so!

Squeezing Syndicate onto the A500, and making it almost identical to the PC version, was some achievement!
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This.

Nothing ground my gears more than seeing straight EGA ports of games that the Amiga should have swallowed and had rattling around inside it.

For me the worst game I actually paid money for was Hillsfar (an allegedly AD&D based game).
The obvious Atari ST 68000 code + Amiga sampled sound routine made my blood boil too. Just reading the programming diary for Power Drift said it all.
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Your kidding right? EA were responsible for publishing a lot of great Amiga games, some of which had no copy protection at all! I know EA got a bad rep particularly in the PS2 Era, but in the Amiga days most of their stuff was pretty good. Even their console conversions like Desert Strike and Road Rash were good, when a lot of other developers/publishers did some really shoddy ports to the Amiga.

Anyway, back with the plot, Im picking the all time classic worst Amiga game - 'Rise of the Robots' - utter ****e, even the ports of Strider and Outrun weren't this bad!
Rise of the Robots = crap game design so not conversion teams fault.
Outrun = crap programming for conversion (Amiga game should have looked like the Megadrive/Genesis version....Lotus II is proof)

PS Syndicate was coded for Amiga first?
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