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Boot Disk: Baldur's Gate


Sometimes you just need to sit down, slide a floppy into your A: drive, and enjoy gaming retro style. We know this all too well! That's why we have a list of the best and brightest from days long gone. These are some of our favorite games of all time, and we're sure that you'll love them as much as we do, if not more. Welcome to Boot Disk, and enjoy the retro ride!


We've covered several seminal and highly influential RPGs before here on Boot Disk, but there's on in particular that is still missing. While we've talked about its sequel at quite some length, it serves to play the original game, both because it has a more coherent story and because it was the developer's first real game. Baldur's Gate has spawned a successful franchise that spans two series and even has spiritual sequel in Dragon Age, but we've yet to touch upon the game that started it all. It's far easier to find now that GoG.com has released it during their relaunch, and anybody who enjoys RPGs would be doing a disservice to themselves if they missed out on this classic.

Boot Disk: MDK


Sometimes you just need to sit down, slide a floppy into your A: drive, and enjoy gaming retro style. We know this all too well! That's why we have a list of the best and brightest from days long gone. These are some of our favorite games of all time, and we're sure that you'll love them as much as we do, if not more. Welcome to Boot Disk, and enjoy the retro ride!


Interplay is known for a few incredible and classic franchises. While the two most famous are Fallout and Baldur's Gate, there's a few others, such as Descent and Earthworm Jim, that are considered timeless games. We've covered all of these games on Boot Disk before, but there is one last franchise missing from the list: MDK. It features plenty of the Shiny style, from strange characters to unique sequences, and it stands the test of time despite being over a decade old. While its DRM-free version is currently absent from the market, Steam still has this masterpiece available for sale, and it's a must buy for anybody who loves classic games.

Boot Disk: Uplink


Sometimes you just need to sit down, slide a floppy into your A: drive, and enjoy gaming retro style. We know this all too well! That's why we have a list of the best and brightest from days long gone. These are some of our favorite games of all time, and we're sure that you'll love them as much as we do, if not more. Welcome to Boot Disk, and enjoy the retro ride!


We haven't covered many indie games on Boot Disk before. This is for two primary reasons. First, the definition of indie games has changed over the years. What was once common practice in the mainstream business two decades ago (very small development teams) is now the domain of hobbyists and visionaries. Second, the indies of yesteryear are folks like John Carmack and Cliff Blezsinski. The little guys that ended up making it big. Granted, there's plenty that started big, but more of the most famous names in gaming started out small, from Tim Schafer to Ken Levine. The modern indie movement has no room for these success stories, however. The internet was busy churning ahead to create a new darling studio: Introversion. While they are perhaps better known for Darwinia and DEFCON at this point, their first game was a small hacking "simulation" called Uplink. Thanks in part to its goofy interface and simple mechanics, it still endures as a beautiful, and altogether playable, game. One can't truly be engrossed in the new indie community without playing it at least once.

Boot Disk: Team Fortress Classic


Sometimes you just need to sit down, slide a floppy into your A: drive, and enjoy gaming retro style. We know this all too well! That's why we have a list of the best and brightest from days long gone. These are some of our favorite games of all time, and we're sure that you'll love them as much as we do, if not more. Welcome to Boot Disk, and enjoy the retro ride!

Team Fortress is one of the most influential mods ever made, with the only other mod of comparable reach being Counter-Strike. While originally for Quake, the mod team would later be bought out by Valve and put to work remaking the mod for the GoldSrc engine. The result is Team Fortress Classic, which was one of the first mega-popular mods for Half-Life and the direct predecessor to the incredible Team Fortress 2. Ignoring it would be a travesty, and despite its sequel being out, it still has a strong following amongst the hardest of the hardcore.

Boot Disk: Clive Barker's Undying


Sometimes you just need to sit down, slide a floppy into your A: drive, and enjoy gaming retro style. We know this all too well! That's why we have a list of the best and brightest from days long gone. These are some of our favorite games of all time, and we're sure that you'll love them as much as we do, if not more. Welcome to Boot Disk, and enjoy the retro ride!


The horror shooter genre is a relatively tame one. The terror that comes from such games is derived more from cheap startles than genuine psychological horror. Doom 3 is the pinnacle of these kinds of games, with many people simply labeling it as a startle game, not a horror game. However, a few years before Doom 3, Clive Barker tried his hand at suffusing games with his particular brand of horror. The result was Undying, and while not too scary, it was still more disturbing and affecting than most horror shooters today. This, combined with the fact that it was released in 2001, just goes to show that sometimes a genre just doesn't evolve.

Boot Disk: Sega Genesis Classics

Sometimes you just need to sit down, slide a floppy into your A: drive, and enjoy gaming retro style. We know this all too well! That's why we have a list of the best and brightest from days long gone. These are some of our favorite games of all time, and we're sure that you'll love them as much as we do, if not more. Welcome to Boot Disk, and enjoy the retro ride!

This week is something different from the norm. It's a re-release of several classic games that never saw their way to PC. Why? Because they were released on the Genesis instead. SEGA has pulled these games from the GameTap service and offered them for purchase on the PC instead. We're all for it, too, as the games included are quite good. While there are a few bad ones (Sonic 3D Blast), they are classic and available on the PC for the very first time. We'd call that a definite win for PC users. Since the games come in a bundle, we're going to cover our favorites, rather than a single game or all of them.

Boot Disk: Max Payne

Sometimes you just need to sit down, slide a floppy into your A: drive, and enjoy gaming retro style. We know this all too well! That's why we have a list of the best and brightest from days long gone. These are some of our favorite games of all time, and we're sure that you'll love them as much as we do, if not more. Welcome to Boot Disk, and enjoy the retro ride!

The inclusion of what is described as "bullet time" can be seen as a cliche'd, trite addition made to drum up sales. This wasn't always the case, though. Not even 10 years ago, most games did not have bullet time or some analog thereof. It took one game to both coin the term and give rise to its inclusion in virtually every game under the sun. That game is Max Payne, and despite some flaws, it is a dark, bloody masterpiece that any action fan must play. It also helps that - despite being released quite some time ago - it is available through Steam. So let's take a grim look at this noir-inspired massacre of the underworld.

Boot Disk: Empire Earth


Sometimes you just need to sit down, slide a floppy into your A: drive, and enjoy gaming retro style. We know this all too well! That's why we have a list of the best and brightest from days long gone. These are some of our favorite games of all time, and we're sure that you'll love them as much as we do, if not more. Welcome to Boot Disk, and enjoy the retro ride!

Rounding out our coverage of older, historical real-time strategy games is the excellent Empire Earth. Released only a year after the fantastic Age of Empires 2, Empire Earth aimed to push the historical real-time strategy game one step further. While it was a little rougher around the edges than the first two Age of Empires games, Empire Earth still managed to be incredibly fun and give players a look into an interesting and fictional future. If you ever wanted an RTS with the grand scope of Civilization, this is definitely the game for you. Despite its considerable age, it's one of the best games of this theme, and thanks to GoG.com, you can now pick it up without any DRM!

Boot Disk: Age of Empires 2


Sometimes you just need to sit down, slide a floppy into your A: drive, and enjoy gaming retro style. We know this all too well! That's why we have a list of the best and brightest from days long gone. These are some of our favorite games of all time, and we're sure that you'll love them as much as we do, if not more. Welcome to Boot Disk, and enjoy the retro ride!

The first Age of Empires was a good game. It may not have been the absolute best, but it was good. Much like all games that prove their popularity after release, the developers decided to give it a sequel. Age of Empires 2 is one stellar game, and it is easily the best in the entire series. It just adds more evidence to the supposition that the second game in a series is quite often the best. While it's a little harder to find today, it's still quite cheap, and offers an incredibly fun RTS experience unlike any other game you have played. Well, except for the first Age of Empires game, but that is a given!

Boot Disk: Age of Empires


Sometimes you just need to sit down, slide a floppy into your A: drive, and enjoy gaming retro style. We know this all too well! That's why we have a list of the best and brightest from days long gone. These are some of our favorite games of all time, and we're sure that you'll love them as much as we do, if not more. Welcome to Boot Disk, and enjoy the retro ride!

For a long time, real-time strategy games were relegated to a single time period. This was mostly because of the conflicting nature of different time periods. Having a game set in the medieval era is one thing, but if its across many eras, the art styles can clash and players can get left behind in a technological race, sealing their doom. One of the first games to try approaching this multi-era gameplay was Age of Empires, and it's one of the best RTS games ever made. Sitting somewhere between Civilization and Warcraft, it manages to depict the migration of civilization from the Stone Ages all the way to the Imperial Age. While other games in the series have been made, the first game still has an unimitatable charm that makes it great.
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