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Old 07-24-03, 02:48 PM
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Need recommendations for birthday present: PC games

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I need to get a birthday present for my brother, who'll be 36 in a few weeks. He likes games like Civ, Populous, WarCraft, Starcraft, etc. I think he just bought WCIII, so that's out. I don't want to spend 49.99 either. Are there any recommendations out there? I was thinking of maybe getting him an expansion pack for WCIII....
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Old 07-24-03, 02:56 PM
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That would be a good choice if he does have WCIII. It's around $35, and includes a lot of new content. Personally I have been hooked on Age of Mythology for a while now. I'm pretty sure it retails for $39. It is another RTS game similar to WC, and CivIII. Although it is a little older now Age of Empire II is still a great game. You can get the pack with the game, and expansion for $29. Can't go wrong with that.
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Rise of Nations.
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Old 07-24-03, 03:08 PM
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If he doesnt have WarCraft 3, get that, if he does, and doenst have Frozen Throne, get that. Also, GENERALS is a must.
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Old 07-24-03, 04:40 PM
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I really enjoyed Civilization III. Another great strategy game is Heroes of Might and Magic. Stay away from HoMM IV, it is inferior to HoMM III which is a fantastic game.
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If he likes Civ games, you might want to take a look at Galactic Civilizations.
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Old 07-24-03, 06:41 PM
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What ever you pick don't for get the best buy $5 off coupon.
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Maybe you can find something at www.dirtcheapsoftware.com
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How about the new Age of Wonders, its turn based so he might like it, but its a bit expensive as its new though.

www.dirtcheapsoftware.com - is that legit? Some of their prices seem insanely low (like 1$)

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Old 07-24-03, 08:03 PM
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It's really cheap now ($10 or less) and the graphics aren't so hot now, but if he has any interest in Japanese history or something similar I'd really recommend something like Shogun: Total War. It's a ton of fun -- kept me interested for a good 2 weeks till I beat it (and it's the kind of thing I'll go back to eventually). You can either micromanage your provinces and battles -- in a Myth format -- or focus on the larger picture and leave the battles to the computer.

http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/198633.asp
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Old 07-25-03, 09:32 PM
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I was going to recomend Operation Flashpoint which you can get for around $20-$30. You can even find copys of Cold War Crisis in the bargain bin at CompUSA. But it seems he's more into RTS games.
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How about the electronic arts game pack, with Earth and Beyond, NFS high stakes, Command and Conquer renegade, and Freedom Force. Its a great game pack and I bought mine from Gamestop for only 7.50 new.
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My friend just told me Staples is clearing out some games, notably Unreal 2 and Neverwinter Nights. Both for $10. I am getting NWN!
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Indeed. That sounds like the game for him. It's from the makers of Alpha Centauri. It's received tons of praise and has been quite the seller since its release.
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If he does have Warcraft III and you don't want to spend 50 bucks, get The Frozen Throne expansion.
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Old 07-28-03, 02:45 AM
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How about the new Age of Wonders, its turn based so he might like it, but its a bit expensive as its new though.

www.dirtcheapsoftware.com - is that legit? Some of their prices seem insanely low (like 1$)
Yes, they are legit. I've only ordered from them once, the product had the whole retail box and complete manual, etc. Very fast shipping.
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Old 07-28-03, 04:44 PM
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I think I am going to order the expansion pack for WCIII frozen tundra thingy. Also, the cheapest price aruond seems to be that dirtcheapsoftware place, so THANKS ALL!!!
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Now, dancinns, don't corrupt any more innocents just because we need some more whipping boys.
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Old 07-28-03, 11:25 PM
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Now, dancinns, don't corrupt any more innocents just because we need some more whipping boys.
We have enough whipping boys...Billy Madison, B2K, Idgie, etc.

But seriously, SmallBall is a great "free" game for anyone who likes a good strategery game and baseball. I say "free" because you'll have to drop the $20 for the trainer since the free one blows.
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