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View Poll Results: Retro Let's Play: Late March 2017 voting
"Batman" aka "Batman: The Movie" (Ocean, 1989) 8 50.00%
"Mega Lo Mania" (1991) 1 6.25%
"Midwinter" (1989) 2 12.50%
"Snatcher" (1988) 6 37.50%
"Sword of the Samurai" (1989) 2 12.50%
"UFO: Enemy Unknown" aka " X-COM: UFO Defense" (1994) 6 37.50%
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Old 1st March 2017, 5:42 PM   #1
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Default Retro Let's Play: Late March 2017 voting thread

Click here if you want an explanation of what this is, and why we're doing it.

Nominations are closed. Voting has begun. Vote for as many titles as you like. We play the winner march 17.

Games to vote for:

* "Batman" aka "Batman: The Movie" (Ocean, 1989)
* "Mega Lo Mania" (1991)
* "Midwinter" (1989)
* "Snatcher" (1988) (NSFW warning - gore/nudity)
* "Sword of the Samurai" (1989)
* "UFO: Enemy Unknown" aka " X-COM: UFO Defense" (1994)


Nominate the game we'll play and discuss during late March 2017 in this thread. On Thursday 9th March nominations will close, I'll add a poll, and we'll vote on the game there. Votes close March 16, and we start playing March 17.

For now, nominate away. Rules are similar to other retro threads - the original game must be 10 years old or older (released March 2007 or earlier). Please keep nominations to one per person, so the voting list stays sane.

See the FAQ thread linked to above for sites offering inspiration and ideas of which titles to pick. When nominating, please share a small amount of information about the game and maybe a screenshot or video. Handy links include MobyGames, HG101 or Wikipedia links.
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Nominating "Snatcher". A PC style adventure game created by "Metal Gear" creator Hideo Kojima.

Info: (NSFW Warning, gore and nudity in some screenshots)
http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/snatcher/snatcher.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snatcher_(video_game)

Retronauts podcast with one of the English localisation staff:
https://archive.org/details/Retronau...-+Snatcher.mp3

Originally released for PC-88 and MSX2 in 1988, these were incomplete until the third act was finally added to the PC-Engine release in 1992, and the officially English-localised version for Sega-CD in 1994 (quite unusual for games like this of the era), which even had lightgun support for one section. Playstation and Saturn versions came later, but in Japanese only.

It's a pretty blatant rip-off of Blade Runner and other 80s sci-fi movies, and shows clear links to Japanese anime like Bubblegum Crisis. The game features characters that show up in many future Kojima works, including a robot assistant named "Metal Gear".

Kojima went on after this to make Policenauts (another adventure style game) which would feature the character Meryl Silverburgh who would reappear in Metal Gear Solid and on.

I'm no Kojima fanboy by any stretch, but I'm keen to play this game as a weird bit of video gaming history. The English translation in particular is fascinating, being quite ahead of its time as a concept. It only sold "a couple thousand units", so was a commercial failure, but highly sought after these days due to the high quality of the production.
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Due to the recent free offer from GoG, I nominate X-Com: UFO Defense.

For those who need an introduction:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFO:_Enemy_Unknown
http://www.mobygames.com/game/x-com-ufo-defense

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I think I'd like to nominate Sensible Software's "Mega Lo Mania" from 1991.
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Default Sid Meier's Sword of the Samurai DOS 1989

I want to nominate Sid Meier's Sword of the Samurai. A fantastic game I spent more time with I should have. It's very minimal but at the same time addicting.

A great candidate for a month of play because it's not too short and not too long, also cheap on GOG. You can adjust difficulty if you feel you are in trouble.

This game combines action, twitch dojo fighting and light strategy elements with adventure gaming with some randomness thrown in.

http://www.mobygames.com/game/sword-of-the-samurai
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_...ai_(video_game)
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Nominating Midwinter, a game I think was possibly the first open world game I ever played.

http://www.mobygames.com/game/midwinter

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Midwinter is set in a post-apocalyptic world, as the Earth entered a nuclear winter caused by the fall of a meteorite. The titular island has been formed in the Azores group of islands, caused by volcanic activity.

The player initially controls Captain John Stark, the commander of local militia known as Free Villages Police Force (FVPF), who attempt to protect their home from the invasion of armed troops under the command of General Masters. As Stark, the player has to recruit civilians and members of FVPF in order to join forces and prevent Masters from reaching the base located in the south-eastern part of the island.

Midwinter is a hybrid game that combines elements of strategy and action. The player selects and controls the 32 recruits as they attempt to protect the island within a limited amount of time. Two hours of game time are assigned to each recruit; afterwards, the strategy battle moves to the next turn. During their turns, the recruits fight enemy forces in action-oriented combat reminiscent of a first-person shooter. Specific and detailed injuries add a tactical edge to these battles. Enemy units are mostly composed of armed snow buggies, as well as supply vehicles. Eliminating a large amount of them or killing the commander of the unit usually successfully completes the mission.

Terrain plays an important role in the game, as many snow-covered mountain areas are impassable, and the player must plan ahead how to advance. The player can use snow buggies, ski, and cable cars to access the goal.

When recruiting characters, the player has to pay attention to their personal relationships. For example, Stark can recruit his girlfriend, but another character will refuse to join because he is in love with her and jealous of the Captain.
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Nominating Batman the Movie - 1989

Though there were many different versions of this I have fond memories of it on our 286. I have always given it bonus points for being the first PC game I ever owned.

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I loved Batman the movie, played it to death on my Amiga. So good.
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Nominations closed. Voting has started. Poll will close March 16.
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/votes for 3 games - too much good stuff to choose from.
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Voted for two games, Batman definitely in the mix.
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Voting closed, we have a winner! Starting up the let's play thread shortly.

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