Riddle of the Sphinx is an excellent use of the Quicktime VR technology to explore the ancient pyramids.
The game plays quite well and has very low system requirements (P166/32Mb). The game is visually splendid and mentally challenging, with many puzzles to solve and objects to manipulate.
There are the occasional annoyances where you can’t go where you think you should be able to, but overall the game is a lot of fun.There is a patch that needs to be installed to make the game run on some systems (we had this problem on one system we played on.)
These two titles by Edios have produced a new realm of gaming, the First Person Sneaker, where you are rewarded more for cunning and hiding in the shaows than for a full frontal attack (which will usually get you killed). The ability to creep through the shadows and whack someone over the head with a blackjack, or hide in the shadows atop a wall and plug a guard in the back with a well placed arrow really appeal to me. Combine this with lock picking, rope arrow to shoot into a rafter and climb away from your enemies, a little magic and a twisting, turning plot and this is a series of games you do not want to miss. There is also an intersting Fan site at Thief Underground with lots of news and extra levels.
Soldier of Fortune is another great first person shooter with a feeling of realness to it. The setting is real, the missions are real and the game manages to suck you in completely for hours at a time. The latest release, Soldier of Fortune II is due out in early 2002 so that should be interesting.
Tactical Ops is a modifcation to Unreal Tournament is the best First Person Shooter I’ve played in quite a while. I really enjoy Unreal Tournament, but this game adds more realism with “”real”” weapons and “”real”” scenarios that pit the S.W.A.T. team against a group of Terrorists holding hostages. I love a bit of strategy and being able to find a nice spot to sit and “”camp”” and pick off the SWAT as they come around a corner or the Terrorists as they hide in thier tower.