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Old 12 July 2011, 18:13   #1
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Eye Candy games, but no playability

The Amiga has surely eye candy games, with gorgeous graphics, beautiful music, nice atmosphere, good intro...but they also have nearly unusuable controls or poor level design, boring enemy waves etc.

The obvious ones:

Shadow of the Beast
Unreal
Sword of Sodan
Microcosm
Agony

more?
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Old 12 July 2011, 18:14   #2
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Dragon's Lair
Space Ace

and everything from ReadySoft (well, almost).
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Old 12 July 2011, 18:15   #3
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True, i forgot these interactive animated cartoons.
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Old 12 July 2011, 18:44   #4
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'Awesome', and most games from Psygnosis really
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Old 12 July 2011, 18:48   #5
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Project X.
Xenon 2.
etc.
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Old 12 July 2011, 18:52   #6
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Project X are you nuts? That game rocks
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'Awesome', and most games from Psygnosis really
Seriously?
I found them all very playable.
My step brother worked for them at one point.

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Project X.
Xenon 2.
etc.
Again, I found these very playable.
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Old 12 July 2011, 19:37   #8
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"The Godfather".
Great graphics but nearly unplayable. Only the shooting levels are playable.
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Old 12 July 2011, 21:19   #9
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Project X.
Xenon 2.
etc.
Probably you don't like shoot 'em ups at all.
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Old 12 July 2011, 21:26   #10
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Quite the contrary and i've played/seen quite a lot of them that's why i can tell ya those two are bad.
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Old 12 July 2011, 21:31   #11
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Zool ,I find it confusing and unplayable.
Turbo Trax ,simply no one can win
Assassin ,boring
Super Tennis Champs ,simply no one can win
Nathan Never ,boring
Black Viper ,boring
Jurassic Park ,ultraboring
Jaguar XJ220 ,no realistic handling

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Old 12 July 2011, 21:47   #12
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Wrath of the Demon. Insanely beautiful for an Amiga game (IMO), but yeah. SOTB gameplay.
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Some games are good to watch, some good to play, I like both.
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Old 12 July 2011, 22:44   #14
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Maybe I spent too much time playing Unreal, but I remember it was playable - for me at least.
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Old 12 July 2011, 22:49   #15
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The winner surely has to be Rise of the Robots!

Its the ultimate 'all graphics, no gameplay' example.

Second for me would be the shockingly bad Microcosm.
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i agree about rise of the robots... i totally disagree about agony and project x
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Old 12 July 2011, 23:28   #17
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Maybe I spent too much time playing Unreal, but I remember it was playable - for me at least.
me too,aswell Agony and ProjectX
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Rise of the Robots = not even technical impressive, 100% crap.

Agony = turn on auto-fire, then do NOTHING. Extremely boring shooter, clearly no challenge for shmups fans with average skills.

Unreal = awful controls in boring 2D Levels, ugly 3D levels with a simple "avoid the obstackles" concept. *Yawn* Though, nice graphics and sound.

Project X and Xenon 2 are not really bad, but highly overrated.
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I personally find Xenon 2 too slow for a shmup, and Project X seems to lack the tight level design that a shooter really needs. Same with Agony really.

All of them looked great, but for me the gameplay and level design was too dull and repetitive to grab my attention. Banshee and Disposable Hero were the shmups that rocked my world.
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Nerd-Retro, Agony is cool. It was a challenge on Gamesmaster once!

You need to be one with the owl and fly your destiny

P.S. If I was a witch I'd turn you into an owl and cast you into the game
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