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30th September 2012: I Control The Spice. I Control Dune.

Slowly plugged away trying to do a level a day on Dune 2, and have just managed to beat it. It was actually harder than I thought it was going to be, and I had to restart a couple of missions until I'd worked out a more efficient build order.

I have two main issues with the fighting in this game, firstly being the very hard hitting rocket turrets, followed by the bloody annoying Sandworms. I don't remember there being so many back in the original game. And they would always ignore the enemy harvesters if any of mine were nearby. I mean literally move right passed theirs to come at mine. On the penultimate level, which was for some reason the mission I had the most difficulty on, those big bastards musta had about 5 or 6 of my poor harvesters. Grr.
Overall though I do feel that the Dune Legacy version is probably a bit easier as I chose to always have the map fully revealed from the start, and you can drag to select multiple units and command them at the same time, whereas you could not do those things in the original.
Still I'm not going to complain about that. Finished another game I always wanted to finish.

The Sandworm disguises itself as a graphical bug

The Sandworm disguises itself as a graphical bug

The rarely seen spectacle of a Sandworm eating an enemy harvester

The rarely seen spectacle of a Sandworm eating an enemy harvester

Seige tanks versus the rocket turrets

Seige tanks versus the rocket turrets

Attacking the Atreides in the final mission

Attacking the Atreides in the final mission

Stop buzzing round my head you annoying flies

Stop buzzing round my head you annoying flies

Oi, give us back our Devastator

Oi, give us back our Devastator

22nd September 2012: Battling For Arrakis

Pew pew pew

Pew pew pew

I've just started to play the almighty Dune 2, which was, like many people I assume, the very first RTS I ever played. Back in the early 90s when playing this on the Amiga I got to the last level, but just could not manage to beat it. I'm gonna be woopin' this thing's ass this time though let me tell you.
I actually found a new version of this game online called Dune: Legacy, which has been created by a few fans of the old game and brings it a little more up to date. Only a little mind. But it does seem to be a much better version and even has LAN multiplayer which I might try with the Scoob, who also played it many years ago.

I've actually got quite a vast list of games to get through now. On top of all the old ones like Dune 2 that I want to go back and finish, I've got the other Humble Indie Bundle 5 games, all the Humble Indie Bundle 6 games which I've just bought, The Witcher, Torchlight, Total Annihilation and Total Annihilation: Kingdoms which I've recently got from GOG (and yes, I bought Torchlight from GOG before the HIB 6 came out). I've also just downloaded Lord Of The Rings: Online, after only recently discovering it was free to play, and am also looking forward greatly to the release of Planetside 2, which just looks ace.

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