Saturday, December 5, 2009

Battlefield 1942, Old School FPS...(with apologies)

Heresy you say! To use the term old school in the context of discussing a computer game, shameful...

Yeah, Battlefield 1942 is not a pencil and paper game, sorry. I’ve been playing a lot of it again lately...not bad considering it came out in 2002. Anyone wanna play? Email me. You can also look for me serving up a game (rarely these days) under “Fletcher Memorial” with wildcards in the search since I’ll occasionally be running mods. Why is this game so great? Because it’s old school as far as FPSs go. And mods. Free mods. And you can pick this up for the Windows version for probably less than $20. If you do, make sure you get it brand new as opened versions might have the serial numbers registered that might prevent you from playing multiplayer online games.

Why is this an old school FPS? It’s not railroady. Most people I know play this in head to head Conquest mode, which means you just need to reduce your opponents teams tickets to zero. There’s no Call of Duty-like do this then do that story line, it’s just a matter of seizing flags and controlling zones (however you want to go about this). You can hang out and snipe if that’s your style. You can be a medic and mostly heal, or an engineer and fix things.

But the other O.S. aspect of the game are the free huge mods that you can download. The best and most played of these is probably Desert Combat (look for Desert Combat Final .8). Fan created, they are occasionally buggy, but really show the versatility of the game. There’s even a Civl War, Star Wars clone, Post-Apocalyptic, and Pirates mod which will change all of the vehicles, maps, and weapons, but otherwise be familiar to veteran players. Reminds me S&W somehow.

In addition to the mods, I occasionally run the commercial expansions Road to Rome and Secret Weapons. Mods I run...

Forgotten Hope .7
Battlegroup 42
Desert Combat Final
Rarely: Pirates, Eve of Destruction, Galactic Conquest, HomeFront, Interstate, Dead Cities, Civil War, and Silent Heroes.

I even ran a dedicated Linux server for this game for awhile. Look for “Corporal Clegg” if you’re a regular player (there are 500-1000 folks playing this at any given time).

Anyhow, I'll try to keep the computer side of gaming out of this blog, but well, that's what I've been up to lately...

5 comments:

Old4Eyes said...

Nice to know that someone apart from me plays computer games as well! I've been neglecting all sorts of projects because of Overlord 2....I really should know better at my advanced age but dont!

squidman said...

hahahhahahah! me and my friends skipped school to play this at a gaming/internet cafe. we barely past our final junior-high year because of this game! it's gives me warm feelings that in this day and age someone remembers about this shooter!

The Rusty Battle Axe said...

I've been on the wagon with regards to computer and video games. Even spider solitaire calls to me every time I'm at the computer. My daughter has been bugging me to play WoW, but I'm afraid I would end up in residential rehab.

Jay said...

BF1942 is one of the BEST FPS games out there. I've had hilarious fun with my friends and on servers. Seriously some of the biggest belly laughs I've ever had playing a video game.

Team Fortress I hear is even better as it's basically the same, but cartoonized.

newadventuresinfantasyfiction said...

Not played for awhile but I did like BF1942, and Day of Defeat, and especially Wolfenstein:Enemy Territory a WWII FPS with RPG elements. What more could you want from a game?

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