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Sierra adventure games

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I've recently replayed quite a few Sierra games.. and I've also finished some games I had not yet finished for some reason. And I have to say, Sierra made some fantastic adventure games!

So I'm wondering what the concensus around here is when it comes to Sierra games. I get the impression that a lot of people here are Lucasarts fans.. I myself am a big fan of the Lucasarts adventure games but I do think Sierra made adventure games that are just as good as the ones Lucasarts made. It's hard for me to pick a favourite here, I think both Sierra and Lucasarts were fantastic back when they were making adventure games.

Of course, there are some problems that reoccur in a lot of Sierra games that I hear people complain about quite often - deaths and dead ends. It's no secret that quite a few Sierra games have plenty of dead ends making it impossible to proceed since you've forgotten to do something at an earlier part of the game to where it's impossible to go back unless you load an earlier save. Personally I don't mind this much - I always keep a lot of saves and I find that in most cases it's not unfair as it's often pretty obvious that you should not proceed without figuring certain things out first.

And deaths I don't mind at all - I think it adds a sense of danger that some games benefit from.. and often deaths are pretty damn funny. I intentionally die in many games just to see the death sequence and/or the message I get after I die (lots of very dry jokes there!).

One good thing about Sierra - they made a lot more adventure games than Lucasarts ever did. Some might say "quality over quantity" but I think Sierra kept a consistant good quality in their adventure games. And they used some fantastic hand drawn backgrounds later on when they started using 256 colors (Kings Quest 5, their first 256 color game, still looks fantastic if you ask me!).

So personally, I like both companies equally.. they both created fantastic adventure games and they both screwed it all up later on.

If you're curious, the game I had waited too long to finish and finished for the first time just now is Kings Quest 6 - I was never too keen on the Kings Quest series in general but Kings Quest 6 is really awesome! Of couse, Jane Jensen helped write the story in this one which is most likely why it's better than the other Kings Quest games. It's a fantastic game.. the only fault I could find is that it might be a little too easy.. you never really get stuck anywhere in the game, it's always pretty obvious what you're supposed to do. But the storyline, the pacing, the locations, graphics, voice acting.. it's all great!

So do you like Sierra games? How do you think they compare to Lucasarts games? I know it's a pretty silly question but I hear it all the time - "I love Lucasarts adventure games but I never really got into the Sierra ones" which I find really weird.

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  • I highly recommend you try out Gabriel Knight.. they are some of my favourite games ever and if you like serious/exciting storylines, you'll most likely like these games. Gabriel Knight 2 is a full motion video game though - but it's still awesome. One of the very few good FMV games.

    Gabriel Knight 3 is unfortunately 3D.. but for a 3D adventure game, it has good controls and the storyline is really good.

  • I prefer Lucasarts, although the Gabriel Knight-games probably are my all-time favorites. Jane Jensen is an expert at writing good story-lines. I'm really looking forward to her new adventure game, Gray Matter.

    I never quite managed to get into King's Quest or any of the other games by Sierra, though...

  • I enjoyed some of the sierra games. Lucasarts was always preferable because constant death is no fun (ala KQ) but it got better with later games, you could only die if you were really dumb a lot of the time instead of "you walked to close to this pixel and died"

  • @Armakuni said: Well Sierra did make some games with very strong stories - ever played the Gabriel Knight games? I think those are some of the best written adventure games ever.


    Oh I love Sierra's stories, it's just in my opinion the Lucasarts stories were more in depth and well developed.

    If you were to ask me what my favorite adventure game series was, I'd tell you Space Quest, but I love Monkey Island to, and I think Monkey Island has more of a future if given a chance.

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    I'm neither pro Sierra nor LucasArt in adventure games.
    I like games from both companies.
    My picks from LA: Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle and Sam & Max: Hit the road,
    and from Sierra: Gabriel Knight series, Larry series

    [quote=Silly Bob]
    it's just in my opinion the Lucasarts stories were more in depth and well developed.
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    It all depends on which game are you talking about, to me Gabriel Knight 1 beats any other game storywise, both in depth and development.

  • I grew up with sierra.. well infocom first but in realms of sierra vs lucasarts

    Sierra-
    Most games had tons and tons of logic puzzles with practical solutions
    Most were more serious and educational than funny LSL not included. :P
    Games started off without point n click.. and I LOVED that. DIG FOR CLAMS.. TAKE CLAMS.. got me into typing and got me thinking. This was just a blown up text adventure I said!
    Games felt more like novels than lucasarts
    Sierras games had alot of dying which I loved.. prolly my fav thing about sierra was dying esp in space quest.

    Lucasarts-
    Much more playful games... alot more light hearted..
    Most puzzles had insane or idiotic never to be thought of solutions.. which I found awesome and irritating at the same time :P
    Constant comedy from lucasarts made them in the end win me over
    Point and click made things easier yet almost to easy? But in the end typing had to go.. we cant have out kids learning typing! Nooo


    Summary...
    Sierra while having a great sense of humor maintained an almost educational aptitude, lucasarts kept a straight line of humor and zainyness* if such a word exists.
    Lucasarts also seemed to top the graphics mark and ease of use which lead point and click and to the downfall of typing in games and the end of all real though in gaming which I found and still find offensive but understand the need for.

    I favor(favour for uk fans lol) sierra even though I wasnt happy with how they ended...Also lets not go into the politics of lucasarts we all know how that ended.. im in some of the better parts forums XD I do love both companies old games though and between the two companies and a few authors they defined who I am today... Thanks all!

  • @Kaldire said: Sierras games had alot of dying which I loved.. prolly my fav thing about sierra was dying esp in space quest.

    I'm really surprised it took this long for someone to mention Space Quest.
    That was a game that really did the death thing up right. It encouraged you to save often, because part of solving the puzzles was dying over and over in different ways.
    Heck, sometimes if I got past a puzzle on the first try, I'd load a save just to see what would happen if I failed!

    Space Quest and King's Quest are the games that come to mind immediately when I think of Sierra.

  • @ReverendTed said: I'm really surprised it took this long for someone to mention Space Quest.
    That was a game that really did the death thing up right. It encouraged you to save often, because part of solving the puzzles was dying over and over in different ways.
    Heck, sometimes if I got past a puzzle on the first try, I'd load a save just to see what would happen if I failed!

    Space Quest and King's Quest are the games that come to mind immediately when I think of Sierra.

    AHEM!

    @ReverendTed said: If you were to ask me what my favorite adventure game series was, I'd tell you Space Quest,

    But seriously Space Quest will always hold a special place in my heartI love Monkey Island, and I think it more likely that that series will make a comeback, but I would love to see Space Quest 7.

  • I'm glad they didn't release the SQ7 they were working on though.. that sounded like it was going to be really bad from what I recall.

  • I tried running Gabriel Knight but gave up. I have dosbox and did everything it told me to, but no luck.
    There really isn't an exe file either which might be the problem. The sierra.exe kind of loads the game, but right away it says my sound driver had an error or something.
    They need to make dosbox Quick+Easy

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