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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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  • @Melcadrien said: And a good thing too. A group of people are working on SQ7, which is not sierra. Unfortunately there is no idea when it will actually be complete.

    I'm better off with the LucasArts adventure games, the games they make in my mind are fun. But that is because I actually own them and play them once in a while when I can.

    It helps that it's whole lot easier to get an old LA game to run (ScummVM) than it is to get an old Sierra game to run, if only some one could make something like ScummVM for SCI.

    P.S. Can someone point me in the right direction for getting LSL 5-6 to run onmy computer.

  • silly bob... dont see why it should be so hard to make such a program..

    Lsl-5-6 dont remember having problems running. Ill find the discs and reinstall and let you know asap. Which version of 6 you got windows or dos?
    Both ran under dosbox for me ! 100%.. a few glitches are noted but even in the original on a real dos machine you still get these.. true game bugs.

  • I too never had issues running lsl 5-6 in the past 5 years.

    You should use dosbox since that usually eliminates the issues one has installing a sierra game.

  • @Melcadrien said: And a good thing too. A group of people are working on SQ7, which is not sierra. Unfortunately there is no idea when it will actually be complete.

    I'm better off with the LucasArts adventure games, the games they make in my mind are fun. But that is because I actually own them and play them once in a while when I can.


    I wonder if the sq fangame will do justice to the series. Usually, fangames seems to be a lower quality to the official canon games in terms of storyline.That KQ2 remake by AGD interactive(no offense since I realize that they have a game up at the Telltale games store) was quiet not what I expected. The revised script read like a goth fanfic that heavily focused on the big bad wolf in Red Riding hood's house and Dracula. *shivers*

    There is always that KQ9 fangame that Vivindi officially gave permission to the fangroup after getting support from KQ fans. Hopefully, the storyline isn't cheesey.

  • @Kaldire said: silly bob... dont see why it should be so hard to make such a program..

    Lsl-5-6 dont remember having problems running. Ill find the discs and reinstall and let you know asap. Which version of 6 you got windows or dos?
    Both ran under dosbox for me ! 100%.. a few glitches are noted but even in the original on a real dos machine you still get these.. true game bugs.

    I don't know what version it is actually, looking at the install screen I'd say dos, I found them in my brothers room a few days ago, when he was playing them I was too young and my parents wouldn't let me, man I wish I still had a DOS machine.

  • silly bob, use dosbox since that is the best dos emulator out there.

  • or just dual boot xp or vista/ win 98 se .. and install dos on that... works wonders.
    No need for real hardware anymore as you can even use something like VPC and fool it to thinking you have old hardware.. like turtle beach rio! and rage 3d! Wooohooo I have a glide card! Whats glide.. yeaaa.. grr im old.

    Doomsaber hisss! I agree on most of the fanmade games being bad in dialog but most are made in haste. I keep speaking of akril.. cant say enough good about her. She worked on the original story for the new kings quest before well.. stuff happened.
    To see her writing style she made part of the script into an interactive webpage.. pretty cool considering. But in terms of writing.. hello dolly.

    http://kq9.sq7.org/

    notice again she uses sq7.org as her site :P muahaha

    Read if you want! I did! Great storyline... esp for those that know the characters well.. not just the games.

  • I used to play any adventure game I could get my hands on so played nearly all lucasarts games and some of the sierra ones. I played space quests 4,5,6, Kings quest 2,3,4,5,6,7, Leisure suit Larry 6, phantasmagoria 1 and 2 and the 3 Gabriel Knight games. The GK games are easily the best and this summer i actually had chance to visit munich and go hunting for the places filmed in the game. I'm so sad :P

    edit: How can i forget the police quest games? I played most of them even when they did the swat thing.

  • What? Nobody's played 'BC's Quest For Tires'??

  • do a search on Bc's quest for tires.. I posted in a thread somewhere about it.. how the bone mini game reminded me of the c64 BC.. yeaaa...but yea sierra didnt dev that one.. just published it.. sorta doesnt count as a core sierra game. I think Johnny's BC characters match bone quite well.. telltale too XD

    BEJABBERS!

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