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Old 04-08-2022, 07:39 PM   #1
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I found out that there is more activity around the relaunch of this brand than I was aware of so far.

Much of their stuff in development seems to seek its seat in this wide gap there is between ultra-high end simulators of today, and super simple action games of today. I think that is extremely clever, and also true to its legacy. As some youtube comment put it: lets have something between DCS and Ace Combat.

I will post in loose order and randomly and occasionally, and he who has his own info and material, can post it too, of course - its not "my thread", but "ours". Also, historic stuff is welcomed. Most of us have had good memories with this and that MP game, haven't we. And boy, there were so many good titles of theirs.

Why is it that just the sound of the name - MicroProse - already gives me a good feeling again?

Lets get started with something old, something new...



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Old 04-08-2022, 08:48 PM   #2
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Oh look, Tiny Combat Arena already is out in early Access, since six weeks or so. 16-17 coins, reviews at Steam "Sehr positiv" (615). Currently a bit bare in content, but its EA. I mst admit, I like what I see, this is promising potential.

And if you think about the hilarious prices for high end graphics boards you maybe get some immunity from that against mocking the simple looks of the game. It looks like the typical old MicroProse flight sim games from the 90s beefed up to today's standard. And from Carrier Command 2 experience I must say that these graphics can work quite well and immersive if the rest of the game sucks you into its world.





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Really looking forward to Regiments and Sea Power, I just hope they will live up to the high expectations that follows the revival of such a legendary brand as MicroProse. I mean, any rich fool could buy the brand but we must remember that this does not avoid the fact that MicroProse 2022 has absolutely nothing to do with the company we know from back then. Regiments seems from the previews to rely much on flash and graphics. I am on the fence for now, but really miss MicroProse so I want them to succeed of course.

Actually we had middle-road games that were just like what you describe, they were called Wings over Vietnam, Wings over Europe, Wings over Israel, The updated re-releases under the Strike Fighters 2 umbrella, North Atlantic, etc. And they were the work of TK, one of the guys behind European Air War. Those games found a nice balance between sim and game, and were fun to play. Not Falcon 4.0 but enough sim elements to please. A huge shame they weren't developed further. Now its only mobile games and arcade it seems from ThirdWire.
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Yes, there is a wide open middle ground, between excessive simualtiors like DCS, and total arcade. Thats why I have good hopes for the Microprose titles, I have the impression their lineup mpostly really aims for that kjiddoe ground and really tries to connect to the kind of simulation level the old MP titles had.

I just did not know until recently that they have so very, very many titles in the making. And I have not even mentioned all of them so far.

And there are three other titles not by Microprose that i also have on the watchlist: Sherman, Destroyer, Tank Squad, and especially GHPC! . Oooops, thats four, not three.
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Thats why I have good hopes for the Microprose titles, I have the impression their lineup mpostly really aims for that kjiddoe ground and really tries to connect to the kind of simulation level the old MP titles had.

I just did not know until recently that they have so very, very many titles in the making. And I have not even mentioned all of them so far.

And there are three other titles not by Microprose that i also have on the watchlist: Sherman, Destroyer, Tank Squad, and especially GHPC! . Oooops, thats four, not three.

I hope so too, lets cross our fingers they don't bite over too much too early though.

Excited about the new B-17 game also! By the way, have you played the old C64 game Destroyer Escort by Microprose / MicroPlay? Its actually one of my favourite destroyer / sub hunter games, very playable and fun. It got many things right, and was quite deep even with the limitations of the C64. I think many modern games could learn a lot from its simplicity and fun gameplay. That would make for a nice remake!
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No, I jumped from a VC-20 to Amiga directly. And back then i was not into naval games that much anyway. Harpoon and Silent Service 2 on Amiga changed that.
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Now a release date: in two weeks, August 16th.
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