Ahh yes my first steps in PC gaming. Project IGI. I remember playing it on my fathers 350 mhz Pentium 2 PC. The game ran horribly on it and I had incredible lag. Something I tought was normal for all games at the time.
It came out in 2000, I was 12 at the time and the game was the best PC game I had played so far. The enemies were smart, the weapons were awesome, and you had the cool binoculars that could tag all enemies no matter how far they were away .
I remember especially the weapons. They had an awesome sound and were pretty realistic. That you can shoot someone in the head at 350m with the Glock didn`t I care for. It was realistic.
When you died you had to start the mission all over again. Things as quicksafe didn`t exist, and the first mission alone took me over an hour to complete. I had memorized all the enemies, all the hidden weapons and the best tactics.
Yes the good old days when my friend came over and we excitedly tried to beat the snowlevel with no result what so ever. The lag was just too horrible.
Reason for writing that now, is that I bought 2 days ago an EEE PC 1000HE, a nifty little machine, and I was searching the web for some cool old games that run good on it. And Project IGI works like a charm.
Of course, the graphics are now outdated, the AI too dumb and the difficulty does virtually not exist when you play a little smart.
Nevertheless the memories of that game and the fun I had will never fade.
I always played it at a friends house (he was the first to get Windows XP in the 'hood as well :O).
Really good times.
Weird memory, but I always remember climbing up a ladder for some reason, maybe I kept on falling off?
I also remember an ad for it, something along the lines of:
Package Price: 39.99$ -- Buy Project IGI
Project IGI? I was bought by the hugeass explorable area, but the AI sucked bigtime. The enemy had no sense of preservation whatsoever and apparently was programmed to move around a predefined area. You could just sprint to the open and the enemy AI would just stood there after hitting the invisible barrier. Then you could proceed to slaughter them by firing from behind cover.
I never liked first person shooters but when I was 15 I used to play Baldur's Gate 2 with my best friend. as far as i remember it was pretty awkward in multiplay because we always hit pause to select magic spells and stuff and it was just a huge pause-play-pause-play-pause fest.
but it was incredibly funny nonetheless. first game I've played for more than an hour.
the characters are great. I vividly remember Edwin and Korgan, and how Korgan would always gross out the other characters.
and when he was bored he'd say something like "I've had better times drowning in gutter water, bleeding from every orifice."
I remember the disappointment that came with this game. Back then I was playing games like Rainbow Six (and Rogue Spear) and Delta Force, and Project IGI seemed like a very interesting game. There was some caption like "tested by military, played by you" in the cover. Too bad all the "realism" was marketing bull****, this game was just a normal shooter with nothing realistic. Weapons did sound good though.