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4-26-09 Wasteland

Posted by Sean on April 26, 2009

Do I remember Dark Castle? Gods, yes. It was one of the few Mac games I owned, and I remember whiling away the time with it in Montclair State University’s computer labs when I should have been studying. The glories of a misspent youth.

Another game that I can blame for my current lack of marketability on the job market is Electronic Arts’ Wasteland.

Screenshot of Commodore 64 port courtesy of DougGlendower.

This game – PC and Apple versions – ate up more of my time than any other actitivity during my late teens/early twenties. It had much the same feel as Bard’s Tale, but without the annoying 3D graphics and with cyborgs, M16’s, crazed new wavers and opponents exploding like blood sausages. Good times.

I didn’t know it yet, but it also had my soon-to-be adopted hometown Las Vegas! From the Wasteland manual, courtesy of the Wasteland wiki The Guardian Library:

Vegas is the city of Las Vegas.  No one is quite sure how the Soviet missiles managed to miss the city, but most folks figure it was because the “house” was betting against a missile landing – and no one wins against the house.  There was an international rumor about some Russian general’s markers being torn up after the attack, but that has yet to be confirmed.

Undaunted by its brush with perdition,  Vegas is still open for business and does very well for itself. The city is large enough to avoid conquest, and many elements of the desert rabble have even found gainful employment as enforcers or casino employees. Despite the relative success of the city, however, there are dark rumors about horrors descending from the north to taking up residence in the city sewers. All may not be extremely well in the jewel of the Desert.

Here’s a sample of the screenplay in one of the first towns, the Agircultural Center, to show you what the gameplay is like.

Courtesy of BloodPigggy.

And here’s a 16-min speed run through Wasteland. According to chaos5482, this run “makes use of the ’empty loot bag’ bug to get powerful weapons and armor early on”. The items include two items that are otherwise unavailable during the game: the “Red Ryder” weapon, which is almsot a one-shot weapon against all opponents and has unlimited ammo, and the invulernable “NAME AC” armor, always nice to have.

Part 1:

And part 2:


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