What server were you on in WoW?I remember the days when me and a mate would hunch around a Spectrum 48k or C64 sharing the KB playing Gauntlet....
More recently I look back fondly on the MP experience with Goldeneye and MK on the N64. You couldn't beat four players crowded around a TV all watching each other's segments trying to gain an advantage.. So many arguments and so much fun. I miss those days..
Then there was Team Fortress/Counterstrike which were an amazing MP experiences. TF in particular I loved as the maps were well designed and the tight gameplay meant great matches. The character system worked a treat as well as each class made the world of difference to the battle. I'll also never forget that game for the near constant cries for a Medic..
Counterstrike was just ******* hardcore! I used to play in the old Wireplay league in both these games (TF & CS) and CS was just insane. Simple to play and very, very fast. You needed a good team, good tactics and lightning reactions to prosper. It says everything about it that, years after its release, it is still the FPS MP game of choice for many PC gamers. In fact I tried to go back to this a few years ago and was handed my ass on plate! The skill levels of the some of the players is extraordinary and this game above all others makes you realise, how crap you actually are, how pedestrian consoles FPS MP games are, and how cumbersome and ponderously slow a pad is for FPS gaming. CS is a pure and undiluted, no frills and unbelievably hard but well balanced MP FPS, which will go down as potentially the best MP FPS ever.
L4D2 is another which I enjoyed immensely (LFD was also great but 2 improved on it). The fact it was made by Valve was perhaps the reason that I think this game more than any other 'understood' what MP was all about. By following (and improved in certain aspects) their blueprints made by TF & CS, they created a game that forced the cooperation of players to succeed. It was an amazing experience, made even better when in random pickup groups rather than premades, as it created real urgency and panic if you had one or two that weren't so good. Imo, it rejuvenated the coop genre and certainly stands alongside TF & CS as one of the very best FPS MP games.
However, I think some of the very best MP moments I've ever had we're in World of Warcraft. Back in the early days of WoW when you had 40 man raids in Molten Core, Blackwing Lair, Kharazan, Naxx etc, it was utterly magical. 40 strangers coordinated via tactics and comms, taking on ridiculously tough bosses, were insane/incredible experiences that I seriously doubt will ever be matched again. Nothing else comes close for me.
LOL. thats pretty much what we did. Back in the day before Xbox Live....etc we used to play 2 vs 2 on Pro Evo on the PS2, accompanied by Dominos Pizza and lots of beer (I won't mention what else was consumed!). It normally used to go on until about 3am....god only knows how we all managed to get to work the next day!Halo - 4 a side, split screen on 2 Tv's back to back.....with beer
I should add that this was back in the BK days (Before Kids).
Or 2 v 2 on Pro Evo on the 360 !
(my claim to fame was having a micro sleep during a game..well it was about 4am....sprinted past someone's defender and my eyes were shut before I crossed the ball over. Woke up 10 seconds later loudly claiming foul play had occurred !)
When boys nights used to involve multiple crates of beer and it wasn't classed as a late one, unless on your way home you met one of your neighbours going to work on a Sunday morning
Ahh...I think i'm showing my age now (41 !!)
Yup yup... during Illidan (can't remember what the expansion was called), I quit playing right after we beat him. I was only playing for the challenge of it and always passed on gear unless the other priests / healers had their fill. So once I beat the then hardest content in the game weeks after it was released... I had no more drive to play the game. I was already losing interest because they changed the 40 man raids.Was on a few. I was mainly on Frostwhisper where I raided with an alliance guild called Solid who were one of the best on the server. My main was generally a Frost Mage but I also had Priest and Rogue alts to fill in with.
I also had some Chars on Thunderhorn where I was with a couple of other decent raiding guilds.
This is all going back to before 2010 though when 40 man raids were still the norm. I have great memories of Zul-Gurub (in Stranglethorn Vale) and the Egyptian themed one.. (can't remember what it's called). Kharazan was in one of the Expansions if I remember right and it was after doing those instances and the heroic stuff that I finally got bored of it and quit.
Strangely enough though, one of my colleagues said the Cataclysm exp had changed everything and was worth a look. So I installed it a month or so ago and have been slowly getting back into it. Man has it changed. The skill trees are unrecognisable and I feel like a noob again just starting out..
I'm same as you. I was a day one join up in 2004/5 (whenever it was). Back then, WoW was magical. Nobody other than the previous beta testers whose characters were ported across knew what they were doing. There was no instructions, no FAQ's, no online help as such. You just had to learn the ropes by playing and by speaking to other players. It was amazing and promoted (at least in those early days) real camaraderie between players.Yup yup... during Illidan (can't remember what the expansion was called), I quit playing right after we beat him. I was only playing for the challenge of it and always passed on gear unless the other priests / healers had their fill. So once I beat the then hardest content in the game weeks after it was released... I had no more drive to play the game. I was already losing interest because they changed the 40 man raids.
Btw, I played on launch day, so I am right there with you in loving Molten Core. Totally forgot about Zul-Gurub for a minute there. That zone was much more demanding of players to be skilled, and on a role playing server, even though we were one of the top guilds on the server, it just took forever to be able to dominate it.
So many fond memories of that game but I could never go back. They wanted to appeal to the masses even more so they made healing as a holy priest a joke (and pretty much every other class they made it easy as crap).
Exactly the same as me. Though we used to play gauntlet on a cpc464. I had all the good times with multiplayer mario kart, Goldeneye, MK64 and BF2.I remember the days when me and a mate would hunch around a Spectrum 48k or C64 sharing the KB playing Gauntlet....
However, I think some of the very best MP moments I've ever had we're in World of Warcraft. Back in the early days of WoW.....
We used Ventrilo. Was really good quality.Exactly the same as me. Though we used to play gauntlet on a cpc464. I had all the good times with multiplayer mario kart, Goldeneye, MK64 and BF2.
But the greatest times overall was World of Warcraft from vanilla to Wrath, sitting up all night talking to the guild on teamspeak, raiding, and just doing stupid random stuff with guildies. Can't beat those days. We had such a laugh.