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Silent Storm dubbed GameSpot's Best Game No One Played

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Silent Storm dubbed GameSpot's Best Game No One Played

Game News - posted by Spazmo on Mon 20 December 2004, 17:01:10

Tags: Nival Interactive; Silent Storm

In their 2004 Game of the Year feature, Gamespot PC have named Nival Interactive's Silent Storm as their Best Game No One Played, an award reserved for great games that don't sell like they ought to.
What makes the commercial failure of Silent Storm so disheartening isn't so much the fact that it's a great game--although it certainly is that--but rather that it likely represents the dying gasp of a style of gameplay that many PC gaming grognards remember fondly. Anyone who played PC games in the early '90s likely has fond memories of X-COM, one of the many classic titles that MicroProse put out. In it, you commanded small squads of soldiers in turn-based tactical combat battles that mixed destructible buildings and true line-of-sight modeling with a creepy alien-invasion storyline to create a game that caused many an all-night gaming session--"Just one more mission!" was a popular refrain for its many addicts. Unfortunately, the tactical combat featured in X-COM never quite took off, and in the end, the real-time strategy of games like Syndicate became the gold standard for tactical combat games.
I'd lament the lackluster sales with everyone else, but... *cough* I haven't actually bought it myself.

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