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What Happened To Ocean?

Postby TetsueoTux » Sun Jul 04, 2004 10:12 pm

I remember when i was young Ocean Software used to be a big player in the computer game world. Almost all the top games of the day seemed to be made by them. But now it seems like they dont exsist.

What happend to Ocean, did they go bankrupt or something? If i remember right the last time i saw one of their games was on the nintendo 64 and then they just seemed to vanish. 8O
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Postby Daddy » Sun Jul 04, 2004 10:18 pm

Former software publishing and development house and label best known for its popular movie licensed games. The label died after it was purchased by Infogrames.

Sorry they died ;)

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Postby TetsueoTux » Sun Jul 04, 2004 10:23 pm

I had a feeling they had been bought out by another company but wasnt sure...vaguely remember a bigger company trying to buy out infograms as well but not sure wether that ever happened.
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Postby Methanoid » Mon Jul 05, 2004 7:27 am

Yeah they died of embarrassment after the "Robocop 3 is uncrackable with its dongle" humiliation :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Postby Gryzor » Mon Jul 05, 2004 9:13 am

Oh? They released it with a dongle, really? I remember playing the cracked version myself...

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Postby Methanoid » Mon Jul 05, 2004 9:42 am

Well, they did on Amiga... dunno about ST but I remember the interminable wait whilst the Amiga version was cracked. Instead of the usual "under an hour" crack it took maybe as much as 24 hours.

I bet Ocean were so pissed at the money they wasted on that dongle. They should have known that "uncrackable" was the perfect challenge for the crackers!! :lol:

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Postby TetsueoTux » Mon Jul 05, 2004 12:55 pm

Robocop 3 had to be the worst game i had ever seen on the atari st and i dont think it did to well on the amiga neither.
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Postby ST Graveyard » Mon Jul 05, 2004 1:08 pm

I thought it was an amazing game. Great atmosphere... I loved it
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Postby TetsueoTux » Mon Jul 05, 2004 1:13 pm

To me it just didnt feel right though i guess thats probably down to the kind of games i played...I always preffered platform games and puzzle games like Monkey Island. :D
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Postby Cyrano Jones » Mon Jul 05, 2004 1:14 pm

Yes indeed - one of Oceans very rare GOOD games. I even finished it without cheating :-)

Unlike Robocop II - which you CAN'T finish as the last level is missing on the original.. and therefor also missing on the BBC version (at least it was on mine hehehe)

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Postby TetsueoTux » Mon Jul 05, 2004 1:16 pm

I'm not sure about this, but did ocean ever release robocop 3 on the super nintendo ?
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Postby uknemesis » Mon Jul 05, 2004 2:58 pm

TetsueoTux wrote:Robocop 3 had to be the worst game i had ever seen on the atari st and i dont think it did to well on the amiga neither.


I thought it was an excellent game with great gfx and gameplay, the 3d engine used in RC3 and Epic was imo the most detailed done on the Atari ST (not counting the ones used in demos ofcourse!).

So Robocop 3 is the worst game you ever saw on the atari st, I guess you never played Gauntlet 3 then? :D

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Postby TetsueoTux » Mon Jul 05, 2004 5:24 pm

Did Ocean ever do a port of Hook for the atari st ? 8O
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Postby Daddy » Mon Jul 05, 2004 7:00 pm

I think I wrote all their release in my previous post ... so I would say no ... but I am not 100% sure.

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Postby Daddy » Mon Jul 05, 2004 8:18 pm

oh well ...

So ... now I am sure I have not the complete softography ;)

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Postby TetsueoTux » Mon Jul 05, 2004 8:31 pm

Lol you probably have, i was just asking cause i've seen it for the amiga but not the ST...Ah Well no matter :D
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Postby Stefan jL » Tue Jul 06, 2004 10:55 am

For some reason has Ocean a bad repurtation but i think they did more good games than bad games.

and Robocop 3 is one of the best ones :)
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Postby Mug UK » Tue Jul 06, 2004 11:06 am

They made too many games that looked and played the same .. far too many film licences ended up being poor platformers/shooters hybrids.
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Postby TetsueoTux » Tue Jul 06, 2004 11:27 am

I take back what i said about robocop 3 for the ST :oops: I had a little go at it the other night and it is quite a good game. I guess its just cause i aways preffered platform type games that i couldnt get it into it. 8O

Oh well live and learn Eh :D

PS: Did Oceans's Elf ever appear on any menu disk ?
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Postby Mug UK » Tue Jul 06, 2004 12:20 pm

If it was a 3D game by Ocean then it was just a title written by talented coders elsewhere and then sold by Ocean.

What I mean is the crappy platformers they churned out formulaic-wise on every machine (not just the ST).

You could tell a good Ocean game as it was not written in-house!

e.g.
Mutants, Nomad (Denton Designs)
Parallax, Wizball (Sensible Software)

I'm sure Grazey can give a lot more examples when he reads this thread... I still play Wizball (C64 version) today but via emulator on Xbox :)
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Postby Macca » Tue Jul 06, 2004 12:23 pm

Wizball rocked and was indeed made by other people as for the list you mentioned..

Also with Ocean aquiring so many film licences they ended up iirc loosing a lot of money over it...

The only great thing about Ocean was the quality music..

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Postby Stefan jL » Tue Jul 06, 2004 12:32 pm

Does Ocean france count as "in-house" :wink:
They often did good games and well programmed conversions.
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Postby Macca » Tue Jul 06, 2004 12:47 pm

Ooh one more post then I hit 50 - what interesting information can I add to this topic...

Not all there games were crap - Platoon was mildly fun for a film tie in - as was Robocop 1, Batman provided some distraction but the rest.. well.. I could probably count on one hand the quality games they have made...


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Postby Mug UK » Tue Jul 06, 2004 1:35 pm

Ocean France = Toki .. again, excellent game but definitely not converted in-house and it showed.
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