One Spectacular Space RPG – Mass Effect PC

Posted in Other Games, PC Games with tags , , , , , on June 1, 2008 by insignificantgamer

Well after the months of waiting for Mass Effect to come to the PC, it finally has! Mass Effect was in stores on May 29th and within 5 minutes of it hitting my local Eb Games, I had it in my sweaty little palms. I have had the chance to play around 20 hours of it so far and it is spectacular! This title is every geek and nerds dream who ever wanted to command his own star ship and live in the life of a Trek type universe.

There has been several different changes from the original title that came out on consoles a number of months back. First since this is the computer version of the game we PC gamers have access to a keyboard with well over a hundred keys, and so all your tech and biotic powers are mapped to hotkeys 1 thru 0 and can be set by the user. This has created a more fluid combat experience for the player, as he does not need to pause the game each time he wants to use a new ability. The other differences from the original game on the console is how the Mako is controlled, the movement is bound to your WASD directional keys while your mouse is used for shooting as opposed to the mouse being used for steering. This allows you to better be able to avoid damage from slow shooting weapons, by making it easier to dodge and fire the main guns. Also if you pick up the game on PC you will also get access to the extra content (Titled: Bringing down the sky) available online for free, where as your console buddies will be paying for it. As of this post it is not yet available, but should be shortly.

On the downsides of this game (the few there are), you will notice that your elevator rides are slightly longer (the elevator serves a loading screen for the game). Also the short loading pauses in the game are more frequent.

If you haven’t played this game on the consoles yet, and enjoy a excellent RPG this would be one to pick up. The game has picked up several editors choices from around the Internet. Also remember that Mass Effect will be a franchise, so expect a sequel to come in a few years, and it is a good story to experience the beginning to. Enjoy! I’m off to go for another 10 hour playing session of this one!    

Your arch enemy and his minions

The Gothic Franchise Makeover

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2008 by insignificantgamer

To those who played Gothic 3 or any of the earlier Gothic games (those of which are few and far between), know that Gothic is a RPG with the potential of games such as Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. Unfortunately their latest release Gothic 3 was so plagued with errors and poor programming that the game was never given a chance to shine.

Here however is the deal: The developer has been changed from Piranha Bytes, to Spellbound Entertainment, and the game is being called Arcania: A Gothic Tale. This was needed to facilitate a change in the way the franchise was going, which was the way of the dodo bird.

Work has already started on the game and from Gamespots preview of it, it is looking like the beginnings of a stellar game. I’d think that the majority of the players of the third Gothic game felt that there was a lack of magic as well as a lack of weapons and armor to customize your character. The developer wants to include a more magic aspect to the game and we can expect that to be the case. As with the magic aspect, the increased amount of armor and weapons will make for a better game.

I’m currently hoping the game will include an in depth combat system to go along with the pretty graphics they currently have. I think the ideal combat system would include location style attack, where your mouse movements dictate what part of the body hit when you swing. 

The game is still early in development, and is slated for a 2009 release date. Also be sure to check for an expansion pack for the Gothic 3 game, coming soon, which should bridge the story gap between Gothic 3 and Arcania. For a more in depth preview check out the GameSpot link below

http://www.gamespot.com/pc/rpg/gothic4/news.html?sid=6191191&mode=recent

Arcania

Mirrors Edge – The Future of FPS?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 8, 2008 by insignificantgamer

I seems like all of the game genres are being reinvented these days. RTS are taking on a new perspective using 3d by changing the camera angles to make these games more visually appealing. And so it seems that the first person shooters are under a change too, and so far it looks pretty good.

Yesterday during a press conferance the developers of the Mirrors Edge game released an all new trailer demostrating some changes in the first person shooter genre. The game itself looks fantastic visually, but the real candy is in how the game is played. The game is set up to use your hands and feet as the main weapon. In this first person game, guns are your secondary weapon. The developers claim its about the person in the game, not just the gun as. You will see your feet and hands as you jump around onto ledges and interact with the enviroment.

Seeing the short video that was released yersterday, it looks as if mirrors edge could spawn a whole new type of FPS, where instead of having your typical side scrolling fighting games (Mortal Kombat) you fight from the first person perspective. When this type of action is combined with engrossing combat scheme (Mixed Martial Arts style) I see a very exciting prospect for the industry on the horizon.

Check out the two trailers below to see what I mean:
 
HD Run-Thru Trailer (Gametrailers.com)

Developer Diary (Gametrailers.com)

What?! I paid how much for this? – Turok

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 4, 2008 by insignificantgamer

Well, I have been needing a new game for a little while now after finishing Assassins Creed, and I decided to pick up Turok. I had a cousin who played all the way through the game and thought that if he could spend the time playing through it then it must be worth playing. So I ran over to my local Eb Games and laid down $52 dollars. To get to the point: the game is horrible.

After installing the game I found out that the CDs are using copy protection, no CD-Keys or anything, just the infernal SecuROM copy protection. Now if I didn’t know how to circumvent this protection the game would have been unplayable, as the game will not even load. (to do this enter cmd into the run command to open a command prompt then type  rd /s “%APPDATA%\SecuROM” and then enter y to the question that comes up)

Once you finally get the game to load and start the game, you are presented with a cut scene and a short training session then you are put into the game world. Upon entering the first actual area, you notice that the graphics look like they are 4 years old, nothing spectacular in any fashion. As you continue to play through you notice that the character animations are terrible, and are choppy (even at high FPS). After a few enemy encounters you notice that the enemies AI is so bad that you can kill someone right beside them and they just stand around. I even encountered times where I was standing right in front of the enemy and they didn’t see me at all. Guns also float when they should be laying on the ground. To top off terrible game design when I went up or down a ladder, enemies would just appear in places where I killed them before, they didn’t come from anywhere, they just appeared.

The only saving grace for this game is that the story so far appears to be interesting and present in the game, which all single player games need. While I realize that my 52 bucks was poorly spent, I will still try to play this game all the way through. I would only be more choked if I tossed the game aside and my hard earned money along with it. Do yourself a favor and skip this game.

45 PC Games to Play – Release Dates

Posted in Other Games, PC Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2008 by insignificantgamer

Well, the number games that will be released in the year or so will be heavy-duty to say the least, personally I feel that these are the games to watch out for. Can I play them all? No. Will I try? Absolutely! Most of the release dates are tentative, and are subject to change. The ones that are TBA are to be annouced and should come early 2009. Which ones are you looking forward to playing? (add a comment to the post below)

Turok 04/17/08
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures 05/20/08
Mass Effect 05/30/08
Devil May Cry 4 06/02/08
Race Driver Grid 06/03/08
Brothers in Arms 06/05/08
Alone in the Dark 06/26/08
Heist 07/01/08
Space Siege 08/05/08
Highlander 08/07/08
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames 08/17/08
Saints Row 2 08/28/08
Tom Clancy’s End War 09/02/08
Storm of War: Battle of Britain 09/02/08
Borderlands 09/03/08
Shell Shock 2: Blood Trails 09/03/08
Far Cry 2 09/04/08
Tiberium 09/04/08
Spore 09/07/08
Legendary 09/09/08
Hawx 09/09/08
Prototype 09/18/08
Just Cause 2 09/18/08
Splinter Cell: Conviction 10/02/08
Project Origin 10/03/08
Fallout 3 10/07/08
Aliens Colonial Marines 10/09/08
Left 4 Dead 10/14/08
Dead Space 10/29/08
WOW: Wrath of the Lich King 11/03/08
Tomb Raider: Underworld 11/05/08
Rogue Warrior 11/10/08
Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 11/11/08
Empire Total War 11/11/08
Huxley 11/25/08
Starcraft II 12/03/08
Stalker: Clear Sky TBA
The Crossing TBA
Alan Wake TBA
Interstellar Marines TBA
Project Offset TBA
Theseis TBA
Sims 3 TBA
Mirrors Edge TBA
They TBA
That pretty much sums up the games for the next year, and those are the only ones that we know about. Happy PC gaming! Or happy console gaming, whatever your ‘thing’ is! 

Alone in the Dark: Central Park – Will they get it Right?

Posted in Other Games, PC Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2008 by insignificantgamer

I remember that old game – Alone in the Dark! I played this one way back in 1994 on my cousins old 486. It was a fantastic game, I still remember the wolf like creature that attacked in the attic and the sense of fear that was instilled in me. It was one of the first ever 3d horror games made and was the start to franchise with great potential. The game is a thinking game, using your head and the world around you to stay alive and work your way through the story. Unfortunately the second and third games were not very well received by the gaming community. It’s been 15 years since the release of the first game, and Eden Games along with Atari are set to release their new upcoming game Alone in the Dark: Central Park for June 26, 2008.

The First Alone in the Dark Game

According to the developers the game is just in its polishing up stage, getting ready for the big release. From the numerous number of videos being released all over the Internet, it looks like they might just get it right this time. The world is much like a sandbox game, the number of different ways that you could kill creatures in the game number in the hundreds. They claim there will be over 30 weapons available to players in the game, and the way you use them will be up to you. The biggest tech-feature of the game will be fire. Fire is dynamic and propagates as you would expect it too. Items caught in flame will eventually burn away to nothing but ash. Atari claims that fire will be your primary method of killing off the creatures in the game.

The story will pick up nearly 80 years later in central park New York with Edward Carnby waking up to the hell that has consumed central park. So far the storyline is looking very epic, much on par with the the movie Cloverfield with city wide destruction and survival horror alike.

Expect nothing but the best from this game, as usual the PC will be the best platform for play even though it will release on 360 and the Wii, and later on the PS3. Check out the videos below.

  Tech Demo http://www.gametrailers.com/player/33132.html

  Fire Tech Demo http://www.gametrailers.com/player/32991.html

  Trailer http://www.gametrailers.com/player/32415.html

Under the Radar – Two Games Well Worth Playing

Posted in PC Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2008 by insignificantgamer

Every so often there is a game that comes out that slips in under the radar. Often these games look and feel every bit like their big budget brother games but just don’t have the marketing department like EA. These two games are very worthy individuals and should be played as such.

The Witcher is a fantastic RPG made by CD Projekt Red, set in a fantasy world reminiscent of the middle ages. You are a Witcher: a outcast of society and known for their legendary monster hunting skills. The game earns a mature ESRB rating, and it is very well deserved. From drinking yourself stone drunk to nudity and fornication to language your mother would slap you for, this game has it all. Medieval Mass Effect anyone?

This is a full on RPG and will have you brewing potions just to survive, as potions is the main focus in the game, as opposed to weapons and armor in the majority of games in this genre. Each potion you brew is made from hard alcohol and herbs that you have collected from plants in the game and will affect you so. Battles become a game of selecting the right potions for the job, without drinking so many that your toxicity become detrimental.

All dialog throughout the game is spoken, creating a living breathing world for you to play in. You need to be careful about what you say in this world as your choices could come back to haunt you. I know my choices did – I never got laid by the lady I worked so hard to get to know! The storyline is amazing and is surrounded by many amazing dynamic characters.

If you like mature RPGs do yourself a favor and pick this one up it was well worth the 50 bucks I paid for it.

The Witcher doing what he does best

The second game that you should treat yourself too if you haven’t played it yet, is S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl. Nobody is really sure what it stands for and if it is even a acronym for anything at all. The game is written by a Russian company called GSC Game World and published by THQ. Like the title suggests you are somehow involved with Chernobyl after the nuclear meltdown that made it famous. The beginning of the game shows a short video of the events leading up to the game although they don’t quite tell you who you are and why you are here. All you know is that you have arrived in the zone and are to learn the mysteries of it and of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. tattoo on your arm.

The game is a well rounded shooter with lots of weapons at your disposal, but it plays like an RPG variant of an FPS. You will spend a lot of your time exploring the zone and meeting the people in it, ones not affected by the radiation and the ones who are. Many places and situations in the game are very creepy in nature and will have you closer to the edge of your seat with each new adrenaline rush. The RPG portion of the game will have you collecting money, guns, ammunition, armor and radiation suits. Radiation suit you ask? Well parts of the zone still have pockets of radiation in them, and found within theses pockets are artifacts that boost certain aspects of you. Collecting and trading these artifacts is a important part of the game.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl can be had at EbGames and GameStop for $30 dollars right now and is well worth it. The story line is original and the ending is a great one. Also note that a prequel to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is in the works and is known as Clear Sky. The current release date for the prequel is Q2 (Quarter 2) of 2008.

 A creature who has been affected by the Zone