July 24, 2011 § 5 Comments
I stand before you a broken man. I’ve just watched the gameplay trailer for Battlefield 3, and I was impressed; the visuals border on Crysis 2-beating – the sublime Frostbite 2 engine powering the destruction on a massive scale, from buildings coming down to sniper-rifle bullets biting chunks out of stone.
Everything has impact, both literally and figuratively.
One thought, however, dominated my mind as I watched:
“There is no way in hell my PC is going to run that”.
July 14, 2011 § 5 Comments
RockPaperShotgun recently posted an article about an interview with Bethesda’s Craig Lafferty, who is the lead producer on the rather spiffy looking Skyrim. He covers a few bits and bobs regarding how awesome dragons are, and how the game plays.
However, he also reveals that, like a terminally large number of games recently, Skyrim will not have a demo.
July 13, 2011 § 4 Comments
For the past few years, a number of the bigger game publishers/developers have been experimenting with various different ways to protect their investments; day-one-DLC, online activation, limited installs, etc. And almost all of them have been unpleasant, problematic and, in some cases, brutal.
I am a gamer, like the rest of you. But I’m approaching that age where my money is very carefully spent; wanting something is no longer the only thing that drives my wallet (its called financial responsibility, kids!), and I tend to be very wary about buying stuff that, lets face it, is over-priced and of limited use.
And a game that I can’t play due to my internet being down, or because I’ve upgraded my system too many times, or I can’t trade in towards a new game when I’m done, is of no real use to me. And I won’t buy it.
And piracy? That’s not my problem chaps. Go away and come up with another excuse.
July 11, 2011 § 2 Comments
The onslaught of Free-2-Play games has suddenly turned into a flood, thick and fast. Team Fortress 2 has succumbed to this increasingly popular payment method, and the diversity of genres supported continues to increase – grindy eastern-style MMORPGs are no longer the only choice you have when looking for some wallet-friendly gaming.
Most of them, to be fair, are terrible. But hey, you get what you pay for. Or not in this case.
A few, Battlefield Heroes for example, are passable time wasters – fun for a while, but not something you would sink a huge amount of time into.
But for every few dozen cash-cows in World of Warcraft clothing, there is always the chance of a diamond in the rough; Battleforge, Realm of the Mad God, Quake Live, and World of Tanks.
This, my friends, is Angry House country…
July 5, 2011 § Leave a comment
Its that time of year again, when we in the UK get that few brief days of sunshine and uncomfortable heat that we look forward to, and complain about when it gets here. And of course Steam has its Summer Sale. A fortnight of sometimes insane deals and a huge amount of indie love (indie game love, of course).
Its a difficult time for some of us; it can be hard enough getting through your back-game catalogue during our limited free time at the best of times. But when you start buying games at silly prices (Shogun 2 at 50% off? How can you not…), it becomes marriage-destroying. I personally have at least three games bought last year that I have yet to install, never mind play (Sorry, Red Faction Guerrilla, I’ll get to you someday), and now there’s even MORE?! Being a grown-up sucks…
Sometimes though, you buy something you never would have at full price. And sometimes, its a little bit better than you ever expected.