Watched some developer videos, saw some gameplay concepts and information and it's looking good so far. Hope they don't go overboard on the soacial aspects trying to weave them into every nook and cranny the game offers, I want to play on my own some times.
So anyone played the game and can give good feedback as to the good and bad? Been looking at the game but there's practically nothing on the internet except mention that it is buggy, the game looks pretty good and I want to try it but it looks like no one has bought it or if they did they buried it away and never spoke of it.
It's shaping up well, onelast Stress Test and then it's almost 25 days of nothing, hope they keep updating us with changes or new additions to the game, would be great!
I'll be rolling a Mesmer and a Guardian as I had quite a lot of fun from them.
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Just got my new rig.
Intel i5 2500k @ 4.1Ghz on air with Hyper 212+
8GB Corsair Vengeance 1866Mhz RAM, was going to get 4Gb but the price of RAM is fairly cheap so why not.
120GB Corsair Force 3
Netgear NAS enclosure with my old 500GB drive in it and new 1TB drive as i ran out of money. I wanted more preferably 3TB but can't win them all.
ATI HD 6970 2GB, twice the performance of my 5770 according to some benchmarks.
Decided to get a decent PSU this time around so got a Coolmaster 750W, plenty of room to space for Crossfire in future.
Asus P8Z68 Motherboard which is Asus, because I like Asus products.
All for £1001... Yeah i went over budget(Guess how much).
I'm happy enough with it, the hard drive issue is a pain in the neck though i expected more space than i got but it's not so bad and an oddly long time for the bootloader to be detected and read but after that it's lightning, can't wait to get some games on it see how it goes.
Thought i'd post my nice little experience with Windows 7.
Ok so everyone knows when you get a brand new PC build that you should format and reinstall right? Well a few years back i replaced my rig entirely apart from the HDD and thought rather than reinstalling Windows i'd at least give it a shot at booting up and hoping Microsofts revamped Update service would fix all the firmware and drivers for me as XP never did this sort of thing too well.
So i plugged the HDD in and booted up, i was running an almost Safe Mode as all the hardware was running in compatibility mode and after closing down a wave of errors i was greeted with a window containing quite a long list of newly detected hardware, after all the drivers were found, downloaded and installed i was asked to reboot.
Upon rebooting I had a perfectly good install of Windows 7 x64 and every single application and game opened up and ran as sweet as a nut ever since. Oh and since Windows generally has a huge library of hardware pre-installed anyway I don't believe there was any unused drivers taking up space, apart from nVidia which i removed as i am now using an AMD.
Thought i'd share this as it might save someone time and money if they don't have a windows code or disk at hand.
My plans of getting a killer PC seem to be in ruins, until i get some finances sorted out i'm down a hole and won't be building a £1000 rig to max out everything before 2012 or build up my collection of games. Oh well i can always hold off a little longer and survive on the games i have.
PS Vita is shaping up well.. Great specs, great lineup and great architecture which suites developers and in turn means they can crank out higher quality games on a shorter development cycle not to mention keep costs down. It's like killing two birds with one stone, we get better games, devs get an easier time.
Also it's at a great price point and only after the 3DS was reduced did people complain about the price which is... odd .
My to buy list:
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Some PSN games as filler such as FF7(never played it) and some Classics.
My ATI 5770 is a XFX one designed to only use one slot instead of two. Recently on Rift it's been reaching 100c and above, so decided to replace the thermal paste with some Arctic Silver and the temp instantly dropped from 100+ to around 77c under load. Hoping it drops further as the thermal paste sets in.
So top tip, GPU running hot? Spend a few bucks on good thermal paste. I swear my chip looked like a fried egg, thermal paste being the egg white and the chip as a yolk... Waaaay too much paste.
So i decided to create a minimum requirements for my future PC.
Processor has to be either six or eight cores, this'll be either 2011 socket intel using the new 3D transistor chips, or Bulldozer six/eight core.
RAM has to be 8/12Gb Triple Channel which if i'm not mistaken the processors will have native support for, most likely it'll be 8Gb as i have little need for anymore other than running some GIMP and video transcoding software.
Motherboard will have to be capable of SLI/Crossfire but most likely SLI due to my Graphics card of choice being an nVidia due to Cuda.
Graphics Card as stated will be nVidia hopefully a GTX 560 or 580 as i do like CUDA support but ATI is definitely not out of the question as they seem to be the better choice these days.
Power Supply should be around 750W to cater for the higher specs obviously but will most likely be a cheap one as SLI will be a future addition so i'll have to boost it up to 900W.
I'll stick to Air Cooling and just get a really high quality ball bearing cooler for quieter operation.
Case will be decided when i build but i may stick to my Antec 300 and just buy extra fans and soundproofing(always wanted this).
SSD is also an option as i might as well complete the set of high performance parts but i want a large capacity one of atleast 126Gb so i don't have to run that TRIM command too often to clear up some space.
So i guess that's that and i'll need to get some games that show the true potential of this rig i've already got Shogun 2 but that's not quite enough, i might spring for Skyrim and see what the community can bring to the table such as high detail textures and so on.
I am so glad i do my research before buying games, too many people don't and expect a trailer to be exactly what they buy. I recommend atleast watching and reading as many reviews as possible, make sure none mention bugs or glitches and check the length of campaign and the multiplayer aspects. If you can, watch videos of gameplay as i recently saw someone disappointed in Valkyria Chronicles when a simple youtube search would have revealed the problem immediately.
Ok where to start..
Ah yes, i got this with my 60Gb PS3 Day One! As with every new system you want to play all your games at once so i got stuck in and booted it up, at first i thought it was just a boring shooter trying to copy Halo but oh boy I was wrong. If anything it took some inspiration from Gears of War with the narration(which is amazing) and the struggle to survive, but I did, I think two levels and got into the Chimera factory and turned it off to try my other bunch of new games such as Heavenly Sword and Motorstorm.
So after being on a shelf with little intention on playing the game i started realising lots of people reporting the YLOD and decided to cash in while i could. Got a slim and sold Resistance: FoM along with it.
Only recently i've noticed Resistance 3 looking amazing and the guns are fantastic, so bought both Resistance 1 and Resistance 2 for £5 each with free delivery.
Oh i am so glad i did, after playing a few levels and getting the better more innovative guns i realised how amazing the game is, the guns are fantastic and work brilliantly, the narrative and story is incredible and as far as i am into the game(Somerset) i can safely say it's one of the best stories so far in a game and i really really like the Gears of War story but i'm beginning to think this one is on par or even better!
The story is great because i didn't know anything about it previously and across the levels it slowly unfolds and i want to know more, usually it's easy to predict a story in a game but to be honest so far i don't know if the Chimera are aliens or a genetic experiment as the narration doesn't give it away as the narration seems to only know present matters instead of being a future rendition of past events, which is a good thing as it keeps me interested and listening to her.
Graphically it is decent but nothing amazing, of course it's a launch title so i'll give it a break and say they are good for the time and hold up fairly respectably to todays multiplats.
Weapons again are fantastic and the Hailstorm secondary fire is just amazing, it's like a personal automated turret great against a constant stream of enemies. The Auger again brilliant and powerful yet not overpowered, extremely useful against pretty much anything although rubbish against moving targets. All in all amazing and from what i hear it only gets better after completing the game and going for a second playthrough.
If anyone hasn't tried these games(and reads my blog) then i recommend them, they are bargain bin cheap and just amazing games, really are hidden gems at these prices. Two games for £10 including delivery.