LA Noire

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Finally had enough bandwidth leftover at the end of the month to download LA Noire for the PC. Two hours later I’m reminded what a technical marvel this game is and I makes me sad that Rock star never saw fit to port Red Dead Redemption to the PC. I think I’m going to play through the game again, now that I have all the DLC cases I missed during my play through on the  PS3.

Tribes Ascend

Just started playing Tribes Ascend yesterday and I have to say that I’m really impressed. The over polish of this game is really redefining what I expect out of a free to play shooter.

Hi-rez Studios really captured the essence of Tribes 2. The joy that one gets from skiing across the map at ludicrous speeds is still as good as ever. I know that I’m going to buy some gold to unlock the extra classes. My debate is do I want to spend the minimum, $10 or buy in at the more attractive $30 or $50 price points where you get a bunch of extra xp bonuses.

Anyway if you want to play, you can find me in game as NodtheThird.

See you online.

www.tribesascend.com/

Top Pirated games of the year.

Eurogamer has just published a list from TorrentFreak of the most pirated games of 2011. What I find most striking about this data is that level of PC piracy is so much greater than console piracy. Then again maybe a lot of console piracy goes on in retail locations, with people buying bootleg copies under the table. On the PC side, I have two questions. One is how many of those 3 million downloads turn into purchases and second, why are people pirating mainly multiplayer games are their large pools of pirate servers that I don’t know about?

Movember Madness


Tonight is the launch of Skyrim and I’m scared that this one game might prevent me from finishing the other game I’m playing at the moment, Uncharted 3.
A game that has failed to grip me like its predecessor, for whatever reason the shock and awe of its graphic is not counteracting, the shallow, repetitive and at times tedious trial and error game play at the heart of its cinematic adventure. It’s not like I’m not enjoying Uncharted 3, cause I am, but it’s just that the flaws of the father have been passed down to the son and I’m not as forgiving of the same foibles. One expects to see a jump in quality, not just visually, but mechanically, with every subsequent release of a game. Uncharted 3 just seems to exist on the same plateau as Uncharted 2. My main gripe is with the shooting sequences, they aren’t very fun and they tend to drag on to long. If I fail to clear a section two or three times and have to restart I’ve been inclined to just go play something else. Which, at the moment, is mainly Battlefield 3.
November, is a great time to be a gamer, I just wish it could happen every month of the year. All these games to play at the same time is making me go a little crazy.

What I think of Rage

Thanks to the hard work of id software and AMD’s driver engineers, I’m finally playing Rage. Not that this makes up for botch launch on the PC. Releasing your game in an unplayable state regardless of who is at fault is inexcusable. I fear it has cost id a lot of the goodwill they enjoy from PC gamers.
It’s a shame that the game drew so much negative buzz, cause the core shooting and driving mechanics are quite fun. I’ve not seen such conniving enemy AI behavior in a game in long time, it is simply a joy to watch and hear the AI react to the mayhem you’re inflicting on them.
The game is also at times breathtakingly beautiful. Sure you can find low res texture up close, but I keep getting awed by the graphics as I enter one unique area after an other.
That’s it for now I’ll post more thought once I’ve finished the game.

Rage

Well at midnight it became clear why the reviews were embargoed, Rage is getting mixed reviews. The fact that both EGM and IGN who gave the game high marks got to publish their review a couple of hours earlier, shows again how skued the relationship between publisher and press is.

It’s also troubling that the Rage forum have erupted will tales of poor performance on the PC version. I hope this all comes down to driver issues. As I know John Carmack was getting nvidia and AMD to add new features. One would have hoped that these features had been added months ago and not in a last minute patch.
My copy is in the mail so I will know all soon.

Update:
Seems that the special Rage drivers AMD Released are borked. Good thing I just did a clean install with them. Well I guess I’ll give the 11.9 drivers a go if an updated hotfix driver isn’t out by the time I get home.

Where’s the Review?

Rage’s review embargo has got me in, well in a rage. While I accept the need for embargoes, to give reviewers enough time to write their review and to ensure that no one outlet gets a jump on any other. What I can not accept is the need for release day review embargoes. Which, in my mind, server no purpose but to prevent customers from making informed purchasing decisions.

Release day review embargoes are anti consumer and the games press needs to baulk at their existence. In my mind, the whole point of the games specialty press is to give gamers the information they need so that they can make informed purchasing decisions. While, I know it is a pipe dream to think that the games press would stand up to publishers who force release day embargoes, for fear that they be denied access to upcoming games. I think it needs to be done, as more and more game are being released with bonus content that can only be obtained by pre-ordering the game. Case in point, Rage’s Anarchy Edition.

Bethesda seems to a particularly egregious offender when it comes to review embargoes, as Brink was also embargoed until release and we all know how well that game turned out. I fell that by embargoing a review so late sends a message. That you, the publisher, are not confident in the product that you are selling me the gamer and I should probably keep my $60 in my pocket. It will be interesting to see if Skyrim will also be under a similar release day embargo.