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.

Steam on Linux

Steam on Linux

Check out the article on Phoronix

It seems the wait of the Linux gamer is coming to an end, Valve is working on releasing Steam for Linux. The promise of most Valve games being ported and an ever increasing indie games space support of Linux, via the Humble Bundle, is the time right for the promise of Linux gaming. I hope Valve’s move will get id and Epic to restate their commitment to Linux, but releasing ports of RAGE and the next UT game.

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/

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.