Getting ready for Mass Effect 2, I’m set to complete the prequel on my PC just so I can get my save game to carry over haha. I never finished Mass Effect 1 due to my 360 suffering a heart attack, so it’ll be refreshing to play it at the best settings on my PC (hopefully my e8400 will cope. Heard that you need a quadie for the best possible performance)
I’m sorry to say this but it looks like Capcom and Airtight Games’ Dark Void is destined to be a complete failure. In fact, the game never even grabbed my attention with the 1st trailers shown last year. I might be talking too early since I’ve only played through the training and 1st mission on my PC, but from what I’ve seen (andheard from other people who have tried out the demo), things are not looking good.
Controls are not that responsive (especially during flight), graphics are damn mediocre for a 2010 title even at the highest settings, and the gameplay itself plays like a crippled Gears of War wannabe with Rocketeer-esque sections that just are not enjoyable based on that short training course in the beginning. Plus despite the bad visuals, performance on the PC doesn’t make much sense especially with all the stuttering and crap. My GTX 275 should be handling the Unreal engine with ease but that doesn’t seem to be the case here!
So what just happened here? Airtight Games is composed of people who worked on one of the best Xbox games released back then, Crimson Skies, so its surprising to see them come up with a game this bad. If you ask me, Capcom should have just developed this title themselves instead of having another company do it since I believe their proprietary engine would have done wonders here (I mean, just compare this to something like Lost Planet, which was one of Capcom’s first next generation games lol. Leagues apart in both performance and quality). So sad to see a very cool concept executed so poorly.
Yep, if you are one of those downloading the leaked direct2drive copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum right now, be warned that it contains a lot of game breaking and irritating bugs in it. It might be an early beta copy because some of the core files are actually older than the ones found in the demo. Or maybe its just a part of the Joker’s gloriously sprung trap lol.
Anyway, one fix to get physx working was to copy over some of the demo files. Unfortunately, you’ll still encounter frequent crashes due to some other files missing. The grappling hook also doesn’t work in some key points and there are places where NPCs will just stop spawning. Game breaking indeed.
It might be a faulty crack, or a faulty beta release or whatever. The game is still a few days away from release and its a leaked copy so you can’t blame the developers. Just buy it when it comes out, the developers deserve it for giving us the best comic book game ever.
That’s right! Despite the game being pushed back for PCs due to the integration of physX (I doubt that’s the reason. More like to even out consoles and pc sales I guess, or prevent piracy. Like that’s possible haha), looks like all you dark crusader fans are still in luck. The demo just got released after showing up on PSN and Xbox Live and weighs in at around 2gb. Initial impressions around the web show that this here might just become the best batman game ever (not like it has any serious competition with previous games in the series lol).
I’m pretty excited myself. Downloading the demo right now as I type. Hopefully with physX enabled + AA, I’ll still be able to max it out with my GTX 275 ^^. Here’s a link to the download:
Just bought some new RAM earlier. I currently have 1x2gb ddr2-800 team elite ram on my rig but found out (after installing Windows 7 64bit and playing Crysis Warhead lol) that my system was basically begging for more. So I went out to the local computer shop and found 2 types of ram available. The Godly expensive Geil Evo One 4gb kit and the Godly cheap looking Zeppelin 2GB sticks haha. I figured I wasn’t OC’ing anyway so I went with cheap ones and bought 2 of them (well, at least they had heat spreaders) for a dual-channel config and to bring my total to 6gb (just like triple channel i7 6gb kits haha).
Seeing the specs in the little sticker attached to it, I was hoping there wouldn’t be any issues since they were CAS5-rated ram sticks like my Team Elite ones. Unsurprisingly (given their unknown brand), they were CAS5 only at ddr2-667 speeds and CAS6 at ddr2-800 T_T. So I had to run the Team Elite ones a notch lower at 333mhz, unless I loosen their timings to match Mister Zeppelin here.
The good thing is that I didn’t really feel any performance decrease with the lower speed. It also eliminated my stuttering problems now in Crysis and I could even run it at DX9 64bit now ^^. Windows 7 feels a lot snappier now too, and a lot more responsive even with multiple things going on. Guess it isn’t so bad if you run everything at stock
I’m no big follower of the mechwarrior games, but I did play the Mechassault 1 and 2 on the original xbox and those were some pretty good games. I’m guessing a lot of PC and 360 fans will be anticipating this game a lot. I will too not because of the name, but because of this amazing reveal trailer that was just shown. If you ask me, I’d rate this the same as that old Killzone 2 video. Hopefully, its all ingame ^^
You read that right folks. For all those who weren’t able to snatch a beta key, ID is finally moving Quake Live from closed to open beta stage this Feb 24. There’s a timer on the site (7 hours left here) so you know when to start fragging online.
For those of you living under a rock, Quake Live is basically Quake 3 online with some fixes here and there, running straight in you web browser (IE and Firefox for now I believe), all for free! I was able to get into the beta a month or 2 ago and it definitely is Quake 3 in all its glory. Only problem was the missing servers here in Asia, which meant hellish ping times for me (3-second delay anyone?). Hopefully, the people behind this amazing app realize this and put out servers here so we can start joining in as well.
Visit the link below for the website:
Straight out of Neogaf:
Wario Land: Shake it! – C+, A-, C+
Good: Classic Wario playability, sumptuous artwork
Bad: Lackluster levels, tired design
De Blob – B
Good: Simple, colorful fun
Bad: Too-similar levels, unnecessary motion controls
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames – B+, B-, B
Good: Endlessly satisfying destruction
Bad: Gimped co-op, lacks polish
Megaman 9 – B+
Good: Old-school aesthetic and challenge
Bad: Difficulty sometimes borders on masochistic
Silent Hill: Homecoming – B, C+, B-
Good: Silent Hill never looked so good
Bad: Slow framerate, clunky controls
Fracture – C-
Good: Terraforming works well enough
Bad: Ridiculously derivative
Midnight Club: Los Angeles – B
Good: Solid controls, addictive leveling system, amazing re-creation of LA
Bad: inconsistent difficulty, some visual glitches and framerate
NBA Live 09 – B
Good: Daily roster updates
Bad: Way too many blocks
NBA 2K9 – A-
Good: 5-on-5 online games
Bad: Complicated controls
FIFA 09 – B+
Good: Improves a lot of stuff that FIFA 09 did wrong
Bad: Goalkeeper A.I. is still frustratingly incompetent
Infinite Undiscovery – B, B, C+
Good: Seamless real-time battles
Bad: Clunky menus and interfaces
Rock Band 2 – A-, A-, A
Good: Enormous setlist
Bad: Unlocking songs is taxing
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood – A GOTM
Good: Fantastic action-lite RPG in the spirit of Super Mario RPG series
Bad: BioWare’s buyout by EA may mean no sequels
The Legend of Kage 2 – B-
Good: Classic ninja gameplay
Bad: Rudimentary level design
Away: Shuffle Dungeon – B-
Good: Clever core gimmick with solid action on top
Bad: Not much going on beyond the gimmick
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia – A-
Good: Deep gameplay, spooky graphics and music
Bad: Confusing puzzles, cut-and-paste levels
Kirby: Super Star Ultra – A-
Good: Plenty of powers to absorb
Bad: Forgettable DS-specific features
Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise – B+
Good: Addictive as always!
Bad: Addictive as always…
Star Ocean: The First Departure – B+
Good: Addictive item creation, relationship bulding
Bad: Archaic storyline and presentation
Spore – B+
Good: Seeing you and your buddies’ creations
Bad: An imperfect mix of genres
Starting today, I’ll be reviewing some of the games I currently own while waiting for the newer ones to be released. I’ve got quite a number of titles here so I was thinking, why not do some reviews for them? Wouldn’t hurt for me to revisit games like Gears of War for the 360 or Twilight Princess on the Wii.
(Speaking of Zelda, damn I still haven’t finished that game yet. Guess this is the right time to complete it. That and Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, Tales of Vesperia……Oh man, I just realized how many RPGs I still have yet to finish. Wonder if I’ll be able to go through them all lol).