PC Upgrade- bit the bullet

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clok1966
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Bit The Bullet and got

Bit The Bullet and got BURNED! If any of you keeps on hardware the New Intel Sandy Bridge Motherboards are BUGGED, and its not somethng they can fix.. The SATA drive controler will die eventally. ALL Motherboards and CHIPS have been pulled off all major retailers. Just heard the news today so no Idea where I'm at.. sure glad I just got the box today!!! Romour has it we all will get a NEW Motherboard as soon as fixed ones are done.. in april... long wait..

clok1966
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Carmine- ile its far from a

Carmine- while its far from a "good" game Jurrasic Park the Hunted on the 360 is kinda fun in short bursts. I picked it up for $7.99 at Gamefly on one of the sales they have. Its not free roaming, pretty specific paths. Ammo is fairly limited which is a trend Im not fan of, but understand. its a pretty average shooter, but its got DINO's!!!!! :) they have a few interesting twists (well should I say ideas took from other games + DINO'S!). One spot has a ship (in the middle of jungle) overun with DINO's! (ok I will quit that now). There is a stationary machine gun and you ahve to beat back a few waves to proceed to the ship (which was kinda lame as there wasnt anything on it really, and you didnt go inside, just on top). there is also a spot with a makeshift fort and unlimited ammo, you go insdie and "board" up the ways in (zombie mode on COD BO type board up) and keep the DINO'S! (opps) out. I'm sure there are more borrowed ideas.. but I only played it a few hours one day (plan on more, but got hooked on DA again since I bought the EXP pack when STEAM had it on sale).

Its got some real fualts, weapons are kinda "off" as in just not balanced right to me.. maybe a touch to weak. Ammo is kinda scarce for us sucky console gamepad aimers. If i had mouse Keyboard I would have had plenty. The paths you can take are pretty much linier... most are about 30 feet or so wide with corners and such to get the dinos some cover. There are a few wide open areas, but ehy are maybe the size of 2 football fields at most.. they split wide ones up with a crevas or a Large rock to block some so there is some suprise. Of course with my limited time with the game, thre may be some much bigger areas.. I only saw the "poppies"? (not many actully) some larger Velocprator type dino's (maybe that is waht they where?) and the spitting guys. The veloco type ones are a bit hard as if they do actually get to you ( fairly easy in the tight quarters) they circle you and if you ahve a couple.. with the consoles singel biggest glearing problem with a gamepad.. turning rate (mouse i can 360 in less then a 2nd, gamepad.. depending in turn rate of game it can be an eternity) they can almost instantly change sides, but I cant instantly change my aim, Im at mercy of turn rate.. and in a 3 on one battle its almost impossible without some luck. The shotgun pretty much one hits um up close (good) but takes a bit better aim then the spay and pray machine guns.

Over all it a average game that you sometimes see the PURE fun throught the b-game haze. Its not Earth Defence Force B-game great (get it if you dont have it!, no DINO's! but its got even bigger BUGS! and lots of um!) I think JPthe Hujnted is a pretty solid fun b-game.. worth a rental for sure if thats your thing.

Carmine
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I really enjoyed Far Cry 1

I really enjoyed Far Cry 1 and 2 pretty much for the same reasons you did. That level in Far Cry 1, I think it's the 8th level, where you just hop from island to island destroying enemy bases however you see fit... it was the promised land of gaming. Then the trigens came out and took our game away. Oh well, still an amazing experience on the whole. I think I enjoyed the sequel a little more than you, maybe because I'm in desperate need of an open world FPS, but I agree that it became quite tedious and buggy frequently.

Crysis. A beautiful game to be sure but the narrowness of the player's path (unsure of terminology here) took away what made Far Cry special, and left me with a game that couldn't hope to compete with the level design of juggernaut fps games like Halo or Half Life 2, except in technology. For this reason I'm not excited about Crysis 2.

Now that Jurassic Park game you mentioned... THAT could be a video game promised land. I actually wrote a treatment for an open world dinosaur hunting fps a few months ago just to kill time.

clok1966
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I know Crysis and Farcry (one

I know Crysis and Farcry (one and two) dont seem to get the love I would have thought. They have their fans and as one of them Even I know they have some glareing flaws but I think they are prtty good games. I know alot of people dont like the open ended part of them. I love the fact I can skip a camp full of heavily armed people untill i have a jeep with a 50 cal mounted on it. Or how watchtowers can be approched if you use the correct cover and you can kill the enstry and take his sniper rifle and rain the hurt down on the people he was watching over. The open ended part is probebly the part I liked most about Farcry. Crysis reined this in ALOT, there are so many area's they have built to block you from going any path but one. Farcry 2 is considerbly smaller but more detailed and with specific missions you can roam all you want but to get anything done you have to follow a path. Overall Farcry was easily my favorite of them. Crysis being 2nd and FC2 last..

SPOILERS on games follow

The real cons, Farcry's mutated monsters, bah.. i could have played doom or a 100 other fps for that.. The real guys with better guns and bofy armour where more fun then some super freak mosnters to me..
Crysis- space ship, cool (also done a million times) the enemies I liked also.. the space ship 3D float combat.. didnt like that, especialy with aliens that blend into the background in huge cavernous space ship insides.. only way I knew where they where was the shots. A game play decision to make it more exciting Im sure, but I didnt like it.
FarCry2- missions are kinda fun, but after a few hours they seem all the same, and the driving all over just to get someplace, while realistic ( and I guess the GTA people like it) was boring too. FC2 just lacked something, maybe my "main" mission just didnt appeal to me, not sure.. I wish it was another unknown Island type mission.

I would love to see the FARCEY (Cryteck) engine used for a Jurrasic park game, now that would be fun! Explore the Island and overun facilities in a free roamoing engine..

Carmine
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Crysis 2 is probably a better

Crysis 2 is probably a better benchmark for rigs than Skyrim or anything else, but it's a sequel to a game that lost my interest very quickly. I just saw Skyrim's screenshots the other day and my jaw dropped. It'll take a beast to run but I'm sure you've got it handled!

clok1966
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hmm
Carmine wrote:

If I were still a big PC guy I would be tailoring a machine just for Skyrim this fall...

other thant he intro movie I havent read to much about it, going to take a beast to run? Iknow I sorta was looking at RAGE, Crysis 2 , and I guess Skyrim all coming in the next few months.. maybe even Duke (but I would guess that should run fine on older stuff, heck it been being devoloped since i had a 3dFX card!). It was one thing that hleped me jump into the upgrade badnwagon finally. As I said, I dont need it, right now Im doing fine, but Im a PC guy so ... the urge was great! I gave in.. I figure heck, i buy every console/handheld almost and never use um, i should at least upgrade the system I do use.

Carmine
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If I were still a big PC guy

If I were still a big PC guy I would be tailoring a machine just for Skyrim this fall...

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