SmellyJelly, I personally don't like the zombies but those vids you posted look very nice. I am waiting for Mafia II (but of course) as it should be grand and I am hoping to see the English version of Space Rangers Reload sometime this fall. If not, I'm taking Russian lessons . No, seriously. Also, maybe there is going to be a remake of Mount&Blade, it seems the Turkish team has signed a contract with some publisher and they are probably working on that as we speak. I hope they will not commercialize it, though and keep it open ended but with a bit more content.
|QUOTE (Dillyracer @ Jun 16 2008, 16:25)|
|Thanks a lot for the invite mkey !|
I'll be keeping an eye on this thread, I'm glad I don't have to go to the GTA IV section again.
You earned it, pal . This is meant for PC gamers and those that respect PC gaming. There is a lot of BS going on about PC as a gaming platform at the moment, but IMHO it will live enough to see console gaming (the way MS and Sony handle it) die. I only wish we had some sort of logistic support, because that PC GA is a sad joke.
|QUOTE (Deuce Deuce @ Jun 16 2008, 15:27)|
|After trying the demo the other day I was pretty shocked to see that I could run it on medium, since my PC is still decent-ish but about 3 years old. To be honest I think GTA IV will be more demanding given that it's a pretty huge game and data has to be loaded constantly.|
I don't think so. My guess is that even the fastest single core CPU will be able to run GTA IV. Will it be playable? Probably not, but it will look something like it looks on consoles. You know, 20FPS average and 1024x768 resolution is not that hard to achieve. Remember SA and what you had to do to make it look like it did on consoles? Turn down the resolution to 640x480(and this is still better then that-gen PS but out!), forget about any AA, set the LOD to low. Hell, even my old PC with Celeron at 2.6GZ and ATI9200 Stupid Edition (yes, laugh it up ) could run that on 1024x768 and still get a playable framerate (depending on tastes).
When we talk about optimization, IMHO Half-Life 2 sets the standard while Crysis is not optimized properly. Hell, it's not optimized at all, but the same could be said about previous GTAs. GTA3 was horrible in that aspect. VC was so so, while SA definitely could do better. Let's hope this time around we'll see a major overhaul on GTA IV with some proper texturing and decent framerate. If they don't plan to make it properly (because IMHO technically the console (PS3 version is the one I played) version sucks) they should skip it altogether. There are more then enough great titles coming for PC anyway.
IMHO an even more important issue are the controls. How will R* handle them? The controls in GTA have never been that gamepad oriented like in GTA IV and this concerns me. There is lame aim and cover system, can you remember any games that had those? Godfather, anyone? What do we know about it? Yes, it had really crappy controls on PC. For example, you couldn't strafe left and right. The WS combination was for forward backward movement while AD controlled the x axis. Let's hope R* will do this one properly. If not, see above.
PC gaming is IMHO not that expensive. The hardware price is going down. For the price of my current PC now I can get a proper gaming rig, while back then I got a mediocre PC. It's all about getting the bestbuy components and skipping most expensive ones which give you a 10% increase in performance for 50 to 100% higher price. PCs are reliable, you can repair minor faults without breaking a sweat and you have the option to upgrade. Games are less expensive and your PC can handle much more then gaming. Security can be an issue, but I will bet you anything that if you stay clear of the odd warez and porn sites you can do without any AV software. I know I can. When you handled that, the only "issue" that remains are the mail attachments which will be taken on the server side of the mail service provider. So the ones complaining about security are the ones that use internet explorer and visit sites to download and install various crap they shouldn't .