Prey Preview

Hmmmm… prey tell, can I talk about a game? Well lets see, this game is (quite obviously) based on the Doom 3 engine, inspired by Quake 4 and indian culture while blending in loads of little sci fi things that we all love. Prey is a game all about an alien invasion of Earth, by guys who don’t seem to interested in sharing. While the Strogg want to turn you into on of them, these guys just want to commit mass genocide. I’ve only played the demo, but already I see its awsome.
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Games Addiction in Progress

I’m addicted to Dawn of War (Warhammer 40k RTS) again and Ian is addicted to Guildwars, we’re both going to write reviews of the games once we get over it, and once we settle more back into school after exam leave (which was wisely spent starting this site).

In hardware news, the Intel Core Duo 2 processor has been released for the LGA775 socket. Results look good, its faster than the AMD FX-62 and costs a small fraction. Also the Geforce 7950 X2 has been unleased which I previewed earlier.

In gaming, a few new games are being released soon that should be highlighted: First, Titan Quest from the co-creator of Age of Empires, Brian Sullivan. Seems to be another singleplayer RPG to consume time lately. Also Prey is coming out next month and, while sounding odd, looks technically sound. (something about a Cherokee Indian getting into big portals and loads of magic etc)

Well thats it, tune in later!

X-Fire review

One program many of you wil have come across time and time again is X-Fire, and with good reason, x-fire is growing in popularity as one of the most usefull server browser and chat programs avaliable. for use with games. This handy program works like any other Instant Messenger software, with friends lists ans voilce support, but its biggest hook is the way it works with games. x-fires built in server browser allow you to find and join servers for most games out there, with support growing with popularity. x-fire can also track what games you play and for how long, creating profiles for users, giving those hardcore players yet more bragging rights.

However X-fire has a few weaknesses lowering its desirabiliaty. whilst the fact it is skinnable is a plus, the interface, moreso when skinned, is thick and cramped, leaving little room for large server lists and search options. talking of server searches, the options can be somewhat limited on some games and the results can even be completly irrelevant in cases, for example confusing Day of Defeat and Counterstrike servers. however for the most part x fire is a solid gaming utility not to be overlooked. the game tracking and friends are more than enough to make it a viable addition to your desktop, the file network a oft useful bonus. and the server browser while faulty is perfectly useable. if your a frequent online gamer, id recommend you definatly give it a try at the least, its well worth the download.

X-Fire main Site

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. not vaporware?

PC Game World is reporting a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. release date! a game which many belive firmly to be vaporware, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernoby entices us with a release date of Q1 2007! the game was first announced to release in 2003 so Im not holdimg my breath, but it does show that the possibiliaty of it being finished within this decade isnt too far fetched. now if only Duke Nukem forever could take a hint.

"We have a pleasing news for you today: the release date of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl has been officially fixed as Q1 2007. We will keep you posted regarding the more specific release timing of the game."

From the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Website.

   

Mod of the Week: Freespace Open

Ah, Freespace 2… Most kids remember playing console games like Final Fantasy VII in the childhood, but I had Simcity 2000 and the Freespace series. Both are still firmly rooted in my mind as the greatest games in both their genres, so its a pleasent surprised when it gets a makeover from a source code being released by Interplay a few years ago.

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Industry Update

With all the chatter of PS3 and Wii, nothing really has surfaced for pc gaming lately. All the major sources have been blank so I'm just going to highlight anything of interest.

First we have something odd that Gabe Newell from Valve said, seeming to show that Half Life 3 will be episodic…

Eurogamer: Why did you change the name from Aftermath? We liked the name.
Gabe Newell:
Errr… I… I think that Aftermath was almost a temporary name. I always thought of it as Episodes One through Three because that's how we planned the products out. I think people thought we'd need a name for them, and Aftermath ended up being more confusing than helpful. Probably a better name for it would have been Half Life 3: Episode One, but these three are what we're doing as our way of taking the next step forward, but Half-Life 2 was the name we used.

Next, it seems an expansion to the huge space mining simulator MMORPG Eve Online is coming out at the end of the month titled "The Path to Kali".

Lastly the Half Life 2 mod, Fortress Forever, apparently is going to released soon based on the huge amout of finished looking screenshots on the mainpage. Three Cheers there!

Sorry Busy Today

Yeah both of us are having a LAN party, lol. We'll probably write a DIY on how to have one after.

Et tu Physics?

Well physics, like graphics before it, is demanding its own PCI slot now. The questions is, will the sudden transformation of computer gaming happen again as it did with the invention of Voodoo cards? Will we sell our souls every few months for the latest trip of physics heaven like we do graphics?

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Mod of the Week: Natural Selection

Your walking down a corridor, once side by side with your fellow solider, but no more. They disappeared in the shadows. The shadows are staring at you. Haunting you. You can feel the aliens drooling down your neck. Your ment to be the preditor, not the prey!

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Geforce 7950 Released

Well the day of the apocolypse came and the devil didn't, so obviously this beasted scared him away! The latest graphics card from Nvidia has been released today, featuring a new VPU more powerful than previously, correction, 2 new VPU's! Nvidia appears to be making a clear grap at the "most powerful graphics" position that had belong to ATi previously with its X1900XTX. ATi apparently is hoping there will not be many of these produced, but Nvidia seems to be making plenty, and selling them cheaply – for £350 plus vat. Nvidia claims the new card is capable of 32x AA and resolutions of 2650×1600.

Even if you're not planning of getting one of these, its still good news because it means other card prices will plummet.