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Crysis and the new NVidia 8800GT

October 30, 2007

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Gamers rejoice: Crysis demo release was accompanied by the announcement and release of NVidia 8800GT, the not too expensive video card, with good performance. It is positioned between 8800GTS and 8800GTX and is cheaper than the 8800GTS itself.

Here is a short roundup or quality reviews that include both Crysis and 8800GT tests both running DirectX 9 and 10:

My observations show that most of the cheaper versions of 8800GT video cards were gone in one day from Newegg.com. Checked morning of October 29 – they had about 6 or 7 versions, in evening – they had 3 left, with 2 showing ‘out of stock’.

Crytek Crysis: a real crysis for my video card…

October 29, 2007

Crytek has finally released the so much anticipated game of the year – Crysis. I managed to download it from the unofficial source even before the demo was officially released by EA. (Grab the official demo here)

My PC specs are totally out of date, but still I wanted to see how the game will run and just experience a bit of what everybody was expecting for over 3 years. The fist time I ran the game it took about 7 minutes to load on an AMD Athlon64 3200+, 1GB RAM. The framerate was terrible and the game was interrupted every time I tried to shoot. Seems like I had a lack of RAM. When I looked into the processes list, Crysis was using over 750MB of RAM. My video card ATI X1950PRO managed to produce around 15 frames per second at high settings after I added another gigabyte of RAM from my other PC! And those 15 frames were pretty stable all along the way. I wish I could experience the ful DirectX 10 support, but I was limited to Windows XP and a DirectX 9 video card.

So I came to the conclusion that this game does need a decent video card and a little more RAM, while you don’t need the Quad Core Extreme CPU from Intel to run the game smoothly.

The smell of Steam… Not too good, uh?

October 8, 2007

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I’ve been using Steam for about a year now with Counter Strike Source CDs. About a month ago I ordered the download of Company of Heroes. I was so excited about the download speed, which was exceeding 1MB/s on my 15MBit connection.

It seems I was very lucky when I had that 1.2MB/s of download speed, because now I’m rarely getting anything more than 200KB/s while preloading Portal and Team Fortress 2. Most of the time speed does not go over 80KB/s. So I decided to look up online what others are saying about Steam.

The first Google result for ‘steam download speed’ gave me the page full of negative comments about Steam and Valve. Valve has always been an example company to me, but this illusion has suddenly disappeared after reading so many negative feedbacks about Steam. It seems they are saving money by not deploying enough servers.

In general I like the idea of Stem, online game store, but it does need a major speed boost. I think that as soon as Valve improves Steam it can become a primary source for your gaming needs as more and more publishers sell their games there.

World of Warcraft playing experience

January 2, 2007

Last week I registered for a 10-day trial for WoW looking forward for some fun time. After downloaded the 2+ GB it asked me to do a couple of updates which were about 1GB in total. Finally I got the game running.

I created my character and was asked to choose the realm. Finally I got into the game. First impressions – what a poor graphics! What a poor controls! Good this game supported the wide-screen mode and I ran at 1680×1050 – the default resolution for my 22″ screen. Well I proceeded playing and getting my character up a couple of levels. I must say I got a little bored while my character was at low levels but it was becoming more and more interesting.

After having played my character for a week for about 3-4 hours a day I managed to get my character up to the 13th level. Everyday I felt I got more and more addicted to the game. That disturbed me a little cause I did not hang out with my friends for a while and just felt really empty and weird after the hours of playing WoW. All my thoughts were about my WoW character and getting it improved, getting more quests completed, getting better equipment :). Finally I understood that it’s gonna be even worse later. Everyday I was spending more time playing the and I LITERALLY felt how it made me stupid, less social and made me feel bored when I was hanging out with my friends.

But today I decided to stop playing it and just delete it and never get back to it. Kids, this game makes you dumb! Stop playing it and spend more time in REAL world, with REAL people, with REAL challenges rather than just sitting in your chair and socializing in virtual world where you gonna end up with nothing more than a level 60 character and an empty brains! WoW is really addictive and it’s hard to quit playing it. It’s like drugs – after you start doing them you cannot quit because of the physical dependence. I hope yesterday was the last day I’ve ever played World of Warcraft 😉

Games: Battlefield 2142 Demo

October 9, 2006

I’ve been playing Battlefield series since the first version when they did not have such beautiful graphics as they do now. With the release of Battlefield 2 the game got popular even more. Graphics, physics, maps and multiplayer mode became way better and eye appealing :). In summer of 2005 it was one of the most computer resource demanding game. Many people who wanted to switch to the new version had to do to major upgrade of their computers. I was playing it on GeForce 6600GT which was not the best graphics card at that time, but was rather good. I’m still on 6600GT, but on PCI Express, because I got a new mobo with PCI Express supports and a new CPU and so I had to switch to PCI Express graphics card. I’m not a full-time gamer, so I cannot tell the difference between the AGP and PCI Express variants of this card (both cards are MSI).

Battlefield 2142 itself. I must admit I did not read many previews and reviews of this game, but I was watching for new screenshots since the day of announcement by EA. I remember how about 10 screenshots appeared on Gamespot. I was impressed with the new models and new effects. I must say the game looks better and runs better on the same hardware I used to run Battlefield 2. It looks like they have worked hard to improve the game engine and add some fascinating special effects.

Battlefield 2142 Demo

Battlefield 2142 Demo

Battlefield 2142 Demo

 New models and vehicles are also cool. I like the walker. It’s not that easy to kill it and at the same time it’s quite powerful :). The new ships (or helicopters) are a bit easier to control than those in Battlefield 2. I would not say cars or tanks are faster, but there is a hover tank which is quite maneuverable.

The new game mode – Titan. It is a great new feature of Battlefield 2142. Titans is the main base of the team that flies over the surface and where soldiers can deploy. They have two ships that can fit up to six soldiers. The other way to get from Titan to the ground is to jump from it 🙂 (it’s better to use parachute in that case :)). But the main point of Titan game mode is to destroy the enemy’s Titan. There are missile silos deployed on the ground which launch missiles on the regular basis. The more silos the team have captured the faster they can destroy the enemy’s Titan. You can also get inside the Titan to destroy the reactor core which is usually faster than waiting for missiles to destroy it.

I liked the game overall. To me it was something I expected and somehow even better. I enjoy the improved engine – the game runs pretty smoothly on a not new hardware.

Battlefield 2142 Demo

You can get the demo on GameDaily, GameSpot or even torrents.