Only thing going on worth writing about is my experiences with the new PC game Overlord.
I was told that this was alot like the Nintendo game Pikmin. I have never played Pikmin so I guess the last statement was kinda irrelevant. Sorry bout that.
First, test system. I wouldnt care less about the specs of a test rig except lately some games arent working very well. I guess I am at the shallow end of the pool now. Anyway....
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
Its my first dual core. Got it because I broke one pin off a 3400+ when I dropped my rig trying to put it in my corner desk. That reminds me, never buy a corner desk.
A gig of Kingston. Middle of the road matched pair. It used to be more than enough.
A Nvidia 6800 GT
bunch of other stuff that makes the important stuff work but is not worth mentioning.
On to the game then....
It, like every new game I play on the PC, is a resource hog. I had to play it at 10x7 and low settings to get a smooth enough framerate to merit playability. I am more concerned with a fun game so if they can pull of the muted resolutions then I am OK with that. IMHO i think it was pulled off just fine. The game was still pretty.
You play a bad guy. Your awakened from your evil slumber and find your castle was ruined its magical parts were scattered about the various camps of halflings, dwarfs, and other assorted magical baddies. Oh, and sheep. So now I hope you get the gist of it. Travel around, unlock areas, kill baddies, grab loot, rinse, wash, repeat. But its not as boring as it sounds.
You control your own baddies too. Little gremlins that look and behave EXACTLY like the bad, not fuxxy creatures in the movie Gremlins. You use your baddies to kill the other baddies and then you get their stuff. Which I guess is actually your stuff. The stuff lets you control more baddies and upgrades your health, mana, and spells. Yup, you get spells too. They also help you get stuff to control other types of baddies. Each type is good at something and they balance each other out.
The whole running around, sweeping your baddies around to destroy everything is fun but you need to use the different types to solve puzzles too. I had fun with those and thought it was very engaging. Kept the game from getting repetative.
Anyway, I'm about 3/4th through it. About 10 hours. Its fun but I need a break from it and I just got Stalker. I guess I need some new parts for my rig eh?