I am, simply put, a nerd.
Right now as I type this, I'm watching Dr. Who and reading Portal strategy guides
I love games old and new, with some of my favorites being Halo Reach, Call of duty 4, Mario Kart: Double Dash, and Super Smash bros brawl. I have a Wii, Gamecube, Xbox 360, but I'm a PC gamer at heart, with games like Portal, Portal 2 in the near future, Minecraft, Various Emulators (I lost my gameboy D:) and Counter-strike 1.6. Other games I'm playing right now are Assassins Creed 2, Red Dead Redemption, Call of Duty Black Ops, and TF2. I got into gaming through my gamecube (I was unfortunately just shy of the n64 era) but I've always wanted a PS2. I have a pretty sweet gaming setup, except for my crappy TV. I have a ton of games I never got around to finishing, but when I found a good one, I played it until i knew it like the back of my hand.
For reasons that I'd rather not discuss, I've been cut off from the good old gamin machine. (It has something to do with being... you know... productive? psshhhh)
This leaves me with my PC... I take that back. My Laptop. I take that back, My very very shitty 2 year old machine. It was a Christmas present, and it's great for Internet and things of the sort, but for everything else its pretty crappy. If I had to guess, I'd say it was $600 which is overpriced for the quality, but it is a Dell after all. Here's some specs.
Dell Inspiron 1545
Runs Windows 7 (thank god I skipped Vista)
T4300 2.10 GHz
RAM 3.00 GB
64-bit Operating system
I'm gonna be completely honest, I have no idea what any of that means. All I know is that I'm frustratingly close to being able to run TF2 on lowest possible settings with out it lagging every 30 or so seconds. I can run games like Halo CE and Counter-strike, and Minecraft but really who can't?
I come to you good people on the D-toid community blogs to ask simply what other games can I get that will run on my computer? obviously I can't run Mass Effect or Bioshock, But I'd like something awesome to do while I sulk looking at my xbox with no controllers.
While searching throughout my desk the other day I stumbled upon a $20 gamestop giftcard in one of my drawers that I had forgotten from my birthday. My Immediate reaction was AAAHHH YEAAHHH!!!! New vidja games ftw. I then took a moment and thought.. wait what do I even want that I can buy for under 20? All the really great games I want (Portal 2, LA Noire, Crysis 2, Brink) are $40+ Upon further inspection, I narrowed it down to a couple. I could either buy
Alan Wake (17.99)
GTA IV (17.99)
GOW or GOW 2 (both 9.99)
Bioshock 1 and 2 (9.99 and 8.99)
The Annihilation Map Pack for BLOPS (14.99)
Undead Nightmare (9.99)
The other option would be to buy none of these games/DLCs and instead buy a controller charging kit, which would admittedly come in handy, despite being the boring option.
I could go out of my way and borrow COD4, GOW, and both Bioshocks, but they all seem like games that it would be better to actually own.
This is were I need your help. I truly cannot decide which game to get, or whether it would be better to man up and pay the extra $20 out of pocket to buy a newer (better?) game. The true conservative in me almost wants to save the giftcard until Battlefield 3 or MW3 or Halo 4 come out and use it on one of those. Either way, I've gotten very close to pulling the trigger on this several times. I really want a game that I'll not only enjoy, but play enough to break my minecraft/Black ops addiction. I'm looking for something with an awesome story, fun gameplay, and some replay value, becasue lets be honest, I'm not going to find a Giftcard every time I want a new game. That being said, I don't just want something that I'll play for a week then pile up next to the Wii games in the "never played" section of my gaming setup.
Well there you have it. Also If you have any other cheap fun suggestions let me know! Later.
From what I can tell, the gaming community on Youtube is at a standstill. All any commentators are talking about is Modern Warfare 3. What weapons, what perks, what killstreaks, what maps, etc. And I hear all of this, as I play another dull game of Black Ops, Do we even care anymore? for the last half decade, Activistion has made it a trend to released a new Call of Duty. With the exception of World at War, they have all been basically the same game. same general game types, same guns. So I pose the question, Why do we spend $60 every November for the same game?
What Call of Duty has done to the gaming community has made us bored. We (by we, I mean the community of gamers) are throwing great games by the wayside and spending literally days on these games. While I'm the LAST one to knock online multiplayer, I think its a gift from god, I know several people who bypassed Portal 2, L.A. Noire, and several other games to PRE-order (read: PRE ORDER ???) Modern Warfare 3.
While watching the trailers, I was unimpressed by MW3's. it just didn't impress me. the campaign will be a snore, Zombies will be fun for a few weeks, and we are ALL going to bitch about the multiplayer and then get our hopes of for the next November when everything will be fixed.
That being said. HOLY FUCKING SHIT HALO 4!!!!!!! DAMMMMMMMMMM that trailer was so sick. It made me more excited than the Halo 3 trailer and the Halo Reach trailers. Bungie (or 343 industries whatever) I am so fucking fucking excited. So excited I wrote fucking twice. If Activision wants to make a game that lasts more than 12 months without bitching, look to Bungie. (sidenote, COD elite is basically just Bungie.net. what the hell why would I pay for that.)
There are few things more enjoyable in my life than me and three of my friends duking it out on my old gamecube, K.O-ing each other with various objects. I am of course talking about Super Smash Bros. (it doesn't matter which one, but if I had to choose, Melee.) The reason this game is so good, is it takes a simple, fun, addicting style of game play, and adds layers, and layers, until it looks like a cake made out of onions. All of Nintendo's best characters each with a repoitoire of moves, each unique (except the few duplicates like Mario and Luigi, link and young link, etc.) I've played this game from head to toe, from the minute I got it. Whenever I'm feeling down, or sad about the world in general, I hop on and completely rape level 9 Bowser with Falco, wielding a sword made of lasers.
So how do you tell if the game is good?
Well, thats simple. If you start playing, and keep playing, fast forward seven years and your STILL playing the game, its a good game. If you don't want to wait that long, It only takes a few hours.
Start with the basics. what type of game this is, does it appeal to you? is it a type you've played before?
Are there noticeable problems or annoyances with the game? A great example of this is Noob toobing in MW2, or the sniping in black ops (seeing a trend?)
Are you having fun, or was it just hype? a tragic example of this for me was Batman Arkham Asylum. people (read as: my friends) told me this was the best game ever, and I played through it a year ago and was simply "Mehh."
In the long term, does this game have infinite gems and easter eggs, achievements worth getting, or highschores worth. A PRIME (read as: AMAZING!) example of this was the Black hole in Super Smash bros melee. yes, I have made and conquered THE black hole. try not to stare people.
I'm not going to go into how, You can find it online, but I will post a blog if someone wants it. The point is, Creating the black hole (or the giant jigglypuff in brawl for that matter) was the best hour and a half I have ever spent on a video game. sure we crashed the game a few times, and tensions ran high, but even better was the satisfaction of wasting a perfectly good Sunday on a video game. I guess the point that I'm trying to make is, Super Smash Bros. is fucking awesome.
I will very soon be at the time in my life where me and my trusty old xbox 360 will have to part ways. We've had a good run, lots of laughs and memories, but I will be going to college in the fall, and will more than likely need to leave the machine at home. But saying goodbye to the box of X doesn't mean I want to quit gaming! not eve close. The laptop I currently have (a Dell Inspiron) is in no state to play some of the games coming out. (It struggles with CS 1.6 and Portal) So what I was thinking is I would get nice cheap gaming laptop that could run that shit on high. specifically, Portal 2, Mass Effect, Bioshock, and COD4 would be schweet.
So here's where the challenge comes in. Its not really a challenge, but I was surfing the old interwebs and all i could find was the expensive, over the top gaming laptops that look like an alien took a shit on them ( asus, I'm looking at you!). I want something that has a decent price, can run the games I want it to, and not look like it came out of lady gaga's dick.
In short, if you have any suggestions, or tips of ones you've used in your experience, could you pretty please share them with me?