04.18.07

Recent Gaming

Posted in General at 10:34 am by jw

Been a while since I updated the blog so I thought I’d recap on games I’ve been playing recently.  Time’s been a little less plentiful with all the house moving going on but there’s still a bit of it left over.

As I mentioned in my previous post, my video card died so I had to go out and get a new 8800GTX so I’ve tried to sample as many of my old games as possible to see how they work with the new card, and on Vista x64.  While it’s a shame that I’m still using my 2 year old CPU with a brand new card, most games still come up beautifully.

Vista x64

Working just fine on my machine, and loves the 8800GTX.  I don’t notice any real compatibility differences beyond what I previously had in 64 bit XP, but am still waiting on good drivers from Saitek for my gamepad and joystick.  Overall the OS does seem very smooth and I stand by pretty much everything I said in my earlier review.

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes

With Bane moving to Vanguard, I spent some time with friends there levelling up my toon (called Ddrak, of course), but the real rush has died off a lot now with many of the core people in the guild leaving or reducing their playtime significantly for a number of mostly different reasons.  I still find the game very enjoyable and am rather confused by the plethora of negative press and buzz it seems to be getting – sure there’s bugs and incomplete sections but nothing of the magnitude that warrants the negativity surrounding it.

I definitely don’t have the energy or time to start over in a new MMOG now, and see no point giving up a game that’s still fun, so Bane is definitely continuing and I’m trying to recruit new folks when I get time online.

TES Oblivion: The Shivering Isles

The Shivering Isles was an excellent expansion to an already excellent game.  Building on something that was already very fun is always difficult, but Bethesda managed to do it very handily in this expansion, creating something that had a refreshingly different storyline but kept the core fun elements of the original game.  Despite having a fairly powerful toon from the original game that I brought through into Oblivion, the combat was still a challenge in places and with my recent upgrade in video cards the world really did come up beautifully.  Will definitely recommend this expansion to anyone who enjoyed the original game.

Dawn of War: Dark Crusade

Excellent completion of the Dawn of War series to bring seven major races to the Warhammer 40k game.  Lots of good replay value as you can play the different races, and conquer your opponents in different orders, which lets you face them as more or less powerful versions depending on your progress through the game.  Only thing truly missing are Tyranids… maybe there is one more expansion after all…

Neverwinter Nights 2

Loved this game.  In fact, I played the main campaign all the way through twice following the “good” and “evil” storylines.  The whole game engine is definitely an improvement over NWN1, and the storyline was interesting enough to keep me playing.  I haven’t explored any user-made additions yet but when I get time it will be something worth looking into.

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

Finally got back to this after giving it up for a while from my previous disgust of their copy protection antics.  Thanks to the fine folks at Reloaded, it’s working just fine on Vista x64 and I might even finish it sometime soon!  Definitely a fun game, pity about the copy protection idiocy that prevents paying customers from enjoying it while pirates get the full game.

Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar

A solid expansion from the original game, but haven’t had time to play the campaign through fully.  They’ve made a bunch of good changes to the research tree from the original game (most notable being the collapsing of the 1/2/3/4… versions of technologies into a single item which incrementally fills), and added a few new minor techs to mix things up.  Still a good game, and worth supporting for their rejection of the copy protection racket.

MS Flight Sim X

Definitely the best looking flight simulator I’ve seen on the market, and lots of fun to just play around with.  Will be even better when the DirectX 10 patch comes out later in the year!  A must-have for any flight simmer.

Still on the shelf

I still have a bunch of stuff on the shelf that I’ve yet to complete.  I do want to get back to X3: Reunion and finish up the story line (once I figure out how to make decent cash in the game).  I have a few flight sims I have to work on (IL2, Wings over Vietnam, Combat FS3) when I get bored of everything else, and I’ve yet to finish Half Life 2 Episode 1 – which I really should do before Episode 2 comes out.

Lots of stuff there, and lots to do on the house as well.  Guess I’ll wrap it all up sometime late 2010 or something!

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