December 19, 2011

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Beta Review

Ah yes, good old Counter-Strike.  No oth­er shoot­er series has been as pop­u­lar and com­peta­tive for as long as Counter-Strike has.  Well, as many of you know by now, Valve announced a new, long over­due, addi­tion to the Counter-Strike series, Counter-Strike:Global Offen­sive.  Imme­di­ate­ly so many rumors came out about the game and how true to Counter-Strike it would end up being and so on.  All any­one had were a few short videos show­ing some lim­it­ed game­play to stare at and for­mu­late opin­ions on.  There were some details giv­en out such as the fact that the game is being made for XBox and PS3 as well as PC, and that they want to make it con­sole friend­ly to draw in a new crowd.  I think this def­i­nite­ly scared a lot of the old school CS play­ers as so often when aRead more…

December 7, 2011

Time Lapse Video: Skyrim on Ultra High settings for the PC

If there’s any­one left on this site who has­n’t made the pil­gra­m­age to Skyrim or has­n’t been able to make up your mind as to weath­er to buy it for the PC or a con­sole check out this time lapsed video of the world of Skyrim and it will make the deci­sion for you! On the PC this world looks amz­ing and I total­ly regret buy­ing it for my Xbox now that I’ve seen the full graph­ic pote­nial that this game has! This was a fan made video (If you can believe it) done by Tom Har­ris  and it is totaly worth a watch! check it out:

November 27, 2011

Understanding The Numbers: PC vs Console Sales Figures

Recent­ly I have seen a great deal of con­fu­sion when it comes to under­stand­ing sales num­bers between Con­soles and PC.   Com­pared to 10 years ago there have been some major changes in the PC gam­ing indus­try, changes I con­sid­er for the bet­ter per­son­al­ly.  The biggest change in the PC gam­ing indus­try is the shift towards dig­i­tal dis­tri­b­u­tion.   Dig­i­tal dis­tri­b­u­tion began to pick up around 8 years ago in 2003 with the release of Valve Software’s dig­i­tal dis­tri­b­u­tion client steam.  This was real­ly the first time you could get major PC releas­es online and be able to access, down­load and pur­chase them entire­ly dig­i­tal­ly.  While it was slow to start the DD indus­try has tak­en off.   Accord­ing to Techcrunch as of 2010 it was esti­mat­ed that over 57 per­cent of PC gam­ing sales are done dig­i­tal­ly and that num­berRead more…

November 13, 2011

Skyrim DX11 Patch?

I’ve now been delv­ing into the won­der­ful world of Skyrim and have recent­ly began to won­der why DX11 was not ful­ly uti­lized on this game.  Skyrim has DX11 sup­port but does not take advan­tage of any of it’s visu­al ben­e­fits such as tes­sala­tion and for those of us with decent gam­ing rigs we are left won­der­ing where is our DX11 con­tent.  When ask if Skyrim would uti­lize DX11 Bethas­da said this “When it comes to Direc­tX 11 there are things they get us for free, like per­for­mance gains. You’re going to get per­for­mance gains out of it ver­sus an old­er ver­sion. But the specifics DX11 does, like tes­sel­la­tion and all that kin­da stuff, we aren’t tak­ing advan­tage of that right now. That doesn’t mean we won’t in the future. We aren’t right now because we want to author it so itRead more…

October 24, 2011

Battlefield 3 Release Date Pushed Up

Accord­ing to the realase date check­er on Ori­gin, Bat­tle­field 3 will now be unlocked at 10 PM Moun­tain stan­dard time.  This is fan­tas­tic news for those who were want­i­ng to play the game before they had to go to work the next morn­ing.  I’ve already pre­down­loaded BF3 and am wait­ing anx­ious­ly for the unlock.  Stay tuned to TGB for the review! Bat­tle­field 3 was orig­i­nal­ly set to unlock at on Octo­ber 25th at 1 AM on EA’s Ori­gin.  The game will now unlock at Octo­ber 24 at 10PM.  See you all on the Bat­tle­field!

October 10, 2011

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Review

It’s final­ly here, eleven years lat­er, Deus Ex: Human Rev­o­lu­tion has come and ye shall not be dis­ap­point­ed.  In an age where reboots of reboots of reboots are com­mon I must say that I was skep­ti­cal and with the recent fail­ure which was Duke Nukem I was more than a lit­tle con­cerned with this game being a com­plete flop.  I’m very hap­py to say that this was not the case.  Deus Ex: Human Rev­o­lu­tion is a great game but it does have a cou­ple of things that hold it back from being per­fect one.  There aren’t many things that Deus Ex: HR does wrong but if I were to pick the biggest one I would say it would have to be the fact that it feels like it forces you to play the game in a cer­tain way.   For exam­ple,Read more…

October 4, 2011

Battlefield 3 Beta: Console vs PC

With the recent release of Bat­tle­field 3 Beta I’ve noticed there has been a sig­nif­i­cant amount of com­mo­tion amongst the com­mu­ni­ty, espe­cial­ly the con­sole play­ers about why the graph­ics don’t look as good as they did in the video.  I’ve also heard numer­ous com­plaints about the PC ver­sion hav­ing mul­ti­ple maps for the beta and being able to host more play­ers.  Let me start off by say­ing that Bat­tle­field 3 was devel­oped with PC gamers in mind.  The game was devel­oped for the PC first and con­soles sec­ond and it shows with­in the game.  It’s designed to push the lim­its of graph­ics tech­nol­o­gy and even my video card is start­ing to show signs of stress with every­thing maxed to the top.  I sus­pect the retail release will be even more pun­ish­ing then the beta.   I took the time yes­ter­day toRead more…

September 30, 2011

Video Awesomeness: Battlefield Edition

  To kick off the open Beta for the high­ly antic­i­pat­ed release (BY ME!) of Bat­tle­field 3, I thought it would be cool to vis­it the Lin­eage that the Bat­tle­field series has brought to the gam­ing com­mu­ni­ty from PC to con­sole this is a strate­gic think­ing man’s shoot­er! So instead of me ram­bling on about the past here’s Adam Sessler (one of the only good things G4 TV has to offer). He basi­cal­ly sums up the series through Bat­tle­field 1943 in three min­utes: PC Games — E3 2012 — Bat­tle­field 3 When Bat­tle­field: Bad Com­pa­ny came along I total­ly got into the series (sor­ry PC guys Dice mussed up not putting this one out for you!) The sto­ry was a mod­ern day ver­sion of Kelly’s Heroes, one of my favorite World War II movies from back in the day, which addedRead more…

September 29, 2011

Battlefield 3 Beta Starts Today and Costs How Much?

  By now every­one knows that the beta for the upcom­ing release Bat­tle­filed 3 is now avail­able for every­one to play on PC, Xbox and PS3.  I decid­ed to first down­load it on my Xbox and went to the dash­board to down­load it when I run into the pic­ture above.  I was mild­ly shocked when I was told it was going to cost me 429,496,795 Xbox 360 points.  That comes to a grand total, at $19.99 for 1600 points of $5,360,025.58 dol­lars.  I don’t know, that seems a bit pricey, espe­cial­ly for a beta.  But you know, we are in a reces­sion, got­ta do what it takes to make ends meet.  We all know EA is hurt­ing for mon­ey these days.   In all seri­ous­ness it will not cost any­thing to play the beta but you will have to pay for the full game.  The beta release will fea­ture fea­ture 2 mapsRead more…

September 23, 2011

Dawn of War II Retribution Review

I’ve been on a roll of play­ing Warham­mer games late­ly and Ret­ri­bu­tion has­n’t made it eas­i­er to stop doing so and if any­thing it’s made it hard­er.  I recent­ly pur­chased the THQ pack which con­tained all of the Warham­mer titles *Space Marine exclud­ed*.  I must admit I love the Warham­mer uni­verse.  I had nev­er touched it before I picked up the THQ pack nor had I played any of the table­top games or even heard of it for that mat­ter.  I find myself get­ting more and more immersed as time goes on and now I’m even pur­chas­ing the books and read­ing them non-stop. One might expect that after so many releas­es that the con­tent might get dry or the uni­verse bor­ing.  I’m proud to say that this is not the case with Ret­ri­bu­tion and in addi­tion to bring­ing a good sto­ry to theRead more…

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