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What is your favorite PC game?

  1. pbrad08

    pbrad08 TS Rookie

    The Sims (1,2 and 3).
  2. CJ Casanova

    CJ Casanova TS Rookie Posts: 21

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    I really enjoy left 4 dead 1&2 and the majorty of the half life based games. I have just bought Dragon Age 2 and im looking forward to having a go on that. Metro 2033 was a good game although its trippy.

    As for a classic, Metal Gear Solid (every single one) & ofcourse final fantasy!
  3. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,551   +97

    SC2 = StarCraft 2 (real time strategy like Red Alert:Command & Conquer, Dune, etc)
    BFBC2 = Battlefield : Bad Company 2
    MW3 = Upcoming Call Of Duty game Modern Warfare 3.
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,895   +88

    S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl (modded)
    S.T.A.L.K.E.R Clear Sky (modded)
    S.T.A.L.K.E.R Call of Pripyat (modded) :haha::haha::wave: hey Arris , how are ya?
  5. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,551   +97

    I'm ok, getting sucked into Witcher 2 now even though I never played the first one.
    Might even cause me to forget to go back and finish of Deus Ex. It's becoming a fast favorite but it's still early days. Might hate it after a couple more evenings play. But it just looks so damned good (but naturally performs better with the Ubersampling option turned off - Solid constant 60 fps with vsync).
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,895   +88


    I picked up Witcher 2 just to see what th ebubbub about ubersampling was ( that and Steve said that there was no AMD config that could play it full out)...wrong! :p anyway it is a lush looking game turned up isn't it?
  7. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,307   +265

    Haha! I'm sure your rig wasn't in the list of considered AMD rigs, red. I've spent the last few weeks contemplating whether I should get another 5870, 5970, or just get rid of my current 5970 and get a pair of 580s as an upgrade. With my recent change in mobo I'm limited to 2 cards which is why I'm considering another 5970 in the first place (and there is one on sale at Newegg for $400.)
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,895   +88

    Were you thinking about going multi screen?, or am I remembering that incorrectly?
  9. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,551   +97

    Running my 5850s at standard speed just now, haven't had the time to spend tweaking them to optimum overclock. If I can get a bit more out of them I might try ubersampling again, just wasn't quite smooth but with a little more out of the cards I don't think it is too too far away from being ok.
  10. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,307   +265

    Not looking to go multi screen just yet (no physical space) but looking at some games like BF3 it looks like a little more horsepower might be justified. I'm already spoiled and don't want to have to step things back from max just to get playable framerates.
  11. Sshz

    Sshz TS Rookie

    Favorite Pc game.

    My favorite pc game is fifa 2011 because of its graphics and amazing features and i also like COD4 awsum graphics and features.
     
  12. nubki11a

    nubki11a TS Rookie Posts: 49

    I love CoD4, I play it competitively. Besides CoD4... Maybe BF3 when it comes out :)
  13. kingsmedia

    kingsmedia TS Rookie

    i've never been into gaming, but would like to start. Any ideas on which game i should start with? I'm into more war type action movies. So maybe COD?
  14. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Enthusiast Posts: 245   +23

    My all-time favorite game is Descent 2. I discovered Descent Rebirth last year which is an open source version of both games and I've been enjoying them ever since. That said I have to add the Mass Effect series to that list and throw in Titan Quest for good measure.
  15. Thattechman

    Thattechman TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Space Pinball xD Lol, I don't really download any games anymore for the PC.

    ~ttm
  16. sportinlife54

    sportinlife54 TS Rookie Posts: 16

    The Descent series was pretty good, especially 2 and 3. I noticed Great Old Games -GOG-dot-com- had a couple of them for cheap download recently. I got to thinking back the other night about old games I used to love and remembered a game called POD which was sort of a deathrace type game set on a dying planet with the last survivor able to get a rocket out. I checked GOG and sure enough they had it! And $6 later I have it again.

    They fix the games so they work with later operating systems. I'm running it on Windows 7 64 bit. In the past I got Red Baron 3D, Planescape: Torment, and a couple other golden oldies from them. BTW: They are not a torrent site with hacked wares- they are 100% legit. I'm not promoting them- I have no dog in that fight -but I am and have been a gamer for a long time and appreciate that someone cares enough to bring these older games back to life.
  17. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Enthusiast Posts: 245   +23

    I totally forgot about Pod and Red Baron 3D. Now those are classics! I've bought games from GOG as well for same reasons. I wish they would start selling Fury3 and Hellbender. I like those arcade shooters.
  18. sportinlife54

    sportinlife54 TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Call of Duty and Medal of Honor WWII series games were great! I don't care too much for modern warfare because the technology does too much of the fighting for you. You can't beat running around taking panzerfaust pot shots at the rear of a Tiger I until you bring it down. No laptop to call in a Smartbomb in that era! Same with combat flight sims- give ne a propellor and an iron gunsite! If you go that MOH/COD WWII route I would recommend using Steam to get them because a few you have to do things with files, etc to get them to work right. I forget which one but it looks for a specific PhysX driver even if you don't have a card. If you don't uninstall whatever driver you have and install what the game wants it just hangs. I had that happen with XP SP3.

    Airborne and Pacific Assault also had some install issues with Windows 7 from my disks. I just went to Steam where there were still plenty cheap and just worked!

    A few others are Battlefield 1942 and the expansion packs Secret Weapons and there was another as well. Brothers in Arms were good but some of the squad command -you command a 5 man squad in those- was a bit clumsy and the artificial intelligence is more artificial questionable actions at times. Company of Heroes is a WWII based strategy game where you can play as armor, airborne, or infantry and is one of the very few such games I like.

    Another series is called Theater of War which is sort of like Battlefield in the way it plays. Those are also available from Steam.

    If you like action/adventure shooters beyond straight military the STALKER series is great! If you get them, Clear Sky is a bit buggy so make sure you download the patches. At a site called DBmod -dot- com look for the 'Stalker 2009 Complete mod' for Shadow of Chernobyl and Clear Sky. They are superb improvements and I have played them both multiple times and the WORK! Another great mod for Shadow of is called the Oblivion Lost Mod. The last one, Call of Pripyat is very stable and a bit different- different story line, different area, different character, and somewhat different game-play. There should be another 'Complete Mod' by now for it I would think. Another is supposed to be out sometime in 2012.

    The Half Life series was also pretty good although later games seem to have the devs getting lazy and way overusing enemy creatures, especially ant lions, and the story line gets pared way down. Still, even the very first on holds its own. There was a Half Life 2 and then what were supposed to be periodic short additions called 'Episodes' released periodically. A few were released but then stopped. I think the shift of focus away from Dr. Gordon Freeman who was always the main character to the daughter of a scientist who played a minor role early on lost a lot of players.

    Anyway- that's a few suggestions for ya!
  19. Aphelion

    Aphelion TS Rookie

    Meh; I get competitive with games I get into really easily. When other people who've played CoD for years since the first game get online and poop on me I don't feel like earning the skill to point and shoot instantly everywhere I go. I like games that aren't no-brainers, because the game usually requires more than reaction time to contribute to the skill.
  20. sportinlife54

    sportinlife54 TS Rookie Posts: 16

    That's why I wish there was more focus on single player. I remember when Battlefield 2 first came out and they didn't include punkbuster. I tried to play online about 100 times and barely lasted 20 seconds before somebody with a hacked sniper rifle with a 'touch you anywhere and you are dead with one shot' impact would drop me as soon as I spawned.

    Even Testdrive Unlimited 2 which is a freakin' car game is full of players who live to ruin others experiences. You can't drive 10 miles without somebody intentionally crashing into you. The game requires interaction with other players to progress. Nothing like having to race guys with cars hacked to go over 300 MPH and can't spin out. There are racing centers where you can beat player created challenges and win money if you still are the #1 spot holder when the event ends. But, 99% of the challenges are bogus and were either created with hacked cars or the creator waits until the last 5 seconds and changes his/her time with a file hack without racing and takes your money. All over the game the challenge leader boards are full of players have times of 0 minutes and .000 seconds for running multi mile and multi lap courses. Even group competitons are cheat fests where one group blocks the comeptition and one or two go to win.

    I also get quite fed up with online gaming at times because of other players, never the games. The 60 man team potential of Battlefield 3 just makes me shake my head and imagine the circus that could be with that many ****** all running around spoiling things for everybody.

    Bring back single player! Or at least make interacting with other players online optional and not required to progress.
  21. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,492

    Hmm.... I've not had any issues with BF3. You shake your head, but since release, it's been amazing. Hacking in my experience has either been non-existant or non-factor. It's not the k/d ratio that matters in that game. I agree with most of your post, however.
  22. sportinlife54

    sportinlife54 TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Hi Mopar man -Sorry, I'm not sure what a k/d ratio is. Killing enemies to Dying yourself?

    BF2 did calm down after they added Punkbuster and cleaned up the hacked weapons and armor.

    That was one thing Atari didn't bother with with Test Drive Unlimited 2. They stopped any future hacks by making the 'trainers' not work. Unfortunately the existing file hacks on the CommunityRacing Center player created challenges remain. There, you pay an entry fee to try a player created challenge. If you hold the best time or speed when the challenge ends -each has a set time it is active for from a few hours to days or weeks- you win the posted payout. If nobody wins, the creator gets 10% of the money others paid as entry fees to try the challenge. The hack is when you beat a challenge and then a few seconds before the time runs out where you are supposed to win the reward money, the cheaters go in and change the times to reclaim the top slot remain. They don't even re-rece the event, just change the times in the file. The event times out, you don't get a prize and you can't try again while the cheater gets a big payday. A variation is the cheaters run a course to create an event with a hacked car that can't spin out and/or has insane top end. It costs to try the race and once you pay you can't get your fee back after you figure out the course is impossible to run in a legit car. It's pretty obvious when it was a hacked car that created it.

    Many other hacks already operational in the game stayed- the hacked cars, the mega multi-million dollar bank accounts, the records, and all that the cheating gained are still there. The most in your face thing is Atari never cleaned off any of the challenge leader boards so all of them have the first couple hundred or more fastest times as all zeros from a hack that stopped the timer in any timed event. The game ranking leader boards are a monum,ant to cheaters as well. Players win an event, many with hacked cars, or set a top time and claim the top spot in the list. But, they never go back online under that account so nobody can challenge them. Since there is no time limit for holding a top or any position, it's forever. You don't have to re-establishing yourself and you will never lose that ranking because you have to be beaten in a challenge by another player. If you are never there to be challenged, you can't ever lose!

    The rest of what I wrote about is simply players in the club part of the game showing poor sportsmanship. You have to start a club to advance in the game. You have to raise money, challenge other clubs to events, etc. Many clubs have a street gang mentality and cheating and dirty tricks are the norm. Cutting across infields to regain the lead, other club members obstructing other racers by blocking cars behind them by staying still when the race starts are all common. By the time you get around them you lose 15 or 20 seconds which is very hard to get back. Competitors clubs will have members who will intentionally wreck the opposition. There are clubs where every single car is hacked. It's an ugly scene.

    It does seem like every game I have played online that requires interaction between human players has had some bad experiences for me. Even going back to Rainbow 6 I remember a couple teams where the people would ask in other people to get enough to make the full team. Then as soon as the game started a couple of them would immediately kill everyone else on the team and play out the game by themselves.They did that to me twice after which i refused to play with them

    I worked with a guy who was into playing some kind of war shooter where kills would earn rank and rank would open up new weapons and armor and enhance skills. He had this thing worked out with another player where they would take opposite sides and take turns killing each other with different weapons and tactics so each was able to max their levels in a few game sessions. No doubt he was cheating himself more than other players but it still made me wonder how many others were doing it as well. Gold farming wouldn't be an issue if there weren't players willing to take the easy way.

    I remember reading an article some time ago in a gaming magazine where a high school teacher asked his students who played what constituted a good video game. The main response was the ease with which you could hack it or use cheats to gain an advantage. When asked if they didn't feel it was unfair to those who didn't cheat the response was "too bad for them". The answer to what was the most enjoyable part of playing the response was exactly what I have seen- screwing with other players and making it difficult if not impossible to play ultimately ruining their enjoyment of the game.

    Don't even get me started on GTAIV! Talk about non-stop chaos! In multiplayer on that game no matter what map or what purpose the room or whatever has, it's a total free for all everywhere. GTAIV is also hands down the game with the most racial slurs and racist comments of ANY on line game I have ever seen. I think it's that way because despite its rating there are a lot of young males on it.

    l'm still trying to decide between BF3 and Modern Warfare 3 when it comes out. So far it seems like BF3 has the better graphics and engine. People say MW3 is more of the same old stuff from previous CoD games. I have heard both having story lines that were kind of sloppy and and difficult to understand at times. I heard the single player part of BF3 wasn't too bad but I have heard very little about MW3 other than the beta stuff and what was shown at various shows. I expected BF3 was going to have server issues and they did, but it's supposedly sorted out now.

    I think I may just fight the urge to buy either one now and wait to see how they stack up against each other after both have been in service for a couple months. I'm sure somebody will do a detailed comparison.

    What are your thoughts on BF3 so far?
  23. tussin33

    tussin33 TS Rookie

    Red orchestra 2
  24. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,307   +265

    Well, broke down and got another 5970 - Newegg had one on Black Friday sale for $299.
  25. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,895   +88

    hey Papa,
    welcome to quadfire :D

    now was this an 'enthusiast OCD' purchase?
    ...or are you running into game detail/resolution limitations?


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