Posts Tagged ‘FPS’

Fallout 3 Out!

November 2, 2008

Current Metacritic score 94%

So the consensus seems to be it’s awesome, but perhaps not breathtakingly so. Still I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Check out the video below to get a sneak preview of some of the first parts of the game, where you’re a baby and discover the SPECIAL book!

For an apparently balanced take on it, you could watch Gamespot’s video review which is mostly positive but points out the graphical deficiencies in the PS3 version.


Crysis Warhead Features The Same DRM As Spore *groan*

October 5, 2008

Following the outcry and class action lawsuit brought against Electronic Arts in the wake of the Spore release, you’d think someone might think twice about including exactly the same much-derided digital rights management (copy protection) software SecuROM on the Crysis expansion pack, too.

Apparently not, as Crysis Warhead has shown. No surprise then that fans of the original game are at least as outraged as people were about Spore. Check out the Amazon reviews if you want proof. Stats at time of writing: 79 consumer reviews, average rating 2 stars, 60 reviews of 1 star, 13 of 5 stars, the rest occupying the middle ground.

I was about to buy it through Steam, but this has seriously put me off. Quite possibly, it wouldn’t affect me at all, since I’m not a developer and don’t run software that SecuROM considers problematic (like Microsoft’s Process Explorer).

But I really feel that it’s wrong to support the principle of this kind of behaviour. SecuROM is insidious software that installs itself more or less without a user’s knowledge, restricts the number of installs you can make, is difficult to remove, often grants itself access to privileged administrative levels, can cause system instability, and conflicts with other – perfectly legitimate – software.

Maybe the closest I’ll get to seeing the latest Crysis in action is the trailer…

Two Great Old-School Gaming Offers At Steam

September 6, 2008

This sounds very much like an advert – and I suppose it is in a way – but there are two great offers this weekend on classic PC games from Steam, Valve Software’s distribution network:

X-COM Complete Pack
X-COM Complete Pack


X-COM Complete Pack: This includes X-COM: UFO Defense (aka UFO: Enemy Unknown in the EU), X-COM: Terror From The Deep, Interceptor, Enforcer and Apocalypse. Okay, so the last few were known to be pretty much ho-hum, but UFO Defense is one of the best strategy games of all time. All these titles together offer hours of old-school gaming fun for the paltry sum of $13.49 (or around £7.50).

If you’re wondering whether or not they’ll run on Vista, this forum post will answer your questions.


ID Superpack

ID Superpack

ID Super Pack: This one is incredible value for money. $34.99 (£19.70) buys you over 20 full games and mission packs: from Wolfenstein 3D and Commander Keen, through Quake, Hexen, and Heretic to the classic Doom series. Normally this pack goes for double that price on Steam, but if you pick it up before tomorrow (Sunday 7th September) you can take advantage of the discount.