maelstromb (User)

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Ubisoft and other big box publishers/development studios are having to invest significantly more resources & financials as they create ever-increasingly complex titles... or at least that's what they believe. When in theory, costs should actually be falling due to better (and more reliable) technologies making way for ease of concept, design, development, and implementation. Never in the history of game development has there been such an influx of robust and accessible ready-made tool... #21
26d ago by maelstromb | View comment
Do you grasp how many PC hardware/software configurations exist out there? Add on the fact that the developer needs to test every combination of those configurations (which is impossible, btw) to ensure their game will run and function seamlessly on all types of platforms, and you have a VERY valid reason as to why some PC gamers experience a multitude of issues at times. Developers creating a game for say the PS4 or the Xbone, only need to optimize for that ONE set of hardware -- WAY easier... #1.4.2
48d ago by maelstromb | View comment
I believe that is CD Projekt's intent here; not only to offer a broader scope of the world, but to actually create fresh and worthwhile content which presents real, satisfying value within the context of the Witcher narrative. Skyrim vanilla excelled at content, but 70% of its side-quests, if not more, ultimately looked like fat which could have easily been trimmed; only they were left intact because Bethesda thought fans couldn't tell the difference between size and value. I have 100... #1.3
68d ago by maelstromb | View comment
Forget arguing about resolutions and fps, there is one word that sets the two apart by a long shot: Modding. Something that still cannot yet be achieved on the PS4 or Xbone - so there's a HUGE difference between the two, as it stands right now. And that one aspect is reason enough to own a PC version of any almost any game, if you have the rig and capability to run said game(s). #4.6
72d ago by maelstromb | View comment
No other release will matter in 2014. ;) Okay...that won't be entirely true, but it will be very difficult to top what CD Projekt is bringing to the table with this one. #15
231d ago by maelstromb | View comment
So it's official! Microsoft finally admits (in a not-so-formal-fashion) that its half-assed, disingenuous odyssey to "revitalize" the PC Gaming platform has slowly and pathetically faded into obscurity. Fact is, MS has been racked with nothing but inner turmoil from day one of the original Xbox's release when looking toward creating two separate, yet viable gaming markets (PC & Console); and it has been crystal clear for quite some time just which side would win in that... #14
327d ago by maelstromb | View comment
I'm thinking...you're missing the point entirely. #2.1
343d ago by maelstromb | View comment
I found Far Cry 3 to be a much more substantive experience through and through. It relied heavily on repetition, but the combat/exploration felt much more organic and satisfying when compared to C3. #4.1
397d ago by maelstromb | View comment
This game is not deserving of such a high merit. It does *some* things well, but not all. I've since gone back to do a 2nd play-through, and even as dazzled as I am with its graphical aesthetics, it has still failed to suck me in. Something is just...missing. That's all I can ever think of while I'm playing.. #4
397d ago by maelstromb | View comment
I just upgraded from an XFX HD5850 2GB (which I had for about 3 years) to the new MSI GTX770 Lightning, and it's been a massive breath of fresh air, to be honest. My next big purchase should probably be a newer monitor though, as I'm still running a 21" Samsung Syncmaster w/ a max resolution of 1680x1050 and DVI plug--no HDMI. However, I just heard that Samsung is releasing their new 4K monitors possibly next month, so I may wait until they do that and jump on it then...but then... #6.1
399d ago by maelstromb | View comment
You know you also have the option of purchasing a GTX780 or a Titan. Both of which will provide you with better performance, if that's what you are finding disappointing in the 770.

For those that already own a 680, it's probably not worth the investment. But for others looking to upgrade from a much older card (mine being an XFX HD5850), it will be night and day--and that makes me a very happy man. #2.2
410d ago by maelstromb | View comment
Planning a day one purchase this Thursday when it sees release! Upgrading from an ATI HD5850 will be a welcome change--that much is certain. #4
410d ago by maelstromb | View comment
I can definitely see the comparison, just in terms of how the enemies "spawn," and in the desolate feeling the surrounding world conveys. Beyond that I don't see much else. The combat definitely seems much more simplistic than Demon's Souls/Dark Souls--I.E. Zelda.

Still, it looks interesting. The fact that your only option as a character is to play as a mouse, is a slight turn off. I guess I've just gotten spoiled with deeper RPGs, especially Dark Souls,... #2.2
420d ago by maelstromb | View comment
But what about the Game Gear versions? I'm STILL waiting for Konami to release those! Nothing tops those. NOTHING. #4.1
443d ago by maelstromb | View comment
Holy jeez...We get it!! The MGS games are awesome, but seriously--how many more MGS collections do we need?! Konami sure knows how to milk the f'ing S**T out of this franchise! #6
443d ago by maelstromb | View comment
One of my all time nail-biting/memorable moments in a game ever: Being stalked/chased by the corpulent, chainsaw-wielding, swine-headed mental mass murderer known only as, Piggsy, throughout the dingy rooms and rafters of Starkweather's attic! Holy hell...I nearly pooped my pants several times during that portion of the game!

Yeeeaaaahhhh, now I may have to go back and play through it all over again... Damnit, now look what you guys have done to me! ;) #10
448d ago by maelstromb | View comment
Kojima--the guy who has gone on the stump more times than I care to count in the last 9 years of this generation to proclaim that Metal Gear Solid games can not and will not run well enough on ANY other platform but Sony's PS3--is now saying he would prefer to not be limited to one platform any longer. I have to say, I respect the man immensely, but you've gotta admit that it's funny how mindsets can changed so drastically with each new generation. #33
454d ago by maelstromb | View comment
My top favorites: (hopefully I'm not forgetting any)

1. Mickey Mania
2. Sonic 2
3. World of Illusion: Mickey and Donald's Adventure
4. Shadowrun
5. Flashback: The Quest for Identity
6. Earthworm Jim

Toe Jame & Earl: Panic On Funkotron, Jurassic Park, General Chaos, Kid Chameleon, and some others that I'm probably blanking on right now would also be in my top favorites. Although, it's VERY difficult t... #7
462d ago by maelstromb | View comment
I would also like to mention Castle of Illusion and World of Illusions. Both were fantastically unique Disney games with which I attribute lots of fond memories having played over and over again as a child. Also, I remember Quack Shot being really great too, but then again, I have not gone back to play it in over 20 years, and I'm not sure I'd want to for fear of ruining what I remember of it.

And on another note--where in the F*#$% is General Chaos on this list?! Una... #1.5
462d ago by maelstromb | View comment
Now's your chance, Cliffy B!! Haha. #5
480d ago by maelstromb | View comment
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