Here is my list of movies I am looking forward to for the rest of the year. You can probably tell what genre I prefer…
Star Trek Into Darkness
The World’s End
World War Z
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
This is going to be a good year for PC gamers. With new consoles coming out, developers are finally going to start revealing games and game engines that are not targeting 8 years old hardware. Epic Games, the company behind Gears of War and the Unreal Engine, demoed the latest version of their industry standard game engine at GDC yesterday. The demo, running on a single off-the-shelf GTX 680, shows off some very impressive lighting, animation, and detail in the environments. With the next generation of game consoles targeting GPU performance under that of a 680, the performance target makes sense. So “next-gen” is finally here now that the consoles are catching back up. Well, catching up to a few years ago in PC hardware anyway. Check out the demo below:
So it looks like I will finally be getting something to put my GTX 680 to use. Well, one of them anyway.
I have been playing a lot of PlanetSide 2 lately, and went online to look up some weapon reviews to see what guns and upgrades I wanted to start unlocking. In the process of looking for those videos, I ran into this series called PlanetSide 2 War Correspondent. It is actually a pretty cool idea. The author of the videos plays the part of a news reporter and embeds himself with a real outfit of players on live servers. He follows them around and documents the fight as if it was a real war. With the HUD off and some solid camerawork, he manages to pull it off pretty convincingly. It certainly doesn’t hurt that PlanetSide 2 is absolutely massive in scale, providing endless footage for him to pick from. The game isn’t bad looking either. Take a look at two of the most recent videos below. I know I will be looking forward to future ones.
Unknown Worlds is releasing their biggest post-launch update yet for Natural Selection 2 today. The new update, titled “Gorgeous”, includes a number of new abilities for the Gorge, railguns for the Exo, and new map titled “Descent”. Also included are a number of engine optimizations and new rendering features such as bullet decals and reflections. There is also a new video tutorial system to help get new players into the game and first person spectating.
To celebrate, the game is also going to be 50% off on steam.
There are very few games that I ever pre-order, and when I do it is either because I am 99% certain the end product is going to be good or that I know even if its bad I have to play it. In either case, I also only pre-order for tangible benefits, such as getting $20 store credit. Pre-order bonuses such as skin and weapon packs just don’t do it for me at all. Too many people blindly pre-order games for no real good reason, and then end up getting screwed in the end. Just look at the recent release of the abysmal Aliens Colonial Marines that only did well because of pre-orders. People don’t seem to learn their lesson either, with Bioshock Infinite on the top selling games list on Steam a month before its release. This is a digital game guys, it cant possibly “sell out”. Although honestly I can only think of one or two instances ever where physical games were difficult to pick up on release date.
I think its time to let TotalBiscuit and Jim Sterling explain why you shouldn’t pre-order games anymore: