We are all gamers here at ThinkComputers, but first and foremost we are PC Gamers. Ubisoft unveiled their new title The Division at E3 2013 in June, which to me was one of the best games shown at the show. The game is an online open world role playing game based in New York City which has been devastated by a viral outbreak. It was unclear if the title would be available on PC when it was first announced.
Battlefield 4 has been officially announced on Battlefield’s Facebook Page. It will launch October 29th of this year. Of course I know most of you reading this will be getting it for the PC, but it will also be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The Battlefield team has also revealed that the game will be made available for the recently announced Xbox One console as well. So expect to see that later down the line.
The March patch was somewhat disappointing as far as content, with the Living Story quests being lackluster at best. What had the potential to be extremely unique and exciting, was once again turned into a grind-like process with nothing new to really add to the story since implementation. The world vs world patch did manage to alleviate the culling issues found when large groups would be present in any of the games player vs player and world vs world content, however the unique abilities that each person can spec into are hardly worth the time, energy and effort necessary to achieve them. It seems as if Arenanet has a skeleton crew working on content for the game, and the much anticipated “ascended gear/weapons” aren’t anywhere to be found.
Valve today announced the public release of Big Picture, Steam’s new mode that lets gamers access all of their favorite Steam games on a television from the comfort of their sofa. Big Picture has been designed to be used with a traditional gamepad, while also fully supporting keyboard and mouse input. To celebrate the public launch of Big Picture, over thirty controller-friendly games will be on sale from now until December 10, with savings up to 75% off.
The powerful upgraded GE70 and GE60 pack the 3rd generation Intel Core i7 quad core processor and the robust new Nvidia GTX660M discrete graphics chip. They boast 3D game performance ratings that outstrip the previous generation GTX560M and the earlier GT650M by more than 15%. The blazing Killer Gaming Networking chip, SteelSeries professional gaming keyboard, quad-driver stereo wrap-around sound, Audio Boost headset sound enhancement technology, the snazzy exterior, and the unbelievably clear multimedia reproduction come together perfectly, putting the competition to shame.
Borderlands 2 is another one of the most anticipated PC games of 2012. The original game was great and many people enjoyed it and the hype for the second game has been growing over the past couple of months. Well a day ahead of the game’s North American launch Gearbox has released the launch trailer. If this game is as good as the original they have a winner here!
I’m sure many have you played Half Life or Half Life: Source. Launching September 14th is Black Mesa, an re-imagining of the original 1998 game Half Life. The game will be free and is based off Valve’s own Source Engine. The first release will feature up to 10 hours of gameplay, improved graphics and much more. If you were ever a fan of the Half Life series then this is definitely a game you are going to want to check out. As I said the game will be free, but you will need a copy of any Source Engine game to play it.
ROCCAT (PRONOUNCED ROCK-ET) made a name for itself at Thinkcomputers when they allowed us to review the ISKU Illuminated Gaming Keyboard. The ISKU featured solid hardware accompanied by the most dynamic customization software I’ve ever seen. Today I’m taking a look at the ROCCAT Kone[+] – Max Customization Gaming Mouse. Let me start off by saying that MAX CUSTOMIZATION seems like an achievement I’d get in my favorite MMO. If MAX CUSTOMIZATION (I’ll stop with the CAP’s now) is anything similar to what the ISKU had, well, you can paint me blue and call me Babe (Pizza Pizza).
It seems sort of ironic that tomorrow is my Birthday and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive comes out. I have been playing Counter-Strike on and off for years, even in the competitive circuit. It has always been a game that I’ve come back to over and over again. I have been spending some time playing the Global Offensive Beta over the past couple of month and I think the improvements bring new life into the game. Valve recently released the cinematic trailer for the game, which you can see below.
As a hardcore gamer, I take my gaming tools seriously, and the mouse is no exception to a great PC gaming tool. I thought my Razer deathadder an I would be till death do us part, but when I received the Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Advance II, what’s a deathadder? This mouse with its bunch of awesome features totally was like slipping into new sheets. This mouse an I have a new relationship now, and I can say we bonded instantly.