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Borderlands 2 PC Game
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Super Ultra Awesomeness 02/08/2013

This review is from: Borderlands 2 PC Game

Pros: Amazing FPS that works along the same premise of the first Borderlands to redefine what an FPS can be. All aspects of the game have been well attended to by the developers to create a game of very rich depth, excellent artistic design, and solid gaming mechanics. Think of this as sort of Diablo with guns, first person perspective, and way more entertainment value. This is best enjoyed with multiple people ideally of different classes - which is often the case online. Lots of capability to express your own individual playstyle within a class as well adding a great variety to the game.

The story campaign is excellent fun, and I have played through it 8 times so far over the course of getting 4 characters to level 50. Still not bored with it. I haven't even completed all the side mission this has to offer either as there are a huge lot of them with interesting rewards at the end.

The DLC's are also very well worth the cost and a great way to keep on playing.

Cons: Not really anything significant is wrong with this game, but some things could be improved upon. Multiplayer matchmaking ought to work a bit better (steam user here) and the drop rate for the really useful items is very very low. I'm not gripping so much on the low drop rate as I am on how the low drop rate seems to drive players to glitching, hacking, and cheating their way to all the cool weapons they want. Anyways you can always kick the blatant cheaters if your hosting the game. There are the occasional glitches with missions here and there which can also cause inconveniences, such as your mission objective item falling off a cliff into a nonplayable area-causing you to have to restart the area to unglitch it.

Other Thoughts: At $30-40 this is the most cost-rewarding gaming purchase you can make. $30 for a season dlc pass brings this game up to the same price as your typical new blockbuster, but instead your getting a very deep blockbuster type of game with hundreds of hours worth of potential play.

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Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty PC Game
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Great game with poor management by Blizzard 02/08/2013

This review is from: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty PC Game

Pros: This game is an excellent RTS. No doubt about it. There's been a meticulous amount of attention given to everything from game balance to artwork, and is really a great deal at $30 (I paid $60). The campaign is really fun and well done, albeit not much of a sweat on Brutal mode for a seasoned RTS player. This sequel brings back all the great elements from the first Starcraft and makes the experience easier to manage and more rewarding for strategic thinkers over speedy actions per minute fiends.

Cons: That said, this game still favors action per minute focused players since you have to manage absolutely everything with your army. While this is a great task to live up to, I feel that the controls could really be improved upon. Hotkeys lack intuitiveness and the overhead camera scrolling is poorly conceived. I find myself wasting too much apm just getting the best view of what I'm doing (just pressing the spacebar rarely gets me where I need to be efficiently).

Beyond the player interface, I strongly feel that BLizzard focuses way too much on the pro level crowd and not their main consumer base. All the balance decisions seem to be determined by what the pro level play calls for that doesn't really affect normal players in a positive manner. Some things such as the mindlessly fun monobattles are no longer easily available and when they were, constantly had drops and lags due to a lack of server resources dedicated to the just for fun crowd. Overall, the support and management for this game will likely not favor you, especially if you haven't purchased this game yet.

Blizzard has also made a real bummer of a move by destroying the starcraft LAN experience. All your games need to go to a Blizzard server, which is not optimal for latency and simplicity. I believe their motivation to do this was to curtail piracy, but as a super rich gaming company, I doubt it would have affected their bottom line to make this game more independent of their servers. Also the $40 expansion is a slap in the face to franchise stalwarts.

This game also feels incomplete. There is very little opportunity to acquaint yourself with playing Zerg since there is no campaign or even a solid tutorial. Your forced to learn via AI deathmatches (boring) or ladder matches vs seasoned players (steep learning curve). A whole zerg campaign may not have been feasible (or as fiscally advantageous for blizzard), but a substantial tutorial would have been great given that the mechanics of playing zerg have been changed a bit since the first Starcraft. Protoss also gets the shaft in this regard, although a few campaign missions help out a bit. Again this approach seems to favor the Pro crowd who would have no issue cutting their teeth from Beta onward against each other.

Other Thoughts: If you are on the fence regarding this game, you may want to consider another RTS for that genre fix. You can likely hold off until a "battle chest" type thing comes out with all the expansions, or at least the 2 that will be out soon in a combo pack.

If you aren't interested in another RTS or another involved sort of game out there, then Starcraft 2 can be a great experience for you.

My experience with the game is pretty mixed. At first I loved it. The campaign was excellent, and since Terran is my preferred race, I didn't mind the single race approach as much. I started in the lowest league on ladder and worked my way up to Diamond, which is basically the top league for normal people. This was very rewarding and I enjoyed noticing my own improvements in both strategy and execution.

Online play is pretty well matched but after a while I realized it often results in a lot of the same old over and over again. Even the flakiest and most predictable of games results in 20 minutes gone from your game time. Eventually this same old on ladder got really boring so I moved onto custom games. However, some of these games I liked, namely monobattles, seemed to disappear from Blizzards servers in favor of more ladder-like custom games. As a result, I moved onto other games altogether.

Recently I'm trying to get back into it since this game certainly has a lot of depth and potential for fun, but I'm still holding the high ranking I used to have, which means I'm set to get creamed until I get demoted into a league where I can be competitive again. Sorta weak on the matchmaking, but I can understand Blizzard wanting to reduce trolling by skilled players in lower leagues. Still I'll likely fire up a match or two tonight until I realize I can have way more fun doing something else. Namely Borderlands 2 for the moment.

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ASUS GTX660 TI-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I know this will be a lame aspect for most people, but I can't get over how quiet this thing runs. Granted I'm running this in a Fractal Design case designed to minimize noise, but I have the open back of the computer 2 feet away from my right ear and I don't notice this nose from anything other than the case's 120mm exhaust. Despite the quiet of the fan, this card runs rather cool in a case with only 2 intake and 1 exhaust and all other intakes patched up with soundproofing material. Idle it stays around 45-50 and at load it hangs around 65C. The design of the heatsink and fan are really top notch.

The GTX660ti is also excellent from a processing power perspective, while being quite power efficient. My system (i7-3770K, 5 HDDs, 1 SSD, a slew of PCI-e devices) only draws 65watts from the wall at Idle (platinum Kingwin PSU helps of course). At a gaming load (Borderlands 2 maxed 1080p) I'm seeing draws between 250-300 watts.

This GPU maxes out all my games at the moment. Perhaps Crysis 3 will throw a wrench into that statement when it comes out, but I'm sure it will still look beautiful even if I have to turn down a setting or two from extreme to high. Who knows, maybe I'll be able to max Crysis 3 also along with 1 and 2.

Overall great card design and execution by ASUS, and a powerful GPU by nVidia. Also this is Mac OS X compatible out of the box, a nice pro for my circumstances in a customac. Has cuda capability in both mac and windows if you like that sort of thing (fun with brute force password cracking)

Cons: Really can't think of anything substantial. It's a bummer this doesn't ship with a free Borderlands 2 anymore, but perhaps it will include something else cool. The price is also steep, but not for the performance you get.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this over a 670 for sure since it is largely the same GPU. I really don' t know why people spring for dual 680's given the fact that this card will max stuff out at greater than 60fps. Chances are your monitor or TV can't display anything better than this, but then again for those with enough disposable income for a 240hz monitor, those dual 680's probably won't break the bank.

Can't really state any comparisons with AMD cards, but I know i'm glad I no longer have to deal with catalyst control center.

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