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January 12, 2008 8:39:38 PM

On monday my new computer will arrive for me to build and as its a Q6600 quad core, 4Gb RAM with twin Radeon HD 3870XTs i want to find a game to test it out on which is also really good!

I currently have Crysis and CoD4 lined up to play on it, however i have already completed these (albeit on low graphics settings!) on my current system.

So i am looking for system crunching, visually stunning games! The Witcher is currently the only one on my list as its meant to be a pretty good game (gamespot gave it 8.5) and apparently looks quite good too (the scenery and settings).

Anyone got any suggestions on other games i should get and try out?

Edit: Oh, and i have UT3 to try as well.

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January 12, 2008 8:57:58 PM

haydox said:
On monday my new computer will arrive for me to build and as its a Q6600 quad core, 4Gb RAM with twin Radeon HD 3870XTs i want to find a game to test it out on which is also really good!

I currently have Crysis and CoD4 lined up to play on it, however i have already completed these (albeit on low graphics settings!) on my current system.

So i am looking for system crunching, visually stunning games! The Witcher is currently the only one on my list as its meant to be a pretty good game (gamespot gave it 8.5) and apparently looks quite good too (the scenery and settings).

Anyone got any suggestions on other games i should get and try out?

Edit: Oh, and i have UT3 to try as well.


Two words: Orange Box.

World in Conflict is also excellent, whether you're an RTS guy or not.
January 12, 2008 9:04:30 PM

Oh, i think my bro has the world in conflict!

Also, i might try and borrow the orange box off someone as i was never really keen on the half life games, dont know why! I generally prefer fighting other humans (i know crysis has aliens in..but its primarily humans).
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January 12, 2008 10:10:39 PM

i don't like shooting aliens too, but i ordered the orange box today (yesterday when i see the clock)
i like fps games, and i think you have to try everygame a bit... i played fair, but when i played it out, exually it isn't a good story at all. just like bio shock, to many bugs, but played it out. now with patch 1.1 it should be better, but don't feel to play it again. so orange box, 5 games for less than 5 bucks

i think you'll amusing yourself with the halflife games. it' s 24 hours playing only the 3 parts i guess
January 13, 2008 4:49:10 AM

world in conflict is very cpu intensive my system gets to 12 fps when someone decides to triple nuke in net play
January 13, 2008 4:59:05 AM

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Two words: Orange Box.

Seconded.

haydox said:
Oh, i think my bro has the world in conflict!
Also, i might try and borrow the orange box off someone as i was never really keen on the half life games, dont know why! I generally prefer fighting other humans (i know crysis has aliens in..but its primarily humans).

You do fight humans (or at least Combine humanoids) in Half-Life. It's not just aliens.
Also, let's not forget that the Orange Box includes the best multiplayer game of the year (if not the best ever), not to mention one of the most innovative games of the year.
Trust me, this is one box you're gonna want to have. It's that good.

January 13, 2008 6:19:19 AM

I would also recommend the orange box because it has excellent games, but they really aren't that visually stunning. If you're looking for the latest and greatest graphics to test your system they won't be found in what are basically HL2 mods. Although TF2 certainly had one of the best art teams I've seen in a long time I could easily run it on max settings with just 2 gigs of ram, 1 3870 and an e6850. Same goes for Portal. Don't get me wrong, TF2 is one of the most fun multiplayer FPS games ever, I just want you to know what you're getting into.

As others have said WOC has great visuals. WOC, Crysis, and COD4 are definately the most visually impressive games of 2007. You might also want to check out Gears of War. That's all I can think of for now.
January 13, 2008 10:45:17 AM

for visuals alone, the OP already has the greatest games
January 13, 2008 12:12:08 PM

I'd add another second to the list of Crysis, followed by World in Conflict and Call of Duty 4, in roughly that order. Unreal Tournament III might come in fourth place.

I'd also get The Orange Box purely for the value and gameplay; the visuals aren't card-crunching, but they DEFINITELY have a lot of effort put into making them look great. Plus, I can't help but love Portal.
vochtige said:
i think you'll amusing yourself with the halflife games. it' s 24 hours playing only the 3 parts i guess

Don't forget that the set includes Portal. You've technically not touched TOB until you've gone through that.
January 13, 2008 12:19:52 PM

i'm exciting to get that box out of the store, at the end of my exams!
portal is a nice turn in the gameworld. you already had to think a lot in halflife (pussling) put now, you have breinbrakers in portal! I hope it isn't a big dissepointment!

January 13, 2008 2:18:32 PM

vochtige said:
you have breinbrakers in portal! I hope it isn't a big dissepointment!

If you want to try out the concept, some fans made a flash version of it: it lacks the same atmosphere and humor, but even though the levels are 2D, it gets the gameplay pretty dead-on. (note: the flash version was actually put online before The Orange Box was released)
January 13, 2008 3:28:13 PM

:D  thanks i'll check it
January 13, 2008 3:51:28 PM

Meh, the flash version is a fun little distraction, but I wouldn't call it a good concept demo.
January 13, 2008 5:17:04 PM

Gears of War is def worth a try.

i also have to suggest Battlefield 2142, still looking stunning and great gameplay
January 13, 2008 5:27:35 PM

Gears of War on PC? I thought it was 360 only! If i can get it thats definately on my list.
January 13, 2008 8:02:50 PM

ajw84 said:
i also have to suggest Battlefield 2142, still looking stunning and great gameplay

It still amazes me that the game was SERIOUS. When I first heard about it, I'd thought that it was actually a joke.

haydox said:
Gears of War on PC? I thought it was 360 only! If i can get it thats definately on my list.

Has been out for like half a year; it remained "exclusive" to the Xbox 360 for only about a year or so.
January 14, 2008 4:19:41 AM

I personally like the visual effect of Bioshock (despite the unpopular policy that you can only install the game X number of times). I had much improvement after upgraded my GPU too 8800GT and I can only imagine what your system can do. So you may wish to test out the graphics of that game as well? :) 
January 14, 2008 1:45:01 PM

Bioshock was never fully on my list as i am borrowing most of the games im testing off mates and my brother, and thanks to bioshocks unusual security method that might make it more difficult! Ill check ebay and amazon though, see if i can pick it up cheaply!
January 14, 2008 1:48:30 PM

? didn't know you could play bioshock only a few times? how come? when you unistall it, you never can play it again? or what do you mean with that unusual security? i played the game on my 8600Gt :p  bad card for that game, last level sucked
January 14, 2008 3:06:22 PM

Yeah, the copy protection with bioshock is weird. When you install, you create an online account with your cd key, this then gives you 2 or 3 'credits' which are used whenever you install the game. Then, upon uninstall, you get a credit back again. This means that a cd key can only be used to install the game on 2 or 3 machines so stops people downloading it, but still allows the owner to uninstall it and reinstall it on a new computer etc. (This catches some people out as if you format your computer or re-ghost it you must uninstall it first otherwise you lose your credit!)

In theory its a good system, but server errors and people not uninstalling it properly make is buggy!
January 14, 2008 4:09:58 PM

oow thanks, 3 credits, oke!
January 15, 2008 1:08:12 AM

Oh oh ... I know you are asking for latest games. But now that I got my new card, I am eager to try the latest Tomb Raider and turn up the next generation feature that brought my old 2x6800 to single digit frame rate. Also, Oblivion will all settings to max. That could be a pretty sight.
January 15, 2008 1:35:16 PM

Gears of War is worth a try!
January 15, 2008 2:03:25 PM

I'd also have to recommend Gears of War, it looks and plays great. "It's the Cole Train, baby!"

You can't go wrong with TOB either. HL:2 ep.2 is visually one of the better games out this year. (Just turn on full lighting and shadow effects and you'll see what I mean) CS is just a classic, and Portal really has no equal in the gaming world.

Bioshock looks pretty good - it's hard to explain this one. They aren't the most fantastic graphics you've ever seen... but the way they are presented and organized makes for an awesome experience. You just feel like you're actually in a deteriorating city at the bottom of the ocean. The voice acting and characters add to this, but the look of the environment really seals the deal.

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i also have to suggest Battlefield 2142, still looking stunning and great gameplay
Unfortunately I disagree with the looking stunning part. All they've done is reskin old models and slap on a new name to the franchise. They desperately need a engine or some new game mechanics to freshen everything up.

I will admit that the Titan mode was a really good move and it is really fun... :D 
January 15, 2008 5:52:24 PM

vochtige said:
oow thanks, 3 credits, oke!


they changed it, it's 5x5 now, or something like that, 5 installs on 5 pcs.
January 16, 2008 7:59:10 AM

hehe, kk!

i've got my orange box, damn that episode 2, portal and teamfortres 2 or awsome at point of graphics quality. the episode 2 asks 2times more of my gpu than the halflife2 version.

get it, it's a must
January 16, 2008 11:09:02 AM

Crysis..and play it on Delta mode..as you'll take a lot more heed of your surroundings than you would on easy or hard.
I got another 8800 to sli my pc and with the latest 1.1patch and the jan 10th nvidia driver I'm getting between 20-65fps on Crysis at 1650x1050 at very high. Average fps is 39. And it looks absolutely fantastic I have to admit.
January 17, 2008 12:51:35 PM

bash007 said:
Quote:
Two words: Orange Box.

Seconded.


You do fight humans (or at least Combine humanoids) in Half-Life. It's not just aliens.
Also, let's not forget that the Orange Box includes the best multiplayer game of the year (if not the best ever), not to mention one of the most innovative games of the year.
Trust me, this is one box you're gonna want to have. It's that good.


Mate TF2 is no BF2 or COD4. Id say BF2 is the best multi player fps ever.
January 23, 2008 1:31:41 AM

Company of Heroes!
January 24, 2008 3:03:41 AM

A game that enjoys taxing your system is Supreme commander, try that with everything on max with a big battle and see how it runs.
January 24, 2008 8:27:45 AM

spoonboy said:
Mate TF2 is no BF2 or COD4. Id say BF2 is the best multi player fps ever.

Well, that's your opinion. I have my preferences and you have yours.
I, for one, never really could get into the Battlefield series... never really liked it. Same goes for CoD online.
I got hooked on TF2 instantly, though.
I just love everything about it; the style, the gameplay, the ridiculously chaotic battles in 32 player maps, the massive role a good team plays in winning (and trust me, you can't win if you don't have a good team), the incredible feeling of satisfaction you get after getting back at your nemesis, and the smug smile that gets drawn on your face once you dominate a player or more.
Easily the best online multiplayer FPS I've ever had the pleasure to play, but that's just my opinion.



January 24, 2008 4:04:04 PM

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I, for one, never really could get into the Battlefield series... never really liked it. Same goes for CoD online.
I loved 1942, but everything after that gets a c- at best. EA / Dice - Change the fking game - stop re-skinning it and calling it new.

I'll still repeat the orange box comments. :D  CS: Soucrce, HL:2 + ep. 1-2, Portal, and TF2. All this for ~$50. You can't go wrong.
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