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post #1 of 31
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My Pentium II is being retired and I'm looking forward to feeding the new PC with some state-of-the-art games.

My tastes are very varied. Only limitation is I can't devote a lot of time to gaming, so World of Warcraft is out, for example.

Some possible titles:

RPG: Vampire: Bloodlines or Guild Wars
FPS: Half-Life 2 or Far Cry
Strategy: Stronghold 2 or Imperial Glory
Simulation: Silent Hunter 3 (I'm a sucker for submarines)

Apart from that, I'm sure there's been lots of stuff introduced at E3. I'll have to check if anything stands out.

So, any suggestions are appreciated.
post #2 of 31
I don't play a lot of games, in fact I don't own the PS2 or Xbox.
But I got Far Cry and was very impressed.
I've finished the game and now playing it again in realistic mode.

Other hard core gamers might not think it's all that, but I love it.
post #3 of 31
The main two games I play are:

Sports: Madden 2005, not state of the art graphics but alot of fun.

Strategy: Rome Total War, if you want to tax your new system get this game. When you get 7,000 troops on the field it brings most systems to its knees. Great graphics, great strategy with mods, great game.

Obviously if you are just looking to test the graphic capability go with the FPS games.
post #4 of 31
State of the Art is overrated ;) You've played Star Control 2 right? That's probably the single best game ever made for the PC. For newer games that are fun, Rise of Nations (preferably the Gold Edition) is excellent, kind of like a very well done combination of Civilization and Command and Conquer. It's even better if you have someone to play with.
post #5 of 31
Doom 3, Far Cry, Half Life 2 (including CS: Source), Halo (although old looks great in high resolution), Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, Call of Duty and Call of Duty 2 (soon to be released), Madden 05 is fun and cheap (picked up for 9.99), Battlefield 2 should be out soon as well
post #6 of 31
Area 51 comes out June 7th
post #7 of 31
halo ce
post #8 of 31
I posed this question in Febuary and the most recommended game to me was Half Life 2.
I was not disappointed.
post #9 of 31
Without a doubt the most fun multiplayer and single player game made for the PC is...drumroll....Halo.

Another game worth every penny is Max Payne.
post #10 of 31
i wish pc game makers would go back to the old school and make some awesome adventure games like Police Quest, Kings Quest, or any of those style adventure games.. Ah i miss those games..

Chris
post #11 of 31
battlefield 2 is coming out in june and supposed to be good
post #12 of 31
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Originally Posted by xris2o0o
i wish pc game makers would go back to the old school and make some awesome adventure games like Police Quest, Kings Quest, or any of those style adventure games.. Ah i miss those games..

Chris
www.homestarrunner.com

Goto the games section and check out Peasents Quest. Lots of fun.
post #13 of 31
Be sure to check out F.E.A.R (comes out really soon) and STALKER (not sure , again ;) ) .

:D --------- Jason
post #14 of 31
Battlefield 2, Age of Empires 3, Rise of Legends, FEAR, Elder Scrolls Oblivion all looked great at E3.. PC gaming lives! :D
post #15 of 31
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the advice.

I forgot to mention I don't really like sports games. ;)

I guess I'll get one newer game (such as Half-Life 2) and get some older, cheaper ones from here.
post #16 of 31
If you're into multiplayer FPS, UT2004 can be had for $20 and isn't too shabby in the graphics dept.
post #17 of 31
UT, that game kicked behind! Using that sniper rifle on World's Apart. Hah! Fun game, man time flies.
post #18 of 31
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Originally Posted by Grubert
My Pentium II is being retired and I'm looking forward to feeding the new PC with some state-of-the-art games.

My tastes are very varied. Only limitation is I can't devote a lot of time to gaming, so World of Warcraft is out, for example.

Some possible titles:

RPG: Vampire: Bloodlines or Guild Wars
FPS: Half-Life 2 or Far Cry
Strategy: Stronghold 2 or Imperial Glory
Simulation: Silent Hunter 3 (I'm a sucker for submarines)

Apart from that, I'm sure there's been lots of stuff introduced at E3. I'll have to check if anything stands out.

So, any suggestions are appreciated.
So what are the specs on your new PC.
Athlon 64 systems are probably tops for gaming at this time coupled with a good video card. I recently built an Athlon 64 system and it overclocks pretty well on stock cooling. Some games that i enjoy:

Half Life 2
Doom 3 and Expansion
UT 2004
Far Cry

Have Fun!
post #19 of 31
If you're going to game on a big screen, you should be aware of the phenomenon of nausea that some experience. In choosing between HL2 and Far Cry this is a factor. After 45 min of HL2 I get nausea and a friend of mine literally threw up before that. Far Cry gives me none of that even after several hours.
post #20 of 31
OK guys, I gotta DUMB question; I too picked up a new system on steroids & got Doom 3. I was suprised to see that the joystick was not supported....why? I haven't bought games in a while. Are more like that? Like Half Life 2 ?
post #21 of 31
I built a new PC this year just to play HL2 in all it's glory. Great game and fantastic graphics. Doom3 is okay, too dark and the gameplay gets boring after a while.

xris2o0o, there's a game called Still Life that I'm playing now. It's an adventure game with an FBI agent trying to stop a serial killer. It's a pretty good game but it seems like it's going to be over with quick.
post #22 of 31
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Originally Posted by Carl Jones
OK guys, I gotta DUMB question; I too picked up a new system on steroids & got Doom 3. I was suprised to see that the joystick was not supported....why? I haven't bought games in a while. Are more like that? Like Half Life 2 ?
HL2 supports a Joystick and I believe Doom 3 does too but you need to make sure and D/L the latest patch which supports widescreen as well.
post #23 of 31
Yeah, I've dowloaded the latest Doom 3 patch & it does NOT support a joystick. I guess REAL gamers don't use a joystick anymore? Good to know HL2 supports a joystick though. I was put off by the price however. At BB it's over $50 which is way too much!! Is it THAT good?
post #24 of 31
Real gamers use keyboard and a Razer mouse, I believe. :) I don't want to come off as a basher of HL2, but I had just played FC when I bought HL2 and honestly it felt a little dated. Very linear game play and a little conservative on the triangle count. Counter-Strike Source is as fun as the old CS though. :) I think people buy the package for CS as much as for HL2. For those $50 you really get more than just one game.
post #25 of 31
I most definately would have to say HL 2. I am not a FPS person, but I was totally engrossed in the game playing it 3-4 hours and night until I was done.

It is certainly a "must have"!
post #26 of 31
Wow, did someone say Far Cry made Half Life 2 look dated? Half Life 2 makes Far Cry look like garbage, in both animations and graphics. Don't even get me started on the cartoonish player models. I felt like I was playing Timesplitters 1.
post #27 of 31
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Originally Posted by nothru22
Wow, did someone say Far Cry made Half Life 2 look dated? Half Life 2 makes Far Cry look like garbage, in both animations and graphics. Don't even get me started on the cartoonish player models. I felt like I was playing Timesplitters 1.
Nothru did you try altering the various types of display choices in Far Cry on the PC? One of the setting was cartoonish but there is a few more choices such as paradise, and sharp, and a couple more and are better than the default setting.
post #28 of 31
I gotta chime in here and recommend Rome - Total War. It's quickly becoming one of my all time favorite strategy games. The map is turn based strategy and the battles are real time. Also - this game looks great without a great system.
post #29 of 31
True, it takes some tweaking to get the realistic look. The death-sequence shows how good the colors and detail can be. As for animations, I guess it depends on what you value. Scripted animations bore me. A world where I can travel to any spot on the horizon immerses me.
post #30 of 31
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by arca
If you're going to game on a big screen, you should be aware of the phenomenon of nausea that some experience. In choosing between HL2 and Far Cry this is a factor. After 45 min of HL2 I get nausea and a friend of mine literally threw up before that. Far Cry gives me none of that even after several hours.
Good point. While I intend to game mainly on a TFT monitor (I'll find out about latency soon enough), I'd like to give it a try on my BenQ PE8700 as well.
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