Published May 23rd, 2013
GoldenEye Doom2 mod is a complete rehash of Doom II, turning your good old fashioned trip through hell, into one of the most popular action names of all time, 007.
It’s been about a decade since the last MechWarrior game launched on the PC. Those games held a strange place in the gaming world. You took your place inside the cockpit of a giant robot, and ran around shooting other giant robots. In other words, you were living out your nerdiest fantasies.
Perhaps you are new to TA and want to know how to be a great asset to your team, or perhaps you have come to the sobering realization that all of the midfield-fragging in the world won't help stop a capper from taking your team’s flag and scoring. This guide outlines how the Capture the Flag (CTF) game mode is best played and how to be of the most use for your team.
Jakiro, the twin-headed dragon, is an item-independent support hero with amazing area of effect (AoE) spells, who is able to contribute to his team throughout the entire course of a game. In recent months, thanks to the buff to his Ice Path, he has become one of the most desired supports around.
With the arrival of the fourth World of Warcraft (WoW) expansion, players were left to wonder if the newly introduced eleventh class would fill a role sufficiently different from the other ten to justify it. The new class, to accompany the peaceful new Pandaren race, is the monk.
Digital distribution is not only the preferred method of video game and content delivery by both publisher and consumer, it is rapidly becoming the standard method. However, does the cross over from physical media to online digital storage raise concerns in terms of video game preservation?
The indie development scene is a booming part of the industry. Developer teams as small as a single person can produce games of amazing quality with mass market appeal. With many successful indie titles released, it has taken its place as a core part of the gaming industry.
If you ever wanted to know what it is like to survive in the mind of Tim Burton, the upcoming game called Don’t Starve, is probably the closest you’re ever going to get. Don't Starve is a 2D survival game filled with strange creatures, dark humor and oddly-entertaining characters.
The massively-multiplayer online genre has been a staple of PC gaming for many years, with many different takes on the genre coming and going. Prime among these has been World of Warcraft, which has skyrocketed to worldwide popularity. However, with each expansion, are we witnessing the slow death of greatness?
It has been just over a month since Faster Than Light (FTL) was released. The game had received quite a bit of attention via Kickstarter. In turn, the developers pumped out a fantastic space simulator, which has hints of different styles of gameplay from a wide breadth of games.
With the announcement of the sixth SimCity February 2013 release, I already had SimCity on the brain when I heard about the promotion. Admittedly, it was probably a poor idea to slightly drool over the impressive features of the latest game and then backtrack to an older game, but I don’t think it hampered the experience too badly.
There was a time long ago, in first person shooters, where combatants were limited to small, confined arenas surrounded by the art of their skyboxes, longing to break free and wage war on a grand scale. Their saviour came in September 2002, and it was called Battlefield 1942.
Playing as an aggressive jungler can be both risky and rewarding for a player and the entire team. Successful ganks, counter-ganks and counter-jungles can put you and your lanes ahead in the early game, which can translate to larger leads late game, if handled correctly.
The members of Irrational Games have been quite secretive about their new game, Bioshock Infinite and rightly so. It has been almost six years since players were first introduced to the world of Rapture and due to the success of the Bioshock series, expectations are high for this next installment.
One of the only advantages consoles has left is the fact that you can comfortably sit in your living room, in front of your massive flatscreen TV and game for hours on end while using a small hand-held controller. Valve's new “Big Picture” mode for Steam effectively eliminates this advantage.
Leshrac, the Tormented Soul, is an intelligence-support Hero with great pushing capabilities. He is not an easy Hero to learn, as his abilities are highly unpredictable and difficult to master, but if used correctly, it can cause critical damage to an enemy team. Is this Hero right for you?
Due to the success of Torchlight after its release in 2008, fans have long been awaiting an anticipated sequel. As I have stated in my review of the first game, few flaws were found in the beautifully-executed dungeon crawler, but will Torchlight 2 be just as perfect or will it disappoint?
Are you a huge Borderlands 2 fan, but getting a little tired of the same loot, guns, and monsters that give you a hard time? Are you tired of killing the same old bandits and watching an enraged berserker wreak havoc on allies? Well, your wait is over with Gearbox Software's newest released DLC pack for Borderlands 2.
Being entirely undetected during the missions in Dishonored is not an easy feat. I'm going to explain a few tips and tricks that I have learned while performing a stealth-run throughout the campaign. For those who haven’t completed the game yet, don't worry, as there are no spoilers here.
Even with all eyes on the Season 2 World Championship, the Brazilian League of Legends (LoL) scene had its own big tournament with a prize pool of $80,000. The Brazil (BR) Championship took place in São Paulo and was the first official Riot tournament with the biggest prize pool in the history of the Brazillian e-Sports.
PlanetSide is an MMOFPS (massively-multiplayer online first-person shooter) that has some great ideas, but a below average net code. The game, in general, was awesome and promoted teamwork, but due to the strange mechanics with flying, hitboxes, strafing and overall game performance, PlanetSide lost the community it was built for and slowly faded away.
In this three part series, we talk to three Trackmania pros from Team Dignitas about themselves, how they got into Trackmania, and what their future holds. Today, we talk to a young member of the Team Dignitas squad Carl-Antoni 'CarlJr' Cloutier who is 15 years old and but has been in Team Dignitas for two years.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a the First-Person Shooter (FPS) that was developed and recently released by Valve. Tournaments have already begun to be organized, like the 300 000 SEK Dreamhack Winter tournament. Is CS: GO the next big thing in the eSports scene when it comes to FPS games?
Jesse Cox is an American voice actor and rising Youtube star, now known as a prominent gamer in the online scene after working with people such as HuskyStarcraft and TotalBiscuit. I recently had the opportunity to find out how much he knows about eSports and competitive gaming.
Blizzard's latest RPG, Diablo 3, has many persistent progression systems installed into the game, which drive replayability on multiple difficulties and classes. But even with all of these systems that incentivize the player to grind on, many, including Blizzard themselves admit that end-game Diablo 3 is lacking.
The recent Steam Summer Sale has rekindled the popularity of a number of games, with many players experiencing them for the first time. As a great opportunity to try out games you may have overlooked before at a greatly reduced price, let's take a look at just one of these examples: Trine 2.
Why is Battlefield 3 hyped more than any previous Battlefield game? In addition to a graphics boost, will the new engine actually enable new gameplay? And how much does Battlefield 3 love PC? EA producer Aleksander Grondal spills his guts in an exclusive interview with Alienware Arena.
Plateaued at 11.5 million paying subscribers for the last two years, many thought World of Warcraft had peaked. It didn't. Thanks to the Chinese launch of the latest expansion pack and anticipation for the upcoming Cataclysm, total World of Warcraft players have reached 12 million worldwide, Activision Blizzard announced today.
Every so often, some video game rag poses the same, tired question: "Is PC gaming dead?" In fact, this attention-grabbing discussion has been regurgitated and shared numerous times since the '90s by "who knows how many" people. Thanks to a pair of repeats, this month is no different.
Selling nearly 750k copies last month, StarCraft II was the best selling game last month of any systemâ€”by far. And if that wasn't enough for Blizzard's golden coffers, several World of Warcraft editions continued to pepper the top 20 retail list, released today by NPD. (EA had a good month too, thanks to strong sales of Sims, Bad Company 2, and Dragon Age).
The biggest video game released in the last year was undoubtedly Modern Warfare 2. Unfortunately for PC gamers, they were sold an inferior version for the same price, thanks to erratic multiplayer and neutered options. Why is that? How did the PC go from being the historical target platform to an afterthought? And what does the future hold for ported PC games?
Were you excited to play Fable III or Crysis 2 on PC this year? Too bad. Youâ€™re gonna have to wait until at least next year, both Microsoft and Electronic Arts announced this week, lending further credibility to the belief that PC still plays second fiddle to consoles when it comes to shipping games on time.
The highly anticipated (and by "highly," I mean longer than a decade) StarCraft II arrives on PC tomorrow. It will undoubtedly become the best-selling game of the year, and could overtake World of Warcraft as the most-played game. To make sure no rock goes unturned, hereâ€™s a list of StarCraft 2 stories you might want to catch up on before playing.
Although not as fast as in music, digital downloads are slowly overtaking in-store sales of PC games. A new report released this week by market researcher NPD revealed that digital downloads represented 48 percent of all PC game sales last year, compared with 52 percent in-store.
You know what, I missed one. In addition to obvious gaming advantages, the PC as is extra useful because it lets players research and play their games on a single system. No other platform can say that, because letâ€™s face it: when you read and talk video games, you do it on computers.
I asked several E3 attendees last month what kind of PC gaming system they'd like to see in the near future. Surprisingly, many expressed interest in TV-ready rigs. You know, a sleek, easy to use box like this (only more powerful) that plays just as nice with your HDTV as it does your monitor.
After a long week, I didn't feel like doing anything last Friday â€” much less play a thought-provoking video game. It wasn't always that way. While in school, I would fire up any cartridge, disc, or executable you put in front of me. At least to try it. Didnâ€™t matter my mood, the day, the season, or the genre. To me, video games were the superior input source for all glowing objects.
Isn't it nice to read the news and find the top 10 movies or songs of the week? Makes you feel in touch with your surroundings, no? Well, wouldnâ€™t it be nice to find a "most popular" video games list, alongside the most popular movies and music? Thatâ€™s what Entertainment Software Association president Michael Gallagher is hoping for.
Letâ€™s be honest. Regardless of your favorite gaming platform, everyoneâ€™s a winner during the Electronic Entertainment Expo. A million new games. Fresh ways to play. And more than enough content to tide everyone over for the next year. But according to one gaming authority, no one was more blessed by E3 2010 than PC players.
First announced last year, California start-up OnLive promised to stream high-definition video games to any computer or TV this month, regardless of the processing power (or lack thereof). As promised, the company opened its server-based gaming doors today on a â€œfirst come, first serveâ€ basis. So is seeing believing?
Video games have played a large part in my relatively short life. As I've said before, "If it's fun, I'll play it -- no matter the platform." But there are pros and cons to every system. And when it comes to playing video games, PCs are great for the following reasons, especially when compared to consoles.
This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will once again hear the latest case (California's Schwarzenegger v. EMA) challenging the protected free speech status of video games. Like movies, music, books and other media, video games are currently protected under the First Amendment. But that could all change, says the Entertainment Consumers Association, given the interactive nature of the medium. Unless, of course, consumers help the industry protect the medium.
With an incredible 11.5 million gamers paying $14/month, World of Warcraft is both the most widely played and most profitable video game in the world. But growth has been stagnant since 2008, something Blizzard Entertainment hopes to change later this year, with the release of the Cataclysm expansion pack.
Throughout history, gamers have always liked to shoot things. In the olden days we had shoot 'em ups. Nowadays we have first-person shooters. Although I missed Space Invaders upon its release in 1978, I clearly remember playing the game that transitioned shooters to the first-person perspective. It was the summer of 1992. My buddy Mark had recently acquired a new PC, and he had this 3.5" floppy disc with a game called Wolfenstein 3D.
With upwards of 300 million players -- the most popular platform by far -- PC gaming is bigger than ever. But the system has its share of challenges, something Games Radar recently described as "powerful but flawed" in an editorial examining How to fix what's wrong with PC gaming.
In addition to Medal of Honor and Call of Duty: Black Ops, Crysis 2 is one of the most anticipated military shooters for PC the year. And even if you haven't played Crysis 1, this self-described "reboot" is a "clean starting point for you to jump in," says executive producer Nathan Camarillo. That said, here are some important things to note about the sequel.
Call me old-fashioned, but I still like owning things you can hold. You know, something like a PC game pressed to disc. Unlike my digital music collection, it's really nice to know your other stuff won't disappear when the electricity goes out. That alone keeps me in the "this guy still likes to buy tangible goods" category.
Whoever said the PC doesn't have any action games is a turd. Undoubtedly the platform is a haven for role playing, massive multiplayer, and strategy games. But the PC is no slouch when it comes to action games either. In fact, it's home to many of the same high-octane blockbusters consoles are known for.
Winning feels good. Great, in fact. And like anything else in life, winning in video games is no different, especially the online multiplayer kind. The other night while playing online, I was enjoying an unusual winning streak. Unusual because I'm normally not that good at playing games. (There, I said it.) It was around 2 am. The wife and little ones were asleep. And I was... what are the kids saying this days?... oh right, pwning the competition.
Spring has been kind to PC gamers so far this year. There's been Bad Company 2, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City, and "better than the original" Just Cause 2. And let's not forget about Mass Effect 2 and Bioshock 2 released earlier in the year. But if you're still looking for something new, a lot of fresh games are just around the corner.
Whether you've since moved on or are still playing, Valve this week gave Left 4 Dead 2 owners new reason to take pause. Beginning this Thursday, players can download the newly announced Passing expansion pack, which adds a new single-player, new multiplayer, and new co-op campaigns. And unlike the poor saps getting nickled and dimed on Xbox, this add-on is free for PC owners of the game.
Well that didn't take long. One month after being fired by Activision, suing for wrongful termination, and then being counter-sued, former Infinity Ward executives Jason West and Vince Zampella have partnered with once-rival Electronic Arts to form the glaringly obvious Respawn Entertainment.
Greetings "personal computer" users. All billion of you. Okay, so a billion is a little misleading. But there are an estimated 150 million of you already playing games on a PC - by far the most prevalent gaming platform. Which is why Alienware Arena is excited to launch our new Hot Stories section of the website, to help foster thought-provoking conversations about PC gaming news that matters, trends that change the way we play, and games that inspire.