Gaming News July 2006

Sin Episodes: Emergence (Ep. 1) Review
Game Pyre :: Friday, July 28, 2006
So it comes down to this, then – the conclusion. Well, what can I say? Did I like the sound, the graphics, the gameplay and the story? I frelling loved them! Was I happy with the length of the game? For twenty bucks, yeah, I definitely was. Was I happy at the prospect of shelling out another $160 just to finish off this Sin legacy? Hell no. While 5 hours for $20 may be better than the going rate for some games, it’s just hard not to feel the burn when, like the Half Life 2 Episodes, it’s like leading the gamers on bit by bit. Sure, it’s cheaper than the addiction fueled MMO titles, but still, $180 for roughly 45 hours of entertainment does seem a little steep, especially considered that some titles of the past (notably RPGs), can often be found at the start of their life for about $50.

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Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 Review
Game Pyre :: Thursday, July 20, 2006
If you’re looking for an authentic World War II experience with guns, up to 32 players, and 14 crewable vehicles, this is definitely the place to go. Don’t get me wrong, the game is not without its quirks including its somewhat high learning curve. The flow of the game, capturing objectives, and its mature online playerbase make the game definitely worth a try.

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FOXCONN C51XEM2AA AM2 Motherboard Review
Gaming Objects :: Thursday, July 20, 2006
The FOXCONN board is the third AM2 platform motherboard on our test bench. In terms of features, the C51XEM2AA covers the bases nicely, with SLI, LinkBoost, SLI memory, Firewire and everything else you would expect from a modern motherboard represented nicely. In terms of performance, the C51XEM2AA ranks among the fastest AM2 motherboard yet tested in virtually every test.

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Gamer’s Graphics & Display Settings Guide
TweakTown :: Thursday, July 20, 2006
I looked around and realised that many of the most basic and commonly used graphical and display-related settings such as FPS, Resolution, Refresh Rate, Triple Buffering and VSync are never really explained in sufficient detail in plain English, particularly with a gaming audience in mind. In fact virtually nowhere can you find even a simple rundown of how exactly a game goes from being a set of files on your hard drive to an animated image on your monitor. So I ambitiously took it upon myself to do just that, and the Gamer’s Graphics & Display Settings Guide is the result. Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran to PCs, the guide should help you gain a clearer understanding of exactly what is happening on your machine when you play games, and what all those settings really mean.

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Intel Core 2 Duo and Intel 965 chipset launch
Game Pyre :: Monday, July 17, 2006
WOW! That one word describes my exhilaration at Intel coming back into the Enthusiast market with a bang. The X6800 outclasses the AMD CPUs by a wide margin in virtually every circumstance of performance measurement. The CPU also runs cool in comparison to earlier Intel CPUs and consumes less than 75W. By any standard of measurement the X6800 is an success bringing Intel back on top. The E6700 which has a rather interesting naming scheme considering it’s only 266MHz slower than the x6800 while having the same cache and structure is right in there with the x6800 in performance, slower than its bigger brother but faster than the competition. For a suggested MSRP of $530, the E6700 is an easy choice for those wanting a fast system without wanting to shell out a grand.


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Review: Guild Wars Factions
Primo Tech :: Monday, July 17, 2006
Factions is the first formal, purchasable add-on to last summer’s epic online role-playing game, Guild Wars. For those unfamiliar with the Guild War’s universe, there is a storyline that pits players against enemies as well as a large player vs. player and guild versus guild (GvG) arena based portion of the game. The PvP affects the PvE world, depending on which nation controls the arena at any given time. Characters chose a primary and secondary profession, giving them access to over 100 skills. However, only eight can be equipped for any given mission or battle, requiring players to really focus on what they want to accomplish.

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Review: Half-Life 2: Episode One
Primo Tech :: Monday, July 17, 2006
As Valve has commented on within Episode One, each episode will evolve by introducing the newest possible changes to the code and gameplay. Episode One easily demonstrates how Valve intends to do just that as the rest of the industry watches intently.

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Crysis To Ship With Windows Vista and Screens #6
Gamer’s Hell :: Monday, July 17, 2006
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– Need for Speed Carbon Trailer
Gamer’s Hell :: Monday, July 17, 2006
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Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review
Gaming Objects :: Friday, July 07, 2006
To be fully honest, I loved this case since it came out of the box. It’s fit and finish is superb, and its good cooling is backed by a well thought out design. While it may be impaired by a half heartedly designed side panel, and clearance issues, this case is a clear cut winner at its price point. If you want a case that not only looks good, but works well too, take a closer look at the CoolerMaster Centurion 534.

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