Gaming News November 2004

Mutant Mods Acrylic Mid Tower ATX Case Review @ LAN Addict

LAN Addict :: Monday, November 29, 2004

“Overall, I’m very pleased with this acrylic case and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a way to showcase their system.”

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Half-Life 2 Screenshots @ Phoronix
Phoronix :: Saturday, November 27, 2004

“For those of you who haven’t yet completed Half-Life 2 or are unable to play Half-Life 2, whether it’s due to an older computer system, price, or whatever the reason may be; here at Phoronix we have completed our Half-Life 2 Screenshot gallery. This gallery is complete with over 185 pictures of pure gaming action, from the inauguration at Point Insertion to the closing stages on Dark Energy.”

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Resident Evil: Outbreak @ HEXUS
Hexus :: Friday, November 26, 2004
“In summing up, I have to say that overall, though Outbreak is fine at what it does, it just doesn’t have that something that makes me want to go back to it. Sure, there are different characters to play, little bonuses to unlock and all that, but they don’t feel like real rewards when you’re fighting the controls for half the game. Perhaps if things moved a little quicker, or there were more scary bits that weren’t FMV then I’d go back to it.”

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Half Life 2 @ HEXUS.net
Hexus :: Tuesday, November 23, 2004

“Perhaps a better question would be “Is Half Life 2 the best FPS out there now?”. That one gets a resounding YES. Though there are some areas where HL2 could do better, overall I don’t think you’ll find a more immersive or addictive gaming experience around. Far Cry has a lot more blasting, certainly, and Doom 3 does a prettier world over all, but HL2 brings them al together in one package that grips you and drags you in. This is a sign of a good game in my book. The pacing is a tad slow in places, but overall, the positives far outweigh the (small) negatives and this is one game well worth scraping together the cash for.”

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Half-Life 2 Graphical Performance Evaluation @ TheTechLounge
The Tech Lounge :: Friday, November 19, 2004

“Just over one year ago, on September 30th, 2003, one of the greatest games of all time was to be released. As you probably know, the game I speak of is Half-Life 2, and unfortunately it was not released on time. Despite the fact that Valve missed the deadline by over a year, HL2 still breaks a lot of ground. For five years this game has been under development, and for good reason. HL2 promises to be a revolutionary new game that delivers more than any other game ever could. One of the most exciting things about HL2 is the new physics system which allows you to interact with everything in the environment. Couple that with some amazing characters, weapons, and vehicles and you’re in for one hell of a good time.

Today we will be examining Half-Life 2’s performance with two different systems and several different video cards. ATI, feeling pretty good about their situation, took it upon themselves to run through the entire game and find the most graphically intensive locations suitable for graphics benchmarking. We also checked out several levels of the game and for the most part, agreed with ATI’s findings. We will be using two of ATI’s timedemos as well as one we recorded ourselves, just for good measure.

Our testing consists of running each timedemo three times at 1024×768, 1280×1024, and 1600×1200 with No AA/No AF & 4xAA/8xAF. All in-game graphics were set to Highest. Each result shown in the graphs to follow are an average of three runs at each setting. Let’s get to the benchmarks!”

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Half-Life 2 Graphical Performance Evaluation @ TheTechLounge
The Tech Lounge :: Thursday, November 18, 2004

“Just over one year ago, on September 30th, 2003, one of the greatest games of all time was to be released. As you probably know, the game I speak of is Half-Life 2, and unfortunately it was not released on time. Despite the fact that Valve missed the deadline by over a year, HL2 still breaks a lot of ground. For five years this game has been under development, and for good reason. HL2 promises to be a revolutionary new game that delivers more than any other game ever could. One of the most exciting things about HL2 is the new physics system which allows you to interact with everything in the environment. Couple that with some amazing characters, weapons, and vehicles and you’re in for one hell of a good time.

Today we will be examining Half-Life 2’s performance with two different systems and several different video cards. ATI, feeling pretty good about their situation, took it upon themselves to run through the entire game and find the most graphically intensive locations suitable for graphics benchmarking. We also checked out several levels of the game and for the most part, agreed with ATI’s findings. We will be using two of ATI’s timedemos as well as one we recorded ourselves, just for good measure.

Our testing consists of running each timedemo three times at 1024×768, 1280×1024, and 1600×1200 with No AA/No AF & 4xAA/8xAF. All in-game graphics were set to Highest. Each result shown in the graphs to follow are an average of three runs at each setting. Let’s get to the benchmarks!”


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Half-Life 2 Screenshots @ Phoronix
Phoronix :: Thursday, November 18, 2004

Summary: “Well… It’s finally here, Half-Life 2! If you haven’t been fortunate enough to purchase a copy of this thrilling game yet, we would suggest you do because it’s well worth the money. Here are a couple screen shots to keep you drooling until you get your hands on the game.”

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Now Playing: Half-Life 2
Valve Software :: Tuesday, November 16, 2004

“Half-Life 2 is available now for purchase and to play. Those who pre-purchased their copy via Steam may access the game by double-clicking on the Half-Life 2 icon in their Steam Games directory. To purchase your copy via Steam, please visit www.steampowered.com.”

XG Vigor 500 Power Supply Review @ LAN Addict
LAN Addict :: Tuesday, November 16, 2004

“Well, from this we can see little variation in the voltage readings; the Vigor 500 is holding its ground when it comes to supplying the right voltage constantly. I tested this while running Sandra 2004 Pro, 3d Mark 2005, and all cam within 0.01v of what we have above.”

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EverQuest II Review @ 8Dimensional
8Dimensional :: Tuesday, November 16, 2004

“….EverQuest II impresses most through great looking graphics for a MMORPG, has a lot of content in the form of hundredths of quest, large areas to explore, and a wide variety of ways supports ingame communities. While not all attempts to be innovative succeed, the game will provide those who have enough time with months of entertainment and addiction. Negative points are the limit of 4 characters per account, offline inspecting characters for a fee, a limit to the number of open quests, long waiting times during area changes, enforced group playing at times and a still high number of bugs. But while already as good as many competing products, Everquest II has so short after launch still a lot of potential to improve.”

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High-End Buyer’s Guide @ TheTechLounge
The Tech Lounge :: Sunday, November 14, 2004

“Choosing the right parts for a computer can be a difficult and time-consuming process. With so many different components and configurations to choose from, you may have a hard time figuring out what exactly to buy. There is no perfect, all-around solution that works for everyone. It all depends on two things: what your needs are and how much money you are willing to spend.

The goal of this guide is to outline an entire high-end computer system for around $3000. This includes the internal hardware, input devices, monitor and speakers (everything but an OS). With this $3000, we want to outline the best all-around system with the highest quality components available. While $3000 may seem like a lot, it can disappear quickly considering all the options. Depending on your individual needs, you may prefer to swap out different components in order to focus more on gaming, multimedia or multitasking. While we will recommend specific components throughout the article, keep in mind that this is just an outline and your idea of a high-end computer may differ from ours.”

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EverQuest II Review @ 8Dimensional
8Dimensional :: Thursday, November 11, 2004
“….EverQuest II impresses most through great looking graphics for a MMORPG, has a lot of content in the form of hundredths of quest, large areas to explore, and a wide variety of ways supports ingame communities. While not all attempts to be innovative succeed, the game will provide those who have enough time with months of entertainment and addiction. Negative points are the limit of 4 characters per account, offline inspecting characters for a fee, a limit to the number of open quests, long waiting times during area changes, enforced group playing at times and a still high number of bugs. But while already as good as many competing products, Everquest II has so short after launch still a lot of potential to improve.”

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Compaq GX5000Z Desktop Gaming System Review
Designtechnica :: Tuesday, November 09, 2004

“Compaq has developed a formidable contender with their X series gaming systems. The GX5000Z system we reviewed proved to be both fast and reliable. We love the fact that Compaq is using OEM parts from major manufacturers like MSI, Samsung and Creative Labs. This separates the Compaq X series apart from others such as Gateway and Dell because it allows their system to be upgraded with extreme ease. In essence, Compaq has built you a system using the same off-the-shelf parts that you can purchase yourself. They build the system for you, test it and then sell it for a few hundred dollars less than you would pay building the system yourself. Top it off with a one-year warranty through Compaq, and you are good to go.”

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