Quad Cor!

I've lurched forwards in technology once again, probably for the briefest of periods. My new PC just arrived, it's something of a monster. Basically I'm setting myself up for Spore, Fallout 3, and Dragon Age, but I'm also keen to play the things that I've wanted to for a while but my old PC just couldn't do justice to. Neverwinter Nights 2 and Company of Heroes chiefly.

I bought Mass Effect for it and by golly it's lovely. I mean, the 360 version ties for my game of last year with Virtua Fighter 5, but the tweaks to the PC version really make it shine that little bit more brightly. I'm perpetually cynical about PCs, and even though I bunged the best stuff I could possibly afford into it I still expected some performance issues with such a demanding game. Well, I'm ecstatic to report that it is smooth as butter. Never drops a frame no matter what's going on.

Saturn emulation is perfect as well. I'm currently in the process of installing all the games I care about, to see how they fare with Vista. Touch wood - from what I've read and my experience so far I may just get away with everything working. I don't play a vast amount of Windows games (most of my PC gaming is through DOSbox), but it's looking pretty promising.

Anyway, I'm no PC bore so I won't drone on about it. Just had to blog a bit of my happiness.

2 comments:

Ryan said...

Ooooh, congratulations! Saturn emulation is all sorted now? I'm so out of touch...

Good luck with NWN2, I just couldn't get into it, the camera and controls just felt strangely awkward, plus I seemed to die shockingly often so I sulked off in a strop. A pity, as the story intruiged me at least.

Speaking of RPGs, did you try the Witcher?

Swabbleflange said...

I have a copy of The Witcher on its way to me at the moment - I was foolish enough to try it on my old machine and it really was a slideshow, so I'm very much looking forward to getting into it.

NWN2 has been patched to hell and back, and it's a LOT better than the release version. There are a ton of UI and interface improvements (there's even a top-down, Baldur's Gate-style viewpoint and control scheme). However, it still does have a clunky feel to it, and you still can't independently move and shift the viewpoint. At least now there's an almost KotOR-like 'hold button to walk'. Basically I just want every third-person game I play on mouse and keyboard to control like WoW...