The Game Boy: 2009 Holiday PC Games Guide

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aben2

-Technology...  will kill us one day.....

I wish I was rich to buy all these games QQ.... lol , Seriosly.

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jihnn

how in the h did tourchlight make this list

for those that do not know it has a least 2 fatal flaws

fixed camera

click to move

 runic must have greased some wheels on this one

for me i would really like my $10  back from steam, there are to many good games to waste my time on this crap. 

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aben2

-Technology...  will kill us one day.....

 EvEryone get borderlads and play online! theres zombies now too! and lol at Fate.

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shdwdragon7

How the H*^L is CoD MW2 on this list!!!!  I think I've lost all respect for MaximumPC...  $60 for a FREAKIN' exspantion pack!!!  Yes, that's all MW2 is, an exspantion pack.  I guess MW is following in FEAR's foot step's...  Sad.

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stradric

Granted, I just sold my copy of MW2 cuz I find it completely uninteresting and I find multiplayer more of a chore than fun to play with racist and otherwise ignorant morons.  But it's definitely more than an expansion pack.  Sure, it's the same engine, but it's a good engine.  There's a ton more weapons and perks and call-ins (that are annoying as hell) and there are a ton of new multiplayer maps.  Plus there's co-op mode.  So it's definitely a new game.

I'm convinced that the only reason people like this game is because of the seemingly accurate depiction of all the guns.  It's really rather unremarkable otherwise.

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shdwdragon7

"more weapons and perks and call-ins...and there are a ton of new multiplayer maps."  That's what an exspantion pack is... Remember CoD4 v1.7 (this being v1.8)  You just made my point ;-)

I'm sorry I was thinking "patch" not exspantion (with the whole 1.7/1.8) It's the SP and Co-Op modes that makes this an exspantion pack :-P

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pl4t0

No ARMA II? That game is like the poster child of PC Exclusives. 

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exile550

Crysis 2 doesn't have a release date yet

STALKER: Call of Prypiat anyone?

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vistageek

Where is Crysis 2 on the upcoming list?

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Who

See this is why I got a nice computer and a ps3.  Xbox exclusives usually come out on PC anyway, so I get the best of both worlds! :D

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van_helblaze

looks like I'll be getting myself some new games.  I'm originally a consol gamer, but I switched to PC, originally just to see the difference, and stuck because I feel like a better gamer on the PC.

 I still play consols, since all of my friends are consol gamers, the best games IMO I get for both PC and PS3.

 Bad Company 2 is one of those games.

 

The Saboteur and flashpoint look to be deffinat buys for me.

 

 

also, why is there a pic from COD4 for MW2?

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Digital-Storm

Because they spend about 5 minutes copy and pasting images?

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blobro

I would have gotten CoD 4 because of the 20 dollar price difference, but because the serviers are drying up, i decided not to and got TF2 with the orange box 

 

 

It depends on what your definition of is "is"

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Phosphorous

You're on crack if you think the COD4 servers are drying up.  Most of the PC community is going back to COD4 because MW2 was such a major disappointment for us PC gamers.

I'm sorry to see that MaxPC is actually promoting that sad little game.

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canbbb

... drumroll ...

DUKE NUKEM FOREVER !!!!!!   ;-)

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Ghostryderflyby

I'd love to play COD MW2, but refuse to pay 60 bucks for a measly 5 hour title. How Activision get off charging $60.00 for a pathetically short title, when Dragon Age offers 100+ hours of game play for 10 bucks less, is beyond me. Apparently they don't want to sell very many copies. I'll abstain for now and pick it up on Steam for $29.00 after Activision pulls their head out and drops the price.

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Walnut

On top of the comments about multiplayer, it should be said that the SP game has great replay value. It's short but sweet, and just about every level is perfectly orchestrated to feel like a scene out of a movie. Much better overall experience than CoD4. Hell, Veteran difficulty is fun enough to warrant at least one additional playthrough, where it seemed like a chore in the previous game. 

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jrocknyc

*"Apparently they don't want to sell very many copies."*

 

It was the BIGGEST SELLING GAME OF ALL TIME.

 

I don't think MW1 has gone below $45 on Steam yet, and that was only a temporary weekend sale. MW2 probably won't be $25 until 2019!

 

 

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Danthrax66

People buy COD for multiplayer not single player so it can be like 40 hours a week if you have no life. So your 5 hours of game play is a really bad estimate.

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lunchbox73

Don't hold you breath. COD4 is still going for $40 in most stores.

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Digital-Storm

Red Faction Geurilla? That game was a direct console port to PC. It sucks, and has no comparison to what Red Faction 1 was when it was released.

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bikerbub

not all direct ports are bad. as far as i can tell, there arn't even any glitches that are pc only. i didn't have to do anything to my copy to get it to run, worked first time, it's a fantastic game, decent storyline, but not much replay value.

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BaggerX

I played it on PC.  It's a pretty fun game.  Gets a little repetitive in parts, but is overall a good time.  If you can get it on sale for $30 or less, I'd recommend picking it up. 

I'd like to see them do a sequel with better AI and better stealth capability to give some options beyond going in guns (and hammer) blazing.  Being able to sneak around planting explosives before engaging the bad guys would be fun :)

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lunchbox73

PC gaming ain't dead but my computer is on life support. The Batman demo was completely unplayable on my computer even with everything dialed down. The Left 4 Dead 2 demo chugged too which is wierd since L4D runs silky smooth. I don't think they dialed up the graphics at all did they?

So do I say the hell with it and go with a $300 xbox 360 where I know all the games are going to run fine or do I invest at least twice that in order to play a game that might run well on my computer but I won't be sure until I've already bought it?

That's what's frustrating to me. I need to spend at least a grand for anything decent to run games on.

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jrocknyc

 a $200 videocard would suffice.

 

 

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BaggerX

What the heck kind of hardware are you running?  Spending a grand on a PC is usually more than enough to run anything that comes out over the next few years.  Maybe not all maxed, but with all the console ports we're seeing, most things should run pretty well on the PC since even an average one is more powerful than any console out there.

If you like playing games on a console, then go for it.  The types of games I prefer (CRPG, RTS, FPS) don't play well on consoles though, so I stick with my PC.  Since I use it for a lot of other things that require significant hardware power, can justify putting money in the hardware.  I just spend about $300 to upgrade my vid card every couple years or so to keep the visuals nice.

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bigglesandginger

The **reviews**, not previews, have pegged Rogue Warrior as absolute crap (metacritic gives it an average of 26%) .  It would appear that this article was posted on the 16 Dec, 15 days AFTER the release of that game.  At least try to pretend that you are an impartial entity and not a shill for the big game companies.

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Vahn16

Sorry about that one. The feature's been in the oven for a while now, and that blurb was written before Rogue Warrior's launch. The entry should be revised to read: "Hahahahahahaha, NO."

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GFC

Wow, I can't believe you guys forgot Starcraft 2 for the "2010" list. Other than that.. hm.. I'll take BC2!

 

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Member2600

seriously you think starcraft is comming out in 2010! Then I think we should all wager to see if when we think SC2 is really coming out. Dibs on 2011-3030

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samduhman

PC gamers know PC gaming is not dying. IMHO its back on the upswing. I just wish "ex" PC gamers who are now console gamers would stop attacking the PC as a gaming platform just becuase it's no longer "their thing". Its almost as if they need to justify their leaving PC gaming and to do that it needs to die as a gaming platform. Some of the most harsh trolls of PC gaming are so called ex PC gamers. Console gamers I'd assume don't give a rats fart, why should they since its never really been a serious threat (in recent history).

I've bought more PC games over the past two years than I probably will ever have enough time to complete. As far as exclusives they are dying on all platforms. The Wii probably has the most (crap) exclusives over the past couple years. So the question comes down to which platform provides the best gaming experience for the genre your playing. For me the PC does for FPS, strat, rpg, rts, pretty much historic pc gaming genres which have found their way to the console.

The kool part. PC gaming hardware is extremely reasonable compared to just a couple years ago. I remember dropping $1300 for a bare minimal gaming rig just to play Warcraft 2 back in the day. I'd say if that were today I'd spend around $500, maybe less.

PC gamings biggest issue, there is no one to promote it. The PC gaming Alliance fails. So PC gaming survives mainly on word of mouth and the fact that it remains speaks volumes for the platform.

 

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stradric

I don't think PC gaming is going anywhere.  It's a small market but it's consistent.  Cost and learning curve deters your average user who can just plug in a $200 console and go, where as a PC requires a $600+ investment plus setup time and installation.  Not to mention compatibility issues.  The console also has a unified community in Xbox Live or the Playstation network where as the PC community is fragmented in Steam and wherever else (Battle.net, windows live, etc).  Then there's the whole piracy issue.  So many PC gamers shoot themselves in the foot and say "give me feature A and B or I'll pirate your game".  What kind of mentality is that?  Then on top of that, even when they pledge boycott, they don't actually boycott anything!  They just prove to the developers that they shouldn't be taken seriously.

So, in my opinion, the only thing killing PC gaming, if anything, are PC gamers.  It's just more lucrative for companies to develop on the console where piracy issues are minimal.  But every once in a while you'll get a company (BioWare, Relic, Blizzard, Crytek) that wants to keep their game true to their vision and they'll release the best version of their game on PC (Dragon Age) and perhaps none at all on the console (Dawn of War, Starcraft, Crysis).

It's kind of a tightrope.  We as PC gamers shouldn't just roll over and take what we're given, but we should also be respectful of the developers by not saying we're going to pirate their game if they do something we don't like.  Just don't buy it and stick to your guns.

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