One of the nice things about the PC as a gaming platform is that it pretty much has – in some form or another – every game ever. On the downside, however, that means heaps upon heaps of would-be classics get shoveled off the assembly line and straight into the fiery furnace of history. There are simply too many games, and without that all-important multi-million dollar advertising budget, it's all-too-easy to slip through the cracks.
Obviously, sifting through the aforementioned entire history of gaming isn't exactly feasible, but we've done our best to give these underappreciated classics a second shot at fame and glory. So, what does that mean for you, dear reader? How about 20 great games you've probably never played for (mostly) low prices? Have at them after the break.
Even though Intel and AMD haven't introduced boards with native USB 3.0 support, third-party manufacturers like NEC have stepped in to fill the void. Chances are if you purchased a high-end motherboard within the last several months, it's equipped with USB 3.0 ports. But is your case's front panel up to the job? Depends on when you bought it. Corsair's Obsidian Series 800D and 700D full-tower cases ship sans SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support, but before you hand it down to little Johnny in order to upgrade to a new chassis, consider Corsair's inexpensive USB 3.0 upgrade kit.
We suppose that – on some level – Fallout: New Vegas' ticking time bomb-like tendency to blow up in your face at the slightest provocation is fitting, given the subject matter. However, that doesn't make it any less annoying to have your ninth 26-hour marathon session derailed by a full-stop crash or a quest that requires you to speak with someone who's somehow managed to teleport into the core of the earth. Fortunately, Bethesda's announced that New Vegas' days as a glitchy, uninhabitable wasteland are numbered. Soon, it'll just be a normal uninhabitable wasteland.
“We’re currently running final testing and certification on a comprehensive patch for all three platforms (PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3), so we’ll have something available in the coming weeks. When we have more details, we’ll let you know,” the publisher wrote on its official blog.
“In the meantime, an incremental update for PC should be going up by early next week that will fix the save corruption issues and problems with companions, as well as improve performance for NVIDIA users and resolve some issues reported with Havok.”
So hooray and stuff. Still though, next time you make a game, Obsidian, do you think you could, you know, finish it? Perferably before you release it? This isn't the first time this has happened, after all, but we'd definitely like it to be the last.
Our torrid love affair with Fallout 3 and its DLC is a matterofpublicrecord, so this is exactly the type of news we were never hoping to hear. Unfortunately, Bethesda appears to have taken our previous statement literally, so it's elected to hold off on any real details outside of a proverbial smack to PC gamers' hands every time they attempt to reach for some New Vegas DLC.
"We're excited to continue the partnership between Bethesda and Microsoft, and build on the success of the game add-ons released for Fallout 3 on Xbox LIVE," said Bethesda VP of marketing and PR Pete Hines. "Fans will once again be able to continue their experience in the Fallout universe with the add-on packs planned for after the launch of the game."
But what kind of content are we looking at here? And is this merely a period of timed exclusivity? Surely the DLC's not gonna pull a BioShock 2 and skip PCs altogether, right? Unfortunately, we shook Bethesda's magic eight ball and all we got was a non-committal “ask again later.” More details, however, are planned for “the coming weeks,” so here's hoping we get some good news sooner rather than later.
Corsair today put to rest persistent rumors regarding its Obsidian series 700D computer case by officially announcing the enclosure, which is based on the familiar Obsidian 800D.
“From the moment we announced the Obsidian Series 800D chassis, enthusiasts were captivated by its unique combination of features, looks and performance, and the fact that it is a true builders’ chassis,” said Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing at Corsair. “Our goal with the Obsidian Series 700D is to offer a chassis that retains the essence of what made the 800D so popular, but at a lower price point, allowing a wider range of consumers to build their own Corsair Dream PC.”
To help cut costs, the four hot-swap SATA bay of the 800D has been replaced by four fixed SATA bays. Corsair also tossed the side window out the, er, window and replaced it with a solid side panel on the 700D.
Other than those two changes, the case looks to be largely the same as its bigger-numbered brother, including the same CPU backplate, tool-free drive installation, and cable management scheme.
Look for the 700D to start shipping in April. No word yet on price.
We were pretty thrilled by what we saw of Obsidian’s spy RPG Alpha Protocol at E3, so obviously, we’re not-so-thrilled to hear that the game might be facing a rather large delay. Originally scheduled to launch this month, Alpha Protocol’s now listed as infiltrating consoles and PCs in June 2010, according to both GameStop and Amazon.ca.
We contacted Obsidian in an effort to confirm the slippage, only to be pointed in Sega’s direction without a solid “yes” or “no.” Sega has yet to respond to our – or anyone else’s – queries as of this time.
Our guess? It’s been delayed. Not necessarily all the way into June, but Sega’s silence reeks of an upcoming announcement. And as much as we hate to see it happen, we actually think the delay will be good for Alpha Protocol. Sega’s under-the-radar promotion of the game is befitting of the game’s stealthy spy theme, but sadly, that’s not how you sell a videogame. Maybe by the time 2010 rolls around, Sega will have drummed up some more hype around the game.