Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Consoles VS Computer

Hey guys it's Nico again. This time I will be discussing a topic people have many different opinions about. I will be talking about what is better for playing video games; Gaming Consoles or computers. I won't be bias so let's get right into it.

First, let us take a look at what is availbale on the market right now. For gaming consoles we have the highly popular Nintendo Wii, the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. All three are very impressive consoles, each with it's own weakness' and strongsuit's. The strongest argument one could make is that consoles are very cheap and won't need any further upgrading. You pay around $300 and you won't have to waste anymore money for any parts (like graphic card, processor, etc.), that require upgrading. With consoles you get everything that you need for gaming. One problem with that is the fact that there are specific parts built into the console that, over time, get maxed out by the ever evolving game engines. Some game developers have to face those challenges when they have to make sure the console won't be overstressed when running their game. That means some developers can't show off the games true potential on consoles, which is where the computer comes in. Computers aren't purely for gaming purposes, but thankfully that's why there are companies like Alienware, who build computers primarily for gaming. Computers can handle much more than consoles if you have the right parts. Generally, computers have way better graphics than any of the consoles and they also run more smoothly. However, that is only if you have the right components, which is why most people buy consoles rather than computers. Computers ( especially gaming computers ) are generally more than 5 times as much as consoles. The other problem with computers is that after a couple of years, some components like a graphics card will render useless and you have to buy a new one if you want to keep up with the newer games. That can be pretty expensive, but paying those extra dollars will positively reflect in the quality of your games.  

My verdict is that both consoles and computers are great for gaming, but if you are willing to pay more, you can have a way better experience with a gaming desktop ( especially ones from Alienware ).         

Monday, 2 May 2011

Section 8: Prejudice Review

Section 8: Prejudice is a sequel to the First Person Sci Fi Shooter Section 8. The first game, Section 8, was a full retail game for $59.99. Lasting only about 4 hours on the hardest difficulty, the campaign was a major disappointment. However, the games strongsuit was the multiplayer. It had a very unique spawning element to it which allowed you to select any spot on the map and fly down to that specific spot (you could steer your fall after you were about halfway down). The gameplay was solid and a lot of fun. When i heard that there was a second one coming out, i was excited. However, after i heard that it has a longer campaign, 60+ multiplayer unlocks and a coop mode called Swarm, i was really excited. To my surprise, the developers decided to only charge $15 for the whole game. 

Section 8 Prejudice has a decent story which serves its purpose; to provide a solid 6 - 8 hours of gunning enemies down, with the occasional boss thrown in for variety. The story is not really well developed, but that is not a problem because the reason you want to buy this game is the Multiplayer and co-op modes. The competitive multiplayer mode called "conquest" lets you play battleswith up to 32 players. It has a call of duty like xp system which is a nice thing to have. There are 60+ different unlocks for weapons and armor, ranging from incendiary buckshot for your shotgun to EMP rounds for your machine gun. You can also customize your armor with passive suit modules that suit your playing style. The graphics aren't revolutionary, but nontheless the environments, charactermodels and weapons are nice to look at. 

If you dont enjoy blasting away other people, you can team up with 3 other players in the co-op mode "swarm". In swarm, you and your buddies try to defend a control point from incoming waves of enemies. As time goes by, more and tougher enemies appear. A round is won by defending the control point successfully for 15 minutes. 

All in all, Section 8: Prejudice is a very solid and enjoyable game, especially when taking into account that it is only $15. If you're the kind of person who buys games only for the single player, don't bother with this one. However, if you're the kind of person who enjoys epic multiplayer battles, lots of customization and a fun co-op mode, then this game is a must have. 

My rating for this game is the following:
  • Story: 5/10
  • Graphics:8.5/10
  • Gameplay: 9/10
  • Replay Value: 9/10
  • Content you get for Price: 10/10
Total: 8.3/10