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I haven't updated my rig since 2005. The 7950GT is getting too old so yesterday I finally got a new system. i7 quad core 3.7 gHz, with SLI nvidia GTX560 cards. Plus I got a stereoscopic monitor with nvidia 3dVision goggles. Bad news is I discovered my current project doesn't work in nvidia stereoscopic, their automatic methods just don't like deferred shading much. But I think I know how I can work around that.

But first it's time to play some games. Been going through my Steam library to find out what works well in stereoscopic mode and what doesn't. Unfortunately Dead Space and Dead Space 2 look bad. Borderlands is passable but the shadows are off. TF2 looks excellent except some maps where the skybox messes things up. Grid messes up the shadows. Haven't tried Arkham Asylum yet but it's supposed to work well.

Decided to get a new game that was well rated for 3d stereovision. Metro 2033 was only $19.95 so I'm playing that. It's more or less an update of Stalker. It's fun, and it looks really good in stereo, pretty much all the fx work great, and the shadows and skyboxes function properly. I'll probably be sticking with games that work in stereo for a while, which rules out Rage.
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I'd like to update my opinon of Metro 2033. It sucks.

The graphics are good, the story and atmosphere is good, the general game mechanics are good. The gameplay is atrocious. I've got it set at "Normal" difficulty and it's way too hard.

Here's the situation. You have hardly any ammo, you have to scrounge it off enemies you kill. It seems to take 5 to 10 shots just to kill a human, and then you scrounge 3 or 4 bullets off them. So you run out of ammo all the time, assuming you live that long. The enemies are in the dark, behind cover, hidden by smoke, spread out in groups. Usually with one at a machine gun nest overlooking your cover. The cover often doesn't work, you crouch behind it but bullets keep hitting you in the head anyway, and not just from the overhanging machine gun nest. You have a torch, but if you use it you get shot. Night vision goggles don't show up much more than you see normally anyway, due to the smoke and cover.

You can't save, and the checkpoints are far apart, so you have to keep playing each deadly section over and over and over and over...

This is by the same team that made Stalker, and they screwed up the difficulty on that game too. Apparently a lot of reviewers couldn't finish the game, so the programmers added an "Easy" mode. I'm not playing that, that's just insulting. And aren't games supposed to come with easy modes anyway? If "Normal" is really "Hard," and "Easy" is really "Normal," what do I do when I want to play a real "Easy" game? After I've completed a game I often like to go back and just play a breeze through version for non-challengine, sight-seeing fun. No chance of that on this game. What's especially bizarre is that there's about 3 levels of difficult above normal, but only one below. I can only imagine the gameplay on those.

Really sad, because so much about the game is great. Quite a few of the levels so far have been good, but then there are some, like the bandit base, or the Communist/Nazi war frontline,that are just appalling. I play for hours and make no progress at all. I'd have quit already, but I spent 20 bucks and I don't have any other games that really utilize stereo 3D yet.
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This is by the same team that made Stalker,
Well, slightly.
It's made by a company which includes some people who left GSC a year before Stalker was released.
So it's not made by the people who finished or released stalker.


I really enjoyed Metro 2033. I'm looking forward to the sequel, and I've got the novel on order (the game is based on the novel).
I only ran out of ammo once (playing on normal), and that was in the library. I won't spoil it, but I ignored the suggestions for how to deal with that area and it's hostile contents and just shot everything, and I ran out of shotgun shells for my heavy automatic shotgun.
Once I started using the volt driver, it was even more efficient. The ammo is the cheapest, and a fully charged volt driver (it's electric and needs to be wound up) can drop a lot of enemies in one shot. Plus it works as a melee stun gun using no ammo.
I never ran out of gas filters either, which a lot of people complained about.

The first bandit base bit where you fight tons of humans was rather difficult, but after I got better weapons and then the stealth suit with night vision, taking on human enemies using stealth was my favourite part.

Awesome game. I can't wait for Last Light.

Apparently a lot of reviewers couldn't finish the game, so the programmers added an "Easy" mode. I'm not playing that, that's just insulting.
Umm, I'm not sure of your logic here. You say the game is too hard. The programmers gave an option to make it easier. But it insults you that they added the ability to make the game be what you wanted???
I'm annoyed that Saints Row The Third doesn't have trains (I liked driving on train tracks in GTA SA and IV). If Volition added a main menu option to enable trains I wouldn't be pissed off with them and refuse to use it.
I can only imagine the gameplay on those.
From the Metro 2033 wiki, about Ranger Hardcore mode:
An ultimate challenge for the player. HUD is disabled completely save for laser pointers on mid to late-game weapons. Both Artyom and his enemies are glass cannons, killing and dying incredibly fast. Stealth is advised, since the run-and-gun approach is severely limited by low ammo pickups ranging from one to two bullets in a batch.

I've been replaying Hard Reset on hard difficulty, now that's an insane game, even though it's left all my upgrades enabled from playing through on normal!

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Finally made it past the Nazis. Strangely, while an enemy soldier can take a multitude of machine gun bullets and keep coming at you, he collapses at a single throwing knife. Good to know.
Umm, I'm not sure of your logic here. You say the game is too hard. The programmers gave an option to make it easier. But it insults you that they added the ability to make the game be what you wanted???
No, I complained that NORMAL is too hard. They can make UBER COMMANDO level as hard as they like. I'm not a FPS noob, I know my way around a shooter. And I have a pretty good idea what NORMAL should be like. It's the mode you expect most people to play. Casual gamers, children, the elderly, and people recovering from recent illness play EASY. Normal people play NORMAL. I expect at least two levels below NORMAL, a CASUAL type level with a little challenge but not too much, and an EASY level that's pretty much just a cakewalk.

I never know with a new game, will NORMAL be too easy so I should play the next one up, VETERAN or whatever. Or will VETERAN be to tough so I should stick to NORMAL. If I pick VETERAN and it's too tough to be fun than that's fair enough, my bad. But NORMAL shouldn't be so tough it isn't fun. And it should be forgiving enough that a player needn't have made ideal equipment choices in order to progress, considering that the new player will have no idea what's ideal to begin with.

The problem is that most the game actually is reasonably well set as far as difficulty goes. But some levels (so far) are just too hard, which means lots of repetition, which means boredom. If I set it to EASY, then 3/4 of the game is going to be way too simple. That just leaves constantly switching between settings, which is stupid. If they split up the Bandit and Nazi war levels (and where-ever else they are going to go overboard) into a few more check points it'd be ok too. But they didn't.

The game probably IS easy if you get off to a good start, and you've bought the right weapons. In this game, certain bullets are money. So if you're doing well, you won't have to use your special bullets... which means you can buy more ammo and better guns. But too bad if you buy the wrong weapons or don't do really well at the start, because you'll have to use your money bullets, which means you then can't afford ammo or better guns, which means you'll need to use your money bullets, which means you can't afford ammo or better guns, which means...

I run out of ammo all the time. I sometimes have to dash about stabbing everyone with my knife just to save ammuntion. (That's how I discovered throwing knives are miraculously deadly.)

Saying the game sucks was probably overly cruel. When it's good, it's very good. As I said, the atmosphere and graphics are great. And when it isn't making me repeat the same 50 meters of game 20 times for 3 hours, it's great. Perhaps on a replay, when I know what to buy and what areas I need to hoard up for, the bad parts will be less frustrating. I had a volt driver early on but it didn't seem to do much so I threw it away, perhaps I'll try it again if I can every afford one.

As for the Stalker connection, well, it's set in a Russian radiation zone where various bandits and factions fight, and there's mutants and weird "anomalies" all about. So even if the team isn't totally identical, the theme is a cut'n'paste, only underground instead of on the surface, and post-nuclear instead of post-chernobyl.
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Battlefield 3
Skyrim
Mass Effect 2 (playing it again)

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As for the Stalker connection, well, it's set in a Russian radiation zone where various bandits and factions fight, and there's mutants and weird "anomalies" all about. So even if the team isn't totally identical, the theme is a cut'n'paste, only underground instead of on the surface, and post-nuclear instead of post-chernobyl.
True, both are rather similar in theme and settings. Although they are also both based on novels (Stalker is based on Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Metro 2033 is based on Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky).

Yay, Batman Arkham City just released on Steam! Time to make some free space (it's 16.8GB and I only have 3.8GB free on c: ).

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Ah, that explains why there are copies of a novel called "Metro 2033" lying around in the game.

As for Arkham City, I want that one too since it's top rated for stereoscopic compatibility and Asylum was really good. It's a bit pricey at the moment though.
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Arkham Asylum is the best eyefinity game I've played. It has a great looking graphics engine but ran fast in 5320x1050 on my Radeon 5870. Very cool. I'm hoping Arkham City works just as well.
I haven't tried stereoscopic on it though. I've got a Vuzix Wrap1200 vr headset. Good for vr stuff but I really didn't get into it for gaming. 3d view is nice, but the tiny field of view was no bigger than watching a 22" monitor at normal distance, and at low resolution. Plus the head tracking wouldn't work in any game I tried (ones in it's profile manager), and even if they did, none of the profiles supported head roll, just pitch/yaw, which means it's not 1 to 1 mapping of my head to the game.

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Finished Metro 2033.

Ok, I admit it. It didn't suck. Actually it was pretty awesome. Fortunately I never got stuck again like I did at the bandit base and the Nazi/Communist war. And the game just looked great, especially in stereoscopic 3D.

I still think their idea of NORMAL is too hard, more like the VETERAN level on other games, and those two particular levels were over the top. And I still ran out of ammo constantly... having to finish off librarians with a pneumatic sniper rifle and knife isn't easy, and I never had enough bullet money to buy anything decent. But I forgive that now, because everything else is excellent.

They're a bit stingy on the savegames though. You can't go back and repeat a favorite part without erasing all your other progress. That's just mean. Still, highly recommended, especially now it's so cheap. Just don't expect a walk in the park.
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Playing Bulletstorm at the moment. It's excellent, funny, over-the-top, and encourages killing in highly inventive ways. For instance, you could just shoot a guy to death, but you'll get a better score if you set him on fire, wrap him in explosive chains, and then kick him into a wall of metal spikes. The graphics look great, and it runs almost perfect in stereoscopic mode.

The tragedy is that it apparently failed to make a profit. Dammit, the game is awesome, but it seems people prefer ultra-realistic art styles like the COD games. It's sad that even FOX calling it the worst video game in the world for its violence and profanity didn't help its sales. Hopefully Epic is just using some Hollywood accounting to hide the real money it made.

(Mind you, I got it on a Steam sale for $35, don't know if I'd pay the full price.)
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I am so far behind, I want to finish so many games. Now playing Assassin's Creed (1, I know), Batman Arkham Asylum, Tomb Raider Underworld, Resident Evil 5, Battlefield 3 and Hard Reset. I only play games in 3D.

I beat Metro2033 and I thought it was a great game. A little hard yes, but in a fun way. I also really like Portal 2, awesome stuff.

Kojack: I wrote a mouse emulator for the Vuzix 1200VR so you can get headtracking in any game: http://www.mtbs3d.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=120&t=13801 . Since it emulates the mouse, there is no roll, but otherwise you can adjust it to be 1:1. But honestly, the experience with the headset is not that compelling really. I got it to experiment with VR, but I'd rather use a monitor to play a game for real.

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Cool.

Yeah, I'm really not sold on VR for games. I mainly got the 1200vr for classroom and experimental use. The field of view is just too small to be useful, it's a bit blurry and it gets rather hot on my face. It's very easy to get ogre working with it (no sdk needed, just output side by side twin viewports).

The sony hmz-t1 could be interesting (wider fov, higher res, oled screens), but it's still tiny fov compared to triple monitor eyefinity.

What I've love to play with is eye tracking. I've seen some videos of eye tracking which are amazingly accurate, it would be awesome to create something like the target selection system in Macross Zero.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atbdDXRen_o

I've finished the main storyline quests and most side quests in Arkham City and Saints Row 3, now I'm waiting for Skyrim to arrive (it shipped from england 4 weeks ago, still waiting for it).
I should finish off that tomb raider game I got recently (the latest one). I really wish there was a sequel to guardian of light, I enjoyed that game way more than any tomb raider game.

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Just bought Terraria off of Steam (was on sale so couldn't resist any longer). Very addictive, game driven by mining, crafting, fighting, building houses and exploring. Very cool.
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Got Dead Rising 2 because it's 3DVision ready and the promo looked fun. But I'm not getting into it. It's kind of boring, and the controls are clumsy. I seemed to have failed some major mission about working out who framed me for the zombie outbreak... didn't even know the mission was active, yet it appears I've now lost a major part of the game plot and I've only just begun. But the game continues on anyway. It's kinda unclear what I'm supposed to be doing, apart from rescuing strangers. The next two missions, one was saving an old lady who moves at a snails pace, the second was saving a drunk Vegas dancer who moves at a snails pace. So tedious. If I hadn't paid $30 for it I'd have quit by now, but it was popular so there must be something else to it.

There are glimmers of fun, like mounting power drills on a bucket and then sticking that bucket on a zombies head, or running through crowds of zombies with a lawnmower. And it is neat just seeing zombies wandering about everywhere as far as the eye can see. But it all moves so slowly, and the save points are few and far between, so when the hoard gets me I have to repeat long stretches. I feel I must be missing something.
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Playing BF3 and Falcon 4.0 AF. This week I played maybe an hour worth of BF3. I got it on release day and have been playing non-stop. Because I'm the fucking ace in BF3 with jets (the new f35 sucks) which bought on feelings of nostalgia, so I had to play some combat flight sim! I went and downloaded the most hardcore flight sim I remember: Falcon 4.0.

FALCON 4.0 IS HARDCORE. There are 20 different radar modes. No kidding. Wanna dodge missiles? Forget about it unless you freakin spend at least a couple of hours reading the manual and practice. Dogfighting? Learn Offensive BFM, defensive BFM, and head-on BFM first. It's an awesome game tho, super nerdy.
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You should try DCS A-10.
Here's an 8min video showing how to turn on the engines: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSIGzDMJ-ik
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Sounds painful. I tried the Microsoft flight sim and could barely fly in a straight line. Lost control and crashed all the time. Gave up. Such games might be better with proper flight gaming controls instead of the keyboard and mouse.

I've been persevering with Dead Rising 2. The zombie killing is violent and awesome, quite imaginative. The save system and game balance is, however, the absolute pits. Not only are save points far apart, you actually have to fight through hoards of zombies to get back to them AND they sometimes stick a boss monster in front that you have no choice but to fight. And I've finally worked out why I've been doing so badly... you are expected to quit and restart the game. Yes, that's right, the game mechanics rely on you failing, giving up, and restarting the entire story from the beginning. I only discovered this by reading online, out of sheer frustration.

See, when you restart, you're character retains all his inventory and skill level. So instead of starting as a useless level 1 character, if I quit now I restart with my current level, which is 9. I was looking at some youtube vids to see how to beat some of the insanely tough boss monsters, like this sexy pair of twins in a disco. On the video the guy is level 16, so I'm thinking "How the fuck did he get to level 16?" Easy... start the game at level 10 or such.

Ugh, very horrible game system. But the rest of the zombie killing is so good I've decided to stick with it. But the smart thing to do would be to replay the first few missions over and over, restarting repeatedly and leveling up, before finally really trying to complete the main story.
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Yeah, the way you have to restart to progress in Dead Rising 2 was annoying. I got to a mission where I had to fight a boss (army guy with machine gun) and it just pissed me off too much, so I quit and haven't played it since.
Such games might be better with proper flight gaming controls instead of the keyboard and mouse.
It helps that I've got a hotas joystick/throttle, rudder pedals, triple monitor and trackir head tracking. Although even with all that it's a damn hard game to play.
There's even an ipad app for it which lets you use multiple ipads as touch controls and display screens: http://bit-shift.com/icontroldcs/index.html
I've been planning on writing something similar, but for android.

That reminds me, I haven't bought X-Plane 10 yet. It came out about 1.5 weeks ago.

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Kojack wrote:You should try DCS A-10.
Here's an 8min video showing how to turn on the engines: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSIGzDMJ-ik
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I +1 kojack's recommendation, any realistic a-10 sims are super fun!

I never got big into falcon 4.0, things move too quickly with modern jets... cas, choppers, ww2, and ww1 fighters on the other hand :twisted:

Sounds painful. I tried the Microsoft flight sim and could barely fly in a straight line. Lost control and crashed all the time. Gave up. Such games might be better with proper flight gaming controls instead of the keyboard and mouse.
Patience is the key to keyboard flying. And if you don't have a lot of that, almost all sims let you tone down the realism making it much easier to fly.
(Still to this day I play the hyper realistic flight sims with a keyboard :D )
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According to Steam, I'm 99 hours into Skyrim. I'm loving the game but it could be a lot better in places. For anyone designing a GUI you should take a look at what not to do as far as the Bling vs Usability ratio. :P I get the feeling they ran out of time before 11.11.11 and some things got left out or just not quite polished enough. But hey - I find myself looking a forecast of bad weather and I just think "ohh I could play some Skyrim!". One of the coolest things is that a friend who is playing with a quite different character almost seems to be playing an entirely different game!

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Finished Dark Souls saturday, it imediately starts a new game+ (a lot harder but you keep your character). Like Demon's Soul

It is just the most incredibly efficient game I've played those last years in term of depth of gameplay, immersion and feeling of progression; far more powerful feelings than anything in Skyrim...

I just feel bad that I did not prepare myself by exploring a lot before going to the ending. I missed two optional areas (from the wiki) and opportunites to finetune my character for the next game; However I like the fact that even the new game+ is still attractive to me, even if I almost never replay to the end a game I already finished. One exception was Sacrifice (Shiny - available on Gog.com)

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After getting used to clunky controls and insane difficulty spikes, and restarting as a level 11 character, Dead Rising 2 turned out to be a lot fun. Frustrating fun, but fun. Completed it and got to the "S" ending. I'm looking forward to restarting again as a level 30 character, and this time try to take out all the psychopath side missions I avoided second time around.

Duke Nukem Forever was on sale for $12-ish the other day and it's 3DVision compliant so I gave it a run. It had so many bad reviews I wanted to like it, but a lot of the first half of the game was a bit of a dog. Duke's "humour" wears thin fairly quickly, and some of the levels are just a tedious drag, like the tunnels under the Duke Drome. I can live with the bad taste exploding-pregnant-women-and-wall-breasts, but the bad level design is unforgivable. Fortunately it picks up in the second half and turns into quite a respectable, straight forward first person shooter with occasional novelites like riding around in a monster-truck (fun), fighting as a shruken mini-duke (fun) and physics puzzles (annoying and pace-killing). Some good graphics and enjoyable boss fights. Another nice touch is that once completed, it unlocks a timeline of Duke Nukem Forever development, including demo movies from the late 90s.

Would have been better if it had some counterpoint to the juvenile machismo humour, a stong, intelligent female character somewhere along the line. (Sexy of course, but not weak and braindead like every other woman in the game.)

Anyway, for $12 I'm happy. Not bad if you're in the mood for a sci-fi shooter and can suffer through a few too many dodgy maps and dodgy jokes. Looks great in stereoscopic 3D too.
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I just finished Fable III yesterday - I think I'll play it again.

However, I'd like to play Fable II again and finish it this time. Shame there is no PC port.

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Playing Hard Reset now. Rather excellent game, s3d compatible, atmospheric "Blade Runner"-ish environment that's lush and intricate, if a little repetitive. Cheap as hell, only $5. Just a Quake2 type shooter, but that's what I like. Definitely worth a look for shooter fans.
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