Review by Sour DieseL
Who knew that when the first computer was created, that they'd be able to function as a video game home console as well? In most cases better, in fact. The problem is the pricetag if you want to keep up gaming in the PC world. If you've got the money to spare, you'll be able to play a ton of great games, some of which were ported from consoles.
Game Library: 10/10: Oh where to start? Well, if you like MMORPGs you probably know of World of Warcraft, which seems to be the pinnacle of perfection for most MMORPG players. If not, there's always the Elder Scroll series and Diablo series, both of which are fantastic. If you're a fan of first-person shooters, the Battlefield and some of the Call of Duty series is available as well on the PC. For standard RPGs, some of the PS1 Final Fantasy titles were ported to the PC as well, with noticeably better graphics. Then there are the Valve games, such as Portal and the upcoming Portal 2, as well as the Half-Life series. Mass Effect, Bioshock are available on it as well. The Command and Conquer series broke the mold and set the standards for Real-Time Strategy games on the PC. In addition to all of this, in some countries it's legal if you own a ROM dumper, you can transfer your older console video games to your computer. Again, this is not everywhere so check up on your local laws for that. So the gaming library here could actually be construed as infinite.
Controls: 7/10: The controls for PC gaming has it's ups and downs. Mind you, you can find controllers that hook up to PCs. For the most part, though, you're probably going to be using a keyboard and mouse. The nice thing about the keyboard is the wide variety of options available to you. The bad thing about it is that there are so many buttons. Using the mouse isn't so bad and it's easy. In an FPS it's usually left click to shoot and right click to reload, which makes things go a lot faster than console games because a finger sits over each button. This makes for extremely fast re-loading and shooting, noticeably so with the House of the Dead series, especially if you have a machine gun equipped. Good times. There's not much else to say about the controls. The keyboard adds a lot of shortcuts but be sure you know what you're pressing. Which can take precious seconds of looking away at the screen if you're still not totally used to a keyboard. If a keyboard's not for you, looking at getting a USB controller for your PC.
Game Difficulty: 10/10: Since nearly every video game under the sun is available for home computers, that also means you can find the most difficult games known to man on it. Even the old Mega Man games were ported to the PC back when they were first coming out. They also made a Dragon's Lair port for the PC that is extremely difficult, especially that black knight. The Command and Conquer series can be quite difficult as well, just remember to keep your cool. Online, it gets much harder, for most games. Since you're not just playing against an AI with set patterns. Not you're up against real people. This goes for any type of game that can be played online, but especially Real-Time Strategy and First-Person Shooter games. You're going to need your wits about you if you're going to play online, so good luck!
Graphics: 10/10: So long as your PC is up to date, the quality of new video games rivals the resolution of High-Definition TV or Blu-Ray movies in high def, if not better. This is because of the rapid pacing when it comes to PC technology. Sixth months renders a PC "old" in today's day and age, and you need to constantly buy graphics cards, more powerful processors and the like to keep up with the gaming industry. It's extremely fast-paced here and always growing, getting better. Another thing needed is a high-definition monitor, which come in flat wide-screen as well, just like a television. Monitor size can get as big as 30 inches if not larger. If you get one of these bad boys, your wallet's going to feel it but you'll be pretty surprised at how great and detailed everything looks.
Sound: 10/10: The bigger and better your speakers, the better your sound. The audio quality rivals that of a pretty expensive stereo system, provided you've got the right speakers and audio card. Surprisingly, with the right brand (such as Bose), fairly small speakers can be almost as powerful as a decent stereo system set-up. The voice acting in video games comes through crystal clear as does the music. PCs also play CDs very well, so they can almost replace a full-fledged stereo-system in almost every way.
Overall: 9/10: Other than the keyboard controls for video games, the PC is a multimedia god. It outclasses the power and really everything else that consoles have, but they come at a steep price and require tons of maintenance, especially if you want to keep up with the gaming industry. So if you've got the money to burn, then by all means, this is the ultimate console to have, the ultimate TV, the ultimate DVD player....everything. Chances are if you're on this site right now, you're probably using one though. It makes for great gaming though no matter what generation of PC you have, so go ahead and buy some awesome games!
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 09/20/10
Game Release: Windows 7 (US, 10/22/09)
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