Review by game mander

"A Mix of Power and Complication."

A Mix of Power and Complication

In this review I will do my best to cover the advantages and disadvantages of the PC as a gaming machine. I will tell you up front that I will not bash any gaming machine whether it be PC or any console.

The Good Part…

PC games can produce some excellent visuals that are hard (but not impossible) for other machines to produce. Newer PCs can push a shocking amount of polygons and make the games look absolutely stunning. Graphics for many PC games are adjustable so you can make them work better for your specific machine.

The keyboard and mouse work very well with many genres. When it comes to any FPS the mouse works very well for precision aiming. It also works well for simulation and RTS as well. For other genres such as third person shooters the controls seem a little bulky but most of the time you should be able to adapt to them. There are also PC game pads one can buy for games that take more dexterity.

Mods, Patches, and Expansions
Mods, patches, and expansions can all add to and expand a game. They can also fix glitches as well as add maps, characters, items, and other things of that nature to games.

Online Gaming
The PC has many, many online games that can be played with people all around the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Also it's free most of the time. You can join a clan or start a new one. You can work your way up the online ladder and join in or create tournaments for many online games.

Now comes the bad part…

A top-of-the-line PC can set you back over $2000. You can get decent computers for $400-$500 but if you want to play the newer games then you will want top-of-the-line.

Lack of Offline Multi player
Online gaming is great but…what about your friends? Almost no PC games have offline multi player, which severely handicaps it.

Lack of Game Variety
The PC has many games and a little bit of everything but most of its titles are first person shooters, real time strategy, RPG, and simulation. Many other games of other genres are buried among the above genres.

Constant Upgrading
In order to keep playing new games your computer may need to be upgraded often. It is very likely that you will need to add more RAM or download new programs just so you can begin to play certain games.

Quickly Outdated
PC hardware is outdated very quickly. Like stated above you will need to upgrade often and after 2 or 3 years it is likely that you will need to replace your entire machine if you wish to play the newer releases.

Reviewer's Rating:   3.5 - Good

Originally Posted: 08/26/04

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