Games Worth Playing – October 2010

The month of October saw a wealth of interesting new games being released. As always I've tried to get some play time in with as many of these games as… [read more]

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Budget Gaming PC – Q4 2010

The times when annual computer upgrades were common practice have long passed. Nowadays most PC games tend to be conservative in the graphics department,… [read more]

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New hardware empowering GameDrone writing

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Call of Duty: Black Ops PC Review

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Discount Drone Week 50 2010

Posted by on December 17th, 2010
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Digital distribution platforms feature regular special offers to lure in new customers. These exceptional deals can be used to your advantage as a means to quickly assemble a vast collection of great PC games at very low cost. But that requires regularly checking in on each and every digital download service for their latest deals, which can be a tiresome affair.

That’s where this weekly Discount Drone feature comes in. Within I take a weekly look at everything that is on offer and extract the best deals for your perusal. These are formatted by genre and accompanied by short and accurate descriptions, so that you can decide whether a game might be worth having. This includes special offers on: Direct2Drive, EA Store, GamersGate, Get Games, Good Old Games, Green Man Gaming, Impulse and Steam.

Only a few games truly stand out this week, namely the excellent fantasy-themed turn-based strategy game King’s Bounty: Armored Princess and the oddly successful mixture of half a dozen genres Space Rangers 2. But the real standout this week (and for the next couple of weeks) is the epic holiday sale over at Good Old Games which involves more than 290 great games at discounts of 30-50%.

Read on for more incredible deals and subscribe to GameDrone for weekly coverage of the best digital download offerings!

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Discount Drone Week 49 2010

Posted by on December 10th, 2010
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Digital distribution platforms feature regular special offers to lure in new customers. These exceptional deals can be used to your advantage as a means to quickly assemble a vast collection of great PC games at very low cost. But that requires regularly checking in on each and every digital download service for their latest deals, which can be a tiresome affair.

That’s where this weekly Discount Drone feature comes in. Within I take a weekly look at everything that is on offer and extract the best deals for your perusal. These are formatted by genre and accompanied by short and accurate descriptions, so that you can decide whether a game might be worth having. This includes special offers on: Direct2Drive, EA Store, GamersGate, Get Games, Good Old Games, Green Man Gaming, Impulse and Steam.

There are some great games on offer this week and EA Store joins the fray with its own special deal this weekend giving a 50% discount to every order of two or more games. Most notable this week are the excellent underwater shooter BioShock, the turn-based strategy game in a fantasy setting that is King’s Bounty: The Legend and the entire Broken Sword series of point-and-click adventure games up for grabs at Good Old Games. There are also two unusual real-time strategy games that absolutely deserve a mention: Evil Genius is a supervillain take on the Dungeon Keeper style of minion-control gameplay, while Majesty Gold sees fantasy heroes who can only be given monetary incentive to do as you wish, which makes for an interesting change of pace.

Read on for more incredible deals and subscribe to GameDrone for weekly coverage of the best digital download offerings!

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Discount Drone Week 48 2010

Posted by on December 3rd, 2010
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Digital distribution platforms feature regular special offers to lure in new customers. These exceptional deals can be used to your advantage as a means to quickly assemble a vast collection of great PC games at very low cost. But that requires regularly checking in on each and every digital download service for their latest deals, which can be a tiresome affair.

That’s where this weekly Discount Drone feature comes in. Within I take a weekly look at everything that is on offer and extract the best deals for your perusal. These are formatted by genre and accompanied by short and accurate descriptions, so that you can decide whether a game might be worth having. This includes special offers on: Direct2Drive, EA Store, GamersGate, Get Games, Good Old Games, Green Man Gaming, Impulse and Steam.

The selection of games on offer this weekend doesn’t quite compare to those insane Thanksgiving deals we saw last week, but there are still a few good catches to be found. The most notable deal has to be the adventure bundle over at Good Old Games, with adventure gaming classics The Longest Journey and Sanitarium. However, the new Stronghold Collection deal over at GamersGate is also certainly worth a look. And the X3 Gold bundle over at Impulse is absolutely required material for those who enjoy a good space simulator.

Read on for more incredible deals and subscribe to GameDrone for weekly coverage of the best digital download offerings!

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Games Worth Playing – October 2010

Posted by on December 1st, 2010
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The month of October saw a wealth of interesting new games being released. As always I’ve tried to get some play time in with as many of these games as possible, which has resulted in some delays in getting this edition of Games Worth Playing finished. However, that also means this article consist of an accurate and comprehensive overview of the games released in October that are truly worth playing.

Two games released in October are of particular note. The post-apocalyptic role-playing game Fallout: New Vegas manages to surpass its predecessor in every respect, even if it does suffer a bit from Obsidian’s tendency towards buggy releases. And the excellent first person platformer The Ball may well be in the running for Indie Game of the Year.

In the monthly Games Worth Playing feature I take a look at noteworthy games released during the previous month. I’ll focus on games that were truly worth playing, regardless of the advertising budget. However, a special section is reserved for those long-awaited games that may or may not have lived up to the hype. I endeavor to play as many of these games as possible, but any games I haven’t played are evaluated based on critic and user reviews and have a ‘no hands-on experience’ notice attached to them.

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Budget Gaming PC – Q4 2010

Posted by on November 29th, 2010
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The times when annual computer upgrades were common practice have long passed. Nowadays most PC games tend to be conservative in the graphics department, which has resulted in years old PCs still handling anything recent quite easily in maximum detail. But the hardware market hasn’t stagnated to the same extent and some of you may be looking to replace your old barrels with something new and shiny that isn’t too expensive.

And that’s where this quarterly Budget Gaming PC article comes in. Within I assemble the vital components for a reasonably priced gaming PC that can handle anything recent with relative ease. So if you’re not quite up-to-date with the latest advancements in hardware or simply want to assemble a capable gaming PC at low cost, then this is where you want to be.

This time the Budget Gaming PC is actually based on my current system, which I upgraded just a few weeks ago. This setup is almost identical and works beautifully in all the latest games, including the ridiculously demanding first person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops.

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New hardware empowering GameDrone writing

Posted by on November 28th, 2010
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A couple of weeks ago my computer became very unstable with random crashes in games and even sporadic blue screen errors. It’s a problem I’ve never had before, but after some testing it became apparent that my motherboard was dying. The cheap solution would be to scour the web for a simple socket 775 motherboard to replace it, but instead I took the opportunity to completely overhaul my system with brand new hardware. That meant finally upgrading to a quad core setup and inserting a powerful new video card for good measure.

This means that I’ll be covering the latest PC games with fully up-to-date hardware. It also allows me to capture gameplay footage with only a moderate hit to performance so that I can now effectively add gameplay footage to my future impressions articles and reviews. I hope to be able to add footage of each game I cover in the future to present a more complete picture of what these games play like and how they look in motion.

Read on for the full new system specifications as well as my first impressions of its performance, particularly the difference between quad core and dual core for gaming.

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Discount Drone Week 47 2010

Posted by on November 26th, 2010
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Digital distribution platforms feature regular special offers to lure in new customers. These exceptional deals can be used to your advantage as a means to quickly assemble a vast collection of great PC games at very low cost. But that requires regularly checking in on each and every digital download service for their latest deals, which can be a tiresome affair.

That’s where this weekly Discount Drone feature comes in. Within I take a weekly look at everything that is on offer and extract the best deals for your perusal. These are formatted by genre and accompanied by short and accurate descriptions, so that you can decide whether a game might be worth having. This includes special offers on: Direct2Drive, EA Store, GamersGate, Get Games, Good Old Games, Green Man Gaming, Impulse and Steam.

It’s Thanksgiving over in the United States so most digital distribution sites have really pulled out all the stops this weekend. Steam and Telltale Games are organizing daily deals with insane discounts, Green Man Gaming has an incredible try & trade deal running and there are some great individual games to pick up as well. The entire Age of Wonders series of fantasy turn-based strategy/role-playing games is up for grabs at Good Old Games. An incredible first person shooter bundle pack can be found over at Impulse in the form of the atmospheric east European S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Bundle. And the action-adventure classic Beyond Good and Evil is still on sale over at Get Games.

Read on for more incredible deals and subscribe to GameDrone for weekly coverage of the best digital download offerings!

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Call of Duty: Black Ops PC Review

Posted by on November 24th, 2010
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This year’s biggest first person shooter game is here and it has come in much the same format as its predecessors. Call of Duty: Black Ops is another linear first person shooter with a forgettable B-movie script that only serves as an excuse for a lot of shooting and explosions. All you need to know to get some fun out of this is that there are guns and there are bad guys.

The main attraction of this game has to be its popular multiplayer component for most, which I’ve already covered in a separate review. This review then, will focus on the obligatory singleplayer campaign and revived zombie co-op mode.  Because while most gamers seem interested in multiplayer almost exclusively, that does not appear to be the case for Treyarch which has put a lot of work into Black Ops’ singleplayer components.

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