After battling with Steam for over a day with games freezing on the splash screen I finally go it to work. I did two things actually. I uninstalled steam completely and reinstalled it but I also uninstalled all the Microsoft C++ programs I had installed (had both 2005 and 2008 versions). After that it worked great. Went through demos of Bioshock and Batman Arkham Asylum last night just to make sure things were fine. After that I was going through games and tried putting together a list of games that I wanted so I wouldn’t buy on impulse.
I feel comfortable with going with one of three games. Assassin’s Creed II, comes out on the 9th. The graphics look great and I’ve heard good things about the series. Also if I were to pre-order it I would get three extra maps. Very tempting though the $60 price tag is a little scary. I understand that that is the new standard price for new games but still, ouch. The second is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Sith Edition. I had a chance to test it out at a friends place around when it came out for consoles but haven’t seen much since. I like the style of the game and I’m tempted by that but the reviews for it have been rather low. It’s hard to weed through it though as I can’t tell whether people are upset with the port having nothing new or if it sucks on the PC. The last is Prototype, a pretty cool looking game from what I’ve seen. High paced action with a story to boot.
I am really interested by Steam and how the PC gaming work is getting better. While there have been good PC games for a while now, it was often a different image than what was then popular on console system. With the boost in PC gaming I feel less of a desire for wanting a next-gen system as I can buy the game without having to buy a system to play it on. It makes having paid for high-end parts worth the upfront cost.
Now I’m sure people around me will be first to point out that why am I thinking about playing a game when I have my thesis to be more concerned about!!!! Well to be frank, I need time to cool down and relax. Video games do that well. Especially action games in relieving stress. Also Video games count in my area of research so no complaining! HAHA
Now I must sit down and consider my options….