Well that has been a mind blowing series of revelations ...
What do you mean it is not over yet? Cap'n ... I simply cannae take no more! Lol!
Hmm now let me see ... wanted to type this out before I leave my house. Now ... notes.
I did not watch the PC Gaming show and I will at some stage, probably tonight or tomorrow, but I did read about it. Someone reported it was a bit slow but to be honest how much more could have actually been revealed that was not already?!
That is exactly what I am thinking about the remainder of the E3 spectacle.
Fallout 4 ... obviously
Dishonoured 2 ... pleasingly surprisingly
Dishonoured Definitive Edition ... eyebrow raisingly
Need For Speed ... promisingly
Mass Effect Andromeda ... looking better than Dragon Age Inquisition surprisingly
Ghost Recon Wildlands ... shockingly double time as it did not really look like Ghost Recon, lol
Star Wars Battlefront ... gorgeously but with a few unsure bits (Tie Fighters and X-Wings)
Rise Of The Tomb Raider ... beautifully and assuming it has to come to PC at some stage
Deus Ex Mankind Divided ... What? Where? Who am I? What am I doing on the floor?!
Call Of Duty Black Ops 3 ... surprisingly
Uncharted 4 ... the most interesting of the console games you hope hits the PC but probably never will!
Assassins Creed Syndicate ... because they finally make a game based in a city that is not America ... err or Paris, Rome ... umm was it Rome? Probably Florence. OK, OK they finally make a games set in London!
Rainbow Six Seige ... looks great but I am turned off currently by on-line only games of battle arenas and co-ops
Hmm now I am sure I am forgetting some ... ahh but then I have a perfect excuse for that.
Now for the ones, the notable ones, that were missing, some of which I strongly suspect will appear at next years E3 ...
Elder Scrolls 6
Half Life 3 (I am only going on this repeatedly being mentioned by the gaming community I never expected a third after Steam got going!)
And the rest ...
AMD and their Radeon Fury graphics cards along with that shocking double Radeon Fury gaming system toted as being 'the thing' for 4K gaming?!
OK, this was a shock on a number of levels ...
Just the other day I had the only brother I have that is heavily into gaming. I do have another into gaming but he is more the casual shooter and last I checked was on the PS3, though admittedly that was a while ago and I never even thought about the last Christmas.
One of the topics that we covered was graphics cards and he has a nVidia 970 Strix currently and I explained everything I knew about the Radeon Fury and 300 series cards. I stated that yes the 300's were being panned as rebrands but at least the silcone, or I read this wrong, is improved.
I am assuming, and betting, that there is enough difference of a number to number card to make them quicker while more energy efficient at least.
Then we spoke about 4K gaming and I stated how bad things are reported. I basically said ...
"Look how the magazines and reviewers have raved about the R9-290's and now the nVidia 970 and 980 but then all of a sudden you mention 4K and 4K monitors and it all goes tits-up?! Suddenly these amazingly wonderful cards are not that powerful. Funny as I remember graphics cards generations jumping up a resolution each or every other release"
Back in the days when it was all letters referring to any given resolution. I can remember when gaming at 1600x1200 seemed like a distant or impossible dream.
Now we have had a series of generations all gaming at 1920x1080 and then 4K monitors arrive and it all falls apart.
To read that you need two Radeon Fury GPUs to game at 4K was a shock even for me. Surely not? GPUs that are as fast as most nVidia Titan cards and considerably more powerful that the R9-290s and R9-280s, I have the later as a stop gap, and one on its own cannot cut it?!
That was the biggest shock of the machine they announced, good God I cannot remember if they gave it a name?! Lol!
Still there are some plus points to take from all this ...
Firstly it might not seem to be there but it is almost there and you can bet that some refining of the latest GPUs will take place over the next 6 months to a year?
Secondly and as much as they like to harp on about 4K gaming ... and what it looks like ... sorry but nothing out there or likely to come out in the next 6 months is coded with 4K in mind.
The next step up in resolution allows for much finer detail to be displayed on-screen. The fact that all PC games are 1080p and that the PS4 has only been out a bit over a year, I think it is, and this is 1080p and the Xbox One arguably is then no, they wont be for awhile yet.
In fact it is highly likely that other than PC only titles ... err are there any ... other than Star Citizen that is not out, you would have to wait until the PS5 and XBox TWO before they were mainstream.
As I think the previous generation consoles were on the market for 7 years before the next generation appeared ... well, that could be a hell of a wait?
Which leads me onto what I said to my brother...these days, quite why anyone would shell out a £1,000 for a graphics card that is way over the top, consumes an incredible amount of energy to give you little or no difference from a card half the price is beyond me.
I wonder if reviewers will continue to rave about each card up until one comes out capable of 4K gaming? LMAO!
Oh yes and I nearly forgot ... there was that remark about the double Fury machine handling the Virtual Reality Headsets?! I am assuming they were speaking about 4K VR Headsets?! LMAO!
Maybe I will wait for the next generation Google Cardboard ... hopefully it will be Google ... Carbon?! LMAO!
Still it is an exciting time and I still am of the belief that now that all three platforms are so similar to code for when it comes to gaming that this means that the PC versions will come out far better looking than there console counterparts? All the extra time coding ... umm porting from old machines can be cut by half and the other half adding graphical extras?
Well the excuses are gone, if nothing else.
It is a shame they did not add a port to the consoles where you could plug in a small graphics card to up the graphics power after a couple of years. After all Sony had a flagship laptop, ohh carbon again, that you plugged in a box to containing a more powerful graphics card into to play games. I seriously wanted that laptop! This feature would have certainly helped the XBox One and the resolution wars.
Still it will be very interesting to see what the next 18 months brings!
I was interested in the building aspect of Fallout 4. The game looks absolutely fine to me and I simply cannot wait! I was in my local game store yesterday when a member of staff asked if I needed help and I said only with the impatience to Fallout 4 coming out. He laughed and said he had ordered the special edition that comes with the Pip-Boy. Lucky bleeder! Lol!
I might look into doing that though it is something I do not normally do, I have to admit.
Nice to know the dog in Fallout 4 will not die every five minutes and I have to go back to a previous saved game to save his arse. Nice to know they are using the same game engine too! Not sure if using a different engine would change it too much so that it did not feel like Fallout any more?
If there are any naysayers left as regards Fallout 4 after E3 ... well ... I simply will not know what to say!
The thing is that what I think is if they are showing you actual gaming footage for something appearing on three separate platforms then your going to see the average look anyway. Now I would imagine that with most games, Fallout and Elder Scrolls especially, will look better than that which they showed when it comes to the PC version.
That is the drawback with being honest, you will have to show the look of the game to be expected across all three platforms...while we as PC gamers will likely get to knock the graphics up a notch or two. Hopefully but then I was OK with the graphics anyway but I would welcome more in the way of settings, sure enough.
So, yeah. I do not understand the naysayers.
An interesting 12 months ahead, this is for sure and maybe now I wont have to skip copies of PC Gamer because there simply is not enough in their I want to read about?