Oculus Rift VR Gaming

Since purchasing the Oculus I had very little games to talk about.

Now I have tried quite a few.
So far Robo Recall is my absolute favorite game this is using the Unreal Engine and it runs smoothly and looks great.
Robots are coming at you full on weather they attack you with their hands or are armed they come from above and from all corners to take you down and stop you from recalling them.
You can upgrade you guns and shotguns by recalling robots and getting experience.
This comes free when you purchase Touch controllers if you did not then it’s going to cost you $39.99 but it’s worth it.

And you can grab the robots and tear them apart and throw the parts at attacking forces. Awesome!!!

Arizona Sunshine Undead
I have played this game for about 2-3 hours it’s okay but in all fairness it’s not worth playing unless you have 3 tracking sensors. Only because you will be facing away from your front sensors more often than not. When this happens and you don’t have a 3rd rear tracking sensor it loses you and makes for much disruption and loss of gameplay.

As of now I only have 2 front sensors which is the setup required for the Headset & the Touch controllers.
I did put in an order for the 3rd rear sensor yesterday tracking sensors sell locally and online for $59.99 I went ahead and got my 3rd one from BestBuy but am having it delivered.

The game seems good you can open car doors and trunks to search for ammo and food so it does allow exploring to a certain extent.
The Aiming is not as refined as it is in Robo Recall. It’s not terrible but you will need to actually aim to get head shots. And Head shots are what you want in this game especially when you have 5 or more zombies charging you from all around. Some are slow walkers others drag and crawl and some are straight up runners.
I won’t say it’s a bad game maybe I will have better thoughts after hooking up a 3rd tracking sensor.
Is it worth the $39.99 I spent on it? I think $15-$20 would of been fair.

Affected: The Manor
This is not a game where you shoot and kill things or even solve puzzles.
The game is a explore and walk through if you dare.
It’s a haunted manor that you alone walk through with only a flashlight equipped.
At first I thought how can this possibly be entertaining?
It uses jump scares that work very well in this game. I still have not walked through the whole manor it is damn creepy wait until your alone or everyone is sleeping late at night turn off your lights put on your gear and get ready to explore the haunted manor.
This game is only $9.99 worth every penny.
If you like being scared and haunted houses you will like this very much. Not for the faint of heart.

Dead & Buried
This is a western shooter with a twist you must shoot and kill the undead Hillbillies that attack you in waves.
It is a multiplayer game  4 people can play together it’s a straight up arcade shooter you don’t stop shooting until the wave ends help keep your partners alive because you will need them as the game progresses.
The game play is smooth with cartoon graphics that are pleasing to watch and interact with “shoot”.
Unloading shells & Reloading your gun with flip of the wrist can be tiring but you must do it to keep your ammo full so you don’t get over run.
Aim is dead on very good as far as that goes no need o close one eye for precise aiming like is needed in Arizona Sunshine Undead.
This can be purchased in the Oculus store for $19.99 this can not be purchased in Steam.
If you purchased the touch controllers this game also comes with for free.

There are a few more games that are good as well but did not mention like Hell Dimension ,Super Hot & The Wizards.
I wanted to touch down on apps that can be used daily.

Facebook VR:
This is a sit in application for Facebook it puts you at a table with a control deck that is fully interactive.
You can create your VR person when setting up.
The FB VR tools include Phone, pencil or pen,tablet and a selfie extender with a screen and a few other gadgets.
You can also have your desktop in VR FB as well so you can still access your desktop to use Edge browser or other things.
You can also do a stream cast in VR world for others to get a glimpse inside your VR Facebook.
It allows you to grab media and other things and expand them around you for example you see a newsfeed in FB about Star Trek you can grab that news and pull it into you that then makes you sitting in the starship deck with all the other characters.

It’s not a perfect application but it is pretty cool so far and betting it will only get better as time and VR adoption rates grow.
I know someone that uses Gear VR and the FB VR is different than the Oculus Rift version which means they are putting real work into each device to make sure your getting the best experience on the device you have.
This is a 100% free app that can be downloaded and installed in the Oculus Store.

Xbox One Streaming:
This is for those who own the Xbox one. You can download the VR app from the Oculus Store for free.
It allows you to use your Xbone in VR you are basically sitting in a theater room able to play any Xbone game on a cinema sized screen.
I have only tested this very little and seemed to work just fine. There may be more bells & whistles I have totally missed and not mentioned. So go ahead download and install this and find what I missed.

Oculus First Contact
This is a small presentation to VR created by the Oculus team.
It is based in 1 room with a small floating robot that you interact with.
Your thinking wow big deal yes?
Well it’s actually very cool this little robot really opens your eyes to what things can be done in Virtual Reality it’s a full on interactive visual experience.
Seriously give this a go it’s also free.

Google Earth
Which now has been updated with street view. As if it wasn’t already awesome!
This is a free app that can be found in the Oculus store or Steam.

It’s simple really imagine google earth but your in it! Yes it is that cool you can be looking at earth from in space with stars and shit all around you. Click on earth and zip right on down to your house and be standing in the street virtually or why bother that can be done by walking outside. Why not drop in to Paris and check out how big the leaning tower really is.
Get this PERIOD!>> like now get IT!

Buzz Aldrin: Cycling pathways to Mars
This is a kick back and listen to Buzz explain how we are going to populate and inhabit Mars. And how we are going to accomplish it.
You don’t just listen your there! in space at Mars and seeing how large these objects are really going to be.
Absolutely amazing to watch. It’s not interactive in any way but you feel like your part of it as you fly through space and see planets  in ways you never imagined.
If Virtual Reality moves into education it will change the way we learn and keep the young interested. Even the old for that matter I was floored by this awesome Documentary.
Small download huge impression.

The Body VR
This is a educational application in VR it’s nothing short of amazing.
You are miniaturized in a small round bubble with control panels inside the human body.
You have no control in this you are a spectator in the amazing but wonderful human body.
It educates you how our body works on a molecular level.
This is another free application that can downloaded from the Oculus Store.
Seriously it sounds boring to hear me talk about it but it is not at all.
Give this a go the install and download are not large.

There are many more amazing apps and games I have not mentioned here.
While I do realize that many families won’t be buying VR hardware yet at the price point it is at.
Hang in there find discounts or wait it out hardware will upgrade and older hardware will drop in price which will lead to a better market for VR.
The more people who adopt the cheaper the hardware will get which means more people will be using it and in turn that means more apps and games maybe even some Movies made for VR.

The last few weeks I have spent with the Oculus Rift the more I love it. It really is that cool and I mean it as in there are many uses VR can be used for education, games, movies, 3d Printing design this list will grow it’s not just some gimmick that’s going to pass by and be forgotten.
Well I really hope it won’t be many people will miss out on a amazing experience.
Between the Oculus Store & Steam Virtual Reality already has a damn large sized library to pick from and there are more titles coming AAA titles by the butt load included.

I said Butt load..lmao

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Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Experience

First off I should say that my interest in VR was very limited only due to the 90s’ experience. I’m talking about the VR setups that were in malls and sometimes even clubs back in the day.
That was until I saw an article with John Carmack he was wearing goggles that were the prototype of the now named Oculus Rift. This article is quite old now probably 2012-2013. He had left ID software to continue the development of the Oculus Rift.

John Carmack has a huge resume and if you play video games chances are you have played a game he created or a game engine he created.
Games we all know Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake III, Doom 3, Rage, Doom 4 aka: Doom 2016 not to mention he created the engines that run these awesome titles.
And did I mention he’s a friggin rocket scientist! He founded the Space program for space tourism.
The company is named  Armadillo Aerospace.

With all that said this is what piqued my interest in VR I figured this guy has to be making some excellent shit!
The Oculus started off as a $2 million dollar kick starter campaign 2 years later Facebook founder purchased the Oculus for $2 billion.
The initial price point for consumers was aimed at $199 unfortunately after time and more tech the price rocketed to $600.
Which I think hurt this technology at the start. Today you can get the Oculus with the Touch controllers for $399 which is an excellent price for the hardware and experience you will get.
Not sure if this is just a summer deal or if it is a permanent price drop to get more of these awesome kits to the masses.
There is also the HTC Vive which is the VR head set created by HTC and Steam
This headset was geared for Steam and has a 120 degree view point compared to the Oculus Rifts 90 degree.
That is the only difference between the Vive and the Oculus Rift the hardware is identical in every other aspect.
The Oculus is lighter and supports Oculus Dream Deck Store and Steam VR as well.
These apps are where you can purchase the VR games available to either or both VR headsets. Vive does not support the Rift Dream Deck.
I have found that the Rift is more compatible with games than the Vive is.
They both have exclusives but again it seems that the Rift works fine on HTC games where as the Vive doesn’t play well with Rift games.
And the HTC Vive is now selling for $599 instead of the $799 price tag.
Steam VR is a very small update to the Steam app that is already installed on your PC.

If you plan on buying a VR headset for your PC make sure you have the hardware to handle it.
My PC is pretty heafty and it failed the USB 3.0 hardware verification.
Which I then had to purchase a specific PCI-E to USB 3.0 card.
I have 3.0 but the Rift is not compatible with AsMedia USB hardware & Drivers.
The headset requires 1 USB 3.0 for sound & a HDMI out for the video this connects to your video card in your computer.
I did find that the sound USB works okay with the AsMedia USB 3.0. But the tracking sensors will need  supported USB 3.0 inputs.
The PCI-E card I purchased costs anywhere from $22-$30.
it’s the Inateck Superspeed 4 Ports PCIE to USB 3.0 this card is listed by Oculus to be 100% supported.
The headset uses a tracking sensor and the touch controllers use a tracking sensor so you will need 2 supported USB 3.0 inputs the gear will work on USB 2.0 but your going to have slow tracking which is something you do not want.

Once I finally got it running took me all week a few hours each day after work to get it 100% connected and games or apps installed.
If you have a free time it should be a pretty quick process connecting it up and installing drivers and software.

I have played a few games some that are not impressive and some that are mind blowing.
I found that the simplest app can be so much fun and just mind bending.
Oculus First Contact is just down right awesome. Your behind a desk with computers and a Robot that hovers around he is your VR friend and hands you discs to put in your Virtual PC to make things with it.
It’s interactive and he will have so much stuff bouncing around the room it is awesome!
Made a gun some rockets and other things as well.
Then there is VR desktop which is your PC desktop in Virtual Reality you can be sitting in the woods or in Space with planets and stars all around you.

The game I really enjoy is EVE Gunjack your in a gunner in a  turret and have to blast enemy spaceships down in deep space.
Where you look the gun points then you fire with your VR touch controllers.
When entering the Turret it’s mind blowing because your so small compared to the spaceship your in and the Turret housing really makes you feel like your in it.

Then there is a game from Crytek called Robinson: The journey this is game where your off planet and you can interact and move around freely.
Crytek also has a game called The Climb this I don’t own yet but hear it is absolutely amazing as long as you are using the touch controllers.

Can also play Alien Isolation in VR. This game was already full of suspense play it in VR and it’s down right chilling and scary.
originally this game only worked with the DK kits DK stands for Development Kit.
There is a mod that now allows it to work with the consumer Oculus.
can find the mod here.

Then there is Google Earth VR this requires you to use the Touch controllers.
But is again awesome and it’s free.
This is a must check out for anyone wanting to go around the world and see areas like your actually there.

There are entertainment apps as well just kick back and watch  awesomely made video’s from Disney and Discovery made specifically for Virtual Reality.

Did I mention Roller coaster rides? There are apps for those as well and some of them are really excellent.
You feel like your actually on a coaster.

I’ve barely scratched the surface here all I can and will say is it really is an amazing experience.
It messes with your mind in a good way because your seeing an environment like at the top of a sky scraper at it’s edge looking down and it’s dizzying or a Huge Dinosaur runs up to you and the spit from it’s roar is in your face and then Runs over you.
You know your in your house but what your seeing is totally different.
It has shown me how perception really is reality.

There are also multiplayer games like Star Trek Bridge Crew you and others control the Enterprise from the deck. And depend on each other to fly the ship and get out of bad situations.

The Oculus Rift is selling for $399 you get the Rift goggles and the touch controllers which include 2- tracking sensors.
It’s a great price point to get people into this great technology.
There are many free apps and games to give a try. Games start at 99 cents and go up to $50. The majority of high end games are $29.99.

The only down side I have found is the wires but it’s such a small issue that it doesn’t hinder gameplay or comfortability at all.
Behind my monitor on my desk is a wire mess anyhow what’s another 2 or 3 wires going to hurt?
I had to purchase some hardware to use the Oculus which cost me another $42
this was for the PCI-E to USB 3.0 and the Display Port to HDMI cord I needed to buy since my Video card only had 1 HDMI in which the Oculus used and the rest were Display ports which my monitor does not have.

Not to mention games I have spent around $75 total so far.
And I also purchased the Oculus Wireless remote I got that on Ebay for $24 which is normally $30.
In the end it cost around $600 for everything which isn’t all that bad considering all I got.
Only a week or 2 back $600 would of only gotten you the Headset and the Tracking sensor with Touch controllers.

I say if you have the extra cash and already have a PC that can handle it go for it you won’t regret it.
If you don’t have a PC that is capable I’d look into the PlayStation 4 VR.
The cell phone goggles are not the same thing and you won’t have same experience we get using the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive.

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Nvidia sharing a case with AMD cards

You would think Nvidia would want consumers to buy their video cards and use them no matter what.
If someone wants to buy and use a Nvidia graphics card as a dedicated PhysX card they should be able to? Right? WRONG!
Nvidia refuses to share space with AMD video cards in your desktop PC.

Early on this was perfectly acceptable you could install an AMD Radeon and use it as your graphics card and Nvidia card as a dedicated PhysX card.
But as of the last year or maybe 2 Nvidia put a stop to this. They don’t want you using dedicated hardware PhysX unless you have a Nvidia graphics card to.
It’s plain silly people are still using Nvidia hardware in their computers either way.

AMD created TRessFX which simulates hair and they gladly allowed it to be used with Nvidia hardware.
Do not see any reason to not allow end users to get the best of both worlds.
They want a edge to gain consumer sales and figure if you want hardware PhysX then use Nvidia. That is good thinking but also not so good they are pushing away another consumer those who want Nvidia hardware just for PhysX.
No they won’t be buying the top end  video cards even gamers that are Nvidia only camp don’t spend $800+ on their top end cards. So they are not loosing any sales on the top end hardware in that sense.

Nvidia needs to open up hardware PhysX to AMD graphics card users again.
It’s not hurting your sales Nvidia.

PC gaming Sept-October

These few months I have played more games on PC than I have in the last 2 years between PC and consoles.
Not hard to do I can seriously count how many games I’ve played in the last year previous to September on 1 hand and it wouldn’t be all 5 fingers.

But the line up has been amazing thought PC gaming may have died at some point in the last 2 years. Maybe it did?
It has inspired me to upgrade both my sons PC and my own. And even upgrades have not been anywhere on my to do list until this past few months.

I’ll start with the new DOOM this game brought me back from the land of no PC gaming.
Fast paced, great graphics plain great to play.
And allows users to use the new api known as Vulkan which gives great speed improvements over the old OpenGL option that still is usable in game.
On a gaming rig this game is on the INSANE list a must play it’s really that good.

Telltale games aren’t exactly change the gaming world with graphics or an new genre.
But they do render comic book stories great. And Telltale has some great stories to tell indeed.
The great games that hooked me are The Walking Dead :Michonne, Tales from The Borderlands, The Wolf Among Us, Game Of Thrones & Batman The Telltale series.
All of these games are a blast to play and have great stories to boot and the voice acting is top notch.

Gears Of War 4 while it departs from the badasses of the original series it is still great fun to take cover and kill baddies. Not to mention it uses the Unreal 4 engine!
Plus if you pre-ordered this game you got it for both PC and XboxOne not to mention came with map packs and digital versions of the XB360 games Gears Of War, Gears 2,Gears 3 & Gears Judgement.
Not to bad for $60 way to go Microsoft!
It looks insane running max detail 4k.


And also Battlefield 1 which releases October 21st which I did pre-order because every Battlefield has been amazing since  Bad Company 2.
If you purchase digitally in EA’s Origin the  Early Enlister Deluxe for $79.99 or the ultimate edition for $129.98 you get extra map packs and are able to play early on the 18th. Get to play 3 days earlier than when purchasing the standard edition for $59.99 is it worth the extra $20 for 3 days early with 3 extra map packs? Maybe not for everyone but for me HELL’S YEAH!
Check out these insane screenshots WWI=prepare for shell shock!


Enter November! Yet another amazing game will be up and ready to play on the 11th.
If you haven’t played Dishonored then shame on you it is one cool game.
But for those who have played the first get ready for Dishonored 2.
Abandoning the Unreal engine and now using  Arkane’s new “Void” engine.
Don’t fret the engine appears to handle Dishonored 2 with great detail.
Dishonored 2 is being developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks.
Here are some screens.


Not to forget Call Of Duty Infinite Warfare which will be release on the 4th of November.
I liked the last Call Of Duty but not anticipating the new one for whatever reason I’ll wait and see and hope for the best.

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Blasting it’s way to PC on 11-4-16

 

Added smooth running game to Kodi

Found an older game on my smart TV in Gamefly application called Inversion from 2012.
Did the 10 minute test run on TV through Gamefly and liked it.

So went ahead and did a install on my HTPC and made menu logos to launch directly through Kodi. Using Advanced LAUNCHER app in Kodi to integrate Inversion into Kodi smoothly.
Using a Xbox 360 controller to play it. Can also use a XBone or PS3 or 4 controller as well or a standard PC gaming pad will do.
I have 6gb system ram 6 core 3.5ghz cpu and a AMD 6530 2gb Video card not exactly a gaming card but plays this game great and the game has some pretty sweet graphics!

Was only able to get screen shots using my Windows 10 phone taking shots at a TV screen is never the best way to show anything but it is better than notta.
Don’t know what’s up lately but all of a sudden I have been binge playing video games:-)

Kodi Home:

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Kodi Main Menu Inversion highlighted

Inversion In game launched from Kodi

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Inversion in game running maximum detail @ 1920×1080 no Anti-Aliasing.

I am very impressed how well this game runs on my media center will be great for 2 people playing in living room. No consoles needed PC game, Wii, PlayStation 2, Super Nintendo all on 1 box and can use Wiimote as well:-)

Old games have been revamped and are free

There are quite a few old games that have become unbearable to play due to either dated raphics or clunky menus and controls.
Sure you can get them on console but they won’t allow free graphical upgrades!

PC games can become dated in just 3-5 years because PC hardware changes rapidly . This is something consoles at this time don’t worry about their hardware cycle is anywhere from 5-8 years before a new console releases.
So this will leave some great older games in the dust. There is hope not all games have been revamped or remade but there are some good ones out there and most mods are free.
If you already own a PC game that is dated chances are it may be upgradable with community mods to improve graphics & gameplay.
I’ve done some internet lurking to find some worth while games that got solid upgrades.
The first one that comes to mind is Black Mesa. I have played this back in 2012 or 2013 and it really is a great game to play through.

The first part of Black Mesa, which included remakes of chapters “Black Mesa Inbound” to “Lambda Core”, was released as a standalone download on September 14, 2012. Valve Corporation, through public voting on the Steam Greenlight  program, approved Black Mesa for distribution on Steam, where it was released as early access on May 5, 2015.
Before Valve took over it was free unfortunately it is now $19.99 on Steam wait for a summer sale to get this. Although it is worth the $20.

Gameplay: Black Mesa is a first-person shooter that requires the player to perform combat tasks and puzzle solving to advance through the game. The core gameplay remains unchanged from the original Half-Life; the player can carry a number of weapons that they find through the course of the game, though they must also locate ammunition for most weapons. The player’s character is protected by a hazard suit that monitors the player’s health and can be charged as a shield, absorbing a limited amount of damage. Health and battery packs can be found scattered through the game, as well as stations that can recharge both.

Half-Life original comparison to Overhaul Mod Black Mesa AKA: Half-Life overhaul “This is showing the 2012 comparison it’s been improved since then”

Original Quake
This game is pretty damn old but was great fun in 1996 or 97 if you still own this like I do get ready for some MODDING! If you don’t own it grab it on Steam for $4.99 yes it can still be modded:-)
Honestly this game is hard to look at today in it’s day though it was a graphical master piece. Hard to see that now but after some mods you will be able to look at it much easier and play it without pixilation hell and working modern controls.
Go to  http://www.moddb.com/ and find quake then download the mod named Quake Definitive.
You will need broadband internet this mod is almost 4gb in size. Funny considering original Quake fit on a 600mb CD.
Once you download the mod just unzip with WinRAR and extract to the Quake install directory which will be directly on C:/ if you have the CD if you have the Steam version then will be located in the Steam folder on C drive in Program Files in the Steamapps folder then in the Common Folder.
This mod allows for Ultra wide resolutions as well and will fix controls so it controls like modern FPS games.

It doesn’t bring the graphics to todays level but makes the game much more tolerable especially with the control fixes. It’s worth revisiting or even better if this was before your time and you never played it.
This was a great game in it’s day.

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Quake Classic unmodded

 

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Quake modded @ Ultrawide resolution 2560×1080. ills the whole monitor unlike the un-modded original version.

Half -Life 2: The game is now 12 years old and at it’s time was graphically amazing with Physics and character facial expressions never seen before in a video game.
If you missed this game that is a shame! But it has been graphically updated with an almost complete overhaul.
The mod is free if you own the game just install on Steam and download the free mod  in Steam called Half-Life 2:update.
If you do not own this it can be purchased on Steam for $9.99
Here’s a video for you to check out.
Half:life 2 update Introduction video:

Or you can go with the Cinematic Half-Life 2 MOD located here: http://cinematicmod.com/
The Cinematic MOD is insane and requires all 3 Half-Life 2 game Half-Life 2, Ep1 & Ep2 and a beefy computer to run it. Just take a look at the comparison screens on the web page to see.
Check out the comparison video

I haven’t tried this MOD but after seeing the vast improvement makes me want to install the MOD and replay HL2 and both episodes.

I did not like Elder Scrolls third chapter known as Morrowind but it got a whole lot of praise from the RPG community in it’s day.
Released in 2002 to PC and original Xbox it was a hit and a beautiful sight to be seen  then…
Fast forward 14 years it looks clunky.
Thanks to the vast modding community it has been overhauled.
If you already own it the upgrade is free if you do not Steam has gold edition for $14.99 that will have everything needed for the mod.
The Mod is named Morrowind: Overhaul 3.0 it does improve more than the graphics.
Go to this webpage to download the mod: http://www.ornitocopter.net/morrowind-overhaul/mgso-release/

It’s very simple to install unzip its contents into your Morrowind directory, and run the “MO Installer” executable. If you’ve acquired Morrowind by way of Steam, the game will be in the Steam folder, under steamapps/common/Morrowind.

It is 2gb in size or a bit more.
Here is a video  to take a look-see at the game after mod.

Thief: The Dark Project is a game I have praised just recently it is an old game but some mods have done a total remake of this game using the Doom 3 engine.
Once a Mod that required Doom 3 to be installed it is now open source and a stand alone game.
The game is called the Dark Mod download here: http://www.thedarkmod.com/main/
If you can’t bare the old 1998 graphics of the original then this will be the answer to try this game.
The Doom 3 engine is now considered dated but it’s graphics are easy on the eyes compared to the original. And since Thief is based on hiding in darkness the Doom 3 engine handles this fantastic. It’s the one thing Doom 3 was made to do handle lighting very well.
I have played this and it is damn good!

The Dark MOD Video Preview

DOOM 3 released to PC in August of 2004 this game was the game you showed people why PC gaming was the best.
2016 not so stellar Doom3 was re-released again with improvements but named BFG Edition.
If you already own the original non-BFG like I do don’t bother buying it because the mods available are a much better graphical overhaul than the BFG Edition.
If you don’t own either you can get the Original Doom 3 on Steam for $4.99 or the BFG Edition for $19.99 seriously don’t bother with the $20 version get the $5 one and do the graphical Mods.

This version of Doom is not fast paced like previous games or like the latest 2016 version it’s more about atmosphere you move through very dark areas so baddies can pop out when you least expect it. Switching between weapon and flash light was a big complaint people made you can add a mod that connects a flash light to your weapons.
I wouldn’t personally because it ruins the suspense it was made to give you.
The MOD to download is called DOOM 3 AbsoluteHD it has graphics adjustments galore to improve it’s looks. This is a seriously awesome MOD. Download it from Here: http://www.moddb.com/mods/absolutehd

DOOM 3 Absolute HD screenshots Click to enlarge
If you own DOOM 3 BFG version it also has an HD MOD upgrade can be located here: http://www.moddb.com/mods/doom-3-bfg-hi-def

Brothers In Arms: Hells Highway This game is just awesome released to Windows on Oct 2008 at that time using the latest and greatest Unreal engine 3 now that Unreal 4 engine is out this makes U3 engine dated. Is a WWII shooter but not a run n gun this game requires tactical thinking.
It is different than you are most likely thinking if you did not play this game you should!
The graphics were great back then and still decent today but with the BiAH Reshade mod it improves the graphics quite a bit.
Grab the MOD here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3116735/BiAHH%20ReShade.zip
Very easy to install just extract to the Brothers in Arms Hells Highway directory should be located in C:/Program files (x86) if on Windows 7 C:/program files.

Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway comparison Video

Took me a few days to decide which games I wanted to put up on my blog.
Decided on the 7 games I thought are well worth playing again with mods or playing with mods if you never had the opportunity to play these great titles on PC.

Enjoy!

Keep in mind all the modifications were NOT created by myself these were created by many of the talented people in the PC community who are kind enough to share their hard work with everyone.

 

 

DOOM 2016 Remembering the mid to late 1990’s PC FPS games

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The new DOOM is fantastic! I lost interest in first person shooter games for some time.
After playing the new DOOM on PC it made me reminisce playing PC FPS games in the mid to late 1990’s.

Gaming on the PC in the 90’s was a great time for PC.  3d hardware was a monster in the gaming arena when next to the PlayStation, Sega Saturn and Nintendo 64 and a PC could emulate all the consoles and look better doing it.
It was a time when games didn’t have Dolby surround sound only Laserdisc did and that required a very expensive player with a very expensive receiver and surround decoder.
But PC did have 3d sound and it was awesome! I was rocking a Pentium 133mhz PC with 32mb of ram a 3DFX Voodoo2 w/12mb memory if you had the $$ you could run 2 Voodoo2’s in SLI yes that is right 3dfx did SLI first not Nvidia and a 56k modem with a Creative 3d sound card .The 1990’s really was the golden age of computer gaming. If you were to young or just didn’t have a PC back then you really did miss out.
Not to mention internet was free! that’s right baby NetZero it had banners for promos but was 100% F-R-E-E!
There wasn’t any broadband all the rage was a 56k connection and if your service could pull it.

I remember buying Duke Nukem and Quake from EB games.
Couldn’t believe my eyes this stuff made the PlayStation look like an Atari 2600.
And Windows 95 was so amazing I thought. Until Windows 98SE came about.
Duke Nukem -1996
dukenukem3d 1996

FPS gaming on PC is the only place to do it at!
because a PC can run games faster than 60 frames per second and mouse and keyboard is the only way to frag a mofo into gibs!
Not only was FPS games coming to age but so were MMORpgs on the personal computer.
Meridian59 (1996 or 97) was out before Ever Quest which hit PC in 1999 and it brought on Ebaying digital content and a bunch of online romance and divorces. EQ coined as Ever Crack brought on the rise of all the MMO’s we see today. Amazingly 17 years later and people are still playing EQ talk about longevity I do think they are playing on servers not provided by Sony any longer. World Of Warcraft brought EQ subscriptions down.
I did not forget about Ultima online 1997 or 98:-)

The 90’s were great and so were the early 2000’s with FPS games that were amazing
Like Medal Of Honor Allied Assault 2002.
medal-of-honor-allied-assault 2002Storming the beach of Normandy on D-Day was pretty amazing. Killing the dreaded Nazi’s  on the online multiplayer made this game last over a year. And the single player was just as good.

1999 Unreal Tournament
Unreal Tournament PC 1999Spent quite a few drunken weekends playing this with 5-6 friends at the house we would connect to the ole HUB pull out tables and would fill my living room with computers and monitors and play this games capture the flag  LAN style until wee hours in the morning.
I had never saw a game that looked and played like this at that time it was smooth and fast as hell fragging!
The MODS and skins were never ending the community for this game was staggering.
Remember being Nude Lara from Tomb Raider could even skin your own face if you wanted to.
This game kicked major ass. LAN gaming was a great event something that made me love computers even more.

Another great game to LAN on was Serious Sam (2001)
Serious Sam PC 2001

The difference between Unreal Tournament and Serious Sam was Serious had a seriously huge amount of enemies on screen at 1 time coming to kill you it was a non stop frag fest.
The more players you had on the LAN the more enemies there would be on screen to kill you.
The Bosses on this game were tremendous! They were so damn big that the buildings that were huge appeared tiny. And if you had 6 people in game with you it was needed.
This game was kind of like Duke and DOOM but could render almost a unlimited number of enemies on screen at 1 time you would see 100’s of them crawling over walls at a time and they seemed to keep coming non-stop for 20 minutes at a time. Was frantic and fast and the fire power you had made it unforgettable.
Seriously you missed a serious kick ass game if you didn’t play this on PC.
Serious excuse me for all this seriousness business.  It was that serious.

People praise Metal Gear Solid and Splinter Cell don’t get me wrong I loved the original Splinter on PC.
But before that there was a game not many heard of on PC it was 1998 and the game is Thief:
Thief DP PC 1998
This game is the first true sneak/stealth game I ever played It had amazing graphics and supported 3d sound.
The atmosphere haunting i’d play this at night with the lights out and holy shit it creeped the hell out of me.
I’d be in a castle filled with guards trying to get the prized possession I was there for.
Hidden in shadows can hear foot steps coming from behind me the echoing of the steps from clapping the brick to the softer tap of walking on carpet at the same time can hear the 2 guards talking in front of me but can’t get them in view yet. They know someone is lurking! They start searching for me I hope i’m in the shadows and in a far corner far enough away they will lose interest.
The game had atmosphere unlike any other game I had ever played.
And this was no 4 hour game by any means you could drop 20 hours on this game easily.
To this day no game has had me on the edge of my seat like this game did another great 90’s PC game that so many missed because consoles were all the craze back then.

Half Life was a so,so game to me but it was loved by the online community for it’s tactical gameplay.(Counter Strike)
While I did not like Half Life I did love Half Life 2 and it’s 2 Episodes that came after.
Half Life 2 (2004) Not the 90’s but it’s a worth while mention.
Half Life 2 2004

This game introduced actual working physics something no other game did before well not this good.
And was a all new engine Valve created from the ground up. Also brought on the ever popular Steam that every PC gamer has for digital downloading games. At first only Valve games could be purchased on Steam.
HL2 had a rough start since the game was stolen from a hack to their servers and released to the nets for download Valve had to start over again.
I only have fond memories of playing the single player game and it was a great game the 2 Episodes after were even better.
After so many years of PC gaming I was seeing the things that were brought to PC and being implemented into 1 game. Half Life 2 was ushering in new visuals and physics unseen by anyone prior.
The Xbox and PlayStation 2 just could not compete. A year or 2 later 360,PS3 released and they still couldn’t play this game like a PC could.

The 90’s were the beginning of 3d gaming on PC and also the standard of gaming.
2000-2009 had some great strides in gaming as well.

2007’s Crysis:
Crysis-PC 2007
This game introduced Physics, lighting and tonnes of other tech in a wide open world. Plus who doesn’t want to kill Aliens bent of destroying the human race?
It’s 2016 and to this day the game looks even better at 4k @ 60+ Fps maxed out details 8x AA and 16x AF.
Still holds up to todays graphics being done on hardware that is 20x more powerful than it was in 2007.
The game looks amazing gunning down enemies in a full forest with grass that sways and sand that pops up with tress that sway in the wind and drop leaves all while gunning down enemies as the bullets level down trees at the same time.
I think every game released by developers today look at Crysis for inspiration and ideas.
The Cryengine is excellent. I swear to this day Killzone 2 & 3 Developers played Crysis and ran with it. Made an engine that was almost identical to the Cryengine.

I’m done going down memory lane it’s time to play some DOOM!