A Quiet Day For PC Gaming News

By Jim Rossignol on May 30th, 2011 at 9:42 am.

Sir. Your hat reflects poorly on your manhood.
Due to it being a lovely holiday day both here in Blighty and in the United States (and probably other places too) the RPS team are going to be having a bit of a quiet day. We’ll be around to post a few bits and pieces, but the site will be sleepier than usual. So let’s talk among ourselves for a bit. I’ve got two questions for you:

1. What’s your Game Of The Year so far? And do you expect that choice to last until End Of Year List season?

2. Have you recently upgraded your PC for gaming purposes? If you haven’t, and your PC is getting on a bit, what would make you do so?

To answer my own questions: The Witcher 2 is my game of the year so far, and that was what made me upgrade my PC, too. The side effect of everything else running like a dream is a bonus, too. What about you lot?

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  1. jti says:

    Witcher 2. Runs alright with my old 8800GTS 512 on low, so no upgrades.

    • SuperNashwanPower says:

      Ah thats how it is for me too, my rig is old and I do not have any cash, so my AGP HD3850 and rather ancient AMD X2 4800 are having to cope. Its minimum spec for most games at the mo, so not doing badly. Its one thing I have to thank consoles for :DWhat would make it change? MASSIVE cost reductions, or overcoming the illness that prevents me from working right now.

      I guess my game of the year is Portal 2. I dont buy that many games, and mostly I am playing through old ones I got in steam sales. So right now I am loving Fallout: New Vegas. If I get Deus Ex, my GOTY might change

    • daf says:

      I have a 8800gt and I’m playing with high preset with AA and SSAO disabled. It doesn’t run fast but not much slower then with everything on low. Might want to try it considering how bad everything looks on low

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    dangermouse76 says:

    Top Game : Thief the Dark Project ( I know not current ) also I.G.I 2 and Medal of Honour Allied Asault all a pound each in good old Blighty’s charity shops.

    PC upgrade for finally being able to play fucking GTA.

    I took my graphics card out to clean it and pulled the the interface off the board because I had forgot to unclip it..duh !
    Do I go 64bit that’s the question ? I game and photoshop and video edit hmmm.

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      You seem to be commenting from seven years ago.

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      dangermouse76 says:

      Dam straight Quantum Leaps got nothing on me.
      Additional has the Radeon HD5850 still got the nuts for Battlefield 3 do we think ?

      Also Skyrim for GOTY.

    • Kdansky says:

      64bit gives you oodles and oodles of memory, which is dirt cheap. So definite yes.

    • Navagon says:

      You can only go up to 16GB with Home Premium though. Well, I say “only”… I think that much will still fall under way too damn much for the next four years or so at least.

    • Alien426 says:

      And I thought I was behind the curve. I went back to Dead Space since I’m kinda over Minecraft. Before those was Arx Fatalis, which I left unfinished for the time being.

      I too wonder if going 64 bit with a new rig would make sense. Having a ton of RAM and stuff like the browser cache running in that seems to be a reasonable move.
      The thing that would make me move to a new PC and OS (on XP still) would be if I could buy a house/appartment cheaply, cause I would want a 2 (or more) screen setup to go along with that purchase and currently that just takes up more space than I have.

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      dangermouse76 says:

      @ Alien426
      Yeah the whole going 64bit has me thinking about all those programmes I have that are native 32bit ( time-lapse programs, Adobe etc ) and whether they will run ok on a 64bit system.
      Also hoping that drivers are a lot more mature now – there still some debate about frequency and reliability of 64bit drivers for certain companies.
      I also still use XP so it would be a move to windows seven. Plus I want the PC running through our projector as an option for some large screen kick ass gaming.
      Also it means I can set my old PC up as a Minecraft server ( oh yeah ).
      As for the old games yeah I am hitting the charity shops hard at the moment picking up lots of games past, it’s great fun…and cheap. I found Alien Breed for the Amiga for 50p.

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      Cinek says:

      32bit is too old for these days. Architecture supports only 3 gigs of RAM so I see no point at all in going 32bit these days. It was pointless already when Win7x64 was released, so it’s even more right now!

      Besides that – there’s no problem with running anything on 64bit windows 7, so I don’t get what could hold you off from it.

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      Cinek says:

      @dangermouse76 – I work on 64 bit win 7 every day using Adobe software. Only issue is when you run CS2 or older soft – it disables hardware acceleration for windows UI making everything blink for a moment, but software itself runs with no problem. So it’s worth to have modern soft (CS4+ cause everyone moved to it anyway, so you’ll need update sooner or later)

      Besides that – Win 7 in matter of easy of use, performance and intuitive interface is LIGHTYEARS ahead of XP. Seriously – use it and after a month you won’t want to see XP ever again. XP feels like win 3.1 comparing to Win 7, lol.

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      dangermouse76 says:

      @Cinek

      That’s good to here mate, cheers for the advise.

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      JonWood says:

      I’m also somewhat out of date on this year’s games due to a lack of money for new ones. That’s actually made me very happy though since I’ve gone back to games I didn’t give a fair chance the first time round, and found some real gems. In order of preference:

      1. Alpha Protocol: I’m not sure why but it seemed much, much harder last time I played it. This time it’s just massively fun, apart from the boss fights, which really have no right to be present in a game where sneaking about is a viable strategy the rest of the time.

      2. Supreme Commander 2: Single player is a joke. Multiplayer with friends is fabulous. Stripping down the economy and research really opens up the game to allow you to focus on the fighting, rather then sheperding engineers. I’m yet to work up the guts to play random people though.

      3. Bad Company 2: Again, single player is pointless, multiplayer makes it. It was a truly ridiculous idea to put your class’ special abilities behind an unlock though, making the first 30 games or so a slog through crappy weapons without the ability to get XP at a decent rate through helping your squad. Snipers also need to be restricted in some way as well to stop rush turning into a war of attrition between two teams of people who think it’s deathmatch.

      As for upgrades, I built an entire new machine just before Christmas last year, so I think I’m safe from needing new hardware for a while, except for possibly getting an SSD.

    • Burglar says:

      If you use Photoshop and video edit then you’re gonna have to upgrade to 64bit sooner rather than later if you want upgrade/get any new software as everything is becoming 64bit only.

  3. icupnimpn2 says:

    I’m mostly playing stuff that’s a few years old. Portal 2 is my only 2011 game. Default win.

  4. Ralud says:

    Bought an ATI HD 5850 around this time last year, and my intel Q9550 along with some good old DDR2 memory is humming along just fine, so no hardware upgrades anytime soon.

    As for GOTY, it’s a bit early in the year, but The Witcher 2 is on the list.

  5. Asskicker says:

    1. The best game I’ve played so far this year is a tie between The Witcher II and Portal 2. I can’t decide which I like more. I don’t except it to last thought, seeing as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Battlefield 3 are getting released later this year.

    2. I did upgrade my pc just a month ago, not a full on upgrade but I bought a new CPU and motherboard from a mate, who was selling his second hand (I had top dual core, he had a top quad core). All games seem to run smoother now. :) Oh, I also upgraded my ATI Radeon HD 5750 HD to a 5770 HD, for nothing. :P

  6. haowan says:

    So far, Terraria.

    Not upgrading for a while, maybe in the autumn, last upgrade was like a year or two ago, I’m still on a GeForce 8600 GTS. Oh no wait I LIED I bought 2 gigs of RAM recently.

    • Meat Circus says:

      Yes. Terraria.

      YESYESYESYESYES.

    • Clockwork Peanut says:

      Terraria! No idea why, but in spite of its charm minecraft never gripped me, Terraria on the other hand stands at 8 hours play and I can only see that number climbing…

      Other top games of the year: Portal 2, Gemini Rue, Bulletstorm, and probably Frozen Synapse.
      Ain’t bought the latter yet, anybody know how long the discount lasts?

    • Buttless Boy says:

      Terraria for me too. Portal 2 was fun and all, but it wasn’t as good as its predecessor. The Witcher 2 is expensive and I’m sick of big budget action-RPGs. I’m fully expecting Skyrim to suck. Terraria though is wonderful, simple, cheap, and fun.

      That said, I’d love for Dejobaan’s “1 2 3 Kick It! Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby” to become my GOTY. As is it’s still too unfinished, but I would love to have a really great music game that isn’t repetitive and works with lots of different styles of music.

  7. DevilSShadoW says:

    So far I’d have to say portal 2. But i’m going to refrain from saying for certain till i get my hands on deus ex. I haven’t upgraded my pc (but i built it last winter with the latest parts at the time for the stupid purpose of being able to run crysis 2 at max settings (herp derp how dumb was that)). What would make me upgrade again? The recent article on SSD’s on RPS. I really want one of those now… NEED MONEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

  8. Dana says:

    The top played game by me in this year would be League of Legends. The top game of this year would be Portal 2.

    I haven’t upgraded my computer for about 5 years now. I will do that when majority of the games wont be playable even on the lowest setting (Witcher 2 is only one so far, Crysis 2 was a blast).

    • Scorpi says:

      Exactly the same for me. Portal 2 had me laughing more than any movie this year, even.

      I’ve played far too much of LoL until recent computer troubles (though I don’t feel so badly about playing it after having tried out every other Moba-style game out there, and coming to the conclusion that it’s objectively better than the rest).

      As for my PC, it’s a gaming laptop from Alienware that’s 6 months past the warranty. The last time I “upgraded” was when I bought a new hard drive after the last one died; I know my next upgrade will be something to do with fixing this computer’s utter inability to use a wireless internet connection (it used to do so fine, but for the past month it’s so slow I can’t play any online game competitively, let alone attach files to e-mails, use Dropbox, etc)

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    Schaulustiger says:

    The Witcher 2 was definitely great, but there were too many small issues for me to completely embrace it.

    So my GOTY so far is – just like last year – Mineraft. I recently returned after I took a timeout for a few months and I’m again completely in love with it. It’s one of those were rare games that I will return to for quite some time, especially when some of the more extensive mods will come out once the source code is made available.

    Besides that, Terraria has also been great fun, same goes for Frozen Synapse. But it’s too early to tell if they’ll be contenders for the GOTY title.

    Regarding upgrades: I was actually thinking about it just recently. My rig starts to show its age (Quadcore 2,6 GHz, GeForce GTX 275), but I haven’t yet encountered a game where I say “Wow, I really need to lower settings to a level where everything looks ugly.” And while I have been browsing the web for prices etc. I’m still not convinced an upgrade is absolutely necessary. And to be honest, I don’t see a game this year that will be overly demanding, so I guess I’ll be fine for another year.

  10. Sinnorfin says:

    I hoped it will be DX:HR but now i have stronger feelings for Skyrim..

    As far as released go, its Portal2.

    As far as the demo went, DA2 is in for the lemon..

  11. P4p3Rc1iP says:

    So far Portal 2 and the Witcher 2 are up there, but I’m still awaiting Deus Ex 3, ARMA3, and probably some other games I’ve forgotten. Oh, and the EVE Online Incarnia expansion, but I’m not sure if that counts as GOTY.

    As for my PC, I’ve actually bought a new one last week! Haven’t had a desktop in 3 years, my laptop ran everything fine and never had the money.

  12. KauhuK says:

    1. The Witcher 2, at least for now.

    2. I upgraded few months ago my graphics card for GTX 570. I’m still using DDR2 memory and my core 2 quad q9500 processor, while overclocked, is at its limit to keep up on newest games. So maybe I’ll upgrade processor, motherboard and memory. Maybe I’ll change to AMD chipset and processor because they’re cheaper. But I’ll wait for the bulldozer to come and see how it’ll fair.

  13. Dzamir says:

    1) Portal 2. I think it will be my game of the year.
    2) Haven’t upgraded recently, and I don’t think I will do it for 2 years.

    • Tatourmi says:

      Exactly the same darn thing. Spacechem isn not far down though.

  14. randomnine says:

    Portal 2 and Witcher 2 are pretty good but neither of them quite worked for me, and they’re going up against Skyrim and Human Revolution before the year’s over. Reserving judgement for now.

    I built a mid-range PC early last year and it’s still running everything on “high”. The hardware race isn’t what it used to be.

  15. kevmscotland says:

    1) The Witcher 2 or Frozen Synapse
    2) Ive literally just ordered a new PC last week and what made me do it was the upcoming BF3 and ES:Skyrim

  16. Valvarexart says:

    The Witcher 2 is my pick for GOTY. The game runs perfectly smooth on my GTX 275, but I ordered a GTX480 and a 3D screen yesterday so that I shall be able to play it in stereoscopic 3D. Oh and forgot to say, I had to buy a new motherboard last year because my old one broke. The CPU broke, too, so I had to replace it with an identical quadcore.

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    Skeletor68 says:

    I recently returned to PC gaming with an M17 Alienware so hopefully no upgrades for a while! Any tips from the experienced pros here on keeping the thing cool to shut the damn fan up? It doesn’t make a peep while I play Freespace (Even with the FSO stuff) but as soon as I start up Portal 1 it decides to get noisy.

    My game of the year so far is Freespace (I’ve been away from PCs leave me alone), followed by Witcher 1 Platinum edition when it arrives closely followed by Skyrim *drools*.

    • Sudogamer says:

      @skeletor68
      - Open it up and clean (hoover) any dust in the fans / heatsink
      - Go into BIOS and check any sort of speedstep / coolnquiet stuff is enabled & see if there are any fan ‘profiles’ – mine has silent / normal / turbo. I use silent.
      - In windows (presume 7) check in power management it is allowed to decrease and increase CPU speed.
      If it’s still a problem – DISABLE speedstep stuff, and download this : [Speedfan] http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
      Allows you to monitor CPU/GPU temps and manually set at what temperature the fans come on.

      Edit: Oh bugger I just spotted, your Alienware is a laptop… That’s precisely why the fans are coming on. You can’t do gaming on a laptop! ;-)

    • Kayran says:

      Headphones. Get them cranked up and no more fan noise! That’s what I do with my m15x.

  18. Protagoras says:

    I haven’t played some releases I’m excited for yet (total war, brink, some others), so with that in mind, GOTY 2011 so far is Magika (for the concept, for the game, and for arrowhead being so damn amazing I wanna hire them all as sidekicks/comic relief in my life). Portal 2 is my runner up.

    Currently I’m sticking with my q6600 4870 combo, which is holding on pretty well. I may upgrade sometime in 2012, though as I currently can still play most games on high-enough res (witcher 2 on high settings with 30-35 fps average) and others I play require very low graphical requirements (DF, minecraft, browser games), I doubt I’ll be forced to upgrade any time soon.

  19. Lobotomist says:

    1. Witcher 2 is my GOTY

    2. I upgraded GFX card because my 8800 GT died. Now i run ATI 6850 and can run pretty much everything on highest (even Witcher 2)

  20. jon_hill987 says:

    Portal 2 by default, not sure if it will last.

    I have not found anything to stretch my i7 920 and GTX275 so I’m not considering an upgrade, nor have I upgraded in some time.

  21. ericks says:

    I bought a new desktop this year because my laptop was dying on some older games I wanted to finish.

    I haven’t played Witcher 2 or Portal 2 yet, going to rent Portal for 360 soon, and the only games I’ve played that came out this year were Dragon Age 2 and SpaceChem.

    So SpaceChem wins! It is really a great little game.

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      Cinek says:

      Not really an achievement – almost everything released this year wins with DA2.

  22. Yehat says:

    The Witcher 2. Upgraded to GTX560 to get the most of it.

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    abhishek says:

    The Witcher 2 was great but honestly, it hit an impossible high in chapter 1 and then kept going downhill from there. After finishing it, I’d say that I enjoyed Portal 2 (sp + co-op) and Assassins Creed Brotherhood more than it.

    As for upgrades, I’m thinking of upgrading for Skyrim and BF3. I am at least 2 years behind the hardware curve but it hardly seems to matter in this age of console ports.

  24. The Codicier says:

    1. So far Portal 2 is my game of 2011,but like a lot of of the other posters here I’ve been playing a lot of games which were released before then.
    Steam sales combined with Amazon doing its best to price match means I have a big back log of games from the last couple of years to get through.
    so in some ways The Witcher is my game of the year so far even though it’s obviously many years old.

    2.The Witcher 2 has made me start considering my upgrade path.
    My problem is that because a relatively low powered rig has been able to run most games in the past few years a partial upgrade won’t do it from me. I’m going to have to do a complete rebuild from top to bottom.
    I probably would consider upgrading quicker if I didn’t have already a huge library of games to get through. After a quick count up I have 44 games on the steam alone that I want to play through.
    Given that I have already spent money on these games it seems silly to spend more money to play another game until I’ve cleared my backlog a bit.

  25. Srekel says:

    Best games this year: StarCraft 2 (though it came out last year) and Portal 2. And Frozen Synapse is also pretty damn good. I’m hoping that DX3 will make it onto this list as well. And maybe W2 if it goes on sale, I buy it, and it turns out to be as good as everyone thinks.

    I’ll be upgrading my graphics card this year. 8600GT is starting to get a little bit old, and I want to play DX3.

  26. Beastbaron says:

    So far my top game would be the 5 hours of Portal 2 I got to play before my computer decided to push its BIOS off a cliff and burn out the graphics card.

    As for updating/rebuilding, I got myself a decent laptop since I was in the middle of some essays and needed a quick stopgap (thank god for email backups). Currently been dipping my toes into the world of indie gaming which I had never even considered previously and I am unsure now whether to rebuild. I am going to the states next August for 9 months so if i build this summer I will only get a years use out of it in 2 years of ownership. The alternative is to hold out till I get back from the states and rebuild then.

    The Witcher 2, TES: Skyrim, Diablo 3, The Old Republic and Battlefield 3 are making that very unpalatable…

  27. Jonas says:

    I was about to go with Witcher 2 but I think I love Portal 2 more. It’s damn hard to compare the two though, it’s almost hard to think of those two games as examples of the same medium – they’re so different in the way they’re played and the way they relate their respective narratives. I think Portal 2 was more masterful though, and evoked far more emotion in me, so I’ll go with that for game of the year (so far).

    Who knows, though… Skyrim will be out this year, there’s a small but distinct possibility that’ll be more enjoyable, and at the very least its size and scope will probably cause it to consume me more than The Witcher 2 managed to. Also is Mass Effect 3 going to be out this year? I’m quite a fan of that series, so it could well turn out to be my game of the year (BioWare fanboy that I am).

    Haven’t upgraded my PC since I bought a new graphics card 2 years ago, and I’m happy to say it ran The Witcher 2 splendidly on high (though not ultra) graphics settings. It looked superb, so I think I’m okay for now.

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    Cinek says:

    1. Witcher 2
    2. Yes, I upgraded my PC recently, spent much more cash on it than I’d wish to but well… now it’s a monster that runs everything uber-smooth and holds my photo&websites archive without a problem. I didn’t upgraded it for any game though, it’s mostly a work cow. GPU I got is barely GTS260, though even this is enough to make Witcher 2 run smooth (ok, indoors I get 10fps, but I heard some patch will fix it)

  29. MadTinkerer says:

    My GOTY so far: Portal 2, of course. I own, but have not found the time to play yet, The Witcher 2.

    As for games that are neither of those, my sub-GOTY-so-far is DWARFS!? followed closely by HOARD. (If HOARD would stop crashing when I try to play my brother on Steam, it might have beat DWARFS!?)

  30. Brumisator says:

    Adminning a valve fansite…I’m kind of morally obligated to say Portal 2 is my GOTY…but I think Witcher 2 would win my affection if I had full control of my free will. Frozen synapse is fun, but nothing even close to GOTY. Skyrim is the only GOTY contender I can think of, but it has a lot to live up to.

    My desktop gaming PC is currently 500km away for a few more months, but my trusty late-2008 gaming lappy is keeping me afloat, even with the witcher 2.

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    Saul says:

    The same as you, Jimbo, although I’m still playing through (and loving) the co-op in Portal.

  32. Freemon says:

    Darn you and your holidays. I’m stuck in French class till 11 am and then more classes till 1 pm.

    So far my Game Of The Year is Portal 2. However, Battlefield 3 is yet to be released. And if they keep all the promises, It is going to be the game of the decade, not only the year!

    I upgraded my pc last January in preparation for Portal 2 and Crysis 2 and especially Battlefield 3. Phenom II x6, 4gigs ddr3, radeon hd 6850… not high end but should be good enough for a couple years. And then GPU upgrade to carry me for a few more years.

  33. Scatterbrainpaul says:

    My best game of the year is probably Stalker COP (I know its not this year, but I only got round to playing it recently) closely followed by the Witcher 2, third place goes to Portal 2.

    As for PC Upgrade, I haven’t had to upgrade my PC in over 2 years, I think i’ll probably hold off until Arma 3 and Battlefield 3

    • Nathan_G says:

      Funny you should mention CoP, It’s getting the most play by myself at the moment too, on account of the Complete mod being released. In terms of playtime, I sunk hours into Fallout 3 earlier in the year.

      As for games actually released this year, it’s gotta be Portal 2 so far. That game really is something… It won’t be usurped as my GOTY, but I think Skyrim will take over as most played when it comes out.

  34. The Promised Landt says:

    Upgraded my PC a month. I figured if Witcher 2, Portal 2, Deus Ex 3 and Mass Effect 3 all came out, it would be a good year to upgrade.
    Of course, I haven’t had time to play any of those so far. Curse you, adult life.

  35. coldvvvave says:

    1. DoW 2 Retribution, only reson is beacuase the voices where pretty good. but thats it!( yes, its a reference to axman 13 review).
    2. I built a new gaming PC mostly for Witcher 2 (phenom II 6-cores 3.2 ghz, 8 gb, 2gb Gigabyte Radeon HD 69-something) but it’s still not running smoothly even after 9gb patch., also I’m pleased with W2, but so far( early in 2-nd chapter) it’s not that GOTY-ish.

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      Cinek says:

      Lesson after 9GB patch: don’t buy big games on Steam.

      Their update system is total crap.

    • Edawan says:

      “Their update system is total crap.”

      They fuck up once and it’s immediately labeled “total crap” ?

      I think overall it’s been a real blessing for everyone involved.

    • Navagon says:

      I think it depends on the publisher. Most patches I get through Steam are only a few MB. So I have to agree it’s a damn sight better than the alternatives in that regard.

      I’d say it’s more his fault for buying it from a DD other than GOG. Now if you want a retail version, I can understand that. But there was no reason to get that game from any other DD than GOG. CDP made sure of that.

    • Bob Moron says:

      Axman13! Yes yes yes!

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      Stellar Duck says:

      @Edawan: It’s not the first time. I don’t know for sure, but I can’t imagine that you own Company of Heroes on Steam. That game has given me a *lot* of headaches when patching it.

      At one point I ended up downloading 21 gigs for a 12 mb update. Granted, the DL bothced a couple of times. If everything had gone smooth it would just have been the game. But every time I closed Steam it restarted the DL. So in the end: 21 Gb.

    • JayTee says:

      The CoH patching process is bollocks regardless of Steam. I reinstalled it a while back and after I think it was 15 restarts of the game I was finally able to play it. Woo.

  36. Wunce says:

    About a month ago I built my first computer to complete my migration from consoleland. It was nice to play gmod with over 300 frames a second instead of 15. It was also nice to play a game which consoles simply couldn’t handle (Crysis).

    While this may be a slight divergence from the topic, I’d like to point out that I’ve noticed no real difference between console and PC gamers. Many play for “Individual victory” instead of for the team; they find winning fun, not just playing; and they both swear at you because you used a word beyond the scope of their vocabulary.

    I believe that Battlefield 3 will be an excellent game if they really nail down balance and don’t surcome to gimmicks in order to get a quick buy from the public. (* cough* killstreaks)

  37. Sheng-ji says:

    Good Question… My game purchases this year are:

    Terraria – Found it to be disappointing, lacks the balance of Minecraft for me, sometimes I like to be left to enjoy the game in peace!

    Portal 2 – Thoroughly enjoyed this game, but played through once and put it down.

    Space Chem – Great game, too much effort to play at the stage I’ve got too!

    Dirt 3 – Codemasters are going the wrong way in the racing genre, in my opinion… give me carmageddon or a Geoff Crammond Sim and I’m happy – Give me ken block, arcade controls in a serious game and an appalling console port and I’m not.

    Total War: Shogun 2: As with every Total War game I’ve ever bought, I get a few years into the campaign, realise it’s just not for me and put it down. Wait six months, rinse and repeat.

    Witcher 2 – Installed and ready to go, but I’m still on chapter 3 of the Witcher, so it’s probably going to be a few weeks till I get round to it.

    So on that evidence, it’s not been a great start to the year for me, I’m mainly playing rFactor, The Witcher and Minecraft at the moment. My game of the year so far is Portal, but I fully expect the final GotY for me to be Skyrim, Witcher 2 or Deus Ex (I’m sure there’s another one I’m looking forward too – a good strategy in the vein of civilization would be nice)

    I won’t upgrade my computer because I use a laptop, unless it dies, but it is only 12 months old, so hopefully it won’t!

  38. kyrieee says:

    Witcher 2, which almost made me upgrade but I think that if I got a better GPU it would just be bottlebecked by the CPU anyway, so I’d need a new mobo for the new CPU architecture and new RAM and… you know.

    I did however just get a high end keyboard, I guess that counts as an upgrade!

  39. Teronfel says:

    Witcher 2 is my goty so far but i hope Risen 2 and Skyrim can claim the first place

  40. robitii says:

    Witcher 2 so far, hope BF3 won’t dissapoint

  41. MaXimillion says:

    Definitely Witcher 2 so far, although it might change with DX:HR or D3/TOR if those get released this year (which seems doubtful). And I haven’t played Frozen Synapse yet either.

    Went from HD4890 to dual HD4850′s since the 4890 broke and I got the two cards quite cheap. Also doubled my RAM from 4 to 8 gb.

  42. Serenegoose says:

    Portal 2 is my GOTY so far, followed by Witcher 2 – Shogun 2 also exceeded expectations in a mighty way. A good year for 2′s, I suppose.

    my PC is about 3 years old (save the graphics card which is 1) and what will make me upgrade it is simply that it can’t run everything on ultra any more. I’ll be upgrading it shortly so that it can do that again.

  43. Toshley says:

    The Witcher 2 is my GOTY thus far, and with STALKER 2 stated for a 2012 release, it’s most likely going to hold it’s position.

    As for upgrades, I’ve still got my trusty 5770 which I’ve had for close to two years, but I’m rather tempted to OC it or downright upgrade to a GTX 560 Ti in order to run TW2 better and up the graphics slightly.

  44. Navagon says:

    I’m still playing through the Witcher 2 at the moment. So I’ve yet to make my mind up on that one. Plus being a lefty (arrow keys) with a 16:10 monitor I felt more alienated by that game than one of its elves when I started playing it.

    So I think I’ll leave my opinion forming on that one until the second playthrough. By which time they should have provided the promised patch. They’ve always gone beyond the call of duty with patching in the past, so I don’t doubt they’ll do me right here.

    So right now it’s probably Portal 2. Immense amounts of fun. Loved the coop too. I don’t often do multiplayer, but that was just fantastic. Pretty damn far from being the usual tacked on crap that single player focussed games get.

    Strong contenders to take Portal 2′s crown?

    Shogun 2 – I love the Total War games but still haven’t got around to getting this one due to my backlog and lack of time. So I thought I’d wait for a lower price.

    Witcher 2

    Deus Ex 3 – original game one of my all time favs. Not sure why this is “3″ though. *spits*

    Mass Effect 3 – 2 was last year’s GotY for me, but isn’t this a bit too quick? Especially after the rushed-looking Dragon Age 2.

  45. mlaskus says:

    SpaceChem of course, how could anyone like anything else more? Silly people!

    I’m playing most games on my 3 year old laptop, so far it was able to handle everything I threw at it.
    I’m going to upgrade once the new wave of console hits the market and I will be able to get some decent gear packed into 14 or 15 inches of mobile goodness.

  46. Erucan says:

    1. Currently a tie between Portal 2 and Frozen Synapase. Portal 2 for great level design and humour, and Frozen Synapse for the moment you see your plan against a human opponent goes exactly like you wanted to (cue evil laughter).
    2. No, but thinking of doing it next year.

    Will see if those two last til the end of the year, but i’m hopeful.

  47. Jonathan says:

    1) Tactics Ogre on the PSP because I’m a heretic. Disappointingly, nothing from 2011 on PC has really grabbed me yet, not even Portal 2.

    2) My PC is a bit long in the tooth, and is getting to the point where I don’t want to spend money on the latest games out of concern they’ll not run satisfactorily. I’m probably going to upgrade sometime in the next 6 months though, probably with a new computer, so I can enjoy Skyrim fully.

    • 8-bit says:

      Tactics ogre is pretty brilliant though, I put something like a hundred hours into it on one playthrough and I reckon I could have put another hundred in without seeing everything. we need more games like that on PC I think, there was one last year but I heard it wasn’t that good.

    • DrGonzo says:

      You sir, have no soul!

  48. Decimae says:

    Top Game: Portal 2

    My HD4870 + Athlon 64 X2 still runs everything a throw at it, and most at max, at 1680×1050. I don’t need more. Once it doesn’t, I might consider upgrading.

    • DrGonzo says:

      In that case, try out The Witcher 2. I have similar specs to you and can’t get off low settings.

  49. Edawan says:

    So far the only new games I bought this year were Portal 2 and Amnesia (blame WoW) and my favourite of these was Portal.

    My last upgrade was 6 months ago, so it’s still holding up well. It’s was mostly for WoW.
    Yeah it’s kinda crazy that new games were running very well on my 3 years old rig, but 25-man raiding put it on its knees.

  50. hosndosn says:

    I’m not a fantasy fan, so it’s still Portal 2.

    I was happy to see I didn’t have to upgrade anything to run Portal 2. If anything, it seemed to run better(!?!) than Portal 1.

    • Edawan says:

      That’s not very surprising. Game engines get optimized. ;-)

      On my PC, Mass Effect 2 ran a lot smoother than ME1 and it was a lot prettier too !