To stand against the onslaught of new consoles, PC developers have cranked up the juice on approaching new software, and the power surge will likely give your rig a shiner if you aren't prepared. Here are the games and the hardware fixes to make sure you are fully-equipped for all of the PC goodness to come.
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What It Will Break: Your puny CD-ROM drive
Yes, finally getting your mitts on the next chapter of the Elder Scrolls story is like catching a mythical
Agent 47, everyone's favorite hired killer, makes a welcome return this summer, and we tracked down Rasmus Hojengaard, game director at IO Interactive, for a Hitman: Blood Money interrogation.
Born in a secret lab and genetically engineered to be a ruthless killer, Agent 47 uses his shadowy ties to an unknown agency to acquire missions - and for the first time, we'll finally be able to earn cash for killings and blow it on gleaming metal murder-tools.
Hitman: Contracts gave us some excellent
The fast-paced enemy-slaughtering, dungeon-crawling formula popularized by Diablo has proven more than merely popular. It's massive. Few companies, however, have found ways to make it their own. Somehow, Sega has taken its classic sci-fi Phantasy Star RPG franchise and done just that. Blending action-packed dungeon exploration, stylish console-style presentation and a full single-player quest to compliment its online hack and slash, PSU should clue PC gamers in to what console fanatics have
Slicing plastic robots into tumbling bricks as a miniature and rather angular Obi-Wan Kenobi plugs into that "pure fun" part of our brain in the same way that building forts out of couch cushions used to. Lego Star Wars drew out that imaginative joy with ease, and now we get to do it all over again ... but with the original trilogy of Star Wars
If it was NetDevil's intention with its post-apocalyptic vehicular MMORPG to create an experience that didn't feel remotely like an RPG, then it already looks like it's succeeded. As online worlds go, Auto Assault is an astonishingly dynamic, fast-paced, physical experience.
The deep scoops, ramps and rubble mountains of its desolate landscape make the best of a superb, gently exaggerated physics engine that allows buildings to be (temporarily) brought down, and players to bump into and
It's been 18 months since Full Spectrum Warrior debuted, out-innovating an entire glut of military shooters by ... not giving you a gun? Yes, the cerebral strategy game carved out its own new subgenre, challenging players to learn to move and cover with a pair of four-man Alpha and Bravo squads. Instead of relying upon your reflexes and big piles of ammo, you had to outthink and outflank opponents using real Army tactics - without actually pulling the trigger yourself - in order to secure a
Sick of the relentless realism, turbine-upgrading and constant bodywork-pimping of current racers? Are you eager for a nostalgia trip, free from lame decals and tacky spoilers? Then keep your eyes peeled for OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast.
Blue skies, palm trees and the most arcade-style handling you've ever experienced await in OutRun 2006. Going back to glorious basics, accelerator and brake buttons are all you need. Forget handbrake turns, crash-breakers and ramps that have you flying through
Why don't Top Guns get any love? Crimson Skies and Secret Weapons Over Normandy were a blast, and we demand more. Ubisoft's WWII era flight opera Blazing Angels is primed to deliver the kind of experience that has been sadly lacking on the consoles for the last
Amid the sometimes tired deluge of sequels and copycat adventure games featuring gangsters who steal cars and shoot innocent pedestrians, there can be hidden gems. Will Wright, the creator of the Sims franchise, is fashioning just such a gem: Spore. Developed for PC, Spore is a strategy game revolving around the development of your species, then the advancement of your civilization. You continue exploration through a universe so staggering in size you could literally play it forever and still
You are an outlaw among outlaws, a high-tech poacher known as a STALKER. In 2012, twenty years after the world's worst atomic disaster, a second mysterious explosion rocked the Ukraine. The Chernobyl site became uninhabitable for humans with even the most advanced protective gear. Six years later you reenter the area, known as the “Exclusion Zone,” to bring back valuable artifacts formed by the strange anomalies there. You are not alone. Mutated creatures and other trigger-happy