Thursday, September 29, 2016

Back To The Past: Shadow Warrior

Recently I beat "Shadow Warrior", a First-Person Shooter based on the FPSs of the 90s. The version I played was a reboot developed by Flying Wild Hog and published by Devolver Digital. The original "Shadow Warrior" was created by 3D Realms and released in 1997 (This version I never played). You can currently pick up both versions on Steam and

You play as Lo Wang, a wise cracking ninja assassin who gets caught up in an ancient battle of demons. From start to finish you run through the levels hacking demons with your sword or blowing them to bits with your guns or both. Lo Wang also gets to wield magic powers as you progress through the game. Game-play is a very well done nod to the classic First-Person Shooters of the 90s and early 2000s. It reminded me a lot of Serious Sam, hordes of enemies with a wise cracking protagonist.

The weapons are fun and the melee combat with the sword was enjoyable. I enjoyed playing through this game, but thought Flying Wild Hog made the game a little long. Some areas felt as if they dragged on for ages. The humor was pretty good. I found my self laughing out load many times during my play through. Lo Wang was an enjoyable character to play and I am happy this game made enough money to produce a sequel. Shadow Warrior 2 is set to release in October of 2016.

The story of this version of Shadow Warrior was an interesting one. The plot of the game was very simple and not much to it. You are tasked with collecting three swords, that when put together is capable of killing immortals and you must do so to save the world. Simple right, but the story of the immortal gods is the interesting part of this game. It is the only serious part of the game as well. The story is about a family of demon immortals who struggle with each other over power and it gets pretty emotional at times. I was surprised at how serious this story line gets, since the rest of the game doesn't take it self too seriously and can be very funny at times. I thought that was pretty neat, one serious story and one over the top not so serious story.

Playing the 2013 reboot of Shadow Warrior kind of makes me want to play the original from 1997. I might pick it up in the future just to see how different Flying Wild Hog's version of Shadow Warrior is. If you haven't played either version of Shadow Warrior, I highly recommend at least picking up the reboot. The sequel is just around the corner. Shadow Warrior reboot is available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

ToeJam & Earl Back In The Groove

When I was playing the original ToeJam & Earl on Steam, I found out one of the original creators is making another game. This new game is called ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove and was kick-started by developer Humanature Studios in 2015 to be released on PC, Linux, and MAC. The kick-start was a success but the stretch goal to port the game to the consoles wasn't met. So, this year Adult Swim Games announced they are publishing this game for a release in 2017 on PC and console platforms. You can check out the teaser here...

I am super excited to check out this game next year. It sounds like they are going for the original gameplay with a modern twist. Let's hope ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove does justice to the franchise. You can read an interview of the developers by Polygon here.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Playing Borderlands The Pre-Sequel On My Nvidia Sheild Tablet

Earlier this year I posted on my blog that I picked up the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 2015 version. In 2016 I haven't really gamed on it that much. Maybe a few games here and there, but they were all tablet app based games.

That was till I found out that Borderlands 2 and Borderlands The Pre-Sequel were released on the Nvidia Shield Tablet. So, never playing the Pre-Sequel before, I downloaded it onto my Shield Tablet. Right away I was pretty blown away on how well this game looks and plays on this tablet. Of course it is no-where near as good looking as the PC version. But on the K1 it looked pretty good. The game also played pretty well, with no frame-rate drops or hick-ups. It handles very well with a controller attached to the tablet. To be honest this game was not designed at all for any touch inputs. It only works with a controller. I happened to be using the Nvidia Shield controller that I picked up to go along with my tablet.

Borderlands The Pre-Sequel was the first major game I played on my K1 tablet. I am having a blast playing the game. I normally play it while I mine in EVE: Online. So I kind of multi-task gaming, lol.

I just wanted to quickly share my experience with the Nvidia Shield K1 Tablet and my first real major game played on it. This has really secured my feeling about picking up this tablet. Can't wait to see other games released for this device. Till then, I'll be enjoying Borderlands The Pre-Sequel on my tablet.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Upgrading My GPU To A Nvidia GTX 1080 FTW

I was finally able to pick up a GTX 1080 at it's MSRP for my gaming rig. For months now the EVGA Nvidia GTX 1080s have been way over priced. I know I could have found other brands, but I really like EVGA graphic cards. I have been using them in my builds for the last 10 years since BFG went down hill and then out of business.

I was currently running a EVGA Nvidia GTX 770. There was nothing wrong with the card but I knew it was temporary when I first bought it. Back in March 2014 when I built my latest gaming rig that I currently use now, I wanted a GTX 780. While researching parts I found out the GTX 700 series was being phased out for the GTX 900 series. So I didn't want to drop a lot of cash on something that was going to be replaced in the future. As time went by I decided to wait it out for the generation after the GTX 900s. When the GTX 1000 series was announced I felt it was time to upgrade to a GTX 1080. When the Nvidia GTX 1080 was launched in May 2016, you couldn't find them anywhere and when you did the prices were crazy. Like $1000 starting price crazy. So I waited till I was able to find this gem on Amazon at its MSRP of $679.99. The EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 FTW ACX 3.0, specs are:

-1721MHz Base Clock
-1860MHz Boost Clock
-275.3GT/s Texture Fill Rate
-8GB GDDR5X Memory
-1000MHz Memory Clock
-320GB/s Memory Bandwidth

After installing this puppy in my current gaming rig, I was able to play DOOM (2016) at Ultra settings while never going below 60 Frames Per Second at 1920x1080 resolution. Can't wait to bump up the settings on all the other games I play. I am pleased with this bad ass GPU from EVGA. It destroys my old GTX 770. But I do have to say that the size of this card is much bigger compared to the GTX 770. I almost thought it wasn't going to fit in my computer, but it did.

You can check out more pictures of the install and spec information on my current gaming rig at my site called JB The Gamer's Gaming Rig. If you are interested in the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 card, now is the time to start looking. The prices have come down to normal and are starting to stay in stock. You can pick this bad boy up over at Amazon by Clicking Here.