Archive for February, 2007

Battlefield 2

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Chopper shootingPicture this: You are the only one on the front. You are lying on the dust, waiting for a clean shot. Suddenly a tank appears in your scope! You request backup immediately, telling everyone that a tank is coming to your position.
The tank hasn’t spotted you yet, but he is moving to your position very fast. Suddenly a helicopter appears behind the tank and starts fireing at it. It’s your teammate! Sniper headshotYou take a look at the map and see that you have two soldiers in the area that are crawling through the jungle to help you.
Lucky for you, one of this soldiers is an anti-tank unit. Three clean shots from this soldier and the tank is history.
Now you can capture this spawn-point as a team!

Artillerie destroyedThis scenario is typical for an average Internet game. It is usually much better when you have enough players on a LAN party!

Battlefield 2 features big maps, team-play, vehicles, choppers, boats, and supports up to 64 players on one single server! This should be enough to guarantee you hours of fun with your friends.

BF 2 is not for old PCs

If you know that some of your friends at your LAN party don’t have the latest hardware on the market, you should rethink if you want to play Battlefield 2!

The minimum requirements are:

  • CPU: 1.7 Ghz
  • RAM: 512 Mb
  • Video Card: NVidia GeForce FX 5700, ATI Radeon 8500 or ATI Radeon 9500 with 128 Mb of RAM

If you know that you some of you will not fulfill these requirements, you probably want to take a look at Battlefield 1942.

Do you like Battlefield 2?

If your answer is yes, let us know why!

What maps do you like best and what modifications do you know of?

Leave a comment!

Command & Conquer: Generals

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Purple BaseDo you remember the last time when you’ve played a strategy game on a LAN party?

While I love strategy games I don’t think that they are perfect for LAN parties. The reason is, that players with experience in the game will always win.

Purple ParticleBut if you are able to define even teams, I advise you to try a strategy!

Command & Conquer is probably the most known strategy game series. The latest game to date is Command & Conquer: Generals. It features a 3D engine and many funny units like Hackers who “suck the internet dry” or Workers who complain about the “Hard work” you gave them.

Cyan Base Cyan gets nuked Another particle cannon attack at the purple player

LAN game without AI

It is possible to add a artificial players to your LAN game, enabling you to play against one or more computer-controlled-players. But if I were you, I would play human vs. human.

If you add computer-controlled players, you will have massive lag problems at the end of the game. My experience shows, that the interruptions will be gone, if you don’t include AI-players. Unless you haven’t any problems waiting 10 seconds during a battle, you should try to play with human players only.

Zero Hour Add-On

C&C: Generals is very balanced and I recommend you to take a look at the add-on called Zero Hour.

C&C: Generals – Zero Hour adds several new abilities to each side, including different Generals that have special abilities like General Tsing Shi Tao who specialise on nuklear weaponry, or General Alexis Alexander who brings weapons of mass destruction to the US-side.

The game on the right side contains both: The original Command & Conquer: Generals game, and the Add-On called Command & Conquer: Generals – Zero Hour.

If you already own C&C: Generals you can buy the expansion pack Zero Hour in a seperate box.

In case you already played Command and Conquer, let me ask you about your opinion about the game. Please leave a comment and describe why you like or dislike C&C: Generals and what maps, mods or strategy tips you want my readers to know!

Serious Sam: The Second Encounter

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

The start of Serious Sam: The Second EncounterI discovered Serious Sam on our last LAN party. When we were all nearly sleeping, we needed a game that does require little to no attention. Serious Sam did fill this gap very well!

ChainsawWe played Serious Sam in Coop Mode, which was very funny. The advantage of Coop over Deathmatch is, that you don’t need to pay fully attention on aiming. If you already took a look at Serious Sam, you probably know that this game is all about shooting.

Serious wound!There are a large amount of enemies attacking you which are mostly dead with one shot. Because of the number of enemies you never become bored, there’s always another enemy standing right behind your back if you think that you killed all monsters near you.

Playing as a group, discovering all the enemies, weapons and simple puzzles is very entertaining. Even if you pass out for some minutes, you will respawn in the group as soon as you die. This gives you the chance to ignore some annoying puzzles while still be part of the group later.

The game engine is about five years old, making it perfect to play on nearly every PC. That said, you also benefit from the cheap price of the game, which mean you can play it online for nearly no money!

The sequel

If you now look at the screenshots, and find yourself asking if you really should try such an old game, I have a solution for you: The developers created a sequel, which is called Serious Sam 2. It is based on a better game engine and therefore looks much better! While I didn’t play the game yet, I can’t really tell you if Serious Sam II is the right game for a LAN-party.
Judging what all the gaming sites tell me, Serious Sam II has the same humor the first two games (Serious Sam: The First Encounter and Serious Sam: The Second Encounter) have, along with new enemies and weapons.

If you already played Serious Sam 2, please leave a comment how you liked the game and if it is worth to play it on a LAN-party.

See you next week for my third LAN-game presentation!