The best FPS game of 2013

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As the year 2013 goes by it left the gamers titillated for the holiday season with the world’s most anticipated First Person Shooter games released in November 2013. Yes we are talking about the two giants of the gaming industry Infinity Ward and DICE. Gamers around the world hit the stores to get their hands onto the most anticipated games of 2013. Though both Battlefield and Call of Duty have different ways of portraying FPS gaming but one just cannot stop himself from comparing the two and here we are trying to look through every meticulous detail we can find about how the games fared and which one appealed more to the gaming community.

Single Player Campaign

After Infinity ward’s previous Call of Duty game, Modern Warfare 2 gave the gamers an immersive experience in the single player campaign with a great story and some breath taking moments, a lot was expected from Ghosts. The story is straight forward but fresh, there are some amazing visual effects in the form of explosions in the environment and specially the space combat scenario which are bound to take you by surprise. Infinity Ward was indeed successful in winning the hearts of the gamers in the campaign section.

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On the other hand Battlefield 4 has a more weapon based action, it seems like DICE is still trying to capture the Call of Duty magic in its campaign but somehow fails, what is worth watching is the action packed open map combats which one can anyway experience in the multiplayer. So, for this section Call of Duty Ghosts is a winner.

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MULTIPLAYER

The multiplayer gameplay is quite different for both the games. Battlefield has always had the huge maps long range gun and vehicle combats where as call of duty relied on gun or hand close range high action combats. Both the games are equally appealing to the audience but battlefield 4 has taken the combat to a whole new level of  realism. With the Frostbite 3 engine the building destruction, reflections and overall gameplay immerses you in a whole new way and you just can help but play for long hours.Not only this, Battlefield 4 has its battlelog app for the smartphones and tablets, you can set up your loadout or you can be a part of a game and send combat orders to your squad directly on the go without  keeping you engrossed in the action even when you are away from your console or pc. This surely makes things better for the players who want to stay in touch with the game even on the move.

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  Battlelog for Tablets and Smartphones

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Call of Duty has always been a leader in multiplayer FPS gaming with its action packed gameplay and killstreak system. This year also Infinity Ward did not let its supporters down with Ghosts. There are some new and fresh game modes like  blitz and cranked which improve the overall experience and keep you engrossed till the very end of the game. But somehow Infinity Ward failed to bring about any significant changes to the gameplay which totally feel like Call of Duty. The same old gun combat which gets a bit monotonous sometimes. Though Ghosts puts up a fair fight to Battlefield 4 but we have to give this one to Battlefield 4.

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GRAPHICS

We all know how amazing Battlefield 3 was, the special effects and the reflections on the map and objects felt so real. With the Frostbite 3 engine the graphics have escalated to a whole new level. The explosions, bullet damage effect, map reflections, environment response all feel pretty real. Just when you think it cant get any better we got to see the most amazing  part of it all , you can demolish entire buildings and skyscrapers during the game making the opponent rush for cover. This takes the immersion to an insanely new level and yes it gives you goosebumps. The level of detail in the open field maps also feels amazing to play in and does provide a level of realism to the whole gaming experience.

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Infinity ward tried to pose a comeback with Call of Duty Ghosts by announcing that it would be released for the next-gen consoles. With added environment interactions and special effects, the game does manage to sweep you off your feet. The forest detailing and reflections bring about a level of realism but fail to go past that Call of Duty cliche graphics. It seems like Infinity ward could not exploit the next generation console hardware completely as the graphics show no major difference. We have to give this one to Battlefield 4.

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So the bout is fair and even. Both franchises tried their level best to lure the gaming community to their end but it really would be unfair to crown a sole winner. Battlefield 4 does seem to be a winner here but it is just a personal opinion based on my review. I would leave it up to you guys to decide who deserves to win the crown of THE BEST FPS GAME OF 2013.

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The Steam Machine might turn out to be Xbox One and PS4’s Predator !!

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As VALVE prepares to enter the console entertainment market with its  Linux based Steam OS. Not just that it has also confirmed a revolutionary gaming controller which is already turning a lot of heads months before its official release.

Just when Microsoft and Sony thought that they were at the pinnacle of console gaming with their latest entries ( XBOX One and PS4 respectively). Valve enters the game and ridicules the entertainment giants in the best way possible.

The official specs of the Steam Machine are out and they are breathtaking. Just when you thought that the 8GB of ram in the XBox one and the PS4 was just enough , Valve confirmed a whooping 16GB of RAM . Not just that,  the colossal machine would be powered by the NVIDIA TITAN GPU and  Intel i7- 4770,  to add on to the pain a 1TB SSHD( Hybrid Drive) . That not only makes the present market leaders look puny but also sends a strong message to the Microsoft and Sony  camps to step up their game , else that day is not far off when there would be a monopoly in the console gaming industry.

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Recap of the Proposed Specs of the Steam Machine:

Processor :  Intel i7-4770

GPU  :   NVIDIA TITAN

RAM :  16 GB

Storage :    1TB SSHD (Solid state Hybrid Drive)

Our Verdict : Though the steam machine does seem to be far better in terms of specs and overall appeal , but with the Nvidia Titan priced at  $1000 alone , it would be intriguing to see how Valve manages to bring its console into the price bracket of the Xbox One and the PS4 ( $500- $600 ) with  its expensive hardware.

If it is able to do so, it would indeed be the end of Microsoft and Sony’s long run duopoly in the console industry.

GTA 5 becomes the most selling game in the HISTORY of gaming in just THREE days!!

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Yes its official , GTA 5 has become the “MOST SELLING GAME” in the history of the gaming industry and whats more shocking is that it has managed to do that within 3 days of its release .

Now coming to the magic figures GTA 5 has been successful in touching the £1 billion mark in just 3 days of its release.

This Colossal game was developed by Rockstar North. The far fetched success didnt come easy , the game took 5 years of  dedicated and indefatigable work by the highly motivated team , every member knew that they were going to be a part of something historic.

Although, the early success of this game doesn’t come as a surprise to us, Rockstar spending over $150 million in advertising and marketing this game, so it seems the money was well spent as even non gamers seemed quite titillated after the release of the first official gameplay of the epic game.

This game also introduces the concept of multi character RPG gameplay  with close integrity every gamer is in for a treat with breathtaking graphics and thousands of new features this surely is a must have game.

For those of you who still are not swept off their feet by the awesomeness of this game here’s  a sneak peak into the game:

Our Verdict  :  Go Grab Your Copy Today!!

Best Budget Graphic Cards

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So the war is between Nvidia and AMD again, this time its for the budget graphics card category (cards below $250) both the camps provide quality cards that have the capability of running the latest games smoothly with high graphics settings, but we are only concerned about the best in this sector, so after testing out a range of products below $250 we shortlisted two cards that stood out.

NVIDIA GTX 560ti

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The card achieves unparallel price to performance ratio. the card is packed with 448 shader cores, 56 texture units, 40 ROPs, and a 320-bit memory interface, thus this card needs a 6 pin power supply. It can achieve cock speeds of 750 Mhz which is quite impressive for a card in this price bracket. Lets have a look at the specs of the card :

  • core clock speed 820MHz
  • 384 CUDA cores at 1640MHz
  • 8 PolyMorph engines
  • 64 texture units
  • 32 ROP units
  • 4 x 64 bit memory controllers
  • 1GB GDDR5 memory at 4008MHz
  • 170 Watt TDP
  • 100°C thermal threshold

Now the benchmarks, how the card performs :

The Setup:

  • CPU: i-7 920 @ 3.60GHz
  • Motherboard: MSI X58 Platinum
  • Memory: 6GB Mushkin Redline DDR3 1600
  • Chassis: Microcool Banchetto 101 bench-table
  • PSU: Enermax Galaxy 1000W
  • HDD: 1.5TB GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11
  • Cooling: Corsair H50 dual-fan
  • OS: Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

All settings High AA x4   AF x16

Aliens Vs Predators

1280×1024 = 68

1680×1050=55

1920×1200=44

2560x 1600=24

Metro 2033

1280×1024 = 47

1680×1050=39

1920×1200=29

2560x 1600=19

Battlefield 3 

1280×1024 = 154

1680×1050=45

1920×1200=32

2560x 1600=23

The benchmarks prove the mettle of the card and we definitely recommend this card to our fans.

AMD Radion HD 7850

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A close competitor to the Nvidia GTX 560ti this card consumes less power and also has no overheating issues unlike the cards from the NVIDIA camp and a bit cheaper than the NVIDIA counterpart

The specs are as follows:

  • core clock speed 860MHz
  • 1024 shaders
  • 64 texture units
  • 256 bit memory controllers
  • 2 GB GDDR5 memory at 4.8 GHz
  • 140 Watt TDP
  • 100°C thermal threshold

This card provides a slightly better price to performance ratio than the GTX 560ti

Benchmarks

All settings High AA x4   AF x16

Aliens Vs Predators

1680×1050=66

1920×1200=58

2560x 1600=32

Metro 2033

1680×1050=56

1920×1200=49

2560x 1600=30

Battlefield 3 

1680×1050=40

1920×1200=38

2560x 1600=25

The Verdict

Though both cards give each other a tough fight and there is no clear winner so we would consider all the peripheral advantages one card has over the other, the AMD HD 7850 has a higher clock speed , consumes less power and also has less heating issues . To top it all its slightly cheaper than the Nvidia 560ti  Sapphire does an amazing job at providing better cooling and sturdy body to the 7850 in comparison to the stock card.

We recommend the  SAPPHIRE HD 7850 2GB to our fans

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