School's Out Summer Gaming Event!

EVGA School's Out Gaming Event

School's Out!!! It's time to get your friends together and game for a chance to win great prizes from EVGA! Stay out of the heat for a while and play on any EVGA Game Server for a chance to win. Remember, the more you play, the better the prizes.

There are quite a few games for you to choose from, like Battlefield 4, Team Fortress 2, and many others! All of this isn't only for fun and games, though. When you sign up for the EVGA School's Out Gaming Event and log into our servers between June 15, 2016 and June 29, 2016, you'll qualify for some really great prizes – all just for playing! Signing up is completely free and easy for anyone, regardless of where you live. We have lots of prizes to give away, so don't miss out on this awesome opportunity to play great games and win some quality products!

Qualifying for the event is very easy if you follow these simple steps. Sign up on the article page with either your Steam ID, BF4 soldier name, or all three if you feel like it. After that, all you have to do is log in and play anytime during June 15, 2016 4:00 PM Pacific to June 29, 2016 11:59:59 PM Pacific. Be sure to check the official EVGA Gaming blog to see the full list of servers available and read some great articles from team EVGA! Please don't forget to keep enjoying our servers after the event ends!

This is a global promotion and all are welcome to participate.

SaltLake Reviews: Total War: WARHAMMER

Total War: Warhammer is out after being delayed. I am a big Warhammer 40k fan, and have some knowledge of Warhammer Fantasy. I actually have a 750 pt Space Wolf, and 750 pt Ok Army, not huge but still decent. What I don’t know is Total War, I have never played any of the series before. So this review will be in the eyes of a novice, so you veteran players will probably not have the same issues I have. That being said I do not have much to say, because I have no background knowledge. I was thinking this would be a game similar to Civilization, but it is not. It more in-depth in some areas and less in other areas.

(Here is a gallery link for all picture in the article: http://imgur.com/a/vudsG)


Let’s start with game settings as people seem to like to see what options the game developers give us. The options are pretty standard plus a few extra for a game, it does support 21:9 monitors which I will always say is progress into making it a standard for games as much as 16:9. The Gamma setting (not pictured) was really poorly implemented as a slider with percentages, and no grey on black image to gauge whether you in the ballpark for your gamma setting. The audio setting support “stereo headphones”, instead of just “stereo”. I was unable hear any differences on my Astro A40’s. I used my wife's computer again, I feel as though a GTX 980 is closer to what most people are using than a GTX 980 Ti. You will not max the settings on a GTX 980. The "not enough VRAM" issue will come back, as it did in DOOM. Though once I did turn down some settings I did notice a steady ~50 FPS on 3440x1440, so anyone playing on 2560x1440, will see a full 60fps.

Starting a game you are greeted with five factions, The Empire whom are mostly humans, The Dwarfs, The Greenskins whom are Orcs, The Vampire Count, and Warriors of Chaos who serve the Chaos Gods and are various races. Each of these races have their own unique lore and special abilities. You can also choose Victory Objectives, which there are two options: short or long. The short objective is your baseline and the long objective furthers this list. I chose dwarfs because of beards and beer. After you select your faction, you must select a leader to play as, each faction has two leaders except chaos which has three. These leaders have their own special abilities and starting units. A veteran player will know how to min-max these to get the best play through. It does give you some, but still very limited, flexibility in your play style. You can also choose a difficulty here.

The graphics were,  I would say, average or even just below average. Though I would quickly come to realize that this was not due to Creative Assembly not trying, but simply because they go for quantity over quality. There are so many units on the map during a battle that you can’t possibly have top end graphics and expect them to also have that large size of the armies. This is actually a big aspect of Warhammer Fantasy, large scale armies. In fact the army you see above is the starter army that is rather small compared to the armies you will quickly build. I will give them a pass on the graphic quality while in game, but their cut scenes need some work.  Though maybe one day we will see our computers be able to handle large scale battles and have breathtaking graphics, today is not that day. That said I really think Creative Assembly tried their best to balance the two objectives, large armies and good graphics.


The graphics are good quality but the tutorial is complete and utter crap. They teach you the basic on how to attack and move in the overworld, but how to siege, placement of troops etc etc it wants you to use this in-game browser to look it up. First requiring on-line connection to see a tutorial is a huge no-no. I have no idea what they were thinking doing this, it is a poor choice. The second issue is that it never loads and gave me a black screen, or it gave me a error stating that it couldn’t connect. This was just in shambles and completely unnecessary, would have been better to put the darn tutorial on the hard drive. Once it does work it gives you some data and it is semi-useful, though I only got 2 pages to actually work and neither one contained how-to-play information. Get used to reading an online tutorial that are always down. Even then good luck spending time reading about the subject instead of actually doing it


“Now that the page is loaded it says the my Pickmen can be placed anywhere not on the enemy starting position, so that's why they are over there dying.”


Combat consists of four parts, engaging, fighting, resolving, leveling. You must first march and confront an enemy army, once there you will decide on three options Fight, Auto-Resolve, and Retreat. Fight is where you manually control your army and fight, this takes longer but if you know what you are doing you can pull of some extraordinary feats. Next is Auto-Resolve, this is where the computer automatically tallies up your armies and spouts out who wins. There is a red and yellow bar above your options that shows each armies strength, if you are in the middle to three-quarters mark I would say fight manually, if more than that you can auto-resolve with safety. Finally is retreat, which is to retreat.

Second step is to fight if you choose not to auto-resolve or retreat, you start off deciding how you want to position your army, and begin the battle. You must remember to flank your enemies and have forces ready to catch retreating forces to annihilate them from recovering.

Next is the resolving, if you are attacking another option that you can release your prisoners which will give you a bit of gold and make your enemies not hate you as much. The other is to carry out the orders and get more leadership for a few turns. If you are attacking a city you can occupy it adding it to your empire.  Loot and occupy, take the city and raid some coin at the expense of the city hating you more for a time.  Loot, where you don’t capture the city but you make some gold. The last option is to raze the city, and that destroys the city forever. The last option comes in use when you have a city that you and an enemy are continuously fighting over and you just want to end it with a nuclear strike.

Finally you can level your characters, adding unique abilities to them and improving upon their skills/leadership/empire benefits. This is useful and allows you again to improve in areas you might be struggling in.
The overworld also has 3 major options. Building cities that give you benefits like better soldiers, improved gold flow, improved citizen “happiness” and improved defenses. You also have technology research which again does improves your troops or your economy/growth/cities. Then there is your objectives book. The dwarves call it the book of grudges. It basically gives you mission objectives to compete like wiping out X army, or taking over Y town.

“I’m exhausted after just reading your review”

There are many many more aspects to this game, but this is the longest review I have done yet and your attention is probably starting to wander. The game is good, it has lots of gameplay and is very in-depth. If they fixed the tutorial/help guide it would be much better for new players, as it stands I feel like new players will be detoured into misunderstanding and having a harder time than they should.

It’s hard to do a review on a game after being spoiled by DOOM, but I don’t recommend this game for everyone. It’s very meticulous there is no “oops go back” button even in the overworld. Once it's done it is done. It can be daunting doing your first siege without a tutorial to help. If you like paying attention to detail and controlling large armies while making your citizens happy, you will like this game. For everyone else, wait for it to drop down to a comfortable price or the bugs are worked out, play it on a easier setting and just have fun with it.

Otherwise you will be putting your head on the desk when you accidentally click the wrong spot on a map and your forces move away from a city allowing a orc army to capture it. That being said even though I struggled with the game, I started playing 10pm, and looked up to realize it was 1am. It has the Civilization feeling of “Just one more turn”.

SaltLake Reviews: DOOM!

There are three video game featuring Space Marine's that I really think could be classified as “Famous”. Master Chief from HALO, Space Marines from StarCraft, and the granddaddy of them all, the man simply known as “DOOM Guy”. Originally released in 1993, DOOM has been the template for First Person Shooters (FPS) ever since. DOOM Guy has also been the standard template for Space Marines in video games. Non-talkative, deadly, always angry, and has no time for explanations.

DOOM has always been close to my heart as it was one of those games, I still continue to load into and play the original two. So when I was told there would be no early press reviews I was very scared that this game was not up to the task of fulfilling that nostalgic hole in my heart. This was only reinforced by the less than stellar multiplayer beta weeks before its official release. Though DOOM has and always will be a single player in my mind. The lack of early reviews forces me to quickly play through and not enjoy everything the game has to offer, and then make a review. This is not ideal for reviewers and critics.

Before we jump into the game, I want to reflect on something that game developers just simply skip over or make you go into a .ini and change to get what you want. That is the settings page, these options are just glorious. Native support for 21:9 is a huge bonus, but it gets better. Many games have v-sync on/off, DOOM offers V-sync on/off/adaptive so those of you running Nvidia’s G-Sync or AMD’s Free-Sync can easily use this option now instead of hoping that turning off v-sync is enough. They also show that they want to remain neutral in the hardware wars by simply calling it adaptive. There are so many options and the rank from Low, Medium, High, Ultra, and Nightmare. I am currently using my wife's computer, as I tore my computer apart to find a water leak, which has a i7 4790k and a GTX 980. I actually got an error saying that I couldn’t change a setting because it doesn’t have 5gb of VRAM, and that prevented me from doing so to prevent crashes. There is just so many options in the settings.

There are 5 difficulty settings, and normally I do reviews on medium difficulty and have a easy time doing so and taking screenshots. This game gave me trouble trying to stay alive and take a screenshot in the middle of action. Those that think games are getting too easy will be pleased on the difficulty I believe. Though I have not played at Ultra-Nightmare setting yet so I’m not sure what to expect on that difficulty.

DOOM starts off right with DOOM Guy waking up looking at a rune, and you can already tell he is angry. While other FPS games will start with 5 minutes of exposition of what happened, you start with a pistol and a kill count of 4 Possessed Ones within the  first 15 seconds. This instantly felt right, no backstory, no dialogue on the history of DOOM. You simply start enraged that hell is back, and start cracking skulls. I already had those warm fuzzies about this game. This strongly reminds me of the first games where literally you start in a unknown place and just start shooting baddies. The pistol was surprisingly weak and made me worried that they were trying to make it difficult by simply lower stats of your character and guns. This is not the case, only the starting pistol has infinite ammo and you get an instant upgrade in the form of a shotgun within the first 5 minutes of the game.

That isn’t to say there isn’t a storyline, there is. Usually it is done in very short time, to keep you in the mindset of crush and smash, there are instances of random holograms saying 3-4 sentences and then moving on. It gets the job done but it’s short, simple and to the point like any DOOM game should be. The story is light and the action is deep… in blood.

The graphics are outstanding, just look at the rock where behind the helmet, the runes are carved in but faded, the gloves have different textures between the wires, leather, metal and plastic pieces. Enemies are well designed and unique, they have a firm presence that they are from hell. These aren’t even the highest level of graphics, I can’t wait to see DOOM on my fixed computer.  Taking a look outside gives me chills out how the environment looks, constant wind moving the red sands and seeing research centers in the distance. The cliffs give a sense of danger at the ragged edges sticking out. These are some of the best graphics I’ve played in some time.

Another concern is that DOOM would censor a lot of the more bloody and gruesome aspects out of the game as the game's history has been a source of controversy. I am glad to report that this is not the case. The above picture is a once clean room after a single fight. Causing this much mayhem is an art form, and to make that much blood is a skill no one should have. The guts and gore are plenty and overfilling.  The animations during melee are very fast and were well implemented. Glory Kills to a demon when they are flashing after some damage reward you with health packs, thus allowing you to continually heals as you destroy the enemies in your path.

The secrets are no longer little tiny differences in wall details but levers and more puzzles that lead to anything from a unique weapon and armor upgrades to passage to the old style game that can be played later on from the main menu. This gives a unique twist on the secrets and Easter eggs, as before it was just a gun a level earlier or extra ammo/health packs. These secrets are well hidden and sometimes require to backtrack to find them, due to you doing something like turning on the power which opens a door. I can see people losing their minds finding all the secrets.

DOOM brings back my childhood in a morbid way. The gameplay is not just a scare game, or a boring FPS but a blend of both filled with lots and lots of violence. I highly recommend that anyone that played the old DOOMS or feel their mature enough to play this game to pick it up when it comes into your price range. It is a game if you buy you will not regret and are bound to have many many hours of fun hunting down secrets and punching demons in the head. I wouldn’t change a thing, the game feels right, it plays right, and it looks right. I always nitpick at things on all the games I play. Fallout 4 had aging graphics and awful graphic settings, ARK:Survival Evolved had repetitive game play. This has so many graphic settings it’s sure to bring a smile to your face, the graphics are awesome, and the gameplay is just a ton violence fun. This is easily a game of the year candidate already.

RIP AND TEAR!

_Salt Lake

 

EVGA Fragfest Mayhem Gaming Event

EVGA Fragfest Mayhem Gaming Event

Do you like Mayhem? Fragging your friends? Winning great prizes? Then the EVGA Fragfest MAYhem event is for you! Get your friends together or meet new ones, just remember it’s frag or be fragged! Play on any EVGA Game Server for a chance to win some great prizes!

There are quite a few games for you to choose from, like Battlefield 4, Team Fortress 2, and many others! All of this isn't only for fun and games, though. When you sign up for the EVGA Fragfest Mayhem Gaming Event and log into our servers between May 13, 2016 and May 27, 2016, you'll qualify for some really great prizes – all just for playing! Signing up is completely free and easy for anyone, regardless of where you live. We have lots of prizes to give away, so don't miss out on this awesome opportunity to play great games and win some quality products!

Qualifying for the event is very easy if you follow these simple steps. Sign up at the >> Event page << with either your Steam ID, BF4 soldier name, or all three if you feel like it. After that, all you have to do is log in and play anytime during May 13, 2016 4:00 PM Pacific to May 27, 2016 11:59:59 PM Pacific. Please don't forget to keep enjoying our servers after the event ends!

This is a global promotion and all are welcome to participate.

EVGA @ LanDiego State 5 - Event Recap!

This past weekend,  EVGA had the opportunity to attend LanDiego State 5!  An awesome event that took place on the San Diego State University campus.  This was our second year as a sponsor for the and we had a blast along with all those who attended!

We were showing off some EVGA hardware in two different systems that were on display at the booth along with some EVGA swag in the form of T-shirts and lanyards!  Thank you to all those who stopped by the booth and chatted with us.  

We event had a chance to stream the event and get in some Killing Floor 2 gameplay via our TeamEVGA Twitch channel.   Check out the event stream here and watch as the our booth gets overtaken when Jesse, the event MC announced EVGA was in the house!  

EVGA along with some other great sponsors donated a ton of prizes for the event raffle.  From motherboards, to gaming mice and power supplies and even a shiny new EVGA GTX 960 SSC graphics card!  Check out the lucky winners pictures down below!

LanDiego State 5 was a success for both EVGA and the LanDiego crew. Again we would like to thank them for inviting us to be a part of their event and thanks to all those who came by the EVGA booth!  Check out some of the event images and EVGA raffle prize winners down below! 

 

LanDiego State 5!

LanDiego State 5 is upon us!  EVGA is proud once again to sponsor another local Southern California LAN event taking place at San Diego State University this weekend!  

LanDiego will be hosting tournaments for Rocket League, League of Legends, Smash Bros Melee, Smash Bros 4, and Street Fighter V!   Along with the awesome tournaments where participants will be able to win prizes,  there will be some great prizes being raffled off at the event.  Among the prizes will be some awesome EVGA products that we have donated for the raffle!

We will also have some awesome EVGA Swag to give away to all those who visit our booth!  So we encourage everyone to come on by and say hello!

LanDiego State 5 will kick off on April 30th from 10am at Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union in Montezuma Hall at San Diego State University.  Lets get ready for a LAN party!

EVGA @ BeachCon 2016 - Recap!

Today EVGA had the opportunity to attend BeachCon 2016, the annual premier gaming event for students of Cal State Long Beach and the Long Beach community.  We had the pleasure of continuing to be one of the main sponsors of the event along with some other great companies that donated their time to a great local event.  

EVGA once again came through with lots of swag in the form of T-shirts, and lanyards for all those who visited our booth.  We donated some goodies to the raffle that everyone got a chance to enter after purchasing a raffle ticket, and sponsored the CS:GO tournament along with prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!

All in all BeachCon 2016 was a great success for both EVGA and the BeachCon and CSULB eSports teams!  Check out some of the awesome images captured by our very own EVGA_JamesL who donated his time to come by and photograph the event for us!

A big thank you to all those who visited our booth, asked us questions and those who won all the great EVGA products!  Our last photo is a great one with one of our fans wearing one of the EVGA classic T-shirts and getting a new 2016 T-shirt, I'd call that an upgrade!!  See you next year at BeachCon 2017!!!