Hello there, new member here. I’m an almost 34 year old gamer girl that’s been a long time away from serious co-op gameplay. When Left 4 Dead was officially announced, as soon as I got the system specs for PC I built an entire rig primarily for Left 4 Dead play. As I’m sure many here can relate, (and sorry for this little lengthy love letter!) I spent many a night playing not just the campaigns but the Zombies VS Survivors mode…over and over and over again. When the work day was over I’d look forward to a night of crazy expectation. You just didn’t know what to expect! It was the highlight of my night. Each match was unique, and even fun if you lost! I recall one such match fondly that ended in (it must have been a minute or less!) failure as soon as the safe room door was opened carelessly. Boomered at onset, then rushed with a pile of corpses, a crafty Smoker pull, and a Hunter for the takedown. Shock and dismay, a glint of anger, then total laughter! I was so in love with the game, but I just didn’t have many friends to play with (since my hubby is not really a gamer, PC or otherwise, and dislikes first person shooters the most). Being a female, I found it very hard to game with friends in real life so had to turn mostly to random match-ups on PC, though gathered some friends on-line along the way of course. In the beginning though, even random players stuck through those long matches and did their best to form strategies and win. You LEARNED the map as both teams, and knew where to hide and where to shoot. It made it even better to play…but with those who likewise were willing to stick it out whether they were winning or losing…unlike the later Left 4 Dead sequel, where the sudden game dropping, rage-quitting, and lack of “serious” players spoiled the fun so much I dropped out of gaming for a very long while. By “serious” I don’t necessarily mean die-hards and competition level play…just games that folks play through to the end, and decently trying to win. One of my last co-ops on-line the game ended while being within the first chapter, when two team mates decided to start shooting each other dead for fun instead of the zombies. When once I got Smokered, the rest of the team completely ran off in a panic and forgot about me until it was too late, and I actually died by Smoker pull! I didn’t know that was even possible! For me, it was as if L4D2 killed L4D1.
Now I know this has more to do with the gamers and the random matching, so I digress. Needless to say I am also eagerly looking into what the devs are planning on doing about poor quality gamers/match-ups down the line. I am sure that the first many months if not year we’ll see decent gamers playing. It was anyway, with L4D, until folks got too comfy with it.
Fast forward many years and here comes Evolve. I started to feel that spark again. I KNOW this is one of those rare games like Left 4 Dead was. Something NEW every match, and YOU can be the BEAST. There’s just something to be said for a game that changes every time you play, and not just in the random placement of “things” on a map. Real people…real minds…different choices and selections of avatars…and an actual thinking enemy. I think it will be just as much fun to play as the Hunters as well as the Hunted. I can’t even say I’d DISlike playing any of the Hunters. Bravo Turtle Rock for stepping up with a new title and new system dynamic! I’ve watched all of the E3 matches (except of course for the final trophy win…which I do hope gets underway soon if it hasn’t already-someone link me if it has!). I’ve looked into everything I can get my hands on about this game and it’s been a VERY LONG time since anything has captured my interest again. I do feel a bit off-put about the Beta being XBox only…but I understand politics. But I am still a bit put out by the lack of Steam pre-order and those wiley PC system specs. I did find some tentative specs over on Game Debate although those are projected specs. As suggested here on the forum I am also comparing a new system set-up against Crysis 3 and Battlefield 4. I don’t have the wallet I used to back in the L4D days though, as I now have a family, so hope I can get by playing with recommended settings well. This I will not know really, until the release of the official specs so I do hope you don’t wait too long to post these!
Here is where I run into some trouble, friends. I fell a long way outside of gaming and the technical know-how I used to have, and everything I research is new to me now and I don’t completely understand it all. My current system houses an Nvidia GTX+ 9800 SLI. I was thinking to buy another one or 2 of those to SLI but it appears this card is vastly inferior to what’s out there now so that’s not a viable option. When my first gaming rig was built it was a beast and that card was the sweetness. All I can really throw at the rig money-wise is a new, cheaper, graphics card and some ram, which is currently at 6 gigs…I’d like to have a minimum of 8 but would like at least 12. I got a good deal on an EVGA Geforce GTX 750ti Superclocked I am looking to install…might need to upgrade my power supply to run it but again, my pocketbook is thinner than it used to be. I think it’s an OK card…not the best I know…but my aim is just to play WELL here. I guess my question is…how reliable is the current specs as listed on the Game Debate website for Evolve? If so, with those new additions to my old beast machine, I should be able to run Evolve under recommended settings. Also, suddenly now it seems I have to pay to benchmark and get frame rate tests everywhere I look which irks me a tad. All that used to be free back in my 20’s! Is there anywhere one can get that for free anymore? I also would not mind paying some if the site was reliable…I just don’t know what is or is not anymore. Sorry for my ignorance…it has been a while.
Suggestions would be appreciated and I am sorry for rambling on as I tend to do…but I just wanted to give a bit of background where I’m coming from. I’m not technically confident like I used to be and I’m so far out of the game I’m just looking for a bit of a morale boost. I can’t wait to get back in the game though and also thank the devs for making solo “practice” play for Evolve so I don’t have to go in blindly on-line and can build up to the battle! It’s gonna be real fun huntin’!