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  • Games for Windows (July 2007)

    Source: Games for Windows – July 2007

    Games for Windows was the successor to the best computer games ever, Computer Gaming World. While the name changed, the content and contributors remained mostly unchanged which was a good thing. However, the magazine only continued for a short while longer. The July 2007 issue includes:

    Departments

    • Editorial – What happens when we have the new SimCity and StarCraft II in the same issue? Our EIC’s head explodes! Literally! It was, like, the grossest thing ever!
    • Letters – You love to hate us and we love that you love to hate us, which makes you love us back. That’s true love right there. Will you marry us?
    • Start – We’ve got the straight dope on BioShock, Crysis, Warhammer Online, and a first look at SOE’s next MMO, The Agency. Plus: How two brothers built a fantasy empire out of ASCII blocks.
    • Reviews – Against all odds, The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar is actually worth your time and money – and might even pu you away from World of WarCraft. We sound off on this, as well as ArmA: Combat Operations, Spider-Man 3, and the final episode in Sam & Max’s first season.
    • Extend – Don’t you hate those random ninja guild invites and gold-farming spam in MMOs? Columnist Cindy Yans speaks her mind. Also: Tom and Bruce team up to travel the lands of Middle-earth, and the GFW staff chimes in on Blizzard’s big StarCraft II announcement.
    • Tech – How badly do you need to get your gaming fix to-go? This month, we look at bleeding-edge ultramobile PCs and cell phones. Plus, we review AMD’s first DX10 graphics card and Gateway’s sweet 24-inch monitor.
    • Greenspeak – Let’s hear it for career suicide! Jeff bites the hand that feeds with some griping about GFW Live. Yay!

    Review

    • StarCraft II – It took ’em long enough, but Blizzard finally announced StarCraft II at a massive unveiling ceremony in South Korea – and we were there to scream like girls!

    Cover Story

    • Cover Story: SimCity: Societies – The next chapter in EA’s long-running SimCity franchise is headed in a radical new direction. This month, we take a world-exclusive first look at how developer Tilted Mill plans to renovate the aging series.

    …and more!


  • Conflict: Denied Ops


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    Source: Electronic Gaming Monthly – March 2008

    I’ll be honest here and say that I am completely unfamiliar with the conflict series of games. Apparently it was popular enough to spawn and least five games in the series as this was the fifth. However, this game also comes from an era where I had mostly stopped paying attention to new releases. I had and still have a PS3 but in the many years I have owned it, it has only ever been used to play blu-ray movies, Netflix and Amazon Prime. It was also used briefly to run Linux before Sony took that capability away. At the time I bought my PS3 it was about the same price as a stand-alone blu-ray player (or close enough).

    But I digress… Conflict: Denied Ops is a fairly generic 1st person shooter that was available on the PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows and was released in 2008. It’s really about as generic as a 1st person shooter can be and the reviews reflect that. Reviews were extremely…average…overall. The story involves a fictional war in Venezuela. There are two characters that a single player can switch between or two players can play co-op. Weapons are rather limited as you can only use the particular weapons favorted by your character and enemy weapons cannot be picked up.

    The good news is that this game can be had dirt cheap in whichever form you want it in. While more than a decade old now, PS3s and Xbox 360s are everywhere and I suspect you could get the Windows version to run without too much trouble though I haven’t tried it. The question is, is it really worth it?

    This ad is from the March 2008 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly.