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sawtoothscream
07-20-2015, 02:44 AM
Im nervous now, seems like the multiplayer is just not there for PC. Dont see a point of having a $1600 computer that has no use because the only games found have 3 people in them if I even find a game.

joshindaphils
07-20-2015, 04:35 AM
What games are you playing? You sound crazy hahaha PC on-line gaming is alive and well, just take a look at the stats on Steam the numbers are astounding. That is just one community of players. Not to mention the genres of games that don't exist (in any proper way) on consoles. PC gaming is where it really kicked off and where it still is for the most part.

Honestly this gen of consoles is so underwhelming after the long wait I gave them all a pass save for the Wii U for the local multiplayer awesomeness and first party games.

It is also far more economical to do PC gaming in the long run as there are crazy deals all the time from different places. Think a few year old titles for less than $1 a pop it is crazy I have a huge back catalog of games I still need to play so I rarely buy new and just keep an eye out for sales when they pop up. I have nearly 100 AAA titles with far far less than +5000USD put into them.

Edweird
07-20-2015, 07:49 AM
Short answer:
No.

In fact I mostly play online games at the moment. The Free2Play genre particularly has nice entires - World of Warships/Tanks, Armored Warfare, MechWarrior Online, PlanetSide 2 for action games and a billion decent Free2Play (I hate this term after all these years, though) MMOs like Star Trek Online and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Yeah, some of them are just...not as good as they were meant to be but ... eh, people still play them. There's EVE Online and World of Warcraft etc. as well.

BigDRim
07-20-2015, 10:28 AM
The biggest multiplayer games are on PC.

Exostenza
07-20-2015, 12:54 PM
Hard to tell if this is a troll or not...

The biggest online game communities are on PC - by a long shot.

sawtoothscream
07-20-2015, 08:18 PM
I tried crysis, battle field 4, advance warefare

Crysis 3- 3 person game
Battle field 4- actually alot of people but it kept kicking me, said punkbuster has kicked you
Advanced warefare- no games found. After more research this seems to be a common issue


Sorry not trying to start anything, I have been out of PC gaming since the original call of duty, haven't played PC online since the original x box was released.

What games would you recommend? Im not into stuff like world of warscraft, mostly racing and FPS. Like hunting games as well. thanks

Also what am I doing wrong that i cant find anything or even play advanced warfare and battle field?

joshindaphils
07-20-2015, 10:22 PM
Two older EA games and an activision game, that is probably your issue. EA has a habit of killing off on-line play on older titles I don't know exactly what is going on with those specifically though and a quick google search shows that the Activision title is currently plagued with on-line issue.

Just back luck / timing.

As a general rule I don't buy anything published by EA I think they are about as evil as it gets when it comes to game publishers.

QC_AGENT
07-20-2015, 10:56 PM
I agree with the OP. This is a legitimate question. Some expensive games are very hard to play online. CALL OF DUTY is the perfect example. I am also waiting for Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon and I expect to have a lots of empty space on the servers.

It used to be fun when we could host our own servers, chose specific game play, specific equipment and police them against hackers. There was an active community. Now, we are ruled by corporate servers, that we cannot customized, we cannot create our own maps.

The gaming community is now playing free games on Steam, with less pixel quality, but far more flexible than big titles. I am not one of them. I can afford 2 or 3 big title par year. I'm just alone playing them...

sawtoothscream
07-20-2015, 11:03 PM
So active community but not for any of the big FPS games released? IS it only good for games like skyrim and WOW?

What free games on steam are good?

Korth
07-21-2015, 02:51 AM
The only thing keeping console gaming alive are the proprietary licensing controls Sony/etc build into their systems. I think people are realizing the limits of consoles and realizing that laptop/desktop/tablet PCs are a great alternative, especially as the price gap continues to close each year.

Is PC gaming dead? Hell, no. WoW alone supposedly has over ten million active and paying subscribers. Look at any gaming software company's website and you'll see tons of hype over current/upcoming projects along with career recruiting ads for aspiring developers.

Is console gaming dead? Yes, but instead of passing away with dignity it will linger on legal life support for years. I'm certain that hordes of console gamers would strongly disagree with my opinion - and they might be right - but I think their loyalties will be sorely tested in coming years as PC-based gaming offers access to better games, endless games, targeting a wider audience, at lower cost. Each console's hardware is very good bang-for-the-buck for certain kinds of things, but specs and prices are locked down and it doesn't really do too well outside of the box - vastly inferior to today's similarly-priced PC hardware, how will it compare vs tomorrow's PC hardware, especially once protections offered by legal exclusivity are gone? Even today there's a lot of gamers who buy a console (or buy every console) *only* because there is no other way to run some particular game title they love.

joshindaphils
07-21-2015, 01:25 PM
http://store.steampowered.com/stats/

Click to show the 99 most played games on steam, again this is just steam. No all are on-line multiplayer but some are strictly so. Team Fortress 2 are free to play and very popular shooters. Use google search, if I am interested in on-line play for a title I don't buy it new and a scope it out after people have been playing for a bit. Plenty of AAA titles out there with great multiplayer as well. Google is your friend.

Even for console games there are titles that you can't find matches for, a lot depends on when you play and what you play same for PCs. The only difference is on consoles the experience is a bit more uniform per title.

In response to Korth; Consoles in general have a 'it just works' reputation for this reason alone they will always have a place in the living room, even if it isn't a majorities in the long run. The fact remains that PC gaming in the living room still isn't a smooth experience though tremendous strides in progress have been made here. For me personally I really love what Nintendo is doing for local multiplayer though it clearly doesn't resonate with the masses it is a great box to have around for parties / entertaining and I love the games that incorporate 4v1 asymmetric game play it is honestly the most FUN multiplayer I have played in a long time, it gives that old LAN party feel but with everyone sitting on the couch. So long as consoles can bring unique things like this to the table I'll have one, and I think many are missing out... though to be fair it isn't everyday situations where the Wii U really shines. I also disagree on the value proposition, perhaps in console generations of the past, in particular the last on there was a bargain to be struck for the hardware provided if you bought early enough for the PS3 and 360, this gen almost immediately you could buy similar performing hardware in PC form right off the bat... the only thing that I see that they bring to the table other than being consoles is exclusives and that doesn't sway me personally.

sawtoothscream
07-21-2015, 11:19 PM
youtubed FPS pc games, guy made a list of the his favorites that are free and have a decent multiplayer . Some look pretty cool. Going to have my dad download a few to try out.

sawtoothscream
08-04-2015, 09:05 PM
Well, looks like was wrong. Battle field 4 is loaded with players as well as counter strike. Enjoying the experience so far, been so long since I used a keyboard and mouse to play with.

joshindaphils
08-04-2015, 10:40 PM
:D and you are just scratching the surface.

You can use your 360 / XB1 controller on your PC. I prefer it for many non-competitive titles i.e. Dragon Age Inquisition and GTA5. These games also have VERY refined controller usage. Google the controller you have and 'use on pc' most all have solutions, though the 360 controller is the most widely supported with out a app to bridge the gap by a wide margin.

I'm developing carpal tunnel so I try to avoid using a mouse as much as possible to keep it in check, so even some titles I would rather play with a KB and mouse I still stick to the controller. One of the reasons I'm looking forward to the steam controller as it looks like it would be very usable for titles like Civ V and I dare hope RTS games... a gandra that is woefully underserved in the console market (due to input issues), something you might want to look into there are some really great RTSs out there like Company of Heroes.

DeltaActual
08-05-2015, 02:18 PM
BF4, Insurgency, Heroes & Generals.
Knock yerself out)

Asoryu
08-06-2015, 05:58 PM
I see a ton of activity in all forms of PC gaming. It has its issues but I see a thriving community.

sawtoothscream
08-06-2015, 10:55 PM
:D and you are just scratching the surface.

You can use your 360 / XB1 controller on your PC. I prefer it for many non-competitive titles i.e. Dragon Age Inquisition and GTA5. These games also have VERY refined controller usage. Google the controller you have and 'use on pc' most all have solutions, though the 360 controller is the most widely supported with out a app to bridge the gap by a wide margin.

I'm developing carpal tunnel so I try to avoid using a mouse as much as possible to keep it in check, so even some titles I would rather play with a KB and mouse I still stick to the controller. One of the reasons I'm looking forward to the steam controller as it looks like it would be very usable for titles like Civ V and I dare hope RTS games... a gandra that is woefully underserved in the console market (due to input issues), something you might want to look into there are some really great RTSs out there like Company of Heroes.

GTA 5 and any racing game I will use a controller. Already have gta5 for x box though so no need to rebuy.

mouse and key board is awesome for FPS games though. Tried my x box the other day and it just wasnt the same.

While here, anyone play far cry 4 and enjoy it? I played like 2 missions and kinda hate this game. loved the first one so I though this would be kinda the same but newer. Completely different and glitchy

ruinairas
08-09-2015, 05:46 PM
I tried crysis, battle field 4, advance warefare

Crysis 3- 3 person game
Battle field 4- actually alot of people but it kept kicking me, said punkbuster has kicked you
Advanced warefare- no games found. After more research this seems to be a common issue


Sorry not trying to start anything, I have been out of PC gaming since the original call of duty, haven't played PC online since the original x box was released.

What games would you recommend? Im not into stuff like world of warscraft, mostly racing and FPS. Like hunting games as well. thanks

Also what am I doing wrong that i cant find anything or even play advanced warfare and battle field?


Advanced Warfare is dead for a reason. The lag was unbearable and there are much better games out there.. Halo Online in a modded state has more players than on Advanced Warfare. Simply because it works as intended. Crysis 3 is dead because it's dead. Crysis multiplayer never seemed to catch on. Battlefield 4 is very active, and punkbuster can be a pain sometimes, but once you get it working it's great.

sawtoothscream
08-23-2015, 12:58 PM
Advanced Warfare is dead for a reason. The lag was unbearable and there are much better games out there.. Halo Online in a modded state has more players than on Advanced Warfare. Simply because it works as intended. Crysis 3 is dead because it's dead. Crysis multiplayer never seemed to catch on. Battlefield 4 is very active, and punkbuster can be a pain sometimes, but once you get it working it's great.

Loving battle field, have no issues thus far and almost every game has at least 20 players each team. Just playing that and counter strike now until I find out what else is worth getting. To bad about COD, black ops II multiplayer is good on x box.