... given up the game ...
Mild rant that has little to do with this review, but something I have to get off my chest RIGHT NOW dammit.
I got my last graphics card a year ago and have since completely given up on this game, as it's begun to get ridiculous and bloody expensive.
My first 3D card was a Voodoo1, followed by a Matrox, a TNT1, a series of TNT2 cards, a switch to ATi, back to Nvidia to the Geforce and a series of Geforce cards since then.
To play the latest, coolest, graphically amazing PC game.
A stupid amount of money - some cards costing as much as the equivalent cost of an entire games console.
But it's not just the video card, sometimes you need to upgrade your motherboard to ensure your getting the most performance.
I can't believe I followed the course I did for so long - literally thousands of pounds over the years just to eek a bit more performance out of a game.
No more - I've had enough - it's time to switch to console gaming.
Will this ATI/Nvidia battle ever end?
I think at some point, it has to - PC gaming is becoming more and more an elitist area, due to the high cost factors involved. The more elitist it becomes, the smaller the target market becomes and the more expensive the hardware.