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Sharky Extreme : Features March 16, 2012
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PC Buyer's Guide for Gaming Enthusiasts -- March 2012

Our latest SharkyExtreme Enthusiast Gaming Guide arrives with the top recommendations for PC system components that offer the best combination of power and value in a sub-$2000 system. The March edition offers an updated AMD motherboard selection as well as new system case, memory and solid state drive recommendations.  

PC Buyer's Guide for Entry-Level Gaming -- February 2012

The February edition of our Entry-Level Gaming Guide arrives with the latest recommendations for PC system components that offer the best combination of power and affordability, including a new processor pick for our AMD build.  

PC Buyer's Guide for Gaming Enthusiasts -- January 2012

Our initial Enthusiast Gaming Guide for 2012 arrives with new and improved recommendations for PC system components that offer the best combination of power and value in a sub-$2000 system. Most noticeably, the heart of our Intel system gets a big change in this installment of the guide.  

PC Buyer's Guide for Entry-Level Gaming -- January 2012

Our initial Entry-Level Gaming Guide for 2012 arrives with new and improved recommendations for PC system components that offer the best combination of power and affordability.  

Build Your Own Gaming PC Guide -- Nov. 2011

Just in time for the holiday season, we look at how to build a perfectly capable PC gaming system for less than a $1,000 -- from case to fan to CPU.  

PC Buyer's Guide for Gaming Enthusiasts, August, 2011

The Enthusiast-level PC Buying Guide offers CPU and motherboard suggestions for both Intel and AMD system, though the other components will remain the same. For this we went with a Sandy Bridge processor -- not the fastest Intel processors available, but they offer the best bang for buck.  

July Entry-Level Gaming PC Guide

From case to CPU, our guide shows you how to build a perfectly capable PC gaming system for less than a $1,000.  

PC Buyer's Guide for Gaming Enthusiasts

Welcome back, PC gaming enthusiasts, to SharkyExtreme's PC Buying Guide. We kick off our reunion installment with this guide to the components you'll want to build the best gaming system $2,000 will buy. In two weeks, we'll follow up our guide for building a more entry-level PC.  

SharkyExtreme.com: Interview with Microsoft's Dan Odell

In the latest in our series of interviews with industry sources, Microsoft's "Dr Dan" - Dan Odell, is in the spotlight, answering your questions regarding Microsoft keyboards and mice, ergonomics, upcoming products, and much more!  

SharkyExtreme.com: Interview with ATI's Terry Makedon

In our latest in a series of interviews with industry sources, ATI's Terry Makedon is in the spotlight, answering your software-related questions regarding Catalyst drivers, CrossFire, PPU calculations, Windows Vista support, and much more!  

SharkyExtreme.com: Interview with Seagate's Joni Clark

In our latest in a series of interviews with industry sources, Seagate Technology's PC/Mobile Product Marketing Manager Joni Clark is in the spotlight today, answering your questions relating to the recent merger with Maxtor, the future of notebook drives, Seagate's role in perpendicular technology, and much more!  

Half-Life 2 Review

Half-Life 2 is one of the most anticipated games of the year, and just like any other high-profile release, it comes with great expectations. The latest from Valve has killer graphics and a mix of old and new features and gameplay, so if you're a fan of the first-person shooter genre don't miss our review.  

DOOM 3 Review

DOOM 3 has been at the top of every FPS gamer's must-have list since it was first announced, and now that id Software's newest title is on the shelves, it's time to take a closer look. Using a mixture of horror and action elements, and boasting a combination of cutting-edge graphics and old school charm, DOOM 3 certainly offers a compelling game atmosphere.  

Unreal Tournament 2004 Review

Unreal Tournament 2004 is the newest edition of this popular franchise, and after a slightly disappointing UT 2003, Epic has delivered in spades. UT 2004 offers the graphics, gameplay and game modes that combine the very best of its UT lineage, along with adding some innovative touches of its own.  

Disney's ToonTown Online Review

ToonTown Online is Disney's entry into the land of the MMORPG, but with a twist. This is a more cartoon-like experience, complete with Disney favorites Mickey, Donald, Goofy and the gang, and a gag-filled method of combat. Still, the game is surprisingly addictive and definitely fun for all ages.  

The Simpsons: Hit and Run Review

The Simpsons haven't had the best luck when it comes to PC-game translations, but this trend looks to reverse itself with Simpsons: Hit and Run. This is a fun GTA-lite type of game, with enough challenge, wit and style to more than make the grade, and fans will appreciate the excellent TV-to-game translation of the environment and characters.  

Lords of EverQuest Review

Lords of EverQuest is a new real-time strategy game that incorporates the characters and world of the popular online RPG, EverQuest. This type of transition strategy has been performed with success using popular series like Might & Magic, so check out our review to see how LoE fares.  

Lords of EverQuest Interview with James Parker

Lords of EverQuest is a new real-time strategy game based on the immensely popular EverQuest role-playing universe. Today we're talking with James Parker from Sony Online about the game's features, design, support and multi-player options.  

Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne Review

Warcraft 3 is one of the hottest real-time strategy games, and offers a wide array of campaign and multi-player options. The Frozen Throne expansion pack looks to breathe some new life into the franchise, while clearing up a few gameplay and unit issues that have cropped up. Check out the review to see how Blizzard rates on all counts.  

Half-Life 2 Roundtable Discussion

Half-Life 2 is one of the most anticipated games of 2003, and its high-end graphics and gameplay make it look like a mega-hit-in-waiting. We sit down with Valve's Ken Birdwell and Josh Weier, and get the skinny on developing the sequel to one of the most beloved PC games in history.  

Rise of Nations Interview with Tim Train

Rise of Nations is a new real-time strategy game that extends the overall scope, without losing the appeal of games like Age of Empires and Age of Mythology. We're proud to present an interview with Tim Train, VP of Development at Big Huge Games, who also served as Executive Producer on Rise of Nations and did some design work on the project as well.  

E3 Full Report

Our resident game-guru Klashe is down at E3, checking out all the sights and sounds, not to mention looking over a few games as well. In our full coverage, we get the skinny of the E3 show, along with reports on Deus Ex: Invisible War, DOOM III, City of Heroes, Half Life 2 and many others.  

Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield Review

Raven Shield is the latest installment of the popular Rainbow Six franchise, and looks to take Tom Clancy's creations to even greater heights. This new squad-level combat game takes on terrorist and other international baddies, keeping a real-world feel to the action, while updating and improving the Rainbow Six graphics engine along the way.  

SharkyExtreme.com: Interview with VIA's Richard Brown

Here is our latest in a series of industry interviews where you, our readers, are the ones asking the questions. In the spotlight today is Richard Brown, VIA Technologies' Director of International Marketing, who will be answering your questions relating to VIA motherboards, EPIA platforms, and even the new licensing deal with Intel.  

Galactic Civilizations Review

One of the most popular games for the old OS/2 operating system was Galactic Civilizations, and now Stardock has taken the basic premise and overhauled it for 2003. This is a is a single player space strategy game, in which the player colonizes planets, researches technologies, and battles against 5 alien races for control of the galaxy. Best of all, this may be the game that cleanses the bad taste left by MOO3.  

Splinter Cell Review

Released last November for the Xbox, Ubi Soft's Splinter Cell's was heralded as the next 'must have' game for that system. It combined Tom Clancy's conspiracy-filled plots with Metal Gear Solid's stealth like gameplay, and tossed in some high-octane action as well. Now, Splinter Cell makes it transition to the PC and attempts to deliver the high-end gameplay as the console version, which as some other cart ports have proven, is not an easy task.  

Command and Conquer: Generals Review

The latest chapter in the Command & Conquer saga is here, and this is definitely not your grand-daddy's Red Alert. The game engine has been overhauled, featuring true 3D graphics, an enhanced user interface, and more balanced gameplay. There are still some concessions with the new game design, and we'll see if Generals is a worthy successor to the popular C&C line.  

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