I had every intention of writing about Tomb Raider this week, because the deed is done; another target plinks down from the proverbial shooting gallery. You were a fun time Tomb Raider, but occasionally frustrating. Of course I choose the hardest combat option where every enemy throws grenades like Tom Brady, BECAUSE THAT’S HOW SURVIVORS ARE MADE DAMN IT, AND I’M A GOD DAMNED SURVIVOR!
Instead I thought it would be cool to go over this week’s attempt to finish the next game on my agenda, which also ended up on the back burner for Street Fighter V. I tried not to get hype about it, but after PezTheReaper picked it up, I had to fall in line. Some sites gave it mixed reviews, while other sites like Shoryuken.com said it has a lot of potential. I couldn’t tell ya though, since I’ve spent launch day optimizing how it runs on my set.
For reference, here’s my current gaming set up:
- Television: Samsung 50″ Class 4k Ultra HD Series 6 UN50JU6500
- Steam Link (Wired)
- Steam Controller / Hori: Real Arcade Pro EX Arcade Stick
- GAMING PC:
- Motherboard: ASUS P8 Z68-V/GEN 3
- Processor: Intel Core i5-2500k (unlocked if you don’t know what the K stands for) (OC. 3.8 Ghz)
- RAM: Kingston Hyper X 16gb Memory DDR3 – 1600 (OC. 2100)
- Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 970 8gb Ram
- Powersupply: Corsair TX850w
- Hard Drive: 1 Crucial 64gb. SSD
- Hard Drive: Western Digital Mechanical 80gb 7200 RPM
INPUT LAG: THE PHANTOM MENACE
I knew there would be some tweaking done before I actually got to enjoy playing Street Fighter V, but getting optimal performance out of it was a meta game all on its own. Initially, I felt the game too slow, as if someone at Capcom decided that slowing down the pace of the game would appeal to a larger audience. Since Steam Link was showing a steady 60fps, I had no reason to think otherwise… Until I lost a ton of matches.
After about an hour of internal deliberating, I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t me it was my configuration. A tough call to be sure since ego is definitely a factor in making that decision. Street Fighter V doesn’t have any in game options for smother play save for lowering the graphical quality of the game. Since we’re rocking a 970, I sought other means for a performance increase.Turns out that television have a game mode which drastically improves the amount of input lag between controller and device. Just to make sure that I got as close to a 1 to 1 fidelity as possible I changed the in-home streaming options from beautiful to balanced.
ARCADE STICK NOT INCLUDED
Another hurdle keeping me from getting my Street Fighter on was the game’s inability to detect the left and right trigger buttons on my arcade stick while using the Steam Link. Most likely, this is a problem with Steam Link than the actual game, since when connected to my computer, the stick works perfectly, but when connected to the Steam link, LT/RT become the Start/Back buttons. So what does a reasonable person do? Why, he breaks open the arcade stick and switches the leads of course! I followed this guy’s tutorial while watching Kung Fu Panda, so it’s not an intensive procedure. Careful with those leads though, the guy recommends using your fingers but I just used a flat edge screw driver to pry them from the base.
Blog / Library / General Updates
Thanks PezTheReaper and Captain Taco for adding more games to my list for making my goal much easier. I know it’s early into the project, but five more games came into my library this past week, and only one completion:
- Tomb Raider (2013)
- Street Fighter V (Obviously)
- Robot Roller-Dervy Disco Dodgeball (Damn you Captain Taco.)
- Jet Set Raido (Damn you Sega)
- Sega Genesis & Mega Drive Classics (Came with Jet Set Radio)
- Hell Yeah! (ALSO came with Jet Set Radio)
The over all website is coming around. If you haven’t noticed yet, PlayAllTheGames.me is now it’s own domain. Moving the site to wordpress just seems more professional. I’ve also added a link to my steam calculator profile so anyone can check out my progress or check out your own.
I’m also trying get some video on the site since people tend to watch more than read, and that’s where OBS or Open Broadcasting Software comes in handy. While the recording software is pretty good, I’m still looking for a great video editing program, and possibly another 1 terabyte hard drive to store them on.
Tomb Raider isn’t lost to the wind though. There’s a write up happening as you read this, which will go to a games completed section. Currently playing some Alan Wake between Street Fighter rounds (That should be reversed, I know.) As always, let me know what you think in the comments below.