So, I am considering buying some new games through Impulse. I already know that I am going to obtain Evochron Legends and Light of Altair; my budget for this expenditure is a maximum of US$75. With EL&LoA, I am currently at ~US$40 expenditure. I wish to have between US$7-US$10 leftover for tax.
My criteria for these games are- SP replayability- I want to be able to keep playing the SP for a LONG time. Gore-factor- I actually do not like excessive blood/gore in games. It is just disgusting (I don't feel physically sick from it BTW). If I can adjust the video settings or even a separate "gore" setting to dumb down the gore in a game that has an excess of it, I'm gold.
The final criterion- it must run smoothly on at least all low settings, 1024x768 resolution, on these specs- Vista-X64 w/ Dual-Core 2.1GHz processor, 4GB RAM. Preferably it should run on all/mostly medium settings. Being capable of running at a 1366x768 screen resolution is also a highly preferred option.
These are the FPS-type games I am considering purchasing-
Crysis- it looks interesting. Especially the whole "end up fighting in a microgravity environment" at the end thing.
STALKER:Shadow of Chernobyl- also an interesting looking title. I have found a good amount of info and consider this to be one of the biggest contendors.
Unreal Tournament 3- mostly because of the extensive modding capability. Especially because one particular mod, "Angels Fall First:Planetstorm" looks like the ultimate FPS game for me.
TimeShift- I am thinking about this one, but am unsure of it.
These are my alternate, non-FPS choices. The same criteria described above still apply.
PURE- very interesting looking RTS.
GalCivI:Ultimate- the predecessor to GalCivII. Mostly because it is cheaper (25% the price of GalCivII:Ultimate).
Hacker Evolution:Untold- an "action" game revolving around "hacking" to clear the protaganist's name. It looks very interesting, and I like the premise.
Reaktor- a puzzle game where one must clear nuclear reactor cores of contamination.
So, what is your advice?