About TheLateGamer

Welcome to the website that is TheLateGamer.com. This site is dedicated mostly to giving honest reviews of triple-A games that have been released over 6 months ago, hence why TheLateGamer. Once all the hype has died down, and paid endorsements have ran out, I take over in ensuring these games are given the relevant credit they deserve. So prepare for some hard truths, hidden gems, and possibly a few laughs.

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”

Oscar Wilde, The Nightingale and the Rose

I’ve always been socially behind playing games, even as a kid. Whilst everyone had a N64, I had a SNES. Once the PS2 came out, I was lucky to get my friend’s old PSone. There’s no need to feel sorry for me though, as I’ve had some special gaming moments on these machines, and would not have been able to appreciate them as much, if I had been playing those games at a younger age. Perhaps. But time has since gone by, and with growth comes a job (on the side of studying), and with a job comes money, and with money comes a decked out, futuristic, ambient lighted, no room to move, apartment with all the toys a lad could want 😀

So even though I’ve now got practically all the more recent consoles, PS4, PSVita, New 3DS, Gaming PC, etc., I’m still only playing games from 6 months to a couple of years ago on these machines. “Why’s that?” I don’t hear you ask. Well to begin with, these games are quite cheap in the second hand market or in Steam’s solstice sales. Humble Bundle has dropped a couple of AAA games on the cheap, and for anybody who owns a PlayStation console, you need to invest in PlayStation Plus, the service is a gold mine for games only a couple of months old.

Which leads me onto the second reason of why I’m TheLateGamer. Snapping up all these games on the cheap has now meant that I’ve built up quite the backlog of games, that just seem to take forever to complete. Having to fit my gaming lifestyle around work and 3D printing, in which games I like to normally play consisting of RPG elements, which I try to complete as much of as possible. I’ll play games that slow me down with side quests, backtracking for achievements, and downloading any story dlc that are available. So a game like Borderlands 2 with its numerous quests, playthrough modes and dlc, that most casual gamers get out the way in about 35 hours by only completing the campaign, I’ve played 190 hours so far. In that time, a casual gamer could have completed 4 other games. Don’t get me started on the amount of time I’ve spent on Skyrim and Fallout. It’s a good thing I’m not much of a MMO player anymore. I think all I played for an entire year at one point was Battlefield 3 Multiplayer.

Now, I’ve find over the years that around 50% of games that are hyped up with all these positive reviews by distinguished “gaming journalists” turn out to be complete rubbish. This is of course like anything in life – movies, books, food, etc. but for games, it’s critical that they are reviewed properly considering that games can take up the most of our valuable respite time. The problem at the moment is that publishers are spending more on marketing than development of the game, which is resulting in games of garbage quality, being made out to be the next best thing. I’ve been burnt many times, paying full price on release day for this “brilliant” experience, only to find its a brilliant flop.

Even the big-wigs know the game industry is saturated in bull waste. Titanfall, that’s just been released, has been given the marketing slogan “Believe the Hype”. They’ve called wolf too many times before, and it’s now come back to bite them on the ass, having to stress that this really is the game that gamers want to be playing. Yet plenty of products have been failing to meet expectations, which is why we need to send out a message for real improvement in quality, and protest with our wallets.

We should all become ‘late gamers’, purchasing the game when it’s devalued to a price we believe the game to be worth. It’s not like you’re going to miss much over the 6 months you might have to wait for it to be in the next Steam sale. Plus if you want to double check whether the game is still worth purchasing by that time, that’s when you come to TheLateGamer.com to read my honest, late reviews. Even though you could ask if I may be biased towards my favourite genres in gaming, I assure that I play all sorts of games with an open mind, to help find a game’s real strengths and weaknesses.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy what TheLateGamer.com has to offer.

The Late Gamer,
A.K.A Samiby

(July 2015)

PC Specs:

Cooler Master Elite 430 Case Cheap and ugly, but plenty enough room and does the job. Case LEDs modded from blue to orange.
Intel Core i7 3770K Processor Overclocked up to 4.6GHz Only running at 4.2GHz
Akasa Venom Voodoo Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler Monster of a cooler with some beautiful fans.
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Paste meh…
2 Stock Fans & 2 Aerocool Orange LED Fans Fans reduced to 7 volts for silence.
Asus P8Z77-V Motherboard Sound chip blew up. Needs replacing.
32GB Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz DDR3 Memory (4 x 8GB sticks) Premium heatsinks removed to fit RAM under CPU cooler, now just cheap RAM.
EVGA FTW AAC 3.0 GTX 1070TI w/ 8GB VRAM Upgrade from SLI 970s.
Gigabyte 480GB SSD Contains operating system, important programs and texture intensive games
SanDisk SSD PLUS 240 GB Scratch disk for video recording and editing
2TB 7200RPM SATA III Hard Disk Archiving HDD
LG Blu-Ray ROM / DVD-RW Combi Drive On my second, first one just quietly died one day
Generic-ish DVD-RW Drive Originally bought to clone discs. Never been used.
Corsair Ultra Low Noise 750w PSU Upgraded from 600W for SLI
ASUS DS 7.1 PCI Soundcard To replace ASUS DGX PCIE card that didn’t support live DTS encoding. ASUS still provide Win10 drivers for 2009 PCI card – Get in!
17 in 1 3.5″ Internal Card Reader Only ever used for SD cards
Windows 10 Home Premium 64 bit Love the old driver support. Hate the Start Menu.
27″ iiyama G-Master GB2730QSU-B1 1440p 75Hz 1ms FreeSync Monitor Main desktop monitor
27″ Philips 276E9QJAB IPS 1080p 75Hz 5ms Monitor Secondary monitor that sits above main. Usually for watching streams.
43″ 4K Philips Ambilight TV For when I wanna crash on couch.
32″ Tecknika TV Secondary TV above main for stream casting while gaming on main TV.
LG HT554PH 5.1 Cinema Surround Sound System Used for TV. Hex editor in firmware enabled DTS support 😀
SteelSeries Apex 300 Keyboard and Tecknet M003 Wireless Mouse Solid membrane keyboard, tonne of macro keys. Mouse is extremely good quality for cheap price.
PS4 controller and Asus USB Bluetooth Dongle. Will default to using this in most games.

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(November 2019)

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