Up For Debate - What Are Some of the Best Gaming or Hardware Experiences You've had Lately?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Jun 4, 2017 5:00 PM

With the whiff of negativity that surrounds gaming sometimes, it’s often easy to forget just how stupendous this hobby can be sometimes. Teams of developers can band together and create entire worlds for us to habit, playing God to our every whim, while the hardware manufacturers and artists combine to ensure these experiences have never looked better, offering damn near photorealistic playpens for us to save the world in. So let’s push aside our gripes about micro-transactions, always-online, or DRM, for a moment, and celebrate some of the best things that have happened to us lately in gaming.

This can be absolutely anything. For example, you bought a new graphics card and it exceeded your expectations. Or you were on the receiving end of some fantastic customer support. Perhaps you saw somebody do something genuinely nice in a competitive online game. 

From a gaming point of view, there have been a couple of games that have just blown me away like no others this year. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was, unsurprisingly, great, yet it was Yakuza Zero that has won me over this year. 

Yakuza Zero kicked things off for me in January, and I can already tell it’s going to be my gaming highlight of the year. I used to be a massive Shenmue fan but I’d never really given the Yakuza series a chance. Boy, I wished I had, because that game is just sublime. There’s really nothing else quite like it these days, combining overly melodramatic storytelling (with epic MGS-style cut-scenes) with twisted humour and one of the best worlds I’ve ever enjoyed inhabiting. The size of Yakuza Zero’s open-world is actually tiny. You can probably cross both main locations combined in two or three minutes, but they’re absolutely rammed with detail. You can pick up some ramen from the noodle bar, head to an arcade to play some Daytona, go bowling, join an underground wrestling syndicate, get into slot car racing, or run your own hostess club. And then there was the time I employed a turkey to run my real estate business. It easily ranks as one of the most memorable games I’ve ever played, and I think it deserves to come to PC at some point.

Secondly, for all the stick Ubisoft gets, I’m loving the post-launch support for their games. I know now that when I pick up a Ubisoft game, I am guaranteed months, sometimes years, of play. I like it when I get new maps or operators in Siege. I got an entire new Alaskan mountain to explore in Steep. And The Division really came into its own after a shaky launch. The games-as-a-service thing may not be for everyone, but it’s already saved me a bunch of money by keeping me occupied far longer than a 'once and done' game ever could. 

As for hardware, I’ve sadly not bought anything major for a while aside from my Switch, and nobody wants to hear me harp on about that (hint: It’s incredible). 

So in the interests of spreading a bit of positivity, what are some of the best gaming or hardware related experiences you’ve had lately? Is there anything that just had you grinning and thinking just how awesome gaming is these days? Let us know!

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21:52 Jun-06-2017

Building this rig a year ago and buying GTX 1080Ti SLI are my best hardware experiences within the last year.
Gaming - playing through Life is Strange and The Witcher 3 with all DLCs. Can't beat those two :)

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11:00 Jun-06-2017

Haveing my 2000$ gaming laptop with GTX 980M with I7 die on me: After 3 months with 150 hardshutdowns it finally had it last breath of life while playing Fallout New Vegas. My guess is it didnt want me to hit grandmaster or higher it scucedeed being a dick shutting down randomly when playing OW. May all laptops like that die a horrible death ffs xD, or not.. cuzz now am sitting her playing Fallout 3 with 20fps on a 180hz monitor waiting for my 2017 desktop's parts i orderd:/

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08:31 Jun-06-2017

Buying GTA V and playing GTA Online with my friends. One of the best games I've ever played. Now waiting for the Gunrunning DLC which should be released soon :) https://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/60222/GTA-Online-Gunrunning-Underground-Bunkers-Mobile-Operations-Centers-an and yes, it wasn't a hoax :P This article was released 4 days ago by Rockstar.

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12:43 Jun-05-2017

Playing Dark Souls 3 18 times over and over again, and still playing it. Best game ever made.

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15:32 Jun-05-2017

I wish I had the time to do that lol,can't wait for the exams to finish so I can play soulsborne games again

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10:30 Jun-05-2017

my most recent awesome experience was playing anno 2205, and, despite the negative reviews, not being able to stop playing it for like 8 hours straight.

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10:15 Jun-05-2017

best hardware experience:


buying and building my new rig
now i have a good pc


old pc:
Q8200
4GB DDR 2
gtx 750ti

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09:48 Jun-05-2017

I have two; playing No Man's Sky in the last couple months since the last couple updates fully maxed out on my ultrawide at 75 FPS and my computer being near silent
playing Subnautica on high with the latest texture pack, sure the frame rates aren't that good but no game comes close to how good that game looks and the feeling of both exploring an ocean and a history, I may go with a crossfire setup only to play this game

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09:28 Jun-05-2017

Best gaming experience ever? : Every bit of The Witcher 3
Mind blown gaming experience recently? Resident Evil 7 VR

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08:53 Jun-05-2017

A great hardware experience I got this year is the ultrawide freesync monitor I got this year. I just love playing games with that ample horizontal space and it accommodates my RX 480 perfectly.


As for a gaming experience I have to highlight Bioshock remastered. This classic made of pure genius has blown me away. I'm replaying it after so many years and it hasn't aged a day. Amazing atmosphere, sound, art and gameplay mechanics.


Oh and overwatch... I can safely say I'm addicted. There is the anniversary event running and there is another patch with a new map incoming as well.

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08:27 Jun-05-2017

My best gaming moment recently?


Watching the Sonic Mania pre-order trailer

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06:03 Jun-05-2017

finding out my r9 390x is still doing very well on 1440p maxed out on most latest games

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05:14 Jun-05-2017

playing ARMA 3 on very high - ultra high view distance of 4000 with my new specs. average FPS of 50

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19:08 Jun-05-2017

i was able to do that at 4k lol

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08:27 Jun-06-2017

Try doing something like that in multiplayer :))) I get constant stuttering and my average fps is around 30. And I play at 1080p and Ultra settings, view distance at 2000

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23:57 Jun-04-2017

Resident Evil 7 in VR, hands down.

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23:13 Jun-04-2017

Im going to get a sht storm of dislikes but some of the best gaming experiences i had was with No mans Sky ( still play it though 349 hrs atm ) , now why i liked the game sooo much was i didnt know of its existence up until 2 days before it launched and even then i wasnt bothered to look it up , about 2 or 3 days after it had launched and the sht storm started happening i decided to look it up and man was i shocked , i loved it i thought it was perfect for me because i was starting to get bored with the usual FPS , RTS , MMOs etc etc , NMS brought me something new and fresh so after my friend bought it for him and he disliked it. i started a new game playing it for the first time was fantastic , i spent around 100 hrs before adding mods now after a few patches i like the game even more -

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23:16 Jun-04-2017

than i did when it launched which is a rare site for me anyhow im not playing ATM since i got a job and i have to focus on that ( plus GoT S7 is here and i need to rewatch S1-6 xD )

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22:17 Jun-04-2017

Why is The Witcher 3 "best game ever"? -I don't have specs to play it.

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21:27 Jun-04-2017

I started The Witcher 3, Heart of Stone DLC the other day and I'm really impressed.

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21:25 Jun-04-2017

Playing Through Baldur's Gate 2: Shadow of Amn in the first time after 10 or so years. Truly an amazing game, the best RPG ever in my eyes :)

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21:23 Jun-04-2017

Probably an unpopular opinion, but I've been having a lot of fun getting back into Diablo 3. Also been playing the first Killing Floor a lot too.

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21:02 Jun-04-2017

Recently it'd have to be Breath of the WIld, which was just incredible, and especially Prey. As a huge Looking Glass fan, it's incredible how much it manages to channel that spirit, and the mimics really are surprising.

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20:16 Jun-04-2017

My best gaming experience would be with Killing Floor. Loads of fun with the guys while talking over Discord and posting funny pictures in the chat between waves (thanks second monitor.) Killing Floor is truly the patrician's choice.

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