You slash your way through a dense and dangerous forest, patches of light dappling through the thick canopy of leaves above you. Out of nowhere, a crack of thunder tears across the sky and pounds in your ears. The sky blackens as heavy drops of rain blast through the trees and pound on your head and shoulders. You can't see anything, but you press onward you have a mission to complete. You feign fearlessness as you push through the thicket until, out of the darkness, a hand grabs your shoulder.
Welcome to Arcania. In this vivid and perilous world, the lines between the real and the imagined are blurred. Once you step into this deep and ever-changing universe, stunning light, sophisticated and lifelike weather and sound effects will suck you in and you'll never quite leave. Shroud yourself in layers of the strongest armor, designed and forged by you, and wield deadly weapons as you march into battle. Master complicated attacks so evolved you'll forget you're even playing a game. As you skillfully sneak through intricate castles, expansive cities and vibrant flora, prepare to meet deep, secretive characters that you'll never be able to forget even if you wish that you could.
Climb through your screen and into an action-packed RPG fantasy adventure
Immerse yourself in a deep and twisted plotline, and encounter mysterious and unforgettable NPC characters along the way
Explore a vast, rich world brimming with mysterious and exotic flora and fauna, and dare to roam the murky subterranean vaults, expansive cities and unique castles
Brave heavy rain and ominous skies in a terrifyingly fast-changing weather system that affects the world around you
Journey through the pitch black of night and the sunshine of day in a realistic time cycle, and bask in the graphically rich effects of light and shadow
Design and forge your own armor and equipment as part of an advanced crafting system
Gradually learn highly evolved combat combos to eventually master a complex multi-opponent model of fighting that requires precise skill and accuracy to defeat perilous enemies
Adjust the interface, controls and look of the game to fully customize your experience
With the holidays just around the corner, many people will be shopping for new desktop and laptop computers. However, computer shopping can be an overwhelming task. It's difficult to know where to start, how to make your decisions, or what to avoid. Below are some tips for buying a computer that might make things a little more manageable for you.
1. Do your research
Before you go shopping for a computer, you should be willing to spend some time online getting information about brands and models that might work for you. There are several different places you can get information, and you should utilize all of them. The first source is user reviews. Although it will be very apparent to you when you begin reading user reviews that some are useless, don't let that discourage you from looking for the valuable ones. Often a legitimate problem or positive experience with a machine can be more informative than hours spent shopping in the store.
Another useful source of information is editor's reviews. Editor's reviews allow you to get an opinion from someone who should be a non-biased expert in technology. Their insight can be valuable, but they haven't spent as much time with the machine as a user. So, their perspective is limited at the same time.
Finally, read the manufacturer's description of their machine. Although your won't find out about flaws, you'll get accurate specifications for the computer; this can help you decide if it matches what you're looking for.
2. Get more RAM
When someone complains of their computer being slow, the problem often is that they are short on memory. When the computer runs low on memory, it starts using extra memory called virtual memory. This really is just part of the hard drive and, although it keeps the computer operating, it slows things down considerably. While the hard drive space on most new machines is usually sufficient, RAM may be low because many people aren't focused enough on it when they buy to make manufacturer's beef it up. Most users find RAM between 2 and 4 GB to run the smoothest.
3. Use specials to your advantage
New computer models hit store shelves on a regular basis, which leaves stores with little option but to get rid of their old models as fast as possible. If a new model appears while their inventory is still high, they risk a significant loss when the old model's price takes a nosedive. Thus, specials on computers are a regular occurrence, especially around the holidays. After you've done your research and have a brand and model in mind, look for a discount on it. If you plan your shopping ahead enough and are patient, you're bound to find one.
4. Look for good customer service
A broken computer is a frustrating occurrence, but even more so if you don't have good customer support to rely on. Get some feedback from others who have the same brand computer and find out how their customer service experience was. It can make the difference between a happy and disgruntled computer owner.