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Thread Panzer Dragoon avaliable NOW ($24.99, Switch timed exclusive)
My quick (hot) take after playing through mission 1 is that targeting is a bit more challenging - this is due to two factors - one is that they have so much more detail overall that finding the enemies within the environments, especially on a smaller screen (and I'm old) is a bit more challenging than on the older game, where there was a lot less visual noise that competed with enemy location. Second is that the sticks just don't feel as smooth to target with as the Saturn controller did. Still a great game so far, certainly to support this amazing franchise.
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Thread Yakuza 0 on Xbox Game Pass |OT| Arigato gozaimashita, Spencer-san
Is there anything more awesome than the breakdance style? Because the finishers you unlock for that style just never get old. Right out of cheesy 80s films, but with more panache. I'm in chapter 11 and constantly sucked into Cabaret Club instead of progressing. I see nothing wrong with this.
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Thread Phantasy Star Online 2 (Xbox One Closed Beta) |OT| Beta tested in the future
Yeah it felt as if most of the stuff was junk / vendor fodder that dropped. I generally shoved it into my character space then sold it all once back at the shops. The lack of material storage was a big one though, especially since they make a point of saying that you can draw from material storage without having to move things into inventory, as you had to with weapon tokens and the other materials you grind (grinders) for upgrades. And I hit the COs limit immediately. Half of my play was running around and doing the menial stuff they wanted (OCD in me wouldn't let me abandon them) just to check it off to free space for more interesting COs. You could easily double-max out your COs just in the collection quests they offered in the cafe. It seems as if access to your room is also paygated? At least I got a 3-day pass for usage that I never claimed. I had no idea if it was useful or not.OMG why is this not in the UI anywhere? Great tip. Thanks!
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Thread Phantasy Star Online 2 (Xbox One Closed Beta) |OT| Beta tested in the future
I only played on Saturday, did the events and watched the concert. Hit L25 in a day of playing. Not too shabby. They just gush so many quests and tasks on you that it was pretty easy to always have something to do. It's impressive how quick you hit where the paywalls are going to be. Bloody inventory space is the worst offender (I'm not a fan of inventories that count equipped items towards your carry total), and the UI to move stuff isn't elegant at all, especially when dealing with stacked items. But I had a great time running around as a robot and blasting things at range. The auto-targeting makes using ranged weapons very easy. Although no option to auto-switch targets on target death when locked on is near criminal in a game like this.
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Thread The Future of Anthem (Official)
I think this is a great approach and I wish them the best. I enjoyed my time with Anthem, and there's an incredible amount of potential in it that was untapped. Hopefully this makes a strong comeback later this year / whenever. I'll certainly jump back in to check it out.
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Thread Feel like playing an old Command & Conquer game but can't pick which one... help.
There's a lot to love in all the C&C games. I'm old-school, so RA2+Yuri, TS+Firestorm, and Generals+ZH is what I would roll. Also, you've got Crusader on there, so play that again too.
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Thread Forbes: Destiny 2’s ‘You Had To Be There’ Philosophy Is Turning Off Players
I have to say I finally spent $$ on that great solar Gunslinger finisher. Since there was no way to get that without getting additional silver, I got the knife toss idle as well. Last season, I soloed to 100, mostly on one character. This season I think I made it to 18 or so and dropped out. There weren't enough incentives for a typically solo player like myself to stick with it, and the cosmetic rewards seemed even less this season than last. Sundial was fun however and I liked the idea of linking and then unlocking levels of reward and weapon type at each planet. The sheer amount of towers and levels however became quickly overwhelming in practice (for me), to a point that I didn't think I'd be able to keep up with it plus getting to L100, as there felt as if there was a lack of great synergy between pursuing those goals due to the limited quests to level the towers and myself at the same time. As an ongoing experiment I'm happy with what Bungie is doing however. I don't think I'll be in for next season, but that's just because of my play time habits. If they keep trying and taking the good ideas forward, everything will just get better every season.
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Thread Played Atari games for the first time.
I get your sentiment, but you're ignoring the revolution that the 2600 and other systems of the time were. Many of the games don't hold up today (Adventure does), but for the time? Hell yeah. Your post is like me saying "wow, I feel sorry for my grandparents that all they had to look forwards at the movies was Metropolis and Nosferatu."
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Thread Sekiro has the best and the most satisfying melee combat system of any game I've ever played
Sekiro's combat was too linear / specific for my tastes; memorizing specific block/parry sequences per enemy / boss wasn't what I expected. Visually amazing and great levels, but the combat was more to my tastes in the other FROM titles.
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Thread EA (And Other Studios) Apparently Have Policies That Require Developers To Gather Permission Before Producing Any Creative Works Outside Of Work
/not a lawyer, just someone that's worked for several big game companies This is standard in large development companies I've been at, easily excepted / nulled, and as someone that's worked at both EA and Microsoft, is not nearly as draconian as it can imply. I remember when we (Westwood) were purchased by EA and a lot of us were incensed at the very idea of this as well, because we all read the contracts put in front of us. Many of us simply listed the stuff we do in our spare time and it was all excepted from our employment contracts with EA. As to MS, they have a very open "moonlighting" policy, actually. I can develop games / software on my own that isn't in competition with my work titles, write whatever novel / fiction / book, or make a TV series and it wouldn't be considered MS property. If I used or wanted to use a Microsoft owned IP for something, then it's owned by MS and I'd need to get specific permission or negotiate license the rights to it for an independent work regardless. If I'm developing on MS owned equipment (i.e. using my work PC or laptop or whatever) or with MS-owned software, then there could be issues, I suppose? I've never seen that come up nor really thought about using work resources for personal projects. If I'm directly competing with my job in terms of what I'm making, then yes, that's an issue. But that's an obvious one. Generally anyone I know that does side / other work simply says to the company "hey, I do other thing" and the company has said "OK, no problem." It simply needs to be disclosed / documented. This is just my experience, obviously. If you want to debate the morality of including or asking for things like this in a contract in the first place, that's fine. I think a lot of people don't realize that you can negotiate these things. Many just accept what's put in front of them for work contracts (or don't read them), which isn't the point of a contract - both parties should go forwards happy.
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Thread The Surge 2 OT | Cut to the Core
I'm almost to the end (the wall) despite reliably frequent Vulkan crashes on PC. Spears and twin-rigged / punching seem a bit OP at this point, especially with certain rigs and mods. I love the directional parry system. It's easily my favorite addition to the game. You feel really great hitting 3 in a row on a boss and staggering them for big damage. If they do another, they really need to take the player to more environments; easily the weakest part of this game after the technical issues.
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Thread RTTP: Oh Sekiro, I'm afraid we were just too hard on each other.... (long OP, spoilers too)
The "Parappa the Rapper" timing stylings they enforce on you to generally for every boss and many regular enemies diminishes the normal improvisational nature of previous FROM games. Likely the only FROM game since Demon Souls that I won't ever finish; just too much work to make any relevant progress, and the cost of death, as you mentioned, is a downward spiral psychologically for me, at least.
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Thread RTTP: Oh Sekiro, I'm afraid we were just too hard on each other.... (long OP, spoilers too)
I'd assume the death penalties hit people differently and in different ways. All it was to me was more "work" and less fun to recover from death in that game; I had to worry about NPC well-being beyond my own setbacks. Coupled with a lot of dying when you're trying to learn an enemies' patterns, and it just becomes more burden I didn't want to deal with. Completely subjective stuff.
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Thread From Software has created the absolute best bosses in video games.
While the graphics don't hold up, at the time Vagrant Story had some great boss intros. I always thought they did a great job with selling attitude, like Dullahan "drawing the line" for you to cross. No More Heroes had some great personality in its bosses, the Castlevania series can deliver, and of course the Souls' series games just ooze cool with almost all of 'em.
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Thread Path of Exile 2 Official Trailer
I enjoyed my time with PoE but the inventory management tetris game (manually, across multiple tabs) was a large factor in killing my desire to continue to play... well that and a cliff wall of difficulty increase as I hit what was "endgame" for the time. Certainly the most creative skill build system out there, and I love the move away from armor sockets. That's a great change. I'll try it again once this update lands!
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Thread NBC is making a sitcom based on esports called "The Squad" and it's being developed by the executives behind The Big Bang Theory
Esports with a laugh track Sign me up!
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Thread Destiny 2: Shadowkeep |OT| Moon's Haunted.
Soloing the Shattered Throne for Izanagi is some serious frustration because of the one-death you're out modifier. Ugh. So easy to just forget about a mob and BAM! back. Although Darkness in the Light is even more frustrating somehow - obviously LL is being clamped because the 750 recommended LL for my 931 hunter is proving to make no difference in how fast everything melts you.
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Thread There were over 2.46 million players logged into Destiny 2 yesterday (PC now has highest playerbase of all 3 platforms)
I bought Shadowkeep on PC because of xbox cross-save and 144hz / 60+ fps on my pc. For a game like this, I don't think I can go back.
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Thread What’s your keyboard and mouse of choice for gaming?
Corsair K70 at home and a Strafe MK2 at work. I love Corsair's build quality and the audio controls (volume roller FTW). I've tried Razer KBs but they just didn't jive with me. Previously, I was using the Microsoft Sidewinder for years and years. It was fantastic. I think MS was ahead of their time with their gaming keyboards. And for a mouse... Perfection would be this exact mouse with 2 more buttons. Unfortunately, no one makes one as good as this is but with that added.
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Thread (The Register) Game over: Atari VCS architect quits project, claims he hasn’t been paid for six months
The 2600 was my first game console, so there's a whole bunch of childhood tied up in it. ...and all I wanted from this new one was one of the retro-ish joysticks to keep in my office. Sigh.
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Thread Destiny 2: Shadowkeep |OT| Moon's Haunted.
I got the gun a long time ago and had banked it almost immediately. The 2nd enemy I killed on the moon dropped the catalyst, so I thought what the heck - I'll use it. Had a blast with it. Great run n' gun weapon for lost sectors, and surprisingly good on yellows.
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Thread Destiny 2: Shadowkeep |OT| Moon's Haunted.
There's armor mods for finishers that make them more interesting. I have one that drops 3 bricks of primary and reloads all weapons (costs 1/10th of your super bar). I have another as well, but can't remember what it does - buffs the party but costs 1/5th of your super bar. Hunters also get a helmet that heals you and cloaks you on finisher use, which makes for fun shotty / finisher loops.
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Thread Return of the Obra Dinn releases on October 18th for Switch, PS4, and XB1
This is an absolutely great game and well worth it if you didn't get to it on PC. Careful observation can get you through a lot of what can be more obtuse identity solves.
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Thread Destiny 2: Shadowkeep |OT| Moon's Haunted.
This would have been better if you'd asked how to solo molten core. On topic, are others on steam having an issue where every 5 mins the preorder tries to update and fails? I'm assuming that's launch entitlements.
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Thread Sajam: "Fighting Games Are Not Inherently Harder to Learn Than Other Competitive Games"
The challenge that fighting games have is unique use of controller. Outside of some platformers, you don't use buttons and the sticks in the same way for a fighting game than you do in most other genres. This adds to the mental hurdles new players have to make in that they can't input like they do in most other games. Leaving terminology aside, the player not only has to learn the ins and outs of a fighting game's rules on how the game goes back and forth between players, they have to learn a completely new way to input that they've not had to deal with before; a fireball motion, SRK's and 360's aren't something you ever input in that manner in other genres*. (*I'm aware some platformers like SOTN use these - I can't think of a platformer pre-SF I that did more than "up+button" for some specials on that level however)
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Thread Borderlands 3 |OT| The Three-Sequel!!
Mayhem 3 was a bit much for bounty hunting for me solo, turned down to Mayhem 2 and got this to drop... (L46 version - 1609 dmg) Jacobs damage and fire rate, crit ricochets... plus every shot is a timed AE explosive... even on the crit ricochets. Oh .
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Thread Borderlands 3 |OT| The Three-Sequel!!
I ran into the negative badge thing. How it happened to me is that I was playing my high-level character, who had gained 7 badges. I then switched to a new character (wanted to see what Moze was about) and lo! -7 badges! =( I've not gone back to Zane to see if I'm still at -7 (would be -5 now based on playing lower level chars), but... sigh.
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Thread How the CPU cheated you in Street Fighter 2
SF arcade games were notorious cheaters, especially if you'd perfected everyone up to Bison. Bison could literally one-hit-kill you if you'd perfected the game up to that point on every round.
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Thread Borderlands 3 |OT| The Three-Sequel!!
I was going to shoot out the last camera, but my son weighed in and I went with his recommendation. No regrets... well OK it's foul-mouthed enough I had to kick my son out of the room once I got it. Win/lose I guess.
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Thread Borderlands 3 |OT| The Three-Sequel!!
I'm really surprised that Jakobs (likely my least favorite manufacturer in BL2 aside from snipers) has become my go-to manufacturer for standard combat firearms snipers. Their multi-shot pistols and tight pellet shotguns are just devastating with Zane in what's become first-shot "oh, you're frozen already?" combat. Because of my build with emphasis on movement, their high-damage snipers are also great, as I don't have to be accurate over more than a shot or two for most things to be dead. ...although I just found a Torgue rocket shotgun that took apart killavolt's red bar (on equal level) in about 4 reloads with sticky shots while co-opping with my wife. So good. I had a Maliwan charge shotty that fired 3 rapid bursts that I loved until I outleveled it. I've not found one I like as much since from them. However the (mid-game weapon / quest spoiler)
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Thread Can Anyone Actually Beat Grim Fandango Without Using Some Kind of Guide?
Back in the day when I played it when it first came out, I didn't use a guide. I will admit there were times that the inventory system totally got in the way of an obtuse puzzle (I think the ship was the worst culprit area here) and I'd have to sit there and try to combine every item with every other item to get things moving forwards. In those situations, I likely would have looked to a guide. Every game needs InvisiClues, BTW.
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Thread Borderlands 3 |OT| The Three-Sequel!!
A gun you shoot at loot that cash converts it? Love the idea. Likely not as good of a return as vending machines, but I'd always carry it. Sounds like a Tediore thing. "The trash collector"
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Thread Borderlands 3 |OT| The Three-Sequel!!
You can also snipe the direct center eye when it glows brightly which will knock the ball out of any of its large attacks - only the all direction tiny missile attack is uninterruptible, but that's easy to dodge.
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Thread Borderlands 3 |OT| The Three-Sequel!!
Killavolt was a pain with Zane at around equal level - the electric floor instantly destroys your deployable shield, and his electric shield is resistant to electricity (at least my weaps)... sigh.
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Thread Borderlands 3 |OT| The Three-Sequel!!
is in no way optimal, but it works well for my playstyle and my skill booster. There's a few wasted points but I've not gone back yet - going to do that once I'm done with the campaign. Generally, you have to be moving when shooting, but when you have drone + shield and you're using a multi-projectile gun or fast firing one and can land headshots through the shield, everything is frozen or dead... or both frozen and dead. =)
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Thread Borderlands 3 |OT| The Three-Sequel!!
Thanks for the info. I'll try a respec and see if I'm more effective until I get higher levels with her.AH OK - so there's a skill unlock for using the different elements with any given power? I'll dig deeper.
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Thread Borderlands 3 |OT| The Three-Sequel!!
I'm playing co-op with my wife (she's FL4K and I'm Amara) and also playing Zane solo and... yeah I'm not feeling Amara's skills, especially the blue "punchy" tree - I think it's just that we're still early (~L12) and I'm ~31 with Zane and have a lot more points to play around with. While Amara's rush skills seem like they'll eventually make that super more effective, right now it hits like a wet paper towel that's only good at stripping shields from enemies that don't have good shields in the first place. And when it gets blocked by cover objects, I cry. It may be the wording on her trees, but it seems as if you can change the element of any tree? Or is that just UI flair? There's also skills that talk about fast state switching and I'm boggled as to what that means. Zane on the other hand, with the shield +damage and drone +damage and kill skills active and movement +damage and cryo stacking and and... wow can you wreck stuff solo. He pairs really well with a Jakobs shotgun-pistol in full cowboy mode. I'm even wearing the hat. =)This would be my biggest peeve on the maps - just not enough vending machines to sell at. I think they thought you'd want to fast-travel back to sanctuary more often?
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Thread What is going on with the Borderlands 3 "Couple" posts on reddit?
My wife and I had a similar setup for years for WoW and other games before we had kids. Many couples we know that game have similar setups. Sometimes things are genuine. Shocking, I know.
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Thread Borderlands 3 |OT| The Three-Sequel!!
Anyone who says gunplay hasn't been improved this time around is playing a different game. Doing skeet shooting with shotguns and launched enemies is just not getting old. While the shotguns themselves don't have the oomph sound and heavy recoil of say Destiny, the resulting physics imparted to targets is very, very satisfying and fun to play around with. What I'm really enjoying is the kinetics of combat; rarely do I camp and sit in one place while fighting. I'm constantly running and gunning, switching weapons, and using a lot more of the combat spaces than I ever did in the previous BL games. Feels good.
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Thread Borderlands 3 |OT| The Three-Sequel!!
I switched to NZ this morning before work just to the game running on X1X. The jump in quality is substantial from BL2. Yeah. This is going to be a long-time jam for me. Groovy.
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Thread Destiny 2: Forsaken |OT4| Royal Whine
Finally succeeded in soloing Whisper (yay me!) and... wow is it just me or is the only good thing about the gun the ammo return? Jotunn hits so much harder in terms of shield break + damage (and is better on ammo) that I did a double-take when doing a heroic run with Whisper as my solar weapon. I'm guessing the catalyst makes it that much better? I missed killing the last boss by ~2 sec. on my 2nd heroic run through. Ugh. At least I don't need to wait for the PE, hunt the boss, and open the portal now.
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Thread LTTP - Alien: Isolation | Green Dots Are Scary
I adored this game. It's the best interpretation of a film IP into a game I've ever seen. The world is perfect. While it's a bit too long, it's still a great experience. One of my favorite moments...
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Thread Destiny 2: Forsaken |OT4| Royal Whine
I have ether doctors coming out of my ears, but not a single HC or Sniper to finish that badge... and the ascendant chest banner, which will not drop no matter how many I open. >cry<
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Thread Sakurai has given you the task to select 5 characters for Fighter Pass #2. The theme? Female Gaming Icons from "Different Worlds."
Hisako from Killer Instinct I'm biased.
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Thread Classic Molten Core world first
I remember our first MC clear. Got Perd and CHT in that same run. Woot! Our guild leader and his GF had a meltdown during the first attempt and ejected, then an ex-member came into vent ranting and disrupting the run. I talked the guy down, we regrouped and despite losing our timers for adds, pulled it off and downed Rags. Epic. I'll always remember it. I never want to do it again. There are mechanics in the fights, but really the largest one is herding 40 cats. =)
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Thread VG247: 'Anthem doesn’t need an overhaul, it needs to be put out of its misery'
I don't agree the game can't be turned around. It's just a matter of commitment and focus, and perhaps some hard changes that the community may initially not be happy about - for example if they overhauled weapons and skills and essentially threw out your progress completely. Personally I'd be OK with a complete reset. Maybe my optimism is misplaced, but I liked flying and stomping around as a colossus and I'd love to do that with more meaningful rewards and better combat / skill choices that give me more vectors to play each class. I'm hoping EA stands by the title and they turn it around; that would be the better story at the end of the day, anyway.
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Thread Xbox Game Studios |OT6| I'M BACK (TO RISE)
Publishing already existed but is now headed up by Peter and has a new name - that wasn't announced as a new studio AFAIK, but was part of the overall change in gaming at Microsoft. Age however is now a studio. What that means specifically is just like 343, Minecraft, Coalition, Rare, and others, there is now an independent team that is responsible for creating and supporting Age specifically and running that business. Make sense?
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Thread Lords of the Fallen - how is it?
Would not recommend. Horrible class skill balance, bad enemy design and pacing. Looks like a souls game, but learned nothing from why or how souls games do what they do. Play The Surge instead
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Thread Destiny 2: Forsaken |OT4| Royal Whine
I got my solstice armor to purple 30 mins before I had to leave for a flight. You can masterwork later, right? I'm going to have no play time for the next week. I was dreading gambit, but it wasn't that bad - won more than I lost, finally killed the meatball, made lots of bow progress for hush, and got 16 void kills over the 10 games. It's nice that team void kills count towards the total you need - made it easy to finish off in crucible.
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Thread Destiny 2: Forsaken |OT4| Royal Whine
I just got to blue armor for the seasonal event, and now I see I need to play Gambit exclusively for one piece's upgrades. Sigh. While I get the "hey you might have fun!" push, I still fight against it. The random drop of Le Monarque yesterday from Forge 3 (while working on a Hand Cannon frame) makes up for it. That's a fun bow - is it any good in Gambit?
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Thread I played Horizon Zero Dawn and AC: Odyssey back to back and AC was better at virtually everything
This is a hard call because of different aspects of the games.Since they're not from the same year, it's kinda OK to say they're both great... IMO.
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Thread Borderlands 3 - Pre-Release Information and Discussion Thread
All the trailers were odd in that the humor was not present as much as I'd expect from Borderlands, but I get it if they're shifting the direction a bit. I'm still 100% in on the game. But wow FL4K's skill trees are pretty boss. He's Zer0 + Mordecai + Pet. I'll likely end up trying all the classes out - BL always took a while to get to that fun point with classes where you felt you had interesting choices - but yeah FL4K to start seems up my alley. My "play" history for BL fun chars (to max level) went Moredecai -> Lilith -> Maya -> Gage -> Salvador
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Thread Era, I need recs for a game with an amazing atmosphere/story/world. Haven't been able to get really "into" a game in a while.
Horizon Zero Dawn has a compelling lead character and a great world that just gets better the more you learn about it. Combat is quite fun and it looks gorgeous on the pro. There's a good amount of visual storytelling as well. While sub quests aren't all amazing, the main story was fun to follow and the collectable aspects actually flesh the world out even more. If you enjoy peeling the onion on why a world is what it is, I think it's one of the best examples of a game that does it well.
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Thread Borderlands 3 - Pre-Release Information and Discussion Thread
Tonally, the Moze trailer is pretty far off from what I'd expect from Borderlands. I'm hoping fl4k's is more comedic.
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Thread The Surge 2 - Everything new explained. (Why aren't people more hyped for this game?!)
As a spear / dex player in Souls games, there were a few fun weapon setups that I liked in the Surge. I didn't care for the boss fight towards the end (the security guy?) that pretty much forced you into heavy weapon use to beat them. I got to the final boss, fought it a few times, and just stopped without finishing it. It wasn't a bad game, but I had no desire to NG+ it the way I've done in every souls game, which is likely why I just gave up at the final boss. They get major props for the 60FPS or resolution option on the X however. I'm hoping that returns if they can't keep 60 with graphics. As someone else said earlier, The Surge is better than Lords of the Fallen, so if Surge 2 follows the same improvement trend, it should be a pretty good game. I'm going to play it, certainly.
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 |OT| You Can Pet the Dog
I'm finally ready for the 3rd big island, just doing the resource charting islands first. As for the part right before that...
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Thread Octopath traveler is such a good game
I found this game repetitive (as in all 8 chars' stories are structured exactly the same and with similar plot timing), the dialogue way overwritten, and while the break combat mechanic was a cool one, it wasn't enough to get the game over the fact you were essentially playing 8 solo stories rather than one cohesive one. It also gives you an illusion of choice with skill upgrades that can set you up for failure (i.e. lots of grinding) if you happen to choose incorrectly for what they expected.
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Thread Streets of Rage 4 - Behind the Tracks (Insane Composer List Inside)
Holy moly. That's an amazing bundle of proven talent on one OST. That'll be a purchase.
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Thread Confession time: most you spent on a game's microtransactions (MTX)
Mass Effect 3's MP : ~$300 Warframe : ~$200 over many years This may have changed in Warframe, but at one point you did the math, it worked out that the prime frame packages because of 90-day booster inclusions make the most sense if you're going to play the game regularly for the next 3 months - you can't get better boosters or match the length for less credits any other way, and the cost ends up being like $1 / day if that's your main game over that time period.
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 is the greatest game for which I had no hype — and it might be my favorite game so far this year
Preach. This is the reason I went PS4 instead of Switch for the game (well, framerate too). I'm at the age where small fonts are just not cutting it, and I've already been seeing a not-great pattern of games using sub-optimal fonts for small screens on Switch titles; undocked, I don't know if I could play this, and I didn't want to be tempted. Still a really fun game despite its quirks.
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Thread Command & Conquer Remaster Update and Red Alert Preview
Interesting / Cool. I guess RA includes the two expansions, because Tesla Tanks weren't in the original game.100% correct answer
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Thread Destiny 2: Forsaken |OT4| Royal Whine
Yeah the "most" is the important part in my comment. =) Basic armor sets for the non-raiding Hunter are... lacking. Some great options at the high end, but generally Titans / Warlocks look better in the scrub gear, especially with shaders. Most (not all) shaders on Hunters put them into jester territory of clashing colors as well. And almost none of the exotics match to a set (arms especially) in a good way... maybe Galanor is the exception. I agree it should get a lot better once you can just have the look you want and then tweak the armor behind it - for all classes!
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 is the greatest game for which I had no hype — and it might be my favorite game so far this year
Nice writeup. I'm 3/4th through the metal island and yeah, I'm feeling all of this already. (Also Island #2's sexism is way up there, agreed) In some ways this game is better than the first (mainly removing breakable gear) and yet in others it's completely backwards and weird. How scarce blueprints got is just baffling to me. And the lack of a quest log. And being unable to pull up an object list for a room type you want (yet you'll get a handy mark of ! in the crafting menu). And no dodge. And no visible town boundary. And. And. And. (not going to rewrite all of what you did already - you covered a lot of it). Offhand someone mentioned how to corral livestock and I can't find it again. It's stuff like that. Fully agreed that if this was a game that would get regular updates (like Terraria, say) then wow there's an amazing game for this to grow into. Sadly, I think the "shipped, done" mentality is still in play here, which is a huge bummer.
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Thread Destiny 2: Forsaken |OT4| Royal Whine
As someone that recently jumped back into D2 after taking a hiatus from the game right after Black Armory dropped (when I found myself unable to do any of the content), I suddenly find myself at 702 LL (from ~580) after ~8 hours of play. They weren't kidding about pushing people up in level. Question on chalice runes - I've unlocked three purple ones and purchased the red rune upgrade - is it just completely random if I get new ones or not? I've done a treasure map since and still get one of the same three purple runes. Same from all the barge chests I opened - just the same three purple runes over and over again. Do you have to do something to unlock each first before you can then collect them?
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Thread I really appreciate the strides "The Sinking City" went in adopting Lovecraft's stylings, while adamantly disowning and shaming his bigoted opinions.
There's a conversation with another character in a different case in which you can call him out on his racist views and if you don't back down when challenged on it can hammer it home in a way that makes the character backpedal on their perspective. While they don't admit to being wrong, they at least admit that they need to consider alternatives. It's a victory, especially given that character's arrogance and elitism up to that point.
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Thread USgamer interviews Panzer Dragoon creator Yukio Futatsugi "It Really Makes Me Think Again About How Incredible Sega Was at the Time"
To this day, I keep a working Saturn just for the Panzer Dragoon series. Saga I still consider one of the best RPG battle system designs ever - and there's a lot of great ones out there.
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Thread My Friend Pedro sells 250,000 units, Devolver and DeadToast release "Behind The Schemes" video
This game is absolutely bonkers. I'm having a great time with it. Congrats to the team!
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Glad it's not just me. Performance is lagged now when it wasn't before on X1. Funky.
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Thread The Sinking City |OT| "They're Sinking Cities with a Giant Squid!"
I'm in anyway. Rarely do we get adventure / exploration focused games on this scale in Lovecraft mythos. I have to support the effort and the dev - jank or no.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
It doesn't because it's another hat.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Question on the sword familiar:
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Ok I think I've gone almost as far as I can with the Xbox version until the patch hits... 100% map revealed Every achievement but one possible to get so far (until patch) All monsters possible (until patch) All weapons but the ones you need ingredients for that won't drop (until patch) Most items acquired (a few lingering) Game completed (normal) with all endings and extra bosses I know people are upset about the patch rebalancing weapons and crafting, but there's a shard that breaks the economy and allows you essentially unlimited resources and money through just using it. All said, I enjoyed the game, found it a bit too easy on normal, and am looking forwards to a harder playthrough once the patch hits, and new characters / DLC down the line. I may not NG+ however, as I have almost every shard at L9 and even on hard the difficulty is trivial at this point when I tried it after my finished run.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Is it weird that one of the best music tracks (IMO) is the 8-bit nightmare one? Also, are chests the only source of gold?
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
~6 hours in, several bosses down, ~33% map explored... This is heaven for fans (like me) of Igavanias. Tons of stuff to grind / craft / collect, areas to explore, secrets... yeah it's the real deal. Upgraded bats and grinder blade FTW.
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Thread Any interest in The Sinking City?
Loved the Sherlock Holmes games, so I'm absolutely interested. And I'm a huge Lovecraft fan, so that's doubled my interest. If it's on par with Devil's Daughter I'd be happy and if it's on par with Crimes and Punishments I'd be in heaven.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Ha! Thanks, I forgot about that - last time I did that was to get Dark Souls III a week or so early from Japan. And lo, that does work - must be something with the region itself. Based on that, I'm assuming that the codes would normally go active at 9PM PT tonight (the store page says it's available then).
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Xbox code input - "Contact who you got this game from. We can't redeem it." I am cry.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night |OT| We Have Paid Our Tribute, Igavania Is Resurrected
Weird. The Xbox store says it unlocks at 9PM tonight, not 12 midnight. Still no code tho. =(
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Thread Age of Empires II Interview - Shows Definitive Edition improvements
And yes, I did demand click/drag scrolling in every Age game. It's not in Age IV just yet, and I cry inside a bit every time I can't use it.
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Thread It is time to be honest with ourselves, Assassin's Creed Odyssey is one of the best open world games of this generation
When I say that, I mean that controls and combat are where I see a lot of streamlining. How you use combat powers and how they're grouped make it much easier to "play" than how it was done in Origins. Equipment management also got a pass and it's better as a result, IMO.
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Thread It is time to be honest with ourselves, Assassin's Creed Odyssey is one of the best open world games of this generation
Truth. I was in the google streaming test for this game, didn't expect anything, loved it to death, especially Kassandra's voice actress, and once I finished everthing, I bought it anyway because Ubi deserved the money for making such a great game.IMO, no. Play Odyssey and then go back and play Origins. It's not nearly the same. Odyssey essentially improved and streamlined everything Origins did.
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Thread Microsoft announced the formation of an Age of Empires studio, headed by Shannon Loftis
There's a bit of confusion in here -- Forgotten Empires, the developer working on Age II DE has members of Ensemble working there, not at the new MS Age studio There's no change to the relationships with FE, Relic, etc. - the Age studio isn't taking over any projects from our development partners Carry on!
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Thread Xbox Game Studios |OT5| The Cult of Phil in the Age of Booty: A Case Study
We do, it just hasn't cleared legal yet. Once that's done and the logo is in place, we'll show it off.
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Thread Xbox Game Studios |OT5| The Cult of Phil in the Age of Booty: A Case Study
Nope! But we did consider that one... and over a hundred others. You'd be amazed (or really, not, in this day and age) how hard it is to find a name that some LLC or side business doesn't already use.
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Thread Oculus Quest |OT| There Are No Strings On Me!
Broke down and ordered a 128gb one. Me to colleagues: Hey talk me out of spending money on this. Colleagues: Why would we? Me: sigh.
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Thread Game devs of Resetera, how do leaks impact your work?
already said more than I was going to say, but I'll just add a bit, speaking for myself here - Leaks typically deny any and all context and framing from happening around a product reveal. Sometimes, that context is very important so customers understand the vision / idea behind the product. This is when teams feel it the most - when there's no context around a leaked piece, because it's not the full picture, and the interpretations of it go every which way other than the way you wanted to talk about it; the term "narrative" is frequently used because a reveal should be a story, and no one really wants the ending (or just the middle sometimes) first.
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Thread Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - Official Gameplay Demo
Looks great. Given Respawn's pedigree, I'm going to stay on the side of positive optimism for it. I'm hoping combat on higher difficulties (or later in the game) gets very souls-ish in terms of fights requiring more strategy. The power toolkit looks like as it expands it'll be fun to find ways to really use it in combat.
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Thread If you could go back in time to undo one game company merger/closure/change in ownership, what would it be?
Sigh.
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Thread If you could go back in time to undo one game company merger/closure/change in ownership, what would it be?
There's a pretty good chance I'd still be at Westwood if they still existed (and they didn't finally get sick of me). It was a good crew.
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Thread Xbox Twitter account tweets cryptic message: “We invited something new to our Xbox E3 Briefing this year.”
I'm joking, but I'm also not. I'd totally get that in there if they were up for it. WOOLOLO for the cheat code =) If there's a trainer with one in Sword & Shield that has a red shirt when you first meet them, then blue the next time, then red again...
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Thread Do you follow the 1 hour / dollar rule?
Portal was what? 3-4 hours, 5 with breaks and do-overs... ...and it was worth the entire $60 that Orange Box cost at release. For me personally, it's the quality of the gameplay experience, not simply the hours it lasted.
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Thread It's been almost three months since Sekiro: how do you feel about the game now that the honeymoon's passed?
Good game, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I was hoping. The playstyle was so specific that I felt it was more about memorization than improvisation, which isn't the emotional reward vector I was used to based on other FROM titles. I preferred the other titles in how I felt about getting good at them and the diversity of ways to play them.
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Thread Outer Wilds |OT| Life, the universe, and everything else all in 20 minutes!
What a charming game! I had no idea what I was in for, but an exploration / adventure game with some fun narrative / clue connecting is a breath of fresh air. I love the short-session loop and stumbling onto a new story thread, rushing around trying to get it completed and connected before the reset, maybe succeeding, then taking mental notes for the next loop and heading out immediately for wherever you didn't get to finish at. There's some pretty time-sensitive stuff I've found so far. I'm curious if there's ways to actually stop some of it from occurring during a loop permanently, or if you'll eventually have to do all of it in one go perfectly. I'm glad they're pretty forgiving on landing and shuttle damage. If that was more realistic this game would be nearly impossible to enjoy. My favorite death so far: sliding on ice uncontrollably, gaining speed as I go, hitting a tiny rock and getting launched so far off an asteroid that I have no hope of return, only to be pulled into the sun anyway as I'm trying to figure out how to unscrew myself from drifting through the void. Reminds me a bit of The Return of the Obra Dinn, which was great as well.
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Thread Has anyone ever beaten Death legitimately without resorting to the Triple Shot Holy Water. (Castlevania 1)
Oh that SUCKS. At least there's save states in the new collection.
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Thread Daigo's New "Hitbox" Controller is the Subject of Controversy in the FGC- Raises question of legality of custom controllers.
If a game is built with hitbox type input in mind, I think it's fine. I know Capcom has had a spotty history with hitbox type controllers - I believe it was one of the Marvels that you could block both directions simultaneously because they never accounted for both L/R inputs being pushed at the same time. It could be that SFV just can't handle the inputs well (e.g. in a fair / non-advantaged way) and I get why they wouldn't allow it at that point. Also, since it's a custom controller, there's no knowing what's in the circuitry in terms of input honing that could be considered cheating without a full analysis of the input board and the SOCD's logic. While Daigo has no reason to cheat, they can't allow this for the knock-on effect it could have. Personally, I love hitbox controllers, but I can see the issue easily. It would behoove a company like Hitbox to get "certified" or whatever with every fighting game dev they can so that they're not shut out of competitions, which of course could affect their sales.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Official Update Thread
Ignoring the accusations... KS projects have no guarantee of success. "Valuing your money backing games" is a contradiction. Backing a game is a total risk on KS. You don't value that money at all if you back a game there. There's no completion bonds, no investment security, if the project doesn't work out, you get . If value is truly your principal, it would mean you should wait for the game to be done (if that happens at all) and on sale, and buy it if you're that price-sensitive for something that was a risk in the first place., it's a (most times risky) funding opportunity to put money towards a dream idea you'd like to see manifest. The text being wrong or misleading or just false is bad on them, yes 100% agreed. Using KS to find cheap game deals is bad on you, however.
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Thread Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Official Update Thread
Wow. I backed the game well beyond $60 not for any extra rewards but because of my love for Iga's previous games and my desire to see this succeed. I must have my priorities out of wack.
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Thread Has anyone ever beaten Death legitimately without resorting to the Triple Shot Holy Water. (Castlevania 1)
The biggest issue with this boss was the crashes that the scythes could cause on the original NES version. Nothing more frustrating than a game with no saves crashing on the 2nd to last boss. Generally I beat him with boomerang and whip. It was a very learnable fight.
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Thread RPG battle systems/mechanics that are too good to only exist within one game
Came here to say this as well. One of the most interesting, interactive combat systems ever. No fight was ever just mashing a button, and timing and technique both mattered in fun ways.
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Thread Panzer Dragoon Orta (BC) |OT| One of the Best 3d Shooting Games, Presented for Your Pleasure in ~4k
First boss, and you can see little soldiers running around on the decks as you're destroying the airship. So cool. I never noticed that before.
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Thread Nostalgia alert! What was the first game you you remember completing?
There's an implication of narrative, because many early games when I was a kid didn't really "end", so I'd have to say Adventure on the Atari 2600 would be the first.
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Thread It's crazy how much I played the Command & Conquer games on Playstation back in the day, considering how much they were compromised.
Respect, TC. I remember the programmers working through the controls for those. I was always impressed with how much input fidelity they squeezed out of the ps1 controller.
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Thread Digital only buyers: Do you still prefer buying your absolute favorite games in physical version?
I only consider the physical if I think my kids may eventually want to play the game on a box that's not the family home one. If there's a super-deluxe edition that has all the goodies plus a digital code and I love the series, I'd probably jump on it. If it's all physical, I'll generally pass (lookin' at you, Borderlands 3!) and get the next highest-tier digital one instead. Nintendo having horrible / non-existent family sharing options relegates me to cartridge for any games I think my kids will want to play in the future, as that's the most likely system that the kids would have personal access to beyond iPads and our home Xbox.
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Thread I really miss Terraria.
I've got over 500 hours in Terraria on PC alone (Steam says 538!) and console has to be another 100 at least. My son and I have played through almost all the major mods together on PC, and co-oped all the way through the Xbox version. I'd love to see a true sequel simply because I'd like to give the devs some more money, really. Talk about gaming value!
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Thread No, Comrade Premier. It has only begun.
Kane is in the RA universe, but Einstein's little adventure split the timeline. Originally (RA 1 time) we set it up that it could have been prequel to C&C mainline if we wanted to go that way. Kane is eternal, so there's only a few possible realities he doesn't exist in.
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Thread Kotaku: An easy mode has never ruined a game
I think the crux of the issue here is that Sekiro demands you play (down to almost a per-encounter manner) in a very specific way, more than Souls or even BB asked of players. That way of play is not for everyone and seems to be for less players than any previous FROM game has been, based on the ongoing debate. Unlike previous games, there's also no way to make the encounters easier by "grinding" for levels so you can buffer your mistakes or brute-force things - you either figure out each puzzle as laid out, or you don't progress. Early skills aren't great boons to help here either. This puts the grind completely on "training" and mastering the combat exactly as they want you to play it; it's more fighting game and less action game at this point. Also, fighting mostly humanoids of my player's size makes the read area of the screen (the pixel area that gives me information that I need to respond to) a lot smaller than any previous FROM game, where monsters had more unique and grander tells far beyond the subtle stuff we see with human opponents here. I think this is why the General on the horse is the best / most fun fight early in the game - it's big and readable. It's also why I bet the special attack indicator (grabs, etc.) was added as an attempt to make things easier on players. Personally, I like Souls / BB better because I have room to play differently than my friends, and that makes for interesting conversation; Sekiro isn't a game I'll ever NG+ because the experience is so focused on only one way to play, and it's not my personal favorite. Really, if they wanted easier difficulty, all they'd need to do is increase the times on attack windups, so you have more frames to react and know what the correct rock/paper/scissors counter is to the moves that are coming at you. You'd still have to learn the combat and tells and not get hit, but at least you could react better to what was coming your way for a limited time window. A slow time prosthetic that just lets you see a read here and there would do it. IMO, of course.
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Thread 6 yr old wants to play Minecraft. He is smart, but possibly ASD sensitive to scary stuff. Advice please.
Agree with everyone saying creative mode here. Sandbox experience: No death, non-aggressive monsters, flying, unlimited blocks to work with, and console & mobile versions have all the recipes exposed, so you don't have to memorize anything, just gather the resources to make stuff. My son at 3 learned 3d navigation via Minecraft on iPad, and then 360 controller with Minecraft on that. He couldn't read words yet, and that didn't get in his way. If your kid is like mine, they'll have the icons memorized and doing everything in a week or so, even if they can't read yet. It may be frustrating or a lot of "what's this do?" until it clicks. =)
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Thread Borderlands 3 - Pre-Release Information and Discussion Thread
No regrets on the $100 version. I've played so much BL2 that if all I get is essentially new content, I'm good. If I get DLC as good as Dragon Keep? Oh yeah. If the collector's edition was all that good stuff with a digital code, I'd have taken that route, but discs aren't my jam any longer. Given the hours (days) of time I've spent with BL2, I feel like in part I'm paying Gearbox back for all the time I've gotten from the game well beyond the $60 price point I paid for it originally.
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Thread Polygon: Borderlands 3’s trailer is a disappointment
I thought the teaser was great. The trailer was OK, but it didn't diminish my joy at finally having the game officially announced. We don't (aside from leaks) know anything about the weapon system, the classes and ways to play them, the bosses, the environments, the game mechanics... or all the stuff that makes the game... a game. Which is what I'd like to know before making hard judgement. Note I don't think Ben is making hard judgement by the way, but he's got a powerful platform to speak from, which can lead people to assume just that. I'm cutting the trailer slack because I love BL and really I just want more adventures in that world, I realize that. I also realize that it's totally fine for someone to judge the game off that first video impression, as the article did. They didn't say anything (feature-wise), highlight any dialogue, or show anything beyond the running gun (PLEASE tell me it trash talks while attacking!) as a new dynamic for the game. Although I do hope that Brick actually has a saxophone solo now in the middle of a huge battle. I do agree with others here that I'm curious what that "new thing" needs to be for some critics for Borderlands though... because outside of great writing, I don't know what BL needs at its core to somehow be suddenly more appropriate and deserving of existing in 2019 that design iteration (which seems is what they're doing) and great content couldn't solve. I think had the trailer ended with "Learn more: April 3rd" or whatever it would have nicely capped it as "this is part I" which I think is what they were trying to do here.
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Thread Microsoft leads the way in banning April Fools’ Day pranks
One year, we made this amazing Guardian Clippy for KI announce. We ended up tweeting it, but there was a larger version planned at first. "Boy, you really drop your combos!" "You seem to suck at breaking lights! Want me to school you more on it?" "Do you know blocking can be done by holding back? Doesn't seem like you do!" They all get out eventually, maybe just not on that day. =)
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Thread Has anyone else completely lost the desire to play on a desktop as you get older?
48. I love my big TV with a big couch. I also love my PC. I go back and forth on if I focus on console or PC for my gaming time. Sometimes I won't touch the PC for a week as I tear through a game on console, then I'll shift back to PC and vise-versa, depending on game. For shooters, I tend to use PC because of a 144hz monitor. For anything I care about visually, I go to consoles for HDR and higher resolution. However, if it's a game I'll be playing with friends more often than solo, I typically get it on console rather than PC (e.g. Anthem, Division 2, Destiny 2, etc.) just because I have more regular friends there. PC gets games I'll typically play solo, like Prey, Far Cry New Dawn, Metro: Exodus, BL2 (for mods), etc.
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Thread I said GODDAMN. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is the best Metroidvania I've played in years.
I picked this up based on this thread. I just got the frog form. It's been OK so far - I personally don't care for the music, especially in the early areas. The map can be a bit obtuse when it comes to doors you didn't go through, which makes remembering where they were a bit frustrating. I'm expecting as I open up all the forms' repertoire it'll get more interesting. I'll certainly finish it.
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Thread Far Cry: New Dawn |OT| The World Has Ended and It's Your Fault
I'm trying to enjoy this, but I'm having constant crashes on PC since I reached the baby / sulfur pools raid mission. Since that point, no matter where I go and what I do, the game crashes every few minutes with no indication of what could be causing it. Super frustrating.
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Thread Anthem |OT| GaaS Effect
Wow, that reddit post explains a lot of what I've been feeling and how I've gravitated to playing. Colossus = prime with flamethrower or fire, then jump melee (jump is important) into the enemies for massive combo damage. Repeat. Weapons are completely useless.
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Thread What are your expectations for Borderlands 3?
Borderlands is at its best when it stays silly. So above all, stay silly. Crazy-ass weapons Crazy-ass bosses and dialogue More enemies that manipulate the encounter space (like the badasses from BL2) Fun classes with multiple build paths that are equally compelling DLC on par with Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep Make melee more interesting to use if it's kept Keep split-screen co-op (please!) Steve 60FPS on console - hard to think about 30 again after Handsome collection and PC play on a 144hz I am ready to throw money at this thing. All hail the king of Looter Shooters!
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Thread You are dropped into the last game you played, and your only weapon is the last thing you bought...
Anthem, armed with a big display easy-read clock plus calendar for seniors
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Thread Anthem |OT| GaaS Effect
As someone that mains a colossus, and just got the challenge done for that particular weapon, I'd say it's in the "OK" category. It doesn't hit as hard as other MWs you could take and the explosion radius isn't great. I have it as a secondary right now, but the DPS it puts out vs non-yellows doesn't match the utility I could have for taking say, the MW scout rifle that has lightning 30% proc (which tears through shields), or the assault rifle that does fire explosions on crits. However, against yellow bars it does good damage (turrets) - there's just not enough yellow bars across the strikes to really have it feel like it has a place it can shine. It really comes down to your build. Do you have a good solution for blue bars? I run flamewall and flamethrower (both MW versions) and then charge and combo via melee hits / jumps, and play super aggressively. I rarely fall back to weapons, and if I do it's the MW minigun that increases damage as you hit multiple enemies. Having a secondary to deal with shields helps a lot in more circumstances than having a good yellow-bar weapon. I could swear mine is also +150% damage - that may be a fixed stat for that weapon? My biggest peeve on GLs - they don't give you a grenade launcher sight with any of them, so it's hard to lob shots correctly, especially as you can lob a shot further than it'll show the trail / shot.
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Thread Anthem |OT| GaaS Effect
I comment on this game regularly because I really do love the moment-to-moment of it. I'm as equally frustrated on the meta however. The return on time as you move up the GM levels is off. I'm at the point that I need MWs or Legendaries to move my numbers at all on any character, which means I can have complete runs on GM1 that yield nothing of value, and since XP is rather worthless post 30, the runs are time wasters. Yet GM2 and above is kinda punishing for time / effort vs. return. Unlike D3, which had the clearly defined torment levels, plus rifts with the "earn base gems in this mode, upgrade them in this (more challenging) one" - Anthem doesn't seem to have any of that mentality in it, which is... weird. I really wish the game had been scaled somewhat like (assume game difficulty is tuned to accommodate these ranges): GM1: Limited masterwork set can drop! All random stats and perks. You should be using blue buffs by now regularly. Blueprints for purple buffs can drop. GM2: Full MW list with possible higher point values and better rolls. Legendaries start dropping (limited set). Materials for forging are plentiful. You're expected to be using purple-tier buffs unless you're getting close to fully geared / tuned. MW level buff blueprints can drop. GM3: Put your tuned build to the test and go for legendary drops (and sets). Oh and I finally got my first legendary: Victor's Resolve (meh)... for the Ranger... while playing a Colossus. =P Shades of Barb set drops while playing WD in D3. Sigh.
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Thread Anthem |OT| GaaS Effect
I had this happen yesterday. Full run of Tyrant, and I couldn't pick up any loot, but could get ammo and health. Loot would just stay on the floor. I figured I'd just get it at the end. Nope. No loot screen appeared. It's been a day and multiple other runs since of Tyrant and others. The loot just vanished, as if that run never happened. No mail in my inbox either. So, if you ever have a run that you can't pick up loot, just quit it and don't rejoin.
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Thread Samurai Shodown (2019) Roster & Stages Discussion Thread
If they're going for a well-balanced game at launch, I'd suspect the roster will be smaller (~16-18 chars) - this gets around tyranny of choice and eases onramping / learning for incoming new to the series players. Have they announced DLC / seasons plans? I've not been following the title close enough to know if they communicated how new characters will roll out and on what cadence. It sucks when your fave doesn't get in there at launch though. If Tam Tam is in, I'm in.
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Thread The last show/movie you watched is now getting a game developed by the creators of the last game you played.
The Grand Tour developed by Avalanche I guess they finally get tired of Clarkson and things get .
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Thread Marathon Durandal (1995) Still Has the Best Shotgun(s) in Gaming. Is There Anything Else That Can Come Close?
Duke Nukem 3D had an amazing shotgun. No armor? Bye. Doom's shotgun was heavenly. Destiny has good shotguns, but they're kinda twitchy.
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Thread Ports that made sense, but never happened for some reason.
I'll throw my old-timer hat in here. Dungeon Master on PC Didn't happen for 5 years after its release on Atari ST ('87) and Amiga ('88). Of course, that opened the door for Eye of the Beholder to come in, but the delay in porting that one over kept FTL from taking the PC RPG crown at that point. To this day, it's still boggling that they waited so long. Brett Sperry (co-founder of Westwood) and I had a chat once about that game specifically, and Westwood was so that FTL would bring DM over to PC ASAP they delayed starting up their game (which became Eye of the Beholder)... but eventually they got tired of waiting, so EoB beat DM out by a year on PC in the end of it all.
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Thread Anthem Review Thread
It does not. It's a huge flaw in player onboarding. In my personal reality, you would have been playing alongside an NPC that set up primers and let you detonate (and then vise-versa) to train people on how it works. Also, the different element types vs. bar colors hasn't been explained... if that still matters from the ME MP influence this game has (and needed more following of, IMO). This plus inconsistent tool tips across a wide number of items - maybe even outright bugs on some - makes it hard to know what does what or what's better than what. It's pretty messy right now.
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Thread Anthem Review Thread
Playing casually, doing side quests that were available, by the time I reached the trials, I was one objective away from completing each of them. I think they expected more people to be enamored with free roam, as you tick all of them off rather quickly just flying about and fighting / doing events as you run across them. Opening chests turned out to be one of the longer ones, but world chests and events, or entering a dungeon solo made that relatively easy. If you turn right once you get into freeroam and fly along the city, you can find a group of friendly soldiers overlooking the fields that get attacked by enemies frequently. Picking them up as they drop counts as reviving javelins.Combo trigger is the number of times you see "COMBO!" on your screen from using primers and detonators Note: I don't think this is a great thing to drop into mainline quest progress, but I also think the time it takes to do these things is being overblown by a large degree.
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Thread Metro Exodus | OT| Life imitates Artyom
Curious if anyone's had this happen on PC - I'm using a Corsair K70 LUX keyboard, and the lighting integration is neat for the game (the keyboard colors / responds to input choices and ambient light / environment) but my volume control stopped working while in the game. Anyone found a way around this?
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Thread Crackdown 3: Wrecking Zone Technical Test (Insiders)
But-but-but I thought that a lock-on game couldn't have any skill to it? That's what the internet told me. =P /s
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Thread The Surge is a great game
Feels like the studio learned a few things after Lords of the Fallen, but they didn't apply enough learnings. Bosses are still janky and lack a lot of grace in telegraphing their attacks, making learning their patterns more frustrating than it should be. The environments are mazy and repetitive, making figuring out where to go a real chore, and the typical enemies are you with a different weapon over and over again. As said before, the weapons having no unique attacks / animations also makes them lack character and feel. It's also hard to pin down where you can get certain resources to upgrade your kit. However it's certainly nice playing it in performance mode on the X.
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Thread Apex Legends announced by Respawn Entertainment (F2P Battle Royale PS4/XB1/PC) - Live Stream Monday 12PM PST
So... a BR that you shift reality in? Because that's what I'm expecting at this point. /thatscool
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Thread Metro Exodus - New story and gameplay trailer
I feel like this is a series that never hit mainstream, but this entry sure looks like it's the one poised to take it there. I hope the story is as epic as it's made out to be. I'm a sucker for "road" stories.
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Thread Should Destiny adopt subscription model, or keep premium expansions?
I've been a big player / supporter of Destiny 1 / 2, but after the Black Armory LL requirements and me being a relatively filthy casual (~570LL), I think I'm out on supporting early content until I can get a sense of what I can do as a non-hardcore player. I purchased the season pass and updates blindly, and feel that I've been very stung by it because I get nothing out of it. Since they seem to have a pattern of fixing flow at a later time and pulling up the casual players when it's required, it's personally no longer worth my time to ride along with the game as it develops. I would like to see them continue to support 2 rather than completely reset with 3 and start this all over again, however. If that means subbing, I think I'd still wait until there's a good deal of (non PvP) content ahead of me before subbing however; I don't have time to keep up with the bleeding edge in order to experience anything new.
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Thread Anthem Demo Thread (VIP: Jan 25th-27th, Open: Feb 1st-3rd) - Time To Fly FreelancEra
I'm enjoying the game, but the Colossus javelin needs some tweaks. I can see it being painful to level with if you decide to pick it. At high-end there's potentially lots of avenues to make it really awesome with mods and augments I can imagine they'll do, but as of right now, it's got all the "big guy" weaknesses with not a lot of benefits for being that big guy. Things that peeve me:All that said, there's some great stuff too. Shield charges into melee combos is satisfying. Grenade launchers are fun and effective (although I have no idea how to manually detonate the mine types). The Flamethrower melts red bars and it lasts forever. The electric cannon can be used with shield up, auto-fires, and detonates burning enemies. Yeah. And you can cause havoc with your shield up in flight and slam into guys while low-strafing the ground. Really all they need are augments that do things like let you prime combos with shield charges as you barrel through a bunch of enemies and there's some amazing teamwork you could pull off with a detonating class. Reflect a % of shots, turn any damage taken in charge into additional shield slam damage, etc. - lots of room to make him super fun. Oh and a random tip on controls that I found on accident (yay Bioware for having it): Clicking the Left Stick after jumping puts you into flight... but .
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Thread For the real-time strategy fans: what do you think of classic RTS franchises mainly living on by remasters/ports?
I'm not going to turn this into an interview, so don't ask but: Age IV is in development (keep the faith, TC!), as most of you in this thread know. It's a PC RTS through and through. It upholds Age's approach to RTS games. Interpret that as you will. =)
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Thread Salt and Sanctuary Port Coming to Xbox One on February 6th ($17.99 USD)
That's a triple-dip for me (PC, Switch, and now Xbox). Great game if you enjoy soulslikes. Also don't forget it has couch co-op.
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Thread What have Assassin’s Creed become
You only leave the past four (?) times in Odyssey and one of them is for actual gameplay, not just a walking simulator. Also, the other times are 1-5 minutes tops depending on how much you want to read. It's bliss.
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Thread Borderlands 2 as a 1p game - worth it or no?
Absolutely fun as a single player experience, and cherry on top if you find people to play MP with. Soloing raid bosses was always fun. Don't forget you can play split-screen as well if there's people in your household you can play with.
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Thread Earth Defense Force 5 |OT| Smash Bugs Ultimate
While I don't think EDF needed a tutorial either, your handler's indifferent attitude to the growing chaos around you and the soldiers commentary in the first mission was amusing enough to warrant the inclusion. I could only play the first two missions, as my son wants to co-op the entire game. He was already asleep when it released, and he'd kill me if I got more than a few levels in without him. I did like the ranger squad you ended up with - I kinda hope they're the same squad you're with for the rest of the game, just to keep the humor consistent.
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Thread Mutant Year Zero: The Road to Eden |OT| DuX-Com
I'm frustrated with this game because it's great, IMO. The combat is fun, the UI is incredibly helpful in planning movement (X-COM could learn some things from this game), most skills can be VERY useful, the world is interesting, and the focus on ambush and thinning the enemy herd are good, but it's got issues. Here's my personal peeves:Despite all of this, I still really like the game a lot and recommend it to any X-COM / TBS fan, especially those that like more merciless game play. I'd suggest that normal difficulty is the more spontaneous (you can mess up your setups and still pull out a clean win) and less frustrating way to experience it for most players.
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Thread Hype Check: EARTH DEFENSE FORCE 5
Day 1 for me because my son and I will play co-op to death, but I'm not sold on the deluxe edition either. There were only a few great missions for 2025/4.1's DLCs, and the additional pre-order weapons have always been kinda weak. Now that weapons level, maybe they get great? No idea.
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Thread Beginners Guide to Game Design Tools (Unity, Unreal)?
I'd also suggest - it's 2D, so you're not messing with 3D space, has a nice set of built-in tools for everything from drag and drop coding to tileset editors and animated sprite drawing. My son and I make small games in it all the time... well OK I make the game and he feeds me ideas / concepts for 18 stage bosses and such. =) The coding language is unique (kinda java / C-ish hybrid), but the fundamentals you learn in structure and syntax are applicable to any other engine and follow C conventions. You don't have pointers, but they give you all kinds of ways to abstractly reference structures and objects. Like the other two engines, there's tons of youtube tutorials on game maker so you can learn how to make whatever it is you're trying to make. Of the Unity / Unreal choice, in my experience I find Unity easier for new people to pick up. Blueprints in Unreal are a great addition, but sometimes you have to work backwards in your thinking of code in order to build what you want, especially as you're learning; feels like a tool that was primarily built for artists to animate states with rather than designers to build logic with.
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Thread C&C and C&C: Red Alert Remastered announced (EA/Petroglyph/Lemon Sky; includes expansions; no MTXs)
I'm baffled that anyone would even think that there'd be micro-trans in these. ...the world we live in... Regarding the announce: WOOT!
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Thread SOMA is coming to Xbox One - Includes no monster "Safe Mode"
Considering how bad the "pickle rick" monsters look, and how staged their appearances were, you're missing nothing by turning them off. The environments and the story were what made it a great experience.
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Thread Why is Rogue Legacy's follow-up considered a 'pretty massive failure?' (Full Metal Furies)
I'm saddened to hear this. I love the game, but the puzzle aspects were likely not for everyone (and they were necessary to finish it). Played it to completion in co-op with my son and went back for more.
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Thread Question for older gamers.
I've been gaming since I could put quarters in a Pong machine. I'm 47 and I still play video games daily. What's changed: Long game sessions make my hands ache. We're talking 5+ hours uninterrupted for two days in a row and I'll need a break. I'm lucky if I can get that much game time to myself, but it happens on occasion. I had 20/20 vision until ~45, and now my close-up vision is fuzzier. Fine for gaming on a couch, however - I'm not even that close to a monitor, so that's not really impacted my abilities. Am I as fast or as reflexive? No idea. Likely not - yet I can still suck and I can still be good in PvP from game to game - maybe that's matchmaking and maybe that's me - likely somewhere in between. The real change is being much more aware of my time and what I spend it on. I'm less patient with games that ramp difficulty extremely quickly or throw something down then force you to overcome it before progression can be made - as others have said, I'm just not willing to beat my head on a pattern over and over again for hours if I can't get through something (unless it's a Souls' game). I'll just drop the game for good or come back to it much later. Same goes for achievements - I'll go as far towards 1000 as I think is obtainable within a reasonable time investment then move on. The more actively demanding and stingy games I tend to not even try for them nowadays. Like any skills, I think it depends on how much focus / time you put on them to how fast / far they degrade or maintain.
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Thread Who is a game developer, what is game development?
I've written manuals for the games I've also developed, as well as written trailers and marketing copy. Your statement is a bit too blankety for the many hats we can wear in game development. It's not nearly as cut and dry, especially in smaller studios.
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Thread LTTP: Panzer Dragoon Saga - Could this be the best RPG of the 5th generation?
I tweet Sega about it several times a year, and if I ever get the opportunity to interact with Sega execs via Relic, I'll be sure to bring it up. =) Such a great game. It's really tragic that it wasn't enjoyed by more people.
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Thread Is Dragon Age Inquisiton restrospectively viewed as bad?
The game itself was OK, but I use it as an example of one of the worst UI systems in a modern game. When I have to take photos of my screen in order to know what character has what skills so that I can equip rings and skill buffs accurately, or make weapons (and enchant them) that are actually beneficial to them, you know something isn't ideal, especially in an RPG where that's the point of it all.
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Thread RTTP: Alien: Isolation
Alien : Isolation is likely the best non-game IP to game translation I've ever experienced in capturing the atmosphere and mood of its source material. The artbook from the game is amazing and well worth the purchase. The research the team did and the level of detail they went to in order to capture the world of Alien is applause worthy. Incredible game that was likely a few hours too long by the end of it all, but what a great ride. Amazing use of audio and incredible tension throughout. Average Joes still make me shudder. Hearing all the negative comments about the alien never giving you a respite are amusing because I felt that way at first until
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Thread Dead Space's former creative director talks about what Dead Space 4 would have been
sees title, thinks "Oh, I know the director of Dead Space (1&2) this should be a good read... oh." Hmm. Personally, DS3 was a huge letdown after the first two. The make-your-own weapons "system" ruined the game's pace and clearly hampered the team from making good decisions about what kinds of enemies to create / populate the world with and what kind of encounters to craft; it's a horror game - craft and pace is important. I remember having a conversation with a friend at EA on that subject before it launched (I was no longer at EA then). When she told me what they were doing in DS3 my first (blunt) response was: "Why would you do that? That's a really bad idea." Who liked the idea? Focus groups, apparently. >sigh<
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
Console controls could use some serious tuning. I still finished it and plan on doing the alternate timeline (on easier difficulty) just to see what changes if anything. I was dreading the officer grind, so I think I'll take the easy advice to heart, as I only have 3 more to unlock.
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Thread ELEX is one of the best RPGs of 2017
I picked this up on Xbox after reading through multiple threads on it. I'm ~7 hours in at the moment, half way through level 8, playing on normal difficulty. I'm playing on an X so aside from the occasional stutter due to streaming / loading as I'm moving, the game performs well as-is. It's a weird game in that movement is rough, combat is really basic and kind of annoying (I'll circle back to that), stat allocation is pointless on its own instead acting as a restriction for weapon use and allowing purchase of skills and abilities, inventory management is mediocre at best, and there's a lot that is never explained, e.g. I have the potions skill, but I can't see anywhere that I can actually craft a potion in the UI -- I assume there's a crafting table somewhere that I have to find, much like campfires for cooking. So all that out of the way, the world is cool and fun to explore (I'm a sucker for post-disaster worlds), the factions are interesting so far (haven't dealt with the outlaws a lot yet), the interconnected nature of your actions and responses does matter in quests, the mix of easy and deadly creatures is (semi-)fun to feel out as you travel, and the jetpack is great to use. All these factors make the game a lot more compelling and interesting than I thought it would be. I recently was playing Fallout 3 again (IMO better than New Vegas and 4), and Elex has that same "yeah, it's not perfect, but does it really matter?" vibe that I love so much about Fallout 3. So back to combat - the basic timing system isn't bad, nor is the idea of stamina management, but the penalty of losing stamina on being hit along with health, means that you're doubly penalized for mistiming, which slows combat dramatically. Combat ends up not as a nice ebb and flow but this really conservative 2-3 attacks, pause to refill stamina, 2-3 attacks, pause, maybe special attack, repeat loop. On top of this you've got stunlock / juggling in the game, so when you have to fight more than one enemy at a time, if they leap and their timing is offset, you're juggled to death by multiple hits or knocked completely out of stamina, limiting your options for combat extremely. Same with grenades or any explosive - hit, knockdown, hit again, bounce, hit again, bounce, death. I'd say that PB nailed the role playing (i.e. playing a character and making meaningful decisions as that character) and world building part of Elex, but the mechanical aspects of what RPG means (to me at least) aren't great in any way shape or form. I can see why reviewers would harshly criticize it when it goes up against games with much more understandable and explainable skill systems and deeper (more varied) combat mechanics. For a small team, it's still one hell of an accomplishment to create a world this rich. Hopefully success drives more investment in refined skills and combat in the future.
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Thread The Pinball (digital and physical) ERA |OT| Full Tilt
Showing my age here, but I'd love to see a pin based on "The Prisoner" I mean c'mon escaping the island missions, a white rover ball, messing up #2's constant plans to get the info in #6's head... it's all right there. Heh. Noted.
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Thread The Pinball (digital and physical) ERA |OT| Full Tilt
I had the option to purchase both a Theater of Magic and Twilight Zone pins (both in kept up state) for good prices many years ago. I still regret not doing it. I eye good condition Dr. Dude pins from time to time as well. Sigh. As a game designer, I'm jealous of good Pinball machines, honestly. The blend of mechanical and game logic / system design is masterful in a well crafted table.
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Thread The Pinball (digital and physical) ERA |OT| Full Tilt
Totally agreed! Bad (underpowered) flippers or an unwaxed table can make pinball a very, bad experience. I'm fortunate that I worked in an arcade for a while during college years. It was a small operation where we serviced the games ourselves, including waxing tables and replacing worn components, so I got really familiar with pinball mechanics, wiring custom harnesses and JAMMA adaptors, CRT degaussing and servicing, etc. I think a lot of people that buy a pin underestimate the work that goes into upkeep, especially any of them with complicated mechanical parts - the Addam's Family Thing hand, and Chuckie's face in Funhouse were big headaches when they started acting up. Things like High Speed - both a good table (crazy when newly waxed!) and relatively simple mechanically - are always nice to find.
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Thread Horizon Zero Dawn : The Frozen Wilds |OT|Red Head Redemption 2
Finished the main DLC story last night and have most of the side quests completed. This is the only PS game I've earned the platinum in and likely will be the only PS game I ever platinum, until an eventual sequel. Overall, it was a great side-adventure for Aloy and added in some nice reaffirmation of what happened in the main story - now I really just want the story to move forwards instead of sideways. Only bugs I encountered were a few T-pose blinks in conversations, Aloy's fascination with selling bluegleam even in the middle of raiding the bandit camp, and weird day / night transition pops during battles. The snow (plus long nights) could make it hard to see, especially at night, even in HDR / 4K. Great game, great DLC.
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Thread Destiny 2: Warmind |OT| Mars Attacks!
After a string of poor RNG and repeats galore, I decided to hit Xur for the weekly engram and run my 3rd character through the IO public events. Expecting armor, I get Tractor Cannon from Xur, and Crimson from Cayde. After 5 Skybuner's Oaths and 3 Wardiff Coils, I was almost in tears. Now to hope the masterworks drop.