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Thread Senate, White House agree $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus ($1200 checks & 4 months of expanded unemployment benefits) Update2: Passes House
If you made pre tax 401k contributions or the like last year that might lower agi into range, as far as I understand it. That's the boat I'm in.
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Thread Fallout 76 | OT | Almost Heaven, Waste Virginia
Got my 60 capacity backpack, completed all nonrepeatable quests as far as I know, gathered a bunch of stims and materials, I think I might be all set for Wastelanders. Maybe I'll try to upgrade my power armor a bit even though I don't like wearing it for "normal" play..
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Thread Anyone else replaying FFVII (at least the Midgar part) in preparation for the remake?
I was planning on stopping after Midgar, but then just decided to 100% the whole game, lol. Even took some notes to try to keep track of things that are shifted or altered in the remake.
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Thread What is wrong with Bluetooth controllers when it comes to PC gaming?
I could never get my current controller (Elite V2) to work flawlessly with bluetooth. 99% of the time? Sure, but I would always have one or two missed presses every while, and it was endlessly frustrating. This might be paranoid of me, but I think my bluetooth headphones performed worse whenever my controller was attached via bluetooth as well. I had a big 5.0 antenna attached directly to my motherboard and still had problems. Ended up connecting my controller via the Xbox Wireless Adapter and all the issues went away... feels like a needless work around but USB ports are plentiful, so eh.
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Thread Fallout 76 | OT | Almost Heaven, Waste Virginia
So I kinda want to make sure I'm in a good starting place to be ready for Wastelanders, which I want to give a fair shake. Did some basic cleaning up on my inventory/stash. I haven't really played since maybe like halfway through Wild Appalachia. Think there's anything I really should do ahead of time that I missed? I'm thinking I really should figure out how to make a backpack. Good way to get some basic resources? I'm also still just using that quest based one-handed sword, blade of bastet. Have been for a while iirc. Not sure if that's still good.
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Thread Do you use party members you know are temporary?
Depends on the game, but usually I will use them. Usually, exp/resources are scaled in such a way that whatever opportunity cost there is for "wasting" on temporary members ends up being a way less significant later in the game. Nowadays I tend to lean towards using temporary party members (or similar) instead of just zeroing in on a goal of maximum 'efficiency'. or, more eloquently said:
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Thread Has anyone had the ENTIRE FFXV experience?
I think I did most everything. All the DLC, all the Royal stuff, movie and anime watched, even did the Comrades expansion up to the 1.2 version Bladekeeper final boss (what a great boss btw). I don't know how much Comrades got expanded past that. I thought Ardyn and Gladio's DLCs were really kinda bad. Ignis felt really silly and contrived. Prompto's was fine. The only thing I didn't do was some of the tie-in stuff that required chapter selecting to an earlier chapter, like the Terra Wars stuff.
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Thread Obsidian working on a AAA RPG
Based on some of Sawyer's recent tumblr Q and As, I doubt it. He really makes it seem like Pillars is on the shelf at the moment. And we do know So it could just be referring to that. I still hope that they have some future plans for Pillars-like games, but at least we have Owlcat in that space now too.
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Thread Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous - crowdfunding campaign and development updates - Kickstarter live now! (Official turn-based support planned)
Yes, but it's kinda in a weird spot. It's been seen in Deep Silver financial reports, and the twitter account has they are working on a port, but it hasn't (as far as I know) been formally announced.
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Thread 2020 and HDR on Windows is still an horrible experience.
Yep, for me this is the biggest outstanding issue. Monster Hunter World and FFXV won't let you set HDR unless it's on in Windows (and even then, XV's implementation is a bit weird). But Ubisoft games (Division 2, in my experience) can overwrite the general windows setting and enable it and works pretty much with no issues for me.
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Thread Ocarina of Time; Visual remaster or full-fledged remake? When?
An up-port of the 3DS version with maybe a couple tweaks/revisions would really be all I need. If the effort was going to be put in to create entirely new assets, voice acting, bigger cities, new events etc I would rather just have a new game at that point .
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Thread Do you try and get the best deals for savings accounts?
I got the highest rate account available at my bank, I could probably get an even better one if I shopped around but 1.) I can't be arsed 2.) I would rather just pull money out of the savings account and put into something like an index fund at that point anyway.
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Thread New Kingdom Hearts title "Project Xehanort" For iOS and Android.
"Why did he become the seeker of darkness?" My off-the-cuff reaction is that I don't initially find this compelling at all, but it's KH so there will be some crucial revelations, so time to strap in..
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Thread The best looking games of the generation are isometric (appreciation thread)
I don't think Torment: ToN looked that good but I defintely liked Deadfire and Disco Elysium. I really liked Pathfinder: Kingmaker's art direction, even though the setting is mostly straight western high fantasy
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Thread RTTP: Final Fantasy X HD (Switch)
I would say the first big spot that I would kick back and "grind" for fun would be the Mihen Highroad, after Luca, or a little later in the Moonflow area when you get your last party member. Lots of strong monsters worth good EXP and items. Calm Lands also good. I don't really remember Defender X being that big of a block, but he's in front of a couple of difficulty spikes as it is. You were probably just a bit low leveled. On the regular sphere grid, it's not really too possible to 'mess up' because most of them are actually very linear, with only short branches off of their main path. Only Kimahri really has a lot of option in where to go, and seems to end up a bit underpowered no matter what. IIRC, I think I generally try to have him head towards Auron's section of the grid. I personally think FFX-2 is a must play if you enjoyed X's narrative, story, themes, etc. But it plays (and sounds) quite a bit different.
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Thread Major Updates & Steam Sale for Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA (Improved Graphics + Local Co-Op)
My experience with the port is that the major crash issues were fixed a long time ago. The port barebones in terms of enhancements, but it hasn't been broken since like july 2018. But now it's on the same level as the other Falcom ports, now that Durante's on board. Time for my Nightmare mode playthrough.. Edit: Oh I guess people were still getting crashes since, nice to see today's update address them. A few of my friends and I played through last year and didn't have issues, but I guess I shouldn't overvalue our personal experience.
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Thread What's the best city to live in the US? (excluding NY, LA)
I went to grad school in Atlanta, and I kinda miss it. Tons of great food, lots of parks, cool art scene, affordable, huge airport with access to everywhere, good weather most of the time (except in the dead middle of summer...) Only thing that really sucks is the pollen. And you're in the true deep south if you go an hour in any direction.
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Thread Monster Hunter World: Iceborne |OT| The cold never bothered me anyway (Now on PC Jan. 9)
Bummer to hear that there are a myriad of PC launch issues. I've had next to none, which I know doesn't help people at all, but just my experience. No crashes. being able to move my cursor out of the borderless window is super handy for me, performance about what I expect, g-sync is working, and i don't even have that reflection issue mentioned above. I think I noticed a little bit of that screen door effect but I had to zoom in on a screenshot to even tell.
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Thread What were your thoughts on Dragon Quest XI’s characters?
I actually think that Serena and Veronica might be my favorite representation of twin siblings in a JRPG (which have them in abundance but often reduces them to two parts of a whole). Sylvando is great, he's charismatic and capable early on and the later story with his father I think is something we can all relate to in some way or another.
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Thread ____ is the Most Underwhelming Final Boss [Spoilers]
Yu Yevon is more of a storytelling component in the framework of a "fight", ie making the player use the battle mechanics to deliberately kill off the aeons instead of just showing it in a cutscene. I really wouldn't consider it the Final Boss. Same general premise behind King Allant in Demon's Souls. Edit: Removed spoiler tags because thread is tagged.
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Thread What keyboard do you use and why did you buy it?
Logitech G613, which is their entry into wireless mechanical keyboards. It's a pretty good, not great keyboard. I was replacing a broken one and just wanted to see what wireless felt like so I got that alongside with a lightspeed mouse/mousepad. Overall it's been a pretty good experience.
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Thread 3D anime is so ugly and I don't get why it's a thing
In some cases I like it and in others, for whatever reason, the "low framerate" really bothers me. Fire Emblem and some Granblue stuff really looks off to me (which I know I'm in the minority on the later) while some of the examples in here look really great.
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Thread Has anyone replayed Fire Emblem Path of Radiance recently?
I recently wrote that Three Houses was my new favorite Fire Emblem...but really it's like 1a and 1b. I love so much about Path of Radiance. I love the purity of its themes, the strength of its cast, it has next to no bloat, really great pacing, and a real sense of escalation as you go from chapter to chapter (which eventually I think goes a bit far in RD, but I still enjoy it.) The Laguz as a mechanic were a bit undercooked but their incorporation into the wider narrative was done really well, imo. And to keep it on topic, yea, the false pretense burning of Serenes Forest is one of the most poignant story beats in a Fire Emblem game and one whose parallel with the world is pretty striking.Not specifically Path of Radiance, but Radiant Dawn I think has one of most interesting (and in my opinion, great) examples of a localization change wrt Ike's fight with the Black Knight:
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Thread Era users with a Masters degree..... was it worth it?
My Doctorate was worth it, but it was also in STEM and paid for through a combination of fellowships and waivers. All it really cost me was that I couldn't get my first "real job" until I was 25. Now I'm 30 and making a great salary and managed to get it in a low cost of living area too.
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Thread RPG Site Best of 2019: Reader choice is Fire Emblem - Staff RPG of the year: SaGa Scarlet Grace
Thanks for linking this. It was, as it is every year, a very tough choice. Fire Emblem and SaGa were pretty much tied until the very end, with Disco just falling short right ahead of it. I recommend anyone curious about the choices and inclusions/omissions to listen to the attached podcast if they have a chance.Yea. We get this every year about numerous things. We also get asked where our reviews are for God of War and Sekiro. There really isn't a good answer other than our staff is comprised of volunteers and hobbyists and we cover what we're interested in. When Capcom calls Monster Hunter an RPG on their website, and we have people who love the series, we're not going to decide NOT to cover it, right?
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Thread Has Cheating/Mods In Singleplayer Games Ruined The Vanilla Experience For You?
Depends on the game. I can't imagine playing through Dark Cloud and not exploiting the broken dagger trick. Nor play Dragons Dogma without infinite run stamina. I'm far more likely to exploit bugs than I am straight up "cheat" though.
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Thread The Lack of Third-Person options in recent and upcoming Action-Adventure/Open World/RPGs
I'd rather the developer create what aligns with their vision or passion and within the scope of their resources. If that ends up landing at "first-person", would just hope that that would involve as many accessibility options as possible such as FOV, headbob, motion blur, crosshair..the % of games where FoV has to be adjusted in an .ini file is still way too high imo.
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Thread Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition |OT| Castle Doctrine
Ha, and just like that Saladin is knocked down to two swords. Finished the Tariq African campaign last night. Very breezy, I think the fourth mission with the trek over the mountains was a highlight. Same general design as the Barbarossa map with limited units -- only a bit better balanced.
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Thread Those who have visited Paris, Rome and London... any advice?
A lot of Rome is tourist hell central, the Colosseum especially feels like a theme park attraction. That said, visiting the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica is absolutely worth it. Take the stairs and not the elevator, too (if possible).
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Thread What are your thoughts on the Xbox Series X's controller? (specifically the D-pad)
I've never really liked the dish style dpad. On both of my elites I've swapped it out for the + Off topic: but I really like the grips on the Elite V2's triggers so it's cool to see them implemented here as well.
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Thread The Last Remnant Remastered has just been released on...mobile?!
Just for information: RPG Site tried to compare the PC version (with a few .ini tweaks to reduce pop-in and improve vsync) to the PS4 version here. The general summary is that neither version is clearly better, really kinda comes down to preference. Some screens here too I know this is PS4 vs PC and not specifically mobile but just talking about changes to the remastered version. You can sprint now in addition to timeshift, and enemy aggro works a bit differently (so you can't really gather up 100 sandowrms like before).
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Thread LTTP -- Pathfinder: Kingmaker Enhanced Edition
It's a dense and massive game. Expect to sink 100+ hours into it if you stick with it. I guess my main general piece of advice is to not fret about the timers too much...yes I know they can be anxiety-inducing but they are usually extremely lenient. With only a few exceptions: -Whenever you get a Bald Hilltop event, make sure you're ready to head there asap. -This is like 50 hours in but in Act IV, it's generally recommended to do Hour of Rage (Barbarians) before Betrayer's Flight. And try to find Armag's Tomb asap. And if you want to gather Relics and Artifacts, this communal Google Doc is pretty good. Just strike out when you pick one up. Try to do Companion quests whenever you can as well. Set the Kingdom related difficulties to easy, but I wouldn't automate it. The balance is a bit off, but it has some interesting ideas. Buying gear is not that important for the lion's share of the game, don't be afraid to dump gold (regular money) into Build Points ("kingdom money"). Make sure to buy any Bags of Holding you see though.The key difference is that it's not Turn Based. It's RTWP. It also has a big city/kingdom building element. Edit: I haven't tried the turn based mod. I think it has some really neat character writing and the premise of main conflict is pretty unique. And while the Companion quests are pretty plainly signposted, they are pretty varied and several of them strongly incorporate into the main story in interesting ways (especially Tristian, Amiri, and Linzi). A lot of the story-telling is a bit political (as in power struggles between nations, free cities, etc..) though and some of the plotlines are a bit flat (Valerie). But you have like 13 companions, each with 3 or 4 part personal quests, and I think the majority of them are really neat.
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Thread It's 20 years old, but Age of Empires II is still the best RTS on the market today
Perfect is a high accolade, but I've easily put 100 hours into the Definitive Edition and I haven't even touched African Kingdoms, Rise of the Rajas, or The Last Khans yet.... Hoping next week's big patch will iron out the (relatively inconsequential/small) kinks and performance issues.
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Thread Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition |OT| Castle Doctrine
Yea, I was taking stock of the three sword campaigns that I've completed so far and I was kinda surprised to see that Saladin was (iirc) the only one from the original release & expansion that was 3-swords. From what I can tell, a single tricky map is enough to push a campaign to be considered 3-sword (Dracula's 3rd map, Prithviraj's 2nd), but I'm not sure which Saladin outing would have warranted it. I finished Pachacuti this weekend and it's probably the most cohesive throughline of the "new" campaigns so far. Both in terms of the connective cinematics and the map progression itself. I did also do the Dos Pilas historical battle with the Mayans and I think of the American civilizations, my order goes from Mayan > Aztec > Inca from favorite to least favorite.
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Thread 44% of U.S. workers [aged 18-64] are employed in low-wage jobs that pay median annual wages of $18,000 | Only 30 million Americans have "good jobs"
Followed a couple links to here: Seems like 14 to 23 dollars per hour (30k a year at the low end or 47k a year in San Fran..) "Good jobs pay at least a metropolitan area’s median annual earnings for full-time, year-round sub-baccalaureate workers and provide employer-sponsored health insurance. Setting the pay threshold in this way ensures that it reflects variations in pay and costs of living across metropolitan areas. This threshold ranges from a low of $13.78 an hour, or about $28,660 per year, in the McAllen, Texas metropolitan area to a high of $22.46 per hour, or about $46,710 per year, in the San Francisco, Calif. metropolitan area. "
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Thread Should Full Metal Alchemist be the next anime I watch?
I think the original show is more thematically interesting (at times, anyway) but the later show is more wholly cohesive (and canon to the source material if that's important to you). I would personally suggest watching both. Edit: And yea, Brotherhood if you're only going to do one.
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Thread Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition |OT| Castle Doctrine
I've played through all AoE and The Conquerors, and now I'm on The Forgotten Campaigns. I'm dumping so much time into this game and now I have like a dozen campaigns in front of me that are all "new" to me. It's like I got a sequel to one of my favorite games from childhood, simply because I didn't keep up with the expansions since 2013. I've made my way most of the way through The Forgotten now. Finished Alaric, Dracula, Bari, Sforza, and now I'm on Prithviraj. Alaric - a pretty fun campaign, especially since you can't build walls, which I tend to rely on a lot. Felt good to basically ransack Rome a few times over. Dracula - the first three missions here were pretty nice, and the third especially was a real challenge, essentially a 5v1. However, 4 and 5 felt oddly designed, 5 I barely had to do anything except wait out the timer. Bari - I honestly remember very little about this campaign even though I just played it. The last scenario was pretty neat. Sforza is okay but the story here felt really weak and I'm not really feeling the Italian civ, though I do like the crossbowmen. Prithviraj 2 was difficult for me but only because I didn't rush the nearby town centers as quickly as I should have --- I just spammed camels once I realized that they get a building attack bonus for India. Edit: The Indian building style is neat too.
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Thread Darksiders Genesis | Review Thread
Lara Croft Guardian of Light x Darksiders is actually a pretty good summary. Definitely way more like Lara Croft than something like Diablo. But "Isometric Darksiders" really is just the best description. Strife just happens to play a bit like a twin-stick shooter from the perspective.
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Thread What currently niche or obscure developer do you foresee rising to the top in the coming decade?
Maybe Spiders, but I don't know if I have a lot of confidence in Big Ben. I also wonder if Owlcat can step up to be right behind Larian for that style of RPG.
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Thread We are now (unofficially) less than a year away from the launch of the PS5 and the Xbox Scarlett
I'm moderately excited, but it all depends on if PS5 (or Scarlett) will have a must-have launch exclusive or not. Don't really care too much about a crossgen res-bump or anything multiplat. I say that now, but I'll probably just cave and get it day 1 to be with the zeitgeist, lol.
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Thread [Poll] Which controller do you prefer: Switch Pro Controller, Dual Shock 4 or Xbox One S Controller?
Xbox, but I don't really have a strong preference, only a very slight one. Right now I'm trying out an Elite V2. Haven't really had it long enough to have an informed opinion yet though. The Switch Pro's dpad is way too mushy for me.
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Thread I suddenly find myself spending the last 2 years of each gen desperate for the next gen to be here and already past it’s cross gen nightmare period.
I get excited for specific games way more than hardware, hardware capability, or "gens" in general. Though I guess maybe that's pretty normal if I play 95% on PC.
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Thread Game Pass PC's one gigantic issue: Microsoft Store folder-locking DRM
Glad I could at least modify files for The Outer Worlds, and I've actually been having a pretty easy and nice time with AoE2:DE. But I haven't tried to modify any files there and it already has native mod support.
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Thread The Game Awards 2019 Nominees Announced Live Tuesday 11/19 (9 PST/12 EST)
Nice to see Smash Bros get the GotY nom and not be counted out.
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Thread Grounded - New Obsidian Survival Game where you're tiny, Spring 2020 release
For what it's worth, the PR communication for the game explicitly avoided the RPG, but discussion with the devs did use the phrase "rpg mechanics". One of those grey areas where definitions can get loose.
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Thread Grounded - New Obsidian Survival Game where you're tiny, Spring 2020 release
Here's some of the details to clear a few things up. A small team mostly comprised of ex-Pillars. Only about 13-people total. First concepted in 2017, didnt really start until after Deadfire shipped (May 2018). Seems very much like a passion project. Will be on Steam (Early Access), Microsoft Store (Xbox Game Preview), and Game Pass / Game Pass for PC. Not explicitly listed as an RPG an all. Going with "survival adventure".
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Thread Why I think the lack of balance in Outer Worlds severely harms the game
I somewhat sorta agree, I am not personally as high on it as many others, but to juxtapose: "overrated game of the generation" with " And no, I am not saying its a bad game, it has alot of positives" with a mid-80s metascore Doesn't quite paint a clear throughline here.
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Thread We're only a few days away from knowing The Game Award's nominees! If you could nominate one game, which one would it be?
Came in here to state Disco Elysium. Though I still think I would give an RPG award to Fire Emblem. I was a little underwhelmed by Outer Worlds. I hope to see Smash Ultimate in the nominations just so there's some precedent for December releases still showing up and not being outright ignored.
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Thread You have to shoot a scene at +30lbs and -30lbs. Which you doing first?
I'm already underweight so I would fear for my health if I had to lose 30 pounds. I would try to bulk up to +30 for the other role (and try to stay there).
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Thread How do you feel about weapon durability in games?
I enjoy it in Fire Emblem and similar games. I just think of it as another wrinkle in unit/resource management. I'm indifferent on it in most other games, don't really have a strong opinion.
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Thread Isles of Adalar is basically indie Elder Scrolls with co-op, mod support, and level editor, coming July 2020
Crowdfunding Campaign live now: Played the demo, it was very very rough, but it's a half year ahead of early access even, so I'm trying to keep perspective. Had to turn down the FOV down to like 75 and turn DOF and motion blur off to get anything to look proper. Some random not-great images. Lots of LOD issues and browns and greys.. and bloom
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Thread 144Hz and Gsync/Freesync is a god damn game changer
I felt like a dumbass for the longest time because I didn't realize that you needed to set Nvidia control panel's Vsync to "ON" along with Gsync being enabled to see the result. For a few months I was "I swear this is still tearing".
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Thread The term "Dinosaur" to describe someone unwilling to move with the times is offensive to the legacy of Dinosaurs
I'm a fan of "fossil"
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Thread Why do business/office job's laptops have to be so butt ugly?
That doesn't look too bad to me. Maybe I'm basic. At least it's not a thinkpad. Edit: Lol at above. Different strokes.
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Thread Josh Sawyer on the Possibility of a Pillars of Eternity 3 After the Low Sales of Deadfire (Compared to the Original PoE)
I wonder how much the nautical/islander aesthetic hurt the second game. That's what I thought going into the thread, but to learn the pre-launch sales were actually higher might suggest otherwise. Maybe it really does just boil down to a more saturated market for a limited audience for isometric CRPGs.
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Thread Do you enjoy having to find combination numbers or related information via notes?
I enjoy piecing together a story through notes/journals etc way more than specifically learning a code to unlock a door. Most recently I enjoyed reading through the logs on the Hope near the end of The Outer Worlds to learn exactly why and how it got stranded.
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Thread Satire (TheHardTimes): Todd Howard Sends Late Night DM Just Asking Obsidian How They’ve Been or Whatever
"He must not have marked that it's parody because it's obvious". "...oh"
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Thread Do you think genre categorization and discussion has a place in the current gaming discourse?
I think genre discussion can be a good heuristic for categorizing games into loose buckets, so that players can be made aware of other games they might enjoy, or selecting two titles that can then be compared on more even grounds, either qualitatively or more critically. I do think some (too many) people treat the idea of genres as some sort of robust algorithm, a strict rubric which takes any specific combination of factors and invariably decides what label to print out, which I firmly believe doesn't practically exist.
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Thread Fuck the fandom menace/right wing reactionary fandom bullshit that plagues Youtube and infests movie discussion
"I actually plan to write in vote for Yang" has to be the most laughable attempt at establishing plausible deniability that I've seen in a long time.
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Thread Death Stranding - Review Thread (see staff post for discussion guidelines)
Divisive is more of a comment on the spread of the scores, not the average -- even if the average is weighted. At least that's how I've always thought of it. You can't just look at the MC number and determine "divisive" or not. Gotta look at the spread. Let's get some boxplots up in here. Or at least a sigma value. A game that gets 100 8/10s is less divisive than a game that gets 100 varied reviews that average to 80.
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Thread Era, have you escaped retail hell?
I worked Retail in late highschool / early college but I was a bit lucky. I ended up putting up displays/signage and demo stations instead of having to work as a sales clerk or cashier.
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Thread The Outer Worlds PC performance thread
Gamepass version unlocked without a hitch for me. Windowed Fullscreen doesn't seem to work quite right but the Fullscreen mode allows me to move my cursor over to my other monitors as if it were borderless anyway. Shadowplay hooked in just fine once I ran the game in fullscreen (my personal preference for screenshots) Seeming to get about 50-80 fps (mostly outdoors to indoors) running at 4k/ultra on a 2080ti/9900k.
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Thread With The Outer Worlds out of the way, what's next for Obsidian under Microsoft?
Give me Pillars 3 therearedozensofus.gif
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Thread Darksiders Genesis - Official Strife Cinematic Trailer [Release Dates: Dec 5 PC/Stadia | Feb 14 PS4/XBO/Switch]
Different developer. That was Gunfire Games, this is Airship Syndicate, but both studios have ex-Vigil Games (ie, ex Darksiders) staff. THQ Nordic is publishing both games (owns the IP), so it's kinda an auspicious situation all around.
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Thread The Outer World reviews are coming today, what are you expecting?
Yea, I'm with you. They should have leaned more into "Original Creators of Fallout" and less "Remember Fallout New Vegas?" maybe..
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Thread The Outer World reviews are coming today, what are you expecting?
I feel like some players (and critics too) won't take well to the more limited scope of the game (I wonder how many people still think it's open world), while others won't be able to see past the dated presentation aspects. I think it will be a high 70s sort of game with some really neat ideas while also carrying a fair slew of obvious weaknesses. (I am not reviewing the game and haven't played it btw, this is my personal hunch based on publically available preview footage and impressions)
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Thread The Outer Worlds - Official Launch Trailer
Wanted to just +1 this and say this was mostly my experience with New Vegas PC as well. I eventually got it to run stable and in 4k etc using the following mod configuration. I posted a couple times in about what I ended up doing.I don't need the game to be slathered in up-to-date post processing and ENB stuff, just a nice reworked and stable version of the game would be rad..
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Thread It doesn't look like Death Stranding's gonna do too hot on reviews...
This is a lot of hand-wringing and reading of tea leaves for something you're on blackout for.
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Thread WRPG recommendations?
Anecdotal, but my friends who are mostly JRPG fans seem to 'take' most strongly to the Mass Effect trilogy. IMO, something about how the narrative plays out (very character-focused, Player-character isn't a blank slate, etc), strong 'party' dynamic, a combat system that isn't overly bogged down by dice rolls or underlying stats is a reason for that.
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Thread If you play on PC, what resolution do you game at?
4k60 wherever I can. The monitor is a 120hz monitor so I can play some games higher (Edit: Limited by Displayport 1.4, not HDMI).
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Thread Fallout: New Vegas Was Released 9 Years ago Today
Would love a touch-up release on PC (like what KotOR II got a bit back) just to be able to play on modern computers/resolutions more easily out of the box.
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Thread Are there any games featuring The entire(or most) family unit?
Not quite a normal family 'unit' but in Lost Odyssey you have two grandparents and their two grandchildren all as party members.
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Thread About 7 years later, what was/is your opinion on Guild Wars 2?
I think that the game was at its best around the Heart of Thorns days (first expansion) and the year or so following it. They finally added some dedicating healing and tank roles, and regular raid content that puts the current pace to shame. Interesting new and challenging fractal content as well, and Even the open world maps were well designed for a theme park MMO. the fact that you can count on those HoT maps filling up with players eager to do 2015 content to this day is a testament to their design. Unfortunately this seems like it wasn't popular among the casual fans, who mostly just wanted story content. More of the fanbase seems to enjoy the second expansion more which doubled down on this but I just feel it had no staying power beyond the new classes. Even after buffing up the events and rewards, I feel like most of that stuff is barely touched. Raid updates are a once a year thing now which is sad. If this came with a trade-off of more instanced dungeon or fractal content to balance it out more I would be jived with it more, but it just didn't. I still play regularly mainly because it doesn't take too much of a commitment, but I don't enjoy the game as much now as I did 3, 4 years ago. Really hoping the new season breaks from the routine that's been in place far too long.
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Thread Baldur's Gate 1 & 2: Enhanced Edition Console Port Reviews
Learning about how THAC0 worked was my biggest hurdle when I played through these games for the first time earlier this year. As someone with only passing knowledge of DnD and tabletop games, THAC0 was something I had never heard of before. Once you get to level ~4ish in the original game, the difficulty finally starts to level out. I felt incredibly weak at first. Maybe because I was a gnome illusionist...
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Thread The Outer Worlds, an RPG by Obsidian, is out in 13 days. Who else is hyped?
Pretty excited. I'm not sure I vibe 100% with the garish capitalistic satire the game has going for it (not for any meaningful reason, it just seems a notch too whimsical), but everything else has me super interested. The idea of a little bit shorter of an RPG but with wide meaningful story alterations is something I haven't really had since Tyranny.
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Thread My 6-year-old son had an active shooter drill at school today
30 now, had tornado and fire drills in school (elementary, middle, and I think high school), but never an active shooter drill. Grew up in a medium-small town in the midwest, though. Type of place people left their doors unlocked without worry.
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Thread GOTY 2019: Now that RDR2 is releasing on PC and Stadia, is it eligible for the GOTY award?
Depends on the outlet, but most outlets are platform agnostic, so the short answer is "No, but.."
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Thread Souls game veterans: What is the boss or bosses that still give you trouble?
I've seen it mentioned a couple times here, but Kalameet. I had played DS1 completely solo the whole way through and managed to beat every other challenge without a ton of headache (both before and since). Fume Knight, Alonne, Frieda, Artorias? A couple hiccups and some grind to learn the fights but nothing too arduous. Kalameet though, something about that fight did not click with me. I died over and over and over. The second toughest would be Bloodborne's final boss. Third, probably Flamelurker.
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Thread MS Excel is amazing. I hate it.
Excel has a lot of ways where you can work on making it as un-repetitive as possible. Repeating a certain operation over and over again? Learn how to macro it to a button click. Hate having to rechart data in the same way over and over? Figure out your indexs and vlookups and pivot tables and all that. Once you get basic formulas down you can learn how to hook into something like running a script from windows task scheduler so stuff is done automatically without your input at all. I guess to generalize a bit, Excel has a lot of tools to avoid having to be repetitive, and maybe figuring how to do as little actual busy-work as possible can be an angle you approach it from.
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Thread Should I get divinity 2 on switch or wait and get balders gate collection later this month?
Baldur's Gate will be more in line with Pathfinder: Kingmaker , in terms of RTWP, classes, spellbooks, map design, etc. It will definitely fit the "dnd gameplay" more, obviously. But Divinity OS2 is a much better game than BG1, imo. So basically I would go with BG collection first if you're looking for something that feels really familiar to what you enjoyed from Kingmaker, and Divinity if you want something a little bit different (turn-based, more environmental interaction, etc).
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Thread GreedFall has made a fool out of Bioware
I definitely enjoyed it more than I was expecting to. Favorite aspect of it is how it incorporates the party members into the various questlines. They always have something to say, are shifting or bypassing dialogue checks, expanding on the lore of the game. Like did you know if you wait until you have Aphra before you do Kurt's first companion quest, she can handle the investigative part at the morgue on her own? I'm guessing very few people see that interaction because you can do the quest way before getting her, but that permutation was accounted for anyway. Same with finishing Vasco's questline once De Sardet learns about their Now it's not like there was an especially arduous skill-check there, but there's some really neat flavor and places where characters are involved when it makes sense. For instance, Aphra has medical training so of course she has thoughts there. Siora chimes in whenever magic in involved, etc.
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Thread Toonami |SepOct19| What happened to your balls? You should be playing with them!
I never thought of Jiren as "cool", but I do think he's interesting. Another user here put it this way :
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Thread PC Era: What's your plan for The Outer Worlds? (Game Pass/WinStore/EGS/Steam)
Will probably just purchase on EGS (through something like GMG) unless I hear that the Windows Store version is significantly better for some reason (it would be my first purchase on either one). Then I will probably buy it on Steam somewhere down the line. Not really interested in gamepass atm.
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Thread Toonami |SepOct19| I'll kill you and then thank you
The first half of this episode is probably my favorite half-episode of anything Dragonball. Even with dubbed song it should still be great..
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Thread What games are you REPLAYING right now?
Pathfinder kingmaker, mainly because it was so broken and busted when it came out. Got all the dlc and working back through it, I'm having a much better time.
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Thread Universal Orlando Fires Gru Actor for Flashing White-Power Symbol in Photo With Biracial Girl
na, he's just playing the circle game in the midst of a bunch of nazi salutes. /s
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Thread Universal Orlando Fires Gru Actor for Flashing White-Power Symbol in Photo With Biracial Girl
I've always felt like the context for distinguishing between the 'ok' sign, circle game, or 'wp' symbol is almost always obvious. Sneaking it into a photo with a biracial girl only really fits one context.
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Thread New Surface Tablet, Laptop and Pro images leaked
Might consider replacing my og Surface Book with a new Surface Laptop. But I was hoping that I would also be comparing against a new Surface Book...
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Thread How noisy is your PC and what do you do to mitigate that noise?
My GPU (Strix 2080TI) can make a fair bit of noise under full load (4K high framerate, so not too surprising I don't think), but the rest of my case are Noctua fans and water cooling on the CPU, so those are relatively quiet. I think I might try out a custom afterburner curve.
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Thread Toonami |SepOct19| I'll kill you and then thank you
Jiren got so absolutely backed into a corner, facing the one thing he fears most - not being strong enough - that he lashes out and fires at the stands, anything in an attempt to prove that his strength is real and his opponent's is not. Such a shitty move, but I really love that aspect of his character, tbh. He's fragile.
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Thread Jason Schreier: "Final Fantasy VII Remake's Box Art Sure Is Misleading"
I'm not sure I agree with Jason, but people mentioning what-about no "part 1" disclaimers on other game series like TLOU or such are missing the point, no?
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Thread How do you pronounce the name of the FFVII character Cait Sith?
Growing up I always pronounced it "Kate Sith" but knowing it's "Ket Shee" I really do try to make sure I say it that way now. Same for Tidus as "Teedus"
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Thread Times you thought you were about to finish a game, only to find out that you still had a ways to go
"This post-game in Dragon Quest XI can't be that long or important, right?"
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Thread Xenoblade 2: Torna - the most Depressing/Sad ending to a Nintendo game in recent memory? (spoilers)
So much of the ending happens off screen or is skipped over in a flash forward during the credits that I feel like a lot of the weighty ending that I was expecting, didn't happen.
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Thread GreedFall |OT| Bio Where? Bio Here.
You probably are in the middle of another companion quest that blocks hers from actually starting. Hopefully they can tweak this a bit to be more clear or work slightly differently.
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Thread 2020's looking to be a pretty good year for JRPG's.
I have a soft spot for Crystal Chronicles, and I'm oddly looking forward to that a whole lot. Also looking forward to Tales of Arise and of course Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. Langrisser Remake as a dark horse.
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Thread Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot launches on January 16th, 2020, cover art looks pretty bad as expected
For me it's the specular highlights on his skin and hair (more generally, the yamamuro style in general) and the fact that the shadow makes little sense (is he flying next to a giant orange banner?)
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Thread GreedFall |OT| Bio Where? Bio Here.
I think that's correct. The dlc gloves and some other blacksmith gloves give crafting. The DLC hat was the only one that I found that had Intuition.Not sure about the harbour thing, but for the companion side quests, you can only really 'accept' one at a time. Whichever one you do accept will lock that person in your party and you won't be able to select another until after.
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Thread The best lightsaber color is green. Only post if you agree
When I was younger I liked green. Around the time of Kotor, of course I liked the weirdass Cyan and Viridian and stuff. Now a days I'm boring and just kinda like blue the best.
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Thread Latest Fallout 76 Patch adds Refrigerators and Scrap Collecting Robots that can only be purchased with premium currency.
This seems at odds with each other. Am I missing something? I haven't played the game in months but I think even I have enough Atoms to acquire both if I wanted to. People who do regularly play the game would easily have enough I imagine from doing whatever dailies and weeklies
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Thread How many of you guys here are planning on upgrading to next generation right away?
I play most of my games on PC, so it depends on the launch exclusives. Based on the previous 2 generations, I probably won't be in a rush.
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Thread If you were only allowed to play the same game for the rest of your life
I would probably pick an MMO that I haven't tried but always wanted to.
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Thread I just spent a while recording game footage for videos...
The mistake I constantly make is that I record desktop audio, so discord boops and the like always make their way in...
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Thread GreedFall |OT| Bio Where? Bio Here.
I saw this posted and have mixed thoughts on it. Heather does have a point about how wanting to placate all parties can be seen as enabling. And, yea, getting "friendly" with every faction is framed as desirable through Greedfall's Reputation system -- you are explicitly rewarded for it. But the two most 'villainous' factions of the game (Theleme and Bridge Alliance) tackle their viewpoints through their respective questlines. Maybe you play through those and still don't think it does 'enough'. That would be fair. But Looking for that condemnating shakeup and transformative action in the first quarter of the game seems to be jumping the gun, to me. I saw someone else phrase it this way which I think is appropriate and echos my thoughts at the moment: 'there's still half a scale of measures of extremes between "glorifies" and "doesn't construct itself wholly around the condemnation of" '
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Thread GreedFall |OT| Bio Where? Bio Here.
By the end of the game (being exhaustive in terms of quests and exploration) I was right around level 40. Companion characters "max out" in terms of learning new talents at 33. I'm not sure if there is an explicit cap, but you won't easily reach it. By the late 30s you pretty much have every useful unlock for your build and are just filling in nodes at that point.
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Thread GreedFall |OT| Bio Where? Bio Here.
I think I got a small but noticeable tick down once I got to the island with all of the foliage likely being a little more taxing. Still runs well. The environmental art and design is downright stunning at times.
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Thread GreedFall |OT| Bio Where? Bio Here.
For those with stuttering issues on PC, the note I was given with the review copy was basically to make sure the in game v sync setting was set to On if you were playing in borderless fullscreen. I ended up just switching to Fullscreen and had no problems after, but theoretically Borderless + Vsync on should work. They said it was going to be addressed in a patch. A quick and dirty benchmark: I played at max settings 4k on a 2080TI/9900k-at-5Ghz, averaging something like 55 fps. 70 and up in indoor areas, down to high 40s a the most intense outdoor areas. Turning down shadows or sliding the dynamic resolution down a tad were both quick ways to gain some easy frame back.
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Thread I got an ultrawide monitor and OH BOY
I love my triple monitor setup too much to ever swap it to ultra wide....but I'm considering ultrawide when I get around to building a second computer.
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Thread Game You FINALLY Played After Putting Off For Years
I finally played through Baldur's Gate through Throne of Bhaal just in the last month or so. I doubt I'll have the time with the rest of the year so stacked, but I wanna do the same with Planescape: Torment in the next lull of releases...whenever that is.
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Thread Was Final Fantasy X received as badly upon release as XIII for its linearity?
FFX didn't also gatekeep how far on the spheregrid you could travel on any given 'chapter', nor lock you into pre-determined party setups until 25 hours into the game. Yes, the game was linear, but it did have other (admittedly small, but present) opportunities to allow people to dig into the game horizontally, so to speak. Especially on the Expert Sphere Grid.
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Thread Apparently Cyberpunk 2077 will no longer have 3rd person cut-scenes
I'm personally way too mindful of Dunning-Kruger to ever make a statement about which type of perspective takes more work. I do think it's interesting to see the number of people who immediately believe that this be a cost-cutting measure and can't be the result of something more in line with the studio's vision or ambition for the game.
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Thread PC Gamers: Does your gaming setup brand match?
Nope. Most of my internals are Asus, but I have a Razer keyboard, Logitech Mouse, and Corsair Case. The only thing I'd really consider changing is the keyboard. My first Razer product and it already has keys jamming or double-hitting. Will probably swap with Logitech for that too.
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Thread Apparently Cyberpunk 2077 will no longer have 3rd person cut-scenes
The divinity games are on console, the recent torment game launched on console, and planescape torment comes to console this month. Not saying you can't have a preference against them, just not sure it's appropriate to lean so heavily on "those are pc games" angle.
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Thread Apparently Cyberpunk 2077 will no longer have 3rd person cut-scenes
Fair enough, just wasn't sure if you were framing "PC games" as a literal platform barrier or preference barrier.
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Thread Apparently Cyberpunk 2077 will no longer have 3rd person cut-scenes
Some of my favorite games experiences in RPGs like Skyrim, Deus Ex, and VTMB and immersive sims or fringe games like Dishonored/Prey are first-person, so I personally see this news and I'm like "makes sense". Edit: I understand that Bethesda titles and VTMB can be both. Just self-reflecting that I've always generally thought of them as first-person games without hesitation. I read through threads like this and I wonder if I'm in more of a minority than I realize. Bloodlines 2 is in a similar place where they've stated it will have third-person moments. I guess I don't see the logic that 'RPG' and first-person perspective are somehow inherently incompatible. Edit: I also didn't even think of blobbers or games like Bards Tale IV.
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Thread Someone snatched my phone right out of my hand. Did I do the right thing?
I would have probably not escalated things and just grabbed the phone back and refuse another word or eye contact, but I wouldn't have hugged him, wut
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Thread Do Silent Customizable Protagonists/Player characters detract from the game experience? (Fire Emblem and Astral Chain with latest notable examples)
Edit: I misunderstood the premise of the thread, ignore.
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Thread Cyberpunk 2077 Deep Dive |OT| - New Gameplay Stream [8/30/2019]
As someone who saw the full demo at E3, my initial off-the-cuff take is that this editing is too heavily focused on combat. It would have been nice to see a full dialogue tree play out, some vehicle traversal (outside of some quick contextless motorcycle edits), visting the shop to see the gear/stat options and cosmetic changes (again, outside of just a quick shot of Male V looking in a mirror), etc.
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Thread How do you feel about turn-based gaming?
In general I really like it. I think of it as less of a technological limitation and more as just a way to abstract the ideas of movement or combat into discrete intervals, which can theoretically allow you to get creative about how turn orders are implemented or shifted, the delineation between movement and action, spacial positioning, etc.
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Thread "We should welcome the Epic Game Store and its business model" says Deep Silver exec; "Very happy" with how Metro Exodus performed
It's because the 'guaranteed minimum sales' money has always been more important that the revenue split.
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Thread Ion Fury to retain homophobic content after all
It's Overwhelmingly Positive because it's only counting reviews from the 15-18th at the moment (maybe you personally knew this but just making sure it's clear for the thread). Looks like reviews from today are still being considered as in the 'off-topic review activity' period. I wonder when it'll close out and be back to normal.
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Thread How many video games do you buy each year on average?
10 to 15. Usually when writing my top ten of the year list, I'm surprised at the lack of "margin" I have when I get to numbers 8 through 10.
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Thread Ion Fury to retain homophobic content after all
This may halt the review bombing for their game, but they've absolutely legitimized its practical effectiveness -- which might actually be the most far-reaching fallout from this.
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Thread Ion Fury devs show signs of transphobia among other issues. [Update: Voidpoint apologizes in statement, see threadmarks]
What is the logic behind framing your argument as though the devs were being unfairly scrutinized or 'harassed' only to turn around and review bomb their game?
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Thread Is “too many cutscenes” a legitimate criticism?
Of course you can criticize the number/quality/frequency of cutscenes. Especially if they impact your enjoyment of the game (in either direction!).
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Thread What are you planning to get next gen?
I mostly play on PC and Switch for exclusives. PS5 will have some third-party RPG exclusive that gets me to buy one, though I don't specifically care about Sony IPs for the most part.
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Thread Does anyone prefer the DualShock 4 to the Xbone Controller?
I prefer Xbox, but only barely. I probably wouldn't really select between them outside of the context of a poll. Looking forward to the Elite V2. Gonna use it as my go-to pc controller.
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Thread How old are you and what was the first Final Fantasy game that you played?
I'm 30, I first played FFX. I think it came in a demo disk in GamePro magazine and I immediately had to buy it.
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Thread FE3H RNG Level ups are ass and need to go.
My Dedue was absolutely screwed on Speed, but his class certs into a Warrior and then a War Master boosted his speed by 9 or so. I think I've boosted my Ingrid's strength by 5 through gardening alone. There are a lot of tools you can work with. I personally think the game would be really incredibly boring if the stats were 100% fixed. You'd then just get stat tables for every character at 30 or 40 and a perfect list of which characters to recruit every single time.
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Thread Ion Fury devs show signs of transphobia among other issues.
it's a strawman that's associates "transgender" with "mental illness" by using an invented hyperbolic hypothetical.
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Thread Ion Fury devs show signs of transphobia among other issues.
The flimsy catch all "it's stripped of the context!" doesn't really work when most of the screencaps include the preceding chat conversation. If that's the best defense available against receiving criticism for something you said, maybe look at what you said instead of blaming how it's being shared or how people are reading into it.
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Thread Newsweek: "Breath of the Wild Convinced Me to Quit My Job" (and I quit mine, too)
What an interesting read. It sorta shifts my perspective in acting in a similar capacity as 'merely' a hobbyist. I can take a week off due to burnout and not feel guilt or get legitimately punished. Thanks for sharing.
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Thread Does having to eat and drink in games improve the experience for you?
I don't mind it if survival resource management is meant to be a core part of the game. It feels a little off to me in Fallout 76 though because I've never really thought of Fallout as that sort of game (outside of some Hardcore mods).
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Thread Please stop referring to women as "females" (READ OP)
It's not really "men and female in literally the same sentence", it's more "men and female in the same context". 'Those men over there vs those females over there'. 'The man at the counter gave me directions vs the female at the counter gave me directions'. Unless you really talk in the manner of "the male at the counter..."
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Thread Please stop referring to women as "females" (READ OP)
Basically this. "Female" carries the context of a sort of classification. Male too. Which is why "White Male" or whatever is used in that context: you're classifying something. Calling someone a Male or a Female (as a noun) outside of that context sounds cringey.
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Thread Which Fire Emblem game should be remade next?
A Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn re-release would be a nice step one. As for a full remaster, I would personally love to see Binding Blade, followed by Genealogy.
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Thread Are you rich? Have you landed your dream job? If so, how did you do it?
I feel like I make pretty good money but I also feel like I'll never be able to own a house, and I see people saying they are on houses 2 and 3 and my mind just boggles.
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Thread Rank the Fire Emblem games you've played!
Gonna hold off on Three Houses until some of the newness wears off. 1.) Path of Radiance - What a tidy game. Great characters, good story with a fair amount of intrigue (kinda bolstered a bit by intentional loose ends), solid map design, good art, great music. Streamlined in the best possible way. The best example of classic chapter-to-chapter FE progression IMO. Best supports, best worldbuilding, felt like the first game in the series for me where the extended cast was made important through Base conversations and story interactions, etc. 2.) Genealogy of the Holy War - I like this for a lot of the same reasons that I enjoy Path of Radiance, but the large map sizes and multiple objectives per chapter fell out of favor with me pretty quickly. I felt like a much better experience could have been crafted if there were bespoke dividing points between some of the keep captures, instead of the map just going on for another 5 waves of red units. Mostly a nitpick though, but still holds it off from being number 1. The two generations and the mechanics related to that bring about a ton of replay value. 3-4.) Binding Blade / Blazing Sword - Its hard for me to really distinguish between these two, I feel like a lot of their strengths and weaknesses are common between them. Simple-but-interesting stories, lots of neat characters but many rarely speak after recruiting them, which is a bummer because a lot of them have a lot of personalities and unique Supports if you manage to unlock them. Roy's story is a bit more difficult than Eliwoods, but the way the story branches makes it more interesting on replays (where in my mind, once you get access to Hector's mode on Blazing Sword, there's no real reason to ever go back.) Still arguably the best looking games in the series too. 5.) Radiant Dawn - I'm still really fond of this game, being a follow-up to PoR, but there's a lot I dislike about it. The loss of bespoke Supports was , a lot of shifting perspectives without a lot of payoff, the introduction of the third class tier felt pointless the way the scaling worked. Tons of characters but so many had such limited availability that despite the raw size of the cast, I'd find myself using the same handful of units because the alternative is to baby underpowered Dawn Brigade units or shoehorning in late Act 3 characters. Still an excellent world and story and a lot of neat payoff plot-wise, just way less fun to actually play. 6.) Sacred Stones - Felt like FE for middle schoolers. A very awkwardly divided world where you go from country to country in sequence to fight an obviously evil court of bad dudes without anything interesting happening. Would have been a great romhack, but otherwise unremarkable in pretty much every facet.
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Thread Dark Envoy announcement trailer - Tactical RPG inspired by Divinity and X-COM from Tower of Time devs
I'm interested, it looks neat! I've wanted to try out Tower of Time for a good while now too, maybe I'll finally get on that..
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Thread Spain: Fire Emblem Three Houses crushes Fates' opening to score one of the biggest opening launches of 2019
Been enjoying this game so much. I go home from work, eat a quick dinner and immediately hop back in. They've also created a foundation of a much bigger world they could revisit if they wanted to. Will be even better once lunatic mode drops.
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Thread You wake up tomorrow and your salary is now $50,000 USD (or converted to your currency) annually. How is your life affected?
I would have to severely cut back on my saving habits. My spending habits wouldn't really change, I live super frugally. Well, I'd look to downsize on top of frugal spending.
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Thread The Outer Worlds coming to the Nintendo Switch (Launching Sometime After the Other Platforms)
A little bit off topic, but just FYI, I've been told Pillars 1 on Switch does not support touchscreen. I'm not sure if this is because Versus Evil is just porting the work Paradox already did for the PS4/XBO version of Pillars 1, or what. I don't know about Pillars 2, but they've been silent on that front for a good while outside of a tweet here or there saying it's coming. Since the Switch version is being developed concurrently with the PS4/XBO version there, maybe it's more likely.
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Thread Western or Eastern Games? Which Appeal MORE to You, and Why?
When I was growing up it would be more Japanese but now it's pretty damn even heat -- I really don't feel like I have a strong preference at all. In the last week I've played and enjoyed Baldur's Gate II, Division 2, but also Monster Hunter World and I've started Fire Emblem Three Houses. In the last few months I've played Ys VIII but also Outward. Division 2 is a weird sort of outlier. I normally don't enjoy Western AAA games at all but something about it has clicked with me.
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Thread How old are you and what type of housing do you live in?
30 I rent a 2 bedroom by myself. Being able to own a house seems like a fantasy, I dunno how in the world people afford them.
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Thread Pillars of Eternity 1 releasing on Switch eShop August 8
Probably the least good (but still alright) of the recent CRPGs, and I remember the PS4 version controls being a bit unwieldy, but not altogether awful. I wonder if this supports the touchscreen at all.
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Thread Which single-player game would benefit the most from adding multi-player? Which game would benefit most from removing it?
Despite the Fallout 76 episode, I still think there's potential for a Fallout / Elder Scrolls game that allows for a sort of hosted multiplayer, kinda like what Outward tried. Edit: As for Remove, I don't really have a good answer. I guess I'd say DOOM, but that's already the case with Eternal, right?
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Thread As a kid, what (non-horror) games terrified you?
Not the whole game, but the slimers in Duke 3D. I hardly ever played past the first episode because of them. They *still* make my hair raise on end.The Octobrains can be freaky if they get the jump on you, but I could manage to deal with them....not the slimers though.
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Thread Not taking showers in the morning.. can guys do this?
If I don't shower in the morning, I feel gross, even if I showered the night before. At a bare minimum, i have to at least rewash my hair.
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Thread I hate silent protagonists and unvoiced NPC dialogue
After listening to some of Josh Sawyer's post-mortem on Deadfire, and replaying Baldur's Gate I and II. I've come to have a better understanding that requiring voiced dialogue requires a TON of work and places a whole bunch of unseen limitations in terms of branching and incidental dialogue, etc. Even though I loved the full voice acting in Deadfire and games like Divinity Original Sin 2, seeing the sheer amount of character/companion interactions in a game from as far back as Baldurs Gate II and compare it to Deadfire and I begin to wonder if the game would have been better if characters had been allowed to go unvoiced. At the same time though, I'm still absolutely floored by how much voiced dialogue there is in Guild Wars 2, to build off of the OPs paragraph on MMOs. I really think it's a strength of the game in that instance.
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Thread Most Satisfying PC component to install
Maybe a bit specific, but slotting in M.2 drives feels so, so slick compared to screwing/snapping in 2.5 SSDs or 3.5 HDDs and then routing Sata and power cables.
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Thread do you consider your graduation of high school/college to be a big achievement of yours?
My undergrad? A little bit. Made it through without any debt, as well as made some good connections for grad school and beyond. For my Ph.D, absolutely. Paid some extra money to get my dissertation custom bound and everything. I still proudly keep it at the top shelf of my office.
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Thread Toonami |JulAug19| I don’t care how many naked breasts there are, that chicken is much more exciting
My boy Tormod only available to play for like 15% of the game is a crime
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Thread Toonami |JulAug19| I don’t care how many naked breasts there are, that chicken is much more exciting
Is it just "paradise" in the sub? Maybe they figured that would have been too on-the-nose in English
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Thread Toonami |JulAug19| I don’t care how many naked breasts there are, that chicken is much more exciting
I actually kinda enjoy a sillier fight with kooky powers, it just feels kinda late in the game for it. Pretty much what Crocodile said.
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Thread What was your biggest gaming upgrade?
Going from a single monitor to a triple monitor setup. There's other details wrapped in there, like now i have HDR and other things along with that, but purely having the versatility of multiple monitors has been huge.
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Thread GreedFall release date announcement trailer (10 September 2019, PS4/XB1/PC)
Looking forward to this, more than I anticipated. It really looks like a big step up compared to Bound By Flame.
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Thread What single player game have you beaten the most?
Probably a toss-up between Fire Emblem (GBA) or Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. I think I've played through them about 20 times each.
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Thread Is Divinity Original Sin 2 Good Enough That You'd Recommend it to Someone Who Doesn't Like CRPG's?
If you didn't like D:OS 1 because of the way it plays, I have a hard time imagining you gelling with D:OS2.
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Thread Shenmue 3's official PC system requirements have been released
The listed GPU/CPU/RAM are pretty conservative (ie, more than you actually need) more often than not, in my experience, but usually the storage req is right on.
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Thread Please allow me to recommend you some RPG's on Steam
Liked Outward. Loved Enderal. Really want to try Crosscode at some point. My July is pretty "booked" playing through Baldur's Gate games though.
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Thread Are you ever honest when a server asks you how your meal/food was?
I'm not usually one to complain much about food service, but once I was at a local steakhouse and my ribeye was super bland and pretty cold, so I mentioned it to the waitress. I said I was just letting them know so the cooks would know for next time, I was still planning to pay and tip a little because the waitress had no part in that. Then the owner came out and apologized profusely, and spotted me a free Prime Rib as an apology. It was, sadly, also kinda bland but at that point I just said it was great and left lol.
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Thread Worst game bug you ever personally experienced?
Playing both Pathfinder: Kingmaker and Fallout 76 at launch only a few months apart was quite an experience. Pathfinder was extra frustrating because the game was incredibly enjoyable otherwise, only the main quest triggers around Pitax never worked properly after clearing out the dungeon/castle there and I couldn't even finish despite wanting to.
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Thread SSD drive has eliminated almost all stutter in my PC games
To be fair, SSDs aren't a monolithic singular technology. I recently upgraded from a Sata III Evo to a PCIE3 Pro Samsung drive and PCIE4 is going to be a jump beyond even that soon. Personally, on my next build I'll probably forgo SATA drives entirely. So much freed up space and fewer cables.
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Thread Who’s your favorite Bioware villain? (now with more wolves and spectres).
Right now it's still probably Saren. Trespasser is a great DLC though and Dread Wolf has potential, but I hesitate to vote for it on that alone.
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Thread Fallout New Vegas PC Mod Thread
Heh, no problem. If it helps at all, this is (a portion of) my load order than I used back when I played it. Wish I could track down the whole screen, but only have this crop..
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Thread Fallout New Vegas PC Mod Thread
Use Mod Organizer and not Nexus Mod Manager. Patch with the 4GB Patcher if you're running the steam version: (Not Needed for GOG) Several Mods also require the script extender (NVSE): And this extended NVSE Plugin: And the mod configuration menu (MCM): --- ACTUAL MODS Fov Slider: Onetweak: (This is mostly so it plays nice with modern computers, multiple monitors, etc) 4k Hud remaster: NMCS Texture Pack: Anti Crash: I've never really been a fan of the ENBs that slather on post-processing and stuff. But those are out there as well. So you see most of these are kinda more QoL than actual additions. As for stand-alone mods, New California I think is pretty good:
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Thread Amanda Winn Lee telling Evangelion fans to "learn Japanese and translate yourself or eat a dick" and to "STFU" in recent tweet about translation
Yea, telling a translator which words she should have used instead is a bad look on my part, I concede, sorry.
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Thread Amanda Winn Lee telling Evangelion fans to "learn Japanese and translate yourself or eat a dick" and to "STFU" in recent tweet about translation
Probably could have used a phrase like "go pound sand" instead of "eat a dick". I understand the frustration though. Edit: A bad look on my part to say which words a translator should have used.
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Thread Which platform have you spent the most time playing games on in 2019 so far?
PC except for Kingdom Hearts III (PS4). Also planning to bust out the Switch for Fire Emblem.
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Thread Homebuying Difficult for Americans in Three-Fourths of Markets
I make what I consider to be a decent salary in a lower cost of living area and I still don't know how I'll ever be able to afford a house.
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Thread Ys VIII is the best JRPG of at least the past five years. And I think I've played virtually all noteworthy ones.
I enjoyed it a fair bit more than I was expecting to. I haven't gelled with recent Ys games (Falcom games in general) but something about VIII clicked with me.
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Thread I think that Metroid Prime 4 should feature an older, middle to upper, aged Samus
I don't know if Samus is the right opportunity for the idea, but I would love to see more "older" playable women in games. Seems like anything past 30 (let alone 40+) is still seen as 'expired' for women and less so for men. We do have a couple nice examples though, such as Nadine from Uncharted, and Emma from The Last Remnant (bit niche but immediately comes to mind for me).
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT6| The waiting game
Follow that url chain back leads to this after like 6 clicks lol Which is just citing the Broly DVD booklet. Screen Rant just seems to be fishing for SEO clicks.
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Thread Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will include backstories that haven't been told in the manga
I really hope they aren''t overselling these untold backstories, but they probably are to some extent. In the E3 demo you reunite with Nam to help him sell a shiny rock...it's not exactly thrilling stuff. Of course I'm sure (I hope) some of it will be better..
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Thread Video games your parents played
My mom's' idea of a video game is a Sudoku book. I don't think she's even played any of the facebook stuff when that was popular. I think my Dad trying playing the original doom and was absolutely awful at it, can't move and shoot at the same time. Hardly plays anything but has tried. Sometimes we have him fumble his way around a controller around christmas and stuff for smash bros or the like.
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Thread How would you feel if the Final Fantasy VII Remake allowed you to change Aerith's fate?
I wouldn't like it. It seems like a decision that would have been made to please fans more than one that suits the (established) story.
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Thread Final Fantasy Tactics was released 22 years ago! (random FFT trivia in this topic)
I love the heavy use of figurative language and metaphor in WotL and FFXII's scripts. I want more of that, lol.
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Thread Rock Paper Shotgun calls people who pre ordered Cyberpunk 2077 morons (amidst comedic piece about Steam charts in general)
It's probably been said in this thread's several pages, but the whole list seems like it's just going for a bit of an irreverent tone. It also says "I know it’s probably unfair, but I blame Dark Souls for everything that’s wrong in the whole universe."
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Thread New games coming to Xbox Gamepass console and PC
Torment is turn-based so its a bit more like Divinity, except it doesn't stagger the order between party and enemies, it's based on initiative/speed (or whatever the stat is, been a few years). I remember because there were a couple encounters with a shitton of drones/bugs where the enemies would get a dozen turns in a row due to the sheer number of them. It's not as good as either pillars or divinity, imo, but still an interesting game just for how weird it is...you do spend a fair amount of time in fleshy environments though which does get old fast.
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Thread Outer Worlds is made by arround 80 people. Full size of Obsidian is arround 200 people
Lines up with what was shared with press ahead of the game's debut at last years TGAs (though at the time, there was still a decent sized spaced dedicated to Deadfire DLC and Support)
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Thread I put you in a room with the same games running in 720,1080,4k,8k resolutions: can you make a difference?
In the same room side by side? Pretty sure it would be easy to tell just on a relative basis. Now if you shuffled me from room to room with the displays in a random order, maybe it would be trickier at the high end, but I'm still reasonably confident.
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Thread Simple poll: Do you have a 4k TV for console gaming?
I have a 4k TV, but 99% of the time I play on a 4K Gsync Monitor (or Switch in portable mode, lol). Maybe once VRR is commonplace in consoles/tvs I'll even it out a bit.
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Thread Do you consider it being DRM when a launcher is required for launching a PC game(eg. Steam, Origin, uPlay, etc)?
It's still DRM, yea, but I guess I don't think of Steam or Uplay the same way I think of Denuvo or SecuROM.
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Thread Why is Cyberpunk 2077 being described as "open world action-adventure title" and not "open world RPG" ?
The whole "every game is an RPG anyways", while not completely false, seems like the sort of thought-terminating cliched platitude that doesn't really do anything other than stifle discussion. Cyberpunk 2077 has a character sheet with 5 stats like Body, Intelligence, "Cool", etc. These branch out into skills like Athletics and Hacking. In the demo we saw, the netrunner character without enough Athletics (less than 8) wasn't able to breach through a door to find a shortcut into a main atrium-like area, so instead had to hack into a computer to disable cameras and things like that. We saw someone visit a shop with different jackets and tshirts with different stats on them. There's also the Street Cred system which I don't think we've seen much about, mostly just told. Each character, including NPCs, has an integer level next to their name: IIRC, Placide is level 40. I haven't even brushed up on the sorts of things we saw relating to RPG mechanics with the Ripperdoc modding we saw last year. You can have discussions about whether the genre or term "RPG" means much anymore, sure. But Cyberpunk is going to have more than just a couple talent trees and perks based on what they've shown so far. I wouldn't hesitate to call it an RPG at all, and the developers still do too. In my opinion, everything in the OP is for marketing to a wider audience (as many have also already stated).
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Thread Anybody else here can't enjoy difficulty in games anymore?
For me it depends on the game. I loved challenging myself through the Apocalyptic difficulty on Darksiders 3, for instance and that was before the combat style change updates that made it more forgiving. I also enjoyed plaything through some of the recent single-player FPS on the hardest difficulties too (not Wolfenstein II though, that damned courtroom..) When I was playing Pillars of Eternity II, I ended up turning the difficulty down just because of the sheer number of encounters and I would just rest between each major fight so that I could cast my best spells etc. It just felt tedious moreso than rewarding.
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Thread Why is Cyberpunk 2077 being described as "open world action-adventure title" and not "open world RPG" ?
For what it's worth, they still called it an RPG at E3 during the press demo.
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Thread The Outer Worlds announced (Obsidian, FPS RPG, XB1/PS4/Steam 2019)
That's definitely just the dude's manner of speaking. Cut him a break. He's just the fucking tarmac guard!
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Thread The Outer Worlds announced (Obsidian, FPS RPG, XB1/PS4/Steam 2019)
This is true, but it's also pretty obvious imo. It's not like Obsidian''s going to have zero ground dug up past 2019. (Ie, this would be more surprising if TOW was 2020 or undated).
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Thread The Outer Worlds announced (Obsidian, FPS RPG, XB1/PS4/Steam 2019)
I'm personally more than fine with how the game looks. Obsidian was never going to jump from isometric to AAA world-beaters. And I think the art direction is pretty good. A graphical note though. Seems like out in the field NPCs will have a slightly less detailed model, and then this is swapped with high-quality one once you engage in conversation with them. Unless my eyes are playing tricks on me. Like this part in GI's footage.
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Thread The Outer Worlds announced (Obsidian, FPS RPG, XB1/PS4/Steam 2019)
Unreal 4. Just for reference, they used Onyx (proprietary) for Stick of Truth, and of course Unity for Pillars/II/Tyranny. Alpha Protocol was Unreal 3. Edit: Era bugged out on me and this post was only a short scroll up, didn't realize it was from way earlier today, sorry.
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Thread The Outer Worlds announced (Obsidian, FPS RPG, XB1/PS4/Steam 2019)
I hate to self-promote, but I don't get opportunities like this often so I'm gonna do it anyway (Sorry, mods let me know if this is not kosher), I got to write a preview of the game for after visiting the studio last week. We also have an interview with the Senior Narrative Designer. Three things that I think might be hot topics - There's no third person mode. - Companions can't be romanced. - Player character isn't voiced, but can be customized (can be seen in inventory screens, in the panning idle camera , etc).
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Thread Steams Top Wish listed Games Post E3 [1.Cyberpunk, 2. Halo MCC, 3. Vampire Bloodlines 2, 4.The Outer Worlds, 5. Doom Eternal]
Reminds me I should update my wishlist. Mine's pretty much exactly the same, lol. Never played Halo but I have a friend who's insisting I get that with him, so I'm vicariously excited for that too
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Thread Haitian guy excited about Cyberpunk 2077 representation of his people
Yea, I concede it's nitpicky. Just bringinf it up because it was pretty much the only thing that I personally noticed that I even dwelled on wrt the topic. I also didn't consider wanting to represent the accent for the hearing impaired.
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Thread Haitian guy excited about Cyberpunk 2077 representation of his people
From the gameplay demo I saw, the Voodoo Boys and Placide are treated as cunning and cautious, and definitely have more clout than V does at that point in the story. The only thing I thought was maybe a bit overt was how the thick accents were 100% reflected in the subtitles, -- single spoken "they" and "them" is written "dey" and "dem", (with a few transition words omitted from the occasional sentence to sentence to make them seem just a notch more exotic). Even when the auto-translator mod that the demo showcased translated to English, it still wrote out the text this way IIRC. I feel like maybe they should have just left the subtitles as is in unaltered english and maybe let the accents and voiceover speak (literally) for itself? I'm not sure what was gained by writing the subtitles so phonetically precisely...you wouldn't quote a person with an accent like that.
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Thread Cris Tales on Steam Being Billed as a JRPG Love Letter - Releases 2020, Demo Available Now
Looks really neat.
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Thread Cyberpunk 2077's Standard Edition contents may have leaked ahead of E3
"can we leverage the genre's motifs or our game's specific themes, or anything beyond the fact that you can shoot a gun in our game for its cover art?" "no"
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT6| The waiting game
I actually hadn't seen the Fuji vs Original compared directly before. Makes the raw footage look incredibly fast. Hopefully the tweaks made for the dub lean the look to more like the Fuji edit.
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Thread Toonami |MayJun19| Fuck you Pariston, you rat bastard
It also doesn't make sense because there were repeated animated flurries in the last episode that were edited slow in one instance and then normal in the next. Wouldn't a routine process affect both or neither? It's just all very strange.
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Thread How often do you all get a new phone? What is your current phone?
I used to get a new phone every 18 months, but I sort of reflected and realized that it's mostly just my mobile chrome/twitter machine, and I don't need to have the latest and greatest to order Chipotle or deposit a check. I have an iPhone 7 right now and it pretty much suits my needs perfectly still. Would only upgrade if I can get a surprisingly good deal at this point.
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Thread Darksiders: Genesis announcement (UP: Teaser Trailer)
I was pretty certain the image tease in Airship's twitter header wasn't Darksiders...Joe M getting his hands on the IP again just seemed like too much wishful thinking. Happy to have been wrong. This looks neat!
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Thread What is your most played multiplayer game this gen?
Guild wars 2 (several thousand hours) Followed by Monster Hunter World. Both games can be played largely solo, but I've spent a huge chunk of time in multiplayer in each. Still have a raid group that keeps playing together every week.
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Thread Wait so Fallout 76 is good now?
I wouldn't call it good, but the updates have been frequent and they've hit all their roadmap benchmarks without delay. So I think there is some promise. A couple of the updates have been legitimately entertaining (Sheepsquatch, Pioneer Scouts) but others have been really grindy loot dumps (Burrows aka ghoul hall, the Pharma horde mode) or minor/inconsequential/forgettable (booze, the Parade). Mostly I'm just waiting for a Vault to open up.
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Thread Fallout 76 | OT | Almost Heaven, Waste Virginia
I haven't gotten my backpack yet because all the badges seem so grindy...I look at what I need to do and just log out. The cooking one seemed easy but apparently getting some of the recipes is random?
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Thread Paper Mario Inspired Game "Bug Fables" Coming To Switch/PS4/PC Sometime This Year, Trailer Within
It seems almost on the nose in its homage, but I'm still pretty excited for this.
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Thread World Health Organization classifiés gaming addiction as a disease
Seems like a pretty good definition to me. I can see some Gamers yelling loudly against the strawman "so gaming is a disease now??" though. Edit: I guess that actual definition is a bit old now, but I hadn't read it back when it was drafted.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker is getting an Enhanced Edition on June 6
Been waiting for all the DLC to release to try this out again (bugs prevented me from even finishing it last summer). This is even better.Fwiw I think I agree with this. We'll see if the EE stuff pushes it over.
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Thread Survey: 71 percent of students surveyed said they would either use a Mac or prefer to use a Mac if cost were not a consideration
I've built a kinda natural affinity for PCs mainly because 90% of everything I happen do on a computer (gaming, data analysis like JMP/Minitab, CAD/Solidworks) just seems designed around a windows ecosystem most of the time. I have an iPhone that I like a lot, but just never found a reason to get a mac knowing what I use computers for.
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Thread Star Ocean First Departure R coming to Switch/PS4 [Up: English release confirmed]
Just FYI, this 4gamer article uses the phrasing 移植 or "HD Port", just like Dengeki. So that's why I personally went with Remaster in our news on it. Teases some new features too, so it's going to be more than an up-res with those and new art.
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Thread Star Ocean First Departure R coming to Switch/PS4 [Up: English release confirmed]
Katsumi Enami. I recognized the art from Ys Seven, a lot of people I know recognize it from Zero/Ao no Kiseki.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT6| The waiting game
Next fight in 113 has some similar looking fast fist flurries too. Now I'm kinda looking ahead half wondering which ones are gonna be hit by this frame drop weirdness. Here's the Cabba one for anyone curious.. Someone on the reddit was saying that Funi or AS is getting footage meant for rebroadcast in Japan, but it seems like speculation and guesswork, I guess that's all we have to go on though.
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Thread Toonami |MayJun19| Forget The Wanking Part
i feel like in the sub it was slightly different, Mona's comment made it seem like Cabba was only boasting because he was in front of the girls, not fighting because they shouldnt
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT6| The waiting game
I think it's mostly that "Frieza" just seems exceptionally arbitrary because it's basically pronounced the exact same. Edit: I guess thats true with Buu too. Tien just seems weird to me that Tenshinhan became Tien Shinhan. Idk, it just personally seems like something 4kids would come up with.
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Thread Anyone still repping Chipotle?
I get a burrito or bowl like once a month. It's fine. I live in the southwest so there's plenty of better options available, but sometimes you just want a burrito you can order from your phone.
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Thread In 2019, What's Your Preference? Dual Monitors vs Ultrawide vs 4K
I have a 4k monitor (gaming, hdr, gsync and all that) flanked by two 1080p monitors (youtube, discord, twitter, etc). Windows 10 actually does a surprisingly good job managing the mismatched resolutions, apps will resize automatically when dragging from monitor to monitor. Personally, I'm not sure I could go back to two monitors, let alone 1. Ultrawide seems nice but I guess I would have to figure out how to implement it in a way that gels with my current setup. Triple ultrawide? Ultrawide plus two 1080s of matching height? Probably not going to change out for years though, who knows what'll be vogue in 2025.
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Thread Valve - Positive "Review Bombs"
Looks like one of the factors in their decision to not mark them as off-topic was the increase in players that coincided with the increase in number of review scores, and that it's at the moment impossible to say whether that's a characteristic of 'positive review bombs' or just this specific case because they're so rare (pretty much unheard of until this).
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Thread Fallout 76 | OT | Almost Heaven, Waste Virginia
Hmm, I started the Pioneer Scout stuff finally, but a lot of these badges seem a bit grindy. Maybe I'll have to just slowly churn them out, but when I looked up what was needed for finishing the Tadpole quest, I just logged out.
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Thread I hate American healthcare
I once had to go into the ER because of a . I could breathe and talk, but could not eat or drink anything, not even water, and had food stuck in my throat (more accurately, well past my throat). The ER insisted nothing was wrong. They even gave me anxiety medicine and insisted that it was all in my head. A nurse literally told me that the reason I couldn't swallow food is because I simply ** i couldn't swallow. I was absolutely livid when they told me to drive myself home, starving and probably incredibly dehydrated (remember, couldnt ingest anything) at this point, with a 2,500 dollar ER bill. I set up an appointment with a gastroenterologist the next day to clear the blockage and get antibiotics for my esophagus. Sadly, it still cost like 1000 dollars with insurance, which is a story in its own right... Called a malpractice lawyer (luckily my mother works as a hospital auditor of some sort, so I had a reference) and got the ER bill waived, thank god. Not really considering willingly going to an ER at this point, at least not easily.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT6| The waiting game
I just wish the dub was better. I'd love to be able to say something like "watch either the sub or dub, both are great" instead of having a list of caveats to go with the second. Oh well.
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Thread Can y'all do the Asian Squat?
I can do it, but I have to widen my feet apart just a bit from normal. Also it's a lot less comfortable than just going to the balls of my feet. 6', white. Edit: Not really any wider than that image in the op though.
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Thread "On Letting People Enjoy Things, Why are so many pop culture fanatics threatened by disagreement?"
This is a bit of an aside, but also maybe relevant. Since that Medium article, the comic author/artist also gave this update/alternative version.
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Thread MMORPG-ERA, what are you playing and why?
I play Guild Wars 2 regularly. The slightly more-casual-nature of its endgame is actually pretty perfect as I enter my 30s -- there's just enough raid and high-level fractal ("'dungeon") challenge to keep me involved. It's also got incredibly world building and lore, even if the moment to moment writing doesn't always stick the landing. I also feel like the combat is pretty mobile and fast for what's still essentially a tab targeting system, it's a pretty neat hybrid of sorts.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT6| The waiting game
I'm usually pretty apologetic on the dub, I really liked Whis's english explanation of the UI form, and Jiren's verbal shittalk after it fades away. Pretty uncommon that there's something Im really annoyed by (Make the donuts / silly rabbit). But the dubbed insert song is awful, and the frame drops / darkening makes zero sense at all. Sucks.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT6| The waiting game
That would make even less sense to reveal that it's incomplete at that moment in 110. At best they maybe could have gone with "We call it Ultra Instinct" or something to add a few lip flaps to the front.
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Thread Fallout 76 | OT | Almost Heaven, Waste Virginia
It's soloable, just a bit of a resource drain. Need to bring multiple effective weapon sets, or repair kits/materials for repair. I'm sure there are super efficient ways to do the silos on specific builds, but I haven't bothered, one time was enough for me personally, lol.
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Thread Patty ruined Tales of Vesperia for me...
I thought she was okay, but still probably the weakest in the playable cast. Some of the antics are funny ("Nice Catch!") but often it's just too zany for me. I'll always have a soft spot for Karol though. He's an insecure pre-teen who shows a lot of weaknesses, but I think he has a lot of good moments. Seeing Yuri often try to build up his confidence as a surrogate older brother is a really neat relationship imo, especially since Yuri doesn't coddle him either, and yet Karol still grows a fair bit.
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Thread Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay Demo
I would watch the combat scenario that closes out the demo instead of the one at the start (retrieving the woman's body) to judge. Can't guarantee you'll think it looks better, but it's a lot more varied, at least.
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Thread Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Review Thread
As far as I know, nothing has been stated on the console ports since this little line from when The Forgotten Sanctum (the last DLC) launched Source:
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Thread Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 announced (March 2020, PS4, X1, Steam/GOG/EGS, Paradox + Hardsuit Labs)
Okay cool thank you! I'm actually looking at that stuff now and that's why I was asking. I don't know the lore enough (...at all) to recognize the edition specifics.Thanks for the details, great info.
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Thread Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 announced (March 2020, PS4, X1, Steam/GOG/EGS, Paradox + Hardsuit Labs)
Has it been confirm confirmed that Bloodlines 2 is using 5th edition rules/setting? I see several places assuming as such, but not direct confirmation. Also, does Vampire 5e fit into the Old World of Darkness or New (Chronicles?). I don't know much at all about the pen and paper game.
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Thread Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Review Thread
I reviewed it here I thought it was really great. Obviously, my fuller thoughts are in the full text but here's my stream of thoughts after finishing it this weekend. All just my current opinions: + I love how deliberately it leans into the whole pirate aesthetic. It gives the game kinda an identity that the first lacked in a way. + The game is a joy to play. All of the mechanics tie together in a very tidy fashion that's incredibly satisfying. From gear to skills to the party assisting on passive abilities to learning a new tidbit about a quest you undertook or watching as different questlines coalesce into a single goal before diverging again. And I'm omitting lots of little neat things like Soulbound gear, multiclassing, sidekick characters. Nothing really feels extraneous which is quite a feat considering how there is. + The callbacks to Pillars 1 are done in a way that walks the line pretty deftly. They are meaningful and numerous enough to feel impactful without drowning out the new location or making me wish I had played it more recently. + I love the tooltip mouseover brought over from Tyranny. It's a bigger boon than it seems on paper. Being able to slowly piece together characters and histories and allows the narrative to unfold in a way while avoiding "my father, the king" sort of exposition. +/- Companion stuff is pretty bog standard. Each has a quest, they might give you something at the end if you're nice enough to them. Serafens gives a really nice hat. You can bang. It's not bad, necessarily, just kinda well traveled at this point. Their passive dialogue and VAs are general writing are great though. - The factions are a little bog standard as well. One will want you to free slaves, another not so much. One will want you to restore an old temple, another destroy it. Etc. - The UI was a bit buggy for me. A few times I had to double or triple click to get a spell or action to properly engage. My game crashed twice in ~45 hours. There's also cool little level of detail things like the triumph flags you gather from ships you board and take over showing up on yours when you dock it in the harbor. Neat stuff.
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Thread Divinity Original Sin is $7.99 on Steam. How is it?
I really like it for the most part, but the plot doesn't quite straddle the line between serious and whimsical very well. It can be extremely silly at times. It's also incredibly dense starting out with the first city / region, and then the back half of the game feels like combat encounter after combat encounter. It's a great game still, just hard to not immediately think of how the sequel did it all but .
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Thread State of Play 2 Announced for May 9, extended look at MediEvil and first look at a new title
Finally, The Last Remnant PS3
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Thread Toonami |MayJun19| LEORIO 2020: FUCK GING
Jirens most important character moments are in backloaded to the last two episodes, which is really unfortunate. He gets like 3 important interactions in like 30 minutes.
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Thread Which Features Should Steam Improve/Implement?
This might be pie in the sky, but I would love in-game screenshot and save file locations relative to their install locations to become more standardized. I dunno if that's something a client like Steam can solve, though.
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Thread Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark, Final Fantasy-like tactical RPG releases in April [PC/PS4/XB1] | Last chance to buy at $20 on Steam before price increase
Ive been enjoying this so far, but the story and general premise feels more in line with FFTA tone-wise rather than FFT or even Tactics Ogre. It doesn't really bother me a lot but I see how it could generally turn some people away. You do get used to the artstyle a bit once you put some time in but yea, I wish the on-field models and the portraits matched a bit more closely.
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Thread Era, recommend me a MMORPG
Been reading through this thread and I'm thinking I might pick up ESO at some point soon. I play a lot of GW2, and I do want to emphasize that there is much more of a trinity now than there was at launch, certain elite classes introduced in the expansions are clearly designed to be more suited to healing (druid, firebrand, tempest, etc) or tanking (chronomancer, firebrand) and then of course dps with certain classes being well suited to power damage and others for conditions/DoTs. It still definitely has a relatively light endgame, but its way better than it was 2012-2014. Unfortunately in the free portion of the game you wont see that though. One thing that surprised me about gw2 is the sheer volume of voice acting compared to what I played of FFXIV. There's so much ambient dialogue on top of all the story scenes and it really helps sell the world.
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Thread I really loved Gothic and The Witcher trilogy. Give me more!
Enderal is a Skyrim Mod (free on Steam if you own Oldrim) which basically falls right into the realm of "not the best example of great gameplay but in the rest they are so spot on."
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Thread Holy fuck Monster Hunter World is amazing.
I bought this on a whim last year and have something like 400 hours in it now. I have a couple friends that still keep it installed and we keep on top of the updates, try new builds and weapons, etc. The PC support started off poorly, but has come a long way since with Ultrawide support, HDR, recently a high res texture pack, and a rapid update pace. I just hope the clock doesn't reset completely on Iceborne..
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Thread The Division 2 is so flipping good....why isn't it getting more love?
I'm still enjoying it. I've put it down until the raid comes out though. I'll probably keep it around and poke my head in when the year 1 updates start landing.
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Thread PSA: HDR on the PC
The only problem with this is that each PC game handles its HDR implementation differently. For instance, I'm pretty sure Monster Hunter World and FFXV won't even give you an HDR option if it's not enabled in Windows, but Division 2 will.
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Thread Resonance of Fate 4K/HD Edition |OT| Still Alive
Seems to be more intermittent issues (stutter) and missing features (ultrawide, borderless fullscreen etc) rather than just straight sucking. Not a Ys 8 situation. I guess it depends on ones threshold for 'sucks'.
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Thread How is your financial situation?
I have a pretty good salary, and I have no debt. I live pretty frugally though, and put a lot of money away towards savings. I max out a 401k and IRA and try to put money into a savings account on top of that. I didn't have a real job (tm) until i was nearly 26 (PhD) so I'm playing catch up, sorta. Right now I splurge a bit too much on a two-bedroom apartment for just myself. I'm trying to either downsize or look at condos in my area so that that money isn't being thrown away.
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Thread IMO The Division 2 has the best OST of 2019 so far
Been playing this a lot recently (just got to gear cap) and I agree, it's really great for tension/energy and I wasn't expecting much out of it at all. Definitely a nice surprise for me.
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Thread Looking for an RPG/Action/Adventure type game on PC, what can you recommend?
Check out Enderal on Steam (free if you own Oldrim). I tried it on a whim and pretty much loved it. Couple potential knocks against it are og Skyrim combat and uneven performance. Edit: Someone mentioned it just before me.
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Thread Playing KOTOR on Xbox One S is amazing..and it shows how truly far BioWare has fallen.
I really wish the first game got the nice QoL update that KoTOR II got on PC back in like 2015 or so. It would be cool if it supported widescreen, 4k, etc without having to layer a bunch of mods on top of eachother. I wanted to replay it earlier this year or late last year but I just replayed II instead because it was a lot less of a hassle. Playing KoTOR on Xbox might be the best way to experience it now unless you don't mind frequent trips to Nexus. Edit: I guess the fixes generally don't require Nexusmods, but just a
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Thread Fallout 76 | OT | Almost Heaven, Waste Virginia
Played through The Burrows, it's unfortunately pretty bad. It's just a cave full of respawning ghouls. I've enjoyed the Sheepsquatch related questlines more.
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Thread Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster [Switch + XB1] |OT| Once More to Zanarkand
Seeing a lot of excitement for these releases, I might just boot up my steam version and play alongside everyone. I love these games.
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Thread Fire breaks out at Notre Dame cathedral, developing situation [Update: major structural collapse] (See Staff Post)
Can't find a primary source, but they've almost certainly melted :(
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Thread Tiger Woods authors one of the greatest sports stories of all time. Wins 5th Green Jacket. 15th Major.
Never thought I'd see him win again, his body was too beat up and the competition was too strong. Won' t be surprised if my dad starts getting back into golf again after this, lol
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Thread What’s the hardest boss you’ve ever faced?
Probably Nightmare King Grimm from Hollow Knight. I may have fought some bosses somewhere that were more cheap and thus more "difficult", but Grimm is like...a well-made fight that happens to also be super difficult without relying on any sort of BS. Multiple fist pumps after beating him.
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Thread The New Retirement Plan: Save Almost Everything, Spend Virtually Nothing (WSJ)
And I thought I was on the right track maxing out my pre tax 401k contributions, lol.
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Thread Fallout 76 | OT | Almost Heaven, Waste Virginia
Poked around the new "Sheepsquatch" questline. It was okay I guess. Didn't fight it at the end though because it's too late and I didn't wanna just server hop endlessly and put off bedtime. I'll try again tomorrow.
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Thread Outward |OT| Not All Those Who Wander Need Quest Markers
Yea, only the host gets the quest-specific rewards and gear. And when you get to an end-dungeon or boss enemy drop, there's only one of them to grab. There is, however, more than enough loot to go around to gear two people up and keep them well-stocked. What my friend and I did was essentially run two of the game questlines in parallel by swapping hosting duties.
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Thread Toonami |MarApr19| 2 minutes were cut
My personal headcanon was that If Roshi had died by exerting too much energy, it would have been essentially a natural death unable to be reversed by the dragon balls. Of course, there are lots of holes you can poke into that, ie what happened with Guru on Namek and the Super Dragon Balls being able to undo that anyway..
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Thread Remember Code Vein? Is it in development hell?
It had a really, really bad showing at E3 last year. The Demo was awful, no one wanted to play it (and those that did only because it had no lines), word of mouth was almost universally bad. I think they must have went back to the drawing board in some respect after that. I have no idea when we'll see it resurface.
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Thread Remember Code Vein? Is it in development hell?
I can't comment on Gamescom directly but should also note that Gamescom attendance dwarfs E3, and the scheduling is different in terms of public days. So not sure how strictly you can compare them. But yea, at E3 the only line I remember being shorter (at a major publisher in an expo hall) was the Divinity OS II console line. So while the line length itself isn't strictly indicative of anything, very few people that I personally talked to came away with a positive impression. Just my experience. Edit: Based on the date of that tweet it couldnt have been gamescom though.
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Thread Outward |OT| Not All Those Who Wander Need Quest Markers
I've only played with Spellblade (kinda a hybrid) and Rune Magic, but it seems interesting, and later in the game you can really specialize into magic-type builds with gear that allows you to cast stuff with no mana cost (it sounds more overpowered on paper than it is, but it's still pretty great). Rune magic is pretty varied in that you can use it to summon a sword or greatsword and then put a protective buff on yourself, or lay magic mines or light a floating lantern. And then the spellblade abilities can infuse Fire or Ice into the summoned sword (or a regular weapon), and then there's some general non-specialized magic you can use to buff the elemental damage with a boon (or you can use an item/potion). The magic isn't super overpowered on its own, but there are some powerful synergies. The same is true for melee abilities tbh. You can buy two cheap abilities in the first town to be able to quickly put both pain and confusion on an enemy with an axe/shield build. Note that the classes are more soft specializations by purchasing skills at trainers and not a hard choice like Dragon's Dogma or something like that.
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Thread Stealth: Zelda Wind Walker & Twilight Princess HD coming to Switch
Everything points to this guy just being another rumormonger in a circle of Nintendo rumormongers, and still probably less reliable than the lot on average (somehow). If anything this seems like a punt to try to garner credibility on a safe bet.
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Thread Outward |OT| Not All Those Who Wander Need Quest Markers
Finished one of the main three questlines. Unfortunately, to say the game ends on a whimper would be an understatement. A small blemish on a game I enjoyed a fair bit though. Gonna adjust my build to a 0% Mana Rune user and join a friend for another one of the questlines over the weekend.
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Thread Outward |OT| Not All Those Who Wander Need Quest Markers
Right now I'm using Shield Bash (Confusion) -> Talus Cleaver (Pain and Cripple) -> Attack with a 1h axe that is very fast and causes extreme bleeding. It seems honestly overpowered. And seeing these bow videos and 0% mana cost magic builds, I guess there's a handful of skill/equip combinations that kinda put you over and make the combat far less challenging, lol.
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Thread Toonami |MarApr19| WE SHARE THIS PAIN WITH THESE IMAGINATION FLOWERS
I feel like every seemingly-arbitrary schedule change is just gonna kill the block that much faster.
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Thread Outward |OT| Not All Those Who Wander Need Quest Markers
^ Great post. Just gonna note that stamina level 4 from Marshmelons / Marshmelon Tartines is really, really good. I was doing a quest for Mofat (?) in Monsoon, and if you followed the questlog alone, you'd miss at least two optional components to the quest. The quest log mentions just going to the campsite to find out what happened to the missionaries, but then one of the NPCs mentions that they were probably dragged off to a mountain camp west of there. If you go there, you learn that these mercenaries are surprisingly well armed and you find out details about the arrangement. EVEN AFTER your journal updates with the new information you gather at the mountain, THERE'S still more in that camp, and you find out that the implications are far deeper than even that. I had a similar thing pop up when dealing with the ash giants. I was able to incorporate optional dialogue from information I learned from the Elatt Priest, from the Giant Merchant, and from the journal abandoned in the Giant's ruins. While the quest log did mention seeking out additional information, it never pointed me to these things specifically. Even after one of the giants tipped me off about the journal specifically, I had to wander over there myself. If it's not obvious, I'm really enjoying myself, even though I agree with the complaints about floaty combat and weird dialogue VA. Also I hope they come up with some solution for quest rewards in co-op. (IMO, the host should get it no matter who 'turns in' the quest. On paper it seems like both parties should get the reward but that might be extremely exploitable.)
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Thread Hey Era, Let's Play/Replay Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
I almost got stuck in the Downtown apartment elevator even on 1.3. And the Sabbat location late in the game was really bad for colliding bodies and debris.
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Thread Outward |OT| Not All Those Who Wander Need Quest Markers
My friend and I have fought a handful of boss-esqe enemies. Usually they are bigger versions of some other monster, though I think at least one had some unique animations/rigging. Note that none of these were related to a questline, and we just stumbled on them on the way: Some other random thoughts: My friend and I are only about two quests into the "Blue Chamber" story, we've played about 25 hours. It''s slow going because we thoroughly explored the first area, then we thoroughly explored the Forest, and the second quest took place in the Marsh, so we've spent a lot of time there as well. One thing we've run into few times though is having cleared a dungeon area and then told to revisit it for a quest. In once instance, the quest simply respawned monsters in the area, in another we were told to kill a few bosses we had already killed, and basically we just got the quest reward immediately after speaking to an NPC again. I wish co-op partners would get skill rewards from the quests. I got a nice passive for helping the giants in the marsh but he didn''t. Even though loot on enemies and in chests isn't duplicated, there''s PLENTY of stuff to pick up so that it never really feels like we're shortchanging each other. Especially since we are focusing on different builds. We've even been splitting quest money and while we're not rolling in cash, it's never been an issue either. So just not getting quest reward skills is a bummer. I LOVE THE MUSIC IN THE MARSH. It's cool to have an area that feels like a marsh and it's pretty and spooky at the same time without feeling like an oppressive souls zone. We haven't been to the desert yet. I really like the lighting in this game. For instance, you can light a torch, and then drop it down a dark shaft to see if it is a "fall down" point in a dungeon, or simply a pit you should avoid. I've also seen my friend from a long distance away runniing accross a bridge with his lantern on. It's some neat stuff. I love that many crafting/cooking recipes give you multiple items per craft. It really helps sell the idea that combining basic items/food into better ones is rewarding and worthwhile. Combat is frustrating in single player for us. Maybe we just have to "get gud" or something, but it feels a whole lot more rewarding to find cool synergies with your buddy (one inflicts pain and the other confusion, or one tanks and the other uses a bow/spells, etc). I don't think I would enjoy this nearly as much on my own simply trying to take care of conditions, damage, impact, and stability management in one build. Feels far more rewarding to specialize and play with someone that compliments that. And while buying skills does set you on a certain playstyle/path, the face that there's no inherent stats does mean that you have a lot of flexibility to try other weapon and gear types on a whim. Only exception to this would be switching to a magic-based build and back, since you have to travel to a specific place to do that. Right now I've spent breakthrough points at the Spellblade in Cierzo and the Warrior Monk in Monsoon. The survival aspects of the game really drop off eventually, especially if you get the warrior monk passive of Slow Metabolism. We're holding onto food ingrediants and teas not for survival management, but for their buffs. Right our our generally favorite foods that are simple that we go back to again and again are Alpha Jerky (health + rage bonus, cook Alpha Meat with Salt) and Marshmelon Tartine (a great stamina regen). For Mana I dont cast much, but I like the Turnip Pottage, or whatever that's called. Mineral Tea is good for healing burnt health, and while other teas heal burnt Stamina, I feel like it's hard to beat a Greater Endurance potion to top off on that. It's not really a survival game past a point, but I still love the heavy degree of item management, and the multiple small synergies that you can find between items, skills, weapon types, etc. Combat is pretty fun in two player, but it's not the focus, and I'm okay with that. It's still pretty fun to backstab an enemy after my friend gets their attention by opening the fight with a bow shot. I like the fact that dying usually has your body dragged somewhere either with or without your items is obviously inconvenient, but I like having to deal with that possibility rather than just loading a save and, idk, going into the exact same situation only with a dozen traps ready to go. Some very basic tips for people who arent as far: 1.) Traps are super effective against most things. You can make five tripwire lines using simple materials like linen, wood, and iron scraps. And even just basic iron spikes (4x iron scraps) have been plenty to take a chunk of health out of even the nastiest looking shit. And then you can use other neat materials in traps that you wouldn't expect, like Alpha Deer antlers for a severe bleed trap. I haven't unlocked pressure-plate traps yet, but they seem neat with the ability to do elemental damage. 2.) Save up and buy the passive health/resting bonus in Cierzo, it's a nice easy boon to be able to stay on top of your health. 3.) Skeletons/Ghosts are weak to ethereal, the "pink element" of the game. Ethereal varnish can be made with Gaberry Wine, Mana Stones, and Ghost Eye. It will really help against tanky red skeletons. Similarily, dinos are weak to lightning. 4.) Continued from above: Pairing an elemental rub/varnish with the boon that boosts that damage (ie, Fire Rag/Varnish + Warm Boon) is a huge way to do extra damage, even if you''re not focused on a skill line that uses that boon or using magic in that area 5.) The blue armor crafting in Cierzo does seem worth it btw, if you want to go into a semi-heavy armor build. I never replaced my armor in the Forest area. Maybe not a good idea if going to the desert though, due to the hot weather penalty. 6.) You can camp near butterflies to not have to spent hours guarding. 7.) As far as I can tell, outside of the actual skill trainers, there's also weapon trainers that will teach one skill per weapon type. Often found in an Inn, but generally anywhere in town. Last thing: I generally like how the game looks. It's not the most technically impressive thing in the world and there's a lot of motion blur, but I like the lighting like I said and the overly-saturated look of everything.
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Thread Bethesda Softworks will be attending E3 (#BE3); Sunday, June 9th @ 5:30 PM PT; in-depth look at DOOM Eternal + much more
He says it about 100 minutes into this stream (can't timestamp it yet).
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Thread Outward |OT| Not All Those Who Wander Need Quest Markers
I'm really taking my time. At something like 35 in-game days and haven't picked a storyline yet. I wonder if there's any drawbacks to going so slowly. And yea, the voice acting method is kinda weird. I think they should have stuck to one to three word 'chirps' instead of this weird half-voiced thing, which just makes it come across more like a series of errors. It doesn't bother me too much though, because I'm not really playing this for the character/NPC interaction.
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Thread The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel PS4 |OT| This should also fall under the scope of our field study!
I think I was mistaken, I missed SC when I searched for it because it was under 'bundles'.
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Thread The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel PS4 |OT| This should also fall under the scope of our field study!
Sky 1 and 2 are on PSP (I think 2 is physical only though?). And then Sky 3 is only on PC.
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Thread Outward |OT| Not All Those Who Wander Need Quest Markers
Finally managed to make my way to the shipwreck. But the stash the guy put there was a little underwhelming. Almost froze to death (well, not sure, but i was "very cold" and had cold). But managed. I also managed to find all three doorways into the mountain. You can pretty much explore blue and red entirely from either direction (you can't exit out blue, though), but yellow is pretty much one way, outside to in. Soon I have to decide which NPC (and thus I assume, main questline) to follow.
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Thread Outward |OT| Not All Those Who Wander Need Quest Markers
There are some ways that the game's death logic breaks down a bit though. For instance, in the Vendavel (?) Fort, we got thrown in jail, told the jailers we'd help the medic, grabbed our stuff back from the chests instead (well, that was easy), then killed the guards, and got the prison key. We put it in our pack. We then tried to fight the dude that threw us in there in the first place and died. So we got thrown in prison again....only the guards were still dead so we just walked out. Our stuff was put in the exact same place, key and all. Obviously it's kinda nice that it's not so incredibly punishing, but it does result in some nonsensical situations like that. Edit: I saw a vendor have some Travelers Boots of some sort with a movement speed buff IIRC.
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Thread Outward |OT| Not All Those Who Wander Need Quest Markers
My co-op buddy and I have spent pretty much two whole evenings just exploring the first area. Maybe tonight we'll finally move on. We still have a lot of places we could explore there though, but I'm starting to wonder if this is a "Leave the damn Hinterlands!" moment, lol.
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Thread Hey Era, Let's Play/Replay Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines [Currently on Sale]
Just finished this up tonight. I was prepared for the end game gauntlet and I still used pretty much all my bloodpacks. At least I wasnt stonewalled at any point. Pretty much everything came back to me the moment I was brought to each location. I couldn't recall any of it going in but I'm glad to have cleared the cobwebs. I was frustrated by some of the unevenness more than I expected. Getting stuck on geometry, awkward jumping, my clothes bugging out every other room, etc. It'll be nice to revisit WoD in just a year.
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Thread Divinity: Fallen Heroes announced (Tactical game with RPG elements, Larian Studios/Logic Artists)
Looks neat. I really enjoy the turn-based combat in the OS games so having a game built around that as a focus seems like a good time.
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Thread Outward |OT| Not All Those Who Wander Need Quest Markers
Dying doesn't seem so punishing. I've always been able to find my gear in a nearby chest if it's stripped off me, and the compass will point to your backpack. Main thing I don't like is there feels like a lack of collision/feedback on the combat. A halberd will completely whiff (either the enemy on me or the opposite) and the health will still take a hit. I was using a mace/shield but the reach was just too awful, so I switched to a greataxe (got the fang one you can craft from the first town's shop) and I'm rolling to avoid damage instead. Seems to be a lot better.Best part of the game so far imo. Exploring and venturing out far away from safety feels deliberate and rewards planning.
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Thread The Division 2: Tidal Basin (Title Update 2) out April 5th. Lots of updates included.
I still haven't finished the main story, let alone explored around thoroughly yet.
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Thread Outward |OT| Not All Those Who Wander Need Quest Markers
I made my way to the "fort" at the bottom of the map. (Very slight spoilers) Most of the dungeon areas around the first city other than the mushroom cave seem kinda tough though. I've stuck my toes in the northern bandit camp, the purple mountain (found the ley line! in a big multilevel dungeon area) and of course the fort but I'm paranoid of dying so I always end up bailing out pretty quick.
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Thread Outward |OT| Not All Those Who Wander Need Quest Markers
Friend and I had a pretty good time starting out. Went to the mushroom cave and didnt have any problems, got some decent starting gear and paid off the debt. But then we got ganked by 4 hyenas and dragged back to their cave. We bailed out and then got ganked and died to two bandits. Woke up in a camp, one of us in a new slave armor, the other naked. Again, we bailed out until we made it back to the first town, only I did manage to pick up an Iron Mace on the way. I don't really like the combat (maybe once I unlock some magic it'll be better) but I'm really enjoying everything else.
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Thread Hey Era, Let's Play/Replay Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines [Currently on Sale]
I had forgotten how much fighting (or sneaking / running away) you have to do towards the end of chapter 3. Luckily I had never used a bloodpack up to that point. In Chinatown now.
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Thread Hey Era, Let's Play/Replay Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines [Currently on Sale]
The desktop shortcut (i pinned it to my taskbar) that the patch spits out will have that launch option set already, but yea you have to add it yourself if you want to launch from Steam or someplace else.
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Thread Hey Era, Let's Play/Replay Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines [Currently on Sale]
It means its buffed by something in your inventory or by a skill like Bloodbuff.
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Thread Let's assume for a second that DOOM Eternal is exclusive to the Bethesda Launcher, would you skip out on it? Why?
^ Context for others:
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Thread Hey Era, Let's Play/Replay Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines [Currently on Sale]
Yea, the Environments kinda have a charming retro style to them but the animations of human characters specifically you can't just touch up with some post processing lol. You do kinda acclimate to it though. A lot of the animations in dialogue do seem to be pretty bespoke, which helps. I just got to Hollywood. Reminding myself of some great characters like Beckett and Strauss. I'm glad the sequel is sticking with multiple (hopefully) dense hub areas.
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Thread Hey Era, Let's Play/Replay Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines [Currently on Sale]
I'm playing as a Ventrue (last time I played as Brujah, forever ago) and yea. It's a bit like that. Using a combination of Domination/Persuasion (and sneaking) to avoid some fights. But also making sure to put some points into a few combat feats (Melee, Defense) so I can buff/debuff and handle myself.
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Thread Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 announced (March 2020, PS4, X1, Steam/GOG/EGS, Paradox + Hardsuit Labs)
Excellent. My favorite type of RPG protagonist.
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Thread Let's assume for a second that DOOM Eternal is exclusive to the Bethesda Launcher, would you skip out on it? Why?
I've had very few issues with the Bethesda launcher so far (luckily I did not have Fallout 76 preloaded so I didnt lose my install in that pre-launch gaffe) and I don't otherwise have any issue with Bethesda keeping stuff on their own service. I'd prefer it be available everywhere, and would buy it on Steam if I could, but I'll get it either way.
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Thread Hey Era, Let's Play/Replay Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines [Currently on Sale]
Just about to enter the Ocean House Hotel. I forgot how early in the game it was. Also I generally just like how this game manages exp. No real penalty to focusing on non-combat stats and approaches. Well at least early on..
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Thread Hey Era, Let's Play/Replay Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
Played a couple hours today. Mainly to get my legs under me. Playing as a Ventrue, pretty sure way back when I played as a Brujah. I love the brand of humor in this. Lmao The character models are obviously very dated, but the environment's still kinda got a nice spooky charm to it. And Commander Shepard's got nothing on this:
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Thread Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 announced (PC, PS4, Xbox One; March 2020)
This is fun. I like this method. Games are fun, have some fun with it!
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Thread Hey Era, Let's Play/Replay Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
I was surprised that the Unofficial Patch has had multiple updates Dedication. Might try to play through this this weekend while I wait for Outward next week.
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Thread Hey Era, Let's Play/Replay Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
I went ahead and uninstalled the Plus part of the patch. I messed around with some ENB and Reshade settings and had difficulty finding one I personally gelled with. So many either make the game TOO dark (imo) or just went overboard on the processing effects. (I know making the game darker is the point of many of these but still) I think I'm going to just go with this older but solid SweetFx preset:
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Thread Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 announced (March 2020, PS4, X1, Steam/GOG/EGS, Paradox + Hardsuit Labs)
The key thing is that Brian Mitsoda, the Lead Writer of the first game, is on this one. Chris Avellone, who obviously wasn't on the original game but whose resume speaks for itself, also did work for this. The ex-leads of Troika, Boyarsky and Cain, are both working on The Outer Worlds at Obsidian right now. Tldr its a pretty exciting time for RPG fans.
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Thread Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 announced (March 2020, PS4, X1, Steam/GOG/EGS, Paradox + Hardsuit Labs)
For a 2004 PC game, Bloodlines runs pretty well on a modern rig without much hassle or tweaking. Just some of the UI elements are small on a 4k monitor at native res.
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Thread Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 announced (March 2020, PS4, X1, Steam/GOG/EGS, Paradox + Hardsuit Labs)
Just noting, if you download the fan patch, make sure to run the shortcut that the patch creates (it'll add "-game Unofficial_Patch" to the .exe properties) and not through Steam. You can download the patch and it comes with a huge readme.txt file with a bunch of changes.
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Thread Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 announced (March 2020, PS4, X1, Steam/GOG/EGS, Paradox + Hardsuit Labs)
Just reinstalled Bloodlines. It's been way too long since I've played it. I've forgotten so much.
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Thread CDPR on CyberPunk 2077 & Epic Store Exclusivity: “goal is to make Cyberpunk 2077 available to as many gamers as possible on their platform of choice.”
Luckily, they fired that guy and hired Hollie Bennett, who's great.
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Thread CDPR on CyberPunk 2077 & Epic Store Exclusivity: “goal is to make Cyberpunk 2077 available to as many gamers as possible on their platform of choice.”
Well, yea that's what I was trying to get at with the second part of my post, lol. Sorry if I said it weirdly.
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Thread Are you sleeping on Deep Rock Galactic?
I played it a fair bit last year, but I've fallen off a tad just because of a lot of other games coming out. I know it's been updated a shitton in a short time, and the team is doing a hell of a job hitting all their roadmap goals. I keep the game installed because I know I'll go back to it any day now...
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Thread CDPR on CyberPunk 2077 & Epic Store Exclusivity: “goal is to make Cyberpunk 2077 available to as many gamers as possible on their platform of choice.”
Right. but there's precedent though now for the game to (potentially) release as GoG/EGS dual exclusive though, similar to Division 2 (Uplay/EGS) or now The Outer Worlds (W10/EGS). At least the prospect of buying it on GoG isn't that concerning. I'd consider buying it there even if it does end up releasing everywhere.
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Thread Has anyone else completely lost the desire to play on a desktop as you get older?
I'm actually the opposite. I love my triple monitor setup and while I have hooked up my PC to a TV in the past, I've found I prefer having the ability to have multiple displays running the game, twitter, discord, sometimes a guide, or a youtube video at the ready.
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Thread Fallout 76 | OT | Almost Heaven, Waste Virginia
Played through both of the new quests last night. The brewing one is interesting enough but just a bit one-note, I guess the more important thing is the long term crafting possibilities from the brewing station. I then did the parade event once, and it was probably the most people I've ever seen in one place, lol. Even more than the couple blast zones I did early on. The quest is kinda plain but I got a "Two Shot The Dragon" from the boss at the end, which I guess is supposed to be some sort of boss killer. Obviously, the updates aren't super fleshed out at this point but it's nice to finally have at least a couple new things to look at and do.
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Thread Metro: Exodus sold 2.5x more than Metro: Last Light on Steam launch aligned
Does this include both Steam pre-orders and EGS purchases for Exodus PC sales? Is it comparing to Last Last, Last Light redux, or both combined? This is (near) uselessly vague.
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Thread Trophies/achievement you took one look at and said “yeah that’s not happening.”
Anything that requires playing through the game twice, usually in the form of "beat the game on the extreme difficulty (unlocked after beating the game once)".
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Thread Paradox's Tender Beta ARG - Vampires: The Masquerade related, something happening on the 21st (Update)
Era actually did have a thread on this ARG And a follow up once it became more clear what it was (along with the GDC tease)
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Thread The 'OK' hand signal - no longer acceptable?
It's been used "ironically" by the proud boys and the like enough times that it pretty much has become a white power symbol, even if it started out as a joke or a "lol liberals" thing. They will continue to insist that it's the "OK" symbol and anyone that thinks otherwise is a snowflake or whatever. If you use it as a gesture in the same context you'd give a thumbs up, high five, or brofist, or whatever, no one should accost you for it. If it's a group photo, maybe think it over.
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Thread RAGE 2 will skip Steam, launching on Bethesda Launcher, pre-orders are LIVE for all platforms
Hektor, you don't understand though. Competition is good. I learned this in ninth grade economics.
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Thread RAGE 2 will skip Steam, launching on Bethesda Launcher, pre-orders are LIVE for all platforms
Well gee, I hope people's preloads don't mysteriously go missing. Good luck guys.
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Thread For people who want to boycott THQNordic and Deep Silver, here are the list of games they are publishing
THQ be involved with the digital versions of PoE2:Deadfire on consoles...but I don't think we can say we're absolutely 100% sure at the moment. When they first announced it they said Versus Evil and Obsidian were doing the publishing with Red Cerberus doing the port, and then later added that Grip Digital was also somehow involved.
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Thread Modern wireless mice - are they up to scratch?
I've also been sticking with wired Logitech mice for fear of latency issues, but I've also almost splurged on a G903 in the past. Maybe I'll finally give it a go..
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Thread Gemetsu: Sega halts sales of Judgement (JP) after actor Pierre Taki arrested on cocaine charges
And the official site url ( ) just redirects to the statement now. Not messing around.
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Thread Halo: The Master Chief Collection announced for PC (Steam/Microsoft Store) - Staggered release, Reach first
That date is a sort of "0" value for date fields, it just doesnt have a proper value entered yet.
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Thread Do you like Morrowind and/or Gothic? Don't sleep on Enderal.
It comes with Sky UI baked in, so you're good there. As an aside, I'm just gonna randomly note this for those that played back in 2016: I went into the game not knowing what content/quests were "old" and what was new with the 1.5 Forgotten Stories release. When I went back to sort through it, most of my favorite questlines happened to be the new ones.
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Thread Do you like Morrowind and/or Gothic? Don't sleep on Enderal.
Yep, for sure. This is a little self-serving, but I wrote about it here last week: I did NOT expect such a compelling, character-driven story out of a Skyrim mod.it's a little buggy, yes. Make sure to up the memory usage in the launcher and enable UseOSAllocators=1
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Thread Let's say Nintendo put its games on PC, but exclusive to their own storefront
Good ports with lots of settings? In a heartbeat.
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Thread Nier Automata has "fake" HDR on Xbox. Please Devs, don't make this a thing.
I have an HDR monitor, and I've enabled it on both my hardware and in games that support it (FFXV) and I still am not sure if it's working properly. I also was in the NVidia area at E3 where they were showing off both their big monitor displays and HDR and I still felt that it merely looked different, not better (they had two displays of Destiny 2 side by side, one with HDR). What a weird thing.
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Thread A Goofy Movie appreciation thread
Seems like an odd source, but: I don't want to sign up for the movie rewards to see it for myself, but he's got a screencap. (Thanks to Hellwarden for pointing this out in another thread.)
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Thread Toonami |MarApr19| ChoCho's Bizarre Adventure.
Don't forget the bleacher seat "we have a new star wars game, it's gonna be about the dark times, it's dark and stuff" announcement.
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Thread Fire Emblem Three Houses (Switch) JP Boxart + Music Samples
The perspective seems kinda weird. Edelgard is reaching behind her, and Dimitri is reaching forwards, but Claude is ahead of (seemingly?) both of them. So I'm not sure the weapons colliding even makes sense unless Claude's weapon is arched backwards severely or some weird other thing. Edit: Maybe only the 2d projection of the weapons onto the boxart 'face' are supposed to cross ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Thread Happy #NationalCerealDay everyone! Here is the Top 10 best selling Cereals in the U.S.!
i regret to inform you that I also love Reese's Puffs
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Thread Happy #NationalCerealDay everyone! Here is the Top 10 best selling Cereals in the U.S.!
the goat
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Thread Share your PhD life!
I got my PhD in Materials Science in 2015. I decided to go into industry instead of academia because it felt far, far more suited to the sort of lifestyle I want. Working 8-4 salaried without having to worry about funding or grants or leading a rotating crop of lab members felt like a win to me. At the expense of probably not authoring anything anytime soon. I'm currently a Senior Engineer at an electronics manufacturing company.
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Thread Judgment has two sets of English subtitles, one to match spoken JP dialogue
Yea, this isn't new news, but it's awesome all the same.It's not being dubbed in those languages, so they only need the japanese translation sub. (The only other option would be to translate from the english dub script, which wouldn't really make sense. It would be transferring the altered english localization, which could be problematic.) The prospect of playing with the english dub with the japanese audio sub is actually kinda neat imo.
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Thread Kingdom Come: Deliverance is one of the best RPG'S I've ever played
I definitely want to try it at some point, but just too tied up playing other things.
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Thread Division 2 team says game won’t make political statements, despite marketing that implies otherwise. Isn’t that weak?
Ubisoft seems to basically be superficially indulging in the political zeitgeist in the name of trendy marketing, but doesn't want to take a stance strong enough to alienate any potential customer. Bethesda/MachineGames were 'able' to go a bit further than that, thinking that "Nazis are bad" would be universally accepted, but even they got a surprisingly high amount of pushback for something that safe.
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Thread Any advice for visiting Atlanta? (Also my first trip on my own)
I know aquariums are kinda lame on average, but the Georgia Aquarium is actually really stellar. You can probably get a combo ticket with the World of Coke if you look around. You might also consider looking into a CNN tour if that's your jam. Restaurants: Antico for pizza (a must). Max Lager's for steak, Nan (a little pricey) for thai food.
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Thread Why do silent protagonists still exist
For me, it tends to depend on what sort of game it is. There's certain genres or styles where I don't question my character not having a voice. I actually like first-person (or isometric) RPGs when the player-character isn't voiced. I guess I don't really expect to hear my dialogue options read out loud back to me after I select them. Immersive sims or FPS I could go either way on (I guess it depends if it has third person cutscenes or not). Third-person games feel the weirdest when the protagonist isn't voiced. All just personal preference, I guess. I think attributing not providing a voice as merely a budget concern is a little silly though.
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Thread Fallout 76 | OT | Almost Heaven, Waste Virginia
Oh yea, new content stuff / Wild Appalachia starts next week. Not expecting major changes as it just starts ramping up but it'll be nice to see the roadmap begin to roll out.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT6| The waiting game
I thought it was clumsy and awkward tbh (but at the same time, not really bothered because I knew it was going to be changed). I think I'd prefer if she just went "die, Goku!. Kill, Goku! Crush, Goku!" Or something instead. Looking forward to seeing the Cauli/Kale stuff next episode.
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Thread Something Vampire: The Masquerade related is being teased for March 21st (update: Avellone might be involved?)
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Thread How many of you HAVE to finish a game, even if it's awful?
I'm not 100% sure what compels me to do so, but I can't remember the last game I've started that I haven't also chosen to finish. Sometimes I do the bare minimum, but always have to at least see the credits. So it usually means I play a smaller raw number of games than most people I know within the hobby, lol.
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Thread First image of Ash, Brock and Misty in Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution revealed
I'd like to see it in motion to see if I gel with the style choice. Right now I think it looks okay, just different. Edit: Ok, seen the trailer now. Think it looks alright.
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Thread THQ Nordic holding an AMA on... 8chan (Head of PR & Marketing + Senior Management involved. CEO refuses to comment.)
I *think* so. Obsidian is working with Grip Digital for the console ports (and Versus Evil for PC Digital). I assume THQ is only partnered for the physical versions.
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Thread THQ Nordic holding an AMA on... 8chan (Head of PR & Marketing + Senior Management involved. CEO refuses to comment.)
Koch Media is under THQ Nordic AB, not THQ Nordic GmbH (the company in question here). As far as I understand it, there's no reason to attribute this specific gaffe to Koch or Deep Silver at all (Edit: See below). Edit: Lars Wingefors is Chief Executive of both companies. Phillipp Brock is PR Director of GmbH.
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Thread THQ Nordic holding an AMA on... 8chan (Head of PR & Marketing + Senior Management involved. CEO refuses to comment.)
Oh, shit this is a fair point. I'll edit my other post.
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Thread THQ Nordic holding an AMA on... 8chan (Damage control in progress: "I am not a white supremacist")
I see Boogie saw an opportunity to try to make something about himself, and took it.
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Thread THQ Nordic holding an AMA on... 8chan (Damage control in progress: "I am not a white supremacist")
Ah yes, MOST people didn't realize 8chan was such a shit hole. The front page of this forum thread and THQ's twitter post are obviously just internet Ph.Ds in a sea of GEDs
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Thread THQ Nordic holding an AMA on... 8chan (Damage control in progress: "I am not a white supremacist")
Do you guys have a form template for these or what
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Thread THQ Nordic holding an AMA on... 8chan (Damage control in progress: "I am not a white supremacist")
This is THQ Nordic gmbh, not THQ Nordic AB. AB is above Gmbh and Deep Silver.
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Thread Anthem's bad reviews are because it's not a PC game, and was reviewed on PC, says Michael Pachter (plus other analyst responses to Anthem)
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Thread Enderal: Forgotten Stories Release Trailer (Coming February 14)
Hmm. I'm not really feeling that so far. I haven't finished it, but the quest line that starts at the Undercity Arena is really engaging. It's got some great characters and mood, and I like how it's morally ambiguous. Looks like it's one of the major questlines in the game based on some of the achievement lists and such. Looks like the other major questline is the one that starts at the Golden Sickle guild. I'm enjoying some of the low key quests as well, like the "companion" ones where you just chill with them at the tavern or on top of the watchtower. Most of the characters are surprisingly well voiced too. Some of them are obviously kinda more filler (the egg hunt and the bounties) but on average I'm enjoying the side quests. At least there's no 'radiant' chaff to mentally screen out.
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Thread There seems to be a new Vampire the Masquerade ARG (Paradox Teasing an Event on February 23rd)
Definitely get the unofficial patch. It's "required". Personally, I would be thrilled if they updated the game just to play nicer with modern hardware, like what KoTOR II got a few years ago. As for this, I guess we take a rain check for a month? So far away...lol
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Thread There seems to be a new Vampire the Masquerade ARG (Paradox Teasing an Event on February 23rd)
Definitely seems like it's leaning toward remake, imo, but who knows.
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Thread There seems to be a new Vampire the Masquerade ARG (Paradox Teasing an Event on February 23rd)
Does "Project Chimera" mean anything, or is the first time we've heard that name?
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Thread There seems to be a new Vampire the Masquerade ARG (Paradox Teasing an Event on February 23rd)
This seems waay too involved for me (personally) to deal with the actual ARG stuff, but obviously incredibly curious to see what comes out of it.
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Thread There seems to be a new Vampire the Masquerade ARG (Paradox Teasing an Event on February 23rd)
4th wall break on stream. "'Tender' is a Vampire the Masquerade ARG" ?
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Thread There seems to be a new Vampire the Masquerade ARG (Paradox Teasing an Event on February 23rd)
ARGs are wild
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Thread There seems to be a new Vampire the Masquerade ARG (Paradox Teasing an Event on February 23rd)
Well yea I'm still watching like a hawk ?
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Thread Enderal: Forgotten Stories Release Trailer (Coming February 14)
Still playing this nightly and having a damn good time. Yes the combat is "still Skyrim" but that's not affecting my enjoyment much at all. I think the game is pretty gorgeous for what it is, Ark is shockingly detailed (puts Union City in New California to shame), and several of the quests are interesting and engaging. Not only that, but having dungeon areas that aren't just gated horseshoes filled with Draugrs (or whatever they are called) is pretty nice. Killed my first dragon yesterday by distracting it with summons and then using eye of the storm on its back. I enjoy the quests where all you do is sit down and talk to a comrade at the tavern equally as much. Ice Claws are kinda a neat mechanic too. I like encumbrance limits in theory but always hated how it was often just a strength stat dump to improve it.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT5| A new ERA of Dragon Ball [Tag all DBS Broly spoilers until February 1st]
It was always bad
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Thread Fallout 76 - Roadmap For 2019
Mostly Yes, up to and including launching a nuke. There's some quests on the map designed for multiple players though (not main or side quests). Probably can't take on a Scorchbeast queen solo either, in terms of super bosses, but the likely hood of there not being other players around one of those is pretty low.
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Thread Fallout 76 | OT | Almost Heaven, Waste Virginia
Looks promising. Think I'll dust off my file and re-familiarize myself with the game a bit this weekend. Hope my build wasn't nerfed too much in the last couple patches lol.
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Thread [Kotaku] Guild Wars 2 Developer ArenaNet Plans For Mass Layoffs
This might be me retroactively looking too deep into things, but it did always feel odd that season 4 (the current season that's almost over) would lead directly into season 5 instead of having the usual expansion in between. Weird that the whole season 5 announcement was made in a youtube vid about 6 year milestone instead of its own thing as well.
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Thread [Kotaku] Guild Wars 2 Developer ArenaNet Plans For Mass Layoffs
The separation between Arenanet and other NCSoft subsidiaries in this respect was always a bit weird to me. I still play Guild Wars 2 weekly, so this is a big bummer.
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Thread Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime to Retire: Doug Bowser Named New President
My only guess is that the original The Legend of Zelda for Famicom released on this day in 1986, and that there are maybe a few sites/lists sharing their favorites.
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Thread VG24/7 - FF9 releases on Switch/XB1 with three-year-old bugs. What will it take for Square to stop releasing bad HD do-overs?
FFVIII isn't on PS4, and its PC release is just the old Eidos PC Port more-or-less stapled together. There's a and while a lot of those are the usual iffy texture replacements and post-processing overloads (imo), they're also necessary to get good controller support and resolution options. It doesn't specifically have the music bug though.
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Thread VG24/7 - FF9 releases on Switch/XB1 with three-year-old bugs. What will it take for Square to stop releasing bad HD do-overs?
The same author of this article actually talked about FFVIII's weird case too, in case you (or anyone) is curious.
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Thread VG24/7 - FF9 releases on Switch/XB1 with three-year-old bugs. What will it take for Square to stop releasing bad HD do-overs?
It is kinda baffling that Chrono Trigger PC seems like this weird, almost-arbitrary exception.
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Thread VG24/7 - FF9 releases on Switch/XB1 with three-year-old bugs. What will it take for Square to stop releasing bad HD do-overs?
Oh, yea by all accounts it is, but it's awkwardly missing from PC and current consoles, so that's also a bit of an oddity.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT5| A new ERA of Dragon Ball [Tag all DBS Broly spoilers until February 1st]
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Thread Enderal: Forgotten Stories Release Trailer (Coming February 14)
For some reason, the settings default to highly limit CPU and Ram usage (like 2 cores and 2GB?). I had a huge performance boost when I turned those sliders all the way up in the configurator.
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Thread Enderal: Forgotten Stories Release Trailer (Coming February 14)
Bumping this just to say I found myself staying up late both last night and tonight getting lost in this. I'm having a great time. It's scratching that big open-ended-single-player-western-rpg itch that I haven''t really had scratched since...Elex? Also I think it looks pretty great for a game built off of Oldrim. Some bigger: outdoors images:
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Thread [Major Spoilers] One of the endings in Catherine: Full Body gets extremely transphobic...moreso than that original
Catherine: Full Body. It's in the topic title, the first line of the opening post, and the first words of the first image
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Thread Toonami |JanFeb19| Sword Art Online is only one letter away from pain
This is a pretty decent first episode of real action, even though the stakes aren't high at this point.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT5| A new ERA of Dragon Ball [Tag all DBS Broly spoilers until February 1st]
I liked Jiren attacking the audience as a move you're not sure you can ever fully forgive him for, and it makes him fascinating to me. He lashes out when his worldview is shattered, grasping at anything to prove to that Goku's strength is not as pure as his, anything else would be to concede that his masque is one built on a false premise. But he ends up realizing that it completely was in the end. It was a shitty, spineless move made by a not-good person, but makes for a pretty great character imo.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT5| A new ERA of Dragon Ball [Tag all DBS Broly spoilers until February 1st]
Good posts, man. I hadn't quite considered the foil between Goku achieving UI (breaking his limits) and Jiren's shackling to his past. Man I just wish his flashback wasn't so rote and corny.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT5| A new ERA of Dragon Ball [Tag all DBS Broly spoilers until February 1st]
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Thread [Major Spoilers] One of the endings in Catherine: Full Body gets extremely transphobic...moreso than that original
Already seeing people saying stuff like "Japan doesn't care about the sjw agenda." Ugh.
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Thread [Major Spoilers] One of the endings in Catherine: Full Body gets extremely transphobic...moreso than that original
No we're not covering it as an outlet (just genre reasons) but obviously we have lots of Atlus fans on staff and in our discord. So we don't know any additional context to the scene either.
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Thread As a child student, did you pledge allegiance to your nation every morning in class?
I did up through like third grade. Grew up in a relatively conservative part of Iowa.
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Thread Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines sequel is being discussed.
I don't want to poo poo on the thread too much but "currently considering possibilities" is such non news, in my opinion. I mean, the IP owners (of anything) are always considering possibilities. What's the alternative? Makes for good buzz, though.
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
It does auto pick-up but it seems pretty finicky, like it's not sensitive enough to your position. I hope they tweak it to be more lenient. I think it would go a long way for such a small tweak.
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
I believe you can get all of the collection items from the enigma missions, so yea. Also allows you to level up your perks and stuff.
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
Doing all the ubercommandos just unlocks the 16th one which is in a (bad) unique map. There's one nice vista at the end of it. Linking it below. So....not really worth.
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
They are throwaway, really. Just there to give you a chance to replay the maps and get collection items or upgrade perks.
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
is there any place on the boat to stock up on grenades? In the shoot range/course area there are boxes for ammo but I don't see grenades :(. Be nice to stock up before each Enigma mission thing.
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
Not sure how the "Point of Interest" markers work on the maps. I'm redoing the Roswell Underground (via the Enigma stuff) to try for collections, and it says I'm missing a gold piece but there are no more markers and no more commanders. I guess I just gotta scour every nook and cranny?
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
Alright. Some of the perks you get with those seem really nice so I'll definitely seek that out.
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
Is the choice between the diesel and laser kraftwerks decided with the Wyatt/Fergus decision?
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
Wait you can get the other contraptions? Is it through the Enigma/assassination stuff?
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
Just beat it. It's late at night so I'm not going to type too much, but that was pretty much exactly what I wanted from this game. I do see some of the gameplay issues and I died a fair number of times on Do or Die! but I was able to get through it without lowering the difficulty. Now I might set it to easy to do some of the post game stuff until I get bored. I love how cinematic a lot of the cut scenes are. I wonder if the director/team in that area of machine games used to work in film or something.
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
Not official but people have been saying that this has worked well
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
Headshots are one hit kills for me on Do or Die except for the big armored guys obviously.
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
So i guess doing the district missions is the way to go back for collectibles, but there are also new ones too? Not quite sure how it works.
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
Can anyone who's finished the game confirm that no chapter select unlocks? How are you reasonably supposed to do collectibles then. Maybe you have to finish both paths? (Wyatt / Fergus)
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
Sorry if this is a dumb question but how are you supposed to use the Enigma terminal at the helm section of the uboat. I don't see any way to lower the chair and if I crawl up there I don't see anything I can interact with.
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
I'm liking it even better than TNO so far. There's only been one place where the "Kitsch" or whatever you want to call the balancing act between over the top violence and grounded characterization didn't quite stick for me.
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
I just got past the halfway point o_o 7 hours in, but I'm also poking around a lot and playing on Do or Die (which sadly has actually been harder than I anticipated.)
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
I've had a weird bug where sometimes I'm fighting one of the armored / ubersoldiers and my bullets seem to go right through them. Very weird.
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
Just making sure we're on the same page, the built in borderless stuff was not working for me either, so I'm forcing it using a third party app (where the game is set to "window" and the app makes it borderless.) I like the Nvidia stuff for recording and OBS for streaming.
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
I'm using Nvidia Share stuff and not OBS, but it started working a hell of a lot better once I started forcing the game to use a borderless window (I used Borderless Gaming). Then you should just be able to again have OBS capture that window instead of display (but actually, display should work too since that's how I'm capturing via nvidia).
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
I had a LOT of issues with alt-tab (I wish I had a second monitor ;_;) and no matter if I selected Borderless Window or Fullscreen, it never was smooth and I got a few BSOD. Also the V-sync wasn't working for me at all: either had a ton of tearing or the game would lock up. I ended up usingfor the first tme in a long time since most games have been launching with functional Borderless Window modes and it's worked really well. Tearing is gone, I can alt-tab super fluidly and the nvidia hook for recording/screenshots is even working (even though it is technically capturing "Desktop" now). It's made the game a lot more enjoyable for me on PC.
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
No chapter select? I havent been scouring maps super thoroughly for secrets because I assumed there was one that I could go back later for stuff. lol
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
Bleh, why does mine lock up when I set V-Sync on :( I'll just have to see if anyone else has the problem and finds a workaround tomorrow.
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
What are you doing for V-Sync? I'm getting a lot of tearing. I've tried both Fullscreen and Borderless window but when I set Vsync on everything locks up. I agree that the screenshot functionality is a bummer. No Steam Overlay and the nvidia share stuff is buggy.
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Thread Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus |OT| Amerika ist wieder großartig
Okay, I solved most of my issues with the Borderless Gaming program: set Wolf to a window, apply the borderless gaming and now Alt-Tabbing is not a problem, Nvidia Share seems to be working, and the tearing is gone. Yay.
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Whenever I set vertical sync to anything but off, my computer locks up. Frustrating.
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Um for some reason after selecting brightness I got a blank film grain screen with nothing on it? Then I tried to tab out and got bsod :(
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When can we expect it to unlock? Edit: I see Midnight eastern, sorry, should have scrolled up.
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it's crazy what such a good engine Tech6 is compared to the weird nigglings of 5.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT5| A new ERA of Dragon Ball [Tag all DBS Broly spoilers until February 1st]
I'd allow it
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Thread Yakuza 0 PC |OT| Chicken Management Simulator 2018
Just a note that if you get a wireless one you'll have to get a usb adapter as well. Obviously not a concern if you go wired.
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Thread Yakuza 0 PC |OT| Chicken Management Simulator 2018
To be honest outside of resolution and ssaa, I barely see a difference with the texture filtering / shadow options on high or low (but this could partially be because I auto default my GPU to force texture filtering...).
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Thread Yakuza 0 PC |OT| Chicken Management Simulator 2018
Make sure your windows setting itself isn't limiting your monitor to 60, or that your gpu drivers aren't forcing some sort of unwanted vsync.
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Thread Yakuza 0 PC |OT| Chicken Management Simulator 2018
I somehow completely missed this was an option. I think the cutscenes look fine at 30 but I would like to try this if it's not interpolated. The cutscenes I think look okay but the subtitles are a bit blurry on them and they are where I have the majority of audio issues.
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Thread [Polygon] It may not be possible to save Fallout 76
I have no idea of the direction of this game going forward. They launch the game with the only thing to do after completing the story was to launch nukes over and over (and silo runs are not very fun at all imo), and instead of a roadmap outlining the inaccessible Vaults that dot the map to tease the players, we're getting a PVP focused game mode in a month? PVP felt like a complete afterthought so I don't understand a mode focused on purely that as the first major 'content' update.Good post.
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Thread Toonami |JanFeb19| Sword Art Online is only one letter away from pain
The next ED is pretty good though, hopefully the cut isn't too bad
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Thread Revisiting the CyberPunk 2077 gameplay reveal after Anthem’s downgrade - how will CD Projekt approach the translation from high end demo to base Xbox?
I mean, they were hesitant to show off the gameplay at all, and have disclaimer after disclaimer stapled to it basically stating that everything about the footage is a work in progress. Personally, this game will probably to coincide with my next PC upgrade, lol
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Thread Did you enjoy the character arcs in Kingdom Hearts III?
I wish I was more positive, but not really. I felt like the whole last 10% of the game had 90% of the character arcs resolve themselves in this awkward, mechanical way.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT5| A new ERA of Dragon Ball [Tag all DBS Broly spoilers until February 1st]
I think I liked the slower part of the fight with Broly v SSG Goku the most. It felt like they really wanted to try something more paced and deliberate with a little less spectacle and I appreciated that.
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Thread Voice actor Vic Mignogna (Broly, Edward Elric) addresses accusations of homophobia, antisemitism, and sexual harrassment
This XKCD comic is the one I constantly think of when I see that dumb NPC thing used.
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Thread What laptop do you have ERA?
I have the mid generation Surface Book. I like it a lot, pretty much suits my needs perfectly. I'll probably use it until Surface Book 4ish or the equivalent. The hinge gap doesn't bother me.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT5| A new ERA of Dragon Ball [Tag all DBS Broly spoilers until February 1st]
hopefully not overly-processed like his Blue stuff.
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Thread Haley Joel Osment would be happy to play Sora “forever” in the Kingdom Hearts franchise
I think he did a good job in KH3. His Vanitas is great too.
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Thread I was robbed
Speaking from experience, renters insurance will cover a lot of this. It just depends on whatever funny math they use to calculate depreciation will line up will with the cost of getting a new PS3, or whatever, in 2018. Start gathering up your receipts and/or order information for each console.
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Thread Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age PC performance thread
Another random note. The Ansel support seems to be wonky. I tried taking a 4x resolution "super photo" but the native res thumbnail looks sharper, and the shadows on the Ansel shot are not correct. I guess I will settle with 4k images (or use the ini tweek to double the internal rendering, maybe).
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Thread Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age PC performance thread
Yea, seems like a 1080ti isn't quite enough for 4k60 without some help (shadows 2, 90% rendering)
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Thread Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age PC performance thread
Just quoting myself in case anyone reads it: The in-game borderless seems to work properly if I set to fullscreen and my display resolution and then back to borderless after. Wew.
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Thread Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age PC performance thread
Try unchecking this option in Steam if it isn't already. Big Picture Mode has ALWAYS been a buggy crapshoot for me, so I try to avoid it whenever possible.
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Thread Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age PC performance thread
Apparently playing it in Borderless just stretches a 1080p image instead of rendering in 4k to me? That's unfortunate. When I screengrab in borderless, the images are 1080p, and it looks much sharper in 4k fullscreen.
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Thread Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age PC performance thread
Limited settings (ie, no ultrawide, no specific toggles for post-processing effects, no HDR, only seemingly FXAA) but what available performs well and adjustable on the fly. Not many reports of crashes or lockups from what I can see. Solid port. Ini tweaks give a few more knobs to mess with, such as framerate uncap and internal render scaling.
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Thread Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age PC performance thread
Afaik, doesn't work in windowed even if you enable it. Borderless counts as a window btw.
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Thread Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age PC performance thread
That's a shitty situation, but I'm laughing my ass off at the absurdity. (Sorry).
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Thread Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age PC performance thread
So the grass shimmering is still there at 4k? Upping the internal scaling in the ini while at 4k sounds pretty undoable though...
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Thread Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age PC performance thread
Sounds like a 1080ti is good for 4k60 with shadows down to 2? I'm good with that.
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Thread Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age PC performance thread
Looks like it supports borderless, anyone with impressions on the implementation? (Ie actually behaves well with multiple monitors?)
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Thread The leap from KH2's level design to KH3's level design is probably the biggest level design leap possible.
I think even factoring in the two-gen difference and interim titles that the OP's point is still generally true. KH2's world design was super bad even back in 2005 standards, and the portable games can't really be judged super fairly with additional portable limitations. I'm really enjoying the populated worlds of 3 in Port Royal, Twilight Town, and Corona.
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Thread Obsidian's Pillars of Eternity 2 sold like shit. (~110,000 sales)
It's a very well made game but just a bit flavorless, a direct sequel, and had very little marketing. I'm really excited to re-play through Kingmaker in 6 months once that game's seen like two dozen more polishing passes, lol.
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Thread Voice actor Vic Mignogna (Broly, Edward Elric) addresses accusations of homophobia, antisemitism, and sexual harrassment
I saw this shared in another thread, but Haberkorn seems incredibly egotistical. Constantly mashes "Haber" plus whatever-else in hashtags (Habermusing, Haberfit), and calls his fans #Kornstars. Some of that stuff could merely be considered "silly" when taken independent from everything else in a vacuum, but takes on a different connotation in this new context. When combined with the self-serving tag he attached to his facebook post and the fact that he shared private messages to his fan audience unprompted, it comes across basically him trying to come out in front of a direct allegation to a loyal fanbase to save face. Seems like it's blowing up in his face instead.
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Thread Voice actor Vic Mignogna (Broly, Edward Elric) addresses accusations of homophobia, antisemitism, and sexual harrassment
It is an absolutely awful look to do preemptive damage control with your own self-serving hashtag while posting private conversations publically without consent, geez.
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Thread How much money do you save each month?
If you count my 401k, I'm maxing that out. If not, honestly not much, but I'm planning to save and invest more once my car is paid off with my next paycheck.
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Thread Looking for a gamepad for PC
I have an elite and don't really have any issues with the build quality, but also there's no bluetooth version of it yet afaik (if that's important to you). A regular xbox one controller should have you pretty much set and will work with pretty much everything out of the box.
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Thread Metro Exodus for PC a timed exclusive for the Epic store (Steam preorders honoured, physical copy with Epic key). Thread update: see Threadmark
Only if you preordered on Steam directly before today while people like me who like to shop around different third party storefronts are told to go pound sand.
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Thread Metro Exodus for PC a timed exclusive for the Epic store (Steam preorders honoured, physical copy with Epic key). Thread update: see Threadmark
The second image is 4 days old. I'd cast more doubt on that one.
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Thread Metro Exodus for PC a timed exclusive for the Epic store (Steam preorders honoured, physical copy with Epic key). Thread update: see Threadmark
Does the CDKeys listing mean that the Epic Store can support third party vendors and generate keys now?
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT5| A new ERA of Dragon Ball [Tag all DBS Broly spoilers until February 1st]
I was a little bored last night so I started rewatching the first half of the ToP on a whim, and for some reason I'm enjoying it a bit more than I did when it originally aired. Pretty much enjoyed all of the episodes up until Gohan v Botamo, and of course the lame Tien episode, but then it picks right back up until the special. Also I forgot how much Dyspo jobbed early on.
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Thread Metro Exodus for PC a timed exclusive for the Epic store (Steam preorders honoured, physical copy has Steam key). Thread update: see Threadmark
So basically this is only good for a given consumer provided they - live in the US - have never used any steam features at all, including basic stuff like cloud saves - have never factored in prices from third-party stores like humble or gmg in their pc game purchase decisions
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Thread DRAGON BALL GAME: PROJECT Z - First Trailer
Hard to get too excited with just shinier versions of the same cutscenes we've seen hundreds of times and a scope limited from Saiyan Saga -> Freeza Saga so far..
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
I'm still sitting this game out a bit longer until probably all the DLC is out, but just wanted to chime in that the most recent patch looks really promising, and the level of support seems really good. Can't wait for a replay later this year at some point.
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Thread Kingdom Hearts III Review Thread
I didn't really get that impression. It criticizes that the game is too easy, empty, and that the story is convoluted and dissonant. Not really out of left field stuff imo. Obviously, she was harsher than the other critics on average, but that alone doesn't invalidate her opinions.
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Thread Kingdom Hearts III Review Thread
It honestly seems more like a logistics/supply chain issue than a deliberate thing, unless you make the argument that all french outlets are leakers and all italian outlets are safe.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
Season pass announced. I've been playing the Deadfire DLC as it releases but for this game I'll let all of the DLC come out and let the game continue to be polished.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
Even if it's more technically efficient, I could never replace the bespoke companions with custom NPCs. Feels like swapping out chess pieces for a bunch of Queens.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
I would at the very least waiting for the 1.1 update (looks like 2-ish weeks). And tbh you probably would be okay waiting longer.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
The game's massive with good writing, interesting characters that play a role in the story, lots of quests, meaty dungeons with varying types of puzzles. There's a shitton of potential. And the kingdom-oriented mechanics can lead to some unusual and unique twists on the gameplay. Some of the kingdom mechanics need to be tweaked/rebalanced/bug-stomped though. Some of the projects feel worthless for insane time investment and a lot of the others are just protracted D20 rolls to make an arbitrary number go up -- "yay roll a dice and wait 20 days to see if Economy goes from 33 to 37!". Could use some fine-tuning. The biggest drawback right now are the sheer number of bugs and broken questlines. I lot of the issues are being addressed and quickly, but I would still give it a bit because they had/have a hell of a lot to fix.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
In my experience, the cracks really started to show in the Twice Born Warlord act and the game fell apart after the War of the River Kings. But I've already seen patches in the last couple days fix issues I had run into such as the disintegrate bug, Jubilost not showing up in the tavern for his quest, areas of the map that didn't allow you to move properly, etc.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
Lol yep. One of the areas just refuses to let you go up the slope (something crag) and another literally doesn't let you move from the entrance..
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
So late in the game, one of the repeated "problems" that shows up is called "Hunting the Wild Hunt." It damages your kingdom severely each day. The only two advisers that can solve it are on the middle of like 40 day trips, and I can't recall them. So I either have to find a save from before those trips were sent out (several hours ago) or just watch my kingdom die because I see the problem but can't do..anything about it.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
Well, I'm 99% sure I'm bugged out of finishing the game. I found myself stuck between "War of the River Kings" and "Sound of a Thousand Screams." Arcs. The former arc never fully closed (it takes place in Pitax, and it strongly suggests you're supposed to annex it, but nothing ever engaged once I did the event there.) A comment on the steam forums suggested I can just force the next Act to start by spending a lot of time (easily over a year) on the throne doing kingdom stuff. And it was true! Got the Screams act to start..only now my kingdom is under attack daily and this portal I'm supposed to find for a quest never spawned. The game has a lot of potential, but I'm going to shelve it and come back in six months. I wanted to see if I could just brute force my way to the ending, but that seems to not be possible.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
I feel like I'm fundamentally missing some wrt spells and spellbooks. I've just kept Tristian as a straight cleric (I have some of the other companions doing multiclass things, so I figured I'd not get too creative with him), but he can only cast up to level 2 spells from his spellbook? During his level ups it says he gets new spells but I dunno how to access them.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
So I didn't run into the issue where Amiri disappears in the last stretch of the game after the Barbarian events, but now i can't interact with her, and even if she's in the party, I can't enter the Six Bears camp to finish her questline.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
The main thing that this game blows out of the water over Obsidians recent efforts is the Companions and their quests. Compare this game's companions to Deadfires new ones... Only Valerie is a little bit silly.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
That first initial time limit is very, very generous. Don't stress out about that one too much. Excited to patch up and put time into this tonight when I get home. Hopefully fixes my issues...
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
Yea, a lot of my stats are messed up. I'm just playing through it for now though since I already have broken questlines and a dead character thanks to a bug lol. Edit: Lmao
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
Ah okay...I've been mostly using only Linzi (Dragon Disciple/Bard) and Regongar as my spellcasters, and I think they both choose specific spells so I wasn't aware Clerics worked differently.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
Yea, it's tough. It does even out a bit once you get a full party and actually get enough gear to slot onto everyone, but even then, crits absolutely can wreck a party. I'm still playing on normal but I made it so characters can fall in battle and not die to not be as stressed by a lucky crit downing someone unexpectedly quickly.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
I might have to edit my save file because I am being swarmed with "Dark Epidemic" and "Monstrous Gathering" quests that overrun my kingdom. Sometimes get like 4-5 a month and only two advisers afaik can deal with them (General and Warden). I went out and beelined the Bloom events to end the Dark Epidemic problems (eventually, I feel like I still had to eat like 5 of them) and now I'm being overrun with the Monstrous Gathering ones. Seems really overtuned, especially since i'm playing with the Kingdom management on Easy and have dumped a lot of money into buying Build Points to try to stay ahead of the game there.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
Managed to right the ship with some save scumming but yea, the way problems work when tied to story beats seems weird. I feel like they should disappear immediately once the problem is solved (troll king, bloom) but it seems like you have to exhaust everything you've queued up until those points before they finally go away. Hope I don't run into similar problem now with the next threat..
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
I mean, I would be surprised if its a bug, considering the state of the game right now, lol. Was just considering if it was possibly tied to something else.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
Not sure if it's a bug or some scripted thing, but Regongar disappears from the party for me. I just finished the part of Octavia and Regongar's personal quest where I went to the Technic League Hideout and fought with the slavers. I chose the outcome where I saved the Slaves instead of going after the boss. Afterwards, I went back to my capital to deal with some kingdom issues. I make a save and heal up outside the capital and everything seems fine. However, as soon as I enter, Regongar seems to disappear outright. He also seems to disappear if I try to put him in reserve outside of the capital through the "Group Manager" option from the world map. I could maybe see it as something like...he went on his own to track down the slaver boss, but no one says anything and he just disappears, and even Octavia doesn't have new dialogue to mention anything. I guess I just keep him in the party and avoid my own capital for now lol. I really hope I'm missing something obvious..
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
I'm loving how open ended this is, even though it does result a little bit in the "what do I do now?" conundrums. The choice paralysis kind. I spent like 3 in game months yesterday just sitting on the throne capturing a couple regions and upgrading my kingdom stats, but then the game also stresses that you need to progress the story at some reasonable pace through the "problems" mechanic: first with the troll attacks, and then with the plagues. I just got an in-game prompt suggesting that the plague would wipe out my kingdom in 2 months so I guess I better finally get off my butt and progress the story a bit, lol. The game is massive too. I wonder how many unique maps it has relative to its peers. It seems like a lot.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
It turns out my problem with Regongar has to do with he somehow has the "Disintegrate" status, yet has been alive for several in game months, only now it's finally killing him or something. I see a few murmurs about this bug on the steam forums but not a lot. Really annoying. Hopefully this or another hotfix will fix it soon. Or I just let him die and get on with life lol.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
Go to the "Map" screen (not the Regions one, yea..) and any region you can capture is highlighted in orange. I'm not 100% sure what makes a region available to capture, I think it's purely determined by whether you've visited the "main" area of the place, maybe you have to complete a quest there too. To make a settlement you have to click on one of the little signposts (they need to make these icons bigger imo). One thing I'm not sure of is whether the location of a placed settlement matters at all. You get like 5-8 options for one settlement in a region and the name doesn't change based on location.
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
Have you completed every event under that "Troll Trouble" header? I think if there's an active event (such as where you have to take your player to the Verdant grove area alone), it will still count as incomplete. Even though that event doesn't have much to do with the trolls...
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
Where do you get Nok Nok? Only companion I'm missing, and I just finished what I assume is "Act 2" (Trolls).
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Thread Pathfinder: Kingmaker |OT| Pen and Paper Not Included
Been playing this game near nightly for a while and man, it's really dense, I feel like there's so much to do. It's also incredibly uneven but the highs are high. I just beat Chapter 2. I finished quests in the Swamp Witch's hut area and the spooky tower and both were really rewarding. Having to gear and prep differently for the wisps in the tower forces me to think a bit differently and watching the preparation pay off when I wasn't immediately murdered by their opening lightning strike felt nice. Then there's also quests where some guy wants you to find three volumes of a book, and he sells one of them, lol. Some of the fight difficulty seems uneven too. I was making progress through the Troll's Lair and it seemed like a fair challenge. I wasn't steamrolling anything, but was making steady progress with good battles, only to get to the king and get absolutely curb stomped. I returned 2 levels later and managed fine, but it seemed like he hit really hard and incredibly fast and didn't match the challenge that led up to him. Luckily you can change the difficulty toggles at any time seemingly without penalty. I'm also not sure I like how seemingly many of the kingdom aspects really just boil down to dice rolls despite taking 40-60 days? Been trying to avoid the temptation to just save scum for the best result on all of them.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super Season 2 Announced (sorta)
I really like his characterization and flawed perspective as it was revealed in the last two episodes of the show. I think it was one of the more interesting things Dragon Ball has ever done with its villains. The things bringing it down a bit are that his backstory is very cliche and the fight/show ended very abruptly after opening up a bit on Jiren.
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Thread A new Dragon Ball Z action RPG coming 2019.
Interesting that the hashtag used in the tweet is specifically "DragonBallZ", along with the Z in the project name of course. Just going with the most popular naming/version of the brand but meaning Dragon Ball as a whole, or specifically meaning covering events of Z? Obviously the image just calls it "Dragon Ball Game" so I'm going with the former.
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Thread Darksiders III |OT| Fury's Road
Both of those locations can be entered late after the Depths, after getting Stasis. You should be able to enter the other side of the Hollows from the Crossroads in Haven, though. You should only need Force. There's a crawlspace in the crossroads you need to glide up a tornado to get to (not the one leading to The Scar, another one), and you end up in a chamber with a hole blocked by a purple cluster thing you have to smash. At least I think I have that right. Then basically theres only a small other area of the hollows with one Vulgrim point that connects via that bridge.
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Thread Darksiders III |OT| Fury's Road
Yea no problem. From the big pool where you fight gluttony, there will be a stasis wall jump path leading up, and a door immediately to the left at the top. From there you'll be in an area where you can keep increasing in elevation, at one point you have to use Stasis to make an ice platform, and then fire jump to a high ledge, I think its the first time the game hints at having to use the two powers in order like that. Once you're at the top, turn around and take two of the whip-swings to the other side. From there, look for an area up in the corner with a bunch of that glowing moss around it. Up there is where you want.
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Thread Darksiders III |OT| Fury's Road
I didn't have as much trouble on Apocalyptic as others seemed to. I thought the tighter dodge window timing was strict but fair. Oftentimes I'd dodge but not get the timing quite right, so I would avoid damage, but not trigger the time dilation / slowdown. Hard to say though since I completed the game on a normal run beforehand, so I had learned the game already. On a first playthrough I would probably just go normal difficulty. It seems like the new patch (beta on pc, soon everywhere else and on console afaik) will lighten the timing a fair bit on all difficulties.
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Thread Darksiders III |OT| Fury's Road
I've completed two playthroughs being pretty thorough, normal and Apocalyptic, and they took me 18 and 14 hours. So probably about 12-15 on a first playthrough being semi-thorough.
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Thread Darksiders III |OT| Fury's Road
Btw, if you want to be 'efficient', don't use any Luminous Visages until late in the game, because it will make your next "purchased" level ups more expensive. I know you could argue getting the levels later is also pointless with less stuff to fight afterwards, but it's up to your playstyle/goals.
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Thread Darksiders III |OT| Fury's Road
Whatever the scaling is, it must be pretty gentle. By mid game everything in the early areas die in a couple hits, and if you go to later areas before you're "supposed" to, everything hits hard and has a lot of health relative to your damage.
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Thread Darksiders III |OT| Fury's Road
The dodge worked fine for me on Apocalyptic. It was tight timing, sometimes I'd do a regular dodge instead of the bullet-time one, but it didn't feel broken. I'm just going to share a couple of notes I took about possible boss order permutations. It'll be interesting to see how sequence-broken the game can get, potentially. Moderate location/boss spoilers:
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Thread Darksiders III |OT| Fury's Road
It has elements of the typical sort of metroidvania (sorry, lack of a better word) secret discovery method (triple jump to higher ledges, break new walls, etc) alongside element switching like Samus's beam elements.
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Thread Darksiders III |OT| Fury's Road
Just finished it up and got most of the achievements, just a few grindy ones I won't bother with (Collect a million souls, etc). Just one piece of advice, make sure you resolve the plotline between and before fighting Pride. Some missable stuff. And to be honest, I don't think it's really a stretch at all to say it's like souls. A healing item that you can boost the potency of and number of uses through gameplay, red-eyed enemies that don't respawn, currency blobs that you "use", souls being both exp and currency now, glowing orb items found on corpses that you "reveal" upon picking them up, etc. The inspiration is obvious. One of the few times "It's like Souls" doesn't deserve an eyeroll, imo. Edit: I also forgot the Adamantine items.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super Season 2 Announced (sorta)
Not sure if you want an actual answer but it's more than doubling the amount of pre-production and the series is all-but-confirmed (or maybe actually confirmed?) to have a shakeup of animation supervisors with Yamamuro on Heroes now.
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Thread Kingdom Hearts III Review Embargo Ends Thursday 4pm CET
Feels like scores are going to trickle in on this one. Lots of people getting review copies either at the eleventh hour or are even still waiting. Don't expect anything other than from the big big sites or fansites/influencers at embargo. I don't know anything, this is just an educated guess.
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Thread Kingdom Hearts III is an unreviewable video game - Kotaku
I'd personally call it satire still, but more Mark Twain and less The Onion. (Note I'm not saying Tim Rogers' work = Mark Twain's work..)
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Thread PC questions that don't really deserve their own thread.
I just recently switched to a multimonitor setup: A 4k monitor flanked by two 1080p monitors. Windows 10 actually manages the mismatched resolutions well, most of the time. So I play on the center monitor, usually in a borderless window so that I can easily do youtube/twitter/discord/whatever in the other monitors. However, sometimes, it seems like windows "loses focus" (or is it priority?) on the game on the 4k monitor and the framerate tanks. It goes away if I "tab back in" to the game, but it's frustrating. I'm not sure what causes it. Any ideas on this one? I'd hate to have to play games in fullscreen and make the other monitors useless. I think it might be based on some weird scaling/aspect ratio thing of each display, but I have no idea.
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Thread Pillars of Eternity 2 is going turn-based, eight months after launch
Hard to say. PoE (1)'s console controller input was never implemented for its PC version, but that was likely all due to Paradox involvement. The teams at play here are very different. Couple of weird imperfect tethers here between turn-based to consoles to controllers and back. I know this doesn't answer your question, mostly just listing the precedent for my own notes, lol.
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Thread Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire |OT| Our Vital Status is Fluid Lately
I love how the new fractal and new map tie together. And while I don't care for some aspects of the design of the fractal fight, it sure is a spectacle, gee whiz.
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Thread Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire |OT| Our Vital Status is Fluid Lately
The sink for new fractal stuff is enormous. But for the people that do all t4s and cms and recs everyday, I guess this is the only way to keep them with something to work towards. Especially if it's expected to last the life of the game. I have enough for the first tier of the Mist thinger but that's it.
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Thread Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire |OT| Our Vital Status is Fluid Lately
According to mmorpg.com, Episode 1 contains a fractal and a raid. I haven't seen anything on an Anet channel yet though.
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I was in a discussion with someone earlier that used the arguments "it's only cosmetic" "there's rng in other places in the game" and "you can trade in game gold for gems and get the gold however you please", and despite all of those arguments being valid, I really still feel like this is an overreach on Anet's part. No one would have batted an eye if it was 30 skins at 400 gems each. The rng element can be argued to add "excitement" I guess but it also means your favorite mount skin might cost you 100 bucks (or in the case of in game gold, 2000g). I agree that a decent compromise, if rng must be in play, would be to at least separate the pools by mount type like zerohaste suggests.
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Thread Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire |OT| Our Vital Status is Fluid Lately
Yea, If the skin is unlocked you're good to sell/destroy it. All having the skin item does at that point is save you a transmutation crystal if you want to use the skin.
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Thread Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire |OT| Our Vital Status is Fluid Lately
I never expected mount skins to be achievements (even though I think that would be awesome). The only gliders you could ever get through normal play were the legendaries. And yea....you can always just play the way you want and covert gold to gems to buy a skin or glider but to me it never really feels rewarding,
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Thread Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire |OT| Our Vital Status is Fluid Lately
Yea theres like 30 new mount skins at 400 gems each, and it's random! I got one random skin (sand wolf) and the goat >_>
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Thread Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire |OT| Our Vital Status is Fluid Lately
By the way, you can now get PoF-Stat ascended Trinkets from Heart Vendors. I didn't see if this was explicitly stated in the notes. Here's Harrier Stat items from Keeper Pamir in the Desolation That is....a lot of trade contracts though.
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Thread Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire |OT| Our Vital Status is Fluid Lately
Added a bunch of collections for Path of Fire Weapons/Armors. Well, that's not super exciting but something to work towards. BIG changes to Grace of the Land and a reduction to PS is going to be pretty damn big.
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Thanks. I hope that the admins fix whatever the issue is with Imgur so I don't have to rehost everything. Not that it really matters.
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Thread Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire |OT| Our Vital Status is Fluid Lately
Still waiting on the scepter, my friends make fun of me for using the fractal skin :( not a lot of good scepter skins
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Thread Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire |OT| Our Vital Status is Fluid Lately
long ears and wiggly noses are charming, but the springer's greatest strength is their ability to make jaw-dropping vertical leaps. Traveling merchants and couriers use them to cross sheer cliffs in the Crystal Highlands, shaving weeks off their journeys.are hardy and swift, and surprisingly easy to train due to their intelligence. They can cross great distances in a single leap, making them the favored mount of many of the desert's denizens. Travelers are advised not to leave the city of Amnoon without obtaining a raptor companion.are elusive, magical creatures formed of shifting sands and given shape by magical runes. They can dissipate into sand to teleport short distances and dash through sand portals. The djinn of the Desolation create and tame them; prove yourself a worthy trainer, and you may befriend one.are graceful creatures native to the Elon River. They live above water, breathing through large air sacs as they float above the surface. While they cannot truly fly, they can hover for short distances at a height of several norn, making them indispensable for crossing large areas of treacherous quicksand or sulfur. and - Places for discussing all things Guild Wars 2, including being able to directly chat with developers. - A player created and curated encyclopedia of every item, event, and facet of Guild Wars 2. Can be accessed in-game by using the /wiki command. and - Two places to see the latest patches for Guild Wars 2. The wiki will sometimes contain unlisted changes from the official notes.and - Two websites for builds and accompanying gearsets and rotations. - A great resource for patch details and screenshots of new weapons, armors, and outfits. Great guides for all patch content and videos of new skins. - Using the official API, track everything you could possibly want to know about your account here, including your achievements, your next character birthday, or remind yourself which character is carrying your legendary weapon. - One of many Trading Post utilities. - Learn how to level up your crafting ability in the easiest and cheapest possible way.- Resource maps, event timers.F.A.Q: A: No. Like the original Guild Wars, each expansion is a single up-front purchase with no additional subscription. A: No. You can buy Path of Fire and experience all the content in the core game and the Path of Fire expansion. A: No. However, you can add Heart of Thorns to your purchase of Path of Fire for a discounted price of 20$. A: Living World Season 3, Gliding and the other Heart of Thorns masteries, the initial set of Elite Specializations (Tempest, Daredevil, Druid, etc.), claiming Guild Halls, and Scribing. A: The Revenant class will be unlocked for accounts with only Path of Fire, however the first Revenant Elite Specialization, Herald, is still Heart of Thorns exclusive. A: Unfortunately not at this time, and probably never. A: As of now, only Living World Season 4, which will begin releasing a few months after Path of Fire, is included in the expansion. Living World Season 1 is not accessible due to the impermanent nature of the content, and Season 2 and Season 3 are available through the gem store in game, however Season 3 requires Heart of Thorns. A: If you like the story, you will need to purchase this content to access all story steps. As of Season 3, each episode includes an entirely new map with exclusive items as well, adding to the value greatly. A: Probably. Outside of high level fractals and raids, your class has no impact on your ability to do content. Guild Wars 2 has a good amount of depth and fairly punishing gameplay, however, so you may struggle even on a strong class until you improve at the game. A: Guild Wars 2 has changed drastically since it's initial release. Heart of Thorns introduced Raids and cranked up the difficulty of the open world, overall adding another layer of end game depth including a trinity of DPS-Support-Healing within 10 man content and even 5 man fractals. PvP content has also been expanded in terms of rewards and structure in recent updates including automated tournaments for Structured PvP and a progression system for WvW. At this point Guild Wars 2 is a content and feature rich MMO with a lot to offer. And no subscription fee means you're free to take it as casually or seriously as you like. === Thanks to NormalFish for helping with the OT! === Discord link if you want another place to chat about the game, quote to see.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT5| A new ERA of Dragon Ball [Tag all DBS Broly spoilers until February 1st]
Just watch Ajay and maybe Not Mark. I find that I can't really stand the rest.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT5| A new ERA of Dragon Ball [Tag all DBS Broly spoilers until February 1st]
I enjoyed Jiren by the end. I love that he took the stupid cheap shot at the stands. I think that moment in all defines his character in a way that I legitimately liked. His backstory was bad bad, though.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT5| A new ERA of Dragon Ball [Tag all DBS Broly spoilers until February 1st]
His gravel voice sucks and he doesn't have it in the flashback scene, so it's especially annoying.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT5| A new ERA of Dragon Ball [Tag all DBS Broly spoilers until February 1st]
Dub Whis definitely sounds like a very different person, but it's a fitting voice for the role. Sinclair has great range.
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Thread RPG Community |OT| Take the Epoch to a New Era
Dunno if this will have legs here, but a cross-post from the Fallout: New California mod thread. TLDR it has remarkably good quest design for a fan-mod imo. World design is a bit lacking. --- Finished it just now. I have lots of thoughts on it but don't want to dump a big old pile of text in here so I'll do some general bullets. + I really like the quest design for the majority of the main story. I feel like I easily could see a wildly different outcome if I made some different choices. I saw at least 4 or 5 major branching points that I could go back and make the other decision. There's replayability here. + Even though the dialogue feels really stiff at first, there's some good performances and I feel like a lot of the actors settle into their roles as the game went on, either that or I got used to them. Chevy and Jen were standouts. The amount of ambient dialogue and quest reactive dialogue is impressive. + Number of unique perks based on quest results is really cool, and they often lead to unique dialogue options. I had about 20 by the end of the game. + Scope of the mod is pretty damn expansive. Feels about the size of 3 DLC packs. + I feel like every skill and SPECIAL point is used pretty evenly. There's no obvious stat to boost first and no skills that are worthless. I passed a late-game 9/9 Endurance speech check of all things. I constantly made sure to have Beer, Mentats, Buffout, just to be able to tweak SPECIAL stats on a whim because they were that prevalent in a lot of quest objectives and dialogues. I enjoyed the gameyness of it, if that makes any sense.. + Decent number of side objectives. Some of them are very limited in scope though, - The world doesn't feel lived in. Lots of rooms are empty, lots of doors are blocked off, there's no items packs away in corners oftentimes where you'd expect them to be. Backs of trucks are empty, there's no dishes on the tables, just a lot less sitting around in general. It's not a big deal but it's something that I noticed multiple times. - I don't like how it ties into New Vegas and Fallout 3 (slightly) at the end. I'm not sure how much of the story in general is fan faction or borrowed from earlier games I haven't played. - Way too many missile launchers, enemies in general, in the last handful of quests. Feels like they were designed for a fast-paced FPS, and not a first person RPG. - Buggy in general, but some of that could be how I had my mods set up partially. The doctor in Union City never spoke to me, so I wasn't sure how to deal with addition or radiation without just using Fixer/Radaway, inconvenient. Fast travel would crash me often. Dialogue and voice often didn't match a handle of times and there was no voice over present a few other times. -Writing is a bit juvenile/amateur at times. There's a decent number of cases where it suffers from too severe a Paragon/Renegade sort of dichotomy. You don't want to blindly support someone and then suddenly the animosity ramps up to 11. Some of the writing is corny and breaks the 4th wall slightly too, but that didn't bother me so much. (Ie, the player says "We're sitting ducks!" to be asked "...what's a duck?"). All in all I enjoyed it a lot for what it was. Amateur and sloppy in places but I'm not really holding that against it too much considering it's purely a passion project.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT5| A new ERA of Dragon Ball [Tag all DBS Broly spoilers until February 1st]
I loved the Roshi focused episode. I wish Krillin and Tien has some love like that..
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT5| A new ERA of Dragon Ball [Tag all DBS Broly spoilers until February 1st]
I was more annoyed with how quickly he worked his way back up to UI in the Kefla episodes more than in the last handful of episodes. Him going through each form methodically and reaching UI again minutes after round 1 with Jiren was probably the least engaging part of the tournament, to me. I feel like I would have rather he been able to defeat Kefla with some clever thinking (like using the grind Kamehameha to catch a stronger Kefla off-guard, or something) in Kaioken-Blue. NOT because I want Kelfa to have fought a 'weaker' opponent, but more that I think things would be tidier if Goku first activated UI accidentally and improperly with the Spirit Bomb, and then bounced back to the form a final time with no other option at the end against Jiren -- that time mastered. Him reaching the form three times, whenever the power was needed, was just messy.
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Thread Dragon Ball Super |OT5| A new ERA of Dragon Ball [Tag all DBS Broly spoilers until February 1st]
I've said this a million times but "Now's your chance!" >>> "naooooow". There's no energy in the kai version of that beam struggle.