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Re: PC Gaming Randomness

Post by infinitelurker » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:04 pm

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Would I like the Witcher 3 GOTY edition? At $14.99 it's tempting me. I do like a good adventure game, and have read much praise for Witcher 3. I do not, however, like frantic realtime combat. The slo-mo VATS combat in Fallout 4 is about as intense as I can handle. I can deal with realtime if it's pausable. I really don't know much about Witcher except that people love it.
I consider it to be one of the best games I've ever experienced. Even if you turn down the difficultly to deal with the combat, I think it is absolutely worth picking up.
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Post by JCC » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:49 pm

Witcher 3 combat is definitely not easy. The game is awesome though.

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Post by Kraken » Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:03 pm

Well, I suck at that, so I guess I'll look at other games.

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Post by Smoove_B » Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:31 pm

As mentioned, just put the combat on easy - they designed the "Easy" mode for people that are more interested in story than combat. That's how I did it and it's absolutely my #1 game of at least the last decade. Nothing compares. For $15? That's insane.

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Post by Kraken » Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:32 am

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As mentioned, just put the combat on easy - they designed the "Easy" mode for people that are more interested in story than combat. That's how I did it and it's absolutely my #1 game of at least the last decade. Nothing compares. For $15? That's insane.
Thanks for the dissenting POV. I like exploring and interacting with NPCs to unravel a story, fighting when necessary. I don't like fighting to be the whole point. When I can autocalc combat, I usually do.

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Post by Max Peck » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:17 am

The Witcher 3 is good enough that I'd recommend getting it on sale, putting the difficulty option at the lowest setting ("Just The Story") and giving it a try. It opens with a tutorial that introduces the combat mechanics, so hopefully you should be able to see whether or not you can handle it within the 2-hour playtime window that Steam gives you in their refund policy.
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Post by JetFred » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:51 pm

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I never do "random mystery key bundles" from anyone, but I just picked up Kingdom Come Deliverance from Fanatical (they have better prices than STEAM sale) and figured for $1.89, why not add two mystery keys. One of them was for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and having apparently hit the random lottery (a Call of Duty game for $0.99???) I will now never do that again.
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Post by Alefroth » Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:42 pm

Kraken wrote:
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Would I like the Witcher 3 GOTY edition? At $14.99 it's tempting me. I do like a good adventure game, and have read much praise for Witcher 3. I do not, however, like frantic realtime combat. The slo-mo VATS combat in Fallout 4 is about as intense as I can handle. I can deal with realtime if it's pausable. I really don't know much about Witcher except that people love it.
It's worth $15 to see if you like it. You will probably even know in the first couple of hours so you could get a refund.

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Post by Blackhawk » Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:57 pm

JetFred wrote:
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I never do "random mystery key bundles" from anyone, but I just picked up Kingdom Come Deliverance from Fanatical (they have better prices than STEAM sale) and figured for $1.89, why not add two mystery keys. One of them was for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and having apparently hit the random lottery (a Call of Duty game for $0.99???) I will now never do that again.
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Kingdom Come is on my short list. This has been an expensive summer, though (unexpected bird supplies), so I'll shoot for the next sale.
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Post by Smoove_B » Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:15 am

Yup, that's the luck I've come to know and love. Pay $17 for Kingdom Come Deliverance and then Humble unlocks it for $12.

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Post by Isgrimnur » Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:44 am

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Yup, that's the luck I've come to know and love. Pay $17 for Kingdom Come Deliverance and then Humble unlocks it for $12.
There's at least two of us that paid for Detroit: Becoming Human when Sony pulled PES 2019 from the PS+ service and replaced it with D:BH, so you're not alone.
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You married your own daughter? Dastardly Dan indeed!

I played a lot of this game for the few years after it was released, but it's been a while. The box is still up on the shelf above my PC, in case I get the itch again.
:lol: I didn't even notice that!

I say install it give it another spin. It runs well on the latest hardware and even high resolutions.
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Pirates! was one of those NES games I rented over and over.
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Post by Rumpy » Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:11 pm

Did we get a server rollback or something? Noticing some posts that were posted earlier as if they were posted today.
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Post by Kasey Chang » Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:06 pm

It feels as if we lost a couple DAYS worth of posts.

Any way, any one saw Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription? $4.99 a month (intro, regular $9.99 a month), first month $1, 100 games in library, with more added later.

Some AAA titles like Wolfenstein II, Shadows of War, Forza Horizon 4, etc.
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Post by Rumpy » Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:08 pm

Ok, good to know it's not just me. I was beginning to think I was just imagining it.
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Post by Kasey Chang » Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:08 am

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Post by Kraken » Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:55 pm

'K, so the summer sale is ending and y'all persuaded me that Witcher 3 is worth $15 because I can mostly bypass the fighting (and return it if that sucks too hard). Amnesia: Dark Descent is hard to pass up at $2. So I bought those two. Will probably try Amnesia this week.

At the top of my wishlist is Divinity Original Sin 2: Definitive Edition, which has no price or Buy button. There's DOS2 for 26.99, DOS2 Divine Ed for 34.99 (appears to include some physical swag that I don't care about), DOS2 Eternal Ed for 53.99 (LOL no), and a couple of DLCs. So I don't know what to buy. What's the Definitive Ed and why can't I buy it? Is the 25.99 base game what I want (is that the Definitive)? I'm not inclined to spend any more than that.

Cities: Skylines is 7.49; the Deluxe Ed is 9.99 and Steam doesn't say what's deluxe about it. There is a crapload of DLC, including a New Player bundle for 21.11 and a 76.05 Collection with (all?) 17 DLCs. I am leaning toward the base game unless somebody knows what's deluxe about Deluxe.

Same question about Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Ed (4.49) and Deluxe Ed (6.99). It looks like the artbook and soundtrack are easy to pass up, but what about the Precursor's Legacy? Is that a genuine gameplay expansion and is it worth an extra $1.50?

I understand why publishers milk their properties while they can, but I do wish they would clean up their various bundles after the game has aged out -- just one gold edition will do, thanks.

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Post by TheMix » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:06 pm

Kraken wrote:
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At the top of my wishlist is Divinity Original Sin 2: Definitive Edition, which has no price or Buy button. There's DOS2 for 26.99, DOS2 Divine Ed for 34.99 (appears to include some physical swag that I don't care about), DOS2 Eternal Ed for 53.99 (LOL no), and a couple of DLCs. So I don't know what to buy. What's the Definitive Ed and why can't I buy it? Is the 25.99 base game what I want (is that the Definitive)? I'm not inclined to spend any more than that.
It appears that Divinity Original Sin 2: Definitive Edition = Divinity: Origin Sin 2. That seems like a pretty odd way to name it. I wonder if someone screwed up. At any rate, I do see a Buy button on the DOS: Definitive Ed page, but the Buy button appears to be for the base game. Though maybe that's what was throwing you? That the name doesn't match?
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Post by Daehawk » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:16 pm

TheMix wrote:
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Kraken wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:55 pm
At the top of my wishlist is Divinity Original Sin 2: Definitive Edition, which has no price or Buy button. There's DOS2 for 26.99, DOS2 Divine Ed for 34.99 (appears to include some physical swag that I don't care about), DOS2 Eternal Ed for 53.99 (LOL no), and a couple of DLCs. So I don't know what to buy. What's the Definitive Ed and why can't I buy it? Is the 25.99 base game what I want (is that the Definitive)? I'm not inclined to spend any more than that.
It appears that Divinity Original Sin 2: Definitive Edition = Divinity: Origin Sin 2. That seems like a pretty odd way to name it. I wonder if someone screwed up. At any rate, I do see a Buy button on the DOS: Definitive Ed page, but the Buy button appears to be for the base game. Though maybe that's what was throwing you? That the name doesn't match?
Are you talking about Steam?

DOS2 is the base at $26...the Definitive Edition includes Includes Divinity: Original Sin II and Digital Art Books, Map, Soundtrack, and Art Pack!.

If you want to see whats what just click on one to open its store page then scroll down. All versions will be listed and it lists what each includes under each. I never usually buy anything but the base game if its digital because I dont give a rats ass about in game items or digital art crap. If I want that stuff I buy the boxed ones. Or I used it.
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Post by dbt1949 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:28 pm

I have Halcyon 6. There's the olde version and the Lightspeed version. I had the olde version and they automatically gave me the newer Lightspeed version. The Lightspeed version that's been modified to play a little faster. I haven't played it too much. I guess the deluxe version probably has both.
Anyrate I can highly recommend it but be prepared for olde style graphics.
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Post by Daehawk » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:45 pm

BTW my post is about the Steam desktop app. Im not sure on the website. Should be the same.
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Post by Kraken » Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:15 am

TheMix wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:06 pm
Kraken wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:55 pm
At the top of my wishlist is Divinity Original Sin 2: Definitive Edition, which has no price or Buy button. There's DOS2 for 26.99, DOS2 Divine Ed for 34.99 (appears to include some physical swag that I don't care about), DOS2 Eternal Ed for 53.99 (LOL no), and a couple of DLCs. So I don't know what to buy. What's the Definitive Ed and why can't I buy it? Is the 25.99 base game what I want (is that the Definitive)? I'm not inclined to spend any more than that.
It appears that Divinity Original Sin 2: Definitive Edition = Divinity: Origin Sin 2. That seems like a pretty odd way to name it. I wonder if someone screwed up. At any rate, I do see a Buy button on the DOS: Definitive Ed page, but the Buy button appears to be for the base game. Though maybe that's what was throwing you? That the name doesn't match?
Yeah, two different names for the same product. That's what I suspected but I wasn't sure.
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DOS2 is the base at $26...the Definitive Edition includes Includes Divinity: Original Sin II and Digital Art Books, Map, Soundtrack, and Art Pack!.
That's the Divine Ed. Apparently "Definitive" is just confusing marketing.

Thanks for the replies; I'll pick up the base game before the sale is over.
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Anyrate I can highly recommend it but be prepared for olde style graphics.
Retro graphics are not my favorite thing, but I can adapt if the game is good. I've replayed MOO2 and original XCom within the past few years, and the years were not kind to their looks.

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Post by Kasey Chang » Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:32 am

FWIW, Witcher 3 is available at Humble Store for $15, and you download it from GOG (which makes it DRM free, not sure if it makes a difference)

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Trying to kinda break my Battletech addiction, and tried to play Starpoint Gemini Warlords. It's a bit reminiscent of Starpoint Gemini 1 and 2, but apparently they threw in some meta gaming where you can apply your credits to build mining facilities and win over sectors, making it a weird mix between SG and Elite.

Just upgraded myself to a Corvette (upgrade from "gunboat") but I can't afford the best weapons yet. Making money is a slow endeavor so far. Easiest money is to go out and salvage derelicts, but that's tedious, as you buy some salvage drones at the starbase, find a derelict field, then you go up to 4000 m of each derelict and hit "send salvage drone", then wait X seconds while the drones take apart the ship, then you hit "collect all" which uses the grappler beam to pull in stuff. As each derelict field can have up to two dozen objects, this becomes tedious, and feels just like mining gas pockets or asteroids. LAME. You go back and sell all the stuff you salvaged.

A bounty mission pays more and is over much faster.

There is a storyline that barely makes sense. You're some sort of "commander" onboard an experimental battleship launched by a polity in the Gemini sector, and somehow, you've been ambushed by enemies that managed to destroy the battleship. You ended up in an escape pod, and somehow you have been demoted to command a gunboat and have to go out and find your own way by tracking down why did a "terrorist organization" decided to go after the battleship, and what sort of conspiracy is this action hiding. But this navy makes zero sense. There is no standard uniform, there is no command structure, and a battleship that can't defend itself much is pretty useless. OTOH, the game now has more fun options, like an improved "marine" interface (where your marines run through different rooms on the ship, and you can just raid the cargo deck for loot, or actually go for the bridge to capture the ship (and sell it later). Later, I guess I'll be able to affect the economy more directly.
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Post by Daehawk » Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:16 am

Heres an article on the normal game of DDOS2 and the 'Definitive'edition...there does seem to be a difference.


https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018 ... s-striking

More there to read but heres a sample.
Larian visited the Eurogamer office to show me the new and improved Definitive Edition of Divinity: Original Sin 2 last week. To do this the developer ran two versions of the game - old and new - side by side to highlight the differences. On one screen we had DOS2 as it exists now, played on a gaming laptop; and on the other screen we had the Definitive Edition of DOS2 played on an Xbox One X dev kit. The difference was striking.

It wasn't a Digital Foundry-style controlled test, with the laptop fans wheezing and picture coming through an older 1080p screen, but it got the point across. The Xbox One X version, running in 4K resolution and with high dynamic range enabled, was brighter, crisper and more vibrant. It was smoother and more responsive too, and will apparently run native 4K30 on Xbox One X, and dynamic checkerboard 4K30 on PS4 Pro.

The reasons for the differences run deeper than hardware. The physics engine has been changed for the Definitive Edition and numerous improvements have been made, making the game up to four times faster in certain areas. The fire effect, for example - which spreads across a lot of environments a lot of the time - has been changed for one more economical and arguably better looking too. It's a similar story for many of the game's 'surfaces', and textures have been improved as well.
Says its a free update as stated for PC users. But as you say I cant tell if its a download someplace to get the extra stuff or just part of the normal edition now.
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Post by gilraen » Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:36 pm

So apparently today is National Video Game Day - not to be confused with the National Video Games Day in September (huh?)

Damn, I should have called in sick.

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Post by dbt1949 » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:50 pm

Birthday's this month so I got a 50% off at Matrix/Slitherine. What to spend my money on?
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Post by Kraken » Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:12 pm

Bought the DDOS2, which may or may not be Definitive...the Cities Skylines (not deluxe)...and Halcyon 6. Together with Witcher 3 and Amnesia, this concludes the Steam sale for me.

Now I hope one of those will draw me back into gaming. I'm not enthused about starting any of them, but will dutifully give each one a chance.

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dbt1949 wrote:
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Birthday's this month so I got a 50% off at Matrix/Slitherine. What to spend my money on?
Field of Glory: Empires releases this week, that's a good choice.

This is the first I've heard about 50% off on your birthday month at Matrix/Slitherine and I've been buying from them for years. Is this new?
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Post by Daehawk » Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:25 pm

I was notified of some big sale there recently and it wasn't my birthday. I remember it being surprising because I cant recall them ever having a big sale. And Ive known about them since the VGA Planets days.
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Post by dbt1949 » Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:31 pm

jztemple2 wrote:
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Birthday's this month so I got a 50% off at Matrix/Slitherine. What to spend my money on?
Field of Glory: Empires releases this week, that's a good choice.

This is the first I've heard about 50% off on your birthday month at Matrix/Slitherine and I've been buying from them for years. Is this new?
I have 15 years with them. The percentage might have to do with that but yes, every birthday they give you a discount.
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Post by dbt1949 » Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:33 pm

I ended up getting Eagle Day to Bombing the Reich. I had the olde ones right here but wasn't sure how they'd work on the newer systems.
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Post by Kasey Chang » Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:54 am

For grins, I started playing Yakuza 0. I had the graphics quality set on ULTRA and it's indeed, excellent. The Yakuza games have excellent faces, with the "bad guys" looking suitably sinister with pocked faces and such. OTOH, I don't like the minigames that much. I really really suck at them, except the claw game. I am EXCELLENT at those. And the game is really meta in that they have SEGA arcade centers. Hahaha! But I suck at Karaoke, Batting, and probably a few other things.

And the side missions (substories) are hilarious, at least the "yanki style" one was hilarious. Enjoying it so far.
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Re: PC Gaming Randomness

Post by Kasey Chang » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:07 am

Trying out Bounty Train. This is NOT Railroad Tycoon or any derivatives thereof. It's basically an RPG except you also travel from town to town hauling supplies. It's far more like Elite than one suspects. I set the game to "baby" difficulty level and just playing with it. The most frustrating thing is lack of powerful locomotives, as the cargo you haul varies in weight. Steel can be like 2 tons per unit, while cotton is 0.1 ton per unit. And your cargo car can fit 5 (small) or 10 (medium) units. But if your train can't haul it, then it doesn't matter. Steel obviously makes the most money, but usually, your train is unable to carry more than 2 unit of it, making it NOT that profitable to haul, when something like tobacco or even cotton may be more profitable.

You can also haul passengers, which improves relations/reputations of cities to you. But you need a passenger car for that. But if you don't haul a passenger car, you can improve your carrying capacity. Yet you need a caboose to haul crew. It can get complicated.
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Re: PC Gaming Randomness

Post by Blackhawk » Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:35 pm

Sometimes I get tired of gaming. Usually because of days like today. I have about three hours free today, finally, to do some gaming. I check my email and get a response from the Rockstar support ticket I put in the other day with some things to try. I spend an hour and a half changing settings, testing, changing settings, testing. Still nothing. Finally the tech gives up and passes me on to someone else I'm still waiting to hear back from. So I decide to set up some WoW, which has sounded fun for a while. I reinstalled it last week, so I get my backed-up addon files (Twitch's format) and... they won't install. I spend the next hour trying to research the issue, putting in a ticket through Twitch, and then discovering that Twitch is infamous for having a support turnaround time measured in months.

Now my time is up. I have yet to play a game. My gaming time was instead spent trying to fix games. :grund:
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Re: PC Gaming Randomness

Post by Rumpy » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:31 pm

I find it ironic that Twitch wouldn't have a more speedy turnaround time given its name ;)
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