OT: TKP Summer 2022 Gamer's Lounge

What, isn't the summer supposed to be when we're all outside and having fun and all? Yeah, massive heat wave hitting the US means that I'm not going outside anytime soon. And of course the neighborhood can't open the pool because the HOA isn't willing to pay a competitive salary for lifeguards, so.... sigh

So it looks like we'll be gaming it up a bit more than planned. And why not just start it off with the biggest bang of them all.

Callisto Protocol. Made by the same devs who created Dead Space (whose studio was shut down by EA, so they all quit to start a new one). And that gameplay, well I'd be lying if I said it didn't look incredibly familiar.

And I LOVE IT. I know EA is releasing their own Dead Space remake early next year, which itself looks amazing, but I couldn't be more exited about this. The two of those games releasing within a couple months of each other? I hope they're both massive hits. I really want DS2 to get a remake/remaster as well, and I really want the totally not Visceral Games studio to have full autonomy to take the Calliso Protocol to whatever path they see fit like EA should have allowed them with Dead Space.

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Ok, and now for an unfortunate update on Gran Turismo 7 from the Winter thread.

I'm really not enjoying it. I thought I would, the graphics are amazing, the car physics are great, it has all the pieces to be a good game. It really should be good.

But Polyphony completely screwed the pooch with the in-game economy. We should have seen this coming when you saw you could purchase credits with real money to 'top off' your account to purchase cars, but its so much worse than we could have imagined. The price of every car is inflated. Cars that used to cost $1m credits in GT6 are $20m in GT7. Every upgrade costs credits. Every paint color costs credits. Roulette spins, something that they introduced for this game for your daily reward, are programmed to give you the lowest payout 99% of the time (and that is usually only 5k credits). Race rewards were basically cut in half from previous games, and custom race rewards are so bad that they aren't even worth exploring. There are only about 5 or 6 different races in the entire game that give a reward high enough that you can actually earn credits fast enough to feel like you're somewhat progressing, but the devs have been routinely pushing out updates to make them tougher to win.

This is a game built to make you spend money to play it after your $70 investment to buy it. And its just not worth it.

I bought Assetto Corsa Competizione a couple weeks ago for the PS5 at $30 and its already a far, far better game than GT7. Driving physics are better, you get all the cars from the start, and its just easy to pick up and play. I know they have a new game coming out in the near future that should be a nice merging of Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione, and I almost have to say that, if you're on the fence about GT7, just get GT Sport for now and wait for that to come out, or get Forza Motorsport in the Spring, 2023.

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I picked up The Last of Us 2 on the cheap recently and holy moly this game is great, terrifying, and bleak AF so far. It took me a minute to slide back into my TLOU reflexes and I forgot how great the combat is in these games. On the complete other end of the spectrum I'm actually excited to play Stray when it comes out next month. It should be a good change of pace game from TLOU2, lol.

Also Horizon Forbidden West dropped an update with a new game plus mode, so at some point I'll jump back into that game for another 70+ hours.

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

Honestly, i'm in a bit of a new game rut right now. Just picked up FC6 but that's going to sit unused until I can finish my latest run through Skyrim. Outside of those two, I think my Summer is finally going to give some attention to the Witcher series.

I picked up FFVII remake on sale the other day and found it to be really enjoyable. Not thrilled with the way it is split into multiple releases, but since i only payed like $35 for it, I'm not unhappy with the purchase.

I enjoyed the way they have broken the turn-based system into a kind of real-time, slowed-time mix and the ease of shifting between characters during combat. It took a bit to get used to though.

I finished the primary story and haven't done much in the parallel one yet.

Replaying HOMM3 (original w/2 expansions plus Horn of the Abyss, which made some excellent improvement tweaks). So nice to play a well crafted game from back in the day (what, 99?) when original games were 30+ hours of gameplay and expansions added significant improvements. Also, with the "just one more turn" mentality, I can also quit whenever I want so it fits my lack of large chunks of contiguous playing time. That and I can run it off a jump drive/Dropbox so I can do it on my lappy, the wife's lappy, or the desktop, whatever's convenient.

I may give HOMM5 another run through when I'm done with this. Only played through that one twice but wasn't disappointed. It's no 3, but has lots of interesting mechanics changes before the series went off a cliff with 6/7.

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I'm still playing Elden Ring. I'm almost done with my second playthrough and then I'll have one more for the Platinum Trophy. First ending was Frenzy Flame, discovered it by chance. Second is Ranni's ending. Third will be a plain one. Did a strength build first, now I'm finishing a dual katana playthrough. Not sure what I'll do for the third. After I finish that I'll be moving on the Horizon Forbidden West, then Cyberpunk 2077 and finishing Returnal.

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I went for rannis ending this go the frenzied flame just seemed wacky to me.

Would love if you shared how you did the strength or melee builds they seem daunting to me without knowing how those builds really work

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I went strength and faith so I could use some incantations. Focused on str early and then put points in faith once I could single hand most colossals. For weapons I either used the Ruins Greatsword, nightrider glaive halberd configured for str scaling (sometimes dual weild), or the blasphemous blade and Marais executioners blade dual weild. The ruins Greatsword has a ridiculously strong special move so it was great for killing groups of enemies. The nightrider halberd was my main weapon before that, long reach and moderately fast attacks, great for horseback too. The trinkets that increase carrying capacity are important if you want to wear decent armor with the giant weapons.

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Any other armor sets or weapons I should grab on playthrough one then if I'm looking to go faith and strength next play through?

I went raging wolf armor and loving the katanas with magic build but want to get a high poise and strength setup next go around. I beat the fire giant last night and didnt advance past in case I forgot to pick up stuff before I move forward in the story.

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No I imagine you'll have just about everything you need. I'd make sure you have the Blasphemous Blade from Rykard's soul, if not go dupe it at a masoleum. The great swords are the easiest to use 1 handed with a faith offhand because the strength requirement isn't unreasonable.

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Shoot in still going through my first playthrough. +200 hours and I'm still not done (granted a good portion of that time is from me taking breaks and leaving the game running)

Just made it to the mountain tops and beat the deathbird asshole up there. Still need to go back for the Ringleader Evergaol. Using a strength/endurance build with the Blaspemous blade up to +9 and the bull goat armor. No idea how much longer I have to go, every time I think I'm getting close to the end I discover a huge new area. This is by far the largest game I've ever played. It blows my mind.

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You still have a couple areas to go. They aren't quite as big but they'll definitely present a challenge. I missed the quest to get that armor on my first playthrough. I might go out of my way to do it on my third run.

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I was hesitant to do the quest that makes it available but given how events take place regardless if i chose to do the quest or not, it was the correct choice. I can't go any deeper than that without spoiling things for those who are still playing through it.

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Still lulling my way through elden ring. Got a bit frustrated halfway through and did a major build update and actually looked around for some help finding better skills and I have to say battlemage is legit. I tend to be overleveled as I wander zones and do almost all the stuff as its kind of my way of enjoying the game but there is so much to do its amazing. Almost at the fire giant as I'm wandering the frozen upper level and gotta say as far as fantasy magical combat goes this game takes the cake.

I tend to rock the moonviel katana and the carian grand staff in the left hand and use most of the legendary skills and gotta say I'm like a god untill I go up on a melee boss but summons make it doable. Dunno if I'll go right back into NG+ once I beat it as I may need a break but when I do I'll be trying a monk/strength build to use some of the faith based abilities I cant use being and intelligence build.

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Thanks for keeping these going!!

I uh... Haven't really been playing much, haven't had time to. I beat forbidden West, now I'm just kinda waiting for more to release.

Hey, if you've made the jump to next gen and already own these ( Resident Evil 2,3, or 7) games they just released the next gen upgrades for free!

Also the ReVillage Dlc brings in 3rd person which I think will make it better!

I just keep playing car soccer because I hate myself /s

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Every person that golfs can relate to this feeling.

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Farming simulator 22 is on game pass great way to unwind mindlessly.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Yeah, I do a multiplayer with a friend and it's great for listening to lectures online while playing.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Never have tried multiplayer.

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I use it to diffuse the tension after an elden ring session when I need something that doesnt get me worked up. Really wish they would have updated some of the tree physics to make the logging avenue not such a pain in the ass. I have to use an autoload trailer to log otherwise loading trucks is the most tedious pain. Even loading a woodchipper is a pain.

My issue is I love no mans land and the setup there until it gets boring having no traffic and no multiple sell points etc. Its fun for big field farming and fun for being able to design and lay it all out to me. Been meaning to pick it up again and see what new mods have been brought into it.

I play multiplayer with friends and its way more fun that way as harvesting and all arent slow.

The changes with seasons and all the other stuff they have added in this variation with supply chain is fun I really like the expanded game much better than 19 now.

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Have y'all run into the issue for contracts don't complete such as harvesting or weeding?

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On no man's land or on regular maps?

After launch the contracts were super buggy but the wheat and other ones were buggy in that you could finish the contract early and finish the harvest and sell the excess off for pure profit. I think they were supposed to fix that issue last I heard but are you still having issues there? I never messed with contracts on no man's land as they aren't an option on that map sadly.

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Elm Creek I think. Have a canola harvesting contract. Did the entire field, transported it all but stuck at 99%. It's a known bug on XB1.

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Yeah on console I don't know if they fixed it yet or not. On PC it's fixed and they made contracts much less profitable to compensate so I don't do many unless it's harvesting time. Wish it was cross play and I'd squad up to play some multiplayer. I need to have my scripting mods to make some tasks like pallet loading easy

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Finally beat Duality dungeon on Destiny 2 this weekend ... I mean we didn't try until this weekend, but it was tough with all the random stuff going wrong.

I picked up TMNT Shredder's Revenge. Played 6 levels so far and it seems decently fun and challenging. Side scroller beat em up type of deal. Dotemu was going to get my money either way based on how well they did Streets of Rage 4, I just happened to have $20 in my steam wallet to which covered most of it.

Played the 2 newest Mario Kart Grand Prix's as well. I don't like the 2 of the tracks have a 3rd lap going in a different direction. Isn't part of the fun watching as you helplessly drive into the banana left by the last place guy, then get blue shelled making you want to throw the controller in anger?

Was co-oping TMNT this weekend with my best friend growing up,, felt great like the 90s.

Been playing with my brother, super fun.

Started playing Doom: Eternal but put it to the side. The last one was so good, but this one just seems meh with all the extra stuff in it. I just want a good ole fashioned shooter where I move from point to point and kill everything. Why the heck does there have to be hidden stuff all over the map that I need to look for in order to get the upgrades?

Picked up Subnautica and am enjoying it so far. The listlessness of it takes a bit getting used to since it's basically move at your own pace, but overall it's good.

I started The Last of Us but never finished it. Need to try that again.

I just recently downloaded a bunch of old classic on GOG and their summer sale.

$1.99 for HoMM3. Been playing through it again nonstop.

There was a free update of ES: Daggerfall running through the Unity engine that recently came out, and it is worth playing through that classic again too.

HoMM3. Been playing through it again nonstop.

I cannot recommend the HotA open source expansion enough. So many good tweaks:
-The Cove race is a solid addition
-Neutral creature dwellings accumulate week over week so you don't have to waste time hitting them up every week
-you can choose to not get skills from scholars/witch's huts if they don't fit your hero
-when you attack a bank you get a run down of defending creatures before the battle and you can run
-greatly improved city interface

The only thing is the campaign for HotA isn't that much fun. Way too difficult and limited and the original campaigns aren't available πŸ˜•

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Haven't been gaming a lot lately but when I have I've been playing Total War: Warhammer 3. I had zero experience with the Warhammer universe before starting to play this trio of games, and it's been really cool learning the lore and such. They're releasing their giant campaign map ("Immortal Empires") that will include the campaign maps from the past two games later this year in like Q4 I believe, so I'm looking forward to that! Gotta own all three games to unlock it though.

I had to go the RTS/single-player route several years ago as I just couldn't keep up with my friends who game way more often than me. I tried Destiny a couple of times but my buddies were logging like 30+ hours a week and would just one-shot everything when they joined my games haha.

Immortal Empires will be released in August, they are going to call it a beta because it's more than just porting a map and characters from I and II to III (lesson they learned with Mortal Empires in II). I have both games, all the DLC, and FLC since Day 1 Total Warhammer is the first game I hit over 1,000 hours in Steam (first to 2,000 soon, with all three combined). What they talked about in the IE Blog was nice to see what's being changed (SEA LANES THANK FUCK!), the crazy Pope/Not-Pope of the Holy Roman Empire/Not-Holy Roman Empire gonna have a different starting location and mini faction (along with changes to his skill tree) is another example.

*Cracks fingers* Alright class I'm gonna teach you some lessons about Total Warhammer, some helpful and others more than likely not.

Skarbrand always angry boy, only one more angry than him is his pantheon gid Khorne. Also Skarbrand's faction mechanics broken as fuck in campaign and can wreck shit. Khorne approves the slaughter.

Kairos Fateweaver has some fun mechanics but too much thinking, fucking Tzeentch wants everything/everyone to overthink. Barrier for Tzeentch units is actually an interesting mechanic when combined with missile units (which there a lot in that blue bird's faction) can kite well. Also magic, magic, magic, magic....

Kugath that loveable, always smiling, fatass (Grandfather Nurgle approved). To quote a friend that liked to mic spam in a game I play "Oh yeah! Gonna stuff this much mayonnaise- PHHHHHTP! Oh yeah!" Most of the units are SLOOOOW, like some as slow or slower than Dwarfs (shit now I'm in their Book of Grudges) but regeneration is good for them and can tank damage. Thier magic is pretty good too.

Naki will try to find someway to put stuff into any hole he/she/it finds, like how Slaneesh intended...
Their magic lore is kind of weak, but they're big thing is speed and flanking enemy units (which they have an innate ability to lower enemy units leadership even more when on the flank). Seducing an enemy unit before the battle is a pretty good F U to opponents.

OGRES MY LORD! Big Beefy Meaty Blobs of Meat ramming into things is fun no matter what. They balance of comedy and scary as Ogres should be. Gnoblars are nice tarpit units while Leadbelchers, Man-eaters, and other beefy Ogres do the damage.

"Kislev." And the Winged Hussars have arrived! Pretty high leadership units (even the tier 1 units leadership are good) that can hold longer and early tier units being hybrid of melee and missile is good too. Bears, vodka, bears, snow, bears, ice, bears, kossars, and bears.

Cathay never had any models on the tabletop so CA built them from the ground up and are pretty balanced (not too strong and not too weak, that kind of says something when CA can balance GW's armies better than GW). Keep Mao Ying away from the dirty High Elf Imrik, he likes dragons a little too much and she can turn into a dragon.

Then there's the Build-a-Bear Daniel (or whatever name you put) for Chaos Undivided. Can have a massive party with units from all four gods or just choose one, two, three of the gods (ha, ha, ha. If only CA would have Mannfred count like the Count from Sesame Street). Could have some interesting stuff for Daniel but some underwhelming compared to picking one of the mono-gods faction.

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lol this guy Warhammers XD

I've played a few campaigns so far -- Khorne, Slaanesh, Kislev, Cathay (easy and boring IMO lol), and just started an Ogre Kingdoms one. Khorne was my favorite so far, but Ogre Kingdom is really fun too. What DLC factions do you think they will have in TW Warhammer 3?

Chaos Dorfs are one of the biggest rumors for new faction DLC, and most likely since they are the last faction from left that had models in the tabletop (CA put a Chaos Dorf quote in a loading screen and got everyone freaking out in a good way). After that hard to say what a new faction will be, all the factions that had tabletop equivalents are in game now except for Chaos Dorfs. Though there was talk of Nippon (Japan/Not-Japan) or Ind (India/Not-India) based on the IE map, but they have to do what they did with Cathay/Vampire Counts making a faction in game that had no/minimal models from the tabletop.

There should be some new Legendary Lords coming, but don't know who exactly or how it will be done (when Total Warhammer II released new LL were just for II's factions but then added LL from I and II factions). I need "FUCKING TODDY" Boris "KHAZARAK TOOK ME FOOKIN' EYE" Todbringer as a new LL for the memes.

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No mans sky will be out on the Nintendo Switch later this year and now I will have to try and restrain from picking that up to go with my playstation copy, my xbox copy, and my pc copy.

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I bought No Man's Sky on sale after it had the poor initial launch, but haven't really played it. I heard they kept making updates and that it eventually became an awesome game. I'll have to check it out!

So i believe its been 6 years since release and every content update has been free so far.

Its a completely different game to what it was on release and for me atleast is the perfect chill and wander space game ever made. It has a micro economy and a few high level things but its like a more advanced minecraft in space.

Now theyve added in personal freighters, base building, base building on your frieghter, mechs you can pilot, ground ships you can drive around and submersible ships and base building. Not to mention the derelict crash sites, pirate system, revamped combat its all been hugely expanded on and so well done all for free.

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Same here. Bought at launch, played a couple hours... Haven't touched it since. But I did download the ps5 version. I've heard for years how much the game has improved, I just haven't gone back in to test for myself

Currently in my cart for the Steam summer sale, but haven't bought yet:

-Chivalry 2
-Devil May Cry 5
-Monster Train

I had a great time playing Devil May Cry 5. Definitely recommend it on sale.

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I don't game but your HOA sucks ass!

Even when you get skunked; fishing never lets you down. 🎣

curse you Steam Summer sale!!!

in related news: Started Horizon Zero Dawn

Picked up star wars Legos, cyberpunk and horizon zero dawn all for under 100$

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I got God of War and the bioshock franchise for like 50 bux.

Bioshock franchise is so good.

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Welllllllll shit, they got me

Assetto Corsa was available for $4 (normally $20), or if you're Dr Moneybags, $8 for the 'Ultimate Edition' (normally $80). If you are into Sim Racing at all, this is a must-buy. The game itself out of the box is pretty good, but what sets it apart is a phenomenal mod community on steam that has been pumping out car add-ons and historic race tracks all over the place. And it has good VR support.

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Bought AC and a wheel during the Memorial day steam racing sale. I have so much fun just running laps by myself. It's also fun to download F1 tracks and drive them before the race. I'm already thinking about VR and a proper seat/pedal/wheel setup.

Ordered a 3060 Ti from Best Buy this morning at MSRP! Not a massive upgrade from my current 5700 XT but enough that should keep me satisfied for a couple years. I should've sold my 5700 XT at the height of the mining craze -- I never followed mining but apparently it's a good card!

edit: aaaand I cancelled the order due to some buyer's remorse. I'll probably just wait and use my year end bonus on a whole new rig with a 40xx series card hopefully.

thats making an assumption that the crypto craze doesn't rebound, again. I know its a lot of $$$, especially when compared to buying a new console. My advice would be to wait a little bit up until the new series gets released, then snag a current gen, if you need to wait.

EA just confirming what we already know about them. And why does it always happen when doing these stupid internet memes.

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Not a direct comment, but they have a lot of off the field stuff they need to incorporate into the next round of NCAA Football. Conference re-alignments, TV deals, NILs, bag men, department budget management, coaching staff management, social media platforms, facilities expansion, and so on... maybe they just make their own version of Out of the Park Baseball.

EA sucks and they tried to follow up and apologize but it was too late.

I'm not preordering shit from them anymore haven't for a while but I won't preorder NCAA football till I see legit reviews and see if they've made it as poor as fifa or Madden before I think to give them a penny

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That's what gsme pass is for.

Saw fifa on sale for 5 bucks a week ago it's hot garbage after I played it for a few weeks on trial it's just a big mess and the career mode is bleh .

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I'm Q3 for my Steam Deck pre-order release. I could get an email any week now telling me to purchase it.

According to the algorithm thingy on Reddit, I'm only 1.75% on my way there among all preorders out there. Based on when I pre-ordered, and which model I chose.