Gamer's Lounge: June Edition (E3 & more)

It's E3 month! Always an exciting time for hardcore and casual gamers alike. What are you guys most looking forward to?

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Stoked for what Bungie has in store for us with their recently announced panel. It also sounds like there could be some big things coming through the pipeline as far as some other big franchises so we will see!

Have you run the Menagerie yet? It's pretty awesome.

I dipped back into D2 and the Menagerie is amazing. Definitely a step in the right direction.

But they RUINED my Skull of Dire Ahamkara and screw them for that.

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HA! I don't think I've even equipped it in D2. I'm a 'Lock main too.

It was a new Obsidian Mind before this nerf. Now it's useless. But Geomags still work so guess I'm gonna be running arc pretty much all the time.

They even nerfed Phoenix Protocol. It's not useless but man, if it's not Lunefaction or Geomags, there's no exotics to use on Warlocks now.

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Yep, I honestly haven't been that excited about any of the exotics in D2, at least not nearly as much as D1.

Most of these exotics were nerved with Menagerie and raids in mind. Did y'all see the Bungie stream today? I'm not going to lie, I got emotional. I think it really came through today on how badly Activision was controlling the creative direction of the game and how far they limited the Bungie devs.

I watched the first bit of the ViDoc. I really hope these guys can work it out.

I had JUST broken my Destiny addiction a couple months ago (after the grind to get Luna's Howl sucked the fun out of the game for me, that and not having a consistent raid group). Now I want to play it all the time again. RIP my backlog.

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Hahahahah. I've mostly been running D2 solo. I have a clan but, no one is ever on. I reached 700 light pretty easily without doing a single raid or nightfall. Now with cross save confirmed I'm going to be able to play with the same characters on my PS4, Xbone, AND my PC.

I'm super excited to see EA pretend like they are going to fix Anthem. Looking forward to see if Ubisoft brings any news about Skull & Bones to E3.

Bungie news on the furutre of Destiny could be fun, but I think I'm done with them for the long run.

Maybe a bit better idea of Cyberpunk 2077 from CD ProjektRed?

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EA isn't even technically at E3. They are having a pre-show event but no press conference. EA using the time to pump the new Star Wars game is the only thing I would count on.

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Yay another stat wars game I will hate to play!

Then don't get it. Problem solved.

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I'll be there for Jedi Fallen Order. It sounds like the game writer not only has a great resume (KOTOR2 for one), but has a strong working knowledge of pre-2012 Star Wars, and actually is willing to speak up about it. Sold.

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EA wont say a thing on Anthem guaranteed that dumpster fire is well and truly dead already.

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Yeah I have a feeling like they're going to act like it never happened.

It's pretty sad because at its core, Anthem is actually really fun. I actually feel like I got my money's worth out of it before getting frustrated with the replay-ability and bad decisions. It could have been so much better though.

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Tfw you pull staff from ME: A to work on Anthem and both end up being crap

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Yup the gameplay was unreal fun but after 25 hours the content was so repetitive it was disgusting. The fact they didnt learn anything from other live service games like I dunno Destiny is a joke and shows how blatantly they ignored the warning signs and not delaying or adding more content was sad. My thesis on why they never took the easy fix with the loot and just opening up the loot rivers was because they didnt have alot of loot to let flow.

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Some articles came out and said that management wouldn't allow developers to say the D-word(s) during development (Destiny, Diablo, or Division). Which to one point I understand that you want to make something new or different, but there are some fundamental things these games solved that work.

I agree. They have systems in place that work, and can potentially keep any game you create from being long lasting if you don't mimic or improve upon them.

For instance, while there is still plenty of loading in Destiny 2, it's hidden in the "moving" load screen that makes you feel like you're flying to your destination, as well as the ability to actually open up other menus while the loading goes on in the background.

So many other systems that are quality of life type systems those other games do so well that Anthem did not have and suffered for their absence.

They built a great foundation but forgot the walls and the furniture to the house unfortunately. The gameplay is great similar to the amazing gun play in destiny but unfortunately they didnt create enough content at the minimum you need for a looter shooter

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I really enjoyed the demo before release until after I realized pretty much everything in the demo was what was going to be in the game at launch. In hindsight, me canceling my preorder was the right call, but man that game could have been awesome.

I just want more info on Total War: Warhammer III to see if they'll add Chaos Deamons and if I can split them based on their patron god or have Chaos Undivided, they'll add Ogres but that was a given.

Also, where's Necromunda? There was supposed to be information about it last year but got nothing and worried if it was dropped for other projects because there's supposed to be three new Warhammer games announced this year with one being 40K, one Fantasy, and the other Age of Sigmar.

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I want some more of the new call of duty straight into my veins

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If EA announces NCAA Football the internet might break

If only...

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I dont understand why they don't just make ther game with zero likenesses. Let the fans do that like they do today. Just randomize every one and laugh at the occasional Jared Lorenzen size QBs. Dont use the right numbers, dont do anything with player likeness.

That would really eliminate EAs ability to set up the Ultimate Team mode that has been extremely lucrative for them in their other sports games. I'm also not sure consumers would get behind it.

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They can still do Ultimate Team with random players in the regular game. NCAA14 was the first one to use Ultimate Team and it only included players that had been in the NFL or were out of college and could be paid for their likeness.

So basically not college football?

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Hokiemacho mentioned not being able to use Ultimate Team in the college game as potentially being a reason EA might not pursue more NCAAF games. I am just pointing out that NCAA14 did have Ultimate Team, but the way around dealing with college player likeness was to only use players that had already graduated. You still played as whichever college you wanted to, but with these NFL/graduated players.

That's a terrible model if you are trying to get people use micro transactions for Ultimate Team. Making college uniforms a free DLC pack for Madden 20 would be more appealing than generic players in a NCAA football game.

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I'm interested in how Sony is going to handle E3 week. They already did the Death Stranding trailer. Word on the street is Last of Us 2 might be this week leading into it.

Looking forward to new Cyberpunk gameplay and information. CD Projekt won me with Witcher 3.

Also curious for the reveal of the Xbox new hardware, and the hoping to see what people will be talking about long after E3 is over. What announcement, footage, conference, booth, or behind closed doors thing will be the buzz.

I think someone above said it...if NCAA Football returns, gamers everywhere might rejoice.

This is a general question about WItcher 3, just because you brought it up.

I bought 3 after playing 2, and did about half of an early mission. How different is it from Witcher 2? I liked Witcher 2 okay, but hated the combat. I can never remember spell combos because I don't play every day, and the rest seems just like button mashing.

Wait, what?

With Witcher 3, they revamped the combat a bit. I am there with you that 2 was clunky, even more so on the keyboard/mouse system. With 3, I never really felt hindered by the combat system. You could dodge, attack, switch swords on the fly, and there was a way to switch abilities up mid-combat. The enemies could be tough, but not overwhelmingly so where you felt lucky just to win. My toughest fights were the boxing matches that occur at different points because the system was a bit different.

Pretty much all of the side quests were fully fleshed out stories, many of which interacted with the main story in certain ways. If you did some things before others, they were mentioned within other NPC interactions. I can't think of another game in the RPG/Action/Adventure category that wasn't a "games as a service" model in which I've spent so much time; not just completing quests, but feeling like you're a part of the world.

It also has one of the best games within the game I've ever played. People liked it so much, they made a separate game of it, and an actual card game based on it.

The other thing I enjoyed about it was that crafting actually mattered. It wasn't just a "craft this to hold you over until you get a better drop". You had to hunt down the recipes and gather the materials, and it was totally worth it, unlike so many other games.

I highly recommend going back to do more than "about half of an early mission". The quality of the game speaks for itself, and CD Projekt did a whole bunch of free DLC content for it the first several months post release (not the actual expansions, those weren't free". I think between the main campaign and the follow up paid expansions, I spent about 100 bucks, and about 500-600 hours of play time. No complaints from me.

Thanks, you've convinced me to give it another go. I didn't really pay attention to the combat tutorials. I guess I should start over there and figure it out. Sounds like it's worth it.

Wait, what?

Just to circle back, I spent a bunch of hours playing this morning. The combat is way better, and I concede that this game is really good so far.

So thanks all of you that convinced me to give it another go.

Wait, what?

I didn't play Witcher 2, but for me the fun of W3 was its story more than anything. The background/lore and how everything fits together is really well done and decisions you make have direct consequences in a lot of cases.

Thanks. I like games with story, so I think I'll give it another try.

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Witcher 3 is still in my top 2 games of all time, with RDR being the other. I've played through it at least 6 times, and my most recent play through I have 90+ hours. As mentioned above, for an open world game it has the best sense of immersion and letting you know your choices have an effect. There are so many paths that change and some consistent story moments that are just a joy to play through

The combat is much smoother than Witcher 2, but still very tactical and requires a good deal more of patience than most any other action game. What I liked about it is that even though Geralt has superhuman powers, he is not an invincible killing machine and you have to approach situations accordingly. Gave some real weight to the fights

As you said, if you love stories, you HAVE to play through W3. Some of the side quests are better tales than full games actual main story.

The Hearts of Stone expansion is a full games worth of content in its own right, and an amazing story. Blood and Wine had a huge new area to adventure in. You can probably get both of them for $5 these days

Loved the Witcher 3 too. I didn't almost every side quest before finishing the main story.

I haven't been able to get back into the game for the dlcs though, even though I bought em. It's just.... The combat isn't that great, and it's kind of a chore to get back into the rhythm of it, with how mediocre it is in the first place.

I mainly want to hear more about Outer Worlds. Having some of the creators of Fallout and being made by the developers of Fallout New Vegas and KOTOR 2 it could be great.

I'll just be over here praying for sequels to Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild.

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That's the thing Zelda never really puts out sequels just new Zelda games with their own look and feel. Mario is the same way but the look stays the same.

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They did a Galaxy 2, though, so I'm hopeful for Odyssey 2.

And if there was ever a Zelda game that needs a repeat of the Majora's Mask treatment, it's BotW.

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If a Majora's Mask sequel is announced I would be very happy, using the open world like BoTW with the messed up setting/atmosphere of Majora's Mask would be awesome.

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Most of the rumors I've seen seem to indicate that we will get a zelda game developed similarly to how MM was following OoT. Reusing a lot of assets from BotW but with some game play mechanics that are either more experimental or that couldn't be fully implemented in time for release.

I would love to see a take on the dark world or twilight realm adjacent to BotWs hyrule with some interesting new mechanics and maybe some full dungeons. Or something utilizing the season mechanic from OoS, that could be amazing on the BotW engine

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I was about to ask who was saying about the information for LoZ, but read your comment again seeing rumors. Hope that's not taking it the wrong way, not asking "where are your sources?" more of where was it because I want to see it also excitement.

I thought that Twilite Princess wasn't bad, but personally don't want to see much of that because it seemed edgy to me, while MM was awesome in the messed up department where it wasn't edgy.

I do wonder about the Link's Awakening remake what changes there will be going from the old brick Gameboy to the Switch.

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Mother of God...

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I'm the opposite of a hardcore gamer....wanted to play a mindless shooter last night and all I had installed was Fortnite. I played for like an hour and 9/10 times before I could even take a shot the other person had built a legitimate mansion around me just to open the garage and one shot me.

I wasn't a big fan of PUGB, I've heard decent things about Apex? I really need that new COD to come out I haven't enjoyed a multiplayer shooter in a long time.

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So, when it comes to BRs, PUBG is your realism sim, Fortnite is the far opposite with a premium on building, Apex tends to be the middle ground and focuses on individual movement in fights.

Any BR will have the issue that if you land hot, someone will likely be a better shot than you and dome you. Apex has been fun this week especially with the release of the new event & challenges.

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I installed it last night so I'll give it a shot and likely suck at it this evening. To me PUGB was okay but the actual physical gameplay controls didn't feel responsive.

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I had a similar experience. I played PUBG but it always felt clunky to jump, get in and out of prone, actually hit what I wanted to shoot at, etc.

I've had a real good time with Apex as it caters more to an FPS player and I enjoy some of the class based aspects. Give Lifeline or Bangalore a try tonight! Both super strong and easy to play. Enjoy!

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This is the kind of mindless BR game I can get behind. Aiming makes sense the controls are natural to any FPS and people aren't building me houses to die in.

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PUBG is clunky because it's trying to be realistic. You're not going to be bunny hopping and diving into the ground while getting up extremely quickly in real life. Especially when you have 100 lb of guns, ammo, armor, etc on you. Going from a modern FPS to a realistic shooter is going to take some adjusting since they aren't just raycasting the bullets. They're actual objects in game that react to gravity and depending on the game wind or the Coriolis effect.

For maps that big, laser projectiles don't work very well, unless they're actual lasers.

I understand what it's aiming for. I play ARMA 3 as well so I know what it is trying for, but I just think there are so many easy wins to make PUBG's interface a little more seamless. There are tons of animation lock, a clunky as hell inventory screen, a very opaque ammo system if you aren't a gun fanatic.

The reason I like Apex is that it focuses on firefights and movement, still keeps real world things like bullet drop, and ammo type, while making it accessible to everyone (color coded ammo types, scopes that gives you accurate readouts on distance so you can make shots accounting for bullet drop, etc.).

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The inventory screen is something that no BR has figured out at least console wise.

I haven't stopped playing Apex with my rainy day off work.

My two complaints are not automatically picking up the ammo type for the guns I have equipped and having to press A on the inventory wheels (xbox). I should be able to just release the selector to use the item.

That being said it does a much better job console wise than fortnite which just put all your items into one menu to cycle through. At least my two weapons I can get between without going through items and grenades.

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I'm so happy Bungie have finally rid themselves of the ass hats at Activision because the future view for destiny looks so much better now. Looking like D3 talks may die off and now D2 is gonna go FTP, as someone who has defended Bungie and destiny for so long it's such a beautiful day to feel rewarded finally

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It was an emotional day for sure. So proud of Bungie and the direction they are taking this franchise.

What are TKPs thoughts on Stadia? I feel that removing the hardware barrier and making it accessible on a number of devices running from the cloud really is the future of gaming. I still have some doubts but if any company can pull off the technology side of things it is Google. I am considering preordering the founders edition ($130), worst case I try it out for 3 months but still have a new Chromecast Ultra.

I told a friend about 10 years ago, consoles were going to go the way of the Dodo because streaming games directly is where the technology is going. I don't like that, even with the subscription, you're still paying for individual games to be played over the Internet (so you don't really own a copy). Additionally, unless you're in a biggish city or college town, you're going to get choppy game playing because most places still have only 25 MB max service.

However, I'd say the next generation of consoles is probably the last, unless the consoles have additional features (PS Vue, ESPN+, other functionalities).

There are already a few companies who offer streaming gaming and it works really well for just having to spend less than $100 and then $10-15 a month to play anything at 60 fps and 1080p. Kind of an interesting option if you travel around a lot.

I'm pretty skeptical. I expect it will be at least moderately limited in the games available and without a stellar internet connection there's going to be enough lag and latency that it kills the experience.

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Here I am just hoping Pikmin 4 gets announced for the switch.

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Awesome deal alert!

Microsoft game pass ultimate is on sale for $1. So if you purchase it, it will convert all your remaining months of Xbox live gold to game pass ultimate.

Heads up the game pass is a recurring payment of $14.99 but you won't pay for the next month until your original Xbox live gold was set to expire. And you can turn off recurring payments. So I have game pass ultimate until November of 2020 for $1.

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How long will this deal last? My Gold expires this month!

Wait, what?

Not sure but the deal is still going today. Buy gold for another year, then add the game pass.

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You read my mind!

Update, looks like the conversion isn't that great of a deal, if I'm reading it right. You get converted at a rate of 1 month of Gold to 20 days of Ultimate, so if you have a whole year of Gold, the way I read it is you only get 4 months of Ultimate for $1, which is what you'd get anyway for upgrading.

Wait, what?

Not sure what you're reading to give this impression. I renewed my annual subscription in May, paid $1 for ultimate, and got upgraded to ultimate through June 2020.

Any existing Xbox live gold/game pass converts in a 1:1 ratio to ultimate. So if you've got 6 months of live and 3 months of game pass, you'll get 9 months of ultimate. However, after you upgrade to ultimate, any Xbox live or game pass codes you redeem will have a conversion factor applied to it.

1 month Gold = 20 days Ultimate (3:2)
3 months Gold = 2 months Ultimate (3:2)
12 months Gold = 4 months Ultimate (3:1)

So basically whatever you have now will be converted to ultimate but anything after that will have a conversion factor.

You can always cancel ultimate and redeem Xbox live codes though if you wanted to go back and not have the conversion factor applied to it but they likely won't allow you to do a 1:1 upgrade to ultimate in the future.

Good to know, I wasn't aware of the conversion rate going forward, thanks!

I still don't think it applies to the OP in the way they think it does. Should still be able to add time to your gold subscription now before upgrading to Ultimate and get the 1:1 upgrade.

Agreed. The conversion factors come into play after you upgrade but I think OP was mixing them together.

It seems like eventually they'll get rid of the 1:1 conversion, so I would stack up and convert sooner than later (for anyone that hasn't and is interested). Max is 36 months and 12 months of Xbox live is the cheapest to buy to use for converting.

Yeah, I mixed them together, because they never said that the $1 upgrade applied to the full term of your Live Gold membership.

But after seeing the posts on here I saw that the deal was 1:1, at least for now, so I bought in. Says it's good for over a year, so, thanks!

Wait, what?

I believe it's through E3. So, maybe over on the 14th?

Phantasy Star Online 2 coming Spring 2020? I'm in.

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Holy shit I used to play PSO on GameCube all the time! This is exciting news!

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All I needed to hear was the theme to halo and I cried fuck I cannot wait to continue this story.

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Project Scarlett with a holiday 2020 release.

Curious as to when they'll unveil the console and it's real name.

That Halo trailer was interesting.

Other than that, can't say that anything really caught my eye today.

Edit: that's a lie. BATTLETOADS!!

They will probably fully unveil the console at E3 2020.

I will say, Microsoft missed a little opportunity with Sony absent. They seemed to sway too far the other direction. They pulled a Sony from 2 years ago. "You like games? We got games. Here's about 70 of them."

They had the Cyberpunk 2077 Keanu reveal, but everything else I was pretty 'meh' about, and you can tell the crowd was, too. Over half of their "moments they expected an applause" were things we pretty much already knew. Most of the stuff to be a little excited about was "coming holiday 2020".

Bethesda had some good looking new IPs which it seemed more people were excited about.

I'm hoping Sony does a surprise stream of some kind this week to answer Microsoft because their absence is a big miss to me if they don't do SOMETHING.

No ES6 or Starfield from Bethesda. But FO76 is getting an expansion so everyone totally cares about that, right?

At least DOOM Eternal looks good. Ghostwire and Deathloop is interesting and new Rage 2 content is always good.

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So yea watching Devolver Digital conference is definitely an experience reminds me of random Adult Swim skits, but have some good looking games.

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Has anyone played Cuphead on the switch? I am strongly considering buying it, but I wanted to see if anyone had any input before I commit to it

I have it for xboxone. It is a lot of fun but can be pretty tough at times. Some of the bosses are not bad but some you will need to die a lot to learn their attacks. Im assuming it is the same for switch.

I've been playing it in short bursts on the Switch. It's a pretty damn hard game, but the difficulty always seems fair. I'm about halfway done with it and I have to say I think it's one of the best indie games out on the Switch right now. Would definitely recommend.

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I am addicted. It's a dinner dose of nostalgia. The Merry Melodies retro cartoon style is right out of my childhood, v and it's probably the best insanely difficult side scroller I've ever played. You will die a lot, but it's isn't frustrating like Dark Souls because the levels are all about 2 minutes from start to finish and you hop immediately back in on a failure.

I'd say it's a must buy.

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Thanks for the input all. Downloaded it while it was on sale and used some gold Nintendo points on top of that. Died like 5 times on the first boss on simple. Found out you dont get credit unless you beat the boss on regular. Played again at regular and beat him the first try. Color me addicted.

I finished playing Rime last night after it was free on the Epic store a few weeks ago.

I have been really busy with projects of various types have haven't played any games in probably two months before this. It was a fun little adventure game with engaging music and graphics and a decent story. It wasn't terribly difficult, but it kept me engaged to the end. If you are looking for something lighthearted that won't eat up a bunch of your time, you should give it a try.

If anyone is looking for a solo player RPG fix, I have been loving Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales.

I am convinced that CD Projekt Red just can't make a bad game right now. This one really took me by surprise even though I am a huge Witcher fan.

They basically took the Gwent game from witcher 3, revamped and expanded the mechanics, and turned it into the basis of an excellent RPG with Witcher 3 level voice acting, characters, story and side quests. It's on sale right now through E3

I picked it up since it was on sale for about half off. It hasn't disappointed thus far.

Some of the battles are almost a puzzle game. It's like an RPG, card collector, puzzle, story driven single player experience that just works

Alright so a couple things.

1 - Fallen Order looks like a must buy for me. I know a lot of people are panning it, but it looks like Uncharted with light sabers. Yep, sign me up.

2 - LEGO Skywalker Saga to everything next year. My wife really only likes the LEGO games, and I already know she'll play the hell out of that.

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RE: Fallen Order. That game just seems to need more time to cook. Watching the demo it seemed like they were moving from set piece, through open space, to set piece. I get it is an E3 demo, but if the game isn't a bit more dynamic, it's going to feel really flat.

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OH! I forgot!! They should be unveiling the Avengers game made by Square Enix!! It sounds super promising and I'm really looking forward to it.

This didn't age well.

I'm out of the loop on this, did square enix shit the bed?

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It seems people are unhappy with the character designs?

They don't look like the movie actors, but I really don't see anything wrong with them.

I just don't think that they fit.

It's not that I'm looking for them to look like their MCU counter parts (Spider-Man, for example, looks great!)... They just, to me, look bad. They look bloated, and they also look like late PS3 models or something. It's weird.

I'm... Going to hold out hope... For when we see some actual gameplay footage

Makes sense. I have been seeing the comments, but haven't really looked into the details.

Not exactly. The character designs and movement seem off a bit, and people are upset certain Avengers apparently didn't make the cut (at least at first). Me, personally, it's not that they don't look like the movie actors, it's that they look like cheap knockoffs of a B-movie Avengers movie. Like the 1994 Fantastic Four movie. Hard to immerse yourself in a world with poor character design.

Granted, there is still plenty of time to go back and work on the model while keeping everything else the same.

It sure didn't.

It suuuuuuure didn't.

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In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Ive been playing Fallout 76 on and off since it came out. I wasnt crazy about the idea of a battle royale mode but after playing it, I actually kind of like it. Any other Fallout 76 players here have any thoughts about it?

So, I've been watching this gameplay video for Final Fantasy VII Remake and I have to say that I'm impressed. Combat looks like they're intentionally going away from pressing the same button over and over and hacking and slashing your way to victory. The voice acting sounds pretty spot on too. I went from being mildly curious about this game to on board the hype train.

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.

Yeah, ..I went from..

1. zero interest
2. ..I'll probably pick up the collector's edition and sell it
3. wow, that combat looks pretty damn good. I'll play it.

I can't wait!!! I have loved Final Fantasy VII since I played it for two weeks straight while I was home sick with pneumonia in middle school. I have anxiously awaited a release date since they first announced the project what seems like four years ago. It is finally happening and I am excited!

Danny Coale Caught That Ball!!!

NSFW, but honestly, this embodied my reaction when I seen the trailer:

I am in my late 30s, and honestly, I am SO HYPED for this game! Day ONE buy for me, ironically my birthday is March 2nd, I know what I'll be doing March 3rd.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

LOL That's fantastic. So I believe in one of these gaming threads FFVII Remake came up and I said something like "I just want to fully explore Midgar" and it seems like that's exactly what they're doing. The emphasis of expanding the world and characters and really fleshing out this game has me pretty excited.

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That Trials of Mana remake and Dragon Quest gameplay looks amazing.

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I've been playing Tomb Raider: Shadow of the Tomb. It's alot more fun then I expected, I've also been impaled about 100 times in the first day.

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Seriously man, it's like.... Does every fall result in her getting impaled somehow?!?

It certainly appears that way lol.

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When that game came out I would ask my girlfriend what she wanted to do that evening. She would respond "Make Laura fall off of high things and get impaled". Seemed legit.

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I think I actually said "Make Laura fall off of high things and die" but you were close.

you corrected that but not Laura/Lara?

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Who doesnt want to watch Lara get impaled, if you know what I mean.

I don't think anyone brought it up, but Destiny 2 is moving to a Free to Download model in September where you can buy any XPac you want without having to own previous content. They also announced cross save so you can use one account to play on PC, Xbox, PS, and recently announced Stadia. They also announced we are going to the moon, adding nightmares of old bosses, and I will officially be referring to the XPac as spooky castle.

This is all very good. I reinstalled yesterday after a month break and I'm having fun again.

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Moon's haunted. Must kill Crota.

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Finally getting back into Destiny 2 and I've hit a wall of insane information overload so I'm bringing up my warlock character who still needed to do the forsaken and osiris story line before I get into the current season stuff so I can get back into the swing. Any suggestions or tips for whats best to chase after I havent done any of the black armory stuff either.

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Just take your time, there's a ton of stuff to do. I recommend doing the Black Armory stuff because you can forge some really good weapons. If Gambit isn't your thing, this season dropped power surge bounties to quickly get you up and running to this seasons entry power level. You can pick them up from Werner on the big barge on Nessus in Watchers Grave. There's so much to do it's easy to get overwhelmed even for someone like me that has two characters at max level for this season already. Just take your time and enjoy the grind!

It's been a few months since I've played but if you want to level up fast there is a way to power level to 650 in an hour or two. I think you need the annual pass for that. Otherwise, going through the story mode missions is the best way to level up. Once you've done that, there are bounties and weekly/daily events.

Got the annual pass sinceI'm diving back in and it was on 15$ but my characters are all level 30 so I've gotta get them to 50 before I can do the quick power level stuff with werner. Guess I'll look into the black armory today and watch some videos to see what I can get out of all the stuff and chase what most interests me. The chalice stuff makes no sense so fr so I'll probably go mess with gambit and black armory since I love gambit just need some good guns since my current ones all suck and are way underpowered.

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If you are interested in the campaign mode, finishing curse of osiris and forsaken should take you almost all the way from 30 to 50. I wish I stuck with Destiny 2. The pass was $35 when I had it and I didnt feel like spending that when I could just get a new game.

Yup thats what I"m doing by going through forsaken and playing some strikes and gambit to level up in one afternoon im up to 41 easy doing bounties as well. Loving it as always just gotta get to 50 for it to open up again and get some good guns.

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Make sure you buy some Fireteam Medallions from Tess in the tower to help with the leveling and equip an exotic ghost shell with a "guiding light" perk if you have access to one in your inventory or collections.

I'm seeing this late, but once you power through CoO & Warmind, enjoy the hell out of Forsaken. It really is a treat.

As far as current content, Black Armory had some really cool exotics. Forges were fun.

If you find Gambit to your liking, Gambit Prime is just a better version.

When you hit Opulence, there are power surge bounties that will take you 30 minutes and you will get a bunch of blues that are 690 light so don't bother with a light grind. Hit that first. The new Menagerie activity is pretty fun. Find a clan to play with for sure.

In terms of raids:

Vanilla - Leviathan - Full length raid. Loot is irrelevant but cool. Can drop catalysts. 7/10
CoO - Eater of Worlds - Quick raid. Loot is essentially irrelevant at this point. Can drop catalysts. 5/10
Warmind - Spire of Stars - Pain in the ass raid. Quick but is a lot more "puzzley" in its approach to raiding and not enough shooting big bosses. - 2/10
Forsaken - Last Wish - Massive length raid. A ton of fun & gear that still drops powerful. 1K Voices as an exotic heavy. Lot's of fun. Learn how to cheese the last boss. 9/10.
Black Armory - Scourge of the Past - Some neat tricks. Most encounters require a fair bit of coordination. Can be done extremely fast (less than 30 mins with a good group). Good loot. 6/10
Gambler - No new raids. 0/10
Opulence - Running on Tuesday. Will update if needed. ?/10

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Crown of Sorrows is great but I think Last Wish has to be one of my all time favorites. I just can't stop running it on at least a guardian or two every week.

I'm looking forward to it. I intentionally stepped away from the season launch because I killed the last few b pushing for day 1 raid clears and it just burnt be out. I'm loving the "bad luck protection" that the chalice has afforded and am really excited to see if this is a flash in the pan or Bungie deepening the RPG aspects of the looter shooter.

EDIT: Really interesting raid mechanically. Our group was 4 people with clears, 2 (including myself) without. We two shot every encounter up until THICC DADDI at the end. It is a surprisingly short raid, but has some fun mechanics. I like a lot of the call backs to Leviathan and how everyone has to know their shit or the raid goes to hell in the ascendant plane real quick. By the same token, my raid buddy kept dying to the deception which is infuriating. One member can absolutely torpedo the raid if they can't handle a mechanic.

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Judging by the E3 and the discussion since makes me feel this is something thats doing so well they will start doing similar stuff in the future the stuff coming out from bungie employees leans me to feel that way atleast. The whole leaving activision and going FTP plus not working on a D3 and instead building on D2 makes me feel they know what they want to do and makes me comfortable with them.

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Keep in mind, this has been the Destiny cycle. A big fall release that is critically acclaimed, followed by a bit of a downturn in content for the winter/early spring with a strong summer hold over then a big fall content drop.

We've gone through Mod and Weapon 2.0, exotic 2.0, and now armor 2.0 is on the table for the fall. Bungie, which I am happy with at the moment, knows how to manipulate money out of their audience. That is not always a bad thing, I think they are making good game design and business decisions at the moment, but if the bottom line starts to hurt, I could see quality & experience deteriorate quickly.

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Yup as a MMORPG nut I know how they all go in content cycles but my love for the destiny world is vicious and when I get the itch I gotta scratch it. At the moment I rotate between MMO's and a few RPGs inbetween. ESO has its big drops in the summer and Destiny in the fall and then winter and spring are spent bouncing between them and the odd sports game.

I had forgotten about the mods 2.0 and other stuff I need to look into those changes I havent played since those went live. I got alot of brushing up to do and research to put in.

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Glad to hear its a good one I havent run any raids since the first one in D2 after doing all the raids in D1 I loved the one with the nutty mechanics over stupid sponges so I'll have to start raiding again once I'm level 50.
Finished Forsaken last night and man thats a fun campaign sucks my favorite robot bit the dust but life must go on. Gonna start on the black armory first then work on some gambit prime I think

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I replayed Portal with the Games for Gold, and it was the perfect reminder of how great Portal 2 was. Picked it up used and working my way through again, with some co-op with the daughter. It's fantastic with the gestures and ability to drop indicators to show her where to place her portals.

Let's see a Portal 3!!!

3 is the forbidden number at Valve.

Knowing that I was never going to get 3 I just played a massive amount of portal labs maps. Some of the creativity is insane.

(add if applicable) /s

I played Division 2 over the weekend since it was free. I am on the fence about buying. I typically like shoot and loot games but the diving for cover seemed clunky and the enemies even early in the game were bullet sponges. Does this get better as you level up or is this just how the game is?

Just my experience so take it with a whole shaker of salt: The game was fun at release. Destiny 2 and Anthem were both falling flat. The looter shooter had a bit of a vacuum. Leveling felt good. There were all kinds of secrets and caches and the story was fun to progress to. There came a point where I realized that once the story ran out, the 3rd person was going to drive me insane. Opponents noticeably became spongier at the end game & play around gadget cool downs really slowed down the flow of combat from the former run, gun, and roll into cover. Activities became less soloable so I would find myself doing fairly mundane fetch quests until I could get some friends online. I never even made it to the raid. I have a good buddy on the dev team for TD2 but I really just found it lacking once the polish wore off.

If you really dive into everything that's there, you may get more mileage. I didn't really explore the dark zones and pvp. Just wasn't my cup of tea but I just found it a little bare.

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Thanks. Im not really into most pvp modes. I played crucible and gambit in destiny 2 just to get the legendary engrams so I would probably only be interested in the story mode. How long did the story mode take you?

~20 hours. The bulk of it heavily weighted towards somewhat frustrating things at level cap. If you ever want to see or get a rough estimate on how long you'll be on something check out https://howlongtobeat.com/.

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Everyone is talking about new games, but today is the last day of the Playstation Days of Play Sale

So, if you want to grab a few older games for pretty cheap, I'd go check it out. There are a few games I missed the first time around, so I grabbed:

  • Batman Arkham Knight: $6
  • Last of Us: $10
  • Star Wars Battlefront: $12
  • God of War: $20

NBA 2K19 is $3 right now. So if you're into those games, that's a pretty sweet deal. And if you need a new dualshock4 controller like I did from beating mine up playing Destiny and Titanfall 2, they are on sale for $40 instead of the usual $60 at most major retailers.

replying to my own post: after playing Spider-Man on PS4, Arkham Knight's controls are super clunky.

I just picked up Destiny 2 and Titanfall 2.

blackf0x520 ...for anyone that wants to help me run through destiny 2

What console?

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DredgenMoore if on Xbox. Always need more active people in our clan!

Looks like I missed out on the instant power level up stuff so I managed to get to 663 last night on blues and legendary drops but its a slow grind up to 690. I was able to bring over my guns from my 690 titan so I have those atleast to help but getting gear leveled up is fun. Gonna focus on gambit and black armory to get some better guns the blue 690 ones suck

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Make sure you pick up the pulse rifle (Blast Furnace) and the machine gun (Hammerhead) from Black armory if possible! They're both extremely relevant in this meta and two of my most used legendary's.

Also grind for a good PvP roll on the Kindled Orchid hand cannon to help with the Thorn quest down the road.

Menagerie has a godly hand cannon as well in the Austringer. Right now my loadout almost always features Austringer/Outbreak Perfected, with Loaded Question (best secondary weapon for PvE hands down), and Hammerhead/Thunderlord.

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Blast Furnace and Hammerhead would be priority since you can only grab two BA per week. With a bit of grind, Austringer is a great gun. I still prefer Warden's Law. Lord of Wolves is dummy broken in your 2 slot but Loaded Question is a great option too.

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I almost exclusively use Austringer in my primary and Recluse/Beloved in my secondary depending on the map. Been having really good results with it and it's super fun to use. Almost feels like D1 days.

You guys are awesome I went into crucible to go at it and got absolutely shit on by everyone my old setup is no more. Gone are the days of my 5 shot pulse rifle and my uriels gift meta. I'll look into doing the blast furnace and the other quests first to get some good legendary guns.

Also while grinding power levels do I need to have my highest light leveled stuff currently equipped to get higher stuff or if I use slightly lower light guns instead of my blue 690s? Those blues suck and I would dearly love to mix it up from them but dont want to slow the grind down either though. I remember once being able to just have it in your inventory and it would count when powerful gear and stuff drops

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Gone are the days of my 5 shot pulse rifle and my uriels gift meta

They've been gone since shortly after launch.

I recommend finding a pulse rifle (Blast Furnace is useable) in the primary and something punch at close range for the energy slot (a lot of shotties fit the bill here, look for high range aggressive archetypes). Hand cannons are wildly popular on PC.

Also while grinding power levels do I need to have my highest light leveled stuff currently equipped to get higher stuff or if I use slightly lower light guns instead of my blue 690s?

Drop power is determined by what is in your inventory, not by what is equipped. Hate that 680 side arm but love your 663 auto rifle? Just keep the side arm in your inventory or infuse it to your preferred weapon.

Also, avoid Iron Banner. It is light level dependent now so if you are below 700 light, you are paper shooting marshmellows.

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Sweeeetttt I can finally drop those crappy blues I still thought I had to keep them equipped. I also jumped in Iron banner when I was about 420 LL and my crit hits were doing 6 damage and I was like what is this? Still got a few kills but they mustve loved it cause I was a one hit and done.
Gonna work on outbreak prime it looks alot like a thorn perk wise. Still gotta go after ace of spades and thorn as well. Gods I loved the thorn in PVP in D1 but trying to get those exotic bounties to drop was RNG agony.

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Uhmmm, there are precise ways to start the exotic quests. For Thorn and AoS. Outbreak prime will require LL around 700 for you to complete the final activity. And a 3 person fire team. If you are on PC I can help.

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I'll have to hold on the outbreak for now then was reading up on it hate that its timed but oh well. I remember the grind for the D1 thorn being an absolute pain or thorn in my side. I'm on Xbox but once it goes crossave I may move to PC the game looks like it runs so much better on PC than on consoles my one x is even slow with it. If anyones on Xbox my gt is Titilywink

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Eagle posted earlier up he is on Xbox as DredgenMoore. Thorn was a lot of PvP work but wasn't horrific. If I remember right, the Ace of Spades was a lot harder/time consuming due to the competitive requirements.

Edit: I'll also Brag with my collection. https://braytech.org/4/4611686018467394250/2305843009299056854/collections

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DredgenMoore on Xbox. Will be pretty busy this week with Iron Banner quest/New Menagerie quest/ finishing up Cursebreaker title. I can get you in my clan for some extra pieces of powerful gear each week for now if you'd like.

Sweet I'll let you know I'm in a guild with all my friends atm but theyre all inactive so I may take the invite. Got to 676 LL tonight and got the hammerhead as well working on unlocking the next few forges until I hit 690 atleast. Got two armor pieces holding me back at 650 each come on RNG

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If you do the first couple steps of the Opulence opening quest, you will get a full set of blues that are 690. That may help you a bit

Would if I could but its glitched because for whatever reason picking that invitation quest up before youre level 50 makes it make you go straight to the menagerie zone and finish it before you get the powerful reward engram. Finished the forsaken and everything I need to and still no blues. Must be some quest I've never done I dont see or something

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You should be able to pick up some things from The Drifter (Gambit Guy) to help boost your light level if you haven't already.

I picked up everything he had to offer accept the prime bounties that I had no hope of finishing solo but otherwise I cleaned him out, which quests should I be looking for from him?

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I leveled to 720 without any raids or nightfalls on my 'lock. I don't know what expansions or anything that you may have but, The Drifter had "helper" quests to boost your xp at one point. I'm guessing you have already done those. Honestly I got all of my higher drops from doing the daily strikes and gambit primes that drop the strongest gear.

Huh guess I have I'm gonna look through my quest log and see if anything stands out. Still trying to figure out what all the new stuff means even. In 3 days I managed to go from 340 to 676 so its not too bad hopefully I can get to 700 by saturday so I can do a little iron banner.

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I have D2 on PS4, Xbone, and PC but I mainly play PS4. If you are on there I can help you with stuff.

DrNicewater

We will have cross save soon so we can play our same characters across all systems.

Cannot wait for that so I can play on my PC when I want to having a nice gaming PC but not many people to play Destiny with has kept me from going that way for now.

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So outbreak perfected is worth the quest I was gonna start that one up tonight as well to start on it since everyone seems to like it.

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It's your new Whisper of the Worm. 6 man fireteams running it can melt bosses. It is often preferred over heavy weapon damage. Make sure you bring friends with you for zero hour, it's a pain to complete solo.

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Sorry, for those that asked..I'm on the PS4.

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