TKP Gamers Lounge Summer Edition

Figured the spring thread was long enough so started one for this summer and hopefully all the news around the next gen of consoles coming this fall as well as all the new titles releasing as the year goes along.

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I'll start off the thread by an update on my first battlestation build. Got the wood for the tabletop is some rough cut assortment of 2x10s and 2x14s. Going to plane them down smooth em up then put them together to form a 89x28 table top with a wrap around the base made from 2x4's or whatever scrap I have from ripping the original boards down. The legs I'm making from 3x3 steel tubing with 3/4 rigid conduit to hold it all together and allow me to keep my wiring within the legs and pipe to hide it from sight as I'm a neat freak in that regard. Going to put small holes where the metal tubing hits the top at the top so I can fish speaker wires and other wires onto the tabletop without looping them over the back per say for a cleaner look. Got a new 32 inch Gigabyte G32QC monitor to build it around. Working on a RGB lighting setup for the desk and monitor was going to go Hue lighting but its way to expensive for what you get so gonna go generic alexa controlled light strips. Building the legs and frame today and tomorrow and the tabletop over the weekend. Only thing left to get is speakers and a chair but my rocker lounge chair will work for now.

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Update time.
Finished the desk finally after a few hiccups. Got the pipe cut to length threaded and put everything together this week and finished the table top. Still need one of the super large mouse pads for the top though if anyone has reccomendations. Still have the LED strip lighting to add once I figure out where everything will be going wirewise.
After living with family other people all my life in close quarters I cant express how good it feels to have my own gaming room now.

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love the skyrim map in the chest!

Thanks man thats actually my PC I built in a old chest like the skyrim dungeons chests. I have hardly used it the last year or two with everything going on but now I'm gonna get it back into shape for the next gen stuff coming along.

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oh no way! thats super creative! if you're on reddit and want to/haven't already, you should post this set up to r/battlestations, probably one of my favorite reddit subs after cfb.

I have spent the last few months on there brainstorming. Wanted to do the Ikea Alex desk thing but getting anything from Ikea is almost impossible right now. So went with my own thing I'll probably do a battlestations post once I get my secret labs chair and the second PC monitor hooked up and LED strip lighting done. I've got alot on my plate to finish this setup still.

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Just recently got a Secretlab Omega. It is super comfy.

There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

Currently waiting on the Titan since I'm exactly 6' I went for the bigger model but current date is end of july which is agonising. I spent months looking and researching and I couldnt find much negative on SL so they were where I went in the end. Everything I found on them was positive so I dont mind spending a bit more for serious quality.

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I had the same experience in researching them, and had a friend with one who loved it. I've only had mine for about a month but it's great.

There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

Having always used old broken chairs my back cant wait to have something nice to spend time in instead of old futons and freebie chairs I've found over the years. Just gotta grab an ottoman at some point as well to pair up.

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This is awesome. I just got the Aukey mat (AUKEY Gaming Mouse Pad Large XXL (35.4脳15.75脳0.15in) , it has held up well with a cat jumping on it daily.

Been keeping an eye on the PS5. Its starting to sound like its going to be one impressive piece of machinery. One thing is known for certain, its going to be expensive, with prices likely being in the $500-$700 range. Also, any game that is being released after July 1st must also be compatible to play right away on the PS5. Which, is curious, because one of the main talking points I've heard about it earlier said that it should be backwards compatible with most current gen games.

Some other things I've also heard is that they are going to introduce the ability to upgrade hardware features on the machine itself, like storage, RAM, and possibly graphics card. Which, if that is the case, they are taking direct aim at PC gaming with this one. And considering the power of the SSD they claim they have for this, could help level that playing field down the line. Interesting stuff.

Also, Epic Games (based in Cary, NC... shameless hometown plug) recently Demo'd their Unreal Engine 5 they plan to use with the PS5, and it was seriously impressive. If you're into gaming, I'm sure you've already seen it, but in case you haven't, check it out here: Link. I bring this up because I saw an independent game developer review the video, and he came away very impressed with what was shown.

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So, in regards to backwards compatibility, at first they said "it will be backwards compatible with PS4 games", with no additional information about whether that included *all* PS4 games. Later they said it would support an "overwhelming majority", but have since backtracked that to "most of the most popular games at launch, with additional games potentially added to the list in the future". At this point I'm not sure what to make of it, other than that I should probably plan on keeping the PS4 plugged into the TV for a while.

It's a far cry from Microsoft who initially said "anything compatible with the One will be compatible with the Series X" and hasn't wavered from that in the slightest. I'm a bit disappointed, really, that there's no reason to get a Series X, considering that almost all first-party exclusives now are being released on the PC as well.

Ah good a more on topic thread ...

I learned about the shark wheel in NCAA 14 WAAYYY to late in the game, like maybe 6 months ago at the most.

What play is this? I like to try and sneak a PA wheel route but never have success on it the DB's always take an inside angle and its really hard to get the ball in over the shoulder on those routes.
Also what are peoples prefered playbooks I really like the VT one for simplified running and TE packages and 4-3 basic for simpler 4 and man fronts but would love to find other good ones to try out. Also if nayone has any good bits on recruiting tips I'd be game.

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It's call shark wheel. I know it's in both of the shot gun packages with two receivers to the left then tight end and other receiver on the right.

X 聽聽 OOCOOT 聽聽 Y
聽聽 聽聽Z
聽聽 聽聽 聽聽 聽聽 Q H

Basically the running back goes out on a wheel route and either x or z drags across so against a cover 2 the RB gets wide open for lots of yards. It exists in the same formation when the QB is slightly closer to the line than the RB too.

P.S. hard to draw in basic html ... Y is off the line just like Z but this makes Z look far back, it isnt.

Ohh its the rb wheel no wonder I always saw people talk about the wheel route but the wr wheel route never works so I just thought I sucked at it. I really like the memphis play book for the trick plays in it but maybe a different book will have that one.

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There's a WR wheel of play action that is nice. I have it in a couple formatiobs, but i know its in the Ace formation with two WRs to the right and the TE to the right ( TE on LOS while both recivers are a step back). It's easy to setup with a couple runs, then when you are ready to run it just make sure there isnt a LB to the outside of the LT. You'll get sacked if there is. Other wise the 3rd reciever is wide open 75% of the time. If they are in man then the wr lined up on the left cuts across and should be open. If that fails the TE does a drag route.

Thanks for the tips man I'm always trying to learn the small presnap stuff to figure out where to go with the ball as passing is by far the hardest thing to do. My qbs never win the heisman due to their interception count which aint their fault.

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So the computer is usually pretty stupid. Lots of things help. If the DB is playing off the outside recievers then likely they are in man with cover 1 or zero coverage. Easy to attack with curl routes. Trips, moving a reciever, or motion will often show man vs zone.

If you have your coach leveled up enough on dynasty you sometimes get the play. That should help your passing. Cover 4 you can attack vertically, cover 2 there are holes on corner routes. In man the computer is bad at covering corner routes.

Learn the audibles will help, you dont even have to set your own. You can do 4 audiblesnfor each formations, PA, run, quick pass, deep pass. These are based on the plays you have in that formation so you can sort of force them if you want.

Thanks for the tips man any help is appreciated. I learned how to slowly tell man from zone and found that audibles are a huge advantage if you can tell where the coverage is going to be. Learned to start taking deep shots if both safeties come up and to audible to screens when I can get all the coverage to one side and sneak a RB out the opposite wide side of the field. Just need a faster RB badly mcclease is great but his top end speed in the NCAA 14 is rough I dunno how many times I get stopped after 20-25 yards when a quicker RB wouldve been to the house. Tempted to sub in Hunter with his insane athletic stats to try and hit home runs. He is lethal in the kick return game. The PA corners pass play is my go to when I need 10-15 yards on a corner route b the TE as long as they arent in cover 4 that pocket is always open once the TE breaks right.

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On defense, I highly recommend the dime package. I'll run that most of the time. Half the time, I'll call the standard cover 4, but the other half I'll mix it up among the other plays in the dime package. I will control a DE and rush the QB to get a sack or just create pressure to force the QB into throwing an INT.

If I'm playing against a mobile QB that can run the option or a team with a good running attack, I will sometimes switch to the dollar formation and run "spinners". But I build my defense with guys that can man cover like a MFer.

I don't play online anymore, so if anyone wants some good multiplayer cards, let me know and I can send you some online. Pretty sure my gamer tag is my TKP handle, but might need to check on that. Just let me know on here first, because I haven't used my xbox in over a year.

Interesting stuff dunno if I've used the dime package that much. I find myself playing alot of 4-3 base with man and cover 1 if teams can run wild. If I play a hurry up spread I tend to go three man fronts with a mix of zone to man coverage it all depends if my lbs start struggling with the slot guys then I go mostly zone to avoid the major mismatches. Always control the DL to hurry a qb as well nothing as enraging though when you shoot past the qb on an option and just miss the tackle then they go on for miles. I'm trying in my current dynasty to build my dline heavy and LB corp athletic and coverage based to account for all the spread teams play in that game. I'll try and play some dime next time I'm on to see how that works would love to get more matchups of safeties on the slot guys instead of LB's to avoid getting burned inside constantly.

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In the dime package you substitute your OLBs for 2 additional CBs so you have 6 DBs on the field. Usually the ILB will cover the running back or a tight end. Coverage becomes less of a problem, but sometimes running backs can get frustrating if they have a high break tackle rating.

I run a lot of nickle and use the LDE a lot for sacks. I look for coverage LBs or I move bigger safeties to LBs. I really want 85+ speed on my LBs. Moving safeties really takes depth because you need a few years to get their rankings up. Also I like big safeties too. I have moved LBs to DE too for speed. I like 82+ for DE speed too.

For triple option teams I run 4-3 under so the ROLB can take on the other side of the field from myself.

For teams that run a lot out of the shotgun I use 4-2-5 because it has a lot of nice blitzes that work well with runs, both LBs hitting the A gap. Both SSs coming around the ends. And one that is MLB/FS blitz.

This last season I did some serious experimenting. Stuck with 4-3 mostly but against the run heavy that 4-3 was solid. Against the spread went more 3-4 but I tried Tisdale on the DL on the left and moved belmar to the right but that didnt really work that well against any run but against the pass tisdale was clutch. I also swapped out floyd for hunter when teams went pass heavy as his athleticism made it so he could cover slot guys easily.

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All i know is that shark wheel is an apparent cure-all, and usually results in a loud resounding "FUCK!" when trying to run it against VT defense.

4 verts is all I need, my TE with 88 speed is always open

In season 10 of a teambuilder dynasty. Been running mostly flexbone from the start to make it more difficult.

PA switch out of flexbone normal has a great wheel route from the A back. I'll run it when I'm on the hash mark to the boundary and they'll be wide open 9 times out of 10.

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Well, I finally completed AC Odyssey

All in all, i enjoyed the game, especially since I got it with a coupon from Epic. I think my out of pocket was around $10. It was very pretty and the gameplay was really enjoyable. The story wasn't bad but by the time i got near the end, I was just ready to be done with it. I felt like it went on just a little too much. Still worthwhile though. I started the new game + feature to begin again, but didn't go very far because it doesn't seem like much will be very different with a second playthrough. Maybe I'll go back again after a few months and i'll feel differently.

I picked up AC Origins (with another coupon from Epic) for $5 and I find it really annoying that the control scheme is so different. Also, there is no save function except the auto-save and I am very suspicious of it.

Have you played the Odyssey DLC? The Atlantis one is pretty good and very different from the main game.

And yeah, agreed about Origins. I actually loved that game when it first came out and played it religiously. But going back and trying to play now, the similarities it has to Odyssey actually holds it back because it leaves you wanting those additional features. I recently went back and played Black Flag on Switch, and never got that feeling, so yeah, its definitely because of the similarities between the two.

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I did play the Atlantis DLC. I wish I had waited until I finished the game before doing any of it though. I ended up doing parts when I happened to be in that part of Greece and it felt kind of out of place with what was happening in the world.

For Origins, I might step away for a while and come back to it and maybe the differences won't bug me as much.

How do you feel about the AC series generally? I loved the Ezio trilogy but I dropped off after Black Flag (didn't finish it). I just feel like the series stopped being interesting.

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So, I loved the first one back when I first played it and could never get into the other games. I tried a few times picking them up for free or on sale and they just never hooked me. I did the install, played around for a bit and just lost interest. I genuinely felt they just weren't for me.

But, Ubisoft did a free weekend of AC Odyssey a while ago and I thought I'd give it a whirl. I tried it for the weekend and enjoyed it. Then epic had a sale and I had a coupon so I went ahead.

I love stealth games, open world games and story driven games and this had enough of all three to hook me.

On a side note, I feel like these are some of the few games where the cities and towns actually feel populated. I would love it if more games would put random people in their towns. It makes no sense for a huge city to have only twenty people living in it.

Still playing The Forest on PS4.

Such a fun and addicting game. Thought I would just enjoy it for multiplayer, but I've found that it's just as fun on your own.

I basically live out of a house raft, and carry enough wood to make a dock wherever I need in on the island.

Is there suppose to be a new season of Destiny 2 coming out today? Wasn't able to play the past two seasons and seems like there's some new information about the darkness.
I missed the live event for the All Mighty getting destroyed by Rasputin, but got to watch a youtube video of it and thought that was cool.

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Just loaded it up last night for the first time in a while, still at 750 light level so had a few missions available still to do might dip my toes into em this week.

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There is! Let me give you the state of Destiny 2 real quick:

Destiny 2 came out of the gates hot with their new release last September (2019). A new XPac, a new season, tons of raid content, new strikes, exotic quests like crazy, the Altar of Sorrow world event, the Pit of Heresy dungeon. That isn't even everything. If you like Destiny, there was almost TOO much to do in September to December.

January. The Season of Dawn. A Saint 14 season that was focused on the Sundial. A way to farm out weapons and later on in the season "Fractaline" was introduced, a currency rewarded for how much currency you spent. This lead to most players being able to complete and farm whole sets just by logging in on reset. There were seasonal events but nothing to write home about.

March. Season of the Worthy. Trials of Osiris returns! The pinnacle PvP activity finally returns since Trials of the Nine went on hiatus almost two years ago. People. Are. HYPED! Destiny is seeing massive activity, streaming is at an all time him, things are looking up! Or are they. Trials is sweaty. Like, Buzz Williams doing hot yoga sweaty. The first week is met with good results. Week two, a much smaller new crucible map is the main hub. It gets even sweatier and there is a noticeable drop in casual players. Rewards require at least 3 wins on a ticket, not easy in this environment. To not get two long winded, a month into a 3 month season, Trials populations have collapsed to half of their original level. Things don't get better in trials. Add to that no new raid, dungeon, or strike since the September release, people start angry. This doesn't even include the community's accusations that Bungie is taking exotic cosmetic rewards away from activities and putting it in the cash store. The Guardian Games, aka Space Olympics, replaces the Spring Revelry and it makes people VERY mad. It's Hunters v Titans v Warlocks. Hunters win day one, then Titans win literally every other day for the next three weeks. Bungie had been tweaking how much each action contributed to progress based on each class's player population. Add that Titans were equipped with the best tools to complete the daily bounties, aka fastest time to completion, and they OBLITERATE the competition.

Fast forward to yesterday. June. Bungie just ended the season by having the Almighty crash into Earth after Rasputin fires on it. The event was advertised as starting at reset. A half hour after reset and people begin to see faint lines in the sky. 20 minutes later, the lines now look like they are hitting the Almighty and there are little explosions. 10 minutes later there is a cool live scene of the Almighty crashing. Bungie has said NOTHING about the new season. They hop on to twitch to announce their fall release, Destiny Beyond Light. Guardians will start getting access to use the darkness, or stasis, as a new element. Bungie will be vaulting older content that doesn't see much play and bringing back fan favorite locations and activities. Vault of Glass is coming back as a legacy raid. Transmog. Sunsetting. All kinds of features announced. They announce the NEXT two XPacs after for 2021 and 2022, the Witch Queen and Lightfall. Then they get to this season. The Season of Arrivals. There is a new dungeon. Some new loot. That's really it. They seem to be at a point where this season is the sacrifice. There doesn't seem like 12 weeks of content but they may be relying on the Solstice of Heroes to carry the season.

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Interesting so would it be worth getting back into it now or waiting for the fall? I'm more a casual pve and a sweaty pvp player. I love the pvp sweat fest so satisfying when you get it right. I really wish D2 had never happened and they had just run on with D1 and not thrown all that content to the trash. Honestly never gotten why they dont bring all the D1 legacy stuff forward to add more diversity to everything.

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Destiny, in my opinion, will ALWAYS be best when you come back after a season or two break. There is tons of content and gear to chase, you can ignore a lot of the grindy mechanics meant to stretch out seasons, and the progression feels more natural.

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I did the first two seasons right after Shadowkeep came out but after that I took a break because it felt overwhelming trying to do most of the stuff. It didn't help that I'm trying to get back into streaming stuff along with playing in a Holdfast: Nation at War regiment, then the Warden and the Paunch DLC came out and made Greenskins fun to play with some extra stuff for High Elves (along with a funny easter egg having Henry Cavil in it), and for the past few months having weekly D&D sessions with my brother and some friends, which he streams the sessions (we call our group Dungeons & Degenerates because we are idiots).

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Yeah, I've been there. I've been playing WoW trying to get AotC, Destiny 2, Apex, Rainbow 6 Siege, my Bloodbowl league, and fun party games with my friends. Had to drop my two D&D games. Going back to school soon so I'm sadly going to have to jettison more games.

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I bought Jedi Fallen Order the other day half off, really enjoying the game.

I am a big fan of the Tomb Raider reboots (don't have a PS so never played Uncharted, but I hear a lot of comparisons to that game as well). Love the exploration, and appreciate the production value Respawn put into making it look and sound like one hell of a Star Wars game. I was hooked the moment I reflected that first Storm Trooper blast back at them effortlessly.

I thought the Titanfall games were very enjoyable experiences, so not surprised I like this one.

Respawn did an amazing job making it feel like so much fun to play/satisfying to pull off some moves. Its got a good feel to it that when you pull off the perfect parry and counter or the double flip then hit its so much fun.

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The Last of Us Part 2 comes out June 19. Very excited to get my hands on it.

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Looks like destiny just announced their next three expansions for the next three years guess they plan on running with destiny 2 for a while which is a huge relief. Was worried they might make a destiny 3 instead which wouldve been a mistake.

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It's beautiful

I bought Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice last week and man is it hard. I can't even get past the first real stage. No difficulty settings and if you take more than a few hits in a first encounter after a checkpoint it almost feels like you should just let yourself die because you won't make it past the next few encounters. You really have to play perfectly to advance.

Anyone else play this game?

Yep. I've played through Demon's Souls, all of the Dark Souls games, and Bloodborne all at least twice and love them all. But I found myself getting ultra-frustrated with Sekiro and found it more of a chore to play than any fun. After I beat it once, I packed it up and immediately sold it on eBay because I never plan on playing it again.

I liked it a lot. The fast paced style and the way blocking works were really appealing to me. Lady Butterfly is absolutely brutal for an early game boss but once you get past her the difficulty feels more evenly paced in terms of matching difficulty with the player's experience level.

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Just started playing FTL, and it is infuriating as hell, and I keep coming back to play.

I havn't played on my iPad in a long time, but it is so so so satisfying when you finally beat the game. May take quite awhile though, as intended :)

As short as each run through can be I still find myself playing a couple hours a day, and I'm a little embarrassed at how much time I've spent playing the last couple weeks. Still haven't made a successful run either - I've only made it to the final fight twice, and there is going to be a Washington Caps Stanley Cup-like celebration when I finally do complete a run.

The Rebel Flagship is a biiiiitch.

PS5 announcement event is today at 1 PST. It's supposed to last about an hour so I expect it will be similar to an E3 showcase.

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https://youtu.be/waTzCjSEP7U

Hope y'all are tuned in.

They started out with Spider-Man: miles Morales and I've had wood ever since.

Sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn is super exciting too. Those are some top notch games to show off.

It's Time to go to Work

I'll probably still buy it eventually, but I think the design of the PS5 console is pretty bad.

I think it looks like a duck bill especially when it's on its side like this.

It's like when you were 7 and you did that thing with two Pringles

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It looks a lot better when it is vertical. I don't have any issues with it either way, think it looks interesting and modern.

I have a white media cabinet, so it'll fit in well with my setup. And by that, I mean it'll blend in and not be noticeable, which is good.

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My entire living room setup is black... TV, receiver, TV stand and shelves, speakers, Xbox, PS4, Switch, WiiU, even all the cables except the WiiU power cord, all black. The PS5 is absolutely going to stick out like a sore thumb, and I'm not here for it.

Well this looks like a hell of a lot fun... bonus for me that it will be out on the PC and I won't have to buy a console.

Star Wars: Squadrons

My buddy whos big time VR is so excited for this as is I am too because damn that looks good.

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It might be time for me to finally buy another joystick. Flight sims with a console controller just aren't the same

Ditto... I have to see if the joystick i have still works... any recommendations on a new one?

EDIT: ... i had forgotten how expensive these setups can get - link

Man I remember some good ole gaming days spent playing Tie Fighter and XWing v Tie Fighter with a top end Microsoft Sidewinder stick

I played through X-Wing using a gamepad and mouse and it was freaking brutal... started to play Tie Fighter with the same setup when I had a chance encounter with this when my family went over to dinner at a family friend's place.... it changed my gaming life

Star Wars Episode 1 Racer just released on the Switch

I think I know what I'll be playing for a little while. That game was so much fun back in the day. Hope this spurns on a sequel.

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So

If you buy avengers on current gen, you'll get the next gen version for free

Same deal with Cyberpunk 2077.

Destiny 2 as well.

That's actually how I got into the first Destiny. I bought it for PS3 and never got around to playing it, then a bunch of my friends started playing on the ps4 - so I downloaded the free ps4 version and never looked back. Shame I couldn't get into D2 though.

I'm much happier now that Ive stopped playing Destiny 2. It became to much of a job. And every time i read about it, it sounds even more infuriating.

As is my modus operandi, as everyone is talking about the next gen of consoles, I am working my way backwards...

I just started Horizon Zero Dawn and am enjoying it a lot so far. I'm still very early in the game (just got passed the proving), but I am staying up waaaay too late playing video games again.

Definitely my favorite game of the ps4. Can't wait for the sequel

it's up there for me, I think I might give Spiderman the edge, and I haven't even beaten it yet lol. I did beat Horizon and thoroughly enjoyed the game mechanics, excited for the sequel

I do think the game mechanics of Spider-man is better, it's hard to beat being able to swing through NYC, even if you are helping expand the surveillance state.

I would rank Horizon Zero Dawn over God of War, mainly because I was very annoyed that Kratos couldn't jump (except on designated ledges).

I platinumed Spidey, and got 98% in horizon. ... Not willing to track down whatever training dummy that I failed to knock over.

Both are phenomenal games that I sank many hours into. Lol

wait, your supposed to knock over the training dummies? well poop...

Yup! That was my reaction as well when I started going over the achievements.

Spidey was the first game I ever Platinum'd. And it was pretty easy to do so.

That being said, easily one of my Top 2 or 3 games of the entire PS4 run. Just an excellent game from start to finish.

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Finished both Horizon Zero Dawn & The Frozen Wilds this weekend. but more importantly...

Sunset heart-hands!

Anyone else play Slay the Spire? I'm really bad at it but just hit 100+ hours in the game. I'm addicted again after taking a little break from it.

I took a long break from playing it on Xbox, but just downloaded the iOS version and have been putting a lot of time into it again.

I played it a bit in beta, got bored after a while, but recently picked it back up because it's in Game Pass and am thoroughly enjoying it. I'm definitely starting to get a feel for getting some deck builds that work, but mostly I'm still just unlocking cards at the moment.

Lots of stuff coming out on cyberpunk 2077 the last day or so and its starting to get me super excited. Looks like Projekt Red have built another awesome RPG world with some sweet graphics again. Heres to hoping the story is as compelling as the witcher series.

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So this is GTA blended with Blade Runner?

I went a little hard on the Steam Summer Sale today. I've been wanting Outer Wilds, Grim Dawn, and Gris for a while and they were all marked down pretty well so those were no brainers. I also pulled the trigger on We Happy Few. I've never heard of that one before. From the 45 seconds I looked at it it seemed vaguely Bioshockish? Anyone played that one before?

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.

Probably a good time for me to pick up Doom (and maybe doom eternal)....However, I've spent the last couple days re-setting my RetroPie setup now that my kids have really gotten in to the Sonic franchise, so I have more legacy games now at my disposal and should keep us occupied pretty much for the rest of the Summer.

Doom Eternal is 50% off ($30) during steam sale. Probably won't drop below that price for quite a while so worth getting now if you are interested in picking it up.

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PC people I got some Q's
I have an older gaming pc I built and before next gen consoles release I'm trying to figure out at what dollar amount do I not get the new consoles and just upgrade the PC for next gen stuff. Currently I have an intel i5 6500 (3.2 gHz) 6mb cache quad core processor and a MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 970 4GB for GPU and 16gb or DDR4 ram. My question is what would be the more effective to upgrade this year to help boost it to being next gen ready to help be budget savy. Would SLI'ing another 970 boost it up to run stuff at higher settings at 1440p or is it better to just upgrade the GPU and processor or one or the other? I havent built a PC in the last two years so I'm a bit rusty on whats what these days.

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I have a similar question for anyone who can help (don't mean to hijack, please help out hokienator).

Looking to get a laptop that can run a game like Cities Skylines well (the freebie I got on PS4 hooked me, and I know it can do so, so much more with Steam mods on PC), but can also handle loading, viewing, and only minor video editing of 4k home video (got a GoPro 8 before a recent vacation, and the Surface Tablet we have screams for help when we try to pull up the video from it). Anyone have any suggestions? Not trying to break the bank here.

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Razer and the Asus ROG lineup would be the first two I would suggest looking in to.

Any suggestions on specs that I should specifically be targeting?

At this point, I think I'm getting the idea that I probably need something with 16GB RAM, but 32GB would be ideal, at least for the video editing aspect (once again, nothing at all complicated, just maybe splicing together clips to create a single video for the vacation, all shot in 4k). I also figure get a SSD, with as much memory as possible to cut down on load times and churn. Not at all sure about the graphics card, but I figure that is where I should probably angle toward the gaming laptop aspect.

Am I missing anything here?

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You should be paying some close attention to the multi-threaded performance of the CPUs in question and looking at the specific software you intend to use. Lately, the AMD lineup has been beating up the intel chips in terms of multithread performance which is what video editing thrives on, but I can't say I know much about the laptop CPU performance because there is definitely differences compared to their desktop counterparts.

Also - the GPU. There is a lot of editing performance to be gained if your software takes advantage of hardware GPU acceleration.

I've been doing video editing with 16GB of RAM (HD, not 4k) with no problems until I ended up having more than 5 simultaneous clips on screen. That got difficult. So i suspect you should be fine to start at 16GB so long as you are just butting clips up against one another or maybe overlaying 1-2.

I just added another 16GB since I got some on sale on Newegg in case I need to do another brady bunch shot

I'm having similar thoughts. I currently have a Ryzen 5 1600 and RX480 4GB that is having a harder time with newer games. I'm hoping the new AMD big navi cards are somewhat affordable. One thing I'm definitely planning to do is put my old CPU and GPU on ebay as soon as the new ones are installed. On the SLI topic, I've heard that some games don't work all that well on an SLI'd system, I'm not super knowledgeable on this though.

I'm mainly looking to prep for this fall and next years games ie AC valhalla and cyberpunk at high or max settings at 1440p so I think the 970 might be a bit rusty for that stuff but the processor should still be okay and if I dont get a new console I'm just trying to figure out how much would be enough to hold up.

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I'm in the same boat waiting for Cyberpunk2077.

For me, I like playing FPS on PC much better. Also not having to pay monthly for online gaming and more opportunity to by cheaper games (steam sales, gog) keeps me on PC. Especially since the ps5 is $500 before peripherals. That said, you'd probably have to drop $500 on a GPU that could keep up with a PS5.

edit: found this article https://www.pcgamesn.com/sony-ps5-release-date-pc-equivalent-build

Thanks for the article link I'll check it out. I may end up just upgrading both to a AMD ryzen 7 3700 and get say a 2070 all in all costing roughly 900 and if I can deal hunt probably a bit less and honestly I'd be able to drop the Xbox live sub and save some money as well.

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SLI really never took off, you would be better off picking up a modern $400 card than finding another 970 to match your card. Depending on the game the processor may hold up your GPU, but it much more likely with modern games that the GPU is holding up the processor.

Agree - the SLI concept doesn't add any value unless you are trying to push the extreme limits of rendering, frame rates, and resolution. 99.9% of the PC population is just fine with a single card. SLI and Crossfire setups are more for competitive synthetic tests and should only be used when you need to get beyond the performance of the Nvidia or AMD top of the line cards. Otherwise, if you need more performance say from a GTX 1660 then just upgrade to a 2060 or 2070.

For me I would say that upgrade number is at about $750-1000 because I a lot of work (especially now) from my home PC, so my setup is dual-purposed and not exclusively for gaming. If you need to spend more than that to comfortably play games on your PC then the investment may be better off with just the new console. You also have to consider the number of console exclusive games you expect to be playing (e.g., if you are really in to the God of War, Last of Us, Uncharted series then you are SOL if you buy anything but a PS5).

In your situation I would first target the GPU to get upgraded... nothing less than a GTX 1650/ A GTX 2060+ if you have the means. That will take care of the biggest bottleneck. I would then look at a RAM upgrade and/or a faster SSD. I wont game on anything less that 32GB of RAM, and I try to get my games at least on a RAID 0 SSD (SATA III) or an NVME M.2 so my reads can get above 950 Mbps.

If you can get those upgrades done then you may want to look at a CPU upgrade if your current mobo can handle it. Depending on the BIOS support you should be able to drop a new i5 or i7 in there.

There's also an argument to be made to incrementally making the upgrades - You could invest in a new Mobo/CPU/memory setup now, then stagger your GPU, SSD, and other upgrades later. The big challenge at this exact moment is a major supply chain shortage, especially if you are considering a Ryzen setup.

EDIT: IF you are planning or absolutely have to play in 4k resolution (@60fps) then the graphics card needs at least a $500 investment. If the budget is tight then the console is the best bet. However, if you have the means ($1500) to invest and have multiple use needs then go the PC route.

Not chasing the 4k hype, I have a nice 144hz 1440p monitor so I'd be happy to just run stuff on those basics. I'm thinking I'll wait till the next round of ryzen stuff drips so hopefully I can get it at a lower price but still hit hard enough to play at max settings at 1440p and not break the bank for now. I would do this stuff incrementally but do the gpu and processor this fall around the time next gen drops

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Just finished my latest PC build. Used for Gaming and Multimedia editing.

Picked up an MSI Mortar Mag B550M on preorder.
Went with AMD's Ryzen 3600 with the stock Wraith cooler, 32 GB of 3200 RAM, and a Samsung 970 1 TB M.2 SSD.
Pulled the Nvidia 1070Ti and 850W PSU from the old rig and stuffed it all into the mATX sized Fractal Design Node 804.

Fired it up last night for the first time, will be doing some gaming tonight to see how it performs compared to the old rig with most of the old rig's components from 2013.

Waiting for a 650W PSU to come to hook the old rig up to the TV as a HTPC.

You need to do that setup a solid and upgrade the GPU by the holidays.

Its in the plan, but not trying to double the price of the setup with a RTX card just yet.

Nvidia is probably launching the 3000 series cards this year so you could just wait until the prices drop some more.

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Of I definitely am waiting for the next gen cards, might even wait until late gen so the prices come down like I did with the 1070 Ti.

Update to my build, the AMD Wraith Stealth Cooler was not good enough under heavier gaming loads for the 3600, I even added 3 additional fans to help it out. I am surprised since this is a pretty high airflow case, I even remounted the cooler twice with new thermal paste each time. Temps were 80-90 deg C die temp range which is not good for longevity. Picked up a Noctua NH-U12S to ensure that it stays cool throughout any load, it should arrive later today. Should fit in the case with a measly 2mm of clearance.

Update: The cooler fits and dropped temps 10 deg C even prior to the burn in period. Very happy.

90c? holy hell man... I start to freak when my temps go above 50. I thought the wraith coolers were better than that. Admittedly I haven't built a machine that ran on air cooling alone in a while. I've been pretty happy with my corsair closed-loop setup for a while (I have had the same unit in two builds going back to 2012 to the present) and it has been a rockstar at keeping temps and noise low.

I like air cooling, especially with extremely low dB fans like the Noctuas I have throughout my case. I would always have the what ifs in the back of my mind with water cooling.

From what I read these Zen 2 processors run super hot compared to old processors and AMD says the max temp prior to throttling is 95 C. The Wraith Stealth (54 mm) is the weakest of the wraith coolers, in the middle is the Spire (71 mm) which seems to be OK, and from what I read the Prism (96 mm) is pretty good. But, I wanted my temps to be at least 20 deg C from those limits, the Noctua NH-U12S is 158 mm tall and is the biggest air cooler I could reasonably fit.

Idle temps are in the 30s now, browsing temps in the low 40s, gaming temps are 50-75 depending on the game, so it has met all of my expectations. I should see those temps improve slightly as the thermal paste spreads over the next few days.

AMD has always allowed their chips to run hotter than Intel, at least as long as I've been building PCs. I assume it's a calculated risk, probably a somewhat shorter lifetime but fairly significantly higher performance for a given price.

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So supposedly Madden 21's career mode will let you play 2 seasons for 10 college teams and no surprise VT didnt make the list. Only ACC team in is Clemson and somehow fucking Nebraska got in the game. It feels like a weak attempt to boost sales on a game that has been slowly losing popularity.

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This slipped past me somehow, but for those looking for a relaxed dungeon RPG akin to Diablo you owe it to yourself to check it out.

https://www.torchlight3.com

The franchise is currently on sale on Steam - $4.50 for the original Torchlight

anyone loading up during the steam sale? Thinking of getting Jedi Fallen Order for $30. I love stealth games, and playing stealthily in games when the option is available, so I'm looking forward to playing Ghost of Tsushima as well

If you love starwars Fallen order is well worth the 30$ its pure gold.

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Ghost of Tsushima is oh so GORGEOUS

Picked up GR: Breakpoint Ultimate for $24 over the weekend. It is much like Wildlands with a little bit of the Division thrown in and is much better than the early reviews gave it credit for. I have played the first 2.5 acts completely solo so far, a few missions in Act 3 were super difficult that way, but I might explore the A.I. teammates to soften getting flanked constantly.

Didn't realize this was on such a huge sale. I might have to give it a shot. I've played through Wildlands twice and have almost 100% completed it, but never picked up Breakpoint because it didn't have great reviews. I have the Division 2 which I like for the most part, so I've been a little curious what BP would be like since its almost a blend of the two.

My external hard drive for my PS4 completely crapped the sheets on me recently (likeliest culprit being my kid who I think dropped a speaker on it). What a giant PITA, and just makes me remember how absolutely fricken stupid it was for them to release the PS4 with only a 400GB hard drive. (and don't get me wrong, the XBOne isn't any better here).

I really hope they get this figured out with the PS5 / XBX release this year, because having a relatively small hard drive when you're pushing the envelope on game size while pushing everything to a digital library just seems like really, really poor planning.

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Considering the prices and sizes of SSDs and even the M2 drives now, I would hope they go that route. Unless it's going to cause some sort of chip shortage. Some of those load times my friends on Xbox and PS4 had were absolutely atrocious, and with games not getting any smaller or requiring lots of quick access it's not going to get any better.

I would highly recommend looking at installing a larger hybrid drive in your PS4. I installed a Seagate 2TB SSHD a few years ago. When I was doing research the data suggested the hybrid drives had the best cost for performance although that might have changed now that SSDs are cheaper.

As far as next gen consoles go they are using SSDs and which will allow them to access data extremely quickly from the drive instead of needing it to be in the RAM, so game file sizes could actually see a marked decrease.

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Here's a sample comparison of HDD vs SSD. Pretty significant if you hate load times to begin with.

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The Seagate Firecuda 2TB they mention in the SSHD section is the one I'm using. I ordered mine off Newegg a few years ago.

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Remember when this current gen was released a 500gb drive in a mobile form factor wasn't as cheap as it is now. The drive alone probably made-up 20% of the system cost (not factoring bulk discount in the supply chain). A new 1TB SSD (2.5" form factor) falls within $100-120 depending on what you are looking for and how much you factor name recognition.

SSDs

If you dont need faster load times for your games you could always drop a 2TB drive in, for less. The speed spec's are equivalent in terms of RPMs compared to the stock PS4 HDD (which was 5400RPM) and these will have a bit more cache although I dont know how that really affects overall play - 2TB for $72

The PS5 has a very odd drive spec - 825GB SSD, and the expansion slot (in addition to the SATAIII for the main drive) is an M.2 slot. If the PS5 is backed by a PCIe 4 bus (doubtful) this is major in terms of read and write speeds.

Honestly don't care about load times on games. I just needed an external hard drive so that I could keep more than 4 games installed at any given time, which was the reality when I had GTA5 and GT Sport installed.

I had a Seagate External Hard Drive. I want to say it was 8TB, but it could have been 4TB. Lasted me a few good years until my daughter knocked the soundbar off a ledge and onto it. I've been putting off replacing it, because I know I'll be migrating over to the PS5 anyway, and I have gotten into Forza (Motorsport 7 and Horizon 4) a lot lately on the XB, so I don't have a great desire to get back into the PS for now.

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Honestly, it may not be worth the replacement unless you can't live without it for 4+ months. If you plan on getting the PS5 then I would suggest saving the money to buy and possibly add on to the storage as soon as you get it. Or, just use this as an opportunity to sell your PS4 if you can live without it. A working PS4 goes for a decent amount now especially under the pandemic realities - you can easily pocket $250 for just the console and controllers.

I'm int eh same boat with my graphics cards. Was looking to upgrade, but the 3000 series is coming out soon-ish and I'd rather be good for another 4 years.

Just downloaded Halo 3 for PC and started my first play through. I've played Halo multiplayer plenty as a kid but never actually played the series until now with the Master Chief Collection. Loved Reach, OG Halo was good, really like Halo 2, hoping that Halo 3 picks up since everyone is saying that it's one of the best.

On another note, I'm still on my "Just Another Turn" of my last Civ6 play through as Brazil. After wiping France of the face of the Earth, going down the Terminator route with Kongo (if he'd just stayed friends we could have avoided bloodshed) and nuking all of his cities at once and then just waiting for the radiation to fizzle out before waltzing through and taking over, and taking the mixed bag approach with Greece, I'm gearing up to lob all of my nukes at Gilgamesh and the Aztecs and finish the playthrough up.

just bought Breath of the Wild (we're a bit behind on the nintendo switch)... what kind of fun is my 8YO in for, and is the DLC worth it?

BOTW is supposed to be the best game out for Switch right now. I'm not familiar with the DLC. I would highly recommend checking out Golf Story for Switch. It's an excellent arcade golf game with some RPG elements and a funny campaign.

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+1 recommendation for Golf Story. One of the Switch's hidden gems that nobody really talks about much.

My biggest gripe with BOTW is that the weapons have very weak durability and break fairly often. But it's a fairly minor gripe that doesn't really get in the way much and adventuring around and discovering shrine locations is great fun.

Open world rpg. He'll have fun discovering his own path, and learning recipes, and mastering his abilities. I bought the dlc, still haven't played it though.

It is a huge open world game with a ton of stuff to do and only a small amount that's required, so you can really choose your own path and pick what you want to do. That said, it's also pretty easy to wander too far in a particular direction and find yourself outmatched, so they'll need to be willing to turn around and come back after they've gotten better equipment.

As for the DLC, I have a tough time remembering which quests were from the base game and which were from the DLC but it adds some pretty kick-ass items that are really fun to use, so I'd say it's probably worth it.

I picked up Bioshock Infinite in the recent Steam summer sale and just started playing it for the first time. Two hours in and this is pretty nuts but a lot of fun!

Infinite is a great game. The ending may be my favorite of the whole series, though I admit I liked the original Bioshock best. The setting of Rapture was just incredible, although Columbia is amazing too.

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Microsoft's game reveal was lackluster. I was hoping that they brought it, really wanted the boundaries to be pushed this gen.

Halo Infinite flat out looked OLD. Not good.

Yeah my expectations have been flattened by what I saw during the expo from Infinite. It looks very washed out and missing a ton of textures visually. People will say it has time to be fixed but I mean we're like 4 months from release. For the most part, what we see now is what we're getting at launch.

To me the Halo Infinite trailer looked more like an early Xbox One title instead of a late Xbox One / borderline next generation title. The lack of detail in the explosion and pistol in the top left is weak compared to the picture in the bottom left. I think people hoping the textures will be improved in 4 months will be disappointed. That time is spent to iron out bugs, not revamp graphics. Linking to screenshots instead of embedding because it's somewhat big.

And the texture pop in throughout the gameplay trailer is awful. Here's one example where Chief is going up the elevator. Look at the clouds pop in in the mountains across the valley. https://youtu.be/HZtc5-syeAk?t=275

I was really hyped for the "Most Powerful Console" marketing at first, but once again Sony has (so far) shown that the games are what matters most and I've cooled off considerably on getting an Xbox X right away.

I don't watch hype videos or trailers as a rule (mostly to avoid spoilers, since it seems half of all movie trailers are just the first 90% of the film condensed into a 90 second spot, and the game industry has started to follow their lead somewhat) but it's disappointing yet unsurprising to hear that 343 is once again releasing such an unpolished game.

Also, as a gamer who owns a PC as well as just about every major console released since the NES besides Sega, I already see no reason to buy a XBSeX since they're bringing all of their first-party exclusives to PC and have historically brought few major third-party exclusives to the Xbox line.

I'm the same when it comes to the PC/Xbox. There are no exclusives that on the Xbox that I will never be able to get on the PC. For a time that was the case with the Halo series, but since they just released that (or are in the process of re-releasing) I see no reason to buy one. The PS5 on the other hand...

I picked up Divinity Original Sin 2 after avoiding it for a while. I've been looking for an RPG for a bit and I'm hoping it scratches that itch.

edit: Now that i've burned through a couple of starter characters and gotten the feel of the game, i started my "real" playthough and am really enjoying it. I tried multi-player but it was with a group that has played a lot and I didn't enjoy just running along behind as they did all the things they've done a hundred times. The "discovery" part of it is half the fun for me.

My wife and I started playing with a couple friends a couple months back and personally we find the story a bit boring (don't tell our friends, they seem to be really enjoying it) but the 4-player co-op, fully customizable character builds, and interesting tactical combat more than make up for it.

I don't know that I would try to play solo, but if you have some friends who would be willing to meet regularly to play a fairly deep RPG with you I highly recommend it.

I'm most of the way through the game playing solo and I have had a lot of fun. I have enjoyed the story so far.

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I guess when I recommended multiplayer I should have added "with a group that is also playing for the first time." I feel like the only positive multiplayer experience I've had while joining an established group as a noob was Overwatch, and that was probably entirely due to the group itself and the fact that there's not really any story in the game.

Since were in a lull with new stuff to play I'm going back into my steam collection to give a bunch of older RPG's a run through. Looking at finally getting around to Fallout 3 and new vegas, if I still have time after those I'll look into bioshock and other older titles I never got to. Currently am playing through The Witcher 2 and am loving it. The choices in the story are tough as always with CD Porjekt Red, currently having to choose between Iorveth and Roche and man its tougher than I thought it would be.

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The original Bioshock is a fantastic game. Get the Bioshock Collection if you can, it has all three Bioshocks, including the remastered versions of the first two. The second Bioshock is decent, but the original and Bioshock Infinite are superb games.

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I should finally get around to playing Infinite at some point. I played the first two back when they were still fresh and thoroughly enjoyed them both, but for whatever reason I've never fired up the last one.

It's a different enough setting that it maintains a Bioshock feel while still being totally new and exciting, and the mechanics changed enough that you have to take some time learning it and can't just cruise through. It's a really really good game.

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If you are the type to play a game for the story, the story is really good in Infinite. Highly recommend.

Its in my queue... i think i bought it during the Steam Summer sale (a couple years ago) and haven't managed to get around to it. Still need to finish Bioshock 2...

I tend to enjoy playing older games solely for the story as the combat tends to feel clunky when compared to modern titles. Personally I love the Witcher world so really loving the story in 2 but once I'm done I'll be looking into some of the bioshock games.

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I love the Witcher, as well. In fact, I named my car Roach, as you do. The benefit to that is now I never have to think of another name for any subsequent vehicles. They're all Roach.


Thats a brilliant idea I may have to copy.

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This is now what I believe you drive as your daily commuter.

It's an unwritten law that it's my lunch pail. I've issued the challenge. If someone outworks me, they can get it.
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Thankfully, no. I drive one of these. Handsome dog tax included.

Ghost of Tsushima just came out and has excellent reviews if you have a PS4

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The reviews are stellar for a reason!!!!

just bought it! but haven't started it yet

Debating on getting it. I have some games to sell to Gamestop and I think they're still giving extra store credit toward the purchase of this game.

Anyone else pick up Paper Mario The Origami King? I have to say the new twist they put on the turn based combat is a really fun twist. I highly recommend this for any and all Nintendo Switch owners.

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IMO this is the closest true Paper Mario game we've gotten since TTYD and is what I was hoping Super Paper Mario was going to be. The battle system definitely gets old and I really wish there was a leveling system, but all in all I am enjoying the game and have had my share of laughs.

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I mean, there kind of is a leveling system, just that you gain one or more levels every time you pick up a max hp heart which also increases your damage output. I'd like a bit more info and customization, but there is definitely progression through the game.

there kind of is a leveling system, just that you gain one or more levels every time you pick up a max hp heart which also increases your damage output

You're right, that is fair. My main grief with that method though is it happens outside of battles, thereby making them much less important. You collect way more coins than you'd ever need, so the battles are rendered more or less expendable. I wish I felt like I was at least accomplishing something when I entered a battle and not wasting time collecting coins I don't really need on a fight I'd rather avoid.

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Sometimes I have a really hard time lining up the enemies to the point I take a screen shot to look over the battle field in the gallery so time doesn't run out. Some are really simple when you figure out the proper line up and I feel like a dope because I was stumped lol.

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I am stealing this idea and feel like a dope for not thinking of this before lol

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I didnt think of it until half way through the water temple.

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Future Total War plans (personally I just care about Total Warhammer, but the others are interesting too).

I was really hoping that Beastman and/or Warriors of Chaos (they need a major rework overhaul like the Orcs & Goblins did with the Warden and the Paunch DLC/Update) would be next for rework in Total Warhammer, Wood Elves definitely needed it though. Lot of speculation who the Wood Elves Legendary Lords (LL) and heroes are with seeing some stuff people saying are characters from older editions (like 4th edition back in the 90s) or just before the End Times and the Old World being destroyed in 8th edition (2015).

It's more than likely Skaven stuff be added as the faction mentioned from the second game for the next DLC (with Wood Elves LL/heroes), but it's not Thanquol since CA made it seem he'll be in Total Warhammer 3 (can't wait for that to see the Chaos Deamons, Ogres, and Chaos Dwarves while wondering what the fourth faction will be).

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Finished Bioshock Infinite last night for the first time. Quick game (Steam says it took me 8 hours on Normal difficulty), but I found the gameplay, atmosphere, and story to all be really enjoyable.

And since I finished that, I picked up Ghost of Tsushima which I am about to start playing this afternoon. Work has a planned paid shutdown/vacation this week, so the combination of that, this tropical storm today and tomorrow, and the pandemic quarantine means I'll have plenty of time to enjoy this game.

Glad Infinite treated you well. A top 3 game for me. Without getting into spoilers.....I'll just say that my mouth was open in awe during the entire ending.

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.

Same. Just before the credits rolled I realized I had spent the last 5 minutes with my jaw hanging slack, stunned. Probably my favorite story in video games.

That ending was great. Really all the twists in the series kept me really engaged throughout the game. Still isn't quite as good as the original Bioshock to me, but I think that's more a function of how much I loved the setting of Rapture than a negative for Infinite.

There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

I was today years old when I realized where your tag line came from - but it wasn't in this thread.

Wait, what?

Just remember you can pet the foxes!

Was debating and ultimately pulled the trigger on getting Fall Guys, which drops Tuesday for non-beta. Game show style game (think MXC) I had a lot of fun playing the beta this past weekend, but definitely more fun if you're playing with people you know.

Game starts with 60 people, and goes 5 rounds cutting like 20 percent each round give or take. There's one winner at the end of it all. Some team events, a lot of individual events.

Combat bliss

This is from pretty early on. I've only since gotten better and acquired more tools. So much fun. Perfect send off for the PS4.

Really sad I missed out on the Analogue preorder yesterday. A "remastered" gameboy that plays all the old titles sounds awesome. They also have a dock that'll connect to a big screen.

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I thought it was cool too, but the price is awfully steep.

You're not wrong. Especially when most emulators are free.

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Most emulators aren't running on specialized hardware intended to match the original as closely as reasonably possible, 30 years later and without the original engineering designs. Any sort of software emulation is going to introduce certain errors that, while it may be possible to patch via additional software, change the way the software is run.

Holy shit, it took me forever to pony up the cash to sign up for Gamepass, but I finally bit the bullet. First game I went after was Subnautica because I'd been eyeing it up for YEARS.

It might be the most fun I've had playing a game since Skyrim. It has the perfect balance of guidance mixed with "figure it out yourself." The environment is so expansive and enjoyable to explore, I feel like every time I dive I find something new every 10 feet.

I streamed it last night for 5.5 hours and learned the hard way that you need to create some sort of marker to find the base you construct on the ocean floor lmao. Spent no less than an hour and a half looking around for it and had no fucking clue where it was. Would recommend it to anyone looking for that "play for 3 hours, but felt like 30 minutes" game.

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That game and No Mans Sky and you have some amazing games to play on game pass that are games you can sink hour after hour after hour just wandering. Loved subnautica when it came out and lately its been NMS when I have the exploring itch to just wander.

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I hope you stacked 2-3 years of Gold together before converting it. You can get 3 years of Gamepass Ultimate for about $120-130 that way.

Also, I agree that Subnautica is a great game. And as soon as you build a sensor room, that problem goes away as it'll add an item to your HUD.

I stocked up on 2 years of Gold before doing it. I figured 3 was too much - who knows what I'll be playing on in 2022. So 24 months of game pass for $121 is a pretty banging deal

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Finally got my new gaming chair in, installed some LED rope lights and then fired up my older pc to start making the transition back to mainly playing on PC again. Later this year once the newest lines get announced by Intel, AMD and such I'm planning on upgrading to a 2070 super GPU and the AMD 7 3700 CPU to give my older rig a refresh for next gen stuff. With all the cross play stuff coming and more compatability in the games I play with friends I feel its time to go back to PC and take advantage of better hardware and less having to upgrade consoles every other year or 2. Wll upload a test run on the power of the PC later to see what my system will do with current stuff.
PC spec:
CPU: Intel I5 6500 3.2Ghz
MOBO: MSI Z170A
GPU: MSI GTX 970 4GB

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I dream of having the time and resources to design and build a setup like that someday.

I know what its like to feel that way and all I'll say is keep pushing its so worth it in the end. The best way to do it is slowly and spread it out unless you win the lottery or something. It's taken me years upon years of getting pieces here and there and finally moving into my own place by myself was the final straw so I finally had the space to put it all together. The desk cost me roughly 200$ to build as I already had all the tools and all the parts for the desk aside from the hardwood top I scrounged from dumpsters in industrial complexes. Years and years of having crammed living spaces make it so nice to have a nice area to game in.

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Still playing RDR2 the few hours a week I can spare for gaming. Will be going back to finish Blasphemous when I'm done

Just finished The Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition for the first time and man that was way too much fun. Challenging and the story is next level. If I hadnt already gone back and played TW3 earlier this year I'd jump into that now but oh well.

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anyone play Rebel Galaxy Outlaw? I enjoyed the first game and this one looks even more like Wing Commander: Privateer. I'm looking to load this up on the PC at home and see how it plays on a 60" screen when I get some time.

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Anyone else preorder (or preordering) the Tony Hawk 1/2 remaster? I can't wait for it to come out. The trailers have some hardcore nostalgia.

Preordered for PS4. I also got super pumped when Skate 4 was announced recently. The Skate franchise is probably my favorite for skating video games. Tony Hawk Underground 2 was definitely one of my favorite childhood games though.

... Anyone else having fun playing Fall Guys??

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Hit me up if you're in on a ps4

Just downloaded it yesterday and it's been fun so far. I've never gotten further than the third round.

It's a fun cute little game that I had fun with friends, trying to decide next time I stream playing it (on steam BTW), since Holdfast: Nations at War is blowing up with people playing with close to four full servers in the evenings thanks to a Tiktok video.

"Oi! What's a Horkie"
"I am ya Grot!"

"Horkies were made for two fings foighten' and winnen'" - Horkie Warboss

"That Gritty git doesn't exactly look like a Horkie, but by Gork and Mork it acts like one!"-Random Horkie Boy

Yeah, it's a lot of fun. Not overly complicated and quick. Been my go to when I need to kill 20-30 minutes. Although it can be frustrating when you start in the back and have to deal with all the goobers screwing up so you get screwed up.

I really like it and they've made some good tweaks since it first came out, no more back to back team games, less chance of getting tail finals. The only frustrating thing for me is I can get to the finals on a semi-regular basis, but I have yet to taste that sweet sweet victory

Got Ghost of Tsushima last week and it is one of the best games I think I've ever played. I actually enjoy the story of the game (probably because I can't skip through it). Beautiful graphics and the gameplay is pretty seamless. Super pumped for the online play that was just announced a couple days ago.

4 player raid, wave mode, and 2 players co-op missions. Caught me completely off guard. Can't wait.

Civ 6 is the most addicting game ever, I gotta stop starting a new game at night..................

Finally got around to playing bioshock and to be honest it was slow starting and I almost lost interest but then the story dropped and damn I'm having some fun now. The only thing this game is missing is a fallout styled radio station with some oldies like fallout does to make it pop.

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There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

I see by your signature you must be a big bioshock fan?

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Heck yeah, the original is probably my favorite game of all time.

There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

Just got past the part where I discovered the scientists logs in Ryans office that shit had me ready to punch a wall when I listened to the second log.

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The twist is so good.

There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

Been saving all the little sisters from the start and so far seems worth it for the stories sake the big daddies were brutal early but now with electric buck and a few prox mines they die easily. As someone who loved dead space this is as close as I've come to that feeling.

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Shotgun is my second favorite gun in the game. The crossbow is by far my favorite though. So much fun getting headshots with it.

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Just discovered how lethal the crossbow is now I dont want to use any other weapon. Can you recover your bolts if you headshot non explodey guys?

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Yeah you have a chance of recovering the bolts, so always search the bodies afterwards. Or check the walls, you can recover them from misses too.

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I've gotten back into Old School Runescape recently and am looking for people to raid/boss with. If anyone here wants to play please reply to this post with your username and I'll add you. I'm max combat and ~2,000 total level.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Downloaded the latest NCAA 14 rosters from Operation Sports for PS3. Anyone else gotten around to getting it yet?

Caleb Farley is on the roster and the best player by far (going to make him the Illinois State corner) and Cole Beck is still on it as well.

Was surprised to see Hooker's speed is only a 70. I thought it'd be low 80's (may change that but don't want him to be too OP).

Brock Hoffman was also listed is an 80 while Hudson is an 86.

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Yeah I was surprised to find that Hooker was the slowest QB and Burmeister was the fastest. I'm not sure what I expected but it certainly wasn't that.

Is the roster final yet? The version I downloaded a week or so ago was only like 95% complete with a bunch of players on a few teams still just named "X X". Also, I'm patiently waiting for the College Football Revamped v3 mod pack, including a bunch of updates (though you need either an emulator or a softmodded console to use it).

They still have Farley on the roster, but the code for Xbox 360 is OutrunFire0290

I'm 8 games in and it's been fun. Big play tre is fun to throw to.

Fire guy

I recently finished the 1st of 3 acts in Ghost of Tsushima. The amount of things to do and see in this game is staggering! I truly think that a lot of devs could sell Act 1 as a full game at $60 and plenty of people would buy it. Really excited to play through the next two acts.

I think the shrine tower climbs are the best tower climbs of any open world game to date that I've played.

Wait till you play the conclusion of Act II...

So so good. I'm into Act III now and I've had more fun with this game than most others I've played in recent memory.

I plat'ed the game and haven't wanted to play anything else since.

Waiting for Cyberpunk or next gen now

Just finished Act III last night. Wow is all I can say about this game. The next goal is to clear out all the rest of those pesky Mongols.

Anyone else jaw hit the floor when Nvidia released the pricing on the 3000 series GPU's? $500 for the 3070 count me in.

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Yeah, I really want to upgrade my GPU, but I think if I went for a new one of those I'd need to upgrade more than just the GPU. Maybe I can get an older one cheaper now.

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Price is great but I'm hoping there is stock readily available this fall. I'll probably sell my 5700 XT since I don't like it much and get the 3070.

It'll be an expensive fall between the PS5 and 3070!

I'm not gonna upgrade the console side of things since I have a one x currently so just PC for me. Was thinking of snagging a 2060 super but for similar prices the 3070 is too tempting.

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Just push the PS5 back until 2021. There's only 2 games that look anywhere close to good enough to consider a day one purchase.

just started Death Stranding and.........what the hell?
nightmare fuel.

I also just started playing the game. It's creepy and bizarre but I still really enjoy playing.

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I'm just twiddling my thumbs waiting for pikmin 3 deluxe to hit the switch on October 30

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Does anyone have the new PGA? Would love some honest reviews on it.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

I have it. For the most part I like it. I havent owned a golf game in like 8 years, so I was happy a good one came back out. The controls are easy enough, there is plenty of customizations available to get the game tweaked for your skill/desired scores (same with cpu difficulty)., and the default clubs are actually pretty good (so you arent orced to level up). The courses are actually really well done and interesting to play. Plus you know people will create other famous courses with the create a course feature.

For me, I have 2 main problems with the game and one small problem. The small problem is that every course seems to play the same as far as firmness/spin. Unless you change the settings for each week, the course conditions will always be the same. Along with that the rough is really weird. Doesn't seem to matter how far you go in it, you can never advance the ball past like 170-200 yards, which doesn't seem super realistic (sometimes you get flyers irl). The two big problems are the swing timing and Price. Price simply because I'm on PC and buying a $60 game is something I never do anymore. The swing timing for the most part is good. I am usually fine with tee shots and full swings . However, once you get to wedges or pitches or chips, its very difficult for me to get the timing right. You still have to whip the stick forward like a full shot even if you are 50 yds from the pin (which seems very unnatural). Most the time I am slow, and it is super unforgiving with wedges. You would think those would be the tightest grouping regarless of timing, but if you are just a little slow, you will almost certainly end up at least 10 yds short of the pin or green. I really don't like the timing for short shots in the game at all. I think the big problem is the animation slows down (because it is a short shot) but you still need to swing quickly. The timing and animation just don't seem to sync up. At least for me.

Overall totally worth it if you like golf/golf games and plan to use the online features.

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I'd rather be golfing.

I have some thoughts.

It's an okay game. It's worth $60 if you have some friends to play with. Otherwise, I'd wait for a price drop. Here's why:

1. There are so many freaking bugs. Mostly in commentary. But still a few scattered about. You can be way off the lead and the commentators will say "this shot to move into the top 5." You make the shot and you don't even sniff top 25.

There are a ton of bugs with regards to scoring. Everyone scores the same on every course. Say you're at Quail Hollow for the Wells Fargo. It's a tougher set up than the John Deere but everyone still shoots around 6-7 under each day but you're struggling to get to 3 under because it's set up harder.

Justin Thomas also DOMINATES. I was 10 tournaments into my second career season and he had 7 wins and 3 other top 5s. He is ahead of me in fedex cup points by 4 thousand points. This may not be a bug, it may be intentional. But it's annoying because you will be one up with two to play and somehow JT eagles and birdies the last two par 4s to win.

There are bugs with the in game commercials during career so I turned them off. The announcers won't be consistent on scoring. They'll say "this for his par" and show a pro holing out from a bunker then his scorecard shows he makes birdie or eagle. This happens 3-4 times per round.

2. It is really inconsistent with regards to rough and wind. Like mentioned above, the rough is penal everywhere and you can barely advance the ball. But sometimes the ball goes 100% of the distance with no rhyme or reason as to why. In real golf, you can see your lie to see how much club you can get on the ball but in this game you're relying solely on the percentage shown on your HUD, and it doesn't always work out. I've also found that wind is a bit of an odd ball. Not as bad as rough though.

3. It's a lazy attempt at a game. The penalty areas aren't accurate. Water hazards are all marked yellow I believe, so if it's lateral you're screwed. Also, if you get stuck behind a bleacher, you don't get relief like pros do. So it's missing a key parts of real golf. The swing mechanics are baffling too. If you want to hit a pitch shot, it forces you to have a slower back swing. But to keep your pace for a good shot, you have to throw the thumb stick forward way faster. So it's not indicative of a regular slower swing speed shot.

I don't want to hark on the bad too much because it is an improvement over TGC 2019. It's a little more immersive in the career mode. There are more courses. I'm hoping they'll have some additional real courses that they publish. It's a lot of fun to play with friends. Overall, it's the best golf game since the Tiger Woods game, just a little raw.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Oh boy, just finished the story of Ghost of Tsushima. I went into the game a little skeptical thinking the praise it was getting was an exaggeration -- but I am completely blown away by how good this was.

I admit that I normally tune out the stories of games in this style (Horizon, etc.) but this story had me hooked right away from the beginning.

I find it incredible that this is an American-made game because it just seems that it "should" be a Japanese game with how it has been crafted (shrines, fox dens, haiku, music, and more). I remember thinking that Infamous Second Son was pretty boring and never even finished that one, but Sucker Punch really knocked this one out of the park.

Now to keep playing and get that platinum trophy. Wow, what a game.

... If you're like me, nothing you play immediately after will suffice.

Not for a bit anyway.

Just got Tony Hawk 1&2 and am loving the nostalgia. So much fun tearing through the mall and warehouse levels

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The nostalgia is awesome, I agree. Though, its making me realize that I need to get used to using a d-pad again.

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So microsoft just introduced the Xbox series S for $299 and I'm honestly surprised they let the price out but still is weird considering the series X releases later this year as well.

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Isn't this the Digital Only version of their next gen system?

Considering the prices people are expecting for the PS5 and XBX, seems smart to let the price leak early because now people will know they can get a similar performance for $299 when those two are announced at 2x-3x the price.

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While yes it is digital only, it also has a weaker GPU compared to the beefier Series X.

The Series S will target 1080p gaming at 60fps while the Series X will target 4k gaming. I think it's a smart move because even though entry level 4k TVs aren't super expensive these days, still not everyone has one.

So its basically an upgraded XBox One S without a 4k blue ray player?

Well, I appreciate it for so kindly removing itself from future consideration in this household.

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I don't know about its blu ray playing capability, but from what I understand right now, here is a simple hierarchy-

GPU: Series X > One X > Series S
CPU: Series X >= Series S >> One X

The Series S will be able to play "true next gen" games while I doubt the One X will.

Also, screw MS and their completely stupid naming scheme.

I believe the no blu-ray capability comment was due to fact that it doesn't have a disc drive.

Oh right, I totally whiffed on that. I'm not used to consoles without disc drives yet.

BAsically looks like a simpler less hardware digital version. $299 and its made for 1440p gaming with up to 120hz and supposed has ray tracing as well but definitely not going to be as pretty as the beefy series X.

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From looking at the specs, it seems the Series S should have roughly similar overall performance to the One X, maybe slightly better, but without a disc drive. But additionally, it will play all games released for the Series X, which does not apply to the One X.

Basically, if you're looking to play games on a 1080p TV and don't mind moving to an all-digital system, just get the Series S. If you have a 4K TV or plan to get one soon, or still feel attached to physical media like me, save up for the Series X. Or, if you're really like me, just plan to play all the games that would be Series X exclusives on your PC.

Thinking about getting NHL 21 this year rather than Madden 21 or NBA 2K21 like I typically do. Can anyone offer any insight into how the NHL games play? I played NHL 18 sparingly but am looking to really get into this new career mode.

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Formerly known as JWillHokieAlum.

The last NHL games I played were the Hitz on GameCube. Needless to say when I downloaded NHL 20 on game pass I could not cut it. Using the joystick to control the stick was foreign to me. I just wanted to check people

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Adjust the sliders. The game is a bit ridiculous until you get used to the controls.

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I agree. Once you get used to it you can't go back. It gives you so much more control and flexibility.

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I really enjoyed Hitz Pro, the one where it played like the regular Hitz but was more simulation based with 5 on the ice. That was a classic.

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Virginia Tech fanatic.
Formerly known as JWillHokieAlum.

Have played NHL 19 and NHL 20. Haven't really gone through any of the career modes, yet, but from what I understand they really haven't updated it much over the past 5 years. Much like FIFA, they've poured all their money into online play and their microtransaction/lootbox market. While its nice that they are updating career mode, I don't have my hopes up too much.

That being said, this game has really nice customization options. Being able to create a new team from the ground up, from designing a new arena, to choosing color schemes, logos, and jerseys for both the NHL and AHL teams to an actual expansion draft, its pretty in depth at the Franchise Mode. In NHL 19 I went full Hokie with my expansion team, going full Maroon and Orange out of Virginia Beach, and it was a lot of fun. Just wish you could import franchise modes from NHL 19 to NHL 20.

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Good review. Yeah, everyone has gone the way of microtransactions ruling the game. It's unfortunate but the new reality. I do look forward to the customization features, though. As long as the career mode is better than the garbage we get with Madden, I'm okay with that.

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Virginia Tech fanatic.
Formerly known as JWillHokieAlum.

When you are in career mode, do you still play to control the whole team, or do you isolate to your own player?

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On Madden? Most recently, your own player.

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Alright, I recommend playing as the entire team if you do this in NHL. Otherwise, its very difficult to get into the flow of any game.

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Okay, thanks. I've watched videos of people playing career mode on YouTube, and the CPU makes a lot of questionable decisions at best.

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Virginia Tech fanatic.
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Not sure how much it has changed from the last one I got, mid 2010s, but I did prefer the single player career and just mashed that skip to my time on the ice button when it was available.

I have NHL 20 and have really enjoyed it! Skill stick takes a bit to get used to but you can always change to classic controls if that bugs you.

Can't really say anything about Career mode. I mostly play franchise mode.

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Blades of Steel is the best hockey game ever made. I can't speak for any newer hockey games. But I suggest playing Blades of Steel.

I've seen some online chatter that Madden 21 is especially bad, lots of gliches, etc. Is the criticism overblown or is it actually that bad?

There are a lot of examples if you Google madden glitches for this year's game.

My buddy sent me a link with a compilation of the most ridiculous ones that people recorded.

But yeah, apparently it's just flat out BAD

Havent gotten Madden in years since its quality has really dropped off and even stopped grabbing FIFA as well as its not very good anymore either. EA have really gone all in on the ultimate team aspect and if youre not into that all the other game modes are very lacking and the gameplay has become very glitchy.

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For 1200 dollars I can upgrade to an i9, DDR4 RAM, and a GTX2070...but I guess I should wait for a 3000 series GPU.

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Yeah I was gonna pull a 2060 super once the 3000 series dropped but for the price of the 3070 alone I'll be waiting to snag one of those instead. Only other thing I need to up is my CPU at some point but my current one wont bottleneck it that much so I'll probably wait till spring to snag a ryzen 3700X.

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agree... wait until the October release for the 3070. I was going to do the same with the 2060, but unless there is an extreme discount applied then I'm grabbing a 3070... I'm also dead set on a 3900xt and a new PCIe 4.0 SSD and that should help make flight simulator scream.

I'm interested to see how the new Radeon cards are spec'd out. The rumor is they'll be pretty affordable and in that 3060-3070 range.

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Nice price for those, although I personally don't have any reason to buy a next-gen Xbox since I have an alright PC. I wonder how long it will take Sony to reveal PS5 pricing and release information.

Can't imagine they'll hold out for too much longer

I think the more interesting part about this is the financing options, which look similar to cell phone plans 10 years ago.

$25 a month for the Series S and $35 for the series X. Included in those prices is Gamer Pass Ultimate which is normally $15 a month. If someone plans on getting Gamer Pass anyways the financing option actually works out to be cheaper. Though if you deal hunt its possible to get Gamer Pass for cheaper than $15 a month, but even factoring those in, the financing option doesn't seem like it will cost much than buying it up front. Definitely seems like MS is trying to get the next gen into as many hands as possible. It will be interesting to see if Sony responds with something.

It's MS just going the subscription route for everything, knowing they can end up getting more money in the long run. They've done it with Office, Windows, and now they're doing it for the Xbox. Also not surprised they're copying what the cellphone companies do and having plans to split the cost over multiple months to bring in people who might not be able to afford 500 bucks outright, but can afford 30 bucks a month forever, I mean, until the system is paid off...

And the issue I have is once youll have paid this guy off they'll release another series one s or some upgrade to get you right back on the tit.

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Its 2 years to pay off the system. Its really not a bad deal at all. It basically works out to a 0% loan assuming you would get Gamers Pass Ultimate anyways. This isn't like doing a rent to own TV through Aarons or RentaCenter where the $500 TV ends up costing $3,000.

Yes, but there are cheaper ways to get Game Pass Ultimate, and this isn't something you can just decide to cancel after a couple months once you've realized how little you actually use it, so it's still probably better to just buy the Xbox outright if you can afford it.

Hold on to your butts folks

Watch Live: PlayStation 5 Showcase on Wednesday, September 16

It's official now. Am I the only one preordering?

I'll be getting one as soon as I can too. I hope the supply isn't too limited.

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I usually like to wait a year or so before getting a new system. Not because of bugs or ironing out tech or anything, I like to get special editions of the systems. For the PS4 I got the Arkham Night special edition and that system is sexy

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

I'll probably hold off on a PS5 until they announce the first hardware revision. I'm still kicking myself for getting a base PS4 shortly before they announced the Pro.

Anyone else stoked for Mario 3D AllStars coming this Thursday. Been waiting to play Mario Sunshine on the Switch since the 2017 system launch!

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I pre-ordered mine through best buy so I'm looking forward to playing it next weekend. Somehow I never played Sunshine when it came out so it will be like a brand new game for me. I played a ton of Mario 64 and Galaxy and look forward to jumping back in. Hopefully 64 has aged well.

Yeah I preordered from Amazon because it's a limited release. Don't get why Nintendo does crap like that. Not sure when it will get opened for the kids. They loved watching me play through Mario 64 on my 64 a few years ago. They could never get used to the controller but they got tons of hours on the switch so they should be good depending on how much they have to the camera around. Not something they are used to at all. I'm looking forward to sunshine and galaxy. Didn't have a GameCube or Wii.

I'm also interested in Mario Bros 35. Looks like it could be a fun take on a classic. Yet another pointless limited release too.

Oh damn I was so wrapped up in the Allstars announcement I overlooked Mario 35. Just watched the video for it and it looks awesome. It's the same thing they did with Tetris 99 and that game is really fun as well.

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With the efforts that have gone into remastering games like Resident Evil 2/3, THPS, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, etc. I'm a little disappointed that these seem to be low effort ports with a $60 price tag. Maybe Nintendo doesn't have to do a full and complete makeover, but some improvements would've been nice.

But on the other hand, I have fond memories of playing Sunshine all day during summer break as a kid and I never got a chance to complete Galaxy 1. Kinda lame that Galaxy 2 isn't included because I never played that one but I'm sure there will be another compilation down the road that has it.

Yea they should have at least given us the DS 64 remake with Luigi, Yoshi, and Wario as playable characters. On the other hand I believe this is the 1st time Sunshine has been rereleased since the original GC 2002 game.

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I pre-ordered mine as well cause of the limited release. Pumped to let my kids play 64. They enjoyed Odyssey a lot. I may also give Sunshine a try. I could never get into it when it was first released for some reason.

TBD... just ordered a proper switch (I actually managed to find one) to go along with the switch lite we already have. I never played any of the games that are bundled with 3d all-stars, so there's a good chance i'll be making the investment.

I already have all the games on their original consoles. I personally see no reason to "upgrade" since they didn't bother to upgrade them either.

XBox is going live with their remote streaming capabilities tomorrow for any Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, meaning you can stream from your system to your phone or computer and play there. Very curious on how this is going to work, but its been in Beta for long enough you think they would have the kinks worked out. Just bluetooth connect your controller to your device and you're good to go.

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Gonna make work breaks a hell of a lot more fun on my end. Interested to see how serious of a internet connection youll need to use it properly.

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Especially when you realize just how many ISPs have serious caps on upload speeds.

I have 300Mb download speed through Spectrum, but the upload speed is capped at 10-15Mb. Even if you go up to their Gigabit speed, their upload is still capped at 35Mb. (As opposed to something like Google Fiber, which has full Gigabit download and upload capabilities)

For this kind of streaming it doesn't matter what your download speeds are if your upload speeds are crap.

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Yup thats why I'm really curious to see the performance levels of this new technology. My DL speeds are only 15 mbps so my upload speeds wont be near enough I'm guessing.

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Having recently started streaming on Twitch occasionally, I've found that even my 5mbps upload is so inconsistent that I still get occasional network frame drops even when limiting the bandwidth to 2mbps. With our one-year promo price expiring later this month, I may need to investigate other options....

Just finished Red Dead Redemption 2.

Hot take: combined with RDR1, it's one of the best spaghetti Westerns ever made.

I'm so happy I got the Switch. Between Super Mario Odyssey and Tetris 99, I always feel like I have something to play. Mix in the 90 hours of Animal Crossing I played when that came out, some Mario Kart, and Super Smash Bros, I feel like it covers all my bases for home usage/streaming, and road usage when we go places.

No mention of Breath of the Wild - have you played it? I loved just wandering around and climbing up places and hang gliding down. That's still my #1 Switch game in terms of hours played.

I really wish Ghost of Tsushima would do a blatant ripoff of BOTW and implement some kind of hang gliding or flying mechanic, even though it wouldn't really make sense in that world.

I own BOTW, just haven't gotten to play it yet. I've been trying to work through a few games and then get distracted by other games, like Fall Guys. It's in the library, just haven't played yet.

Civ VI
Ghostbusters
Pod Racer
AC: Black Flag
AC: Rogue
Luigi's Mansion 3
Harry Potter Lego

They've all been excellent games for me on the Switch. Hell, I've even gotten into the Witcher 3 on it and it plays great. Just an all around excellent device.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

My girlfriend and I have been playing through Lego Harry Potter (which was also a great deal). It's a lot of fun but we've run into a few bugs where the program just shuts down for no reason and we have to replay the last few minutes of the game that we lost

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

Xbox Games with Gold has a fun game for free through, I think, the 15th (TODAY) called Override: Mech City Brawl which has the premise of piloting/fighting in a Gundam/Voltron/Zord type robot fighting aliens or other Gundam/Voltron/Zord type robots. Multiplayer even has a co-op mode of up to 4 players controlling 1 robot.

Price point (free) is good through midnight tonight.

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I have a question. Is Ghost of Tsushima comparable in any way to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice? I loved Sekiro and am on the fence with Tsushima, dont want to pay 60$ for a game light on combat and oversaturated with story.

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Compared to Sekiro, the combat is lighter in GOT. It's not even close to a SoulsBorne game in terms of challenge. In fact, once you get some upgrades the game is really easy. Stealth is also really easy and the enemy AI is pretty dumb. (Note- I am playing on Medium difficulty).

However, I wouldn't say GOT is over saturated with story at all. I was expecting a weak story going into it but was frequently impressed with it. The main story was pretty stunning and even the minor quests and side tales are really well thought out.

I'd take GOT over Sekiro 10 times out of 10. I put Sekiro up on eBay within a half hour of me finishing the game and I'm a big fan of all the other FROM games.

Pre-orders have basically already taken down all of the sites that I know of

Between the various issues on the last few rounds of day one consoles and the relative dearth of quality launch exclusives, I fail to understand why so many people are chomping at the bit to preorder something this time around.

Any time a console comes out, I have no desire to get it first day. I mean not that long ago was the Red Ring of Death on all of those 360s. One of my gaming buddies was able to snag one from Amazon when their pre-order opened, but still seems wild to bother with day 1 releases. Also, agreed on the titles issue. None of them look like OMG I HAVE TO HAVE IT titles. Spiderman looked cool, but I didn't play the last one so i don't really have any attachment to that series either.

I got a Day 1 Xbox One and it lasted until last week. Not planning to replace it with any console at this point, had an older Blue Ray player that I swapped into that spot in the media center. Will use the controllers on the two PCs I have in the room.

I would like one, but I have to assume with the track record that playstation and microsoft both hard with the failure rates for their mark 1 releases would have me assuming there is going to continue to be a high failure rate. Hopefully they learned from their last gen mistakes (looking at you Sony and your soldering quality).

Still, with nothing i have to play immediately on either console I think its going to take an extreme act of impulse on my part to buy either.

I have not heard of any abnormally high failure rates for PS4s. Original PS3s had issues similar to the Xbox 360s but the slim versions for both no longer had those problems.

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I honestly dont have #s to back it up, but with the number of BLOD posts and videos for the PS4 I assumed it was a well known problem. With the additional time i had over the summer I tried to fix a used and broken PS3 and PS4. The PS4 was experiencing the BLOD which I ultimately traced to the CPU solder connect not being quite right. Apparently in manufacturing Sony used a lead-free solder for the main chip and it was one of the top causes for the BLOD. Sony was happy to replace them if they were warrantied, but after that expired it was labor intensive to fix, and to resolder entirely required a lot of skill and proper equipment.

There's also no reason to wait if you already budgeted for one. There are some good games coming out at launch in addition to being able to play some of PlayStation's best games if you have PS Plus. That's especially good for people that didn't already have them.

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I guess if you didn't already have a PS4, it might make a little sense, but I'm still not seeing the rush for anyone that already has a PS4 (and very likely most or all of the games being offered on PS+) and I highly doubt that many people that aren't already invested in the PlayStation ecosystem are excitedly waiting to drop $500 on a new system.

That said, do what makes you happy, and if that buying a launch-day PS5 then go for it.

I think I'll put together a lil write up and post the fall edition. This one has grown quite large

For the first time that I can remember, my wife is actually genuinely excited for an upcoming game with Hogwarts Legacy. The fact that it will be released not too long after the release of the PS5 and XB Series X is going to make that purchase a very easy conversation in the near future.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

I think it's supposed to release on the current gen consoles as well, but yeah that's a good excuse to get a new one.

Yes, but neither of our current systems game in 4k, and with our year old 4k tv, we'll need the best resolution we can get.

At least that'll be the excuse I use.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Good excuse haha. I still don't own a 4K TV but am definitely debating getting one on black Friday or cyber monday.