TKP Gamer's Lounge: Spring Quarantine Edition

Well, ....shit

I saw a comment that made me realize it would be a perfect time to introduce another GL thread. I hadn't done one in a while because I've kind of been dragging my feet and also kind of waiting for some big news from either gaming company (Sony, Microsoft, etc). Unfortunately, E3 has been confirmed as cancelled so it seems like info is going to trickle out via leaks and bit by bit whenever they decide to unveil everything. ..though I'm not sure how they'll decide to do that since public events aren't really in right now.

Anyhow... there's no sports to watch, no movies to watch (fast and out of ideas # 9 pushed back for a year), and no good reason to be outside. There aint shit to do and no toilet paper to wipe with anyway, and to top it all off.. just found out my kids will probably be out of school to possibly 4-6 weeks starting on monday. Talk about the perfect storm for gaming season, right? *confirmed for 6 weeks as of writing this. 17mar-24arp. unreal*

Better go make those beer runs soon though...

As for now..

I finally hopped on board the Microsoft Game Pass deal and downloaded a few games that I've been wanting to play. HellBlade: Senua's Sacrifice, Untitled Goose Game and a few others.

Untitled Goose Game might be the absolute most adorable way to pass time, by the way.

I've also started playing Control on PS4. Pretty fun so far, can't wait to get a bit deeper into game play and get some more abilities.

I heard the Final Fantasy 7 Remake demo is pretty damn good, I still need to download that a give it a go.

Coming Soon..

As far as I know, the entire gaming community is completed elated about Doom and Animal Crossing coming out on the same day. There have been several crossover memes.

We've also got..

Resident Evil 3 (4/3/2020)

Final Fantasy 7 (4/10/2020)

and, of course, Last of Us Part 2

I can't even be upset about Cyberpunk 2077 being pushed back. We know that's going to be phenomenal, so they can take their time. Speaking of CD Projekt Red....I read an article stating that they've started working on the next Witcher already, and after the release of Cyber, they'll go full Witcher mode at the studio -- shifting focus to soley it.

I'm rambling. Anyway, as always...what are you playing? Lets talk about it.

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If you haven't done so already there should still be the workaround to get XBox Gold with the GamePass for the next 3 years at dirt cheap prices.

Basically, as long as they are still running the promotion to upgrade to Gold (which comes with the free games and online play) for $1, just buy 3 years worth of digital codes for GamePass on Amazon, and once you have 3 years stacked, you can upgrade the whole duration for $1. This works for any period of time up to 36 months.

Did that a month or so ago after realizing it would save hundreds in the long term. Well worth it.

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

Well my work won't do jack about any pandemics, nevertheless I'm going to dive into Fallen Order soon.

Just platinumed Spider-Man. And I don't platinum games. So good. But the difference in combat between that and Star Wars is so jarring.

I still need to play though Fire Emblem: 3 Houses again on new game +. That is an excellent game as well. Definitely top 3 on the Switch for me. Possibly THE top depending on my mood.

VT Class of '12 (MSE), MVBone, Go Hokies!

I'm working on finishing Fallen order and then I'm going to play Spiderman next. Super excited to play it.

It's Time to go to Work

Spider-Man is about as much fun a game as I have played in a while. I waited on it when it first came out because I knew I would get addicted. Between this game and the Ratchet and Clank series, Insomniac Games puts out really fun stuff.

Fallen Order had a surprise update on May 4th with a version of New Game+ along with some new cosmetics including an Inquisitor outfit and red lightsaber.

It's Time to go to Work

Any Apex players out there?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Ori and the will of the wisps for me. Then doom eternal when it comes out next week. If this thing stretches on, I have a few games in my backlog I've been meaning to get to.

I'm gonna livestream the TKP ncaa tournament later if any body wanna stop by and watch it ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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I'm taking next Friday off for DOOM.
DOOM, DOOM, DOOM, DOOM, DOOM, DOOM, DOOOOOOOOM! Can't wait for the Deamon skullfu-smashing.

"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

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Decided on whim to re-install Titan Quest the other day. Looks like I'll be wandering around Greece for a while

Dude! One of my favorite games of all time. The switch port is terrible though. PC is where it's at.

Hi yes I'm like five years too late but rocket league is a heck of a lot of fun and I am very bad.

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

Witcher series is a must for fantasy realm players all the games are amazing and can absorb you for hours.

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

I've had The Witcher 3 for... a long time. I've started it like 3 times and it's never grabbed my attention. I think once I'm done with Fallen Order, I'll be ready for that style of combat and will give it another try. Especially since the show got my interest level back up.

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It's a long play but if you can get hooked on the lore it's well over 100 hours with the DLC as well which is also fantastic. Could help sate the itch till season two as well. Getting past the white orchard stage of the game does wonders to opening up the real story and side missions

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

I think i've played through Witcher 3 five or six times, at like 80-90 hours a pop at least. Different builds, different decisions, such an amazing game. It might help that the plot takes place after the events in the Netflix series, so if you are interested to see where that story goes worth it for that alone.

And the DLC is better than most entire games to add on top of an already great story.

TKP needs a guild... just need a game to go with it

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Currently downloading Nioh 2 and waiting for tomorrow.

Virginia Tech Class of 2013
Mining and Minerals Engineering

Sailing the Eastern Seas....on a ship filled with sand....

Interested to see what CD Projekt does with the next Witcher game. They were pretty clear that 3 was the end of Geralt's story.

I would be perfectly happy following Ciri in the next installment.

If you are on Game Pass, here are two fantastic games that are a bit below the radar:
The Outer WIlds (not to be confused with Outer Worlds). Won't even describe it, the less you know going in the better
Children of Morta

I loved the Outer Wilds. I wish I could replay it without knowing anything about the game.

I have heard really positive reviews about it and know nothing about it so it sounds like I am a prime candidate to play.

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Children of Morta is SO GOOD! The wife and I started it on a whim a couple months back and finished it up about a week ago, cannot recommend it enough. One of the best co-op action RPG games we've played in a while. Also I coincidentally just started Outer Wilds and it's really interesting so far even though I barely know what's going on. Every time I play I learn a little more about my surroundings, and really that's how it should be.

Sounds like you have figured out the gameplay hook for Outer Wilds

The only advice I can give you is keep approaching it that way.

The FFVII demo made me feel like I was a kid on the PS1 all over again. Anyone who is a fan of the series needs to play it.

I've been playing through Fallen Order and was caught off guard by the difficulty! Started off on Jedi Master thinking it was going to be like KHIII all over again. Then I proceeded to get my ass handed to me...

I'm also working through Child of Light on the switch. It's pretty unique from what I've seen so far.

If my company gets put on work remote duty, or I have to get quarantined you can bet your ass I'm replaying FF games until FFVII remake comes out. I haven't preordered it yet, but it's a few clicks away in my save for later on Amazon right now.

Man my backlog of games is half comprised of FF titles. I have yet to ever finish VI or IX (which I also started on the switch) and I have never technically finished VIII or played V

You definitely need to finish both VI and IX, they are two of my favorites.

My top 4 is comfortably some combo of FFX, FFVII, FFVI, and FFIX. I've played them all except FFII, FFIII (real III, not the SNES III which is really VI), and FFXIII (and all sequels), and FFXV. But I love basically all of them.

I'm not gonna go on my diatribe about XV, but needless to say it's my favorite "disappointing" game I've ever played. I wanted to love it but I just couldn't do it.

I think I'd go VII, IX, VIII, and VI (even though I need to finish two on those list ๐Ÿ˜…)

My ratings of FF games are a mix of gameplay plus the story. I hold the story of FF games to higher standard than just about any other game. That heavily influences which are my favorites. FFX taught a young Chris about a lot of pretty mature themes at a very young age, the way governments and religious institutions sometimes use positions of power to spread propaganda/control populations, extreme racism, and sacrifice for the greater good. That game will forever hold a special place in my heart beyond any other. I've beaten it myself 20+ times, and I took three of my friends through it during college, only 1 of which I would consider a "gamer," and 2 out of 3 of them cried during the ending sequences.

All that to say, FFIX FFX FFVII and FFVI have the most compelling stories/characters imo, and I enjoy all of the battle systems and gameplay involved. A game like FFXII, that has a very fun and interesting battle system (the gambit system is pretty incredible at higher levels and for late game content), but the characters are flat and the story isn't compelling relative to other FF titles. FFVIII has probably the most unnecessarily convoluted leveling system of any game, and the story just doesn't hit me like it does some others, which is fine. I still think it's a great game, but the standard I hold FF games to is extremely high.

To your point at FFXV, there was a notable drop-off in storyline quality once Hironobu Sakaguchi stopped being heavily involved in the games (last one was FFX, executive producer). He received a "special thanks" for FFXII, but he hasn't really been involved in any titles since FFX.

edit: Sorry for the long-winded response. I could write a book about FF games.

I could write a book about FF games.

And you can bet your ass I would read it. For me personally, I hold story just a notch above gameplay (and reading your summary of X, I definitely need to replay it since it's not in my current top 4). Its exactly why I feel about XV the way I do. The gameplay is amazing and I love the leveling system. But the story is so broken. The bones are there! But it's like a high school kid rushed to get an essay done at the last hour. And the need to purchase DLC to fill in the holes really grinds my gears

That's the same sentiment I've heard from most of the people I've spoken with about FFXV. Story is more important for me as well at the end of the day. If I'm investing that much time into a game I really need it to deliver on a narrative level. I enjoy the challenge of well constructed gameplay, but I can lose interest without an emotional core and compelling storyline to keep me playing.

So I loved XV...in its own way. The post credits ending (gonna stay vague for spoiler reasons and just say "last camp") was brilliantly executed and tugged at my feels in ways a game hasn't done in since the Mass Effect series. It's not a perfect game. It's pretty broken in ways. Yes, the lows are pretty low. But when this game hits it hits hard and the highs are some of my favorite in the series.

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.

That ending is a great example of why I'm so hung up. Yes, I get the impact it's supposed to have. Same with the scene with someone's love interest (you know which one). But neither of them hit for me because of how broken the story is. I didnt have time to form a connection with what was going on because I was playing mental catchup the whole time.
However, I can totally understand why you loved it. For me, the lows just outweighed the highs

FF6 is by far my favorite. I would love for a remake, there are lots of scenes that could be just amazing now, like the opera house.

I would be all over that too. I've heard people say Kefka (or however its spelled) is more diabolical than Sephiroth, but I've never gotten to the point in the story that really demonstrates it.

Sephiroth was just an emo crazy haired villain.
Kefka was a true villain, English translation actually helped him be a better villain because the original Japanese dub just made him an asshole rather than a villain.

"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

I was just about to say, Sephiroth is a compelling villain in a very different way. He's someone who wasn't inherently evil, but circumstances led him down a confusing and dark path.

edit: Which reminds me, if you still have a PSP lying around, FFVII: Crisis Core is an incredible game. It's an action RPG prequel and it's so fun. The characters are amazing, and I know it may be a bit controversial but I actually like Zack Fair substantially more than Cloud, who I think is a bit overrated as a protagonist relative to others (though still a great character).

Kefka is just straight up a psychopath, and part of what makes him so compelling is there really isn't a lot of rhyme or reason to him. He just wants to create chaos and death. He's similar to the Joker in several aspects.

That may have just moved VI to the top of my backlog

I think FFVI is available on the PS Store for pretty cheap.

I looked for it today. Alas I don't think it's up there. I definitely purchased it when i had a PS3 around 09-10, but it doesn't show up in my purchased log. Ah well

Crisis Core was an amazing game. Probably my favorite portable game of all time. The game mechanics were sweet and the story was engaging. I really want to play it again now.

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To me Sephiroth is very compelling in the way he was presented in the story. He's only in the background in most of the first act. Whispers of his name. A trail of carnage associated with him. Most of the focus is on Shinra.
Then you get to the flashback scene and whoa. Suddenly Sephiroth.

And leg for Crisis Core. That ending might be one of the first games that, to quote CFB, really got after me. The entire type you're playing this game you know how it's going to end because it's a prequel. But damn.

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.

to avoid spoilers .... That one time that Kefka does that one thing just get me every time. Just such and amazing game.

Leg for Child of Light. I really enjoyed that game. Also, I played the FFVII demo and I really dug it. It's going to be fun just to walk around and enjoy all of Midgar. And based on the demo, the shit talking that Barrett does will be legendary and I'm here for it.

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.

Coming back to this now... just finished the FFVII demo last night and now I need to buy the whole game soon. That was really good (full disclosure, I was not a PS1 kid so this would be my first real playthrough of the game).

BUT I still need to finish Fallen Order (almost done I think) and I just grabbed Ghost Recon: Breakpoint off Amazon for 15 bucks last week and I'm finding it worth it. I don't know what it was like before the recent updates but there's a lot to do and it's fun to play with a friend or 2.

VT Class of '12 (MSE), MVBone, Go Hokies!

Any 7 Days to Die players out there?

Edit: PC edition

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby

I'm starting to lose most of my desire to play Destiny 2 even with the "new" content released Tuesday. I'm actually playing COD for the first time in years. The new Warzone mode is pretty fun. Those 2 games definitely have the tightest gunplay on console. That's probably the main reason I play them.

I may get off my ass and finally finish BOTW

Yeah. This season has started so bad there wasn't even a honeymoon faze before people started peeling back the layers to see the BS. Literally the only reason I played at all this week was to power up for Trials this weekend.

It's by no means new, but I just started playing the remaster of The Last of Us. I bought the game on PS3 when it first came out and never really got into it but am really enjoying this time around. Certainly worth a play if you haven't done so.

What a savings

Hands down my favorite Post-apocalyptic world build. It's a different take on "zombies", but the character and world building is the best in the business. I played it on PS3, and it remains the only game I've beaten and still played over and over again just to revisit the world within it.

I can not wait for Last of Us 2 to release to see what that world has grown into 5 years later. I would love for them to even, in the future, see new playable characters within the world and see their stories.

is this game hard or am I really bad at it?

Yes.

Lol jk Ohherro, you have to approach it strategically. If you go with the mindset of killing every infected you come across, you're gonna have a tough time of it

i am very much a proponent of "avoid everything that looks dangerous", but the damn clickers still find me.

Also, the game is emotionally taxing/stressful, so I can only play for so long.

I was in the exact same boat when I played it (Caveat being I haven't played the game in about 3 years, so my memory is fuzzy). I do remember having to do certain portions over and over again until I somehow muddled my way through. Just stay determined, take your time to strategize, and when it stops being enjoyable, put the controller down until you get that itch to try it again. Eventually you'll fall into a rhythm once you know what methods work for you.

Ended up putting this one down for a bit. Not sure I need a zombie game in the middle of a pandemic...although, maybe it would help me want to stay inside.

For those of you with game pass and surround sound or nice headphones, I heavily recommend Senua's Sacrifice. Play with the lights off and volume jacked up.

stick it in, stick it in, stick it in!

Warzone is awesome. The perfect medium for a BR, not too arcade-like and not too complicated. Waaaay better effort than Blackout on BO4....that was just way too difficult to grasp. The Gulag is super fun and a great way to not ruin the round if you get a bad drop.

"Can't argue with that logic" - Rick Sanchez

Borderlands 3 just released on Steam in case any of you were reluctant to buy from Epic store.

I'm currently in a gaming funk. I finally beat Red Dead 2 and I dont think I'm emotionally ready to go back to that game anytime soon so I've been playing Stardew Valley in my spare time and a very modded Skyrim.

I also got the most recent God of War on the cheap a couple months ago but haven't played it yet. To someone like me that never really played much of the series will it be pretty easy for me to jump in and have fun? Or should I try to play through the older games first?

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.

Controls are different between God of War (Norse) and God of War I-III, there may be some story elements you probably won't know unless you played the main series but not much.
I love it and thought it deserved the Game of the Year award.

"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

I used to think RDR2 deserved the GoTY award, ...until I played through GoW 4. That game is unbelievable and I envy that you're getting your first play through. Seriously, it only gets better and better. There are a few moments where you may not really feel the significance of whats happening because of you haven't played through the others, but you won't even know it. In fact, I think its a good jumping in point for anyone that hadn't previously played the franchise.

It's been awhile, but I've been back on the Fallout 4 grind. Started a new game between online classes.

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

Just picked up a switch and Luigis Mansion 3. Was a huge fan of the original one. Hope they port that soon. The 3rd is a perfect follow up. Very well done.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

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

My 2yo daughter loves watching me play that one. Such a fun game

Between that and Mario Odyssey she's going to have hours and hours and hours of fun entertaining herself as soon as she figures out switch controllers

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've never played a LM game before and I bought LM3 mostly on a whim on a black Friday deal. This game is a blast! It's immensely satisfying to suck up a ghost, and then use the ghost to beat another ghost with.

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.

Cards on the table I didn't know they made any other LM games after the GameCube one, which I really enjoyed. Guess I've been under a rock:

It was a Gameboy game I think? Maybe DS? But I didn't play it either.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

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

Any Animal Crossing fans here?? I'm seriously considering taking off work next Friday to play it all day.

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

That one is on my list along with Doom!

Practicing our motto, ut prosim, or, "that I may serve," is imperative in recognizing what it means to be part of the Hokie family.

I don't have a better place for this, but it's ultimately a feature request for Joe.

My wife and I were playing minecraft and needed to enchant an item so she asked me for my phone and she opened the browser and typed in "minecraft recipes" into the search. The she proclaims that TKP search doesnt work for that. So she would like it if TKP would have the recipes so she doesn't have to leave my browser webpage in the future. Thank you.

Days will consist of Warzone and Rocket League. Also just ordered an old 360 and NCAA 14. Excited to win a national championship Texas State.

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

I'm going the opposite direction with my soon to be 8 YO - he got his first taste of the Super Nintendo Classic this weekend and it was funny as hell watching him blame the controller for his multiple deaths in Donkey Kong. Last night we went even more old school and he and I were playing a linux port of Scorched Earth... little does he know that it is actually educational for him.

I've been bored of Destiny 2, but I've been playing it with the new season out. I've also been playing Division 2 with the expansion pack. With a friend, and even some solo, it's been a bit of fun. I feel like there's stuff I'm actually progressing and I enjoy how they worked the new end game, and new progression system into the story.

I'm playing Ori and the Will of the Wisps and COD Warzone until Animal Crossing and DOOM come out.

For those that need a gaming infusion and distraction from reality right now-

1) The Epic Games store is regularly offering free titles
2) GOG.com is in the middle of the Spring sale
3) Doom gets released on Friday
4) Black Mesa (total third party overhaul of the original Half-Life) finally released v1.0 on Steam (its worth the purchase.. although the Steam servers seem to be buckling under load right now)

I traded in some old games a couple weeks ago and got red dead redemption 2. Bought it before the idea of quarantine became a reality, but seems like it'll be a good game to pass the time with. Now i'm just waiting on the external hard drive so I can actually download that huge game file...

"Tyrod did it, Mikey!"

Once moved in I'll be resuming the fallen order play through halfway through it and man is it awesome.

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

Just played 2 hours of DOOM Eternal (was hungry so got food), holy shit I need a smoke break for how intense it is 30 minutes in.
Some of the newer stuff added took a little bit to get used to but becomes second nature after using them a couple times. Had to switch keys (PC) for certain abilities but that's more of personal preference rather than bad control scheme.

"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

I created some VT inspired Animal Crossing QR codes I thought some folks here may enjoy. You can scan these in using the NookLink feature in the Nintendo Switch Online app.

I'm at work so I don't have a good link to share, but...

Now THIS is podracing! On Switch and PS4!

VT Class of '12 (MSE), MVBone, Go Hokies!

Any warfish players here? I got into it late and we have like two maps. I am very interested in getting into more games and better maps.

"Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not yet completely sure about the universe.โ€ -Einstein

I just started playing God of War and so far, I love it. I'll be sad once it's finished.

Does anyone have recommendations for Apple Arcade games? The Zelda and FF series have been my all-time favorites, but haven't played too many games over the past decade. Ideally, I'd like something I could play in 20-30 chunks vs. blocking out a few hours to play at a time, but I know that's a difficult thing to find in that genre. The best game I've found with the balance I'm looking for is Diablo.

HokieSpider

Anyone have PSNow? They have the original RDR and RDR: Undead Nightmare, so I was thinking about trying it out - but wasn't sure how playing it over the cloud would work...

I have psnow, but I don't play the games that only allow the streaming option. I've done some reading online and there's a general consensus that it works alright but there's a slight input lag. Minor annoyance but enough of a deterrent to keep me away.

Holy Bleeping Bleep. Where/how do I get this? I want to play Undead Nightmare RIGHT. NOW.

I was hoping we'd get a RD2 Undead Nightmare spinoff. Arthur would be a much more BA zombie killer.

Leonard. Duh.

An Undead Nightmare DLC for RDR2 would probably win Game of the Year this year

Been playing a lot of AC: Odyssey. It feels like I'm about halfway through the game, but who knows. So many side quests and trying to tackle everything can seem overwhelming, but its coming along. Crazy thing is, I'm at like level 35 (out of I assume 50?) and the storyline has taken me through maybe 1/3 of the overall map. But once you get to a certain point, you're pretty much overpowered for the rest of the game.

When I'm not doing that, I've been playing a bit of MLB The Show 19, which I basically got for pennies right when 20 went on sale. Got back into Wolfenstein 2 as well.

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

Odyssey is a brilliant game head to toe. Enjoy it and dont rush it the side missions are a blast and exploring new areas was always my favorite along with conquest battles.

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

I just picked this up cheap since i had a coupon on Epic and have been enjoying it. Its a pretty game if nothing else (and the game play has been fun too).

However, even though the rest of the world is shut down, I have somehow found myself with very little extra time. Work from home, plus doing church filming/editing/uploading for virtual service, and a guy just ordered a commission for some art means my time went from "what will i do with myself" to "when will I sleep" in a very short amount of time. (Not trying to complain too much, its a good place to be all things considered)

Odyssey just showed up in the mail yesterday. Game looks really good so far and the world is expansive for sure. I think I'm going to do a good bit of exploring before I progress a whole lot with the main storyline. I haven't played an AC game since the third one so this is very different from what I'm used to.

Its a good mix of a lot of the previous AC games. Heavily influenced by Origins, but you see shades of Black Flag (my personal favorite) poke through with the sailing aspects, and 3 with the hunting/crafting. The hours I've put into the game have felt effortless, which I really, really like in a game that you're supposed to get immersed within. One of my biggest pet peeves sometimes about games is making them unnecessarily difficult sometimes, and it just completely takes you out of the immersive aspect of the game, and Odyssey does a really good job of finding that nice balance. I also really like the Mercenaries aspect they brought in from the Mordor games. That's a nice touch.

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Oh I have played a bit of Black Flag on the Switch so that's my most recent one that I've put time into. It felt pretty similar to AC3 in regard to the combat at least. I think it might take me a bit of time to get used to the new combat system as it's nothing like what I'm used to with AC games. This seems like an easy world to get lost in and I'm looking forward to experimenting with the crafting and such. I started this playthrough on one of the easier difficulties since I'm not all that great at videogames in general. I'll bump it up if I'm having too easy of a time. The mercenary stuff also seems pretty interesting to me and I'm looking forward to messing around with that.

The merc system is awesome and adds a nice challenge as well. Personally just spartan kicking plebians off cliffs was a fun way to spend time.

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I picked up my first mercenary assignment yesterday and I'm looking forward to all of the new stuff that comes with that.

Killing mercs is a great way to load yourself up with Epic and Legendary weapons and gear. I have gotten to the point where I almost actively seek them out whenever I see them show on the radar.

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I've gotta get my level up some before I take those guys on. I think I'm only level 2 right now. The ability I got was Spartan Kick because why wouldn't you want to have that ability?

hah, I eventually relegated that ability to backup grouping. Found the bull charge, ignited weapon, health recharge, and shield break to be a nice level combination that allows me to take on most enemies.

Also, keep an eye on engravings for weapons and armor. As you start finding your rhythm, you'll get options that will really help you overmatch your opponent. And when looking for armor/weapons in your inventory, keep an eye on how each impacts your Health/Armor/Hunter/Warrior/Assasin ratings down below. Just because the level of the weapon or armor might be higher, might not make it a better weapon, especially when you start factoring in engravings.

Oh, and when you're on the main inventory list, you can press square while highlighting a weapon or armor and make it look like something else you've already obtained, without actually changing the armor or weapon, which is handy if you have a specific look you are going for.

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Thanks! That's helpful. I want to figure out what my play style will be. Not sure if I want to be more of an assassin type or a warrior type but I imagine that's something I'll figure out more as I put time into the game. I think my thought now is to do more of an assassin/hunter build, just because in RPG style games I've always enjoyed the stealth and archery sort of builds.

I like a nice healthy dose of both. I personally fall more toward the slash and bash style where I don't mind attracting a crowd. I routinely find myself fighting off 2-3 mercs at once, especially when I am trying to take down a fort. I also recently defeated a merc that gave me a poison dagger and found the treasure chest with the poison bow, which are great because they allow for poison energy drain of enemies while fighting without needing to use any of the ability energy.

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That's some pretty sweet loot!

With much more time home than usual I have been playing quite a few games lately.
The Last of Us Remaster - Mentioned starting it earlier in the thread. Played through the main story and The Left Behind spin-off game. What a great game. Really looking forward to the second one.
God of War - This game was incredible. Really like the direction they went with it. Just a bit disappointed I let it sit on the shelf for over a year before getting into it.
Doom Eternal - Just finished this last night. This game is wild. Tows the line between awesome and infuriating more than anything I have played in a long time. Definitely on the list of top 5 games that I have most cussed at. Ha. The marauders drive me crazy.
Final Fantasy VII Remake - Going to start this tonight and am suuuuper excited about it. Absolutely loved the original when it came out. I avoided the demo so it would all be new on actual release and I can't wait.

What a savings

I just recently nabbed a good deal on an XBox One X with Fallen Order so been playing that. Playing a few different games that I have gone through a bunch already, and frankly going from the original XBone to the X, its like playing completely different games all over again.

Doing another playthrough of Witcher 3 (9th or 10th one at this point) and Subnautica. Subnautica in particular really benefits from the added console power.

I started playing Subnautica on gamepass but had to give up because I was spending half of my time on youtube trying to figure out where to find parts of blueprints, or general areas since it's random, then where to find the components to build things. After about 7 hours I just gave up and started playing Final Fantasy 9 last week,

Final Fantasy VII Remake has exceeded expectations. Other than a couple odd graphical clips and a new character that IMHO isn't really adding anything, this game has blown me away. I just made it to Wall Market and I'm walking around with my jaw on the floor. This game has fleshed out Midgar into an actual living and breathing city and it's really something to walk around and experience it.

Also playing Firewatch and started this little game called Fallout 4.

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.

I am very tempted to get it, but terrified at the level of commitment it will demand of me.

I've always wanted a racing wheel ever since I was a kid, but for various reasons I never got one until I finally bought a Logitech G29 3 weeks ago for $225 (good timing since it's now almost $400). Practically all of my solo gaming time since then has been spent in Forza and Project Cars, and I'm considering trying out iRacing. Anyone out there that has tried it yet?

As for non-solo gaming, a bunch of my friends bought Tabletop Simulator and have been playing a bunch of stuff in it. Also, the wife and I just finished up Children of Morta, a really good rogue-lite action RPG with co-op capability, and we'll be starting the new Ori game the next time we're in front of the Xbox together. I know it isn't a multiplayer game, but we played the first one together by passing the controller back and forth and have been looking forward to this one ever since.

Also I know everyone is all about FF7 these days, but I guess I would fit in well on r/PatientGamers or whatever because I feel no need to play it until the 3, 4, 5, 7, or 12 part compilation they'll inevitably release in 5, 6, 8, 12, or 19 years.

Also I know everyone is all about FF7 these days, but I guess I would fit in well on r/PatientGamers or whatever because I feel no need to play it until the 3, 4, 5, 7, or 12 part compilation they'll inevitably release in 5, 6, 8, 12, or 19 years.

Lol I really do not think you are too far off. My hope is that they release the game in 3 parts to emulate the three discs from the original game. We shall see. It is concerning that this game only covers less than a quarter of the original story and it took 5 years to get released from when it was announced...

At one point I was doing about 3 hours a day of iRacing. I've done about 5 real life track days and can definitely say iRacing feels the most realistic of any of the sims that I have tried.

One thing to keep in mind with iRacing is that its generally quite a bit more serious than Forza/PC. Races only run at scheduled times and if you wreck, you'll spend a ton of time waiting on the tow back to the pits.

I think its the highest highs and lowest lows of any racing game I've done. When you win (which really means something based on the Chess-like skill based matchmaking), its amazing. When you're on the third race where someone punted you turn 1 and you have just wasted 3 hours, it can be quite frustrating.

What have you been playing on TTS? Our normal game group had some the same, so just wondering what good mods you have found.

We have mostly stuck to light/medium weight games. King of Tokyo/Pandemic/Hanabi/The Game/Clank

Honestly the only mod we've used enough to recommend is Pandemic Legacy Season 1 (two different campaigns with two different groups, and we already played through two physical copies of it and have a copy of Season 2 ready to go as soon as "social distancing" is over so I don't feel bad), but we've played some of the built-in modes too.

Caved and got game pass. Playing outer worlds. Solid but the final boss is annoying

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I've been grazing a ton of things. Destiny 2, WoW, some Jack Box to stay sane with friends, but the big fix for me has been Blood Bowl 2, which is "football chess in Warhammer".

Missing sports? REBBL (the Reddit league) is just wrapping the round of 64 for the Blood Bowl 2 playoffs and the Challenger's Cup (our NIT). Every game is streamed on Twitch and commentated by a casting crew. Round of 32 should start Thursday for both tournaments.

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Do the commentators dress up like Jim and Bob as an Ogre (Bob) and Vampire Count (Jim).

Like this (they got the names wrong, it should be switched)?

"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

No cams for playoffs. We have been able to add Jim and Bob as playable characters with some inventive modding though.

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we discovered you can play Jack Box through zoom by sharing the screen with computer audio and it is working out really well.

hmmm... might have to try this in discord this weekend. We've been primarily doing board game area

Can confirm works in discord. One person needs to go live and the reset is gravvy.

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We've used Discord Live for this a bunch over the last couple weeks.

we did the same thing using Google Hangouts.

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

How is WoW these days? I just started playing Destiny 2 and it's making me miss WoW. So far I preferred WoW when I was playing.

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Sorry on the late reply, hopped on to run one WoW dungeon and just logged. But in all seriousness, I'm having a good time. It's a bit drinking from the fire hose but I joined an upstart guild, hopped in their raiding team and it's been a lot of fun.

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I got Animal Crossing a while ago and have had a lot of fun with it. It's crazy how much you can do in this game. The last one I played was the one that released on the 3DS and I can't remember the last time I played it. This one is cool and I really like the crafting mechanics in it. A fun game for sure. Not super far into it though. My town still has a while to go before I get it looking the way that I want it to look.

I also recently got a PS4. My first PlayStation console and I like it a lot so far. I wanted to be able to play The Show because I miss baseball a lot and it's always seemed like a fun game. I've been playing some Road to the Show and it's pretty fun. I'm not very good at the game yet. Spider-Man is also an awesome game. Love it so far.

Just finished Jedi Fallen Order and thought it was mostly good, but after RDR2, Spider-Man and God of War, I found it unexpectedly clunky at times and the lack of fast travel is a killer. I'd have a 100% completion except there is one type of purge trooper I forgot to scan and I am not going to run around those planets trying to find him...

Right now, I am going back and playing Shadow of Mordor and finding it pretty enjoyable so far - even though I don't know what is happening most of the time.

Also, when is the Nintendo Switch going to be back in stock?

I am not going to run around those planets trying to find him...

C'mon ohherro. You're RIGHT there. Just lookup where he is, go kick his ass, then teabag him and get that 100% completion checked off. This was actually one of the easier games to platinum too

haha, apparently there is one on Kashyyk and I was annoyed because I thought I cleared it and then had moved on and right now I don't feel like going back. I'll probably revisit it when I get tired of killing orcs.

Fair enough! I need to contain my completionist ways to myself anyways haha. And I had such a love/hate relationship with Kashyyyk. At first I hated it and kept asking myself what kind of Jumanji bullshit was going on in that world. But as I explored more and more it probably ended up being my favorite planet in the game.

I finally played Shadow of Mordor a couple months back, it was really good. I kinda lost steam when going through the DLCs, though, some of it just wasn't as much fun.

Anyone else playing any of the Valorant Beta?

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Blanket warning that the anticheat for Valorant gets ring 0 access to your system. Essentially it runs with admin privs. Riot Games is also owned by Tencent. I'm not saying anything will happen, I'm just saying I won't be surprised if it happens.

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Have new RAM on the way to help out my aging rig. Don't really have time for games, but when I do get time, the hardware lag is killing me.

Video card is the next purchase down the line.

Definitely itching for a good single player RPG might pick up RDR2 or go and play morrowind or oblivion for the first time.

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Morrowind for the first time?

Don't over think it, just do it. It's far and away the best TES game. The graphics are obviously dated, but the storytelling, unique world (Vvardenfell looks nothing like anything else in the Elder Scrolls game), and skill system hold up really well.

I still remember the first time I fired up Morrowind many year ago and was so annoyed that I couldn't even kill the damn rats in the first Fighters Guild quest in Balmora. It is very good once you finally get leveled up enough to hit things consistently, but your first few hours in the game are a real slog unless you go in knowing what to do already.

I've been dying to get into both oblivion and Morrowind but was hoping I could wait till the skyblivion and skywind projects updated all the files and graphics to make the experience better but I've been waiting for those for what feels like ages. Maybe I'll give em a go again

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I, too, have been patiently waiting for both of those mods to get finished, but at this point the next Elder Scrolls game will be out and most of the teams will pivot over to porting them to that game instead. Might as well give the original another shot, but be willing to look for outside help to get started.

Finally broke down and replaced my antique Radeon 7850 with a 1660 Super. Playing RDR2, which is my first new non-indie game in several years. Man it's gorgeous.

Oh man, what a way to dive back into AAA titles. Enjoy.

Finally got around to playing Dishonored (1) and finished that the other day. Enjoyed it a good bit and ended up going High Chaos and killing tons of bad guys but I just started Dishonored 2 and I'm going to try a 0 kill play through.

Those are a couple of my favorite games. I liked 1 better than 2 myself, but I'll be curious to hear what you think once you're done with 2. I remember spending s ton of time on 1 gunning for 0 kills and not being spotted once. That got extremely frustrating ๐Ÿ˜…

Been playing a number of things: Valorant, COD:Warzone. A couple real winners if you've got the people to play them though:

Deceit: F2P on Steam - 6 players, 2 are infected. The infected try to keep the innocent from escaping. You have to figure out who is infected.

Pummel Party: was just on sale for like $8 on steam. Essentially Mario Party played via steam. Goes really well combined with a quarantine video call of everyone.

How did you get the beta code for valorant? Warzone is awesome, there are some squads that are insanely good. Victories are tough to come by for me.

So... PSA

Apparently the Source Code for at least Team Fortress 2 was leaked to 4chan earlier today allowing anyone to get in there and basically take control of the system of any logged in user. Lots of drama all over the internets, but apparently an employee who was recently fired for racial,homophobic, and transphobic behavior is the source of the leak, and... Well its all pretty messed up over there.

Its highly recommended you avoid any Valve games for the time being until this can get under control.

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Looks like the source code is old and was leaked a few years ago. There's potential that a new exploit was found so probably best to avoid it for now though. The recently fired employee stuff sounds like typical reddit bullshit.

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Is the Nintendo Switch availability in the US really that bad right now? Is there any anticipation for when re-stocks will be happening? I was actually given approval to buy one, and of course every single major retailer is out of them.

Best Buy adds some stock every day between 10 AM and 1 PM it seems. You have to be quick. Best to set up an auto refresh and once it gets in stock, add it to your cart and spam checkout with payment info and address saved so it goes thru quickly. My brother and a friend got switched last week using this method.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

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

Anyone had any luck reflowing or replacing the NEC token capacitors on their PS3? Mine broke a few years ago and since I've got a lot of extra time right now figured I'd give it a shot.

Tried just replacing the thermal paste, reseating everything, and cleaning it out first, but no dice.

stick it in, stick it in, stick it in!

Decided before I start ordering parts that I'd try the hair dryer method while waiting for a meeting to start. It ended up powering on for the first time in I don't know how long. Probably won't last all that long, but still nice to see.

stick it in, stick it in, stick it in!

You can reflow stuff in your oven as well. You have to use a low heat setting. I've reflowed many video cards that way.

Not sure if this will address the issue (I am by no means a hardware guy, so you're basically speaking a foreign language to me) but around 2013 my original PS3 got the yellow light of death. A buddy of mine was able to revive it using the instructions here: https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Yellow+Light+of+Death+Repair/3654

Apparently, the fix could last as little as 3 months, or as long as years. My PS3 made it for 3 more months.

I am no longer that big into the gaming like I was say 10 years ago. However if someone wants to get down on a TKP Warzone team one evening I would enjoy that. I am incredibly bad but good for cannon fodder.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

I'm usually on most evenings for a few hours. drnicewater

I haven't been back on sense but hopefully will be this week

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

i'm on the fence of whether or not I actually need a new console. I haven't had one in a while (PS2 was the last I owned) and I've stayed with my PC for my gaming needs ever since the last NCAA for PS2 was released. My question - are there some solid platform exclusives for either the Xbox or PS4 that I should be giving some solid attention to?

PS4 has some good ones depending on what you're into. Spider-Man on PS4 is really fun and one I've been putting in a good amount of time on. If you like baseball, The Show is a fun game too and also exclusive. God of War and The Last of Us are great from what I've heard but I haven't played either. One that I just ordered and am waiting on is Horizon Zero Dawn, which from what I've heard is great. My sister's fiancรฉ went as far as saying it's a perfect game, so I'm pretty excited to play that one.

For Horizon - it looks like Skyrim with updated graphics and hunting down robots instead of dragons... does that about sum it up? :-)

MLB is the main reason i'm considering a PS4, and game like GoW and other exclusives (Ratchet & Clank, Jak & Daxter) would be reasons for me to go back and revisit some past games that I loved but can't get back to. On the Xbox side - is there anything exclusive that isn't also available in the Windows/Xbox store, or Steam?

From what I hear about Horizon, it's kind of like a mix of popular aspects of different games? But yeah open world like Skyrim. Not sure about Xbox since I only have a PS4 but obviously the biggest exclusive for Xbox is probably Halo.

Horizon Zero Dawn has a fantastic story. It's easily one of the best out there right now.

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Just started it a couple days ago. Really enjoying it so far. Beautiful game and lots of fun.

Horizon is hands down the best game I've played in years. Great story, beautiful world, and it's 110% worth it to get the Frozen Wilds DLC (if you didn't get the game of the year edition). You won't regret it.

I skipped Xbox One this generation.

PS4 exclusives-

Spider-Man
The Last of Us Remastered (and the upcoming TLOU Part II just announced to come out this summer)
God of War
Uncharted series (1-3 are remasters of the PS3 games, and 4)
BloodBorne
Horizon Zero Dawn

Most of these can be found for $10-20 or so each now.

Had a Xbox One during college and after graduation, but once I got a decent PC I sold it because all the games on Xbox are on PC anyway.

PS4 and Switch are the two main consoles for exclusives (I got both), most of my singleplayer games I play are on those two while my PC are for multiplayer stuff such as Holdfast: Nations at War, GTA V, and TF2.

"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

For those who have played or are playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey: What kind of play style are you going with? I've been primarily stealth focused but I kind of want to creep more toward the warrior track. Stealth is a lot of fun and feels pretty rewarding when you clear out a whole base without anyone noticing, but regular combat can get real rough real quick.

Two handed beast all the way. Get the big legendary hammer around like level 23 and you will wreck its so much fun.

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I'll be looking out for that one. Right now I'm using a spear and it's been pretty fun in combat.

I started with spear but have been mainly heavy blunt for a while. Once you get it swinging, it'll deal serious damage to anyone near you, which is great during the battlefield events.

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depends on the area. I don't mind being stealth, but going full on warrior seems to help you level up much faster. The more conflict you can get into, the better the odds are of just having a mercenary show up that will give you at least a rare upgrade.

As for combat style, I lean heavily on the dagger. You dish a lot of hits out at once, with each strike building up your adrenaline where you can quickly leverage abilities. Depending on the enemy I pair it with either a spear or heavy blunt so I can either attack up close or keep my distance.

If you find you want to change up your playing style, when you're at the abilities screen, just hold L3 (assuming you're on PS4) and it'll reset them all for you to reassign. If you're willing to take the time, you could leverage that to plan at attack on a given area to the abilities you think would suit you best there. (for example, if you're in the arena, you might not want any Assassin skills assigned).

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Yeah I've thought about that. Haven't had a whole lot of mercenaries come after me but have gotten some decent loot from the ones who have. I've used daggers a bit as well and those have been good as well. I like devastating shot for the hunter track but that's about it as far as it goes with bows.

I don't think it'd be an issue here, but spoilers for The Last of Us Pt II were leaked. Please avoid posting any of the spoilers or the commentary that is coming along with it.

I'M ADDICTED TO THE FOREST

but seriously though, yesterday me and a few friends played together from 9am until 7pm in I haven't done that in YEARS

Well shit, now I have to finish everything with Odyssey!

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My excitement for this game cannot be contained, the thought of sailing the northern european seas in a long ship raiding villages and overall being bad ass I cannot wait. After the last two installations in the series I think taking two years between games is doing this developer well.

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Uhhhh yeah. Viking mythology combined with medieval villages and castles to conquer is going to be awesome.

And agreed about the time off. Odyssey came out so shortly after Origins that I pretty much skipped it. Just got back into it over quarantine and damn, its a pretty good game. I think a big problem with its reception was just because how closely it was released to Origins, which was an excellent game in its own right. As an aside, I booted up Origins last night after a solid month of playing Odyssey and it really does feel like an inferior game. They flushed out so much more detail in combat, weapons, and armor in Odyssey that I immediately missed in Origins, which is crazy because when I first started Odyssey, I thought it wasn't enough of an upgrade.

But yeah, if I can't visit Asgard and wield Mjolnir during this one, what even is the point. And given what they did with Atlantis in Odyssey, they better have Asgard in Valhalla!

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After the quality of work for the last two the bars been raised and I cant wait. I'm very very interested to see the age of vikings that we get to visit. Much like in Odyssey when it was made alot depends on whos ruling and what the actual history is of when the game takes place. Would be very interested to see if they give us an early vikings, prime time, or the end of vikings period. Could result in getting to see certain old english castles or even french or even wandering to greenland depending on the time period involved. Also agree on the use of Asgard and Valhalla and the use of old and new gods this game could be epic.

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Watch the trailer, it just went live

Holy SHIT

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Moved

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As always the cinematic reveal trailer was awesome cant wait for some gameplay and in game footage to see how they look on next gen stuff.

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The cinematic looked real. It wasn't until I saw Alfred the Great that I realized it was all CGI.

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HNNNNGGGGGGGGG inject that shit into my veins fuck im excited for this game now. Was hoping we would get some new cool stuff this holiday now that seems confirmed. Kinda bummed we wont get E3 this year to get all the good stuff in June. And their CGI trailers just like CD Projekt Red always look like movies gonna be fun fighting Alfred the Great .

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Oh man, this is apparently from the website

"Launch massive assaults against Saxon troops and fortresses throughout England"

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https://www.ign.com/articles/assassins-creed-valhalla-ps5-xbox-series-x-...

So many snippets from this article to get excited over but building a settlement in england and raiding from there sounds amazing plue immense customization just like in odyssey as well this is gonna be fun.

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God this sounds so good. If they hit the nail on the head with all these things, it's gonna be a masterpiece.

Yup, especially with hte next gen consoles releasing as well so hopefully we get a world like odyssey and RDR2 that looks and breathes with the character. I just hope they dont make the male voice actor bland like they did in odyssey. Just let travis fimmel do the voice and I'd be in heaven.

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Between this and supposedly Gran Turismo 7 being an early PS5 release (along with the backwards compatability they are baking in), I might have to be an early adopter of that system this year. I just got a 4k, and what better way to stretch its legs.

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For those bored at work, heres the embed for the XBOX live stream reveal of some next gen gameplay at 11 today.

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So far this whole event has been.... meh

Though I am intrigued to hear them say that if you buy a game on xbone or xbx, it'll carry forward to all future consoles going forward.

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The third party games get weirder and weirder every year hell that one trailer we saw a alien splooge, just because you can doesnt mean you should.
Hopefully they give us actual gameplay in the upcoming months because that was a hot pile of nothing.

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Anyone else underwhelmed by that Valhalla "Gameplay?"

There was gameplay?

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The thing is they seemed to advertise it and call it gameplay, but it was just that trailer that they showed. I had definitely heard somewhere (probably some other YouTube video) that there was going to be some gameplay, but I all we just saw was that trailer.

When they say gameplay commonly at events like E3 they mean shit taken from the game engine instead of just a cinematic trailer. Was hoping this might be different but oh well. Hopefully come June/July they give us more in depth stuff.

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Some of the things the head dev said had me a little worried about the game, to be honest. They're adding a lot to it, and then to say they are also rethinking the combat capabilities as well. I just hope they didn't bite off more than they could chew. I thought abilities, gear, weapons, etc was just fine in Odyssey

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Guess we will have to wait for actual gameplay footage to see what he meant but I took it as much more in depth combat similar to how the older games were with more locked on one on one instead of a typical hack and slash. Not that theres anything wrong with either but I prefer a more in depth combat like the old AC games had.

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Is Mario Kart on Switch worth it? Haven't played a MK game since the 3DS one launched.
Is the online play laggy?

Its fun

Online has been alright the times I've played

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GTA V is free for the next week on Epic. I haven't played it (Vice City was the last one I played) but this is hard to pass up.

GTA V deal gone... Civ 6 is now the freebie

Snagged GTA V last week based on this post so thank you!

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Looking to move my gaming to a monitor, been playing on Xbox one x on a 4k big screen but gonna have to downsize to a desktop area for gaming needs. What is a good compromise for widescreen curved monitor? Does 1440p at 120hz really look as good as 4k at say 30-60hz

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If you are playing an FPS or something where speed and reactions are important, 144 hz (or 120) is a must. Its a huge leap. If you play mostly single player games, you may want the resolution.

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I feel like it would be a great thing to pick up for next gen hoping they give developers more freedom in fps but we will see. I've been playing on 4k tvs so long going to a monitor is going to feel wierd but 4k monitors aint cheap at all.

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I'm coming from the PC world where 144 hz is kind of a given if you set eveything up right and the monitor can handle it. The only thing I can say is if you are downsizing, the jump from 4k to 1440p wont be that bad. I have a 4k monitor and a 144hz 1080p monitor on my setup, and while the 4k is more clear, its not noticeable in most cases.

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Got any monitor reccomendations? Been thinking I was gonna look for something like 27 or 32 inches would be the size I'm looking for..

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I have an ASUS which has worked pretty well. But again I am on PC, so I have different wants/needs and I got mine like 3 years ago. I'm sure better/cheaper monitors have come out. Just look at amazon. Looks like Dell and Acer make decent ones for under $400. I would stay away from bells and whistles like G-Sync or V-Sync since you would be using it with an Xbox (plus I dont use the feature anyway) https://www.amazon.com/s?k=120hz+1440p+monitor&crid=1ILM4K5IIROZ9&sprefi...

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Quarantine has given me the chance to start streaming some Fallout 4 which has been great. I think it was two years since I last touched this game so I'm having a blast rediscovering everything. I need another good open world RPG. Really contemplating Outer Worlds since it's made by the same people.

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Outer Worlds is made by Obsidian who made Fallout New Vegas.

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I really enjoyed Outer Worlds, but it isn't really open world. There are zones to move through, but it doesn't have that kind of exploration feel you get in Fallout, Skyrm, AC Odyssey, etc.

Latest quarantine game: replaying Bioshock. For a 13 year old game it's still amazing. And stunning (though admittedly I'm playing the remastered version).

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

Also picked up Bioshock over the last few weeks. Don't know if it's my system but the game seems to crash more than any. Still enjoying the story and playing but I learned to save early and often.

I'm playing through steam on Windows 10 and having no problems.

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

I had the first couple games on PS3, but for whatever reason I could never quite get into them. But they were on a huge discount not too long ago and I picked up the whole remastered collection on PS4, and have been thinking about trying them out again.

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I think it depends on what you like. I know lots of folks like that open world feel, and Bioshock definitely isn't going to give that to you. It's hugely story driven, which is what I like in a game, but I recognize I'm a bit unusual in that regard.

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That's probably why I had an issue with it. I think I played them after going heavy on some Assassin's Creed and was kind of expecting a similar game, which it wasn't.

Then again, probably my favorite series is Dead Space, which is linear and not open world. So maybe having the right mindset would be good.

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I've seen bioshock described as a "cinematic" game. I think you need to view it as essentially you being a part of a story the developers are telling. You play for the experience more than the ability to explorer or create your own path.

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

I actually like that. I essentially view games nowadays, especially ones with large single player stories, as the next evolution of movies where there is a main story, but you're more able to explore and experience the story for yourself rather than having it told to you. This is part of why I am disappointed to see everything migrating to online games that are based heavily in microtransactions.

I'll even go so far as to say that the production quality on some games is on par with legitimate major motion pictures that earn studios Oscars and hundreds of millions in profits.

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You really should give Bioshock another chance then. Start with the original, of course. Bioshock 2 was good, but it relied on the magic of the original too much. Bioshock Infinite was a perfect extension of the feel of the original while still being its own game.

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The lighting/shadow effects they showed right there were phenomenal. And supposedly there were come compression issues with YouTube which means that the actual footage running on a PS5 with a good 4k device will look even better.

And the ability for them to go from a designer just creating a look to importing it into the game without the need to do a low scale model to lay it on top of could be game changing in next generation graphics. Seriously, the detail in that demo is a huge jump from what we have now. I already knew I would likely get a PS5 early, but this just solidifies it. A next gen Gran Turismo or the next iteration of the Uncharted series (because even if it isn't Nathan Drake, you know another will be coming eventually, the thing prints money) is going to look incredible.

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How did an XCOM game come out and I didn't even hear about it?

Has anyone tried XCOM Chimera Squad? Is it any good?

That was rebooted a while ago and from what I remember the reviews were really good. However, I never played the original XCOM despite being a huge Microprose fan at the time.

I played the reboot (and enjoyed it for the most part). But this particular variant came out last month and i hadn't seen anything about it anywhere until I saw the Honest Trailer for it this week.

Pet peeve time....

I absolutely hate it when a game isn't very up front with you on where you need to go next to progress with a story or mission. Not that I need my hand held through the whole thing, but there have been more than a few times playing games, especially early on while you're getting used to it, where I just get stuck and need to hit up a YouTube walkthrough to see how to progress. It really shouldn't be that difficult.

Also, Cities Skylines is the free game for May with PS Plus. Been playing a bit of that, and I very much appreciate that they allow you to say which Cheats you want to enable when starting a map, so if you just want to world build, you can hop right into it.

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Cities Skylines has evolved into a really good game. I bought it 5 years ago and really didn't like it. As is typical with most Paradox titles, the game has improved significantly with all the DLC they have added (both because of the paid content and the fixes/improvements that the base game got with the updates.)

If you really want to be frustrated, play Subnautica and try to get it through it without looking up any YouTube video.

Same with The Forest.

Yup... this is a game where curiosity and exploration are necessary to complete the story, and not making progress for significant lengths of time is expected unless you start watching tutorials. However, once you play the game through a couple times you realize how quickly the game can be completed. I think the first time I played through the game it took me north of 40 hours, but now that I know the game i can complete it in under 10 if i'm not screwing around.

I agree 100%. I downloaded DayZ off of game pass because I had always heard it was a good game, and it's fun but it's so damn frustrating. I've been finding myself watching a ton of youtube videos on how to really even get started without dying, and its really just taking all of the fun out of it that it is that damn difficult all the time.

Only other times i've encountered stuff like that has been with Shadow of the Tomb Raider and a few other games like that where it's supposed to be a 'puzzle' of sorts, so I'm ok with that. But just outright making things difficult to play for no reason is stupid.

I love the new Tomb Raider games (though, I haven't yet had the chance to get into Shadow, the first two were phenomenal) but I do remember a couple places like that where I got stuck and needed to check. At least with these games, when there is a puzzle they are pretty obvious about it. Actually, now that you mention it, my daughter would love watching gameplay of this game. Might have to get started on that one this weekend.

Playing through AC Odyssey there have been a few times where I could just not figure out what do to or where to go and needed to look it up online. One point I was in a dimly lit cave and needed to find a small crack in the wall to squeeze through to access the end of the storyline, and even with the torch you just couldn't see it. Spent 10 minutes looking before going online, and that annoyed me.

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Shadow and Rise of the Tomb Raider were my favorites. Rise has a better storyline in my opinion, but Shadow has better gameplay and feels a little smoother and more refined overall. There are a few spots in Shadow where it gets a little dicey because you have to do something like turn levers in a certain sequence or something and there's not much direction, but like you said, you can usually figure it out because they make it obvious it's meant to be a puzzle and you know that it all has to do with whatever is in the room in front of you and there are little dialogue queues that help you out.

I haven't played any AC games (keep meaning to, but haven't), but I hate when stuff like that happens. I've had similar things in other games like Thief (which overall is a great game, if you haven't played it) where you have to pick up an object and it's the same color as the table or not highlighted or its a dark room or something and it's nearly impossible to find and keep progressing.

I think I said it earlier, but my favorite series to date has been Dead Space, and one of the best things they did was add in functionality where if you held down the left stick, it shows you exactly how to get from point A to B. Which was great, because it allowed you to get fully absorbed into the game itself.

Speaking of which, I recently did a playthrough on the XBOne through EA Access, and the games still hold up. And the graphics on current gen systems looks really good as well. That is one series that could see an explosion in popularity with a graphics remaster to bring it up to PS5/XBX 4k detailed modeling standards. Put a good graphical coat of paint on an otherwise excellent gameplay and you have yourself a winner right there.

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I enjoyed all of the TR reboots. Personally, Rise was my favorite for the setting and storyline alone. Although the hidden city in Shadow has been hailed as one of the most accurate representations of Mesoamerican construction and day to day life ever put into media.

There were plenty of extra side activities to complete, but I never really felt "stuck" from an arbitrary perspective. If there were certain puzzles I couldn't figure out, they usually were the ones that wouldn't actually prevent me from completing the game.

I never played Paper Mario Sticker Star or Color Splash (and from what I've read Im not missing anything), and I thought Super Paper Mario was meh, but I cannot wait for The Origami King to be released. Im really hoping it takes me back to the days of the original Paper Mario and TTYD.

I've never played Paper Mario but I like any Mario game and I like RPGs so I am definitely going to pick up Origami King. Supposedly Bug Fable is out this month and is very similar.

You should definitely check out the original Paper Mario and The Thousand Year Door when you get a chance. Those two games are still on my short list of my favorite games even after all these years.

And you're not kidding. Some of the screenshots from bug fables look like they're taken right out of a paper mario game. Very interesting

The COD updates are comically large. I mean 32GB update...a lot of games aren't 32GB.

I think they announced the new Black Ops the other day. No way I can fit 2 Call of Duties on my harddrive.

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I just snagged a new 1 TB SSD to install in my build because Modern Warfare Multiplayer and Warzone combine to take up ~200 GB plus the extra buffer space needed to complete updates.

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Anybody playing No Man's Sky? My buddy picked it up during quarantine and has 300 hours in it. He talked me into getting it last weekend. I love the concept and the graphics are quite nice. However, I suck at ship to ship combat.

I bought it at launch. ... It was... Disappointing.

Haven't played it much since, but I've heard that it's gotten a million times better.

I still have it on my PS4, maybe I'll give it a chance.

.... Soon as I'm over my The Forest addiction. Lol

Any combat is really secondary. The game is mostly exploration and building. With all the updates it's really good. U think it's best played with someone else.

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I've sunk maybe 500 hours into it and never even beat the story. It's like minecraft with an economy and you just play how you want. It's a simple mans Eve online really but with all the updates for free it's really a solid game now.

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LOL.

Not sure how accurate this is, but...

Perfect timing. For all the parents that can't get a ps5 or series x

If anyone is buying a new Switch make sure you get the newest model. It's got better battery life than the older model.

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Old Games post:

I just "finished" a Madden 20 dynasty- I'll get back to it in a few weeks. After kiddos go to bed I fire up whatever I'm playing for a few hours.

BigCat's foray into NCAA 14 gave me the itch to dust off my 360 and fire it up. I'm in year two with 2019 rosters. I used the OS sliders and the game is insanely hard now. At the same time, I've also been playing USAF on my PC.

I just got Jedi Order so that'll soon be dominating my little bit of personal time.

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Yeah I kind of lost myself in Cities Skylines on PS4 over the weekend. I already had it through Steam but it pretty much melts down my laptop when I try to play it, so I never got into it that much. So addicting. But it also makes me really wish I could use some of the mods that are available on Steam.

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Have you played any of the Tropico series? I used to play Tropico 5 on my school laptop, just had to turn the graphics way down. Didn't look super pretty but scratched the city building itch.

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I have not, actually. Don't get me wrong, I am very much enjoying Skylines, and it works pretty well on the PS4 which was the free PS Plus game for May. But there are some little things that you can do with Mods in Steam that we can't do on the PS4. I get obsessed with trying to keep traffic flowing well, and there are some mods in Steam like Traffic Manager, the Roundabout Tool, and others that have better junctions that take a good game into a great one.

I've been in the market for a new laptop at some point anyway, so once I get to that point, I'll jump into Skylines on Steam again. I love the Surface Tablet series, and for 99% of what my wife and I do, it works very well. Unfortunately, video editing and gaming are two things it doesn't handle well at all.

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The battlestation is getting a serious upgrade after many years of neglect. Ordered the new Gigabyte G32QC 32 inch curved 1440P 165hz and HDR400 to finally play games over 30-40 FPS. Gonna get the xbox and PC both running through it and set it up in a area in the loft. Trying to find a desk right now is a bitch and a half though with everyone working from home IKEA is sold out and everything online is tough to get. The last upgrade will be a new gaming chair so my question is anyone got any good reccomendations for someone not trying to spend over $300? Also any desk reccomendations would be welcome as well.
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For those interested: SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE! Some Warhammer games are on sale along with some of the DLC (Total War Warhammer DLC) and Warhammer themes in other games.

I might finally get Mechanicus since they were the second army I got, but the Warden and Paunch DLC has been really good for Total War Warhammer 2 I keep on forgetting.

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