TKP - Gamer's Lounge - Autumn 2021 edition

Fall is the best time for gaming, 4 hour trip back from a football games, the switch has you covered. Post game celebratory Halo matches, yup! I didn't like the outcome of the VT game so I'll score 103 against Bama in NCAA 14 to make myself feel better, you betcha.

But if you're like me and want to feel like you're in college again Diablo 2 is back! I'm pretty sure I graduated a full letter grade lower in college because of this game.

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Asking for the new Xbox for Christmas so I can get the new mowing simulator game.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Finally got my hands on a PS5. Just getting in to Ghost of Tsushima.

It's Time to go to Work

Fantastic game. In my Top 3 PS4 games.

I'm 10 hours in now and having a blast. I waited for the PS5 version to get the best combination of frame rate and graphics. Sound design is excellent too.

It's Time to go to Work

I've been an XBox guy since the first generation, but I am seriously considering switching to PS5 when I can find one just for the new Horizon: Zero Dawn game. Played the first one finally when out visiting my brother over the summer and loved every second of it.

EVGA changed 3000 series card queue policy yesterday so now accounts that haven't made a purchase from a queue get preferred status. All this to say I might be able to get a 3070 by the end of the year, still have another month of queue time to get through.

With every passing day I'm thankful I got into the 3060 queue at release. I was also wondering why I hadnt gotten any other notifications yet on the other cards I was listed for but now I know why! Keep your head up your turn will be here before you know it!

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I love the optimism, but...

EVGA has let me down this year, and because of it I jumped shipped back to AMD. Granted, a lot of their issues were outside of their control, but the lottery system and zero progress after a year just left me pissed off at them.

EVGA doesn't have a lottery system just the queue system, which is pretty much the only mfg that has a proper queue system and not a lottery like newegg does every day.

I'm also not in dire need of a gpu, I have a 1070 that I still use in my gaming system. I don't have the time or energy to chase gpu drops or camp out in front of Best Buy, so EVGA's queue has been just fine for me. Granted it's been slow moving but that is outside of EVGA's control at the moment. Also I've been pretty realistic about not getting my hopes up on a time frame for when I can purchase a 3070.

Lottery was my poor choice of a word. I definitely realize that it's a queue. A queue I apparently didn't get on fast enough and now I'm a year in without any progress. I did myself a favor and invested (on a major splurge, spur of the moment) in an RX 6700... my cares about a new card dwindled especially as the prices continued to climb and scarcity persisted.

The just changed the queue and now theyre prioritizing customers who have yet to get a card and only letting you queue for 2 cards at a time so I'd expect things to clean up a bit in the next few weeks. I personally really like to see EVGA doing something more customer friendly than just selling randomly like all other producers.

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How do I actually get an XBOX, PS5 or RTX card?

Stockx appears to be the place with the best prices even though they are all scalped.

Newegg has the series s xbox in stock right now.

Follow twitter accounts that give warnings when they go live and turn your notifications on. That's how I got a heads up to get my PS5 back in February.

I specifically followed @PS5StockAlerts when I got it, but there are a few others. Specifically, I know @mattswider, who is the Editor of TechRadar, has significantly grown his following by giving heads up as well over the past year.

I will not donate to Virginia Tech Athletics as long as Justin Fuente is the head coach of VT Football. Enough is enough.

This is how I got mine. Got lucky one morning when Target added inventory at 7:30. Had to drive about 30 miles to get to the store to pick it up.

It's Time to go to Work

Wario64 is good too

Free Hugh

Man I have been hooked badly by sim racing during COVID. I've always liked it, but between GT Sport on the PS4, Forza Horizon on PC, and F1 2020/21 on PS5, the bug has hit me hard to the point where I now am awaiting delivery on a Thrustmaster wheel/pedal set and just got a foldable cockpit delivered so that we can store it away when my wife doesn't want to see it anymore.

I will not donate to Virginia Tech Athletics as long as Justin Fuente is the head coach of VT Football. Enough is enough.

Did you know there are full on organized leagues for sim racing? A guy I used to board game with through COVID got into F1 racing in the reddit league.

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Oh yeah, its actually getting huge. McLaren has a team of sim racers called McLaren Shadow Project that has their training sims in the McLaren Technology Centre. They often get Lando Norris in there to have some fun with them during training, who himself actually launched a sim racing (though more content creation and not full on eSports) called Team Quadrant that has a few well known YouTubers (Aarava and SuperGT).

I will not donate to Virginia Tech Athletics as long as Justin Fuente is the head coach of VT Football. Enough is enough.

I love sim racing, but haven't had a wheel in 10 years. I decided to get back into it for real and I have a Fanatec CSL DD on order, but they keep pushing out the ship date. At this point I am hoping for by Christmas.

anyone play any blockchain-based games? like axie infinity, or decentraland?

i have thought about investing in those next time the crypto market crashes, but not being a gamer myself, i am not sure how popular blockchain games are, or how fast they are growing

I read the words and dont understand, what is a block chain game? It sounds like a company needed investor funding and put block chain in front to get them to bite.

EDIT: after reading what ggc posted i went down a Wikipedia hole and now more than ever I believe the block chain post is to secure investor funding. I still don't understand the game.

When I looked into it, it looked like it would cost over $1k just to start playing with the most basic characters

Metroid Dread releases on Friday and the review embargo ended this morning. Reviews are very favorable in the 9/10 range.

Seems like it sticks to the 2D Metroid formula for the most part which should please most. Glad it still holds up after recent games like Hollow Knight and Ori have entered the market.

Release that soon? Either I wasn't paying attention to release dates or time is flying for me right now.

It looks like Dread did the correct formula for a great Metroid game based on reviews:

1. Explore and look everywhere for upgrades/more inventory/etc.

2. Have a foe that makes blood pressure go up from fear and have to think while being quick on your feet getting away from it when first see it (thank you Metroid Fusion).

3. Not be made by Ninja Theory, it isn't DoA or Ninja Gaiden.

Edit because just starting playing Dread:

It feels like a Metroid game and the E.M.M.I. gets my heart pumping like a survival horror game.
Right now my main complaint is that I can change control settings, it's not bad just not used to where they map certain buttons.

Edit Edit:
Beat Dread with 100% items found in almost 12 hours, putting it near top of all Metroid games, just under Fusion and Prime (those two I consider the top tier Metroid games). Not letting the player change control settings is my big complaint.

"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

Just started dread tonight after GameStop botched my preorder and I am loving it. Getting to experience a Metroid game with modern graphics is spectacular. I never knew how bad I wanted a modern side scrolling Metroid, I was so caught up in prime 4 hype.

If you feel the leather in your hand let it rip.

Quasi related: If you're on Twitch, consider changing password, enabling 2FA, and resetting your stream key.

I bought Deathloop for PS5 last week. at first, i thought it was going to be too repetitive having to kill the same bosses over and over to upgrade your abilities, but once you get the Shift ability and a couple decent weapons saved, it's more detective work and a lot less grindy.

I've seen a lot regarding that game but I still really don't understand, and am hesistant to get it.

Without spoilers, what's the story and gameplay? I never even tried Returnal because the repetitive nature just did not resonate at all with me. With Deathloop, is there a story that you can effectively build out across every reset? Do you lose abilities and upgrades with each reboot?

I will not donate to Virginia Tech Athletics as long as Justin Fuente is the head coach of VT Football. Enough is enough.

You play as Colt and you're trying to break the loop, and there's a girl named Joanna trying to keep it intact. only you too remember anything after the loop resets. to break the loop, you have to kill all of the Visionaries in a single day, but they're scattered. You're basically replaying the day over and over learning more and more about the Visionaries and eventually trying to change events throughout the day to get them all in one place at the same time.

You gain guns and abilities and then earn "infusion points." Once something is infused, you get to keep it for the next loop. It's pretty easy to farm infusion points and keep most of the stuff that you want.

Hoping I can get my hands on an XBOX X this fall for the "kids" as more inventory becomes available because "they" love Halo and the Assassins' Creed Series and they have not played the Viking one yet because they wanted to wait for the 4k.

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
鈥淚 served in the United States Navy"

Honest question. Have you considered maybe just getting a gaming PC or laptop?

I ask because I bought an MSI last year with graphics output that is basically in line with the PS5/XBSX, with the previous gen (I think its a RTX 2060 or 2070). With XBox Game Pass, I'm able to basically play everything that I would normally play on the XB, which has effectively made it unnecessary to get the new system.

Also, AC: Valhalla is a grind and a half. I stopped playing it because it got quite repetitive.

I will not donate to Virginia Tech Athletics as long as Justin Fuente is the head coach of VT Football. Enough is enough.

I bit the bullet about a month back and got the S instead of waiting for the X. If you don't absolutely need 4K I'd strongly recommend considering.

I...er the kids don't need 4k, just want. It's probably best that we don't have one right now. Kids and wife back in school and working from home 4 days a week it would be too much temptation to goof off...

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
鈥淚 served in the United States Navy"

"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

Just downloaded Diablo 2 Resurrected last night for the PS5. Holy mother of god what a blast from the past. Can't believe it's on consoles. It's weird with a controller but I love having it on my 70" vs my tiny pos laptop. The fianc茅 isn't happy at all...

Jack Bauer fears no one. Except Xavier Adibi.

Pissed about not getting your attention, or that you willingly gave money to Blizzard after all the recent revelations?

What're your thoughts? I loved 3 and sunk wayyyy to much time into it and the wife and I were looking for another coop to play and this looked decent.

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the controls with a controllers are a bit less refined. I keep getting stuck on stuff, didn't happen in 3. But it's a very minor issue. I had to make my main attack R1 to stop picking up all the bolts or arrows or fum. pots.

The added respec fixes a major issue i had with d2, but you only get 3 respecs easily, there is a grindy way for more.

The main issue which was a hugh complaint I had years ago (and had forgot) is lack of diversity in builds. Barb doesn't have a viable hell build, most builds are caster builds that all use the same gear. You need an enigma. You need mara's. All builds are enough str, some but little dex, no energy and everything in vitality. FHR and FCR and the breakpoints are super important.

Shared loot still sucks

If you've never played its definitely a good idea to play. Its less build dependant than D3 though nightmare, some endgame builds can use blue items too. So its more than just grab sets or unique.

I'm having fun playing again. It's really a fun game, having resists on enemies and boss in levels make a better atmosphere of oh shit I have to run away.

Awesome thanks for the info I will probably pick it up in a few weeks when I'm back home and where I can play a bit. I loved D3 on console and played countless hours all the way up in difficulty and loved all the builds range and melee. I didnt play D2 back in the day when it came out since I didnt have anything at the time to play it on so this will be a fun chance to enjoy it.

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

If you pick it yup, or really for anyone, they added a shared stash feature that didn't exist, what they don't tell you is that each page has its own good stash. I kept getting confused as my good amounts would not make sense.

I just want a new Elder Scrolls game........it's been 10 years

You not counting ESO?

I love ESO and have played regularly since it's launch on PC but it isn't scratching my elder scrolls itch. It is a solid MMO and well worth it if that's your thing.

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

Best I can do is a nother Skyrim remake

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Well it wouldn't be elder if they released one every couple of years /s

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

I mean, it is technically announced. They did the Elder Scrolls 6 announcement just to get people to stop asking if there would be one. Bethesda has been remarkable productive in those 10 years too. A failed Fallout 76, multiple Doom and Wolfenstein launches, Prey, ESO, Deathloop, Rage 2, and Quake Champions. I have the strong suspicion that they just want to let it bake. In the same way Skyrim came out and was revolutionary for the time, I think they want to nail that for ES6 and then support it for a 10 year life cycle.

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A Costco in Cincinnati had a bunch of Xbox Series X in stock even though everything online told me otherwise. Call your stores to see if they have them, you might get lucky.

I've been playing the BF2042 Beta and might be canceling my preorder...has anyone else played? Was hoping for something at least somewhat similar/upgraded to BF4...feels like I got a cell phone game, instead.

I literally cannot fly a helicopter and I was great at it in previous BFs, they also feel like they're weightless in the times that I've tried. (*edit: the inability to fly is a controls issue, they have the pitch/yaw on same stick and my brain will not allow that to function after years of having it different, so if they add more controls, I think 'Veteran,' that should help, but it does not exist right now.) The gun play feels like toys (recoil is weird) and I find it extremely difficult to aim and do not like that everything aims perfectly down middle of screen rather than having a bit of zoom and the gun on your right shoulder. The one map they have feels wide open and random. It's also insanely buggy and clipping is some of worst I've ever seen in my life, but hopefully they can work that stuff out...or delay some more.

Essentially, to me, this does not feel like Battlefield at all. Seems more like those free sandbox games that so many people like, like PubG and the other more popular one whose name I can't think of at the moment. Zero interest in playing those...I got this Series X specifically for BF, really not happy about it. Hopefully a good CoD comes out and maybe I can find some fun in Halo again. Might be back to playing BF4 on the new console...馃し鈥嶁檪锔

Halo insider so far has been fun. I think most of the weapons need a slight tweak though. BR feels good, the AR is what it is, the rest are a bit underwelming, but nothing that can't be fixed. The biggest issues are that vehicles are worthless. The ghost is better than the warthog, but it is so weak that you're never in it long, and its not like there are tons of power weapons to kill it.

My friend who has played the BF beta basically echoed your thoughts calling it virtually unplayable.

You might want to check out the game Splitgate. It's Free To Play online multiplayer that is like a straight up clone of Halo but also adds in Portals. I started playing it last week and thought it was tons of fun.

Yeah, another thing with BF2042, I can't hit the broad side of a barn with these guns - I think this goes back to my issue with the sights. I was a 1.75-1.90 k/d ratio player most of the time in the other BFs, I'm lucky if I'm 0.65 in this one.

Maybe I'm just old and this is what kids play now? But BF4 wasn't *THAT* long ago...

I'm 99% now canceling my preorder.

AND ANOTHER THING lol

Outside of maybe the main tank shell, the vehicle weapons are essentially worthless. The helicopter missiles seem to work, but alas, completely uncontrollable.

Edit: also, damage against vehicles with rockets seems way off. Unguided rockets against helicopters and planes have taken more than 2 hits (should be 1) as I've somehow managed to hit the same transport plane twice w/ unguided and it just flew away after. Also shot a jeep with unguided rocket, people in the jeep survived and it was fine...everything is off.

This game really sucks.

I was about to show a game that personally I think is better than BF and CoD by miles was Squad or Hell Let Loose. Don't know if you have a PC because Squad is only on PC, but HLL has a console version.

Squad has a great Star Wars mod called Galactic Contention where it's what Battlefront should have been (shit EA one, not the good classic Battlefront).

"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

Hell Let Loose is the current PS+ freebie on PS5, for what its worth

I will not donate to Virginia Tech Athletics as long as Justin Fuente is the head coach of VT Football. Enough is enough.

I'm surprised it's a free PS+ game now since it official released (got out of Steam Early Access) this past July, would think they would wait about a year before doing a free deal since it's an Indie game.

"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 managed to pick up a slightly used GTX 2060 (to replace my AMD 7850) for under MSRP and started playing FarCry 5. Lots of fun so far and I'm looking forward to picking my way through my Steam backlog. It's fun playing games on Ultra graphics level again.

I was just in the Scottsdale mall with the kids and walking by one of those Amazon 4-Star stores, and in the front display they had an Series X and a PS5. Bought em both, been looking for ages, and literally stumbled upon both. I wasn't even going to be getting a PS5 but thought why not.