OT - TKP Gamer's Lounge - Winter 2022

Now that its no longer Autumn nor 2021, I figured it was time for another thread.

Anyone in here increase their library, console lineup, or gaming platform over the holiday? If so, what has your fancy now?

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So my brother in law, who apparently has money to burn, got me an Oculus Quest 2 for Christmas. Beat Saber seems to be a pretty fun game from what I have tried, though I really am not sure what else is there to play. VR gaming seems to still be at its infancy.

I will say, I hooked it up to my laptop and played a little Project Cars 2 with it. Combined with my FFB Thrustmaster wheel, its a surprisingly intense experience. Graphics are poor for today's standards, but the racing immersion is night and day different than playing on a TV/monitor. With Gran Turismo 7 coming out in early March and the PSVR2 due out later this year, I might have to seriously consider it, especially if the setup is optimized for the PS5. There's a ton of potential in the sim racing/flying world that VR is just scratching the surface on.

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SUPER HOT is one of the most fun oculus experiences IMO. In Death: Unchained is one of the better rouge lites on the oculus that focuses on archery mechanics, which work pretty well in VR.

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Oh I got this. My brother works for FB (Meta) whatever and plays around with his oculous all the time and also gets like every game free.

Beat Saber
Super Hot - Personal Favorite especially if you've played the non VR version before
Population One - if you're looking for a shooter
Resident Evil 4 - I haven't played this yet but that game was terrifying on console so I'm super excited to try it on VR.

I'll get my brothers input and update this. I know he loves Super Hot and Beat Saber not sure what else he's gotten a chance to play.

Edit: he said his current kick is Walkabout Minigolf

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oooh I did like Super Hot on Switch. Might have to try that out, thanks!

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One of my buddies really likes Star Wars: Squadrons in VR if you want a flying game. It looked pretty cool in VR from what I watched of it too.

Squadrons is a beautiful game on PC and VR takes that to a new level. I get sick as crap from VR stuff so I didnt play long but the cockpits and detail in everything in squadros makes it a blast.

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Is squadrons playable on the oculus? I have been looking for a good cockpit or racing game, but none have piqued my interest enough to purchase.

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Anything on Steam should be playable on the Oculus as long as you're linked to your computer by launching it in Steam as either SteamVR or OculusVR. That's how I have been playing Project Cars

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Unfortunately, I am just a lowly console player player right now and just a switch or the standalone oculus at that.

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Star Wars: Squadrons in VR is the coolest thing ever. I'm terrible at it, but it's pinnacle SW nerdism for me. I've been shot down many times just because I'm looking around and just drinking everything in. I've died because I'm complete turned around in my seat just checking out my astromech droid not even paying attention to the dogfight.

The whole experience is just so damn cool.

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I finally got to try out VR myself on a friend's setup a couple weeks ago (also Beat Saber) and it's given me an itch that won't go away. At least that itch is somewhat easily scratched, as opposed to the itch I've had ever since another friend gave me a Porsche driving experience package at a race track just outside of Vegas last year....

I liked Vader Immortal a lot. The game was okay, but the light saber training was a lot of fun.

Also, if you want something to play with the family and only one person needs to use the headset, get Puppet Fever. It's very fun.

Wait, what?

I have heard Alyx is the class of VR games. It's in the Half Life universe in case you are familiar/played Half Life 1 and 2.

Picked up several games on sale over the holiday.

Dark Souls Remastered
Dark Souls III + DLCs (didn't bother with buying DS2)
Black Mesa (updated version of Half-Life 1 using the Source engine)
Prey (free from EPIC)
Salt and Sanctuary (free from EPIC)

Currently addicted to Dark Souls like it's 2011 all over again.

I got remastered during black Friday and I'm finally doing my first playthrough. It's been on my list forever. Such a frustrating and satisfying experience.

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Dark Souls 2 plays so incredibly slow compared to DS remastered, DS3, Sekiro, and BB. I loved DS2 when it released but with all the hours I logged in DS3 its impossible to go back to 2s sluggish gameplay. Can't wait for Elden Ring that's for sure.

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Been on a Halo Infinite and Farming sim 22 binge. Infinite campaign is fun but tI ended up dropping the legendary playthrough for a heroic playthrough as I got weary of boss fights on legendary. Will go back and hammer out legendary one day probably in co-op as the bosses are simply too big of a pain solo for me to spend my limited gaming time just fighting bosses. Its fun but feels like it could really use co-op mode.
Multiplayer is solid and I'm loving fiesta.

FS22 is fun bit buggy still but fun lots to do now and a nice mellow game to mix up the pace.

Probably going to do a full witcher series playthrough once I wrap up infinite campaign and this time play witcher 3 on hardest difficulty to make me use all the potions and signs and get more into that aspect of it.

If anyone is looking for a decent but older GPU I'm selling my MSI 970 GTX GPU and Intel i5 6500k cpu and mobo. Tried selling on ebay but people suck at paying up and had one guy return the GPU as it showed up a day late due to the weather shutting down UPS on monday.

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Probably going to do a full witcher series playthrough once I wrap up infinite campaign and this time play witcher 3 on hardest difficulty to make me use all the potions and signs and get more into that aspect of it.

I found that Death March difficulty became trivially easy using the "Sun and Stars" ability along with the Quen power. Quen just takes any potential damage and then you can cast it again.

Yeah some of the abilities break the game a bit but personally I want to use more of the oils and other stuff to go a it deeper than my last playthrough. I love the story and the world so much I have to do atleast one playthrough a year and this time I want to ramp up difficulty all the way this time. Waiting on the next gen update though to enhance it a bit this time.

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I have tried starting the first Witcher game 3 times and never got more than a few hours in because the controls are so painful. Let me know how you fare and if you have any tips for actually pushing through. Otherwise I'm planning to just watch a Let's Play of it on YouTube at some point.

I've yet to do the first one yet I may do a youtube on it and just get to the second one becuase of the same reason. Its like when I try and play the original halos and elder scrolls stuff the controls are ass and make it a pain. If I get through it I'll let you know if I can play it well enough maybe I'll record it and throw it on youtube.

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Finally snagged a ps5 in late November and I've been playing through God of War. That game is amazing and has me itching to play the original trilogy.

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Oh man I loved GoW on PS5. So, so good. I basically abandoned AC: Valhalla because of it.

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I haven't been this addicted to a game since FFXV (yet the story for this game actually pans out in a logical manner).

The completionist I am, I'm determined to complete the Valkyries and Muspelheim trials...

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The completionist I am, I'm determined to complete the Valkyries and Muspelheim trials...

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Status Update:

  • Nifelheim (which I hadn't even discovered yet when I originally posted): done
  • Muspelheim: done
  • Valkyries: for the love of God, done

I guess I need to beat the game now?

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You didn't beat the main story before doing them?!?

Impressed!

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Dude, after I finished all of that, I unlocked the last 8th tower on the lake of nine, lit the flames, and received the enchantment that reduces damage from Valkyries. Atreaus goes "that would've been helpful against the Valkyries". It was all I could do to not glare holes through my tv lol

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Been getting value out of the Gamepass subscription and played Firewatch. Fantastic game that can be completed in a day. Great story and fantastic atmosphere. After playing that the internet recommended What Remains of Edith Finch since it is like Firewatch. It's a great game but I wasn't ready for the emotional response of the game at the time. I'd still recommend it but with the caveat of knowing it can be a little rough for people because of the topic of the game's subject.

Now I'm working on a replay of Stardew Valley, haven't played for a couple years and am enjoying all the new content from the updates of the years. Just got out of the long slog that is Winter 1. Almost got the Community Center complete and then working on friends for the rest of the year. Also trying to finish my Civ 6 religious domination game. The world just doesn't want to accept my religion peacefully so I shall convert them with a smidge of force.

Planning the next big time sink game to dig into, not sure if I want to start Fallout over and grind my way through that(Not sure on the controls and the super unforgiving nature of the game) or just start at Fallout 3. New Vegas was my first Fallout game that I played last year and had fun with. I would love to know the complete lore but it feels like it is going to be a chore to get that out of Fallout and maybe Fallout 2. But this will happen after the move and everything is set back up. So suggestions of which route to go are very welcome.

Fallout is a blast. The original two can kind of be weird compared to the newer ones like 3, NV and 4 though and dont translate as well to modern controls. Might be some mods to help you out there otherwise do what I do and find a youtube video with it all there to refresh before jumping into the next one. 4 is a big time sink so if you go there be prepared to play a while.

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4 is a big time sink so if you go there be prepared to play a while.

This is not an issue as I will need something that doesn't require dollars to do. House buying has/will eat up a decent chunk of savings so I need to work on getting that back up. After spending that much on a house I might as well spend some time in it. 🀣

Also I have heard 4 might better suit my style of play or it might be terrible depending on how you look at it. I had to stop myself from picking up everything I would find in New Vegas since all I would do is end up selling most of it and not doing anything with the caps. 🀣

I had a similar take on 4. I had a lot of fun with 3 and NV, but I never really got into 4.

I would stockpile valuable guns and armor at my base and then when I wanted to sell I would overload myself and my companion, fast travel to a hub with a bunch of shops, and pop a berry mentats to get better prices. I used it to buy expensive ammo in bulk.

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I just started FO3 and I am having a tough time with getting around DC. I played NV, FO4 and FO76 before and liked being able to walk in one direction and explore. I probably just need to get used to the metro tunnels but it has been rough so far.

I still remember fallout 3 fondly and the DLC is good. Once you get far enough in the game I would definitely suggest fast traveling as the metro system is an absolute cluster.

Gamepass on Xbox is an incredible deal so many great games to play totally worth the 15 a month.

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or buy xbox gold passes and convert them for $1 for less than $15 a month.

Did this last year and locked myself in to 3 years of Gold for like $183. Not bad

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I'm on the pc so it's only 10 bux a month but it is still a great deal. I can even play with players on console on some games, did so with forza horizon 5.

I'm playing Spider-Man Miles Morales right now. Once I finish that I will play Deathloop and maybe check out Returnal. Once February hits I will be all in on Horizon Forbidden West and Elden Ring. They launch a week apart but I'm not sure I want to grind out Horizon in a week to play Elden Ring on day one too.

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Funnily enough, I just finished Miles Morales a couple of days ago and am now playing Deathloop. I have Forbidden West on preorder and can't wait for it to arrive. Returnal is on the list to play through as well, but figure I will work my way through some other things first.

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Just started Deathloop. So far I love this game. The aesthetics are awesome. Always enjoyed Arkane games and this is no exception.

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I've pretty much abandoned RDR:2 after getting to Chapter 3. It's just too....slow. You spend half of your time riding around trying to get to places and then more time riding someplace else for the actual mission. Maybe I had it built up in my head after reading all the reviews. If people can tell me that it gets better than I might be able to get into it...if not...onto the next one.

After watching S2 of The Witcher I decided to jump back into The Wild Hunt and replay it and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. When I get done with that there's a whole backlog.

The game is a slow burn with an excellent payoff in the end.

That said, the last couple chapters do go by pretty quick compared to the rest of the game.

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Alright. I might try and give it another go after I finish W3.

If you can make it to the payoff mission of the plantation chapter it will keep you hooked... not to spoil anything but the final plantation mission with the whole Van der Linde gang riding up to the plantation house to raise hell was a epic scene right out of a Western Hollywood Blockbuster that's my most memorable moment with the game.

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Maybe I'm looking at the game all wrong and that's what's making it difficult for me. I see RDR2 as an RPG and typically in an RPG I will do every single side quest I can because (a) I have a problem leaving them open and incomplete and (b) it helps level up the character. It sounds like RDR2 is more like a traditional shooter where there is no leveling up and the world is just open. I would have more fun if I just move from story point to story point instead of hunting down "side quests" that don't matter.

If anyone played Ultima Online back in the day, former players made a game called Mortal Online which was like a first person UO. Mortal Online 2 comes out at the end of January and runs on the newest Unreal Engine. It feels like Skyrim got a graphics upgrade and that sexy game and UO had a sexy graphics baby.

If you aren't familiar with UO, it was a very early MMO that wasn't based around leveling and raiding like all modern MMOs. It was far more sandbox like with guilds and houses as well as the traditional npc towns. There was open pvp combat and full loot (except things like spellbooks). No levels, just skills, stats, and player skill.

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February is going to be packed for me considering I buy very few games and play them until the doors fall off. Total War Warhammer 3 on the 17th and Elden Ring on the 25th, so they will be competing heavily for gaming time, and may keep me going (with DLCs of course) until Baldur's Gate 3 drops eventually.

The wife and I have been tag teaming a replay of Horizon Zero Dawn leading up to Forbidden West. That's gonna get a lot of play time in this house. I've also been back in EVE because spreadsheets in space is fun. Also if you have a PS5 don't sleep on the freebie Astro's Playroom. It's a super fun way to kill 15-20 minutes if you're just looking to escape for a little bit.

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I miss EVE so much but I never have the time for it anymore. I still have a stupidly high level character from my younger days with time to kill I could've sold it on the character records for roughly 400$ if I had wanted to. Loved how I had a character capable of running fighting missions along with flying a capital mining rig. I miss the multiple accounts all running on one pc mining for my capital ship.

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I loved EVE, but about the same time I graduated from VT ('10) is when I walked away from it. I had a pretty high level character at the time but just couldn't devote the time to it like I did in college. I tried going back a couple of years ago and could still get into my account and had a couple of caps still in various hangars, but my heart wasn't in it.

I had a pretty high level character at the time but just couldn't devote the time to it like I did in college.

You and Hokienator both hit the nail on the head about devoting time to EVE. I have a love/hate relationship with EVE. I hate it because it's such a time sink and it feels like it takes forever to fleet up and do something worthwhile, but I love it because when you can drop the time into it something awesome happens and you come away with a fun story or two.

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Yea, that was the best part when I was playing. A small 2-6 man gang flying through 0.0 and just ripping apart anything that we found. I loved watching the vids of Vagabonds or small frigate gangs swarming PVE players. Goonswarm vids were great too. *sigh* it was a lot of fun at the time but it was a GIANT time suck. I remember spending hours just sitting around waiting for a big gang assault to kick off.

Been having a lot of fun with Chivalry 2 and am playing through LA Noire for the first time with my fiance. She's not a gamer by any means so I do all the controls so she tells me what to do and we both do the investigations together. It has been fun.

Finally sunk into the couch and knocked out the Halo Infinite campaign. Much better end to the story from 4 and 5 and did some good stuff to right what to me was a really weird twist. Kinda bummed its over but it was a pain in the ass on higher difficulties. Now to get my rank up in MP and start the grind there.

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I saw this come across my feed today. Some of you talk about the Games Done Quick - Nice article in the Washington Post about the guy that started it in his mom's basement and has now raised over $35 Million dollars.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/01/13/games-done-quick-agdq...

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What. the. hell.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2022/01/microsoft-set-to-purchase-activis...

I'm not even mad, just in awe at how deep Microsoft's pockets are as they try and strong-arm Sony and Nintendo into irrelevance. The Bethesda deal looks like minor leagues ($7.8B) compared to this acquisition ($68.7B). Activision-Blizzard needed a huge makeover any way, and this acquisition gives Microsoft a ton of IP and the power to (re)make the company's image and remove those that contributed to their swamp.

Yeah.... None of this is going to end up being good for the end consumer. Microsoft and Sony aren't buying these IPs up just to allow the other to play them on their consoles, and you're very quickly going to need to invest at least $1000 just to get the platforms necessary to play the games you want.

Not great

Have a feeling this is going to end up being far more troublesome than the bullshit that has come of the streaming industry with everyone getting their own stupidly expensive service.

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as a PC gamer (primarily) this doesn't necessarily concern me, and most of my gaming is done solo any way, and my WoW days are well behind me. If I were a diehard PS fan I would have some concerns, and at a minimum this is going to lead to more of the short-run (~3 months) platform exclusivity for developers that are planning to port across multiple platforms.

Not sure I agree with the streaming comparison since this is going the opposite direction with studios getting consumed, not created. Maybe this is just a preview of what's going to come with the streaming industry with Netflix, Disney, and Apple in a three-way battle royale to see who can purchase the most streaming services and bundle under one roof... and in order for that to happen we're now talking about taking on/eating NBC and CBS (eventually)....

Maybe this is just a preview of what's going to come with the streaming industry with Netflix, Disney, and Apple in a three-way battle royale to see who can purchase the most streaming services and bundle under one roof... and in order for that to happen we're now talking about taking on/eating NBC and CBS (eventually)....

I mean.... That's exactly where this is going. And I wouldn't be shocked if Amazon ends up making a huge push to each up chunks of streaming services over the next couple years to assert their dominance. I almost expect Paramount+ and Peacock to be absorbed by them.

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I dont even know how, but I forgot about amazon... As for THAT next big domino - the NFL Sunday Ticket agreement with DirecTV ends after this NFL season, and rumor was that Amazon was the front-runner to come out on top. They already have the distribution network, and they've been dabbling in live sports broadcasts so they've proven they can do it. I also expect that the NFL wants to expand access, and going with a streaming partner instead of a satellite partner is the future.

I, for one, would welcome this with open arms. The only reason for me to ever become a DirecTV subscriber has been to get access to the out of market NFL games, and the NFL draw has never been strong enough for me to make that happen. But, take out the satellite subscription and give me streaming access to mediocre Vikings games? You can't count me in for that, assuming Amazon isn't price gouging and charges a commensurate rate like MLB and the NBA do for their streaming programs.

Phenomenal news for us Activision shareholders tho

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I'm kicking myself for not having gotten in before the announcement.

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Definitely shocking, but ultimately makes sense.

Microsoft said they're committed to Gamepass, which needs a high volume of consistent subscribers to turn a profit -- and the best way to do that is to make it so that there are a ton of games to choose from and a steady supply of new releases coming out frequently.

Not saying that Xbox hasn't been good, but I've never respected Microsoft in the gaming industry.

I've always felt that they tried buying their way into the industry and were always trying to be Sony by going after the segment of the industry Sony catered to instead of growing it (at least up until now).

Let's be real -- if any other company made the original Xbox, there wouldn't be Xbox today. Microsoft just had enough money to throw at the problem.

Not that I buy many Activision games, but hopefully Microsoft doesn't make everything exclusive to Xbox.

If Microsoft keeps Gamepass at its current price, then this most definitely is a heck of a deal for Gamepass subscribers.

I dont think they are dummies. I think there will still be exclusives (e.g., Halo) but for the traditional games that have been cross platform (e.g., Call of Duty) I would suspect there will be limited exclusivity and then the release on other platforms 1-6 months after the original drop date.

Microsoft isn't buying this IP to let it be played on Playstation. They're doing this to get as many people on GamePass as possible, and allowing those games to exist outside of GamePass won't help them accomplish that.

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I would argue that releasing something like COD on playstation would drive more people to play it on gamepass. 70 bux for PS5 or 60 bux on Xbox or whatever your monthly gamepass rate is at the time. I don't think initial exclusives would go without a decent sized backlash from gamers but after a couple years and a game further long in an IP I can see the switch to exclusives. Honestly gamepass sells itself just from it's model, it doesn't need exclusives to work or be profitable.

All I'm saying is that people thought the same thing about the Bethesda purchase, and they are going to be a GamePass exclusive in the near future, even after MS execs promised it wouldn't happen at the time.

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True.

We'll have to see if this plays out the same.

I'm sure they've done analysis on which route gets them to the break even point quickest.

There's an order of magnitude difference between Bethesda and Activision. I think you'll see smaller titles become exclusives in the future but not broad appeal games like Call of Duty. The majority of Call of Duty players are on PlayStation, at least for console players. Activision isn't worth what you just paid for it if you cut off a giant chunk of revenue.

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The fuck Microsoft

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Sorry, editing this to show some official word from CA about new campaign stuff for 3 that seems very interesting. I'm probably still play Mortal Empire campaign the most (especially already owning all DLC factions, DLC, FLC and other stuff for one awesome/brutal/fun clusterfuck of all maps together). Though I was sad that it was delayed last year seeing the stuff they are doing with the delay and other fixes they are doing makes me excited for the game, it's also the only game I ever pre-ordered.

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I never understood Warhammer... i looked at the video and all I can think of is that they are ripping-off Blizzard, somehow. Although given the age of Warhammer I think its quite possible that WoW ripped-off Warhammer.

Technically most if not all Fantasy settings take inspiration from (or rip-off) Tolkien, Warhammer Fantasy no different (Old World destroyed in 2015, new setting Age of Sigmar to make long story short). Warhammer Fantasy technically started in the 70s as a tabletop RPG until it got bigger to a war game in late 70s/early 80s.

Don't know if true but story goes that Blizzard was about to make a Warhammer RTS in 90s but stuff fell through so Warcraft and Starcraft (Warhammer 40K similarity) became a thing so a lot of early Warcraft/Starcraft looks similar to Warhammer.

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Warhammer has been around for a long time. Although the idea of men/elves/dwarves/orcs really gained traction with Tolkien (although he didn't invent those things either).

The lore for Warhammer and Warhammer 40k is about as rich and detailed as it gets. Its a shame its never been translated into a good MMORPG the same way that Warcraft was.

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I'm still probably playing Kugath first (feel the love), but the daemon prince builder is so much different than anything in the first two games that it makes me excited for the future life of the final game.

So I played through the story of Horizon Zero Dawn again, and I cannot wait for Forbidden West next month. By far some of my favorite video game lore EVER

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I was FINALLY able to find a Series X for sale. I've been really enjoying Halo Infinite, even though it still needs a lot of polishing.

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Looks like Ghostwire: Tokyo will launch March 24. The page on the PlayStation Store has just been updated with that release date.

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Somewhat gamer adjacent question...but has anyone else watched Arcane on Netflix? Based off League of Legends (which i've never played). Really gorgeous show and quite good.

I watched it. I really enjoyed it and am very excited about Season 2. I play League of Legends so I'm familiar with the characters but never paid much attention to the lore. They did an excellent job of making the show entertaining regardless of you're familiarity with the game.

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Yes. I feel like there are a lot of little nods that people that play the game will get, but the characters and story are entertaining in their own right.

I had a good time with it! I played LoL, but had friends who have never touched it , watched Arcane, and had a good time. It's cool to see another source of solid entertainment come out.

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I've had a PS5 for a little over year. Currently playing my way through REVII. I have an Xbox Series X being delivered tomorrow because I am huge Halo mark and found a good bundle through GameStop.

I wish I had more time to play like I did when I was younger but a six and three year old can be pretty demanding.

Outside of Halo are there any Xbox exclusive games you all recommend?

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'Ori and the Blind Forest' and its sequel 'Ori and the Will of the Wisps' are 2D Metroidvania games. The art and music styles are fantastic.

Forza Horizon 5 of course.

Been playing a lot of catchup on some games this Winter...

Why is it that I always feel morally corrupt whenever I finish a Far Cry game?

why the ef can't Ubisoft let me enjoy a Far Cry ending? Just played through FC5 a second time (extra hard mode), made a different choice at the ending, and it not only did it leave me without positive closure, but a f'ing cliffhanger...

also me...

The more I see about this game the more I get excited I cant wait for this one.

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"...and live out your greatest Star Wars fantasies"

"GONK"

Id love to see some satire in the latest trilogy that mocks some of its plot flaws but oh well. I love all the lego games but the star wars ones I hold dearest so my hopes are high for this one.

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I loved the original star wars lego games, so I have hopes that this one might be good, but I feel like the dropped off a bit when they added in voice acting over the dialog-free pantomime of the early ones. The gameplay looks like it could be fun.

I'd agree still liked some of the modern ones but the old satire in the silent ones was epic. Cant wait to see more but itll probably be a day one pick up for me.

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I've been playing Returnal on PS5 and having a blast. The gameplay is crisp so dying doesn't feel overly punishing. The ambiance has that creepy vibe you want. The bosses are plenty challenging and it doesn't feel like too much of a grind to get back to them when you die. The story has been very compelling. Highly recommend it especially if you catch it on sale in the future.

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Dwayne Johnson is apparently going to star in another video game adaptation. Any guesses?

https://www.ign.com/articles/the-rock-is-making-another-video-game-movie

A few I can think of that are deserving of a film adaptation:
- God of War
- Halo
- Castlevania
- Warcraft (another attempt)... although the first one was still pretty good
- StarCraft

You know, EA has a Dead Space remaster/reboot in development right now. Could The Rock be taking on the mantle of Isaac Clarke? The Ishimura on the big screen could be pretty badass

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I would certainly hope not, and I love BOTH Dead Spaces...

I'm very much looking forward to the remaster. The atmosphere of those games is top notch and if they keep it true while just leveraging modern tech, it could completely revitalize that genre.

I will say this while we are on the subject, a big budget series on Amazon or Netflix of Dead Space could be really good. 8 or 10 hour long episodes for 2 or 3 seasons, starting on the Ishimura and then onto Titan Station? I could see it be a big hit.

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Please not halo, please not halo is all I ask.

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I don't think it'll be Halo... My guess is Gears of War maybe?

Gears of war could work for me he would definitely fit the build there.

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Finally got Skyrim fully modded out and its the best most stable setup I;ve used yet. Had a IT guru help me set it up and its as good as Ive ever had it looking all while still maintaining playable levels around 60FPS. Will upload some screen shots when I get a minute but its a mazing to me how much stuff is out there to help fix such an outdated game.

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I'm looking for "adventure" or building type games. Open world play like Fable or building games like farming simulator. Just need something else to unwind with when I don't feel like giving it my all like I do for shooter games. Have Xbox series X. And go......

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Fallout 4 has the open world play along with settlement building.

Fallout 4 is a good mix not as shootery as it needs to be with settlements.

Fallout 76 supposedly has gotten alot better as well and has some high amounts of building to do.

That all said Farming simulator 22 is out and its the best one yet. Mods are rolling out and if you like map building look into No Mans Land mod where you basically have to make the map as you want it. buy sections of land and sculpt it to your liking and get the mod that allows you to landscape for free to make it easier to make it look good always helps. I sink endless hours into NML maps when Im not feeling like a shooter.

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Repeat after me - Subnautica

Not a shooter
Definitely exploration
Building is a must
Tranquil enough... you'll understand once you start playing

Seconded. Subnautica is one of those games the less you know about before playing the better.

You won't find a better mix of adventure and building. The story is quite compelling, but you really have to work and explore to dig it out. The base building/resource component can easily suck you in for hours.

The sequel Subnautica: Below Zero is also very good and on Gamepass right now. You don't have to play the first to understand the 2nd, but it is somewhat helpful.

Just got both versions off of game pass. Played a few minutes before bed last night.

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do NOT use google to help you out - you'll appreciate the game more

I'll try.

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It will be tempting. The game relies on contextual clues and audio files to lead you in the right direction for the most part, but some parts are TOUGH to discover without trying to resort to a guide. It's an actual adventure game in the truest sense.

Sometimes it will put beacons telling you exactly where to go, but not always. My first playthrough of the original I spent a lot of time gathering resources and searching, and enjoyed it the whole time.

Played about 20 minutes earlier today and boy does it. Some stupid yellow farting mantatee killed me because I was trying to get the air tubes setup and didn't see him. Got lost and couldn't find the air bouy that was left out there.

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And those "manatees" are one of the peaceful fishies. Looking forward to hear your thoughts. Thinking back on my first playthrough and how frustrating it was slowly morphing into one of my favorite gaming experiences of the last few years.

Got attacked by some long lizard looking fish but used my knife to get him to run away. Just found another rescue ship.

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Gonna be real hard not to drop spoilers. I'll just say you're going to continue to find more creative and excruciating ways to die.

Yea some terrifying looking squid beast took me while swimming near the engines of the main crashed ship. It was at night in game so it actually made two of my kids scream.

I really am struggling not looking things up though. Can't find one more scan to get the object I need to move boxes in my way.

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Ah your first Reaper...

And you aren't even that deep yet.

Yup... Reaper Leviathan... I know that spot very well :-)

Always fun when you hear that roar too late and then watch your fully tricked-out Seamoth get absolutely crushed...

Weirdest thing I ever had happen in that area was the leviathan got a hold of the moth and something glitched in game and the damn leviathan threw my moth ~2000m in the air... had a long swim to go get it, but it survived.

I managed to be eye to eye with one and not die. There was some kind of debris in the water between us. It allowed me to scan him so got that done. Now I'm sitting frustrated because I have all these passcodes and blueprints but can't find the last piece of cutting torch to scan so I can make one and keep exploring the main ship. I've even completely scouted the alien gun base.

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Want to thank you for the Subnautica recommendation. I've really enjoyed playing it. It's full off WTF am I supposed to be doing moments followed up with some jaw dropping revelations.

I'm stuck. Can't find codes to get in locked doors.

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have you searched the various rescue pods from the radio? There should be data banks in them with the codes. Also throughout the Aurora I think there are data banks with info.

I did have to resort to youtube to get on the right track for finding some construction material

I've found every pod in the radio messages, I've used torch and gravity lifted all over main ship. Now been just exploring and building underwater pods to store stuff in.

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according to reddit forum:

Code to lab: PDA near the lab, in the generator room.

Code to Cabin 1: in the Locker room (can't remember if shelf of lockers by the wall, or one of the lockers across the middle).

Code to loading bay: Administration office (only accessed from the outside)

Code to captain's quarters: obtained by radio, the "sandwich" conversation.

Looking for a recommendation. I am about to finish my first playthrough of dark souls and have ~4 months before my schedule will no longer allow me to tackle games 2+ hours at a time. I was out of gaming for a while during and after grad school, but since getting the switch caught up on some good stuff I missed. I put some hours into: Witcher 3, Skyrim, dark souls, BOTW, super smash, risk of rain 2, hades, and Civ. I am looking for one more to sink some time into before I have to back away from the sticks for a while again. What are your suggestions TKP?

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If you want something to sink time and don't mind JRPGs here's some good ones on the Switch:

1. Bravely Default 2
2. Octopath Traveler
3. Final Fantasy XII Zodiac Age (Remaster of the original FF XII from PS2).
4. Shin Megami Tensei V
5. Xenoblade Chronicles 1 (remaster from the Wii U) and 2.

I don't know if it's on the Switch yet but will recommend anyway; Persona 5.

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Thanks, I have SMT and Xenoblade on my radar. I've heard good things about octopath traveler, so I'll have to give it a look.

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Pulled the trigger on SMT V. Thanks for the rec, I'm going to get started tonight.

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I should've mentioned that SMT V can be unforgiving with it's difficulty, especially bosses (which fans of the series like that.more), so fusing demons and adding more to the party to be put in the compendium will help a lot.

There are a couple similarities with the Persona series (technically a spin-off of SMT), but don't expect it to be exactly like the Persona games if you played those.

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If you've got PlayStation: go with the hits - God of War 4, Ghost of Tsushima, Horizon Zero Dawn, Spider-Man (miles morales as well), The Last of Us..

No playstation unfortunately, but I've have thought of hunting one down to play God of War. That is right up my alley.

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Its out on PC now if you have a decent rig to game with.

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Ghost of Tsushima is the best game on that list in my opinion. The story is exceptional.

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Platinumed it, and still play legends every single day during my workouts

As far as story goes, I still think horizon zero dawn is on top for the PS4 generation. Soooooo good

Op - horizon zero dawn is on PC as well

Golf Story is an excellent game for the Switch and is probably 20 hours for completion.

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Ubisoft just launched a 24 hour sale... I just picked up Far Cry 5 Ultimate for $26

Oooh... Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves was just released on PS5 today...

Good thing I put in my 2 weeks notice on Monday 😎

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Update,

Oh wow this game looks excellent in 4k. I'm just running Fidelity rather than Performance as I prefer visuals and it's absolutely beautiful.

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Picked up Red Dead Redemption 2 on the Xbox store sale for 60% off at 23.99$. Just finished the 105 GB download and gonna have some fun now!

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LOL - Shots fired! Sony buys Bungie for $3.6B Although this pales in comparison to the deal for the Activision/Blizzard acquisition that Microsoft just made.

Yeah, weird pickup if you ask me...I thought they'd go swinging for fences.. maybe rockstar or square enix

They are looking for devs with Games as a Service experience. Sony's exclusives have always dominated in the single player realm. But they lost some of that clearly with the Bethesda acquisition, and the multiplayer piece with the Activision buy was huge for Microsoft on that end.

Sony is looking for a space to compete now in this arms race, which sounds odd to say given the dominance of the PS, but MS wasn't throwing that money around without a really solid plan.

Well, if there's anything that time has proven, it's that industry consolidation is always good for the consumer.

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This is where I'm at this doesnt do much really in the scope of things as bungie will still operate as its own ship per say but eventually I imagine sony start slowly calling more shots as they report to them. If the arms race continues down this path as long as they keep working together to allow crossplay and stuff like that the consumer wont be screwed. But if they stop allowing for crossplay and start making everything exclusive that they own then the consumer loses big time.

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This article may shed some light on things

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2022/01/sony-to-acquire-bungie-destiny-se...

Bungie still has some obligations for upcoming titles to keep them cross-platform (same as Activision for that matter). Its not going to impact the consumer immediately outside of say direct access to these publisher titles via Game Pass and PSN. However, in 2-3 years once those obligations go away there is almost a guarantee that new titles will become at least limited platform exclusive, if not outright exclusive.

I think there will be some story driven exclusives. Sony has been highly successful with those in the PS4/PS5 era. I don't see making games like Destiny exclusive, even for a limited time. The market is too big to justify cutting roughly half of it out. For those big games you'll likely just see exclusive content, Hawkmoon and Monte Carlo in Destiny, or early beta access like we have seen in the past.

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Just finished playing Dark Souls 3 and both of its DLCs for the first time. Just before that, I replayed Dark Souls Remastered twice. Honestly thought DS3 was pretty great, even though DS1 is pretty special with how connected the entire world is.

Bring on Elden Ring on the 25th!

Bought a bunch of older games on a big sale a few weeks ago that I've been working through. Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 1&2 (finished #1), Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Full Spectrum Warrior (finished), Brothers In Arms Hells Highway (currently playing), and Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising.

Also downloaded the Mass Effect Legendary Edition Trilogy which will be my first time ever playing any of them. Lots to keep me busy for the foreseeable future

I am so jealous that you get to experience Mass Effect for the first time, I hope you enjoy it!

Saaaame. When legendary was released last year, my husband got to experience new ME content for the first time, like Leviathan and Arrival, because he never got the DLC with the original release and I was so jealous.

Still haven't started it yet! Looking forward to it soon based on what I've been told.

Sifu is fun so far

Can't wait for Horizon Forbidden West next week

I think you can preload pretty soon. If you preorder it on the PS Store it automatically schedules the download.

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I pre-ordered the collectors edition from GameStop so I gotta wait, unfortunately. Lol

It might seem like a stretch to ask but when I played Mechwarrior Online about a day or two ago I was in a couple matches with and against someone with a username VTCC F91 (can't remember anything after that) and wondering if anyone seen that tag before or goes on TKP.
I was the ADDER that either pestered for kills or get killed quickly because of LRM boats (I hate LRM boats).

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Wow, MWO is still going?

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Anyone who has GT Sport on Playstation and is planning on playing GT7 when it is released in March - Polyphony is porting over all libraries (scapes images, decals, liveries, etc) and driver stats (DR and SR) on Tuesday. After that point, GT Sport is effectively sunset, and just riding out the pine until March 4.

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I picked up Cyberpunk on GoG for half price the other day (before the new patch dropped).

I had avoided it for a long time because of the launch problems, but I was genuinely enjoying it since I really didn't have a lot of expectations. My computer is 3 years old and my graphics card is 7 this year, but I'm still running it at high enough quality that it is nice to look at.

Now that I've played it with the new patch installed, I have to say that I really enjoy the game. It really reminds me of the original Deus Ex in feel. Choices aren't as impactful, but there is something about the world and the way it plays that really draw me back to those days at VT in my room in Thomas (showing my age here).

I have been waiting for the PS5 version. Figured I would get a better experience letting them fix all the launch issues and it'll look better than my laptop. I waited to play Ghost of Tsushima until I had a PS5 and I think that payoff was worth it so hopefully it's the same in this case.

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Built my first PC yesterday and am so pumped for all the new games I now have access to, especially Tarkov and Valorant. Plus going back and playing all of the OG's heavily modded - Fallout 4, Skyrim, Minecraft, etc.

Any PC specific games you guys recommend as must plays??

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As someone who likes to play a heavily modded skyrim 200-300 mod list long youll want to either use wabbajack or a mod manager if youre new to modding on PC to save you the headache. Wabbajack is really good as you can straight up download a working mod list thats been confirmed to be stable.

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Awesome, I'll look into it. I've used some mods through the XB1 version of Skyrim, but that was just like 10-15 minor mods (except for the one that made all dragons Randy Savage lol)

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It will make things alot easier unless you know how to script a little and order mod lists to work together it can be a royal pain in the ass but wabbajack makes it so much easier.

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Must play all-time? or must play recently-made?

Portal and Portal 2 should be on your list if its the former.

edit: Also, Civs 5 and 6 are both good (the older ones as well, but I'd stick with the newer titles to avoid getting dragged into an never-ending backlog). Endless Space (1 or 2, you can go right to 2 without missing anything), XCOM (1 & 2), Divinity Original Sin 2, Hitman 3 (you can play 1 and 2 inside 3 if you have licenses for them), Cities: Skylines

no timeframe was specified, so i'll throw in Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, & Quake.... Master of Orion too for those 4x gamers.

I second the Divinity Original Sin 2 recommendation. It's an excellent game. Received a ton of accolades for a reason.

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Either one, I enjoy both new titles and games that have aged really well. I'll be sure to check all of these out and try and cop them during a sale or if I get a good deal on CDkeys

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If you are looking for cheap PC games: GoG (gog.com) sells DRM free games at great prices, Green Man Gaming sells steam keys you can redeem, Humble Bundle sells keys for different launchers depending on the sale.

Do you have any recent consoles?

While none of these are PC-specific, here are some you may want to check out:

Elden Ring comes out next week
Hades
Fallout New Vegas (my favorite of the bunch, prefer it over 4 by a good amount)
God of War (recent Sony release on PC)
Horizon Zero Dawn (another recent Sony release on PC)
The Witcher 3 + DLCs
Portal 1 & Portal 2
Forza Horizon 5

I bought the original XB1 and have only had that since. I've played F:NV and TW3 on console but will probably end up trying them again on PC since they're such good games.

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If you wait on witcher 3 till june july when CD Projekt Red release the next gen update for witcher 3 it will have a bunch of enhancements to it.

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Ah Tarkov has stolen so much of my time. That game has the highest of highs and lowest of lows.

Just got the call from GameStop, I'm picking up my collectors edition tonight!!!! Forbidden West here I come, baby!!!!

I still never played the original and now that its on steam I probably am going to give it a go at some point this year.

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You absolutely should. It's incredible.

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This comment took me back. It's been years (maybe a decade) since I preordered something and picked it up at GS. I also remember lining up for the NCAA games in the Cburg mall with a lot of other gamer types just so I could buy it at midnight.

Also, no spoilers but the wife and I are 4 hours into Forbidden West and holy mother of God this is a stunning game. Everything looks and sounds incredible.

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 so floored by the detail of the character models. Simply astounding

Just ordered a new gaming laptop. Man, it's almost as stressful as shopping for a new car. All the research, then nothing pre-built I wanted in stock so I ordered custom but said it would take 3+ months to ship, then the same specs came up on inventory but sold out in minutes, then yesterday same model popped up but with upgraded CPU and GPU from my order and I could get it for only about $200 more, so canceled the custom and ordered this one. Figure future proofing isn't too bad especially when game pass works on computer too

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Costco really does have some great stuff. I actually got the Legion 7 laptop and combining with my work benefits and coupons got 25% off and then going to use the rewards points to add another 1TB SSD

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Nice. Yeah, I'm excited to see what this bad boy can do. The estimated 1:15 - 3:15 delivery is killing me, especially since work is slow today. I already plugged in a cord to my monitor for the desktop last night so it's one less thing I have to deal with today.

I have picked up a few electronic things from Costco and I've been satisfied. Samsung Watch, Bose BT Headphones, and maybe something else I'm forgetting. I didn't even think about checking until someone said something in passing when I was looking at specs on like CyberPower and then the HP website. Quick glance at Costco, and then it was ordered.

I just moved a few months ago so lots of furniture and electronics came from Costco. My work has a lot of employee pricing programs with major companies, but Costco usually still beats them. Like I got my wife an Apple watch and some Sonos speakers and both were cheaper at costco

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Both of you are missing out on the joys of building your own, assuming you could work with a desktop and not a laptop. The satisfaction of putting your own together is pretty nice, and being able to do it at a discount compared to buying a pre-built machine retail.

Edit: I haven't bought a pre-built PC since ~'96, and my most recent personal build was last year. Nothing like planning the actual use and working backwards in to the exact parts you need/want to make it happen (talking down to specific model and revisions in some cases). With a particular use case I had for gaming i specifically setup my game drive in a NVME PCI-E 4 SSD RAID 0 setup... watching load times become non-existent and synthetic tests hit 10,000+ MBps read times is enjoyable.

As someone who finds a lot of relaxation in building Legos, I very much would like to build my own at some point. But I am too mobile around the house with my computer and I've been seeing a fair amount that with supply and cost of parts, pre-builds are actually getting to be more economical

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I enjoy building my own as well, but at this point in time it's almost easier to acquire a 30xx series graphics card by buying a pre-built.

This is definitely the case. Difficult to get the parts people want to build there own so they end up going prebuilt instead of waiting.

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I'm still waiting for EVGA to let me order one while I wait in the queue for a 3070. I managed to decide to buy a house, search for 6 months and then close on a new build all before getting a GPU!

Building is simply the best for gaming rigs but with components being so hard and very few parts actual msrp its way cheaper and easier to get the pre-built ones. Theyre a good entry point and when talking about GPU's its practically the only way to get a gpu at MSRP anymore.

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Getting a hold on a GPU would be the main driver (and my only driver) for buying a prebuilt. I was fortunate enough to find a 6700XT in March last year and jumped on it despite the price. I will say if you live in the vicinity of a Microcenter they do seem to have a good supply of AMD cards rolling through based on my experience in Fairfax. Not sure what it's like elsewhere.

One of my friends went to Microcenter like 6 months ago. There just happened to be a 3090 in stock that day, so she considered it fate and just grabbed it. I was just like damn girl, good for you.

Its a very good thing I dont live close to a microcenter or I would be living on the streets buying PC parts is addicting for me. If you can hit one they have a decent stock of GPUS most days at open but what youll find is always random. Building is so much fun and tryng to get everything to work is just more fun for me. Definitely worth learning at some point but in 2022 with the GPU market still smoking crack I'd buy prebuilt for the GPU then strip and sell the rest of the parts I didnt need.

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The PC that I ordered is a desktop and not a laptop. I've been using my laptop for the past 5 years. Honestly, I don't know enough about PC building to attempt it without someone holding my hand and additionally, as others have mentioned access to components and access to components at a reasonable price right now is hard. This PC basically had everything I was looking for anyway, and at or below what I was thinking about spending. No point into going too far into the unknown when most of it is already right there.

I might upgrade the hard drive at some point to a bigger SSD, but other than that, I've just been installing all the launchers and games since she came in earlier.

Physically building the thing is pretty simple because in most cases there's only one way to connect components to the motherboard. Line up a triangle on the board with a triangle on the CPU, connect the only 24-pin cable with the only 24-pin slot, etc, RAM sticks can only go in one orientation, etc.

I was the same as you, but I still wanted to build my own so I bought the NZXT Build Kit. Comes with all the parts you'd buy individually and this fantastic step by step guide on how to build it. It's like 150 pages long but has very pretty pictures.

Took me about 3.5 hours but it booted right up in the end, plus it came pre-installed with Windows which was nice. Really recommend for any first time PC builders

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Picked up Insurgency: Sandstorm on the Xbox on sale this weekend. I had been looking at it for a while and holy shit is pretty legit. Hard as hell, but I'm glad to find a shooter with a good online presence that isn't COD or Battlefield. Also been playing a lot of Enlisted lately too, which is also a great game (and free!)

Started playing Horizon: Forbiggen West yesterday and... Man, that's a visually stunning game on the PS5. I just wish that the Visuals mode wasn't so choppy compared to Performance Mode, and that more games had a 4k at 60fps mode that the PS5 is actually capable of, especially for those of us with 120Hz tvs.

Anyway, I'm only a few hours into it and it already seems to play a bit more smoothly than Zero Dawn. Be warned, the entire backstory of HZD gets spoiled early on, so if you absolutely must play that first, its worth keeping in mind. Personally, I could never quite fully get into it (played it right after God of War last year and I was burnt out on the genre) so I don't much care. I'll go back and finish at some point after I finish FW. So far, this game seems like something I'll blitz through in a couple weeks, it really is immersive.

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How would you rate it because I'm seeing articles of it being reviewed bombed just like Total War Warhammer 3.

I know why Total Warhammer 3 is getting review bombed because it's fucktards that always review bombed it for "NoT bIeNg A hIsToRiCaL, Herp Derp".

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If you liked the first, you will like this one. Its a literal continuation of the story set a couple months after the end of the first, and there aren't too many new mechanics added, which is fine, because the first was so in depth.

From what I've seen the review bombs come down to the fact that the main character is a girl and they didn't completely change how the game is played to "keep it fresh"

It really just plays easily. And it has multiple layers of help you can ask it for depending on how you like to play (that is, figure it out yourself, or have the game direct you to the next steps). I guess some could knock it for being a PS5 DLC for the first, but its a full fledged game. (as an aside, since when did it become a sin in entertainment to recycle proven mechanics within the same genre? Like, one of the biggest knocks I saw against Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which I absolutely loved by the way, was that it had too much fan service and didn't stray far enough away from the original movies. And somehow this was a bad thing, especially after the 2016 movie bombed like it did?)

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I just got the glider, slowly making my way through side quests when I can play.

Feels good so far. Wish I had more time to play

Forbidden West - slow ass start, but some shit just happened and now I'm right back in it baby. Let's go!

If its the part I think you're referring to... yeah, the game opens up a bit after that, huh? Just played through what I think you're referencing yesterday.

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So.... I played some more after work yesterday and now I'm not sure which event you're referencing. Last night I definitely hit one scene that made me go 'wait... what the hell?!?'

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Lol. I'm betting it's the initial scene that I was talking about.

Beta?

Right, that would actually be the 2nd scene I just got through. Very intrigued where the story goes from there.

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Elden Ring review embargo has been lifted and things are looking glorious

Came here to say it too: ign gave it a 10.

Think I'm finally going to sink into the first horizon dawn since I can play it on PC finally. Going to mix in some destiny 2 as well in between and once I have Horizon Dawn finished I'll sink my teeth into Elden Rings once we get a few patches and some help videos are up so far the reviews and all I'm seeing on it are top notch.

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If you're a sucker for lore, be sure to make sure you read & listen to the various data points scattered about. Lots of minute details that are otherwise overlooked, ..but they don't take anything away if missed. Hope you enjoy man.

Looks like Elden Ring is getting some amazing review scores. Preload should be available for all platforms now according to Twitter.

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now is not the time for me to own a capable gaming rig, be halfway through a semester of school, and have 10/10 rating games coming out.

Pre-loading right now!

It'll be available to play 6PM EST on Thursday and I already have PTO planned for Friday. I can't wait.

That sounds awesome. If I didn't take vacation already this week for VT Wrestling I would have considered doing the same.

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Preloaded last night and ready for the PC launch in 2 hours!

For those that have started playing it, is Elden Ring as good as the reviews say?

It's been a long time since I paid for a game full price/ at launch, but may have to pony up on this one

Put in 7 hours so far and having lots of fun. I do think it is pretty challenging even in the beginning areas which honestly surprised me because I just beat Dark Souls 3 and all of its DLCs just a few days ago. Spent a few hours alone doing coop with people to help them beat the first main boss.

It has the combination of large open world exploring and the classic Souls castles/dungeons complete with shortcuts, surprises, and hidden paths. Some hilarious and awesome enemies too.

I am playing on PC and there are noticeable moments of framerate drop but it's not enough to make me turn the game off. Worst offender so far is fast action when I'm on the horse and battling other fast enemies. But once I'm out of the open world and in this first castle, it's been pretty smooth. Playing with a 3600X/5700XT @ 1440p High settings.

editing to add more comments after a few more hours of gameplay:

Bosses are really kicking my butt, even in the early areas of the game.

The framerate drops *for my system* are pretty negligible for me. Obviously not using a stopwatch but I figure the stuttering has impacted maybe 0.25% of my play time right now. Once you are out of the open world, it's been fine and I've been spending most of my time in the castle areas.

I haven't had much of an issue on PS5 performance mode. I can confirm the early bosses are very challenging. Feels like the drop you in the deep end in this game.

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MY friend whos a dark souls lover is having a blast on it. His one note is that they really want you to explore more early on than usual by making the first few bosses fuck hard to force you to go do side stuff and get better gear and level up etc. HE said the first 2 bosses are the hardest bosses hes done in a dark souls game.

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Is anyone else having trouble with the Elden Ring servers???? I haven't been able to play online since I started Thursday night at launch.

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Are you on Xbox? Xbox servers have been down/had issues. PC servers are fine for me.

Yea Xbox. But I literally just got on for the 1st time today ( had to work then do dinner with the family) and bam logged right it. Now I'm excited!

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I don't know if ign is just feeling generous or what lately, but their "in-progress" review of the new Destiny content, so far, is glowing. "Best Destiny has ever been" I'm reading.

Everyone I know who plays and loves destiny is saying that its better than taken king which is a high bar for me. I may be slowly eeking back into it to fill my shooter itch as halo is fun but once you finish a battlepass its kind of meh.

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This is definitely a me thing, but I just don't understand how the battle pass affects Halo. I dont have one, I dont know how to look at challenges, I just play the game. Lots of people online seem to be upset about it but I for the life of me just don't understand it. There are so many issues with Halo like 80% of the weapons being boring, the terrible net code, and a campaign begging for multi-player that I just don't understand the whole issue with challenges or battle pass.

Honestly I've never been into the whole "battlepass as progression" system that so many games have put in place since 2017/2018ish when Fortnite popularized them (I know they had been here and there before that in stuff like DOTA 2, but didn't really blow up). It can definitely give you something new to focus on outside of the basic gameplay and generally gives you a couple neat customizations and stuff, but to me it's always just kind of been a thing that feels like the developers saying "look, the game is still the game, but if you give us money and keep playing the game, you'll get more things to look at and idk, prove to other people that you've played the game more than them."

As someone going through games without really worrying all that much about cosmetics (which is what probably 95% of battlepasses are, though I know D2 drops engrams and stuff as well), I just don't worry too much about the battlepass.

I agree with that sentiment but for me I love having stuff to chase especially in MP games. I love destiny as there is always stuff to go for even in multiplayer modes. Halo needs so many more maps to freshen things up for me.

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100% halo needs more maps.

The reason I stopped playing destiny is that it seemed like a loot shooter that forgot the loot part. Also they were nerfing everything that wasn't a handcannon, which I dont like the feel of hand cannons. Which didn't help they started locking loot behind complicated tasks that require pvp and other stuff that really want worth it for a hand gun.

So now theyve gotten the loot part sorted and for me the weapon quests are all part of the fun and the grind. Also I personally love the handcannons its a unique gun style to the series that makes in unique to me. I loved the pvp weapon quests for guns like thorn etc theyre tough challenges but to me keep you invested and working on stuff.

Halo needs alot of love in the multiplayer world when it comes to maps they have the modes now and BTB especially needs some serious content dropped in it as play BTB its the same map over and over again with the odd change here and there.

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Gran Turismo 7 is out on Friday and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't very excited for it. Had to say goodbye to GTSport over the weekend so it could preload, which was sad, but the new one looks excellent.

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So many games in such a short window. Lol

COVID backlog is finally clearing in the sense that you clean your bowels after a laxative

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I'm struggling to get through my backlog. Finally closed out BOTW and now I'm going to rehash my Destiny addiction and jump back in for a while. Then itll be horizon dawn zero then Elden ring will be the big one.

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That's a list of really long games. Good luck.

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For me that will see me through the summer and maybe through till fall. I dont have alot of time to play so itll last me a while. Also gotta add in the occasional dip into skyrim every now and then.

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I ordered a psychical copy through Amazon and have to wait for it to get delivered.... Friday is going to be a long day. But I haven't had a Gran Turismo fix since the PS3. I wasn't interested in playing Sport, I am amped to start racing and building my car collection from the ground up!!

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Given Amazon's screw-up this past week, I'm surprised you don't have it already, to be honest.

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Shoot I wish I was that lucky...

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You play on controller, or do you gave a wheel?

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I've always done the controller. I don't have the space to store one or the willpower to drop the cash for a new wheel. I will probably be unable to do any oval nascar races because of it. I remember it being virtually impossible to keep the car stable through the turns with a controller on the ps3

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I'm having an absolute blast with Elden Ring. I'm a SoulsBourne veteran though. There's just so much to do, so many little secrets and characters and dungeons and bosses both mini and mighty.

I powered through the first two bosses pretty much by banging my head against the wall. Maybe 25ish tries each ~level 20. But you can definitely go around the opening areas and beef yourself up to make it easier. I'm going back to clear those out now. So I'm "barely" into the game (level 35 now)

The weapons and weapon customization is top-notch, even for these games. I love the ashes of war additions and I've already got like 3 additional toons in mind for future playthroughs. Still had to go with my bread and butter rapier (in this case grand epee) and shield/parry combo. The twinblade is super fun though.

Also the addition/variety of summons is a cool perk.

Anyway, haven't had a lot of problems playing on Xbox but I never buy these types of games on PC.

I'm not very far in, only beaten one main boss, but I feel like I have managed to miss all the fun strength weapons so far. I'm still rocking a lordsworns great sword. I'm working on some exploration now trying to get some gear I like better before I confront another big boss.

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Well I don't want to ruin anything for you but they're out there. The game really wants you to explore more before going through Stormveil.

You're not joking. I have done a ton of exploring in the last few days and found areas and bosses I definitely could have handled earlier. If you find high level areas early you end up with high tier smithing stones but not enough lower ones to progress your weapons.

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As someone that has literally never played any of the SoulsBorne games, I actually pulled the trigger and bought Elden Ring on the advice of my brother.

And I'm addicted. I got my ass kicked so many times over the last couple of days, and can't wait to go back and try again.

Playing as a caster and figuring out tactics while on horseback has been one of my favorite gaming moments in a good while. Walking into a random cave and finding a talisman after a mini boss fight that makes killing something else way easier is a great gameplay loop, and I can't remember the last game other than BoTW that rewarded exploring so much..

Also playing on Series X with the quality setting and haven't had any noticeable problems with frame rate.

New game releasing on March 4th, only on Switch, that might be interesting: Triangle Strategy, a tactical RPG similar to Fire Emblem and FF Tactics.

It seems to be a collaboration effort between the producer of Bravely Default and OCTOPATH Traveler and developer Artdink, who made Tactics Ogre. Thought it was an OCTOPATH Traveler sequel from the art style, but actually not related.

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Finally got a PS5 (through PS Direct) and my god does it make PS4 games even more gorgeous. Due to backlog I almost never bother getting games near release, so I'm just now playing through HZD, and I thought it was one of the best-looking games of the PS4 era and the PS5 upgrades just totally blow it out of the water.

I did get HFW, though, since HZD is one of my wife's favorite games, and I'll probably play it as soon as I'm done with HZD.

The graphics of Forbidden West make Zero Dawn look like trash. It's that much of an upgrade

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For some reason, due to the War in Ukraine I got the sudden urge to do another playthrough of Civ6 which has led me for the past 3 nights realizing that it's 1 AM in the morning and I need to go to bed.

Just one more turn!

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So I got to play a little Gran Turismo 7 during lunch today and.... All I have to say is wow.

At this point, its pretty clear that GTSport was little more than a beta test for the eventual launch of GT7. This is a very similar game, just with some better driving physics, a major graphical upgrade, and a fully fleshed single player mode. If you liked GTSport, you'll love GT7.

Hopefully, Sony does the same here that they did with GTSport, and roll out continual improvements to the game over the next couple years. It does sound like more tracks and more cars are coming, which is great.

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Elden ring guys where ya at?

I finally sat down restarted as a astrologer and found that play style to be far more my pace and works alot better for me going forward and now I can really progress a bit and enjoy the game more than my original melee build. Anyone got any good tips or places to go in the first 20 hours or so? I'm level 22 now and sinking most of my levels into mind, intelligence, vigor and endurance. Might add a few to strength as I do use the sword a bit for more menial enemies. Need to upgrade the staff and get a better shield. So far went to murkwood for a bit and then did the coastal cave and the stuff around the first church you get to but would love other ideas and suggestions.

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I've been full on addicted to it. Running an int/dex build. There's a decent staff you can find in the weeping peninsula. I've just been doing lots of dungeons, riding through areas and picking up items. I love just using torrent to dash in to get things and get out. Don't need to battle every single group of enemies you find.

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I havent done a dungeon yet I've been sticking to a few starter caves and sticking to the overland area doing some easier stuff getting some golden seeds and all to try and get to where I can do a dungeon. I love torrent as well makes the open areas doable and when I get overwhelmed an easy ticket out of trouble its a nice addition to the game. Is the staff you speak of the meteorite staff I see all over the place?

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No, the meterorite staff I think is found to the east. It scales well but you can't upgrade it. The peninsula has the demi-human staff which is an upgrade from the standard glintstone one and is good enough to get you through a few areas before you find another

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Ahh I know what youre talking about there I'll probably see if I can get that one as well. Just need something to upgrade from the basic staff to help with the first few bosses really.

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I have never played a Souls or Scrolls game before Elden Ring so I had no idea what I was in for with this one. I'm absolutely addicted. Started off as a Vagabond since that's what I figured I would understand the easiest to start. Kind of wish I would've gone down a more faith based track, but I'm 60 hours in and not turning back now.

You're dead on with upgrading your equipment. Leveling up is very important, but you start to get to a point where you need to get your equips to +3, 4, or 5. The Sites of Grace do a good job of pointing you in the direction of enemies you can take at your current level. Dont fight the first major boss until your at LEAST level 25 (I was almost level 40 o_O)

Don't neglect your summons! If you can't summon, get the item that allows you to summon! Buy the crafting kit and figure out what everything does. It all helps.

The catacombs to the northwest of the Church of Elleh are a good place to venture into to start. You will die haha

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I didnt realize the sites of grace point you to areas where you should be for your level? I thought they pointed you to the story so I have been going the opposite direction to beef up my character before going into the story stuff.
I wont touch the first boss till I'm level 30 most likely or atleast till I've gotten some better armor and a better staff atleast.

Summons are a big new feature that I love using as a caster it makes life less of a constant dodge roll and can make some of the tougher spots easier to handle early on.

The catacombs to the northwest of the Church of Elleh are a good place to venture into to start. You will die haha

Fuck them stone imps man I lost many a rune going through there never finished the dungeon.

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I didnt realize the sites of grace point you to areas where you should be for your level?

They don't, they just permanently show the direction towards the nearest "major boss"

I may be off on my impression then. You're both 100% correct, but to me it always seemed like following the direction of the sites of grace leads to enemies you should be able to take. Deviating leads to guys that will eat you for breakfast haha

Thinking about it, there's a site of grace that leads you to the Southern Peninsula, which is relatively easy. Then there are the Grace's that lead you to Stormveil, which I guess if you follow to the game to the letter you're meant to venture through first? Always seemed like the enemies scale up based on where you are.

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Yeah I did notice the one to the south points you to the peninsula as well as the one at stormgate going north. They just wanted to leave you confused I guess lol

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I'm also playing an astrologer as I generally tend to like casting classes in my RPGs.

Here is a tip on your build, if you still want to use a sword, do not pump Strength. Just stack INT and get yourself the Moonveil Katana. It can be found in a dungeon on the border between Limgrave and Caelid. Not only is it just fun to use because its special weapon skill is super helpful to clear low level groups of enemies (way more efficient than spamming Pebble), but it actually scales with INT for melee damage. It was a game changer for me once I picked it up. There is a fantastic early game staff that can be picked up in Caelid as well without having to kill much to get it. I can give you specific tips on these locations if you want. For reference my character is level 63 right now and sitting around 45 INT, 20 DEX (dexterity makes you cast faster), the rest Mind and Vigor for the most part. I'm sure its not anywhere close to an "optimal" build but I am not finding myself getting stuck at parts as long as I take the time to learn the boss patterns and things.

Also, summons are KEY for a caster. You eventually unlock an NPC that lets you upgrade summons just like yu upgrade weapons. I have found the base Lonely Wolf summon that you get right away when you learn the summon skill is fantastic to distract enemies while you nuke them with spells at range, especially once upgraded a few times.

I've never played a Souls game before, but once I got the hang of combat I am loving this game, even though I still die A LOT. I feel like I can play for an hour and actually feel like I got a bit stronger and just explore. I have defeated two of the Shardbearers so far, won't go into detail to spoil any of the story as it really starts to come together once you reach the Raya Lucaria Mage academy.

I've seen the moonveil mentioned in some builds but they all say the wyrm boss you have to kill is a pain in the butt. I upped strength to 10 so I could use the lordsworns sword you get early on thats a bit better than a short sword and is nice to help not use all my mana in a long dungeon so far. I might put a bit into endurance here and there but mainly vigor, mind, int, and dexterity. The summons definitely saves my ass alot. I need to probably go through the stormveil gate at some point but I keep wandering limgrave and just exploring everything I find. I havent done the waypoint ruins and probably need to at some point soon for the mage that is there.

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Just making sure, have you allocated some of your flasks to Cerulean Tears for mana recovery? The game is pretty generous with Site of Grace locations so keeping up on flasks shouldn't be a major issue.

I've got it setup with 4 health 2 mana potions atm might slide it to 3 and 3 or if I can find another golden seed have it 4 health 3 mana as I like to keep my health up being a glass cannon and all.

I really like the mechanic where when you clear a group of enemies you get a portion of your flasks refilled automatically that is a big help when just exploring and roaming about.

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Taking a bit of a break after being thoroughly addicted for weeks. I played through the game 3 times, once as a Dexterity build with the Uchigatana and Nightrider Flails, then I re-spec'd my character into a caster for New Game+ and New Game++ to gather the remaining achievements.

The Glintstone Pebble sorcery will get you far in the game. It has a good ratio of Damage:FP Usage. Other spells that were key in my caster runs were Great Glinstone Shard (they actually buffed this spell a bit in a patch because the Pebble was too good making GGS pointless) and Rock Sling.

As you level up, keep in mind that Dexterity allows magic users to cast spells more rapidly.

As far as shields go, I used the Brass Shield almost exclusively once I got it in my 3 playthroughs. It can be found early and 100% Physical Damage Block is great.

As far as progress, clear out the Weeping Peninsula to the South. There are a few Flasks upgrades scattered throughout and the enemies aren't very difficult. I think this is the "intended" beginner area of the game. After you clear the Weeping Peninsula and Castle Morne which is at the very southern end, you'll be able to head towards Stormveil Castle.

Damnnnnn son thats alot of elden ring. I was gonna ask where the brass shield was as I had seen it mentioned in builds and I need a 100% shield badly to help mitigate when I screw up and leave myself open to a melee hit. Curious what armor you ran light stuff mostly for the caster or did you go medium weight?

The tip on the weeping peninsula is huge I was kind of stuck wondering where I should go to get leveled up a bit more before heading to the first big boss but I'll go there next then. I did murkwood area and the castle there at the southern tip as a fun side quest and the sewing needle side quest to start but was wondering if I needed to hit waypoint ruins or the scorched ruins maybe but the weeping penninsula looks better to go to.

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It might require a little farming, but the brass shield is a drop by some of the enemies in that little encampment between the Gatefront Site of Grace and Agheel Lake North Site of Grace.

I did notice that when I went back through the area around gatefront I got different armor drops each time I killed a bunch of them guess I'll need to hit that group up some more for that shield. I bought the shield from the seaside merchant by the cave which has decent block but not 100%. It would be nice to have a quest log or something to keep up with the different quests but I find myself simply doing the whole quest when I come across a side mission anyway which isnt too bad though.

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I'm approaching 100 hours and still have a couple major bosses left. I'm running a strength based build but have leveled Intelligence, Faith, and Arcane enough to use most weapons. I have bounced between a Colossal Greatsword, dual Greatswords, and dual Halberds and had a ton of fun with each setup.

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I tried a melee strength build and I just couldnt get comfortable with the melee style combat for some reason it felt off a little bit to me compared to previous souls games. I'll probably give it another go at somepoint but I'm really digging the caster play style. Biggest challenge has been figuring out where to go where I can get stuff done and not get overwhelmed by big bois but so far I havent had any issues roaming murkwood and limgrave. I;m gonna try going south for a little bit before going to stormveil.

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The entire Weeping Peninsula can (should?) be cleared before knocking out Stormveil Castle.

The best part of this game is that there really is no wrong place to go. Sure you might show up somewhere and get your ass kicked. But that's alright, you can literally farm infinite runes if you have the time and patience.

But that feeling you get when you are able to own a boss that wrecked you a few times is what gaming is all about

I know what you mean. I finally beat Stormveil yesterday and I left feeling like nothing could touch me!

... until I got ganged up on in the next area and got killed in some manner I didn't understand at all πŸ˜‚

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Dogs and birds, the most dangerous enemies in From Software games.

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SCREW the Warhawks in Elden Ring man!! I finally have those suckers figured out, but they are the worst

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Those shits have wrecked me more times than I can count and always at the most inconvenient of times.

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I think the Giant Crows are far worse, especially in a specific area. If you know, you know.

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I have definitely seen one perched on a tree and said "wtf is that?!" Then immediately turned around to explore elsewhere lol!

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Thanks for the tips I'm going to bury some time into there to keep buffing up my guy so I can give some walloping to margit. Nothing beats the feeling of finally pulling off a fight and the accomplishment that comes with it.

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That's definitely the move. The southern area is a great spot to gear up before you take on some pretty challenging early bosses in stormveil. I haven't had a problem with the melee build now that I have got weapons I like. It was rough early because I was kind of locked in to the lordsworn greatsword and couldn't find anything else decent.

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Gave up a bit on GT7 based on how much they screwed up the economy in-game, and got back into Horizon: Forbidden West. Man, what a good game.

I have no idea how much further I have to go in the campaign, but its just a really enjoyable playthrough. And the graphics are just over the top good, it really is impressive. I've been playing on the high graphics mode and really haven't run into any performance issues. As I said, its a very impressive game.

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Just started it yesterday. Zero Dawn is one of my all time favorites and just had me stopping every so often to look at how beautiful it is. Forbidden West just picks up right where they left off. Even playing on PS4 with a projector, it looks great and haven't had any issues

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From what I understand once its up and running, it looks and plays the exact same on PS4 Pro and PS5. There might be slight jittering on PS4Pro in some areas where you won't see it on the PS5, but that's relatively minimal. Where the big difference lies is loading screens, where on the PS5 they're practically nonexistent. (Just stating in case you had any PS5 FOMO on this game that its actually not a huge visual improvement).

My biggest wow moment was playing yesterday and I got to the top of one mountain peak in the main map and I could see Tallnecks moving at around 25% of the full map away from where I was. I've never seen an open world game where it was rendering movement that far away.

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GT7 economy seems to be back on track. Can do a 20-30 min race now with clean bonus and get about 750k-850k. Endurance races which I'm finding hard af but you potentially get 1.2M. Didn't realize you can go to each race track and run the circuit and if you get all gold you get 1.2M as well.

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So... there's a way to neuter the Tomahawk X down to around 595 PP to qualify for the Tokyo Expressway race I assume you are referencing. It basically turns it into a 4 gear (4th, 5th, 6th, 7th) beast that handles like a tricky bitch for the first couple laps while its wet, but the active aero makes it an absolute cheat. I've managed to get lap times down to consistently 1:20:00 or less with total race times just over 18 mins. And no matter what you do and how many walls or cars you hit, you always get the clean race bonus, which nets you the 820k. With a lot of grind you can make that work out for about 3.5m per hour.

I also tried that car on the LeMans 30 min race and I think I was 4 laps up by the end.

I just wish you didn't need to cheese it so badly to get something that is a decent payout. I wish there was a little more variety, and I wish they hadn't intentionally broken the pit lane where you just sit there and wait 10-20 seconds for you to arrive after the cut scene begins. I've entered the pits 5 seconds up only to exit 25 seconds back because of this.

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Know of the Tomahawk nerf. Don't use it. Used the Suzuki Swift (?) I believe for Lemans. WRX first go at Tokyo and barely won. Looking into other cars for that. I'm just trying stuff out and having fun. The endurance ones I'm going to have to look at a guide. Dudes are 40 seconds to laps ahead all the time. Economy did suck but now I cruise, have fun, and somehow end up with money so I can buy this legend car or that. Having a good time. Don't mess with online either. Sounds like a shit show

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I just wish they fixed the economy of Custom Races, or at the very least just revert it to what it was in GT Sport. I could set up a 4 lap race of Nurburgring in GTSport on Professional starting at the back which would grant you about 150k for a win after about 20-30 mins of racing. Definitely still a grind and a slow build of coin, but good enough that it made it somewhat rewarding to continually have a little fun setting those custom races up. Now? That same race grants you 10k-20k credits. Maybe.

Just horrible.

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Any rocket league fans watch the major this weekend? So great to see folks watching live events again, and what a great event for it.

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Been playing this Sunday, neat game influenced by older 2D LoZ with 3D models. Also like how the game itself shows what happens with no/minimal dialogue, getting Genndy Tartakovsky vibes (some Samurai Jack episodes and Primal) where the story is shown and not just told.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/553420/TUNIC/

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This is on Gamepass right now. I may have to check it out

I've been playing it on gamepass and it definitely has Zelda vibes. It reminds me a lot of Death's Door, which was also excellent.

Spent about a month on and off playing that game with my wife and finally beat it. Souls-likes aren't my thing, so Tunic is probably my early pick for GOTY. It's that good.

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Finally an official release date announced, now want to see what the full classes are.

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So I finally got a 3070 Tie, originally was waiting on the OG 3070 but the Tie was available so I scooped it up from EVGA. This long boy has high standards to meet, set by an EVGA 1070 SC that still works. Benchmarked with Horizon Zero Dawn and just blown away at how good it looks. Had to download the 1.5 patch for Cyberpunk and start playing that as it was absolutely gorgeous with the 1070 in 1080p. I am blown away with how far GPU tech has come in the past half decade. Cyberpunk looks fantastic in 1440p and I can't wait to go find a spot and just stare at the city this weekend.

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EVGA must have finally gotten a shipment in as I finally snagged my 3070 ultra I queued in for november of 2020 lol. Its supposed to arrive tomorrow cant wait to get it installed. Grats on the sweet card man its night and day getting an upgrade like that.

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Wife just finished Horizon Forbidden West, and the plot twist at the end was.... something else.

Love the characters and the story. My wife is much better at these types of games than me, and cleared the game in 2 weeks. Side missions, errands, etc, all done. Scored several Legendary weapons you'll need in the final battle.

A 3rd will be coming out with the way they ended the game. I'm excited. God of War is coming this fall? So another one I get the popcorn for, and watch the wife play.

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Had a little Elden Ring hiatus and got back in this afternoon. Brought down Starscourge Radahn after 4-5 tries. Fun fight.

The Nokron Eternal City area is GORGEOUS

Shit I just finally got tree sentinel last night. Level 31 finally and really starting t oget the groove of the game. I havent been anywhere in the game that didnt look cool in one way or another and some areas are amazing.

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There are some underground areas that are jaw dropping. Absolutely stunning environments.

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This is very true they give off a serious Skyrim Blackreach vibes

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Radahn is interesting. At launch, he was super powerful and difficult so he got patched to make the fight easier. But now FromSoftware just released another patch to make the fight more challenging again, probably somewhere in the middle. I think it's the right move as the first patch made the fight too easy.

Loving Elden Ring so far though I'm the ultimate wanderer in this game. Was level 47 by the time I went to stormveil castle as I took a long way and did everything going torwards the weeping penninsula. I cant get enough of just wandering from boss to boss and dungeon to dungeon and I love hunting down all the secrets. I started as a caster but stumbled into the moonveil katana and now I'm using both staffs and the sword as its ash of war is insane.

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I'm level 82 and I still get my butt handed to me regularly. I'm trying to make my way through Caelid now but man everything about that continent sucks!

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I'm stuck between Maliketh and Malenia. Eventually I'm going to have to sit down and grind out attempts for a couple hours.

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One of my buddies is there too. He keeps hoping to get saved by our lord and savior"Let me solo her" guy but so far no luck.

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I wandered into caelid just enough for the meteorite staff and then got gang-banged on by some massive t-rex looking dog and a raven the size of moby dick and lets say that was all I needed to see of Caelid to go back to sweet ol limgrave. Finally figured out how to use the great runes you get from killing the shardbearers and now am running around in the lakes of liurnia area now. Now that I just realized how to counter this game is getting far more fun now.

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The T-Rex dog assholes ending up not being too bad after some weapon/strength/level upgrades.

But F*** those F****** fossil raven bastards!!!

I never parry since I equipped the no ash to my shield so I can use my weapon's ashes. I make by just fine (usually). I think my biggest revelation so far has been your light attack is different after dodging backwards than just regularly pressing the button to attack!

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Those birds are some of the worst enemies in the game. They'll chase you way further than any other enemy and can keep up even when you're on Torrent.

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Finally killed the dragon gaurding the academy key. As a caster fuckkkkkk that guy. Rock sling saved me in a big way but he was tough being magic resistant that was a long ass nervy fight.

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Yeah he was tough. I ran by him, snatched the key, then ran away lol. Then when I was in Raya Lucaria I completely missed the story line boss without ever realizing it. Went on and beat Radahn before I realized I needed to go back to the academy lol

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I thought about it but I was pissed at that point and wanted blood for my suffering. I tried a bleed build sword and shield, tried to use the moonveil katana but no luck so I went rock sling and just had to play the long game and only go in when he was breathing the fire and I could get behind for a few hits but nothing greedy. Meteorite staff gives rock sling a very nice buff as well.

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Oh man I can relate to craving revenge. It's the worst when you get ganged up on by low level a-holes who end up killing you because you get lazy and stamina doesn't seem to apply to them. You regroup, pick up your runes, then wreck their shit (angrily)

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That dragon is pretty punishing for how early you can encounter it. I was a strength build so I did decent damage but most of his attacks were 1-shotting me.

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He was an almost one shot but when I hit him I was level 49 I wandered a serious amount before progressing the story so I've found most stuff to be easier but still get smacked around by the lobsters.

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So Polyphony pushed out an update to Gran Turismo 7 yesterday that has that community abuzz right now. I tried it out after work yesterday, and while I heard they had tweaked the physics for RWD cars, it sounds like it was a bit more in depth than that. I did notice on my playthrough that the grip was far more predictable in corners, to the point of feeling like you could really trust it, whereas you really had to baby every car around even the slightest corner before because it was only a matter of time before the backend went out. Well, apparently they completely revamped the entire physics engine to be more realistic, which actually for once made the game a bit easier. And don't take my word for it, take it from an actual professional driver...

So, if you had been playing the game before and went away from the game a bit because of the difficulty, or if you hadn't yet bought in and were staying away because of some of the reviews, don't be afraid anymore. The game still has its issues, but the core driving aspect of it is much better than it was at launch, and that's definitely a good thing to see.

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