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News Comments > PONG Quest Announced

4. Re: PONG Quest Announced Apr 1, 2020, 09:17 TheBigVlad
 
Pr()ZaC wrote on Apr 1, 2020, 08:11:
Can't wait for Centipede Battle Royale.
Centipede Battle Royale Quest Simulator 2020.
 
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News Comments > etc.

2. Re: The Outer Worlds continues Falloutís 20-year-old dumb mode traditionÖ Mar 18, 2020, 16:20 TheBigVlad
 
J wrote on Mar 18, 2020, 13:02:
I lost it when they called 'Myron' 'Melvin'.

I've seen him referred to as 'Melvin' a few times over the years. I wonder if it was a regional thing where his name was changed or something.
 
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News Comments > Morning Patches

4. Re: Morning Patches Mar 9, 2020, 12:33 TheBigVlad
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 9, 2020, 12:24:
There's no real point to the game is there? It's just a sandbox you build whatever crazy shit you dream up in?

Yes, the devs are planning to add a campaign but I think they said that the sandbox aspect will always be the main focus. If you're familiar with Factorio, I think it could roughly be described as a 3D version of that.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

23. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 9, 2020, 12:23 TheBigVlad
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 9, 2020, 10:46:
Huh, weird issue. Did you check the reddit? Is it something everyone is seeing? Haven't noticed it while watching Let's Plays, but I might have overlooked it...

I did check and a few others have reported the same specific issue, and it looks like it has been reported to the devs already (couldn't find any solutions or workarounds), so we'll see what happens. But you did give me the idea of checking Let's Plays to see if it shows up there. It may be a common issue that just bother me more than it bothers most people. I've probably become more sensitive to it now that I'm always waiting for it to happen.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

21. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 9, 2020, 10:40 TheBigVlad
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 9, 2020, 09:37:
TheBigVlad wrote on Mar 9, 2020, 09:14:
... except for stuttering related to LOD transitions which is annoying ...
LOD?

I just hope Coffee Stain can continue to follow Wube's Factorio model and keep improving it.

Level of Detail. Every time there are LOD transition in the landscape, there is a very noticeable stutter. I don't know if it's a caching issue or what but it's pretty annoying when I'm running along and get a 1 second stutter every 5 seconds. I tried playing with all graphics settings turned down and it had no impact. I have an SSD and even tried installing it on a memory disk, but it didn't help with stuttering. Hope they can improve it, but for now I can deal with it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

19. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 9, 2020, 09:14 TheBigVlad
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 8, 2020, 13:56:
Since it seems like Blue managed to miss it (he is good, but not perfect ) I thought I would mention a recent update to "Satisfactory". This "Update 3" is, surprise!, the third major update to the first person perspective building game which is still in early release. I looked this game over when it came out last year and while I thought it was a good idea and showed some promise, but there really wasn't enough there. Well, after watching some Let's Play videos of the game after the most recent update that no longer appears to be the case. The devs at Coffee Stain Studios seem to have done a fantastic job continuing to improve this game.

Currently the game is an exclusive on EGS, but their one year deal is due to expire around March 19th give or take a day or so. Which is unfortunate for me because the NCAA tournament starts on the 19th, so the whole time I'm watching basketball with my friends I'll probably be wanting to play Satisfactory. Looks like all my free time is booked for the last week of March and probably most of April... first world problems!

Given that Update III is still in experimental (probably not for much longer though), I wouldn't have expected a front page mention on it yet. I've been playing it though and it's great. There is still a lot to be done before release but the game is pretty well along at this point. Performance is mostly ok for me except for stuttering related to LOD transitions which is annoying, so I hope they can work that out. Looking forward to the eventual campaign and official mod support.
 
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News Comments > 25 Year-old Master of Magic Gets DLC

3. Re: 25 Year-old Master of Magic Gets DLC Feb 27, 2020, 13:13 TheBigVlad
 
Sweet... will this be available at my local Electronic Boutique on 3.5" floppy?

I played a ton of MoM back in the day, but I can't see myself picking it up again 25 years later just for a bit of a nostalgia trip. Nevertheless, it looks like some people are still playing and enjoying the game, as evidenced by the existence of this DLC, and that's nice to see.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10

16. Re: Morning Patches Jan 6, 2020, 01:32 TheBigVlad
 
dimsum98 wrote on Jan 5, 2020, 20:47:
Also add me as another that didn't like the way they handled the time jump. Nothing wrong with the back and forth but it is how they did it that is very confusing for me.

Imagine how confusing it must have been for viewers who are not familiar with the Witcher universe at all. It was made even more confusing by the fact that the mages (and Geralt) show no signs of aging at all, and they don't explain why. So if you happen to miss one or two key lines, you would have no way of knowing that decades had passed between Yen's training and her later scenes. I still loved the show, and Season 2 likely won't have nearly as much, if any, jumping around timelines, so I'm looking forward to it.
 
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News Comments > TIME's Top 10 Games of the 2010s

5. Re: Morning Patches Dec 20, 2019, 20:53 TheBigVlad
 
Man, this list is all over the place. Mainstream is right. It's pretty easy to tell that this list was concocted by a committee of non-gamers. I'm surprised Candy Crush didn't make it on there. I've played about half of those games and they were all good, but none were top 10 material in my opinion. It's a very safe list I guess you could say.  
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News Comments > DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 Next Month

3. Re: Morning Patches Nov 19, 2019, 14:08 TheBigVlad
 
Verno wrote on Nov 19, 2019, 11:37:
Yeah we played the Switch version of this and had a really great time. It does have a lot of hand holding as they introduce mechanics but the story is cute and it eventually opens up.

How does it run on the Switch? I was thinking of picking this up but I am just not fond of this kind of aesthetic, and I'm a bit worried about performance. If it runs well then I might be able to overlook the visual style. I have a PS4 too but this is the type of game I'd like to play on the go.
 
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News Comments > GTA6 Speculation

1. Re: Morning Patches Nov 18, 2019, 15:04 TheBigVlad
 
Actually it makes perfect sense that they would release a new GTA shortly before the next generation of consoles is released, so they can double dip on sales the same way they did with the release of GTAV, which came out on the PS3 a few months before the PS4 launch. It's annoying but it's a good move business-wise.  
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News Comments > etc.

4. Re: Morning Patches Nov 6, 2019, 13:13 TheBigVlad
 
El Pit wrote on Nov 6, 2019, 11:20:
Obsidian does it again...

I think it was a good decision to wait for this game until it gets released completely patched.

I went through the entire game without noticing a single bug, and performance was good throughout. I guess it could be a little more optimized but I rarely dipped below 60fps or so on a 1080ti at 1440p with all settings on ultra apart from two settings (screen space reflections and some other one, can't remember). This is by far the most polished game Obsidian has ever put out (though that's not saying much). If I still had the game installed, I would double check the area mentioned in the article but I don't remember it being that bad.
 
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News Comments > Red Dead Redemption 2 Troubleshooting Includes Launcher Patch

9. Re: Morning Patches Nov 6, 2019, 01:08 TheBigVlad
 
Dacron wrote on Nov 5, 2019, 21:55:
I must be the minority.

Is this the patch that makes the game FUN ? ~8 hours in, free roam accessible etc... and it just isn't fun. And I loved RDR 1. Kind of regret buying this.

I would say it gets much more enjoyable after free roam is unlocked and you get past most of the tutorial stuff, and that does take a while, but if you're 8 hours in and you're not having fun, then I'm not sure it will get much better for you, unfortunately. For me, it's a game that I could just get lost in, leisurely riding along on the open road, hunting animals for meat or skins, or trying to spot and pick off rare birds (not easy with a PS4 controller). It does take a while for the story to pick up, so maybe stick with it a while longer if it isn't too agonizing for you, and you might wind up enjoying it.
 
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News Comments > No Ray Tracing in PC RDR2; Preview Roundup

10. Re: Morning Patches Nov 1, 2019, 20:49 TheBigVlad
 
Quinn wrote on Nov 1, 2019, 17:55:
From the PC Gamer article:

As a PC player I'm used to being able to dart around with my view and react to the game world with almost unconscious flicks of the mouse. Pad look creates a small amount of friction between my intention and the way the game responds to that intention. Removing that friction simply makes the game feel better to me.

Exactly this. It's the reason I never got into console gaming. That friction he talks about always kept me from getting immersed into games. I was always just the guy on the couch fighting with his thumb-stick. Never the cowboy; never the guy from Last of Us; never Alan Wake.

Yep. Luckily I've learned to tolerate it over time to an extent but it will never come close the comfort of using a mouse. Games that don't rely so much on precision (like The Last of Us) are a bit easier to deal with. I played the hell out of RDR2 already but I wouldn't mind another play-through on the PC. Might be picking this up.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

3. Re: Morning Patches Oct 12, 2019, 22:46 TheBigVlad
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 12, 2019, 16:09:
Always liked Forster - particularly in Jackie Brown. That's a great flick and one I haven't rewatched in way too long. Think I'll give it a whirl.

I didn't know who Robert Forster was until I watched Jackie Brown for the first time, and I loved him in that movie. Great character actor, one of the best. I nearly shat myself with glee when he showed up in Breaking Bad. He was perfect for that part.
 
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News Comments > Lost Viking: Kingdom of Women Announced

4. Re: Morning Patches Sep 27, 2019, 23:35 TheBigVlad
 
NKD wrote on Sep 27, 2019, 20:39:
What are you two babbling about? Did you even watch the trailer? You play as a dude looking for his damsels in distress who have been captured.

Well the description does contain multiple trigger words like 'women' and 'diversified' and that's enough to make some people go apeshit.
 
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News Comments > Conan Exiles Getting Mounts

5. Re: Morning Patches Sep 27, 2019, 14:41 TheBigVlad
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Sep 27, 2019, 10:59:
so i just did the free weekend and I only got to play ~5 hours of it.

Anyways, took a while to realize to get new blueprints you need to spend points in a tab to learn how to make weapons. I was trying to kill some exiles with pick axe and tree axe and kept dying to bleed out before I could finish. Once I figured out I only needed to spend 2 points to get a giant stone maul that would kill guys in 3 swings it became stupid easy for that combat side.

So then I made a house, armor crafting and got some better gear. Was in the south desert/oasis type area for the entire time.

My opinion, which is very limited to 5 hours obviously:

Game is janky, combat was boring and silly. NPCs were really horribly programmed for attacking. This is the starter zone so I can see how this is probably on purpose but jesus it looked bad.

Crafting is whatever.. it's boring and makes me wonder why people love this tedious stuff.

The good:
Climbing anything is really cool.

Honestly, not sure how people lasted more than 10 hours in this game if the first 15-25 levels are in the starter zone.

Your thoughts on the game mirror mine almost exactly. There are mods that help with some of the issues I have with the game (mods that make crafting and gathering less tedious, etc.), but no mod will ever be able to fix the silly combat and AI. It still feels like an early access game. Maybe it was designed primarily as a PvP game, and PvE was an afterthought. I have no interest in PvP so I didn't bother with it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance

2. Nearly 30 years ago, Mortal Kombatís blood forever changed the video game industry. Sep 14, 2019, 09:14 TheBigVlad
 
When Mortal Kombat came out for consoles, I got shit from my friends in elementary school for picking up the bloodless SNES version (where the blood was replaced with... sweat) over the bloody Genesis version, when I owned both consoles. I guess even back then I was a graphics whore and the SNES version just looked and sounded so much better. Luckily, MKII on SNES was left uncensored.  
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News Comments > Borderlands 3 Released

49. Re: Morning Patches Sep 13, 2019, 17:46 TheBigVlad
 
Hellcinder wrote on Sep 13, 2019, 16:16:
I've played 30 minutes so far and I enjoy it. I'm not looking for gripping art house drama. I wasn't a fan of the pre-sequel but I enjoyed BL1&2. Claptrap's a knucklehead, we get an intro with music and mayhem and we get Marcus giving us a story. No different then 20+ James Bond movies.

Played for a few hours last night and feel the same way. Better than Pre-Sequel and at least on par with BL1&2 so far. Haven't encountered any bugs yet but I haven't played multiplayer. The game is exactly what I expected from a third game in the main series. I can't really see any BL fans being horribly disappointed with this one. People call it Borderlands 2.5 and that's fair, but Borderlands 2 was basically Borderlands 1.5 anyway. The mechanics haven't changed much throughout the series but that doesn't bother me.
 
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News Comments > Alec Holowka Dead

86. Re: Morning Patches Sep 2, 2019, 01:45 TheBigVlad
 
Wow... I've got nothing to add to this thread except that I really hope that some of the posters in here never, ever have daughters of their own. Yikes!  
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