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Re: Modern Day Battlefield 6 Rumor
Jun 11, 2020, 04:04
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Re: Modern Day Battlefield 6 Rumor Jun 11, 2020, 04:04
Jun 11, 2020, 04:04
 
I played BF2142 during the BETA and the released game was a disappointment, as many good features were changed or removed. This was done during the EA buyout when DICE went from a groundbreaking studio to a rinse-and-repeat division of EA churning out ever more simplified and dumbed-down sequels. Bad Company 2 was the last BF game that truly deserved the franchise name. BF3 started the "style over substance" downward trend that brought us to the abominable BF5.

Will BF6 be BF2143? I would like to see it, but the things that make BattleField like LAN & Mod support, admin tools, the commander, comprehensive class system, squad system, sandbox (not corridor) maps, total access to ALL vehicles (nothing on rails) has been taken from the series in an attempt by EA to "mainstream" the game in direct competition to Call of Duty.

Single player? In a multi-player-only game? yuck. Make a game with the features (above) and release the whole damn thing map-complete, then you ship single player in single-player mission-pack DLC if you REALLY want to waste development resources.

At this point a "BF1942 remastered" would be the best possible outcome, as that game had a superior mechanic to almost all it's sequels.We could play "sub vs carrier" again. Remember being able to use a submarine? Or moving the carrier so the enemy didn't know where to attack? Circling market garden in a B52 with your squad-mate on gun as a spawn-point for your team? Wake Island? There's a reason that this map keeps coming back. They had good map design in the game.

The Desert Combat Mod for BF1942 is what spawned BF2 and probably was what created the franchise. Nothing (not even BF2) has come close to as good a GAME (forget visuals for a minute) than the Desert Combat mod of BF1942. Maybe DICE can have their team play that for a few weeks for inspiration.
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Re: Re: R.I.P.: Steam Controller
Nov 27, 2019, 08:11
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Re: Re: R.I.P.: Steam Controller Nov 27, 2019, 08:11
Nov 27, 2019, 08:11
 
Luke wrote on Nov 27, 2019, 05:16:
Next : VR
Just no. You can't compare the remote control for a TV to the experience of IMAX.
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Re: Valve Fighting EU Antitrust Charges
Aug 30, 2019, 07:14
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Re: Valve Fighting EU Antitrust Charges Aug 30, 2019, 07:14
Aug 30, 2019, 07:14
 
"We only do a little a bit of price fixing" Oh, that's okay then.

After all they have shipping costs and import duty on... no wait that's physical goods! There's zero cost difference anywhere on the planet outside of exchange rates and local taxes.

I'd email to complain, but they won't accept my region-specific email charges...
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Re: How to Hitman in HITMAN 2
Oct 3, 2018, 08:44
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Re: How to Hitman in HITMAN 2 Oct 3, 2018, 08:44
Oct 3, 2018, 08:44
 
I enjoyed the previous HITMAN although I felt that it was half a game. It felt like there should have been at least twice the locations, even if the second set had to be DLC.
Much Like Half-life 2 without the promised Episode 3 to complete the story, HITMAN felt distinctly incomplete.

I hope that instead of a postmortem "nothing else is coming" announcement, HITMAN 2 gets a solid amount of content.
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Re: The Walking Dead: The Final Season No Longer For Sale
Sep 26, 2018, 10:32
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Re: The Walking Dead: The Final Season No Longer For Sale Sep 26, 2018, 10:32
Sep 26, 2018, 10:32
 
If there's refunds for incomplete episodic games from Steam, then SiN Episodes and Half-Life 2: Episode 3 owe me some cash..
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Re: Sea of Thieves Selling Like Bandits
Mar 29, 2018, 08:25
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Re: Sea of Thieves Selling Like Bandits Mar 29, 2018, 08:25
Mar 29, 2018, 08:25
 
My son bought this game last night and just getting it installed was the most annoying and ridiculous tech support job I've ever undertaken in a 30 year career in IT.
Downloading took far longer than it should have (slow connection their end) then the install failed. Repeatedly. All it said was "install failed: Error 0x80070005". the error reporting dialogue was useless as it always hung with an hourglass and gave zero information on how to resolve the problem. I had to Google the error code and after trawling through the many rage-posts about this problem, I finally found some clues to the cause.
The solution (from a 3rd party forum) was to manually delete files from a hidden user folder THEN IMMEDIATELY REBOOT (first time this failed because we didn't reboot). Then the game loaded. WTF is a commercial game store doing running like this? It's not a .99p app, it's a £50 game!!

BUT... of course, it didn't run, because back when my teenage son was four or so, I had added him to Microsoft Family Safety, which now blocked him from playing online (why I don't understand, it had his age). So, I found the email account that I had over a decade ago - luckily it still worked - and then had to activate an XBOX account (WTF?!) for my PC on that hotmail account - which involved logging in and getting a code emailed - so I could change his Privacy settings.

I tried removing him from "family" which caused him to be unable to view his own privacy settings - he just got an error page with another mac-address error number with no explanation. So added him back to "family".

There was no option to change his status from "Child" to "Adult", so experimenting with Xbox profile page, I found Privacy settings and there are two pages of settings, only ONE of which applied to games and these are are TABBED, but the TABS look like a single label - terrible GUI design - so only when second TAB is selected can you edit the CORRECT settings.

Two hours of my life I'll never get back for a game that would have downloaded and installed and been working on Steam in 20 minutes.

NEVER, NEVER, buy from the Windows Store. What a pile of ####

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Re: Metro Exodus Ray Tracing Support Plans
Mar 22, 2018, 04:37
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Re: Metro Exodus Ray Tracing Support Plans Mar 22, 2018, 04:37
Mar 22, 2018, 04:37
 
Will they add BitCoin mining non-support so the intended customer base can afford to buy the product?
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Re: HTC VIVE Pro Preorders
Mar 19, 2018, 10:52
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Re: HTC VIVE Pro Preorders Mar 19, 2018, 10:52
Mar 19, 2018, 10:52
 
The UK Price for the Vive pro is the same as the US price! Total rip off.

799USD = 569GBP, even allowing for 20% VAT that's only £683 ($960) NOT £799 ($1,123)
Or do they expect us to believe postage is $163 (£116) per unit?

I was expecting them to release the new Vive at the same price as the current model and discount the old version, but instead they inflate the price insanely AND remove the controllers. Yes, they are EXTRA at that price!
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Re: Arizona Sunshine Dead Man DLC This Spring
Mar 15, 2018, 04:35
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Re: Arizona Sunshine Dead Man DLC This Spring Mar 15, 2018, 04:35
Mar 15, 2018, 04:35
 
I found the base game very clunky and un-polished. It was like playing Half-life 1 after playing Portal when compared to Robo-Recall.
It's not bad, but I don't know I'd spend any more money on it.
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Re: Trump Calls Game Meeting
Mar 2, 2018, 09:46
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Re: Trump Calls Game Meeting Mar 2, 2018, 09:46
Mar 2, 2018, 09:46
 
Ban XBOX Controllers in schools! Arm Teachers with PC Mice!
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Re: Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter One Released
Feb 28, 2018, 09:09
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Re: Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter One Released Feb 28, 2018, 09:09
Feb 28, 2018, 09:09
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 27, 2018, 21:45:
I get that they're "brand building" and all of that, but I feel strongly that rendered trailers just take away resources from making the game.
As I understand it, Frontier use their Cobra game engine to create these trailers.
Basically it's a recorded cut scene.

I don't like them myself, because they don't represent the game as it is played. There's way too much emphasis on "pew pew" when that's only a small part of the game. Unless you're one of the three people who play CQC.
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Re: Elite Dangerous: Beyond, Chapter One Beta
Jan 26, 2018, 06:25
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Re: Elite Dangerous: Beyond, Chapter One Beta Jan 26, 2018, 06:25
Jan 26, 2018, 06:25
 
I only got a an hour or two last night, but enough to see the changes to the GUI and play with the new Chieftain.

Tonight I want to go and commit some crimes to see how the new crime and punishment works in practice.

Liking the idea of ship rather than commander reputation, so I can be a pirate in one ship and a legitimate trader in another.

The materials trader and tech broker will affect engineering, so need to see how that works AND want to look at the new planet surfaces.
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Re: EA Still Wants Microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II
Nov 29, 2017, 11:04
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Re: EA Still Wants Microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II Nov 29, 2017, 11:04
Nov 29, 2017, 11:04
 
You'd think $3BN being wiped off their shares would teach them SOMETHING, but apparently not..

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Re: HITMAN Announcement Announced
Oct 6, 2017, 11:12
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Re: HITMAN Announcement Announced Oct 6, 2017, 11:12
Oct 6, 2017, 11:12
 
If this isn't Season 2, then is this new content included for people who bought the Season Pass? Or is it extra?
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Re: New Elite Dangerous Content This Month
Sep 15, 2017, 10:38
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Re: New Elite Dangerous Content This Month Sep 15, 2017, 10:38
Sep 15, 2017, 10:38
 
I am a big fan of Elite: Dangerous and 2.4 will bring a number of very good quality-of-life improvements to the game, as well as a much needed crime and punishment overhaul.

That said, fake CGI trailers are a pet hate of mine. This trailer shows:-
  • Five ships in a wing (the limit is four)
  • Multi-crew when in a wing (not possible)
  • It implies other crew can fly the your ship (they can't) or NPC crew exist (which they don't).

Artistic license, or false advertising? New players might well think the latter and ask "Where's THAT game?".

When the community makes some amazing trailers using in-game footage, seeing Frontier resort to CGI is disappointing.

I am hopeful that the Thargoid incursion will be a storied and staged campaign in specific areas of the galaxy. What I really don't want to see, is Thargoids as randomly spawning NPC griefers all over the galaxy.

Frontier have kept very tight-lipped about what the 2.4 Thargoid return will bring and also about a new (leaked) ship; The Type-10 Defender.

We'll see in 11 days what 2.4 brings.

Here's to another 2,300 hours!
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Re: MS on PC Gaming
Jul 27, 2017, 04:11
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Re: MS on PC Gaming Jul 27, 2017, 04:11
Jul 27, 2017, 04:11
 
HALO was a low quality console port, delayed for 2 years after the XBOX release and far inferior to Unreal Tournament 2003 by the time it finally landed on the PC. I bought it. It was great as long as you compared it to games released in 1998.
HALO 2 was delayed 3 years after the console release and a "Vista Exclusive" (like a bank note stuck firmly in a dog turd) and was, from what I remember of it, pretty "meh". Certainly nothing to write home about and nowhere near enough reason to suffer Vista.

Microsoft have a flawless track record of promising PC gamers good service and good games followed by a resounding failure to deliver on both counts.

Any time they make a good PC game, they kill the franchise and close the studio. Enjoying "Windows Gaming Live"? No, the servers are all turned off.

Maybe if they stick at something for a few years without walking away like a bored toddler, then perhaps we can start to re-evaluate their position.

Any such promise to support PC gaming from MS should be treated with the derision and contempt it deserves. It's about as credible as them saying they plan to drop production of the XBOX to concentrate on making Windows PCs the foremost gaming platform. Nobody would swallow that either.
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Re: RollerCoaster Tycoon World Rolls Out
Nov 17, 2016, 06:58
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Re: RollerCoaster Tycoon World Rolls Out Nov 17, 2016, 06:58
Nov 17, 2016, 06:58
 
Planet Coaster launches today. From what I have seen of RCTW, it does not compare favourably.
The launch price for PC is the same as RCTW and Planet Coaster is currently the top seller on Steam. Judging by the reviews it's easy to see why RCTW isn't even in the top 50.
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Re: Elite Dangerous May Drop Win32 and DX10
Sep 20, 2016, 06:54
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Re: Elite Dangerous May Drop Win32 and DX10 Sep 20, 2016, 06:54
Sep 20, 2016, 06:54
 
n0slet wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 21:54:
I hope they at least give refunds to the folks who suddenly won't be able to play. Not everyone can go out and drop money on a new card even if it is only 200$. You do this on a new game, not a game that's already out that people have paid you money for to play. If I'd dropped 50-60$ on a game and suddenly a year later wasn't able to play it because a company did this they'd be on my permanent crap list from then on out unless they gave refunds.
Six months notice isn't "suddenly". A Sapphire Radeon HD 6450 is a DirectX11 card which costs £30.

Why should a game be held back because a handful of people won't spent half the cost of an AAA title on hardware over a three year period?

Remember, less than half a percent of the player base have ever installed a 32-bit version of the game, much less played it regularly using that EXE! The game has been out two years and they are only talking about doing this some time next year.

Horizons is already 64-bit only.

Frontier haven't made an arbitrary decision. They are (unlike many other publisher/devs) asking the player base for their views first.

The overwhelming majority currently favour a move to 64-bit only.
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Re: Planet Coaster Early Bird Alpha 2
May 26, 2016, 10:01
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Re: Planet Coaster Early Bird Alpha 2 May 26, 2016, 10:01
May 26, 2016, 10:01
 
Bundy wrote on May 26, 2016, 09:39:
I am gonna take that the wrong way.

"That's what she said" Aaaaand goodnight.
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Re: Planet Coaster Early Bird Alpha 2
May 26, 2016, 04:01
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Re: Planet Coaster Early Bird Alpha 2 May 26, 2016, 04:01
May 26, 2016, 04:01
 
The Alpha is REALLY good and very stable, but it's more like early Minecraft right now. There's a lot you can do, but no game as yet.

The Alpha is a bit steep unless you are enthusiastic about theme park games. But the pre-order of £20 is well worth a punt.

When I have been playing the Alpha - don't take this the wrong way - my wife likes to watch! It is a very pretty game and creatively, the sky's the limit.

Put it on your wishlist and watch some of the YouTube videos the community has been posting. They put my Alton Towers replica to shame!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTp02wh6ZpI
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