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News Comments > Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year

15. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 22, 2020, 20:58 OpticNerve
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Feb 22, 2020, 20:24:
Slick wrote on Feb 22, 2020, 19:57:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 22, 2020, 15:26:
Why would I do EA for a single played narrative game?

This.

Few of us on bluesnews are the target EA market for a game like this, but this is just the continued outsourcing of beta testing to the games community.

Did D:OS or D:OS2 have some sort of public beta or EA phase? I can't remember.

I usually avoid EA/beta for pretty much any game, let alone RPGs, but some people seem to love getting in early.

I don't remember if D:OS1 had one but D:OS2 did on Steam and it worked out pretty well. I do think that overall, the game benefited a lot from the EA community feedback and various things were changed and added to for the better due to it.

Normally Early Access titles (on Steam especially) are a hazard for scams or an incomplete mess of features that slowly get removed but Larian is one of the few studios that I would trust sight-unseen to deliver on their EA promises and to ultimately get their games out in a timely fashion.
 
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News Comments > Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem Servers Back Online

16. Re: Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem Servers Back Online Feb 21, 2020, 00:07 OpticNerve
 
There's a bunch of game-breaking bugs that can still happen in the game (one got patched today but nothing in the patch-notes mentions the Black Market preventing you from even playing the game) and if you play online, you can just randomly lose items in your stash and/or inventory (the stash bit happened to me yesterday) due to the server issues among other problems. Not to mention that further features that were removed in Early Access are supposedly going to be added later on.

As fun as Wolcen can be, it's heavily advisable for people to wait until it's further patched.

 
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Living Ship Released

10. Re: No Man's Sky Living Ship Released Feb 19, 2020, 14:40 OpticNerve
 
While I do appreciate that they're adding more to the space stuff in NMS, it still feels like Hello Games is missing a huge opportunity with the space combat of the game.

It's frustrating because the base groundwork is there for them to do great things with NMS's space combat but they either are not aiming high enough or their engine doesn't allow them to do much with what's there. Right now space combat consists of constantly fighting bandit ships over and over again. Once in a rare while, you'll stumble across an AI cap ship being attacked by bandits (which shows that the potential is there) but that's about it.

Even something as simple as having bigger pirate/bandit cap ships or outposts to fight would be better than what's available now. Or better yet, having competing factions warping in to battle each other to take over a sector would add so much to the bare loop of space travel. Just steal some elements from a good sci-fi 4X game and add it to NMS.
 
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News Comments > Division 2 Expansion Next Month, Bringing Seasons and Global Events

2. Re: Division 2 Expansion Next Month, Bringing Seasons and Global Events Feb 11, 2020, 21:36 OpticNerve
 
Surprised that they didn't mention that the Ubisoft Store/EGS > Digital base version of Division 2 is on a big sale for $2.99 at the moment (the year 1 pass isn't that big a deal really).

That's a helluva deal for a fun pve/co-op looter-shooter to play with friends.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard Claims Ownership of Custom Game Modes

25. Re: etc. Jan 30, 2020, 01:33 OpticNerve
 
Blizzard sure likes pissing off their fans these days. It's one screw up after another.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse

12. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 24, 2020, 20:22 OpticNerve
 
Yeah, watching that (especially when he put on his sunglasses) was pretty damned cringy.  
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News Comments > Ubisoft Shakeup to Improve Gaming Experience

12. Re: Ubisoft Shakeup to Improve Gaming Experience Jan 18, 2020, 22:50 OpticNerve
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 18, 2020, 20:35:
I do like their games quite a bit, but even so they do need to make them feel different and just add something more. This is a good move.

I like both Divisions, but the second the Tiers from 1 to 5 was so fast what is even the point? I do like the live map but there should have been some well designed meta game there that added strategy that matters. Also overall it is too easy and I do feel the AI was a bit of a step backwards from 1, that said it has some of the best AI in the biz, they just dumbed them down because they felt the audience is dumb, imo. Loot goes so fast there is like no point to even bother with it all that much until you hit top gear score, there has to be something better.

I agree with all of your points. It's a damned shame since the base mechanics of Div 2 are solid. It runs well, it looks great and the shooting/cover system is fun. It's just that there's nothing else to it after a while and you're just repeating stuff over and over again (a trend that runs rampant with all of Ubisoft's recent games) throughout all of the Tiers. Even though each Tier adds one new gameplay element, that one thing doesn't really add anything dramatic and is just a variation of the same thing you've been doing before.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft Shakeup to Improve Gaming Experience

9. Re: Ubisoft Shakeup to Improve Gaming Experience Jan 18, 2020, 19:43 OpticNerve
 
I think that they're heading in the right direction in regards to their games going forward. A lot of the various Ubisoft gamess tend to regurgitate a lot of elements from other Ubisoft games and eventually they get very samey, repetitive and boring.

They took a lot of lackluster gameplay elements from the Assassin's Creed games (ie. climbing tower-like structures to reveal an area and uncover a laundry list of things to do or attacking/stealth killing enemies in samey forts to clear it) and shoehorn those elements into other games such as Far Cry, Division, Watch Dogs etc.

It does feel like there's one lead designer that's being brought to every single game and their game design consists of the same stuff that's being repeated over and over again. Glad to see that Ubisoft is at least aware of it now and hopefully their future games will be a lot more unique and have their own identity because of these changes.
 
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News Comments > Valve: Left 4 Dead 3 Not in Development

8. Re: Valve: Left 4 Dead 3 Not in Development Jan 17, 2020, 21:13 OpticNerve
 
I just wish they'd put the money, manpower and effort that they invested in their pointless hardware and software (that they'll eventually abandon ie. Steam Link, Steam Controller, Steam Machine, Steam OS, etc.) to actually do what fans want them to do and make sequels to their popular games. The sheer amount of hardware and projects that Valve has abandoned and the behind-the-scenes drama over the years seems like their whole CABAL system is just flawed at its core.

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News Comments > Morning Interviews

8. Re: Morning Interviews Jan 10, 2020, 17:50 OpticNerve
 
I would think that since The Mandalorian show is so popular now, it'd be the perfect time for EA to get to work on a Mandalorian-themed bounty hunter game.

Just replace "blasters" with "disintegrators" since Djarin's disintegrator rifle was awesome on the show.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

8. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 29, 2019, 02:08 OpticNerve
 
Creston wrote on Dec 29, 2019, 00:01:
OpticNerve wrote on Dec 28, 2019, 20:30:
Kxmode wrote on Dec 28, 2019, 19:33:
Started season three of The Expanse. What a crazy show! The stakes keep getting bigger each season. I love how season two essentially had two big climatic endings (one in the middle, the other at the end). Thanks, OpticNerve for convincing me to stick with the series past season one.

Glad you're enjoying it! It took my online friend a while of constant nagging for me to finally start watching The Expanse and I'm really glad that she did.

Her: "You love sci-fi shows! WHY AREN'T YOU WATCHING THE EXPANSE?!"
Me: But the synopsis and trailer looked boring and I have other shows to watch.
Her: Watch it now! Season 2 is amazing!
Me: Fiiiiine...
*Me after binging Season 1, 2 and part-way into Season 3*
Me: THE EXPANSE IS AWESOME!
Her: Told you!

Haha, I hear ya. I have several colleagues at work who I've had to constantly badger about it, even though they're HUGE sci-fi fans. And then they watch the first two episodes of season 1 and go "UUUGGHH!!" and I have to plead with them to keep watching, until they finally do, and then the next day they show up and go "Holy shit, I'm halfway through season 2, this is fucking crazy awesome!"

I'm also very glad season 4 is excellent, because a lot of people were worried it would be a letdown because apparently the book wasn't that great.

Yeah I'm that way about three shows these days when it comes to shows that I consistently badger people to watch: The Expanse, Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights.

Especially with the later. I feel that was just a really great drama (aside from season 2 due to the Writer's Strike) that disguised itself as a football show. Unfortunately I feel that the football aspect really puts off a lot of people who don't care for it which is a shame since the football aspect is just a catalyst more than anything else. It's just so damn good though and the actors are phenomenal.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

5. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 28, 2019, 20:30 OpticNerve
 
Kxmode wrote on Dec 28, 2019, 19:33:
Started season three of The Expanse. What a crazy show! The stakes keep getting bigger each season. I love how season two essentially had two big climatic endings (one in the middle, the other at the end). Thanks, OpticNerve for convincing me to stick with the series past season one.

Glad you're enjoying it! It took my online friend a while of constant nagging for me to finally start watching The Expanse and I'm really glad that she did.

Her: "You love sci-fi shows! WHY AREN'T YOU WATCHING THE EXPANSE?!"
Me: But the synopsis and trailer looked boring and I have other shows to watch.
Her: Watch it now! Season 2 is amazing!
Me: Fiiiiine...
*Me after binging Season 1, 2 and part-way into Season 3*
Me: THE EXPANSE IS AWESOME!
Her: Told you!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

33. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 25, 2019, 03:35 OpticNerve
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 25, 2019, 03:34:
OpticNerve wrote on Dec 25, 2019, 03:25:
Kxmode wrote on Dec 25, 2019, 01:55:
I'm three episodes into The Expanse and I still don't know what this show is about. It's looks like an aimless soap opera set in space. I think one more episode and I'm done. So far I don't care about ANY of the characters... not one.

Try to stick with the entire season if you can. It's a VERY slow burn because season 1 begins as an odd sci-fi, detective mystery that eventually builds up in scope and epicness as it moves away from that. It feels aimless at first but it really isn't and the actors get a lot better (and the main cast gets more likeable - Amos is awesome) further into the seasons.

Personally, it wasn't until near the end of season 1 that the show really hooked me and once it did, it didn't let go. The good news is that once it gets past season 1, things pretty much go full throttle and things ramp up in urgency as the major plot eventually reveals itself.

Just don't expect it to get there asap. It really wasn't until the end of season 3 that the overall plotline did get revealed. And by that time I was just completely enthralled due to the slow (but consistently urgent) buildup of it.

I just love watching Thomas Jane as Joe. In the middle of S2 now.

Yeah he's great in the show as well
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

30. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 25, 2019, 03:25 OpticNerve
 
Kxmode wrote on Dec 25, 2019, 01:55:
I'm three episodes into The Expanse and I still don't know what this show is about. It's looks like an aimless soap opera set in space. I think one more episode and I'm done. So far I don't care about ANY of the characters... not one.

Try to stick with the entire season if you can. It's a VERY slow burn because season 1 begins as an odd sci-fi, detective mystery that eventually builds up in scope and epicness as it moves away from that. It feels aimless at first but it really isn't and the actors get a lot better (and the main cast gets more likeable - Amos is awesome) further into the seasons.

Personally, it wasn't until the end of season 1 that the show really hooked me and once it did, it didn't let go. The good news is that once it gets past season 1, things pretty much go full throttle and things ramp up in urgency as the major plot eventually reveals itself.

Just don't expect it to get there asap. It really wasn't until the end of season 3 that the overall plotline did get revealed. And by that time I was just completely enthralled due to the slow (but consistently urgent) buildup of it.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews

15. Re: Sunday Interviews Dec 23, 2019, 15:19 OpticNerve
 
I quite liked the show and do like the main 3 actors. Some of the side-character actors and CGI are a bit iffy at times though.

I do think that the showrunner and writers could have done a much better job of easing into the characters and world building. There's a lot of expositiony dialog, locations and character names tossed at the viewer right off the bat and unless you've read the novels or played the games, it can be a confusing info dump. It also doesn't help that the adventures of each character takes place in different time periods of their lives and side-characters that die in one scene for a main character can suddenly appear alive and well in a scene for another main character.

Eventually those who will stick with the show will figure out what's going on with the time jumps but the lack of easement and hand-holding transitions will just confuse people who are new to this world and jarring style of storytelling. This is kind of apparent with how the critics are hammering the show in their scores and comparisons to GoT. Fortunately the user-scores are high for The Witcher but that does show the stark dissonance when it comes to what "professional critics" think and what viewers think. The only other similar property I can think of is The Last Jedi which critics loved the shit out of whereas fandom seemed to mostly dislike it.

 
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews

9. Re: Sunday Interviews Dec 23, 2019, 02:34 OpticNerve
 
Dash wrote on Dec 23, 2019, 01:15:
Cutter wrote on Dec 22, 2019, 15:26:
Yes, unfortunately it is a bit too GOT'y. Less politics and more questing, thanks.


...Does it being "too GOT'y" mean its going to be great, right up until the very end, and shit the bed?

It... might? Afaik, there isn't an ending to Geralt's adventures in the novels. The only "ending" that Geralt ever gets is due to Witcher 3 (and in various brothels - hiyooo) and the show is based off of the novels and not the game (as the showrunner has said many times).

Edit: Although I doubt the show will last past 3 seasons (it's already renewed for season 2) unless the show does amazingly for Netflix. They seem adverse to going past 3 seasons of a show unless it's named Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, or Voltron.

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News Comments > Fortnite Adds Lightsabers

6. Re: Fortnite Adds Lightsabers Dec 15, 2019, 19:48 OpticNerve
 
They sure picked the wrong characters/movie to use. Don't really know anyone who cares about Finn, Rey or Kylo Ren anymore. But the next movie's coming out and they gotta promote it somehow.

It's all about the Mandalorians and Baby Yoda when it comes to current Star Wars popularity. Plus having jetpacks and a minigun or shooting rockets as a Mandalorian would have been infinitely cooler and much more fun than just waving around a glowstick (that's been done to death and a lot better in other games too).
 
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News Comments > GTA Online Casino Heist Next Week

3. Re: GTA Online Casino Heist Next Week Dec 6, 2019, 15:17 OpticNerve
 
chickenboo wrote on Dec 6, 2019, 11:41:
It's really pretty amazing how long this game has been kept alive. I tasted maybe an hour of GTA Online and found it to be mostly full of annoying players trying to kill me whenever we got within 5 blocks of eachother. It's probably pretty enjoyable with a buddy to play through it with.

But still, this game came out in like 2013, and 2015 on PC? 4 years later and they're still adding new missions, heists, buildings, weapons, etc. Pity none of it is intended for single player.

Yeah I can't imagine GTAO being fun to solo. Where it really shines is when you have a bunch of friends to play and goof around with in a private session. Heists in particular tend to be unforgiving and having a group full of randoms sounds like a nightmare.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse

11. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 4, 2019, 14:35 OpticNerve
 
It's sad to see how some people seem to relish and embrace the lack of decency, logic and morals of our current political atmosphere (around the world - not only in the US) just because of political parties and tribalism. If a President/Prime Minister/Etc. of the opposite party did similarly (and publicly recorded) corrupt and underhanded things, would you gleefully embrace it as well?

If not, then doesn't that say a lot about you as a person and less about your actual politics? The world is truly fucked if more and more people around the world (as it seems to be the case) think of things strictly as "us vs. them" instead of "us as a whole" when it comes to what's best for us as a species.
 
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News Comments > Red Dead Redemption PC Care Package Released; Another Coming Next Month

15. Re: Red Dead Redemption PC Care Package Released; Another Coming Next Month Nov 30, 2019, 18:30 OpticNerve
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 30, 2019, 09:09:
OpticNerve wrote on Nov 30, 2019, 05:10:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 29, 2019, 18:15:
Did they fix the FPS bug yet?

Oh wait, the answer is no. Because rockstar is a indy developer apparently, that can't afford to untie game logic from the fucking framerate within a 2 weeks.. blegh

The FPS bug tied to weight and cores? They actually fixed that two patches ago if that's what you're talking about.

RDR2 Title Update 1.14 Notes wrote:
  • Improvements to address an issue that resulted in the player’s cores draining at a faster rate than intended in Story Mode when running at high frame rates

  • Improvements to address an issue that resulted in player weight decreasing at a faster rate than intended in Red Dead Online when running at high frame rates


  • Where on earth did you find that? Looked at rockstars abhorrent website and found nuthing... I fail at the internet, oh well ;/

    No problem It's not surprising that you missed it since the patch notes is buried somewhere in Rockstar's support site over at https://support.rockstargames.com

    The only reason I came across it is because I tend to browse the r/PCRedDead/ subreddit and the community over there tends to post patch notes and talk about issues (the abysmal, blurry version of their TAA is a constant thorn for anyone running in 1080p) pretty quickly.

    I'm glad that Rockstar is working on and patching the game pretty quickly but how they're handling cheating and exploits (it's already arrived folks) and how they toss out blanket time-based bans and character wipes even if an exploiter/cheater does that to YOU is abysmal and really should get more notice in gaming news. They've learnt absolutely nothing from GTAV:O

    Word of warning to all Online players of RDR2: wrote:
    Do NOT open your posse for random people to join. There's an exploit where someone can somehow spam donate one animal carcass (which counts for more than one) to your Trader butcher table and according to people, Rockstar will 30-day ban and wipe your character. Arguing with Rockstar support is pointless since they have a stupid "we understand, but all bans and wipes are final" policy.

    Honestly, I fully expect the Steam release to be a complete clusterfuck. From people with potato systems expecting to run everything in ultra to Rockstar's insipid banning policy. I think it's gonna be a mess.

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