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News Comments > Ghost Recon Breakpoint Free Trial and Friend Pass

11. Re: Ghost Recon Breakpoint Free Trial and Friend Pass Apr 1, 2020, 16:09 OpticNerve
 
Quinn wrote on Apr 1, 2020, 07:18:
OpticNerve wrote on Mar 31, 2020, 22:53:
Quinn wrote on Mar 31, 2020, 16:51:
I jumped back into Division 2 since last week. I never did much of the Black Tusk stuff but now I think I've cleared all of D.C. except for the raids. I really enjoyed it but now I feel like I have to buy the expansion because grinding for gear now feels too much as coming too late to the party -- "endgame" has moved itself to the expansion.

I still doubt if Warlords of New York is worth the 25 bucks...

I felt that the campaign alone was worth the price (imo the expansion storyline was what Division 2 should have been about - D.C. had a lot of unfocused meandering) but you are correct that the "endgame" has (in a roundabout way) moved over to the expansion via the removal of gearscores and adding +10 levels to gear as well as some nice exotics. But like I've sort of mentioned in my above post, most of the new global events take place and can be done in D.C., so New York is an area you sort of only hop back to in order to do missions to RNG better-rolled exotics.

I do think that Massive will eventually do expansion-specific raids and additions but right now Warlords of New York needs more endgame content, which is a damned shame because run-down New York looks great and it's a fun place to shoot stuff in.

Hmm sounds good enough I think. If not for anything else, I'll buy it for the New York map. I think most of us agree that it would've been better if the better game (Division 2) had New York, and the other D.C. Or any other city, really. I visited D.C. and I always thought it is a bit too neat/clean and low-rise a city for a Division game.

Just keep in mind that the explorable section of New York in the expansion unfortunately is a bit smaller than the one in Division 1. It's still fantastic-looking though and it is neat to see the dramatic difference in New York from Div 1 to WoNY.
 
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News Comments > Ghost Recon Breakpoint Free Trial and Friend Pass

9. Re: Ghost Recon Breakpoint Free Trial and Friend Pass Mar 31, 2020, 22:53 OpticNerve
 
Quinn wrote on Mar 31, 2020, 16:51:
I jumped back into Division 2 since last week. I never did much of the Black Tusk stuff but now I think I've cleared all of D.C. except for the raids. I really enjoyed it but now I feel like I have to buy the expansion because grinding for gear now feels too much as coming too late to the party -- "endgame" has moved itself to the expansion.

I still doubt if Warlords of New York is worth the 25 bucks...

I felt that the campaign alone was worth the price (imo the expansion storyline was what Division 2 should have been about - D.C. had a lot of unfocused meandering) but you are correct that the "endgame" has (in a roundabout way) moved over to the expansion via the removal of gearscores and adding +10 levels to gear as well as some nice exotics. But like I've sort of mentioned in my above post, most of the new global events take place and can be done in D.C., so New York is an area you sort of only hop back to in order to do missions to RNG better-rolled exotics.

I do think that Massive will eventually do expansion-specific raids and additions but right now Warlords of New York needs more endgame content, which is a damned shame because run-down New York looks great and it's a fun place to shoot stuff in.
 
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News Comments > Ghost Recon Breakpoint Free Trial and Friend Pass

6. Re: Ghost Recon Breakpoint Free Trial and Friend Pass Mar 31, 2020, 13:59 OpticNerve
 
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 31, 2020, 06:08:
you pretty much nailed it.

Division 1 and 2 are pretty good, but Warlords of New York is just awesome. They need to let Massive Entertainment take a stab at the Ghost Recon franchise.

I do wish Warlords of New York were longer and the areas bigger though. I was having a lot of fun doing that campaign and revisiting and seeing New York (I do miss the random civs in Div 1).

I'm worried that there won't be much reason to revisit New York once you complete it and get the Legendaries/Exotics that you want though. All of the current events (Manhunt, Polarity, League, etc.) take place or can be completed in D.C. And unfortunately it makes sense that Massive wouldn't lock down events and activities to just an expansion. Hopefully they'll think of something since I really don't have much reason to go back to New York once I got a good Bullet King LMG unless I wanted to redo missions just for the hell of it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

39. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 25, 2020, 15:09 OpticNerve
 
Damn, hope you get better and are able to hop back on here Prez.  
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News Comments > X4: Foundations 3.0 Update and X4: Split Vendetta This Month

13. Re: X4: Foundations 3.0 Update and X4: Split Vendetta This Month Mar 20, 2020, 03:36 OpticNerve
 
Yup, Avorion is a ton of fun once you get past the learning curve (which the tutorial does a pretty good job of guiding you through). It's also a blast to play in MP since players can host their own servers. I think that's why I always got bored of the X# games since they've always felt so empty and souless. Just the fact that Avorion has MP adds a lot for me.

My group of friends and I had a great time just doing PvE stuff in the game during early access. Can't wait till we get some free time to try out all the new features now that Avorion 1.0 is officially out.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

7. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 18, 2020, 16:10 OpticNerve
 
Beamer wrote on Mar 18, 2020, 10:59:
Crazy how, during a national emergency, suddenly everyone is a democratic socialist.

Maybe some will realize that not every emergency is national.

Hah, saw this earlier and got a chuckle out of it: https://i.imgur.com/xBflt66.jpg
 
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News Comments > Morning Screenshots

7. Re: Morning Screenshots Feb 27, 2020, 13:18 OpticNerve
 
For a "traditional fantasy" isometric RPG, the graphics look impressive to me.  
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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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