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Signed On Jan 2, 2011, 16:34
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News Comments > Fallout 76 Launches Fallout 1st Private Server Program

17. Re: Fallout 76 Launches Fallout 1st Private Server Program Oct 23, 2019, 18:05 MisterBenn
 
We've come a long way since:
"All the content we ever put out for Fallout 76--all the DLC, all the post-launch stuff--is going to be free. That's important. And to say, the Atomic shop is cosmetic stuff. To make sure folks understand--look there's a line. There are people who have crossed it, but we're going to stay on the right side of it in terms of the things you can spend money on and how this stuff works and what you're getting for your $60. That you know, when they put out new content or features or whatever, I'm getting that stuff for free. That feels right."
 
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News Comments > GRID Released

1. Re: GRID Released Oct 12, 2019, 11:52 MisterBenn
 
From everything I've heard, even though the physics are pretty quirky and arcadey, they are decent enough to have fun racing. The main downside seems to be the mode for online racing with pubs, which is pretty much a Play Now button where you don't choose car or tracks, and get lumped in to a random race with a grid padded with AI cars.  
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News Comments > Playing for the Planet

13. Re: Playing for the Planet Sep 24, 2019, 07:26 MisterBenn
 
Hopefully this game is a step up from Captain Planet and the Planeteers, which disappointed me in 1990 when it got bundled with my Amiga A500.  
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News Comments > Borderland 3 Reviews

5. Re: Borderland 3 Reviews Sep 9, 2019, 12:41 MisterBenn
 
Man, who to trust when reviews vary so wildly?

IGN: "a high-point for the series and the genre as a whole." - 9/10

PC Gamer: "Between the bugs, the extended non-jokes, the self-aggrandizing jabs at game design trends, and a few cameos I won't spoil but that made me audibly groan, Borderlands 3 has a lot in common with Gearbox fan events as of late. There's a lot of loud, extended posturing while holding what everyone really came for hostage. It's a shame, because Tales from the Borderlands found a delicate balance of absurdity, self-awareness, and genuine heart. A better Borderlands is possible, it's just not Borderlands 3." - 63%
 
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News Comments > Age of Wonders: Planetfall Reviews

5. Re: Age of Wonders: Planetfall Reviews Aug 5, 2019, 18:57 MisterBenn
 
Osc8r - coop is improved over before. You have general options for autoresolve all, watch all, control all fights like previously. You can also have a mode where it autoresolves by default, but players get limited points to spend on controlling battles, which slowly refresh over time as a compromise. Apparently you can also hot swap between play by web and full multiplayer, so you could conceivably have a turn a day during the week, then live sessions when you get together at the weekend. The multiplayer stuff got added/advertised after the preview weekend so we haven't seen it in action yet, but if it's at all like advertised it's gonna be about as convenient as you can get with this type of game.

Slashman - yeah I am hoping is stacks up like that. I liked 3 so much I was actually craving more DLC when that game wound down! I'm mostly hoping it doesn't turn out like Stellaris where imo the business/expansion/dlc model was detrimental to the game in some ways.
 
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News Comments > Age of Wonders: Planetfall Reviews

2. Re: Age of Wonders: Planetfall Reviews Aug 5, 2019, 16:46 MisterBenn
 
I'm buying in, I absolutely loved 3 and the preview weekend of this showed the game already in great shape a few weeks ago. The style of high accessibility with moderate depth underneath is my favourite these days. It seems to be made up of Triumph's game mechanics and sense of fun, along with Paradox's budget and world building which imo is the best of both worlds. The only worry is the availability of a DLC season pass which to me indicates that Paradox's DLC policy is definitely in effect going forwards.  
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News Comments > Age of Wonders III Free on Steam

9. Re: Age of Wonders III Free on Steam Jul 12, 2019, 00:50 MisterBenn
 
Fantastic game, probably the most 4x fun I had outside of the Civ series, and definitely the best fantasy 4x I've played. A really good balance of accessibility with some depth underneath, and all the classes and units are fun to play with.  
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News Comments > New Steam Mobile Chat App

2. Re: New Steam Mobile Chat App May 22, 2019, 09:36 MisterBenn
 
It does seem like too little too late now that social media and discord is so entrenched. I wish they'd spend their effort to improve the download manager, cloud save manager and mod manager, I mean those are maintaining everyone's games all the time!

The mod manager is especially bad, I hate those unexplained 'workshop updates' that leave you guessing what mod updated, and whether it's safe to continue your saved game. You have to open the steam library, click game, open its workshop, browse to my subscribed items, and finally click order by most recently updated. And each click needs a moment to load!
 
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News Comments > Stellaris: Ancient Relics Announced

11. Re: Stellaris: Ancient Relics Announced May 15, 2019, 09:39 MisterBenn
 
I must confess I left Stellaris behind too after the Megacorp release. It was a culmination of several issues. The game is still not feature complete 3 years after release (still no intelligence layer.) The diplomacy has plenty of features but the AI barely participates, other than to just set diplomatic status according to its like/dislike score. The gameplay systems seem overly restrictive (forced end war, can only declare on certain people, and so on) which leads to a gamey feel that I didn't expect from a sandpit style game with huge galaxies. There are too many abstract resources to balance that add to the gamey feeling. The DLC have added additional playstyles but in effect they have added multiple ways to do things with a lot of overlap, that seems to have bloated the feature list without really enriching the strategies you can get involved with.

The DLC policy has contributed to a feeling that Stellaris has been an ever-changing beast... the game is designed a certain way, it settles down, some nice mods appear on top and it feels pretty stable. Then a major update comes out, the mods don't work, some central game functions are completely reworked, many critical functions and gui items cease working, and everything feels like it's regressed for a few weeks while official patches and mods scramble to become stable again. It seemed ridiculous to me that for significant periods of time after release, major parts of the game were not working at all. Or like with the megacorp release, the AI was completely non-functional for weeks after release. You've gotta have a lot of faith in the game to overlook things like that and trust that it will eventually get there - for me though I just felt that this was unacceptable for a released game. There are definitely some positives to the Paradox/Stellaris business model... some of the reworked mechanics are clear improvements to original versions. But I have ended up disillusioned where things feel too much like they are engineered to keep customers in the pocket, paying for updates for the life of the game.

Much as that was a bit of a rant, there's a lot to like in the game. It clearly has the best space 4x flavour around imo, with nods to pretty much any sci-fi book/TV/film that you happen to love. If somehow you are into multiplayer then the Stellaris engine is great for that. I know the game makes a lot of people happy - I think you have to be the type of player that will happily accept the mechanics and the dev cycle the way they are, and be in it to enjoy the ride.

Edit: oh - check out the Starnet AI mod. It's a rework for the AI players that makes them a lot more like a multiplayer game (emphasis on military techs, maintain large fleets and swallow up weaker neighbours with no remorse.) Several people have said this AI is genuinely a big threat. No idea as to the status of the mod with regards to the latest DLC that came out, but the prospect of AI players that can actually kick your ass is pretty inviting.
 
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News Comments > Galactic Civilizations III Anniversary Patch and Sale

1. Re: Galactic Civilizations III Anniversary Patch and Sale May 15, 2019, 06:55 MisterBenn
 
Yep - under 10 for the Gold Edition and reportedly working on Proton as well as Windows... they finally got me.

Edit: they truly got me! The Gold Edition on Steam contains the Retribution DLC, and the Gold Edition for sale on Humble (which grants a Steam key) doesn't have it! And Retribution is 15.49!!

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News Comments > Evening Metaverse

1. Re: Evening Metaverse May 1, 2019, 08:05 MisterBenn
 
I watch the sim racer Jimmy Broadbent sometimes, he's a mid size YouTube streamer. He got a note from YouTube this week that he needs to come up and offer a custom incentive for people to subscribe, otherwise they are going to take away his Join button. Surely he's doing alright for them, he's managed to whip up 250k subs?!?  
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News Comments > Mortal Kombat 11 Released

7. Re: Mortal Kombat 11 Released Apr 23, 2019, 17:10 MisterBenn
 
This is the assessment of the microtransaction model as per social media:
I see a lot of threads saying that earning currency is "grindy", but I think this is a huge understatement. Just consider these points:

Completing the entire story will barely give you enough currency to clear one room in krypt. From this, I got 1 brutality, some common skins and few consumables. You can't so much as clear a single hard tower with all the stuff I got.

Clearing some of the latter towers without at least rare gear and a large number of single use consumables is near impossible. These towers are not just a pure test of fighting skills, they also feature: unblockable blood missiles which drain you life and gives it to the enemy, acid rain, enemy getting armour on low health and some absolutely ridiculous damage modifiers.

Earning said consumables and rare gear is extremely grindy, requiring you to complete event specific and daily towers, as well as clearing multiple easier towers. The krypt chests get progressively more expensive and the drop rate for rare or better items is very low. For context, I opened a total of 23 chests in the krypt and got only 2 rare gear across different characters.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

3. GOT Mar 29, 2019, 13:17 MisterBenn
 
I will definitely watch that GOT video today. I accidentally made the mistake of missing the first 7 seasons when they first came out, then 3 months ago I binged 10 minute YouTube videos wildly out of order. Really not ideal, but when it first came out the episode I saw made a bad impression... the sex/violence/dialogue seemed pretty gratuitous and I didn't realise back then how good the casting and scheming was.

I'm now onboard to watch 8 in real time at least. Did I hear right that the entire wrap up is 5 or 6 episodes? That barely seems like enough time to do more than just let the characters complete their respective arcs.
 
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News Comments > On Sale

1. Re: On Sale Mar 25, 2019, 19:24 MisterBenn
 
No idea if you can take this deal outside the UK, but I just bought into Battletech for 10.59 at WinGameStore. 5% more off with code PCGAMES5OFF.

After years of dilligence, this is the first time ever I've explicitly bought a game to put straight on the backlog!
 
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News Comments > XCOM 2 Free Weekend

3. Re: XCOM 2 Free Weekend Mar 21, 2019, 21:25 MisterBenn
 
If I'm hungry for more after Long War I may well do that. It's definitely a shame to give up the other WotC content, along with the full version of the Better Advent mod.  
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News Comments > GDC Award Winners

7. Re: GDC Award Winners Mar 21, 2019, 21:22 MisterBenn
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 21, 2019, 12:32:
Haven't even heard of any of them except RDR2. Are they all mobile and console games?

Celeste is an incredible precision platformer from the Towerfall guys.

Into the Breach is a great coffee time puzzle game that looks like a tactics game but plays more like solving chess problems. Fantastic design but I can't bring myself to play in long bursts because the game flow is pretty slow. You do a small number of very important moves and spend about 90% of the time in the think tank, staring at the screen! Awesome and cheap though. More proof that the FTL guys have a magic touch.

Obra Dinn is a story puzzle game with a supernatural gimmick where you walk around inside a freeze frame of the moments before someone's death, and look for clues to find out what happened. Original concept and I've heard lots of good things but haven't played it.

Beat Saber is a VR rhythmn game where you wave lightsabers around and hit targets to the music. Seems like great family fun if that's your thing.
 
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News Comments > XCOM 2 Free Weekend

1. Re: XCOM 2 Free Weekend Mar 21, 2019, 21:08 MisterBenn
 
I tried to get into War of the Chosen twice and ended up parking the game both times. I think fighting the Chosen and the Lost is too much of a chore. Regular Squad versus Pod is the good shit, and to me the expansion gets you spending too much time doing not that. I'm now into a straight XCom 2 Long War run, and I am having much more fun so far.  
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News Comments > Satisfactory Early Access

12. Re: Satisfactory Early Access Mar 20, 2019, 15:34 MisterBenn
 
Saw Llamachomp stream some of this today, seems like an interesting prospect. Good looking, first person Factorio with friends must have a chance of catching on. I don't think multiplayer is stable yet though, they had a few CTDs in the first hour.  
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News Comments > Vehicular Battle Royale notmycar Announced

11. Re: Vehicular Battle Royale notmycar Announced Mar 17, 2019, 12:13 MisterBenn
 
I'm starting to lose hope that there will ever be a Super Cars III  
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News Comments > Dwarf Fortress Coming to Steam

11. Re: Dwarf Fortress Coming to Steam Mar 14, 2019, 10:04 MisterBenn
 
Dwarf Fortress and Rimworld are basically the standouts in their field, I don't know of anything else of a similar size in the same space. These are not exactly the same, but maybe Prison Architect or Banished with mods?

Edit: Oxygen not Included maybe? Or an early access game more similar to Dwarf Fortress: Odd Realm. Haven't seen it played though.
 
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