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News Comments > More Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Hints
35. Re: RDR2... Oct 29, 2018, 13:41 jacobvandy
 
Creston wrote on Oct 29, 2018, 12:39:
(A lot of stuff.)

Lol, I'll try to make this quick:

- Dunno why you're picking flowers if you don't like drudgery, but don't try to stand right on top of them, press the button approaching from a few feet away. You can carry a limited amount of each type of flower or herb, yes, and they want you to collect pelts to upgrade your satchel capacity, but you don't even really need to use them unless you're desperate, caught out in the wilderness with no other food or tonics.

- You don't have to pay for a bath, go jump in a river. That works for your horse, too, just run in knee-deep water (though it's not a big deal if their health/stamina degrade faster, common horse foods will restore it instantly). Even if you do bathe, I'm pretty sure scrubbing is just there for roleplaying, along with the deluxe service where you chat up a bathmaid but still get no happy ending.

- It's one carcass or LARGE pelt on your horse at a time. I've not discovered the limit to medium pelts you can drape over your horse's butt (usually head back after 5-6). Birds and small critters can be attached on both sides (I just skin/pluck those), and tiny varmints go right into your bag, whole.

- Don't have your gun out if you don't mean to use it. Just having it drawn will piss off some people, including the law. Same for having your bandana/mask on.

- I accidentally stock-bashed the Mexican between rounds of target shooting, don't feel bad.

- Use the ledger next to the donation box in camp to purchase upgrades (including leatherworking tools for Pearson to craft stuff) and additional supplies. It comes out of camp funds first, but you can also pay out of your own pocket. Those red icons indicate that you have nothing yet, and later will indicate when tangible items you can take from there are running low.

- White dots on the radar show up when there's a random scripted encounter, if not the question mark quest icon for side quests from strangers. Press down on the d-pad to make the compass temporarily bigger to see them from farther away.

- You have ample warning and eye markers for when a crime has been witnessed (dead bodies are reported, too). I know it seems to happen quickly when you're not paying attention, but you do have the chance to stop those witnesses from bringing the heat, unless you were just unlucky and lawmen happened to be close nearby. Persuade them or just shoot them in the back. Get out of a red circle ASAP and don't engage the cops if you want to avoid the added bounty.

- Manage your outfits and what clothing is stashed on your horse from your trunk in camp.

- Predators will be predators, they like to hide and ambush. More often you can hear them before you see them, or if you're looking for them you can use bait. I'm strangely proud of how many different animal noises I'm learning from this game, lol. I can tell the difference between the call of a deer or an elk now!
 
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News Comments > More Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Hints
32. Re: More Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Hints Oct 29, 2018, 12:47 jacobvandy
 
VaranDragon wrote on Oct 29, 2018, 09:36:
Freeroam third person shooter in a Western setting? Hell yeah! It's just that from what I've seen of the game it's all kind of meh, really great riding mechanics aren't enough if the gameplay doesn't look exciting and it's basically just a mediocre interactive movie. Hell, even if it was an awesome interactive movie I would probably be down for it.

It's only an interactive movie if you have zero imagination or curiosity. Like with last year's open-world Zelda game, the people who go straight for the quest markers on their map and beat it really fast are the ones who have completely missed the point. These are sandbox/simulation games, a majority of the content is stuff you have to go and seek out. There are plenty of other games out there which leave nothing for you to figure out yourself, just constantly hand-feeding you a string of objectives so you are never left not knowing what you should do next... Lots of people like that, they get bored or frustrated otherwise, but I prefer being cut loose to do what I want.
 
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News Comments > More Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Hints
26. Re: More Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Hints Oct 28, 2018, 23:42 jacobvandy
 
Meh, if you don't think riding a horse around the countryside is fun, don't buy a game set in the old west... I very much do, and that's even without the crazy maneuvers you unlock once you've bonded with the animal. I'm also enjoying the fact that they don't dumb down the controls for it, either. If you hit a tree or large rock at a gallop, you're not gonna just glance off to one side, you'll be dismounted and both you and your horse are gonna be hurt real bad. You might even be ejected like with some of the worse GTA motor wrecks.  
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News Comments > More Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Hints
6. Re: More Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Hints Oct 28, 2018, 15:39 jacobvandy
 
VaranDragon wrote on Oct 28, 2018, 14:14:
*yawn*

From what I've seen of the game (saw a few streamers play it) the game doesn't hit any of my "must play" buttons.

Admiteddly they weren't very far in, but the writing and dialogue wasn't that awesome and the player's character is far from a cool & mysterious gunslinger type that would draw me into the story.

The gameplay itself looked kind of meh.

If the character seems uninteresting, it's because they have implemented a good ol' alignment meter. Just about everything you do gives you the choice of being a "good guy" bandit or an uncaring asshole bandit, even down to passing conversations (do you say "good day ma'am" or some variation of "fuck off"). I haven't played enough to tell if being far along to one side of the meter actually changes the story or how his dialogue goes therein, aside from when they give you an explicit choice, but generally so far it seems they've made him somewhat neutral to account for that.
 
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News Comments > Get Metro 2033 Free on Steam
7. Re: Get Metro 2033 Free on Steam Oct 25, 2018, 23:16 jacobvandy
 
Ozmodan wrote on Oct 25, 2018, 22:43:
Really disliked this game. Constantly dying because of lack of breathers is NOT fun at all. Could have been a decent game without that nonsense.

There are filters everywhere, you're simply not looting enough. It shouldn't even be a concern unless you're playing with the hardcore survival mode enabled, which drastically lowers the amount of time you get out of each one. Then you really have to keep moving while still thoroughly searching as you go.
 
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News Comments > HELLGATE: London Returning (Again) Next Month
30. Re: HELLGATE: London Returning (Again) Next Month Oct 24, 2018, 18:50 jacobvandy
 
I only played the original by myself anyway, so.. Bring it on!  
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News Comments > Fallout 76 Beta Promises "Spectacular Issues"
3. Re: Fallout 76 Beta Promises Oct 22, 2018, 21:28 jacobvandy
 
Creston wrote on Oct 22, 2018, 21:07:
Also, it has Battle Royale. Jesus Christ.

Clickbait article.. From the description Bethesda provides, it doesn't sound like BR at all. 4 or more players queue into an impromptu PVP match to hunt each other down within the time limit, and killing the person you've been assigned will then give you their target to go after next. So they borrow the concept of shrinking boundaries to force you into conflict if you're taking too long, but is that really all we're using to define the genre these days? It doesn't say anything about starting with nothing and needing to quickly scavenge your gear along the way (leaving one with the presumption that you bring whatever you have gathered previously, during normal survival gameplay), and such a small number of participants does hardly a battle royale make.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 19, 2018, 21:09 jacobvandy
 
Gigabit with a 1TB cap, huh... So if you actually use that speed for anything, you'll hit your limit in a few hours. Then, BAM, Comcast showers you in fees.  
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News Comments > Kingdom Come: Deliverance Adds The Amorous Adventures of Bold Sir Hans Capon
6. Re: Kingdom Come: Deliverance Adds The Amorous Adventures of Bold Sir Hans Capon Oct 17, 2018, 18:40 jacobvandy
 
The only significant bug I ever ran into was a particular side quest wasn't able to be turned in, which was annoying only because that meant I was carrying a few somewhat heavy quest items for longer than I would've liked... They fixed that about a week after launch, though. Really great game.  
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
1. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 15, 2018, 20:46 jacobvandy
 
Lmfao, that Kotaku writer's about-the-author blurb is two words, "News editor." Then the rest of the three lines in that space is him begging people to buy his book... Pretty much what I'd expect from that shithole publication.  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
12. Re: Saturday Metaverse Oct 14, 2018, 02:40 jacobvandy
 
Jivaro wrote on Oct 14, 2018, 01:42:
I am willing to bet money that all of the Netflix Marvel shows end up on the new Disney streaming service eventually. Don't be shocked if Iron Fist and/or the "Sisters of the Dragon" show up over there when it launches. If I were Disney I would do just one more season of each show and move them. Doesn't make sense to make original content for a competitor. Let them use previously released stuff? Sure. But new stuff? Nah.

Even if that did happen, the shows would be completely different. They're not gonna have so much violence, profanity, nudity, etc. on a Disney service, lol. These series only exist because they're completely separated from other Marvel productions, to the point where they make no direct reference to anything from the MCU and awkwardly avoid speaking the name of any Avenger.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
2. Re: Saturday Metaverse Oct 13, 2018, 15:51 jacobvandy
 
I'm only about halfway through season 2 of Iron Fist so far (mild spoilers ahead), but I can't imagine it gets that much better later on to qualify describing its cancellation as "shocking." It's so dreadfully boring, and chocked full of meaningless drama from the lives of the ancillary characters... Here's a shocker for you, Netflix: I want to see the Iron Fist BE THE FUCKING IRON FIST. He did that for like 15 minutes total in the first couple of episodes, after spending almost the entire last season fighting off his superhero erectile dysfunction, but then what do they do? They take away his goddamn power again! So then there goes another several episodes of him moping around and putting on dinner parties, while the only ass-kicking that goes on is done by everyone BUT the titular hero. The only real reason I have to sit through this is to catch the crossovers with the other shows.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 12, 2018, 11:57 jacobvandy
 
OR, you could just not blab about it all over the internet... But then you don't get to be interviewed by gaming sites and bathe in the kudos from your stolen borrowed IP's fandom.  
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News Comments > Microsoft Buying Obsidian?
6. Re: Microsoft Buying Obsidian? Oct 9, 2018, 21:28 jacobvandy
 
RIP.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 9, 2018, 16:45 jacobvandy
 
A lot of people seem to think that they're changing STW monetization for when it goes F2P... But it's not like that's a decision they've made mid-stream, it was always the plan to be F2P at release, following the paid early access period. Why would they do it this way in the first place, then, if they knew it would be changing in 12-18 months?

Besides, the plain truth is that they don't hand out v-bucks any more liberally than any other F2P game's premium currency. You can get a few thousand the first week or two, but as always, then you're left with a trickle of maybe a few hundred per week (hard-earned, playing every single day), which some people will feel is too slow and pay money for more... There are already loads of people who do that now, they've spent hundreds or thousands of dollars on Save the World piņatas. Why would they do that, if Epic is supposedly so generous with v-bucks now that they won't be able to make money when it goes F2P? Because they aren't and they will. Nothing is gonna change.
 
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
6. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Oct 8, 2018, 20:20 jacobvandy
 
Quboid wrote on Oct 8, 2018, 18:38:
jacobvandy wrote on Oct 8, 2018, 18:25:
"The methodology used across all GfK Chart-Track's services is continuous quantitative retail research. GfK Chart-Track reports are based on retail/web sales where the data is captured electronically each day via EPoS systems."

They don't track digital.

I thought that's what they meant by "web sales". Is that people ordering the discs online?

I'm pretty sure, yeah. Like how you can go on the Target or Wal-Mart website and buy their stuff that way, to either pick up locally or have shipped to your house. Since the UK is a lot smaller and more dense, a lot of shops there will just have a delivery guy go out and bring it to you immediately like a pizza. Digital storefronts do not use ePoS systems, to my knowledge.

So it's not that there's anything weird about UK gamers, you can see their console top 10 is populated by what you'd expect: FIFA, Assassin's Creed, Forza, Tomb Raider, GTA. It's that GFK has very little data on the PC market and yet is too stubborn to give up reporting on it, same as the NPD this side of the pond. All they see is the narrow range of products they actually have on a store shelf in a brick and mortar store these days.
 
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
4. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Oct 8, 2018, 18:25 jacobvandy
 
"The methodology used across all GfK Chart-Track's services is continuous quantitative retail research. GfK Chart-Track reports are based on retail/web sales where the data is captured electronically each day via EPoS systems."

They don't track digital.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 4, 2018, 14:34 jacobvandy
 
Pulled the trigger on that RDR 2 PS4 bundle yesterday, myself. Looking forward to three weeks from now! Then I'll load up on some more games come Black Friday, I got a list of exclusives I've had my eye on.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
31. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 2, 2018, 16:34 jacobvandy
 
Is that Amazon marketing, though? Or is it the Variety writer having no clue about the series and drawing that conclusion from the blurb they read about this new show?  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 1, 2018, 16:48 jacobvandy
 
You know Rockstar is featured in 'Morning Consolidation' when the stench of salty tears crashes over you as soon as you click to view the comments...  
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