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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: July 18, 2015, 11:54:41 PM
The PC version did release earlier today, at least on Steam.  A little over 5-gigs, as I recall.

I haven't tried it yet because I was watching the movie Chappie.  Please learn from my mistake.

-Autistic Angel
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 18, 2015, 01:29:38 AM
People, please!  That sinister figure wants to pay that baker the posted rate to purchase a cake from his cake shop.  What part of "persecution" do you not understand?  icon_cry

-Autistic Angel
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/17/15 - Ant-Man Edition on: July 18, 2015, 12:49:21 AM

Quote from: Gratch on July 17, 2015, 07:20:12 PM

On vacation this week, so it's only iOS and board games for me.  Bouncing between FF IV and Icewind Dale, and my brother and I will be diving into the bowrd games tonight with the X-Wing miniatures game.


That reminds me: how do you feel about this Nier performance that everyone's been going on about?

-Autistic Angel
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: July 14, 2015, 09:37:32 PM
Done.

-Autistic Angel
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dear Gamespot, Stop Trying to Make Me Care about Your Host Personalities on: July 09, 2015, 01:08:14 AM
If someone recommends Danny O'Dwyer to me, I'm likely to go check out some of his content.  If I'm browsing GameSpot's site without that recommendation in mind and HRRRRMM Guy is the face they're using to promote their videos, I'm likely to close the browser.

Whatever insight and charisma Danny O'Dwyer has to offer are not diminished by critiquing the packaging of the video.  You aren't "judging a book by its cover" simply by acknowledging that the cover itself is awful. 

The photo Bullwinkle posted is an awful cover.

-Autistic Angel
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Remastered Journey coming to PS4 July 21 on: July 08, 2015, 02:29:25 AM
In fairness to TiLT, I was being super annoying.

-Autistic Angel
127  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 02, 2015, 02:04:23 PM
I also like being able to visit this thread without encountering plot spoilers for every entertainment product released between His Girl Friday and Untitled Star Wars Film (2019).

-Autistic Angel
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [pc] Allison Road - on: July 02, 2015, 01:51:03 PM
If Konami isn't interested in delivering a horror experience that people are excited to pay money for, I'm glad someone is.

-Autistic Angel
129  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 30, 2015, 10:10:32 PM
ATB's uncredited quote is from Chief Justice John Roberts' dissent.

Quote from: John Roberts
Hard questions arise when people of faith exercise religion in ways that may be seen to conflict with the new right to same-sex marriage—when, for example, a religious college provides married student housing only to opposite-sex married couples, or a religious adoption agency declines to place children with same-sex married couples… Unfortunately, people of faith can take no comfort in the treatment they receive from the majority today.


The questions aren't that hard: Bob Jones University v. United States set a clear precedent that religious universities enforcing racially discriminatory policies based on "biblical interpretation" could lose their tax exempt status.  It turned out that when financial interests conflicted with the Word of God, the fine scholars at BJU looked again and discovered God was totally cool with interracial dating after all.

This is very simple: if you believe same-sex marriage is sinful, don't get married to someone of the same sex.  But if you believe your religion empowers you to seize basic civil rights away from other people who have nothing to do with you by the way, that's not piety.  You're just an asshole.

-Autistic Angel
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you Batman Batman Batman Bat-(sorry) buyying this week? (6/23) on: June 23, 2015, 01:07:38 AM
Best Buy is offering a free $10 gift card for people who purchase the Heavensward expansion along with a 60-day time card.  Might be a good deal if you're planning on playing for a couple months anyhow.

-Autistic Angel
131  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chocolate Lab For Sale on: June 22, 2015, 11:20:04 PM
The story of Rachel Dolezal is not inherently political.  However, the political right has leaped on it like a springboard to advance their mockery of gay and transgendered people.  They have employed slippery slope arguments for decades, complaining that if two men enter into a legally binding marriage with all the same rights and protections that a heterosexual couple would enjoy, then all societal norms will collapse forever.  They think the idea of a Caucasian woman fabricating evidence to present herself as an African-American fits that narrative.

The mods predicted Eco-Logic's post would degenerate into thinly veiled LGBT-phobic jabs, and lo and behold:

Quote from: ATB on June 18, 2015, 10:32:08 PM

Honestly. If someone feels deep inside they are black, who are we to say they're not black? Just as if a d00d feels deep inside he is a woman, who are we to say they're not a woman?  It makes perfect sense.

Rather than treat the mental disorder (in this case self-hatred and in the other Gender Identity Disorder), we should embrace it it as 'their truth."

Now we also have the interesting problem of 'agenderism' in which case someone is either both genders or neither.  Again, if we are to embrace these types of things instead of try to correct them, let's go all the way. Also for these folks we must appropriately apply the use of 'they/them' rather than him/her or what's probably more spot on 'it'.

Thus if what's her name 'identifies' as black, then who are we to race shame her and force her to conform? I mean no one should be ashamed of anything they do regardless of how crazy or out of touch with reality it is, right? This is the new normal. There is no normal and no one can be corrected for anything.


This is where the thread was always headed; the only reason Eco-Logic thought to preemptively include a disclaimer was that it was already on his mind.  People, as a general rule, do not begin conversations by saying "Hello, I'm not doing anything wrong!" unless they are.

-Autistic Angel
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you Batman Batman Batman Bat-(sorry) buyying this week? (6/23) on: June 22, 2015, 09:47:18 PM
Batman: Arkham Knight.  The previous Rocksteady games are two of my favorite games of the last generation, and Arkham Origins was a good time despite its lack of polish.

The PC preload is live, and I'm pulling it down right now smile

-Autistic Angel
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 19, 2015, 04:28:34 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on June 14, 2015, 12:57:29 AM

Hopefully Ori and the Blind Forest and Invisible Inc. will show up as Daily / Flash deals at some point.


I did pick both up on Daily Deals.  I was tempted by Life is Strange too, but it probably won't be done much before the Christmas sale so I'll look forward to picking it up then.

-Autistic Angel
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 02:44:02 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on June 16, 2015, 12:24:45 PM

Well, its been funded and probably will smash the record at this pace.  Sadly, I'm not a fan of this series but I'm glad [Shenmue 3] is happening for folks


Yeah, this guy's reaction to the announcement is something to behold.  Shenmue and Yakuza occupy the same section of my mind for "Games That Don't Look Remotely Enjoyable," but I'm glad the people who like them will be getting more of what they want.

Caution: You'll want to have your sound volume down a ways for that linked video.

-Autistic Angel
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 12:21:27 AM
Over the weekend, I read someone's comment that the industry had become too savvy for another "Mr. Caffeine" or "Riiiiidge Racer!" moment.  I wish I could remember where, because I really want to get their reaction to that EA zombie strutting out on stage to the tune of "Danger Zone" and complete silence from the crowd.

Aisha Tyler's interaction with the Assassin's Creed: Syndicate cosplayer was pretty great too.

"Wow, that's a sharp outfit!  What's your story?"

"Ubisoft requested me here."

-Autistic Angel
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 14, 2015, 12:57:29 AM
I picked up the Metro: Redux bundle and Tales from the Borderlands.  I don't play episodic games until they're completed, but it won't be much cheaper than $13.50 before Episode 5 comes out and I'm trying to vote with my wallet for them to finish it up.

Hopefully Ori and the Blind Forest and Invisible Inc. will show up as Daily / Flash deals at some point.

-Autistic Angel
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/12/15 on: June 13, 2015, 05:45:17 PM
Well, mostly I'm hoping that Gratch's dad enjoys a speedy and complete recovery.  Otherwise, I've been playing around in Dying Light and The Witcher III, and will be keeping an eye on the Steam Summer Sale.

-Autistic Angel
138  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 11, 2015, 06:59:43 PM
Is there any option to buy Grand Theft Auto V without bundling in enough funny money cash cards that there's no discount whatsoever?

-Autistic Angel
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: June 09, 2015, 07:28:32 PM
I think you're correct.  In retrospect, it appears the update about the Xbox One patch bumped the story's publish date forward to today.  The PC and PS4 patches were released last week.

-Autistic Angel
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: June 09, 2015, 05:36:03 PM
Game Informer is reporting that the 1.04 patch is out today on both consoles, and 1.05 is available for PC:

Quote from: Game Informer
Update 2: CD Projekt Red is pushing the Xbox One version of patch 1.04 out today. This patch should repair the save game issues that executive editor Andrew Reiner and others have experienced on Xbox One.


Other specific fixes include tweaking candles near chests, better XP rewards for completing lower level quests, and more varied loot for killing enemies.

-Autistic Angel
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Does Fallout New Vegas Build Upon Fallout 3? on: June 08, 2015, 10:40:16 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on June 08, 2015, 10:25:17 PM

With the announcement of Fallout 4 I decided to FINALLY play Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas. Unfortunately, Fallout 3 crashes randomly every 30-60 minutes, mostly when loading new rooms or areas. Although not game breaking, I can't seem to enjoy the game because I'm always anticipating a system lockup. This lingering sense of frustration keeps me from becoming immersed in the game. I have a very minimal set of mods installed, and those are only texture upgrades. The community patches are installed. So I'm assuming it doesn't play well with Windows 8.


It is more likely that Fallout 3 doesn't play well with your multicore processor.  Here's the fix that worked for me when I encountered identical symptoms:

Quote
Open up the fallout.ini file in: My Documents\My Games\Fallout3
Find the line:

bUseThreadedAI=0

change it to:

bUseThreadedAI=1

Add another line after it and insert:

iNumHWThreads=2

This will limit the game to 2 cores and prevent the engine bug from causing the game to freeze.

*If the game still crashes write this iNumHWThreads=1


I went on to play 107 hours without having another crash.  What a shame the screenshots of my completed bobblehead collection and cool power armor didn't survive the last forum migration. 

Anyway, I hope the fix works for you as well!

-Autistic Angel
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: June 07, 2015, 05:20:48 PM
I've put all my points so far into swordsmanship, maxing out my damage for all basic attacks and my critical hit bonuses for light swings.  I also have a red mutagen which, combined with all three sword skills, give Geralt an extra 20% damage to sword attacks.

I know signs and alchemy are super useful in the game, but every time I look at those skill sets, I can't get over the fact that swords are what Geralt has in his hands all the time.  In my head, I'm overly worried about dumping points into abilities that are only good in isolated situations, while stabbing bad guys with sharp blades seems useful all of the time.

Someday I'd like to replay the Witcher 2 and 3 as a crazy Jedi master who can just constantly blast everyone with Force powers all of the time.  For now, though, my crazy phobias are winning out.

-Autistic Angel
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Series - Help Me Dive In! on: June 07, 2015, 05:06:14 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on June 04, 2015, 06:33:53 PM

Rogue is the only mainline Assassin's Creed game I have not yet played.  My understanding is that it's basically an extension of the Black Flag gameplay, so you'd probably want to head there next.


Since posting that, I picked up the PC port of Rogue for $15 from Amazon's summer sale.  I'm currently at about 25% completion.  A few thoughts:

1) uPlay *finally* added the ability to restore your game downloads from previous backups.  FINALLY!

2) uPlay has introduced a brand new bug where it will not output any sound at all through my HDMI -> receiver connection. disgust

3) Rogue is graphically inferior to Unity in every way, and is even missing many of the graphical bells and whistles that were part of the PC version of Black Flag.  There's a lot of particularly noticeable animation popping, where characters will judder suddenly to new positions to fit their pre-canned animations.  The game still looks quite good, but its roots as a hasty port of a last-gen game are plain to see.

4) This game is suuuuuper fun! nod  Every moment, from the parkour to the story beats to the combat to the stealth, is more intuitive and entertaining than the best moments from Unity.  I'm seriously debating whether or not it's better than Black Flag at this point, thanks to the sheer variety of missions and tactics it puts at your disposal.  "Infiltrate the XXXX" seems to be this game's euphemism for, "Yo dawg, we heard you like Assassin's Creeding!  Take this silenced sniper rifle, these rope darts, and this death radar and do whatever you want to that thicket of red dots!" thumbsup

Whatever Ubisoft B-team put together Rogue core missions, side content, and storyline absolutely *shamed* the people responsible for Unity.  I really hope they're being given more input into Syndicate, because these guys really know how to play to the series' strengths!

-Autistic Angel
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/5/15 on: June 07, 2015, 04:44:09 PM
You may want to start storying it up -- I believe that quests more than six levels below your character provide no XP by design.  I think the dialogue and world-building are rewards in and of themselves, but it's a good reason to prioritize your lowest-level quest whenever possible.

-Autistic Angel
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PS4/PS3/360/PC]Battlefield 4 on: June 07, 2015, 04:40:19 PM
My understanding was that there were a handful of paid DLC packs for Battlefield 4, but that "Battlefield Premium" subscribers got them for free.  I may be wrong though, and there's probably a "Complete!" edition now that includes all of the content for some marginal cost anyway.

-Autistic Angel
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: June 05, 2015, 01:23:10 AM
That still sounds better than the dialogue bug my character has encountered.

Spoiler for "Size":

-Autistic Angel
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Series - Help Me Dive In! on: June 04, 2015, 06:33:53 PM

Quote from: Crux on June 04, 2015, 12:02:52 PM

1. PC or Xbox 360? Which platform is better?


The PC will give you a better framerate at a higher resolution and much shorter load times.  With the Steam Summer Sale right around the corner, you can probably pick up which ever entries you want cheaper, too.  You will have the best time playing with a 360 or XB1 controller plugged into one of your USB ports.


Quote from: Crux on June 04, 2015, 12:02:52 PM

2. I don't mind both open world, and fairly controlled storylines. Which games in the series are the best?


My favorite games in the series are Brotherhood, Black Flag, and Assassin's Creed 2.  You should not play them in that order, however.


Quote from: Crux on June 04, 2015, 12:02:52 PM

3. Do I need to play them in order? Would it make the most sense to get my hands on the first game and go from there?


You should not play the first game.  If you do, you will be very bored and ask, "Why is this so popular?" before abandoning the franchise forever.  I know this because I have repeatedly warned people not to play the first Assassin's Creed and when they invariably decide to "get the full experience," that's what always happens.  Do not play the first Assassin's Creed.

I recommend starting with Assassin's Creed II and then going to its direct sequel, Brotherhood.  They are both excellent.

Where you go from there depends on what you like about the series.  If you want to closure on the Ezio trilogy, you should play Revelations.  The mission structure is a noticeable step down from the preceding games, but if you power straight through the story missions, it's a reasonably swift run.

If you want closure on the Desmond story, you should skip directly to Assassin's Creed III.  Connor is a *terrible* protagonist compared to Ezio, but the side missions can be a lot of fun and it draws the overarching story to a close.  In a perfect world, I'd want you to at least play through the lengthy prologue missions since the story payoff is pretty great!

If you don't care about either of those stories and just want more stabby action, you should skip directly to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.  It effectively takes the best side content from AC3, builds the entire game around it, and adds a bunch more fun activities.  I would not argue with anyone who said it is the best stand-alone AC game.

Rogue is the only mainline Assassin's Creed game I have not yet played.  My understanding is that it's basically an extension of the Black Flag gameplay, so you'd probably want to head there next.


Quote from: Crux on June 04, 2015, 12:02:52 PM

Any other thoughts/recommendations most welcome!


Assassin's Creed: Liberation is not a game; it is a collection of bugs packaged beneath a title screen.  Don't play it.

Bugs aside, Assassin's Creed: Unity is the most disposable game in the core series.  It isn't bad so much as bland to the point of being completely forgettable.  I'm completely serious: near the end, one of the characters goes out of their way to explicitly point out how meaningless all of the story events are to the broader narrative.

I have not played Altair's Chronicles, Bloodlines, or the recently released AC: China.  I don't know how they stack up, but most reviews would indicate "poorly."

-Autistic Angel
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: May 28, 2015, 09:53:50 PM
Eurogamer is reporting there will be no companion app this time around:

Quote from: Eurogamer
"There will not be a companion app," Ubisoft told Eurogamer. "For Assassin's Creed Syndicate, the team wanted to focus all their efforts on the core experience."


Just like the earlier announcement of no multiplayer, that sounds just fine to me.

-Autistic Angel
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 25, 2015, 11:21:52 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on May 24, 2015, 06:53:16 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 24, 2015, 06:10:11 PM

I've played for several hours now, but I have hardly touched the crafting and haven't done any alchemy or other stuff.  

Maybe it's just me, but it feels like the game would be better off without these peripheral aspects.  Too much inventory juggling, and paying for crafting materials or paying for dismantling, trying to find the right person..it seems like a level of complication beyond what I want to deal with.  


Alchemy is pretty central to the Witcher lore as I understand it, and they make more gameplay concessions this time around with being able to use potions in combat.


I know who can settle this argument.

Spoiler for "For Size":

-Autistic Angel
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 24, 2015, 02:27:56 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 23, 2015, 10:53:56 PM

For the life of me, I couldn't figure out how to get into this castle/fortress-thing that was up on top of a hill. 


If it's the place I'm thinking of, there's a red brick pillar that's fallen to create a ramp up the hill.  I believe it's on the opposite side from the road, so you need to circle around to approach it from the back.

-Autistic Angel
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Long weekend edition - 5/22/15 on: May 23, 2015, 09:35:53 PM
I'll be playing some more of The Witcher 3, the Necromancer campaign in Age of Wonders III, maybe some Pillars of Eternity...and spending some more of my Xbox Live funds before they "expire" at the end of the month.

I really hate the fact that money in my Xbox Live account expires, by the way. disgust

-Autistic Angel
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 22, 2015, 05:55:51 PM
Game Informer's Editor-in-Chief is displeased with the Xbox One version:

Quote from: Andrew Reiner
So what is the problem I'm having? It's hard to nail down exactly, as it's reared its ugly head in two different ways. The first came after a death. I chose to restore my most recent save, and the game crashed on the load. I let it sit for a good 20 minutes before turning off the Xbox One. Upon restarting, I couldn't get past the "Click any button to continue" screen. The game locked up again on the "please wait..." screen. I was forced to clear my console's cache to reach the loading menu, which no longer contained my most recent save. That's where I lost a couple of hours.

The save bug can also be sneaky, and you won't know your game is broken until you try to manually save. These attempts are met with a "You Cannot save right now" message. At first I thought it wouldn't let me manually save because I was on a mission, or a monster may be nearby. That sadly isn't the case at all. Instead, it's a sign that you won't be able to save again during this playthough.


I couldn't know this exact thing would happen, but this sort of severe technical problem is why I advised Soulchilde to steer clear of the XB1 version.  Or, more specifically, the reason why I went up to the framed portrait of Soulchilde I have hanging on the wall and said, "Soulchilde, I don't think you should get The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on the Xbox One.  Get the PS4 or PC version instead."

And then I said in a different timbre of voice, "Why, that's fantastic advice!  Thank you, Autistic Angel.  You're my best friend!"

Then my spouse walked in so I pretended I'd been clean a smudge and went back to watching The Following.

-Autistic Angel
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Torment: Tides of Numenera on: May 21, 2015, 08:25:04 PM
This is rapidly becoming the best time to be an RPG fan since the height of the PS2-era.  That looks fantastic!

-Autistic Angel
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 21, 2015, 07:40:32 PM
I just finished a good stint of post-patch questing.  The "Minor SFX Improvements" are actually pretty significant, in that slicing an enemy with your sword now produces more than a whisper of sound.  It really fixes the complaint I had before about the combat feeling too weightless -- a little sound design goes a long way!

-Autistic Angel
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 21, 2015, 06:11:38 PM
Patch 1.03 is available for the PC.  Steam is updating now:

Quote from: Patch Notes
This update introduces a range of stability and performances ehancements as well as allows users to take advantage of some additional graphics settings.

Please find the detailed list of fixes below:
  • Improves stability in gameplay and the UI
  • Improves performance especially in cutscenes and gameplay
  • Fixes grass and foliage popping that could occur after density parameters were changed
  • Improves Nvidia Hairworks performance
  • Boosted texture anisotropy sampling to 16x on Ultra preset
  • Sharpen Post-process settings extended from Off/On to Off/Low/High
  • Blood particles will now properly appear after killing enemies on the water
  • Corrects a bug where player was able to shoot bolts at friendly NPCs
  • Improves menu handling
  • Corrects an issue with Stamina regeneration while sprinting
  • Fixes a cursor lock issue that sometimes occcured when scrolling the map
  • Generally improves world map focus
  • Improves input responsiveness when using keyboard
  • Corrects some missing translations in the UI
  • Corrects an issue in dialogue selections
  • Rostan Muggs is back
  • Minor SFX improvements

-Autistic Angel
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 20, 2015, 08:43:15 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on May 20, 2015, 02:17:46 AM

Once I have more than 30-minutes to spend in a single sitting, I'll probably switch over to playing on my television which will be at 1080p.  That's how I play most controller-enabled PC games.  I've never noticed much performance difference between 1200p and 1080p, but if anything the lower resolution should likely run a little better.  I'll post more once I've tried it.


For what it's worth, I fired up my PC -> TV HDMI connection and completed a couple quests early this morning.  There's no discernible performance difference between 1200p and 1080p.  I'd like to say it runs at a consistent 60 fps, but without a framerate counter to back me up, all I can say is that it's definitely stable at something well above 30.

Very happy with the PC version so far! thumbsup

-Autistic Angel

EDIT: There are lots of reports from people suffering constant crashes on their systems, leading them to roll back their nVidia drivers to earlier versions just to play.  I should make it clear that I've barely got two hours of playtime into Witcher 3, so although I haven't experienced any crashes so far, I've only been tooling around the very first area.
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 20, 2015, 02:17:46 AM

Quote from: Greg Wak on May 19, 2015, 09:52:23 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on May 19, 2015, 08:21:40 PM

I was doubtful about how things would run on my comparatively modest 2600K i7 processor and Nvidia 780 graphics card, but at least in the early areas, the game seems to maintain a completely solid framerate well above 30.  It's easy to tell because lowering the framerate limiter to 30 diminishes the smoothness of all the animations, particularly during combat.

The one setting I'll definitely be keeping off is the Nvidia GameWorks Hair.  It looks pretty amazing, even just on Geralt, but single-handedly lowers the framerate by at least 15 fps.  Maybe more.


Should I just assume you are playing at 1080? My specs are similar to yours so I would like to know. No offense, but I see so many posts about frame rate without saying what they are playing it at. Should I be just assuming 1080 unless otherwise noted?


So far I've been playing at 1920 x 1200 which is the default resolution for my computer monitor.  Menus are slightly letterboxed but gameplay fills out to the edges properly.

Once I have more than 30-minutes to spend in a single sitting, I'll probably switch over to playing on my television which will be at 1080p.  That's how I play most controller-enabled PC games.  I've never noticed much performance difference between 1200p and 1080p, but if anything the lower resolution should likely run a little better.  I'll post more once I've tried it.

-Autistic Angel
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 19, 2015, 08:21:40 PM
I was doubtful about how things would run on my comparatively modest 2600K i7 processor and Nvidia 780 graphics card, but at least in the early areas, the game seems to maintain a completely solid framerate well above 30.  It's easy to tell because lowering the framerate limiter to 30 diminishes the smoothness of all the animations, particularly during combat.

The one setting I'll definitely be keeping off is the Nvidia GameWorks Hair.  It looks pretty amazing, even just on Geralt, but single-handedly lowers the framerate by at least 15 fps.  Maybe more.

Wild Hunt looks shockingly good, especially during dialogue sequences where I get so engrossed in looking at the character details that I get distracted from what they're saying.  It's enough to make me wonder if it can possibly maintain this level of detail throughout.  The Witcher 2 held the award for the best looking game I'd ever seen for many years after its release, but that had the luxury of discrete maps where the designers could lavish detail onto everything.  It'll be interesting to see if Wild Hunt can wow me this much as I move beyond the starting areas.

The one concern I have is that the combat feels almost weightless so far, with the only feedback I get on the success of my swings measured in whether or not the enemy's lifebar shortens.  My sense is that the sound effects for a successful strike are simply too subtle, lacking the force and gristle you get from melee combat in something like Bloodborne, Dragon Age: Inquisition, or Arkham City.  Even Skyrim, with relatively simplistic mechanics, has a satisfying crunch when you hack something with your sword.  I may try adjusting the sound balance to see if it makes a difference.

-Autistic Angel
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Galactic Civilization 3 on: May 17, 2015, 12:11:52 PM
My early impression is that there many more ways to specialize things to suit your playstyle than in GalCiv II.  I like how the adjacency bonuses let you dedicate entire continents towards production or commodity trading, and that unlocking new buildings gives you an incentive to go back and reconfigure the layouts.  It makes governing feel very active, as opposed queuing up a ton of improvements and never visiting that world again.

Similarly, the combat appears to have many more modifiers affecting the outcome.  Weapons are rated for things like accuracy, range, and rate of fire which simply didn't exist in the last game.  Ships are assigned to roles like "Guardian" and "Assault" which presumably influence their targeting priorities, though this is mostly guesswork right now.

I'm still trying to figure out how the economy functions, too.  In GalCiv II, population was irrelevant to manufacturing or research and were only important for financing the empire on economic planets.  I've heard they replaced this with a more traditional Population x Morale x Improvements = Productivity model, but I simply don't have a good sense for how it's balanced yet.

Maybe I should try out the tutorial Lee mentioned.  I've just been tooling around on random Large maps so far.

-Autistic Angel
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/15 on: May 16, 2015, 11:05:50 AM
I finally finished the original campaign in Age of Wonders III.  The story features at least one major branching point, so I pursued the path that seemed more interested in truth and reconciliation than vengeance.

This is the first time I've played the campaign in a 4X strategy game.  I've never even played a custom scenario in a Civilization game.  I think the difference here is that there's just enough RPG in the mix, with hero characters that level up and carry customized gear from one mission to the next, that I had a good time using their skills to figure out how each level worked.  The setup for each scenario was pretty clever, too.  One mission has you building up a secret dwarven empire underground, mining out tunnels and hardening your troops against cave-dwelling monsters until they're strong enough to storm the surface.

Now I'm undecided whether I'll try out the newly released Galactic Civilizations III, or start up the Necromancer campaign in Age of Wonders III.  Either way, it'll probably be set aside for a while when The Witcher 3 comes out next week.

-Autistic Angel
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