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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: February 05, 2016, 06:12:48 PM
Given my motion sickness issues, I shouldn't even pay attention to this.  icon_smile However, I did love Doom I/II in the day, even bought one of those Doom Editor books. And then even with Doom III (pre-Steam) i went to a Best Buy store at midnight (!) after work to nab a copy. It was OK, but I felt like the game was aping some of System Shock II's work (audio logs for storytelling for example), without really having much of any story to say.

I think the struggle with any reboot (and Firaxis' XCOM maybe had the same challenges in 2012) is do you just want to make a carbon copy with system-crushing graphics, or do you want to try to add some new features and innovate a bit, at the possible cost of messing up the original game's magic?

I am glad the Doom reboot still lists co-op multiplayer. I'm not sure I got to enjoy Doom much online in the day as most of us were still struggling with sluggish dial-up modems.

Of course, chances are, the new game would just be a motion sickness vomit simulator for me, but I did love Doom in the day (just to be redundant).  icon_smile I think I had worse motion sickness issues with Wolfenstein and Half-Life after it, rather than in Doom, for whatever reasons.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 05, 2016, 05:08:54 PM
For me the one confusing Character Pool stuff is when creating a new character it randomly auto-creates one. I customize it, and then when I back out, it's on the list --- PLUS the randomly created one. So after I'd created a half dozen custom characters, the pool list also had these half dozen "random-ites." Just found that a bit confusing.

I blearily got through 2nd mission this morning. I'm gradually learning a bit, I think Veteran will work for me OK on a first play through.

I'm a little worried about the base stuff once the early "guided hand holding" is over, we'll see.  icon_smile

Still have yet to pull off a real concealed ambush in the first couple missions. It's like the aliens always move just out of my guys/gals' Overwatch range. And essentially the aliens seem to move in real time (a la, say, Wasteland 2) before combat starts.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 05, 2016, 08:43:31 AM
Awesome and such a mostly polished interface, but I seriously suck at Veteran difficulty. My initial rookie squad is getting slaughtered late in the first mission. I need to re-think what the heck I'm doing cause it ain't working.  icon_redface

Concealed ambushes are cool but I'm just setting them up right. The Aliens walk a different way and so either they discover us or only one or two of my folks get to trigger an overwatch ambush.

I'm not so far seeing any major performance/loading issues but I did invest in that OK gaming PC in April and it's tackling it well early on at least.

*Yes totally agree on needing a text prompt for quick save and at least an optional "confirmation" prompt for quick loads.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 05, 2016, 01:48:22 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 05, 2016, 12:46:28 AM

so many games to play already and nobody ever played the multiplayer in the first one so I'm waiting on cheap
We never agreed on anything, but I agree the MP in XCOM was a complete waste of time, if that's what he's saying.  icon_biggrin

And I do have a Harkonis character in mind for my XCOM2 character pool.  icon_cool C'mon midnight, get here already!
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Helldivers: "Come on you apes! You wanna live forever?" on: February 04, 2016, 10:40:11 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 04, 2016, 01:55:01 PM

Blackjack you're the BEST!!   Now I have to pay it forward!!!  
Just try it, and have some patience learning the kb/mouse controls is all I ask.  icon_smile

It's on sale so I've been gifting it selectively - basically it's folks I think might actually play it with me at some point, which is definitely just an educated guess on my part  icon_smile - to a few friends list folks who'd had it on wish lists. In one case the guy doesn't even have a PC right now (!), but thanked me and said it's the first thing he'll boot up when he has a PC again. I'm not sure if his broke down or what.

I mean cripes, I could get about 10 copies of Helldivers for what I've thrown at The Division and XCOM 2 (deluxe). So doling out a couple more reasonable base-version Helldivers to friends seems like the right thing to do.  icon_smile I'm not nuts though and am only doling out the currently $13.99 version that I think only has the initial DLC pack included in it - Ranger? Actually maybe now it doesn't include that. If you don't see the "Camper" sniper rifle available at the weapons vendor on your ship, then I guess now the base game doesn't include it -- perhaps that was only during pre-orders late last year.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 04, 2016, 10:29:10 PM
I believe the game's now out in Asia-Pacific, Australia-New Zealand areas etc., so some early impressions are sliding in on the Steam store page, fwiw.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 04, 2016, 08:31:33 PM
Steam pal pointed out the Long War mod team's 3 XCOM 2 mods are now listed in XCOM2's Steam Workshop tab:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/268500/workshop/

And, hmmm... looks like The Long War team has already been playing  icon_smile
http://steamcommunity.com/id/longwarstudios
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 04, 2016, 08:19:12 PM
Some old XCOM war veteran is excited too...  icon_smile

https://twitter.com/julian_gollop/status/692735172349968384
Quote from: Julian Gollop
XCOM 2 totally rocks - and I haven't even played it yet. Eager with anticipation.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 04, 2016, 06:32:02 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on February 04, 2016, 06:22:18 PM

From PC Gamer, copied to the XCOM 2 news feed: 9 things you should know before starting XCOM 2

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XCOM 2 shares many elements from its predecessor, but there’s plenty of differences that’ll catch even a veteran player off guard. For this guide, I’m assuming you have a basic familiarity with XCOM—knowing important basics such as ‘What is Overwatch?’ and ‘Are aliens good or bad?’ Read on for nine things you should know before kicking off your campaign....
Aliens are of course good, and we should Kneel Before Zod.  icon_razz'
*This message brought to you by the ADVENT Coalition. We Care.

I already have tons of character ideas from people I've known here at GT forums (including those no longer posting here  smirk). Just afraid if I tinker with the character tool after midnight tonight I might never get around to playing the game itself.  paranoid

Most importantly, as I announced on Steam, I acquired a bag of Krispy Kreme glazed crullers to celebrate with tonight for the game's release:
https://www.krispykreme.com/menu/doughnuts/Glazed-Cruller
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 04, 2016, 06:13:23 PM
Jake Solomon recommends Veteran difficulty for returning XCOM EU players, fwiw...
https://twitter.com/SolomonJake/status/695293975662440448
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My official recommendation is Veteran difficulty for returning players. The strategy layer on Commander difficulty has too many subtle traps
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 04, 2016, 02:10:39 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on February 04, 2016, 04:53:09 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 04, 2016, 04:13:45 AM

Firaxis is sharing some fun XCOM2 stuff on its Twitter feed...

Blackjack, I've shared the info you posted over on the Octopus Overlords forum, with appropriate attribution. Thanks for finding it! I think I've found my first set of recruits.

And damn, the soldier graphics do look awesome!
Ha, thanks.  icon_smile Funny thing is, I'm still not on Twitter. In many ways it terrifies me, but I love checking Tweets for games-related info that seems to fall through the cracks. They did post that stuff on their web site/blog too but I don't know if folks check that much either.

I don't recall seeing lead designer Jake Solomon in the character pool, he posted a separate Tweet of himself that's amusing:
https://twitter.com/SolomonJake/status/694996877155004416
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Commanders, send me in. I'm ready to die a thousand virtual deaths for you. (Dev Character Pool ships with XCOM2)
He also quoted something about a Sid Meier character being available but not officially part of the "XCOM 2 dev team character pool."  icon_smile

Maybe we can get a separate screenshots thread for our own creations here tonight/tomorrow?  icon_cool I have so many ideas. And I'm not a cheap shot guy -- more just some fun bios off characters I've known here at the forums over the years. All you have to do is Mad Labs it a bit to include XCOM, Advent and alien references  icon_smile
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 04, 2016, 04:13:45 AM
Firaxis is sharing some fun XCOM2 stuff on its Twitter feed...

Pink Armor Confirmed:  Fabulous
https://twitter.com/FiraxisGames/status/695013851222433796

XCOM2 dev character pool: (i.e., characters named after Firaxis devs)
http://imgur.com/a/gB9fT
*I'm not used to imgur's controls - click on the image to zoom; clicking again shrinks it again and back to main screen, I think.

Blog post explains how to import these into your game if you wanted:
https://xcom.com/news/en-recruit-the-developers-of-xcom-2-in-the-character-pool
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If you’d like to recruit any of the XCOM 2 staff into your campaign, here’s how:

    Launch the game
    Select Character Pool
    Select Import Character
    Select the developer pool
    Select Import Entire Pool
53  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which printer do I need? on: February 04, 2016, 02:38:31 AM
So my 7-8 year old Cannon Pixma printer I was apparently bragging about in this thread in 2009 finally died during our recent blizzard, apparently because the paper backstop was crooked, one sheet went in askew, and although I dug it out, the printer got stuck on an Alarm-Error 6000 mode. I tried many different work around suggested online, nothing worked. Everyone said you had to take it to a Cannon service center, and apparently sometimes they don't even bother trying to fix it that far past warranty period.

So instead I researched just a inexpensive laser printer that would print fast with no fuss and hopefully fewer jamming issues.

I settled on this recently deep-sale priced ($79.99 at Best Buy and at Cannon's own USA store) Cannon model that was well-reviewed:

imageCLASS LBP6030w
https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/details/printers/laser-single-function/imageclass/lbp6030w
-While this supports wireless printing/connection, I don't particularly need that feature much at home so I just set it up via USB.

Pros:
-Extremely compact for a laser printer
-Crazy cheap for a laser printer
-No fussy injket nodules to clean or worry about
-Silent when on, and not actually printing  icon_smile
-Replacement cartridges are combined drum/toner, and as easy to replace as a toner cartridge in, say, an HP inkjet model. They're not cheap at $64, but hell I was spending a fortune on PIXMA ink cartridges the last 7-8 years. I hate to even think how much I spent.
-Prints lightning fast (19 ppm, 1st page in just a few seconds)
-Boots up super fast
-Super easy set up (at least for me, on desktop PC in Windows 8.1 via disc)
-While I don't have much use for b/w photos/graphics, the printer does print those with aplomb if needed.
-It has a hinged top smoked-transparent lid you can flip back down when not in operation; useful for keeping cat hair, paper clips and other sundries from seeping in.  icon_smile

Cons:
-Obviously not for those who need fax/scanner/photo printing. I felt like in the end I don't need those features now. I regularly use apps to order photo books of my iPhone pix to give as gifts or keep as mementos.
-Like any laser printer, more racket in actual printing operation than an inkjet; yet it's so lightning fast, I hardly notice.
-While it has a 125-page sheet tray, it lacks the paper capacity of larger office laser printers. For occasional home use, it's not really a con per se.
-Hey it's $80-$150, so while it's attractive, it's clearly not built like a tank.  icon_smile
-Install drivers are on disc so if you're installing for a laptop, have to download the drivers/manuals. I've read about some issues when setting up for a laptop.

btw, if anyone can use Cannon #40 or #41 PIXMA inkjet cartridges, I'll gladly mail you mine. Unfortunately I bought a couple cartridges a while back because I was sick of having to constantly go back to stores to buy more.  Roll Eyes

I'll probably dump the brick PIXMA at an electronics recycling center in March or April.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: February 04, 2016, 02:20:25 AM
I missed this animated trailer and voiceover announcement Jan. 29th. Exciting if you dig that stuff -- if not, you'll grumble why they threw Early Access sales money at something so darn frivolous.  *Fist Shaking* smirk

Grim Dawn gets Animated Trailer and VO!
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31989
Quote from: Crate dev Sandcaster
We're very pleased to say that Grim Dawn will be receiving an animated story intro trailer and VO. This was made possible by successful Early Access sales over the past year. The trailer will set up the start of the game, showing the capture of the Aetherial-possessed human who, freed from the spirit, becomes the player character. It will be comprised of still images brought to life with video editing, FX and some animation.

We're also adding voiceover to the main game - it will cover main quest lines for primary NPCs and some intro lines for others.

Top people are currently racing to get this all ready for Grim Dawn’s impending Q1 release!
I've always through the various NPC dialogue could benefit from voiceover -- if not fully, then at least the first sentence or two as some mmorpgs do it. I was hesitant so suggest it since it generally boils down to, "well, sure, but do you want us to spend would-be development money on stuff like that?" I guess they dug under the cushions and found sufficient pocket change.  icon_smile
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 03, 2016, 10:43:09 PM
Interesting review at a UK site called Daily Dot (really detailed, if one considers that spoiler-y then avoid):
http://www.dailydot.com/geek/xcom-2-review/
These details caught my eye...
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XCOM 2 doubles-down on the difficulty of the tactical and strategic halves of the game, and the increased risk may help players form even stronger relationships with their soldiers than in Enemy Unknown. I took the time to write an epitaph for Cpt. Williams that no one but me would ever read—that’s when I knew just how good this game is.
...
Rather than losing all this work when and if your soldiers are killed, you can save them to your Character Pool. Characters in the pool will show up as recruits in your future games of XCOM 2. You will be able to import other players’ characters pools and share your character pool with the XCOM 2 community.

You can even create soldiers off the main menu, rather than having to first jump into the game, and then save those characters to the pool. I had a dozen soldiers designed before I even played my first mission.
Think I'd heard this character pool feature mentioned, but didn't understand it to this point.

I think it'd be cool if they could spin off this "main menu solder creation tool" separately. Then people who are on the fence about the game could act least tinker with creating soldiers and create a character pool without even having the game yet.  icon_smile
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 03, 2016, 07:13:18 PM

Quote from: Turtle on February 01, 2016, 06:50:25 PM

So how many of you guys are playing with those Day 1 mods from Long War Studios?
Hmmm, Turtle, I might re-purpose your question as a forum poll here. Let me see if I can figure out how to list the answers -- i.e., can we let users choose multiple answers or just one?. I haven't set up a poll in a while.  icon_smile

That's per the 3 mods detailed at Firaxis' XCOM2 blog:
https://xcom.com/news/en-long-war-studios-preparing-three-xcom-2-mods-for-launch

Part of me thinks I should play the campaign "vanilla" first, he said optimistically. For the record, I never completed vanilla XCOM:EU successfully at all. I think finally when the full expansion was in place, and I invested heavily in the mech suit stuff, I finally did complete it albeit with a ludicrous amount of game save reloading.  icon_smile

Other part thinks I should at least install the SMG mods for more weapon choices/flexibility and maybe the Leader mod. You can only bring one Leader on a mission, and I think that'd be fun without warping the dev's campaign per se.

I already know I won't be very good at this, so I'm not sure installing a Muton mod to add even more of a butt-kicker Muton to the mix is an additional nightmare I really need.  icon_smile
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 03, 2016, 06:45:00 PM
Wonder when XCOM 2 unlocks for play Friday? 12:01 a.m. EST in the U.S.  icon_biggrin

Find out when #XCOM2 is unlocking in your region with this release schedule.
https://twitter.com/FiraxisGames/status/694953924994981889
*Already saw one Tweet concerned the Steam "countdown timer" is not in synch with the graphic's US/Americas time on the graphic. Maybe Firaxis will check on that.

I guess West Coast USAers will actually get to play at a reasonable hour Thursday night (9:01 p.m.)

They also posted that preloading availability started on Steam today. I'm stuck at work and checking the Steam web site.  icon_smile
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Helldivers: "Come on you apes! You wanna live forever?" on: February 03, 2016, 06:30:55 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on February 03, 2016, 01:43:00 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 03, 2016, 12:51:59 AM

SALE, on Steam -- PC Helldivers and all DLC packs (including the mega reinforcment DLC bundle and digital deluxe are on sale)

I'll post in the proper Deals forum here but thought I'd mention this. Base game is now $13.99 (from $19.99) and Digital Deluxe with all DLC is now $27.99 instead of $39.99.

Price right now is a great deal IMO
Humble Bundle is offering the same discounted prices for the base game and Digital Deluxe, fwiw.

I'm not sure how to read all this on Sony's part. Arrowhead has reiterated over and over it has no say in sales, discounts, 4-packs or anything, on any platform. So I don't know if Sony's doing discounting to keep the game in the public eye, or as a "last hurrah" etc.

Arrowhead's blog indicated it's closer to announcing its Secret Game project that its Gauntlet and Helldivers dev teams together are working on. It's supposedly not related to anything it's previously done. While their bread and butter mostly seems $20 top down/isometric type titles (Helldivers, Gauntlet, first Magicka), I couldn't blame them if they wanted to move up into bigger budget titles.

I'm debating gifting this ($13.99 base game) to some Steam pals who've had it on wish list for months. I have found the Steam refund policy applies to gifts too, so I feel like the only real risk is I'll gift it to someone who won't bother to ever play it (and thus the refund policy would run out due to the passage of time  icon_razz) While I think most folks love the game, a few never quite grasp the controls, and I've had a couple pals who played it a bit and liked it but understandably game-graze and moved on quickly to other things.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 03, 2016, 05:12:07 AM
Ars Technica has an enthusiastic but far more critical review I found interesting to read (you may find it too detailed if spoiler-concerned so keep that in mind).

XCOM 2 review: Best-in-class tactical battles with a new sense of style
Sequel greatly improves on character and setting without ruining the gameplay.
https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/helldivers_deluxe_storefront
*I think basically his complaint is the late-game seems...
Spoiler for Hiden:
designed to force you to reload savegames frequently (which of course you can't do in Iron Man mode) because powerful new units you haven't encountered before are strong enough to wipe out your whole squad before you even get a chance to learn how to counter 'em.
60  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 03, 2016, 12:54:41 AM
Helldivers sale (base game, Digital Deluxe, mega-DLC bundle and all individual DLC packs):
Offer ends Friday, Feb. 5


http://store.steampowered.com/app/394510/
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Helldivers $13.99 (30% off from $19.99)
 
HELLDIVERS™ Digital Deluxe Edition $27.99 (30% off from $39.99)
Includes 15 items: HELLDIVERS™, HELLDIVERS™ - Commando Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Defenders Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Demolitionist Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Entrenched Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Hazard Ops Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Pilot Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Pistols Perk Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Precision Expert Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Ranger Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Specialist Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Support Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Terrain Specialist Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Vehicles Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Weapons Pack
 
HELLDIVERS™ Reinforcements Mega Bundle $12.49 (30% off from $24.99)
Includes 14 items: HELLDIVERS™ - Commando Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Defenders Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Demolitionist Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Entrenched Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Hazard Ops Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Pilot Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Pistols Perk Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Precision Expert Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Ranger Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Specialist Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Support Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Terrain Specialist Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Vehicles Pack, HELLDIVERS™ - Weapons Pack
93% positive reviews out of 3,232 reviews

I'll pretty this up later in keeping with others' format here, still at work.  icon_smile
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Helldivers: "Come on you apes! You wanna live forever?" on: February 03, 2016, 12:51:59 AM
SALE, on Steam -- PC Helldivers and all DLC packs (including the mega reinforcment DLC bundle and digital deluxe are on sale)

I'll post in the proper Deals forum here but thought I'd mention this. Base game is now $13.99 (from $19.99) and Digital Deluxe with all DLC is now $27.99 instead of $39.99.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 02, 2016, 01:52:09 AM
Thanks for the morale support.  icon_smile Just preordered Digital Deluxe on Steam. For a change, someone releases a game on a Friday! So many games release on my weekly work production day (Tuesday). Can't wait.  icon_cool

Watching latest videos. The customizing options are crazy detailed. I'm pretty sure I'm renaming at least one weapon "Boom Stick."  smirk
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 01, 2016, 07:00:50 PM
I'm an XCOM wimp and won't be playing with mods or Impossible/Iron Man mode or whatever. I tend to shamelessly save and restore from savegames often. It's of course unfair/not realistic, but half the fun for me with this genre is simply trying different strategies in certain situations and then reloading to try something else, after the inevitable facepalm.  smirk

If I get overly frustrated I tend too often to rage quit and the like. So perhaps I'll play on Easy mode but see if I can resist restoring savegames in combat.  icon_smile I do look forward to hearing how the hard core set enjoys tough difficulties and the mod stuff.

I do plan to pre-order, maybe tonight. I am debating the DLC pack stuff cause I'm not sure in my mind if it's stuff I'll need. Even if the $5 discount makes it appealing. Probably I'll give in because if I'm not going to support games like this and say, Helldivers, then what am I going to support?  icon_smile
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: February 01, 2016, 06:08:36 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 01, 2016, 12:32:33 AM

This impressions article from Ars Technica kind of puts a damper on my enthusiasm after all the other impressions I've read/heard.  

I have been worried that the real world setting of the game kind of eliminates a lot of variety in enemies, bosses, environment, abilities and weapons whereas something like Destiny can obviously create things of all shapes, sizes and function as needed.
Actually, if you skim the forums (official or on Steam), it's nothing but people complaining that the beta is the biggest cluster***** of all time. But that's the Internet.  icon_smile If I put a lot of stock in that, I'd request my Steam refund now. I figured the folks enjoying it a bit are too busy to engage in that. I'll be glass half full guy even if it's making me motion sick.  icon_smile

To me it's hard to make any specific judgement on something so limited in scope (L4-8), with talents, perks and full base building locked off. I mean, it seems pretty clear the Void is not working as advertised, and players are not really Self Policing it as designed. From what I read, goal seems to be turn everyone in that zone into a greedy mass murderer. OK I guess most shooters do that. icon_smile I still don't get the idea of a "built from the ground up for co-op" game that's essentially putting its loot basket into PVP.

I really dig the Encounters (missions) in NY but they're often very scattered and you're essentially hoofing long distances with often very little to do at all. And I just don't know if that's "because it's limited beta" or if the whole game will be like that.

My Dutch pal who's spent a lot of time in the Void zone said it's mostly every player who comes up to him tries to shoot him in the face and all he does is chase "Rogue" players every minute. It's enough for him, and he's bought the game based on overall positive experience this weekend.

I guess I understand saving certain features to unveil at release, but if the point of the beta is to really get specific feedback, there's a ton of features we can't even access yet. I don't know if later beta weekends will add some of that or they're just going to rely on internal testing for the rest.

But hey I bought it. So motion sickness or no, I want to see what we have in early March and will decide then if it's worth hanging onto.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 01, 2016, 02:38:45 PM
Early review from Rock, Paper, Shotgun (based on pre-release code):

Wot I Think: XCOM 2
https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2016/02/01/xcom2-review/
While he bills it as spoiler-free as possible, a few cherry-picked snippets in case you'd rather not read it.
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While this is a game to be chewed over and replayed time and time again (I’ve finished the campaign once and started it more than a dozen times), the first playthrough is a wonderful thing. In this post-invasion, and indeed post-occupation, storyline, you might think that the term “Enemy Unknown” no longer applies, but whether you’re facing adaptations of old foes or encountering fresh horrors, XCOM 2 has the ability to surprise and shock at almost every turn of its hefty plot.

Part of the weight of that plot comes from the characters – the pre-built characters, who some might see as an unnecessary distraction from their own, hand-crafted soldiers. There’s much more dialogue between the folks back at base than in Enemy Unknown. Whether it’s your new head of engineering expressing discomfort at the apparent lack of ethical concern in the dark of the laboratories or the melacholy reflections of your constant companion, Central Officer Bradford.
...
The maps that you fight across are gorgeous and even though they’re built from a set of tiles that become recognisable before too long, the randomisation makes every mission feel unique. Varied tilesets for different regions of the world are right at the top of my wishlist for any expansion or ubermod. As things stand, they vary by type of location rather than geographical location, so slums are different to city centres and wilderness areas.
...
It’s testament to how much I love this game that I’ve done little else but play it for the last few days and all I want to do is start again.
...
XCOM 2 is an improvement on its predecessor in every way and the vast majority of those improvements have been applied so intelligently that they risk making Enemy Unknown obsolete. That game was a smart remake of a classic. XCOM 2 is a classic in its own right and as good a sequel as I can remember.
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 31, 2016, 04:51:30 PM
Obviously I'm a motion sickness weirdo. While 99% of FPSs make me ill, I can play Killing Floor 2 for hours and hours with no problems.

And 3rd person shouldn't be a problem -- I could play DICE's Star Wars Battlefront for hours and hours with no motion sickness issues.

But dangit, something about The Division -- like some rare 3rd person instances like Just Cause 2 and Spec Ops: The Line -- disagrees with me. I had some fun Friday night but had real problems playing it Saturday, and actually I still don't feel good today. puke Gets exacerbated during tight interior mission stuff. Doesn't have any FOV setting that I can see.

My plan's to try it at launch and then request a refund if it's still having this effect on me (haven't heard anything about an FOV setting getting added or improvised; I've seen it asked about just a tiny bit at forums). It sucks to be me when it comes to 1st or 3rd person games.  icon_redface frown Oh well, XCOM 2's next Friday and I don't anticipate weird motion sickness issues from THAT, knock on wood.  icon_smile

67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 30, 2016, 03:07:10 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 30, 2016, 02:59:59 PM

On a few interviews, the developers claimed the game can be played in its entirety single player- you would just need to do more multi-tasking and also less "run-and-gun".  Has anyone playing the beta been able to confirm this?
I haven't tried the Dark Zone but all Encounters (fancy word for "missions in the city" I say) and the one base mission available to me have been do-able solo. The game checkpoint saves before instanced climactic battles. Other than some goofing with a Dutch Steam pal yesterday I haven't played with anybody. My understanding is the Encounters and such scale to groups but since I haven't been in any to speak of, can't, well, speak to it.

In a Street Encounter where a body armored type bum-rushed me, I was given three respawn points in the city, with the distance-away listed.

This does beg the "well why does it have to be an online game then" question, but I think we've been asking that for maybe 10 years now.  icon_smile
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 30, 2016, 02:27:21 PM
This screenshot batch proclaimed BORING MENUS (some PC-specific): icon_smile

Keyboard Mapping screen 1 (have to scroll, it's a long list)


Keyboard Mapping 2


Mouse and Gamepad settings menu


Mouse settings menu continued. "Parkour" setting doesn't let you climb walls per se; it seems to let you more seamlessly clamber up objects, benches, cars etc. I read the drop down description but haven't tried. I enabled diving with double-tap on movement key, not sure I use it really that much. I think if you disable movement removing you from cover, then you need to hit spacebar (or cover button gamepad) to "unsticky" yourself from cover.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 30, 2016, 02:17:41 PM
Gonna post a screenshot burst. If folks prefer I set up a separate thread for them, just let me know. Usually when I've done that in past, the thread ends up on page 93 in a week.  icon_smile Then again, these will be buried in a day, so I guess that's fine.  icon_smile

Gonna be shallow first and share some eye candy from PC version.  icon_smile

Opening menu once you've created a character. Keep in mind this weekend beta is EXTREMELY limited. Everyone starts at L4 instead of L1 as devs didn't want to spoil the storyline beginning.


Very crisp shadows, I noticed in sunnier climate times...


Impressive snow/fog weather FX. I believe you can disable "wind-blown snow" if your video card gags on it; but it's really something to see...


Gas grenades cause a blurring effect, think you can remove via status effect-removal items...


Happy after finally finishing off a sort of Boss enemy (body armor and heavy MG) on this rooftop. I was impressed with the AI's deviousness -- or perhaps I just suck, but it took several respawns to figure a way to take him out.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 29, 2016, 10:33:53 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 29, 2016, 06:46:53 PM

Glad to hear people are enjoying the beta.  I had kind of written this off as another also-ran before it had even come out.  I do wish there was a way to try it for myself without preordering.
If you're curious about the basics and also the PC-specific controls, Ubi is pointing to a PDF manual it made available:
http://static2.cdn.ubi.com/ncsa/TCTD/beta/guide/PC-EN.pdf

And... hi!  icon_smile
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 29, 2016, 07:54:42 PM
While the beta has a nice "how to play" video you view at start-up, I still had a few "what?" moments. This IGN informal wiki helps a bit...

The Division wiki - beta tips
http://www.ign.com/wikis/the-division/Beta_Tips
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 29, 2016, 07:38:51 PM
PS4 pre-orders overflowed apparently, internationally. Yeah, THAT'S going to go down well with pre-order players.  Roll Eyes I'm just being cynical. Maybe they're just cutting the international beta player spigot off from this point on.

http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/1377633-Beta-Access-for-PSN-Pre-orders
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Hi everyone,

We'd like to make you aware of this statement regarding Closed Beta Access for PSN Pre-orders:

"We are seeing an unprecedented level of interest in The Division closed beta and we want to warmly thank our fans for their enthusiasm and passion.
We’ve already reached the capacity of players needed to test the game and online infrastructure during the beta and to prepare for the launch of the game (on PS4) on March 8.
As a result, at this time we’re closing access to the closed beta through the PSN pre-order system.

(they put the long list of countries in spoiler codes, like so):
Spoiler for Hiden:
Australia
Austria
Bahrain
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Kuwait
Lebanon
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Oman
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russian Federation
Saudi Arabia
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 29, 2016, 04:33:06 PM
Got in, played a couple early missions with a Dutch Steam bud. Only had a half hour or so free, hope to try more today. Enjoyed what we played, and we found the interface/UI quite snazzy.

Does maybe get a bit overwhelming inside your base. I just felt a bit overwhelmed by icons and various colored pathway graphics. I'm sure that all becomes second nature with time.

Combat was crisp. The early AI enemies are understandably basic but gradually we encountered more interesting types.

Encountered lots of AI civilians, fairly chatty, lot of voice acting in the game. I gave a medkit to heal one ailing civvy, and you get decent XP for doing that.

A few PC version observations (note that all keys are configurable; just mentioning defaults):
  • Judging from beta, Steam is simply a "payment middle-man" for this game; so you technically activate the game within the UPlay client (pasting in the product code# from Steam), and then you start the game from UPlay. So the game's only going to see your UPlay friends list people, I think. It does seem like product updates/patching do take place within Steam though. So, just seems like a weird way to handle things. icon_neutral I guess they want to have their own service (UPlay) w/o missing out on sales they would get through Steam.

  • Spacebar to take cover. A/D keys to "mantle" left-right behind cover.
  • As with consoles, firing from cover w/o aiming is "blind fire."
  • Cntrl key to climb over objects/environment -- short walls, benches, cars, all sorts of stuff.
  • E key to active an equipped item
  • 1-3 keys for your two primary and one secondary (pistol) weapon
  • M for map
  • I for inventory, and the various other menu options, and settings
  • For the six emotes, you can assign them to direct-keys; so I assigned them to Numpad 1-6.
  • MMO-style text chat window in lower left corner w/ multiple channel filters. I think if you click the Filters button below it, then your mouse cursor is available to click on which channel to use.
  • PC version also has integrated voice chat, and I heard my Dutch pal quite clearly.  icon_smile
I'll try to share some screenshots tonight.
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 29, 2016, 02:21:48 PM
Steam PC beta JUST Started finally unpacking now (9:20 a.m.) and people are starting to join in at last.  icon_cool I won't have much time to try it this morning.
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 29, 2016, 01:07:03 PM
PC Beta on Steam isn't unlocking for just about anyone. Ubi's getting roasted in forums and Twitter about it. Apparently unlocked fine for people who purchased from Ubi's online store. I was hoping to try this morning but guess it ain't happening.  disgust

Nothing Update:
http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/1378501-Steam-Beta-access?p=11320622#post11320622
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We've noticed on the forums that some Steam players are unable to access the beta for Tom Clancy’s The Division. We are actively reaching out to Steam to resolve the issue and will keep you updated as we know more. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Probably doesn't help that it's 4-5 a.m. in Washington state, I doubt Steam has any tech on duty at this hour to help resolve this.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 28, 2016, 07:43:40 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 28, 2016, 06:35:22 PM

I grabbed that humble bundle earlier this month for beta access.  Went through the sign up, still have not received it.  "You have been confirmed for the waitlist".  

I do not have beta access listed on the ubi site.   It's annoying, but by the time I get this cleared up, (big if), I will be lucky to get any time to play.  
Hmmm, on PC games, does Humble Bundle essentially sell a Steam key that you redeem? If so, then once they sent you that and you redeemed it on Steam, then the game (just a listing in your Steam client) and beta (with button saying "pre-load") would set up automatically, no code required.

If they're instead selling you an Ubi store game or something like that, then I think then Humble Bundle should email you a code to enter for PC beta access (per what they were promising).

The pre-order FAQ doesn't quite address the Humble Bundle situation:
http://tomclancy-thedivision.ubi.com/game/en-US/beta-support/index.aspx
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I pre-ordered Tom Clancy’s The Division! Where do I locate my beta code?
Depending on the retailer, your code could be printed on the retail receipt, provided to you on a printed card, or sent to you via email. If you did not receive or cannot locate your beta code, please contact your retailer. Pre-purchases made via Xbox Store, PlayStation®Store, or Steam will not require a code. In these cases, access to the beta is automatically granted!

I pre-ordered the game, but I was already registered on the waiting list! What should I do to guarantee beta access?
Return to thedivisiongame.com/beta and enter the beta code you were provided with by the retailer. You will automatically be upgraded from the waiting list and have guaranteed access.

My retailer gave me a beta code when I pre-ordered! What do I do with it?
When you pre-order, you’ll receive an access code from your retailer. It will look something like: xxxxxxxxxxxx

Please visit thedivisiongame.com/beta and follow the instructions on the page to redeem this code. You will receive further instructions by email shortly before the start of the beta!
The "wait list" is just signing up on the web site in hopes of an invite, which doesn't sound like something Humble Bundle should be doing per se.

If you already know all this, just trying to help.  icon_smile
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 28, 2016, 07:21:23 PM
Saw this Reddit page highlighted as listing the specific Beta start times. So instead of me staying up late tonight, I'll try to get a good night's sleep and put in a little early morning time (7 a.m. EST start Friday on PC and PS4):

https://www.reddit.com/r/thedivision/comments/3vdu5m/beta_faq_and_updates/
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Dates
Beta start/end:

XBox:
January 28th
Start Times: Xbox One: Thursday 10am CET | 4am EST | 1am PST

PS4, PC
January: 29th
Start Times: Friday 1pm CET | 7am EST | 4am PST

End: January 31th [no specific time mentioned]
And it officially confirms no NDA on the closed beta.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 28, 2016, 07:03:52 PM
This Known Closed Beta Issues forum post might be worth keeping an eye on (lists both PC and console known issues):

The Division Closed Beta known issues
http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/1376786-Closed-Beta-Known-Issues
*Interesting - notes a feature called "proximity voice chat" for all platforms in Dark Zone, currently limited to 8 players. I guess that means when you near other players -- even if not grouped with them -- in that zone, you can voice chat with them up to a certain point.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 28, 2016, 06:57:17 PM
Sorry, Caine  icon_frown, rooting for you.  icon_smile

Dev's Twitch broadcasting of XBox One beta today is here:
http://www.twitch.tv/thedivisiongame

Checked Twitter for announcements, they posted some preliminary details on post-launch stuff:

Launch is Just the Beginning blah blah
http://tomclancy-thedivision.ubi.com/game/en-GB/news/detail.aspx?c=tcm:154-236580-16&ct=tcm:148-76770-32&ncid=1628-3502-5748--2-odsocmed-16-22-TCTDPostLaunchReveal--1-1-8-0116

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REGULAR UPDATES
The development team is working on a complete post-launch plan to keep the experience fresh for the months to come, including several free updates, new features and functionality.
 
The free updates to be released for all players will add new game modes such as challenging group-oriented operations to test players’ abilities in co-op mode and win unique rewards.

DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT
We are also planning 3 paid expansions that will be released over the course of the year. Each expansion builds on The Division, continuing your agent’s journey and progress with new content, gear and gameplay as you fight to take back New York:

Expansion I: Underground
This first major expansion opens up a new area to players as they explore the uncharted underworld of New York City with up to 3 friends for intense co-op action.

Expansion II: Survival
In this expansion, players will have to survive as long as possible in a very hostile environment that will challenge even the most talented agents.

Expansion III: Last Stand
Stay tuned for more information.

SEASON PASS

These 3 paid expansions are included in the Season Pass, along with exclusive content.

Here is a full overview of the Season Pass content:

The Division Expansion I: Underground
The Division Expansion II: Survival
The Division Expansion III: Last Stand
Exclusive Sawed-off Shotgun, a unique sidearm customized for short-range destruction.
Full set of exclusive outfits and weapon skins
Special monthly benefits including exclusive content drops and special events.

The Season Pass is included in the Gold Edition and Sleeper Agent Edition of the game, and will also be available for stand-alone purchase when the game releases, on March 8th, 2016.
I didn't have it in me to be lathered up about Season Pass yet. Want to see if I can run the game, enjoy the game basically etc.  At least on paper, it sounds promising enough.

Personally, I'd rather they stick with cosmetics or maybe "temporary buffs" as carrots for buying stuff rather than Exclusive weapons, but they didn't ask me.  icon_razz
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: January 28, 2016, 06:28:15 PM
I put a lot of hours into this in recent days and developed a new basic Soldier (no hybrid to L40 last night). The Act 4 zones are fun enough, I'd say, and some of the environments (I'm purposely being vague) finally do break out of the Neverending Brown-ness of earlier Act areas.

I really dig the Devotion system even if it's a bit confusing to read through the Constellations. When you notice your character is low on certain resistances it's especially useful as a means to add some passive resistances to fill in the gaps, so to speak.

The Devotion passive skills are assigned to your existing available skills and then trigger off them under certain conditions. I love the spinning hammers one, and find that most consistently useful for my sword/shield type. Turtle (which triggers a protective yellow force shield around your character for a period of time when health drops to 30% or less) is useful if you like to wade in.

Loot-wise, I would say the game still seems to want to bury me with goodies better used by other character class types. Maybe that's by design to use your stash more often.

I was using the same shield for "10s of levels," but finally found a better one with a cool raging lion face (or something) on it.
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