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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: March 02, 2017, 02:03:19 PM
This purports to be the initial Season Pass stuff:
https://www.reddit.com/r/GhostRecon/comments/5x2do1/season_pass_contents/
-Narco Road: blather about participating in "gang races" and infiltrating from the inside. We're puzzled (at the reddit thread) on how this works in co-op.

-Fallen Ghosts: trapped in a hostile environment and hunted by a deadly spec ops team (not clear if it's a Bolivian spec ops time or a US one. or what the scale is)
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: March 02, 2017, 04:56:41 AM
For those curious about the Calavera "gold" collector's edition stuff (printed map, gold color headset/mic, postcards etc.):
https://www.reddit.com/r/GhostRecon/comments/5wy25o/just_got_my_calavera_collectors_case/?ref=share&ref_source=link
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Middle Earth: Shadow of War on: March 01, 2017, 10:11:40 PM
Thanx for explaining, guys. I think the recent Gears of Waters remaster was Windows-10 only period, so I wondered if that might gradually become the norm. I'm content with Windows 8.1 and a simple Windows 7 style start menu utility. For now anyway.

I noticed this is a 60GB install for PC. Hopefully I'll have added an additional hard drive by then. 2TB isn't what it used to be in roominess.  icon_neutral
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: March 01, 2017, 08:35:23 PM
Any new info is scarce but I gleaned these nuggets off GR Twitter feed, which may just be old info or "duh" info:

https://twitter.com/GhostRecon/status/837032192324866048
-3 separate game saves (all platforms afik) -- I read this as "character slots." Folks asked cause they might have one "solo" build and one dedicated to playing co-op with friends.

https://twitter.com/GhostRecon/status/837033822671810561
-The launch release is a totally different build, so it's best to uninstall the open beta. I read it as you won't be able to update the open beta to full release, as was the case with closed beta>open beta. Maybe "duh," but clearly some folks were asking about it to be sure.
45  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: UPlay friends list - post em if you got em! on: March 01, 2017, 07:19:51 AM
Engy, if you click the 'friends' icon up top in uPlay interface, then click "+Add Friends," the resulting pop-up window has a blue "Import Friends from Steam" button. I'm not certain what it does; I assumed it would add Steam friends IF they're on uPlay too, duno for sure.

As far as account linking goes, I thought that was more a function used so that if if you bought a game via Steam but play it actually through uPlay (a la The Division), then uPlay automatically would launch when starting the game from Steam. If that's not too confusing.  icon_smile And of course I could be wrong. The whole "buy a game on one service to play it on a different service" makes my head spin.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Middle Earth: Shadow of War on: March 01, 2017, 07:15:10 AM
Anyone know if this is a "Windows 10-only" title? One listing suggested that, another said PC version is "for Steam and Windows 10," as if those are different things (and it doesn't mean Steam machines)? Color me confused.  confused
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 27, 2017, 08:48:52 PM
I got confused -- I assumed AMC would take the week off for TWD, given the Oscars broadcast on ABC. So i thought it was a repeat.

Also, I swear the Walking Dead credits I saw when I peeked briefly after 9 p.m. said "Steven Yeun" among the cast credits, who of course isn't on the show anymore. Did he show up in a flash back or something?

Hopefully I can catch up next Sunday, they usually show the prior wee's ep just before the new one.
48  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: UPlay friends list - post em if you got em! on: February 27, 2017, 08:09:46 PM
Am also:
blackjackGT

on uPlay.

uPlay offers an option to import your Steam friends list (I guess it knows which are also on uPlay or something?), but it seems to require making your Steam profile 'public,' which not everybody wants to do.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: February 27, 2017, 07:12:16 PM
Turtle's helpful (thanks!  icon_smile) explanation of the new co-op sounds promising to me.  icon_cool Definitely I remember my co-op groups generally trying to squat in one place.

Some maps in, say, Killing Floor 2 are like that, but I have had more fun in that game on the maps where you feel like you can't just camp in one spot forever. I think having maybe some rudimentary objectives that you have to move to, and activate/defuse, would be a way to get out of the "stay in one place and not move" syndrome.

I agree about the "go to the well too often" concerns. Like "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" syndrome. Or I loved Skyfall but really didn't much care for the followup bond film even though it retained the same director and creative team. Sometimes it's best to just say "when" or take a break for a while, in games, movies, books or what not. Guess my MEA hope is that they've shaken up the game (game engine, gameplay mechanics, added jump pack etc.) enough to bring a bit more of a fresh experience and not just more of, exactly the same thing.

I'm also a bit concerned about growing astronomical PC hard drive install foodprints. I like to record gameplay movies to share, which often consumes a lot of space, and I've got a lot of games across multiple stores now (Steam, Origin, uPlay, and some tiny games on GoG). ATM, including the Ghost Recon Wildlands open beta installed, I have maybe 80-90GB free now usually. And this is after uninstalling many games on Steam, Origin and uPlay to try to allow some breathing room.

I think probably I'll try to add a 2TB or 4TB drive later this year as the 2TB I thought I'd never outgrow... well that was just naive.  retard
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 27, 2017, 04:52:33 PM
I might share a video of Sepiche, me and a couple others finally resolving this radio station objective. I even got to revive another player for a change. It's some of the enemy placement inside the building is insidious, and on my initial takes I confused a needed console objective with routine resource call-ins. It was way easier with other players; when solo, I struggled with it.

Probably on that 2nd province mish, I should try approaching from perhaps the east side. On the west side, I didn't see any way to reach the lieutenant as he was inside a 'no window' 2nd level of a building. Maybe if I had the heat vision, I guess I'm a little unclear on bullet penetration in the game.

After several hours playing it late Friday, I couldn't really get much more time in over the weekend. Think I got enough time in to feel I'll generally enjoy it  icon_smile Also, after piloting the motor boat on the east side river, that may be the most fun I've had driving anything in the game to this point.  I remain hopeless with aircraft (perhaps I'll have to plug my controller in when I need that), and still find helicopter piloting a struggle, but one I can manage just barely enough to get from point A to point B.

We'll have to see, as far as what long term legs it has. If it randomized/procedurally generated environments, missions and objectives, I think it'd have more long-term replayability, but maybe that's a bit much to ask for an open world 3rd person shooter.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 26, 2017, 02:40:55 PM
So after reading up on that difficulty blog post (http://ghost-recon.ubisoft.com/wildlands/en-GB/news/detail.aspx?c=tcm:154-284553-16&ct=tcm:154-76770-32), the open beta's second province is a high-end difficulty one. And so we get the bilge of points/resources at end of first province to let us beef up for it. In the full game, guess it's unlikely we'd want to jump right into that.

One tough 2nd province mish I couldn't quite pull off was a heavily armed base with 3 specific lieutenants you need to take out. The cartel has several alarms which can be shut down if you can shoot the power supply (in one case I just couldn't figure out where the supply was). The base also jams your Drone so the drone imagery is choppy and unclear, and it's more difficult to point out targets with it. The lieutenants were inside buildings so sniping them wasn't really an option.

Also found if an alarm triggered, multiple heavily armed helicopter gunships came roaming in. The LMG's handy for these.  icon_cool
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 26, 2017, 05:46:01 AM
Some pix... had some fun 2- (with Amish Warlord) and 4-player (w/ Sepiche again and his pals) Friday night. I did get to sample the 2nd province briefly. Not really gotten far enough to judge how much tougher it is, but the reinforcement swarms were pretty nasty.

Clearly I'll be investing in this passive though the amount of resources necessary to keep upgrading it is pretty steep.


Weapon paint customizing (whether the many presets, or more a custom job yourself) is neat and I started using it more.


My 2nd attempt to fly a key aircraft in the NE part of the first province just kludged into this stupid jersey well. Couldn't move the plane out of it, and when I exited it, I couldn't get back in it. I blew it up, but doesn't appear to respawn in a given game session.  retard
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: February 24, 2017, 06:45:21 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 24, 2017, 04:25:21 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 23, 2017, 01:10:25 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 23, 2017, 02:40:31 AM

I'm playing this on PC, BJ.  I'll send you a friend request if I don't already have you on Uplay.

Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
K I'm in the game now, just fiddling about for a while this morning.  icon_smile
BJ, my uplay name is Kasei-Vallis, fwiw.  Sent ya another friend request as you must have hit ignore due to the name change.
OK thanks, sorry. That nickname sounds like a bad guy in a Taken sequel, so it scared me off.  icon_smile

"Kasei-Vallis, you don't know me, but I have a particular set of skills.... a set of skills good at getting people like me killed in Ghost Recon Wildlands..."  ninja2

While I think I like the game, it's a bit disappointing to read that the other provinces apparently aren't anticipated to have any 'fresh' objectives behind what we've already seen in the two provinces so far. I mean, if the provinces sort of randomly spawned objectives each playthrough (gives me a chance for a Helldivers comparison even if they're different categories) so we at least have a fresh experience when we login, then I don't mind a fairly limited pool of objectives.

From checking some threads pertaining to AI, I think what people want is more of a "seek and find AI" when you shoot someone or stealth breaks. Rather than every AI in range makes a beeline to the player(s). It's almost more like folks want more of a Commandos-style AI; hear something or see something suspicious, mosey over cautiosly to see what's happening; but only if the AI is within reasonable range to do that. I did encounter some of that yesterday. I'd snipe someone, one enemy AI comes over to check, makes a slow beeline right towards me -- like he was a fish I caught that I was reeling in to me.

I think that's what bothers lot of players -- that he shouldn't just immediately know the shot came from me in the bushes on a hill and zip right towards it.

Now if it was more the AI guy motioned to his buddies and said to the effect, "Fan out! Find the shooter(s)!" and then they like spread out and moved in various directions looking for me. Think maybe that's more what players seemed to want (again just judging from some forum posts).
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 24, 2017, 02:51:34 PM
I've not visited the second province yet; maybe tonight. I've assumed the first is essentially a massive tutorial. Closed and open beta players will be sick of it by launch day.  icon_smile

Official site just added an entry about the difficulty settings, and the impact they have:

Difficulty and HUD: a challenge adapted to your tastes
http://ghost-recon.ubisoft.com/wildlands/en-GB/news/detail.aspx?c=tcm:154-284553-16&ct=tcm:154-76770-32
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From the get-go, Ghost Recon Wildlands will allow you to choose the level of difficulty between four possible ones: Arcade, Regular, Advanced, and Extreme. Difficulty levels can be changed at any time from the game options menu, so if you feel that your game is not challenging enough or you find it too difficult, you can adapt the challenge to your needs in a few seconds.

As the level of difficulty increases, the reaction of the enemies will be more unforgiving: they will detect you faster, have better accuracy and their bullets will be far more lethal. In addition, nearby explosions like grenades or exploding vehicles will hurt you more, and your health regeneration will take much more time to restore your character. If you play at the maximum difficulty level, even a single well-placed shot could end with your Ghost, the markers pointing the enemy presence will disappear from the minimap, and it will also affect the number of times your teammates can heal you and bring you back into battle.

If you are one of the braves who choose to play in this mode, you will need a solid strategy before engaging in combat or your team will bite the dust quickly.
I find most of my deaths result from poor situation awareness on my part, not understanding exactly where enemies are shooting me from (even with the indicators on).

Not that they're remotely similar game genres, but I'm spoiled by Helldivers (top-down) and Killing Floor 2 (regardless of map design I already generally know where zed are coming from at me). The few times I accomplished anything in my 3-person Wildlands group last night, I just -- after we'd blown cover/stealth -- just went nuts with an LMG or AR. And that felt fun to me.

I guess in the end I don't really find snipe-snipe-snipe, run in and click everything and move on all that much satisfying/fun in games though so many shooters focus on that. It's no doubt effective. I'd rather get into firefights, but I'm not sure I'll ever quite be situationally aware enough in Wildlands to be effective doing that. And probably I won't find many others players who want to do that. It seems like everyone wants to be the sniper in Saving Private Ryan.  icon_smile
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 24, 2017, 06:13:23 AM
On the live side...

I like blue even if it makes no sense as a camo color in Wildlands  ninja2 ; also this demonstrates the "auto-cover," which works fairly well.


In a 3-player session tonight. I'm not sure if Sepiche is someone from here, or maybe a lone new pal I'd made on uPlay playing The Division.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 24, 2017, 06:10:03 AM
A few screenshots. Unlike my City of Heroes pal Chaz, who'd get upset whenever I shared a screenshot from the game where his character died  paranoid, I don't have that problem.  icon_razz

So....

Dead; you're supposed to be able to respawn close to a live player if yer revive timer runs out but seemed not to work at first


Dead TV head


So we THOUGHT approaching this objective from the high ridge was a hot idea until the cartel sent an armed helicopter gunship after us, which eviscerated us three smarty pants snipers real quick.  retard
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: February 23, 2017, 08:25:03 PM
Polygon Peek (90 minutes):
http://www.polygon.com/2017/2/23/14708146/mass-effect-andromeda-preview-impressions

Haven't been paying much attention, and I wasn't aware of the game engine change over to EA's ubiquitous DICE Frostbite engine, and that taking cover's become more akin to GR Wildlands (go near cover and you take cover automatically). Wonder if it still has a "blind fire" option (Wildlands doesn't). With the jump pack and changed weapons and power handling and all, it's actually sounding more like Star Wars Battlefront than Mass Effect, but dunno til we all get to try it I guess.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 23, 2017, 06:50:04 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 23, 2017, 05:15:22 PM

Haven't played , but the common complaint I am hearing is the driving and flying mechanics are still very crappy

I'll still play the beta, but my decision to buy or wait is probably going to be made this weekend
fwiw, I enjoy the driving and motorcycle riding immensely, though I'll reiterate most folks will need to adjust the driving sensitivity down (either kb/mouse, or perhaps controllers have same option) to have a more precise driving experience. Don't use the default settings for driving or you'll just slide all over the road, which is amusing of course. smile

I don't think the game's trying to be a vehicle simulation, and I think a lot of official-forum folks are basically whining that it doesn't handle like, I dunno, Need for Speed? I agree it would be more realistic if vehicles flipped over more realistically (they magically stay upright almost always), or blew up perhaps more quickly from damage, or if you couldn't drive them up and down near vertical inclines. But would being more realistic be any more fun? I dunno.

I do find the aircraft controls frustrating (I simply can't do it on kb/mouse, just nose drive and crash every time). I can pilot the helicopter enough to sloppily get from point A to point B, but don't much enjoy it. My Danish pal Topper seems far more adept at the aerial stuff.

Parachuting is great fun and almost makes the game for me.  icon_smile

I do think Ubi speaks out both sides of its mouth marketing wise. Like the betas are constantly prompting us to buy the full game. And then when people complain in the forums about the game, it's "the beta's just a small part of the game, don't rush to judgement on it." Well, ubi's rushing people to judgement to buy the game, right?  icon_razz $59.99 ain't pocket change, I totally understand wanting to wait and see. I guess I just knee jerk reacted positively to the fun I had in open beta for a few hours.

Generally I've had fun and am eager to play with a full squad, though I've not yet had the courage to join a PUG in this.

P.S. I hope to put some time on PC tonight, maybe 9 pm EST or so.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 23, 2017, 01:56:57 PM
Aaand they JUST posted today an update on improvements/fixes since Closed beta... (all platforms)

Post Improvements from Closed Beta to Open Beta
http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/1587357-Improvements-from-Closed-Beta-to-Open-Beta

Since difficulty was a common point at forums, cherry picked that...
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4. Difficulty

The difficulty has been tweaked and improved to offer players a real challenge, especially at the highest difficulty levels.
- Removed “enemies areas” in mini-map in Extreme difficulty mode.
- Improved difficulty balancing for AI and missions.
- Improved stealth break situations.
- And more.
One thing I'll be curious about here is if you guys think the friendly AI is good, bad or indifferent? Everyone on Reddit is screaming bloody murder, that the AI's atrocious and a deal breaker and they keep getting them shot in breaking stealth.

I'm not good at sniping, and using a friendly AI sniper for synch-shooting in binocular mode was pretty fun (has a lengthy cooldown so you want to pick your spots with it).

My experience mostly is the AI stays way behind me for the most part, and then is better about taking cover than I am. If I don't give them any orders they mostly support and stay out of my way, and revive me if needed once at least one can find a safe route to me. I feel like I wouldn't ask much more of friendly AI -- you don't want them to essentially 'play the game' for you and leave you nothing to do -- but everyone else seems to find them abominable.  saywhat
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 23, 2017, 01:52:01 PM
Couple PC kb/mouse tips (your mileage may vary  icon_smile):

-Change "Driving Sensitivity" option from the default 50% to maybe 30-40% to save your sanity when driving -- makes it way more precise and less tail-spinny when driving.  icon_cool This could vary depending on your preferred general mouse sensitivity setting; 35% worked well for me so far.

-If like me you're too used to 'C' key being 'crouch,' change the default crouch key to 'C' key and make prone key "Ctrl." Default is C=prone, and Ctrl=crouch, and I just couldn't get used to it.

I tested the 3rd of the 4 difficulties this morning. While the AI wasn't much more challenging, it seemed like triggering reinforcements through sloppy play (hey it's me!) brought in a larger reinforcement wave than what I remembered on the easy difficulty in closed beta.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: February 23, 2017, 01:10:25 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 23, 2017, 02:40:31 AM

I'm playing this on PC, BJ.  I'll send you a friend request if I don't already have you on Uplay.

Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
K I'm in the game now, just fiddling about for a while this morning.  icon_smile
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: February 22, 2017, 08:36:42 PM
I really enjoyed ME3's co-op, to some extent more than the SP campaign that I never finished. I wonder if they have anything new planned in terms of the co-op mode. I don't recall reading anything about that to this point.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 22, 2017, 06:51:18 PM
That reminds me, who's at least trying open beta on PC besides me and EngineNo9? We might be able to get a game going at some point.

Although I have a few folks here over on Origin from our Mass Effect 3 co-op days a few years back, don't think I have anyone here on my uPlay friends list. I think I'm just "BlackjackGT" on there too if anyone wants to add me. Or delete me.  icon_smile

I've only played with a Danish Steam pal to this point. It's fun enough with two, interested to see how a full squad works out. As with anything of this ilk, probably doesn't pay to stick together like a banana bunch (grenades and what not, though I don't recall running into much of that from the AI enemies during the opening province). I think playing with a full squad might help protect me from some of my dumb-ness. Like the mortar blast call in which directs towards where you're STANDING, and perhaps I forget that's how it works sometimes.  icon_razz

64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 22, 2017, 02:56:48 PM
Maybe already mentioned, just to reiterate, open beta start/end time (Thursday through next Monday):

https://ghost-recon.ubisoft.com/wildlands/en-US/news/152-283819-16/ghost-recon-wildlands-open-beta-announced
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We are really excited to announce that the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands open beta will take place from February 23 at 6 am EST to February 27 at 6 am EST!

Dedicated open beta forum (all platforms):
http://forums.ubi.com/forumdisplay.php/1520-Open-Beta
*Announcements and useful guides are there.

The additional province sounds more challenging and maybe we'll get a glimpse of more interesting AI behavior :
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Montuyoc

This province is located in the Altiplano region. Living conditions there are tough. Several roads cross the province and allow for easy movement. The activity of the inhabitants focuses on llama breeding and barley cultures, one of the few grains able to grow at this altitude. Sueño built a vast arsenal, protected by a large base, which contains the most modern small and heavy weapons, guns, tanks, mortars, and anti-aircraft missiles. This arsenal is available to the best sicarios that come to the deserted moors of Montuyoc for training. Santa Blanca’s goal at Montuyoc is to train a small elite army capable of standing up to the best armies in South America.

Montuyoc is located in the highlands and has impressive vistas where you can watch red lakes from above. But it’s also the training center of the Santa Blanca Cartel, so expect some fierce fights there !
Itacua is the landing province in closed beta. You get all sorts of goodies in the course of completing it and an XP boost so I don't think folks will race by it to try the new province right away. I'm really not clear if you can do that, since we only had the one province in closed beta. So I wasn't sure if you can skip to adjacent provinces, or if you need to complete the initial one to unlock access to others. I would think the latter, but I'm wrong many times obviously.  icon_razz
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 22, 2017, 02:30:04 AM
Crazy excessive info FAQ on the open beta, covering all platforms and localities:

[Read First] Open Beta FAQ
http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/1584851-Read-First-Open-Beta-FAQ

A couple rewards planned for open beta participants:
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Is there any reward for being part of the open beta?

All participants of the Open Beta will unlock a special reward for the final game. We have been working with the Ubisoft Club team to offer all Open Beta players an exclusive Llama weapon skin. Learn more on https://club.ubisoft.com/

In addition, we have the great pleasure to unlock to all Closed & Open Beta players, playing the final game before March 31st, a special mission available directly in-game with “The Unidad Conspiracy”! More information to come soon.
They don't answer the question of whether this build has any fixes/improvements since the closed beta build, which quite a few are asking about at forums.

Also this build only has ONE new province; the description confused a lot of us (including me) into thinking it has 3 provinces total, but it just has 2, and only one is new (i.e., not in the closed beta).
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 20, 2017, 03:01:14 PM
Open beta preloading has BEGUN.  icon_cool

On PC, Log into UPlay, go into your games list. There should be an entry for the open beta (possibly for everybody on uPlay, I'm not sure), then when you click on that, you'll see a PRELOAD button on the left side of the uPlay UI.

The preload entry on the uPlay NEWS page did nothing for me, and confused me for a bit.

I believe this requires around 27GB of hard drive space for PC version of open beta. Think the final release will be more like 50GB.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Into The Breach - new from the FTL folks on: February 19, 2017, 05:06:36 PM
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Available: When it is finished
I guess that's refreshing.  smirk

Some interesting environmental impacts in the video, like when the dam bursts and floods a portion of the map the units are standing on.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War III on: February 18, 2017, 03:06:30 PM
I've wishlisted this for eons even though I'm essentially retired from RTS gaming.

I bought this discounted Company of Heroes pack on Steam a while back and just couldn't get back into it at all, despite it being maybe my favorite game of 2006. I tried getting back into Starcraft II some years ago, but I dunno. The whole resource gathering, base-building, unit rush blah blah feels old and tired to me now. Or I'm just too old and tired for this genre anymore, the whole unit/base micromanagement thing.

I love everything Warhammer though, so of course I still hope this might reinvigorate my interest in the genre.  icon_smile
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 16, 2017, 06:46:09 PM
[just posted today]
https://ghost-recon.ubisoft.com/wildlands/en-US/news/152-283819-16/ghost-recon-wildlands-open-beta-will-take-place-from-2302-12pm-to-2702
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Explore 2 provinces!

The open beta provides an opportunity to explore an additional province from the closed beta. You will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful provinces of Itacua again as well as experience the new province of Montuyoc.

ITACUA
Itacua is the landing province of the full game.It will let you familiarize yourself with the rich environment of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. Finish the activities in Itacua and gain an XP boost to unlock new skills before going to Montuyoc.
Formerly a peaceful agricultural province where rebellion began, Itacua is now a guerilla zone. Itacua is located in the Greenland, and used to be a fertile agricultural province. When the Santa Blanca Cartel arrived and start to take over Bolivia, Itacua became the central point of the Kataris 26 rebellion.

The Rebellion launched raids against the Santa Blanca’s facilities and taken by surprise, the cartel suffered some losses. Then Sueño asked La Plaga to handle it. Several months later, the rebellion still resists and Itacua has become a guerrilla zone. The capital, Buena Vida, was partly destroyed by the fighting. The Culta village has been burnt by the sicarios, and Yopil’s population has just vanished…
The Rebellion keep launching raids against Santa Blanca facilities but the captured rebels were handed over to La Yuri and El Polito, who are responsible for torturing the captives to extract information about the leaders of the Rebellion.

MONTUYOC
The Santa Blanca gathered their elite sicarios here to build a paramilitary force. Montuyoc is located in between the Altiplano and the highlands and has impressive vistas where you can watch red lakes from above. But it’s also the training center of the Santa Blanca Cartel, so expect some fierce fights there!

El Sueño has built a vast arsenal here, protected by large bases, which contains modern light and heavy weapons, guns, tanks, mortars, and anti-aircraft missiles. This arsenal is available to the best sicarios who come to the deserted moors of Montuyoc for training. Santa Blanca’s goal at Montuyoc is to train a small elite army capable of standing up to the best armies in South America.

In this mission you will have to destabilize the alliance between the Cartel and the Unidad !
Open Beta U.S. trailer (I think due to Mature Content, seems to require logging in to YouTube to view):
https://youtu.be/y4USlUZBi8c

Reddit thread:
https://www.reddit.com/r/GhostRecon/comments/5ug90t/tom_clancys_ghost_recon_wildlands_trailer_open/
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Open beta starts on [Thursday, Feb.] 23 11am GMT.
Preload starts on [Monday, Feb.] 20th.

Beta features two provinces, Itacua and Montuyoc area.
Selfishly U.S.-speaking, this weekend would've been nice, with the Monday Presidents' Holiday, but I wouldn't expect Ubi to worry about that much.  icon_smile At least we can start preloading then.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Raid [Movie] on: February 15, 2017, 09:00:13 PM
I dunno if this merits a new thread or if it's a valid Necro opportunity.  icon_smile

Joe Carnahan and Frank Grillo Are Tackling ‘The Raid’ Remake
http://collider.com/the-raid-remake-joe-carnahan-frank-grillo/
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XYZ Films released a teaser video online today showing The Grey and Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan alongside Grillo watching The Raid and discussing a potential adaptation, noting it would have to be its own thing and not a straight-up remake. Shortly thereafter, Carnahan took to Twitter to clarify that yes, he’s directing and producing The Raid remake, but also [original movie's director Gareth] Evans has given him “his full blessing” and is onboard the project as a producer as well:
Obviously Grillo is a bit old to play a rookie cop, so I don't know how his role relates to the original movie, if at all.

They plan to do a sit down interview with Collider later this week.

I like Grillo and felt bad that his Crossbones character -- memorably set up at the end of CA: The Winter Soldier, and a fairly key villain in the Captain America comics -- got essentially flushed away as a plot point in CA: Civil War like he did.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Killing Floor 2 (more zombie massacre-ing) on: February 13, 2017, 10:24:13 PM
New... sort of.... "Survival sub-mode" announced  icon_cool It actually reminds me a little bit of The Division's Underground expansion:

WWAUT - Holdout
http://steamcommunity.com/games/232090/announcements/detail/656800146530262823
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Today, something different has happened, while exploring Volter’s Manor you’ve found a new path in the ground below you, leading somewhere different, someplace more strange and twisted than the “good” Doctor's house above.

You’ve discovered a labyrinth of interconnecting rooms and no matter how many times you try you can’t seem to follow the same path through. Each time you find someplace new the horde comes back to push you to your limit forcing you to holdout (perhaps with your brand new _______________ ) before a new path emerges. Welcome to Survival Holdout!

Holdout is a new sub-mode of the Survival game type with a brand new map being the first level to use it.

Holdout will combine rooms together dynamically as players traverse the dungeon via drop downs to enter the next floor (with the only constants being the starting area and the boss room). We look forward to bringing you more on Holdout and the new map over the weeks ahead, and even more we are dying to see what our community of mapmakers does with this new mode!
I'm unclear on how this works with your team, whether everyone is teleported into the holdout room or what not.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Arrival on: February 13, 2017, 07:19:59 PM
Really nice Collider interview with Arrival screen writer Eric Heisserer:
http://collider.com/eric-heisserer-arrival-interview/
*NOTE: Possibly a spoiler if you haven't yet caught The Arrival.

*Apparently Interstellar's ending forced a rewrite of The Arrival's conclusion, which ironically is for many folks their favorite part of the film. smile

*He makes director Denis Villeneuve sound like a really good guy and true collaborator with his writer(s). icon_smile Can't wait to see how the Blade Runner sequel turns out.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steep [XB1/PS4/PC] - Ubisoft open world extreme sports thingy on: February 11, 2017, 04:32:54 PM
A little off-topic, but the parachuting in Ghost Recon Wildlands reminded me a little bit of Steep -- in fact I had so much joy on my first parachute attempts in Wildlands, it was almost a let down to go from that to shooty shooting.  icon_razz Perhaps we'll get snowboards in Wildlands eventually too.  icon_smile

I too prefer open world games with objectives. They don't have to be rocket science, but some open world games where you are sort of on your own on trying to find something interesting to do, eventually just don't hook me. Probably just lack of imagination on my part.  icon_smile

I keep an eye on this on Steam in case it's on sale at some point.
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XBone] Everspace (roguelike space shooter w/ persistent progression) on: February 10, 2017, 10:46:52 PM
I'd back burnered this in recent months.

A fairly big update is scheduled to drop later this month (Feb.), which will include:
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Yes, you will be able to change ship colors (once you found them) and equip enhancements (once you found them). These work like runes with positive and negative effects. And there will be a lot of other new stuff, or course.
I didn't see anything yet about any updates on joystick/hotas support etc. I can't seem to get the dev's "forum posts link" to work these days, which was really what my dev tracker was based on.

I also ran into some sort of limitation within the Steam game guide that sort of derailed my tracker idea too. Think it was like a character limit. disgust

I'm still content with Windows 8.1, with a freeware Start menu utility in place. I fully expect at some point Microsoft won't allow me to safely do that anymore.  disgust
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 10, 2017, 02:43:11 PM
Supposedly other players are seeing in their closed beta survey notification emails other day, mention of a last, open beta with access to more provinces, before the March 7 release.

OK I tried to fill mine out via iPhone and apparently it didn't work, so I didn't get the confirmation email that talks about open beta.  icon_razz
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 10, 2017, 03:33:16 AM
And this vid (some NSFW language) is pretty funny, these two clowns were just trying to see what kind of tomfoolery they could get away with. Including whether you could parachute drop from one helicopter down to a lower flying helicopter. Alas, the game doesn't give an option to get into a chopper on the fly, or land inside one, but they had some fun trying.  icon_smile

Ghost Recon Wildlands - BETA HIGHLIGHTS EXTRAVAGANZA
https://youtu.be/dVTntTj1GQM
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 09, 2017, 08:54:47 PM
Per Blue's, NVIDA posted PC system required/recommended specs...

Ghost Recon Wildlands PC System Requirements Released
http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/ghost-recon-wildlands-system-requirements
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Today, Ubisoft announced their recommended Ghost Recon Wildlands system requirements, providing a glimpse into how you can enjoy the game at 1920x1080, the most popular gaming resolution.

Ghost Recon Wildlands Official Minimum System Requirements
CPU: Intel Core i5-2400S @ 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-4320 @ 4 GHz
GPU: GeForce GTX 660
VRAM: 2GB
RAM: 6GB
OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
HDD: 50GB free space

Ghost Recon Wildlands Official Recommended System Requirements
CPU: Intel Core i7- 3770 @ 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4 GHz
GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 or GeForce GTX 970
VRAM: 4GB
RAM: 8GB
OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
HDD: 50GB free space
I can vouch for it on GTX 970 with 16GB system RAM. Did notice some fluctuations in my Shadow Play videos that weren't present in the actual gameplay so maybe I hit some limitation point where the actual video recording was chugging.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: February 09, 2017, 08:24:05 PM
A new "State of the Game" video on Twitch today. Think it's mainly about a 1.6 update releasing Feb. 21, if I understand it correctly.

I believe this is the archived State of the Game video (Feb. 9):
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/120826650\
NOTE: For some reason, the chat doesn't seem to start until about the 19 min 30 sec mark.

The Feb. 7 public test server patch details gives an idea of the 1.6 and Last Stand update:
http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/1569816-Patch-Notes-%E2%80%93-PTS-4-%E2%80%93-February-7th
*One interesting specific change:
>>SMGs have been given back their Critical Hit Chance, with a maximum roll of around 22%.
-apparently a turnaround from original intention to remove any critical hit chance bonus SMGs from the game.

While this may be a moot point for me, given how much I enjoyed the GR Wildlands beta, I'm still interested in hearing about any changes.

I still feel like much of what eventually turned me off about the The Division is really too embedded in its DNA, so to speak, for updates to get me back into the game.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 09, 2017, 03:00:06 PM
Found some fun vids and gifs at the official Wildlands Reddit subreddit:

Perfect Parachute Timing (it's safe to say the game's not shooting for parachute timing realism  icon_razz)
https://youtu.be/jmuNUFg_3kU

Reinforcements overload (gif of what appears to be an amusing reinforcement bug)
https://www.reddit.com/r/GhostRecon/comments/5ssn37/reinforcement_huh_i_have_no_problem_with_3_or_4/?ref=share&ref_source=link

"Thanks civi, but I think I had him!" (civilian driver to the rescue...)
https://www.reddit.com/r/GhostRecon/comments/5st04f/thanks_civi_but_i_think_i_had_him/?ref=share&ref_source=link

Maxed out, no-HUD 4K PC footage from beta (3 1/2 minutes of edited footage, mostly to show off environs)
https://www.reddit.com/r/GhostRecon/comments/5szdvv/pc_4k_maxed_out_no_hud_footage_from_the_closed/?ref=share&ref_source=link

Or direct on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/VYB2-GUAIeU
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 09, 2017, 02:19:28 PM
I filled out an online survey that went out to beta participants. Mostly it's rating stuff or yes/no stuff; at the end there is a chance to jot down any other feedback. There are questions specific to the game's AI, though it seems like mostly they want to make sure you can approach things however you want to in the game - that seemed the gist of a lot of the survey questions.

While I was mostly really positive, I did try to indicate some concerns about enemy AI, and about mission variety, though again, we just don't know what's in the other, higher difficulty zones, so that's just based on our sliver of a single province example.

I loved driving cars and motorcycles once I adjusted sensitivity on kb/mouse (default settings were hilarious at times in terms of how poorly I drove/steered). Helicopters I can maybe be a bit more adept with with practice. I indicated I didn't like planes just cause I couldn't seem to even get a basic grasp on kb/mouse - seeing the layout on screen in lower left corner is different than making it work  icon_smile; perhaps it makes more sense on controller.

I wish I could find some interesting threads or articles on the AI, but the forums are mostly just people ranting they want PVP or "it's not Ghost Recon." To me it's like ranting Medal of Honor and Call of Duty aren't what the first couple games with the names were -- I loved the initial couple releases in each series, I haven't cared bout either for many years now. The more mega popular I got, the less they interested me. Franchises evolve, and generally they eventually no longer are what they originally were.

I actually would've loved some open world WWII MoH or CoD game. That would've been the cat's meow back in the day for me, but those days are over and I moved on to other series. fwiw the only Ghost Recon game I've played in many years was the turn-based Shadow Wars, a 3DS system seller for me a couple years back.
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