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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: Today at 04:30:21 AM
I'm running at High graphics with this rig: Intel i7 4770K 3.5GHz, 16GB RAM, GTX 780 3GB, Win7 64bit Home Premium, 480GB SSD main drive. I'm fine with "just" 30 fps, in fact I really don't see why that would be a problem for a turn based game. Others may have different opinions of course icon_biggrin.

It does help to be old and have declining eyesight, things look pretty much always fine to me icon_wink
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM2 screenshots/movies-only thread on: February 06, 2016, 04:14:04 PM
My character in the game:

click to enlarge
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 05, 2016, 07:05:39 AM
Took forty minutes for that last final unlock before I could run the game icon_eek. I started the game on "Veteran" difficulty, got through the cutscenes, the tutorial mission, the next set of cutscenes, and did my first mission. I got murdered. I'm going to try it again with the setting of "Rookie"  Roll Eyes. Damn it's hard.

I'm running at High (not Maximum) graphics, my rig is Intel i7 4770K 3.5GHz, 16GB RAM, GTX 780 3GB, Win7 64bit Home Premium, 480GB SSD main drive. No problems running the game at a solid 30fps. My graphics card got to 80 degC, but it does that normally, it's the way the Nvidia controller works. My CPU stayed at a comfortable 62 degC, but it has liquid cooling. Game looks sweet, no glitches or slowdowns seen.

Potential issue... Quick save is F5, all well and good, but Quick Load is F9 and it does NOT ask if you are sure. You can really screw yourself that way if you bump the button. Also there is no text on the screen when you quick save, there should be.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 05, 2016, 05:12:37 AM
I'm now at the "waiting for the updating timer" phase   Roll Eyes

Meantime, a new article from PC Gamer, How to tweak XCOM 2 .ini files for fun and danger

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XCOM 2 is a lot more mod-friendly than its predecessor, which is great news for people with the time and knowledge required to create their own modifications and content. It’s also highly tweakable, with a huge amount of the game’s values and mechanics open to alteration through its exposed config files. All you need is a simple text editor like Notepad (or preferably, Notepad++), some basic familiarity with the game, and the time and patience to find what you’re looking for. In this article I’ll show you how to implement some basic tweaks to get you started—then, once you’re familiar with how it works, you’ll be able to find and alter the game to your heart’s content...
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 04, 2016, 10:43:39 PM
First community guide posted, this one actually affects me... Want higher than 1080p?

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Go to C:\Users\X\Documents\My Games\XCOM2\XComGame\Config (Where X is normally your name/computer name whatever)

Open XComEngine

Search for ResX

Change ResX and ResY to desired resolution

Exit Save

If you go to the settings menu you'll notice it will say 1080p, ignore this and don't change it unless you want it to revert back. =D
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 04, 2016, 07:10:27 PM
And something else to occupy you till launch tonight: XCOM Barracks is a community project to help players share character pools in XCOM 2

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Yes, we're having a bit of an XCOM 2 day at PCGN HQ, but not just because it's out today and everyone's very excited - the community is also up to some fantastic stuff in the lead-up. Perhaps their biggest project yet is XCOM Barracks, a Steam-linked online database and interface for creating, sharing and downloading custom characters for XCOM 2. It includes headshots, pictures, descriptions, backstories as well as the actual character files themselves. It entered a beta phase yesterday in anticipation of being fully ready for this weekend...
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 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....
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 04, 2016, 05:50:32 PM
I've been avoiding any gameplay videos since I pre-ordered. I didn't want to spoil the surprise. I am girding my loins for the possibility of crashes as I've seen that mentioned a few times. Save early and save often I always say icon_biggrin
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 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!
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 03, 2016, 08:00:08 PM
Since the Muton Centurion and the Leader mods are deeper into the game, I don't mind having them active right from the start; it's not like I'm going to survive long enough to actually see them Roll Eyes

And I'll activate the SMG right away, because hey, it's an SMG. Nothing like getting up close and personal with the aliens.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 03, 2016, 06:48:50 PM
Yup, you can pre-load on Steam right now, as soon as I'm done downloading icon_wink

Also, GMG keys have been sent out.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, Xbox One] DiRT Rally - new Codemasters racing game on: February 03, 2016, 07:02:08 AM
I'm excited about this, because Codemasters previously said that there would be no DLC and that the game would be PC only. So now that they are going to consoles, maybe we can get some new Rally events as DLC icon_biggrin
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/3/16) on: February 02, 2016, 05:36:52 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on February 02, 2016, 04:48:58 PM

According to Steam, American Truck Simulator is releasing early and should be available today!

I just purchased it and am downloading, but it's only a 1GB download, so I don't know if that's the whole game or not... wait, it is the whole game! Playing now icon_lol
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, Xbox One] DiRT Rally - new Codemasters racing game on: February 02, 2016, 03:27:01 PM
DiRT Rally was released back in December, but there is more stuff on the way! New content coming to DiRT Rally!

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Original post here: http://blog.codemasters.com/community/02/new-content-for-dirt-rally/

Great news! We’re delighted to be able to confirm that there will be additional content coming to DiRT Rally on April 5th, 2016. To showcase this content we’ve put together a brand new trailer - which you can take a look at now at

In addition to the content we’ve added during DiRT Rally’s Steam Early Access programme, you’ll now be able to enjoy some pretty substantial new additions to the game when April arrives. New Classic Mini and Super 1600 series will introduce the thrills of rallycross from the beginning of the game, and we’ve added 21 advanced rally driving video guides which will help gamers maximise their rallying performance.

For the first time in the game, you’ll also be able to experience the vintage full gravel surface at Pikes Peak – and for the first time, you’ll be able to do in the iconic Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak. Not only this, but three of Colin McRae’s most iconic liveries will join his Focus livery – allowing you to relive the exploits of a legendary rally champion and icon of motorsport. We’ve been waiting a long time to be able to bring you the Impreza livery – and the iconic yellow and blue design is now back at its spiritual home with DiRT Rally.

The DiRT team have also added seven extra cars, including some huge (and most-requested) fan favourites. The vehicles in question are...

- Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak
- Renault 5 Turbo
- Renault Alpine A110
- Opel Corsa Super 1600
- Peugeot 207 S1600
- Renault Clio S1600
- Mini Classic Rallycross

DiRT Rally is available now on Steam, and this exciting additional content will be powersliding onto players’ desktops on April 5th 2016. Check out our launch video and our original post[blog.codemasters.com] for some high quality pictures and video of these new cars in action!

As ever, please stop by the Steam Community Hub, the forums, our Facebook page or on Twitter to let us know what you think of this new content.

And remember – if in doubt, flat-out!

You can thank me for the vintage full gravel Pikes Peak surface... I suggested that months ago  icon_biggrin

And, by the way, DiRT Rally will also be coming to PS4 and Xbox One on the same date, just wanted to throw that in as well icon_biggrin
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 01, 2016, 07:29:28 PM

Quote from: Blackjack 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

Me too thumbsup
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/3/16) on: February 01, 2016, 05:25:30 PM
XCOM2 and American Trucking Simulator.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBox One, PS4, PC] - Sébastien Loeb Rally EVO on: January 30, 2016, 12:16:37 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 29, 2016, 11:02:54 PM

I still haven't tried out the demo yet since I've been busy with other things, anybody else give it a whirl?

I tried it but didn't find anything that made it seem better than DiRT Rally. The car seemed a little floaty, but I'm no expert on rally cars. I'm waiting for more info on content.

Also, completely jaded after watching the Dakar Rally icon_wink icon_wink
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 30, 2016, 12:08:14 AM

Quote from: Blackjack 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

Hi back to you! Thanks for posting this, I'm getting mildly excited about the game.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 28, 2016, 06:45:52 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 28, 2016, 06:31:50 AM

This RPS interview made me feel better about the PC version:
https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2016/01/22/tom-clancys-the-division-interview/

That interview might have sold me on the game. Maybe.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26/16) on: January 25, 2016, 09:06:37 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 25, 2016, 05:23:55 AM

Buying nothing.  Curious to see reviews of The Witness, LEGO Avengers and Sébastian Loeb Rally Evo.

Me as well. I was an early adopter of DiRT Rally and I'll like to see some reviews of Sébastian Loeb Rally Evo which compare it to DiRT Rally.


21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XBox One, PS4, PC] - Sébastien Loeb Rally EVO on: January 21, 2016, 06:36:05 PM
Sébastien Loeb Rally EVO is coming in about a week and on the Steam page there is a demo available. I don't know how excited I am about this game, I really liked DiRT Rally and I'm not sure this game is going to bring more to the table. Heck, the folks are all excited because the game includes Pikes Peak, something that was already in DiRT Rally. Still, I'll check out the demo on Steam.

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Demo will include the following contents:

Track:
    Montecarlo – Sisteron

Cars:
    Mini Cooper S (70s)
    Peugeot R5
    Polo Rally Car

Game mode:
    Rally single stage
    Playground Time Attack and Challenge Time Attack – a technical location where the player can test the reactions of the car on different surfaces like asphalt and dirt road
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 20, 2016, 08:19:16 PM
If I get the game it would be on Steam PC and like other folks, I'm looking at it primary for the single player experience. I'm still undecided, especially after watching some of the videos that show it takes a crapload of bullets to bring down a bad guy.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/12/16) on: January 12, 2016, 05:11:49 AM
Wow, I take it back, Tharsis is now looking like a day one purchase for me after checking out this article in Rock, Paper, Shotgun. One thing that really interested (to me) about this is that the game uses dice; not behind the scenes, but actually in the playing of the game. It's pretty cool looking.

Here's a direct link to a three minute tutorial video that gives you a feel of how the game is played.

There's a video review and playthrough here.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/12/16) on: January 11, 2016, 04:54:48 AM
Nothing...  crybaby Still waiting for XCOM2
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - late to the party thread on: January 10, 2016, 01:55:54 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on January 10, 2016, 01:41:03 AM

So what are the mods I need to have on this? I saw something about a 4GB mod - is that critical? Also, are there preferred graphic/follower/loot upgrades/updates you guys would recommend? I'm not looking for a full on conversion mod or anything of the sort, but if there are a few that fix obvious issues then I'd be interested to hear what they are.

The 4GB mod is needed to support the large graphics mods so FONV doesn't crash all the time. These are the mods I'm currently running via the Nexus Mod Manager:



The 4GB mod doesn't show up in the NMM since it provides an executable. The Texture Pack tells you where to get it in the description page.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - late to the party thread on: January 03, 2016, 07:03:35 PM
I picked this up yesterday and have a couple of hours in it. I've added a few mods (graphics, easy hacking) and started having crashes, but then remembered I was supposed to be using the 4GB mod to avoid them. Now the game seems to be happier.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - late to the party thread on: January 01, 2016, 08:05:04 PM
I'm so tempted to pick this up for the PC (the Ultimate Edition), having played it on the Xbox360. Any issues running it in Win7 64bit that anyone has reported?
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/22) on: December 23, 2015, 01:30:38 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on December 22, 2015, 11:57:00 PM

The games are waiting for you when you get home either way.  The difference in buying them now is that they can download and patch while you're away, rather than wasting time after you return.

Some people say you can't buy peace of mind, but in this case you literally can.  Is that an opportunity you can afford to let pass you by?

-Autistic Angel

Sheesh, are you the guy who sold me that life insurance policy?  icon_wink
29  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 22, 2015, 11:33:41 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 22, 2015, 10:28:55 PM

Also tempted by:
- Subnautica
- Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition
- Infinifactory

Subnautica is good, but still in Early Access. I'm not sure if that 30% off will be the best deal before it's released in final 1.0 condition.

Infinifactory is great. I don't really like puzzle games but Infinifactory is one of those that lets you come up with your own unique solution rather than having to figure out the "official" one.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/22) on: December 22, 2015, 11:29:40 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 22, 2015, 10:31:26 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on December 22, 2015, 07:44:57 PM

So, is this also the Steam Holiday sale thread? Because with no flash sales and no daily sales, I'm tempted just to put off any decisions on what to buy till January 3rd.

If the prices aren't going to change, why would you put them off at all?  Buy now AND by later.  slywink

It's because I'm going to be leaving to visit in-laws for a few days. It will be tough enough dealing with that without having to think about the games I have waiting for me at home.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/22) on: December 22, 2015, 07:44:57 PM
So, is this also the Steam Holiday sale thread? Because with no flash sales and no daily sales, I'm tempted just to put off any decisions on what to buy till January 3rd.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/22) on: December 21, 2015, 05:54:41 AM
So... no XCOM2 this week, huh? Don't worry, I'll come by next week and ask again icon_lol
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mad Max - open world game from Avalanche on: December 16, 2015, 10:12:36 PM
I didn't complete the game as I found that eventually the missions because somewhat repetitive, but also because I was leaving on a month long trip and knowing myself, I knew that when I came home it would be hard to get interested in it again. Also I topped out on a lot of attributes and I felt that there wasn't enough story to keep me playing.

That being said, I played it a solid forty hours, which is a lot for me. While the missions eventually did get a feeling of sameness to them, the gameplay is really lots and lots of fun. The driving mechanics are great, the terrain varied and quite extensive and the combat a lot of fun, both driving and on foot. It also ran smooth with great FPS, no crashes and no bugs or glitches worth speaking of. Seriously, the gameplay was a blast.

I can't comment as to whether it's worth the full price as seen on Steam right now, that's really up to each individual buyer. I got it on GMG for about $40 and feel I absolutely got my money's worth.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: December 16, 2015, 05:21:49 PM
Patch 1.02 Now Live on PC!

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I'm pleased to let you know that the 1.02 patch we announced earlier today is now live, ahead of the anticipated Friday date.

In the 1.02 patch (132.1MB), you can expect:

    Significantly improved loading times
    Optimizations to online stats
    General stability fixes
    Fixed an issue related to challenges, wherein vehicles sometimes disappeared when starting a challenge
    Fixed issues related to screen resizing and closing the game window before the game has fully started up


To those of you still having issues, rest assured we are working hard to alleviate these, and are listening very closely to everything that’s being said.

While the patch will improve performance on the whole, we’ve listened to some of the other concerns raised about the game and put together a little list of points which might alleviate these issues:

UNSKIPPABLE CUTSCENES
You can skip cutscenes, in fact – all you need to do is hold B on your gamepad, or hit ‘Skip’ from the pause menu.

NO SPRINT BUTTON
This isn’t an oversight; it’s very much intended. Our designer’s intent was to encourage you to use Rico’s unique grapple to move around Medici far quicker than his legs would allow, as well as giving you the ability to traverse vertically.

NO CROUCH
Rico doesn’t hide. Getting him up in the air is our version of the cover mechanic. Rico is far more deadly in the skies, than pinned behind a container on the ground.

FINDING THE LAST CHAOS OBJECT
While there’s no mini-map to help you liberate bases and towns, you can always bring up your map to help find Chaos objects. When you’re down to the last few objects in any given settlement, an approximate location for these will be displayed on the map.

For more hints and tips for improving your experience and really getting the most out of the game, check out our Hints and Tips thread, and feel free to add your own.

Again, a huge thanks for your support over the past week, and look out for more news soon. If there’s any changes to the patch between now and Friday, we’ll let you know here.

If you are still encountering any issues following the patch, please contact our Customer Support EU [support.eu.square-enix.com] or Customer Support NA [support.na.square-enix.com]

So I'm going back to playing and see if this fixed the CTD issues I've been having.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: December 11, 2015, 01:36:31 AM
Yeah, I have about twelve hours in it now. I have a rig that meets the recommended specs but to keep it at a solid 60 fps I have to run at 1280x720. And every time I really start to enjoy some part of the game it crashes and even if I don't lose a lot of progression the game restarts me at a base and not where I was.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: December 11, 2015, 12:37:20 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 10, 2015, 11:13:43 PM

You shouldn't have to give up your power armor, though, I used it through the whole game.  I think I had about 8 of them by the end of the game.  I even got a full X-01 from a building and fully upgraded it.  Unless you had some other special power armor?

Nope, no special armor, I just love my X-01 armor.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: December 10, 2015, 10:55:27 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 10, 2015, 10:28:39 PM

Well, with a few different console commands I was able to resurrect Glory yesterday and get my missions back on track.  That allowed me to finish the game today helping the Railroad at the end.  I was still friendly with the Minutemen but had eliminated the Brotherhood of Steel and burned the Institute to the ground.   icon_twisted

Holy smokes, that's completely different than the way I approached the end game. Guess I'll have to reload those saves I have and try a different ending... I'm not going to give up my power armor though, I'm in love with it eek
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: December 10, 2015, 05:22:35 PM
Yup, looks good. I just want there to be a difficulty slider since some of us Roll Eyes aren't as clever as we used to be, or at least my wife tells me so.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: December 09, 2015, 05:30:35 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 09, 2015, 05:06:29 AM

Damnit, man, I haven't come this far just to succumb to those self centered, power hungry, body-snatching, husband killing maniacs!  slywink

Damn, that's a lot to put on a business card icon_wink

By the way, quit beating my records in Just Cause 3 icon_biggrin
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: December 08, 2015, 09:46:39 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 08, 2015, 09:23:02 PM

Since I was siding with the Railroad I'm not sure what else I can really do at this point, as I've completed a bunch of Institute missions.  I'm kind of at the point where I either side with the Institute or piss them off, so...I'm not sure what else to do.   icon_frown icon_mad

I completed the game on the BoS quest thread and it was a lot of fun. However, I've saved my save games so I could go back and do the Institute path. I'd be interested in hearing whether folks like that option. So go ahead, viva la Institute!
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