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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Homefront: Revolution on: March 06, 2017, 08:50:49 PM
I liked the game very much, but I've been burned a bit by DLC lately and so I might just hold off and just get all the DLC later on as a bundle and replay the whole campaign from scratch.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: March 06, 2017, 08:44:06 PM
I just got a Uplay popup staying that GRW had finished loading; I thought that maybe it was unlocking early. Nope icon_frown

I almost ordered myself a GTX 1080 to replace my GTX 780, but my innate dislike of spending money unless I'm really, really sure deterred me. I'll play the game for a couple of days at Medium graphics, like I did in the beta, and then decide. I was able to run at about 50+fps at Medium and it didn't look too bad. I'm also not sure that this is a game I'll stick with for a long time, although it does remind me of the Far Cry series and unlike some folks here, I find that a good thing icon_biggrin.

And just speaking of that, I've been replaying Far Cry 4 after being away from it for almost two years and I'm really enjoying it once again. I'm hoping that Far Cry 5 is in development somewhere thumbsup
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (March 5, 2017) on: March 06, 2017, 04:41:14 AM
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. Based on the beta it should run OK on my rig, but I've already prepared the wife for my possible purchase of a new video card, just in case.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: March 05, 2017, 03:10:57 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on March 05, 2017, 03:08:14 AM

Falcon NW? What kind of car do you drive? A space shuttle???😀

No, but I worked on them for 35 years, so I can afford it icon_wink
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: March 04, 2017, 04:51:44 PM

Quote from: Punisher on March 04, 2017, 03:24:19 PM

I suspect just about any modern card should work. The MB has PCIe so the cards fit, and this site :http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1080-pascal,4572-10.html says the current 1080 cards use about 180 watts of power, so your PS should be fine.

Thanks for the info icon_biggrin. I looked at the 1080 and it has the same connectors as my GTX 780, so that might do the trick. And it's weird, the 1080 actually requires less power than my GTX 780 so as you say, I'll be fine. When I originally got my rig I got the next larger power supply to allow for future expansion and it turns out that the future is less power hungry thumbsup
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: March 04, 2017, 05:29:23 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 04, 2017, 03:19:11 AM

And a beautiful trailer that shows off the PC-specific features (and just some great visuals):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_2-enZ2FE4

Yes, very pretty. Very, very pretty nod

My three year old Falcon NW still has a decent processor (i7-4770K) and lots of RAM, but I'm afraid my GTX 780 just isn't going to be up to the task of running these games soon. So, how do I figure out what new video cards are compatible with my old Asus Z87 Plus motherboard? And my 750 watt power supply. I've got a feeling that it's not going to be much better than I have now. I'm getting old and feeble and it's been a number of years since I've swapped out a video card icon_eek
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gravel [PC/PS4/XB1] - it's like a discount DiRT! (seriously) on: March 03, 2017, 08:47:04 PM
Again, mildly interested depending on how the "infinite races" get incorporated.

I picked up Ride 2 from Milestone and while I think the physics are pretty good and the graphics nice, it does suffer from a lack of places to ride. What someone needs to do is combine bikes with something like Forza Horizon. Or maybe something like Gravel?
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: March 03, 2017, 07:13:24 PM
I'm preloading from Uplay right now, rock solid download rates. 45 GBs.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: March 03, 2017, 05:20:48 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 03, 2017, 05:11:50 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on March 03, 2017, 03:28:25 PM

GMG keys are out, at least mine is icon_biggrin

Same here.  Nice to see them getting keys out early for once!  Preloading as soon as I can clean off more hard drive space (again...)   crybaby

I've had good luck with GMG pre-orders regarding getting the keys early enough to do a pre-load. Sniper Elite 4, Watch Dogs 2, Mafia III, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, all with keys arriving a few days before, just as pre-loads became available. Now to figure out when the game will unlock icon_wink
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: March 03, 2017, 03:28:25 PM
GMG keys are out, at least mine is icon_biggrin
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MXGP3 [PC/PS4/XB1] on: March 03, 2017, 02:33:23 AM
I'm mildly interested as I liked the first game, but refunded the second one since the physics felt wonky. I'd really prefer that they offer a demo and tell me why I'd like this version after not liking the second.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: March 02, 2017, 07:39:09 PM
Maybe it's because I'm getting old and grumpy, or maybe it's because I've become wary of post-release content promises that don't deliver, but the idea of plunking down money for a season pass even before the game is released no longer makes sense to me saywhat.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: March 01, 2017, 09:41:59 PM
Some propaganda... err, info from Ubisoft, Ghost Recon Wildlands Betas Break Ubisoft Record

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The recent beta phases for Ghost Recon Wildlands gave players a taste of what it’ll take to fight the Santa Blanca drug cartel in the Bolivian wilderness, and as it turned out, a lot of you were eager to squad up and hit the ground. More than 6.8 million of you, to be precise, breaking Ubisoft’s previous beta records – but that’s not the only impressive statistic coming out of the closed and open betas. More than two billion minutes were played, and more than 60 percent of all players played in co-op (Ghost Recon Wildland supports both solo and cooperative play for a team of up to four Ghosts).

54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT 4 on: March 01, 2017, 08:44:49 PM
Cautiously optimistic, but I want to hear more about "My Stage" before jumping in with a pre-order. I don't care about Rallycross or the other non-Rally type events, so I'm hoping to hear about a lot of replayability in the design-your-own rally stage editor. The video showed some changing of weather and road conditions, but I'm looking for the ability to make entirely new stages, allowing for the fact that it is the same location.

It might sound trivial, but the best race editor I can think of is the one in GTA V. I was able to design some amazing (IMHO) layouts just using the existing terrain and adding barriers, ramps and other props.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: February 27, 2017, 07:03:03 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 27, 2017, 05:56:05 PM

I consider Mass Effect one of the greatest RPG series ever made.  Which is why it's so strange that I cannot generate any excitement for this game.  Like, at all.

This might help perk up your interest icon_wink ... article from Blues News, Mass Effect Andromeda Promises "Totally Softcore Space Porn"

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BioWare responds to a couple of fan questions following a post a few weeks ago on the BioWare Social Network Fan Forums revealing an "M" ESRB rating for Mass Effect Andromeda (thanks VG247). The rating says the game includes partial nudity and strong sexual content, and Aaryn Flynn tweets a reply to a query about this, saying "Yes it's totally softcore space porn." When asked if he was trolling his followers, he follows up with a tweet saying simply, "Oh I'm not."
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: February 27, 2017, 02:42:15 AM
More info: BioWare reveals file size for Mass Effect: Andromeda, plus a Day One patch

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It's next month. This is not a drill. Next month, Mass Effect: Andromeda will finally grace us with its presence—and boy, is it an imposing presence.

If you're going to be playing on a PS4 or an Xbox one, you'll need somewhere between 45 GB to 60 GB of free space (though it shouldn't extend past either of those extremes). If you're a PC player, the file size is looking to be about 55 GB. It's hefty either way, but we can't really be surprised what with all the bragging about 4k BioWare has been doing lately.

BiOWare also confirmed that while a good part of the team is still working hard on the Day One patch, the game very recently went gold—which, if you're unfamiliar, means that the initial development of the game has completed.

I'm going to say that again. Completed.

55 GB for the PC  icon_eek
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 24, 2017, 11:29:02 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 24, 2017, 10:03:01 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on February 24, 2017, 09:26:49 PM

I've gone ahead and pre-ordered the PC version through GMG, get my VIP discount plus a 5% extra off voucher. I might be able to get it cheaper somewhere else, but GMG has been absolutely reliable for me and they did through in the extra 5% icon_wink.

What was the code for the extra 5% off?  I haven't gotten a code from them in a while.

It was because I bought Sniper Elite 4 through them as a pre-order.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 24, 2017, 09:26:49 PM
I'm a much more happy camper now that I actually read the damn Open Beta FAQ and figured out how to tinker with the video and graphics settings. I didn't realize that enabling Vsync would limit my fps to 30 unless I could generate at least 60, I just thought it was capping it at 60. So I turned Vsync off, set refresh to 60, changed the graphics from Low to Medium and I'm getting a pretty decent looking game running at 50+ fps. I switched over to High graphics and the difference isn't much, but I prefer those extra fps.

I've gone ahead and pre-ordered the PC version through GMG, get my VIP discount plus a 5% extra off voucher. I might be able to get it cheaper somewhere else, but GMG has been absolutely reliable for me and they did through in the extra 5% icon_wink.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 24, 2017, 06:12:59 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 24, 2017, 05:54:24 AM

I haven't been following this game at all, and I think I was expecting something along the lines of the old GR games.  I definitely wasn't expecting Far Ghost Cry Recon.

I get that the co-op stuff will elevate it for some people, but I won't really be dipping my toe into that water, and the SP is definitely just Ubisoft: The Game with not even a lot of repackaging.  The second I heard the wacky radio guy start talking about all the drugs he's taking while not taking drugs while riding down a mountain in a jeep, the deja vu was just a little too strong.

Yeah, I do think Ubisoft believed that the radio DJ was entertaining. I shut off the radio anytime I enter a car.

I'm doing SP and it's really quite nice in that my AI teammates are actually helpful. And the leveling up of skills has a lot of fun stuff in it. I'm getting decent at helo flying and the one time I flew the little plane the game was very forgiving on my landing skills Roll Eyes.

It is Ghost Recon: Far Cry, but I like that nod. I just wish I could get decent frame rates with better graphics settings, but as long as it's better than the original Half-Life I can live with it.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 23, 2017, 11:11:25 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 23, 2017, 09:25:10 PM

For me, the worst part of the driving is just the camera.  It swings around unlike a racing game would and kind of makes me sick.  I don't remember that from the previous test so I wonder if something has changed?  Or maybe I just didn't pay enough attention then.

I'm going to upgrade my opinion of driving. I'm playing on the PC with a controller and I'm finding it to be not too bad once you have some practice time. Also it seems to depend on the vehicle. I swiped a small sedan from a civilian Roll Eyes and it seemed to drive better. The driving seems unchanged since the closed beta. I guess I'm not as bothered by the camera.

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 23, 2017, 09:25:10 PM

Also, I thought that this was supposed to be a new area in this beta?  I was finally able to get in after getting a repeated error earlier, and it's the exact same area and exact same mission.  Sure glad I had to re-download that 25GB.  disgust

There is a new area, but I'm thinking you have to unlock access to it. Someone correct me if I'm mistaken. It's to the southwest of the original province.

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 23, 2017, 09:25:10 PM

I'm not going to play through this stuff again, as I know I'll need to do it in the beginning of the game as well and just like The Crew if I do it in multiple betas I'll be so burned out on the early stuff I don't want to play the real game.

That's an interesting point. I didn't go very far in the closed beta but I've put in some serious time now and I don't know that I want to replay all of it either.

By the way, Unidad bases are bad ass icon_eek. And their eight billion reinforcements that show up.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 23, 2017, 08:53:33 PM
This is annoying. First my internet goes down for an hour, no doubt for maintenance for the torrential rains we had yesterday. I sat down to read and because I'm 63, I fell asleep Roll Eyes. So after my short nap I wake up to play some more GRW, but now it's undergoing maintenance icon_confused. There was a screen that said to check ghostrecon.com/betaportal for status, but that just re-directs to their standard Open Beta info page. I finally just went to the forums and found this sub-forum that has maintenance info.

Info says:
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UPDATE [20:40 UTC]: Maintenance on PS4 is complete.

Hello Ghosts,

we need to operate a maintenance on our Open Beta servers for all platforms (PS4, Xbox One & PC) starting at 8:20PM UTC.
Estimated downtime:
- PC & Xbox One: 1h
- PS4: 15min
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
We will keep you updated on the progress of this situation
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 23, 2017, 06:48:12 PM
I'm playing on the PC and my rig (Intel i7 4770K 3.5GHz, 16GB RAM, GTX 780 3GB, Win7 64bit Home Premium, 480GB SSD main drive) isn't up to the task of running the game at full prettiness and full performance. The game defaults to High graphics, but that only allows me to pull 30 fps and the game just doesn't feel right at that frame rate. I tried Medium but the fps wasn't changed. I switched to Low graphics (welcome to 2009!) and while it does look a bit ugly, I'm used to that level of graphics (think Fallout 3) and I'm getting a solid 60 fps and the game plays much nicer.

The bad? Driving is sucky, but really, driving is just getting from here to there and after a while you can fast travel anyway. Flying the chopper is tricky, but really it's OK once you put in some time on it. The bad guy AI is pretty sad, but then I wasn't really expecting Far Cry level of opponents anyway.

The good? The friendly AI is pretty decent (I'm playing solo) and they are a help, not a hindrance. Combat feels right and thank goodness we don't have the bullet sponges of The Division. And even in Low graphics it is a pretty amazing map.

Otherwise? Enemy reinforcements have shown up when I'm attacking a location, they are spawning but they do arrive by road which seems logical. They pretty much walk right into a firefight without much subtlety, but they do at least try to spread out a bit and take cover. The collectables are very much like many Ubisoft games (and GTA and many others) but so far at least they have felt like they fit in to the locale.

I'm pretty happy with what I've seen. I'll play some more this weekend but I'm pretty sure I'll be pre-ordering through GMG.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 20, 2017, 05:12:47 PM
Yup, I'm preloading now myself. The game that is. Yes, the game Roll Eyes
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FTL: Faster Than Light on: February 18, 2017, 11:11:59 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 18, 2017, 10:34:34 PM

I think this game needs it's own thread, this is going to get lost in this old FTL thread.

New thread started
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Into The Breach - new from the FTL folks on: February 18, 2017, 11:10:49 PM
As suggested by EngineNo9, starting a new thread to follow Into the Breach, a new game from the folks who brought you FTL- Faster Than Light.

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About This Game
The remnants of human civilization are threatened by gigantic creatures breeding beneath the earth. You must control powerful mechs from the future to hold off this alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game from the makers of FTL.

Key Features:

    -Defend the Cities: Civilian buildings power your mechs. Defend them from the Vek and watch your fire!
    -Perfect Your Strategy: All enemy attacks are telegraphed in minimalistic, turn-based combat. Analyze your opponent's attack and come up with the perfect counter every turn.
    -Build the Ultimate Mech: Find powerful new weapons and unique pilots as you battle the Vek infestation across Corporate-Nation islands.
    - Another Chance: Failure is not an option. When you are defeated, send help back through time to save another timeline!


And more to look at:

Into the Breach Home Page

https://youtu.be/sJR1OpHNgzc Announcement Trailer
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: February 17, 2017, 06:41:57 PM
New gamplay video from the developers: MASS EFFECT Andromeda | Combat | Official Gameplay Series - Part 1
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 16, 2017, 06:23:21 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 15, 2017, 12:24:48 AM

likely to be an open one right before launch

I believe there is an open beta starting Feb 23rd, but I can't remember where I read it...  Roll Eyes

UPDATE: It was here, will run from the 23rd to the 27th. Preload will start on the 20th.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What you buy? Buy things now! This week! What? (February 12, 2017) on: February 12, 2017, 11:49:37 PM
Already pre-ordered Sniper Elite 4, which is a tribute to my belief that maybe the fourth time is the charm Roll Eyes
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FTL: Faster Than Light on: February 11, 2017, 05:32:55 AM
I finally beat the game (on Easy Roll Eyes) but it was a Pyrrhic victory...

70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FTL: Faster Than Light on: February 10, 2017, 08:21:57 PM
Interesting looking game, I've put it on my wishlist; I note that they say it will be released when it is done! icon_biggrin

And of course seeing the mention of FTL has me playing that game again and, of course,  Head meets wall
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 04, 2017, 03:57:43 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on February 04, 2017, 03:06:18 AM

For reference, per Tom's Hardware, it's 10 levels below the Titan X (Pascal), the current leader.

So that makes it the same as a, uh, 3Dfx Voodoo?
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 03, 2017, 08:03:34 PM
Looked really awful at Low graphics, but got 60 fps. Decided to go back to High since Low looked so 2005. Got a pretty consistent 30 fps. The game was certainly playable at that framerate, however the gameplay is not really my cup of tea or rather mi taza de té. And I had two crashes and the last one wiped out the sensor monitoring from my GPU, which freaked me out. A reboot restored it, but I think I might hold off on playing again for a few hours.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 03, 2017, 06:27:43 PM
Downloaded the PC version and now I'm rolling back the graphics to try to get more than 30 fps. Damn, once my GTX 780 was more cutting edge...
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: January 28, 2017, 02:08:41 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 28, 2017, 01:57:31 AM

This isn't Ghost Recon. This is Far Cry tilted in a slightly different direction. I'll avoid making too many judgements on limited info, but they seem to have forsaken the game's roots for the bland, cardboard cutout, by the numbers Ubisoft shooter recipe.

I think I'm bitter after they crushed Rainbow Six.

I'm guessing that your use of "crushed" was not meant in a positive sense? icon_biggrin

I agree, I hate how Rainbow Six was morphed from a heavy duty planning and clockwork execution game to another version of Counterstrike.

Regarding Wildlands, I'll take the changeover into a more Far Cry like game, as long as I don't have to keep climbing towers paranoid
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: January 27, 2017, 06:14:52 PM
I too am very excited, especially when I see reviewer comments that note that the enemies aren't bullet sponges like they are in The Division. I do have my usual concern about any game that offers a co-op mode. I play solo and I hate it when a game, while supposedly accommodating the single player, doesn't work as well as in co-op.

On the other hand, the vast area of the map is very encouraging, as long as the gameplay allows me to usefully explore the map. Far Cry 3 and 4 are great in this respect.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT 4 on: January 26, 2017, 06:57:28 PM
I guess I would have preferred DiRT Rally 2 with the track generator, but I guess there are really some people that like rallycross.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: January 26, 2017, 06:52:37 PM

Quote from: farley2k on January 26, 2017, 06:49:30 PM

Pathfinder Team Briefing

https://youtu.be/lqZvYgn35K4

"We represent the tip of the spear". So, no flowers and chocolates for the natives?
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT 4 on: January 26, 2017, 04:31:48 PM
There's more info in this article on Rock, Paper, Shotgun: Dirt 4 rolling out trucks, buggies, and procedural tracks

This part has me very excited.
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“Dirt 4 features a game-changing system called Your Stage; an innovative rally route creation tool that allows you to produce an almost-infinite number of unique stages at the press of a button. You choose your location and set the route parameters, then Your Stage does the hard work to create a unique rally stage that you can race, share with your friends, and then challenge them to beat your time. Your Stage allows experienced rally players to create longer, more technical routes, whilst newcomers can create simpler shorter routes as they hone their skills.”

I love DiRT Rally, but repeating a stage over and over again does get dull. I see this new idea from the developers as the next step towards the ultimate rally game, a true recreation of the Dakar Rally icon_biggrin
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SWAT 4 on: January 25, 2017, 07:29:22 PM
I put in many an hour on this game and still have the boxed version with the expansion. Still, having a DRM free edition that runs on my Win7 64bit machine might be nice. Anybody tried the new GOG version?
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (January 22, 2017) on: January 24, 2017, 03:59:29 AM
Just putting in hours and hours on the XCOM 2 Long War 2 mod and waiting for the next big release for PC.
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