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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: February 19, 2016, 06:32:40 PM
Playing it on the PC, I'm "meh" about it. The gameplay isn't grabbing me, but the scenery is incredible. Seriously, I'd just like to walk through Madison Square Garden again and check out all the little nuances. Very cool.

One thing that wasn't cool was my rig icon_wink. The game defaulted to an Ultra graphics setting and it looked it, but it really put my rig to the test. That's the highest I've ever seen the fan running on my Nvidia card (click image to enlarge):
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: February 16, 2016, 07:15:28 PM
Article from Gaming Nexus, Bethesda details some of their Fallout 4 DLC plans and there will be a price increase

Let's start off with the bad news first. For another two weeks, the Fallout 4 Season Pass will stay at $29.99. After March 1st, it'll jump to $49.99. Yeah. it's rare you hear DLC prices increasing afterwards, but here's another case. At least we have a two week window to purchase the Season Pass at its initial price, but it's still disappointing to hear Bethesda is raising the price.

The reason for the price raise? Bethesda is planning about $60 or more worth of DLC coming this year. They sent out details on the first first items and what they call their largest land mass added to one of their games to date.

Automatron, coming next month for $9.99, has you hunting down robots in the Commonwealth and allowing you to use their parts to build your own robot companion. Mix and match items as well as outfit it with custom paint jobs and designate the voice you want it to use. New weapons will also be introduced with this DLC.

Wasteland Workshop will be available in April for $4.99 and will let you capture the wild life of the Commonwealth, both human and non-human. You'll be able to pit them with each other or settlers in battle and there will be new options for settlement upgrades.

The big one will be Far Harbor coming in May. This one will retail for $24.99 and it's being billed as Bethesda's largest DLC to date. Go to the island of Far Harbor in this DLC, off the coast of Main. You'll be on the hunt in a new Nick Valentine case that will take you to the land as you search for a young women and encounter a secret society of Synths. Of course, new items and weapons will be available with Far Harbor.

There three aren't all that will be available, but just the beginning. Bethesda has said there will be more than $60 worth of DLC coming in 2016, hence their justification for increasing the price of the Season Pass. Let's hope that the majority of the DLC will be worth the new price increase...
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 12, 2016, 10:43:13 PM
Excellent article over on Rock, Paper, Shogun... XCOM 2 Guide: How To Survive And Thrive

I’ve played around 300 hours of XCOM 1, and 50 of XCOM 2 [official site], for my sins. I know full well that this does not make me any kind of expert but I’m experienced enough that XCOM 2 has not yet kicked my flabby little bottom. A lot of people are finding the game very punishing though, so I thought I’d try to help – both by sharing my own advice on how to keep your soldiers alive for longer and by inviting anyone else to share their own tips in comments.

This isn’t a definitive guide, but instead a grab-bag of assorted wisdom, both early and advanced, that I’m certain will help if you’re having a tough time with this wonderful (if sadly malfunctioning) strategy game...
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Democracy 3: Africa on: February 12, 2016, 08:14:31 PM
Democracy 3: Africa has just been announced by Positech Games, publisher of Big Pharma, Gratuitous Tank and Space Battle, as wells as the original Democracy 3. It appears to be a variation of the original game, with the design altered to reflect African issues. As probably one of the few folks on the forum who actually played D3  icon_wink I thought I'd give the publishers a bit of publicity. I was in early on their last game, Big Pharma, and the developers seemed very involved with the community and were always interested in feedback, so that's nice.

Democracy 3: Africa is based on Democracy 3, but it is a standalone game. However, there is this from the FAQ:
Is this a standalone game or an expansion or???

Democracy 3:Africa is a standalone game. You do not need to own Democracy 3 to buy and run and enjoy the game. However, it does install into the same location so that the existing expansion packs for the game will also automatically be installed alongside it (if you already own them). That means that if you buy the 'extremism' expansion (for example), then it will work in both games, and ytou do not need to buy it or install it again.

The idea behind the game was to 're-implement' the existing Democracy 3 game to suit African countries, so it is similar, but tweaked in a number of ways.
It's cool that the DLC for D3 will work with D3:A, assuming of course that this works for Steam as well as non-Steam editions.

The FAQ also had this info:
How is the game different to Democracy 3?

Although at first glance the user interface will appear similar, there are a number of changes (apart from the obviously new graphics for voters and ministers and events) to the game. The voter groups are slightly different, with 'rural' 'urban' and 'women' as new groups, and the previous 'commuters' and 'farmers' are no longer present. We also have a bunch of new events and dilemmas that can take place, and some new variables have been added to the simulation to track data that is more important in African countries.

Obviously the game also has new music, and a whole bunch of carefully designed new countries to try your hand at.

Why is country X not included

Selecting the countriues for the game was no easy task. The first impulse might have been to pick the most populous countries, or the ones which had the highest num,ber of gamers, or people online. However, given the obvious technical issues and state of many Africanm economies, we are in no way aiming the game exclusively at gamers who lvie in Africa. We have chosen the countries purely on the basis of those which give the widest possible variety of gameplay challenge.

For example, Mauritius is a relatively tiny country, but representing it in the game allows us to set up a completely different challenge to the one the player will face with, for example, Nigeria or South Africa. Note that modding in enw countries is very easy and we hope that people will do so.

This game is biased/wrong/racist/bad in some way...

Yes it is. Almost certainly. We do not pretend otherwise. All attempts to represent the culture or economy of a country by people who are not native to that country will be in many ways wrong or biased. Positech is a UK-based company, so we no doubt have some prejudices and biases and big gaps in our knowledge. We have definitely done our best to research the countries involved as much as possible to make this representation as accurate as possible *within the simulation*

Remember ultimately that this is a game, and designed to be fun, and that true accuracy is impossible. Alse be aware that we are very open to criticism, and are actively interested in feedback. We have no political agenda here, and are trying to represent Africa as best we can. Please let us know where we got it wrong.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM2 screenshots/movies-only thread on: February 11, 2016, 06:45:13 AM
You know, this is one of the prettiest strategy games I've ever played. Here are some of my latest examples (all click to enlarge)

86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 08, 2016, 05:29:58 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 08, 2016, 02:32:18 PM

I dunno, maybe I find grenades save my squad more often than seeing or not seeing something on the far side of the map at this stage.

I've found grenades very useful for knocking down walls to remove the cover from in front of an important target. Grenades are also useful to taking the floor out below a muton. That never gets old icon_biggrin

I've experimented with smoke and flashbangs, but good old 'nades are often the best solution. And flashbangs don't affect turrets or robots, which I found out to my detriment. icon_frown

87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM2 screenshots/movies-only thread on: February 08, 2016, 06:04:07 AM
It's important to name your weapon, because, well, it looks cool...
click to enlarge

And I finally recruited myself into my current game:
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88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 07, 2016, 07:17:07 PM
I updated my Nvidia drivers from 359.06 to the latest 361.75, but I'm still sitting at 30 fps. I'm not bothered by this, especially in a turn based game. I also used the GeForce Experience app to make some changes to the game's graphics settings but I'm not really seeing much different right now.

UPDATE: Actually I take that back, I am seeing some increase in frame rate, up into the 40s. So it is a bit better.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 07, 2016, 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
90  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
91  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.
92  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

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...
93  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?

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
94  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

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...
95  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

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....
96  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
97  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!
98  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.
99  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.
100  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
101  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
102  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!

Original post here:

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[] 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
103  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
104  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.
105  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
106  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:

And... hi!  icon_smile

Hi back to you! Thanks for posting this, I'm getting mildly excited about the game.
107  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:

That interview might have sold me on the game. Maybe.
108  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.

109  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.

Demo will include the following contents:

    Montecarlo – Sisteron

    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
110  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.
111  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.
112  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
113  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.
114  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.
115  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?
116  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
117  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.
118  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.
119  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.
120  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
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