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81  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.
82  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
83  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.
84  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.
85  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?
86  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
87  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.
88  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.
89  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.
90  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
91  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.
92  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!

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:

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

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.

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.

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 [] or Customer Support NA []

So I'm going back to playing and see if this fixed the CTD issues I've been having.
93  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.
94  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.
95  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
96  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.
97  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
98  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!
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: December 07, 2015, 09:12:53 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 07, 2015, 09:07:58 PM

The big difference to me is that Blood Dragon was a tight $15 6-hour package, this is being sold as a full $60 "new" game.

Oops, you're right, I hadn't seen that they had arrived at a price yet. I don't know if this is the kind of content, no matter what the size of the package ( Roll Eyes) for which I am willing to part with that much money.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: December 07, 2015, 08:34:15 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 07, 2015, 08:15:38 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 07, 2015, 06:33:45 PM

Angry Joe plays a bit

Not my kind of game but it is interesting.

Well, it looks like a far cry game.  Hunting, collecting and crafting with ranged and melee combat with a decent stealth system.  I would be feeling more like getting it were it not for the glut of other open world games and if it felt more than a mod for FC4.

Well, Blood Dragon was essentially a massive mod to FC3, so I won't be dissuaded if Primal is just a huge FC4 mod, as long as the price point is OK.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: December 07, 2015, 05:43:21 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 07, 2015, 05:29:01 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 07, 2015, 04:15:32 PM

Well, there was a 218MB patch out on Steam today.  Not sure exactly what the patch does, but I'm assuming helping performance and fixing some bugs.  Hopefully it doesn't break saves.  

Ah, there's the irony, I just finished played after completing the game via the BoS option. Level 50, 131 hours on Steam. I guess I can fire it up and see if it all goes kablooie.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: December 07, 2015, 05:41:22 PM

Quote from: Arclight on December 07, 2015, 04:35:42 PM

How did you get the power armor off of the Paladin?
I've tried drugging him, setting him up with a femme fatale, nothing works.
The man's a machine. nod

He took it off himself, but it's part of the story later on.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: December 06, 2015, 04:46:19 AM

Quote from: Caine on December 06, 2015, 03:51:53 AM

Coming up on 60 hours of the game and while it has its flaws, they are not breaking my enjoyment of the game for what it is.  

Also, I wanted to drop this here

One of those "Don't look behind you" moments!  icon_biggrin

Meanwhile, Paladin Danse says "Nothing comes between me and my Power Armor, except my tighty whiteys".
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: December 06, 2015, 02:03:15 AM

Quote from: naednek on December 06, 2015, 01:23:14 AM

How do you scrap junk?

You don't actively scrap junk, you just transfer it into storage. It gets "scrapped" as it is needed for builds and repairs.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: December 04, 2015, 05:43:02 PM

Quote from: Arclight on December 04, 2015, 03:46:35 PM

Surprised.  6 pages of comments, for Fallout 4.  Who would have thought?
And.. A fair number are negative leaning. 

I think maybe because the game tends to lean towards the PC gamer due to the ability to mod. I also post on the Octopus Overlords PC Games forum and over there the FO4 thread is up to 46 pages.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: December 02, 2015, 07:57:42 AM
I surprised myself by playing another six hours myself. I'm still running at 1280x720 on the PC to get 60fps, but it's not really a problem for me on my 24" monitor. The game was fun, although having a couple crash to desktops didn't help. As one reviewer said, this is the kind of game that after a while you pick up for an hour or two, but it's not really deep or intriguing. I'm happy with my decision to buy it, but I would have rather got it on sale in a couple of months when they have patched the major issues.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: December 01, 2015, 07:22:32 PM
And the latest irritation is the periodic warning messages like these:

(click to enlarge)

and then...

(click to enlarge)

It needs the connection so it can upload your records, like longest motorcycle ride on one wheel or longest freefall. And it is constantly popping up messages like the one on the right of the screen:

(click to enlarge)

Every time someone beats your record, you get a pop-up. Every time you set a record, you get a pop-up. And apparently you can't turn off these messages unless you turn off all HUD items.

And there is no way to make it go offline as an option.

That's it, I'm giving up till they fix some of this nonsense. I'm really recommending that folks pass on this till it's decently updated.

108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: December 01, 2015, 06:10:19 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 01, 2015, 07:42:20 AM

My game is performing pretty poorly on a 760 GTX, so I think I'll be lowering some graphics options.  I'm not willing to run resolution lower than my native 1920 x 1200, so I'm guessing anti-aliasing and some other fanciness will be going down a bit. 

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the game still looks pretty nice at 1280x720 on my native 1920x1200 monitor, but then I'm old and the eyesight is going anyway icon_wink
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: December 01, 2015, 07:07:17 AM
I fiddled with the graphics settings and finally just went with what the game recommended:

You'll notice that I lowered my screen res to 1280x720. Well, at least it's a stable 60 fps now Roll Eyes
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: December 01, 2015, 05:58:54 AM
OK, just put in a couple of hours on this and... well, it's different from Just Cause 2. It uses checkpoint saves with no option to have multiple saves, which you could do in JC2. I don't know how I feel about that.

Running on a PC, with these specs: Intel i7 4770K 3.5GHz, 16GB RAM, GTX 780 3GB, Win7 64bit, 480GB SSD main drive. Using the Steam FPS overlay, I had to tinker with the graphics settings to get a decent frame rate. Most of the time it's near 60, but driving or with a lot of action going on, it drops down, but no lower than 30. I might have to fiddle with the settings if it starts to bother me too much. Here are my current settings (click to enlarge):

Combat is easier than in JC2. Well, shooting individual soldiers is easier, but you start taking damage faster when being shot at, so stand up gunfights aren't worth it. Thankfully, with the new, better grapple system that allows multiple grappling, getting rid of enemy soldiers is as easy as grappling them, then attaching them to something else (a wall, another soldier, an explosive barrel) and triggering the grapple cable to retract.

Some folks have reported long load times, but I haven't seen it. Of course, between 16GB of RAM and an SSD, I'm probably pretty well off when it comes to loading all that detail.

One thing they have fixed since JC2; you don't need money anymore. In JC2 you had to pay for more ammo, guns, vehicles, everything. Now there is a system where you get supply drops of items which you have unlocked by progressing in the game and completing various races and other competitions. I'm not sure about how all of it works, but I did hate that money stuff in JC2.

Driving seems a bit sloppy compared to JC2, especially with motorbikes. Still, it's not unacceptable.

Two hours is pretty early in a game to give a comprehensive opinion, but here are my general impressions. This is not a deep game. Plot is paper thin, but I didn't go into it thinking it would be anything different. The general mayhem you can cause is a lot of fun and it's pretty much the core of the game. I haven't had any glitches so far, but there are reports of CTDs and clipping issues.

There have been some negative mainstream reviews, but they sound to me like the same folks who bad mouthed Mad Max because it wasn't Shakespeare.

Frankly, unless you're really (like me) a huge fan of JC2, I'd hold off and look at some reviews and impressions before committing. And be sure to look for specifics regarding your rig and the specs.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: December 01, 2015, 01:43:30 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on November 30, 2015, 12:31:08 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 29, 2015, 11:31:49 PM

Is anyone selling the books after they get the buff?

I store them at my base in a magazine rack. Caps aren't really a problem for me and I have a water production plant to make caps if need be.

So you don't need to carry the magazines with you? Sheesh, I've been playing a hundred hours lugging those things around.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: December 01, 2015, 01:41:24 AM
It appears that the game has just unlocked on Steam (East Coast USA). Sadly, I'm not going to be able to touch the computer for a couple more hours due to spousal obligation slywink. I did see a couple of reviews, one positive and one negative. Funny thing is, the items that one person loved is what the other person hated. I'll give the game a look later on.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/1) on: November 30, 2015, 03:41:38 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 30, 2015, 03:40:00 AM

Just Cause 3 on PC.  Though I doubt I'll finish Fallout 4 before Tuesday...

I doubt I'll finish Fallout 4 by a year from Tuesday icon_biggrin
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/1) on: November 30, 2015, 03:35:34 AM
Already pre-ordered Just Cause 3 and am really looking forward to it.

I tried the beta of Rainbow Six Siege. As much as I wanted to like it, I just didn't find it more than a one trick pony.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 28, 2015, 10:38:24 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 28, 2015, 05:36:46 PM

I am now romancing Curie, so mission accomplished.   icon_wink

Ah, you know you can just love 'em and leave 'em too.

(click to enlarge)
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: November 27, 2015, 07:27:59 PM
Hmm, I guess I've been lucky, I've always gotten my GMG Steam key ahead of release, although sometimes just by hours.

And in other news, this was just posted by the developer on the Steam JC3 new page:

Hi everyone,

We’re aware of the fact that in some territories, Just Cause 3 is available ahead of its official release, which means many of you are enjoying Rico’s latest adventure early.

While we’re glad you’re getting familiar with Medici before Tuesday, this does mean that you’re playing the unpatched version of the game, and a host of fixes and improvements will be available within the next 24 hours.

Please keep an eye out for the update on PS4, Xbox One and PC this weekend!

The Medician Department of Nature Conservation has pored over every inch of our beautiful island for cracks and removed them
The Medician Department of Motor Vehicles has taken measures to acquire poorly-tuned vehicles and burn them
Di Ravello’s Militia has been given a refresher course in combat and spatial awareness as per the General’s recent mandate
The Medician Department of Infrastructure has made some adjustments to certain roads to prevent traffic jams
Various stability/crash fixes
Various camera fixes
Various Havok destruction optimisations
Various localisation fixes and updates
Various worldsim improvements

Various minor mission bug fixes
Various minor challenge bug fixes
Fixed some various issues with Random Encounters

Various LoD optimisations
Various lighting optimisations
Various animation optimisations

Various level and EQ adjustments
Rebels riding along with Rico will now be less rude and not talk over each other
Fixed a few rare audio distortion issues involving destructible objects with lots of moving parts
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 27, 2015, 05:51:44 PM

Quote from: naednek on November 27, 2015, 03:02:32 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 19, 2015, 09:31:55 PM

Has anyone been taking their power armor off? There was one point where I got down to my last power core but then almost immediately found a batch of 4.

For me the question should be, has anyone used the power armor?  I only used it at the beginning of the game where they tell you to.  After that it sits in the first settlement, and since then I've been all man

I've used it for a couple of really tough missions near the coast, but otherwise I prefer to leave it off. It costs quite a lot of resources to repair. However, even the power armor skeleton is useful. I'm about 70 hours into the campaign and there have been missions that would have been a lot easier with the power armor, but so far I'm enjoying the challenge.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: November 27, 2015, 05:35:40 PM
Just FYI, GMG now has this for sale at 23% off.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: November 27, 2015, 06:57:17 AM
It seems there's not a thread for this game yet and it releases in five days. I've pre-ordered it through Steam, based upon what I've seen in previews and how much I enjoyed JC2. I know a lot of folks might be busy with Fallout 4 or other games and so haven't thought about JC3, so I'll give it a go and post my impressions here.

It's available for pre-load right now, a whopping 38.5GBs, and download is in progress.

I'm just guessing on the PS4 and XB1, but I'm assuming it's launching on those two platforms as well.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1]Rainbow 6: Siege on: November 26, 2015, 09:28:58 PM
I played about an hour of the beta on the PC, first with several solo Tango Hunts, then in two games (best of four rounds, except will do a fifth round as a tie-breaker) of MP. Actually kind of fun. You face off as five versus five teams, one attacking, one defending. The attackers have a thirty second period at the start of a round to scout the location with little rolling cameras, which the defenders can destroy if they see them.

During this time the defenders can barricade doors, windows and some openings. They can lay down barbed wire, which acts to slow down the person and also makes noise, which tags the person to the other side. You can also set charges.

Once the combat starts, the attackers have five (I think it's always five) minutes to disarm the bomb or find  the biohazard weapon or whatever. The defenders can move around the location and in some cases (I don't know how this works) also leave and go outside a bit to slow down the attackers. The round plays out as the attackers try to find the objective and kill the defenders while the defenders try to avoid this.

Upgrades are available through experience (or buying DLC I think) that gives better weapons, cooler gadgets and pretty uniforms. Ultimately however, I don't know if it's got a long term appeal for me. It's kind of a one trick pony.
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