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#14423058 Humble Bundle Thread

Posted by Insomniac_34 on Today, 08:29 PM in Video Game Deals

Nice, I missed out on the first 14 Tropico bundles.




#14422401 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 18 September 2021 - 12:49 AM in Video Game Deals

So what's the catch with the free Steam games? Why do some companies give their games away for free, especially since some of them are actual good games that are worth buying? Promotion for new games by the company?

 

Could be to promote a large publisher sale, could be to promote a sequel, could be to get people hooked so they buy lots and lots of DLC. Often times the freebie in question has already made the bulk of whatever sales it's going to make so there isn't much money being lost out on.




#14422394 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 18 September 2021 - 12:27 AM in Video Game Deals

Saw that IGN was doing a month long bracket for the best games of all time and thought that the initial 64 choices were pretty bad. It inspired me to make my own all time favorite list on a site that a couple co-workers had used: https://www.listchal...mes-of-all-time

 

I already want to change the order some, but it looks like once you publish it you can't change the list.

 

I haven't followed the IGN tournament but I heard HL2 lost to Rise of The Tomb Raider in the first round and just let out the most melancholic sigh.

 

If I had to put together a personal Top 25 purely off the top of my head:

 

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Deltarune Chapters 1 & 2 available on Steam and itch.io. Links to both at Deltarune.com.

Looks like 3-5 will be when Toby starts charging according to the Steam page.




#14422166 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 16 September 2021 - 09:20 PM in Video Game Deals

The chapter 1 trailer said that future chapters would not be free. So I dunno, maybe a few bucks tops? I can't imagine it being more than $5. I don't remember a damn thing that happened in chapter 1 so I'll just wait for the whole thing to be released at this point. I just can't get hyped for episodic release schedules anymore.




#14421927 Humble Bundle Thread

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 15 September 2021 - 06:23 PM in Video Game Deals

"Humble Every Mafia Game Except The One Most People Don't Already Have Bundle" must've been too long.




#14421634 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 14 September 2021 - 02:48 PM in Video Game Deals

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But if you forgot it how do you know it wasn't awesome? You can't even remember!

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#14421550 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 14 September 2021 - 01:28 AM in Video Game Deals

You didn’t miss much … that series peaked with the first game …

Peaked with the first 25 minutes of the first game. Everything after the beach intro is completely forgettable.




#14421157 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 10 September 2021 - 09:45 PM in Video Game Deals

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"Yeah, this game sure is pervy. It's just plain perverted. I've seen perverted games before but this is the most perverted game for perverts that's ever perved."




#14420946 Humble Bundle Thread

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 10 September 2021 - 02:30 AM in Video Game Deals

Don't sleep on Not For Broadcast. Game is delightful, zany and unique. Sort of like an FMV Papers, Please. Going back to watch your broadcasts after you're done for the day is a lot of fun.




#14420740 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 09 September 2021 - 03:08 PM in Video Game Deals

So out of nowhere, Nioh: The Complete Edition is free on Epic.




#14420681 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 09 September 2021 - 04:23 AM in Video Game Deals

If not for Epic we probably wouldn't even be getting the Alan Wake remaster (and a rumored sequel). So yeah, I just can't muster up the energy to get upset that they're keeping it exclusive to their store.




#14420379 Humble Bundle Thread

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 07 September 2021 - 05:24 PM in Video Game Deals

I was gonna try to buy a PGA key from someone for $4 but Humble gave me a $4 coupon so I'll just buy the whole thing myself instead.




#14419844 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 03 September 2021 - 04:48 PM in Video Game Deals

holy hell the ascent is a stuttery mess. i read some shit but didn't know it was this bad. i'm reading people with 3090's having problems so i guess it isn't a card thing, but an optimization thing. oh well, guess i'll cheat again in hades before my gamepass sub runs out. 

 

Similar issue to Psychonauts 2. Supposedly has something to do with shader compiling in DX12, so you get these noticeable hitches when you do certain things for the first time (blowing up barrels in The Ascent, attacking enemies in Psychonauts 2). One way around the worst of it is to force the game to run in DX11, but that's only an option if you have the game on Steam. The Ascent has a DX11 option on Game Pass but unless it was fixed in a recent patch, it's completely non-functional. I mentioned it before but I really wanted to like The Ascent more than I did. Stunning visuals and the gameplay is fun but everything surrounding it sucks away a lot of the enjoyment.

 

And re: Far Cry, every time I try to play one of those games I stop after 5 hours or less, meaning the only one I actually finished was Blood Dragon. The formula wears itself out way too quickly.
 




#14419206 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 31 August 2021 - 09:17 PM in Video Game Deals

Am dum, plz explain. Cause at $5/mo I'm pulling the trigger.

1. Buy up to three 12-month XBL Gold codes.

2. Redeem them one-by-one here while signed in to your Microsoft account.

3. Each time you redeem a code, be sure to decline recurring billing if they offer it.

4. You should now have 36 months of XBL Gold.

5. Go here to convert your 36 months of Gold to Game Pass Ultimate at the current conversion rate (which as of today is still 1:1)

6. If you haven't had GPU before, it should cost only $1 to convert. So you end up paying $181 (+ tax) for 36 months of Game Pass Ultimate.

7. Optional: Turn off recurring billing if they enabled it on you.




#14418928 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 30 August 2021 - 05:28 PM in Video Game Deals

What's the best deal on a Game Pass subscription right now?

(Note: This all assumes you aren't already a subscriber)

 

- Got a Costco membership? If so, buy (3) 12-month subs over there for $55 each, then convert to Game Pass Ultimate for $15 (or $1 if you haven't subbed before). Works out to $166-180 for three years. Just be sure to disable recurring billing (which might add a free month) each time you redeem a code since I don't believe you can have more than 36 months of Gold at a given time, and that would make redeeming the final 12-month code an issue. Side-note: Costco used to carry 24-month subs for $95 but it looks like they're OOS right now. No idea if they plan to bring them back at all.

 

- Not a Costco member? You can either get full-priced $60 12-month XBL Gold codes or wait for the inevitable $50 deal at Newegg (a monthly occurrence at this point). Then convert to GPU.




#14418163 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 25 August 2021 - 11:28 PM in Video Game Deals

Psychonauts 2 is pretty amazing so far in almost every regard. Just the occasional hitch that is apparently some shader issue with UE4 and DX12, but other than that it's easily the most fun I've had with a game all year.




#14418042 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 25 August 2021 - 05:27 PM in Video Game Deals

Need a new video card? Enjoy sitting in line? Think sleep is overrated? Well then you're in luck because Best Buy B&M is getting another RTX 3000 FE restock tomorrow.

 

Twitter link with supposed inventory numbers per store




#14417856 Humble Bundle Thread

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 24 August 2021 - 05:36 PM in Video Game Deals

I assume they feel that there are enough people who will want a Steam key so they can "own" the game as opposed to renting it via subscription, so putting it up on GP is just some supplemental revenue. Humble seems to have a strong relationship with Microsoft (Ikenfell and The Wild At Heart were both Day 1 GP as well, not to mention all the other games they've put up on the service) so by now they're probably aware of how many people play it via GP and what kind of effect it has on sales numbers.

Just to go back to this, a whole bunch more Humble-published games are now coming Day 1 to Game Pass in the future:

 




#14417795 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 24 August 2021 - 09:38 AM in Video Game Deals

Still looking forward to seeing some difference over the I5 2550k in a couple of days!

 

Upgraded from a 2500k to an i5-10400 myself back in December and I was very satisfied. Games of course felt smoother but even general every day tasks were noticeably quicker. Hopefully your experience is similar.

 

Sandy Bridge really was something else, though. Part of me wanted to put the upgrade off until right around now just so I could say I got 10 years out of it.




#14417509 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 22 August 2021 - 04:54 PM in Video Game Deals

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C'mon, whoever started this discussion just confess, we promise we won't be mad!




#14417419 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 21 August 2021 - 07:25 PM in Video Game Deals

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#14417060 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 20 August 2021 - 12:03 AM in Video Game Deals

Played through Twelve Minutes. Took about 4 hours. Surprisingly was more of a point-and-click adventure game than I expected which is fine by me, I love the genre. Really enjoyed the "A-ha!" moments where you either intentionally or accidentally uncover the solution to a puzzle and are able to progress the story. Very ambitious game which ends up being both a strength and part of the problem. Sometimes the time loop stuff comes across as brilliant, other times it's tedious. For maybe the first 3/4 of the game, it feels like you're constantly finding something new or experiencing small changes in the timeline, so most loops are still rewarding. But once you hit the final stretch and there's less new information to gather, you find yourself repeating the same loop trying to find the way to move forward. And you start losing patience. Which is maybe intentional since now you're feeling more and more like the character you control as his frustrations mount, but that doesn't make it any less annoying.

 

And without spoiling too much:

 

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So yeah, Twelve Minutes certainly goes for it and tries some interesting things, and it almost gets there, but doesn't quite stick the landing.




#14416511 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 17 August 2021 - 03:52 PM in Video Game Deals

Are there any cheaper ways to score steambux presently? Really wanna pick up road 96 but would love to save some cash if possible

Buy a BJs membership so you can get $20 Steam GCs for only $19. If you buy at least 55 GCs then the membership pays for itself.




#14416342 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 16 August 2021 - 06:08 PM in Video Game Deals

Spent a good chunk of the last few days playing Hades. Maybe it was the overwhelming hype I've read for the last 1-2 years that created insurmountable expectations, but I didn't think it was all that amazing. Definitely good, and at times very good. Combat has a nice flow to it, production values are fantastic. It's one of the few roguelites I've played where the whole loop of going through an extensive dungeon and always starting over at the beginning is built in to the story and there's a logic that makes sense. There just isn't enough variety in regards to biomes, enemies or bosses (and that includes the alternate Extreme Measures versions). Even with the different weapon types and assortment of boons, runs feel very same-y quicker than I expected. After 20-25 trips through the underworld and having won five times, I felt like I had my fill. I know the pact of punishment mixes things up a bit but not necessarily enough in the ways that matter to me. In the end, it just doesn't have the staying power of something like Isaac, Spelunky, Gungeon, or even Dead Cells.

 

Also got in a couple games of L4D2 for the first time in nearly ten years and that game still holds up today. The pacing is just so much better than B4B.




#14416207 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Insomniac_34 on 15 August 2021 - 06:41 PM in Video Game Deals

Likely starting up my Gamepass for a month starting Tuesday to try Humankind. Anything recent, as in previous 3-4 months of offerings, worth playing as well? I don't own an Xbox and likely wont ever, so only PC for this. Going to try Boyfriend Dungeon and Library of Ruinia as well.

 

If you're keeping it for just a month and want something relatively quick to check out: Katamari Damacy and Prodeus are great. Last Stop is fairly entertaining but I wish your choices actually mattered more. Dodgeball Academia is a neat little sports RPG but is more in the 10-15 hour range. Snowrunner is good if you're into the Truck Sim games. A lot of people like Maneater although I found it too repetitive.

 

Also, 12 minutes comes out in a few days and Psychonauts 2 on the 25th. Both of those have been on my radar for a while.