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#112291 Souffrir   Eternally Training CAG CAGiversary!   5112 Posts   Joined 7.8 Years Ago  

Posted 07 September 2019 - 04:57 PM

Digital Foundry looking at the Final Fantasy VIII: Remastered version b/t PS4 and PS1 (also out on PC/Steam, Switch, X1):

I’ve been playing this on PS4, as well, and I feel like offering my two cents on some of these assessments. I also replayed the original PSX version around three years ago, so that’s relatively fresh in my mind.

- 3x speed is here as an option like it has been with many FF Remasters, likely to stop the grind & other non-sense that some of the FF's are known for (and in particular, this title w/ constant drawing of spells, lots of GF summons, etc).

The 3x and Booster functions are indeed a godsend for tedious grinds. In operation together, they make drawing new types of spells, farming rare cards with the Card command, and other repetitive activities feel like a breeze compared to the original.

- Character models were redone and are more in-line with the FMV's, while the textures weren't.

This is wrong. I can’t say for certain on the textures (I’ve heard news sites saying otherwise, though), but the character models, while a big step up graphically, are actually further away from the FMVs. The faces (and in Squall’s case, hairstyle) look different enough that it can be a bit jarring switching from these new models to the pre-rendered ones in the cutscenes. The old models, while kind of crappy, did have the correct rough shape.

- This Remaster has more of the quirks and issues (no rumble/analog support) & even advantages (better looking menus) of the old FF8 PC version.

For the record, this sounds like the remaster’s using the menus from the PC version, but I’m pretty sure they just redid them for this version.

- Original was at 320x240, but Remaster has everything running at 1080p.

This might be a bit misleading. Things are running at 1080p, but the pre-rendered content (which includes the frequent cutscenes and all backgrounds other than in battle and on the overworld) are the same as the original versions just run through some upscaling filters. There’s not going to be a ton of difference for those vs playing the original on a modern TV.

- In this Remaster: battles are capped at 16fps

I believe this. I don’t usually care about framerate, but I’ve noticed the battles don’t seem especially smooth.

A couple personal irritations for me concerning the remaster involve a lack of interface updating. I’m a purist, myself, but a few little modernization touches would have gone a long way.

• You can still only save at save points and on the overworld, which is a bit ridiculous in a remaster of this kind.
• It would have been nice to remap overworld camera controls to the right stick to bring it more in line with games from the past 15 years. Those controls are still limited to the shoulder buttons.

Additionally, they updated all the triple triads cards, using the updated in-game models for every card other than the character cards (which still use portrait art)... which is kind of awful because the original cards all either used handdrawn portraits or pre-rendered models. The models used for the new cards weren’t even placed on the right background, they’ve clearly been extracted—possibly even from screenshots. I’d have rather they upscale the original versions.

This would've been great if they had only thought of the QTE Limit Break issues that would arise from lowering the FPS unnecessarily. The thing they really needed to work on was the Draw mechanic. Having to spend 10-20 turns drawing magic from bosses to equip to your stats was a real pain in the ass in the original.

To be fair, there was usually an easier way—the Card Mod ability in conjunction with the magic refinement abilities could get you virtually every spell in the game, and most of them at a really efficient rate of exchange; though a few were still easier to draw. Once you manipulated the card trade rule to All (pretty simple), you could rake in cards really quickly.

#112292 MysterD   39 Year Old Birthday Toaster (Oct. 25th) CAGiversary!   25861 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 07 September 2019 - 08:45 PM

Digital Foundry wonders if Gears 5 is "one of the all-time greatest PC ports of all time?" & concludes the PC port is "near perfect":
 


#112293 josekortez   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   7932 Posts   Joined 16.8 Years Ago  

Posted 07 September 2019 - 10:33 PM

The Slain: Back From Hell Bundle is $1.99 on Chrono.gg today.

 

https://www.chrono.gg/



#112294 Mooby   Herp Derp CAGiversary!   11046 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

Posted 07 September 2019 - 11:03 PM

God be praised, it lives!!!

 

https://store.steamp...000/Cube_World/



#112295 INMATEofARKHAM   Looking for my padded cell CAGiversary!   5897 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

INMATEofARKHAM

Posted 08 September 2019 - 01:50 PM

Just a reminder that that free copy we all got off of battle.net needs to be converted to Steam...  I just did it, its not a very painful, its actually pretty quick.

 

https://www.bungie.net/7/en/PCMove



#112296 MysterD   39 Year Old Birthday Toaster (Oct. 25th) CAGiversary!   25861 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 08 September 2019 - 02:34 PM

Just a reminder that that free copy we all got off of battle.net needs to be converted to Steam...  I just did it, its not a very painful, its actually pretty quick.

 

https://www.bungie.net/7/en/PCMove

So, I only had Destiny 2 base (no DLC, no passes) on Battle.Net.

 

I did the transfer a bit ago, when it first popped up.

 

Just checked moments ago...and it now also has my licenses listed as including both Osirus & Warmind.



#112297 josekortez   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   7932 Posts   Joined 16.8 Years Ago  

Posted 08 September 2019 - 04:02 PM

Best Buy has the PDP Deluxe Wired Controller for PC and Xbox One for $17.99.  Black camo color only.

 

https://www.bestbuy....T&skuId=6266105

 

I replaced my old worn-out Xbox 360 controller with this one, and it's great!



#112298 INMATEofARKHAM   Looking for my padded cell CAGiversary!   5897 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

INMATEofARKHAM

Posted 08 September 2019 - 04:57 PM

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint is in Beta now, from Sept. 5-9th:
https://ghost-recon....a-september-5-9
 
Notes:

  • If you registered before to try to test GR:BP, check your e-mail and/or get onto UPLAY to check if you got in.
  • Subscribing to UPLAY+ free trial (until Sept. 30th) will get you automatically into the GR:BP Beta.
  • There is NO NDA for this GR:BP Beta.

Maybe I'll mess around with it some more after football and sleep but I played it some last night.

Its interesting... Anyone wanting more traditional Ghost Recon is not going to like this... it's even less tactical as there's no NPC squadmates... Unless that comes into play after the first couple of hours.

The enemy design... Sure seems to suggest this isn't going to be traditional GR.

Its fun... but I'm not seeing a reason to preorder it.

#112299 RubMySweatyThighsPls  

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Posted 08 September 2019 - 05:01 PM

So, I only had Destiny 2 base (no DLC, no passes) on Battle.Net.

 

I did the transfer a bit ago, when it first popped up.

 

Just checked moments ago...and it now also has my licenses listed as including both Osirus & Warmind.

They made all the DLC before Forsaken Free to all players 



#112300 MysterD   39 Year Old Birthday Toaster (Oct. 25th) CAGiversary!   25861 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 08 September 2019 - 05:42 PM

Maybe I'll mess around with it some more after football and sleep but I played it some last night.

Its interesting... Anyone wanting more traditional Ghost Recon is not going to like this... it's even less tactical as there's no NPC squadmates... Unless that comes into play after the first couple of hours.

The enemy design... Sure seems to suggest this isn't going to be traditional GR.

Its fun... but I'm not seeing a reason to preorder it.

Nope, it hasn't come into play w/ squad-mates showing up, unless it's later-later on.

 

Breakpoint is way less tactical than Wildlands - and even despite my Wildlands complaints about that being dialed-back a bit, I still liked that game. Wildlands was still ambitious as hell and trying a ton of new things (i.e. UbiSoft open-world stuff with AC-like icons for side-stuff everywhere; GTA-style vehicle driving; and mixing GR tactical stuff); things that I feel should be expanded on with Breakpoint. I might not have had entire control over my AI squad in Wildlands, but you still have some control...and that was still enough.

 

Also, guns don't feel as moddable either in Breakpoint. You could easily swap-out pieces like scopes and things back in Wildlands. You had less guns in Wildlands, but more mods. Now, it's gone the other way with Breakpoint - as you have more guns, but less ways to mod them. And these guns seems to be littered all over the map to find, too.

 

Also, the storytelling, narrative, writing, dialogue, voice-acting & cut-scenes - don't seem to be anything special; and that's a problem, as it's trying to also focus on this stuff. At least if this stuff was good-to-great, I'd be fine w/ this stuff being here in Breakpoint. It's maybe passable...and that's about it. And you'd think with this more story-orientated attempt here, it would make more sense in a game with an offline option, but that option isn't here either. At least with Wildlands, you could play offline or online; up to you.

 

At least with Wildlands, this story-stuff was straight to the point and quick (like Skyrim often does) - and then you got going, so this stuff didn't get much in the way...as you did the missions, often having context via logs/video/audio/etc in Wildlands if you wanted more info and context. With the online-only factor now in Breakpoint, I could see other players...really getting annoyed w/ these cut-scenes stuff not told to them by other means, interrupting the flow of gameplay & gunplay; especially since these cut-scenes & narrative aren't even that good.

 

Breakpoint also runs like un-optimized crap too; it's even worse than Wildlands, AC: Origins, and AC: Odyssey here. On High at 1080p, it runs anywhere from 30-60fps on my laptop (i7 7700HQ; 6GB GTX 1060; 16 GB RAM; W10 x64). Game looks "meh" below High (i.e. same problem AC: Origins & AC: Odyssey had). It looks amazing at High, but it runs like crap; had to lock it down to 45fps to keep it somewhat stable. I hope they can fix these performance issues before the game comes out.

 

It also seems like UbiSoft wants to stick The Division ARPG-looter elements onto everything. First The Division; now AC with Origins & Odyssey; and now GR here with Breakpoint. With leveled-enemies, it makes the game less open; as some areas are just foolish to run into. This wasn't as much of an issue in Wildlands. With your gear having levels now in Breakpoint, you need to now pay attention to your gear and make sure it's equipped and leveled properly too - b/c that can be another factor, if you run into enemies and/or an area...and you're both leveled similarly, you'll actually have a chance there.

 

Combat still feels and plays fine. Gunplay is still good & feels right, like it was in Wildlands. I do like the additional realism elements of you hobbling and having issues walking/running, if you don't heal & bandage yourself. That realism stuff is actually welcome to me, adding an interesting element to the combat. But, losing the tactical stuff hurts - as having the injuries and tactical stuff together could've been something really interesting & special.

 

In so many ways, this no longer feels like a GR title. It began to stray a bit with Wildlands, but it went even further here with Breakpoint. It should've just been called Tom Clancy's Breakpoint.

 

This is an online-only game and could be living & breathing, so I do hope they can overhaul & add more tactical GR-stuff stuff in say patches/updates, DLC's, expansions, and/or something. And I do hope they can optimize this game b/c...it sorely needs it.

 

But, given what I've experienced so far & given that the game's out in early October (next month) - yeah, I don't have my hopes up here.



#112301 Tibor   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   276 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 09 September 2019 - 12:36 AM

My impressions are similar to MysterD's. It runs better than the tech test a couple of months ago but that was an earlier build meant to test networking. The problem is some of the little issues there are still in the beta. Menus are buggy and not that intuitive at times.

 

The skill system isn't too bad at least and its easy to swap classes at the base/bivuacs. The main base/hub though is basically out of the Division and all the multiplayer aspects, especially gear level are done to keep people playing longer and buying dlc's, especially for PvP.



#112302 Kelkeen   \mm/ \mm/ CAGiversary!   826 Posts   Joined 13.2 Years Ago  

Posted 09 September 2019 - 12:45 AM

Holy shit.  Talking with Verizon customer service is like being sprayed with shit and pepper spray at the same time.



#112303 Blade   This is the way CAGiversary!   14962 Posts   Joined 15.3 Years Ago  

Posted 09 September 2019 - 02:33 AM

Holy shit.  Talking with Verizon customer service is like being sprayed with shit and curry at the same time.

ftfy



#112304 Insomniac_34   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1188 Posts   Joined 8.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 03:06 AM

FYI if anyone wants cheap Steam copies of The Evil Within 2 ($4.48), or Mafia III ($3.99), I just bought and activated sealed copies from Goodwill's ebay storefront. Free shipping included. Evil Within 2 has a pretty barebones pc case, but the Mafia III case includes a neat physical map of the ingame area and also includes the "Family Kick-Back Pack" pre-order bonus.

YMMV: I had a $5 coupon on my rarely-used eBay account, no minimum purchase required. Ended up getting TEW2 for free. Anyone who has any interest in either of these might wanna check their accounts to see if they were as fortunate as I was.



#112305 agentghost   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5167 Posts   Joined 11.6 Years Ago  

Posted 09 September 2019 - 04:15 AM

FNBKV-NI02E-4QA3M

 

enjoy JACK



#112306 shrinerr   Are you software people ready to fucking party? CAGiversary!   1391 Posts   Joined 16.2 Years Ago  

Posted 09 September 2019 - 08:51 AM

just finished Gears. some thoughts nobody wants...

 

the open world stuff is dumb. real dumb. like, "holy shit they added this stuff to artificially pad playtime" dumb.

 

the robot stuff is fun. the abilities are interesting. looking for parts to upgrade the robot is dumb.

 

everything else is fine. shooting, set pieces, level environment/atmosphere, everything that makes it a Gears game is great. gonna play some horde and escape mode now. so yeah, if you got gamepass, i recommend trying it out.



#112307 MysterD   39 Year Old Birthday Toaster (Oct. 25th) CAGiversary!   25861 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 09 September 2019 - 11:03 AM

FNBKV-NI02E-4QA3M

 

enjoy JACK

Didn't get it.

Someone else must've wanted to know JACK.

B/c I guess...I don't know JACK.



#112308 agentghost   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5167 Posts   Joined 11.6 Years Ago  

Posted 09 September 2019 - 02:37 PM

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another one



#112309 DrR0Ck   Grammar Ass CAGiversary!   1834 Posts   Joined 14.2 Years Ago  

Posted 09 September 2019 - 03:02 PM

So, I only had Destiny 2 base (no DLC, no passes) on Battle.Net.

 

I did the transfer a bit ago, when it first popped up.

 

Just checked moments ago...and it now also has my licenses listed as including both Osirus & Warmind.

Where do you see the licenses on your account?

Also, any chance we'll see a sale for Battle.net Forsaken before the Steam launch?



#112310 MysterD   39 Year Old Birthday Toaster (Oct. 25th) CAGiversary!   25861 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 09 September 2019 - 04:04 PM

Where do you see the licenses on your account?

Also, any chance we'll see a sale for Battle.net Forsaken before the Steam launch?

On Bungie's website for Destiny 2, where you do the transfer:

https://www.bungie.net/7/en/PCMove

 

After you do the transfer, it tells you your licenses.



#112311 DrR0Ck   Grammar Ass CAGiversary!   1834 Posts   Joined 14.2 Years Ago  

Posted 09 September 2019 - 04:35 PM

On Bungie's website for Destiny 2, where you do the transfer:

https://www.bungie.net/7/en/PCMove

 

After you do the transfer, it tells you your licenses.

I did the transfer last week, but don't seem to be able to see the licenses now...



#112312 FamousLastMCRmy   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   6 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

FamousLastMCRmy

Posted 09 September 2019 - 05:31 PM

Where do you see the licenses on your account?

Also, any chance we'll see a sale for Battle.net Forsaken before the Steam launch?


Is Forsaken even still for sale on Battle.net? Finally got a gaming PC so went to snatch it up, but looks like I’m stuck with the base version for now.

#112313 cobolatrix  

Posted 09 September 2019 - 07:08 PM

Is Forsaken even still for sale on Battle.net? Finally got a gaming PC so went to snatch it up, but looks like I’m stuck with the base version for now.

You need to purchase it on Steam.



#112314 Nothing-   Tomorrow King - Interloper Kai CAGiversary!   9128 Posts   Joined 9.0 Years Ago  

Posted 09 September 2019 - 07:56 PM

Where do you see the licenses on your account?

Also, any chance we'll see a sale for Battle.net Forsaken before the Steam launch?

 

Wait for the launch of Shadowkeep.  IMO there is no way that they can/will charge people $30 for Forsaken plus +$35 for Shadowkeep PLUS whatever for the Shadowkeep expansions, once Shadowkeep finally launches.  There has got to be some new all-inclusive packages or bundling of some sort.

 

Actually just checking it now it appears that you can no longer purchase anything Destiny 2 related from battle.net.



#112315 eulogywerd21   Jesus wept CAGiversary!   3719 Posts   Joined 11.4 Years Ago  

eulogywerd21

Posted 09 September 2019 - 08:13 PM

Oh, 2K and Gearbox, how you continue to shit the bed. Let me count the ways...

#112316 Kelkeen   \mm/ \mm/ CAGiversary!   826 Posts   Joined 13.2 Years Ago  

Posted 09 September 2019 - 08:58 PM

Gears, Control, Youngblood or keep grinding my way through Stormblood in FF14?



#112317 MysterD   39 Year Old Birthday Toaster (Oct. 25th) CAGiversary!   25861 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 09 September 2019 - 09:35 PM

Gears, Control, Youngblood or keep grinding my way through Stormblood in FF14?

Pick whatever games you either have...

1. In a Pass - i.e. XBox for PC Pass, Xbox Gold, UPlay+, Origin Pass, whatever.

2. Something you already owned;

3. Something in a bundle you want that's currently on sale;

4. And/or any game you want to buy currently hitting 75% off or better.

 

Me, I have Xbox for PC Game Pass, so Gears 5 is next when I get access to it...which I believe is tomorrow.



#112318 MysterD   39 Year Old Birthday Toaster (Oct. 25th) CAGiversary!   25861 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 09 September 2019 - 09:39 PM

I did the transfer last week, but don't seem to be able to see the licenses now...

After you do the move - in the middle of screen is a box that says "Click my Transfer Details."

That will tell you what you own for Destiny 2 licenses for Steam.



#112319 Souffrir   Eternally Training CAG CAGiversary!   5112 Posts   Joined 7.8 Years Ago  

Posted 09 September 2019 - 09:53 PM

Gears, Control, Youngblood or keep grinding my way through Stormblood in FF14?


FF8.

That’s always been my recommendation when people ask but now it’s marginally more relevant than usual.

#112320 Dranakin   Member Since Oct 2003 CAGiversary!   2962 Posts   Joined 16.9 Years Ago  

Posted 09 September 2019 - 10:03 PM

Okay, I'm now one of you. Not that I needed to get a new PC to upgrade from my laptop, but I'll be going from:
i7-4800MQ
32GB DDR3 1600Mhz
GTX 765M

to

i9-9900K
16GB DDR4 2666Mhz
RTX 2070 Super

Now I just need to organize myself. I just checked Steam and the last time I bought a game on there was 2014. I signed up for a wishlist at gg.deals so hopefully I can keep track of ongoing deals and free game giveaways. I haven't been keeping up, but apparently, there are launchers for Origin, Epic, Twitch, UPlay, etc. in addition to Steam. I guess I will install all and try to keep track of my libraries somehow. I do at least have Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, so I can jumpstart building my library with some games from that service.