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#117061 Master Miguel   Tired CAGiversary!   1485 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

Master Miguel

Posted 14 July 2020 - 06:05 AM

So I just installed Observer Observation on xbox game pass and....wow. I usually have a pretty high tolerance for games, even if they aren't amazing I'll stick with it just because but I couldn't take it with Observation. I put in about an hour and a half hoping the game would improve but it was just the same stuff over and over but more annoying each time. The whole gist is that you are an AI on a space station and then an unexplained event happens and then you and 1 crew member try to figure out whats going on. You figure out what is going on by taking control of cameras in the different compartments on the station and slowly panning back and forth and up and down until you find something that you can interact with, not very riveting. Then after a bit you're given control of a ball that reminded me of those things that flew around in HL2 and snapped pictures and you have full control to fly around and interact with stuff. The issue is you're in space floating freely and its super easy to get turned around and struggle to get your bearings (which is likely the point but I just found it annoying). Then the straw that broke the camels back is you're sent out into space to seal hatches and look for points of damage on different parts of the space station and you have to be fairly close to interact with the damaged areas which between that and not knowing where the heck I'm supposed to go, and the poor floating controls that probably made sure I constantly got turned around and looked at the same part of the station numerous times, it just did me in. Life is stressful enough without having to float around in space as a little ball not knowing where the hell to go or what to do while looking through static and fuzzy camera lenses.

TLDR: Skip this and watch Interstellar instead.



#117062 hal   Game Hoarder CAGiversary!   5796 Posts   Joined 14.4 Years Ago  

Posted 14 July 2020 - 07:02 AM

Has anyone had Watch Dogs 2 show up in your Ubi client yet? No dogs for me.



#117063 MysterD   40 Year Old Birthday Toaster (Oct. 25th 1980-2020)) CAGiversary!   26576 Posts   Joined 17.4 Years Ago  

Posted 14 July 2020 - 11:04 AM

UbiSoft is skipping Steam again for Far Cry 6, AC: Valhalla & Watch Dogs Legion - those will be only on Epic, Uplay & Stadia:

https://www.tweaktow...adia/index.html

 
Looks like Ubi's preview build for Watch Dogs Legion was running at 1080p30fps on a GTX 2080 Ti:
 
Digital Foundry - Watch Dogs Legion early build w/ technical performance & analysis (on RTX, lighting, graphics etc):


#117064 Syntax Error   Art School Dropout CAGiversary!   11390 Posts   Joined 8.9 Years Ago  

Syntax Error

Posted 14 July 2020 - 01:56 PM

UbiSoft is skipping Steam again for Far Cry 6, AC: Valhalla & Watch Dogs Legion

This will be every Ubi release going forward until Epic stops cutting checks.  It's a perfect win-win for Ubisoft: they get a big payout from Epic for the "exclusive" agreement and people who dislike Epic just buy it from Ubisoft anyway for 100% revenue in Ubi's pockets.  Since everyone requires the Uplay client, there's almost no reason to buy from Steam unless you invested your 401k into GabeN Funbux.  Yves Guillemot gloated about it with Division 2 that they made a pile of money from EGS haters buying direct while still getting that fat Sweeney bribe money.



#117065 Nothing-   Tomorrow King - Interloper Kai CAGiversary!   9591 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

Posted 14 July 2020 - 02:31 PM

I bought Farcry 4, Farcry Primal, and Farcry 5 on Uplay last night for $18 with the coupon.  Apparently that was my first purchase on Uplay after all these years. 

 

I also updated Div 2 with 47gigs so that I could go open my five free loot boxes and then promptly uninstalled it.  My NVMe drive is full.  Really need to purchase another SSD and I don't wanna. 



#117066 MinDRioT   slipping through the cracks of a stolen jewel CAGiversary!   4925 Posts   Joined 7.3 Years Ago  

Posted 14 July 2020 - 02:44 PM

Has anyone had Watch Dogs 2 show up in your Ubi client yet? No dogs for me.

Got my WATCH DOGS 2 last night. Took a while, but Ubisoft eventually complied with MY EXECUTIVE ORDER!



#117067 eulogywerd21   Jesus wept CAGiversary!   3788 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

eulogywerd21

Posted 14 July 2020 - 03:27 PM

I also updated Div 2 with 47gigs so that I could go open my five free loot boxes and then promptly uninstalled it.  My NVMe drive is full.  Really need to purchase another SSD and I don't wanna. 

Whew, how big does that make Div2 now? Not CoDMW remake I'd wager, but still.
SSD talk: Even though my Mobo has 2ea - M.2, I just figured out that if I use both for NVMe drives, it disables one of my SATA ports... so now I have to choose between ultra fast reading/writing and furry porn/pirated games/tax docs/drm free installers um, storage. ok... porn
 



#117068 gospelman   Irreducibly Complex CAGiversary!   3147 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 14 July 2020 - 03:30 PM

Even though my Mobo has 2ea - M.2, I just figured out that if I use both for NVMe drives, it disables one of my SATA ports
 

Yeah, most boards have a tradeoff to running muiltiple pci-e drives at full capactiy due to limited lanes.  Other boards do things like cut the primary gpu slot from 16x to 8x.  I avoid planning to install more than one to an am4 board for this reason.



#117069 INMATEofARKHAM   Looking for my padded cell CAGiversary!   6034 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

INMATEofARKHAM

Posted 14 July 2020 - 03:42 PM

Yves Guillemot gloated about it with Division 2 that they made a pile of money from EGS haters buying direct while still getting that fat Sweeney bribe money.

Frankly, I don't think they are getting many sales.  None of those games are must play now, hell most of them are stuff you've feel like you've already played before...  Minus the Division 2.



#117070 Insomniac_34   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1297 Posts   Joined 9.3 Years Ago  

Insomniac_34

Posted 14 July 2020 - 04:32 PM



So I just installed Observer on xbox game pass and....wow.

So just to make a correction for anyone interested in checking it out: You're referring to Observation (made by the Stories Untold devs) and not Observer (made by the Layers of Fear devs). I think I made the same mistake at least once.

 

Anyways, I played this myself about a week or two ago and while I had some of the same gripes as you did (clunky UI, annoying space walk missions), I still very much enjoyed it. I really thought they nailed the atmosphere and overall presentation. It has horror game vibes but is more tense than outright scary. I found the game controlled significantly better with a gamepad over keyboard and mouse and a lot of my issues went away once I made the switch. The story hooked me early on and doesn't overstay its welcome (~6 hours I think). Also might have been the first game I've ever played where I felt chromatic aberration was used well. That the and the film grain effect really enhanced the feel of playing through the cameras of an AI.

 

So yeah, overall I had a good time with it. Fun sci-fi thriller. The space walk missions were far and away my biggest issues and I got lost for a good 5-10 minutes on the first one, but fortunately there are only two of them. Once you get past them things get much better.



#117071 Mooby   Herp Derp CAGiversary!   11197 Posts   Joined 10.5 Years Ago  

Posted 14 July 2020 - 06:52 PM

I think i might just buy fc5 gold for $8ac, which i believe includes the fc3 remaster as part of the season pass content. Then just install them on ubi launcher.

Edit:
Apparently this doesn't work as it should.  Just going to keep my current streak of $0 spent on EGS instead of dealing with the headache & support tickets if/when I don't get the season pass content.
https://forums.ubiso...a595a4e3a7ea17e

From what I understand the Far Cry 5 DLC (the zombie, vietnam, etc. stuff) can only be bought through U-Play itself?  Of course, Far Cry 5 still had Denuvo and it looks like that's part and parcel with U-Play so I doubt it's ever removed.

 

Never mind, it's included in the gold edition no matter where you buy it.  Still has Denuvo, though!



#117072 MysterD   40 Year Old Birthday Toaster (Oct. 25th 1980-2020)) CAGiversary!   26576 Posts   Joined 17.4 Years Ago  

Posted 14 July 2020 - 07:04 PM

This will be every Ubi release going forward until Epic stops cutting checks.  It's a perfect win-win for Ubisoft: they get a big payout from Epic for the "exclusive" agreement and people who dislike Epic just buy it from Ubisoft anyway for 100% revenue in Ubi's pockets.  Since everyone requires the Uplay client, there's almost no reason to buy from Steam unless you invested your 401k into GabeN Funbux.  Yves Guillemot gloated about it with Division 2 that they made a pile of money from EGS haters buying direct while still getting that fat Sweeney bribe money.

 

Yeah, I've been buying a lot of titles of Ubi's UPLAY-only games on UPlay or Epic. W/ those versions, you can just deal w/ UPlay; nothing else. And, the other thing: those versions are often cheaper to find, as they're more readily available and also not giving Steam 30% of a sale.

 

Which means, on Non-Steam versions, they ain't also taking in Steam's 30% cut on the sale price, when the game's on sale. Less middle-men involved.

 

This is a "Steam"-based thread, so I figured it's worth people knowing: Ubi did it again. Just so they are aware, Ubi games are sticking w/ UPLAY, Stadia, and Epic only.

 

Yeah, I would expect this as an on-going saga w/ Ubi, especially since that 12% cut from Epic is way less to give up than Steam's 30% cut; and since they've always pushed the heck out of their own client for - like you said - the 100% Ubi sales on UPLAY. 

 

Though, I do wonder if way down the line, some few years down the road, when sales dry up from Epic and UPlay w/ games like AC: Origin, AC: Odyssey, AC: Valhallah, FC6, Division 2, etc - if they'll just drop some of them way later on Steam. You know, kind of like what EA is doing w/ once-exclusive Origin titles, like say Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3 + 4.



#117073 FinderKeeper   Eternal n00b CAGiversary!   416 Posts   Joined 10.3 Years Ago  

FinderKeeper

Posted 14 July 2020 - 09:54 PM

Yeah, I've been buying a lot of titles of Ubi's UPLAY-only games on UPlay or Epic. W/ those versions, you can just deal w/ UPlay; nothing else. And, the other thing: those versions are often cheaper to find, as they're more readily available and also not giving Steam 30% of a sale.

 

Which means, on Non-Steam versions, they ain't also taking in Steam's 30% cut on the sale price, when the game's on sale. Less middle-men involved.

 

This is a "Steam"-based thread, so I figured it's worth people knowing: Ubi did it again. Just so they are aware, Ubi games are sticking w/ UPLAY, Stadia, and Epic only.

 

Yeah, I would expect this as an on-going saga w/ Ubi, especially since that 12% cut from Epic is way less to give up than Steam's 30% cut; and since they've always pushed the heck out of their own client for - like you said - the 100% Ubi sales on UPLAY. 

 

Though, I do wonder if way down the line, some few years down the road, when sales dry up from Epic and UPlay w/ games like AC: Origin, AC: Odyssey, AC: Valhallah, FC6, Division 2, etc - if they'll just drop some of them way later on Steam. You know, kind of like what EA is doing w/ once-exclusive Origin titles, like say Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3 + 4.

This reminds me of the proliferation of video streaming services within the past year or two. Netflix (like Steam) is the behemoth, but there seem to be a lot of recent challengers with apparently deep reserves of cash to give it a go. Disney+, Apple+, HBO Max, etc. Everyone seems to be piling in and assembling their own exclusive content along with poaching some of the so-called 'third-party' content like syndicated series. Ordinarily I'd say it was a good thing because of competition, except that the content is being gobbled up for exclusives and so there's little if any pressure to keep prices low for the consumer.

The big difference of course is that the launchers/portals (Steam, Ubi, Epic) are more storefronts while the streaming services are going the subscription route. I guess the closest parallels with gaming would be Microsoft's GamePass and Sony's PlayStation Now, or (to go old-school) GameFly's physical disc rental model that paralleled Netflix's original physical disc rental).

I definitely appreciate the freebies that EpicGames and Uplay are sending my way (just as I appreciated Origin for the same reason) but I don't think in the long run that they will be able to take much market share from Steam. They'll establish their niche--like Disney+ and HBO Max--but they're no threat to Steam in the long run. My Steam game library will continue to dwarf my game library for any other launcher/portal, and although the deals aren't anywhere near as good as they were several years ago, that initial head start was huge.

My main worry is that in the short term that the games market will fragment into several mutually exclusive launchers, each with a stranglehold on certain content.

TL;DR: That last sentence.



#117074 MysterD   40 Year Old Birthday Toaster (Oct. 25th 1980-2020)) CAGiversary!   26576 Posts   Joined 17.4 Years Ago  

Posted 14 July 2020 - 10:33 PM

My main worry is that in the short term that the games market will fragment into several mutually exclusive launchers, each with a stranglehold on certain content.

TL;DR: That last sentence.

That has been kind of happening for a bit, actually.

 

I remember heck, when some games were basically on Stardock Impulse. GameStop bought Impulse, when Stardock failed to beat Steam - and well, now their games are on Steam. [shrug]

 

EA was putting all their stuff over on only Origin, since BF3. They only recently decided to bring some of their older stuff (since BF3) over to Steam, since they probably need more sales.

 

Even Microsoft, who stopped putting stuff on Steam for a while, is finally back to putting stuff on Steam.

 

Ubi though...had decided to drop Steam, for the time being.

 

I'm glad to see Sony planning to bring some of their titles to PC. First the Quantic Dream games (Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human) - and now we will be getting Horizon: Zero Dawn. Hoping more come here.

 

I don't think I really see many - heck, if any games - are actually exclusive to GOG.

 

We've also been seeing recent Activision titles like say the CoD titles - like Black Ops 4 and COD: MW Reboot - skip Steam entirely and just put their games on Battle.Net.

 

I don't know if the AAA companies can really afford anymore to really skip out on any platforms anymore, as they will likely...need the $ and sales. They're spending so much on development & marketing - they need these sales. I could see say timed-exclusives becoming more of a thing, though - as games might not be on X service for a time period, but might just come anywhere from 6 months to a few years later, when they really need to make that double-dip $ or need to hit that segment of the audience that they haven't hit yet.



#117075 shadowysea07   Cjenvy I'm ready for you awd this time I'm wearing pants CAGiversary!   6211 Posts   Joined 8.0 Years Ago  

shadowysea07

Posted 15 July 2020 - 01:28 AM

Yeah I'm surprised at this point that the bamco tales of games haven't all gotten the steam and such treatment for the older entries. Given that the games sell stronger on that platform across the board than anywhere else basically especially sony systems it seems like a no brainer.



#117076 inm8num2   The result is quite fresh and quality. CAGiversary!   3306 Posts   Joined 9.4 Years Ago  

Posted 15 July 2020 - 02:03 AM

The Banner Saga 2 is 90% off ($2.49). That's tempting.

 

TBS2 was Hamble Monthly'd nearly 3 years ago, so it might be ripe for a BTA tier in an upcoming HB.



#117077 HBX   Let That Boy Cook CAGiversary!   1189 Posts   Joined 6.9 Years Ago  

Posted 15 July 2020 - 02:10 AM

The Banner Saga 2 is 90% off ($2.49). That's tempting.

 

TBS2 was Hamble Monthly'd nearly 3 years ago, so it might be ripe for a BTA tier in an upcoming HB.

That's almost a bundle safe price.

 

Speaking of Humble Monthlies, with the bundle today I'm reminded that Vermintide 1 has got to be the headliner that lost the most value since. It's been in 15 bundles total according to Barter.vg. Vermintide 2 definitely hasn't followed the same pattern.



#117078 Tibor   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   320 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

Posted 15 July 2020 - 06:28 AM

Frankly, I don't think they are getting many sales.  None of those games are must play now, hell most of them are stuff you've feel like you've already played before...  Minus the Division 2.

They haven't from me. I got my Div2 pre-order in with Humble discount just before they went exclusive (and got WD2 free...). They are only a what, 6 month exclusive? Then they end up on GMG, Humble, Fanatical and others. Ubi games tend to depreciate quickly anyway, usually within 3 months.



#117079 nny   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   639 Posts   Joined 14.5 Years Ago  

Posted 15 July 2020 - 01:26 PM

Not sure if talking about PC Game Pass is better here or in the xbox thread, but I was pretty happy to see Neon Abyss appear on release on Game Pass yesterday. It was probably the best demo I played last month when all those demos went up on Steam.

 

More Game Pass announcements for today:

Forager (Console & PC) ID@Xbox – July 16
Carrion (Console & PC) ID@Xbox – July 23
Golf With Your Friends (PC) ID@Xbox – July 23
Grounded – Xbox Game Preview(Console & PC) – July 28
Nowhere Prophet (Console & PC) ID@Xbox – July 30
The Touryst (Console & PC) – July 30
Yakuza Kiwami 2 (Console & PC) – July 30
 
Always wanted to try Golf with Your Friends; hopefully I'll have some friends to play it. I also had a friend that was really into Nowhere Prophet when it first came out, so I'm looking forward to trying that out.
 
Oh, Banner Saga 3 is leaving 7/31. That's kinda sad. I never got around to playing through 2, but it has always been high on my to-do list. I have 2 through Twitch Prime, but I guess maybe I'll need to keep an eye out for deals on 3 now.


#117080 INMATEofARKHAM   Looking for my padded cell CAGiversary!   6034 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

INMATEofARKHAM

Posted 15 July 2020 - 01:34 PM

They haven't from me. I got my Div2 pre-order in with Humble discount just before they went exclusive (and got WD2 free...). They are only a what, 6 month exclusive? Then they end up on GMG, Humble, Fanatical and others. Ubi games tend to depreciate quickly anyway, usually within 3 months.

Pretty sure the only one that went exclusive and has come to Steam has been the Crew 2... but it was so horrible in the closed/open beta that it didn't matter what they did with it.  (I know when I did feedback on the Crew and newest Ghost Recon betas that one thing I added was...  These games are good enough to worry about buying if they don't show up on Steam.)  



#117081 gospelman   Irreducibly Complex CAGiversary!   3147 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 15 July 2020 - 01:59 PM

Not sure if talking about PC Game Pass is better here or in the xbox thread

Probably here.  Way too much achievement / MS rewards junkie culture over there.

As someone who carries GP as my only gaming sub, I appreciate the update.
 

On topic:  Anyone try these toaster pizza "barriers" recommended by MysterD's mom?
Toaster-Bags-for-Pizza.jpg



#117082 Blade   This is the way CAGiversary!   15221 Posts   Joined 15.9 Years Ago  

Posted 15 July 2020 - 02:05 PM

Probably here.  Way too much achievement / MS rewards junkie culture over there.

As someone who carries GP as my only gaming sub, I appreciate the update.
 

On topic:  Anyone try these toaster pizza "barriers" recommended by MysterD's mom?
attachicon.gifToaster-Bags-for-Pizza.jpg

 

Another layer of material keeping me away from pizza is a bad thing in my book.

 

Although it looks like there's a lot of spinach/other uncooked greens on those slices, so throwing it away in a paper trash bag seems apt.



#117083 Souffrir   Eternally Training CAG CAGiversary!   5529 Posts   Joined 8.4 Years Ago  

Posted 15 July 2020 - 06:09 PM

Another layer of material keeping me away from pizza is a bad thing in my book.
 
Although it looks like there's a lot of spinach/other uncooked greens on those slices, so throwing it away in a paper trash bag seems apt.


That's arugula and it's awesome on pizza, you filthy animal.

#117084 BaeStuped   Better Than You CAGiversary!   21391 Posts   Joined 15.1 Years Ago  

Posted 15 July 2020 - 06:12 PM

That's arugula and it's awesome on pizza, you filthy animal.

argulgula, pineaple, and anchovsi

 

only three things you need on a pizza



#117085 greendayrulestce   Gayness rules don't fit CAGiversary!   1278 Posts   Joined 13.0 Years Ago  

greendayrulestce

Posted 15 July 2020 - 06:26 PM

For anyone wondering about the Small Business promotion from AMEX after buying from Humble Bundle, it does say 90 days to receive the credit but I received mine 5 days ago on July 10th. Showed up as a credit automatically instead of something to redeem. YMMV.

 

My payment was no longer pending on the 9th and received credit on 10th.

 

10 dollar purchase minimum to receive the 5 dollar credit.



#117086 Blade   This is the way CAGiversary!   15221 Posts   Joined 15.9 Years Ago  

Posted 15 July 2020 - 06:44 PM

That's arugula and it's awesome on pizza, you filthy animal.

 

Never heard of that animal product. Are you sure it's a topping and not a mistake?



#117087 eulogywerd21   Jesus wept CAGiversary!   3788 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

eulogywerd21

Posted 15 July 2020 - 07:13 PM

Never heard of that animal product. Are you sure it's a topping and not a mistake?

That's what could be known as a herbivore staple type food, in the pre-fecal digestion stage, on par with grass clippings. Minimal garden offerings are best for pizza unless you prefer your pie to be pretentious and overpriced.



#117088 Insomniac_34   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1297 Posts   Joined 9.3 Years Ago  

Insomniac_34

Posted 15 July 2020 - 09:00 PM

More Game Pass announcements for today:

 

Forager (Console & PC) ID@Xbox – July 16
Carrion (Console & PC) ID@Xbox – July 23
Golf With Your Friends (PC) ID@Xbox – July 23
Grounded – Xbox Game Preview(Console & PC) – July 28
Nowhere Prophet (Console & PC) ID@Xbox – July 30
The Touryst (Console & PC) – July 30
Yakuza Kiwami 2 (Console & PC) – July 30

 

Five games I'm interested in at least checking out for a little bit, would've been six if I didn't already have GWYF. July shaping up to be one of the better GamePass months in a long time. All that plus Halo 3 and Neon Abyss (which is a decent enough roguelite).

 

 

For anyone wondering about the Small Business promotion from AMEX after buying from Humble Bundle, it does say 90 days to receive the credit but I received mine 5 days ago on July 10th. Showed up as a credit automatically instead of something to redeem. YMMV.

 

My payment was no longer pending on the 9th and received credit on 10th.

 

10 dollar purchase minimum to receive the 5 dollar credit.

 

Thanks for the update, that's great to hear. Might have to get RE7 while it's on sale if I can find a filler item.



#117089 HBX   Let That Boy Cook CAGiversary!   1189 Posts   Joined 6.9 Years Ago  

Posted 15 July 2020 - 09:26 PM

 

Yakuza Kiwami 2 (Console & PC) – July 30

Probably Humble Choice time soon. In part why I decided against getting it during the Steam Summer Sale. 



#117090 INMATEofARKHAM   Looking for my padded cell CAGiversary!   6034 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

INMATEofARKHAM

Posted 16 July 2020 - 02:07 AM

In news that only a toster could love...

MS Flight Simulator is getting a 10 disc physical release.

https://www.pcgamer....ysical-version/

It even comes with a printed manual.