Mmm, 50% off Nier in the Humble Store. Cheapest price it's ever been with the monthly discount. Might have to jump on that.
On the other hand all the other stuff in the Square sale have been in monthlies or weeklies ...
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Posted by Ex~ on 13 March 2018 - 07:24 AM
Loving the demos on Switch, looking forward to the upcoming Arms event, first videogame event i've put on a personal calendar though considering how bad the Nintendo store integration is on the Switch, worried I might forget about it and miss it.
Also, incredible analysis here, mad excited:
Posted by Ex~ on 11 March 2018 - 10:13 PM
I'm assuming the millions of people who use Kindle Fires or Galaxy Tabs. Just a guess though.
The blood spatters all over the yellow Kindle case remind me of those limited edition RE4 chainsaw gamecube controllers.
I can see her playing Baldur's Gate on that.
Posted by Ex~ on 09 March 2018 - 05:01 AM
I wish they'd say if Smash is the Wii U version with the old DLC and Splatoon characters or if it's a brand new Smash. I've been holding off on purchasing the DLC for that reason. Also wondering if there will be enough new Captain Toad levels to warrant another purchase. Wish they'd just make Captain Toad 2 instead of more ports.
Hmm, something tells me they probably are working on new games for their console that sold over 5 million units in one year.
Posted by Ex~ on 06 March 2018 - 06:27 PM
Monster Hunter World is now officially Capcom's best selling title, with 7.5 million units shipped. I feel like when you have a game that doesn't hold player's hands, with deep and complex gameplay mechanics and systems, surpassing Capcom's previous best seller--a rote action set-piece third person shooter--that qualifies as a huge moment for videogaming.
Are we finally going to see crapfest Ubi open-world games dethroned and enter an era of best-selling games being actually good games that focus on solid core gameplay mechanics?
Posted by Ex~ on 05 March 2018 - 05:29 AM
Hello all - SO after over 20 years of console gaming, I have decided to go back to my roots as a PC gamer but this week, and a little bit of the weekend, proved that this task was easier said than done.
Oh, and I saw that GameStop sells gaming PCs so to me this was a no brainer.
Then I did some more research
Person opens post claiming PC gaming is difficult, then describes doing some completely ridiculous thing that literally no person on earth has ever recommended.
I guarantee, when you went asking for advice about how to buy a gaming PC, NO ONE told you to make your purchase from Gamestop, or even Amazon. If you had sought any such advice, by the way, people would have pointed out that 1080Ti are low stock and marked up because of demand. And also they'd point out that you don't need anywhere close to something as expensive as a 1080Ti to make The Witcher look drastically better than on Xbox One X.
This is like complaining that console gaming is too hard and complicated because "I did some research and saw the Ooya let you try all the games for free before buying! So to me this was a no brainer."
PC gaming is only difficult if you have zero common sense and decide to just ignore simple, basic advice that literally anyone would be willing to give you.
Posted by Ex~ on 01 March 2018 - 07:36 PM
About the only thing consoles have going for them are exclusives, but the pc has some too.
That's putting it mildly. The PC probably has more exclusives than any console has games. And lots of PC games that do get console ports aren't really worth playing on console.
Consoles are great, they are super convenient and worry-free. Everything is an integrated environment, your friend's list and games are all in one place already without having to put any thought into it at all, you don't have to think about Steam launching UPlay or Rockstar Social Club, or installing a different launcher for Blizzard/Activision games. There's also no Steam marketplace: add-on cosmetic items in the world of console gaming are truly as worthless as they should be.
You never have to worry about compatibility or settings yourself. Just a few weeks ago when I installed Snake Pass and tried to launch it, it gave me all sorts of errors about missing some Windows runtime environment. Steam wasn't able to fix the issue itself, I had to google what the runtime was, when I tried installing the new one it said it was up to date and Snake Pass still wouldn't launch. So I finally figured out I had to uninstall my runtime and then reinstall the new one, and Snake Pass finally launched. This kind of thing never happens on a console. The console will automatically update your software and games, never having to think about it.
Plus consoles either run Bloodborne or Breath of the Wild, so they are both worth buying already for those reasons alone.
In Steam I still can't figure out how to use my controllers properly. About half the time when I launch a game with a DS4 it will recognize it as a DS4 with DS4 button UI elements, the other half of the time the exact same game will randomly decide to recognize it as an Xbox controller and put Xbox button UI elements (Cuphead comes to mind, and when it does recognize the DS4 rather than having symbols for the buttons, it prints out things in long form like "triangle" written out, that overlap over other UI elements). When I try running Hollow Knight with my Nintendo Switch controller, it recognizes it as a DS4 so I can't open my inventory, since that's mapped to clicking the touchpad and Hollow Knight gives no option to remap the inventory button.
It's not all sunshine and roses, there are issues. But the "cost" complaint or "having to upgrade" or "I have to worry about graphics settings" are all nonsense non-issues people who aren't familiar with PC gaming imagine might be issues, but aren't actually issues.
Posted by Ex~ on 01 March 2018 - 06:19 AM
Good overall info but he said he's using Intel 620 graphics which are Kaby Lake generation so I doubt it's as simple as the chip being outdated.
[Edit: Well, he said it was Intel 620. Not sure if that's actually the case for the Ideapad 110]
I am assuming if TOB has screen tearing, a newer game like Portal 2 will as well although I haven't checked for sure yet.
If you're at low settings and are still getting poor fps, then yes you probably have underpowered hardware. But if you're getting a solid framerate that you're happy with, and the only problem is you're having screen tearing, it probably has nothing to do with the hardware being underpowered.
Also, just in response to a bunch of other points you made, since you made some tangential points: I bought another gaming PC last Christmas for $250, it runs any modern game I can throw at it at very high or ultra settings with 60+ fps, and competitive games at medium or high I can push easily past 200 fps. It doesn't cost $600+ to get into PC gaming. If you have enough space for three gaming consoles then you definitely have enough space for a desktop PC.
Gaming laptops are expensive for what you get and in my mind not worth it as a first foray into PC gaming. The graphical power in mid-range consumer laptops is drastically increasing these days. More focus on better integrated graphics, all-in-one chips from AMD and the like, etc it's very accessible to do light gaming on regular consumer laptops without dropping way too much money on a "gaming laptop" with awful build quality. Just a popular consumer laptop like a Dell XPS 15 will do. I don't see "gaming" branded laptops as a good buy right now. Incidentally, my work MacBook with a 640 runs Portal 2 with no problems. And all kinds of other games too--every game getting ported to the Switch, for example.
If you ever want to jump into PC gaming, my best advice on a budget is just wait for a nice sale on a prebuilt desktop with an i5 or up and a GTX 1060 or up. But anyway, if you don't want it you don't want it. Just saying if you ever get interested and look into it free of misconceptions, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Not that it's all sunshine and roses in PC land, but it's absolutely not the impression you have of it.
Posted by Ex~ on 26 February 2018 - 11:47 PM
Is there a site or resource that compiles which games allow key binding from in game menu? ...
You might be able to just remap your entire keyboard with something like KeyTweak. Like literally remap the actual keys WASD to IJKL or something.
Posted by Ex~ on 25 February 2018 - 09:10 PM
Start a Twitter account for your videogames? Many games that save replays and highlights or have quick-capture features support posting directly to social media. I don't know about BF1 or Uplay though.
Tried the Vermintide 2 beta today ... couldn't really get into it. I was impressed with the visuals, enemy animations, and the way the levels progressed/the feeling of rushing further and further through a level. There were definitely lots of cool moments and you could see a lot of heart was put into the game, but the actual first-person melee mechanics just feel rather flat and non-visceral. As far as I can tell, there's no parry mechanic?
The first person viewpoint makes it hard to tell if there's any sort of i-frames built into the combat, so you're really just running around slashing through the air, never really feeling like you're connecting with anything, just sort of running around, trying not to get surrounded, and slashing mindlessly for a while. I'm sure some people have gotten much deeper into the combat, but it didn't feel like something immediately accessible where you could feel any sort of real deliberateness to it.
Even if they had a deep parry system that allows you to get into a deliberate and calculated duel with an enemy, you wouldn't be able to because you need to run around to avoid getting surrounded, so it's just run around and take opportunities to slash at things mindlessly.
I certainly hope Mordhau avoids becoming like Vermintide, and focuses more on one-on-one encounters, learning enemy tells, dodging, blocking, parrying and the like.