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#14445568 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Blade on Yesterday, 03:32 AM

I bought a Dell G15 Ryzen 7 5800H with a 6GB 3060, 512 GB NVME, and 16 GB RAM for $927 on July 6th of this year. The laptop design is pretty retro, but the components have played everything I've thrown at them so far. Only caveat is that default resolution is 1080p, rather than 2K or 4K. Everything still looks great. I don't sit close enough to notice pixellation for instance.

 

My SFF attached to my TV is a Ryzen 5 PRO 4650GE with integrated VRAM  (I believe it scores slightly higher than a 1080ti). It plays a few mainstream games without issue. Primarily use it for 4K video, though. That one only cost about $560 last year.

 

Not saying you should get older tech, but the prices on those should be lower than when I bought them. Both keep me satiated when I'm not in my office at my desktop...




#14445021 Fanatical Thread

Posted by Blade on 04 December 2021 - 04:57 AM

Mafia 2 and 3 were bundled before 1 a few weeks ago. Are we really trying to apply logic to Humbles actions?? :)

I just wish one of these sloppy websites would include Leisure Suit Larry 4 in one of their bundles. So unprofessional to leave a title out of a "complete" collection!




#14445020 Humble Bundle Thread

Posted by Blade on 04 December 2021 - 04:52 AM

Pricing on this bundle is ludicrous.

 

"Should I buy one game for a $1? ... 2 more games for $6 dollars more? ... or 7 more games for 9 dollars more?"

 

I know which one I'm choosing!

 

Nothing for $0

 

Yeah, you know the value of $1. It's so easy to multiply it by itself to make $2 that you're practically paying DOUBLE for this bundle.




#14444707 Nintendo eShop Deals and Discussions

Posted by Blade on 03 December 2021 - 02:00 AM

Now if only I could actual buy a switch N64 controller…

You have the assholes in this thread who scalped them to "doctors" on ebay to thank for that.




#14444617 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Blade on 02 December 2021 - 08:51 PM

Quake 1:

 

NEW Quake Remastered update on Steam and Epic.

https://store.steamp...414008261877214

 

Info:

- New Horde Mode by MachineGames w/ 1-4 player co-op for multiplayer & online modes.

- Hordes mode also has options to even play with bots. 

- New add-on called "Honey" from MachineGames.

- Users can claim via Bethesda.Net Log-In some skins: Ranger Slayer from DOOM Eternal....

- ...And also Quake Guy Ranger Skin with the Gladus Axe from Quake Champions.

- Other bug-fixes, additions, options, changes, improvements, etc.

Updates to a 26-year-old game get me more excited than most modern releases.




#14442679 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Blade on 27 November 2021 - 01:39 PM

FF4 SNES (American FFII) was for some reason really dumbed down from the original and was released before SquareSoft had a competent localization team. It’s pretty easily the worst way to play the game today.

FF4 PSX restores the original difficulty and had a much better localization while preserving fan favorite lines from the original translation (most famously, “You spoony bard!”). Unfortunately it also introduces significant load times (though playing on a PS2, PSP, PS3, or emulator should help speed those up a bit). It also features a remastered CD-quality score.

FF4 GBA is probably roughly intermediate in difficulty between the previous two, has had some graphical overhauls that overall make it the best-looking version so far, and features some new bonus dungeons. It is, however, somewhat buggy, the music has been severely downsampled, and the colors have been oversaturated to make up for the dark, unbacklit screen of the original GBA.

FF4 DS (the 3D version on Steam is a fairly direct port of this) is the most radically changed version of the game, featuring more fleshed out dialogue and cutscenes, some minor changes to the plot due to these, and an even steeper difficulty level than the PSX version. Supposedly 3/4 of the original script had been cut from the original SNES Japanese version, and this version tries to work some of the lost material back in while also adding some entirely new events. There are also several mechanical changes, some of which are significant and attempt to add replay value.

FFIV PSP gets rid of all the new elements from both the GBA and DS versions, but adds in the sequel stories originally released on the Wii, an interlude campaign bridging the original and the sequels, updates the score again, and features redrawn backgrounds and sprites at a much higher resolution, though the artstyle they use is somewhat divisive. I personally am not a fan.

I haven’t tried the Pixel Remaster or heard much about it yet, though I think the spritework is slightly worse than the original’s. Backgrounds are definitely an improvement, though.

Personally, I kinda lean slightly towards the PSX version. Most of the extra content that’s been introduced since the original is of fairly questionable quality, and while the spritework and backgrounds are better in the GBA, that version’s oversaturation, lower quality sound, and bugs lose out against the PSX’s slow load times. If you like the look of the PSP version, that’s probably as close to definitive as the game has gotten, but I honestly find it pretty ugly, myself, and it’s also much easier than the Japanese original/PSX version. The DS version is interesting, though a bit of an outlier due to how much it changes.

This is without mentioning the Wonderswan Color or pre-smart-phone Japanese phone versions, as well. FFIV’s been on frigging everything.

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How can you call yourself a Final Fantasy fan when you don't even mention the amazing FF Tactics Advance games, or FF Mystic Quest?




#14440113 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Blade on 21 November 2021 - 11:11 PM

Replicant is pretty good, but Automata has improved mechanics and a better story.

 

My girlfriend loves the Nier series. I think her kink is experiencing depressing things...which explains why she's dating me.




#14439890 Nintendo eShop Deals and Discussions

Posted by Blade on 21 November 2021 - 02:21 PM

Have all of the Nintendo games and RPGs. The only other one I'm considering is Astral Chain, but the trailer makes the game look very cringe and cliche. Is the combat the selling point for this, or are people buying it only because it's a low price for a Switch game?

 

Want to know if I'm missing something due to bad trailer.




#14439008 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Blade on 19 November 2021 - 05:35 PM

Saw your restock link in the GPU thread and looked at a few in stock.  So is $1,000 the legitimate MRP for an AMD 6700XT?  That's what a "ships and sold by Amazon" listing has it at, meanwhile, Best Buy seemed to have been selling them for $550?

 

Will things ever reach a somewhat reasonable point where I can pay $400ish for a mid-tier card and $600 for a high end card or is $1000+ for a GPU the new normal?

Prices should decline with China banning all crypto mining. No more legal ghost cities with buildings full of Etherium miners, for example. Surveillance is high there, and they are very punishing for lawbreakers.

 

I also think the crypto scene will start to shift from valuation on assets within the blockchain to tokenized representations for services provided. Many currencies are being created to act as payment for workloads to be shared amongst computing clusters, and those are inherently CPU-intensive.




#14438203 The Gamestop Thread

Posted by Blade on 17 November 2021 - 11:05 PM

Posted yesterday. I don't think anyone's confirmed it yet though. And it won't show up for 7-14 days

It also says "11/16/20-11/19/20" so either there was a transcription error from the poster, or Gamestop just being Gamestop again.




#14437006 Walmart YMMV In Store Clearance Thread I (READ THE FAQs)

Posted by Blade on 14 November 2021 - 07:44 PM

Found another copy this morning. It was marked at $33.88 but it came up as the cheaper price. The employee brought over a manager because he didn't believe it would come up so cheap and the manager jokingly said to me "Oh, it's you again".

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That's exactly what I say whenever you come back with another username, IATCG.




#14436457 GameFly Used Game (and 4K UHD) Sale

Posted by Blade on 12 November 2021 - 09:11 PM

Thanks for the post, Cheapy.

 

A good number of the Switch game prices are better than Gamestop's prices, even after the B2G1. And you always get the case and inserts, as opposed to a company that fucking sends you "New" games that are disc-only.




#14436442 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Blade on 12 November 2021 - 08:27 PM

Ope...

 

https://www.engadget...-192133431.html

 

(GTA3 Trillogy Pulled on PC)

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#14436227 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Blade on 12 November 2021 - 03:02 AM

Dragon Age: Inquisition (Origin/EA Desktop) - A

 

ABMV-HEFP-N#TY-THAX-%EYP

 

# - Lorenzo Cain's current uniform number

% - Luis Urias current uniform number

Are these the names of people who do the sports?




#14434714 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by Blade on 07 November 2021 - 02:42 AM

Madjoki must be sleeping or taking a dump, as I somehow got this. Thank you!
 

You can't idle games for cards on GOG...