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#14092509 XBL Deals - 2018

Posted by PsiScream on 26 November 2018 - 04:48 PM

My Black Friday/Cyber Monday Haul:

Impact Winter


That's literally all I bought...

Hey, thanks for posting this.  Totally skipped over that game initially but after seeing your post and reading up on it, it seems right up my alley; adding to haul. 


I have enough MS Rewards points to get another $15 in credit and I'm trying to decide what to get. I'm mostly leaning towards either just getting Lego City Undercover and holding on to a few points or getting Dishonored 2. I haven't played through the first Dishonored yet, but I know everyone pretty much loved the sequel and I really enjoy the Lego games, although I didn't really get into LCU when I had it when I had a Switch, but I was playing it mostly mobile.

Anyone have any advice?

Sales of Dishonored 2 were less than the publishers hoped, so in order to finish up the plot lines and cap the entire series, Death of the Outsider was developed as standalone rather than DLC to include everything Arkane wanted.  I don't think it sold especially well either, but if you want the full Dishonored experience you likely want both Dis2 and DotO.

#14089716 XBL Deals - 2018

Posted by PsiScream on 23 November 2018 - 05:47 AM

And thinking about getting one of these games, just not sure which is the best option...
1. Shadow of War Definitive edition
2. Monster Hunter World standard edition
3. Assassin's creed Origins Deluxe edition (thinking this will be a gwg soon enough)
4. Dishonored Death if the outsider Deluxe Bundle
5. Injustice 2 Legendary Edition

My thoughts:

1. Good game if a bit repetitive.   If you liked Shadow of Mordor then this sequel could be good value for you.

2. I didn't like MHW personally; I felt underpowered at the start, and hear there's a lot of grinding involved

3. I would go Gold rather than Deluxe if you can swing it, as the Season's Pass is so expensive by itself.  Great game though - tons of content.

4. I just bought this and would highly recommend based on price, content, gameplay, and story. My top choice.

5. If you like fighting games then this could be a good pick.  Very similar to Injustice 1 of course, so if you haven't bought/finished that yet, I'd wait on this one.

#14071606 XBL Deals - 2018

Posted by PsiScream on 27 October 2018 - 07:25 PM

I'll be deleting it as well, got too many other games I can play. Hopefully I can check out the Fallout 76 when they start the sessions later. It's another game I'm not too sure about right now.

I agree.  I traded in SothTR without even finishing the campaign and won't miss it at all.  Unfortunately, despite my huge anticipation I'm feeling pretty similar about RDR2.  I'm only about 9% completion so far, but I really have to question the Metacritic critical acclaim at 98%.  The game is pretty, no doubt, but the chapter one tutorial campaign was very slow moving, and now that I am in free roam I am reminded why I've barely played GTA IV or GTA V, and didn't enjoy Bully: Rockstar games have highly scripted missions.  You basically have to do exactly what they tell you do each step of the way, or you won't succeed.  It's open-world right up until you start a mission, and then you have basically zero freedom.


There's also an absolute ton of horse-riding in this game.  Fist-fighting has questionable mechanics, inventory management seems cluttered, and worst of all for a Western, the guns I have found so far are no fun to use.  I really enjoyed the campaign for the original Red Dead Redemption, and got all the single-player achievements for the base game.  This time though, I'm rapidly losing interest after only 2 days. I'd say if you're on the fence it may be worth waiting for a price drop and/or a patch or two, and to resist the hype around the game right now.


One last story: one of the minigames is dominos, where a winner is declared after 60 points.  After at least 15-20 minutes of play, the score was something like 43 for me and 41 for the NPC, and I just said screw it, it's not worth half an hour of my life to play this one minigame through to one completion.  There are so many of these time sinks in the game, that aren't necessarily challenging or fun, just time consuming.

#14054389 XBL Deals - 2018

Posted by PsiScream on 18 September 2018 - 02:16 AM

Heh, whatever its flaws, Metacritic does fulfill its purpose from time to time.  I was curious about AereA, but this critic quote from the Ps4 version says it all:


"It is a game that sets a low bar for its gameplay and then fails to hurdle it. It is hard to tell what, exactly was the goal of developer Triangle Studios when they developed this game, which is far too simple and repetitive to compete with any action RPG produced in the past 20 years. What is easy to conclude, however, is that AereA is not good, and regardless of your interest level in action RPGs or classical music, you will likely not enjoy it."

#14053386 XBL Deals - 2018

Posted by PsiScream on 15 September 2018 - 05:17 PM

Any stark differences with SotTR?

I've been playing some of Shadow and to me it is very familiar to Rise, though I have read there is less combat and more puzzles this time around. 


It was actually a very questionable purchase on my part, since I didn't really enjoy Rise.  Don't know what I was thinking when I placed the pre-order; likely got caught up in the E3 hype.  The three things that irk me about this series are 1) the puzzles 2) the amount of backtracking required to access blocked areas once you have new gear and 3) the need to constantly use Survival Instincts to highlight loot, craftable items, traps etc. 


I agree that 1) is totally my fault in that puzzles are what Tomb Raider is all about, and I have seen some people argue that Survival Instincts is almost cheating and that purists don't even use it.  I don't know, knowing it's there I can't help but use it, I just wish objects would be highlighted in my normal vision rather than having to push down on the thumbstick every 10 steps.  I'll stick with the game though, and try to at least finish the main storyline.  I hear it's only about 12-15 hours and does have some terrific moments.

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#14049615 XBL Deals - 2018

Posted by PsiScream on 08 September 2018 - 02:16 AM

So this is where our zoos are buying their dinosaurs.

Why buy the new Jurassic Park XB1 game when you can build a real life park?

Speaking of which, has anybody bought that game (I hope not because there hasn't been a sale) and think it's worth it? Don't remember seeing any CAG reviews.

I've played quite a bit of it.  Not bad if you enjoy the sim/construction genre but a little rough in places.  It's not challenging to stay cash flow positive, and once you get your park established it's easy going.  You do have to repeat basically the same routine across 6 islands though, and if you were going for all the achievements there is this pretty terrible reputation mechanic where you have to run quick objective missions over and over ad nauseam for three factions (and again times six islands...) .  The dinosaurs are pretty cool though, and Jeff Goldblum does some amusing voicework which was dev money well spent.

#14030076 XBL Deals - 2018

Posted by PsiScream on 24 July 2018 - 04:46 AM

I know very little about No Man's Sky, other than it was panned at its 2016 launch for being over-hyped...but has since turned itself into something (kind of) respectable.  Now its coming to Xbox One - and getting a massive update.  Its XB1X Enhanced with multiple modes (including an emphasis on performance), supports HDR, and is $50.


I'm in the mood for something different, but I worry that the game is too directionless - even after its updates.  Anyone have experience with the game?

I'm interested in taking another look at it since the devs have done such a great job of supporting it with new updates/content.  I last played at launch on the PS4, and the main things I remember are a) an extreme shortage of inventory space and b) there was no in-game guidance that I noticed but apparently you aren't supposed to start blasting the robots that come around to investigate.  I didn't know this, and the game kept sending larger and more menacing bots at me until my level 1 character inevitably died. 

   I suppose a few more times of this should have convinced me to try another approach, but I ended up quickly trading in the game before its value plummeted.

#14029841 XBL Deals - 2018

Posted by PsiScream on 23 July 2018 - 06:58 PM

Hey now random number is #36

Sooo lemme go in and look......


psiscream, you are the winner!


Thanks again echotech83 for the amazing give away!


And I'll see you guys later for some dare night goodness!

Wow, that's awesome thanks so much!  I have such a poor batting average when it comes to contests; makes me think I should buy a lottery ticket this week. 


Thanks for the terrific giveaway echotech83, and for hosting the draw PatFortenbaugh.  Promise I'll prioritize this game and not let it get lost in the crazy backlog!

#14010727 XBL Deals - 2018

Posted by PsiScream on 13 June 2018 - 02:53 AM

I would love it if someone (console manufacturers, publisher, developers - whoever!) would add a filter that would just bleep or garble curse words and could be turned off at a whim.  That way, when the kiddos are around, it's ok for me to enjoy my games.  And when they are out of earshot I can play them with cursing on or whatever.


Just my 2 cents.

Doesn't seem unreasonable to me.  I don't need swearing to consider it an adult game, and most of the time it doesn't add anything to the experience for me.  My philosophy in real life is about the same, and you'd only really hear me swearing if I were a) really angry and needing an outlet b) drunk (trash talk) or c) had just hit my thumb with a hammer.

#14006363 XBL Deals - 2018

Posted by PsiScream on 07 June 2018 - 04:00 AM

No idea what these games are, but the names are amusing:


Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition
DYING: Reborn

#13985284 XBL Deals - 2018

Posted by PsiScream on 24 April 2018 - 03:10 AM

Major's post - https://majornelson....publisher-sale/


Looks like they really are just going with 1 item on the 360 this week.

The Major needs to reach out to the community and ask what they'd like to see on sale.  I'm sure I could dig up a couple dozen games and DLC items for the x360 that have apparently been forgotten.  He could then remind publishers they actually created the content and that fans wouldn't mind a little discount years after the fact.  Sales volumes on them must be pitiful or non-existent, so why not generate a little revenue from them?

#13984681 XBL Deals - 2018

Posted by PsiScream on 22 April 2018 - 07:24 PM

360 had a ton of system sellers. Halo 3, Gears 2, Mass Effect (at the time). Lots of exclusives people bought 360s to play.

I agree, a 'system seller' can mean different things to different people depending on their circumstances.  I was a die-hard PC gamer until I finally picked up a 360 for Kinect Sports and Dance Central for social gaming.  Rock Band soon followed (not exclusive) and then I stumbled onto Mass Effect and basically stopped PC gaming altogether a year or two later.  The ease of use, and living room play, are what sold me.


As for the platform wars, I just don't get it.  I initially bought a PS4 this gen due to Microsoft's E3 hubris, but later picked up a One as I missed the controller, the UI, and achievements.  Actually traded in the PS4 in a few months ago as I never turned it on.  I also have an i7/GTX1070/32GB which would blow the pants off both consoles graphically, but I rarely use it for gaming. 


None of the various options is pricey enough that I could imagine getting into flame wars over it.   I am a little annoyed at Sony for blocking cross-platform play though.  It would be fun to play Minecraft with my little nephew, but not sure it's worth buying a PS4 just because Sony is being a stick in the mud.

#13974383 XBL Deals - 2018

Posted by PsiScream on 31 March 2018 - 11:13 PM

Just got back from Ready Player One - it's an AVX big-screen must if you're a fan of the book and/or 80's pop culture scene.


Also, my two cents is to read and enjoy the book first if you plan on reading it.  The movie changes a few things, but also spoilers a lot of the book's plot points.  I really enjoyed both.  It's amazing what movies can do these days.


One of the trailers was for Avengers Infinity War.  I had to close my eyes to stop the reveals, but what I did see was EPIC.  A multi-year crescendo of comic heroes come to life - pinch me I'm dreaming!

#13974239 XBL Deals - 2018

Posted by PsiScream on 31 March 2018 - 05:01 PM

Finished Far Cry 5 this morning, really enjoyable playthrough.  If you enjoyed 3, 4 or Primal, I think you'll find a lot to like here too.  FC3 may still be my favorite one, but this is close behind.  Ubi is on a roll lately, so kudos to them.  That said, I hope they incorporate feedback from this game into future ones, such as offering an independent music volume slider, multiple save slots, and avoiding competing button bindings. [In FC5, it's way too easy to swap your weapon with some random gun on the ground since that function and 'loot' are both mapped to X. Arg.]


Quick word of caution to anyone picking this up for co-op: it doesn't support both players making simultaneous mission progress.  Only the host's game progresses, so the co-op partner is like a playable NPC.  Quite a disappointment for some.   Not sure why Borderlands/Gearbox again nailed this perfectly but other studios can't.


Solid 8/10, likely moving up to 8.5 if Ubi patches a few things.  Looking forward to rebuying the Gold edition on digital sale someday.

#13973107 XBL Deals - 2018

Posted by PsiScream on 29 March 2018 - 08:45 PM

Eneloops are amazing and I've enjoyed using them for years now.  They won't charge by plugging in the xbox controller - you'd need Play and Charge for that.


I use this charger which is a terrific all-purpose charger: https://www.amazon.c.../dp/B000RSOV50/  The only feature it's missing is 'battery rescue' for dying/dead batteries that show less than .05 volts.  In that case, bridging the terminals with a good battery for 5-10 seconds will often give a defunct battery the kick it needs to register, but I have found that batteries in this situation are dying anyway and I usually just replace/recycle them.


I do get more than 6 hours use in the controller, but if the mAh rating is the same, I wouldn't lay money on the eneloops lasting longer than other brands necessarily.  I will say this: eneloops will perform at the top of their rating class at least.