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#14256930 XBL Deals - DwG: Plague Tale, Shalnor Legends, Mordheim, Surge 2, more | DL...

Posted by PsiScream on 17 January 2020 - 11:27 PM

Is there a way to tell whether you own a game vs have it from Game Pass?  Asking because Shadow of Mordor is leaving this month and that's been my main game this past month, but I won't have the time (thanks a lot school) to finish before they remove it.

If you look on the store, GamePass games and GwG will still give you the option to buy it, if you don't already own it.  One thing to watch out for though with SoM, is I believe there was also a GOTY edition of this game which you may have purchased, and you should look that up separately.

#14254014 XBL Deals - DwG: Plague Tale, Shalnor Legends, Mordheim, Surge 2, more | DL...

Posted by PsiScream on 08 January 2020 - 05:37 PM

Frostpunk is a perfect GamePass game for me. One of those titles I wouldn’t have bought because I’m usually am intimidated by those type of games. But intrigued enough that I will give it a try.

I bought Frostpunk on PC before Christmas (should have known it would go gamepass someday...) and it's a lot of fun.  There are different difficulty levels - I think I was playing on normal and found it a decent challenge but fair. If you like base-building or resource management games I suspect you'll like it.


I understand now why Minecraft is a big hit among people of limited intelligence.  But I still don't like it.

Minecraft satisfies in somewhat the same way as old-school lego, where you built the intended spaceship or boat or whatever once, but then played for hours making your own creations.  Minecraft gives you all these different blocks, along with a number of crafting recipes, and then you can do what you want with it.  A humble dirt hole in the ground with a bed, furnace, and crafting table does about the same thing as a castle on a hill, a treehouse, or underwater fort with glass walls, it's just lacking a bit in creativity :razz:.  Playing in survival mode with the monsters also keeps you on your toes, and scratches that base-building itch.


The general disregard for its usefulness and the validity of its content didn’t seem to matter to anyone making a decision on the fate of the list. I don’t partake in Wikipedia edits so I could be taking it wrong but the parts citing not catalog were especially bothersome because it was not a list of prices or a way to track prices. It was simply a list like any other, no different from a discography for musicians. It was not a catalog. So to me it just seemed an agenda was made to remove it.

I agree that the page was a useful reference, and the whole WP:NOTCATALOG thing strikes me as odd since so much reference material is exactly that, a listing or a catalog of items.  The fact that the debaters even admitted it was both a popular page, and contained deals that were no longer available, is the very definition of good reference material in my mind.  Current information is not necessarily reference worthy, and lists of useless information that no one looks at are also of dubious archival value.  The GwG page should remain on Wikipedia imo.

#14252173 XBL Deals - 2019

Posted by PsiScream on 03 January 2020 - 10:25 AM

1,183 Achievements
33,793 GamerScore
23 Games Completed


Was a pretty good year for gaming and a lot of the credit from my perspective goes to GamePass Ultimate.  Initially I was digging into the Xbox titles it offered, and kept up with a lot of the rewards challenges, and then towards the end of the year rediscovered PC gaming with Ultimate and PlayAnywhere. 


With the new gen coming out next Christmas, I'm thinking 2020 is going to be fairly quiet, but that gives me time to get back to some great games in my backlog that I never finished like Witcher 3, Dying Light, AC: Odyssey, Fallout 4, (and tons more), but I can also count on GPU to provide a continuous supply of new titles - it's amazing!  Sony has got to be a bit worried, especially considering Microsoft's strength on the desktop and the x86 convergence we're seeing.  I haven't played a game on my PS4 in over six months.

#14247601 XBL Deals - 2019

Posted by PsiScream on 22 December 2019 - 03:31 AM

Interesting sale.  There are a couple things I'm sort of looking at like Prey:Mooncrash and Burnout Paradise Remastered but they go on sale so frequently there's no hurry.  Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered is on my watch list but feels like a GwG or Gamepass candidate.

Never even heard of 'Marenian Tavern Story: Patty and the Hungry God'.  Looking on Steam it has mixed reviews and was ported from a phone game.  Meh.  Then there's 'GODS Remastered' which I guess is a legendary (?) game from back in the day that I somehow missed, even though I had an Amiga 500 for a few years.

As far as I know, Rebel Galaxy has never gone on sale on xbox, and now the prequel Rebel Galaxy Outlaw will be coming to xbox in 2020, but Double Damage Games has done basically nothing to prep the audience.  I wonder if these guys have a full-time marketing person, and if they do, what that person does all day?  Hmm, Giant Bomb says they only have 5 employees so I guess that explains it.  Still, a bit odd to never put your product on sale, especially when it has been deeply discounted or even free on PC.

#14239431 XBL Deals - 2019

Posted by PsiScream on 02 December 2019 - 11:42 AM

Within one's economic means, I think it's crazy not to purchase at least a few of your favorite shows or movies, whether physical media or digitally.  No way do I want to be at the mercy of the cable company when it comes to re-watching a personal favorite with a new friend, bringing it on vacation, or whatever.   I have a modest collection of media, and in no way regret purchasing them.

#14180238 XBL Deals - 2019

Posted by PsiScream on 20 June 2019 - 03:25 PM

It's not the xbox sale some of us have been waiting for, but Rebel Galaxy is now free on the Epic Games store if you have a gaming PC:


#14178072 XBL Deals - 2019

Posted by PsiScream on 14 June 2019 - 02:44 PM

Nope. The content is being delisted. All the disc did was basically give you a season pass to all of it.

Anyone with Telltale games for the X1 or x360 should take the time to read the thread below to prevent any disappointment in the future.  In a nutshell, some content is already gone forever if you didn't previously download it, other content will be gone forever in another 11 days, and the rest is on the death-watch list in my opinion.  This applies to both disk and digital copies.  The details and exceptions are numerous and can be found by reading the thread.


Again, it doesn't matter if you have these in your 'purchased' list or not.  If the files are not physically on your xbox when some of these games go away, you're screwed.  This is not a typical delisting situation.  Best bet is to download any episodes you can today, now, while you still can.


Ultimate Telltale Delisting Guide- What Works, Delistings, Workarounds, Download Links



My long-term plan is to move the Telltale game files to an old 3.5" hard drive via external USB enclosure, and keep them on a shelf for long-term storage without consuming my day-to-day 2.5" drives.  I doubt I would replay most of them again anyway, but it won't take long to set this up so I might as well.

#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!