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#14258322 XBL Deals - DwG: Plague Tale, Shalnor Legends, Mordheim, Surge 2, more | DL...

Posted by 2ndopp on Yesterday, 09:35 PM

Hey krishna_malladi





Done and done, Plague Tale purchased.


Yep, this aged well.


What do you all need me to buy next that you want on Game Pass?

#14258117 XBL Deals - DwG: Plague Tale, Shalnor Legends, Mordheim, Surge 2, more | DL...

Posted by 2ndopp on Yesterday, 02:15 AM



Unfortunately, news sources are saying it's only the first three games, but one can hope



I'm also keeping an eye on those trademark registrations of Dino Crisis and Breath of Fire




#14256706 XBL Deals - DwG: Plague Tale, Shalnor Legends, Mordheim, Surge 2, more | DL...

Posted by 2ndopp on 17 January 2020 - 03:50 AM

Also, the patches for the Xbox One/PS4/Switch release of Doom (1993) and Doom II (1996) have made them the definitive console versions of the games.


#14256699 XBL Deals - DwG: Plague Tale, Shalnor Legends, Mordheim, Surge 2, more | DL...

Posted by 2ndopp on 17 January 2020 - 03:34 AM

Woo-hoo, my purchase of Plague Tale yesterday helped everyone.... I don't mind too much since it was $10 after funny money and I'll still have the game when it leaves Game Pass. ...Of course I cashed my rewards points the day before the hot deal as well.  ::Winning::



Since the Batman Telltale game is free with gold, check out the Shadow mode upgrade for $5. It gives the game a unique "Sin City" look, different from the other Telltale games, and I kind of like it. It is supposed to have remastered textures as well. Just a heads up, make sure you buy the bundle that has shadow mode for both games. There is no point in buying the individual DLCs for $5 each, even if you don't have the other Batman game yet. Here's a link:




Shadow Mode:

#14255949 XBL Deals - DwG: Plague Tale, Shalnor Legends, Mordheim, Surge 2, more | DL...

Posted by 2ndopp on 15 January 2020 - 03:40 AM

Is Darksiders 3 worth looking into? 1 and 2 are pretty deep in the backlog.

I haven't tried it yet but I enjoyed the first one on 360 way back when. Seems to have a lot of 7/10 reviews

Kinda wish the Xbox year-in-review thing was around for 2019... just got to do the PS one and it was hilarious watching the game counter tick up only to stop at 4. My most played game on PS4 was Destiny. The first one. I probably played/tried out close to 100 games on Xbox, what with Game Pass and freebies and such. Guess we’ll never know.

That's why we all used TrueAchievements year in review to get an idea of what we played ;)  But for individual games, I just ended up going through my achievements list on xbox (since achievements have the date they were unlocked) and pick out the ones I 100%'d in 2019. Looking at it again, I beat more games (but didn't 100%) than the 22 I listed in my year end post.


Alright.... I starting to get hyped for RE3

#14255597 XBL Deals - DwG: Plague Tale, Shalnor Legends, Mordheim, Surge 2, more | DL...

Posted by 2ndopp on 14 January 2020 - 04:44 AM

Hey krishna_malladi





Done and done, Plague Tale purchased.





Also, everyone check your Rewards Points Redeem page. it looks like the free $1 donation to The Nature Conservancy is fixed and showing 0 points.

#14255541 XBL Deals - DwG: Plague Tale, Shalnor Legends, Mordheim, Surge 2, more | DL...

Posted by 2ndopp on 14 January 2020 - 01:17 AM

A DLC sale! Fingers crossed for 360 DLC I've passed on for years...


A Plague Tale at $19.99 when I have $10 in rewards points is very tempting




Random offerings:


Darksiders III

GameStop - $4.99 - https://www.gamestop...YhXYrtAURlWC9jg


Tom Clancy's: The Division 2

Target - $8.99 after discount - https://www.target.c...ne/-/A-53958571


Middle Earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition

Walmart - $11.85 - https://www.walmart....ull&athena=true

Amazon - $11.85 - https://www.amazon.c...PDKIKX0DER&th=1


Borderlands 3

Ebay - $24.99 - https://www.ebay.com...e-/202872499596

Best Buy - $24.99 - https://www.bestbuy....T&skuId=6345260

Amazon - $24.99 - https://www.amazon.c...PDKIKX0DER&th=1


Mass Effect Andromeda

Amazon - $5.49 - https://www.amazon.c...W1S4YHADXN&th=1

#14254866 XBL Deals - DwG: Plague Tale, Shalnor Legends, Mordheim, Surge 2, more | DL...

Posted by 2ndopp on 11 January 2020 - 06:57 AM

It's not the same thing. With previous Xboxes, Microsoft was still putting out new titles for the next-gen Xbox. The original Xbox didn't have Gears of War. Xbox 360 didn't have Forza 5. Series X isn't getting anything for at least a year or two after launch. I think a lot of people will wait to pick one up.

Actually this might be a very smart idea for profit. Consoles are sold at a loss the first few years until chip prices come down. Microsoft lost around $125 with every 360 sold at launch, Sony lost $240 with each PS3 sold. The Xbox One cost $471 just to make each one. Business insiders are predicting large losses with the next gen systems. In the past, getting a large install base fast so that they could profit off the games was important.


Now if you're like me and many other gamers, you'd stop buying or at least slow down buying games the year of console launches to see which games would have upgraded ports. So the game companies would have slower games sales in their current gen leading up to the new system, and a small user base at the start of launch. Effectively, they were starting over.


This time, it looks like the X1 and XSX games might be from the "same package." Meaning you would grab the same Xbox One green case physical copy of a game as you always have, but the game would install the Xbox One version or download the X-Series files as needed. Microsoft retains their user base and appeases early adopters of the Series X. If you don't want to buy the X-series at launch when it's sold at a loss, that's fine to them. But no one will be scared to buy games that might be on the next system, like they used to be. You'll already have the next gen version of the game ready to install when you upgrade. They sell games, they win.


It will be interesting to see how it plays out

#14254472 XBL Deals - DwG: Plague Tale, Shalnor Legends, Mordheim, Surge 2, more | DL...

Posted by 2ndopp on 10 January 2020 - 12:45 AM

Thank you everyone for the input on the Crysis games. Getting locked out of achievements and multiplayer because they shutdown the servers might be a deal breaker. I took a year off of buying Xbox Gold around the time Crysis 3 went GWG. Kind of a bummer because I missed a solid year of free games and I didn't think about claiming Xbox One games before owning the system. I guess I don't need more games in the backlog for now.



I'm almost done with The Walking Dead Definitive Series. I've enjoyed the story, the improved resolution, and the HDR, but I'm slightly disappointed in the glitches and quality control. In Season 2 there are missing textures, some flicker in and out. In Season 3 the bokeh depth of field is broken in some scenes and it's completely blurry when talking to some characters. In Season 4 the piano background music inside the school continues to play over and muffle the audio in scenes that happen after you exit. You have to back out to the Season 4 menu and reload to reset the audio. In all the seasons, sometimes objects the characters are holding disappear during a cutscene.

#14252871 XBL Deals - 2019

Posted by 2ndopp on 05 January 2020 - 02:27 AM

Huh, I thought much of that was included in the gold pack which I thought was in those complete packs. I buy the expansion CEs when they're under $30 and play for a bit. There's a lot behind paywall, but there's still plenty to do with the base version.

Insider is worth it for occasional betas and such. I was in beta for a while and never had problems. Delta should be safe.

Holy crap, Wrestle Kingdom night 1 was insane.


That used to be the way to get them. Back when Summerset was coming out I stopped playing on PS4 and picked up the game on Xbox for the X enhancements. I picked up the Gold version that came with all the guilds, then paid for the Summerset upgrade that came with Morrowind. Unfortunately, many forums are saying the Gold version DLC cards are expired and no longer work, so all the guild stuff is in the Crown Store now. Every once in awhile Crown Store DLC goes on sale and crowns themselves go on sale as pretty often. If you buy crowns and then wait for the DLC sale, you can double dip.




Now for all you fellow CAGs with your backlogs full and ready to continue to collect dust, I have an internet rabbit hole to check out: The music in old games you never knew was copied. This YouTube series has 8 videos


#14252057 XBL Deals - 2019

Posted by 2ndopp on 03 January 2020 - 01:02 AM

#14251822 XBL Deals - 2019

Posted by 2ndopp on 02 January 2020 - 07:29 AM

1,489 Achievements in 147 games

37,492 Gamerscore


22 Games finished with 100% achievements in 2019


Turing Test

Civilization Revolution

Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage

Life is Strange

Final Fantasy VII

Doom (1993)

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown

Fighting Vipers

Plants vs. Zombies


Jurassic Park: The Game

Band of Bugs

Layers of Fear

Alice: Madness Returns

Limbo (360)

Limbo (One)

Dead Space Ignition

Mortal Kombat Arcade

Uno (360)

Layers of Fear 2

Blair Witch

Rocket League

#14250215 XBL Deals - 2019

Posted by 2ndopp on 29 December 2019 - 02:35 AM

Elder Scrolls Online players: what DLC should I buy if I want all the DLC released so far? I have a disc copy of the base game (plus digital on game pass) and already have the Morrowind DLC. There’s like 5 different versions on sale right now of all the dlc. Trying to figure out the CAGest way to buy all the DLC in this sale. Thanks for anyone who can help!


Your best bet is to buy the full Elsweyr edition (not the upgrade) even though you already have the base game. It's on sale for $20 on Xbox Live and it gets you Elsweyr, Morrowind, Summerset, and the base game. These are the best and most fleshed out DLCs and will give you tons of quests, but there is still a LOT of DLC not included. There are additional dungeons that require you to buy ESO Crowns to unlock.


You used to be able to get the physical version of ESO Gold Edition for around $5 to get 4 other pieces of DLC (Imperial City, Thieves Guild, Dark Brotherhood, and Orsinium) and trade in the disc, but people are reporting that those DLC cards are expired now. I think you have to buy ESO Crowns for these now as well. Crowns are currently on sale on Xbox Live.


Full Elsweyr Edition $20: https://www.microsof...vot:overviewtab


Collectors Elsweyr $26 (If you want extra mounts, emotes, and armor styles): https://www.microsof...vot:overviewtab

#14249943 XBL Deals - 2019

Posted by 2ndopp on 28 December 2019 - 04:05 AM

Finally got my TCL 65" 6 series delivered.What is the best settings for gameplay or varies?


Many websites have recommended settings that will get you in the ballpark. Never choose Vivid mode, go with Normal or Movie. No matter which you choose, make the color temperature Warm and adjust the contrast down to 90. This will get your colors close to correct and fix some clipping in bright white scenes. Local dimming should be on high. Turn on game mode. TCL 6-Series can get somewhere around a 16ms response time in this mode. For darker rooms put the backlight around 23.


For HDR content, the TV needs different settings than I listed above. Dark HDR will give you better shadows and color but much lower brightness and less HDR wow. Normal HDR gives a nice brightness pop but crushes low end shadows and needs color tuning. For both settings make Color temperature Warm, Contrast 100, local dimming on high, and Backlight 100.


The Roku app for phones has a menu to change expert settings on the TV. Leaving the gamma setting at 2.2 is pretty safe for all modes. DO NOT COPY White Balance or Color space numbers from any website. Every TV is different. I've done 2 TCL 6-Series TVs that needed opposite numbers. You need a calibration disc to really take advantage of this menu


I'm still testing things out but it looks like Xbox gets along better with TCL 6-Series TVs when you check off "Allow 4:2:2" in the Xbox video settings. On the TCL you must go to input settings and change Hdmi from Auto to 2.0

#14247923 XBL Deals - 2019

Posted by 2ndopp on 23 December 2019 - 05:35 AM

I Have allot of regrets in life. Not wiping my ass as thoroughly as I should and not stopping that robber from murdering my Uncle Ben, but I really regret not waiting until I got my One X and TCL Series 6 before starting Gears 5. Holy shit. That game looks amazing on there especially from going from 40" 1080P to 55" 4K.


Though on the flip side, 4K movies and normal 1080P movies...I Can't tell a difference in quality.

If you are using "Dark HDR" like most websites recommend, it is great for shadow details, but kind of kills the pop of the HDR on this set. I prefer to use "Normal HDR" set to warm to get that HDR brightness looking better on movies, but it does darken shadows a bit. Try it out