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#14272588 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by DrR0Ck on 17 March 2020 - 01:22 PM

I'm right at the end and have been enjoying quite a bit.  Definitely better than the first one.  It's pretty satisfying to run through some of the more difficult platforming sections (though the last ability you get breaks this a bit).

Right at the end?  You guys and your finishing games.  So cute.  I can barely get any started.  Got a mean backlog, though.




#14270237 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by DrR0Ck on 08 March 2020 - 02:57 AM

I figured most of you owned one of these by now.

 

Spoiler

That's the Valve Index, right?  Haven't got one yet.  Someday.




#14257481 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by DrR0Ck on 19 January 2020 - 06:29 PM

Does anyone know how to get 5G and 2.4 to show up? I hooked up my router last night and could only find one connection. When I tried to manually go in and change it the whole thing shut down and the internet didn't work. I watched Ozark and it would go in and out of Dolby Vision every 20 minutes or so.

I definitely have a dual band router so how do I enable 5G and 2.4 GHz visible so I can connect to 5G?

If you name the two connections the same, you will only see one - If you haven't already, give them different names - i.e. MyNetwork-5G/MyNetwork-2.4G.  And of course make sure you're using a client that supports both.  Also note, 5G will be stronger close to the source - you may only see the 2.4G farther away.




#14255841 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by DrR0Ck on 14 January 2020 - 10:18 PM

First gameplay trailer for Huniepop 2: Double Date

 

 

Can't wait.  It's a shame they still haven't given a release date yet.

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#14251211 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by DrR0Ck on 31 December 2019 - 07:17 PM

Played a short amount of RG (Original) - and it felt more like naval combat, but in space. I didn't play much; maybe a hour. Didn't get much into it.

 

RG: Outlaw is a prequel and takes place before RG.

 

It's its own game, stands alone. It's not an expansion. Don't need to own RG to play this.

 

I believe Juno from RGO is a relative to the character from RG. She has her own story - chasing after anyone & any group(s) who was involved w/ her husband's death.

 

RG: Outlaw's combat & movement in your spaceship feels more traditional - like say Starlancer, Freelancer, Freespace, Egosoft's X games, and those kind of space-sim games. It's definitely more straight-on for combat & traditional, which is what I was looking for in this type of game.

 

You can roll, dodge, strafe, fly in 6 different directions - use mouse, KB, whatever. You have guns, missiles, the usual space-sim stuff.

 

With the assists on, RGO feels more accessible like say Freelancer, if you have played that.

 

You can also switch b/t the viewpoints - 1st person in the cockpit camera and a 3rd person camera behind the ship camera - at any time (by default, #2 key on the KB).

Thanks!  I had pretty much written this off because of the combat in the first game.  But now I want to play it.  Not enough to buy it at the EGS, but on Steam at 75% off with all expansions.  In 3-4 years.  CAG style.




#14251130 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by DrR0Ck on 31 December 2019 - 03:05 PM

REBEL GALAXY: OUTLAW.

 

 

INTRO

Played some of Rebel Galaxy: Outlaw for a bit from the Tim Sweeney Epic Game Store. Have some thoughts to share here on this action-packed space-sim, spending a little over an hour into this and all.

 

So, let's start with this: did you play Freelancer? Would you basically like a modern day, updated, and newer Freelancer? You're going to be very happy if your answer is "yes." Sure, RGO has also some new twists, turns, and spins on the open-world/open-space action-packed space-sim - but this is essentially what you're getting, more or less.

 

REBEL WITH A CAUSE.

You play as Juno, a woman who's a space-outlaw that is looking to get revenge against those involved with her husband's death. She almost gets killed in the process and gets away in her ship. Now, she's traveling the galaxy to find all those people, groups, and parties involved...and take them down.

 

PERSONALITY EVERYWHERE

There's plenty of personality here. There are unique-looking & interesting aliens here. Human NPC's even have a lot of character to them, as well. Overall, this game has this very cool outlaw and cowboy feel & vibe to it, but it's all taking place out here in space...giving off this Firefly and Guardians of the Galaxy type of vibe and influence. Some NPC's & characters - and especially main characters - have very distinct ways they talk and/or speak. Even when you're in your ship flying around, taking some cues from Grand Theft Auto, there are music radio stations w/ commercials & even different styles of music, such as classical and rock - though they are often giving off this very Texas-style feel, vibe, and style to it all.

 

IN A REBEL GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY

While in this process, as Juno, you're going to travel the galaxy with tons to do. You will fly to stations & outposts, so you can check the scene & see what's on-going in the galaxy/game-world. You can go to the bar and talk to bartenders, trying to get more information. Some info is free, while some you might pay for. You can play dice, play some slots, go the arcade to play an Asteroids-style game, and even play some pool in these bars, too. 

 

You can trade & sell resources and items from your cargo, getting involved with the game's fluctuating & constantly changing system. You can buy equipment (shields, missiles, lasers, tractor beams, after-burners, etc.); upgrade your ship; and/or even buy a few different ships that are in the game. You can find missions on Bulletin Boards, so you can just take on missions out there in space. I don't yet know how much variety these are in these side mission types, but I have so far ran into missions of destroying a bunch of mines while out in space and also taking on some space pirates in some combat.

 

You can and will take on side missions, so that you can make money. You often need to take on side quests & missions, just so you can make enough money so  that you can take on a main story quests...which is very similar to Freelancer's questing system. Here, though...you might need to buy a specific item to take on a main quest b/c likely that mission is going to also teach you a new game mechanic and/or you'll need this item to do a specific mission. There is also a reputation system...and depending on what missions you do and/or who you get into battles with or help, you could help or hurt your reputation with that group or groups.

 

You can run into special transmissions, while on-the-fly....and out there in space. Not, I'm not sure if these are specific hand-crafted missions, randomly generated missions, or the game decides which one of these to use - but often, it's some kind of mission. Maybe you're to rescue someone and take out some enemies. Maybe you're there to just take out some objects in space. Who knows.

 

SPACE COMBAT & PERFORMANCE

Combat in space is a lot of fun...and again, reminds me of Freelancer. Combat is basically loaded with action and you're likelye going to run into enemies to fight while in-flight, getting involved in some good & old-fashioned space-sim style of dog-fighting while in your spaceship. You can use a 3rd person camera that's set behind the ship or a 1st person in-the-cockpit camera, which feels a lot like Freelancer and/or Egosoft's X series. You can switch these cameras while on-the-fly, also.

 

If you're using a keyboard and mouse & have assists on and take on the Normal difficulty, you can hold the right mouse and it'll try to help aim & lock onto enemies. You can auto-fly to checkpoints & important spots on the map, without really having to wait for the game to let you fly to a spot...which will keep the game moving, you moving, & the action likely going at a fast & action-packed pace. If you want, you could take on higher difficulties to turn off the usage of a lot of these assists, if you're an old-school space-sim fan and/or a hardcore type of player.

 

This game has a fair amount of options (all in the splash screen that appears before you boot up into the game) & can run very well. It looks quite good, while also having its own distinct look, feel & style. On my SC15 gaming laptop, while out in space, it was eating up around 3.5 GB of VRAM at 1080p...but running extremely well at its Maximum settings at 90fps to 112fps. Simply put: this game looks good - but plays great, feels great, and runs great. In terms of actual performance and how it runs, on that front, there's just not much more I can really ask for on this one.

 

OUTRO

RGO already feels like it already has a bit more action & meat to it than the action-packed, open-world space-sim game Freelancer - but still just might not be as deep & complex as space-simulations like the Egosoft's X games. If you're looking for something like that, this could the space-cowboy style & action-packed space-sim & galaxy that you're looking to explore.

 

With this game also having some assists (fast-travel to certain areas and missions and also easier aiming & locking on) that could be much easier for not-as-hardcore players to get into, but hardcore players might be able to get into this game b/c a lot of these assists can be turned off in the higher difficulties & game modes - this game could appeal to maybe even both types of gamers, who are looking for an action-packed space-sim.

 

This feels like this could be the spiritual successor & evolution to Freelancer that I've actually been waiting for. Only time will tell, if this space-sim (RGO) can fully live up to that space-sim's greatness (Freelancer).

I played some of the first Rebel Galaxy but the broadsides combat model was not enjoyable for me.  Sounds like the new game is more like a traditional fighter plane model - which I enjoy.  Is this more or less standalone from the first game in the series?




#14250788 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by DrR0Ck on 30 December 2019 - 06:44 PM

So, I tried out...Outward (Epic Game Store version).

 

Here's some thoughts on this RPG/survival-game hybrid.

 

Outward is basically a Frankenstein monster of these titles and game styles: Gothic series, Dark Souls series, and survival games. 

 

Starting From Scratch.

Outward is notoriously difficult. You start the game, as a scrub/ordinary guy...who wakes up on a shore after a shipwreck. You try to survive after this mess, eventually wake up, and then have 5 days to pay off a debt (of 150 coins). If you don't do so, you could lose the lighthouse/house/place to store my stuff and sleep. And given that this game is also a survival game - yeah, you might not want to lose the lighthouse.

 

But chances are...well, at least on your first play-through - yeah, you probably will...lose the lighthouse. Hell, I know I did. The game doesn't by any means teach you much, hold your hand, or anything of that sort in-game. (Side note: There is a separate tutorial, but I didn't take it on). You will learn...by playing & getting knocked-out (i.e. the way game deals with "death", before you "resurrect" somewhere).

 

Knocked-Out.

And when you get knocked-out - you lose sleep, time, and then wind-up awakening...somewhere. Could depend on who (or what) knocks you out, robs you, attacks you, finds you, what locations you're near, random, and/or whatever. You could wind-up back at an Inn; you could wind-up as a prisoner in a prison and need to escape; you could be saved by someone in the wilderness at a camp or campfire. You might have your belongings. You might not. Who knows, though...as you can shrug your shoulders.

 

Combat & Questing.

Combat's fine, control-wise. It's similar to Gothic games, Risen series & ELEX in how it actually handles - locking onto enemies, attacking them, that you don't waste attacks b/c you can tire yourself out, and/or things of that sort. While it does feel looser than Piranha Bytes' games and not as good as Dark Souls' games - it's still solid. Combat really matters here, though - as it can lead to you being knocked-out...for a bit.

 

If this all isn't enough, you have to deal w/ taking quests on. You can take on quests & make decisions - you know, the typical RPG stuff. But what makes this interesting is the extra survival elements and difficulty of the game. Adventuring into the game-world and the wilds of this world - where there are bandits, robbers, monsters, and anything else you can think of - isn't for the faint. There are plenty of things to do and a good amount of places to see - caves, dungeons, towns/cities, hubs, etc. But, you not only have deal w/ the world, but the also the survival aspects of the game.

 

Survival Of The Fittest.

You will have to get food, cook it, not let any bags you carry get damaged (or its contents of what you put in there get damaged), get water, drink water, sleep, rest - or do anything necessary to survive. Your weight (for what you wear & carry) actually matters, as...well, you could move, attack and/or even roll slower, if you more in your Inventory. Have less in your Inventory...and you'll be faster when moving around. You do not want to run all the time, or you'll tire yourself out. You will need to eat...or you could get a penalty and lose health. You can get sick, if you don't cook food...or do that even right.

 

You get one save-slot per a character play-through. The game will auto-save will over-write its own save-slot, after something happens to your character. You are going to have to live with your decisions, wins, failures, progress, and/or whatever...whether you like it or not.

 

Performance & Graphics.

Just like the game being brutal, so is performance...which certainly isn't ideal. On my SC15 laptop (i7 7700HQ; 16 GB RAM; 6GB GTX 1060), at 1080p with High settings and a FPS cap of 50 (to keep it to stop from bouncing around framerates) - it just isn't the best looking game. While there's lots of details, items, and textures - this still looks like a game from the Gothic 2 era of games...but with much better lighting technology that can be used. If that isn't enough, it's eating VRAM for breakfast (easily over 3.5 GB of VRAM) at Medium or higher settings. On my desktop (i7 950; 16 GB RAM; GTX 970), I had to cap it to 40fps at 1080p with Medium settings just to keep its framerate actually a bit more stable.

 

Outro.

If this sounds like the deck of cards is stacked way against you in this game called Outward...well, you're right. If you want a really difficult & challenging RPG/survival hybrid of a game - well, then there's plenty of reason to pick this very difficult title. If you thought Dark Souls was brutal - well, if this opening hour is any indication and it stays as difficult & as brutal as this from start-to-finish, the very brutal Dark Souls might be tame next to this game (Outward).

 

Given what I've said about Outward: this game might not be for everyone.

 

But, even still as terrible as I am at games like Dark Souls and Outward...there's just something about this brutally difficult game. This all makes me want to play Outward...MORE.

 

Well...at least for now, anyways.

Damn you, MysterD!  Even though I haven't read your entire post, you still succeeded in tempting me to buy Outward.  Do you think Tim Sweeney will contribute $10 toward me buying it on Steam?

 

Edited to add, I would have spoilered the quote, but I'm not seeing the BBcode option in the editor anymore...

 

Edited again to add Steam should start accepting those Epic Store coupons.  That would show them!  That $5 off coupon in the steam sale just ain't cutting it around here.




#14250787 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by DrR0Ck on 30 December 2019 - 06:39 PM

imo me3 is easily the best game of the trilogy until you reach the ending, depending how badly it pisses you off will determine what esteem you hold it in

 

imo me1 had the best rpg elements and narrative of the three games

me2 had the best overall mix of improved gameplay and narrative

me3 had the best gameplay and the narrative was fine until the ending

 

also the multiplayer in me3 is surprisingly fun

So far, ME 3 has the best elevators.  Fortunately, I probably won't finish it ever.  So I can have good feelings about it indefinitely.  Whenever I get into modding a game, I play a bit and run out of steam.  Pretty sure I must like the modding more than the playing.  I'm kind of the same with the PC in general; I enjoy tweaking and maintaining almost more than using it for gaming.  Is that weird?




#14250702 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by DrR0Ck on 30 December 2019 - 03:58 PM

fwiw if anybody is thinking of buying this, it's worth it for the mass effect dlc imo. there's a fair amount of content and virtually all of it's decent quallity. mass effect 3 in particular has a couple pretty substantial pieces of dlc, also a couple of the pieces add a lot of context to the main story and are kinda essential imo

I picked up the ME3 DLC pack during the Thanksgiving sale and I'm near the beginning of a playthrough.  I had played ME 1 and 2 back when and had a completed ME2 save on my XB360, which I was able to transfer over to the PC, so it's nice to be able to pick up with all of my prior decisions in place.  Enjoying it so far - it seems superior to me to my memories of playing the prior two games.

 

I'm running it modded, and it's looking pretty nice - certainly better than it would have on the 360.




#14233739 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by DrR0Ck on 23 November 2019 - 09:01 PM

As someone who was beyond stoked for consumer VR, my Vive has sat collecting dust for over a year now. Hindsight and all, I would've saved my money and waited. IMHO the tech is just not there, yet. The cords are one of the biggest issue, in my mind, and until they can deliver a wireless version that delivers better quality/immersion, I'm waiting to buy any additional VR tech. That said, I'll still probably preorder this and be ready to dive in head first come launch day.

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#14227302 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by DrR0Ck on 09 November 2019 - 10:22 PM

The Humble microJumbo Bundle, to be precise.

I just spent 2.5 hours engrossed in Planet Zoo, trying to get those f*ckin' animals' average happiness up to 90%. Picky animals. Man, Frontier makes addictive sims.

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Engrossing!




#14222811 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by DrR0Ck on 28 October 2019 - 09:37 PM

Well, I missed a glitch.  Dark Futures: Blood Red States was in my cart at 75% off.  But I hesitated.  Now it's back up to 25% off.

 

A sad day indeed.




#14222777 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by DrR0Ck on 28 October 2019 - 08:09 PM

Worst sale ever.




#14222743 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by DrR0Ck on 28 October 2019 - 06:44 PM

Wut?  It's taking hours for Steam to get it's shit together during a sale?  I am shocked!  Must be all those awesome "features" that EGS doesn't have that makes Steam take a shit every sale...for years now...

Usually happens for Summer/Winter sales.  And it seems worse...  Dead in the water.  In the beginning of prior sales I could at least get a page to load now and then.




#14216620 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by DrR0Ck on 06 October 2019 - 05:53 PM

 

Fanatical has a perfect bundle, everyone that's seen it says so. The LiveWire bundle. Beautiful bundle.

 

TIER 1 - $1.00
 
Deployment
Deploy your troops and get ready for epic battles in Deployment, the competitive top-down shooter game by the creators of We Are The Dwarves!
 
Ninjin: Clash of Carrots
Ninjin: Clash of Carrots is an anime-inspired beat-‘em-up with a gaggle of varied enemies, deep customization…and ninjas!
 
Magrunner: Dark Pulse
Magrunner: Dark Pulse is an action-puzzle game in which technology confronts the Cthulhu Mythos, as imagined by author, H. P. Lovecraft.
 
Super Panda Adventures
Super Panda Adventures is a modern platformer combined with a kick-ass combo Kung Fu fighters.
 
TIER 2 - $3.99
 
Dimension Drifter
A fast paced, ultra-violent action shooter where special abilities meet demons in an endless war.
 
Robothorium: Cyberpunk Dungeon Crawler
Lead an uprising! Choose your path that will impact random generation and therefore your next missions as you manage your reserve of robots.
 
Omen Exitio: Plague
Lead the protagonist through the labyrinthe mystery that only a H.P. Lovecraft story can deliver.
 
Hamsterdam
Hamsterdam is a game where classic brawler mechanics meet rhythm and precision. You’ll need a blend of martial arts combos, quick reactions, and timely counters to survive vermin confrontations and boss battles.
 
Black Paradox
A fast-paced roguelite shoot 'em up. Unleash an arsenal of weapons, power-ups, drones, and other upgrades to survive waves of enemies.
 
Degrees of Separation
a 2D puzzle-adventure game that requires players to harness the elements of heat and cold to succeed.
 
On Rusty Trails
Blast through this fast-paced platformer and instantly shift from rusty red to hairy blue to influence how the whole environment reacts to you.
 
Archamon
Archamon is a real-time creative/building/survival strategy game from medieval times. You are elected as a leader by your people and your mission is to find a place and build a home for your nation in Archamonia.
 
I got the game descriptions from the Ukrainians. Totally above board. NO COLLUSION!

 

Isn't it time we impeach TrumpCat already?  Maybe it's time for PenceCat to step in.  Or better yet, PelosiCat.  I don't want to cause a CheapAss civil war, but can we get 2/3 of the thread to vote for this?