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Posted by MysterD on Yesterday, 01:34 AM
are GOG keys worth anything? I got a key for Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's cut thats collecting dust. would like to give it away around x-mas time or at least trade it for something else (i already own it on steam & gog).
Depends on who you talk to.
I think most here on CAG especially in this thread prefer Steam. As a service, it's Light Years better than every other service (GOG, UPlay, Origin, etc) on PC.
Though, personally - I also really love the "No DRM" attitude that comes w/ GoG.
I already have Dragonfall DC on Steam + DRM-Free download from HB, BTW.
Posted by MysterD on 18 January 2017 - 11:59 PM
Pretty good new Hump Day bundle. 3 from my wishlist (Alchemist, NAL is Alive and City Quest). Easy HH though Tryfing Cycle Vanilla seems like a bust (developer is a little not great financially) though you can maybe get a key for Tryfing Cycle as explained on the post on Steam forum and only for today. Frankly the game doesn't look amazing, so I wont be bothering. It's not worth the extra $2 or so to get the key. I'm sure it will be in EA hell for a while.
Wait, when the heck did Xenus 2: White Gold get onto Steam?
Would be nice to see Boiling Point: Road To Hell (AKA Xenus 1) + The Precursors also hit Steam.
Looks like The Precursors got Greenlit onto Steam:
Now all we need is Xenus 1 AKA Boiling Point: Road To Hell to get onto Steam!
Posted by MysterD on 17 January 2017 - 10:44 PM
I want the Homeworld Remastered Collection but I cannot justify it when the BTA is <$3.
I still have all my untouched Homeworld 1+2 retail-box copies.
Would be great to put the HW remasters + originals on Steam, but not at $10 + not with the BTA only right now sitting at around $3.63.
Posted by MysterD on 17 January 2017 - 03:57 AM
After 47 hours with it, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is finished.
As great as the game itself is and is the major reason to recommend it, the story + character development seems to be going great and building into something awesome - until the game finishes up abruptly & lands into "anti-climatic" territory, suddenly rolls credits, shows a few clips to set something up, and feels like a major set-up for either DLC's and/or a sequel.
My long-winded DX: Mankind Divided PC review:
Posted by MysterD on 15 January 2017 - 01:18 PM
It's not the best deal and it's YMMV but many, many people are saying they got a $10 off any purchase at Best Buy email. It works as a gift card. Using this you could buy say Battlefront for $6.99 with in-store pickup.
If only SW: BF Ultimate was that price!
SW: BF base-game feels like it possibly could be a waste of a $10 coupon, unless you just really can't find anything else to buy at a better price at
Best Worst Buy. You'd only be beating the lowest price by a few bucks, before even getting hit w/ tax.
SW: Battlefront PC (by DICE) has been $10 before on Origin:
Plus, given complaints of its lack of content, then you'd probably have to play catch-up and get all the DLC's/Season Pass or go Ultimate later b/c EA sucks at discounting DLC's/Season Passes.
Posted by MysterD on 14 January 2017 - 10:01 PM
Either Baldur Gate II or Gothic 1 is arguably my favorite RPG of all time, though that might be based on a good bit of nostalgia. The two games are pretty different. I played Gothic 2 before 1, but the two stories blend right into each other. I remember Gothic 1 having a well thought out universe in it. For example, one thing that I always liked was that you are in a prison "valley". There is a reason why the map ends, its not just an invisible wall appearing out of nowhere. I thought the NPCs seemed interesting and realistic. If I remember correctly, you could basically get an interesting story out of anyone.
I definitely preferred Gothic 1's prison and magic barrier vibe. While I'm a big fan of dragons and whatnot, it was really nice to have a RPG not use them. Most of it had humans, which is what I think made Gothic 1 interesting.
Of course, G2 used dragons, had a "find so many X items" scheme (and so did Gothic 3), and felt a bit more generic w/ typical medieval-fantasy tropes. But, still - Gothic 2 is really good and should be played, even despite the minor issues I have with it.
While the ending was right for Gothic 1, I just wish it could've been done in a more impactful manner and less abrupt.
Still, Gothic 1 is great and the best game I think that PB has ever created. Just the freshness of that game w/ so many new things + tricks I really had not seen a RPG try before (i.e. action-RPG with its cool settings, lots of humans, full-fledged voice-acting, NPC's on schedules) - they haven't topped it.
Really should've went with the 6GB or 8GB, to be honest.
Posted by MysterD on 14 January 2017 - 03:22 AM
I'm trying to decide between the 1060 3gb and the 480 4gb
both seem to be about the same price.
Do you want to go NVidia or AMD?
Personally, I wouldn't even consider a 3GB 1060 at its current price (around $200). It's basically a cut-down version of the 6GB 1060. You might as well just spend the extra $40-60 on the 6GB version for more VRAM so you can handle more settings + future-proof your PC a bit, if you're wanting to go NVidia on this one.
Plus, even at 1080p at High to Ultra or 1440p at Medium + above - there's a bunch of games in which you'll be eating up easily at least 3GB of VRAM when you go towards higher settings...such as Batman AK, Dying Light, Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed Unity + Syndicate, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
Posted by MysterD on 14 January 2017 - 02:46 AM
if you didn't like risen 1 you're not gonna like gothic. risen 1 is basically just gothic with updated graphics
it's nothing like da or bg
Risen 1 is really good, as well.
And yes, Risen 1 is extremely similar to Gothic 1 - small isolated area/island; lots of quests; lots of decisions to make; siding w/ certain factions can shape both your character + their class. If you loved Gothic 1, Risen 1 will feel like PB's best game since Gothic 1.
Though, Risen 1 isn't anywhere as difficult as Gothic 1+2. It's still difficult, mind you - but it's still a bit more friendly than Gothic 1+2, in some ways. Risen 1's combat does improve over previous PB games - as it utilizes mouse-look, unlike Gothic 1+2. It's a bit tighter than Gothic 3 with its camera-movement, though - Gothic 3 was much looser.
Risen 2+3 are quite different from Risen 1, as those games are better suited for a gamepad. B/c of the game having an unlocked camera by default, you can actually easier attack multiple enemies from any direction - which is better suited for a gamepad. But, if you played Risen 1, you will have a huge curve of getting used to this mechanic...or not, since a lot of people hated this change. Using your right mouse button for holding it to stay locked and unlocking the camera by not holding it - that can take some getting used to it, if you can actually get used to it. Personally, I prefer the gamepad on Risen 2+3 - feels like this game was designed more so around this (especially since Risen 2+3 were also on consoles; and since Risen 1 on consoles was a technical disaster).
I love Risen 2 with its pirate setting, as they absolutely nailed it. Though, they basically threw normal magic out the window + replaced it w/ voodoo magic in Risen 2. While voodoo magic is cool and all, they shouldn't never throw the regular magic out the window! Risen 2 really didn't have battles on ships that you could control, though - unlike Risen 3. Risen 2 felt like a lot of its choices and decisions didn't matter in shaping your experience, character + the outcome of the game - meanwhile Risen 3 brought back a lot of that classic Gothic 1+2 decision-making stuff + questing that made the series what it is.
Risen 3 rehashes, remixes, and re-uses a lot of Risen 2 areas, characters, and other assets - which does make Risen 3 feel more so like an expansion than say a true-blue sequel. Risen 3 also brought regular magic back to the table. Risen 3 might feel like it perfected the Risen 2 formula, tweaked the Risen 2 formula + improved over Risen 2's issues - but it still feels more like an expansion than sequel; and doesn't feel anywhere as fresh as Risen 2.
Posted by MysterD on 14 January 2017 - 02:13 AM
I highly recommend Gothic 1+2.
For me, Gothic 1 is the crowning jewel of the franchise. The freshness of both the gameplay + franchise is here. NPC's on a schedule doing things, important or mundane. Other games like Skyrim have learned how to make their game feel alive basically b/c of this game in particular. While the game isn't perfect b/c its combat is very different - i.e. no mouselook out-the-box and you hit a direction to swing/attack along w/ your combat/action button. That isn't the reason to play the game, though - it's not all about the combat. You play this game b/c of the questing and your decisions matter that will both shape your reputation + character & their class w/ one of the main factions in this game.
This was also one of the earliest games that I can remember that decided to go all out w/ the "Everything must be voice-acted" attitude, which Oblivion adopted and many other AAA publishers also later followed suit. One thing about Gothic series - they're usually difficult. You should save a lot b/c one wrong turn, you can go from a low-level to ridiculously high-level area w/out any warning. If you do feel games do too much hand-helding + are not difficult enough these days, you really should be playing both Gothic 1+2.
Gothic 2 is a much bigger game than Gothic 1, but is it a better game? I'd say, "No." But, the game's still very good. You shouldn't skip this, if you liked the original Gothic. A lot of the issues w/ Gothic 1 became magnified here for me b/c....well, it was more so apparent than Gothic 1. The lack of mouselook in combat, repetitive voice-actors, and everything else really stood out as issues (b/c these issues should've been improved in this sequel). But, that isn't what Gothic is entirely about. If you want lots of quests w/ choices + meaning that can shape both the game-world and your character + their class even, you should play this game. Again, if you want a difficult game, Gothic 2 is also quite difficult + hardcore (like the original Gothic) - where you do need to have timing on your attacks + can't really have crowds around you, or you're toast; and/or when you should save often b/c any turn could be a turn into the wrong area which is much more out-leveled than you are.
I do like Gothic 3, but the game was a technical disaster when it came out w/ performance issues, technical issues, and broken quests. Seriously, make sure you patch it up to the Enhanced Edition's newest version, if you do decide to pick that up - as that'll fix a great deal of the mess and even improve combat. Combat did improve b/c of the mouselook improvements/addition - but without the balanced combat from EE Patch, you can spam the hell out of enemies (or they can spam you) and it's unblockable. Questing is nowhere as interesting in most instances, as the game has a major focus on fetch-quest + one-off quests instead of the typical old-school Gothic 1+2 quests (where you make decisions that matter).
Basically, Gothic Universe Pack is all you probably need.
These games (Gothic 1, Gothic 2 Gold, and Gothic 3) are Piranha Bytes' Gothic games. They're the creator of this series + Risen series. Anything else (i.e. Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods + Arcania games - which weren't developed by PB themselves), you probably don't + won't want or need.