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Kid is teaching me Titanfall 2. Running on walls is both cool and tricky.
Yeah Titanfall 2 was cool. Got a kick out of running on walls, but your right, it's tricky. All about timing and jumping and double-jumping at the right time. And hitting the wall at the right angle. The time-travelling is even cooler.
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Oct 26, 2017, 10:34 AM
 
Just heard the news today, Kinect is dead. Apparently Microsoft has discontinued the Kinect.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/17/...hone-x-face-id
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Nov 12, 2017, 07:15 PM
 
Is anyone playing Pokémon go these days?
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Nov 13, 2017, 07:56 AM
 
Reddit is amusing itself by downvoting EA over a their response to a fan complaining about SW: Battlefront lootboxes.

https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWarsBat...ocked/dppum98/

This is supposedly some sort of record downvotes.
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Nov 13, 2017, 09:52 AM
 
Two things: The was blocks were 1/6 as expensive in review copies

AAA gaming approach to micro transactions seems to be to price it like it's a f2p game which is cancerous
     
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Nov 13, 2017, 01:11 PM
 
The thing to understand about loot boxes and F2P is that the vast, vast majority of players never buy anything. There is a tiny minority, “whales”, that buy a lot and make this worth it. I am not at all convinced that there is the same number of whales in a skill-based, competitive game as there is in a mobile time waster. We will see.

I also wonder what Disney thinks about all this. They’re clearly devaluing the Star Wars license with their shenanigans.
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Nov 15, 2017, 07:50 AM
 
Watching EA squirm is like watching a train wreck. It seems pretty clear that they had a plan from early on to cut the price of the top heroes by a lot to "make the outrage outdated", as the phrase goes, and when that didn't really work, they don't have any other moves. The pay-to-win is so poorly implemented, simply percentage boosts to different stats, that there is no defense for it, and the time limit on arcade mode makes it so obvious that they want to give people who buy loot boxes a big advantage.
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Nov 15, 2017, 09:20 AM
 
Unfortunately I'm not familiar with the gameplay mechanics to understand most of that
     
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I haven’t played any of those games in a long time, but as I understand it, the basic idea is that the star cards can give bonuses to basic stats like weapon cooldown, weapons damage, health recharge delay, etc, in addition to unlocking powerful weapons, heroes and tanks. You can gain those cards by just racking up hours in the game, but you have to play online against others, as the arcade (offline) mode is limited in how long you can play it, a la Candy Crush.

The gambling aspect comes in in that you don’t know what you get in a loot box. You can get cards for a class you don’t even play as, and there is no way to trade them.

In all, the game forces you to play online and probably lose to people who have bought better equipment, heroes and bonuses, or buy those things yourself with real money.
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Nov 16, 2017, 11:49 AM
 
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Is anyone playing Pokémon go these days?
I know people who are, but found my phone to be inadequate to keep trying.

I have heard that they are making a Potterverse version, and that would be fun.

Probability your post was a joke, 95%... but just in case... why not?
     
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Nov 16, 2017, 11:56 AM
 
I can't wait for six years from now when people realize all these loot boxes are just gambling and the gaming companies lobby hard against it being properly regulated
     
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Nov 17, 2017, 12:37 AM
 
EA pulls in-game purchases from Star Wars Battlefront 2. (For now)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/16/...tal-purchases/

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Nov 17, 2017, 03:54 AM
 
Scuttlebutt is that they get re-enabled after Christmas. EA's thinking is that they will let the FSP pros play now, wait until all the kids and general amateurs get the game at Christmas, watch them fail spectacularly against people who have played for a month and are better at the genre in the first place, and let them correct that by buying loot crates to catch up.
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Nov 17, 2017, 05:30 PM
 
Am I the only one annoyed that the Xbox One (X) requires internet and a MS account to do literally anything?

I get that the original One needed a day-1 patch to work but see no reason the One X (and PS4 Pro, I assume?) require internet to even allow you to set the things up, let alone an MS account for every single person who uses it.
     
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Nov 17, 2017, 05:38 PM
 
Welcome to the always on future. Thats why a lot of people went PS4.
     
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Nov 19, 2017, 01:02 PM
 
You said it so well, P. It's a train wreck. The single player campaign sucks too. I know it's a MP game in essence, but still.
     
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Nov 21, 2017, 11:13 AM
 
Mario Odyssey is the most fun I've had with a Mario title since Mario 64. It's neck and neck with Breath of the Wild for Game of the Year in my estimation. I just reached the last world last night — I can't tell you how many times I've found myself grinning like a moron.

The most fascinating aspect of the Battlefront 2 story is that Disney reportedly got involved...

According to an unnamed "person familiar with the matter" who spoke to the Journal, Disney executives were "upset at how online outrage over the costs of gaining access to popular characters such as Luke Skywalker reflected on their marquee property." While Iger was concerned about this perception, it was Disney Head of Consumer Products and Interactive Media Jimmy Pitaro who sent EA a message expressing those concerns, according to the report.
     
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Nov 21, 2017, 11:17 AM
 
It makes sense EA backing down was unprecedented. This explains it.
     
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Nov 22, 2017, 06:40 AM
 
The Belgian lottery commission (government organ that regulates gambling) thinks that loot boxes are gambling but that they can't ban them under current laws. They will however work to ban them on an EU level. This will be interesting to watch.
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Dec 11, 2017, 01:39 AM
 
Gang Beasts finally has a PS4 release date. This Tuesday, December 12th!

http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/...-ps4-gameplay/


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Switch + dock + 30-foot screen + teenagers...



     
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Feb 24, 2018, 12:14 PM
 
I may pick this up. It's been forever since I've played Paradise City.

"This remaster includes all DLC from the Year of Paradise, including the Big Surf Island update,
meticulously recreated and ready to wreck in 4K on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X."

Retail Price: $40


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Feb 24, 2018, 01:24 PM
 
If we can get fatty in on it and I think I would too. One of the best games he didn't play last gen. Best co-operative multi since perfect dark.
     
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May 31, 2018, 04:45 PM
 
Fallout news!

https://kotaku.com/sources-fallout-7...rpg-1826425333

Originally prototyped as a multiplayer version of Fallout 4 with the goal of envisioning what an online Fallout game might look like, Fallout 76 has evolved quite a bit over the past few years, those sources said. It will have quests and a story, like any other game from Bethesda Game Studios, a developer known for meaty RPGs like Skyrim. It will also feature base-building—just like 2015's Fallout 4—and other survival-based and multiplayer mechanics, according to those sources. One source cautioned that the gameplay is rapidly changing, like it does in many online “service” games, but that’s the core outline.
Is this the end of turn-based-combat?

After Fallout 4 petered out for me I haven't much thought about the franchise until the reveal trailer for Vault 76 dropped yesterday. I've heard 76 compared to Ark or Rust, which is interesting since they were never really full games in any sense of the word. To me this sounds like a mashup of Destiny/PUBG/Fortnite with a Fallout skin.

In other news I've been playing Fortnite (2 solo wins woooo) and it's a pretty good time. The missus is really into watching it for some reason and actually requests watching me play over TV shows/etc., not a bad gig if you can get it. The main reason I'm playing fortnite is A) its free and B) match load times are bananas, this game can find 100 people in about 30 seconds flat, it's pretty impressive.

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May 31, 2018, 05:20 PM
 
There is a game called Frostpunk that just dropped. It is essentially a base builder after an apocalypse, where you try to expand your base to save as many people as you can, while not running out of food or fuel and being able to defend yourself. Scouting missions bring rare loot, which you can use to build higher tier buildings, there is a tech tree, etc.

As a coincidence, I was listening to a review of this game just before the news of Fallout 76 dropped. If Fallout 76 is that, but with better graphics and polish, I am so in. If it is an online base builder.. eh.
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May 31, 2018, 07:34 PM
 
I am all in for multiplayer Fallout, but not some halfbaked loot crate POS if thats what it ends up being.
     
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Originally Posted by sek929 View Post
Fallout news!

https://kotaku.com/sources-fallout-7...rpg-1826425333

Is this the end of turn-based-combat?

After Fallout 4 petered out for me I haven't much thought about the franchise until the reveal trailer for Vault 76 dropped yesterday. I've heard 76 compared to Ark or Rust, which is interesting since they were never really full games in any sense of the word. To me this sounds like a mashup of Destiny/PUBG/Fortnite with a Fallout skin.
I'm terrified they're going to screw up the things I liked, but I'm old now and my crankiness is intensifying.

In other news I've been playing Fortnite (2 solo wins woooo) and it's a pretty good time. The missus is really into watching it for some reason and actually requests watching me play over TV shows/etc., not a bad gig if you can get it. The main reason I'm playing fortnite is A) its free and B) match load times are bananas, this game can find 100 people in about 30 seconds flat, it's pretty impressive.
I've been playing on PC for a while, but I'm probably going to switch over to PS4. The PC players with their mice are impossible to compete with.

Again, probably because I'm old. I just can't figure out how they're building so quickly. I see a guy, and he's already built himself up 15 stories and snipes me.
     
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Originally Posted by P View Post
There is a game called Frostpunk that just dropped. It is essentially a base builder after an apocalypse, where you try to expand your base to save as many people as you can, while not running out of food or fuel and being able to defend yourself. Scouting missions bring rare loot, which you can use to build higher tier buildings, there is a tech tree, etc.

As a coincidence, I was listening to a review of this game just before the news of Fallout 76 dropped. If Fallout 76 is that, but with better graphics and polish, I am so in. If it is an online base builder.. eh.


I hadn't read anything on it. Thank you for pointing it out. Sounds interesting.
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Jun 10, 2018, 05:09 PM
 
It’s E3 time!

Every year I hope for more non-online non-FPS games but I guess I am in the minority.

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Looking forward to Cyberpunk: 2077

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Originally Posted by Brien View Post
Every year I hope for more non-online non-FPS games but I guess I am in the minority.
I'm excited for the new BattleToads game that comes out next year. Thank you Rare.

- 3 player couch co-op
- 4k hand drawn 2.5D graphics




Now I want Blizzard to make another sequel to Lost Vikings and I will be set.

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Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Looking forward to Cyberpunk: 2077

I imagine fatty is happy for another Metro
Yes to both honestly. With the praise Witcher 3 has gotten and my lust for any game with dystopian sci-fi elements, I'm all over Cyberpunk. Metro is an easy one, ex-STALKER devs making post-apocalyptic linear FPS with suffocating immersion is my drug. Looks 4A is heading into a more open-world concept this time and I really hope they didn't try and 'Far Cry' the game up. With so many games either favoring online play in some form or downright requiring it, Metro (along with Alien: Isolation) have been bastions of linear story-based experiences in the crowded FPS market.

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Lot to unpack about 76.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/fallout-...-need-to-know/
"Set in the hills of West Virginia," he said, "You are one of the first to emerge into a very different and untamed wasteland." And indeed -- it is different. Howard says the world is huge, diverse, and features six distinct regions to explore, each pulling from real culture, locations and even legends from the area.
So like Destiny?

Speaking at Bethesda's E3 2018 showcase, game director Todd Howard announced that Fallout 76 is "entirely online, but that isn't to say its a massively multiplayer game though -- it's more like a more like a "shared world" shooter, similar to games like Destiny
Okay thats a bit on the nose.

Despite appearing in every iteration of the franchise since the original, it's not clear if V.A.T.S. will be in Fallout 76.The game's E3 trailer didn't show a single moment of the tactical targeting system, and it's hard to imagine how you could freeze combat in a multiplayer game without annoying the other players. It's possible the game could have a modified version of V.A.T.S, like the slowdown mechanic introduced in the VR version of Fallout 4, but it's unclear at this time.
"Mom I can't pause the game it's online!" Called it.

Fallout 76 is definitely an online survival game, but Bethesda describes it as a "softcore" survival game. Death doesn't mean loss of progression or of end of your character like it does in other online survival games. This means you can play, take risks and fail without fear of feeling like you've lost hours of gameplay for one mistake.
So a 'lite' griefing then?

I'll def play the beta before I'm going to many sense of this news. Destiny might be a profitable and mechanically sound game but find it soulless and repetitive.

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It's odd, I like Fallout and I like online, but from the get go nothing I heard about it said, "I should look into this" or "I want to play this."
     
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Originally Posted by sek929 View Post
Destiny might be a profitable and mechanically sound game but find it soulless and repetitive.
Absolutely.

It seems a weird direction for them to explore. I know Destiny made money, but it hasn't exactly been beloved.

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It's odd, I like Fallout and I like online, but from the get go nothing I heard about it said, "I should look into this" or "I want to play this."
Do you find yourself saying that about more games? I'm getting crankier and crankier about games that waste my time and money.
     
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Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
It seems a weird direction for them to explore. I know Destiny made money, but it hasn't exactly been beloved.
Fallout has always been a deeply lonely experience wandering the wastes with, at most, a companion or two. The idea of a cooperative PVP-ish Fallout just...doesn't really seem doable.

Edit: Also the shooting is absolute dogshit in fallout games, with no real VATS system I hope they've got a new engine for this game to run on.
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Has anyone tried the recent BattleTech game? Mechwarrior meets XCOM, took me completely by surprise by actually being quite good. It even runs well on a recent Mac.

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Fallout has always been a deeply lonely experience wandering the wastes with, at most, a companion or two. The idea of a cooperative PVP-ish Fallout just...doesn't really seem doable.
At first glance I agree, but I’m will to keep an open mind because it is a prequel. It stands to reason that the wasteland maybe wasn’t quite so depopulated back then.

Edit: Also the shooting is absolute dogshit in fallout games, with no real VATS system I hope they've got a new engine for this game to run on.
It is the same engine as F4, which in turn is based on the engine for Bethesda games going back as far as Oblivion. It seems to be the last hurrah for that engine, however - Starfield appears to be running on a new engine.
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Jun 16, 2018, 11:59 AM
 
Spending another Saturday morning downloading several GB of updates for my consoles... These new (seemingly) weekly updates punish casual gamers IMO.

I don’t see the logic in mandatory updates (usually 2GB+) for single player games.

EDIT - And on the One X, 10-20GB updates are waaay too common.
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