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General Discussion / LotRO Legendary Server
« on: November 10, 2018, 05:28:27 PM »
Is anyone playing, or intending to play on the new legendary (Anor) server that opened Thursday evening? I've been playing since yesterday morning with my Elf Hunter and it's been quite fun. The server is packed with people in the starter areas, something I haven't experienced in years but having a PC that's a few generations beyond what we were playing with in the early days, it runs really smooth at Ultra high settings and I'm getting 150 fps plus at 1920 x 1080. It's only for lifetimers and VIP players as it's not a FTP server but I think we all have lifetime accounts don't we? If you do try it out, my character is Trodor. Level 14 at the moment but nearly 15. I just reached Combe before logging out a few minutes ago, so as soon as I hit 15 I'll run to the Bree Mayor's office to get my surname. Hopefully, I'll be able to get my old "Taranis" surname.

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General Discussion / Re: Conan Exiles and Dark and Light
« on: June 22, 2018, 09:17:07 AM »
Well, my report will be short.
The game looks decently good, seems interesting mechanic wise, but online play is just not an option for now. Even on low populated PvE servers, there's unplayable lag, like 10 to 30s delay when gathering, rubberbanding, it's awful.

In solo mode it's much better, but that's not really why I'm playing such a game. If we can make our own server and play without lag someday, I will give it another try. Would be nice to play this game with the Farstar survivors.

My advice: avoid it for now, it's VERY rough.

I will play a bit more until the 2hr limit and get a refund.

There's a similar game to try soon by the way, Citadel: Forged with Fire, also on Steam.

Dark and Light is in the Steam summer sale at around half price until 5th July. It's now so cheap, I decided to give it a try. I've only tried solo so far and only for around half an hour but haven't seen any bugs yet. The tutorial so far only shows the basics of harvesting and crafting though and is pretty bland. It seems fairly basic from what I've seen so far and the graphics aren't that great even though I'm playing at 2160P (getting around 80 FPS with my GTX 1080)

I just finished the end game of the Forest a few days ago, which is another low budget survival game but I suspect a much better one.

I'll try Dark and Light a bit more but I don't see it keeping me interested long term.

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General Discussion / Re: Kingdom Come Deliverance
« on: March 02, 2018, 10:53:44 PM »
Hey Troy,

I was on the fence with buying this for the ps4 pro.  In the end i didn't, although the reviews are pretty good.
The save problem is going (or already is) adressed with patch 1.3, also lockpicking gets revised then.

For me personally is think i would hardly progress in that game and therefore lose my interest in it due to how i divide any of my gaming time.
What i mean is, when i don't have much time or when i'm playing and i have to pause alot for different reasons i opt for single player games which i save quickly (atm that's "Last of Us Remasterd" --> awesome btw! and Shadow of the Colussus --> abit of a let down for me, but still has very nice moments).  When i do lenghty gaming sessions i'm usually cooping with friends.
At this moment that's GTA Online (having a blast with all the new features) and looking forward to FarCry 5.
Offcourse Red Dead Redemption 2 coming in october this year --> prolly be playing this for a very long time. Rockstar is ace at keeping their games interesting and detailed.
In GTA 5 i'm still discovering places and stuff after all these years, the level of detail is incredible.

You get unlimited saves simply by renting a bed in one of the many inns for a very low price one day at a time or permanently for a higher price. You can also use a potion to save anywhere if you need to leave the game at short notice. These potions are expensive for a newbie but inconsequential once you've been playing a while. You can also make them yourself by learning alchemy and it's the first recipe you're given. The ingredients are available cheaply from any herbalist, so they needn't cost a lot once you know that.

Also you can fast travel back to any already discovered town, so it's easy to get back to a bed in an inn somewhere almost instantly and I normally do that before starting any new activity as a precaution. I also keep a few potions on me so that if ever I have to leave the game at short notice and am worried about losing progress, I just use one of them, so saving just isn't an issue. I saw many posts about that too on various forums and YouTube but it's mainly just because people weren't familiar with the game. There's no real problem with saving the game at all.

Lockpicking is also terribly difficult when you first start the game, leading to many people complaining that the system is broken but actually it's really easy once you get to level 3 in lockpicking. That in itself is very easy to achieve by saving the game in a bed that has a very easy lock to pick nearby. As soon as you finish the tutorial, you are given a permanent room with a bed in Talmberg castle and just outside your room there is a door with a very easy lock you can practice on. So all you have to do is go to that door after every save and open it. If you use too many lockpicks just reload the game and try again. You have unlimited saves in that bed and the door keeps getting relocked, so you can repeat it over and over again. There are also very easy and easy to pick locks all over the map so there will normally be one close to wherever you saved the game. If you can't pick it in say three tries just reload. I didn't know this for around the first week I was playing and completely avoided trying to pick locks, believing what I had read and thinking the system was broken. Once I realised the trick was to save the game near a very easy or easy to pick lock to practice on, I reached level three in no time and once I had that, very easy and easy locks became so simple I can open them every time. There are also very hard locks on some chests you find in houses etc. They require a higher level but they aren't needed to play the game. Presumably they contain some more valuable gear but you get everything you need from looting bodies, easy chests and from quest rewards.

So, neither saving the game or lockpicking are real issues at all once you know how to play the game efficiently. It's got many hours of gameplay, fantastic graphics, and the cutscenes are more meaningful than any other game I've played. You actually level up by watching them too, making skipping them less attractive than many other games I've played. The only thing I don't like is the sword fighting. It's too deep for me with the need to learn various techniques such as blocking and parrying to fight effectively. Lots of other people love that though. Personally, I prefer bows as my main weapon and have just started to use a mace for melee in preference to my sword.

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General Discussion / Kingdom Come Deliverance
« on: February 23, 2018, 02:10:13 PM »
Is anyone else playing KCD? I bought it last week and am absolutely hooked with 45 hours played so far. It's an RPG like no other I've played, with engrossing storylines and a depth to the quests, even the side story ones, I've not seen before. It often takes hours to complete one and a huge number of options arise that can completely change the outcome. I've seen people comparing this game favourably with both Skyrim, which I haven't played and Oblivion, which I have. I'd definitely score this more highly than Oblivion for the depth of questing.

It does have a steep learning curve though as they take a different approach to some of what are normally standard controls for this type of game. Riding a horse for instance. It took me a while to realise I found it easier to use my right hand to steer the horse and the left to press on the shift button, which is the canter forward key. That then leaves the right hand also free to use the mouse to look around the surroundings as the horse will continue in a straight line in open countryside or follow the road if you're on one as long as the shift key is being pressed. The other thing is game saves. They are very restricted, annoyingly the most so in the 5 hour long!!!!!!!! Yes 5 hours tutorial, which actually took me 5.7 hours  :-[ The best way is to find a bed to sleep in. Otherwise, it takes a very expensive and hard to come by potion. Many other controls are pretty standard though..... WASD for controlling the character on foot. LMB main attack, RMB offhand or secondary attack, J for Journal, I for inventory, C for crouch/stealth etc.

You may have read about bugs with this game. Yes there are some but I've managed to work around them and have only had a couple of side quests so bugged that I can't complete them yet. I've had just one crash in the 45 hours just as I finished a quest. Unfortunately, that meant having to spend fifteen minutes doing it again but at least I'd managed to save the game by sleeping in a nearby bed before starting and it didn't crash the next time I reached the same point. Overall, I think it's as good as most games when first released.

If anyone else just starting the game needs any tips ask me but YouTube has masses of tutorials already.


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General Discussion / Re: Elite Dangerous Add-On
« on: December 22, 2017, 06:09:28 AM »
I didn't know much about Voice Attack. I'd only read that some people use it for ED. However, now I've looked into it, I've discovered it can be used with any game in place of keyboard macros. It seems like it might be quite useful and doesn't cost a lot so I bought a copy from Steam. I doubt if I'll have time to try it until after Xmas though.

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General Discussion / Elite Dangerous Add-On
« on: December 18, 2017, 10:23:45 AM »
Has anyone used the HCSVoicepacks? I've never heard of them before. I've heard of Voice Attack but never used that either.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IuHtr9xmYc

Despite buying the Oculus Rift and Thrustmaster HOTAS back in the summer, I still haven't played Elite Dangerous at all this year. I'm wondering whether voice commands could be another reason to log in again?

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General Discussion / Re: Game of the Year
« on: November 11, 2017, 11:24:37 AM »
I haven't played enough new games to have a "Game of the year". As already mentioned in my previous thread, I've played a mixture of early access games such as Conan Exiles, DLCs for other games such as Mafia 3 and Assassin's Creed - Syndicate already installed on my PC and then a selection of older games bought in Steam sales. One pleasant surprise for me was Black Mesa, an early access game that is the remake of the Half Life series. I hadn't even heard of it until it was featured in a Steam promotion. The graphics have been massively updated and the game is already pretty much bug free. It was excellent value for money and I got around fifty hours of gameplay replaying one of my favourite games of all time.

So, Middle Earth - Shadow of War was my first purchase of an AAA priced game this year, closely followed by Assassin's Creed - Origins. I like both but after completing the first region of Origins, I've gone back to playing Shadow of War full time for now as I find it difficult to concentrate on two games at once. SoW is an amazing game and excellent value for money. I've played 90 hours, am Lvl 31 and and have only completed 34% of the game. I keep finding new features as I level up and am now able to attack fortresses, not only the pre built ones that are part of the storyline but also online ones that other players have garrisoned with their chosen characters. I also discovered yesterday that not only can you buy gold in the cash shop, you can also earn it simply by playing those sieges. I got 500 gold yesterday. That would cost 4 UK pounds to buy in the cash shop. There absolutely isn't any need for anyone to spend their real life money playing this game, despite what I saw some people suggesting before the game released.

I haven't got any other games on my radar to buy for the rest of this year. The mmorpg genre seems to be near death too. There are a few niche titles around but no huge blockbusters anymore that I can see apart from Star Citizen if it ever gets finished.


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General Discussion / Re: My new 2018 Gaming PC
« on: October 27, 2017, 01:44:53 AM »
First of all. Great PC, Troy.

My broadband speed is about 200Mbps. This is fast enough for me.

I am just waiting for Amazon to deliver my copy of Assassin's Creed Origins.

Well, the advantage of ordering it for PC was that it was available for download at midnight Thursday. I was playing the game by twenty past and could have done so earlier as the game is playable after a few minutes while it's downloading.

The graphics are stunning compared with earlier games in the series and the greyed out portions of the map are vast. I played for an hour and reached level 2 which apparently is 4% of the game. I didn't come across a single bug. There should be hours of non repeatable story content but also there seems to be lots of optional content that presumably IS repeatable too. For example I attacked a travelling trader and his four bodyguards just to see if I could. Not only did I get to loot their bodies but I was also able to ride off on his horse. I wasn't directed to do that, I just came across them as I was travelling along the road.

Definitely recommended.

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General Discussion / Re: My new 2018 Gaming PC
« on: October 27, 2017, 01:15:54 AM »
Well, won't post my fiber speed... :p

Do you have a work related leased line to get such a speed? or is that the same speed that all your neighbours could have from a normal broadband connection?

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General Discussion / Re: My new 2018 Gaming PC
« on: October 24, 2017, 08:16:29 PM »
It's just in time for Assassin's Creed - Origins too. That's due for download release at Midnight on Thursday if I understand correctly.

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General Discussion / Re: My new 2018 Gaming PC
« on: October 24, 2017, 03:41:18 PM »
Well, I just got my speed upgrade this afternoon and it turns out the Vivid 300 service I signed up for last Thursday has actually been stealthily upgraded to Vivid 350. The true speed is even better still so I'm a happy bunny. Here's a link to my speedtest.net result:

http://beta.speedtest.net/result/6733434328.png

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General Discussion / Re: EA
« on: October 24, 2017, 03:37:33 PM »
I don't know why some people get upset about micro transactions in single player games. I don't use them myself but I couldn't care less if someone else finished the game faster than me because they did. I'm currently playing Middle Earth- Shadow of War which has XP boosts and lockboxes containing bonus weapons and Armour available for in game coin or real money. I don't even spend my in game coin on them, let alone real money. I get plenty of loot from just playing the game. I currently have around 20,000 silver but I'll use it later to recruit extra followers. I hope that will prove more useful.

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General Discussion / Re: Major new games all arriving at once.
« on: October 22, 2017, 08:38:32 PM »
<snip Xin's quote>

Assassin's Creed Origins is looking better and better. It is going to keep me very busy.

Also the Battlefront 2 single player campaign is 5 to 7 hours. This has been confirmed by EA.

Thanks for the reminder. I've just pre-ordered AC Origins.

I had to decide whether to order from my Amazon Prime Account or direct from UPlay. They're both the same price but interestingly, Amazon say the pre order includes an additional mission: Secrets of the first Pyramids. UPlay doesn't mention it. On the other hand UPlay says available for pre download. Amazon doesn't. It doesn't take me long to download games though and my broadband is being upgraded to 300Mbs on Tuesday so it will give me a chance to test it.

BTW Neirin, Amazon are listing "Assassins Creed Origins Limited Edition (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) (PS4)" for the same price (£47.99). It has some bonuses over the standard edition.

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General Discussion / Re: Visceral Games
« on: October 17, 2017, 11:12:49 PM »
I must confess I hadn't actually heard of this game before. Reading between the lines, maybe it's going to become more of an open world/sandbox type game? That's the sort of game I like but unfortunately it seems it's a couple of years away.

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General Discussion / Re: Major new games all arriving at once.
« on: October 17, 2017, 03:15:06 AM »
I bought Conan Exiles on sale, played very little so far but it seems interesting.
Maybe we should setup a server for FARSTAR...

I bought it the day it came out, played for the first couple of days online but it was completely unstable so I switched to solo play, which was much better. So the 97 hours was in solo mode for a month or two but after managing to build quite a large base and level up so I could kill crocodiles and elephants i got bored and haven't played it since.

I believe there have been lots of improvements since then though, so I wouldn't mind trying it again if you want to set up a private server. For online play, playing on a private server would seem best. The official servers still get lots of problems with cheating and griefing, while other people's private servers can disappear without warning overnight and can also be subject to rule bending by the owners to suit themselves.

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