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I started my old Shogun 2 total war again, for the first time to have an Hattori run....

I do wonder why Kisho training increases Upkeep so much ....


Because only cowards hides in the shadows.

increased desertion rates or threat thereoff so i need to pay more?....

I guess.


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Back onto the runescape wagon, eagerly awaiting the pokemon snap 2 release in a fortnight......

Going to grab stellaris - Nemesis and probably also the other minor additions.

Finally, looking at getting divinity 2, for LARP raisins.

 
   
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Started up The Amazing Cultivation Simulator again. For a game with very simple graphics, there's an insane amount of depth to the game.

   
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 flamingkillamajig wrote:
 KamikazeCanuck wrote:
Finished the bonus Hivebusters campaign in GOW5. Mights as well keep the Gears binge going with Gears Tactics.


I actually really love gears tactics. Sadly side missions become really repetitive and obnoxious in act 3 when you face like 3 side missions and then one campaign mission per each part of act 3. There are a few things it can add like a character pool and maybe more abilities (hammer of dawn ultimate ability with massive cool down or one per mission would rock or a mortar or flamethrower).

The executions in the game feel great and are helpful by adding actions and making the game fast and gritty. Sadly late game the gear you outfit yourself with makes mission preparation slow but positively yellow and purple gear is great. I'm not sure if injuries would've made this game better or worse. In xcom it adds to the difficulty and makes you worried to get wounds.

I kind of wish new recruits worked like xcom but in this you get em constantly and they often outrank a lot of your previous dudes so you might just switch out one soldier for another.

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The main take I have on gears tactics is it's a great first game for a turn based squad tactics game mostly just let down by no character pool and far more side missions than it needs but mostly in act 3. They max number of side missions should be 2 per each campaign mission or at least add different mission types or more mission variety to keep things interesting.


Ya it stared off good. The boss fight against the Brumak was fun but it is getting repetitive already. You can see them consciously trying to make it slightly different than Xcom in every little way but there’s no meta game so it’s not as addictive. Also you don’t get as attached to your troops because it just allows you to toss them aside and get better ones every 2nd mission. A strange design choice that is probably from trying to be slightly different than Xcom in each facet of the game.

 
   
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@kamikaze canuck: Absolutely! You hit the nail on the head with some of the bigger issues. A more strategic layer would've been good.

I do like how each mission could have special challenges in some side missions but that may have been late campaign and possibly based on campaign difficulty. In some cases they made no sense though like I think one disabled grenade use for no logical reason. I can understand stronger troops or special enemy ammo but no grenades was one I think and it's an odd choice that makes no real sense in reality as far as I know.

E-holes went away in act 2 either at the very start of it or somewhere within the start of it. Also at certain points when you switch through enough gear in character customization it can hurt your eyes. Oh and the glowy super locust were kind of annoying in regards to shutting down executions a little but maybe I'm being unfair there.

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Anyway I'm torn with gears tactics. It's a great first game of a series that's let down by some things. I mean it's no xcom but it doesn't crash or have ridiculous bugs like xcom if I recall correctly. Also some of the characters seem like a little more than just a roided up action hero and the story has some decent parts. Granted gears 2 and 3 had some alright character development in parts. The plot twist regarding the COG and the origin of the locusts was great in gears tactics but possibly lore breaking. Totally worth a change in canon however at least in my opinion.

Oh btw you also need internet connection to verify the game on startup. I like how the game doesn't spam dlc everywhere but sadly the updates seem a bit few in number. I don't know how well supported this game is anymore. I sort of dropped it after some months, picked it up months later and haven't touched it since. The side missions got so excessive and boring in act 3 I never fully finished the game and seeing the ending on twitch didn't give me reason to.


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Ya I didn’t notice that about the E-Holes. Obviously that’s should be a big thing in a Gears game. That shows that they ran out of time and just started recycling stuff. I wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel where they improve and expand.

 
   
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Exactly. Gears tactics is a decent game with some big problems that could've been a great game with some more fine tuning. I have big respect for the creators of the game for that.

I'm also doing long war in xcom 2 again. I think I'm gonna lose in this campaign sadly as opposed to the one I won in not so long ago. If so this has been a decent attempt.

I've been playing a bit of barotrauma with a friend too. It's a bit of good fun going around as the crew in a sub.

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Funnily enough I was thinking of picking up Gears Tactics yesterday while shopping. I didn't in the end as overall the Gears franchise is getting a bit dull. Could have finished the story after 3 and left on a high, but they went down the weird new route of "Oh the original Locust can't be killed, oh by the way they've mutated into something even worse".

   
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So the new stellaris expansion dropped and I’ve been busying myself with it. There’s some pretty big changes. Envoys are now really important in the early game. There’s an event chain when you establish first contact. You get much less information on other empires and so on. You unlock information with other empires either by trading it or by employing spies. I quite like that part. Diplomatic interactions are now far more important. There’s also changes to how colonized planets work. You now have industrial districts. The factory buildings (For consumer goods and alloys) are limited to 1 per planet. The city district unlocks a building slot. Quite a few changes that took me by surprise. Overall I like it. The new economy will take some time to wrap my head around. It feels a bit more reasonable though. Your main production will now be districts, not buildings. There seems to be a few more events, excavations and first encounter interactions. Which is always a plus. It’s still stellaris but it feels a bit *more* now I guess. Stellaris really needed to shake up diplomacy a bit and they have done exactly that.

Edit: Oh and two more things. You now get the choice which end game crisis you want, or leave to be semi-random like it was previously. You can also apparently become the crisis now yourself OR become the dictator of the galaxy. Apparently you can form the galactic empire and become its de-facto ruler as a galactic forum political decision. So wreck the galaxy or become it’s dictator. Neet stuff.

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A "real" end-game crisis can still hit while you're in the middle of a player-induced crisis.

The nations opposing the player-induced crisis can form a "custodian" faction, and the leader gets certain emergency powers... which aren't automatically rescinded at the end of the crisis...
   
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Eumerin wrote:
A "real" end-game crisis can still hit while you're in the middle of a player-induced crisis.

The nations opposing the player-induced crisis can form a "custodian" faction, and the leader gets certain emergency powers... which aren't automatically rescinded at the end of the crisis...


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Star wars prequels were mostly bad but palpatines machinations were fun. Subtle machinations are often more fun than brutal killing.

Anyway I'm getting off topic.

Barotrauma was fun. A shame ai controlled crew are super dumb. At least bots are fine for tedious tasks but one time during an artifact mission when we left the ai controlled crew to the ship alone while we took the artifact the bots died of flooding or suffocation by the time we got back. It'd just be nice if they had an ounce of free thinking and weren't absolutely brain dead. I've been told if the sub takes leaks and they were earlier commanded to stay on the guns they will legit put on diving gear and wait until they legit run out of air and die rather than fix leaks or kill what sea monsters are causing those leaks.

In xcom 2 long war mod I liberated my 2nd region but sadly 4 soldiers died on that mission and most were heavily wounded. I needed to liberate it but I'm in some trouble with all of this overall. I need more Intel so I can get more regions because avatar progress is moving quickly. I could also use better gear. I might just start with power armor first since coilguns are not the biggest upgrade and they might be harder to research. Ofc coilguns don't require such absurd amount of resources that power armor does. I guess we'll see.

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I finished Subnautica. That was a very satisfying game to complete. My PS5 arrived in the mail the day after I finished it as well. So I got that all set up and now I am enjoying my Next Gen upgrade of No Man's Sky. I even convinced some of my friends to pick it up and play online with me.

I am miles ahead of them though because I can't put the game down. Got my first freighter today, and am slowly upgrading my base and following the early quests. My biggest complaint is still that the early quests don't encourage you to travel enough. I was all excited when it looked like one of the missions was finally having me jump somewhere new and it actually just made me backtrack to somewhere I had already been.
   
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So I got that all set up and now I am enjoying my Next Gen upgrade of No Man's Sky.

I’ve heard no man sky is one of the greatest comeback stories in gaming. After frequent updates and unrelenting patching the game is now very worth playing. I’ve yet to get it myself due to is terrible launch but I might end up getting it soon.

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The NMS devs have really worked hard, and are still working hard, on improving the game with a crapton of free content updates. They could have just done a runner or start a new project, but instead they're still working on the game and putting out content without slapping a DLC price tag on it.

If you have the time, take a gander at this, which pretty much details the rise, fall and recovery of the game:





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Go for any mission that adds to the cognition bar. Once you hit 7-9 cognition, things became much easier, especially if you get the upgrade that lets you drain multiple cognition points from a single location in one go.

Plus the mechadendrites that let you drain 1, 2 or even 3 (!) cognition from enemies are just broken.

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Funnily enough I was thinking of picking up Gears Tactics yesterday while shopping. I didn't in the end as overall the Gears franchise is getting a bit dull. Could have finished the story after 3 and left on a high, but they went down the weird new route of "Oh the original Locust can't be killed, oh by the way they've mutated into something even worse".


Yes, they definitely should have ended with 3. Like the story was over...the war was over. I didn’t like 4 at all. That being said I have to admit 5 is quite a lot of game for your buck. But you just have to keep watching some of your favourite characters keep getting tormented.

 
   
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 BrookM wrote:
The NMS devs have really worked hard, and are still working hard, on improving the game with a crapton of free content updates. They could have just done a runner or start a new project, but instead they're still working on the game and putting out content without slapping a DLC price tag on it.

If you have the time, take a gander at this, which pretty much details the rise, fall and recovery of the game:




Just don't watch the last 5-10 minutes

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 Bobthehero wrote:
 BrookM wrote:
The NMS devs have really worked hard, and are still working hard, on improving the game with a crapton of free content updates. They could have just done a runner or start a new project, but instead they're still working on the game and putting out content without slapping a DLC price tag on it.

If you have the time, take a gander at this, which pretty much details the rise, fall and recovery of the game:




Just don't watch the last 5-10 minutes


That was the Pervy internet fan fics part right?

@kamikaze canuck: Name a franchise that's lasted decades that hasn't milked itself dry of fresh ideas or completely sold itself out. Im sure some exist but lately it doesnt seem to be the case.

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 flamingkillamajig wrote:
 Bobthehero wrote:
 BrookM wrote:
The NMS devs have really worked hard, and are still working hard, on improving the game with a crapton of free content updates. They could have just done a runner or start a new project, but instead they're still working on the game and putting out content without slapping a DLC price tag on it.

If you have the time, take a gander at this, which pretty much details the rise, fall and recovery of the game:




Just don't watch the last 5-10 minutes


That was the Pervy internet fan fics part right?
Yes, but he thankfully censors out most of it.

Sean Murray has seen the video when it came out and he urged his twitter followers to not watch it past a certain point. But as you can see from those tweets, the Engoodening video linked above resulted in a boost in sales of NMS.



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Internet historian is awesome. I think he usually uses his side channel now.

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Been playing through Alien Isolation again.

Just been long enough that I had forgotten a few of the scares, and even though I know some of them are coming, it still gets me!

To my shame I struggle to play it late at night and if I do I have to have the lights on..

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 Pacific wrote:
Been playing through Alien Isolation again.

Just been long enough that I had forgotten a few of the scares, and even though I know some of them are coming, it still gets me!

To my shame I struggle to play it late at night and if I do I have to have the lights on..


Haha, I was just about to start Alien Isolation again.

Up there as one of my favourite games of all time. It just absolutely nails the atmosphere of Alien in a way which no other game has ever managed to.

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I can't play Alien Isolation. The game terrifies me sure. But more than that it just stresses me out beyond all belief. So I had to put it down.
   
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I can't play Alien Isolation. The game terrifies me sure. But more than that it just stresses me out beyond all belief. So I had to put it down.


Let me guess, San Cristobal Medical Facility section?

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Sigh. Pretty sure my current campaign of xcom 2 long war is screwed. I took out the enemy black site and I can destroy an alien facility once I start infiltrating but avatar progress is just too freaking fast. At this rate it'll complete again before the end of the 3 week period and I'll be screwed again but without time to wait.

At least I have power armor now and in decent supply but still just magnetic weapons. I just don't think I'll be able to win this campaign. It's at the end of December of the first year in the game's time. I dont even have the shadow chamber being made yet which is super pathetic.

Anyway I'm pretty sure this campaign is lost but I've come pretty far with it. Best to see what more I can get out of it before I quit.

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Btw I watched an indie game on twitch that was being played as a game to suffer through. I don't know the game's name but the dialog was some of the worst I've seen. It was super up its own ass too. I mean it was BAD. The type where you want to tear your eyes out. Supposedly it was made by a games journalist. Good to make fun of but I couldn't take watching it anymore. It's like the scene in Indiana Jones where the nazis look into the crypt and their faces melt or south parks parody of the same. Thats how bad it was.

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What was the game called?

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What was the game called?


YIIK : a post modern rpg

It deals with cringy dialog no person with any human interaction would ever use with another person. Imagine all those fun gaming cartoons or cartoons about nerd culture that in some cases died before their time while this game existing at proves there is no God and there is no plan for any of us in the world.

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Amazing how within about 10 days of game time the avatar progress went up 3 bars and completed. I had no way of stopping it in time and thus ended my campaign. Not all is bad news however. I think I'll try more proving ground gear like redscreen rounds on rangers for 25 hack decrease per each shot and they have 2. Should make robots cry against me. I could use a couple pet robots in my campaign to help me.

Next I'm gonna try a weird little squad combo that I don't know will be effective. Rangers can sort of be like overwatch specialists but with certain important details. Their first possible skill allows them to use all moves for an automatic overwatch shot. They also get 1 or 2 really nice abilities like boosted aim and crit chance for overwatch at low levels. The plan will be to go into overwatch with sentinel specialists (maybe one), pin down with area suppression on gunners and finally have 2 or so move and auto overwatch rangers in place to react to any action and pointed in such a way that the enemy is flanked and with an ability or two it'll crit one of the enemies it's flanking. They'll be double suppressed at least so it should be painful if the enemy moves and aim will be in the crapper and I will get as much crit hit chance I can if possible on my reaction fire. I suppose it depends on the enemies moves how well it goes down.

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 A Town Called Malus wrote:
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I can't play Alien Isolation. The game terrifies me sure. But more than that it just stresses me out beyond all belief. So I had to put it down.


Let me guess, San Cristobal Medical Facility section?


This comment has now made me want to stop replaying the game as I haven't reached that bit yet

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