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BruceCM

Heh, they are cool to look at, @JaxonH .... Did I hear that HFW Collector's Edition didn't actually have the game on a disc? But 2 nice statues, right?

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JaxonH

@BruceCM
Wouldn't surprise me. I didn't open it yet since I don't have room for the box and the statue(s). And I already own the game digitally.

But ya, love having a collection. But once it gets to a certain size it's a constant struggle to manage space. I own every amiibo made (barring cards and cereal) and would love to have all of them displayed, but there just isn't room. Had to box up most Animal Crossing and Mario series amiibo, as well as most Splatoon amiibo that weren't the 10 most recent (Squid Boy, Squid Girl, Octoling Boy, Octoling Girl, Squid, Octopus, Callie, Marie and the 2 other news girls, can't remember their names)

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BruceCM

Oh, lol, @JaxonH .... Pretty sure it's a digital code for the game, perhaps so that owners of the PS5 without a disc drive can get it as well!
So, you could have saved buying it digitally separately. Perhaps get yourself a bigger place to fill?

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JaxonH

@BruceCM
I bought it a few weeks after the game released and already had the game at that point. Think I was planning to sell the code on eBay, but then never opened it.

No bigger room- I hate moving! I've moved enough to last a lifetime. No more. I don't have a single move left in me.

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STEAM/DECK: Monster Hunter World
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Jesus is Lord.

BruceCM

Oh, OK, @JaxonH .... That's the balance, then! I'm sure the statues for HFW look great, though Problem is there's so many collectibles for plenty of games & at least iirc that collector's edition was reasonably priced, not like some I have seen advertised
Where even the pretty hard core fans of whichever series in my forums say they think it's too expensive & so on

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JaxonH

@BruceCM
Oh my gosh, there's some outrageously priced CE's. I like the $80-100 ones with a steelbook, art book and smaller box.

I try to only focus on CEs for games I really like (Valkyria Chronicles 4 on Switch, Astral Chain, Daemon X Machina, Octopath Traveler, Triangle Strategy, MH Rise, MH Stories 2, Fire Emblem TH, Metroid Dread, Xenoblade 1 and 2, SMTV, Bayonetta 1/2, Trails of Cold Steel 3/4, Ys VIII/IX, etc) but even then they add up real quick.

And I got sucked into the Atelier CE's- since I own every one on Switch I feel compelled to get the next one, which has a new entry every year. So every year it's a new Atelier CE, cause I can't have all of them except one. That just wouldn't do. No. That wouldn't do at all.

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STEAM/DECK: Monster Hunter World
XSX:
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Jesus is Lord.

BruceCM

Yeah, that's similar to most in my other forum, @JaxonH .... None of them gets every limited or special edition, etc! I've gone blank on some of the ridiculous CEs I've seen but they were certainly a lot more than £100 or so

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Magician

I have no intention of playing it (since I'm strictly a console gamer), but I am keen to watch a Lets Play for Dune: Spice Wars. Made by French developer Shiro Games, whose last game I had played was Northgard. I enjoyed that game, so as a Dune fan I have high hopes for this.

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Link-Hero

Been meaning to update on what I'm currently playing on PC. First off, I decided to purchase a subscription to Xbox Gamepass Ultimate less than a week ago due to receiving a code for two free months. It also gave me the excuse to finally try out the service since I've been curious about it for some time.

The few games that I've downloaded and played are Tunic, Carrion, and My Friend Pedro. Had these three on my Steam wishlist and am using Gamepass as a way to demo the games before deciding on purchasing them. Out of the three, Tunic is certainly the one I'll be buying as soon as possible. It fulfills all my Zelda-like criteria for me to enjoy. With Carrion and My Friend Pedro, I'm not falling for them as much as I thought I would, but I will attempt again to see if my opinion changes.

However, I got Gamepass for one reason, and that's the cloud gaming portion to play Fable 2. For anyone unaware, the second one never left the Xbox 360 while the original and third game did get a PC release. I don't know why Microsoft decided only for 2 to stay exclusive, and it's still like this even to this day. So unless I get a 360 along with a copy of the game, this is the only other way to play it.

My opinion on the game Fable 2, I like it. The map is a lot more expansive with some nice improvements to the gameplay compared to the original. You have more choices in what you can buy and use, better interactions with the NPCs and world, and it has a proper economy you can manipulate to help enhance or degrade towns. I also love the dog companion in Fable 2 with how sweet and useful he is. The AI and pathfinding for him does occasionally have odd issues, but that could be the cloud streaming causing it or is just a bug in the game itself.

Cloud gaming is quite good for Gamepass and much better than it was for other, older services, but it still has problems that will prevent most people from being able to use the service. You need to have a fast and steady connection to play at a decent resolution with low input lag. If you only have one or the other, then you'll either have a frustrating time or be unable to use it.

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Tallea

Hey guys, what are the most popular games now? I have some free time and want to play something interesting.

Tallea

BruceCM

Elden Ring is still going strong? Give us some idea of the sorts of games you like, though, @Tallea.... & I'd have to look up which are particularly popular now

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RR529

Now that I'm basically done with Kirby (still going to try the "Ultimate Cup Z" from time to time) I've pulled out my laptop and have just started up Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal.

Really only played the tutorial & mission 1 so far so not much to say on it yet, other than the fact that it has a new(?) parry system that I don't think was a part of the older games (I don't remember it in Burst or Estival Versus anyhow).

Currently Playing:
Switch - Blade Strangers
PS4 - Kingdom Hearts III, Tetris Effect (VR)

LizzyLin

The last PC game I played was Disco Elysium. I strongly recommend it to you, people.

Just look at it, it's awesome!

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Pizzamorg

Finally bit the bullet on Tales of Arise. The opening is extremely slow and hand holdy and those anime cutscenes are weirdly cheap looking. Thankfully the game itself actually looks really nice, the combat right now is fairly easy to manage and actually quite fun. However, I remember in the demo when you had a full party and it was just a complete mess. I was hoping I could use auto battle as an answer to that, but weirdly you can only set party wide tactics, not give each person an individual role? That seems like such a basic, and glaring, omission? I understand some of the previous titles have more detailed, more CRPG like, tactics and strategy systems, so maybe I will give one of those a go instead.

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Switch games currently playing: RingFit Adventure. Live A Live.
PC games currently playing: The Division 2. Watchdogs: Legion. Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak. Dark Pictures Anthology.

Pizzamorg

There is this new 40K Warhammer game that has just come out, it has a proper name but it's so long, it is easy to just call it XCOM 40K. I tried out the opening mission on launch day and was blown away by it, but after getting to sit down and do a proper extended play session this morning, I am less impressed than I was after the first hour.

I have to be honest, I never really liked the objective based missions in XCOM but games like this remind me of why we need them. Doing nothing but 'Push high enough up on the map to lift the fog of war, kill all the enemies and then survive until extracted' for hours on end, gets pretty tiresome. Especially as I feel like you could develop really unique personalities in your squad in XCOM which could make things feel fresh, even when doing the same things.

Here, I feel like everyone plays the same. There are classes, but like other than the one who heals, I couldn't tell you what the different classes do, what their roles are or what makes them unique. Even Gears Tactics had more defined classes. It is a shame, because the enemies seem way more varied and honestly more interesting to play as.

It also has that XCOM difficulty slap that I am sure some people like, but I personally find more exhausting than entertaining. Namely missions where you need to kill like a specific enemy, but they will be right in the corner of the map and the game will keep spawning in armies upon armies of enemies and layering on various modifiers as you fight your way across, putting you through a gruelling war pf attrition, until it just feels like you may as well restart. Especially as, even if you survive, the various injury mechanics are honestly really oppressive and have a chance to completely snowball. Admittedly, your resources don't feel quite as strangled as they did in XCOM, but I am still technically early days yet.

If I'm limited to only four Marines and can never expand that number, I don't get why I am fighting enemies that far outnumber me, but yet can tank as many hits as me and kill me as fast as I can kill them - and they probably have a whole bunch of additional abilities I don't have access to, it just means you're constantly at a disadvantage and rarely get to feel like a badass team of Space Marines.

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Switch games currently playing: RingFit Adventure. Live A Live.
PC games currently playing: The Division 2. Watchdogs: Legion. Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak. Dark Pictures Anthology.

Yoshi2

PC gaming is something I've wanted to get into for a long time, but there's the affordability issue. Here in Ireland, and I'm presuming elsewhere in Europe - PC rigs don't come cheap. Here is a price list for towers alone, excluding monitors and other peripherals.

https://www.currys.ie/ieen/gaming/pc-gaming/gaming-pcs/694_47...

By comparison, an Xbox Series X is only €500 by comparison, even though the specs might not be as good. The issue there though is that to take full advantage of the XSX's specs also involves big money. Not sure about America and elsewhere, but you would pay through the roof here for a 4k TV which does 120fps, let alone an 8K TV which does 120fps.

My dream would be to stick with Nintendo-based consoles for TV gaming...and PC for everything else. Obviously with a PC there's a 101 other uses for it. It's honestly getting to the stage where consoles such as Xbox and Playstation seem pointless given that games from those consoles are also coming to PC more and more. Nintendo's consoles seem to be the only must-haves as far as software goes these days.

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JaxonH

@Yoshi2
So, I own every platform. PS5, Series X, PC. Here's my take on that.

PC is exponentially more expensive. A high end rig is $2500, and while a mid tier could be bought for $1500, if you're gonna go PC, go big or go home imo. Otherwise you're better off with a console that can outperform it at way less cost.

UNLESS you seek specific PC benefits, I recommend a console. Here's the specific benefits:

  • gyro aiming across the board
  • better framerate, resolution and graphics
  • mods
  • free online
  • perpetual library without needing BC
  • multipurpose use
  • Hybrid gaming

The free online isn't in and of itself worth choosing PC for, since the cost is so much higher. But it can help justify cost, since it'll save you $400+ per generation.

For some, mods are a huge selling point. For me, I couldn't care less. I hate mods, I despise messing with them, they're a pain in the butt and almost never worth the hassle. But that's just me.

The perpetual library without BC is a big appeal, but Xbox now basically provides the same thing, so we can cross that one off the list as well.

As for multipurpose use, that's an easy one. If you need a powerhouse PC for other tasks, go PC. Otherwise this offers little to no additional value. I don't use my gaming PC for anything other than gaming. So for me, that's not a pro. But for you maybe it is.

Now. Let's keep it real here. Visuals and performance is so good nowadays on PS5 and Series X, that while yes, technically you can do even better on a high end PC, the difference you'll actually notice is fairly negligible. Sure, you'll notice. Monster Hunter World looks better on my PC than on my PS5 or Series X, that's for sure. But... it's like a 10% improvement at best. Is it worth 6x the cost for that? Only you can answer.

Gyro aiming, however, is the single biggest selling point for PC... at least, it was. You see, a new controller just released called XIM Nexus. It costs $150. And it makes the top 300+ AAA games playable with incredibly high quality gyro aiming on Series X. So even the gyro aiming advantage of PC no longer exists.

Hybrid gaming, however, is the last true advantage of PC that actually makes it worth the high cost of buy in. But it costs even more, since you also need a Steam Deck to accompany it. Unless you just want to use Deck for TV play, but I wouldn't recommend that. You'd be playing a lot of games in 720p 30fps on a 4ktv. I'd buy a high end desktop for $2500, a Steamdeck for $650, a 1TB microSD for the Steamdeck and an additional 4TB SSD for the desktop. Both offer gyro aiming and thanks to Steam Cloud saves, Hybrid gaming across the two of them.

If you don't care about hybrid gaming, and don't want it as a multipurpose device, I'd skip the high investment and just buy a Series X with a XIM Nexus.

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JaxonH

@Yoshi2
Oh, and forget 8k. No content is being rendered in 8k. Systems just aren't powerful enough unless it's a pixel indie and even then, the difference from 4k is so negligible I'd officially categorize that as money flushed down the toilet.

120fps is also overhyped. 4k 60fps is a sweet spot. I know some people talk up 120fps like it's soooo good but honestly I think they're full of it. I've gamed in 120fps and can barely tell a difference. It's just elitism justifying high end experiences by exaggerating their effects to be more important than they really are. 4k 60fps is the gold standard. You can always do 1080p 120fps if you want, but for me, the gap between 1080p and 4k is far more noticeable than the gap from 60fps to 120fps.

And if you do stick with the 4k 60fps gold standard you don't have to worry about expensive tvs with HDMI 2.1. You can get a cheap Hisense 4ktv for like $400-500. I got an LG C1 OLED 4ktv, and yes it has HDMI 2.1 and VRR and all that, and if you can get an OLED with VRR I do recommend it, since you won't notice any frame drops, but if you're being cognizant of cost, a basic 4k Hisense will do the trick just fine.

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STEAM/DECK: Monster Hunter World
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Jesus is Lord.

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