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Pizzamorg

Just had a quick go on Shadow Warrior 3 and boy, I know I am not in for a long ride, but I kinda feel that might be fine based on my initial experience. The game is absolutely stick your tongue out, FPS, awesomeness but the combat also feels very messy, so I hope as the novelty runs out, the game does as well. The movement, gun feedback, environmental kills, epic finishers and using the powers of the enemies against them, just all feels so damn good.

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Pizzamorg

Finished my playthrough of Man of Medan. Kind of annoyed as I feel like I made just one bad choice that cost me one of the best endings. The ending I did get was Brad chose to fight Olson, Olson died in the process but the cap was saved. This meant the remaining four playable survivors could ride off into the sunset on the duke. It turned out Danny had survived, so when the military arrived to follow up on my SOS, they were seemingly killed by Danny high on the Manchurian Gold, but no further consequence is given beyond this.

Reading around, it looks like based on choices Man of Medan can go in more overtly supernatural routes, but my playthrough seemed to hint at absolutely nothing supernatural going on at all. I actually kinda liked that in the end, as Supermassive have coded us to expect the supernatural and for there to be seemingly nothing supernatural at all is kinda clever in context.

Overall, I really didn't enjoy this a whole lot. But I did enjoy the setting and the story overall and like I said before, I think the dialogue/relationship/trait system is so much better here than in the Quarry, I just really didn't like the act of having to actually play this which is kind of damning in a videogame. The QTEs are so punishing - and not in the right way - and the horrid tank controls undermined a lot of the visuals, as I couldn't appreciate my surroundings when I was fighting with the person I was controlling just to get them through doorways and stuff. Oh and the constant jump scares can get in the sea.

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BruceCM

Still planning to play Little Hope & House of Ashes, then, @Pizzamorg ....?

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Pizzamorg

BruceCM wrote:

Still planning to play Little Hope & House of Ashes, then, @Pizzamorg ....?

May as well since I have bought them and installed them already! Not sure when I will make a start on Little Hope though.

I see Little Hope and House of Ashes have slightly better reviews than Man of Medan, I just hope Little Hope controls/plays better, if nothing else. If they can also improve some of the animation/performances then that'll be the icing on the cake.

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BruceCM

Hopefully, @Pizzamorg .... Even tiny improvements can add up quite a bit & maybe you'll like the characters more as well?

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Pizzamorg

Made my start on Little Hope. Feels a bit more Quarry than the last game with that opening. It is either interesting or a bad sign though, in that the first bearing update is one the player has no control over.

Again, the game remains as visually splendid as these titles do. In fact, faces seem slightly better from the previous title too, however, the animation still remains weirdly low quality in the context of everything else.

Movement feels faster and smoother than the previous title, and I like that we now see on screen when relationships go up and down, rather than trying to find it in the menu. On the flip though the fact they have seemingly made QTEs more complicated (albeit not throwing nearly as many at you to begin with, thankfully) has me worried.

I guess I could just use the accessibility options, I think you can change everything to one button and change tapping to holding, making it more like The Quarry. But I do think on the flip The Quarry was almost too easy, I went something in the middle where I can fail, but I don't fail because the game tricks me by switching inputs or mechanics with no warning or prior context given like Man of Medan loved to do.

Edited on by Pizzamorg

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Pizzamorg

Made some more Little Hope progress. Are we really doing another story about hallucinogenic gas, or is something supernatural going on this time? They tricked me once... I actually do like the whole Silent Hill thing it has going on though, to be fair.

Not really a huge fan of the characters so far, especially Taylor, she seems like such a bitch. I have to assume they'll be some twist coming which makes it turn out she isn't so bad after all.

Oh and the new Lock system I dunno about. Just makes the whole trait system seem way more gamey than before. I liked the nuance of not knowing what different traits would result in, rather thna 'you get X lock traits and you are locking in your death' stuff.

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BruceCM

Well, Little Hope is a sequel to Man of Medan, @Pizzamorg ... While House of Ashes is not connected to either previous game in any story way
I'm not sure you'll like this game or the next very much, going by the posts so far, sadly

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Xyphon22

I'm looking at getting a new laptop and was wondering if there are any minimum specs I should look for. I don't game on PC that much (I get the free Epic games whenever they interest me, which isn't often, and have a decent Steam collection that is mostly unplayed), and definitely not the new high spec games, so definitely not looking for a high end gaming one or anything. The only games I can think of that I have had trouble with was Abzu ran pretty slowly and either Portal or Portal 2 (I think 2) ran great the whole game until the final boss when it slowed to a crawl with so much going on. So is there anything I should be on the lookout for before I just buy another basic one like usual?

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skywake

I noticed that xboxdesignlab is up in Australia now. I mean we all know the XBox Series controller is the best PC controller so obviously it's also for us here in this thread. What kind of Nintendo-ish (or non-Nintendo) colour schemes for it do people like? Kinda curious

I mean I was kinda thinking Gamecube colour schemes but unfortunately you can't make the sticks different colours. Which kinda screws you over. SNES I have a lot of nostalgia for but if you do the superior colour scheme for SNES it's basically just a grey controller with colour buttons. Which is nice but. Zelda might've worked but there's no gold colour to pick which makes it basically a non-option. Bowser is kinda similar, you can't really do a deep green it's either Yoshi green or mud brown

I think I might just end up going with my footy team's colours

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Kermit1

I downloaded Phantom Dust yesterday and I started playing it today... I really like it so far

This is also the first game I've seen that looks REALLY good on my monitor (don't ask what it is I don't know lol)

Currently playing: Xenoblade Chronicles 3

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JaxonH

It is time, my friends.

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PLAYING
NS: Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, Portal 1/2
STEAM/DECK: Monster Hunter World
XSX:
PS5:

Jesus is Lord.

RR529

Are there any decent external Blu Ray drives (to connect to a laptop) for a relatively decent price?

Just want something that can be used to watch movies/TV shows. Not too fussed about the ability to burn or write.

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

Pizzamorg

I have been hitting Rise/Sunbreak really hard over the last few weeks, so haven't had a huge amount of time for my Little Hope playthrough. However, I managed to squeeze in another hour or so into it, and got my first death!

Now, I thought my first death was Angela, but it looks like if you get her beyond a certain point, everyone gets the same fake out death? And then she just sorta pops back up again a while later and it is sorta not properly touched on. I do hope there is a flashback or something at one point.

No, my first death ended up being Taylor, because she was aggressive and deceitful, apparently. It is funny, because I hadn't long maxed out her relationship with Daniel and well... that didn't help her in the end, did it? I don't feel too mad about this one, I didn't like her much as a character, so I won't really miss having her around.

I will say I am a little disappointed by the execution of her... execution (heh). If I was to describe the death to you, it would sound really cool, but the way they actually realised it was pretty limp.

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skywake

RR529 wrote:

Are there any decent external Blu Ray drives (to connect to a laptop) for a relatively decent price? Just want something that can be used to watch movies/TV shows. Not too fussed about the ability to burn or write.

To be blunt, BluRay playback on Windows is kinda garbage. At least it was last time I bothered with it. What you want to do is get a massive portable HDD and rip your collection. If you're going external purely so it's portable and you have a desktop somewhere? I'd pick up an LG BluRay drive for ripping, because you can overwrite the firmware which allows you to also rip UHD discs

If you want something portable because the laptop is all you have. I personally have a Pioneer BDR-XS06, it's not the fastest thing in the world but I ripped most of my collection with it. And I still prefer it over my LG drive for non-UHD discs because it's quite a bit quieter. I'm not sure if you can still get it but, something along those lines should do the job

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Some Aussie musics: King Gizz, TFS, Genesis Owusu
"Don't stir the pot" is a nice way of saying "they're too dumb to reason with"

RR529

@skywake, yeah, the laptop is the only PC I have. Sucks to hear direct playing of the discs isn't that great (as that's what I was mainly planning on doing), but I'll give it a try.

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

skywake

@RR529
If you do want to go down the road of ripping discs there are two pieces of software you'll want to look at. MakeMKV and Handbrake. The first allows you to decrypt and rip the discs into a easy to play format which may well be good enough. BluRays are ~25GB each and you can get a 4TB portable HDD for fairly cheap, that's a good 150 movies in your pocket

But if you have some more patience you can take those rips and cut the size pretty significantly without losing much quality. How long that takes will depend on how good your machine is. I use the bellow settings in handbrake to get the file to about 1/5th the size. Which means that same 2TB would store 750 movies. Save the bellow to a .json file and you should be able to import it into handbrake

{
"PresetList": [
{
"AlignAVStart": true,
"AudioCopyMask": [
"copy:aac",
"copy:ac3",
"copy:mp3",
"copy:truehd",
"copy:eac3"
],
"AudioEncoderFallback": "ac3",
"AudioLanguageList": [],
"AudioList": [
{
"AudioBitrate": 640,
"AudioCompressionLevel": 0.0,
"AudioEncoder": "copy",
"AudioMixdown": "5point1",
"AudioNormalizeMixLevel": false,
"AudioSamplerate": "auto",
"AudioTrackQualityEnable": false,
"AudioTrackQuality": -1.0,
"AudioTrackGainSlider": 0.0,
"AudioTrackDRCSlider": 0.0
}
],
"AudioSecondaryEncoderMode": true,
"AudioTrackSelectionBehavior": "first",
"ChapterMarkers": true,
"ChildrenArray": [],
"Default": false,
"FileFormat": "av_mp4",
"Folder": false,
"FolderOpen": false,
"Mp4HttpOptimize": false,
"Mp4iPodCompatible": false,
"PictureAutoCrop": true,
"PictureBottomCrop": 138,
"PictureLeftCrop": 0,
"PictureRightCrop": 0,
"PictureTopCrop": 144,
"PictureDARWidth": 0,
"PictureDeblockPreset": "off",
"PictureDeblockTune": "off",
"PictureDeinterlaceFilter": "decomb",
"PictureCombDetectPreset": "default",
"PictureCombDetectCustom": "",
"PictureDeinterlacePreset": "default",
"PictureDeinterlaceCustom": "",
"PictureDenoiseCustom": "",
"PictureDenoiseFilter": "off",
"PictureDenoisePreset": "light",
"PictureDenoiseTune": "none",
"PictureSharpenCustom": "",
"PictureSharpenFilter": "off",
"PictureSharpenPreset": "medium",
"PictureSharpenTune": "none",
"PictureDetelecine": "off",
"PictureDetelecineCustom": "",
"PictureItuPAR": false,
"PictureKeepRatio": true,
"PictureLooseCrop": false,
"PictureModulus": 2,
"PicturePAR": "auto",
"PicturePARWidth": 0,
"PicturePARHeight": 0,
"PictureForceHeight": 0,
"PictureForceWidth": 0,
"PresetName": "BluRayRip",
"Type": 1,
"UsesPictureFilters": true,
"UsesPictureSettings": 2,
"SubtitleAddCC": false,
"SubtitleAddForeignAudioSearch": false,
"SubtitleAddForeignAudioSubtitle": false,
"SubtitleBurnBehavior": "foreign",
"SubtitleBurnBDSub": false,
"SubtitleBurnDVDSub": false,
"SubtitleLanguageList": [],
"SubtitleTrackSelectionBehavior": "none",
"VideoAvgBitrate": 0,
"VideoColorMatrixCode": 0,
"VideoEncoder": "x264",
"VideoFramerateMode": "cfr",
"VideoGrayScale": false,
"VideoScaler": "swscale",
"VideoPreset": "veryslow",
"VideoTune": "film",
"VideoProfile": "high",
"VideoLevel": "4.2",
"VideoOptionExtra": "ref=5:bframes=5",
"VideoQualityType": 2,
"VideoQualitySlider": 20.0,
"VideoQSVDecode": false,
"VideoQSVAsyncDepth": 4,
"VideoTwoPass": false,
"VideoTurboTwoPass": false,
"x264UseAdvancedOptions": false
}
],
"VersionMajor": 42,
"VersionMicro": 0,
"VersionMinor": 0
}

Edited on by skywake

Some Aussie musics: King Gizz, TFS, Genesis Owusu
"Don't stir the pot" is a nice way of saying "they're too dumb to reason with"

Pizzamorg

Finished Little Hope. Boy, that has to be one of the worst final twists I have ever experienced in a game - or really, in media in general. That is a 14 year olds fanfiction level of writing quality. It is a shame, as up until that ending, I was about to praise this as being a significant step up from Man of Medan. I used the accessibility settings to make the QTEs less punishing, I thought the story/location variety made things more interesting than Medan's mostly interchangeable series of corridors and they tweaked things like movement to make the game feel slightly better. But boy, they went from psychedelic mist to tossing out a random twist that doesn't really address anything, other than in the most sweeping, lazy of ways.

Oh and John died before it was over too. I really done him dirty, he had five bad traits as the demon crushed him to death. I didn't realise I made so many bad choices as him. I feel like I barely played him at all during the story, so I ***** up hard there somehow.

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markmarkmark

What do you guys think of the current GPU prices? do you think it'd be good to grab one now or wait for the holiday prices to drop even more? ūü§Ē

Game on. ūü§ė Rock on. ūüéł

Pizzamorg

I realised I totally missed the year anniversary of Biomutant. I know this game didn't land quite how many hoped, but I really enjoyed my time with it, overall. I wouldn't try and convince anyone it was a masterpiece, I know just how flawed the title is. However, I took a week off last summer and just vibed with it and had a great time. It has been a bad couple of years, but that is one of the few fond memories I have from them.

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