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Killing Floor 2 has announced that Jan 11 thru Jan 18 will be double XP and increased item drop rate (I'm guessing to close out the Twisted Christmas event).
 
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Has anyone played the Breath of the Wild DLC?

Would you recommend that I buy it while I play through it the first time?

I’m not very far in, I don’t think. I have one of the four animals on my team now.
 
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Yeah, I watched it again today. That fucking ending guys.
I happily played through it twice almost back-to-back (for the New Game+ mode). I lent it to a friend but I'm already itching to play it again. Once I get it back, I might get the DLC just for more content.

Honestly, the ending was perfect.

You're so right about May. I WEPT.

Also, I thought Otto's "Peter? Peter, where are you going? PETERRRRRR!" as Pete walked away was heartbreaking. For that brief second, there was a glimpse of the old pre-Ock Otto that I'd grown to like over the course of the game. Obviously, everyone knew exactly what would happen to him, but the slow burn made me almost not want to see it happen.

In the meantime, three disappointments for me:

Night in the Woods

A friend of mine gifted this to me for Christmas. And I liked it for the most part. It's an incredibly rich, alive town with every person in the town looking unique, even the ones that just walk or drive by. I liked the characters. The main character was relatable in some ways, but still engaging even when she wasn't relatable.

But then, as day after day went, I just sort of got...bored. Maybe that was the point, but I don't know.

I eventually finished the game, but the big finale was so tonally out of place that it lost me as a whole. I don't regret playing the game, but I'll probably not replay it.

A Story About My Uncle

Fuck platforming in a first person perspective game. Just fuck all that. Fuck it with a 12" spiked dildo. I do not have the patience for that bullshit.

Rapture Rejects

I love Cyanide & Happiness. I love their comic. I love their cartoons. I love their card game, Joking Hazard.

This Early Access Battle Royale game? Not so much.

It's really limited in terms of customization (plus, it now has microtransactions to buy those limited cosmetics).
The gameplay is...fine, but not great.
The player base is basically nonexistent. I played two rounds. One match had 3 other players. The second had one other player. I don't even know how many players can play altogether, but this was particularly disappointing. Until the circle starting shrinking, I didn't encounter a single player.
 
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Night in the Woods

A friend of mine gifted this to me for Christmas. And I liked it for the most part. It's an incredibly rich, alive town with every person in the town looking unique, even the ones that just walk or drive by. I liked the characters. The main character was relatable in some ways, but still engaging even when she wasn't relatable.

But then, as day after day went, I just sort of got...bored. Maybe that was the point, but I don't know.

I eventually finished the game, but the big finale was so tonally out of place that it lost me as a whole. I don't regret playing the game, but I'll probably not replay it.
As much as I enjoyed Night in the Woods, there are significant... tonal issues with the setting, the story, and what the the creator had to do to make the story work... the least of which is having none of the small minded, small town people be racist (because everyone's an animal) or exclusionary (half the main cast is gay or bi, but no rocks were thrown) or bigoted (apparently everyone is a member of the same church, despite never attending). That's not how Smalltown, America works... people avoid those places explicitly because you aren't safe if you deviate from the norm by more than a few degrees. I know; I have family in one and have had... "experiences" in it. As such, the entire story literally trips over itself the second it starts by virtue of being too fantastic: May and her friends would never be welcome in Possum Springs and none of funny animal people would want anything to do with them.

The actual message of the game... that small towns and their people meant something once, that their irrelevance hurts, and that their passing will likely be unmourned? That's fine. But the game itself doesn't really earn that payoff and the motivations of the game's antagonists are LIES LIES LIES that could have only been said because the story and world bend over backwards to make it impossible for them to be the fucking monsters they'd have actually been in the real world.
 
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Why did Capcom put in that one-shot rule for the Resident Evil 2 demo? You can spend 2 minutes making a throwaway account on your PS4 and just play it again and again to your heart's content. It's such an easily bypassable restriction and just adds a little bit of annoyance. Why annoy your audience?
 

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After an absolutely depressing day playing PUBG, I did some duos in a game called Ring of Elysium. It's also a Battle Royale shooter, but you pick your starting spot, pretty much know where everyone else started at, and you start with a weapon. We actually won the first game and I had 2 kills doing it. Didn't win at all the rest of the night, but this game is a bit more forgiving of we older, less twitch-shooting people.

I like it.
 
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Has anyone played the Breath of the Wild DLC?

Would you recommend that I buy it while I play through it the first time?

I’m not very far in, I don’t think. I have one of the four animals on my team now.
I'd say the master sword DLC is for those who hate themselves (I just don't like the mechanic of "hey, let's pull ALL your upgrades from the entire game from you (and especially those pesky armor upgrades you got that help you survive, can't have those!), that'll be fun!" Ummm, NO! It's basically for "if you're great at dodging, and take no damage normally, this DLC is for you! Otherwise, FUCK YOU!" It's like the FAR WORSE nightmare version of that island off the coast to the SE, since you really can't heal much either in that DLC.

That said, the Song of the Champions DLC is great, but it's also basically post-game, as you need ALL of your divine beasts done to even start it. With the exception of the FIRST part of the quest (one-hit-kill, but one-hit-die too) it's a pretty good progression on the rest of the game, and fun. Sad that the reward is "so-so" though others like it a lot. I really liked the expanded story of it though, gave a lot more about their lives pre-game, which I liked.
 
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Why did Capcom put in that one-shot rule for the Resident Evil 2 demo? You can spend 2 minutes making a throwaway account on your PS4 and just play it again and again to your heart's content. It's such an easily bypassable restriction and just adds a little bit of annoyance. Why annoy your audience?
I think it's there as a gimmick to try to make it more scary/stressful.
 

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I had intended to spend sunday finishing getting my office room ready for the Oculus Rift that is supposed to arrive today.

BUT THEN I SPENT LITERALLY THE ENTIRE DAY IN EMPYRION.

Dammit
 
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Hollow Knight is a game I played on steam, but I've since rebought it on switch and fallen in love all over again. It's a beautiful, vast, incredibly detailed game that's also really hard but rewarding. I really love this game, and I'm sad that I ignored it for so long because I thought it was a Shovel Knight spinoff...

If you like metroidvania games or dark souls, you really should check this game out.

 
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I'm in doubt. I sort of feel like a space shooter, but I've never been one for the too-simulation variety. As such, I've decided to replay one of the older more arcadey ones. I have both Freelancer and Darkstar One installed on my PC right now (and, yes, surprisingly, I own both legally - DSO twice, even, as I own discs and GOG versions).
I'm in doubt which one I want to play, though. DSO has better graphics and voice acting, has full subtitles, and is in general slightly more polished. You only get one ship for the whole game, though, and all systems are more or less copies of one another. FL is older, has the slightly better story (though, they're nearly the same), more ship variety, has scavenger hunting for wrecks with special weapons and illegal stuff, and is, comparatively, "the original". Slightly clunkier movement and more actual-text-in-boxes menus and lay-out, though. And it *really* isn't made for higher resolutions, with text flowing outside of their boxes and all that.
Anyone suggestions?
 
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More Beat Saber videos. I'm pretty sure I beat my score on this level this morning, but I didn't record it. I popped this one up to show Gas my invisible walls mod, so I figured I might as well post it here too.

 

GasBandit

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Dei is way better than me at Beat Saber (though, in my defense, last night was my first time playing it).

I streamed it for a while but I need to set the camera mods up so it's less nauseating for my viewers.... the first person perspective does not translate well into 2D.

Gorn is fun as hell.

Subnautica works pretty well in VR if you have a controller to play with (to use instead of the rift touch controllers).

I wish we had a Halforums-specific VR chat (and that we all could afford VR :p though, I guess technically it seems a lot of people use the VRChat client on a monitor and use mouse and keyboard)
 
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Why is there so much fucking Screwball in the Spider-Man PS4 game? Most annoying character in the game BY far.

Well, except for the fat minigun guys. Those guys are the God damn worst (double God damn worst when flanked by 45 rocket launchers).
 
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Why is there so much fucking Screwball in the Spider-Man PS4 game? Most annoying character in the game BY far.

Well, except for the fat minigun guys. Those guys are the God damn worst (double God damn worst when flanked by 45 rocket launchers).
Eyyy, I know who just got to the dlc!
 
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I'm in doubt. I sort of feel like a space shooter, but I've never been one for the too-simulation variety. As such, I've decided to replay one of the older more arcadey ones. I have both Freelancer and Darkstar One installed on my PC right now (and, yes, surprisingly, I own both legally - DSO twice, even, as I own discs and GOG versions).
I'm in doubt which one I want to play, though. DSO has better graphics and voice acting, has full subtitles, and is in general slightly more polished. You only get one ship for the whole game, though, and all systems are more or less copies of one another. FL is older, has the slightly better story (though, they're nearly the same), more ship variety, has scavenger hunting for wrecks with special weapons and illegal stuff, and is, comparatively, "the original". Slightly clunkier movement and more actual-text-in-boxes menus and lay-out, though. And it *really* isn't made for higher resolutions, with text flowing outside of their boxes and all that.
Anyone suggestions?
Freelancer. Because if you don't enjoy it, or want to play more when you finish it, Darkstar One will feel like a step up. Going the other way will be less likely to work.
 

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Subnautica in VR is much easier to control with an xbox controller, as I surmised.

I consider myself to have a pretty high tolerance for stick-based movement in VR... but apparently 3 hours is my limit, at least in Subnautica. The lateral and up/down drifting movements start to do a number on me around then.
 
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Final Fantasy IV (Steam Edition)

You guys know my unending love for FFIV. It's not only one of my favourite Final Fantasy games, but one of my all-time favourites alongside Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father.

I was greatly disappointed that its PC release was the Nintendo DS remake, which replaced the original sprite version with 3D models. For the longest time, I was relentlessly against it, going so far as to politely decline someone gifting it to me (I think @Adam, actually) because I wanted no part of it.

And yet...I considered buying it every time it went on sale. So finally, I broke and bought it through the Humble Bundle store.

And it's...actually not bad so far. I don't like the closely zoomed in the top camera because it doesn't show the scale of, say, the castle towers. But I like how they made some cut scenes more dynamic, like the destruction of the summoner village. The voice acting is...mostly not great, but it's more passable than I expected. There's one REALLY over-dramatic "WHY!?!" that gave me flashbacks to Revenge of the Sith. But so far, not bad. I really like the detailed, animated monsters during battles. Even the goblins look great.

Of course, there's still the music that never gets old. The engrossing story, characters, and world. A LOT of nostalgic biases that might make my criticisms against it more forgivable.

I get the feeling by the end, I'll have the same opinion on this as I did the Gabriel Knight remake: I'll like some of what they did, but will probably just return to the original when I feel like replaying it.
 
Final Fantasy IV (Steam Edition)

You guys know my unending love for FFIV. It's not only one of my favourite Final Fantasy games, but one of my all-time favourites alongside Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father.

I was greatly disappointed that its PC release was the Nintendo DS remake, which replaced the original sprite version with 3D models. For the longest time, I was relentlessly against it, going so far as to politely decline someone gifting it to me (I think @Adam, actually) because I wanted no part of it.

And yet...I considered buying it every time it went on sale. So finally, I broke and bought it through the Humble Bundle store.

And it's...actually not bad so far. I don't like the closely zoomed in the top camera because it doesn't show the scale of, say, the castle towers. But I like how they made some cut scenes more dynamic, like the destruction of the summoner village. The voice acting is...mostly not great, but it's more passable than I expected. There's one REALLY over-dramatic "WHY!?!" that gave me flashbacks to Revenge of the Sith. But so far, not bad. I really like the detailed, animated monsters during battles. Even the goblins look great.

Of course, there's still the music that never gets old. The engrossing story, characters, and world. A LOT of nostalgic biases that might make my criticisms against it more forgivable.

I get the feeling by the end, I'll have the same opinion on this as I did the Gabriel Knight remake: I'll like some of what they did, but will probably just return to the original when I feel like replaying it.
Didn't someone on here by that for you years ago?
 

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Played PUBG with a squad today. I was actually not a useless lump. The stat everyone looks at is ADR - Average Damage per Round. My normal squad average is 46. My games today were around 159 with a string of 3 games in a row where I was 200+. I actually felt like a productive member of the team.

https://pubg.op.gg/user/CrankyOldDave
 

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I made @Dei a Beat Saber avatar based on her Halforums Academy alter ego, Dei Skates. Here's me testing it out. The skirt doesn't animate/collide, but otherwise, not too shabby, IMO.

I'm still not anywhere as good at Beat Saber as she is, though.

 

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I think I'm getting the hang of this Beat Saber avatar thing. Shego only took me an hour or so to convert over.


Her skirt gets a little odd from the back and starts to look like shorts, but meh.
 
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I made @Dei a Beat Saber avatar based on her Halforums Academy alter ego, Dei Skates. Here's me testing it out. The skirt doesn't animate/collide, but otherwise, not too shabby, IMO.

I'm still not anywhere as good at Beat Saber as she is, though.

You'd have to have more than an hour of game time to even consider comparing yourself though. :p
 
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