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Mentalist

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Mar 14, 2019
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Just found the official answer to this, there is no offline mode at all

"Diablo 4 will not have an offline mode and will require an internet connection to play, Blizzard said during an interview at BlizzCon today.

We asked lead designer Joe Shely if it was possible to play Diablo 4 offline. "There's a large, seamless, connected, and shared space in the world, going down into dungeons, being able to group with your friends, trading and PvP. We feel that the best way to experience that is in a world that is online," Shely responded."
Blizzard remains dead to me, confirmed
 

JaseC

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Oct 25, 2017
4,661
Western Australia
It seems Microsoft has waved the optimisation wand at the UHD graphics pack for Age 2 DE. The full install size (game + DLC) is now "only" 51GB, down from just under 93GB.
 

Dr.Acula

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Oct 25, 2017
4,581
Soooooo... Is that free month of Origin for people that enabled 2FA gonna... free anytime soon?
 

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  • Steam: Call of Duty®: WWII - Won by Jadax Jadax (1 entry)
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  • Steam: Override: Mech City Brawl - Won by Arsenekinz Arsenekinz (1 entry)
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Hella

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Oct 27, 2017
14,463
Was Avernum 3 on sale or something recently? Seen it pop up a few times in giveaways.
 
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Shenmue 3
- Mugen

It has now been 18 years since the last entry in the Shenmue-series was released on Dreamcast, ending on quite the cliffhanger. The series was at the time quite revolutionary and helped pave the way for the open-world genre. Starting November 19, we will finally get to know the next chapter for Ryo and Shenhua when they keep on searching for the murderer of Ryo's father, Lan Di, in rural China. As the older games (remasters of I&II are available on e.g. Steam), we anticipate a slower-paced action-adventure, with emphasis on exploration, investigation, martial arts and interesting characters.

After being announced as a Kickstarter-project during E3 2015 by industry legend Yu Suzuki, Shenmue III continued to amass over $7 million through crowdfunding. Despite this, Shenmue III has had it's fair share of controversy to say the least, mainly surrounding the game's production and publishing. However, recent impressions on the game's trial version sounds promising, among other things evoking the feeling of the previous games.


Blacksad: Under the Skin
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Blacksad: Under the Skin, from Pendulo Studios and YS Interactive, and published by Microids, is an adventure game and adaptation of one of the best graphic novels to come out of Europe in the last few decades. You play as John Blacksad, a hardboiled private detective in 1950's New York, solving crimes in the film noir style. The owner of a Boxing Club is found dead, and the rising star has gone missing, and you've been hired by the owner's daughter to solve the case. You'll have to descend into the depths of New York, using all your detective powers and fighting skills to get out alive and just maybe bring the bad guy down.

Well this certainly looks the part, with a lovingly recreated world and characters straight out of the graphic novels, and the whole film noir adventure game is long overdue for a comeback. It's been how long since The Wolf Among Us? Hopefully this'll be good!
 

htp314

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Oct 31, 2017
125
Thank you Anonymous user for sonic Adventure 2, I've always wanted to try this game.
 
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Uzzy

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Oct 25, 2017
5,329
What would you say was your favourite skill? Volition pulled me through a lot of tough spots and I appreciated its role as the straight man to all the other skills (along with Esprit de Corps, to some extent).
I found Drama to be hilarious which helped put it up there! Empathy though, that led to some of the best parts of the game, talking to Cuno and Acele. Wonderful stuff.
 

Catshade

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Oct 26, 2017
638
Anyone notice this in their humble monthly newsletter?


I know they said that it's coming in 2019, but from the wording looks like it's gonna be on whenever the next monthly is supposed to be unveiled (December 6th?).
 
Spend yesterday's evening playing Amnesia: Machine for Pigs.

The gameplay was simplified a lot compared to previous games. No more mental health. No more health items. You can still get physical damage, but you heal over time. No more oil/tinder boxen. Your latern now shines endlessly. This has pros and cons.
Hiding in the dark works now better (for me), cause there is no time limit. You can also look at the creatures instead of staring at the wall, what rises the tension. Your always equipped latern starts to flicker when an enemy is close by.
But that also means, there is no reason to look around the area for items any longer. In the worst case you'll only miss a note.
It is always very, very dark, you really need the lantern constantly, what I found a bit exhausting to look at.

They kept the respawn/despawn mechanic to some extend, but the monsters are a lot more forgiving than before. More like Penumbra. You can take a few more hits in and they are not as fast, so you can outrun them easier. It is not that frustrating anymore.

The inventory is gone. Sometimes you still need items, but then you carry it in front of you through the room. Also no more puzzles that use the game's physics. While I still enjoyed what the game did, this was a bit of a bummer.

The game is very staged. If you are in the right place at the right time, you can see a monster running past a gate or similar things. That rises a constant feel of uneasiness. If you are too slow, you'll miss that, tho.
Later on in the game you can have a good look at the monsters on several occasions, what I found very scary. The fear of the unknown surely is a thing, but seeing what monstrosities are with you down there, isn't calming either.

My favourite moment is the ride with the elevator down, when the opera like music starts. It is used later on again, and I really love that.
Also when the pigs overrun the city, with you everytime one step behind, watching helplessly how they feast on the people.
But they don't use the "something has changed behind my back" thing as much as the first did, and I kinda missed that. They go a little bit more for jumpscares, I'd say.

What completely lost me was the story. While the first had a nice lovecraftian background and was pretty straight forward, Machine for Pigs seems sooo bloated. Words over words, full of metaphors and overblown language. I lost interest to read the journals more and more. While I could grasp the basics of the story, I had to read the Wiki article afterwards to get the whole picture.

Another bummer is the game's performance - the framerate likes to drop. With a quick glance on Google it is a known issue, that never got fixed. I turned down some minor things in the options, what seemed to help. Later on, whenever the framerate acted up, I chilled a few seconds in the options menu, and everything was fine again, when I went back. Weird thing.

It's a bit shorter, needed somewhat around 4,5 hours. When I felt the urge to quit, I figured, I must be so close to the end, there wouldn't be much left for the next day, so I just pulled through in one session.
I find it hard to say, wich one I like more. Both have their pros and cons. But I missed the puzzles Dark Descent has, the clearer story and it had more different looking enviroments. If you don't get frustrated by the monsters, it is the overall better experience, I'd say.

But the real question is at the end of the day: Why did he need a secret passage to spy on his own wife bathing? Can't you just like, ask her if you can join her or something?
 

YuSuzzune

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Nov 21, 2018
1,531
I'm playing Afterparty and...holy hell this game is boring. I loved Oxenfree but this game's pacing is terrible and I find the plot uninteresting too.
 
Oct 25, 2017
411
Michigan
Is Planet Zoo going to be available from third party sellers like Humble or GMG? Just curious as to what sort of potential discount might be available around launch.
 

Iggy

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Oct 27, 2017
3,136
My favourite thing about Diablo 4 is that it probably won't be released before 2021, so it won't collide with PoE 4.0. Possibly with PoE 4.5 or something, but no biggie.
 

Amir

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Jun 7, 2018
130
My favourite thing about Diablo 4 is that it probably won't be released before 2021, so it won't collide with PoE 4.0. Possibly with PoE 4.5 or something, but no biggie.
They have demo right now but since they don't even take any pre-order, yeah end of 2021 likely!!
 

devSin

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Oct 27, 2017
3,884
My favourite thing about Diablo 4 is that it probably won't be released before 2021, so it won't collide with PoE 4.0. Possibly with PoE 4.5 or something, but no biggie.
Summer 2021 target, and then they're going to delay to March 2022.

At least, that's the way the old Blizzard would do it. These days, probably March 2021. Gotta get that money as soon as possible.
 

Megasoum

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Oct 25, 2017
13,671
Hey guys, quick question...

A friend of mine is about to buy a Radeon RX590 but he's not playing games too much so he was planning on giving me the copy of GR Breakpoints that comes with it... Is it possible to do even if I don't have an AMD card in my PC? What kind of restrictions are they putting on that stuff (if any)?
 

Sheepinator

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Jul 25, 2018
6,979
Hey guys, quick question...

A friend of mine is about to buy a Radeon RX590 but he's not playing games too much so he was planning on giving me the copy of GR Breakpoints that comes with it... Is it possible to do even if I don't have an AMD card in my PC? What kind of restrictions are they putting on that stuff (if any)?
AFAIK how that sort of thing works is you run their tool, which generates a Steam or other platform code, and then that would be free to use by anyone. So your friend will probably have to do that first step.
 

Amir

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Jun 7, 2018
130
Summer 2021 target, and then they're going to delay to March 2022.

At least, that's the way the old Blizzard would do it. These days, probably March 2021. Gotta get that money as soon as possible.
They can't repeat their mistakes with diablo 3 launch. It should be without bug or any problem. March 2022 we will see diablo 4!
 

Megasoum

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Oct 25, 2017
13,671
Oh btw, I see in the Steam Chat settings that there is an option to append the nicknames to the Steam Username (which is great) but is there no way to just show Nicknames instead? The actual Steam names are kinda useless for me in most cases
 

daxy

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Oct 25, 2017
7,927
The talk on the latest Crate and Crowbar podcast about TOW summed up my feelings on the game pretty well. Feels too familiar and safe to really grab me in any meaningful way.
 
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