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  1. BeeJay

    Xbox Game Pass

    I'm hoping, and assuming it will be early June. The official Twitter only seems to post about games that are ready to go, even for first party games, which usually get hyped about 10 days out. My prediction for NMS is early next week. They may have said 'June' because the game pass version has to pass certification or some other system before release.
  2. It's part of their sale. £10 off anything £13.99 or over. And you get another voucher each time you buy a qualifying game.
  3. I'm not saying that it is a good flagship, i'm saying that it is the flagship. There is nothing else first party on there that comes anywhere near. It's their most recent first party release on the service, and is one of their biggest selling titles of all time. EDIT: I hope nobody here is paying £9 a month. The current deal works out at less than £2.50 a month.
  4. For COD, yes, but Spiderman is the flagship title for psnow right now. Makes no sense to cannibalise their own service and massively piss off their customers who just signed up to psnow, to play spiderman.
  5. That would be really odd. As Timmo said, it would really cut in to their psnow offering. A wise man once said not to believe conspiracy over incompetence but this does make me even more suspicious that they are merging psnow and psplus. But they are probably just incompetent.
  6. BeeJay

    Playstation Now

    Playing online, on games that aren't on now, is about the only aspect of plus that seems to be unique to plus over now, which is a shame for those who primarily use plus for that scenario. I assume any merged service would have both but a price hike for people who only care about that would be crap.
  7. BeeJay

    Playstation Now

    What are you using psplus for?
  8. BeeJay

    Playstation Now

    Price war is active on psnow and psplus subs. Shopto now doing both for £29.85 each. I've already bought £35 worth of credit for the same price, in anticipation of the event starting. Pure speculation on my part, but I wonder if Sony are about to merge psplus and psnow, with a grace period similar to microsoft where both existing subs will stack on to each other for the combined offering. The offer price being the same for both services is something they have never done before and is a bad move because it muddies the water even more between the two services. Publishing the deal weeks before the event also makes me think that they might be allowing a clearing phase for the retailers before introducting the new service. Again, complete speculation on my part. I've read lots of anicdotal stories of people letting their psplus subs lapse and considering a psnow sub instead. In my opinion, Sony simply have to get us multi-console users back on sony platforms before next gen. As it stands, the only next-gen console that I am considering at launch is the xbox, due to game pass. However, if Sony give me a similar deal, I'm not so sure. MS are adding their cloud streaming service to game pass ultimate in a couple of months so if Sony do not do something they will have a very weak offering in comparison. I'm not expecting Sony to match MS in their first party game pass policy.
  9. BeeJay

    Xbox Game Pass

    What to play on Game Pass Ultimate - Leaving soon edition Seven games are 'leaving soon' (Usually at the end of the month so 31st May 2020): Opus Magnum (PC) Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (XBOX, PC)) Hydro Thunder Hurricane (XBOX, PC) KOF98UM (XBOX) #IDARB (XBOX) Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (PC) Old Man's Journey (XBOX, PC) A strange bunch this time around. Brothers and stealth inc 2 are both undoubtedly games worth playing but I'm not going to focus on those because they are relatively old and quite well known. Nothing really sticks out as a must play apart from: Opus Magnum If you have time to add one game to your playlist in the next couple of weeks the choice this time around is undoubtedly Opus Magnum. Highly scored by critics (92) and users (89) alike, developed by Zachtronics, who are probably most well known for their first release, Spacechem. However, Opus Magnum is their highest rated game by some margin but doesn't seem to have got much attention since its release in 2017. A couple of things about Opus Magnum... Like other Zachtronic games, this may not be for you and if it isn't it probably won't take you long to decided this. The good news is that it is a small download (400MB). https://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?/topic/302768-opus-magnum/&tab=comments#comment-11644760 I've just started playing and it is probably the most accessible of the Zachtronics games.
  10. I'm not normally someone who cares about achievements but... Having just finished this on insane (following several hours to finish the final boss), I couldn't believe that many people would have seen it through. I'm aware that loads of streamers gave up on insane. It wasn't crazily hard, but really required a hell of a lot of patience and planning. According to True Achievements, 5 of my rarest achievements are now gears tactics, with "Complete the campaign on Insane difficulty without a single unit dying." being number 1. 1 in 370 players have that one which is actually much higher than I expected. Despite the repitition toward the end, I would definitely recommend the insane experience to experienced players of this genre. The enhanced threat of essentially having to deal with one hit kills does completely change the experience. I wish that I had known that the side missions didn't 'count' as a few of those were just too similar to previous ones and didn't add anything apart from picking up some good gear. I'd have dropped those to a lower difficulty and moved on.
  11. I'm not a fan of adaptive difficulty, in most situations. I like my games to be a set challenge, that I choose to encounter in my way. But I do understand that adaptive difficulty can improve some games and that's why I think games should have a clearly indicated difficulty called 'adaptive' just like a lot now have a 'story' difficulty. Maybe most of the story difficulties have adaptive difficulty built in. The cynic in me suggests that creating a non-adaptive difficulty setting, that is balanced well, is much, much harder to implement than adaptive difficulty. Like a lot of trends in gaming, there is a movement toward techniques that are low on man-hours to implement and test. Adaptive difficulty is another example of a system that can be much quicker to implement and test. A test that asks 'when a player misses a shot, does the accuracy of the enemies decrease?' is a lot, lot easier to test than, 'is the enemy achievable to beat?'
  12. BeeJay

    Pokemon Go

    I didn't realise how the event worked. I did the first research, another didn't immediately pop up so I stopped playing. A few hours later I just happened to accidentally scroll past the tab and saw a new research. Managed to get through most of the 20 available by the end.
  13. BeeJay

    Xbox Game Pass

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kspw-4paT-eE5-mrCrc4R9tg70lH2ZTFrJOUmOtOytg/edit?usp=sharing Some stuff does return but very rarely so far.
  14. BeeJay

    Xbox Game Pass

    I found a complete list of all historical games, I'll try and dig it out. Hopefully I bookmarked it.
  15. BeeJay

    Xbox Game Pass

    I wonder if they are leaving red dead launch for the briefing at 4, as it's still not available.
  16. BeeJay

    Xbox Game Pass

    About 40 hours on my current connection, allowing for other internet usage. I need to finish gears tactics first anyway.
  17. I'm pretty sure my love for the game was created by a combination of loving setting and starting from the off on the hardest difficulty. My love for the setting kept me at it long enough to enjoy the depth of the combat.
  18. You can run away from all wild mobs and the game is much better for it. Just pick and chose your fights. Once you unlock abilities, taking out, and utilising smaller creatures becomes much easier and makes it much easier to take on bigger mobs. But, in general, you can always run away.
  19. BeeJay

    Xbox Game Pass

    Yes, I can always do that for the curated lists, but I am more interested in the algorithm and the scalability of the tool. To put a systematic change in place, I'd need to find a factor which represents the gut feel that KHIII shouldn't be so high. In a few years time, I think most games will be delivered by subscritpion services and I want to build the tool to be scaleable across potentially 10s of thousands of games. Current subscription games in my model is about 700. The obvious factor that would drag KHIII back a little is the user reviews which I need to look in to the APIs for the likes of IGDB, xbox store, metacritic, opencritic, steam etc and will take some time. I already have an algorithm for making manual adjustments to data but I want the system to be as automated as possible. I've done some quick numbers and KHIII does stand out as an anomaly in terms of discrepency between user score and critics score on igdb (75 - 90, -15). Most of the games around it in the rankings vary between about -4 and +3. Of the 10 that I looked at Forza Horizon 4 had the 2nd biggest negetive difference of -8, so it may be possible to mathmatically determine KHIII to be a statistical anomaly in terms of difference between critics score and user score. @Mr. Gerbik I think for the curated lists, in future, I will manually put in user score to ensure that the top 20 is representative of both critic and user score. In the background I'll work on a way to automate picking up user scores.
  20. BeeJay

    Xbox Game Pass

    KH III is a really odd one. Personally, I've not played it, but have watched it streamed and it looked massively shit. Even those streamers that were huge fans of the series seemed to slam it massively. Yet it has 85+ review averages across all of the review agregators. Even the metacritic user score is 81, which is usually an indicator that the game is as good as the critics claim. The lowest score I can find is 75 for the IGDB user score. Personally, I won't be playing it, but some people obviously get a lot of enjoyment out of it. In a way, it is a really odd choice for game pass as it is an established series, which appears to be hard for newcomers to get in to. KINGDOM HEARTS HD I.5 + II.5 REMIX would have seemed like a much more logical starting point for the series on game pass, but again, I haven't played that to really judge.
  21. BeeJay

    Xbox Game Pass

    I've struggled with choice paralysis as much as anyone, and have developed tools for helping overcome it with games. For the first time, I have managed to get an almost fully automated tool (thanks to GOG Galaxy, and indirectly IGDB). Currently, I've focused on getting Game Pass Ultimate working, with a very basic algorithm that combines critic review scores (from IGDB, with a few manual adjustments where the discrepancy with Opencritic is greater than 5%) and how new a game is to rank all games available on the service. In future, I intend to expand the algorithm to take many other factors into consideration and eventually make it user specific to allow even more customisation. The service isn't primarily aimed at a dedicated audience like Rllmuk, but I still think that there will be a few games for everyone that they hadn't considered or weren't aware of. I plan to maintain the current version and post fortnightly game pass lists here for the forseable future. Now the automation is in place, this shouldn't be much work. I'll probably write a bit about each new entry, to give some context, especially the smaller titles that people might not be so aware of. EDIT: any feedback on the ranking welcome. Top 20 games to play right now on XBOX Game Pass Ultimate Ori and the Will of the Wisps Review Score: 91 Release Date: 11th March 2020 Levelhead Review Score: 85 Release Date: 30th April 2020 "Build, play, share and compete in Levelhead, the platformer maker. Create challenging levels with the deep, intuitive systems of the level editor, then share those levels with the world and gain a following!" Super mario maker for xbox, it seems. I haven't played it yet, and I don't expect many other people have, coming out right on top of Streets of rage and Gears. Review scores are excellent, 400Mb download, and available on xbox and PC, so everyone must give this a go. Gears Tactics Review Score: 85 Release Date: 28th April 2020 "Outnumbered and fighting for survival, recruit and command your squad to hunt down an evil mastermind who makes monsters in this turn-based strategy game." So much more than the XCOM re-skin I expected. The devs claim that game pass made the game possible and I understand their point. A high risk game that you can tell was made with a lot of love and passion. Even if Gears isn't your thing, give it a go. Football Manager 2020 Review Score: 89 Release Date: 19th November 2019 The Outer Worlds Review Score: 89 Release Date: 25th October 2019 Streets of Rage 4 Review Score: 81 Release Date: 30th April 2020 "The wait is over! Streets of Rage 4 is now available on Xbox for $24.99! The first mainline series entry in more than 25 years, Streets of Rage 4 infuses the series’ classic elements with modern evolutions of gameplay, art and design, giving fans an authentically faithful tribute which still offers a distinctive experience." Playing this makes me wonder why it has taken so long for someone to come up with a game better than the originals. But it has been a genre that has been abandoned for so long. I can't objectively assess this game due to my massive rose tinted specs. for the series. The review scores are good and it is likely to be game that you can come back to for months to come. Lonely Mountains: Downhill Review Score: 87 Release Date: 23rd October 2019 Gears 5 Review Score: 87 Release Date: 10th September 2019 Journey to the Savage Planet Review Score: 81 Release Date: 28th January 2020 Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Review Score: 82 Release Date: 14th November 2019 Children of Morta Review Score: 83 Release Date: 3rd September 2019 Slay The Spire Review Score: 92 Release Date: 23rd January 2019 Devil May Cry 5 Review Score: 90 Release Date: 8th March 2019 Untitled Goose Game Review Score: 82 Release Date: 20 September 2019 Age of Wonders: Planetfall Review Score: 84 Release Date: 6th August 2019 Red Dead Redemption 2 Review Score: 94 Release Date: 26th October 2018 Kingdom Hearts III Review Score: 90 Release Date: 25th January 2019 Outer Wilds Review Score: 85 Release Date: 29th May 2019 Moving Out Review Score: 73 Release Date: 28th April 2020 "Moving Out the chaotic couch co-op game is out now! Are you ready to Move Out?" More of a game than overcooked is, in my opinion, trading off short-term party slapstick for longer term teamwork and strategy development. Seemingly also taken some inspiration from Untitled Goose Game. Review scores are relatively low but overcooked's reviews were never amazing, and that has become a staple modern day party game and moving out will probably join it. Indivisible Review Score: 79 Release Date: 8th October 2019 Coming soon: Best of 'leaving soon'
  22. You do unlock abilities that work while in cover, and not just healing. One of the best early ones is intimidate, which doesn't trigger overwatch but knocks back all enemies within range and takes them out of overwatch. Some grenade throws can also be completed without triggering overwatch. And yes, some of the checkpoints are stupid. I got stuck on a part yesterday, which is fine, but the checkpoint for it was halfway through the previous wave, so I had to go throug the same tedious process of clearing out the remaining enemies of that wave before facing the wave that I was actually struggling with.
  23. Yes, it is brutal, but the kind of brutal that I love. Despite being turn-based, it feels incredibly hectic and non-stop. I discovered something yesterday. By accident, I quit out of a mission instead of re-starting, and I got rewards, even though I had only killed about 10 enemies before failing. Not sure if this intentional or a bug, but it may be worth considering if you are struggling. One of the drops I got was a rare sniper mod that improved accuracy but dropped damage. It made a massive impact on being able to make it through the level.
  24. Like a mine, yeah. Most useful when you are being charged by wretchs or grenadiers. Drop the 'nade, and retreat. Should have remembered that I had them just now when I died to an on-running grenadier.
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