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  1. Framed #278 🎥 🟩 ⬛ ⬛ ⬛ ⬛ ⬛ https://framed.wtf Not seen it either! Wut?!
  2. Heard the game trailer from Game Awards is amazing for this, but a bit worried about spoilers. Whatcha reckon - safe or does it spoil a whole bunch? I know its like 4 mins long - madness!
  3. Looks good. How intense is the combat and mini-games - it looks maybe turn based? My sister loves these kind of games but has RSI problems, so can't handle a lot of intense movement/reaction based gameplay. She managed ok with Stardew valley but had to minimise the dungeon crawling. Interested if this might be playable for her.
  4. Big patch out today, I checked out the patch notes and there's loads of great quality of life stuff, plus new cosmetics/base stuff and xmas themed things. https://grounded.obsidian.net/news/grounded/a-holiday-treat Some highlights: - Extra row of inventory space - Longer range for nearby storage containers when crafting - Can go up zip lines - Water coolers in labs so you don't die of dehydration so easily when exploring them - Longer range to see thrown weapons on the ground - Rebalanced Mutations - Can now name beacon flags - Performance optimisation - Now when you sleep you wake up at 6am so you can get the full day ahead of you Great stuff. I'm still in the sort of mid-game (only done the hedge lab so far), so I can really benefit from these changes. I have started venturing out in other directions and have some decent armour and weapons now. I've decided I need to relocate my base somewhere better at some point (and make a proper building instead of just a big wall). It's currently mid-map, south east of the shrinker machine next to a stink bug and bombadier section where the grass turns to dry grass. The stink bugs that are nearby me are a real pain and there are mites that keep spawning in and making annoying noises. It also looks pap. I'm too far from good building materials as well. So the exploration is on. Found the haze zone and finally got some ladybug gear thanks to an anthill where a ladybug got swarmed.
  5. Yeah you can pretty much just load up your save and go for it. Maybe just familiarise yourself again with the tools at your disposal, but other than that, happy hunting! It's a brilliant DLC.
  6. Ok, that makes sense, cheers. I take it you got that from the book?
  7. Nice. No release year hint? Decided I'm going to try and avoid the big cutscene trailers for DS2, so I can get the full experience in-game. I devoured all the Death Stranding 1 trailers and would prefer to go in quite blind this time. But I did glimpse a few snippets at the Game Awards and so I have some vague idea of who's in it and what's going on. Looks very cool. I imagine it will be impossible not to get spoiled on everything but I'm going to at least try! It's looking good, that's all I need to know!
  8. Yeah he was stood behind them looking really awkward and out of place. Its pretty funny, what balls you gotta have to pull a stunt like that!
  9. So happy Elden Ring won seeing as how GOW dominated the rest of it. Didn't watch the FF16 trailer for spoilers and same for Death Stranding 2 which I only saw a few glimpses of, but I gather they were good, and that's all I need to know!
  10. Bit sad for Sam Barlow and Immortality team, they got nominated for quite a few but no shazam
  11. I'm amazed last of us didnt win accessibility. They have EVERYTHING in that game.
  12. Xeno 3 robbed for best soundtrack Also Animal is way better host than Geoff
  13. When's Chris Pratt gonna pop out and jump on Bowsers head?
  14. So if this is rubbish (sorry Eighthours), do you folks recommend The Mole? Or is it also inferior to our favourite Mafia-likes?
  15. Watched the last two episodes and largely feel the same as folks here. Things did pick up a bit at the end, with some cool new ideas and factional stuff thrown in. But overall this just hasn't grabbed me. Its weird that the actors are quite good but the dialogue and demeanour of their characters mean you don't really warm to them. Flynn and Lev are probably the highlight characters. It's probably a combination of plot, dialogue and direction but I don't really care about any of them. Future London has a problem in that by portraying it as so regimented and posh, most interactions there feel very detached and stilted, even when the stub characters are involved. Lev and his cronies show that that doesn't have to be the case as they're the highlights. Overall its been a decent albeit non-essential watch when I just want to zone out a bit. Sadly considering how high budget it looks, it doesn't feel like a high budget show. Going to go into spoiler territory now:
  16. I suppose I should point out that the things I listed are merely the things I'd like to see changed. Other than that I'm happy if everything else is pretty much the same, I thought Death Stranding was a great game. Just add more variety, smooth out the story elements and job's a good 'un.
  17. An editor for Kojima. A story that's more baked into the actual gameplay. Better and less clunky combat, or ideally no traditional combat altogether.
  18. Nothing taken as personal, no worries. You pretty much nailed it on my account. I don't have a next gen Xbox. This is the first PC I've owned that stands a chance of running a lot of these games at anything above lowest quality settings. I am very well versed in the gaming sphere so I was aware of Gamepass for PC. But like you say because of the previous factors I've been an outsider looking in, with all my Gamepass knowledge second hand from forums, game websites, friends and podcasts. Most people offline who I chat about PC games with just use Steam. I have a massive Steam library so my first excitement on getting a new PC was all the new games on there I'd be able to play. What I didn't realise was what a big catalogue Gamepass PC has, and most of all how many non-exclusive titles they have on there. I do agree from a marketing point of view they probably aren't raising awareness about their PC offerings. I've never seen or heard an advert that simply outlines the PC gamepass and how many games they have, or examples of games they have on there. I do reckon there is a large audience on PC that just uses Steam, who are completely unaware of Gamepass on PC. And when Microsoft is offering up lots of games like Grounded or EA games which retail at 30-40 quid on Steam, suddenly a Gamepass subscription could make a lot of sense to Steam users.
  19. I got a Gamepass Ultimate trial with my new laptop. My old laptop wasn't very good and I don't have an Xbox. I have been loving it! I hadn't even thought about Gamepass for PC until a friend reminded me it existed (I'd really just been associating Gamepass with Xbox). I immediately added about 15 games to my 'to play' list and installed about 5, including epics like Valheim and Grounded. I get to try Gears Tactics for basically free, I was able to try out Pentiment, and I played hours of Power Wash Simulator which I normally wouldn't bother paying for. The games on my list will keep me going for months so even when I keep up my subscription it will be more than paying for itself even at its fairly high cost of 11 quid a month. When it reaches a point where I've exhausted the games on my list I can just cancel. Its funny because I had kind of dismissed GamePass as having a lot of 8/10 games without too many big hitters. But the PC line-up is surprisingly good, with a nice mix of AAA, Xbox exclusives and top grade Indie titles. It is pricey as a sub service but if there are enough games on the list you want to play it seems worth it. I'm curious what other people's thoughts on Ultimate are who have just been using it for PC games. Do they add enough new titles to make it worth it in the long run? Do they add older games to the catalogue, is there a decent cycle rate on it? I'll definitely sub for at least a few months whilst I get through the must-haves.
  20. Reviews are coming out today - and it's not bad. Quite a lot of 8/10s so far. I wasn't that interested in this, but I absolutely loved FFVII Remake and if this continues to get good reviews I might change my mind!
  21. I will get this eventually, but I spent a lot on The Quarry and although it was ok I've still not got back and finished it (about two thirds of the way through), which doesn't say much for its pull. I'm done with paying 40 or 50 quid for these games. Although this one has been getting quite a lot of love from Youtubers compared to the previous ones, and I do like the premise of Devil in Me.
  22. Tried this out on gamepass for a 'quick go' which predicatably saw me spending 3 or 4 hours doing the van, back garden, a bike, and a house exterior to 100%. Its once I was able to afford the nozzles I really got into the zone with it, super satisfying to make it all efficient and figure out the best tools for each bit. I thought the garden was the most fun and the house boring, so I'm hoping the focus going forward is on areas with interesting objects and shapes like the garden, rather than big flat surfaces like the house. The big issue I have with the game though, is who are all these dirty bastards with their houses literally coated black with dirt? And when you look around at the neighbours it becomes clear that despite the lovely text messages, the inhabitants of these foul black abodes are serial killers or have major issues in their lives. I would love there to be a side lore part of the game where you discover the horrible truth behind these disgusting places and what the everyday joes say about them. The only thing that's dissapointing considering the level of detail is that water doesn't wash down from the area you are spraying and help to clean the stuff below. Maybe that will be in the sequel with better tech? One question, does soap actually help loosen up dirt if you just go over stuff fairly quickly with it? I spent quite a lot covering big areas with soap on the house and garden, which obviously cleaned things a bit, but probably not much more than if I'd done the same with a big jet. But was it helping out making the dirt underneath come off more easily?
  23. I know its all praise in here (and elsewhere), but I played through the first day of the game and not really feeling it. I do recognise all of its strengths and unique flavour, and its nice to have a game you can actually learn in, but I found it pretty boring. Part of the problem is I've never been a fan of this historical era/religious setting, I don't like the art much and the wandering, overall in general it just hasn't grabbed me. Should I stick with it or do you reckon if I'm not feeling it now, I never will? Maybe once things heat up a bit in the story it will get better. I do fancy seeing it through just as its had so much love, but its quite a long game to invest in.
  24. When starting out I'd suggest dropping mid to late to familiarise yourself with the weapons, terrain and general mechanics. Don't wait too long though or you'll spend the whole game looting and then get killed by whoever else survived the whole game. If you want to get better at combat fast, try hotdropping with all of the other suicide squads to the most popular locations but be prepared to die a lot, which probably will suck with 2 friends. As for weapons I'd recommend all rounders to begin with like the R301 and Flatline with a backup weapon for closer quarters like a shotgun or SMG. Don't forget to use your character's abilities frequently as they recharge fast, and your Ultimates. Use the movement mechanics at your disposal to climb and slide. You can body block doors to stop people coming in. Because Apex has shields the time to kill is a bit longer than other Battle Royales, so don't forget to back off or stay in cover and recharge shields with your cells/batteries if you have time to do so. Make use of cover and don't push alone. Beware of looting for too long if you are outside the first zone as it really hurts these days if you get stuck too far out. Grenades are powerful in Apex so try and keep one or two on you and get the hang of chucking them. As for Legends, for a newbie crew its probably good to have a Lifeline because she can help keep you alive and call in loot. Bloodhound is another good shout because scan info is king in this game. Bangalore can be good in the newbie ranks because her smoke buys time for escapes and revives. I don't think you get Caustic unlocked immediately but he's great if you prefer a more defensive style, and is good for buddies because he can buy time to revive teammates or hold off the enemy to catch a breather with his stinky barrels. Remember to ping better armours and weapons for your buddies. Stick together. If your shield is low you can save yourself cells by looting a full one off a death box or picking one off the floor. Hipfire (rather than aim down sights) is quite strong in this game for close range combat, give it a go. 2x or 3x scopes are great for midrange guns like the R301. I could go on but really its all experience. If you want to get some good practice with the different weapons and combat in general, why not hop into Arena mode with your mates, where you can buy the weapons you want and toy around with Legend abilities without the fear of losing a 20 minute game.
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