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  1. Siri

    Path of Exile

    TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT PoE Synthesis Patch Notes I know, it even has a table of contents because OH GOD LORD THEY DID ALL THE THINGS. Thankfully, well known PoE player ZiggyD was fucking knackered after reading the fucking thing and presented them in a much more digestible summary: PoB's updated, Neversink is taking everyone's energy for the loot filer, and most of the stalwarts of the community have released their bets for good league starters: Pohx's videos - Bane Occultist, Storm Burst/Divine Ire Trickster, Crit Ice Trapper Sab, Freezing Pulse Assassin And if you want to actually want a PLAN to do shit, here's a good guide from someone that talks sense. Just don't listen to his plan for six links, because I'm following one particular strategy of his that's fantastic. I'm not saying what it is. Fuck you. See you all at 8pm! Well, as long as you're not on a console.
  2. Siri

    Path of Exile

    Nah, now March. Which, funnily enough, is when the new league starts! Synthesis! - A complete rebalance of nearly EVERY Spellcasting skill in the game - New Holy based spells, and additional suite of Chaos based spells to go with the usual Essence Drain/Contagion/Blight meta - Brand new support gems to empower self-casting, including turning single shot spells into something that's channeled and then cast multiple times - Synthesis League, where you help a dude piece his memories by timed Incursion/Abyss hybrid randomised runs - Piece together those memories to reach areas with special loot, bosses, and encounters - Find 'Broken' Rare Items that have a locked Prefix/Suffix, which can help with crafting - Don't like your broken items? chuck them in a machine and get a Base/White Item with a completely different implicit, including very special ones (spoilers: you can have permanent Onslaught on your boots) - The usual addition of new Divination Card sets and Unique items. Betrayal League ends 4th March, Synthesis starts 8th March on PC, and later for consoles. Don't ask about mobile phones, that shit's old now.
  3. Siri

    Rllmuk Game of the Year 2019 predictions

    Some disjointed thoughts: - RDR2 will end up on the top lists again (Including my own), because I'm pretty sure that a PC version will be released precisely after the fiscal year has ended for Take 2, and will blow everyone's balls off simply because it will tax graphics cards up until next gen and let people run a mod that makes the controls less shit. - Things I'm certain I will enjoy as long as they're out this year: Metal Wolf Chaos XD, The Division 2, Doom Eternal, The Outer Worlds - Things that I'm hopeful for: Rage 2, Left Alive, Sea of Solitude, Skull & Bones, Daemon X Machina - IF Dying Light 2 or Cyberpunk is out this year, they will probably break the awards. They're probably not, though. - Path of Exile and/or Warframe will show up in my voting at some point because they're both expected to drop massive amounts of content. As usual. - The 'Biggest Disappointment Award' for myself will likely be along the lines of 'Bungie releasing drip-fed shit for the rest of Destiny Year 2/3 while they sign up to Tencent for another cash injection'
  4. okay fine Game of the Year A1. Deltarune I loved Undertale, and I still feel a little apprehensive about going back and undoing the extremely rewarding ending it had (and you know it would remember that somehow). Then, out of nowhere during Halloween, we get ourselves the first episode of a sequel. It's just as good as the original, brings in a new and enjoyable ATB system, and drills even more amazing music into your brain than before. For free. Just. What. A2. Destiny 2: Forsaken To be honest, this recommendation goes out to the very, very good quality of life improvements they have given to the game over the past year, as well as both the decent Forsaken campaign and the welcome long-tail plans the game has had through Warmind up until now. Drops are no longer a straight rush for power, Exotic weapons are exciting to use and I now have a variety of ways to shoot the mans with my fellow excellent clan members. The Last Wish raid is good fun and provides a good level of challenge, the environments they've brought in are great, and even the original cashgrab events from Year 1 are vastly improved to provide activities that are... well, enjoyable. A3. Bloodstained: Curse of The Moon I'll keep it as simple as the game itself - It's a pretty fucking great rip-off of the OG Castlevanias. A4. God of War I really, really didn't like the original God Of War series. Fights were mind-numbingly simple, the plot and characters crude and the content usually cringeworthy. Santa Monica's God of War is fantastic. A weighty, brutal means of combat, combined with incredible set pieces strung together by excellent characters and entertaining dialogue. It's an adult God of War that doesn't revolve around gore and tits to make it adult. A5. Monster Hunter World Probably the most user-friendly and accessible Monster Hunter has ever been, combined with still being tense to play and looking gorgeous to boot. Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else) Z1. Playstation Classic The true meaning of disappointment - My excitement for this went from 0 to 60 and back again. The concept and the initial set of games were great - But ultimately, When it comes to a console that had such a vast catalogue of excellent games, no-one would be happy with the result of 20 games. Especially when considering the accessibility of these on preexisting hardware. This is without taking into account the bizarre reality of NTSC and PAL mixed titles, and underwhelming emulation performance using open source emulation which Sony would have shuttered 20 years back and cheap internal hardware that a £30 single board computer can compete with. Z2. Epic Store Feel free to read this as 'I'm just really fucking mad that I have to get another fucking program to pay an uncompetitive, no CD Key aggregated price to play Supergiant's Hades'. Z3. Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection On one hand, the games in the collection themselves were fine, but the bizarre lobby system fucked up everyone's intentions to continue playing it. Z4. Metal Wolf Chaos's remaster being announced, then delayed for about six months Looks like it will be Game of the Year 2019, then! Z5. Fallout 76 Surprise - I don't think this game is terrible to the point that I'll act online like Todd Howard personally came around to shit on my carpet and punch my dog. I refrained from getting the game on launch because... well, I thought it looked shit from the Beta. But watching people play it warmed me to how it played out, like some odd mix of Fallout 3 and No Man's Sky. Bought it for £20, and I'd say it's current price of sub-£15 on PC is a worthwhile punt. It's not without problems, mind - Outright abrasive enemy level scaling that has little to no rhyme or reason, flaccid instance capacity (20 players max in THAT amount of environment?), and stingy storage that's further impacted by dodgy UI makes the game anywhere from a chore to an outright farce if you don't game the system. And at that point, it's more about playing the game's system as opposed to... playing the game. Sound Design of the Year S1. Deltarune Rude Buster is fucking bangers. S2. Destiny 2: Forsaken Just a really strong suite of themes that's used throughout the DLC campaign, the Dreaming City, and ultimately the thematic crescendos of the Last Wish Raid. And if you don't like that, they go in and shoehorn Paul McCartney's Hope for the Future for a laff. S3. Fallout 76 The radio stations are basically a 'greatest hits' of Fallout 3 and 4, which is fine as the music is one of the few things they fucked up in Fallout 4. Likewise, the ambient music that plays in 76 is perfectly fine, and one of the few things they fucked up in 76. It's one of the few things they fucked up, really. Visual Design of the Year V1. Dragon Ball Fighter Z Game is Anime. V2. Monster Hunter World Looks absolutely fantastic on PC, All the environments look super pretty that it's actually a treat to play the waiting game during big hunts over several areas. Super fluid animations and lots of fancy effects on screen that, at least from memory, didn't impair the gameplay. So that's good. V3. God of War Great looking, gritty game that runs solidly even on a bog-standard PS4. Doesn't skip a beat visually, and the animation and camerawork during the scripted stuff is awe-inspiring. Writing of the Year W1. Deltarune It’s more Undertale. It made me laugh like a drain, still had really heartfelt moments, and still makes me want more from Toby Fox. W2. Yakuza 0 I ran out of steam at this point in terms of writing GOTY stuff (I'm backtracking). Same shit as Deltarune - Proper laugh out loud moments in a game that still has a means to floor you sometimes. Gaming Format (System) of the Year F1. PC Even with everyone opening their own shop on the internet and the latest tech costing a bomb for no good reason, It's still the eternal platform for videogames - running the gamut of free-to-play and free games, the best versions of the latest games at acceptable prices, cutting edge emulation of the last console generations, and plenty of resources to ensure that at least most of the games we're playing now will still be playable in years to come. Publisher or Developer of the Year P1. Digital Extremes (Warframe) A great game, but one that's ran by quite possibly the nicest group of developers seen in the public eye in modern times. Continual community engagement through working with Twitch communities via streamers and their own community shows, Weekly Devstreams, Fan engagements like Tennocon, as well as actively supporting and patching their game. What makes them better than others though is, well, how human(e) they are. They're not above seeing faults in Warframe and talk about the rough times they had when creating the game, launching it, and nearly going bust because of it. Devstreams very much involve poking behind the curtain and showing things that aren't ready to be seen. The community managers very much have a sense of humour and have no issues ripping into each other or the 'influencers' they engage in for comedy and, well, because everyone's friends. It's a group of guys and girls who just wanted to work on a cool game about space ninjas forever. They're now a studio that's successfully running and working on a cool game about space ninjas, and let's hope that's forever. Best Supported Game (released pre 2018) of the Year B1. Path of Exile Another year, another 300+ hours pumped into this game. Since the last time I submitted this game, it’s had four league releases – The ambitious yet awkward Bestiary League, The amazing Incursion league, Delve brought in an infinite dungeon and the current Betrayal League pulls all the previously mentioned leagues into the main game as sub-segments, brings in a great sub-system of challenges and rewards, and completely revamps the item crafting system. Quite frankly, a mind-boggling amount of content for a free game – Grinding Gear Games continued to build against what was supposed to be competition against Diablo 4, and... well, we all know how well Blizzcon went this year. Your game of the year that didn't come out this year (basically what is your favourite game you played this year that came out in 2017 or earlier) X1. Yakuza 0 I know the PC port would count, but I started playing this because it was cheap on the PS4. Quite frankly, it’s brilliant – I love the livliness of Kamurocho, I love the fighting, I love racing little toy cars, I love managing a hostess club for 10+ hours by itself, I love how fucking great all the characters are, I love how some of the silliest sidequests just end up tugging all of your heartstrings right at the end of them, I love running the fuck away from a massive guy that will just beat the shit out of you for your money. I... just love how great this game is. Best game character of the year C1. Daisaku Kuze (Yakuza 0) Yeah, Majima’s the star of Yakuza 0. However, Kuze absolutely makes Kiryu’s half of the game, and absolutely feels instrumental – Narratively, and gameplay wise, as he always feels like the guy you HAVE to beat to know you’re ready for the following chapters of the game. The fact that he’s a thoroughly nasty, relentless and double-hard bastard every time you see him reinforces that. Oh, and that second boss fight against him is easily my favourite boss introduction ever. it’s just fucking wild. C2. Mimir (God of War) Not only entertaining and an incredibly wordy fellow that acts as a foil and sometimes the voice of reason to the less-than-chatty Kratos, but also provides most of the lore in the game via those wonderful boat conversations. Pretty much instrumental to my enjoyment of the game. C3. Suzie (Deltarune) If Undertale’s modus operadi was to drive home the fact that players had a choice when it came to the happiness of the Underground dwellers, Suzie exists to remind you that there’s no such thing in Deltarune. From removing choice from your actions to being completely uncontrollable in battle to the point where you have to warn your enemies that she’s going to royally fuck their day up, Suzie’s as refreshing as those times in Darkest Dungeon where your favourite stress-addled knight robs treasure for himself and screams obscenities – without, uh, completely fucking up your game.
  5. Siri

    Tom Clancy's The Division

    It doesn't really matter, though. All the Steam version did was boot up UPlay for you, and it's been the same for subsequent Ubi games I've played on PC. With the news article's wording of 'Epic Store and directly through Ubisoft', I'm very certain it will be the same deal here. Except Ubi keeps to a higher profit margin and gets a bit of money from whatever deal from Epic to get it on their store. Between all the AMD GPU game bundles that Division 2 is featured on and the usual Ubi trend of selling games at RRP on digital storefronts, I'm pretty sure the best deals are going to come from CD Key stores anyway, which will be 99% UPlay.
  6. Siri

    Steam - UI Overhaul Coming Soon

    One dude is making it, although it's open source (it's on GitHub). He's looking for Patreon money to develop it as a full time thing, mind. https://www.patreon.com/playnite I'll give it a go, especially if it can act as a front end for emulation that I can just use with a controller as mentioned.
  7. Siri

    Steam - UI Overhaul Coming Soon

    trying to find a picture of Akira Yuki in a sheep outfit with tears streaming down face Catherine would be pretty great on Steam, mind. Still got about 20 quid left from Christmas because Katamari didn't continue the release discount for the winter sale, so I'll just slam it on whatever Sega has lined up.
  8. Devolver Digital has just given everyone on Twitch Prime 7 more games! https://blog.twitch.tv/twitch-prime-holiday-surprise-get-seven-free-bonus-games-with-the-devolver-digital-holiday-pack-d5b0b3100415 Broforce, Hotline Miami 1 and Hotline Miami 2 are bangers, and I've been looking forward to playing STRAFE. Good times for all!
  9. Siri

    What are you playing Christmas Day?

    I'll probably do the same thing I've done for a while - slam in some Christmas steam vouchers in the morning, buy an absolute glut of sales games and let them download while I'm out with the family, and get to playing them in the evening. Ideally, Katamari Reroll, because the original really did make me appreciate and enjoy videogames again. It's only fair to devote my time to it again during the holidays, along with an umpteenth playthrough of A Link To The Past.
  10. You probably already done this last week, but if you didn't: GET YOUR CLAN RAID ENGRAMS!
  11. The Larsen B guarantee. Satisfaction, or he'll refund the quid he saved to undercut the competition.
  12. Siri

    Path of Exile

    As I didn't include it before as I was at work, here's the trailer: But, of course, you're here for NEW, HOT, HEAVY, SCARAB RELATED NEWS: - Scarabs are in the game. - Master levels (or now 'favor') no longer have a tangible benefit, and is used as currency for Master-specific decorations. - The new Hideout system lets you move your waypoint instead of it just being stuck in the middle! Trust me, this is important. - You can now pick between the portable map device, or the massive fancy map device in your hideout! I also realise this will enable map device decoration MTX, and that means we're all now broke. - You'll meet Alva, Nico, Einhar and Jun at certain parts in the story, along with getting your first hideout in Act II. As usual, you'll see Zana after Act 10. - Alva will now always open up to three Incursion portals when you see her, to make up for not seeing her every other area during the Incursion League. - Nico's Delve league activity can be extended by buying Sulphite with Sextants. and Scarabs. - There's roughly 100 veiled mods. Once found, you can mastercraft that veiled mod on other items! - There's a new support skill type - Banners. Dual-purpose Auras - walk around with it for a lesser effect, or active it by sticking it in the ground and getting a much stronger effect. - Scarabs. - One of the new veilied mod types is called Focus - an instant cast skill that is a fixed 4-second active effect, with 12 second cooldown that's entirely dependant on what mod you have. Anything from triggering skill gems in sockets, or effects similar to flask utility (like 1% of evasion rating regenerated as life, critical strikes are lucky, etc.). As it's another active skill on a strained tool bar, I can only see this being handy in fringe cases, but it's nice all the same. - As Master levels are dead, so are daily missions. You now get handy indicators pop up on the Atlas for a guaranteed Master encounter, as well as bonuses from Sextants, Prophecies, and S C A R A B S. - You can now CTRL-Click Vendors to get a stack of consumables. You will no longer break your LMB.
  13. Siri

    Path of Exile

    The new league has been announced - Betrayal! https://www.pathofexile.com/betrayal Basically, a complete revamp of the forsaken masters and mastercraft system. - Most of the masters have been replaced - with the NPCs from previous leagues, like Bestiary's Einhar and Incursion's Alva Valai. - Their missions are based around previous leagues - including capturing monsters (which has now been simplified) - The old masters have 'mysteriously disappeared'. Everything's pointing to them being major NPCs of the Betrayal league's cult. Which you can manipulate/kill for different loot. - More endgame maps! - More skills! - More skill reworks! - Veiled suffixes - take them to the new Betrayal league's NPC and choose between three powerful randomised suffixes! - Hideout revamp - new system, shared across all leagues! - Jokes about Immortal things getting murdered! All this and more, for the low, low price of Free. December 7th!
  14. It's a nice unit, and it's a doddle to pull apart the DC and plonk it in. Just a warning though - don't attempt to set this up with one of those high capacity SD cards, it only reads FAT32 so 32GB is your limit. I had a 64gb SDXC card set aside for this, and I ended up having to format the card as a 32GB card just to use it.
  15. Siri

    Destiny 2 PC players

    Yeah, there's no transferring available here. That would involve Bungie making something!

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