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  1. Mawdlin

    Overwatch - anniversary event now live

    Zenyatta the most popular character..? Rarely encountered in my experience.
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    Overwatch - anniversary event now live

    Thanks, that does make more sense. It did feel like I was placed too high initially. I'd rather be placed lower to start with then feel like I am making progress.
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    Overwatch - anniversary event now live

    Can anyone explain the ranking system to me? I am relatively new to Overwatch. Clocked up about 20 hours, I'm enjoying it but... it's the only game I've ever played that tells me I am getting worse rather than better. My competitive rank started out around 1970 and has gradually plunged to 1400. Sure, I realise the short answer to this is 'you're shit' but I generally feel like I'm improving my skills from game to game. My map knowledge is much better than when I started. My accuracy is better. My ability to work with team mates is better. My competence with weapons and abilities is better. Yet I am being ranked worse and worse. What's more galling is that my win/loss record is roughly 50/50 yet when I win a game it goes up by a few points, but when I lose it drops sharply. What gives? I want to like this game but it doesn't like me.
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    Mad Max "Shiny & Chrome"

    I only played this because it was a PSPlus freebie. Overall I was very impressed. Although it lags in the last 3rd (a common fault of bloaty free-roaming games) the fact I finished it says everything. I rarely finish free-roamers because they generally set out a pattern of play that becomes incredibly repetitive after the first ten hours. Once you've climbed twenty towers to unlock a region why bother doing twenty more (or air balloons in this case)? The only thing worth staying on for is the plot. Thankfully, Mad Max had a decent story, and if you ignored a lot of the bloat it could be completed within 20 to 25 hours. The characters were interesting and the car battling suitably physical and addictive. I also loved the varying locations and landscapes which belied the apocalyptic nature of the terrain. But... there were two regions of the map I never even went to. This is classic free-roaming design/developer arrogance. They think the world they've created is so magnificent we want to visit every nook and cranny. But like so many open-world games this place would have been far better with a smaller map and more effort put into individual locations and character interactions. Regardless I was expecting a 5/10 game and ended up playing an 8/10 game. Bravo Avalanche. A big improvement over the hollow but fun Just Cause playgrounds.
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    PlayStation VR

    I'm really enjoying Statik, although I tend to complete one puzzle box then come back a week later to try another. But did anyone experience this freaky thing: What a fantastic use of VR technology.
  6. Just received delivery of this. Pity I can't play Dark Souls on it.
  7. Not a strategy fan but even I played the original Xcom for a few hours. I'll enjoy Trials though. A bit of an average month again but I guess we can't have Bloodborne-standards every time.
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    Demon's Souls

    But you're so close. Beat this guy and the last stretch is a cinch. Admittedly, Allant took me about 40 attempts and a lot of Youtube clips.
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    Demon's Souls

    Took me two years, on and off, to complete this game but I'm glad I did.
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    Demon's Souls

    My favourite level was the Tower of Latria. The Mind Flayers have to be among the best enemies ever created. It's the detail of the little bells they carry that elevates them into genius territory. I 'fondly' remember going to a new world in this game and having my ass handed to me every time... thinking, how am I ever going to get through this! But persistence always pays off. Plus levelling up after mining souls, of course. I'm not skilled at games at all but my greatest achievement is finishing Demons Souls.
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    Demon's Souls

    I was just about to post the same. Maneater was a really tough boss for me and I had to resort to this method. The only other option is to massively buff and skill up.
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    PlayStation VR

    The tilted view is a weird thing - no matter how I tilt and calibrate the headset it stays the same. It certainly doesn't seem to be a camera problem either and tilting the camera the opposite way does nothing. There are enough threads online to suggests it is a problem Sony acknowledges but is unable to fix.
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    PlayStation VR

    I've had a tilted headset since the day I bought it. Also tried all the so called fixes on forums to no avail. Frustrating.
  14. Wow! I've been super impressed with Mad Max so far. I wasn't expecting it to be so polished and darn right fun. I'd suggest to anyone who downloaded it for free to give it a few hours - until the first couple of strongholds are unlocked - because it really starts to grip. I'd take issue with the view that the locations are bland. One of the main problems with open world games is that once you've beaten a few 'outposts' they all start to feel samey. But the locations, mapping and general topography in Mad Max is fantastic. One of the most compelling aspects is exploring a new area to see what the art team and designers have come up with. All the strongholds, and a lot of the enemy bases, are wonderfully designed and have their unique quirks. It really adds to the sense that this is a real, breathing world. I'm also loving the characters and story, another reason why I'm sure I'll go on to finish this. There's also some lovely, incidental touches too. Driving to a waypoint I hear a moaning sound and notice a bloke on the ground with some sort of wound. I get out and he's asking for someone to please put him out of his misery. This isn't a cutscene or side mission just a bizarre random encounter. Not wanting to waste a bullet I get back in the Magnum Opus and run him over. There's no reward or acknowledgement, just a sense that there's an intelligence behind this that adds inordinately to the games depth. The vehicle combat is rough at first but after a few upgrades I can't wait to take out a convoy, something that's really quite tough and much more than the sum of its parts. I've played tons of open world games and rarely bother finishing any of them. I'm 100 percent sure I want to 100 percent this. And it's free. Bonkers.
  15. Mawdlin

    Demon's Souls

    Excellent skull collection too.
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