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  1. It's impossible to defend against them. Practically anything a person can do in a browser can be automated, and even if you manage to work something in that can't be automated you can make it so there only needs to be a human for that part. So while real customers are putting things in baskets, filling in forms, and doing the anti-bot bit, scalpers only need to do the anti-bot bit because they automated the rest. They will *always* be quicker. There is a solution though. Shops could let customers pre-order and then just fulfil a randomised selection of orders with however many card
  2. I really wish game designers would realise that some (most?) players who install an open world RPG aren't playing it for the complex sword fighting mechanics, especially when it gets in the way so badly that it literally puts people off playing. There are so many games where the close combat mechanics fuck things up. No doubt the sword-fighting obsessed lead designer "studied the blade" while the rest of us were doing more interesting things, but don't let that guy ruin the bloody game.
  3. No need. I played them on my NES when they were first released, and this game is decidedly reminiscent in many of its mechanics. To be fair to Ori I guess, at least it doesn't have lives, and there are checkpoints.
  4. It's terrible. The graphics and music are a nice veneer over the top of a platformer that hasn't progressed since the NES. Sections that you can't complete without the right skills but let you in regardless, pixel perfect jumps, levels where you can't see far enough so you have to edge farther in one death at a time, bosses that give you no hints how to beat them, keys hidden away so the only way to progress is to bash against every wall... Honestly, it's really fucking bad. The only saving grace is that it's free.
  5. ChrisN

    The Division 2

    I was on a team trying to take down two Hunters last night. We failed hard. They're nails.
  6. ChrisN

    The Division 2

    There are a couple of settings in the controls menu that change how the parkour and moving in to/out of cover works...
  7. ChrisN

    The Division 2

    As MechaMonkey said, there are a few missions the new person won't be able to play (locked strongholds, weekly challenges, etc), but the majority of them are completely standalone play-in-whatever-order things that you'll all be able to tackle. It's really good at normalising the all the players stats too, so it's still fun if you're playing with people who are ahead of you.
  8. ChrisN

    The Division 2

    I'm not really feeling the new boss fights. They're a bit of a slog on solo and way too easy in a team. Some of the mechanics (Kajima's steamy section for example) are horrible. The others are just a bit too bullet-spongy. Gear 2.0 is nice though.
  9. ChrisN

    The Division 2

    I'm in "[SAS] Guards", which I only joined to access a clan shop, but now I've been promoted to Lieutenant for some reason.
  10. The first one was ace. It's one of the best looking games around. Looking forward to the sequel.
  11. ChrisN

    The Division 2

    You have to do all the parts of each mission in one session, which is annoying because some of them take *ages*. And don't even bother trying to solo them. Each mission has a section when you need to protect 3 things, and the swarms of enemies make is very hard on your own. They're much easier in a team though.
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    The Division 2

    I use cluster seeker mines because I have about 300% skill haste and 6 additional mines between the 3 mod slots. That gives me ~250000 damage and the cool down is only 13s. When I'm solo'ing missions it means I can just keep chucking them out and focus on the named enemies. I also rock a repair drone because not dying is better than dying and getting revived. Especially once you get the survivor perk that gives you bonus XP for not dying. The drone is useful because you can make it repair other players and skill proxies.
  13. ChrisN

    The Division 2

    Episode 3 is essentially a prelude to Warlords of New York though. Presumably the idea is that it'll act as a teaser to get people to buy the DLC.
  14. ChrisN

    The Division 2

    Completed the first Coney Island mission in the dark and the rain. The map is full of gorgeous neon effects , but the mission itself isn't very exciting. Hopefully the second one is a bit more interesting considering what it's about. The Warlords of New York DLC is on the XBox store for £24.99 now.
  15. ChrisN

    The Division 2

    There are parts of D2 that are like that though - control points at Alert 4, dark zone raids, bounties on Heroic, etc. It's not just replaying story missions in the end game.
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