r/pcgaming Aug 03 '21

What Are You Playing Thread - August 03, 2021

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Use this thread to discuss whatever you've been playing lately (old or new, AAA or indie). Don't just list the names of games as your entire post, make sure to elaborate with your thoughts on the games.

Make sure to use spoiler tags if you're posting anything about a game's plot that might significantly hurt the experience of others that haven't played the game yet (no matter how old or new the game is).

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u/Bribi1 Aug 03 '21

Far Cry 5

Really liking it so far. I loved 3 & 4 so it's not a surprise.

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u/Danmcrea Aug 03 '21

For the first time I've tried the cloud gaming from Microsoft to finally play Fable 2 and... It's actually totally playable which got me surprised. The input lag is there, not a huge one, but it's there. There's some pixelization, probably due to the fact that those older games are in lower res. But other than that it's great to finally play this game. Catching up on Gears of War series will probably be the next in line!

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u/MrPennywise Aug 03 '21

The Ascent ! I haven't been hooked by a game like this in a while. I knew nothing about it beforehand but aside from some bugs I'm having a blast. I definitely recommend playing with headphones because the sound track/ sound design is so good.

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u/PassiveF1st Aug 03 '21

Thought about getting this.. Heard the game only lasted about 12-15 hours.. Doesn't seem like much value. I bought Valheim on steam summer sale and have been absolutely hooked. Not sure I'll have time away from it anyway. I just have to make it to September 23rd when DII:R releases.

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u/Jase_the_Muss Aug 03 '21

Free on Game Pass for PC... Tones of games like the Ascent that I wouldn't have played or bought have made it worth it for me and then you get EA play bundled in there as well as Microsoft's heavy hitters as well as classics and all the new Xbox exclusives day 1 no brainer for any PC gamer in my opinion.

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u/TheLonelyWolfkin Aug 03 '21

Pay for a month of Game Pass and it's fantastic value, even if you only play this and then cancel it.

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u/Malak77 Aug 03 '21

7DaysToDie - have the 2nd most time in it. It's very dark and depressing, but I love defeating the zombies and surviving in spite of them. 13 hours alive with no deaths so far. Last game was over 300 days and only 5 deaths.

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u/[deleted] Aug 03 '21

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u/PrinceDizzy Aug 03 '21

Nice, I'm currently playing through the Skyward Sword remaster and having an absolute blast.

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u/amonkeyfullofbarrels Aug 03 '21

Pillars of Eternity.

I'm enjoying it much more than I thought I would. I wasn't sure about the partial voice acting at first, but reading the text quickly became preferable to me and I ended up muting the voices since it felt a bit jarring to read one sentence and then have the next one read to me. Reading it myself feels much more immersive.

The atmosphere, story, and characters are all excellent. There aren't very many games where I like to make sure to talk to everyone possible, but this is one of them. Each of the companions has a surprising amount of depth and character.

My one major mark against the game is the combat. It was okay at first but it has quickly become an annoyance. Most spells are useless as they would damage my own companions too, and per-rest abilities usually means I want to save them in case I run into a more powerful enemy later. So, combat is usually just me watching my party auto attack, which happens extremely slowly, and using an ability here and there.

Overall, fantastic game as far as story, characters, and world go, but the combat is bad enough that it might keep me from playing it through again in the future.

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u/[deleted] Aug 03 '21

Quite enjoying chernoblite went in with no expectations. Pleasantly surprised with how it mixes survival/base building and story and all aspects feel meaningful. Alot of people seemed to be expected stalker or metro just based on it being a russian style Chernobyl based game. I think the story is really doing something esp how it ties in to how well u manage ur base and stuff like that

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u/Appok AMD 5900x / Asus Strix 3080ti / 32GB DDR4 / X570 Tomahawk WiFi Aug 03 '21

Recently re-installed GW2 and playing my thief. I am having fun again :)

Other then that warzone with my friends ( I hate hackers >.< )

Hell let loose with the patch 1.0 has been great!

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u/CTCranky Aug 03 '21

Kenshi

I just scrapped my first playthrough. I started as a skeleton which ended up being perfectly fine (just for you veterans out there that may say skeletons shouldn’t be starting character). My problem was that I think I amassed too many followers too soon. I became overwhelmed, and I got irritated that I had to feed so many damn people. Opposed to what it seems most people say, I actually quite enjoyed staying in the beginner town, the Hub. I got a good set up going with the copper deposits around. I dropped my playthrough because when I saw wanted to start refining iron into iron plates, I built an iron refinery that screwed my whole operation. Essentially bc I built something, it was apparently “my outpost”. I didn’t realize this until I had already built like 3-4 buildings which took me a long time bc I had my one builder dragging mats from the city out to the location I wanted to build.

I didn’t scrap the playthrough just because of this incident though. I also kind of wanted to start fresh on a new character and focus more on honing the skills of my squad members closer to one-by-one than all at the same time. I also felt like I wanted to set up in Squin instead of the starter Hub in order to be closer to shops and have a population that would buy goods from me. I still have yet to explore like 90% of the map, as I’m really honed in on trying to be a mega merchant. However, I also plan on one day creating a great settlement and download the 256 squad mod to Amass a grand army!

Having a blast so far, and I can’t wait to discover what more to do. Also, if there are any veterans around, I would love some advice on when it’s about the right time to make a settlement. The first time I attempted, I wasn’t even done with a wall, and raiders attacked me, breaking down my wall and killing all my people. I had around 11 people who had a strength above 40 and attacking/defense power at around 20+ each. I didn’t even get a chance to start building the actual settlement.

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u/G3n0Pl3x Aug 03 '21

The issues you've had with settlements are irritating. I had issues when I first started, as building a tiny farm plot for wheat apparently made that my settlement. And then next thing, groups are turning up asking for all sorts of rent / protection payments.

Saying that, I do think there are mods that make these outpost conditions somewhat more lenient. A good time to intentionally setup an outpost would be after you've made as significant amount of cash. This will help pay off anyone who turns up on the first few days and can also keep them at bay as they keep coming back each week.

It'll take a while to get your fighters good enough to turn away the raiders, so use some of the money to hire mercenaries if you can. Check your Faction tab to see when there are upcoming Raids against your outpost, then time your merc hiring around this.

Another good thing to get started on early is unarmed fighters. Just a couple to start with, as they're gonna get wrecked a LOT. But stick with it and don't let them use any weapons. In my experience, most of my really good martial artists can take on dozens of people by themselves.

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u/CTCranky Aug 03 '21

Thanks for the tips! What would you consider a considerable amount of money? Maybe 100k?

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u/G3n0Pl3x Aug 03 '21

Yeah that's pretty good to get you going.

Definitely consider getting into growing hemp if you are able too, hashish can sell for a fair amount and that alone can easily keep you in profit if you have enough growing.

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u/CTCranky Aug 03 '21

I haven’t gotten into farming at all, as I found mining to be quite lucrative and interesting with the constant bandits parties roaming. It was how I trained strength, athletics, laboring, and combat skills. However, I’ve really wanted to get into farming, so I’ll check it out! I haven’t seen a single hemp plant in the wild though, so I guess I’ll have to buy a bunch from vendors.

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u/jppeag Aug 03 '21

Been playing Monster Hunter World: Iceborne again. After falling out of love with monster hunter due to MH rise being (imo) pretty lackluster, went back to iceborne and it rekindled my interest in the series, also the community is pretty great, plenty of hunters to play with.

Met 2 MR300+ hunters that offered to help me finish the iceborne story, made new friends. So yeah, this game is really good

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u/BroYouDroppedTheKek Aug 03 '21

I’ve never really been able to get into MH games other than World either, there’s just something about them I never really liked. Hopefully we get another MH on PC/PS/Xbox in the next couple of years because I’m in desperate need of a new game that I can play for a few thousand hours again.

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u/jppeag Aug 03 '21

Other MH are really good, especially MH4U and MHGU, dropped almost 2000 hours on both collectively. Just cant get into rise, I dont know if its the sub 30fps, the painfully slow drip feed of content, or the lacking endgame loop.

Capcoms world team might be working on a world sequel already, lets hope we get some kind of news or teaser soon!

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u/InfiniteAFK Ryzen 7 3800X | RTX 3070ti FE Aug 03 '21

MHW community is awesome.

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u/FizzWigget Aug 04 '21

How active is the community still? I been playing through the base game and have gotten some help but now regret missing the first wave. Game is amazing and haven't put it down

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u/jppeag Aug 04 '21

Yeah, thats probably cause most players are on iceborne already. Community is pretty active, save for a few quests, I always get join requests.

Its pretty easy to rush the vanilla world campaign with the guardian gear, plus the vanilla world gear will be obsolete the very second you hit master rank anyway, the most basic master rank armor is almost double the defense of the most powerful high rank armor.

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u/RobotKing666 Aug 03 '21

Just started Spiritfarer. God that game is pretty and will be a nice relaxing departure from the less than enjoyable Dsouls2. I don't understand why they would make those changes after having played Demon Souls, DS1, The Surge, Lords of the Fallen, Hollow Knight, and to some degree Darksiders 3. By far the worst of the souls so far. At least Bloodborne is next!

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u/cloudsheep0 RTX 3070 TI | Ryzen 7 5700G Aug 03 '21

Continuing my adventures in Trails of Cold Steel 1, all of class VII seem to have made up and now they're finally focusing on Gaius a bit more now so far I really enjoyed the game but there were some areas that I struggled in and some boss fights which gave me some problems as well. I think it's great that I'm finding a bit of challenge in this as some places in Crossbell and Sky series it was a kind of easy until you get much later in the game whereas TOCS 1 seems to setting you off right away. Also, the bonding mechnic is a bit weird to me for now but I guess it has its benefits down the line.

Off topic from what I'm playing on my PC

I'm also playing Judgment on PS5 and I have to say I really hope RGG can fix their issues with talent agency and bring it to PC because it's a great game imo. The first chapter was unexpectedly long (Spent nearly 7-8 hours on it! Lots of tutorials and new things!) but now it seems to be going at a normal Yakuza games pace. I really like Yagami as a character and I also like the supporting cast around him as well. The gameplay brings some new things which supports Yagami's more speedy style of fighting which I'm enjoying a lot. Kiryu always felt like a strong hitter whilst Yagami feels like someone who can wear you down through stamina and speed.

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u/Xalphsin Aug 03 '21

Gunfire Reborn

Cool first person rouge-like that has some character. Several characters with different abilities, neat weapons, lots to unlock, and the game comes out of early access later this year. Worth checking it out.

Nightmare Reaper

This is an fps more like doom but with loot drops. Like 60 different weapons, tons of stat rolls, good movement, tough bosses, and you can even play a Gameboy mitigate for the skill tree (or turn it off your choice).

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u/Cryio Aug 03 '21 edited Aug 03 '21

I also loved the Dead Space franchise. Somehow, Dead Space 3 has always been my most played game until now.

Given the remake announcement and my recent spree of "old school games", mostly from ~2004 and slightly newer, I started a Dead Space 1 playthrough again.

A few moments later and I'm on playthrough 2 of Dead Space 1 (Normal NG+, I sort of intend to do Impossible and Impossible NG+), finished DS2 twice (Normal, Survivalist NG+ and now Zealot NG+1) and I'll probably finish DS3 some 3 times back to back as well.

These games are soooo good, especially now I can play DS1 and in 2 in 4K120 and I learned about the Mouse Fix for both games. DS3 I can only do 3K120 reliably on my 5700 XT

Somehow, I played these games so many times, yet I've never got around (yet) to Resident Evil 4/5/6/Revelations 1-2 / Evil Within 1-2

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u/HotPotatoWithCheese Aug 04 '21

I've got to play these games again at some point. I don't think I ever finished 1 because I was only about 9 when it first came out and I was too scared lol. I absolutely loved 2 and while I didn't like 3 as much it was still a solid game.

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u/myahkey Ryzen 9 5900X/2070 Super/32GB/EndeavourOS Aug 03 '21

Playing Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin right now.

What a gem, I'm about 12 hours in, and this is such a brilliant game. First of all, this is genuinely the first game that I've played where I enjoy farming and growing stuff, it balances depth with being fun so well that I actually look forward to planting rice and harvesting it, even though they are the most tedious parts of the process. And the whole leveling system tied to it is amazing. I can go forever but this part of the game is such an amazing gem that I can't really put it down. And even though the combat part of the game has some issues (still fun though!), the whole package is so well designed.

Probably the best game I've played in the past couple of years. So good.

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u/Raluks Aug 03 '21

Dropped off my RDR2 obsession which has held me since about mid May. Been replaced by The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles! Amazing game so far. 50 hours in and only at the beginning of the second game in the collection. Been an Ace Attorney fan for years now and this one has been Japan only for years. Extremely happy it finally made it over, and blown away by how good it is. Highly recommend if you’re into visual novels or mystery games.

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u/jppeag Aug 03 '21

Hows RDR2? Im reluctant to buy it due to the fact that GTA 4 and 5 bored the hell out of me, how does it compare?

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u/LostInStatic Aug 03 '21

Somehow if you thought GTA IV and V were boring games, then yeah you're not gonna like RDR II. It is a full western simulator in every sense of the word

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u/AC5L4T3R Aug 03 '21

Personally, it's the best game ever made.

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u/Van-Goth Aug 03 '21

I'd agree when it comes to world building, character design and overall detail. Mission design is completely backwards tho.

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u/Raluks Aug 03 '21

I found GTA 5 somewhat boring too. That said, I'm almost to 930 hours in RDR2 so it must be doing something right. If the mission structure of GTA is what bored you then RDR (both games) might not be much better. But if you're looking to get lost in an extremely detailed open world with plenty of stuff to do, RDR2 is definitely the best. The story, while slow at times, is also very captivating. If you take the time to get to know all the characters around you then that just makes the story that much more impactful.

That said, it's way too expensive and opinions are too divided for me to say "just try it". But if you do try it I hope you have fun.

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u/jppeag Aug 04 '21

You convinced me to give it a shot, i'm gonna be buying it next payday

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u/mehTrip Aug 05 '21

i just beat the game a couple weeks ago it quickly became one of the best games ive ever played.

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u/Raluks Aug 04 '21

RDR2 is a prequel. You can play either game first.

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u/BaitednOutsmarted Aug 04 '21

Splitgate. A multiplayer fps that's been around for a few years but has seen a huge resurgence due to the console release. Can be described as "Halo meets Portal"

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u/HotPotatoWithCheese Aug 04 '21

Currently playing the original Deus Ex and Darksiders 3.

Deus Ex has been amazing so far. Just got to Hong Kong and if it continues to be this good then it may become one of my favourite games of all time. The atmosphere is top notch and the story is so enthralling. I can't believe this game is leaps and bounds above anything I've played in the past 5 years with the exception of RDR2. This game came out 21 years ago. Kinda sad when you think about it.

Darksiders 3 has been a surprise. I loved the first two games but never got DS3 for some reason. It got a lot of criticism at launch for trying to leave it's hack and slash roots behind and jump on the Dark Souls bandwagon but in classic mode that they added it definitely feels like the other games and Fury has been a fun character so far. It does seem to be harder than the others though. I played DS1 on Apocalypse which is max difficulty and within the first 2 hours I think I died twice. In DS3 i put it on challenging which is about two or three levels down from max difficulty and I died a few times so turned it down to balanced. God knows what it's like on max difficulty.

Impressed with both games so far. After these I think I will go back and revisit HR, MD, DS1, DS2 and then the remaster for Half Life 2 should be out. Then Battlefield should be out before I've even finished them all and when the hype of that game has worn off I will go back and finish them in November before Halo and Dying Light 2 come out. That's the plan for the rest of the year.

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u/maddyperes Aug 10 '21

I've been playing Dead by Daylight for a few days and I love the game. Unfortunately, my computer sucks and is always crashing the game :(