r/pcgaming Sep 21 '21

What Are You Playing Thread - September 21, 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/thatkidgobe Sep 21 '21

Tarkov, because I enjoy screaming at my monitor.

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u/[deleted] Sep 21 '21

We are masochists bro. Its what we do.

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u/griffon666 i7-6800K | GTX 1080 | 16GB DDR4 Sep 22 '21

Playing Tarkov is like being punched in the nuts over and over repeatedly. But every now and again, I don't get punched in the nuts and its bliss

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u/NizZzy1 Sep 22 '21

Excuse my blatant stupidity but what is Tarkov? My co workers play it a lot and I’ve been told to give it a try but from the explanation I always get it’s Metro Exodus meets pubg? And that just doesn’t sound like a fun time

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u/thatkidgobe Sep 22 '21

Haha, that’s actually a pretty good description of it.

It’s a FPS but combat is really only a small part of it. There are quests/tasks, purchasing from traders, leveling up to unlock more features, building a hideout (weapon modding, etc.), and linking with squads of up to 5 to go and do what you’d like. I’d call it more of a survival game than a PVP FPS. It’s insanely hard to get into by yourself, so that’s cool if you’re buds already play.

Every time you die with your main character, you lose everything. There is another mode (not your main character) where you load into maps as a Scavenger with a pre-set load out. If you die as a scav there are no negatives, you don’t lose anything from your main character. But anything you come out with you get to keep and use/sell if you’d like.

I recommend watching some Pestily YouTube videos and see if it’s something you’d enjoy before buying.

It’s really fun if you don’t mind the grind. It’s definitely not something you can pick up and be good at, compared to something like Warzone (which i still play a lot of when i want to load in and have PVP with no repercussions).

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u/Majusa Sep 23 '21

I recommend watching some Pestily YouTube videos

I think you misspelled General Sam

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u/buddych01ce Sep 23 '21

You spawn into a large map with a time limit of around 40 minutes. You are given some extract points to get to within that time. If you play as your main character you decide before the raid what gear you want to bring it. In the raid you are trying to complete tasks and gather loot. Its super hardcore and grindy.

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u/TofuTank Sep 21 '21

Severed Steel is awesome. If you’re a fan of Max Payne/bullet operas, you should consider checking this out. Think gunplay and destructible environments a la FEAR meets Mirror’s Edge. There’s no real story, but it’s great for some simple fun.

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u/[deleted] Sep 23 '21

Looks pretty cool but even the trailer made me motion sick lol

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u/THEMACGOD [5950X:3090:3600CL14:NVMe] Sep 24 '21

Thanks for the tip! This is a blast so far!!

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u/Stoibs Sep 21 '21

September is getting out of hand with releases :O

Having fun (albeit not making much progress when spread so thin..) across Pathfinder Wrath of the righteous, Encased and Gamedec. So much nostalgic isometric goodness :D Hitting all the good Baldur's Gate/Fallout/Disco Elysium similarities.

Just finished Tormented Souls the other night and it is the most Silent Hill/Resident Evil game that I've played in the last 20 years. Definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of how survival horror used to be done.

Finished Life is Strange True colours and it might be my favourite of the series, maybe. The last half of the game sort of fell off a bit and it felt a little rushed and short, but I did dig the overall vibe, choice of soundtrack, implementation of the power, and overall mystery a lot more than most of the others.

Happy to start plugging away at Psychonauts 2 now that the softlock fix has been updated on Gamepass. I can see where all the praise and appeal came from several hours in. Humour doesn't seem to have missed a beat since the original game.

Had Kena pre-ordered (PS5) and am happy to see the generally favourable reviews pouring in now that the embargo is over, so I guess I'll be hitting that when I get home from work tonight.

Got a full plate that is impossible to manage 🤣

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u/[deleted] Sep 21 '21

Which are you preferring so far, Gamedec or Encased?

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u/Stoibs Sep 21 '21

Fairly different games and experiences, Gamedec is more resembling a Dreamfall Chapters/Disco Elysium style adventure game mashup, relying on investigating and gathering clues via conversations for 90% of its gameplay loop. Has a fairly cool branching deduction system that can lead you down different paths that.. may or may not get you back on track? Unsure yet.. I know the first case already had a lot of varying outcomes.

One thing I love about it so far is the rich Cyberpunk world and lore that exists here, and it feels very lived in and fleshed out with conceivable ideas and future technology that I could see making sense (Based on a series of books as I only just learned recently), and the game does a great job of introducing you and getting you up to speed with relevant vernacular and terminology with a robust and constantly updated Codex/Glossary. The thing I like about this games' codex is that it's not just a bunch of dry dictionary definition text, but rather each entry for any given topic is as though it's a snippet excerpt from an interview, office conversation, product review, even a kids 'Barney' like show in one case and so they all actually provide for an interesting read as mini vignettes themselves rather than just paragraphs of raw data.

Encased is a pretty close Fallout spiritual successor with elements borrowed from Stalker. All the hallmarks of starting traits, perks, the standard array of weapon and discipline skills, entire dialogue catered to Low Int characters also apparently. This one too has a very interesting story and setting, involving a random 'dome' that appeared somewhere in America during the 70's, with technology and anomalies being present within which caused research and expeditions inside to be conducted. The caveat being that people are unable to leave once inside (not sure why just yet, I'm not sure if this is even factual or a lie that the agency has concocted) You start off as a new entrant and the interesting part with this is that you can choose from which branch you belong to, from Engineering, Science, Security, Bureaucratic, or even as a 'forced volunteer' criminal as labour. All of these 'wings' have their own reputation score and houses of sorts, and I've already lost count of the amount of dialogue choices there are pertaining to each one which could make for some interesting replays.

Liking them both for different reasons, depending on whether I want to carry on with an RPG or play some adventure game investigation :D

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u/[deleted] Sep 23 '21

Hey thanks for the reply.

I've been keen on Gamedec because the demo was great and I love all things cyberpunk, but that description of Encased is super interesting. So many games to play...

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u/Stoibs Sep 23 '21

Yeah it's a bit crazy at the moment.

If I'm being honest you'll probably get more 'bang for buck' from Encased, I've heard Gamedec only clocks in at about 10~12hrs (excluding any savescumming like I've been doing to see different outcomes :P :P) and to be honest it's probably a wee bit overpriced at the moment.

I just happened to back these (including Pathfinder.. RIP backlog) on kickstarter years back so I got in at some fairly decent pricing tiers.

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u/ecfreeman 12900K | RTX 3070ti | 32GB DDR5 | Win 11 Sep 21 '21

Just patiently waiting for New World a week from today! Nothing else is quite scratching that itch

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u/TheBruffalo Sep 21 '21

Same here! Besides a few games of Rocket League here or there I don’t know what to play to tide me over

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u/ohm9 Sep 23 '21

Will New World play well solo? Or is it largely PvP focused?

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u/Nuhjeea Sep 23 '21

I've been excited for the game for the past week now and I don't see why it can't be enjoyed solo. You can turn off your PvP flag if you don't like it. PvE can be fun on your own but you will need to team up with randoms at least for dungeons (at least 3 people total) or more if you want to do 50v50 PvP for example obviously.

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u/PlanetPanic Sep 23 '21

Is there matchmaking for dungeons?

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u/Blind_Faythe Sep 21 '21

Going for a 120-star run on Super Mario 64 Plus! I beat the game on N64 as a kid and recently on 3D All-Stars but this is my first time playing it at 60fps and I just can’t go back now!

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u/Trainer_Rob Sep 21 '21

Just got a 3070 and they gave me a 3070 ti instead aftwr having a 1030 weirdly enough. Bought horizon zero dawn been awesome so far. Also switching it up with baldurs gate 3

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u/sashakee 10600k - RTX3070 Sep 21 '21

enjoy the new card! If you're looking for another game that showcases what your 3070TI can do, go for Metro Exodus Enhanced.

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u/name2947 Sep 21 '21

I love HZD, but good lord is there a lot of walking. I feel like I spend more time traveling to quests than actually doing them. It's not a deal breaker though as the world is very interesting and exploring like that is what makes the game great. It's just sometimes I just want to continue the story without spending an hour traveling.

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u/wolfgang784 Sep 23 '21

You can go take over a mount basically anywhere though, and there is also a skill to summon a mount to you without having to override one.

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u/SemiRetardedClone Sep 21 '21

Metal Gear Solid V

Civilization V

Divinity Original Sin

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u/No_Specific_9070 Sep 21 '21

Looking forward to Kena Bridge of Spirits

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u/robhaswell Sep 21 '21

I would love to play that sort of action adventure right now but £32 for a 9 hour game seems like a terrible deal.

I'll hold out for Game Pass.

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u/name2947 Sep 21 '21

Elder scrolls online. The in game store is insulting, but it's still a great game if you're into MMORPGs.

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u/xxChemists Sep 21 '21

I’m currently playing valheim,FFXIV,genshin and some fortnite with my son.(he loves it so I like making him happy) I’m fixing to mix it up a bit with a platformer in psychonauts 2 (I’ve never played psychonauts before)

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u/jppeag Sep 21 '21

Just finished the first Psychonauts, great game and its hilarious.

Moved on the The Ascent last night, liking it so far. The setting, graphics and gameplay are great but sadly I'm having stuttering issues even on a 3070, especially when things are exploding. Not enough to spoil the experience, but its very jarring.

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u/Adamarshall7 Sep 21 '21

https://youtu.be/Rz0s4_ZjthQ

This fixed that for me, very easy to do.

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u/jppeag Sep 22 '21

This fixed it for me, thanks!

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u/Spies87 Sep 21 '21

You playing it on DX12, I think it's default now. It helped me setting it to DX11. Otherwise good game, just too short

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u/DystopiaCity Sep 21 '21

I played it and didn't think it was too short tbh, did you do the side quests? I was playing on normal till some of the fights near the end and I had to switch it to easy... most beautiful game (background/setting) I've played in recent memory!

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u/Spies87 Sep 21 '21

I did all the side missions apart from one which was bugged. Think my play time was around 21 hours on normal. Hoping for a DLC in the future.

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u/LuntiX Sep 21 '21

Last Epoch. I’ve been craving an ARPG to play and i broke my promise to myself to wait until 1.0 to get back into this game. I just love the depth of builds.

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u/TheBruffalo Sep 21 '21

I’ve been tempted to get it since I really didn’t enjoy the latest path of exile update.

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u/LuntiX Sep 21 '21

It’s fun. I think it’s currently worth it in it’s currently early access state but I also feel like it’s worth waiting until 1.0 when all the sub classes should be in along with the rest of the content.

Unfortunately the devs don’t seem to have a definitive timeline of when 1.0 will come out but I feel like it’ll be early next year as the dev team keeps growing.

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u/Cryio Sep 23 '21

So ... my 5700 XT just got support for ReBar. DXVK 1.9.2 is out. ReShade RTGI is at version 0.24 now. Windows 11 maybe sorta makes some things feel faster?

And yet, I'm stuck in emulation land for the last few weeks, haha.

Played:

Resident Evil 4 (Gamecube AND PS2)

Resident Evil 2 (Gamecube)

Resident Evil 3 (Gamecube, currently on hold)

Ratchet and Clank 2002 (PS2)

ICO (PS3)

Shadow of the Colossus (PS3, currently playing)

Tomb Raider Legend (PS3)

Tomb Raider Anniversary (PS3)

The Darkness 1 (PS3, got fully playable recently! No resolution scaling for now though)

Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro (PS1)

Gran Turismo 1 (PS1, ugh, it feels so tedious)

Spider-Man 2: The Movie Game (GameCube, currently playing)

Splinter Cell 1 / Pandora Tomorrow / Chaos Theory (GameCube)

Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (PS3)

I'm somewhere in-between amused I'm playing so many great games emulated with perfect visuals in 4K and rock solid performance (sometimes at 60 fps too) and missing 120 fps PC gaming and tweaking a lot of stuff.

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u/KungFuRollerDerby Sep 21 '21

Deathloop

  • Absolutely loving it. Enemy AI can be completely oblivious but the two main characters are fantastic and following the leads to manipulate people and events in order to create a perfect loop is tons of fun.
  • PvP is also great... When it works. Its not always easy to find a game to invade and sometimes the connection just isn't good enough to be playable, but when it works its a good time.
  • Other than that I've had no performance issues.

If I finish Deathloop soon then I'll probably jump into either Gamedec or Kena until Far Cry 6 drops.

Or maybe F.I.S.T... Shit, I don't know.

I gave Tales of Arise a good 6 hours when it launched but found the open world part of it to be unbelievably boring. Its the sort of game I'd rather watch than play.

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u/jvdoles Sep 21 '21

Did you have major technical problems with deathloop?

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u/KungFuRollerDerby Sep 21 '21

No. Just the occasional stutter but it's quite infrequent for me.

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u/Johnnius_Maximus Sep 21 '21

Life is strange true colours.

Overall I'm enjoying it so far, interesting story and characters.

The graphics are decent but my only complaint is it can feel a little sterile around the town, there should have been more going on in the background, some clutter and dirt plus more ambient sounds, it has an artificial feel at times.

Second complaint is HDR, it is completely broken on all platforms and won't be fixed for at lest two more weeks, it should have been ready at launch.

That aside, it's my second favourite after the original life is strange so far.

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u/markyymark13 RTX 3070 | i7-8700K | 32GB | UW Masterrace Sep 21 '21

Just started playing World War Z Aftermath that dropped on Steam today to hold me over for Back 4 Blood, already having a pretty great time and feels very fleshed out in terms of mechanics and weapons, of which there are a lot of. The amount of zombies that are on screen at one time can be pretty massive, but there appears to be a big lack of special infected so far. Going to be interesting to compare these two, I think B4B is gonna butt heads with this one.

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u/crackhash Sep 21 '21

Fifa 19 and efootball 2021 right now. Downloading Kena: Bridge of Spirits. Using Fedora 34 workstation.

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u/SuperRyek Sep 22 '21

Been playing the Starcraft 1 campaign for the first time on Starcraft 2 with the Mass Recall mod.

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u/runwilburrun Sep 22 '21

About 8 hours into System Shock enhanced edition.

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u/Nuhjeea Sep 23 '21
  • Slap City. Bought it to prep for Nick All Star Brawl, but ended up enjoying the game a lot more than expected. It's a really fun platform fighter similar to Super Smash Melee mixed with Smash Ultimate kind of. I'm scared I won't like the NASB mechanics as much, particularly the digital movement aspect.
  • Splitgate. This is a FPS with some jetpacking and portal mechanics. Think Halo mixed with Portal's portal gun. I heard good things about the developers and how they recently got $100M in funding. Decent game, but I probably won't play this long term.
  • New World: I know this game is shit on a lot recently because of "generic MMO with a lot of grind", but I played Open Beta and was hooked. I can't wait for release (Sept 28).
  • Diablo II: Resurrected: This was released today to my surprise. It's a remastered version of the classic dark Action RPG. I was a huge fan of the original Diablo 2 Expansion and am highly considering buying this for nostalgia value. I was thinking about playing this game with the same people who are also hopping on the New World train though, so I don't want to overwhelm them with too many games.

I'm considering holding off on Diablo 2 Resurrection for when I'm bored with the current state of games but with New World and Nickelodeon All Star Brawl release around the corner, I don't know if that will be for a long time!

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u/stonerbobo Sep 23 '21

Outer Wilds. Its the best game ive played in a decade. The only trouble is it’s impossible to explain why it’s so so damn good without spoiling it.

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u/Summerfancies Sep 23 '21

Tales of Arise. Loving the combat, even though I'm not well versed at it. And I find myself marveling at the characters and cities, everything is so vibrant.

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u/imonlyamonk Sep 24 '21

The Tales games almost always have great characters. Magilou from Berseria is probably my favorite character in all of gaming.

Tales of Arise is the best game I've played this year (and the best I've played in the past few years) and I hope you have fun with it.

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u/Cockblockuly Sep 21 '21

Went back to mass effect andromeda. Can't really connect to any of the characters yet, but goddamn is the combat fun. I'd say it's the best in the series.

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u/Couratious Sep 21 '21

I went back to andromeda recently and had the same conclusion. The combat is really great

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u/rvbcaboose1018 Sep 21 '21

Started a new character on The Division 2 and man what a difference a new build makes. My last build (i5 7600k, Nvidia 1070) would constantly stutter as the CPU hit 100% usage. With my new Ryzen chip that shit doesn't hit 60% now and is smooth as butter.

For a shooter I've been putting some time into Insurgency Sandstorm. I mostly play PvE, specifically the ISMC mod. I might only play a couple of matches but it really scratches that itch.

Need to play more Metro Exodus. I really do like the metro series, but I'm starting to think about abandoning this playthrough (I'm only like 3 missions in) and starting from 2033 again to get the full experience.

I'm also keeping War on the Sea on my radar as they just added a bunch of new features to the Tokyo express mod.

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u/Spies87 Sep 21 '21

What is the new specs you are playing it on?

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u/rvbcaboose1018 Sep 21 '21

Ryzen 7 5800x, MSI 3080Ti, 16GB

Also upgraded to 1440p with the 3080Ti. Gotta say other than running a bit hot the build is doing great. I was hoping to test it out on the BF 2042 beta but that's gonna have to wait.

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u/CoffeeLoverNathan Sep 21 '21

Finished DMC 5, so back to BDO with the new season+ shenanigans happening. Gonna get into Kingdom Come: Deliverance sometime this week

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u/kekwee Sep 21 '21 edited Sep 21 '21

Just finished Heavy Rain first time and I liked it, but not sure do I have power to try different endings. I guess I got the ”best ending” already on first play thru. Imho Heavy Rain’s combat mechanics are better than Beyond Two Souls (which I just started) where I’m making too many mistakes.

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u/PipinoBiscottino Sep 21 '21

AC Origins, it's allright, it's Ubisoft, the most bland software house out there... And Mario Galaxy on Dolphin, that's cool.

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u/Cazarosta Sep 21 '21

Pathfinder Wrath of the Righteous. First time in a long time I've ever felt that sense of addiction to a game.

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u/kurupted00 Sep 21 '21

I’ve started to play but I feel like it’s just so complicated.

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u/Cazarosta Sep 21 '21

I will say, I felt very overwhelmed at first too, but that's one of the things I like best about it, there's so many combinations of archetypes you can do.

If you want help understanding things, this website helped me understand a lot about the classes, even if they aren't 1:1 translation from tabletop to game.

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u/kensaiD2591 i5-2500k - MSI GTX 1060 - Corsair 8GB DDR3 - Gigabyte 5700XT Sep 22 '21

I got sucked into Tales of Arise early on, had a blast with it and got to second area but then Deathloop came out.

I am addicted to this game. I loved Returnal but Deathloop scratches that itch of being very rogue lite but not too difficult. So you end up just doing the dumbest shit and surprise yourself when it works.

Don't know how long the staying appeal will be but I'm already 15hrs in and I'd say I've already got my money's worth.

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u/Frequent_Wheel_3084 Sep 22 '21

Still hanging on PES21

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u/markhalliday8 Sep 22 '21

I really want to play the new one that's coming out but it looks so bad

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u/lupuscapabilis Sep 22 '21

Was splitting time between Death games - Death Stranding and Deathloop, and while I'm having a lot of fun with Deathloop, I'm becoming obsessed with Death Stranding and need to focus on it until I finish. It took me forever to pull the trigger on Death Stranding but man, I really think this game is amazing.

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u/squirrel311 Sep 22 '21

Pushing through shadow of the tomb raider and playing hunt showdown. Probably will check out the operation for CS:GO later. I liked the first two tomb raiders but I am not a fan of shadow.

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u/MomentOfHesitation Sep 22 '21

Loving both Deathloop and Eastward.

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u/cheerstothefirstyear 3080 5900x Sep 22 '21

Just finished Cruelty Squad and I think I’m gonna switch gears to either Wildermyth or finishing Pillars of Eternity 2 because I loved the first one.

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u/craig_hoxton Sep 22 '21

Picked up Arma 3 and Apex for $10 each. Guess it's the closest I'll get to old-school Ghost Recon.

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u/PimpnekoFE Sep 23 '21

Tales of Arise, cause it’s the only thing I can run as of now

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u/unfitstew Sep 23 '21

Tales of Arise and recently started playing Bloons TD6. Both have been great so far.

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u/Guildive Sep 23 '21

I’ve been sucked into Gas Station Simulator and it won’t let go. Accidentally played until 4:30 am the other day. It’s such a satisfying mix of mundane tasks, time management gameplay, and the cathartic feeling of gradually upgrading something and seeing it grow while checking things off a list.

On that note, does anyone have any recommendations for similar games? There’s a glut of simulators out there, but I’m looking for something with this same feel. The devs are putting out Diner Simulator next year and I’ve got that wishlisted already.

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u/G3n0Pl3x Sep 23 '21

Obligatory Euro / American Truck Simulator recommendation. There's a lot to upgrade with trucks / garages.

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u/[deleted] Sep 23 '21

Wrath of the Righteous: I am loving it but want some QoL mods

And got a code for D2R this morning so will try that later. Have only played D3

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u/VaderNova Sep 23 '21

7 days to die and no man's sky

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u/king_jellyfish_prawn Sep 23 '21

Divinity: Original Sin 2. Mainly thanks to the iPad cross save.

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u/THEMACGOD [5950X:3090:3600CL14:NVMe] Sep 23 '21

Getting back into Guild Wars 2 a bit due to the DX11 beta.

Fallout 76 due to some of the recent additions.

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u/PanicAK Sep 23 '21

Currently getting sucked in to FFXIV. Was also playing retail and classic WoW and Splitgate, but it's pretty much all FF now.

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u/[deleted] Sep 21 '21

Nothing, because all MMORPGs except BDO are either old or complete shit, Shooters are the same concept over and over again, EFT is bugged, Rust is a timesink (i have over 2k hours), and nobody plays DayZ which means there are almost no decent servers.