r/pcgaming Nov 30 '21

What Are You Playing Thread - November 30, 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/Mallixx Nov 30 '21

ROCK AND STONE

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u/PoeBoyJoe Nov 30 '21

I just recently picked up Days Gone on Steam for $30. The first two hours were kinda eh and wasn’t sure if I was gonna keep it but I decided to push on a little further. Well, it’s been a couple days and I’ve probably put 20 hours into it already.

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u/GameStunts Nov 30 '21

Endless Sky - Open source developed on GitHub and also available on Steam.

This was suggested by /u/SeanMirrsen along with a few others in this thread.

Entirely free, not Free2Play with monetization, it's just, free.

It's a 2d top down space game, the three main ways to start are transporting people, transporting cargo or being a fighter pilot and hunting pirate/being a pirate. There is also a storyline which I've only scratched the surface of so far, a sort of civil war that plays out and changes things, so far I've only seen what I assume is the very first part of this, the declaration of some worlds that they are breaking away from the republic.

It kind of evoked the feeling that I used to get playing Fronter Elite 2 back in the day on my Amiga, though that was 3D, but the main thing I did in that game was trading for the longest time.

It's very much a rags to riches game, with you starting off the game with a massive bank loan and terrible interest rate, just enough to buy a basic small ship. My mistake initially I think was trying to pay this loan down quickly, when I would have been better building up ~700k and trading up to a larger freighter. The moment I had a larger ship, it was possible to take on significantly larger cargo missions and multiples at a time, and I made my initial bank loan back in a matter of a few runs, so if you choose to play, focus on getting your next ship first.

The tutorial missions are very good at introducing you to how to play the game, although even in the space of a few days, some initial things I thought were missing were actually there, just not totally obvious.

The missions screen for example, I found it hard to know what missions I had already accepted and needed to do, but after a few times looking at it, I realised they were listed on the top right of the screen, and that it was also possible to visually see them from the markers on systems.

Knowing how to use these makes it much easier to plan routes that will make money along the way, you need to stop every 3 or 4 system jumps (at least in the beginning, that's where I'm at) to refuel, so if you're passing by a system and you have to land anyway you might as well fill up your route with money making opportunities. The trading screen also allows you to quickly see which commodities are worth more at your next stop, so you can fill any remaining cargo space with some other money making goods.

I'm about three days in and I suppose my chosen method of making money has led me to this (mostly cargo and people), but I generally don't fly the ships, I take off, press J to jump, the automatic pilot will then do the jumps in sequence, and I can press L to land the ship.

But it is fun to have made a small armada of three large cargo ships and 6 or 7 escort vessels.

Combat is a bit chaotic. You can arrive in a system and just immediately find yourself the target of some pirates, and within a few seconds some of your cargo may be destroyed with a mission failed. So you just end up relying on pressing R to target the nearest bad guy and TAB and Q to fire your weapons. Your escort ships do a pretty good job of just picking a target and firing, but it can come down to a DPS fight pretty quickly.

Thankfully there's a really robust save system in place which also keeps grandfathered saves automatically, so if you really screw up and want to roll back you can.

I would like some more mission variety, and maybe some more use of the repair/rescue mechanics, for example "A ship has been disabled in the <whatever> system, please go and repair it and bring it back, caution there may be pirates in the area" would be neat.

I'm only a few days in, and I'm enjoying it so far, especially as a nice little free game.

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u/SeanMirrsen Nov 30 '21

More mission variety opens up as you get better gear and some status, and different regions offer different mission types. The mission type you specifically talk of exists, but is more dynamic - any friendly ship you assist with repairs, may randomly trigger an event that leads to some kind of mission - either delivering cargo for them, or delivering the surviving crew somewhere (as the ship explodes), etc.

There's a lot of little things you can do that the game doesn't draw your attention to. For instance you can leave some of your ships parked at a planet - if you've been amassing a fleet of large ships that take a lot of crew to run, you can trim down to where you don't need to pay massive amounts of money on daily upkeep.

And yes, it's a very nice little free game. :)

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u/GameStunts Nov 30 '21

I have sooo many questions, but if you don't have time it's OK. Or if there's just a good player resource for builds and tips point me to it :D

Also, I just bought Space Rangers per your recommendation on that other thread, will get into it some point nearer Christmas, but for £2.99, no brainer.

Endless Sky though.

More mission variety opens up as you get better gear and some status,

Ok gear is an obvious one, I can buy that at outfitters, but status is something that seems extremely passive to me just now.

I've done a few escort missions (generally when it's along my course anyway) and noticed the mission type went from "Despite your relative inexperience" and worth about 15,000, to worth about 90,000. But I've not seen any missions for things like the navy for example. I can see a few items need a navy license, but I've not had much chance to interact or get missions for any of these outside of just seeing them fight off pirates.

Is there something I should be looking for or doing to accelerate this?

different regions offer different mission types

Yeah I've seen the different allegiances for republic, freeworld and syndicate. I've only been to a pirate world once, and saw the missions changed to smuggling, but I didn't want to get into that, particularly as it was worth less than the legitimate work :D

This is my map so far, still got a way to go or am I nearly there?, I know aliens were mentioned, but I've not seen that yet.

The mission type you specifically talk of exists, but is more dynamic - any friendly ship you assist with repairs, may randomly trigger an event that leads to some kind of mission

So I will admit, I basically storm into a system and try to land as quickly as possible. I know I can hail other ships for assistance, but I've never been hailed, but I've seen the odd "Thank you for your assistance captain" in the little text at the bottom, but that's not where I'm looking most of the time.

Should I make more active use of the hailing system for random events or will these just start to transpire?

if you've been amassing a fleet of large ships that take a lot of crew to run, you can trim down to where you don't need to pay massive amounts of money on daily upkeep.

I will keep this in mind, but could you answer a niggle I have?

For a while I was running these Freighter ships. And they're so quick to line up for jumps. I've seen them sometimes do 4 jumps in 10 seconds, mainly because they don't need to stop, they just seem to align to their next jump and go.

But eventually you need to land, and I was still getting attacked sometimes, not to mention my fighters couldn't keep up so I ended up having to hold jumps while they caught up.

I changed to 3 of the Hauler 2 ships because they were a bit beefier, but oh god, why do they arrive in every system and have to fully stop before they point to the next jump. Is there any better ship for cargo hauling that can do jumps quickly like that freighter? Is it a special type of engine or is this the more normal behaviour for the ships and I should just expect it?

Thanks again for the recommendations

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u/SeanMirrsen Nov 30 '21

Is there something I should be looking for or doing to accelerate this?

I'm not sure of the exact progression requirements, but I think the more of a mission type you do, the more the variety of that mission you tend to find. Having a good fleet rating probably also helps.

This is my map so far, still got a way to go or am I nearly there?

By raw system count, you're maybe almost halfway.

Should I make more active use of the hailing system for random events or will these just start to transpire?

It's less about the hailing, and more about the boarding. Park your fleet sometime, and go out with just a nimble personal ship to look for trouble. Something that can take a hit or two, and GTFO in a hurry when things get hairy. Every so often, you'll find a system being attacked by pirates, with merchants or other ships in the area defending. And every so often, instead of being destroyed outright, a ship will be disabled - floating away with a tiny sliver of HP. If it's a hostile ship, you could try boarding it, getting loot or maybe even capturing the ship for yourself. If it's a friendly ship, docking to it will let you repair them - which may just result in the ship flying off, or may trigger a small event where something may happen.
Hailing other ships is useful when you're the one disabled and have no personal fleet to help you - even the merchant freighters will typically be glad to maneuver over and get you back in working order, as long as nobody else is shooting at them.

Is there any better ship for cargo hauling that can do jumps quickly like that freighter? Is it a special type of engine or is this the more normal behaviour for the ships and I should just expect it?

The right answer is that there is no right answer. The outfits system ensures that you can do pretty crazy things with ships. The key difference between the Freighter and the Hauler 2 is that the Freighter comes standard with a Scram Drive. It's an advanced hyperdrive that allows a ship to jump without being totally stationary - something that big ships, and freighters specifically, usually struggle with.
If you can't find Scram Drives for sale (you can use the map screen to figure out which outfitter has them, just click on what you want in the list and the map will show where it's sold), you could just buy a Freighter, put its Scram Drive in a different ship, and sell it back for a minimal money loss. You'll probably need to make some changes though, as the Scram Drive isn't a drop-in upgrade from the Hyperdrive.
You can also look around for some atomic reverse thrusters - those are really useful for the really big ships, but if you sacrifice a bit of cargo space on outfit extensions you could manage to fit them into the smaller freighters, for some really rapid transit.

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u/GameStunts Nov 30 '21

Jeees sounds like there's so much depth with ship customisation I've not even got to yet, thank you so much for the time and replies :D

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u/GameStunts Nov 30 '21

From what I read that's exactly what it was built to be, yes.

"Endless Sky is a 2D space trading and combat game similar to the classic Escape Velocity series."

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u/eyyohbee Nov 30 '21

Finally playing The Ascent. Was super hyped on it when it got announced but it's more of a TV game for me so I never wanted to play it sitting at my desk. Just picked up a 65" LG Nano90 that does 4K 120hz and The Ascent looks awesome on it. Highly recommend for anyone that likes Action RPGs and twin stick shooters.

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u/St-ealthassassin Dec 01 '21

Performance/ Co-op issues aside, The Ascent was one of my favourite games this year. The density and detail of the world design genuinely blows my mind. Just such a strong, well executed atmosphere and world.

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u/IcedA 5600X | RTX 3080FE Nov 30 '21

Halo MCC campaigns, doom 2016, and doom eternal.

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u/vegan_anakin Dec 02 '21

Doom eternal is jist orgasmic right?

Check out ultrakill too

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u/Duke_Cockhold Dec 03 '21

Heading back to Halo this week. How good is Doom Eternal

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u/vegan_anakin Dec 03 '21

It's great if you want fast paced skill based fps action. You have to keep on moving in the arena or else you will die easily to projectiles or fast demons.

You also get cool powers/abilities to choose from as you progress. This means that there is good replayability.

You also have endless horde mode which I haven't tried but looking forward to trying

Get the deluxe version (base game + two dlcs). Much cheaper that way. Winter Steam sales will be coming soon this month, I think.

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u/IcedA 5600X | RTX 3080FE Dec 03 '21

it's insanely well optimized like Doom 2016, and there is an increased difficultly curve but is balanced with more heavy hitting weapons (quick swapping let's you output some insane damage), more movement options, etc. Gameplay feels even more smooth due to better movement mechanics (dash options). I can't say i've been playing it that much due to exams, work, and and due to the fact that i'm very new to mouse and keyboard so my skill is basically non existent.

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u/jppeag Nov 30 '21

Currently playing Hades with a side of Bloodstained as a palate cleanser. Hades is every bit as good as the reviews say, dont really know why I put it in the backburner for so long.

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u/ShiberKivan Nov 30 '21

Yakuza 0, after a year of hiatus. My housemate picked it up again and I didn't want for him to make more progress so this is all we talk about lately

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u/jppeag Nov 30 '21

Yakuza 0 is actually my personal favorite game of all time, hope you enjoy all the yakuza craziness!

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u/ShiberKivan Nov 30 '21

I do, kyodai! So far I have like 60 hours in chapter 6, lol

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u/jppeag Dec 01 '21

Shooreh pippi!

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u/choonghuh Dec 02 '21

Munancho!

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u/zlorwf Nov 30 '21

I really want to see through the story but unskippable cutscenes are killing me.

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u/ShiberKivan Nov 30 '21

Luckily I find the story gripping, it's the other way around for me, I would find the battles too tedious if they weren't broken with story and side stuff

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u/Bleakfast Dec 01 '21

Pokemon Diamond! And Deep Rock Galactic with my wife (thanks crossplay and gamepass) and when I get a moment between everything else, late at night with all the lights off and my headphones on, Cyberpunk.

I stopped playing Pokemon when I was 14 after Yellow came out. I've dabbled here and there with Let's Go and SwSh. I am loving Diamond. The underground area is nice and reminds me of the field area in SwSh (forget what they're called) without all the lag lol. It's been really fun.

Deep Rock Galactic might be the most fun I've had playing anything in a long time. My wife loves it too. We played for 5 hours yesterday before we realized we should go to sleep.

Cyberpunk I haven't sunk too much time into as of yet due to work and other responsibilities but I've enjoyed what I've played thus far. I really dig the atmosphere and soundtrack. I've seen a few T-Poses that have been hilariously out of place but whatever. I wasn't into the hype beforehand so for $40 it's worth it.

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u/RaffScallionn 5900x | RTX 3080 | 32:9 ULTRAWIDE 240hz | Nov 30 '21

Replaying Arkham Asylum after never completing it when I first started 8 years ago. A nice change from today’s obsession with open-world games. For the completionist in me, I like when a game is finished, it’s finished and I can uninstall and move on! Also Red Dead Redemption 2 at last

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u/jvdoles Dec 01 '21

Outer Wilds. Im enjoying it but I thought it was a bit overrrated. Maybe my expectations were too high.

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u/ReaperOverload Dec 01 '21

It's a similar case to Hollow Knight where there's nothing groundbreaking about the game; it's more that the things the game set out to do - being a very non-linear game about curiosity and exploration, with cool shit to see and an enjoyable story - it does really well.

In the case of Outer Wilds (compared to Hollow Knight), it also has going for it that there's very few games that are similar to this in how they allow you to do what you want, when you want and pull it off this well.

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u/TaintedSquirrel 8700K @ 5.2 | 1080 Ti | PcPP: http://goo.gl/3eGy6C Nov 30 '21

Fallout NV with an absurd amount of mods.

Also have AC Rogue and Black Flag waiting to be completed at some point.

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u/Kerune403 Dec 01 '21

Maybe I should try Fallout NV. I modded Skyrim SE a very minimal amount and as soon as I tried to unlock framerate I could never get the physics to act properly.

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u/Bechler_Otokomi Dec 02 '21

Download RTSS and set the refresh rate to 60hz. Problem solved.

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u/borisvonboris Dec 02 '21

Hey, dumb new guy question. I haven't played NV in years. Are you just installing all those manually from ModDB? Is there a good mod manager for NV? I've had the itch to play through NV again lately and your mod list is very inspirational!

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u/TaintedSquirrel 8700K @ 5.2 | 1080 Ti | PcPP: http://goo.gl/3eGy6C Dec 02 '21

I use MO2 for everything.

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u/Dude-Asuh Nov 30 '21

Guardians of the Galaxy!

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u/IncidentJazzlike1844 Nov 30 '21

Is it good?

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u/Dude-Asuh Nov 30 '21

I am loving it so far about halfway through. The graphics, story and gameplay all work well together. One of the most gorgeous games ive played.

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u/FoldWorldly Dec 02 '21

Very fun and unique gameplay. The dialogue is very funny. Very good story! Worth the money.

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u/deconin Dec 01 '21

Death stranding, picked it up in the steam sale. Strange story, no surprise there with a Kojima game. It eerily beautiful when the music kicks while traveling.

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u/Nepstah Dec 01 '21

I ve finished the game yesterday, the first 10 hours are a littble bit rough, but I recommend pushing through if you enjoy story driven games, at the end of the game I was just mindblown. This game is art.

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u/Mathev Nov 30 '21

Finnaly got myself to play Nier automata. After 20hours in route A i am having problems with boredom with route B. Man is it a slog and barely any changes to overall story. I don't know if I'll even finish it...

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u/DinosaurDanny666 Nov 30 '21

If you enjoyed route A, I'd consider continuing... The story is really fantastic and very much so worth seeing the main routes.

Maybe try skipping some side quests and just focus on the main ones?

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u/Incognit0Bandit0 Nov 30 '21

Yeah, I felt the same. I also found the combat boring - just mindless hacking and slashing, no skill required. I never understood the hype around this game. I did like the story well enough, but not enough to power through my boredom.

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u/Mathev Nov 30 '21

It isn't as bad for me to drop it. Especially how people praise it after route B. I'm curious what's the big deal. Thankfully I avoided all spoilers because I had zero interest back in the day which helps a lot.

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u/imSidroc Dec 01 '21

It's really hard to talk about NieR: Automata without spoilers, however I will say that the game really picks up on Route C after a dragging second route.

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u/Mathev Dec 01 '21

I just finished forest kingdom on route B. Really thought we would learn more about A2 but nothing.

Now I wonder if I should rush to the end or focus on side quests. Heard there's a lot of good lore info in those even though im around 22% q completed and most of them didn't have any good lore at all..

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u/RHINO_Mk_II Ryzen 3700X & RTX 2070Super Dec 01 '21

Really thought we would learn more about A2 but nothing.

No spoilers but you should keep going :)

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u/Mathev Dec 01 '21

Yeah I'll prob learn more now that im playing as her

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u/Jeremy517 Dec 01 '21

I finished my first ever playthrough of Nier Automata a few days ago. Just blast through Route B as fast as possible. Skip the cutscenes that you've seen before. I think I only took three to four hours for all of Route B.

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u/RHINO_Mk_II Ryzen 3700X & RTX 2070Super Dec 01 '21

Hi, chiming in as someone who also found route B to be a bit bland and repetitive. Please keep going. I was glad I did. If you get good at the hacking minigame it makes all the fighting segments trivial even if you are undergeared, but honestly if it's too painful you can just rush the main story to get to the end of route B.

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u/Mathev Dec 01 '21

Just today go to route C and had to stop at title drop. Jesus Christ the emp enemies where you protect 2b were ridicolousy hard

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u/[deleted] Nov 30 '21

Battlefield 2042

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u/cbboy12 Nov 30 '21

Factorio

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u/Freejam_Chris Nov 30 '21

I've been playing a bit of Final Fantasy XIV. I've found it oddly relaxing mucking about with the retainer system to create Gil. Buying low, selling high etc. I do feel a bit sorry for those who are paying above the average price for easy to find items... Probably the only game where I play it as a bad guy :D

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u/Maze9189 Nov 30 '21

BF2042 and Hunt Showdown. I wish there was a better alternative to BF that was like BF1. I bought squad but just wasn’t feeling it. Any other good FPS or Milsim suggestions?

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u/ecfreeman 12900K | RTX 3070ti | 32GB DDR5 | Win 11 Nov 30 '21

Insurgency: Sandstorm and Hell Let Loose are both great!

Of course there's always Arma 3 as well

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u/RogueShogun Dec 01 '21

All great replies. Arma 3 is my favorite game of all time. It is admittedly a little dated now. How I wish I could go back….

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u/deadly_titanfart Dec 01 '21

Squad was really good at one point but about 6 to 8 months ago the game got a very large influx of players and everyone started treating it like COD or BF and it destroyed the game. If you can find a good squad it’s one if the best fps games out there but those are hard to come by

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u/fs454 Dec 02 '21

This. You can log on and spend two hours without ever having a fun moment. Joining servers and all the squads are full / locked. Joining servers and the squad lead doesn’t respond or has no idea what to do. Joining servers where nobody has a mic. When you get a good game or good squad it’s unbelievably good but it’s like winning the lottery these days.

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u/vegan_anakin Dec 03 '21

So basically playing any PvP fps shooter with randoms 😣

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u/Bechler_Otokomi Dec 02 '21

I’ve played most of the more tactical FPS games and my favorite is still Rising Storm 2: Vietnam. Can’t wait for ‘83.

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u/Maze9189 Dec 02 '21

I actually got Rising Storm 2: Vietnam for free on Epic Games Store... never launched it though

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u/Antoni-_-oTon1 Nov 30 '21

Tarkov and Noita

Tarkov when I want to make other people and myself suffer and feel bad.

Noita when I want to make myself feel like an idiot.

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u/FrootLoop23 Nov 30 '21

Forza Horizon 5: Amazing, as I'm sure everyone knows.

Into the Pit: This, I'm really liking. The shooting feels great, and I really like firing magic out of my hands. Art style's growing on me. Even though I'm playing this on Game Pass, I absolutely will pick it up to own at some point.

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u/cloudsheep0 RTX 3070 TI | Ryzen 7 5700G Nov 30 '21 edited Nov 30 '21

Playing SMT Nocturne and made it to the first tricky boss of the game Matador

I've heard this game is very unforgiving and I see why my leader got wiped by one stacked move from normal enemies lol

I do enjoy it though and it seems to have an enjoyable gameplay loop and the demon negotiations are definitely fun. Hoping the momentum keeps up (the port fyi is very basic locked at 30fps and I needed an HD sound mod to make the music better but overall it's stable. I was gifted this game so I thought why not try it out)

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u/TheBruffalo Nov 30 '21

Nocturne is probably in my top 5-10 JRPGs. I remember getting it for PS2, not knowing anything about the game. Phenomenal especially for the time.

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u/ClayRoks Nov 30 '21

Finally working through the ys series before i roll through fromsofts pc catalog again b4 elden ring

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u/IPintheSink Nov 30 '21

Gates of Hell : Ostfront

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u/Incognit0Bandit0 Nov 30 '21

I finally got around to checking out the Half Life Alyx mod Return to Rapture. This guy did an amazing job recreating the Bioshock look and atmosphere. Scared the bejesus outta me plenty. Would have loved to fight some splicers, though.

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u/Cheesestrings89 Nov 30 '21

gonna create a new minecraft world for the new update when i finish work

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u/Emadicus Nov 30 '21

WWZ Aftermath. I really enjoy it, especially when I play with friends.

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u/Thunderspice3 Nov 30 '21

Same, I bought the base game a couple of months after it came out and thought it was meh. I tried it again back in October and fell in love with it.

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u/BassMad Nov 30 '21

Siralim Ultimate. Deep and wide. Casual and strategic. Relaxing and ponderous.

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u/Scrotum__Tickler Nov 30 '21

I got Everhood during the sale and binged it over thanksgiving weekend.

And holy moly this game is amazing. If you don't know what it is, it's an RPGmaker styled game, with a really unique combat system. It's basically a bullet hell, almost like a reverse guitar hero, every fight has attacks timed to the beats of the fight's song, and you have to dodge and jump over the notes as they come at you. The story is really good, but I can't say too much without spoiling the story, and it's best experienced blindly with no prior knowledge.

It's also got one of best OSTs ever, and it's slowly becoming my favorite OST ever. Unlike other RPGmaker games, there aren't random encounters, all the fights are made and curated to be really engaging and fit the beat of the song.

It's only $10, and I'd highly recommend it. You can even replay any battle after you beat the game, with a public leaderboard to compete with others, and they have support for custom maps and fights which could provide countless extra hours of gameplay.

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u/Spector_Ocelot Nov 30 '21

Black Mesa and Arma 3.

Recently replayed Half-Life 2, and I genuinely forgot how good of a game it is. I never beat the first one so I decided to pick up Black Mesa and so far it's pretty cool.

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u/KingKulak Nov 30 '21

Working on 100%ing the witcher 3. Just started my deathmarch playthrough on NG+ and am only missing a few achievements. Definitely a top 5 game of all time for me, maybe top 3.

Probably gonna play through Yakuza 0 next which I'm excited for since I've never played any of them and it's supposed to be pretty damn good

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u/Can_Do_Campbell Dec 03 '21

Can I play this game in my Australian gulag ? Is this the best game for gravy seals like you ? Is it embarrassing when you get memed by a country for being a dick ?

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u/byjimini Dec 01 '21

Installed PES 6 to finally play a decent football game - I bought Maradona, Gullit, and Zico to play upfront as a trident for my Master League team and the opposition injured them all within 10 minutes.

Other than that, Zelda BOTW. Really enjoying just traversing around with mods.

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u/deadly_titanfart Dec 01 '21

Guardians of the Galaxy. About an hour left. Really good game and way better than expected. I will say though it does feel like the game should be 4 to 5 hours shorter. Too much repetition for no other reason than to make the game longer.

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u/SuperRyek Dec 01 '21

Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Persona 4 Golden!

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '21

Tabg

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u/craig_hoxton Dec 01 '21

Control - just finished Fallout 4's Far Harbor and the contrast in art styles is very stark.

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u/RHINO_Mk_II Ryzen 3700X & RTX 2070Super Dec 01 '21

Just wrapped up Scarlet Nexus and started Horizon: Zero Dawn. Playing Halo Infinite for my multiplayer fix.

Scarlet Nexus is a tricky game to rate, some elements were done exceptionally well while others detracted from the experience. I will say if you are into actiony hack-and-slash combat, you'll probably enjoy the game, because it does combat pretty darn well along with the characters. Some of later character side-stories start to drag on though, and the main story is introduced in very roundabout pieces. Visually it's not too impressive, and the enemy design is very unusual to put it lightly, but the music is great. Overall probably a 7.5/10 game, but I'd recommend it to hack & slash / spectacle fighter fans more strongly than others.

Horizon Zero Dawn seems to be decent so far, although I crashed once in ~16 hours and there doesn't seem to be a way to turn off the egregiously excessive depth of field. The environments and enemy design are very good and the dynamic weather and time of day is impressive. Hitting critical bow shots is tricky with mouse and no autoaim since the projectile velocity of your arrows is so slow, even in bullet time/focus mode or whatever they call it, and the enemy animations move them around quite a bit in combat even when they are not mid-attack, like bobbing their heads when walking. The main character seems very well written and voice acted, but some of the side characters are poorly done. The main story isn't particularly interesting thus far, but exploring the world is engaging enough for me to keep going.

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u/choonghuh Dec 02 '21

I think I put in about 80 hrs into Persona 4 golden in the past couple weeks...

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u/cobrareaper >buying gpu Dec 02 '21

Elite:Dangerous. Picked the game up in 2015, played 15 minutes and uninstalled it because it was incredibly confusing. I'm trying to get into it again but I'm really struggling to be patient and wrap my head around all the overwhelming elements of the game, including the controls (which I've been tweaking and am slowly starting to get used to). Anyone have any tips for getting into it?

Been reading some guides and lurking /r/EliteDangerous but I'd love some other pointers; on paper it ticks all kinds of boxes for what I think I'd like in a space sim but it's just super frustrating to learn.

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u/NobleSixSir Dec 02 '21 edited Dec 02 '21

Cmdr exiguous on YouTube has the best guides for everything. And bookmark on your browser eddb.io and inara.cz. You’ll need them while playing, they’re 3rd party tools for finding everything.

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u/TuesdayRiot42 Dec 04 '21

Stick with it and get a HOTAS, I cant imagine playing the game with mouse and keyboard.

Its alot like learning to drive a car, takes awhile to get use to but once you learn you can jump back into the cockpit years later and take off.

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u/JonWood007 i7 7700k | 16 GB DDR4 | GTX 1060 6 GB Dec 02 '21

Halo infinite with a little cold war on the side.

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u/Atlemos_ Dec 02 '21

Old school, 'strange dreams'

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u/Jonnydoo Dec 02 '21

Gears Tactics. it's pretty awesome.

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u/WhiningCoil Dec 02 '21

I've been slowly making my way through 1995's Jagged Alliance. Acquired a hard copy through an ebay listing for Sirtech's Trophy Case collection, and I'm playing it on a K6-2 machine with an AWE64. I know people get pretty picky about DOS game soundtracks, most preferring genuine OPL3. But the AWE version of most sound tracks I find extremely appealing.

I'm only playing on easy, with quicksaves enabled for any time. It's hard. But it does strike a good balance between keeping me on the ropes, and putting some wind in my sails. I'll have a good day, take 3 sectors, barely take any wounds. Next day I barely take one sector, and my best marksman needs 3 days to heal, while everyone else took a few flesh wounds that also needs work. Then I start running out of med kits. Then I'm limping through each day, barely taking a sector, and constantly rotating mercs out of patient care.

Then I find a cache of weapons and ammo, take a few lightly defended sectors, start putting a few more mercs in the field, and I'm riding high again!

Then I fall into an ambush where the AI just rains grenades down on me and I'm back to square 1 again.

Add to this the fact that I'm constantly struggling against an increasingly tightening economy. You need to take sectors to harvest the natural resources of the island you are on. But the price keeps getting slashed, and you need to take heavily guarded processing facilities. Plus events keep occurring which divert you away from your main objective. Like your water supply being poisoned, resulting in all your mercs performing worse in the field.

Anyways. I've taken about half the island, and while some nights I want to just yell "Fuck this game and it's stupid RNG bullshit", when Ivan gets shot in the head from across the map and permanently loses stats, I do just keep coming back to it.

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u/MrHuk RTX 3080 FE, 10700KF @ 4.9GHz Dec 02 '21

Halo Master Chief Collection. Finished Reach and started Halo 1 today as I'm doing them in chronological order. It's quite the stark jump going from Reach to 1, though.

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u/PruneMuted Dec 02 '21

Anyone wanna help me make a bucket list before I likely never get much time to game ever again starting next summer? (due to various life changes, plenty of free time now)

Current plans are:

  • Metro Exodus

  • Hollow Knight

  • Finish RDR2

  • 2077

  • FH5 (hopefully they fix the PC bugs)

  • Dolphin - Ocarina of time

  • Elden Ring

  • Maybe BF 2042 if they fix it, haven't played a shooter in years

  • ???

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u/rustytoerail Dec 02 '21

If you're on PC I recommend Cyberpunk 2077 wholeheartedly. The worldbuilding is amazing, especially if you're a fan of scifi. I never had any game-breaking bugs myself. Just the odd graphical glitch (floating cigarettes, side arms, etc)

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u/Exce Dec 03 '21

Halo Infinite Campaign and Halo Multiplayer

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u/JazzerciseJesus Dec 02 '21

GTA 4 - Realized I had never beat it. The remasters got me in the mood to play GTA but the price point was not okay. Decided it was finally time to beat 4 while waiting for the definitive editions to be fixed or go on sale.

Nioh 2 - I love the idea of a soulslike with looting mechanisms. The gameplay feels good, just beat the first boss. I haven't decided on weapons that I really like yet.

BF 2042 - My multiplayer fix. Despite all the complaints I'm actually enjoying my time with it a lot. I've got one friend that also enjoys and we play together pretty often and that probably helps.

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u/rustytoerail Dec 02 '21

Cyberpunk 2077 on PC. My second and quasi-completionist playthrough. I haven't seen any game-breaking bugs, and I'm willing to forgive a lot because I just don't like fantasy RPGs. Plus the worldbuilding is top-notch .

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u/ToastOfGelemenelo Dec 03 '21

I was enjoying Steamworld Dig 2 until I got to the first boss and had no idea what I was doing until 5-6 attempts.

I have really casualed myself into incompetence with beating traditional platformer-style bosses.