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General Gaming / Re: The Last Of Us Part II
« Last post by gpw11 on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 07:39:11 PM »
I am also a sucker for a good story.  You just convinced me to give the first game another chance.  I kept hearing how the story was like the best ever but while playing it something just never clicked.

I'll check it out again.
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General Gaming / Re: Valve's Cancelled Projects: L4D3, HL3, Valve RPG, Source Engine 2
« Last post by idolminds on Monday, July 13, 2020, 11:18:20 PM »
Yeah but we got Artifact, so I guess it all worked out!

Hold on someone is handing me a note...
*reads note*
...oh no.
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General Gaming / Re: The Last Of Us Part II
« Last post by scottws on Sunday, July 12, 2020, 07:00:11 AM »
I'm a sucker for a good story. Do you know why I liked Starcraft so much and didn't really get into Brood War? I was entralled by the story in the single player campaign of the original, and the expansion's story sucked. It seems crazy, loving an RTS game primarily because of the story. But those are the facts.

TLOU has a story that rivals some of the better movies I've seen. It is just... fantastic! The world and character building... the various subplots... they are so well done. I love it!
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General Gaming / Valve's Cancelled Projects: L4D3, HL3, Valve RPG, Source Engine 2
« Last post by MysterD on Sunday, July 12, 2020, 06:20:22 AM »
Some info on Valve's cancelled projects - Left 4 Dead 3, Half-Life 3, "Valve RPG", and Source Engine 2:
PC Games N - https://www.pcgamesn.com/half-life-3/cancelled-left-4-dead-3
ComicBook.com - https://comicbook.com/gaming/news/left-4-dead-3-valve-cancelled-details/

Info:
- Valve realized they had to re-design Source Engine for the future b/c they wanted to innovate.
- Valve felt they couldn't innovate on that version of the Engine (which was used in HL2: E2).
- So, they began work on Source Engine 2, so they could innovate on future Half-Life games, L4D3, etc.
- Valve was working on 3 projects for the engine: a new RPG, L4D3, and another Half-Life game.
- Half-Life 2: Episode 3 devs began eventually heading off to work on L4D3...
- ...So HL2:E3 wound up eventually fading away, from being worked-on.
- At that time, Valve had a flat corporate structure...
- ...So employees could just jump from project-to-project whenever they felt like it.
- L4D3 was not going to be linear-style L4D co-op based game (L4D1+2 were linear).
- Left 4 Dead 3 was planned to be a co-op style open-world zombie FPS set in Morocco.
- The plan was to have hundreds of zombies on-screen, all before games like World War Z & Days Gone attempted this.
- Half-Life 3 was worked on, which would have some scripted set pieces & some procedurally-generated areas.
- For example, in HL3 - you might enter a building...but the contents inside might be different.
- You might enter the building w/ enemies might be generated & positioned differently by the game.
- Entrances and exits could be in different places, too...for replayability purposes.
- Half-Life: Alyx was at least Valve's SIXTH TIME to try to revive the Half-Life IP since Half-Life 2: Episode 2.
- Valve also was working on a new RPG, influenced by these series: Elder Scrolls, Dark Souls, Monster Hunter, etc.
- Source Engine 2 had issues of no save & restore; no lighting solution; and other problems.
- B/c of issues w/ Source Engine 2, that engine was dumped...
- ...And all of the titles for Source Engine 2 also went with it, winding up cancelled.
- So...HL2:E3, HL3, L4D3, and Valve RPG all wound-up cancelled.
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^^^^^

This guy knows his stuff
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General Gaming / Re: The Last Of Us Part II
« Last post by gpw11 on Saturday, July 11, 2020, 08:18:29 PM »
I kind of agree with Xessive, I had a hard time getting into TLOU.  I can't remember the specifics of why but I got like half way or 3/4 and just dropped off.

I was thinking of giving the Remastered version I got through PS Plus though, as everyone else does seem to rave about it and maybe I just wasn't in the headspace for that game at the time.
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General Gaming / Re: Cyberpunk 2077
« Last post by gpw11 on Saturday, July 11, 2020, 08:16:52 PM »
I think anyone who has Windows 8.1 can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Need to fact-check that though.

Did Windows 7 upgrade to 10 for free?  I have no idea how I got on Windows 10

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General Gaming / Re: Beyond: Two Souls (PS3) -> Reviews rolling in.
« Last post by MysterD on Saturday, July 11, 2020, 04:24:23 PM »
I wasn't even aware this existed. I wanted to be interested in Heavy Rain and sort of was, but it didn't hold me to the end. Indigo started so strong that I saw it through to the finish, but that last third was a fucking disaster unlike almost anything I'd ever seen. I played the Euro version, which had some nudity and sex-related stuff that I'd hoped might make it feel more emotionally complete, and all of it was terrible. US edition likely better off without it.

Did anyone finish Heavy Rain? I've wanted to go back to it for some time but after Indigo never made the effort because I was too afraid that a decent start would end up in the same dismal pit the first one did.

I've heard wildly different stuff on Heavy Rain, at the end. Namely b/c...your decisions really do matter and the game can turn out some wildly different ways.

And luckily, I found way into what what I thought was a really good ending...and also very fitting too.

If you ask me, Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls are much better than Fahrenheit.
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General Gaming / Re: Beyond: Two Souls (PS3) -> Reviews rolling in.
« Last post by MysterD on Saturday, July 11, 2020, 04:18:45 PM »
Took almost 11 hours in total, but Beyond: Two Souls (PC version / Epic Store version) is finished.

And I really liked it.

And that is even despite feeling uneven, at times in its gameplay here and there; with certain scenes feeling too long; and  the writing not always being that great either.

There is really...just something about this game.

There is just a lot of interesting things in here, in this story and its characters. With its concept of dealing w/ life, death, paranormal, military, the homeless, identity, and other things - it's just always intriguing. I won't go into spoiler turf here, but this game seems to go everywhere and in all kinds of directions; and it's always interesting. There's some interesting twists & turns here and decisions to make, as you play the game.

Even with selecting to play the story out of order (in its Original Format), I was always intrigued to see where the story goes, what happens to these characters, what blanks I can fill in from what is being shown, what dots I connect here, and see where a game's chapter actually fits in the story's chronology.

This felt like it was part old-school adventure game (i.e. solve a puzzle of some kind, even though most aren't difficult); part "walking simulator"; part QTE-fest (which is par for the course w/ Cage's games since Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy); part cinematic/interactive movie; decision-making games with branching narratives/sections/numerous endings (RPG's often use these); and then some (i.e. the Aiden mechanics, where you control a floating entity that you can control which can control others, move things w/ telekinesis, and then some).

Also, the graphics in this remaster here on the PC looked really good and ran really well here. No real performance issues on my SC15 laptop, maintaining 1080p60fps on High here: i7 7700HQ; 16 GB RAM; 6GB GTX 1060; W10 x64.

With the way Cage directs a game and all, he's pretty much been on a roll since Heavy Rain. I really enjoyed Heavy Rain and now also can say the same for Beyond: Two Souls. If Fahrenheit was the flawed gem of an introduction to us with Cage's style of cinematic adventure games, Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls feels like they are getting much closer to the near perfection of his style of cinematic games.

And now, I can pretty much say this: I'm even more so now really looking forward to Detroit: Become Human, whenever I get around to buying that one.
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General Gaming / Re: The Last Of Us Part II
« Last post by scottws on Saturday, July 11, 2020, 09:55:57 AM »
I have not played but feel fully qualified to give my opinion on it... No wait, I'm NOT a jackass. I have no opinion on TLOU2  ;D

It's actually banned here in the Middle East. I could get a disc copy somewhere but honestly I'm not that interested.

I played the first one and felt it was "meh" at best; amazing production quality, engaging story line, but just very "meh" gameplay. I generally love stealth games but TLOU1 was ok. So I wasn't all that interested in the sequel.
What is the reasoning behind the ban?

You are the first person I've seen that thought TLOU was anything other than phenomenal. Everyone has a right to their own opinion and I'm not discounting yours, but it's one of the best games I have ever played. I loved every second.
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