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General Discussion / Re: COVID-19
« Last post by ender on Wednesday, April 08, 2020, 10:41:33 AM »
What's life like in New York at the moment?

It's super quiet. The last 4 days hospitalization have been going down, so the sirens haven't been as blaring 24/7 as it was at the height of things. People are masked up, only going out to get groceries... being very nice to each other. Lots of people on their rooftops playing music and dancing with each other from a very far distance. It's weird to have NYC so quiet  you can hear the birds, it's almost peaceful until you hear an ambulance siren.
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General Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake to be multiple-part series
« Last post by MysterD on Tuesday, April 07, 2020, 03:52:31 PM »
IGN Review - 8 (out of 10):

Written Review:
https://www.ign.com/articles/final-fantasy-7-remake-review

Video Review:
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General Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake to be multiple-part series
« Last post by MysterD on Tuesday, April 07, 2020, 03:51:52 PM »
GameSpot review - 10 (out of 10).

Written Review:
https://www.gamespot.com/reviews/final-fantasy-7-remake-review-cloud-saves/1900-6417445/

Video Review on Youtube:
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General Discussion / Re: COVID-19
« Last post by gpw11 on Sunday, April 05, 2020, 11:59:54 AM »
I've been coping with the new Animal Crossing. Great, relaxing fun.

What's life like in New York at the moment? 
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General Gaming / Re: Doom 64 on PC (Doom 64 EX)
« Last post by K-man on Sunday, April 05, 2020, 10:59:28 AM »
I purchased and devoured it over the course of a week.  The lost levels are excellent.
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General Gaming / Re: Doom 64 on PC (Doom 64 EX)
« Last post by MysterD on Sunday, April 05, 2020, 08:17:41 AM »
Here's Digital Foundry and Eurogamer, looking at the new re-release of DOOM 64 (PC, Switch, X1, PS4), enhanced and revived by Nightdive:

Written article - https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2020-retro-extra-doom-64-analysis

Video from DF w/ some of Nightdive's developers:
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General Gaming / Re: Saints Row: The Third -> Update: Modders getting documentation to make SDK
« Last post by MysterD on Sunday, April 05, 2020, 07:38:31 AM »
ESRB leaks out, from rating the game, that Saints Row: The Third - Remastered is coming to PC, PS4, X1:

VG247's News on this - https://www.vg247.com/2020/04/04/saints-row-the-third-remastered-esrb/
ESRB rating on SR:TTR - https://www.esrb.org/ratings/36794/Saints+Row%3A+The+Third+Remastered/
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General Gaming / Re: GoG.com gets Apogee stuff.
« Last post by MysterD on Sunday, April 05, 2020, 06:32:15 AM »
This is probably worth a mention too, for fans of the EDuke32 Source Port...who want to run any DN3D game files & levels w/out running Steam itself and/or just running it with this particular Source Port.

The newest version of EDuke32 does work w/ the newest Episode 5 from 20th Anniversary World Tour re-release. Just toss EDuke32 into the 20th Anniversary folder & replace any files when asked...and you're good to go.

Just tested this myself.
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General Gaming / Re: GoG.com gets Apogee stuff.
« Last post by idolminds on Saturday, April 04, 2020, 10:21:16 PM »
Interesting, I wasnt aware they made a new episode. Its really cool when old games get new content like that.
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General Gaming / Re: GoG.com gets Apogee stuff.
« Last post by MysterD on Saturday, April 04, 2020, 09:22:29 PM »
So, I took a trip on the Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour [Steam version].
 
So much has already been said about how classic the original Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition and its episodes were, way back in the day and over the years. And if you haven't played the old episodes (Episodes 1-4) - well, you should. It was a blast back in the day - and still remains a classic like early & classic Unreal, Quake, Blood and Doom games.
 
So, we'll talk about the new episode, which is only right now in this package. This episode (Episode 5: Alien World Order) is not in Atomic Edition or Megaton Edition, in which this new 5th episode would & could be the real attraction of this version of the game to namely owners of Atomic Edition or Megaton Edition.
 
Just finished-up Episode 5 (Alien World Order, which was designed by DN3D original developers Richard "Levelord" Gray and Allen Blum III). Took me a little over 4.5 hours, according to Steam. Some thoughts here.
 
Holy crap, is this episode action-packed. And it's a blast. It's quite good, feeling basically like a new expansion pack or DLC here for Duke Nukem 3D. This is probably the kind of episode, action, and content that people really wanted out of DNF, to be honest.
 
The level design is really good through-out. There are plenty of interesting levels and varied locations here, in the usual old-school labyrinth level-design of finding all kinds of nooks, crannies, secret areas/room, and whatnot. You'll travel around the world, to levels based in England, Hollywood, Russia, and even France - slaying aliens like only Duke can. There are also lots of huge open-space shootouts & arena-sized shootouts with many of the past enemy types in DN3D and the new enemy, leading to leading to a feeling of being involved in confrontations, action & shoot-outs of epic proportions.
 
There is a new alien enemy type, new weapon type (Incinerator, which is a flame-thrower), and 8 new levels here in this episode.
 
Jon St. John is back, delivering more wise-crackin' and referential lines to things from pop culture, as you'd pretty much expect with a Duke Nukem game. Don't expect a grand story, deep narrative, or any of that, as Duke was never about that. This is a Duke Nukem game...and he's here to wise-crack; make jokes; be lewd; be crude; be crass; and shoot & kick alien ass. And if you're fine with that, you're going to really enjoy Episode 5.
 
There's another new feature here: you can rewind time and to whatever point you were at before, when you die. You can go back as far as the level began, pretty much! So, sure - you can still quick-save whenever you want; that's still here. But now, when you die, you can also rewind to any point in this game from before your death...and pick-up right wherever you want and for that ideal spot/moment; and to keep you always in the constant onslaught and action. No need to always save and rewind, as you can now rewind - like other older games that have had remasters/re-releases have done (i.e. Flashback). But, great to have both options at your disposal, for whatever reason you might need them for.
 
While I wasn't super-thrilled w/ the final boss (could've been more than just an enemy re-skin, the new weapon it has, and whatnot) and the ending (not-so-special endings seem par for the course w/ basically old-school Quake and Duke games anyways) - I still had a blast w/ the new episode and easily got my $1.59 worth (being a Humble Bundle Choice subscriber) from the Humble Bundle sale just from this episode/DLC/expansion.
 
If for some reason you don't own Atomic or Megaton, 20th Anniversary World Tour is a must-buy for classic old-school FPS action from the awesome first 4 Episodes and you also get the new & really good 5th Episode. If you own Atomic or Megaton, you'll really only need the new episode 5 - and that would probably be best catching this re-release on sale just to get the really good new 5th Episode. And with it on sale now (4/4/2020) at such a cheap price on Humble ($1.99 for non-subscribers of the HBC or $1.59 for HBC subscribers, for a Steam key) - now's as good as a time as any, if you're trying to just catch that 5th Episode.
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