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General Gaming / Re: Titanfall 2
« Last post by gpw11 on Yesterday at 11:15:08 PM »
As much as I enjoyed the MP when this first came out the campaign is really the highpoint of this game.  Glad you liked it.
General Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 7
« Last post by MysterD on Yesterday at 04:58:56 AM »
WRITTEN ON ... 05-12-2021:

Finished-up the Campaign for RE7 (base-game). Some thoughts, after spending around 15.3 hours with it in total, according to Steam.

While I didn't mention performance before, I really should mention both performance & graphics quality here. This game was easily running at 1080p at 240fps, which I didn't need - so I capped it and was running maxed-out at 120fps. It never budged below 120fps, running like an absolute top. And this was all meanwhile it was looking as great & awesome as it does, both artistically and technically...without even having Ray-Tracing support here.

This is one of the more terrifying & memorable games in not just RE history, but also gaming history - yes, in all of its grotesque & explicit violence and horror, this evokes things of often disgust & shock. It was a feeling to me that was unlike many horror games here, as this was often giving me vibes of Deliverance, Hannibal, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Wrong Turn; sick & chilling vibes that I'd often feel more so in movies of that sort than in game. Pretty much, it doesn't get much more psychological, sicker and disgusting than this, when it comes to game - and this game can & will deliver more shocks, chills & thrills than most games ever have.

For the story here: Ethan Winters - who is who the player plays as, during most of this game and experience - goes to Louisiana. Winters does go down to the Bayou, to find his wife Mia. She went missing and he's to go find her, running into a House and a lot of swamp-land, where a family known as The Baker Family resides. Of course, all of that is really just part of the story, as that's only part & sum of the 1st 3/4ths of the base-game.

Onto the final parts of the game, the game takes a drastic turn, into the last section of the game. Most of the game is survival-horror and whatnot, namely in its 1st 3/4ths - but it becomes more action-y in the end and explains more as to why what happened & caused the first 3/4ths of the game, its story, and characters to...well, go the way that it did.

With a lot of Lore in the game-world having plot, story, and whatnot...especially in the last 1/4th of the game, where it all really ties its bigger picture and more of a grand scenario into the very personal & horrific story for the 1st 3/4ths - of course, it's all loaded with some twists, turns, revelations & whatnot. While the 1st 3/4ths is fantastic for both the rebirth & evolution of survival-horror, the last 1/4th brings & re-welcomes us to that action that we've seen in the last few RE games (i.e. RE 4, 5 & 6; and even some parts of RE: Revelations 1 & 2) all while in 1st person.

Nothing short of awesome & out-standing, RE7 delivers in all fronts, delivering one of the best survival-horror games & most personal of the RE games in the 1st 3/4ths of the game and also one of the best conclusions & tie-ins with a much bigger picture & grander scale with the last 1/4th of the game, going out with an absolute bang...and then some.

RE7 is the best RE game that I've played since RE4.
General Gaming / Re: Titanfall 2
« Last post by MysterD on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 02:22:39 PM »
Titanfall 2 (Origin/PC) - Single Player Campaign -> My Review

WRITTEN ON ... May 8th, 2021.

For a few years, I've been sitting - yes, probably foolishly - here on Titanfall 2, letting it sit in my ever-growing backlog. As someone who loved the MP (Multi-Player) for Titanfall 1; and also loved what I played of Titanfall 2's Multiplayer during a Free Trial on Origin, you'd think I'd have played this a long time ago. As someone who is all about Single Player Campaign and heard TF2 had a good one - yes, I probably should have. Regardless, I've finally sat down and played TF2's Campaign.

And what a campaign this one is! This one is nothing short of awesome, to say the least. With butter-smooth gameplay, combat, and shooting mechanics; non-stop action; wall-running & wall-jumping puzzles; mech-driven & mech-shooting sequences where you ride & are controlling an awesome mech; huge open-spaced shootouts, whether on foot and even in a Titan; lots of awesome set-pieces; and all kinds of other action-packed sequences - for the most part, this game doesn't let its foot off the gas. This feels & plays like a Call of Duty game gone sci-fi mixed with elements of MechWarrior games (battling in mechs) and wall-running & wall-jumping parkour like that out of Mirror's Edge series - thankfully and smartly, having nothing to do with the CoD license, so it never has a chance to have a realistic franchise jump the shark, so-to-speak. At 1080p at a locked 60fps with settings all maxed-out on my RTX 3070 here - this game looks quite good (especially on the artistic side) and plays absolutely perfect.

This is a game about a man, Jack Cooper, who you play as, who is part of one (the Frontier Militia) of two groups (Frontier Militia and the IMC) at war over a region of star systems. The IMC (Interstellar Manufacturing Company) wants worlds & all of their resources, while the Frontier Militia are fighting for their independence from the IMC. Pilots, in which those (Pilots) who control mech-like robots called Titans (similar to mechs in MechWarrior games), have with their Robot & its AI, as they go out into battle. While most of the time is with the player in combat & action, there are certainly moments where the player gets to bond with their mentor, their squad, and especially their mech-robot and its AI - and this game does not waste any of its time, dialogue, or anything, still delivering an epic and even heartfelt & emotional bond with these the player will care about his AI, his squad, and his mentor, by the time this campaign concludes.

And what a conclusion it is! After about 8 hours or so with this, this Campaign is one that's completed in the books. An absolutely awesome Single-Player Campaign from start-to-finish, that delivers in every single way and one of the most memorable of this kind of linear shooter, one of the best ones I've played in quite a while, of this type of shooter. If you have not bought this game, played this game, or have this one somehow sitting in your backlog - go get it and play this one right now.

Simply put: this campaign is outstanding and should not be missed.
General Gaming / Re: Metro: Exodus - Update: Enhanced Edition annnounced (Reply 3)
« Last post by MysterD on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 02:16:50 PM »
Metro: Exodus - Enhanced Edition

WRITTEN ON ... 05-07-2021:

Luckily, on 1st boot last night - never had issues; booted-up fine. In some ways, I guess it pays to keep all my graphics card drives and W10 version up-to-date.

My desktop PC - I'm on a 10700KF; 16 GB RAM; 8GB VRAM on RTX 3070.

This thing runs like a top. I was shocked, running at around 120-160fps; better than the OG version.

Maxed-out at 1080p, but that's with VRS x4. 'Til this morning, didn't even dig into what VRS actually is (Variable Rate Shader).

From what I'm gathering about VRS, thanks to Eurogamer, I guess, for better image quality - since this VRS features degrades it - this VRS feature should be turned OFF or at 2x's (default setting), if you care about image quality.

Seems like VRS and DLSS are really useful for performance; and probably going to be really important for lower-end RT cards here or those who just want high-as-heck framerates on better RT'd cards.

I'll have to try more and benchmark some more later, once I'm home and all.
General Gaming / Re: Metro: Exodus - Update: Enhanced Edition annnounced (Reply 3)
« Last post by MysterD on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 02:13:47 PM »
Hot-fix released today, which fixes the ghosting that could occur when turning on both HDR and DLSS together:
General Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 7
« Last post by MysterD on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 02:11:03 PM »
WRITTEN ON ... 05-10-2021:

I'm about 13 hours or so into Resident Evil 7 (Steam) and think it's awesome.

RE7 feels like like it has 3 real parts to it: old-school survival-horror game; walking sim; and 1st person perspective game.

It feels like it's part old-school survival-horror game, just like the old Silent Hill games and RE games...where you need to conserve ammo; more methodical & slow-paced in the actual combat when aiming, shooting, and moving; solve some puzzles; and more psychological in the horror here.

Also feels like this game's also part walking sim here, you will need to look at items you pick-up in the game-world up close, rotate them read what's on the Lore, open it or crack it open, etc etc.

All of this, while in the new 1st person perspective; I'm really enjoying it all in 1st person perspective, as it feels more intense & up-close and personal here, too.
General Gaming / Re: Resident Evil: Village (Resident Evil 8)
« Last post by MysterD on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 02:08:39 PM »
RE: Village PC version - Digital Foundry takes a look & analyzes the technical aspects of it:

General Gaming / Re: Resident Evil: Village (Resident Evil 8)
« Last post by Quemaqua on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 09:32:13 PM »
Solid game so far. Not into the opening, but now that I'm a few hours in and the game has opened up it's been a real good time. Not scary, more actiony than I thought, but that's not a bad thing. Reminds me of RE4 more than I thought it would, certainly much more in that direction than 7 was. Solid title thus far, even if all the people from the weird possibly Romanian village all speak perfect English with blatantly American accents.
General Discussion / Re: A long list of games K-man needs to finish.
« Last post by Quemaqua on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 09:30:49 PM »
Why, oh why won't K-man ride into the sunset
General Discussion / Re: GPW11 appreciation thread
« Last post by Quemaqua on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 09:30:20 PM »
Dude has sent me games and comic books, listened to me bitch about things sometimes, and generally been a solid lad. A++, would proudly display as Jeep hood ornament
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