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General Gaming / Re: NieR: Automata
« Last post by gpw11 on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 01:59:40 AM »
I finally got around to playing this recently and just beat it. I do have to say it was super enjoyable and I definitely get why people have been praising it for the last few years. Made me very interested in the first Nier game.
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General Gaming / Re: Disco Elysium - murder-mystery CRPG with great prose & writing
« Last post by MysterD on Sunday, January 17, 2021, 05:06:39 PM »
WRITTEN - 01-10-2021:

A little more on this game, after spending almost some good 8 hours with it.

Combat can happen, when you're in a dialogue with someone. In a game like this, which is loaded w/ heavy dialogue, description, and whatnot - it makes sense that these just felt like decisions and/or scripted fights. They basically...feel like you're making another decision and the game's doing another stat-check (no your skills, abilities, etc.) and/or dice-roll. Depending on your stats, if you take an action - you could fail the stat-check and/or dice-roll; or succeed on them. And when you do, the results could....well, be quite different.

Now, more on stat-checks and dice-rolls here. This goes for more than just combat, as these also happen when you're in dialogue and making decisions, even when trying to do or say certain things. Most of the time, you won't be in combat, though - you'll be making decisions, trying to gain info, or whatever...and have to pass (or fail) stat-checks.

So, you have two types of checks here: White or Red. White Checks, you can fail...and re-try them later. When you fail a White Check, you'll need to utilize another Stat (it'll tell you what you need for a requirement of what stat and Level it needs to be, to be able to try this attempt and/or to fail or pass it) to do the stat-check and/or dice-roll.

Often, when talking...what you know and do from doing other quests; doing stuff in the game-world; finding certain stuff in the game-world; finding out certain info; talking to other NPC's, etc etc - this also can improve or change stat-checks and/or dice-rolls, depending on how connected some of these side and main quests and their NPC's might be.

You're a detective here, so...info and knowledge seems to be mean a lot in this game.

And now, I'll stop here...b/c I should get back to this awesome game.

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ADDENDUM - 01-17-2021:

After almost approximately 25 hours of my 1st play-through with this, according to Epic Game Store, this fantastic game is now in the books.

And what a great book and CRPG this one certainly was!

The game's writing, dialogue, prose, story, plot-twists, reveals, characters, world-building, the actual role-playing, the decision-making, and whatnot - it's all just fantastic. This might be more than just a candidate for numerous awards from me for Best Game That Played in 2021 (already, and it's January 2021 here!), but this is more than that.

Disco Elysium is one of the Best CRPG's Ever Made, belonging in the leagues & conversation of The CRPG Greats, joining the likes of CRPG's like Baldur's Gate II, Dragon Age: Origins, and Planescape: Torment.
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General Gaming / Re: Hitman 3 announced
« Last post by idolminds on Sunday, January 17, 2021, 01:24:09 PM »
Interesting update, it seems they heard the backlash loud and clear. An update to the page says:
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HITMAN 3 Access Pass on PC

Update (17 January)

We are continuing to work on a solution with our partners to allow PC players who own HITMAN 1 or HITMAN 2 to import locations from those games into HITMAN 3 at no additional cost. We can guarantee that players will NOT need to repurchase the games.

Until we roll that out in the coming weeks, the HITMAN 1 GOTY Access Pass will be free to own for all PC players who pre-purchase or purchase HITMAN 3 in the first 10 days after release.

Epic retweeted the IOI tweet announcing this update and had this to add:
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We never want players to feel forced to repurchase content on the Epic Game Store that they bought on another PC store so they can access features in a new game.

We are working closely with IO Interactive and you will be able to access past content from earlier HITMAN games.
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General Gaming / Re: Hitman 3 announced
« Last post by idolminds on Saturday, January 16, 2021, 11:21:10 AM »
Im also waiting. I wasnt going to pay full launch price anyway but I can wait a year, see it launch on Steam with a discount and then all my stuff transfers. I still have a lot of challenges left to do in the H1 and 2 content that will keep me busy.
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General Gaming / Re: Hitman 3 announced
« Last post by iPPi on Friday, January 15, 2021, 10:41:15 PM »
As much as I love the Hitman series, I am currently playing a whole bunch of other games presently so will wait on this a bit before picking it up.
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General Gaming / Re: Hitman 3 announced
« Last post by Quemaqua on Friday, January 15, 2021, 02:49:52 PM »
Depending, this might be a great time for me to jump back in. I played ... I dunno, 50% of the first game? And missed the 2nd completely. Sucks about all the confusion around unlocking stuff, though. I'll probably wait to see what things look like after a bit, and wait for a sale, I guess?
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General Gaming / Re: Hitman 3 announced
« Last post by idolminds on Friday, January 15, 2021, 10:59:48 AM »
ok well forget what I said about unlocking the levels. https://www.ioi.dk/hitman-3-pre-launch-guide/

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HITMAN 3 Access Pass on PC
We’ve done everything possible to make this process smooth and player-friendly. However, due to various circumstances out of our control, we want to acknowledge that the process is different to our initial plans for PC players. We also want to share some of the initiatives we’ve set-up to make sure that PC players the chance to keep enjoying the benefits of the World of Assassination.

    The HITMAN 1 GOTY Access Pass will be available to claim in the first 10 days after launch for anyone who purchases (or has pre-ordered) any edition of HITMAN 3 on Epic Games Store.

    Owners of HITMAN 1 on EGS (including all players who claimed it when it was available for free in August) will get a free upgrade to the HITMAN 1 GOTY Access Pass at any time after purchasing HITMAN 3.

    The HITMAN 2 Standard Access Pass and HITMAN 2 Gold Access Pass will be 80% off for 14 days after the launch of HITMAN 3 on Epic Games Store and will continue to be discounted regularly.

Our hope is that these initiatives help to ensure all HITMAN 3 PC players can able to enjoy the new game with full access to HITMAN 1 and their progression carried over as a minimum.

So it seems your *progress* will carry over with the IOI account, but the levels actually being unlocked will not. Which sucks ass.
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General Gaming / Re: Hitman 3 announced
« Last post by idolminds on Thursday, January 14, 2021, 07:56:08 AM »
They have said that the level unlocks and progress will transfer from Steam to Epic, I'm assuming through the IOI account though details haven't been released yet.

Interestingly, they cut the install size in half. Hitman 2 is 149GB right now which includes all the Hitman 1 content. Hitman 3 will be roughly half that size while still including all the content from the previous games. Amazing.
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General Gaming / Re: Hitman 3 announced
« Last post by iPPi on Sunday, January 10, 2021, 07:51:34 PM »
Hitman III will be an Epic Games store timed-exclusive for 12 months. I can understand why they may have decided to do that as IOI is developing and publishing the game themselves. That is disappointing nevertheless though since I would assume that most PC players will have the game on Steam. For me at least, all of my previous Hitman games are on Steam so in order to ensure I get all previous Hitman levels on the latest game, I'll have to wait for the Steam version to be released.
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General Gaming / Re: Disco Elysium - murder-mystery CRPG with great prose & writing
« Last post by iPPi on Tuesday, January 05, 2021, 10:04:53 PM »
I also picked this up recently with the Epic Games coupon and while it was on sale. I've put in about 4 hours into the game and really like it. It's like an old school RPG with card elements and dice rolls. That totally does not do it justice in terms of describing it, but it is quite unlike anything I have played recently. It is more akin to Balder's Gate II or Fallout 1 or 2 in terms of gameplay style.

Unfortunately, I do have a weird technical issue with the game - it "freezes" for about a minute on launch before the title screen appears. It is weird and I do not know what the issue is. It does appear to happen on other people's machines as well. The game runs without any other issues on my end.

I'm a little preoccupied with a few other games at the moment so I haven't played it in about a week. I do hope to pick it back up in the near future because I was enjoying the game.
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