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General Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2
« Last post by gpw11 on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 09:10:25 PM »
That's the way to do it.  This series was absolutely great TBH
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General Gaming / Re: Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 announced
« Last post by MysterD on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 07:05:11 AM »
Vampire: Bloodlines 2 update...and it ain't good at all:
https://www.bloodlines2.com/en/bloodlines-2-development-update?utm_source=crm&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headerCTA1&utm_campaign=vabl2_vabl2_20210223_noty

Info:
- Hardsuit Labs is no longer the lead development team for Bloodlines 2.
- Bloodlines 2 is not making 2021.
- No new release date for Bloodlines 2.
- They (Paradox) are no longer taking pre-orders for it, for the time being.
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General Gaming / Re: Diablo II: Resurrected announced by Blizzard
« Last post by MysterD on Monday, February 22, 2021, 05:07:43 PM »
PC Requirements:
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/diablo-2-resurrected-pc-requirements-mod-support/

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Diablo 2 Resurrected PC Requirements

Minimum Requirements

    Processor: Intel Core i3-3250/AMD FX-4350
    GPU: Nvidia GTX 660/AMD Radeon HD 7850
    RAM: 8 GB
    HDD Space Requiried: 30 GB
    Resolution: 1280 x 720
    Operating System: Windows® 10

Recommended Specifications

    Processor: Intel® Core i5-9600k/AMD Ryzen 5 2600
    GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060/AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT
    Memory: 16 GB RAM
    Storage: 30 GB
    Resolution: 1920 x 1080
    Operating System: Windows® 10
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General Gaming / Re: Diablo II: Resurrected announced by Blizzard
« Last post by idolminds on Sunday, February 21, 2021, 09:40:26 PM »
This looks pretty rad, not gonna lie.
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General Gaming / Re: MAFIA Trilogy (Remasters & Remake) announced by 2K
« Last post by MysterD on Saturday, February 20, 2021, 05:34:10 PM »
CONCLUSION = 02-20-2021:
After 11.2 hours according to Steam, Mafia: Definitive Edition with its Story Mode/Campaign comes to an end...and indeed, what an end it was!

Mafia: Definitive Edition is nothing short of great, modernizing & improving on some of the issues of the original classic Mafia wherever necessary; much improved combat & gunplay (namely from Mafia 3's combat system); much improved graphics; and a retelling the classic Mafia's story. If you love gangster movies and video games: this is one here for the ages, as the voice-acting, dialogue, cinematics, and everything is excellent here.

When it comes down to it: this is an excellent remake of the original game that fans of the original classic and especially gamers who never played the original classic should take on.

Mafia: Definitive Edition is an offer that no gamer should refuse.
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General Gaming / Re: Overwatch 2
« Last post by MysterD on Friday, February 19, 2021, 07:52:18 PM »
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General Gaming / Re: Diablo II: Resurrected announced by Blizzard
« Last post by MysterD on Friday, February 19, 2021, 05:32:43 PM »
D2:R for PC, PS4, PS5, X1, X Series S/X, and Switch.

Sources:
IGN - https://www.ign.com/articles/diablo-2-resurrected-announced-for-pc-ps5-xbox-series-x-ps4-xbox-one-and-nintendo-switch
CNet - https://www.cnet.com/news/diablo-two-resurrected-will-hit-pc-consoles-and-nintendo-switch/

Info:
- 4K60fps support on PC, PS5, and XSX.
- PC will also support ultra-wide monitors & gamepads.
- On the Xbox One & PlayStation 4 families of consoles; and Nintendo Switch, it will run at lower resolutions.
- Cross-progression will be supported on any platforms that choose to enable it, according to Blizzard.
- Underneath, the original D2 game is here & can run at 800x600.
- With a one-button press, you can switch b/t the old version of the game (2D) & the new 3D graphics version.
- Cinematics, however, can’t simply be up-rezzed.
- Blizzard and Vicarious Visions are “fully remaking every minute” of Diablo 2’s cinematics.
- The cinematics amount to roughly 27 minutes of pre-rendered video.
- Some quality-of-life (QoL) additions have been made.
- Some QoL stuff are just baked in, such as new ambient noises like wind rustling the leaves in trees...
- ...And a shared stash so that you no longer have to make a mule character.
- Others QoL stuff will be opt-in, such as...
- ...Auto-pickup for gold & loot drops for those that don’t want to have to click on every single piece of loot on the ground.
- On PS5 and Xbox Series X, the team is “taking advantage of what's there” on the new consoles...
- ...Such as the aforementioned higher framerates & resolution as well as the faster loading times the SSD drives afford.
- Blizzard is looking at adding things like raytracing effects, but Fergusson was clear about not promising anything...
- ...And suggested that if any specific next-gen upgrades are added, they’ll come along after the game’s release later in 2021.
- Finally, with regard to multiplayer, couch co-op hasn’t been added – Fergusson called it “a bridge too far” for this faithful remaster effort.
- All of Diablo 2’s original eight-player online functionality is still here.
- And you’ll now have the option to store characters on Battle.net for dedicated-server play.
- “It's more secure” when it comes to bots, item duping & other cheating-related issues that ran rampant in Diablo 2 back in the day, Gallerani said.
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General Gaming / Diablo II: Resurrected
« Last post by MysterD on Friday, February 19, 2021, 05:32:37 PM »
Diablo II: Resurrected (Remaster) - Announcement Trailer:


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General Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2
« Last post by Quemaqua on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 10:49:53 AM »
I really do want to get back to these. Still haven't finished ME1, and I have 2 somewhere. Thinking about getting that remastered collection eventually and giving it another go.
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General Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 - Update: 1Up Article On The Final Boss in ME2
« Last post by MysterD on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 08:22:54 PM »
MASS EFFECT 2 = 02-09-2021:
Mass Effect 2 (base-game), which I played numerous years ago, is one of those great sci-fi shooter/RPG hybrids. This game spun the world & galaxy on its head. ME2 did this by basically flipping the script on RPG/shooter hybrids of that sort at that time, turning the combat (of the original ME1) from a RPG-first/shooter-second to the reverse in the sequel (ME2) with a shooter-first/RPG-second approach, replying more on the actual combat & shooting than the RPG stats of such for when the player ran into combat.

The gamble & risk here paid off immensely, improving the game's combat in its feel in just so many ways. Pretty much, many RPG/shooter hybrids afterwards began following in the footsteps of ME2 with its reverse approach. Combat just look & felt better, first off, feeling more in line with games that were straight-up cover shooters, like that of say Gears of War titles. If this wasn't enough, combine all of that with the usual hallmarks of BioWare games with a great story; great characters, world, setting, dialogue, writing & prose; RPG-style decision-making; a moral system; and whatnot - this all made & added-up, making this an absolutely unforgettable experience.

MASS EFFECT 2: DLC BUNDLE PACK = 02-09-2021.
After numerous years of waiting, some few years back, BioWare & EA finally put together the game's normally expensive Premium DLC's into one DLC big pack. I bought them a few years ago (and also bought the DLC Packs for ME3 and DA2) and with being so jazzed with the upcoming Mass Effect: Legendary Edition collection, I've finally decided to tackle the DLC's.

LAIR OF THE SHADOW BROKER DLC = 02-06-2021:
Despite its brevity of 3 hours or so, it's an awesome DLC. With a new race mission; awesome & fun combat; action-packed; well-designed; doesn't waste much or any of the player's time; plays fan service to fans of the original Mass Effect 1 game; a really interesting story with a few twists & turns; and this story really sets up an important character for ME3 - it's hard to not love this DLC. This DLC fires on all cylinders and is an absolute blast.

KASUMI: STOLEN MEMORY DLC = 02-07-2021:
Taking approximately a little over 2 hours, the Kasumi DLC is in the books. Also, despite its brevity, this is another really well done & put together mission for the excellent ME2. Adding a new mission with some investigation elements; a cool high-end party to visit; a new cool & awesome new companion in Kasumi (who can join your party); a really good boss fight; and more awesome action - Kasumi is just another awesome winner in the Mass Effect 2: DLC Bundle Pack.

ARRIVAL DLC = 02-09-2021:
Taking up almost about 2 hours here, the Arrival DLC comes to its epic conclusion. It's a really good DLC overall, even despite its brevity here. This DLC is really important in setting up some really important events that shape the events going right into Mass Effect 3. It doesn't offer-up a new companion to keep like Kasumi DLC did and doesn't offer up say a new race-like section like Shadow Broker DLC did - but It's well done to say the least and another Mass Effect 2 mission. Though, It's importance to ME3 cannot be understated here. It's a really good DLC gameplay-wise and the mission's a blast, but it's essential and crucial, making this DLC a must play b/c of how it ties directly right into Mass Effect 3.

OVERLORD DLC = 02-13-2021:
At around 3 minutes shy of 2 hours, another DLC winds up in the books as finished. This time, it's the Overlord DLC. In this DLC, a scientist lets you know that an AI has taken over the area; killing off people; and taking over the Geth & communicating with them. Your objective: get to the AI and decide what to do with the AI. In this action-packed DLC, you'll be fighting enemies in big open-spaced arena for shootouts; driving a ship w/ guns on it to battle enemies & cannons to get to areas; and a really good final boss battle.

This DLC doesn't offer up any new companions (side note: Kasumi DLC did add a new companion) nor does it add new interesting sequences (side note: Shadow Broker DLC added that race type of section). Still, everything is well-executed here: the story & character stuff's good in its short time-frame; and the combat's really good.

While this doesn't feel entirely essential to the ME Trilogy here - unlike both the Arrival and Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC's, which do feel essential & tie into important events in ME3 - this DLC's still really good, even despite it brevity. Overlord DLC is another really good, yet short DLC for Mass Effect 2.

CONCLUSION = 02-13-2021:
After playing this ME2: DLC Bundle Pack for around a total of around 9-10 hours or so, the DLC Pack is complete. Arrival & Lair of the Shadow Broker both are essential & important for some of the events, character-related stuff, and whatnot for ME3. The Kasumi DLC is just flat-out awesome & great, also offering up a new companion to take with you throughout ME3. Overlord DLC is a really good side-quest on its own and is certainly worth playing for its own story & action.

Given that all of the DLC's range from really good to great here - and also with some of these DLC's feeling essential to some stuff for ME3 - this makes it pretty easy to recommend the Mass Effect 2: DLC Bundle Pack for another 9-10 hours for basically more Mass Effect 2 - in which you'll get more game-time, missions, story, and sci-fi action of the fantastic Mass Effect 2. This DLC Bundle Pack here is all killer and no filler, just like Mass Effect 2 base-game.

Mass Effect 2 was (and still is) an amazing & fantastic game. Certainly more of that greatness added to ME2 from this ME2: DLC Bundle Pack is certainly more than welcome here, as what's here overall in this package is nothing but quality. This ME2: DLC Bundle Pack is great.
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