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  1. Five areas. The fifth is rather short, but really great fun. Some thoughts about the end of the game: In all, this is likely to end up somewhere in my GOTY list. It's just one of those amazing little experiences that I've properly enjoyed, like What Remains of Edith Fitch, Undertale/Deltarune and Firewatch. And more than any of those games, it's just something you want to show people because it's just such a simple, brilliant premise of just a goose being a fucking dickhead.
  2. I'm lumping this into a spoiler tag because it's incredibly rough, everything's a one-liner and it's all going to change by December anyway:
  3. Siri

    Path of Exile

    Day 1.5 thoughts: - The actual Blight mechanic is super good fun, based solely on that it's tower defense in Path of Exile. The towers give plenty of tangible buffs and attacks to take the blight minions down, but otherwise you're relying on your build to smash waves of enemies. The rewards are just as good as Legion, and the Minimap/UI improvements make it all super slick (you see where waves are coming from, and upgrading/building towers is little more than two clicks). Genuinely impressed. - The full-on blighted maps are probably best avoided for the moment until GGG makes some tweaks - the amount of action going on brings my relatively solid computer (Ryzen 3700x, GTX 1070) into single digits unless you have dynamic resolution on. I'm genuinely concerned for console players (including myself, as I'm after getting achievements fleshed out on the Xbox version). - Weaponised Skeletons are fucking bangers, although not as much as summoners in general - They're just super fucking strong, my minions (9 Zombies, 1 Carrion Golem) die less than my character and because of that the later Bone Barrier ascendancy means you have a flat 10% Phys damage reduction before mitigation using the Bone Armour instant skill that absorbs damage from you and your minions - and 10 minions means you get 30% to all resistances, easing gear requirements. Definitely one of the smoothest rides to my current level (82), and the equipment is still extremely sub-optimal. - The changes to Masters and Atlas progression is also great - You get daily misssions for the masters, and each time you complete a map you randomly get a chance to get a master mission added to the tally. As a result, you keep rocking maps until you run out of progression (ie. new map environments or tiers), and then hand over your next best map with Zana. She'll then pop up in the mission, and that gives a chance via her mission to find a map you haven't done, or even a unique map. Wonderful! In all, top league so far. I feel better about playing it until Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is out now, instead of forking out a wedge for Borderlands 3.
  4. Siri

    Path of Exile

    3.8 Going up TONIGHT! Here's 26 pages of patch notes. Here's an abridged version (warning, this guy swears a lot and probably requires lowering the volume): SHIT THAT MATTERS: - A second active skill bar by pressing Ctrl - Righteous Fire and other degen skills now break barrels things that you should probably know: - Summoners, mines and posion style attacks have a bunch of shit and they're probably good - Minion gems add max to minions as they level, and a whole bunch of bonuses. Level 21+ gems matter now to push minion limits. See above, probably good - Mana's getting fucked for spellcasters so you're either chugging flasks or going for the obvious Mind Over Matter / Eldritch Battery combo - Cyclone's lost a bunch of damage and area but it's still good because mechanics - Pulverise Support got shat on because it shat over everything in legion - Contagion lost a bunch of AoE because it shat over everything in legion - Impale mechanics are still good for absolutely no reason so abuse the shit out of it - Righteous Fire is now half scaled from your life, half flat fire damage instead of being completely scaled on life - Poet's Pen has had its cast spell on hit cooldown trigger time reduced to 0.15, which makes it much closer to its original "oh god this thing fucks everything" form. Don't sell it if you find one. 3.8 Build Ideas from Streamers, follow / avoid as you wish: Personally, I'm going to go with this build. Simply because I'm interested in animating skeletons AS WEAPONIZED BOMBS. See you motherfuckers in December for something other than PoE: Bloons!
  5. Had another go - I was convinced that the game was relying on directinput, maybe I need to look back at xinput - I tried option 2, but it made my right stick go haywire, so I got rid of camera controls. Outside of that and missing a button, it works pretty well. Enough that I got lost in the game again for a short while. And forgot to lock my party, so people popped in and said horrible things like 'yoo'. He left immediately when I responded, although he was lagging all over the place. Maybe my connection? I'm not entirely sure if they're getting around synth drops by just making whole weapons drop instead. It would make the materials useless, but I guess that's why they're making the JP technics/skills a money sink for the minute. I guess the thing about partying and communities now is that discord and Reddit exists now for immediate LFG stuff. Tbh, I know some of the old gang are on a Discord channel for Path of Exile stuff (me, mood, Willei and Marcface).
  6. Clementine does seem to be vastly improved since I last played - My Room stuff seems to be fully featured instead of straight up crashing. I still don't quite understand controller settings outside of using Steam Controller/Joy2key, mind. I would have thought an xinput thing would be enabled somewhere, but I guess it wasn't really the era for it.
  7. I don't run it, but I sure can send an invite! https://discord.gg/TQ6MKP PS. Everyone is terrible on the discord, be prepared
  8. Siri

    Gaming for free?

    Path of Exile and Warframe are both free, gives you free reign over accessing content (money is used for conveniences and cosmetics), and fun to play - in my own experience, for at least several hundred hours per game. Destiny 2's first year of content is going free to play under the New Light monicker in a couple of months - for all the faults in terms of how bungie handled the first year in terms of mechanics, that's still a ton of content to chew through, the improved gearing that was added to the game in year 2 benefits greatly, and even without that it's one of the most satisfying FPS games to play. As well your backlog, check out any games you might have got as part of another subscription - for example, Amazon Prime's Twitch Prime service giving out free games every month. EDIT: Also, don't forget free games from Epic Store, EA Origin and GOG on PC. As much as different storefronts cause grief, you can't beat the price of it all.
  9. Siri

    Path of Exile

    I'd watch what mods you're rolling on the T16s if possible, especially if you're slapping a Vaal Orb on it for the bonus completion - any more than one damage modifier and the guardians start slapping super hard. The Guardian bosses are also designed to completely shit up certain play styles and builds - With my own Slayer, Hydra and Chimera were super easy, Minotaur took five portals, and Phoenix involved two whole maps because the first map's mods were a complete bust (do NOT give that guy more AoE and damage unless you want to get one-shot across the arena when he does the explosion attack). Still, got my fragments. I've been wheeling and dealing via Red maps to make money for an Assassin's Mark on hit ring, but I'm hoping to beat up shaper in the next week or two. Depends if I get caught up with making too much bank in an effort to buy a headhunter! EDIT: scratch the assassin's mark ring off the list, as I finally rolled another shaper ring the amount that I spent in chaos and alterations doesn't bear thinking about, mind - don't do what I did and think it was an ordinary mod! Clear speed is super solid now, even on tier 16 maps - was able to kill Minotaur with only one death this time around, and that was with a global life mod, so it bodes well for shaper (he has 18.3 million hp in three phases, Minotaur had 12.5 and another 20-30% on top from the mod)
  10. Siri

    Xbox Game Pass

    Only just started Portia today on PC - yes, it does. I didn't notice any discernible breaks in movement when running forward with a pad and using mouse aim,.
  11. Looks good - I like the River City games, I liked Double Dragon Neon and I'm a fan of the late 80s/early 90s anime aesthetic, so I'm sold. River City Underground was fun mechanically, but it was pretty much a total grindfest - and by the time Conatus fixed it, one of the musicians who worked on the OST went completely mental and issued copyright takedowns on everything, meaning the game was removed from sale until they implemented a new soundtrack. Pretty awful situation, but at least Arc Systems isn't afraid of using the IP again.
  12. Always Phantasy Star Online. There's honestly a six degrees of separation thing going on that, upon hearing anything relating to the Dreamcast/GameCube, it will eventually lead me back to 'boy, maybe I should plug in [anything capable of playing DC/GC games] and play PSO'. Recent culprit being the recent Switch hacks, because portable PSO would be dead good. I get similar pangs for FFVIII, too. But that's because Triple Triad and stat manipulation is dead good, and less the actual game itself..
  13. Siri

    Xbox Game Pass

    Looking forward to at least four games out of that list immediately, and apparently Unavowed has stonking reviews on Steam. I'm not including Undertale as I've already played it, and it's easily one of my top favourite games of this generation, let alone years. I'm glad that Microsoft is getting in some smart picks for the PC Game Pass, even after the immense reveal of the initial list at E3. Let's hope it continues!
  14. Siri

    Path of Exile

    My suspicions turned out to be relatively correct about Slayer - the Overwhelm node is definitely an Uber Lab pick, and you're far better off going Headsman/Bane of Legends/Impact over the course of the ten acts. ... Of course, in the meantime, I've been playing as Champion Cyclone, now up to level 89 and have cleared all the white and yellow tiers of the atlas. I'm not that far off tackling Shaper, and it's definitely the furthest I've made in the game before getting bored. I think this is mainly down to currency - the Legion mechanic absolutely throws tons of currency at you, as well as some really interesting gear (pre-enchanted labyrinth helms, Atzoatl modded items, and veiled items). It's been a very good League to start on, especially as there's also avenues to really special items (Headhunter is a global Legion drop, and the divination card chests give out lots of Stacked Deck items which give you a random card - which can be anything up to a Doctor card worth 20+ exalts). The servers are constantly shitting themselves, mind, and that's really the biggest problem I've had with the game. I'm not entirely sure if this is down to oversubscription or a fault with instance generation, but I guess we'll find out in a few weeks when numbers fall.
  15. I'd personally say anything from two generations ago. So at the moment, PS2/GC/XB generation is categorised as retro to me now, but PS3/360/Wii is still relevant. Of course, we're nearing the end of this generation, and it's getting tougher to pick up some notable games as circulation slows down. The lines are muddier these days with HD Remasters up the wazoo, mind.
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