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  1. Guild Wars 2 - RLLMUK server: "Desolation"

    Does seem to happen in some of these MMO threads, were it becomes a lone voice or two. Is interesting reading your recent escapades on it though. You are well ahead of my own progress. I stopped with both GW2 and ESO for the past few months as I simply got overrun with other games and started to get into WoW Legion again (levelled my Shaman to 110, and now doing the same with a DK). I know I should return to GW2 at some point. As an aside I did nearly purchase BDO in the current Steam sale. I look enviously at the combat but really don't want another time-sink game (particularly one that really needs further expenditure) and like PoE just trying not to think about it too much.
  2. Tom Clancy's The Division

    Yep, I suspect the West Side Pier area was probably from the abandoned original year two, paid content. Therefore they probably have other content that was cut that might not be re-usable for any sequel.
  3. Tom Clancy's The Division

    I wonder if TD2 is this recently delayed game An announced “franchise sequel,” delayed from Fiscal 2018-19 to Fiscal 2019-20 I have just under 200 hrs in The Division, but was very disappointed when Ubisoft abandoned further expansion packs for year two of the game (http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-03-09-theres-good-news-and-bad-news-on-the-division-year-two & http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-03-02-ubisoft-responds-to-shadow-of-doubt-hanging-over-the-divisions-future). So unfortunately it looks like further major content isn't coming for the first game. For me it shares some of the same issues that Destiny 2 (and 1) has, where there is a skeleton crew left to support the DLC, whilst the majority of the studio's resources works on the sequel and other projects. Which is getting old fast. The only looter shooter which seems to have the full commitment of the developer, is Warframe where Digital Extremes are really pushing and growing their game with long-term support. Apart from WF, TD is one of my favourite 3rd person shooters this gen though. I had fun with the last global event and patch, which made the game slightly easier. I hope the sequel builds on the first game.
  4. Destiny 2

    Absolutely agree that Bungie are prioritising the development of future releases over maintenance, and how the DLC is likely done in advance. However Bungie must be working on multiple releases at the same time. Even with the late reboot of Destiny 2, Activision acknowledged they were working on this game almost immediately after the release of the first game. So there must be seperate teams working on the D2 Expansion (2018) and D3 sequel (2019) now. D2 was a year late so surely they will return to the planned schedule of major releases every other year, as outlined in the original contract.
  5. Destiny 2

    Isn't it just that most of their resources are likely working on future projects; so D2 expansion for later this year, and D3 next year (assuming they return to the original schedule)? And this leaves a skeleton team to maintain the game - hence the slow updates or lack of major changes and content. Maybe #controversialopiniontime but a lot these so called GaaS seem to me to be GaaP with a roadmap for DLC content. And it seems that's farmed out to satellite studios or made in advance. Other AAA games seem similar, i.e. The Division got a lot of praise recently for it's 1.8 update but in reality was lots of new recursive game modes and a new area likely taken from the cancelled Year 2 content they abandoned. It's clear that Massive and other Ubisoft studios are very likely working on the sequel and the new Avatar games.
  6. 2017, the worst year of gaming ever?

    The problem is potentially great games were destroyed, or at least made much worse by the greed of the developers and publishers. It kills a lot of my enthusiasm for upcoming games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Anthem, knowing they will be infested with microtransactions. As you say lots of great games this year and overall a great year for gaming. But I think SkillUp raises some valid concerns.
  7. Tom Clancy's The Division

    Nice guide. However I do think it should mention that drops might be limited to certain locations/NPC's, i.e. that certain exotic items will only drop from a particular NPC or type of cache etc. And that leads players to search for more info.
  8. Tom Clancy's The Division

    I probably should have been more specific, in that the game feels slightly easier solo since the patch landed, not just the current GE. My Lightweight M4 (rolled as 283 or 284 upon the patch) is the same primary gun I had before. It seems to chew through enemies quicker than before, and I no longer have to run health perks/Nomad and/or tactical link just to bring the heavies down on the rooftop setpiece. The TTK seems significantly lower. I did read somewhere that the scaling for each player is improved now but I don't know if that's the case.
  9. Tom Clancy's The Division

    I'm finding this much easier now, since the update. I assume that's a side effect of the gear going past the 256 GS. My Lightweight M4 + MC Skulls Gloves + HE Build is around 276/277 depending on secondary weapon. By no means absolutely mined - maxed but was a solid PVE build back in the 1.4-1.6 days when I played the game a lot. I used to struggle with Lexington @ Challenging Solo and could only get through with some luck and the Tactical Link skill equipped. However tonight I've been able to easily go through the mission a few times and the heavy machine gunners are much easier to bring down. Really like that it's more solo friendly.
  10. Tom Clancy's The Division

    Tried the new patch pretty soon after going live. I haven't played properly for a while (I think I last tried the game 1.5/6) but I had a very good HE set + Skull Gloves + Lightweight M4 that put me on 275 Gear Score (although I had to choose WT5 as it placed me in WT4). I've got this up a couple of points further just by changing weapons. Not sure I want to get into this again, but should really have a go at the new area, and the new updated Underground.
  11. Marvel Heroes

    Yes, only after you reach max level (70) you start earning paragon points.
  12. Marvel Heroes

    Yep, agreed. It was a fun ARPG despite it's flaws and there were still characters I would have liked to play. I think this is once again a reminder that committing time or money to (most) of these online GaaS/service games can be a risk as you don't know how long servers will be on for. Would be nice if someone ran a private server but I'm not sure that's realistic.
  13. Marvel Heroes

    Turns out Gazillion didn't have a 10-year contract at all, according to one of it's former employees. On their forums someone else made a similar point, that Gazillion had temporarily extended the PC game's licence for 6-months when the console version was released earlier this year and they had financially come very close to closing back then. Neither Gazillion management nor Marvel representatives have so far issued an explanation for the closure of the company. However, in the video below, Anthony Gallegos, who worked at Gazillion for almost three years, told Kinda Funny Games' Greg Miller the March 2017 release of the console version of Marvel Heroes did not bring in as much money as the company had expected. Gazillion then suffered a damaging round of layoffs that saw around 30 people let go, and, according to Gallegos, the developer actually lost its contract to run Marvel Heroes back in October. "When we lost the ability to run it, they were trying to negotiate something to bring it back," he said. "To be clear, this isn't like a, Disney's the bad guy thing. There were obligations Gazillion had in this contract and something must have not worked out and so Marvel pulled the plug. It's just business. I'm sure there was something that was like, if you don't do this, then we pull the plug. That's how it goes." http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-11-28-marvel-heroes-shuts-down-over-a-month-earlier-than-planned
  14. Elder Scrolls Online - Morrowind

    Apologies a bit late, but ZOS are doing another free crate weekend for their new upcoming season (probably going to be the norm now): https://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en-gb/news/post/26249?Introducing-the-Flame-Atronach-Crown-Crates-&-Giveaway-Weekend In short login today, tomorrow and Sunday and kill an enemy to earn a free crate (up to 3 for each day) from the new season.
  15. Let's talk about Loot Boxes

    Indeed, but it's a start. And even if it takes time it feels like things are moving in the right direction. Btw way to go Hawaii too...Star Wars Battlefront loot boxes are gambling, say Belgian authorities - Hawaii also considers legislation against "Star Wars-themed online casino"

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