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  1. Have you created a Paradox account first? Won’t let you install mods unless you have (on Series X anyway, not sure about PC).
  2. Current mods you need to install for an instant 1000GS via Surviving Mars are “achieve seb” and “achieve seb2” It seems they take them down after a few days but these two are still up and just worked for me about 5 minutes ago.
  3. It’s a nice feature and was great for Call of the Sea (to use a recent example) but it completely failed for me when I popped in the AC Valhalla disc yesterday, expecting to be able to run it straight away. It seems that for cross-gen ‘enhanced for Series X’ games if you preload it before you have a valid license for the game it will download the Xbone version, so when you come to play it it will then tell you that the game requires an update and you then have to download the entire Series X version. It didn’t seem to recognise the disc’s license until that had been done either. ‘S
  4. AC Valhalla on Series X, as I'm getting it for Xmas. It's already installed on the console ready to go too, which is a great little feature that Microsoft have added, eliminating the need to wait for it to install from the disc on the day. I do enjoy a sumptuously expansive open-world romp at the best of times and rampaging around a 9th Century England gone to shit, caving in the skulls of puffed-up toffs and self-proclaimed Kings seems as if it'll be an almost topical, fitting and cathartic end to this horrific year. It's received its first big patch too so should be
  5. That's odd. It's been working fine for me since the update, including earlier today. Only slight annoyance that still remains is that if you use Quick Resume it doesn't update the daily seasonal challenges when you log back in again. It acts as if you were still on the day that you originally closed the game to the dashboard and the 'time remaining/time until active' will be the same as it was when you logged out. You have to close it down fully and log back in again for them to update. Hope they can fix that because until I figured out what was going on I missed out on a few as a
  6. Great stuff. Cheers Really can't fault the user experience with the Series X. Right out of the gate it's been a joy to use in pretty much every way.
  7. Am I correct in thinking that as I'm getting AC Valhalla for Xmas I can download it to my Series X now and then all I'll have to do is insert the disc to authorise it and play it on the day? It shouldn't require any further installation from the disc etc?
  8. I played through this a week or so ago. The combat’s very good once you have a selection of weapons (although the shotgun is a monster and pretty much all you need) and have unlocked all the skills. Hard to determine just how much input id Software had but it feels as gorgeously smooth and brutal as Doom and the way you can chain abilities and Overdrive together to absolutely annihilate hordes of enemies is incredibly gratifying. The problem is everything else. Avalanche make stunning-looking open worlds but they struggle to populate them with interesting things to do. Th
  9. I was in exactly the same boat and the £1 trick worked fine with my old account. As footle says, the only thing that affects it is whether you’ve bought GP before.
  10. New update has just beamed its way to my Series X which seems to have fixed the ‘unable to connect’ issues. Matchmaking now working again for the co-op seasonal events too.
  11. I just play the game normally, doing all the weekly stuff etc and then at the end of a session see what I have to put in the oven. Haven’t found myself short of anything yet. Grinding out specific ingredients sounds like a right chore. The Dawning lasts for a month so there’s no rush and I find it best to just have as a background thing rather than your main focus.
  12. It's possible (but then so's completing Dark Souls using a Guitar Hero controller) but it's far, far harder than it is in the first Dead Space as the combat encounters are much more varied and frantic. There's no achievement/trophy for it either, which is indicative of the devs making no allowance second time round for that sort of self-handicapped playstyle.
  13. Dead Space 2 is awesome. It leans more towards an action game than the outright survival horror of the first but the core premise and gameplay loop is pretty much the same and it’s still full of moments of sheer terror with some brilliant set-pieces to boot. One section in particular that is dripping in tension is probably the series’ highlight.
  14. Wasn't showing up for me either and I could only get the oven but no quest or bounties. Picked up the oven on my other two characters and the quest finally showed up on my third one. Made the first two recipes and could then switch back to the other characters and obtain the quest for them too. Bungo gonna Bungo.
  15. He's just trolling, like always. It's absolutely no guarantee of a great game (too many cooks and all that) but the team that Microsoft have put together is absolutely rammed with talent from some of the most feted devs in the industry. It's pretty much a development supergroup, so I'm really interested to see what they come up with. Big fan of Perfect Dark and the setting of an eco sci-fi Africa is a new one too, so initial impressions are very promising. Let's hope they can deliver the goods.
  16. Just came here to ask if anyone else was unable to join online sessions, so it’s reassuring that it’s not just me and it’s a known issue. Destiny aside, this has been by far my most played game since getting a Series X. It’s such a sumptuously polished and enjoyable experience and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve suddenly realised that I’ve just been cruising the rural Cotswolds lanes of my childhood without any particular aim, just enjoying the scenery, the sublime driving model that’s pitched perfectly between arcade and sim and zoning out while my mind wanders. All to
  17. The Lament is an absolute monster against Champions (it’s effective against barriers) and it’s by far the best choice for the second encounter in the raid. Correct combo is to rev it up then 3x light attacks and then one heavy attack. Also, I haven’t tested it with Lament yet but I know that with Falling Guillotine you can negate boss stomps by chaining light attacks. I used to do that on the end boss of the Prophecy dungeon and it absolutely melted him. Seeing as after you’ve revved the chainsaw on The Lament it will heal you on a hit then I can only imagine it works even better w
  18. Monster Sanctuary owns my soul.
  19. Yeah it’s designed to be accessible and easy to play but does provide a nice level of brain teasing at points along the way. I only really got stuck on that one puzzle for about half an hour but that doesn’t mean the others didn’t require some application of brain power to solve. It’s really well pitched in that regard I think. Not hard enough to bring the progression of the story to a grinding halt but not too easy that you barely have to think to solve them either.
  20. I think that finally puts to bed the question of how he would have fared against Khabib. Feel pretty confident in saying that he would have got demolished just like everyone else did. Shame to see him so slow and off the pace but Father Time waits for no-one and you don’t take a pasting of the likes he received from Gaethje without it having some sort of lasting effect. When the decline comes in this sport it’s often very rapid and fucking brutal to witness. Still one of the LW greats though no doubt but he’s well and truly out of the title picture for good now I think.
  21. Give us a shout when you get to the Pit of Heresy stage for Xenophage as you may find it tricky to LFG that these days. Sure the other guys would be willing to help there too.
  22. Up until The Last of Us Part 2 finally took the crown, I rated Dead Space as having the best sound design of any game I’d ever played. He makes a point of mentioning how that was a focus in the video that I posted. I’d put good money on The Callisto Protocol doing amazing things with the 3D audio capabilities of the new consoles.
  23. Glen Schofield at the helm is great news and this is easily one of my most anticipated games. It always irked me that after overseeing what I consider the best survival horror game of its era he then spent the next 10 years on Call of Duty. This is worth a watch to give an insight into the creative process of the original Dead Space:
  24. Really glad you persevered and got your first completion. You did great and once you get that first victory under your belt future runs become much easier with the familiarity of everything. Can be a bit intimidating if you’re not a seasoned raider but that’s a good raid to pop your cherry with I think as it’s fairly straightforward and there’s a decent amount of leeway if things go slightly awry (like say for example you have a troll in your team who throws an ice-wall grenade as everyone is running for their lives). Mwahahaha
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