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8 minutes ago, Lorfarius said:

I'll push on for a bit and see what happens. Does feel a bit weird how the robots are pure copy n paste through every battle right at the start of the game. Doesn't give me the best of impressions after the intro was a good bit of alien fun.


Yeah, it felt a little odd, truth be told.

 

To be honest though, the biggest WTF I’ve had with the Coalition’s games are the complete transformation of J.D...I honestly didn’t know who he was when I started Gears 5 :P

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My biggest issue with the robots is that they’re nowhere near as fun to dismantle as the ones in Binary Domain, which was basically a Gears knockoff anyway. 
 

The enemy variety is upped considerably in the next one, they may even have surpassed the Halo series in sheer numbers.

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On 09/07/2021 at 16:38, tobert said:

I don't have space to put it vertical or behind the telly.  Horizontal doesn't look anywhere near as a good as vertical, however the "vent forward" looks a bit better and means all the heat is dispelled.

 

Edit: now with picture, didn't realise how dusty the soundbar is...

 

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Soundbars are the work of The Devil. Stoory soundbars are even worse! Be gone, Satan!

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17 hours ago, carlospie said:

Is risk of rain one and two any good?

If you like rogue likes you’ll like Risk of Rain. I played RoR2 quite a bit on PS4 but after a while I realized I was fighting the controls more than the game so I tried it out with mouse and keyboard on PC and Ineas totally sold. It really is non stop action with a lot of strategy and skill involved.

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Just now, Rayn said:

If you like rogue likes you’ll like Risk of Rain. I played RoR2 quite a bit on PS4 but after a while I realized I was fighting the controls more than the game so I tried it out with mouse and keyboard on PC and Ineas totally sold. It really is non stop action with a lot of strategy and skill involved.

Edit: By fighting the controls I just mean that I’m not very good at fast paced precision aiming using a pad. Being a PC gamer for 15+ years straight ruined my controller skills. I’ve seen loads of people doing impressive stuff on RoR2 using a controller, I’m just not one of them.

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On 10/07/2021 at 13:34, JoeK said:

Is it me, or is the build quality in the new Series controllers markedly more shite than before?

 

I've had this one since the beginning of the year, and it doesn't get absurdly high use, but the right bumper sticks like an absolute bugger. I opened it up to see what was going on, and there's this incredibly thin piece of sticky foam/sponge that in theory deadens the sound of the thing when pressed, but this has flown off, leaving sticky residue on the thing. Whilst I got that off, I'm now left with a noisy old controller that annoys me no end.

 

Never had this problem with my trusty 360 one :P

 

edit: little rubber slice, masking tape and super glue. It's quiet again...not sure how long it'll last, but it'll do for now.

Xbox controllers have terrible build quality full stop

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10 hours ago, sandman said:

Xbox controllers have terrible build quality full stop

 

I use a use an original 360 pad on the PC. It's still going fine.  One of our One pads works fine, despite being chew by the dog and full of teeth marks.  Based on my massive sample I don't agree.

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I believe I’ve some experience with pad failures, and the numbers are about even (PS4 stick rot aside) for both consoles.

 

I think they’re quite good, in the right hands, so to speak. But will suffer higher rates of “wear and tear” among the doyens of a gaming forum, non?

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The only thing wrong with my 360 pads are that the little texture on top of the sticks have worn out, nothing like the stick rot of DS4. I've had no issues with the XB1 pads. Now, joycons? Even ones purchased recently? They're a complete joke.

 

I think apart from design issues (joycons.. in general. The weak rubber on DS4 sticks. Design issues on Elites?) I suspect they're all much of a muchness, and wear at about the rate you'd expect them to. Although, I completely agree on the texture of plastic on the Series pads, it's lousy. I wish they had the rubber back of my Forza ed XB1 pad, although I assume the Elite does. Anyway, my kids have treated the Xbox pads like crap for years, so I don't agree that they "have terrible build quality full stop".

 

Fascinating pad discussion aside, could someone please recommend a cheap headset for the kids to use? Right now, they're yelling from upstairs to downstairs, and vice versa, while playing Grounded multiplayer. I had enough of this so had them setup a party and use earbuds that happen to have mics built in. But they're pretty awful and they could do with having the mic closer to the mouth.

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3 hours ago, TehStu said:

The only thing wrong with my 360 pads are that the little texture on top of the sticks have worn out, nothing like the stick rot of DS4. I've had no issues with the XB1 pads. Now, joycons? Even ones purchased recently? They're a complete joke.

 

I think apart from design issues (joycons.. in general. The weak rubber on DS4 sticks. Design issues on Elites?) I suspect they're all much of a muchness, and wear at about the rate you'd expect them to. Although, I completely agree on the texture of plastic on the Series pads, it's lousy. I wish they had the rubber back of my Forza ed XB1 pad, although I assume the Elite does. Anyway, my kids have treated the Xbox pads like crap for years, so I don't agree that they "have terrible build quality full stop".

 

Fascinating pad discussion aside, could someone please recommend a cheap headset for the kids to use? Right now, they're yelling from upstairs to downstairs, and vice versa, while playing Grounded multiplayer. I had enough of this so had them setup a party and use earbuds that happen to have mics built in. But they're pretty awful and they could do with having the mic closer to the mouth.

I got my boys some Turtle Beach ones that seem decent enough.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NQXBZM9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_233NCPV5V2GXFEFZJ38K?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

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Just started Doom Eternal again after the recent upgrade. I remember it feeling a bit off when I first played it, but it’s staggeringly good. Think I might even prefer it to the first new one.

 

It seems to run steadily at 60fps with full ray-tracing, so I’m wondering why you’d ever choose not to do that. Resi VIII was the same.

 

Seems weird that lesser games like Fallen Order take a significant fps hit when in pretty mode, even once upgraded.

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2 hours ago, womblingfree said:

It seems to run steadily at 60fps with full ray-tracing, so I’m wondering why you’d ever choose not to do that. Resi VIII was the same.

Awesome. I couldn't remember which Doom to grab, haven't played any since 3. Meant to ask which I should play :)

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16 minutes ago, TehStu said:

Awesome. I couldn't remember which Doom to grab, haven't played any since 3. Meant to ask which I should play :)

Play Doom Eternal, there’ll be people here who tell you to play 2016 first, and that it’s better, but they’re dead wrong. 

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3 hours ago, womblingfree said:

Seems weird that lesser games like Fallen Order take a significant fps hit when in pretty mode, even once upgraded.

Just down to the engine.

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1 hour ago, TehStu said:

Awesome. I couldn't remember which Doom to grab, haven't played any since 3. Meant to ask which I should play :)

DOOM 2016 is perfect DOOM. Everything is exactly as it should be. Doom Eternal is the Halo 2 of Doom, with iD Software convinced of their lore exposition skills and going way too zany in tone, making it awkward. While the combat in Doom 2016 is a perfect thrilling balance of balls to the wall action, they decided to stack systems upon systems upon systems in Eternal as if Xzibit was in charge of producing the sequel, taking away from the purity of the first. Like Halo 2 it has a handful of loud fans who are a tad too defensive, but Doom 2016 is one of the best shooters ever made and Eternal is not.

 

Hope that helps :)

 

 

 

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@TehStuI'll help you with an actual answer, more serious and actually useful. Doom 2016 is the safe choice. *Everyone* loved that game. It's brilliant. Doom Eternal is incredibly divisive. A lot of people dislike it and say it's worse, a lot of people loved it and say it's better. But all agree that Doom 2016 is brilliant fun. So you can't go wrong with that one. Play Eternal after and see if you like it

 

Edit: you already decided :)

 

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Definitely start with 2016. Eternal - for me - has a groove that doesn't get established for hours of gameplay, but once it clicks in, it's absolutely incredible. Like, genuinely thrilling, tense, strategic mayhem in the combat, dynamic scenes that look like they've been ripped from metal album covers. But it builds on 2016.

 

They're fantastic games, but I'll give eternal one black mark at least for having unreadable tiny text and icons on the in game UI and title screens.

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Doom Eternal makes me feel really bloody old, I play it on Easy and it’s still like having Skittles fired at me while I’ve got a hangover. But it is absolutely incredible, so get that one. 

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1 hour ago, carlospie said:

Read dead two is like an ever lasting game. I feel it should have ended hours ago.

And you're probably still only a third of the way in. Bloated beyond tolerable sense that was. 

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2 hours ago, Wahwah* said:

Not for me. I like it very much.

It's definitely not a bad game, I was stunned by how little I enjoyed playing it though, which is why I say disappointing sequel - I wanted a completely different type of game from what they delivered.

 

It's almost a different genre, from a pure and brilliant FPS to a story-laden first person... character action game?!

 

I suppose it's better than doing the same thing over again. 

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After going from 2016 Doom to Eternal it can be a bit jarring as they’re very different, but Eternal has so much more depth, more variety and is more beautiful. It all at once reminds me of a perfect arcade game, but with D&D elements and weirdly it sometimes reminds me of a Platinum game.

 

Doom 2016 is merely amazing.

 

They’re both essential really.

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