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  1. Has anyone seen a list of exclusive playstation 5 games yet? I know Microsoft have released there exclusive launch titles and they do look good. I've always been a Playstation gamer and never owned an Xbox but S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, State of Decay 3 and Halo Infinite are tempting me away from the Sony machine. What has the Playstation 5 got coming out to tempt me back?
  2. A lot of people are unhappy that Steam has gone in the direction of social etc. Its a gaming platform after all and it seems they just want to add more bloat with each update. Trading cards? Who's interested? Groups? They just replicate Discord servers - badly. I don't want Steam for anything other than a gaming platform. Epic it seems is just a gaming platform.
  3. Zak

    8gb ram still worth?

    The short answer is no. The slightly longer answer is you will still be able to play some games with just 8 gig but you want at least 16 to play most 'heavy' (assume you mean major AAA titles) on anything but minimum settings without major frame rate issues. Ideally 32 gb of ram is desirable, but 16 should be adequate. Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X have 16gb so that should give you some idea of an industry standard moving forward. If you have only 8 you're going to be left behind as most games will default to 16 as a minimum. If you're unsure if you can play a particular game try going here: https://www.pcgamebenchmark.com and downloading the compatibility tester. It'll tell you what you can and cannot run.
  4. It's a difficult pill to swallow isn't it? As a gamer I want to scream "NO!" at my own thought process but the scary, inevitable truth is staring me in the face. I get it, don't misunderstand me, gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry and a dev studio can live or die by their last game. If they put out an unsuccessful title they don't earn enough to produce the next title. Its a bold move to do something different as failure can lead, ultimately, to the loss of revenue. Its safer to put out something you know works. Just look at Call of Duty; how many versions have their been now? And players keep lapping it up. The fear of failure impacts the decisions of the development studio.
  5. I apologise in advance for a bit of a rant here, but what on earth happened to original game development. Everything seems to be a copy of a copy of a copy. Its not just in games - Hollywood is just as guilty - but lets look at some titles coming out soon which are little more than reskins. There are two off the top of my head: WH40K - Darktide. It's by the same developer as Vermintide. They couldn't even be bothered to change the name significantly. Just take off Vermin and add Dark. This is a copyof Vermintide to appeal to a wider audience. Humankind - Take Civ 6 (or Civ 3, 4, 5 and 6!) and make it pretty. The same process applies. A different developer this time, but they're just churning out copies of games. Have there been any truly original titles recently? What are they?
  6. I'm not disputing it'll be a fun game, please don't get me wrong, I just don't see the point of taking an existing fun game and painting it a different colour and pretending its a different fun game. We see this too much these days. Cash grabs, cheap attempts at bringing in more buyers just by taking an existing game and tweaking it. Whatever happened to originality?
  7. It is interesting, I agree but I question the need for a porno-game, which is essentially what this is. It seems like there are many other interactive movie-games which could be successful. Just take a look at https://store.steampowered.com/app/1107790/The_Complex/ and https://store.steampowered.com/app/584980/Late_Shift/. These games have high production values and are not reliant upon sex as a selling point. It seems as if this is a poor attempt at suckering people in by allowing them to fantasise about shagging elves. Its not needed.
  8. It's fair to say Steam is the number one PC gaming service in the world and has been for a very long time. Easy access to your library, offers, community. It has it all. Epic is trying to challenge their dominance but the question is, can they? In August Epic will have A Total War Saga: Troy free for 24 hours and will keep the game as an exclusive for a year. Steam won't get the latest Total War title until 2021. A coup for Epic and evidence of their serious intention to rival Steam. But is it enough? Can Epic beat Steam?
  9. Every day is a school day. I've never had any trouble with any of these services and always considered them to be reputable. Thanks guys, for your input. I'm questioning myself now!
  10. By the same people who released Vermintide this looks like a simple reskin of an existing game to appeal to a wider fanbase. WH40K fans outstrip WHFB (Age of Sigma now!) by 10 to 1. Until I see something which proves it is very different to Vermintide there is little point in investing in this. Take a game and set it in spaaacccce for more dollar.
  11. I've never had an issue. I'd imagine if a key was used it wouldn't work for a second time. Same as stolen keys. They'd be blacklisted - or perhaps my naivety is showing!
  12. Zak

    Iron Conflict

    Anyone got this on their wishlist yet? Iron Conflict looks like the love child of Company of Heroes and Battlefield. 3v3, 5v5 or 10v10 team matches where each player chooses a cohort of units to deploy. Infantry scouts, tanks advance and jets provide air cover. Looks like a pretty interesting team game.
  13. There's been a few recently, but if you could remaster any old game which would it be? I would choose either Total Annihilation, which is my favourite game of all time or Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II - Kyle Katarn is a badass and being able to go Light Side or Dark Side was pretty novel for its time.
  14. I'm as honest and trustworthy as they come. I don't do piracy as without paying customers developers won't develop and publishers won't publish. Support the industry - buy your games.
  15. There's loads of sites which circumvent the Steam pricing strategy and offer money off what you'd expect to pay on the main site. I've not used full steam for purchases in a long time. Between instant-gaming, gamivo and cdkeys.com with humblebundle as a great offers service, there's no reason to pay full price for games on Steam.
  16. My first console was a Japanese import Megadrive. I then picked up a master system afterwards. My first gaming system was the Amstrad - I say mine, it was my step-dads in the 80s. I did have an old DOS machine though in the late 80s. Wolfenstein was superb.
  17. Most recently Gray Zone (its not been released yet, I have a preview copy). There’s a side mission where a group of travellers are being attacked. Help them? Or leave them to their fate. Before that, FrostPunk had a decent set of moral choices. Every law and decision had a consequence. Leaving kids to die in the snow because they’re not as effective as adults at work was tough.
  18. Really not my bag. I like to keep my porn and my gaming as separate entities. This is some kind of interactive video series, yes? I can see it being 99% fan base and 99% male characters getting killed off!
  19. Hi VGR. I’m Zak and I’ve been a gamer for longer than some of you have been alive. I started gaming on the Amstrad CPC 464 in the mid-eighties playing games which loaded via tape cassettes. Games like Harrier Attack and Daley Thompson’s Decathalon. Since then I’ve had pretty much every console released but PC gaming has always been my main vice. Recently upgraded to be able to play all the major AAA releases - Jedi Fallen Order on max settings is beautiful - but strategy gaming is where I love to be. There’s nothing better than building an empire to stand the test of time.
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