FC5 Can.$26.40 'til the 28th @ Ubi

From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)18 Dec 2018 16:02
To: Manthorp 11 of 146
Yeah I like the looks of the 'Nam dlc, though it's extra cost.

I'm leaning towards the purchase, with the 20% discount it's very close to the price in the thread title. Will hold off another day or two to ponder... what's the sandbox like? FC3's is ace, at least with the mod I put on it. I still play it quite a bit, even though FC4 is slowly edging it out.


This review sez the 'nam dlc is worth it, the zombie not (and TBH, it looks like a pimped-out L4D2)
EDITED: 18 Dec 2018 20:54 by DSMITHHFX
From: Manthorp18 Dec 2018 23:26
To: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 12 of 146
The sandbox is a bit limp because the core game ending moves the goalposts significantly. Nuff said.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)19 Dec 2018 14:59
To: Manthorp 13 of 146
OK... Hmmm, VotY DLC is on sale for six bucks. ubi store checkout not working atm  :-(

Bought FC4 through Humble instead of ubi store could explain that.

VotY is ~Can.$17 on steam, so I'll pass on that for now. This is starting to look like FC5 by default...

OTOH https://www.gog.com/game/dying_light_the_following_enhanced_edition  :-O
EDITED: 20 Dec 2018 11:29 by DSMITHHFX
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)21 Dec 2018 14:01
To: ALL14 of 146
I figger after 4, I'll be ready to give the FC universe a rest* and go back into the Dead Island [-ish] universe...

Dying Light The Following FTW.**

*I'll likely check out VotY when a suitable discount pops up.

** and with the purchase I got two free gog games: Fantasy General, a stupid, $1.99 retro game that I will never play, and Everspace, a $32.99 space blaster that looks like it could be kind of fun.
EDITED: 21 Dec 2018 14:19 by DSMITHHFX
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)22 Dec 2018 18:12
To: ALL15 of 146
So gog games now has it's own game wrapper thing like steam and ubi. why can't these motherfuckers learn to get along? Anyhoo downloading 24G DLTF now.
From: graphitone22 Dec 2018 20:42
To: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 16 of 146

Distance learning task force?

Not even Urban Dictionary has anything for that...
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)22 Dec 2018 21:40
To: graphitone 17 of 146
Check my previous post for a clue.
From: graphitone22 Dec 2018 22:23
To: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 18 of 146
You mean I have to re-read the thread? Pah, I've been through it once and if it didn't stand out then, it's not worth looking back.  :-@
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)22 Dec 2018 23:08
To: graphitone 19 of 146
Dying Light The Following.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)17 Jan 2019 20:12
To: ALL20 of 146
FC5 now on humble for CA$31.81 (it's like 80 bucks in the ubistore, I guess these mofos have yet to figure out how the internet works) ... I think I'll keep waiting on this one.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)11 Feb 2019 11:43
To: ALL21 of 146
Bought it last night, last day of the Lunar NY sale for Can$20 - 20% ubi points discount.

I'll refrain until I've done justice to 4, I swear.  :-$
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)16 Feb 2019 02:30
To: ALL22 of 146
This mofo is 52GB  8-O
From: graphitone16 Feb 2019 08:10
To: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 23 of 146
I'm starting a replay through FC4, the intro story makes a lot more sense after a play through.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)16 Feb 2019 13:50
To: graphitone 24 of 146
I'll be doing a replay on 'hard' difficulty, right now I'm redoing base caps with different load outs.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)16 Feb 2019 23:26
To: ALL25 of 146
Finished the ~20 hour download  :-S
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)17 Feb 2019 13:11
To: ALL26 of 146
Whalp, curiosity got the better of me so I started in on 5. First off it had to install a ton of D3d and dotnet whatnots (alarmingly a "Windows 8.1 update"), then it rebooted into a blank screen. After a hard reset I was finally able to launch the actual game.

The intro logo video was choppy, though nice to see it's a product of my hometown, at least partly (Toronto/Montreal).

In video options, it was preset to all lowest on 1280x800 (on my hd1080p display) except for the AA. I dialed that down a notch, which showed up right away in the 3D-engine rendered darkened church scene as odd highlight glitches, but at least without stuttering -- my rig is barely up to this monstah.

The opening sequence followed the familiar canonical FC escape path, and I have to say I liked this start better than those of 3 and 4, partly because I all ready knew what to expect, partly because it was just a better job all around (practice makes perfect I suppose), and the story is based on some kind of reality I can directly relate to. The night forest, busted-up cabin shootout and wild pickup chase scenes are perfect, and thus far I really like the guns. The rednecks are armed to the teeth like most rural Americans, stupidly brazen, aren't bullet-sponges, and can be dropped by one or two hits anywhere in their bodies.

EDITED: 17 Feb 2019 13:16 by DSMITHHFX
From: Manthorp18 Feb 2019 21:42
To: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 27 of 146
It's a great ride - enjoy it - but was, and so far is, a one-time play. This may have to do with my relationship with the narrative (don't seek gameplay spoilers as I think they may do what they say on the tin).

The angling sub-game is a genuine pleasure and a welcome time-out from the action.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)19 Feb 2019 15:13
To: Manthorp 28 of 146
Thanks for the heads up. If the replay possibilities seem too boring, I'll check out some of the user maps which look like they could be fun (and some were made by ubi's own level designers).

On the technical side, I was able to boost the resolution to 1366x768 and max AA without penalty, except the AA makes it blurry, so I'll dial that back. No stuttering so far. I was hoping to enable full 1920 res by dropping the fps to 30, but the only choices are 50 or 60.

I captured the wee island in the middle of things without any difficulty, and got the briefing on the different areas of the sandbox (basically Seed's family of inbreds -- the compound bow completes the "Deliverance" vibe). I also got an overachiever helper dude, who kind of spoiled the last fight by running on ahead and killing everyone before I got there. The terrain looks like I imagine Vancouver Island -- never been, but seen some pics and movies shot there.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)20 Feb 2019 01:06
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Got the doggy. This is too easy!
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)24 Feb 2019 13:55
To: ALL30 of 146
Spent yesterday evening crashing around in the puckerbrush, got caught up in a couple of missions: go retrieve so and so's bulletproof, crashproof pickup, find a stash of supplies without being electrocuted (failed at both), got killed about 20 times, learned how to fly a plane, learned I needed a parachute, killed about 50 rednecks...

Oh yeah, got attacked by a wolverine, which is like the honey badger of FC5, and bears in FC5 are as hard to kill as rhinos in 4. Still only got one main weapon, one side-arm, and a baseball bat.
EDITED: 24 Feb 2019 14:09 by DSMITHHFX