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Friday news, part two and last for this week:

This War of Mine invites you resolve existential questions in new DLC
https://www.pcgamer.com/this-war-of-mine-invites-you-resolve-existential-questions-in-new-dlc/
This War of Mine, 11 bit Studios' haunting survival management game, isn't done with its grim warzone stories and distressing morality tests. A third piece of narrative-driven DLC is heading our way, promising another gloomy scenario and some big existential quandaries.

The aliens have arrived in Arma 3
https://www.pcgamer.com/the-aliens-have-arrived-in-arma-3/
I really like the idea of extraterrestrials in Arma 3. There's something about a modern military FPS that's famously devoted to realism being overrun by an alien invasion that just tickles me. Of course, this is Arma, and so it's not a full-on Mars Attacks scenario: Instead, Arma 3 Contact is a confused first contact situation where no one knows what's going on, and you're one of the front-line flunkies who gets to stick his finger in the water to see if it's hot.

Fallout 76 hotfix removes top players from the map in survival mode
https://www.pcgamer.com/fallout-76-hotfix-removes-top-players-from-the-map-in-survival-mode/
Fallout 76 is going through a rough patch thanks to its last, um, patch. On the plus side, a hotfix arrived today that made a few bug fixes, balance changes, and UI tweaks. Perhaps most importantly, the hotfix made a pretty significant change to Fallout 76's survival mode.

Jupiter Hell, the spiritual successor to a Doom roguelike, comes to Steam Early Access next week
https://www.pcgamer.com/jupiter-hell-the-spiritual-successor-to-a-doom-roguelike-comes-to-steam-early-access-next-week/
Jupiter Hell is basically Doom, if Doom was a top-down, turn-based roguelike—and set on Jupiter instead of Mars, obviously. In fact, it's the spiritual successor to Doom, the Roguelike, shorn of any references to its original inspiration. DoomRL wasn't exactly authorized by Bethesda, and you can't go around calling your game "Doom" if you don't have some kind of legally-binding agreement in place that allows you to do so (DoomRL is now known as DRL for the same reason).

Fit For a King is a Henry VIII sim where you can marry and execute everything
https://www.pcgamer.com/fit-for-a-king-is-a-henry-viii-sim-where-you-can-marry-and-execute-everything/
Henry VIII lived large. He got through six wives, founded his own Church so he could get divorced and pretty much executed everyone. He also liked tennis. Fit For a King is a Henry VIII simulator that tries to capture some of that life and the result is something that looks like Ultima but reminds me more of Reigns.

LSD: Lost Sandy Desert is a free, far out trip on an alien planet
https://www.pcgamer.com/lsd-lost-sandy-desert-is-a-free-far-out-trip-on-an-alien-planet/
Dune's Arrakis isn't the only alien planet to carry a hallucinogenic substance. Take, for example, the pink flowers in the aptly named LSD: Lost Sandy Desert. To survive in the ruddy hot desert you find yourself in, you'll have to munch much of the plant-life, and every time you devour one, the world will warp in surreal manner before your eyes.

Massive JRPG Disgaea is free for the weekend
https://www.pcgamer.com/massive-jrpg-disgaea-is-free-for-the-weekend/
Demonic JRPG Disgaea has shed its price for the weekend on Steam, letting everyone play for free until July 28. A weekend doesn't give you much time to sink your teeth into what is an impossibly huge game, but it should be enough to help you decide if you want in for the long haul.
>> If you want to keep playing it after that, the game is also 70% off.

Let's end the news by checking the GOG and Steam deals for the weekend:

+GOG

+Steam

That's all folks! Have a happy and gaming weekend.



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Humble Monthly got Kingdom Come this month. Currently trying it out. I'm still in the prologue but so far it seems very solid. The writing really is great and they absolutely nailed the medieval feel in both design and atmosphere. Graphics are pretty good but could be slightly better. Performance on my 1080 at 1440p on very high settings is around 60fps. There are weird dips in cutscenes below 30fps that cause the sound to go out of sync and is quite annoying. The cutscenes are really great, so it hurts double.
Gameplay wise it's standard fare. Melee seems refined and responsive for the most part but I hope I won't have to use it much, since I'm going for a stealthy archer build. There are plenty of skill perks, maybe too many. Having perks that buff a certain aspect but debuff another is a neat thing and adds to the realism.

There are 2 big things that are just terrible game design.
1. You still need a special item to be able to save anywhere. This doesn't really add much to the game and is simply just annoying. A game where you can basically die at random should let you save at any point. Definitely gonna mod that once I get to the open world portion.
2. They use the shitty level system from Elder Scrolls, learning by doing. While this is supposed to add to the realism since it works much like real life it's terrible in execution. It forces the player to cheese the system and as a result the player will behave entirely unrealistic. For example run and jump around to increase vitality, killing farm animals to increase hunting skills, look for random fights to increase melee skills etc. It just feels bad. I will have to hope that the game is engaging enough for me to overlook this.

Still, so far it's better than I expected. Apart from the stupid game design choices it very much feels like a polished Gothic.



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vivster said:
Humble Monthly got Kingdom Come this month. Currently trying it out. I'm still in the prologue but so far it seems very solid. The writing really is great and they absolutely nailed the medieval feel in both design and atmosphere. Graphics are pretty good but could be slightly better. Performance on my 1080 at 1440p on very high settings is around 60fps. There are weird dips in cutscenes below 30fps that cause the sound to go out of sync and is quite annoying. The cutscenes are really great, so it hurts double.
Gameplay wise it's standard fare. Melee seems refined and responsive for the most part but I hope I won't have to use it much, since I'm going for a stealthy archer build. There are plenty of skill perks, maybe too many. Having perks that buff a certain aspect but debuff another is a neat thing and adds to the realism.

There are 2 big things that are just terrible game design.
1. You still need a special item to be able to save anywhere. This doesn't really add much to the game and is simply just annoying. A game where you can basically die at random should let you save at any point. Definitely gonna mod that once I get to the open world portion.
2. They use the shitty level system from Elder Scrolls, learning by doing. While this is supposed to add to the realism since it works much like real life it's terrible in execution. It forces the player to cheese the system and as a result the player will behave entirely unrealistic. For example run and jump around to increase vitality, killing farm animals to increase hunting skills, look for random fights to increase melee skills etc. It just feels bad. I will have to hope that the game is engaging enough for me to overlook this.

Still, so far it's better than I expected. Apart from the stupid game design choices it very much feels like a polished Gothic.

That leveling system is quite old, and if incorporated properly it can be pretty satisfying. Thing is, most games respawn enemies, so you can game the system. Funny you mention Gothic, since Gothic does not respawn enemies at random, rather after crucial points in story (IIRC after chapters) and they are all placed by designers, not at random.

There will always be ways to game a system, in XP system it's usual XP farming...unless you limit a player in certain ways, whether it's ticking clock on your main quest, non-respawing enemies, XP only for finishing quests, one guild refusing to teach you if you belong to other guild...



Sad for the Hand of Fate developers. Really hope they can survive and get enough money together to continue development at a later point in time.



Surprise! Today the news come a bit earlier than usual as, but don't worry, there's still a lot of them:

SALES & DEALS

Steam's Top 10

  1. Survivor Pass 4: Aftermath
  2. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  3. Valve Index VR Kit
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. NieR:Automata
  6. Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition
  7. Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  8. Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  9. DOOM
  10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

GOG's weekly sale is "space, the middle ages and something in between", with basically a bit of everything up to 90% off: https://www.gog.com/promo/20190729_weekly_sale

Steam has two new daily deals:

And at Fanatical there are two new deals:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

Download this hotfix if Nvidia’s recent GPU driver made your mouse act wonky
https://www.pcgamer.com/download-this-hotfix-if-nvidias-recent-gpu-driver-made-your-mouse-act-wonky/
Nvidia earlier this week rolled out a GeForce driver update (v431.60 WHQL) that introduced official support for the GeForce RTX 2080 Super and optimizations for Wolfenstein: Youngblood, but it also broke the normal operation of some mice. If your mouse cursor has been acting erratically since applying the driver, there is a hotfix available for that very issue.
According the support page for the hotfix driver (v431.68), it addresses an issue where the "mouse cursor may render incorrectly after exiting a game."
>> Available from here.

The Khronos Group announced the OpenXR 1.0 specifications for virtual and augmented reality
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/the-khronos-group-announced-the-openxr-1-0-specifications-for-virtual-and-augmented-reality/
The Khronos Group announced today the ratification and public release of the OpenXR 1.0 specification together with publicly available implementations and substantial ecosystem momentum. OpenXR is a unifying, royalty-free, open standard that provides high-performance, cross-platform access to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)— collectively known as XR—platforms and devices. The new specification can be found on the Khronos website and via GitHub.

MODS/EMULATORS

TopazGigaPixel AI-enhanced HD Texture Packs released for over 150 classic Nintendo 64 games
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/topazgigapixel-ai-enhanced-hd-texture-packs-released-for-over-150-nintendo-64-classic-games/
Nintendo 64 fans, here is something really special for you today. Gaming Revived has been releasing AI-enhanced HD Texture Packs for a lot of Nintendo 64 games that PC gamers can enjoy via various emulators. What this means is that we can finally enjoy all the classic N64 games with better textures thanks to the newly introduced AI enhancement techniques.
Gaming Revived has released HD Texture Packs for a lot of classic Nintendo 64 games, such as Baanjo Kazooie, Conkers Bad Fur Day, Crusin USA, Destruction Derby, Diddy Kong Racing, Donkey Kong 64, F-Zero X, GoldenEye 64, MarioKart64, Mission Impossible, Mortal Kombat 4, Perfect Dark, PilotWings 64, Pokemon Snap, Quake64, Rayman 2, Ridge Racer, Road Rash, Rogue Squadron, Shadow of the Empire, Star Fox 64, Mario 64, Zelda Ocarina of Time, Turok and more.
>> You can download these AI-enhanced HD Texture Packs by joining the Discord server for the project. The emulator is up to you.

New version of first-person mod for Mass Effect Andromeda removes head bobbing, packs various fixes
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/new-version-of-first-person-mod-for-mass-effect-andromeda-removes-head-bobbing-packs-various-fixes/
Modder ‘wavebend’ has released a new version of his cool first-person mod for Mass Effect: Andromeda. This mod lets you experience the latest Mass Effect game via a completely different camera perspective, supporting both exploration and combat scenarios.
Version 1.1f features a reworked sniper scoping camera for first person as the previous one had incorrect height while crouched and very badly positioned overall. Moreover, it removes head bobbing action while zooming/aiming down sights in all scenarios.
>> If you want it, head to Nexus Mods.

Unreal 1998 Fan Remake in Unreal Engine 4 showcased with Ray Tracing effects
https://www.dsogaming.com/screenshot-news/unreal-1998-fan-remake-in-unreal-engine-4-showcased-with-ray-tracing-effects/
Back in 2018, we informed you about a fan remake of the first Unreal game in Unreal Engine 4. DKG-Prog has been working on this project since then and has shared some new screenshots showing some RTX ray tracing effects that were implemented thanks to Unreal Engine 4.

Demo for Unreal Gold port in GZDoom Engine is now available for download
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/demo-for-unreal-gold-port-in-gzdoom-engine-is-now-available-for-download/
Let me start this article by saying that I really don’t know why someone has decided to port the classic Unreal game into the GZDoom Engine. I mean, GZDoom is not THAT advanced compared to Unreal Engine so I don’t really know what is happening here. Still, I find it really cool witnessing a 1:1 port of Unreal in a completely different engine, which is why I decided to share it with you.
Modder ‘dbdarius1’ has released a demo of his Unreal Gold port in GZDoom Engine so that everyone can download and test it. This demo features the Vortex 2 map and lets you test some weapons, mechanics, atmosphere, items and more.
>> The reason to do something like this is easy: because he can. In any case. you can get the demo from ModDB.

Someone is working on a Far Cry Remake in CRYENGINE 5 that already looks better than the original
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/someone-is-working-on-a-far-cry-remake-in-cryengine-5-that-already-looks-better-than-the-original/
Earlier this week, we reported on a Far Cry total conversion mod for Crysis, Far Cry Reloaded. Now I know that some were disappointed with that fan remake as – and even though it’s a fan WIP project – it did not look particularly impressive. However, another Fan Cry remake project that aims to bring Crytek’s classic shooter in CryEngine 5 is currently in progress, and it already looks better than the original version.
2Key [D. Ray] has been working on this project for a while and has recently shared a video, showcasing its latest build. Now the good news here is that this Far Cry Remake looks way better than both Far Cry Reloaded and the original Far Cry game.

Far Cry 3 Redux mod available for download, overhauls & improves various gameplay features
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/far-cry-3-redux-mod-available-for-download-overhauls-improves-various-gameplay-features/
Far Cry fans, here is something for you today. Modder ‘Hunter’ has released version 1.0 of Far Cry 3 Redux; an immersion focused project that aims to overhaul various aspects of Far Cry 3. This mod is similar to the Redux project that was released for Far Cry 2 (though it obviously changes/improves/overhauls different features).
Going into more details, Far Cry 3 Redux disables auto reload , improves weapon model FOV, slightly rebalances crafting, improves weapon range and ballistics, replaces minimap with a simplified compass, removes all world icons for extra immersion, removes the crouch icon and blinking objects, adds more weapon attachments, adjusts store prices, removes or simplifies many unnecessary button prompts, adds camo outfits and removes the blur effect from distant islands.
>> Available from Nexus Mods.

Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch 2.0.8 available for download, fixes numerous Quest and Audio issues
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/unofficial-fallout-4-patch-2-0-8-available-for-download-fixes-numerous-quest-and-audio-issues/
The team behind the Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch project has released a brand new version of it, aiming to fix numerous issues that still plague Bethesda’s RPG. In case you weren’t aware of, Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch is a comprehensive bugfixing mod for Fallout 4 that aims to eventually fix every bug with Fallout 4 not officially resolved by the developers to the limits of the Creation Kit and community-developed tools.
According to the release notes, UF4P 2.0.8 addresses a landscape collision issues that was present at Hopesmarch Pentecostal Church, and fixes a cleanup issue with the corpses at Kingsport Lighthous.
>> You can get it from Nexus Mods.

Someone decided to mod a gun into Fallout: New Vegas that fires extremely deadly baseballs
https://www.pcgamer.com/someone-decided-to-mod-a-gun-into-fallout-new-vegas-that-fires-extremely-deadly-baseballs/
Guns shoot bullets. This is a well-established standard feature of guns since the invention of guns. Except in some videogames, when guns shoot different things instead of bullets. Maybe sawblades or lasers or, if you wanna get really weird, skunks. This gun, which someone has modded into Fallout: New Vegas nine years after its release, also does not shoot bullets. It shoots baseballs. "My first mod for Fallout: New Vegas adds a .44 Baseball shotgun (?) revolver that can be found in the Vikki and Vance Casino in Primm," writes modder T3MBONE on Nexusmods. I love many things about this. That people are still tinkering with Fallout: New Vegas, that new modders are still modding New Vegas, and that T3MBONE thought about what to do for their first mod, and went, hmm... "baseball gun?"

GAMING NEWS

World of Warships update 0.8.6 introduces first French Destroyers, new missions and map
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/world-of-warships-update-0-8-6-introduces-first-french-destroyers-new-missions-and-map/
Wargaming has launched the new major update 0.8.6. for its popular naval combat game World of Warships. The update gives players the opportunity to unlock the upcoming French Destroyers early through new directives and missions. The first update of the French arc also comes with a brand new map and new seasons of Clan and Ranked Battles.

Doom 64 has been rated by PEGI for PC and PS4
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/doom-64-has-been-rated-by-esrb-for-pc-and-ps4/
Doom fans, here is something really special for you today. It appears that the unique Nintendo 64 version of Doom, Doom 64, will be officially coming to the PC. PEGI has just rated the game for both PC and PS4.

Aion Version 7.0 is now available, features a brand new region and class specialization
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/aion-version-7-0-is-now-available-features-a-brand-new-region-and-class-specialization/
Gameforge has released a comprehensive update for its fantasy MMORPG AION in Europe. As the press release reads, with the launch of version 7.0, Gameforge unlocks the new region of Dumaha with the PvE instance ‘Stella Development Laboratory’ and provides Artist class players with a second specialization to select.

Squad – Next Generation Modding Tools and first official free DLC are now available for download
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/squad-next-generation-modding-tools-and-first-official-free-dlc-are-now-available-for-download/
Offworld Industries has announced the launch of Modding 2.0, the next generation of tools built to enhance the way modders share their work with the Squad community. The team has also revealed the Canadian Armed Forces, a faction that originally started as a mod, as the first official free DLC coming soon to Squad.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Insider Program begins in August 2019
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/microsoft-flight-simulator-insider-program-begins-in-august-2019/
Microsoft has announced that the Insider Program for Microsoft Flight Simulator will begin in August 2019. The team is now preparing the first batch of content for the Insider Program members that will be delivered in early August.

Here are 48 minutes of brand new gameplay footage from Doom Eternal E3 2019/QuakeCon 2019 Demo
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/here-are-48-minutes-of-brand-new-gameplay-footage-from-doom-eternal-e3-2019-quakecon-2019-demo/
At QuakeCon 2019, id Software presented the same Doom Eternal demo that was available for the public to play at E3 2019. And thankfully, Bethesda has livestreamed a demo playthrough, giving everyone a glimpse at that demo.
>> And there's also new screenshots that show Battlemode, the new multiplayer mode .

First Blue Protocol alpha videos released, showing 60 minutes of gameplay footage
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/first-blue-protocol-alpha-videos-released-showing-60-minutes-of-gameplay-footage/
The closed alpha phase for Blue Protocol is currently under way and the first gameplay videos for it have surfaced online. Below you can find five videos, showing 60 minutes – in total – of gameplay footage from the game’s alpha build.

Destiny 2 Update 2.5.2 releases next week, full patch notes revealed
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/destiny-2-update-2-5-2-releases-next-week-full-patch-notes-revealed/
Bungie has announced that it will release a brand new update next week in order to add support for the new Solstice of Heroes event. Moreover, this patch will bring some balance to Lord of Wolves, and it will include a few more changes and fixes.

Fallout 76 Wastelanders will offer a dialogue system similar to Fallout 3 and not to Fallout 4
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/fallout-76-wastelanders-will-offer-a-dialogue-system-similar-to-fallout-3-and-not-to-fallout-4/
As we reported last month, Fallout 76’s Wastelanders free DLC will add a dialogue system to the game. And during this year’s QuakeCon, Bethesda revealed that this system will be similar to the one featured in Fallout 3 and not to what we got in Fallout 4.

DRM-free version of Blair Witch will not be coming to GOG at launch, pre-orders refunded
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/drm-free-version-of-blair-witch-will-not-be-coming-to-gog-at-launch-pre-orders-refunded/
Blair Witch releases on August 30th and while it was meant to be released on GOG, it appears that it won’t be coming to CD Projekt’s store at launch. While the game was available for pre-order, GOG has disabled pre-order for this particular title and is now offering refunds to those that have pre-purchased it.
>> Another example on why it's not wise to pre-order a game.

First official gameplay trailer released for Blair Witch
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/first-official-gameplay-trailer-released-for-blair-witch/
Bloober Team and Lionsgate Games have released the first official gameplay trailer for the upcoming Blair Witch. According to the press release, this trailer showcases the fan-favorite canine companion – Bullet – and gives as a look at some of the gameplay elements of the first-person psychological horror game.

Story trailer released for Remedy’s supernatural action adventure game, Control
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/story-trailer-released-for-remedys-supernatural-action-adventure-game-control/
505 Games and Remedy have released the story trailer for their upcoming supernatural action adventure game, Control. Control is set in a unique and ever-changing world that juxtaposes our familiar reality with the strange and unexplainable.



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Let's go with the second part of the Monday news, featuring a lot of info from the Quakecon:

Team Fortress 2's hat market has crashed and rare items are going cheap
https://www.pcgamer.com/team-fortress-2s-hat-market-has-crashed-and-rare-items-are-going-cheap/
An influx of rare items is playing havoc with Team Fortress 2's economy. Unusual quality items are appearing in a high number of crates and the marketplace is starting to be flooded with them, driving down their price. Today, a warning went up on the unofficial Team Fortress 2 subreddit telling players to stop trading items until the glitch is fixed.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood players have already figured out how to get unlimited coins
https://www.pcgamer.com/wolfenstein-youngblood-players-have-already-figured-out-how-to-get-unlimited-coins-without-microtransactions/
Wolfenstein: Youngblood has a collectible in-game currency that can be used to purchase items like character skins, weapon upgrades, pep boosts, and consumables. Some of the skins can also be purchased with gold bars, a premium currency available for separate purchase if you don't feel like waiting for the coins to build up. Or, as redditor Calibrono discovered, you can use a cheat to give yourself an unlimited coins and buy every damn thing in the game before you kill your first Nazi.

If you can't join or invite a friend in Wolfenstein: Youngblood, try making your Steam profile public
https://www.pcgamer.com/wolfenstein-youngblood-cant-join-friend/
When James began working on his Wolfenstein: Youngblood review, I volunteered to be his co-op buddy, but Youngblood refused to believe that he was waiting for me to join his game. "You have no friends you can join that are playing Wolfenstein: Youngblood," it told me.
That awkwardly-worded sentence frustrated me for 20 minutes, because James could see me just fine, but his invites never reached me. Eventually I figured out that to fix the problem, I had to change my Steam profile privacy settings from 'Friends Only' to 'Public.' After that, my friends list showed up in-game just fine.

RAW developers call Kickstarter 'unprofessional,' plan an IndieGoGo campaign next
https://www.pcgamer.com/raw-developers-call-kickstarter-unprofessional-plan-an-indiegogo-campaign-next/
On July 15th, a day before its Kickstarter campaign would have closed with $191,429 pledged (over double its asked-for funding), GTA Online-like sandbox game RAW's campaign was suspended.
RAW had broken Kickstarter's 'honesty and transparency' requirements by writing in a project FAQ that the game could not be completed with the money asked for during the campaign and would require additional funds later. The developers are now headed to IndieGoGo, a funding platform with fewer restrictions, to raise the $300,000 they think it will take to release RAW in early access.
>> It looks to me that they're the unprofessionals, not Kickstarter,

Re:Legend, the monster farming sim-JRPG, is coming to Steam at the end of August
https://www.pcgamer.com/relegend-the-monster-farming-sim-jrpg-is-coming-to-steam-at-the-end-of-august/
Re:Legend is a "sim JRPG" inspired by games like Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley, except that instead of raising crops and farm animals, you're taming and raising monsters known as Magnus. It enjoyed a tremendously successful Kickstarter campaign in 2017 and then connected with publisher 505 Games for a planned Steam Early Access release in 2018.

Hack-and-slash RPG Pagan Online will leave Early Access with 'massive changes' in August
https://www.pcgamer.com/hack-and-slash-rpg-pagan-online-will-leave-early-access-with-massive-changes-in-august/
The action-RPG Pagan Online is a lot like Diablo, but also not like Diablo: As we explained in our April preview (...)
It's been in Early Access since April, and is now slated to come out of Early Access on August 27. The launch version of the game will see "massive feature and content updates" including a full eight-act story campaign with new zones, maps, and bosses, two new playable characters, updated crafting and loot drop systems, new skills trees, and end-game content.

Dota Underlords is getting separate ranked and casual modes
https://www.pcgamer.com/dota-underlords-is-getting-separate-ranked-and-casual-modes/
Players who want a low-stress way to play autobattler Dota Underlords without risking their precious rank will soon be able to do that, as it's getting separate casual and ranked modes in the next update. As Valve's blog post puts it, with tongue firmly in cheek, "we've made the ground-breaking design decision to have two ways of playing".

Fallout 76 private servers are 'coming sooner than you think'
https://www.pcgamer.com/fallout-76-private-servers-are-coming-sooner-than-you-think/
There's always been a laundry list of requests from the Fallout 76 community—features and systems that players would like to see added to the game. A few of these requests were addressed during the Fallout 76 roundtable at QuakeCon 2019 today. Perhaps the most notable was a question about private servers for Fallout 76, which Bethesda originally said would be added to the game sometime after launch.
Private servers will be coming "in the near future" said development director Chris Mayer during the roundtable.

Morgantown map coming in September for Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter
https://www.pcgamer.com/morgantown-map-coming-soon-for-fallout-76-nuclear-winter/
At the Fallout 76 roundtable at QuakeCon today, a new map was announced for Nuclear Winter—Fallout 76's battle royale mode, which is currently in beta. The new map will feature the Morgantown area, which includes locations like the Morgantown Airport and Vault-Tec University. It's also the location of the tallest point in Appalachia, which could add a bit more verticality to the BR mode.

Fallout 76 raids begin August 20
https://www.pcgamer.com/fallout-76-raids-begin-august-20/
Raids will arrive in Fallout 76 on August 20, we learned during a panel discussion at QuakeCon today. These raids are designed for 4-player teams and will take place in Vault 94. A second raid in a different Vault is being developed as well and will arrive "in the not too distant future," though there isn't a concrete date set.

Doom Eternal's multiplayer Battlemode will feature 6 maps and 5 playable demons at launch
https://www.pcgamer.com/doom-eternals-multiplayer-battlemode-will-feature-6-maps-and-5-playable-demons-at-launch/
Doom Eternal releases on November 22, which isn't all that far off. To whet our appetites during the QuakeCon keynote today, we were given got a closer look at Doom Eternal's multiplayer Battlemode, which pits one player as the Slayer against two player-controlled demons.

New Doom Eternal enemy the Doom Hunter revealed at QuakeCon
https://www.pcgamer.com/new-doom-eternal-enemy-the-doom-hunter-revealed-at-quakecon/
This is apparently The Year of Doom (make your own topical joke here), and that means QuakeCon 2019 is heavily Doom-flavored. We've already learned all about Doom Eternal's multiplayer battlemode, which which pits one player as the Slayer against two player-controlled demons.
Speaking of demons, here's a new one, which debuted via the above video at QuakeCon. The Doom Hunter is a hybrid of fiend and machine created specifically to hunt the Doom Slayer. So, you know, good luck with that. With its bull horns, missile launcher, glowing blade arm, skullface gun, and apparently a jet-powered butthole, the Doom Hunter is a pretty fearsome monster. But obviously it's going to get ripped to bits in a lovingly detailed takedown animation.

Doom Eternal has a hub where you'll see how Doomguy 'spends his free time'
https://www.pcgamer.com/doom-eternal-will-have-a-hub-where-youll-see-how-doomguy-spends-his-free-time/
At the Doom Eternal panel at QuakeCon today, we got to watch creative director Hugo Martin play part of the game, which was followed by questions from the Slayers Club (the official Doom fan club). A question about the source of Doomguy's incredible strength was asked, which naturally led to a discussion about the Slayer's workout routine and whether or not he spends a lot of time at the gym.

40K first-person shooter Fire Warrior comes to GOG
https://www.pcgamer.com/40k-first-person-shooter-fire-warrior-comes-to-gog/
Fire Warrior was far from the best Warhammer 40,000 game when it came out in 2003, but Kuju's shooter did have a few things going for it. For one, it's a rare 40K game entirely focused on playing a non-human faction, the anime-inspired tau. The first time you face a space marine as an opponent, eight-foot tall and power-armored, is pretty memorable. The other thing in its favor is an intro narrated by Tom Baker—if you've ever wanted to hear one of the better actors to star in Doctor Who saying "It is the 41st millennium, and there is only war" click on that video up there.

Dicey Dungeons, a new game from the creator of Super Hexagon, has a release date
https://www.pcgamer.com/dicey-dungeons-a-new-game-from-the-creator-of-super-hexagon-has-a-release-date/
You may know indie designer Terry Cavanagh for his bastard-hard antigravity platformer VVVVVV, or you may have cursed his name while playing the twitch-reflex avoid-em-up Super Hexagon. Either way, he's a designer worth watching.
His latest game is Dicey Dungeons, in which heroes have been transformed into cute walking dice by Lady Luck, then trapped in her mutating dungeon full of monsters. It plays kind of like a cross between Yahtzee and Tharsis.

Fortnite Season 10 teaser suggests a return to the way things used to be
https://www.pcgamer.com/fortnite-season-10-teaser-suggest-a-return-to-the-way-things-used-to-be/
During the Fortnite World Cup viewers were treated to a brief teaser of the forthcoming Season 10, which will begin on August 1. That teaser was an image of Dusty Depot, a location from way back in the beginnings of Fortnite—it was the first Point of Interest on the map to be altered, having a meteor hit it and create Dusty Divot.

Terraform a planet in free, minimalist crafting game Lonely Rover
https://www.pcgamer.com/terraform-a-planet-in-free-minimalist-crafting-game-lonely-rover/
When we finally get around to settling on other planets, we're probably going to want to lean heavily on robots, with humans being annoyingly reliant on things like oxygen, water, and company. As a rover dispatched to an empty world, to make it habitable for people, you don't have to worry about breathing, or keeping hydrated, although the game's title suggests you might be lonely in your mission, which is a bit depressing.
In Lonely rover, a top-down gathering and crafting game, you do have to worry about your energy, which ticks down relentlessly while you roam about on the planet's surface, gathering minerals and metals and gases and whatnot. These elements are resplendent, almost overwhelmingly so, thanks to a regular procession of meteorites, which endanger your very life as you explore. (Humans might want to watch out for those when they eventually rock up.)



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HoloDust said:
vivster said:
Humble Monthly got Kingdom Come this month. Currently trying it out. I'm still in the prologue but so far it seems very solid. The writing really is great and they absolutely nailed the medieval feel in both design and atmosphere. Graphics are pretty good but could be slightly better. Performance on my 1080 at 1440p on very high settings is around 60fps. There are weird dips in cutscenes below 30fps that cause the sound to go out of sync and is quite annoying. The cutscenes are really great, so it hurts double.
Gameplay wise it's standard fare. Melee seems refined and responsive for the most part but I hope I won't have to use it much, since I'm going for a stealthy archer build. There are plenty of skill perks, maybe too many. Having perks that buff a certain aspect but debuff another is a neat thing and adds to the realism.

There are 2 big things that are just terrible game design.
1. You still need a special item to be able to save anywhere. This doesn't really add much to the game and is simply just annoying. A game where you can basically die at random should let you save at any point. Definitely gonna mod that once I get to the open world portion.
2. They use the shitty level system from Elder Scrolls, learning by doing. While this is supposed to add to the realism since it works much like real life it's terrible in execution. It forces the player to cheese the system and as a result the player will behave entirely unrealistic. For example run and jump around to increase vitality, killing farm animals to increase hunting skills, look for random fights to increase melee skills etc. It just feels bad. I will have to hope that the game is engaging enough for me to overlook this.

Still, so far it's better than I expected. Apart from the stupid game design choices it very much feels like a polished Gothic.

That leveling system is quite old, and if incorporated properly it can be pretty satisfying. Thing is, most games respawn enemies, so you can game the system. Funny you mention Gothic, since Gothic does not respawn enemies at random, rather after crucial points in story (IIRC after chapters) and they are all placed by designers, not at random.

There will always be ways to game a system, in XP system it's usual XP farming...unless you limit a player in certain ways, whether it's ticking clock on your main quest, non-respawing enemies, XP only for finishing quests, one guild refusing to teach you if you belong to other guild...

Gothic is the only game that ever got everything right. Level system and game design were perfect. KCD very much captures the spirit of Gothic in its design and adds polish that Gothic never had. If only they hadn't fucked up with the leveling. Though it might just be a small thing. As long as they don't do the most retarded thing any RPG could do and level enemies with you.



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vivster said:
HoloDust said:

That leveling system is quite old, and if incorporated properly it can be pretty satisfying. Thing is, most games respawn enemies, so you can game the system. Funny you mention Gothic, since Gothic does not respawn enemies at random, rather after crucial points in story (IIRC after chapters) and they are all placed by designers, not at random.

There will always be ways to game a system, in XP system it's usual XP farming...unless you limit a player in certain ways, whether it's ticking clock on your main quest, non-respawing enemies, XP only for finishing quests, one guild refusing to teach you if you belong to other guild...

Gothic is the only game that ever got everything right. Level system and game design were perfect. KCD very much captures the spirit of Gothic in its design and adds polish that Gothic never had. If only they hadn't fucked up with the leveling. Though it might just be a small thing. As long as they don't do the most retarded thing any RPG could do and level enemies with you.

I still consider Gothic 1&2 (and to some degree 3) to be best single character open-world action-RPGs ever made, though they are about 8.5/10 in my book. They had great topography design, exploration, characters, enemies and story, but I always thought there is lot of space for improvement when it comes to RPG mechanisms.



Hi guys ! I'm looking to get a new desktop, and this forum users' advice have always been invaluable, and my starting point in my search
My whole computer is 5 yo and I'd like to change. Also I'm moving onto a new life, a new job, so new computer !
- I'd like to jump to 4K gaming. I'm not into video editing, just want to play game with all bells and whistles.
- I want a dual 4K output (projector + monitor), those last I've already material solutions.
- Future proofing and reliability have always been my concerns.
- The architecure I've always had now is 1x SSD for windows, 1x SSD for internet datas, and 1x SSD for Steam. (NVMe)
- My budget is in the 2/2.5k€ range (screen excluded)
- I'm looking for advice for PSU/RAM/MOBO/CPU/GPU/Case

Thanks in advance !!!!



Ok, here come my 2 cents:

CPU: I'd go with AMD's latest bunch of processors, either the 8-core 3800X or the 12-core 3900X. I think that 8 cores/16-threads will be enough, but you may want a bit more. I'd choose them because they're not that far off from Intel's current line and have the advantage of PCIe 4.0.

RAM: Now that prices have fallen down to "normal" levels, 16GB should be your main goal, preferably 3200MHz with the lowest latency possible. That said, if you find a good deal on a 32GB kit...

MOBO: That's the trickiest part. Only AMD's X570 boards support PCIe 4.0 so, if you want to be able to it, they're your only choice. I can only tell you to look at reviews of models you like and see what they say about the chipset cooling. Some boards have a heatpipe that connect it to the CPU's VRMs to help with the cooling, as well as having the fan at idle most of the time (and thus making it less prone to failures).

GPU: If you really want to play at 4K and care about future proofing, there's only one option here: the 2080Ti. That's the only card that can offer 60fps at 4K in almost every game without dialing down the details. But of course it's crazy expensive, so you could go for the second best option, the 2080 SUPER.

Case and PSU: Cases are a very subjective affair, so just pick the one you like the most and that has the features you want. As for PSU, even with a 3900X and a 2080Ti, you're looking at just a bit more than 500W, so a 550 or 600W model should be enough.



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