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holy shit, man... at least one thing where Capcom keeps knocking it out of the park is this Monster Hunter World...look at this:

😮 BRUH.

 

edit---also---now Bautista is in Gears?!?! YEP

 

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yeahhhhhh ya know they got me again.  I am absolutely double-dipping on this, day 1.

HELL yeah, man.... my vampiric good times...now PORTABLE 🤩

 

I should get back to my 2nd "evil vamp" playthru on XB1 too... last time I left off... I got a bit carried away and brought complete ruin to one of the districts...hahah all the people over there were either dead or missing. 

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^sheeeeittttt, yeah I have my eye on that one for sure....will likely get it at some point, but of course Gears 5 + Borderlands 3 hype is in the way at the moment... B3 being due next Friday.

 

speak of the devil---Gears 5...

The story started off kinda slow, but holy shit did I hit an interesting, awesome moment a little while ago.  Also, the "Warden" is one of the coolest enemy designs of the franchise, man.......mmmm and I can't really say why this moment was such a cool surprise as that's obviously quite the spoiler....but sheeeiiiitttttttttt that was fire.

 

I was in a Horde session that actually lasted for a while.  Anyway, I was on the fence about the changes to this mode in part 5, and so far it's just not sitting right with me the more I think about it.  The way things are designed now, it encourages players to be the lone wolf, only looking out for #1.  Now...the power you pick up can be put in the fabricator OR you keep it to upgrade yourself with the perks.  So....where's the incentive now to put it in the fabricator then?  Make yourself slightly better, or put the power in that box over there that has hardly anything good you can get out of it.... I can see it now; most people will probably just keep the power they find for their own perks....and every game will have barely any fortifications up.  Also, from what I see on the Gears forums... quite a few people don't like that we're locked into characters.  Basically, they're taking a few pages out of the current trend of hero shooters.  There's character-specific "Ultimate" abilities like Overwatch....and character-specific weapon loadouts too.  The Engineer (Del) is also the only one that can build a lot of stuff from the fabricator.....and even worse imo is the idea of "no character dupes".....you cannot have 2 people playing the same character.  One person gets randomly swapped to another character when the round begins....and it doesn't appear to go by whoever selected it first either. 

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Gears...
On the apparently rare occasion the damn game even works, it *can* be awesome...

 

 

mannnn this shit would be so awesome if it would just WORK.  I just tried playing Escape mode; it was a great first impression but of course....in about 10 to 15 minutes suddenly I'm looking at the loading screen, and back on the main menu.  I could see myself enjoying this a lot more than what Horde has become, actually.

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17 minutes ago, MillionX said:

Gears...
On the apparently rare occasion the damn game even works, it *can* be awesome...

Xbox Live was having issues this weekend I think.  Doubt it has anything to do with the game.

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nah, even on the first night... last Thursday; right from the start it was fucked up from what I've seen.  At first I thought people were doing their usual "quit early" shenanigans again like in part 4 Horde...then I figured it's probably the server just dropping people constantly.  Sometimes your whole team is gone before the start of Wave 1, so it's just you + a team of bots.....then you get the load screen of death too in the next few minutes.  The longest I got to play was one time on Friday when I got up to Wave 26, and it was only me and 1 other dude left in there.

 

Campaign has the occasional issues too.  I cannot get collectible progress anymore....picking them up counts for nothing.  There was another occasion where the sound cut off entirely then I got hit with that familiar blue load screen that kills your fun....then there's the "Checkpoint Saving" bug where it appears to be constantly saving, but of course it isn't really.  

 

I'm wondering how some streamers are having a relatively perfect experience with it though... almost like there's some preferential treatment there but that shouldn't even be possible.  One glance at the official forums and the gamefaqs forums gives a look at what's really going on though... fans are getting increasingly annoyed with this nonsense as each day goes by with little to no improvements...

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GEARS 5 again --- Ok FINALLY!  I finally got into a Horde match that WORKED!!  We went to wave 35....me and 3 other people, as 1 dude dropped out early.... I was playing Jackbot.  This character, man.... holy shit is this easy mode; I shamelessly love it.  I recorded some clips that may get uploaded to the Live community thing later....Jack is so easy to play but still good times.....funny thing is I didn't even realize you could cooldown his zapper manually; it works like the heavy weapons where you hit RB to cool down faster.  I used his ultimate "Hijack" power a few times and it was great.... only taking control of powerhouse enemies like Scion Boomers, of course.  Oh and his healing effect is ridiculous... other players are borderline invincible while you have the healing beam on them.  This character is godlike support, man.

 

...of course something had to still go wrong though... and it was strange... I got some unlockable miscellaneous stuff out of this run, BUT no character level progress at all....ha, Jack is still level 1 right now as if none of that happened.

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sheeeiiiitttt, check this out:

^just in a matter of seconds I was sold on this.  Air-combos, dashing in the air or on the ground, fast pace of combat; good stuff here.

 

I started up yet again with Kingdoms of Amalur last night… I still love that game so much; it will forever be one of my favorites of all time. The adventures of the mysterious revenant known as “Sebastian” the Nosferatu (a dokkalfar) have begun. I’m more than likely going to push this one towards Finesse/Sorcery hybrid build; I think one of the names for it was “Arcanist”…ah yes…there’s various names as you get more points in each discipline… the ultimate of this hybrid style was “Shadowcaster”. https://amalur.fandom.com/wiki/Destinies#Finesse.2FSorcery 

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On 9/8/2019 at 4:57 PM, MillionX said:

nah, even on the first night... last Thursday; right from the start it was fucked up from what I've seen.  At first I thought people were doing their usual "quit early" shenanigans again like in part 4 Horde...then I figured it's probably the server just dropping people constantly.  Sometimes your whole team is gone before the start of Wave 1, so it's just you + a team of bots.....then you get the load screen of death too in the next few minutes.  The longest I got to play was one time on Friday when I got up to Wave 26, and it was only me and 1 other dude left in there.

Yeah that's server stuff.  Hopefully it clears up soon, if it hasn't already.

 

On 9/8/2019 at 4:57 PM, MillionX said:

I'm wondering how some streamers are having a relatively perfect experience with it though... almost like there's some preferential treatment there but that shouldn't even be possible.  One glance at the official forums and the gamefaqs forums gives a look at what's really going on though... fans are getting increasingly annoyed with this nonsense as each day goes by with little to no improvements...

Your tinfoil hat game is mad strong.  🤣

 

I'm excited to play Gears 5 but I still haven't played 4.  It's in my queue still...

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Fortunately Gears is way more stable now.  I've joined 3 Horde sessions that went from 30-something to 50.....and that's the other positive change-- ---you can join sessions that were already in progress.  However, apparently you need to go straight from 1 to 50 in one go to get the achievement, it seems...because I've done 1 thru 35 or so, which is why I specifically searched for a group that was in the 30s that still had room.....that and the later waves are always more action-packed.

 

I've mostly been playing Jack and Fahz...occasionally Del.  Jack is one of the greatest support class characters I've EVER played, man... it's that little helper robot that always showed up in story mode---anyway; as Jack you naturally are always flying around...but you also auto-cloak if you aren't doing anything at the moment except moving... and you heave a healing beam to help other players and fix fortifications, which can be upgraded.  With the healing beam focused on a player, that person is borderline invincible...and it doesn't seem to ever run out from what I've seen.....the only drawbacks are that you can only heal 1 person or thing at a time, and it makes you visible so enemies will notice and could take shots at you.  He also has a skill card that makes it so guns auto-replenish their ammo if you're holding it for a while....and he has a "zapper" that damages enemies but more importantly stuns them.  His ultimate "Hijack" mind-controls an enemy....so you take control of them for a while (there is a skill card that makes it so kills you get during this will extend the duration of your "Hijack" victim's mind control!  I love this so much---I've taken control of Scion Boomers, Therons and those large robots with the miniguns, etc.)

 

Latest session I was Fahz...ohhhh and the snipes were SO clean today...sheeeeiiiiiiiitttttt it was beautiful.  On Wave 50 we had the Swarmak boss... Fahz's Ultimate is such cheese, I love it---"XRAY" makes it so you can see enemies thru solid surfaces AND shoot them.   So...of course I hit ultimate and stood behind a pillar/wall area; sniped the shit out of the Swarmak....doing HUGE damage (since sniping is Fahz's thing, he gets big damage bonuses on that; I maxed out 10/10 on the Precision Weapons so I had a 20% damage bonus going on there + some other % bonus on Critical Hits) while he could do absolutely nothing about it....since I'm protected simply by standing behind that structure 🤣

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Well this is an odd thing, and I doubt any one else has noticed (most people probably just use 1 profile)... on an alternate Live profile, I'm getting the same achievements as if I was on my other profile...Remnant gave my 2nd profile all achievements I got with the primary one, and now an achievement just popped up from Dead Cells, even though this was not earned on this profile.  I figured the system and Live in general would view the 2 accounts as if they really are 2 different players... part of the reason I was even on this secondary account was a sense of "starting fresh", actually....also why I was revisiting some older stuff like my precious Kingdoms of Amalur and Transformers Devastation.

 

edit---Ok that’s even more strange— in the case of Dead Cells, now it has given me achievements that I haven’t done on either profile! I have the achievement for beating the game with Cursed Sword…hahah I have never even attempted that bullshit, and never would, actually.  🤣(Cursed Sword makes it so you die in one hit…now imagine going a whole run like that)… and the game also now thinks I’ve absorbed a 4th boss stem cell AND finished it with 4 boss stem cells active.

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BORDERLANDS time, folks!!!  I just started; settled on Zane as my first character... yep, this is part of the reason I took these days off 

 

as usual with Borderlands, I will more than likely get around to playing all the characters though… I think the only one I never liked at all was the tranny-looking bitch from Pre-Sequel; she can go kick rocks forever, tbh 😆

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I've been playing Astral Chain. Makes me feel like I'm playing an 80's or 90's cyberpunk anime, something like Tank Police, Bubblegum Crisis, or A.D. Police, and I love it.

 

I'll probably start the Gears 5 campaign at some point today.

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GEARS 5, man...

I just finished the story and goddamn what a thrill ride as usual...I need to sit down for a while after that....so much awesome shit just happened, man.. 😮💥

music in this is excellent as usual; I'm loving the main theme that repeats every now and then...very slow, eerie vibe to it

 

 

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