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I was aware of Fallout 4 about the time when Bethesda showed it off at E3. I liked what hey showed. Since I enjoyed Fallout 3 and New Vegas, I was sure I'd enjoy 4, although I didn't get too excited about it. I did finally pre-order the game on Steam, but it wasn't until launch day or hours before that I realized it was ready for “pre-loading.” It took me a few hours to get it downloaded and installed, but once it was ready, I jumped in.

My beginning with it was full of anxiety. I had no idea how I wanted to allocate my S.P.E.C.I.A.L. points at the beginning. So, I decided to even them all out. I actually restarted my game quite a few times. One of the reasons was because it seemed too difficult for my taste. Luckily, Travis brought it to my attention that you can change the game's difficulty level (at any time) under the game's options, something I overlooked. I also decided to max out my Strength stat because I was looting everything and getting encumbered. Then, I found the perk that increases your carrying capacity. I also learned that companions have a limited amount of weight they can carry.

I also felt that ammo was too limited. So, I ended up trying to kill almost everything with a melee weapon. Speaking of weapons, I was also overwhelmed with how many are in the game, I wasn't sure which pistols or rifles to carry around. I ended up carrying around many more than I actually used. I also didn't even try to mod them. I only modded my armor a couple of times to help me carry more weight. The only other kind of crafting that I did was giving a few settlements things they needed like defense turrets and repairing my Power Armor when needed. I also did a lot of cooking. I ended up mostly relying on those items to restore my health. Travis helped me realize that even though you can use Stimpaks on your companions, you could save them for yourself. It doesn't seem as though companions can die, but they can become helpless during battle if they take too much damage, unless you give them a Stimpak.

Travis also helped me realize that the game's quests are very much like Skyrim, that is many of them are “radiant” or, in other words, never-ending. So, I ended up searching on Google to find out which quests were radiant and I ignored them, because I got tired of doing them after a while. I did run into some non-radiant side quests. I was trying to focus on them while ignoring the main quest line. Eventually, I decided to just go for it.

This was about when the game started to focus more on factions. Siding with different factions helps you gain allies, but it also creates enemies. This intensified later because I found out that two factions wanted the same thing from one location and the game forces you to decide which side to take. So you were given a choice as to go on to the mission or inform the other side. If you use the transportation provided by either side it will tell you that you will become an enemy of the other.

The only major technical issue I had with the game was when I got lost on a particular mission. I took an elevator back to the top of a building, because the game had me going around in circles. When I got to the top, the screen was totally black after it loaded that area. A few seconds later, I could see the world around me, but I fell to my death when I tried to move. So, I had to revert to a previous save which cost me a few hours of game play. In the end, I realized that I was supposed to be with someone on that mission, someone who wasn't there the first time I tried. I also forced this person to follow me by coaxing them into an elevator by moving in front of them, because I wasn't sure if the person would follow me to a lower floor.

I noticed other instances in which the game gave you the option of how to handle a situation, which could turn out in your favor or against you. During one in particular, I chose a path that didn't end very well, so I tried it again another way, which gave me a good result. Another mission started off badly if I didn't successfully convince another faction of my good intentions. A little later in the mission, I had to try to convince someone to join me, which failed every time until I decided to suit up in some clothing that increased my Charisma stat.

Eventually I became more comfortable with the game and how I was progressing as a player. After a while, I stopped looting everything, for instance. In conclusion, I think the game is good. I definitely recommend it for anyone who's played even a little bit of Fallout 3 and/or New Vegas and enjoyed it. In the end, the game forces you to choose sides, which can be a tough decision, but I think that just adds to the game's replay value.

I know I did not discover every place and I'm sure there's plenty that I missed, but I felt like I “finished” the game. However, since I picked one side and went with it, I decided to start a new game so I could play a bit differently and go along with the other side. One of the other main differences in this new game play is that I maxed out my Intelligence stat right away so I could get the most EXP possible right away. I think that will help me out greatly with leveling up and selecting the perks I want.

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I was just recently thinking about which is superior, between PC and console games. I guess this mostly stems from playing PC games and running into multiple bugs or issues. However, console games aren't immune to these issues. Long ago, in the early life of video games, consoles didn't receive patches for issues, but now they do.

One of the problems with PC games is that there is a huge variety of hardware that these games are supposed to run on and therefore support. So, one PC gamer may not see the same issues as another, perhaps because they have better hardware. Consoles, on the other hand, don't have this issue. So, I think that makes consoles a bit better and easier to support.

I daresay that PC gaming is a bit more expensive because PCs usually cost a lot more than a console. However, we can also clearly see that some games shine much better on a PC than a console (look at GTAV, for instance).

So, what do you think? Which platform is truly superior? Which do you prefer to play, console or PC games?

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This summer, one of my friends mentioned that he was playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I knew the game was popular, but otherwise knew nothing else about it. I noticed that The Witcher series was on sale during Steam's Summer Sale. The entire series cost about as much as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, so basically it was as though I bought the third game at a discount and got the other two games for free.

I started out with the first game and I wasn't too greatly impressed. It was an ok game, although parts of it really got on my nerves. For instance, in one city at night you can hear a baby constantly crying. The game introduces you to the character Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher, who is basically a mutant that has special magical abilities and is pretty much a monster slayer for hire. He carries two swords, one is steel for humans and the other is silver for monsters or non-humans. Although a contract killer of monsters, Geralt finds himself hesitantly getting involved in local politics in an era that's most like our Middle Ages. Although I didn't really enjoy the first game, I did like the character of Geralt and knew I would continue playing the rest of the series.

During the time I spent playing the first game, my expectations grew, hoping, and even knowing that the second and third games had to be much better. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was definitely better than the first game. Before playing it, I took a break to play some other games and by the time I was ready for The Witcher 2, I pretty much wanted exactly what it gave me, a game that didn't require me to use my brain so much, and one that would tell me a story. I wasn't very disappointed.

Geralt returns in The Witcher 2, however he has amnesia and thus his memories begin to return as the story unfolds. The game starts out showing the assassination of a king who is being entertained on a ship. This CG movie was really good. This game was, to me, a great improvement over the first. It wasn't very difficult, likely because I selected an easy difficulty setting. The tutorial at the beginning is good, but it still leaves some things out, which I had to look up. In fact, there were only a few things I had to look up, mostly things that occur in the beginning. The first boss fight was the most difficult of the entire game and it took me a few tries and “Googling” to get it right. At that point, I was intimidated and tempted to give up playing, but I pressed on.

The game continues as another king is assassinated and Geralt is wrongly accused, thus he goes on in order to clear his name. He finds himself hesitantly in the midst of politics again. One of the interesting aspects of the game is that you get to make decisions in the game and they, presumably, change the outcome of events, though I can't attest without “investigation” whether this is entirely true. I liked that at points, I could choose whether to spare or take a life. I spared some lives, but not all. I enjoyed the story a bit and I kind of like how it turned out. I thought the second game was a great improvement on the first, I still found it to be an “ok” game. I still enjoyed the character of Geralt.

I just recently finished the second game and decided to start playing the third. This one contains a lot of DLC, the majority of which is free, although there is at least one that you can buy. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a grand improvement over the first and second games. While following the main quest, various side quests open up in which Geralt can take on monster killing contracts or help out other NPCs. That is what I'm doing right now in the game, exploring outside of the main quest.

One of the main differences, in the third game, is that Geralt rides a horse named “Roach.” I found the name to be humorous because one of the main characters in the second game is a man named “Roche” (pronounced just like “roach”). The graphics are great, although the sound volume seems to vary at times. One thing I love about these games is that they have performed exceptionally well on my PC without any obvious frame drops.

These games remind me of a few others. Some of the music in the second game sounds a lot like Oblivion. The third game reminds me a lot of Red Dead Redemption.

If you play the third game, I don't think it's essentially necessary to play the other two, although you won't notice the returning characters. Although there are new characters which were never even mentioned in the first two games. Still, I think the third game could be enjoyable even if you don't play the previous games of the series.

These games are based on a "book series" by Andrzej Sapkowski.

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I remember when Grim Fandango was released. At the time, I already had a subscription to PC Gamer and was enjoying receiving a CD with game demos with each issue. Although I was aware of Grim Fandango, I never played it even though I thought it looked cool (and I had the demo for it). It wasn't too long ago that a remastered version was released. I still didn't bite. However, it's on sale now for about $5, so I decided to get it.

Has anyone played it before? If so or not, what are your thoughts? Are you going to grab it during this sale?

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Minecraft was obviously a huge hit, it's still extremely popular and a work in progress. However, things have changed a bit for the creators of Minecraft, since Mojang was sold to Microsoft for a couple billion dollars. Markus "Notch" Persson recently tweeted about how he now feels more isolated and lonely than every before, proving that money doesn't necessarily buy happiness.

I do honestly feel sorry for him a bit. I watched the documentary, so I understand his story. He was a guy that just decided to make a game and it became a huge blockbuster which really shocked him. Instead of getting super excited about it, he retracted and decided to get away from the game and work on something else. Fame and fortune just didn't seem to fit him. He is apparently an introvert and therefore I feel like I can understand that as I feel a bit introverted as well (although I also often display signs of extroversion). That was also before the company was sold to Microsoft. I'm still not sure why the company was sold.

What do you guys think? Did he "sell out?" Should we feel sorry for him? Or is this perhaps a reality check that fame and fortune can't buy you happiness? Feel free to reply in the comments and check out the link below for the full story which includes his tweets.


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Since I visit GameFAQs.com every day to participate in the daily poll, I also tend to check out the latest in video gaming news. When I see something interesting, I like to share it here with you. Today, I found an interesting news piece about Jimmy Kimmel posting a video about the "avalanche" of backlash he received from gamers about a joke he recently made.

It was probably a few days ago that I saw that Jimmy Kimmel said, "[t]o me, watching another person play video games is like going to a restaurant and having someone eat your food for you." Although I mostly disagree with his statement, I think it's funny. It's obvious that a lot of the gaming community doesn't agree. Some wished death and disease upon him and his family, which I think is going completely overboard.

I do enjoy watching people play video games on YouTube, like Paul Soares, Jr. Sometimes watching people play helps us figure out how to play a game or beat a difficult challenge. Sometimes it's also good to watch someone else play a game that we're unsure about buying or just one we've never heard of before. I can tell you I've found out about a few games just by watching Paul's channel alone, which I'm very grateful for. Maybe Jimmy isn't a gamer and he doesn't get it, that's ok with me. He watches football, which I don't get. We all have our own preferences, we're all unique, and that is why we should have some tolerance for others.

I bring this "controversy" here because we are not YouTube. We are a small and tight gaming community comprised of adults. I'm going to "go out on a limb" and assume no one here was offended by his joke. I believe that the Cheerful Ghost response to the joke is going to be quite different than the backlash he received, especially since we know how to spell and write.

What do you think of Jimmy's joke? Were you offended by it? Did it make you laugh? What do you think about the backlash he received? Was that fair?


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Recently, Windows 10 was released. I decided to take up the free upgrade offer and so I upgraded from 8.1. I think it's common (and not a bad idea) that many people hesitate upgrading Windows as soon as a new version is released. This is because there may be bugs and other issues, so people tend to prefer to wait a while until many of those issues are worked out. I'm not one of those people, obviously.

Before it was released, I noticed an icon in my notification tray for the upgrade. That little piece of software made it so that you could sign up for the upgrade and it would download the files when ready and notify you. It didn't tell me that the upgrade was ready, instead I told it to begin.

I can't tell you how long it took because I started it, watched it for a bit, and then went to bed. However, I can tell you that I ran into a few issues, which I was able to work out. Therefore, I highly suggest checking with your computer manufacturer for Windows 10 drivers or software updates. That is how I was able to resolve the issue I was having with my computer's thermal controller software.

I think Windows 10 looks better than 8. The icons on the Task Bar are smaller. The metro styled apps have been moved to the Start Menu, which I think makes sense. These are currently my favorite things about Windows 10 as I didn't use 8's metro style app menu that took up the whole screen.

As with every new version, under the hood, Windows 10 performs better than 8, or so it's supposed to and it has been reported that it indeed does. I, however, don't really seem to notice a difference, but I attribute that to the hardware I have in my PC.

Windows 10 introduces a new upgrade system in which they plan to roll out updates in a way that sounds similar to Linux. This OS is also free for the life of the PC. This is perhaps one of the most significantly major changes to the OS. I like it and am looking forward to seeing how Microsoft continues to develop Windows in the future.

Cortana is also a new feature. It's a “personal assistant” that gets to know you from what you type or speak into a microphone. You can, of course, change some of the privacy settings so that Cortana doesn't learn from what you type or speak. I tried using it once to find the Settings icon, which I overlooked on the Start Menu. It didn't help me and I couldn't seem to get it to search for what I wanted.

Microsoft has also released a new web browser called Edge. I can't personally report on how it's different from Internet Explorer, since I've hardly used it. However, I believe it's supposed to perform much better than IE.

Another interesting thing I noticed was the Xbox Live App. I created a handle and added some of my Xbox Live friends, although I do not own an Xbox 360 or One. I can still apparently play some games with it and see what some of my friends are up to.

Along with the release of Windows 10, Mojang has a free offer for a Windows 10 edition of Minecraft. Unfortunately, this is the Pocket Edition version pretty much, which is a very bare bones version of the game. It doesn't even have music yet! Still, I'm hoping this means that the Pocket Edition will finally get updated and up to par with the latest version of Minecraft, since I have that on my Kindle.

In January, I reported on the free upgrade and some of us had some discussion about it. Some of the comments posted were after some of us upgraded. So, please feel free to check that out (see link below). In that discussion, I included links I found from Network World. It doesn't seem as though the writers at NW like Windows 10 as they've written many negative articles about it. If you'd like to see some of those articles, check out their webpage below.

Although my upgrade had a few post-upgrade issues, I was able to resolve them easily. Otherwise, Windows 10 hasn't disappointed me, in fact I'm pretty much impressed with it. So, if you're looking for an upgrade recommendation, you now have mine.

Windows 10 Free Upgrade CG post:

Network World:

Get Minecraft Windows 10 Edition for free:

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I can't seem to recall playing any kind of sandbox survival game before Minecrat and Terraria. My son was playing Minecraft before me and it took me a while to jump in. Before doing so, I watched a series on YouTube called “How to Survive and Thrive” (in Minecraft) by Paul Soares, Jr. Apparently, he was the first (or one of the first) to post a Minecraft guide series on YouTube. It was excellent and afterwards I thoroughly enjoyed playing Minecraft.

I kept watching Paul's videos and have learned about a few cool games because I've watched him play them. I previously wrote about two Early Access games, which fit the “sandbox survival” genre, called Salt and Stranded Deep. In those games you need to survive out in the ocean among groups of islands. However, I have just experienced a new one called ARK: Survival Evolved.

ARK can be best described as a pre-historic survival game that includes dinosaurs mostly, but also other creatures from millions of years ago such as Dodos and Trilobites. Some of the currently featured dinos include Trikes (Triceratops), Raptors, Dilos (just like in Jurassic Park), Mammoths, many more, and more to come.

Perhaps one of the things that sets ARK apart, too, is that you can tame these animals and ride them, fight with them, or give them some of your inventory to carry around. Hunting and taming is a challenging process, especially among things that are trying to eat you. However, you can tame your own small dino army and take over!

While the game contains a single player mode, it also features quite an extensive multiplayer mode. Players can connect to official or unofficial ARK servers and join others by creating Tribes (teams). Tribes can go PVP or PVE and it sounds like an interesting experience that I have not yet tried.

The wiki contains a link to a great guide on Steam. I also found other guides on Steam quite helpful in setting my video settings so that the game ran smoothly. There are presets and each one lists the name of a GPU that users may need for those settings to work properly. I ended up finding a guide and changing many of the game's settings along with some other minor out-of-game configurations. Now the game seems to be running much more smoothly. The thing to remember is that this is an Early Access game and may not yet be fully optimized.

The game is coming soon to PS4 and Xbox One. Paul Soares, Jr. said that it was the highest rated game on the Steam Store the day it became available for download. So, it does seem to be quite popular even though it has mixed reviews. Some players have complained of the difficulty. While it seems the map is not yet randomly generated, the creatures and item placements are. Therefore, you can most certainly spawn in a place and be instantly eaten to death by something dangerous. Still, I think with experience and “research,” the game is actually fun.

ARK: Survival Evolved

Paul Soares Jr.'s ARK playlist:

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This article is from April. I regret that I did not share it then. This is truly an awesome tech demo that is worth taking a look at. The PC running the demo is showcasing four Titan X GPUs and featuring DirectX 12.


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I've decided to put some of my thoughts into words in a review of Starship Rubicon. I've been thinking about this since the Steam release, although I hadn't given it much thought. Recent contact with Wick (and the previous CG post) made me decide to finally get around to writing this small review. I'm posting the below on Steam, because I want to help provide support for the game.

Pros: Fun, retro, great control scheme (and in-game reminders of how to control your ship)
Cons: I can't really think of any. The game's difficulty could go here, but it's not horrible. Many improvements have been made over the course of development to ease the game's difficulty.

Tips: Collect as many blue orbs as you can, they are currency. Repair ship in-between battles

Starship Rubicon is a fun and challenging game, which was inspired by Asteroids. This takes many players back to their childhood playing classic games, something that's missing from many modern day games. However, this is not simply a clone.

Essentially, the player is a lone pilot out to defeat an alien nemesis in space. At the beginning, the player is given the option of a few different ships to use, each with it's own attributes. Over the course of the game, these ships can be upgraded by purchasing parts at a ship or by finding equipment stashes on the map. Other ships can also be unlocked.

The game is challenging, but by participating in the progress of the game, I've seen vast improvements to help make the game a bit more easier. While defeating enemies, the player will notice blue orbs dropping from defeated enemies or by shooting blue asteroids. These are the currency for the game and it is best to collect as many of them as possible. Luckily, the Steam version has made these center toward the exit upon completion of battle.

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I just found out that Sony announced at E3 that Final Fantasy VII Remake was going to be released, at least for the PS4. Remember that Final Fantasy VII teaser/technical trailer we saw for the PS3? I think I still have it on my system. I think fans have been wanting to see a remake of the game that was more true to the original game.

What are your thoughts? (see link below)

This just adds to my list of reasons to get a PS4, which already includes Final Fantasy Type-0 HD that includes a demo for Final Fantasy XV. I saw a FFT-0 PS4 bundle on Amazon, which is tempting to get. There's also the new Batman and Fallout 4. I'm also waiting for some Kingdom Hearts news.

Here's a link to the announcement and video: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/final-fantasy-7-remake-announced-by-sony-at-e3-201/1100-6428174/

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The Spring Sale is still going on at Humble Bundle. I found out about it via an email I received from the site. Some of the publishers include Rockstar, Sega, and more. I decided to get the Grand Theft Auto Complete Package that includes GTAIII, Vice City, San Andreas, IV, and Episodes from Liberty City for only $10!

I remember when those games were released. I absolutely loved GTAIII on the PS2 and each additional game after that. I later bought an XBox and bought the games again for it. I loved that I could use music I had stored on my XBox in-game, that was really cool. PC versions of the games allow you to do this as well. I'm looking forward to playing it again!

I still have San Andreas for the PS2 and I've played through it once or twice, I think. I recently received a PC version as a pre-order bonus for the PC version of GTAV. I spent a little time playing that version. I didn't try out my controller, which will hopefully work and make getting around much easier.

I have GTAIV for the PS3 and the PC, but my PS3 copy of Episodes from Liberty City seems to have been ironically stolen. I enjoyed playing through it once and am glad that I have it once again.

Not included in this list, but as a side-note, I also have the PSP GTA games, except for Chinatown Wars, which I've never played.

Anyway, hit up www.humblebundle.com and check out the sale!

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To celebrate the third anniversary of Diablo III, an in-game event is going on now until the 21st! Cows can be found throughout Sanctuary. Upon their death, they will open a portal to a secret realm filled with cows, dead farmers, and plenty of treasure! Farmer corpses give lots of gold when activated.

Check out the news link below:

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From Blizzard:
"Diablo III's third anniversary is on May 15, and we're opening up the Blizzard Gear Store vault to celebrate. Join in on the fun and enter to win 1 of 10 Treasure Goblin Banks today!

Designed by the clever swagmasters over at ThinkGeek, the Treasure Goblin Bank is the perfect companion for any loot-hungry nephalem. This battery-powered trickster giggles gleefully with one of six different sounds when you give him your hard-earned gold. Need your loot back? No problem; unlike the garden-variety goblin, this one features a handy coin removal door for swift, slay-free withdrawals.

We'll be randomly selecting 10 lucky winners to take home their very own Treasure Goblin Bank. In addition, everyone who participates in the giveaway will receive a unique, one-time-use code for free global shipping* from the Blizzard Gear Store on their next order.

Entering is easy, so what are you waiting for? Just click the button below, fill out the form, and you're good to go!"

That's right! Blizzard is giving a few lucky winners an awesome Treasure Goblin Bank. I think this is pretty cool. I like Treasure Goblins, but hate it when they get away. I still haven't had one leave a portal open upon their death, except for Rainbow Goblins. Anyway, check the link below and enter to win this cool Diablo III loot!


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I'm curious if any of you have, in any way, optimized your PC for gaming. If so, let me know.

After buying my Alienware PC over a year ago, I was quite confident that it was a beast of a machine. I'm running a 3,7GHz Intel i7-4820, 16 GB RAM, 3TB HDD, and a GTX 690 (a 4GB dual-GPU card). I was able to play Skyrim on "ultra" settings and I never noticed any lag in the game whatsoever. Although, there seemed to be some physics issues, though I suspect that was an issue with the game, not my hardware. However, once I got GTAV for the PC and letting Geforce Experience optimize the game for me, I noticed some lag. I'm not sure if it's because my hardware can't handle some of the settings or if it's because of the game. I still suspect that both may be the case, after all GTAV just came out and although it's been optimized for multiple kinds of hardware, there is likely some bugs that haven't been worked out yet.

Because of this issue, I've done a lot of "research" ("Googling") on how to optimize my PC for the game. Ultimately, I think I found a good solution just by changing some simple settings. I've know for a while now that Geforce Experience can "optimize" games for you based on your hardware. Since I've had this PC, I've let it do that and it seems to often increase settings from their game defaults. I've also learned about settings in the Nvidia Control Panel.

I've been aware of PC and GPU over-clocking, but I haven't actually done that nor do I think I've used any kind of over-clocked hardware. I think it's a bit too risky and seems like a bit of a task with a lot of trial and error. I know there are multiple tools and guides out there to help you do this. So, I wonder if any of you have done any over-clocking? If so, please share your experience.

I'm also aware of different tools that can help you optimize game settings. Nvidia Inspector is one of these tools that I found. It's much like GPU-Z, which helps you monitor your hardware and has game profiles that can be set. Do you have any experience with these or similar tools? Let me know.

Feel free to also share your PC specs, if you wish.

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