What game are we all playing instead of E:D?

Still playing FFXV and frankly this game is getting higher and higher on my list of the best open world games. Not only you can roam around and choose your own difficulty with taking upon hi level enemies, you can participate in tons of stuff like (pretty elaborate) fishing and cooking, car modifications, races, photography (!) oh my... What was I doing with my life ;) The last time I have experienced such a game was Witcher 3.
And I`m still barely in to the main story missions, the last 20h or so was just doing random stuff. Absolutely in love.

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I've been playing this "game" called Vortex, the program for NexusMods. Holy freaking cow that's addictive! Unfortunately a lot of the mods require SSE, and I only have vanilla Skyrim on PC. I'm waiting for SSE to go on sale, despite already having bought it for PS4 awhile back.

ps - I'm not doing this because I'm bored with ED, but rather I just wanted to see what Skyrim could look like on this PC. Nobody warned me that it would be such an addictive drug!
You should consider using Mod Organizer 2 (MO2 is for 64 bit SSE v. original MO for Oldrim). MO2 is superior to Vortex in so many infinite ways ie it's the difference between a multipurpose Cobra MK IV v. Anaconda. My 387 mod deck wouldn't have been possible to play without it given the 255 mod plugin cap..

Anyhow, regardless of which mod manager you use, welcome to modded Skyrim. You should checkout the Beyond Bruma mod series. And don't play without installing

  • Artmoor's Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch (MANDATORY)
  • Chesko's Frostfall/Campfire mods
  • Hunterborn (THE Skyrim hunting mod. Works with any critter mod and Frostfall/Campfire)
  • Fishing in Skyrim or Chesko's Art of the Catch
  • Real Wildlife Skyrim (one of the best critter mods that was designed to work well with Hunterborn)
  • Vivid Weathers or Cathedral Weather or Dolomite Weather mods. Or Climates of Tamriel (more vanilla themed)
  • Lightning during Storms (Minty's lighting mod has patches for these weather mods)
  • Bathing in Skyrim (because your Dovhakin doesn't seem to realize he's filthy, stinking murder hobo when he emerges from his frequent dungeon crawls)
  • Isoku's Wet and Cold (your PC will become wet and suffer from inclement weather/cold. Designed to work with Frostfall/Campfire
  • Isoku's Holidays mod (gives Skyrim seasonal holidays to include the Dovahkin's birthday)
  • Basically just install 100% of Isoku's mod suite from Nexus. Like Chesko, this incredibly talented modder makes some amazing immersive environmental mods
  • Vurt's Skyrim Flora Overhaul (the way Bethesda should've released Skyrim)
  • Real Needs and Diseases (best hunger/thirst/disease needs mods to date)
  • TMPhoenix Multiple Adoptions mod (can adopt up to 6 children v. vanilla limited 2 in the game)
  • Carriage and Ferry Travel Overhaul (the way Bethesda should've released fast travel by ship and carriage) or Touring Carriages (the immersive way)
  • Lakeview Extended Ac3s amazing overhaul of Lakeview for Hearthfire DLC
https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/6363

Food mods (lots of these but some of the best are):
  • Meal time (for the amazing list of foods your PC can eat. Had to link the url because there is an INSANE variety in the number of foods your PC can eat)
https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/22496?tab=description

ps if you're into realism and/or aren't offended by nudity and/or don't like the vanilla/barbie model for your PC and/or other NPCs in the game, there is

OSA and OSex Skyrim Ascendancy Engine (the best adult sex mod to date with zero scripting)

and some really great skin replacers like:

Caliente's CBBE and Sundracon's Natural Males

Which I can't link from Nexusmods due to nudity/Adult content. Sorry for the post hijack and going overboard here. But installing and modding Skyrim to it's full potential is an insanely addicting hobby for TES fan boys :ROFLMAO:
 
I`m terribly confused but after the yesterdays patch my copy of ED is not completely broken like for everybody on the forum so... despite thinking the patch might be not working for me, well... I will play that for a wile ;)
 
I`m terribly confused but after the yesterdays patch my copy of ED is not completely broken like for everybody on the forum so... despite thinking the patch might be not working for me, well... I will play that for a wile ;)
Works fine for me too...I updated ED from Steam relatively late on last night after reading the broohaha on the forums...both on the Xbox sub and DD. Fired it up and it was working as usual.
 
On a slightly different tangent about a potential domino effect Epic Game Store may have started in its ongoing drama with industry publishers/devs & Steam. Rockstar just released their shinny new (and somewhat buggy) ONE GIGABYTE sized game launcher. And now Steam users are up in arms over the incompatibilty between the versions of the Steam and new R* game launcher. With the typical 0% help from either Steam or R* CS or tech support.

Seems the new launcher update is also ridden with DRM just like Bethesda did with F76. So now the only way to play GTAV/GTAO, RDR2/RDRO and other older legacy Rockstar titles like Bully,RDR, SA, GTA IV, III etc. on PC is via this new launcher.

Which also gives you the option to "detect" existing Rockstar games on your HD.

Which is bad news for players who heavily modded their single player versions of R* games like me.

If you make the mistake of leaving any separate, modded game folders for GTA V and/or any other R* game like GTA IV in the Rockstar Games folder, the new DRM will sense these modded folders. Then throw a PMS fit alert popup about a potential ban for modded game files when you try to launch the game. I immediately shut down the launcher from the task bar when I got that popup. Removed all modded R* games from the folder and haven't had that issue since. Noticed a few players crying about unfair bans over at RGSC since the update. This is really going to suck for those ppl if they got ban hammered for what I encountered during the launcher install. Because R* keeps doing what they've always done in these scenarios. Lump the innocent gamers with chronic modders/hackers/money glitchers into their temporary ban crucible. Then set the timer to ignore on tone deaf mode until late 2050 or so.

This move is not looking good for any potential PC platform RDR 2/Online release. If I didn't know better, I'd swear Rockstar did this to avoid paying Valve 30%. All thanks to the ensuing PR fallout/backlash from all of Epic Game Store's supreme tomf*ckery to date.
 
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Bought the Greedfall, yesterday and didn't sleep, tonight. It's quite good!

Spiders were always a nice dev team with great ideas and never high enough budget.
I'm a big fan of their two previous games.
Bound by Flame was really fun and despite the low budget it looked and played amazingly.
Technomancer was a mixed bag. They tried for something bigger so their low budget and small team is much more visible. But despite all its shortcomings it was a really interesting game with great setting and story and interesting characters.

Greedfall is on a whole another lever, though. It's a genuine RPG with amazing graphics, huge world (and really interesting one at that!), really clever and more importantly non-repetitive quests (The Witcher 3 level. Really good), companions, skill trees, crafting and all that jazz.

I'm having a great time with it. :)
 
Now that I’ve got Kerbal Space Program out of my system again, I’ve returned to Surviving Mars as my “pausable” game. I started as India to take care of that particular achievement (one of the few games where I’ve ever chased achievements), and just about lost the colony when a meteor shower dropped right onto the colony, then a dust storm struck before they could recover, and then a second meteor shower combined with a pair of errant dust devils from the Philosopher Stone mystery struck right after that. Managed to save my RC controller with a pair of drones before the dust devils trashed the last of my drones.

That was one of the few times I’ve found myself yelling at the screen.
 
It's really good isn't it? Everything just "flows" as it should with these kind of games, keeping you hooked. I've had a few "just an hour" sessions that turned into 6-hour stretches.

Just needs modding and Vortex support (there are a few mods already on Nexus).
True. Mods could be really interesting.

I even grew to like the combat system, which is usually the biggest issue for me in RPGs. It's not a Dark Souls level of craziness but it's challenging enough. The right amount so it's not frustrating. Though the animals can be a bit too much. Sometimes I'm just running around and let the companions to deal with them - I'm mostly specced into ranged (Magic and rifles)

But yeah. I'm really loving it. I love that the game really forces you to take sides all the time. So far I've managed to keep things in balance with most of the factions but I'm afraid (in a good way) this won't last forever. :D
 
Got me Ace Combat 7 yesterday for a bargain, pretty solid game, not a simulator but nice action, never saw an F-14 carry 80+ missiles lol.
To bad they didn't use the 4K capability of the One X, the frames are a steady 60fps though and it looks good.
Pretty fun game.
 
Bought the Greedfall, yesterday and didn't sleep, tonight. It's quite good!
:)
Am I the only one who got completely turned off by the graphical presentation of this game? Not only everything is washed out to oblivion (like many games these days for reasons... unknown) but also everything is well... brown. I saw many pictures and vids and its horrible, its like vaseline was smeared all over it.
I know, I know graphics does not make a game but to be honest first time I was so turned off by the overall color palette of the game I put it off my wish list.
 
Am I the only one who got completely turned off by the graphical presentation of this game? Not only everything is washed out to oblivion (like many games these days for reasons... unknown) but also everything is well... brown. I saw many pictures and vids and its horrible, its like vaseline was smeared all over it.
I know, I know graphics does not make a game but to be honest first time I was so turned off by the overall color palette of the game I put it off my wish list.
You're not the only one. I mentioned there were mods on Nexus... they are nearly all Reshade profiles to change the "washed out" look.

Personally, I rather like it (it's different), but each to their own.
 
Am I the only one who got completely turned off by the graphical presentation of this game? Not only everything is washed out to oblivion (like many games these days for reasons... unknown) but also everything is well... brown. I saw many pictures and vids and its horrible, its like vaseline was smeared all over it.
I know, I know graphics does not make a game but to be honest first time I was so turned off by the overall color palette of the game I put it off my wish list.
I don't really mind. The colour palette of the cities is similar to, for example, Dishonored and nature is colourful enough to balance it out. It's no No Man's Sky, but I wouldn't call it "vaseline". :)
 
For me it looks appalling but its good to hear that you can "fix" it with ReShade (the tool I`m using in almost every game now) - that begs the question...
Is it because most games are ported/shared from/the consoles that folks display on TV screens and therefore colors/contrast is much higher for them?
 
For me it looks appalling but its good to hear that you can "fix" it with ReShade (the tool I`m using in almost every game now) - that begs the question...
Is it because most games are ported/shared from/the consoles that folks display on TV screens and therefore colors/contrast is much higher for them?
I dunno about "most games", but with Greedfall I think it's definitely an artistic decision. It looks a lot better when you're playing than any screenshots I've seen. Don't really notice it much now, and as Chris Simon says above, the nature is very colourful and varied so it balances it out.
 
For me it looks appalling but its good to hear that you can "fix" it with ReShade (the tool I`m using in almost every game now) - that begs the question...
Is it because most games are ported/shared from/the consoles that folks display on TV screens and therefore colors/contrast is much higher for them?
If every game seems off to you, what if it's you and not the games? :p
(Sorry) :LOL:
 
While what you wrote was a joke, sometimes properly calibrating your monitor can make a difference.


Granted, I think that way too much media have been infected by the “Real is Brown” trope, but it never hurts to check your monitor calibration.
That's true.
The kind of "realistic" look in games is trendy and although personally I dislike the pastel colours and I'm fine with "shades of grey" palette, sometimes it can be too much.
IMHO it's not the case for Greedfall, though. Its cities and clothing for example are greyish, but as the whole style has been chosen on purpose (the setting takes inspiration in pre-industrial Britain). Games like Fable are very similar in setting, but feel almost too childish with their bright colour.

Plus Greedfall is overall very mature game in its story and message and I think the overall artistic take expresses that very well.

I'm not saying Vasea doesn't have the right to dislike its style, of course. A hundred people, hundred tastes.
 
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While what you wrote was a joke, sometimes properly calibrating your monitor can make a difference.


Granted, I think that way too much media have been infected by the “Real is Brown” trope, but it never hurts to check your monitor calibration.
So true, I thought my monitor settings were okay, untill my cousin came along with this spider thing you hang in front of your screen so you can make a profile with the right color callibrations.
He uses that thing at work, a graphics and design print shop.

The difference was staggering after I calibrated my screen.
 
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