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

WoWs and XRebirth
WoWs time is starting to dwindle and I'm on to a new / old game Mechwarrior 5.

I may restart MWO later but for now I want to play the new shiny game. Its in my cart, I just have to pull the trigger.

GL HF

Edit: It's mine now. Happy Holidays
 
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Took advantage of Steam's insane Black Friday sales and added a few more long followed games to gather dust on my Steam shelf:
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Finally got Farmer's Dynasty and Ranch Sim :love: for my gaming laptop PC. Still waiting on my discounted 2TB SSD to arrive so I can finally have enough space to play my favorite Steam titles. And hopefully by next summer sales, I'll be able to add Farming Simulator 22 to the list at discounted price. Especially since way more mods will be available for '22 by then. So I'll finally have Farming Sim 22 to fulfill my virtual farming itch and Farming Dynasty to scratch the Sims 3 version of a farmer life simulator itch. To date, I'm still stumped FD hasn't attracted a significantly higher fan base following to date given all the amazing features its indie dev added to the game.

But also got hit with 2nd time around Buyer's remorse from gleefully grabbing AC2 Brotherhood and predecessor AC2 with it's associated DLC for PC version. Ended up having to get refunded for these after listening to talking heads at fan boi sites around the web. Particularly the chatter on legacy AC2 because of its unique associated DLC promo rewards (which is what I bought it for). Didn't realize just how badly Ubi sabotaged returning vet and new players on AC2. All the special promo DLC rewards like the Auditore Family Crypt, those 2 additional sequence 11/12 game maps etc. were 100% server based AND designed for last gen/X360 console gamers (when the game came out over a decade ago). So if have the misfortune of being
  • a PC gamer, or
  • were not lucky enough to be a console gamer who still retained their old X360/PS3 save game content, and/or
  • didn't maintain your old saves on your local console HD (or some external media), then
you're royally SCREWED for this unique limited edition DLC content. Particularly the Auditore Family Crypt DLC because this was such a critical, instrumental part of Enzio's backstory. And formed the very foundation of what drove the organizational creed AC2 was built on by default. Because Altair/Enzio/Desmond's backstories formed the backbone of the AC franchise to date. Period. That being said...

For those ED dual citizenship denizens from the AC 'verse: Have you come to suspect Ubisoft may have been considering a reboot of the series as way back as 10 years ago when AC2 came out? Particularly because of the disastrous direction they took with the annual game releases. And the recent radical transformation of this once parkour/puzzle solving game mechanic into a live service RPG (Odysessy/Origin/Vahalla etc).

All of these showed the radical transformation Ubi has opted to now take with the franchise. Leaving the Man v. Man conflict that defined the franchise in AC1- AC 4 where is was Assassins v Templars. Going full blown mythological/supernatural conflict where the main story has become a convoluting merge of legacy AC1/AC2 lore with recent Norse mythology. Perfect example of this is Eivor v Odin boss fight in Vahalla. Where this iteration of AC main story is focused on the mythological Esu and their politics before the great catastrophe that obliterated their civilization and nearly humanity.

So it seems Ubi is now looking to make AC a full blown live service franchise.:cautious: Which consists of multiple PC back stories of unrelated protags. Like the way they killed off AC2 main PC and his supporting assassin members. So Eivor isn't genetically related to legacy AC1 (Altair), the predecessor of AC2 (Desmond) etc. etc. Makes for a very confusing direction that Ubi is now taking the franchise. Only hope this doesn't end up destroying the franchise the way the Exceptional A$sh@ts and As$h@tVision have managed to destroy every title they're touched to date.:mad:

anyhow rant over. Back OT

The devs literally suffered from myopia when they designed how this instrumental DLC would be distributed to players in the future. Ubi literally did not have a plan for how players would be able to access this DLC content --THAT THEY CLEARLY PAID FOR -- once they had to shutdown those aged AC2 servers which had reached their EOL milestone date. Seriously, Ubi is sadly now on decline for both tech and employee based reasons. They seriously need to consider taking a page out of Hangar 13's playbook they way they remade Mafia 1. Particularly where Ubi's strategic vision of future considerations on how the AC franchise will be designed in future.

So for anyone who may be considering buying AC2 and/or Brotherhood for nostalgia's sake: CAVEAT EMPTOR. Know that prior to AC2 server shutdown, if you failed to d/l and still retain the saves with this DLC somewhere, or happen to be an unfortunate PC gamer buying these titles years later, then this abrupt disconnect has likely marooned you. And all other AC2 vets and would be AC2 players who make the mistake of buying this amazing title. Which they most likely would have on places like Microsoft marketplace store. And particularly on Steam during the steeply discounted Black Friday sales. Only to find said content AWOL because the devs couldn't be bothered to include it as regular DLC for this legacy title.

So you end up coming on this forum to BMW (B*tch, Moan and Whine) about it.

Just like 100% of the contents making up this post :ROFLMAO:
 
Looks like I'm back to playing XRebirth and WoWs for a while. After days of trying to get MW5 to run, I gave up (for now) and got a refund. No problem, I'll try at a later date. I had comms w/ support but they didn't help much so I decided to just bail. I did get to play some on the first install and it was fun fwiw. I may crank up MWO now to scratch that mech itch. GL HF Commanders
 
Looks like I'm back to playing XRebirth and WoWs for a while. After days of trying to get MW5 to run, I gave up (for now) and got a refund. No problem, I'll try at a later date. I had comms w/ support but they didn't help much so I decided to just bail. I did get to play some on the first install and it was fun fwiw. I may crank up MWO now to scratch that mech itch. GL HF Commanders
Sorry to hear about your problems with MW5. What was going on? You refunded the game so it's too late now, but MW5 runs just fine with Geforce Now. Just an alternative platform to keep in mind when having trouble running a game.

It has been ages since I've got hooked on a WWII game - generally speaking, I am burned out on WWII gaming after a lifetime of partaking :D - but I have to say Enlisted is probably the most fun I've had in a WWII shooter since Red Orchestra. Considering this game still has a long ways to go before it reaches a v1.0, it is already a fantastic shooter loaded with content. I particularly love the unique spin it brings to the genre by giving each player a squad of bots to bring into battle with him. What results are battles that can be truly cinematic at times. This is F2P, so it is definitely worth a try as it will cost you nothing.


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NewWorld: This game has every aspect of what is to look forward to as a benchmark for a first game made from scratch, made on a new game engine, it is great. The graphics are smooth and gorgeous. The lore and setting are both entertaining and innovative. Game mechanics are enjoyable with only a couple of minor exceptions (new world gold is really hard to get). There is no swimming just literally walking underwater. The jump could be a little better, but you have a phenomenal set of movements for getting over rough terrain.
 
NewWorld: This game has every aspect of what is to look forward to as a benchmark for a first game made from scratch, made on a new game engine, it is great. The graphics are smooth and gorgeous. The lore and setting are both entertaining and innovative. Game mechanics are enjoyable with only a couple of minor exceptions (new world gold is really hard to get). There is no swimming just literally walking underwater. The jump could be a little better, but you have a phenomenal set of movements for getting over rough terrain.

A number of prominent MMOers would disagree with your analysis on some of those points. JSH has been especially critical of it.
 
NewWorld: This game has every aspect of what is to look forward to as a benchmark for a first game made from scratch, made on a new game engine, it is great. The graphics are smooth and gorgeous. The lore and setting are both entertaining and innovative. Game mechanics are enjoyable with only a couple of minor exceptions (new world gold is really hard to get). There is no swimming just literally walking underwater. The jump could be a little better, but you have a phenomenal set of movements for getting over rough terrain.

That's the game that literally kills 3090 cards, isn't it? :unsure:
 
After days of trying to get MW5 to run, I gave up (for now) and got a refund. No problem, I'll try at a later date. I had comms w/ support but they didn't help much so I decided to just bail. I did get to play some on the first install and it was fun fwiw. I may crank up MWO now to scratch that mech itch. GL HF Commanders

What were the exact symptoms here? Did it not start at all?

MW5 was always a bit weird. It defaults to DX11, but DX11 is largely broken on it, so it's best to force DX12 via a command line argument.

That's the game that literally kills 3090 cards, isn't it? :unsure:

It's one game that could find defective cards faster than some others.

If the part wasn't broken to begin with, wasn't attached to a broken or inadequate PSU, and wasn't being run outside of spec in some other way, no software, run for any length of time, should be able to kill it. Even if you wrote something specifically to kill hardware, short of flashing firmware or overriding power tables to allow specifications to be bypassed, all the limiters present should preserve the part. At best (worst?) you'd be able to induce some transient power spikes, which would be harmless to parts with good power delivery designs.
 
It's one game that could find defective cards faster than some others.

If the part wasn't broken to begin with, wasn't attached to a broken or inadequate PSU, and wasn't being run outside of spec in some other way, no software, run for any length of time, should be able to kill it. Even if you wrote something specifically to kill hardware, short of flashing firmware or overriding power tables to allow specifications to be bypassed, all the limiters present should preserve the part. At best (worst?) you'd be able to induce some transient power spikes, which would be harmless to parts with good power delivery designs.

Still, I remember quite a few YTers pointing it out... and even trying to verify it with their own cards. (!)

I don't have (nor ever likely to have) a 3090, but it's probably a game I'll still steer clear of because of it. I still have a 1080Ti, and if that dies, I'm screwed. 🤷‍♀️
 
even trying to verify it with their own cards. (!)

The first thing I'd do, mostly to debunk the idea that the game was the issue, or with much less likelihood, to discover a flaw in my GPU sample that would need addressing anyway. Any actual game that can quickly kill any appreciable fraction of new GPUs, without them being set well past spec, is something I want in my kit of first-line tests. It would be an extremely useful validation tool, kinda like 3DMark Night Raid (which is weird and craps out dozens to hundreds of MHz sooner than almost anything else, at lower stress/power) for overclocking RDNA cards.

I don't have (nor ever likely to have) a 3090, but it's probably a game I'll still steer clear of because of it. I still have a 1080Ti, and if that dies, I'm screwed. 🤷‍♀️

The failure rates were tiny. EVGA, for example, got back 24 dead 3090s related to New World and found manufacturing defects on all of them.

If a part is out of warranty and one is unsure of it's quality, it may be prudent to avoid undue stresses. However, I make sure to test all of my components shortly after I get them, while they can still be easily replaced, to an extent that convinces me they are not weak samples and that they are out of the initial high-point of the bathtub failure curve. If I can't kill it in a month, no game is going to kill it any time in it's expected lifespan.
 
What were the exact symptoms here? Did it not start at all?

MW5 was always a bit weird. It defaults to DX11, but DX11 is largely broken on it, so it's best to force DX12 via a command line argument.
My MW5 would install OK, then run OK w/o any issues (I noticed in the short time I had it). But on restart it wanted to do an update; the update failed every time, and it labelled my install as corrupted. I tried the management function of repair, but wouldn't repair. (I did some searches but the solutions from others was what I was already doing ... repair, reinstall, etc.)
So, I could uninstall, reinstall and it would work until I logged out of the game and GOG launcher. When I restarted the game it wanted to update, then failed again ... rinse repeat over and over.
A couple of times after I uninstalled, I would go into all the subdirectories it placed files and I would delete the directories before I would try and reinstall. That happened multiple times. One side note was the game ran very hot. I always run a temp monitoring app that tracks heat and other things and it was the worse game I've had for burning up the graphics card and sometimes the CPU heat would jump up periodically.

I play several games off GoG (XRebirth, X4, Civil War, Steel Divisions, etc.) and I've never had that problem. I'm OK with not having MW5 right now. I replied back to GoG support and told them I wasn't mad and would maybe try again with MW5 at a later date and shined the carrot at them that I was looking at other games I may buy and that I was still happy with GoG. No harm.
I can always try MWO again if I get that mech itch. I've had an account there for years and own some nice mechs to roam around in.

Thanks and GL HF, I am with my other games. (oops, sorry for the long post)
 
If GoG Galaxy is giving you issues with updates, hide those games in it, and install/update them manually with the offline installers at the GoG site.
 
Thanks for the suggestions. I thought about trying to launch it from file manager but decided to simply bail and delay getting it now. I didn't have it long enough to address the heat issue with some in game settings so the combo of the heat issue and never-ending update situation just lead me to move on.
I really appreciate the help. Have a nice evening.
 
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