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Ever tried reloading an old save on a game you haven't played in ages...and are completely lost?

I'm experiencing that right now with Red Dead Redemption 2. Think I'll have to start from scratch. Which sucks because I was about 50% completed. I'd made it to Chapter 4, where you hit your first city. But I've forgotten everything. The controls, my progress, what everything does, the story, everything.
 
Ever tried reloading an old save on a game you haven't played in ages...and are completely lost?

I'm experiencing that right now with Red Dead Redemption 2. Think I'll have to start from scratch. Which sucks because I was about 50% completed. I'd made it to Chapter 4, where you hit your first city. But I've forgotten everything. The controls, my progress, what everything does, the story, everything.
Every time I go back to Red Dead this happens, and it sucks cause the first bit is a slog.
 

GasBandit

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Ever tried reloading an old save on a game you haven't played in ages...and are completely lost?

I'm experiencing that right now with Red Dead Redemption 2. Think I'll have to start from scratch. Which sucks because I was about 50% completed. I'd made it to Chapter 4, where you hit your first city. But I've forgotten everything. The controls, my progress, what everything does, the story, everything.
Every time I go back to Skyrim. Every. Time.
 
It's pretty much true of most games now that I think about it, for me. If I don't finish them and get back in a timely manner, I usually restart all over every time.
 

figmentPez

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Ever tried reloading an old save on a game you haven't played in ages...and are completely lost?

I'm experiencing that right now with Red Dead Redemption 2. Think I'll have to start from scratch. Which sucks because I was about 50% completed. I'd made it to Chapter 4, where you hit your first city. But I've forgotten everything. The controls, my progress, what everything does, the story, everything.
And it's worse with games that have an unusual control scheme, or complex mechanics. Going back to an old FPS game is one thing, but going back to something like Guacamelee, when you've forgotten all the tutorials and combo moves, is something else. Even something like Torchlight 2, where I know all the basics, if I've forgotten how my specific build plays best, it's a fumbling nightmare until I remember.
 

figmentPez

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I've started playing Control because it's one of the "free" games with Prime for Amazon Luna this month. I'm highly skeptical about streaming game services, especially the bad directions they could take the industry, but I am curious about their current state, and since I already have Control through Prime Gaming giving away a GOG copy a while back, this seems like the perfect opportunity to compare a game that is taxing on my old system, to the cloud version, which can enable more graphical bells and whistles, but is limited by streaming latency and compression.

I'm also curious about how well Luna works with Steam Input, since everyone knows I love my Steam Controller. (Control is not ideal in that aspect, since it does not play nice with mixed mouse and gamepad inputs. It has a minor freakout if mouse movement happens at the same time as any controller inputs, so I'm using a full mouse & keyboard layout.)

If anyone is interested in hearing about Luna, or has specific questions, I'll go into detail after I've spent some time with the game, but if no one cares I don't know if I'll say a lot.
 
Ever tried reloading an old save on a game you haven't played in ages...and are completely lost?

I'm experiencing that right now with Red Dead Redemption 2. Think I'll have to start from scratch. Which sucks because I was about 50% completed. I'd made it to Chapter 4, where you hit your first city. But I've forgotten everything. The controls, my progress, what everything does, the story, everything.
The last time this happened to me was in Divinity: Original Sin 2. I wasn't lost in terms of the story, I could easily recognize where I was in the story because it was a very distinctive location. Instead, I'd completely forgotten what my characters' build strategies were. DOS2 allows players to come up with some really creative and esoteric builds and strategies, but the downside of using these weird builds is that if you don't remember what your approach was, it'll just look like a random mishmash of powers and spells. "Why the hell does this guy have a bunch of necromancer powers coupled with fire magic? What's with the dwarf using nothing but grenades? Why does my main spellcaster have no offensive spells memorized? And which among my party is meant to be the tank?"
 

figmentPez

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I've started playing Control because it's one of the "free" games with Prime for Amazon Luna this month. I'm highly skeptical about streaming game services, especially the bad directions they could take the industry, but I am curious about their current state, and since I already have Control through Prime Gaming giving away a GOG copy a while back, this seems like the perfect opportunity to compare a game that is taxing on my old system, to the cloud version, which can enable more graphical bells and whistles, but is limited by streaming latency and compression.

I'm also curious about how well Luna works with Steam Input, since everyone knows I love my Steam Controller. (Control is not ideal in that aspect, since it does not play nice with mixed mouse and gamepad inputs. It has a minor freakout if mouse movement happens at the same time as any controller inputs, so I'm using a full mouse & keyboard layout.)

If anyone is interested in hearing about Luna, or has specific questions, I'll go into detail after I've spent some time with the game, but if no one cares I don't know if I'll say a lot.
Unlocked the "gravity gun" and made it a bit past the first boss. What I've learned:
  • There was noticeable lag. Not horrendous, but my controls felt floaty. I could finish the game on this, if it were the only issue.
  • The video was not 1080p, probably sub 720p. When I'd previously played on Luna, some Hot Wheels themed racer, the video was really crisp. This absolutely did not look that good. Even worse is that Control has a lot of rooms with low light, or red lighting, and I hope we all know that video compression is especially unkind to red.
  • Luna doesn't support downloading/transferring saved games for Control. While it does apparently for some games, I can't figure out how to tell which games do.
  • The game crashed twice.
On the plus side, loading times were significantly faster than on my local PC, but I don't have an SSD big enough to put games on, so that doesn't surprise me.

This is probably the end of my experimenting with playing Control via Luna.
 

GasBandit

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Picked up "Raft" during the survival games sale on steam.

Playing it multiplayer when nobody knows how anything works is a chaotic recipe for starvation.

Also that shark is SUCH an asshole!
 
Picked up "Raft" during the survival games sale on steam.

Playing it multiplayer when nobody knows how anything works is a chaotic recipe for starvation.

Also that shark is SUCH an asshole!
I own it but haven't touched it in years. I was waiting for it to be out of Early Access. Which it us now, obviously. If you want someone to play it with sometime, lemme know. I have a very vague idea of how it works.
 

GasBandit

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I own it but haven't touched it in years. I was waiting for it to be out of Early Access. Which it us now, obviously. If you want someone to play it with sometime, lemme know. I have a very vague idea of how it works.
Heh, it is still buggy, though. When I join someone else's game the very first thing I have to do is take my hook off my hotbar and put it in my inventory, then close my inventory, and open it again and put my hook back on my bar. If I don't do that though it won't work ever.
 
I got gifted Elden Ring by a friend who wanted to play it with me. Then the night we planned to play with that seamless multiplayer mod installed, his gaming laptop crapped out. So now he's waiting for a replacement and I'm playing the shit out of Elden Ring ferreals now.

Hey y'all. Might be good.
 
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My kids ask me every week if a new Let's Game it Out is on YouTube. Kids, he publishes one a month, typically. Cool your jets! This one on Raft that he published today is not his funniest but it's still fun to watch him utterly break a game like this.
 
I feel like there's a real turn where he went from absolutely hilarious breakdowns of games to obviously sponsored content where he gives about 10% effort.
 
I think I've died to this one asshole normal enemy in Elden Ring more times than I have to all bosses combined. Getting stunlocked on horseback is really not fun.
 
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