Far Cry: New Dawn

I have a friend who loves co-ops, and doesn’t like to play them alone. Often I find myself at the receiving end of it, literally. Aka yesterday I received Far Cry: New Dawn, because it’s fully supported story co-op for the both of you.

First thoughts from someone whose PC is below minimum requirements:

  • The color scheme of the game is right up my alley. Cold and hot pinks, purples, deep blues. Animals are colorful, from the purple-pink-blue of the universe, to white-and-pink adorable-but-will-eat-you.
  • Companion pets are amazing, and I am loving people’s reactions. I ran past a couple with Timber, the dog, who is very smart, and very fluffy. And the woman went “such dog, much wow”, and I died. The boar will run the hell away if we meed a predator to whom he’s a natural dish. It’s great.
  • Companions in general are great.
  • Hurk and Sharkie are alive and well.
  • There’s… Somebody you want to meet there.
  • No, that wasn’t a tree that just got up, that was Princess Mononoke life-deer shit, and thank all your gods that it was not aggressive.
  • Eyes reflect light. I saw the eyes of the wolf before I saw the wolf.
  • They have a lot of pink dye. I wonder if they make it out of the pink flowers that seem to grow everywhere.
  • Yes, it lags, yes, I play on like 1280x resolution or so (I’m on 1900x something of a laptop standard). Sometimes a chunk needs to load, and I have a second of frozen screen. But you know what? Updates in FC5 made it far worse to play that game, than this, brand new one. If you can run that one, you will be able to run this one, one way or another.
  • I know nothing about SLI, so if anyone knows how to easily make it work for this game, please let me know.

Yeah. So I’ve got eaten by a crocodile that could’ve swallowed me whole if it so pleased. Beaten up by a constipated bear I didn’t want to kill one bit, because bears are cute. I very much so want a cold-pink light in my house. I’ll settle for a hot pink though. oh and, Die Antwoords are full on soundtrack, together with some other good-to-decent rap. Art style looks like that of Antwoords too, it’s real nice.

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Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr | The Season of the Dragon

2019 is yet again the year of the Dragon. Not by Chinese zodiac or anything, but by gamer zodiac, I guess. And, apparently, it is not just because of the Dragon Age 4 teaser trailer either. Elder Scrolls Online is also hitting us with a little somethin’ somethin’.

Here’s what we know so far.

Story:

  • As always, it’ll be a quarter-release DLC’s. But this time, every piece will be connected, telling one, year long story, with pinnacle happening after two quarters in E3, where second half of the trailer above will be announced, and we’ll know what other DLC dungeon and story zone will get introduced. This quarter will have a bundle of two Dungeon DLC’s where you will go on a quest from Tharn (yes, the one from Coldharbour) to retrieve two halves of a tablet. His heart is in the right place, he does believe it’ll help him bring peace upon Tamriel. In truth, it’s now all your fault that dragons (second quarter, May 20th if you preorder, June 4th if not) rampage the Khajiit homeland: Elsweyr.
  • We’ll get to know how they get to be part of the Dominion, but govern themselves. The story starts with Imperial army marching upon Elsweyr with a necromantic army, as if dragons were not enough, right?
  • Elsweyr is made out of three biomes: desert, savannah, and jungle forest.
  • We’ll finally meet more types of khajiits. There’s seventeen of them, but we’ll only get a few, previously only known from books and stories.
  • We’ll get to meet Sir Caldwell again, and learn more of how he became what he is. Raz will also have some cameo missions.
  • Sheogorath, in the meantime, feels bored and wants more chaos in the world. So he’ll open his vaults, and drop an artifact upon Cyrodiil. Players will then get a notification and location. Obtaining the artifact will make the player a match to Emperor, making them a juggernaut of power, with six new skills. But here’s the catch: you have to feed the new weapon you got, feed it souls of killed players. Or else it’ll eat you.

New Features: 

  • The most important, of course, is the NECROMANCER class. Yes, a brand new class that can be played (as always) many different ways. But life around corpses won’t be easy, for there’s definitely going to be some run-ins with the law. Creators are attempting to make Tamriel react to you, thus forcing a necromancer to remain quiet about this chosen lifestyle. It is a great taboo, and many places have necromancy completely outlawed. But the power!…
  • There’ll be changes in race passives too. Which then leads to another news: each account will get one free token for race change, for creators want everyone to be able to change their race at least once.
  • Cap for bough character slots will be raised, and one additional slot will be given per account for each player, so that everyone has a chance to play necromancer.
  • GUILDS! There’ll be guild categories, making all of our lives easier. And, even better, there’ll be an actual text-search in the guild store. Available on consoles too. So no more searching for hours of that one particular motif among hundreds and hundreds!
  • ZONE GUIDE! Each zone will have a guide telling you your progress, next steps in the quests you got, where the npc’s are. It’ll help new players to orientate themselves, and old returning players to readjust and remember what were they doing.
  • New, interesting battlegrounds mode.
  • Dragon-based Trial with an unique mode for every dragon boss.
  • No champion points cap increase on this update, this year. Creators want to see how they can improve the whole system, for, let’s face it, it’s a mess there. Plus, it’ll allow new players to catch up with those of us who are already far beyond the current cap.

Performance:

  • Yes. Most important thing ever. Performance fixes. Creators are trying to find a way to generate things, surroundings differently, including the player who is now a massive point on the map, what with all the types of armor, classes, details, etc. Having a great pc is by far not a promise of a well running ESO game. The updates to fix this will be worldwide, and are to begin sometime in the second or third quarter.

Not gonna lie, I’m very excited for everything. I’m already putting my points into the bank: gold, vouchers, everything. Just so I can buy whatever gorgeous stuff I expect there’ll be.

You can already preorder the game, as an update or a separate copy. To new players: buying this will unlock you every other chapter and the base game, so you don’t need a base game. This will have it + Morrowing and Summerset updates too. Other DLC’s that aren’t chapters, such as Gold Coast with Dark Brotherhood quest line are available to purchase via crown store, as always (or, really, just get eso+). Wait for events that mark their release date, they go cheaper then!

Preorder here: Official Eso Page
Official news: Announcements on Elsweyr
Official announcement video: TESO New Chapter

Game Journal | Adventures | ESO

Since the day wasn’t the best, I decided I need to go exploring. Outside it’s winter, and I’ve been to every nook and corner of my town, and it’s not like there’s much to see in the dead dark of winter. So, video games. Gta5 doesn’t work all that well anymore, my pc is getting old, and can’t handle it as it used to. But I can still play elder scrolls online.

Needed to craft a thing in Coldharbor, so I went there to explore too.

There was a ruin of a house with a hatchet at the edge of it, leading into what I thought would be a cellar. But inside I found two more houses, or remnants of the same house in a cave, river across it and all that. Crafting stations scattered around.

I went through the rooms, curious about this beautiful view. In one room there’s a sort of a little bar, with that lizard-chicken creature, blue skinned, named Honor. Just a little further there’s also a room full of books.

It’s nothing if not a beautiful find.

ESO: New Life Festival + New Crown Crates

First of all, there’s new Crown Crates available (they’ve been available for maybe a week now, more or less). They’re called Xanmeer, and contain all kinds of, I’d say, Argonian-themed things to go with your newly acquired Murkmire DLC (which, if you were diligent last month in taking dailies, you’ve received free). I myself had bought a set of four, due to having leftover crowns from previous ESO+ purchases, and, as luck would have it this month of mine, got the lizard-horse mount in it. I wish you as good luck as I had.

Next thing, New Life Festival has began, and it’ll last 20 days or so! It’s same as the last year, and the year before, but those of you who didn’t bother with dungeons and still need a feather for the mount: 1 ticket per day for 1 daily festival quest (so you don’t have to do them all).

There’s all the old loot in the boxes you’ll get, while doing all the same things, but then there’s some new goodies too. For instance, there’s now a furniture writ. It’ll give you one voucher (it might vary, I only got one so far, per two characters) and if you do 12 of them in the span of event, you’ll get a Crystalfrost Skin for your characters! Yes, a mount, and an icy new skin.

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Then there’s some furniture, which I always like and appreciate, and motifs, which I also like and appreciate for as long as I don’t have it, and just miscellaneous stuff. From Mountain Flower bushels, to Perfect Roe for that legendary level food making.

Next thing you should note, this event too has Achievement Furnisher (luxury furnisher?), so be sure to get those achievements if you don’t have them yet, and check out the goodies that are, well, pretty good and festive.

The event is per character, so if you got all 8 of them, you can do all of the quests for each. The boxes are bound, but I think you can drop them into your bank. If not, you can open it, and put the goodies into the bank for your main to take and sort if that’s your aim.

Best of luck!

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ESO: Summerfall Event and Hollowjack Crates

First things first. Come look here at the rewards you can get for merely owning Summerfall and exploring it: Summerfall Event

How do I help unlock the rewards?

To earn the free rewards for yourself and your fellow players, simply explore the isles of Summerset and Artaeum and earn the Summerset Pathfinder Achievement (you can find details on the Achievement in your Journal). When an account earns the Summerset Pathfinder Achievement, you (and everybody else) is one step closer to unlocking the next reward!”

So as I understand it, all it takes is to have the Pathfinder achievement, which you get from visiting places. Perfect time to go explore. I really do suggest you use Destinations add-on for that, as ESO itself always encourages people to use them, and create them.

And then second things second. Hollowjack crates are here! And they’ve got pretty marvelous stuff within. There’s costumes, pets, mounts, very unique ones that make you pop your head off and into a pumpkin, no joke, and even skins. There’s a black rooster for a pet, and there’s house decorations that I greatly love, but am not sure if I’ll get them. Definitely better than the last set of crates, even though I didn’t’ get anything good so far. All those gems from reward crate junk really did come handy!

Vision Board | CYBERPUNK 2077 DEMO REVEAL

AT LAST! After almost, if not, a decade of waiting, I finally get to see a less than an hour long beautiful little demo, with sexy music, amazing fights, and oh such fine visuals, that make me dread: will I need a new pc?

Anything and everything can yet be changed, they claim, but now that witcher is out of the way, I do believe they won’t do radical changes to what we saw, merely because it’d take too much time and effort all over again. This should roughly remain. What could happen is things get cut out. Be it due to optimizing or something else.

G a m e | Vampyr

London, 1918. You are newly-turned Vampyr Dr. Jonathan Reid. As a doctor, you must find a cure to save the city’s flu-ravaged citizens. As a Vampyr, you are cursed to feed on those you vowed to heal.

It’s a strange game, hyped through and through, and not really fully living up to it. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is a good game. But after about four hours, after you unlock maybe 3rd or 4th piece of the map, running around, because having a carriage or turning into a bat would be unrealistic in a game where you literally are a vampire, you’ll notice how fking repetitive it gets.

For one, loading screens will be the death of me. For two, I just carry around overload of medicine, in case someone gets a headache. For three, everyone has a quest, and everyone has a secret, you just gotta wait in the right place for their heartbeat to go up, and then follow them.

So, while the developers rejoiced with the “every NPC is unique, we didn’t repeat faces” – they didn’t realize they repeated the action sequence so much, that I’m stuck at final act due to unwillingness to run around to get this, bring that, in the same doom and gloom dark game where nothing ever changes at all.

Speaking of changes, you get to unlock safe houses, and I am yet to figure out why, other than the upgrades. The daylight never comes, you do not ever NEED to go to sleep if you’re willing to do the Witcher 3 strategy of beating the shit out of a thing over, and over, and over, while avoiding allowing them to touch you. As long as you manage, you can really deal with it. I’ve drank one person so far, just to see, and, really, you can live without it just as easily.

I don’t know, guys. I’ve not finished the game yet, so I can’t say I don’t like it just yet. But I can say that I don’t like it so far. Repetitive lack of logic is what I’d call it.

What do you think of it? Let me know, really

Summary |30-05

You know what’s the most amazing this very second? THE WIND IS BLOWING SO HARD! Much like a huge portion of the world, we are suffering heat wave. Today is the first day I am able to breathe and even relax. The wind is cold, the sky is darkened, I’ll take this storm, momma Nature, thank You.

So how was my week, eh?

  • It was good.
  • I’m obsessing (healthy, because it motivates me to do more) with Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star videos. We’re watching it with a friend, with next-day bonus videos by Peter Monn on his drama channels. I was never so invested in a story! It’s so inspiring, I’m loving every moment of it.
  • The purple colored Monster Punch is still no where to be found, which is upsetting!
  • I have received a slip in the mail claiming I’ve a package awaiting. I’m guessing it might be from Germany. But now I have to wait for Monday to get it. But I guess that only means I’ll have a good Monday, right?
  • I’ve received three amazing postcards!
  • 95% of the bills are paid for the last month. Gonna see how this month fares from here on. Internet bill tried to slip past me for TWO MONTHS! But they texted me, informing there’s no payment, I found slips that I have indeed MADE payments, and they said that’ll do, but I’m to make a bit different kinds of payments next time. Will do!
  • No update from mum’s case just yet, but they’re reviewing it, hopefully. We did obtain all the documents for it.
  • Friends are good. Youtube is good. Video games is good.
  • I’ve decided I need blue hair.

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  • I have received the correct wire for jewelry. Expect new stuff flooding Etsy sometime soon, for I have many projects unfinished due to lack of this wire.
  • I’m working on a load of commissions. How great is that even?
  • I still need to make myself work on those Pandas from another super secret little projects. I’m sure it’s gonna be a blast once I stop just sketching and start actually painting. But that step from one to another is the hardest part, always.

Hope you all are doing well, and that this heat didn’t affect you too much, nor the country you live in. I wish you as comfortable days as you wish to have.

xx
Blackwood