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wesdadude

Likes Dirt
I am loving Dirt 4 on the XB at the moment..I don't care how poorly the MK2 Escort handles compared to all the others, its in my blood.
so much fun.
I've been playing a bit of that on the PC. Doing the joyride challenges where you have to drive through stuff. Super fun but frustrating when it doesn't like your shift and drops you into neutral.
 

sbm

Likes Bikes
I am loving Dirt 4 on the XB at the moment..I don't care how poorly the MK2 Escort handles compared to all the others, its in my blood.
so much fun.
I've been playing a bit of that on the PC. Doing the joyride challenges where you have to drive through stuff. Super fun but frustrating when it doesn't like your shift and drops you into neutral.
I installed Dirt Rally 2 on Xbox, it's great. Genuinely engaging and some of the handling e.g. the way braking feels is fantastic. Pretty full on when you're ten minutes into a stage, you get square left confused with square right, understeer into a wall, smash the headlights, then frantically shift into reverse, back out, slam it into 1st, and feel your way in the dark through the rest of the stage at dusk to the next service area.
 

ForkinGreat

Random Krishna
I installed Dirt Rally 2 on Xbox, it's great. Genuinely engaging and some of the handling e.g. the way braking feels is fantastic. Pretty full on when you're ten minutes into a stage, you get square left confused with square right, understeer into a wall, smash the headlights, then frantically shift into reverse, back out, slam it into 1st, and feel your way in the dark through the rest of the stage at dusk to the next service area.
apparently the condition of the road on a stage is a variable dynamic as well.
 

wesdadude

Likes Dirt
For the record, Dirt and Dirt Rally are different series of games like Forza Motorsport and Horizon. Rally is designed to be more realistic but apparently doesn't come close enough for the purists. They're still plenty of fun but I haven't put enough hours in to be any fast. At the moment I'm mainly trying to find a few seconds around Brands Hatch Indy in a Clio Cup on Project Cars 2.

For those who can't wait for the Pro Skater remasters there's THUG Pro which lets you play Underground 2 (and many levels from other games) in HD on the PC.
 

Milpool

Have knuckles, will drag
I still just put hours into Skate 3 for my fix. Skater XL coming out around the same time as THPS looks veeeeeery competitive to the Skate market.

I just want to skate the school with No Cigar playing.
 

Zaf

Gearbox Frother
So been stuck with some wet weather later...and ended up playing this.

https://www.escapefromtarkov.com/


Still in beta phase, so keep that in mind if you jump in.
Essentially it's got the gameplay that I thought STALKER was going to have before it was released all those years ago; but instead of heading into the zone, you're going into different areas of Tarkov and the only things you have to worry about are other online players also in the area.

Gameplay revolves around "Raids" in which you spawn into a relatively large map of some abandoned industrial niche, and you have to scour the area for valuables and then extract in order to sell these on the flea market or to NPC traders. Extraction zones don't become available until later into the match, and you are contenting with a few bot level enemies (SCAVS) and other players (also looking for valuables, never friendly). In that classic Eastern European kind of way (where they understand tension) maps aren't overpopulated and don't play like a CoD run and gun.

Like Arma, there is an incredible range of movement and equipment detail (you have to field load magazines) that puts it closer to a Mil-Sim than a run and gun shooter, and one where you need to balance a lot of different aspects of your approach and your setup before heading in. It's very easy to die, and you're very alone and vulnerable once a raid has started, which means there is an amazing tension and excitement. Things get really exciting when it all kicks off and you find yourself under fire as well.

In that Dark Souls way, "prepare to die" if you pick it up. It is brutally unforgiving and kind of a right of passage for new players. Also in that Dark Souls way there's just nothing like being loaded to the brim with souls (loot), out of estus (med packs) and having to fight through to a Bonfire (extraction) before you're safe again.
 

wesdadude

Likes Dirt
I've been gaming a fair bit recently. GTA V was free on Epic so I've been playing with some mates.

I recently picked up an Xbox One controller because some games need more finesse than a keyboard can offer. Unfortunately both triggers are the same access so I can't bind them in some older games like Tony Hawk's American Wasteland.
 

droenn

Eats Squid
Finished the main Witcher 3 story now, onto the DLC. Got the good ending, but not the "best" ending - but I think the good one makes more sense. Ditched Triss ASAP.

Theres a remastered C&C / Red Alert out now too - if you're hankering for some 90s RTS action.
 
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