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  1. Domingo

    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    I'm still plugging away with NG+ and I'd say that Lyndell castle is where things "normalize." That's when the enemies start to have boatloads of hitpoints and start hurting you more than you're used to. It's not really much (if any) worse than your first pass since you should be loaded up, but...
  2. Domingo

    Most Milked Franchise

    At one time it was Street Fighter. Capcom was cranking out Street Fighter revisions left and right. Instead of just $60 carts/disks/downloads, Capcom was selling proprietary arcade cabinets, too. These days, it's Call of Duty along with EA's sports franchises. Neither need an entirely new game...
  3. Domingo

    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    To me, the scariest roaming enemies are those rolling iron maidens. Luckily they don't ever seem to drop shit, so I just run like hell whenever I see one.
  4. Domingo

    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    There are items that boost drop rates. You can always re-spec and crank Arcane to the max, too. I don't really care about getting every random drop, but I do habitually hunt down as many unique items as possible. Especially in NG+ where you can dual-wield weapons that only exist once per...
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    MSI X570 Tomahawk review: possibly the best $200 X570

    I swear this board is always the last to get any sort of update :P Here's the official repository for all of MSI's x570 BIOS updates. As you can see still nada for the Tomahawk, but almost all the others have one. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1IKod5BkOPoR-T6Vg4htOApkwGNAfxFU_...
  6. Domingo

    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    The vast majority of the bosses are "real" bosses, but like the Kapra Demon and such in the first game, you end up encountering most of 'em as normal enemies later. Depending on what order you take, you might encounter a lot of them out in the open before you encounter them as bosses. Trick is...
  7. Domingo

    Far Cry 6

    I heard this game has major FPS fluctuations and it's definitely the fault of mgty23's PC. Better diagnose that shit now before it starts smoking.
  8. Domingo

    Epic Games Store

    Ghostwire is 1/3 off already. Feels like that game has received 0 attention.
  9. Domingo

    Upgrade or wait: mid 2022 edition

    With the 30-series cards, the difference between PCIe 3 and 4 isn't large. No clue about the 40-series (obviously), but there might not be that big of a jump. I wouldn't be concerned about DDR5, either. The factor's I'd look at are more related to your display and what types of performance you...
  10. Domingo

    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    After the amount of hoops you have to jump through in previous games, it's surprisingly not that rough getting all the achievements in Elden Ring. You can get all but the different endings in a single pass, and you can do that with backup saves. The achievements for getting the various talismans...
  11. Domingo

    Pixel 6 / Pixel 6 Pro / Pixel 6a

    I like the idea of a lighter and more compact phone that doesn't suck. At this point, I'm holding out for a folding phone for my next device. Hopefully that'll be the best of all worlds, and the tech is getting very, very close to ideal. I don't care if it's Google or Apple, just anybody but...
  12. Domingo

    GreedFall 2: The Dying World

    I've tried to play the original 2-3 times and always end up giving up. It just feels clumsy. Like a game 2-3 people made in their spare time after loving the original Witcher game.
  13. Domingo

    Final Fantasy VII Remake

    Considering how little of the overarching story the first remake covered, Part 2 will either need to be huge or there will be a 3rd part coming for the PS6.
  14. Domingo

    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    Something I've discovered that (maybe) other people knew about is a build focused on jump attacks. The Raven's Black Feathers armor and Claw Talisman both increase the damage of your jumping attacks. If you're dual-wielding, you have a unique L1 jumping attack that hits 2 times in super rapid...
  15. Domingo

    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070: up to 30% faster than RTX 3090 in gaming

    My plan is to snag the 4080 and sell my 3090 to offset some of the cost. I'm a sucker for bigger/better/faster/more, but I can't really justify the 4090 unless one falls in my lap. 16GB is enough RAM for my needs this time around, which is nice.
  16. Domingo

    Evil Dead based on Bruce Campbell Horror films

    There's Among Us (and it's many knockoffs), the Friday the 13th game and Killer in the Cabin (coming soon), too. They aren't all the same exact formula, but they follow the whole concept of 3 players doing random tasks and 1 trying to kill them.
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    Evil Dead based on Bruce Campbell Horror films

    Reviews say it's another one of those games where several players are cooperating on an objective while another player is trying to stop them. Lots and lots of repetition, but it's fun for a little while. Feels like there are a lot of those types of games coming out. Between those, battle...
  18. Domingo

    Is it worth upgrading to Windows 11?

    The 22H2 version of Windows 11 is expected to be finalized in a couple weeks. It won't roll out to most people for a couple months, but ISO's will be available within a few days of it going gold. I'd hold off for that considering how soon that is. It's going to restore some Win 10 functionality...
  19. Domingo

    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    One of the things I like best about the Souls games is that you have a little bit of control over the difficulty. Summons, cheese strategies (that they never patch out), kiting, OP'd weapons and spells, etc. While the games are never truly easy, you have lots of different options for making the...
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    Is it worth upgrading to Windows 11?

    I've been on Windows 11 since the beta. There aren't many things it does better than Windows 10 does in terms of functionality. More/better HDR options and quick-sizing for apps are the only things that come to mind. Someday we might have true Android support, but right now it's worthless. The...
  21. Domingo

    Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection coming to PC

    Tom Holland actually worked out just fine for Drake. Since they were going for the "young Drake" storyline, I don't think they could have found a better well-known actor for the role. I'm honestly a little surprised they didn't have him doing more climbing and jumping considering that's probably...
  22. Domingo

    Poll: Do you play with an inverted mouse?

    Nope. I have a couple friends that play that way with analog sticks, though. I'm convinced it's how our brains are wired. Either way, I'm glad my brain is wired for the default setting.
  23. Domingo

    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    Whatever they did in that patch to make Radahn tougher hasn't affected me in both fights I've had with him. Feels like he's just another big body that you have to get behind and keep swinging at. The key with him is that you can stay on your horse. Time to head back down into Nokron. I recall...
  24. Domingo

    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    Yeah, I kept a save near the end with the option of choosing each of the different endings...and none of them are great. Most are nearly identical, with only 2 of them deviating. IMO the "bad/evil" ending was the best of the bunch. Kinda related, the further I get in NG+, the more I'm wondering...
  25. Domingo

    Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection coming to PC

    The movie was shockingly decent compared to what I expected. Marky Mark was miscast, but everyone else did a solid job. It doesn't follow the story from the games exactly, but it captures the spirit of things. Most things were loosely borrowed from 3 and 4. It's worth a watch if you like the...
  26. Domingo

    No good games coming out?

    There's nothing else I care about coming this year. I guess the RE Village DLC might finally hit and there's a tiny, tiny chance Street Fighter 6 might have a demo this year. Otherwise, nada.
  27. Domingo

    Alan Wake Remastered

    I ended up buying it on sale just to support the effort, but it's not that impressive. It looks better than the older one if you see them side-by-side, but if you didn't know better you might not notice it's a remaster. I don't really recall much marketing, either. I forgot all about it until I...
  28. Domingo

    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    I finally broke down and started a NG+ run since there isn't much else out there I want to play. My plan is to avoid summing any spirits to help for as long as I reasonably can, and I've managed to get through roughly the first 1/4 of the game without doing so. I just completed Raya Lucaria and...
  29. Domingo

    MSI X570 Tomahawk review: possibly the best $200 X570

    MSI is rolling out the 1.2.0.7 BIOS for a boatload of their boards right now. This board always seems to lag behind, but with a little luck we should be getting it soon. I'll check back each morning and post something if I see it. I figure this will probably be the last BIOS most of us ever...
  30. Domingo

    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    Compared to earlier games, I found the platforming in Elden Ring night and day better. There's a jump button and it mostly works as intended. That's not to say there aren't a few annoying parts (the Cathedral of the Forsaken being the main one), but I at least mostly felt in control compared to...
  31. Domingo

    Upgrade or wait: mid 2022 edition

    Money and value are always going to be subjective. Both highly depend on how much you have vs. how much you care about PC gaming, FPS, resolution, etc. Thing is, if you're in this forum, you probably care way more than most.
  32. Domingo

    Apple Discontinues Last iPod Model

    I had one of the last models with the wheel and no touch screen. It had a huge capacity (50GB or something similar) for back in 2006'ish, and it did a killer job of integrating with my car at the time. Eventually it stopped holding a charge (even when it was plugged in) and Bluetooth got better...
  33. Domingo

    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    It was the heat of the moment (and I only fought him once), but I could swear Maliketh was just a combination of the Beast Clergyman and Black Blade Kindred back-to-back.
  34. Domingo

    Upgrade or wait: mid 2022 edition

    Same, I do this pretty regularly, too. I usually sell my current gear prior to buying something new (I even sold my 2080 Ti with the assumption I'd pull a launch 3090), but I probably won't chance that this year. I've been able to sell most video cards on my local Craigslist in 24-48 hours...
  35. Domingo

    Windows 11 reveal coming June 24th

    The Windows 11 "Patch Tuesday" update that rolled out yesterday is causing issues with .NET for some folks. If you end up installing it and programs start bombing/not working, you may have to re-enable .NET under Programs & Features. At first I thought it was just me, but it's apparently pretty...
  36. Domingo

    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    Related to Farum Azula and Maliketh - I recall a horseman on the way to him being a total sonofobitch. I must've gotten killed by him like 10 times only to beat the bosses in one go. He's another one of those random non-boss enemies that I struggled with way more than actual bosses.
  37. Domingo

    Gotham Knights (WB Montreal)

    https://www.neowin.net/news/gotham-knights-skip-last-gen-consoles-new-gameplay-shows-off-nightwing-and-red-hood/ WB is bailing on releasing Gotham Knights for last-gen consoles. Hopefully that means they're keeping the graphical fidelity as high as possible without having to cater to 10 year...
  38. Domingo

    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    In general, I don't think it does BUT, but I think it's slightly situational. It uses the reward for killing the boss as a trigger. If that shows up - you get the win. In like 95% of situations, if you die you don't get anything. Even if you die after the boss does. Yet I've seen (and been) in...
  39. Domingo

    What are you nerds playing this weekend?

    I found the FF7 remake to be worth playing. The dialogue was cringy and the game was unsatisfying (mainly because it's only like 1/4 of the story), but I enjoyed it for the most part. The gameplay worked well. At this rate we aren't going to see the story end until like 2035, though.
  40. Domingo

    Elden Ring (From Software RPG)

    Since there aren't a ton of other games I want to play, I've started tinkering around with different specs and "builds" that I saw online. For what it's worth, it seems like a jack-of-all-trades approach isn't much worse than a specialist. You definitely want to be really good in one area (STR...
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