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How to install an SSD - clone your boot drive without losing a thingHow to install an SSD - clone your boot drive without losing a thing
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I've been using Macrium Reflect for a long time and I swear by it as well for my cloning and backup needs. It's fantastic. Makes my backup plan to my NAS a snap.Reply
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Yeah, it's been my disk software of choice for ages too :)

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Mass Effect: Andromeda was a financial successMass Effect: Andromeda was a financial success
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she seems pretty happy about it.
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The three pieces of DLC that would have saved Mass Effect: AndromedaThe three pieces of DLC that would have saved Mass Effect: Andromeda
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I must be in the minority of people that just don't care at all about multiplayer in these types of BioWare games (Dragon Age, Mass Effect, e.g.). If they are dumping resources into it, I suppose it must be popular.


I was holding out to play Andromeda until rounds of patches shored up the overwhelming amount of complaints. The character animations, especially facial expressions of emotion, are critical to the immersion in these types of games. DA:I did pretty well at this (I just finished all of it except for trespasser with zero outstanding quests except for one buggy quest that's blocked). I don't think I'd enjoy myself if they botched the emotion in the character animations badly. Not to mention the complaints about the story.


Though DA;I received complaints as well and I really enjoyed my time with it so far. I'm on the verge of starting Trespasser just want to clean up the war board of small things first, which is a little painful save.. wait till tomorrow.. use war board.. save.. wait till tomorrow.


I have the same complaint about Doom 2016. I don't care at all about MP I just want some more official campaign content. Though some of the SnapMap stuff was pretty good. Doom seems to fit MP better though and SP campaign stuff is expensive to create (voiceovers, writing, pacing.etc..) . So it kind of makes sense.

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I'm not a fan of multiplayer either, most RPG players aren't fans of multiplayer, but it was introduced and has since became necessary for AAA games to have at-least some form of multiplayer.

ME:A did a good job of avoiding this by making their MP features into a story-abiding setting: APEX Strike teams. In short, you can hire and send NPCs off on missions during your game, taking varying lengths of real-world time to complete (usually between 1 and 6 hours). It's all very similar to AC Brotherhoods mechanisms, with the loot, leveling and so on you gain from it.


Multiplayer gets involved if you want to play the missions (PvE) yourself rather than wait for the counter to complete. A non-intrusive form that allows people that don't want to play the missions to still be able to reap the benefits of the multiplayer mode.


Anyway, I've gone on long enough over multiplayer features. The main reason I'm commenting is because whilst the games animations, graphics and bug fixes are still underway and endlessly improving, there is no time better than now to jump into the game. If you leave it too long, you will get put off when you compare it to other RPGs that have released since. If you enjoyed the original series, then you will get over the facial animations fairly quickly. They really aren't all that distracting (and note: they have already improved notably since all the bad press). The gameplay is fun, the story is satisfyingly deep and the crew progression and development is exactly where I wanted it to be (the crew always made the game for me, and IMO this is one thing they nailed!).


I've managed to recommend 2 friends to try it out already and both ended up buying and enjoying it. Sure, it may not be the Mass Effect your nostalgia dreamed off, it may not even be your favourite Mass Effect on completing it, but it is still undeniably Mass Effect. All the charm and fun is waiting for you to ignore the bad press and give it a go. Hell, you can play for 10 hours free before you even need to buy it, give it a go!

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Star Wars Battlefront 2’s story will be “essential,” according to LucasFilmStar Wars Battlefront 2’s story will be “essential,” according to LucasFilm
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Eh? Please explain. You have a problem with the lead being a woman?

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Not really.

But a woman that could reach the top of the pile is a snowflake.

I just wonder how she rose to the top in a whats typically, a physical profession. So she out smarted, out ran, out toughed, a galactic empire worth of men.

Seems a bit far fetched, dont you think?

Though of course, being a woman and black has got to be worth some brownie points these days.

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The third chapter of officially licensed Half-Life comic A Place in the West is out nowThe third chapter of officially licensed Half-Life comic A Place in the West is out now
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ASk them about TF2 chapter 6 next time.
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This?

http://www.teamfortress.com/tf06_thenakedandthedead/

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hfm commented on
1 Month ago
Aspiring YouTuber already planning complete backflip on political viewsAspiring YouTuber already planning complete backflip on political views
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I had a brief moment of why the hell is this news and why would someone doing this be even remotely interesting past seeming like a total asshole... then I realized it was fake.
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hfm commented on
1 Month ago
Mass Effect: Andromeda is still fixing facial animationsMass Effect: Andromeda is still fixing facial animations
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I'm finally playing through Dragon Age: Inquisition and it's much better than I anticipated it being. Honestly it does stand up against titles like Witcher 3 pretty well. (Lets not get crazy. I still think Witcher 3 is a better game for my tastes). I'm really loving the environments, characters, and story so far. Not to mention the dragon fights are fun and engaging.

I'm glad they're still fixing and polishing this. After so many masterful character creations in their previous games and other story/character driven games I would have been disappointed I think if I jumped on this right away. Can't wait to eventually jump in. Maybe holiday season.

EDIT: one thing I do think Dragon's Dogma does correctly that I'd like to see more of in other games is your party members will just pick up random ingredient/items laying around for you if they get close for long enough. Takes some tedium out of the equation.
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Steam's incoming overhaul adds a "rich display of content" to library and game launch pagesSteam's incoming overhaul adds a "rich display of content" to library and game launch pages
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Hopefully it all gets a new 4K friendly scaling framework. Compared to using a browser, the client is woefully inadequate from a sharpness standpoint. Not to mention the overlay is nearly impossible to use at 4K.
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CD Projekt Red held at ransom over stolen Cyberpunk 2077 filesCD Projekt Red held at ransom over stolen Cyberpunk 2077 files
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I have no interest in seeing the files, I'd rather wait for CDPR to tell us. Hopefully media organizations / gaming sites also don't link to the files and give these punks any signal boost.Reply
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It sounds like the thief spoke to the wrong people. He should have threatened gamers that he would release the stuff, unless they paid him not to. ;)

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Crisis for Denuvo as hackers develop working DRM key generatorCrisis for Denuvo as hackers develop working DRM key generator
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I don't pirate my software, I buy or wait for sales. But people have been saying this same thing forever (I've been gaming since 1977) and gaming is still here and companies are still spending millions of dollars to create content.

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I have been pirating since the golden age of piracy. Those were the days: a fair wind, an open sea, and a favourable port to lay anchor in. Where are they now, me hearties?


Frankly, I am happy to purchase software but, I am definitely in favour of folk cracking shite systems that hinder, hamper, handicap, or generally limit the freedom of use of the software one purchases.

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