Tuesday, November 3, 2020

PC GAMING - The Outer Worlds (Updated)

The Outer Worlds is an action role-playing game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Private Division.

The Outer Worlds is an action role-playing video game featuring a first-person perspective.  In the early stages of the game, the player can create their own character and unlock a ship, which acts as the game's central hub space.  Though the player cannot control their ship directly, it serves as a fast travel point to access different areas in the game and acts as the player's persistent inventory space.  The player can encounter and recruit non-player characters as companions who have their own personal missions and stories.  When accompanying the player, the companions act as an aid in combat.  Each companion has its own individual skills and special attacks, and it can also develop its own skill specialization.  When exploring, the player can bring up to two companions alongside them, while the rest stay on the ship.  The player can make numerous dialogue decisions, which can influence the game's branching story.  They can also respond to NPCs in various ways, such as acting heroically, maniacally, or moronically.

During combat situations, the player can use various weapon types such as melee and firearms, which have three ammo types:  light, heavy and energy.  These weapons can be customized to add elemental damage.  The player can use stealth or social skills (persuasion, lying and intimidation) to avoid combat altogether.  As the player progresses, they gain experience points, which the player and their companions can use to level up and unlock new skills.  The player can develop their technical skills, which are further divided into three categories: Science, Medical, and Engineering.  For instance, the player can use a shrink ray to shrink down an enemy.  The player is able to invest points into these skills, which will unlock new perks that enhance combat efficiency.  The player can also enter a "Tactical Time Dilation" state, which slows down time and reveals opponents' health statistics, which grants the player tactical advantages.  As the player leads their companions, they improve their companions' combat strength and resilience.  The player can also gain a "flaw" that occurs when the player fails repeatedly in certain gameplay segments.  Flaws impede the player in some way, but also give additional perks and advantages.  - Wikipedia


Best reference: The Outer Worlds Wiki


As of this date there are 2 DLCs:

  1. Peril on Gorgon
  2. Murder on Eridanos

WARNING:  There is a bug in "Peril on Gorgon" (a Preserved Eye is not in Lucky's safe) that will prevent completion.

Saturday, October 24, 2020


"Vampyr is an action role-playing game played from a third-person view.  The player controls Jonathan E. Reid, a doctor who was made into a vampire, and whose thirst for blood compels him to kill innocent people.  To do this successfully, he must study and change his targets' habits, collect clues, and maintain relationships with the sixty citizens under his care in London, which serves as a fictionalized semi-open world built around hubs of neighborhoods tethered to other areas.  A skill tree facilitates the improvement of abilities, which is fueled by experience points gained from blood and, alternatively, investigation.  Feeding on human blood provides nourishment in addition to unlocking new vampire powers.  Abilities can be manually activated and passively upgraded.  Active skills afford defensive, aggressive, healing, and tactical measures; passive skills increase health, stamina, the blood gauge and absorption, bite damage and regeneration, and carry capacity." - Wikipedia


Before You Buy

I've just started playing this game on my Win7 PRO 64bit Desktop rig with 8GB RAM, Intel Core i5-4690 CPU @ 3.50GHz, NVIDIA Corporation GK104 [GeForce GTX 770] 2048 VRAM, and it is outstanding to play.

All you need is to view the "Before You Buy" video to see if Vampyr is for you.


Saturday, September 5, 2020

SIMULATION - Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

"Good luck, we will not help you much." (from intro)

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a survival game developed by Panache Digital Games and published by Private Division.  It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in late 2019, along with a Steam release in August 2020.  In the game, players control a lineage of primates and are tasked to ensure its survival in prehistoric Africa and facilitate its evolution.  It was directed by Patrice D├ęsilets." - Wikipedia

This title is a simulation of 'Humankind' evolution.  It is not really a game.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a survival game played from a third-person perspective.  In the game, players control a member of a primate clan and have to manage the player character's health by eating, drinking, and sleeping.  The game starts in an African jungle, an open world filled with threats including Machairodus, Metridiochoerus, Crocodylus thorbjarnarsoni, Adcrocuta hyenas, African Rock Python, giant Miocene otters, African buffalo, and more.  Players can climb trees, and will suffer injuries if they fall down or are attacked by predators.  As players progress, new areas are opened up for players to explore.  When a primate is exploring new locations or being hunted by predators, it will enter a state of "fear" which can be overcome by finding glowing orbs of light, or else it will descend into a state of hysteria." - Wikipedia

There are only automatic saves but only at critical steps.  After all, there are no quick-saves in real life (you don't have a save before that drive on a freeway where you got into an accident).

I have played this simulation for several weeks and have yet to survive beyond two generations.  So it is hard.  But I will stubbornly stay with it.

There are many walkthroughs and guides available.

Below are two videos that will give you an idea of what Ancestors is.