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  • Elite: Dangerous review

  • PearOfAnguish 23/12/2014

    @PlugMonkey Well shit, you already got everything you need then, provided you can make them work over USB. Good find. Reply +1
  • PearOfAnguish 23/12/2014

    @PlugMonkey CH Pro Throttle. Hands down the best thing for Elite. You'll need to pair it with a stick, but either the Logitech 3D Pro or Thrustmaster T16000M are good and cost under 50. The CH Combat/Fighter Stick are also excellent but they're pricier and don't have yaw twist so you'd need to add pedals or map yaw somewhere else.

    If you want to just buy a HOTAS and be done with it I'd consider the X52 Pro over the X-55. Still a risk of quality issues but less likely as it's been around awhile, and ergonomically it's far better suited to Elite IMO.

    There's also the Thrustmaster HOTAS X, which is less than 50 for a pretty capable little HOTAS setup. Good choice if you just want something inexpensive to start with.
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  • PearOfAnguish 23/12/2014

    @PlugMonkey Don't waste your money, the X-55 has awful quality control and isn't that well suited to Elite anyway. Reply 0
  • Star Citizen's Chris Roberts doffs hat to Elite: Dangerous

  • PearOfAnguish 19/12/2014

    @nettricknowan

    A chart of what? Star Citizen doesn't actually exist yet beyond an arena shooter and racing segment and everything aside from that is a design concept or the product of an over-active imagination.

    If one of your criteria is 'can be played now' then Elite wins.

    (I am being facetious, from what's there now you can see the differences in their flight model - Star Citizen is going for highly detailed physics modelling and Newtonian flight while Frontier has deliberately tuned Elite's ships to fly more like they're in an atmosphere. One may float your boat more than the other.)

    As for being attacked by other players, that depends. Elite has an open online mode where you can be attacked, a private group where you can be attacked if your friends don't like you, or a solo mode where you'll never be forced to interact with a real person. You can switch between these whenever you like.

    Star Citizen's plan is for a PVP slider to choose the likelihood of running into other people, however my understanding is that even on the lowest setting you may still be placed in an instance with a human being.
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  • Elite: Dangerous and the art of the galactic grind

  • PearOfAnguish 16/12/2014

    @Orange Erm, no? You can easily put more than a dent in them. The biggest issue is the skill gap. If you're playing against an NPC or a real person who's not very good it's not hard. Reply -1
  • PearOfAnguish 16/12/2014

    what a strange article. How long have you actually spent playing this game?

    The systems begin to balance each other out as you acquire a better ship, with weapons that can actually put up a fight, but it makes for a fairly unwelcoming introduction to the game, and puts an undue emphasis on getting conflict-ready in the early going rather than exploration and trading.
    Are we in backwards world? Combat has only recently been buffed to give better payouts, because up until now trading was the only way to make fat stacks. Even then it's still not a big money spinner. You can make decent bank bounty hunting, but it's not easy to do right from the start and eventually you'll reach a point where you've got all the best upgrades for, say, an Eagle or Cobra yet aren't earning enough money to move to a more expensive ship without putting in a ridiculous number of hours.

    Indeed, trading seems to have taken a back seat in recent updates, with stock levels and prices seemingly nerfed.
    Hmm...no. This seems to be referring to a couple of things. In a recent patch there were 'rare goods' which could be bought very cheaply and sold for an enormous profit provided you were willing to ship them to another rare goods station some 160LY-ish away. They reduced the available stock of these as nobody was trading anything else since these were so profitable.

    There was also some stuff happening with the background simulation, where the AI was mucking up the stock levels and leaving players with little to buy or sell. This has now been sorted to some degree but you can expect it to be tweaked on an ongoing basis.


    That decision isn't as important as it once was, as you're unlikely to make a living in either - even with a hefty freighter at your disposal. It's far easier - and quicker - to rake in thousands of credits by undertaking missions, ranging from simple timed deliveries to assassinations. It's just one of a series of balancing decisions that will either delight or horrify those with strong feelings about where Elite's focus should lie.
    What? This is the complete opposite of the truth. Trading (and perhaps mining, though it's far less predictable) is the only thing in Elite that provides progressively more profit as you get bigger ships with greater cargo capacity and the only way for anyone who isn't poopsocking it to make a reasonable amount of cash.

    Missions presently vary from a few hundred credits to somewhere in the hundreds of thousands for difficult assassinations, but from a financial point of view (ignoring the faction stuff) they're only useful for a player just starting out, or as something extra to take if you're already heading in the direction of the objective.
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  • PearOfAnguish 16/12/2014

    @Svecke You're looking at this wrong if you think the ships are tiered.

    They're not usually a straight upgrade, you're trading certain features for others in order to specialise in particular areas.

    Someone could have the biggest ship in the game and still be taken out by a skilled pilot in one of the cheapest craft.
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  • Today, Sony is selling PS4 20th Anniversary Edition consoles for just 19.94 each

  • PearOfAnguish 10/12/2014

    Have they said where they'll be selling them online? Reply 0
  • SimCity 2000: Special Edition is free on Origin

  • PearOfAnguish 10/12/2014

    Getting it just for the awesome soundtrack. Reply +1
  • Face-Off: Far Cry 4

  • PearOfAnguish 25/11/2014

    @Mr-V Aww don't be sad! I still find it funny.

    GTX 980.
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  • PearOfAnguish 24/11/2014

    @WorldScaper You mean this won't run on my PS2, Gamecube or original Xbox?? Reply -2
  • PearOfAnguish 24/11/2014

    Shame that GTX 980 won't help with the stutter, eh FMV-GAMER? Reply -5
  • Trials Fusion update adds ability to form teams

  • PearOfAnguish 21/11/2014

    I'd pay cash money for a DLC pack with just supercross tracks. This game is a blast in local MP. Reply +1
  • Domino's app now available on Xbox One in the UK

  • PearOfAnguish 19/11/2014

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  • Far Cry 4 PC users accidentally reveal they pirated the game

  • PearOfAnguish 19/11/2014

    God bless those saintly console gamers for never ever pirating anything, ever. Reply +13
  • PearOfAnguish 19/11/2014

    @Boycie86

    "I do not understand why you would pirate a game."

    "Yes you get it free"

    Answered your own question.
    Reply +43
  • David Braben responds to outcry over Elite: Dangerous' ditched offline mode

  • PearOfAnguish 18/11/2014

    Hey everyone, Eurogamer commentator TheLastPixel says it's a "non-issue" for him, so it doesn't matter. It's nice to get it all cleared up. Reply +17
  • PearOfAnguish 18/11/2014

    @BazGibb That intended part is referring to a description of the single player online mode from that part of the FAQ, not the offline. And as has been pointed out, they continued to state there would be offline until recently.

    I'm not disagreeing that things are subject to change, my point is they should have been much clearer that it wasn't a sure thing.
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  • PearOfAnguish 18/11/2014

    Did FD say that offline would DEFINITELY be a part of the game, or did they say that it may be a part of the game or that some features may be subject to change before the proper release?
    From the Kickstarter FAQs:

    Update! The above is the intended single player experience. However it will be possible to have a single player game without connecting to the galaxy server. You won't get the features of the evolving galaxy (although we will investigate minimising those differences) and you probably won't be able to sync between server and non-server (again we'll investigate).
    Except, it's Kickstarter so all of the stuff in there should come with a big disclaimer, but then Frontier made some mistakes with this whole thing.

    They shouldn't have put the above in their FAQ, at least it should have been worded as "we'll try to do this but we can't promise anything as our first priority is meeting the grand vision".

    If you go put something like that up, and constantly confirm it until a month before release, it's understandable when some folks get pissed off. After all this isn't like them saying that there'll be 25 ships but then it turns out there's only going to be 23, this could affect whether the game is even playable.

    In any case, if you don't mind the whole always-online aspect there is still a single player mode, and it's populated with AI enemies. Given the enormous size of the game you're going to end up fighting against AI most of the time anyway. And you can switch to online mode any time.
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  • Elite: Dangerous ditches planned offline mode

  • PearOfAnguish 18/11/2014

    @dogmanstaruk Cool, and you can with its various online modes. But just because that's how you'd like to play, doesn't apply to everyone does it? Perhaps you've noticed that single player games are still fairly popular. Reply +2
  • PearOfAnguish 17/11/2014

    @dogmanstaruk You don't see the appeal of Elite 1, 2 & 3, the X series, Freespace, Privateer, Evochron or any other space game that's not online? Tell us more. Reply +3
  • PearOfAnguish 17/11/2014

    @The_shlaaaag_returns Try to imagine a scenario where someone might not have a constant internet connection.

    "An online Elite is better than an offline Elite."

    Yes that's nice, except, just because you feel that way it doesn't mean everyone does, and also 'online Elite' can also mean the single player mode that's currently available, in which case those players aren't going to have an impact on your experience anyway.
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  • PearOfAnguish 17/11/2014

    @The_shlaaaag_returns "Or should we, because a section of people who only enjoy playing games on their own and not ever interacting with other people, have to accept another game dumbed down for those who don't want to put thought into their games?"

    But...nothing has changed in that respect. Elite Dangerous can still be played by yourself without encountering other players. Solo mode is still there. All this means is that people who'd have played solo without an internet connection can no longer do that.
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  • PearOfAnguish 17/11/2014

    @Pegsta69 I posted an explanation of the modes above. You can choose to play solo mode at any time and you will never see other people.

    This is not changing, instead there will no longer be an offline single player mode, so the game requires an internet connection even in solo.
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  • PearOfAnguish 17/11/2014

    @The_shlaaaag_returns

    "It's a game about piracy" ...and also exploration and trading.

    You might want to go up against other people, but many do not, hence the presence of a single player mode. This doesn't mean they don't want a challenge, just not the same challenge offered by a human player as opposed to NPCs.

    If anyone is expecting EVE but in real time then prepare yourselves for disappointment. This is the wrong game for you.
    Reply +3
  • PearOfAnguish 17/11/2014

    @The_shlaaaag_returns There's a big difference between going up against NPCs versus real people. Not everyone enjoys that, because it's the internet and therefore full of arseholes. Some just want to play space trucking without having to worry about a dude who thinks he's in EVE blowing up their transport ship for giggles. Reply +5
  • PearOfAnguish 17/11/2014

    @The_shlaaaag_returns You can still play without risk, there is a single player mode. The outrage is about the game needing an internet connection to run at all, when they had previously said this would not be the case. Reply +2
  • PearOfAnguish 17/11/2014

    Server connections are required for more than just trading. At the moment you can be booted out the game in the middle of combat if it loses the server, and when this happens you'll sometimes log back in to a destroyed ship. Progress is all saved server-side too, so a disconnection will lose anything you did since the last save. Reply +3
  • PearOfAnguish 17/11/2014

    @Bootchka "People would glitch the market offline. Connect. Have a ton of money and the game would be worse off for it."

    No, no they wouldn't. Because offline mode was always going to be separate from the online. The plan was not to allow transfer of offline characters to online.
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  • PearOfAnguish 17/11/2014

    There seems to be some confusion about the game modes. Here are the choices you have when loading up Elite:

    Online - open online mode where you'll encounter other players who have also chosen to play fully online.

    Private - you'll be grouped with friends only.

    Solo - you'll never see any human pilots.

    So you can still play single player. But even in solo it needs constant connectivity and you get booted back to the main menu if internet (or their servers) drop out. Offline was supposed to provide a single player mode where internet access would not be a requirement, at the expense of dynamic galaxy events.

    And cretins like mcsparronl up there can fuck off. There are all sorts of reasons why a fully offline mode would be preferred for some people.
    Reply +74
  • That Dragon, Cancer has taken to Kickstarter

  • PearOfAnguish 12/11/2014

    Here's the tweet Ouya used to promote this game a while back:

    The Powerfully Moving That Dragon, Cancer Is Now A OUYA Exclusive http://bit.ly/17mD6om GET SOME.
    GET SOME
    Reply +13
  • Get Witcher 2 free in the GOG autumn sale

  • PearOfAnguish 12/11/2014

    @NaRmItEx You can steam them off envelopes, there are many useful guides on YouTube. Also consider visiting your local Post Office to ask about ordering 'First Day Covers'. These are wonderful keepsakes which will last a lifetime. Reply +35
  • GTA: San Andreas Steam update removes songs, breaks some save files

  • PearOfAnguish 10/11/2014

    Ring My Bell is gone?? Fuck you Rockstar! Reply +2
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review

  • PearOfAnguish 10/11/2014

    The RPS review nailed the problem with the single player: they give you a bunch of toys which are begging for bigger maps with more freedom but the game remains nearly as linear as it's always been. There's only one or two levels where it even comes close to allowing you to properly enjoy the gadgets.

    Should have gone for a Medal of Honor Airborne approach, but sci-fi. The game opens with you in a dropship, that should have been how every level started.
    Reply +4
  • Elite: Dangerous release date announced

  • PearOfAnguish 07/11/2014

    There is no station ownership or building, nor remote fleet management like X.

    You can own multiple ships already but when not in use they're stored.
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  • Face-Off: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

  • PearOfAnguish 07/11/2014

    @IronSoldier Reply +1
  • PearOfAnguish 07/11/2014

    This was a touch shonky for me on PC. After playing once it insisted on starting - and remaining - minimised until I forced it to start in safe mode and changed to borderless window mode. And cut scenes were nearly incomprehensible due to stuttering and audio sync issues. Graphics driver update helped, though it turns out they're still incomprehensible as the storyline is utterly bollocks. Zing. Reply +4
  • BioWare boss polls fans on potential Mass Effect Trilogy re-make

  • PearOfAnguish 07/11/2014

    How about a fourth colour option for the ending of ME3? I always felt that just one more colour would have made it really satisfying. Reply +4
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 first-person mode confirmed for PC, PS4, Xbox One

  • PearOfAnguish 05/11/2014

    DOUBLE GTX 980. Reply 0
  • PearOfAnguish 05/11/2014

    GTX 980

    Ain't that right, FMV-GAMER.
    Reply -3
  • PearOfAnguish 04/11/2014

    I've never been more interested in a GTA game. Reply +1
  • Star Citizen first-person shooter gameplay unveiled

  • PearOfAnguish 03/11/2014

    Do yourself a favour and watch this with the sound off. These nerds playing at armchair space infantry with their cool lingo are fucking cringeworthy. Reply +8
  • Elite Dangerous Beta 3 goes live

  • PearOfAnguish 29/10/2014

    FA off really doesn't make that much of a difference now, not against other people anyway. Your speed is capped to its normal maximum which prevents boosting and gliding (so when running from a fight there's no advantage to FA off), yaw and pitch are very sluggish with it disabled, and if you fly in reverse your max speed is reduced. It's helpful sometimes to get an edge in turning fights, but I've yet to run into anyone who was able to dominate a fight because they'd mastered FA off. Looks cool in videos though. Reply +2
  • PearOfAnguish 29/10/2014

    @OneManAndHisDroid It's well optimised and very forgiving, if you have a look around the Frontier forums you'll see plenty of people playing it on relatively low-end hardware. Reply +2
  • PearOfAnguish 29/10/2014

    SLI is already supported, it was added in the previous beta.

    Elite really isn't that demanding though, you could happily run it with just one of those cards.
    Reply +1
  • PearOfAnguish 29/10/2014

    Definitely play through the tutorials and SP scenarios if you're new, they'll teach you the basics, like landing and that. Once you've docked a few times it becomes second nature and you'll just start entering stations at full speed and barely scraping to a stop on the pad. Reply +1
  • Star Wars: X-Wing and Tie Fighter re-releasing on PC

  • PearOfAnguish 28/10/2014

    TIE Fighter? Fuck yes. That was the best in the series. Reply +8
  • Spec Analysis: Alienware Alpha

  • PearOfAnguish 23/10/2014

    @Nettacki Oh just the GPU? So I'd be stuck forever with a mobile graphics card? Well in that case I'll take two. Reply 0
  • PearOfAnguish 22/10/2014

    Did someone say GTX 980? Reply -7
  • PearOfAnguish 22/10/2014

    @muzzakus I know right. An actual GTX 980. Also I don't know if you heard but he's been thinking about buying an Xbox One. Reply -2