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  1. They don't normally show a new episode of a competing (for attention/audience) program DURING the World Series if they can avoid it. They have to take breaks anyway and if the series overlaps, they often use it to take a week out. They do know when the World Series will be held and the period it could possibly last, so they just take the week out then (though I believe not nearly as many people are watching it these days).
  2. Well, yeah. If it works as it appears from the trailer, Wolverine's mind is sent back from a post X3/The Wolverine time to a post First Class time in which there are hippies and Nixon is president. Therefore the main bits in the past are probably set sometime from 69 to 74. So anything that happens in this picture will then be set before and probably "retcon" so to speak X-Men 1, 2, 3, The Wolverine and Wolverine Origins, sort of like the new Star Trek movies.
  3. There is no episode in the US this week because there is something else on this week. The baseball World Series I think. That's why the teaser at the end of the last episode for the next one said "In two weeks time" or something. edit' just to clarify, I don't mean the World Series is on ABC so they can't show it, since obviously they are showing a repeat instead. I mean they don't usually broadcast new episodes of programs (which might have a similar audience) opposite major things like the World Series or the Superbowl. The next one does look interesting though, unfortunately it seems a bit soon to expect they might kill one of them off but who knows.
  4. The one the other day (US schedule) was all over the place again, but at least it seems to be trying to further the plot toward the overall baddie. Though I wish they would just say it or get to it, has anyone brought up AIM at all, despite them knowing all this stuff is tied to AIM rsearch? At least Hydra did get a mention before. Also, following on from last week, there were a few more scenes that were much darker, despite the campy general feel. One in particular I was suprised at, you'll know it when you see it.
  5. Longer teaser (nearly a minute) looks pretty cool http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lUyn_NktGY
  6. How do people keep a straight face listening to this sort of shit? And do they pick people with annoying voices on purpose to do the OTT explainations?
  7. It feels a bit like when they tried to squeeze out two games out of not just Assassins Creed, but Assassins Creed II because it was well received. The first Arkham obviously was great, the second offered something new in the larger open world stuff, this looks like City but its snowing. The main claim seems to be that the play area is larger, but not incredibly so really. I think they should have tried to do something different, especially as the team is different. For example, this is supposed to be when Batman is younger but as loads of people have said, it doesn't look that way at all. What if they had really tried to make it like Year One or the start of Batman Begins and you are really just wearing a balaclava for much of the beginning. The stress could be put toward improved and innovative detective mechanics and the combat would be more deadly than ever because getting shot or stabbed by a nobody would be instantly punishing. Learning the combos and skills, getting the gear would be even more natural. You could still expand Gotham and have fast travel via any number of excuses (Alfred picking you up etc). They could have played with the gameplay and visual style a lot more then and it would have been consistant in the story. It wouldn't really have messed anything up for Rocksteady to come and do a bigger, better next game either. Or if they had gone down an even weirder path, like using the same system but doing like the Knightfall story , a Batman RIP or general Grant Morrisson based game. Or The Dark Knight Returns! It just feels and looks really unambitious and disinterested as is compared to the other two. The first game didn't really look iexciting until you played the demo, then most people really liked it for the gameplay and all the other stuff they nailed. City was interesting because it was going to greatly expand the scope and have the roaming with all the side missions attached to that. If all this one can say is "it's a wee bit bigger again", then it can't really drum up much excitement for me, I'm not saying I won't buy it, just that it puts it on the list of "Aye, I'll get it later on..."
  8. Hmm that one (episode 3) was better. It still wasn't good, but it was the best episode so far albeit in the way that Albert Speer is the best Nazi minister so far. It at least seemed to be more Marvelish and not every character made me want to claw my eyes out. They kind of got it up to near the level of one of those shows that comes from the USA Network and also had an actual comic booky feel to parts, while also setting up something better. If they could have taken out a lot of the shitty stuff like the dreadfully clunky backstory chat from Whitebread McBland and Sarkyface Flickylash it would have made a better first episode than the one they went with.
  9. Well I never did, could or would use the phrase "frothing demand" to describe games with a historical Japanese setting. However there wasn't a large market for Third Crusade set games or anything but Assassin's Creed did OK. If you don't believe timing and presentation matter then I guess the points ends there after what you said about Demon/Dark Souls of all things, which have really benefited from both. We know for instance how much everyone was playing King's Field games and raving about them.
  10. I think with GTAV (which comes out next Thursday here, I think. Getting it for a birthday present so I can't buy it till November!) part of the delay is also in censorship and changes needed to enforce it. For instance, I saw an instragram style GTAV snapshot of a dead dude's penis on GAF I think which looked like it was from free roaming play, and there was a cock in Gay Tony or Lost and Damned too, but as lovers of Japanese porn will know you can't display a rare knob here legally. The Japanese CERO folks seem to check all this sort of shite really carefully and have loads of weird rules. They don't seem to have any problem with torture for instance because I think the "put glass in the guy's mouth and then punch him on the chin" part of Black Ops 1 is still in it in Japan, but they don't like some other stuff like decapitation for some reason. If I remember right, you could still get the dildo sword in Saints Row 3 but it wasn't allowed to wobble because that would be obscene so it looked like a baseball bat. Anyway, as much as I like the Yakuza series and have championed it, it does make a kind of sense which games they bring across and spend time and money on. However they have always screwed up the timing and the approach. One major place in particular where I think they have missed a trick and are about to do so twice is with the samurai ones. Both of these games have come near the beginning of a new console generation and therefore had a market who were ready for something, anything to play. Added to that now Assassins Creed and such games have shown people's interest in historical adventure games, even or especially in periods they might not know much about, and various games like Demon's or Dark Souls have shown interest in old school gameplay vs slightly clunky mechanics and presentation. Sega have never been able to make a good fist of how to present this series to appeal to people and actually seem scared of it's biggest appeal points all along the way. Like in this case, instead of going "Oh well it's a game about samurai and the Meiji revolution and I don't think other people would be interested in it" they could have debuted PS4 gameplay of a beautiful Kyoto and a dynamic trailer that was all "Be a samurai in ancient Kyoto! East vs West! Craft swords, do missions, farm your land!" etc while showing the nice effects and interesting gameplay. Perhaps with a name change, I never liked the Yakuza name. Anyway, they could have actually had a big impact with it, especially with a timely release. There was a lot of interest after the first footage of Ryu Ga Gotoku 3 came out online because it looked so good, but it died off because it took so long to release.abroad I think but they seem to have just totally given up so, well, so be it. But I mean Assassins Creed Black Flag, a game kind of spun out of one interesting feature from the rather lacklustre ACIII, is getting a lot of attention and focus and screen time although it doesn't seem to offer much new whereas RGG would actually give a new kind of gameplay to many people if they tried it. If they release it in the West a year or two from now it is totally pointless, it will be overtaken by everything else that will come out in between and they will again use the bad sales as the reason why they can't bring the games over.
  11. Episode 2 - That was 30 really dreadful minutes with 5 decent minutes scattered here and there. If it is going to keep on like this, it is going to be hard to watch. Can they kill the tech pair already? They are acting like they are on CBeebies. Almost every single moment when a team member spoke to another was physically painful.
  12. I have to agree. I've seen the first episode twice now and will probably watch it again to show it to my wife but it doesn't properly hang together. It does remind me of The Avengers but it reminds me mostly of the first ten minutes when I was thinking "Oh shit, it does look like a TV show, they fucked up". It also didn't strike me as funny as it thought it was either. Hopefully it improves.
  13. Jesus god that guy is hard to listen to in the first video. Sounds like he is trying very hard to lead a primary school class and failing at that and all. "Anybody know what Reed Richards special power is?" "Who likes Spider-Man? Who likes Hulk?" "This is epic". The game looks decent but it is being narrated by an insecure Christian youth leader. I wish they showed more of the New York hub world gameplay, they only really showed a bit of a roof from a mission despite the length of the video. I think I will be picking this up down the line though for PS3
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