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  1. Jamie John

    What books did you read in 2019?

    The Gunslinger builds to a peak at around book 3 and then goes downhill from there, from what I can remember. The latter novels aren't terrible, by any means, but for my money he starts to muck around with parallel dimensions and does things like including himself as a character, all at the expense of the plot. Generally, with King, I find his shorter stuff better than his sprawling epics. Some of his short stories are fantastic, as well as things like The Shining and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon - tightly written, tense and imaginative. It's his longer stuff that goes awry - things like It and Under The Dome. He seems to begin with a horror story in mind and then feels the need to suddenly do something more self-consciously 'literary' instead of just telling a good story.
  2. Absolute rubbish. It's my favourite 3D Mario game! And Skyward Sword and Fallout 3 are both brilliant.
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    Photography Equipment & Software Thread

    Thanks @FishyFish. The bloke in Trading want £45 for it, but I'll probably leave it based on what you've said, and other stuff I've read. On the rare occasions I manage to get out with my camera nowadays, I do sometimes find that I'm limited by the zoom that I have when I'm trying to capture certain details, but, practically speaking, on the trip that I mentioned I'm going to be hiking with an infant strapped to my chest, so I don't think lugging around a big telephoto lens will be the best idea...
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    Photography Equipment & Software Thread

    I'd quite like a longer lens as at the moment the Sigma I have for my Nikkon is nice but it only goes to 50mm. Someone in trading is selling a 50-200mm Nikkon lens but it's not VR. How necessary is VR for handheld shots, and is 200mm long enough or is 50-300 a better range? I'm going to the Lake District in February and want to get some nice landscape shots. Cheers.
  5. I'm still playing this every now and again when I get a bit of time on the Switch. I get the feeling, however, that if I'm ever going to see the credits then it's a game I'm going to have to properly commit to as opposed to playing here and there, but I'm not sure if I can be bothered. Today I got as far as the second boss on a run that had taken me almost 40 minutes, only for him to dismantle me in about 30 seconds flat. There was so much happening on the screen during the battle that I didn't really have a clue what was going on, and the next moment I was dead. I got booted back to the start area and instead of feeling compelled to jump straight back in for another go, I just thought 'Sod that' and turned it off. The prospect of spending another 40 minutes getting back to the same point did not appeal at all. I'm going to stick with it for a bit longer and try to get some more of the upgrade runes, as I still only have two, but at the moment I just find each area a bit too long to be constantly replaying. Having to battle the Conceirge and spend ages whittling away his health bar each time is an especial pain in the arse.
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    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

    Gunman Clive has been ported. It's only £3.50 or so. I never played it on the 3DS but I seem to remember it being highly rated. Anyone played it?
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    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    You need to go deeper. *Squinty Inception Leonardo DiCaprio face*
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    Keep going! Spend a few runs just trying to avoid his attacks for as long as possible instead of trying to attack him so that you can learn his patterns. Only move when you need to - if you prance around like a tit you'll get hit (hey, that rhymes!). Once you've learnt his moves and want to bring the fight to him, be very picky with your runes. IIRC I used the super long nail, the extra damage rune and the one that allows you to move while healing. When you actually beat him you'll feel like a zen master.
  10. Yeah but there's not a proper one where you can move the camera around, like in the other two games I've mentioned. It doesn't matter really. I've still managed to take some nice shots with the PS4 screenshot button.
  11. I seem to say this every six months or so with different titles - last time it was God of War, and before that Horizon - but this is the best looking game I've ever played. It astonishes me every time I load it up. Like @sir stiff_one, I've recently discovered Saint Denis for the first time after never venturing to the west of the map before, and it's absolutely stunning, more so because I never even knew it was there and thought the entire game took place in the countryside and small rural towns. I've said it elsewhere, but the lack of a photomode in this is criminal. Having said that, if there was one I'd doubt I'd ever actually do any missions but would just spend my time trying to get the nicest shot.
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    Vane - New game from former Team ICO members

    The lack of reviews seems pretty telling. I'd like to be proved wrong as I've had my eye on this since it was announced, bit it's not sounding good.
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    Yeah, sod that for a laugh. Thankfully completing it doesn't contribute to anything.
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    You need it to get the complete ending, I believe. You can semi-cheese the entire area, though, by equipping
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    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

    Aye, I've got that set up. Wasn't at home to check is all. The eshop prices website is good as well, but it hadn't updated when I posted.

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