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Jamie John

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  1. I really want to see this on the big screen but none of the cinemas near me are showing it. Closest one is Cardiff, which is two hours from me. I'll have to wait for the 4K release. Mark Kermode loves it - 5 stars in The Observer.
  2. Yep, this was my first thought. It's not so much that Switch is the wrong format, it could just do with being more powerful. I'll play BotW 2, obviously, and I'm sure it'll still be amazing, but if the slowdown is comparable to the first game then I imagine it'll be a lot more noticeable in 2022 (or whenever it comes out) than it was in 2017. People seem a lot more tuned into performance nowadays, where consistent 60fps is pretty much the standard. Or I'm more tuned into it, anyway.
  3. The Thing (1982) I hadn't watched this for about five years and decided to get the recent 4k release. It still holds up remarkably well, and at almost 40 years old now, the special effects, make-up and prosthetics are still excellent - more tactile and...slimy that anything computer generated could be, certainly compared with the CG that was around back when it was made, but also by modern standards as well. The bit where that guy's head turns into the spider thing and scuttles off should be goofy as hell, and even though there is an element of ridiculousness to it, it's still effective enough to be disturbing. If it loses a star (and I still haven't made my mind up) it's because, at just over an hour and forty minutes, it feels a bit lean, especially compared with modern films. I'm normally one to berate films for going on for too long, but here I could have done with a bit more waiting for the tension to brew. Compared with something like Alien, which came out a few years earlier, things start kicking off a lot more quickly, and the final showdown isn't so much a showdown as it is another excuse to show off the effects before it's suddenly all over. The best bit in the film is the blood testing scene, where the paranoia is at its peak - I could have done with another tense exchange like that to flesh things out more. Still, it's great fun, Morricone's score is timelessly effective, and it's got some grade-A dog acting. A must have for anyone's cinematic sci-fi library. 4/5
  4. It's quite useful when you're still learning the game as it regenerates once per encounter, so if you die quite often to regular enemies, like in Elysium, it can save your bacon and then replenish in the next room, unlike the standard DD. By the time you're hitting redacted regularly, however, and you're likely to die more than once per encounter, it loses its benefits.
  5. Yes, that's true, but convenience is king for me, I've realised.
  6. Looks pretty good. A bit cutesy, more so than Odyssey, but I suppose that's to be expected. Hopefully it's not too easy.
  7. I love that shit she does with her hair. Looks pretty good to me. The second game was excellent once I forced myself to play it on hard and learn the systems properly, so I'll be doing the same with this. As a rule I don't get on with Platinum-style games, but Bayo 2 was the best one I played. I'm not sure about the setting from what we've seen so far, though - I always thought the baroque European aesthetic from the first two games was interesting, whereas the urban Japanese setting we see in the reveal trailer seems a bit more generic. Hopefully we'll branch out a bit. The same applies to the monsters - twisted space seraphim are always going to be more interesting to me than kaiju, but maybe they'll make them varied enough to keep them fresh. Anyway, we'll see. Is it a proper Switch exclusive or just a timed one?
  8. Without wanting to sound glib, get an Xbox Series S/X. But seriously, I went to great lengths to connect my PC to my TV (in my study, though, not my living room), and I can count on one hand the number of times I've actually played a PC game through my telly. It's just not convenient and is about five button presses or mouse clicks too many, even with one of those Logitech keyboards with the touch pad built in. If you're going to be playing games on the sofa then chances are you'll be using a controller, in which case you'll probably be playing games which are also available on console. I honestly can't think of a big PC exclusive from the last few years which you'd want to play using a controller which hasn't also come out on the Xbox, and all the more traditional PC genre games you wouldn't want to play on a TV anyway, but at a desk, right in front of a monitor, with a mouse and keyboard. Get a Series console and mod it so you can play emu stuff (see the Fantastic Emulation Machine threads in the Retro forum), or, even better, get an unmodded Series X and one of those everything-and-the-kitchen-sink retro consoles with an SD card to go alongside it.
  9. As well as 'Just keep playing', 'Give nectar and talk to everyone, all the time' is also a good rule to live by in this game if you're looking to complete sidequests.
  10. That's a shame. Sounds like it'll be a lot better in a few months.
  11. Come onnnnnnnn SILKSONG shadow drop!
  12. I thought it was funny in a cringy/horrible sort of way, but that was kind of the point, right? And @elmo's fooling no-one when he says it only took him ten minutes
  13. @phillv85 If memory serves, you need first to have As Benny says above,
  14. You don't get Achilles' until you complete a couple of sidequests and other IIRC.
  15. Shadow of the Colossus Hotline Miami The Witness
  16. Yeah, I like folders, if only so I can have one for 'Played' and one for 'To play'.
  17. You'll be beating him soundly in no time, don't you worry Annoyingly, though, you can only give him nectar when he pops up back in the House.
  18. Soma is a great narrative-led horror game, although, admittedly, it's five years old now. Have you tried the latest Amnesia game?
  19. Glad to hear this has gone down well. I'll get the physical release, eventually.
  20. If you're after the achievements/trophies from the beginning of the game then it's a good idea to give away nectar to literally everyone you meet as often as you possibly can, and also to use all the different trinkets you unlock from the get-go to level them up. It's certainly not the most efficient way to play the game, but if you can see yourself getting into it for the long haul (and you should, because it's excellent), getting a head start on the achievements early on is a good way to combat the RNG woes you might experience later. I played the game for nearly 100 hours, and I'd say a good ten of those was spent rolling runs, over and over, waiting for the right RNG (not that I regret doing so, however).
  21. Yep, that art style is too gorgeous to be denied. Plus, any game with a train going through shallow water, Spirited Away style, is a must have for me. Lovely.
  22. A Short Hike is great and everything, but Bloodborne is, well, Bloodborne. Get it played @Calashnikov, ya mad bastard.
  23. I agree - even though there are lots of games coming out, it still doesn't really feel like much of a blockbuster Q4. Sony hasn't got much in the way of big hitters now that Deathloop is out and Horizon is delayed. Nintendo has Dread, but that's a 2D game in a series which previously was seen as handheld fare; it's not exactly Mario Odyssey. Microsoft are probably best placed with Forza and Infinite, but I feel like the hype for Forza hasn't quite had enough time to brew, and I'm not sure what sort of state to expect Halo to be in at launch. All of this is to be expected, of course - I think the industry is feeling the fallout of the pandemic a lot more this year than in 2020, as lots of people predicted we would.
  24. Metroid Dread is the only game I've got pre-ordered between now and the end of the year, mainly to go with the Switch OLED. I'll play Halo Infinite's campaign and maybe some rllmuk multiplayer matches, and I'll give Forza Horizon 5 a whirl. Apart from that, I'll wait for reviews for Solar Ash, Eastward, the Outer Wilds DLC and Kena: Bridge of Spirits. I'm still waiting in vain for Silksong, too. () Otherwise, there's still Deathloop, Psychonauts 2, The Artful Escape, Hitman 3, Overboard, Ace Attorney Chronicles, Tales of Arise, Wildermyth, The Forgotten City and Ender Lilies from this year I want to play, as well as the DLC for FFVII: R. Plus, the backlog, including Ghost of Tsushima, Doom Eternal, Kentucky Route Zero, Little Nightmares 2, and about sixty other games. Last, there are several games I've been meaning to replay on my PS5, such The Last of Us Part 2, Bloodborne and The Last Guardian. I'm quite happy Q4 isn't that busy this year.
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