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  1. Whoa! Not the usual slug, but I'll never say no to more Metal Slug in my life!
  2. I'm not as up on all the new fangled ways to consume games and games media, ie twitch and youtube ect. But I think I actually read about games far more than I play them. I mainly read about them here and in Edge I suppose, but still I spend a lot more time reading about them than I do playing them. Part of the reason for that is perhaps that I'm fairly poor and games are fairly expensive these days. But also I do still get genuinely so excited reading about games, even ones I may never go on to play. I believe in games as a medium full of endless and exciting potential and thus enjoy keeping an eye on this industry (even when certain trends in it leave me cold) more than I do any other industry I think. It brings out a childlike joy in me.
  3. I may be the outlier here, but I really love slow long atmospheric introductions to games. They are often my favourite parts. And for me the action always hits harder when it's delayed. I also don't at all agree with the idea that it needs to be consistent with gameplay to come later in the game. A wonderful example for me in Yakuza 3. Yak 3 as an overall game I enjoyed, it was Yakuza and anyone who likes Yakuza knows what to expect from that. But not the intro, the intro was not typical Yakuza at all, in fact it was almost the opposite of it, you spend hours playing with and running after children at an orphanage in Okinawa. It was incredibly sweet and peaceful and picturesque. Certainly some people would find it boring, but for me it was the best Yakuza has ever been and my emotional investment in that orphanage carried me through the rest of the game. Yak 4 had none of this and I didn't even make past its opening chapter I got so bored.
  4. Recently started playing this again after a long hiatus, and well, this is a bit of a masterpiece isn't it. It took quite a few hours to get back into the groove, but when it clicks it really clicks and I'm on Chapter 4 now and it's just an incredibly satisfying and unique gaming experience, it's really like nothing else. The depth, intricacy and elegance of its interweaving systems; the vision, consistency and bonkersness of its world and lore; the sparse beauty of its landscapes and just generally how visually satisfying it is in a way Kojima's (with huge thanks to Shinkawa) games always are; and the game's capacity to surprise and be playful. Also possibly the first Kojima game with no creepy sexism, yay. Not to mention the various interesting themes and layers and how the game is bizarrely prescient of the post covid world. I totally get why it's not for everyone but it's absolutely wonderful that Kojima was bankrolled to make such a big budget, ludicrous, majestic, nerdy, completely non commercial game. I can only hope he keeps on convincing publishers to throw money at him because the world needs more games from this mad man.
  5. Alan James Bond style shooting only the four hostages had me cracking up.
  6. whoa @acidbearboy those tunes are something else, thanks for sharing! Pure bliss!
  7. I've been trying hard to get into and understand K pop and BTS's global ascent lately, I want to love it as a challenge to the west's hegemony but I'm really struggling. To me it all just sounds like a super homogenous mash up of every commercially successful trend in western pop over the last few years, utterly soulless and manufactured to the hilt. I'll admit I can see the visual appeal more though, as BTS are a bunch of very pretty lads.
  8. This Theo Parrish beaut has to be one of my favourite pieces of music ever
  9. This one is pretty special too
  10. This is my problem with the trailer too. And as much as I loved XV, my biggest disappointment with it was also the very bland, unimaginative character designs (and while I grew to like them, their personal stories were fairly dull too if I'm honest to myself). The thing I used to really love about all the previous FF games were the interesting or otherworldly characters that would capture your imagination. I hope there is more of that in this game.
  11. Yes, so I'm not the only one who felt this way then!!
  12. The recent Lupe Kendrick twitter stuff has made me listen to Lupe who somehow I have never really listened to before. I had no idea he was such a lyrical monster.
  13. crisy


    Dorehedoro was a wonderful surprise after randomly trying it. One of the best anime shows I've seen in some time. Such a weird and imaginative world. Pretty funny and lighthearted for the most part too despite being incredibly violent.
  14. Been on an Isley tip recently and this is a sweet jam I'd forgotten about
  15. Really? Wow, that's great then! I'll try that, thanks
  16. I'm on chapter 3 of this game I think, and enjoyed what I played but I kept having the feeling that the fact I don't have a PSN subscription was going to make the game even more of a slog than it's supposed to be, building roads and stuff seems pretty much impossible. I haven't played it in a while and would like to go back, but does it still remain enjoyable to play offline?
  17. Still have two more eps to go of this, but it is just stunning, the best thing I've seen on tv for ages. Heartbreaking, funny, and feels realer in all its complexity and weirdness than most things on tv.
  18. Loving the new perspective and appreciation of FF13 on this page. I flipping love the original FF13 (never played its two sequels though), loved it from the moment I first played it and still do. I think at the time of its release its lack of openness really blinded many a fan to its charms and braveness. Like Sprite said up the page, I've always been into FF for the characters and epic story, I can take or leave the openness, so I always clicked with 13, but I do think there is a lot be said for its tighter linearity, now more than ever.
  19. The new Ka album Descendants of Cain is predictably amazing for anyone who is a fan of his sombre music. I reckon this might be his best yet though, his penmanship just gets better and better. "our yogis did stretches upstate"!!!
  20. Eff me, that absolute banger has just made me reappraise my whole opinion of the Yakuza series. They are all masterworks!.
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