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  1. I’m shook, I’m triggered, I’m just very very upset.
  2. I tried to get a Series X for my dad to play Flight Simulator on but abandoned the attempt after three months of hopeless efforts! They’re most rare! And I do imagine that the Series X is more likely to provide that next-gen feeling - I think the end results from the technical deficiencies of the S relative to the X/PS5 might already be a bit more significant than originally thought. Stuff being at 4K for one, it’s not such an obvious leap like SD to HD but my PS5 games visibly pop compared to anything on the S. Like, I’ve heard loads of people say Forza is the best looking game they’ve ever played which must be coming from X owners because it’s sure as hell not that way on the S.
  3. I have the PS5 and the Series S. I thought the PS5 had an exceptional launch and first six months - new releases have slowed since then but I still have a big backlog to go through and it feels like a pleasingly powerful, properly next-generation experience as well. Ironically, even though the Xbox BC improvement programme to older games is much more comprehensive, the sporadic frame rate upgrades to the various first party PS4 titles have been the most impressive I’ve seen - those games were already graphical powerhouses but at 60fps the likes of Horizon and God of War look like next gen games. The £70 game price is a misstep - the only game I’ve bought at that level is Demon’s Souls because it was an absolute sure thing. Thing is, I think they can get away with that for their absolute biggest titles - Horizon Far West and God of War next year are going to have been enormously expensive games to make and will look every penny, and probably won’t have a single shred of GAAS nonsense attached, which I think is increasingly unique and probably worth a premium. But it’s nonsensical to apply that price to a smaller title like Returnal that needs a bit of help out the gate, or even Ratchet which has never been a series in the top sales echelon. I’m less enthusiastic about the Series S, which I got via the £99 game trade-in. Compared to the PS5 it doesn’t feel that next-gen and Game Pass has gone through one of those periods where the heavy volume of stuff on there has managed to miss anything I find interesting. Flight Simulator, the Ascent and Forza Horizon 5 all disappointed me in various ways and Halo’s multiplayer is fun enough but I don’t really see how it’s different from any of the previous Halo multiplayers - they’re all fun too and like them, I’m sure I’ll play it every so often without ever really getting into it because I’m not much of a multiplayer guy. Hopefully the campaign will be a bit of fun but otherwise I don’t see too much that’s likely to interest me on the Xbox until Starfield comes out.
  4. I watched the first two episodes of this series last night after hearing good things and found it shockingly enjoyable. Nice to see actual threatening villains all over the shop as well, Swarm is genuinely unsettling and they managed to maintain the ridiculousness of the Sontarans while also remembering that they’re horrible violent bastards at the same time. What’s frustrating is that this series makes it clear Jodie Whittaker was perfectly capable of being a great Doctor all along and that Chris Chibnall kneecapped her (and himself really) by going with such an overcrowded and boring main cast for so long.
  5. My problem is that if it’s meant to be a relaxing playground, the game should shut up, leave you alone and stop spewing numbers and icons and wheel spins at you. The game certainly does think all these systems are important because it tells you so, it just doesn’t bother explaining how they work or why you should care. A relaxing playground doesn’t bother with numerous progress bars and endless XP for anything you do. What does do that is a modern GAAS designed to hook people inside a Skinner box.
  6. Yeah, I kind of hate this game, moreso because the driving and the cars are great and everything else is horrible. It’s the Destiny 2 of racing games. It’s the ‘games that lose you at hello’ thread incarnate. Except you keep persevering because you can see there’s something worthwhile with this person but they won’t stop shouting your name while they shower you with vomit. ‘It’s time for another adventure!’, piss off dickheads I just want to race some cars.
  7. Ah man I don’t know. I’m still not really feeling it. Im wondering why both this trailer and the original one have led with Far Cry camp-clearing missions as the main attraction. Remember just how massive Halo 3 felt? This doesn’t feel massive.
  8. I think that looks way better than expected given how much sniffiness there’s been about this release.
  9. I mean, if you’re talking about gamification of gaming, you could be forgiven for thinking that the leading Xbox exclusive is ‘how to get three years of Game Pass for a quid!’, as opposed to say, a video game. Based on what gets the most chat in the Game Pass thread on this forum.
  10. So I was tickled that the main maguffin of the movie is a mashup of two Metal Gear Solid classics: And then I read a Reddit post that pointed out there’s even more Metal Gear in there:
  11. If anything it’s a weird date to move Elden Ring to, launching an open world action adventure one week after a higher profile open world action adventure title lands on your biggest user base is mad.
  12. I’ll happily pay £60-70 for something I know I’m definitely going to like and make time to play. £70 for Demon’s Souls PS5 was a no-brainer because I love Souls game and it was clearly the most super-swank version of that. I’ll happily pay full price for Horizon Far West as well because I loved the first one. I would really like to play Returnal but haven’t got it yet because there’s a chance I might be shit at it as I’m not great at arcade action and I can’t quite justify £70 on a maybe. I think £40 is the maximum for a maybe game.
  13. Resetera is the truly bleak realisation that you can successfully purge a community of so many of the awful blights of online discourse - racism, sexism, homophobia - and still be left with a bunch of unpleasant, thick arseholes.
  14. Because judging by the comments on that article, then they wouldn’t be able to crow about how they get so much more content for a fiver a month from mega corporations who have brutally undercut every single other form of human expression in order to devalue it and make sure that in the long run they’re the only game in town when it comes to media. I mean lord knows I’m signed up to the hilt like the rest of us but shitting on smaller companies because they can’t give you their stuff for basically free is just grim.
  15. I bought this last week and have already powered through Mass Effect, which really is janky as fuck in terms of gameplay and has a very slow beginning. Despite this, Vermire onwards is still amazing after all these years, just grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. I immediately started Mass Effect 2 afterwards and oh god it’s the raddest game. It’s so fucking rad. I love it so much and it looks so gorgeous in 4K. The jump in quality of everything from the first game is the most astonishing improvement from a sequel ever and it happened in three years! The graphics are miles better than ME1 even after it’s being touched up. The dialogue is instantly snappier, the combat is magically no longer shit, the conversation cutscenes are so much more vibrant. The opening Normandy destruction is AMAZING. An hour into the game and you’re doing secret missions for MARTIN FUCKING SHEEN who will be in loads of this game and Mass Effect 3 and doesn’t dog it once. I’ve got to travel the galaxy and round up a crew of desperadoes so that we can jump through a mass relay full of black holes to kick the shit out of a bunch of abducting arseholes who are in league with evil machine Lovecraft cunts from the dawn of time. Mass Effect 2 is up there, it’s really up there.
  16. Just watched the first episode of this and quite liked it but I fear the story is setting up for Jared Harris and Lee Pace to only be bit parts which is a problem because all the best scenes had one or both of them on screen.
  17. That episode ends up with the other Daleks turning on him for being tainted and they tie him up with chains and drag him about with them. Their cuntiness remains undiminished.
  18. I really liked RTD’s Doctor Who and I think it got better with age as Moffat’s writing tics became more irritating and then Chibnall, let’s face it, killed the show. Fascinating thing with RTD and Moffat was their different understanding of the show’s main villains. RTD didn’t really get the Cybermen whereas Moffat had a bunch of good stories with them, but the flipside was that Moffat didn’t get the Daleks at all. I don’t think there’s a single memorable Dalek story in Moffat’s run. RTD on the other hand really grasped that you shouldn’t try to be clever or arch with the Daleks to diminish them - his Daleks are just complete and total Nazi cunts who almost always carry genuine menace.
  19. Erm, maybe it was the stream or my memory’s off, but graphics-wise, did Bayonetta 3 there not look as good as the first two games? Just seemed a bit flat and I didn’t like the enemy design at all.
  20. Halo probably isn’t going to be very good, but low expectations might mean we’ll all be satisfied if the campaign is, say, Halo 4 standard, which was a perfectly decent time. But even though my hopes aren’t high, I’m still excited to be getting a proper massive blockbuster dropping on Gamepass day one. To me that’s the big promise of the service and it has rarely materialised up to now - I think this is really only the third genuinely big game to debut like this and the last one (Gears 5) was two years ago, astonishingly. Halo is the kind of game where whether it’s good or not, it will seem mind boggling that it’s been released for a small monthly fee. I don’t even think many Netflix or Amazon Prime films have managed to have that kind of big-time feel.
  21. I’m finding the talk in this topic about all you parents’ kids not liking anything you like a little depressing. My dad was enormously influential in the development of my taste in media - not games because that wasn’t really his bag, but certainly books, music, TV, film. Tickled me that someone mentioned that at least the boomers didn’t force Just William on their kids, because my dad did indeed read us Just William and it was fucking brilliant because Just William is fucking brilliant.
  22. I loved this game when I first played it but the 60fps patch has confirmed it as one of my absolute favourites from the past few years. There’s a lot of excellent writing and game design in here that I think some people missed because of the Ubisofty front end. The machines, for example are just brilliant - they look incredible, they’re all totally distinct and they work in every single environment the game puts them in. And regarding environments - Horizon has terrific diversity and cohesion of settings in what is a very pleasingly compact open world. I’ve also been struck this time round by all the ‘modern’ stuff with the various tribes and so on - yes it’s not up to the standard of the past story (for content or acting) but I have to give Guerrilla props for creating a wholly original and again, cohesive world and history. How many games of this scale have done that in recent times? Almost all the Ubisoft open worlders are based on the real world, BOTW had the existing Zelda IP to build on, Witcher was based on a book series, Spiderman is well, Spiderman. There’s also a lot more Death Stranding in this than just the same game engine. You’re not meant to fight every machine you meet, you have to find routes around them and stealth past them in a way that has much more in common with navigating the BTs in Death Stranding than getting round the place in other open world games, which is often largely risk-free.
  23. Every single one of Arkane’s recent games has been a commercial disappointment in no small part because Bethesda didn’t/couldn’t invest enough to market them properly. Bethesda probably initially signed up to do Deathloop and Ghostwire as exclusives so they’d get the benefit of the kind of exposure Sony have been giving them - the subsequent sale to Microsoft was born out of the same challenge they had selling anything that wasn’t Fallout, Skyrim or Doom.
  24. Absolutely baffling the online rage this game generates, people were seething that there was a trailer at the PlayStation event for the only major PlayStation exclusive coming out over the next few months. I thought the trailer looked really good and sold me on the game in a way previous ones didn’t - the time loop looks fascinating.
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