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  1. MarkN

    My Time At Portia

    Haha - I suspected that would happen. I've played a fair few HM games, but by no means all. It's a fair cop.
  2. MarkN

    It's Another Gitaroo Man Thread...

    Agreed. So many great memories flooded back the moment I saw the thread. The frustration of the shark boss admittedly, but , also King Bee, the skeletons, the Legendary Theme - and the wonderful transcendent nature of the final boss music. Glorious.
  3. MarkN

    Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

    I felt queasy on Wipeout first time. Tried it a few hours later after a few beers, and had no problem. I really think the booze softened the impact and helped me find my legs. Now I'm fine with it. I'm really interested to try AC though - the freedom to roll and loop at will sounds like it'll take it a fair bit further.
  4. MarkN

    My Time At Portia

    Sounds great, but also sounds like it's lifted everything from Stardew Valley. I mean, clearly Stardew lifted most of what it had from Harvest Moon anyway, but the choice between two rival factions that sound incompatible just echoed the JoJa Mart mechanic to me (and that wasn't the best aspect of SV by a long shot, IMO). Looks really lovely though, and definitely one for my wishlist. I love HM-style games, but also find I need a long break between them to stop burning out on them.
  5. MarkN

    Have you ever lost your save file?

    I lost 66 hours of Final Fantasy 8 progress back in the day (was stupidly using a 3rd party memory card). I haven't played a single minute of a Final Fantasy game since (except Tactics)... I got all the way to the end of Indiana Jones And The Fate Of Atlantis right up to the point where it gives you a choice - obvious bad or good endings. So I saved and chose the bad one. Tried to re-load the save game and found it was corrupt - I never saw the good ending.
  6. Before the "update" wolf traps and the bi-directional turret worked for me against the Concierge (although I used to skew my playstyle heavily toward these and use the majority of upgrade scrolls to boost them). The wolf traps were key - they'll stop his lunge attack, and him traipsing about with a forcefield on. This used to work quite well against the Time Keeper too - the turret soaked up a lot of the projectiles, and the traps made him much less mobile. No idea if the rebalance has changed this. The problem with this approach back then was that it was hopeless against the final boss, so I switched to grenades instead. If it still works though it might be of use to see more of the game, and gain cells to improve your item drops etc.
  7. MarkN

    Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

    This is copied directly from a comment on a Eurogamer article - I haven't tried it personally, but saw it earlier when looking into it myself (apparently the demo is very short, so I decided not to bother (although I'm gagging to play the game, still)). Hope it helps though:
  8. MarkN

    Vegetarian / Vegan recipes

    I do mean to try some of the M&S stuff - it does look good - but so far when I've been nearby I've not needed anything. Will make an effort to have a crack at something soon, and will report back. I've kept a few notes on things I've been trying during Veganuary. so will maybe write them up at some point... A new thing I noticed today at work, and something I really wasn't expecting - vegan Croissants and Pain Au Chocolat at Sainsbury's. Not something I'm that bothered about personally, but if they're half decent that's got to be a good thing. (If they did a nice almond croissant I'd be all over it like a rash, mind - love an almond croissant when done well (Sainsbury's regular ones sadly aren't - really artificial and OTT almond taste - blech!). I'm hoping there's a slow uptake for the first batch or two, and then maybe I can pick some up super-cheap as an employee when they're just past sell-by-date, but I may give them a pop at full whack, if the mood takes me.
  9. MarkN

    Astro Bot - PSVR - Game of the year 2018.

    Other folk have mentioned it, and I find it to be true too - to get a really clear picture I find the backstrap of the headset needs to sit higher on your head than you'd expect. If I have the headset where it feels natural, the image is blurred. With it a tad lower than I'd like (i.e. with the backstrap a bit high) it's pretty much crystal. If that doesn't help then maybe you need to readjust the settings...
  10. MarkN

    Your favourite film of 2018?

    I didn't see many so The Ballad of Buster Scruggs wins pretty much by default. It would probably be in with a shout if I had seen more though, because it's wonderfully bleak at times, and also incredibly pretty. Also Tyne Daly is ace in it.
  11. MarkN

    PlayStation VR

    I finally played a couple of the games in the PlayStation Worlds VR thing that came bundled with the kit. Again - I'm really impressed so far. I played the shark dive one first, which seemed like the most attractive to me, and it was well worth a punt. Good, and I'll probably go back and try the next missions, but not really gobsmacking. But the London Heist one I thought was properly ace (I've only played the first chapter so far, mind). This is the kind of thing I'd avoid like the plague in a regular game, but the VR just makes it sing. Very little in the way of gameplay for a lot of the time, but having characters right up in your face works so well. I'm not sure I was taking it in the spirit it was intended mind, because whilst I was being threatened with torture I was actually just grinning at how well the tech was working. Highly recommended, if like me you tend to ignore bundled stuff that you didn't think you wanted.
  12. MarkN


    New releases happen at about 6pm on the day of release, IIRC.
  13. MarkN

    Great scenes in disappointing movies

    There needs to be a way of measuring the distance between how good the scene is compared to how bad the rest of the film. Here it's quite sizeable I think:
  14. I'd go for the runes personally, simply because they'll open up areas to loot for cells and kit in most levels you pass through, and I think upgrade scrolls also have a chance of being behind these areas. It should make each run more productive, and give you a better choice of kit. I've not played much since the mechanic changed*, but the timed gates were definitely worth it if you're after cells. The balance was always a little off, so the first one was the hardest to hit, but after that they got easier. However, since they moved the doors to the area between levels I guess all the timings have changed too, so I'm not sure now. On the first level I'd generally take stock of my situation before moving on. If I'd got a couple of scrolls I'd probably go for the timed door, if not I'd abandon the timed door, and then try to get a bit more out of the level (and if I could do that quickly then maybe keep it brief and try for the next timed door instead, otherwise I'd just abandon them all and go about rinsing each level instead). *The timed doors used to be found in the next level, and because it's procedural it was unpredictable. So if you finished level 1 in 1.45 sometimes that would be plenty to get to the 2 minute door, other times it was nowhere near enough.

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