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  1. feltmonkey

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Pep would have had the sense to stop playing him once everyone figured him out, I reckon.
  2. feltmonkey

    The Man Utd Thread

    His form has been excellent for most of the season. If anything he's dipped a bit in the last few weeks from the heights he was hitting. There was a period a few months ago when he was scoring all our goals. I can't believe we've somehow got within sight of top four. Bizarre.
  3. feltmonkey

    Games Workshop, An Appreciation Thread

    Yeah, some fantastic issues coming up. Almost all of them look to be worth it.
  4. feltmonkey

    The Miniatures Appreciation Thread

    @The Bag That looks really good. You're definitely getting the hang of NMM, the basic light tones and positions are amazing.
  5. That's so brilliant! You've no idea how long I genuinely agonised about whether to adhere to this rule I fundamentally disagreed with. Benny, you've made my day. Classic Team Blue.
  6. Sorry, I mean speechmarks. Still not doing it.
  7. Game of the Year A1. Dead Cells An incredibly satisfying experience. I'm not a skilled games player, I don't like roguealike games, I don't like games that force you to repeat sections over and over, and the Souls games never completely clicked with me. I don't even like platform games. And yet I love this. It's so tight, and so beautiful. The basic rhythm of slashing, dodging, jumping, shooting just feels wonderful. The game gives you, through it's various enemies, opportunities to do cool things, like dodge-rolling under an incoming arrow, or leaping away from a cluster of explosions. A stunning game. A2. Holedown Another game built around a hugely satisfying mechanic. There are quite a few games that revolve around balls and the bouncing thereof, but Holedown is the best. It just is. There's no paywall bollocks, there's an endless mode, you can have 99 balls. Who doesn't want to have 99 balls? It also has a weird ghost worm thing grinning at you from the bottom of the screen who, when tapped on, says encouraging things or communist slogans. A3. Warhammer 40000 Mechanicus I suspect I'm the only person who voted for this. Possibly the only person who has played it. Possibly the only one who has ever heard of it. It's a Games Workshop game, so you're braced for shitness going in, but it's actually a neat X-Com style tactical thing with a great RPG advancement side and tricky decisions to make on the way to missions. There's obviously a heavy Warhammer flavour injected into the whole thing, but this is used as an advantage rather than a box the genre is shoehorned into. The idiocyncrasy of the Adeptus Mechanicus faction (basically priests who worship technology without having any idea how it works, who modify their bodies to become nightmarish squid-like cyborgs, and who combine talking in binary and machine code with religious fanaticism) is exploited to give the story and characters an alluring weirdness. This oddness is also cleverly visually represented in the RPG side, with each skill enhancement creating a new mechanical tentacle on your characters. So the stronger they get, the weirder they look. The gameplay is decent X-Com-lite. Interestingly, the tactics often come down to not "how do I get my team out of this alive" but "how do I best sacrifice my minions to achieve my goals and keep the important characters alive?" A4. Florence A neat little mobile story game. Not perfect by any means - the story is pretty bare-bones, the ending trite, and the character of Krish is so underdeveloped he may as well have not turned up for the game. But the way it represents moments is wonderful. Dialogue is represented as a jigsaw puzzle which gets easier as the conversation becomes easier. There's one moment involving piecing together a photograph which is spectacularly well done. The specifics are deliberately glossed-over, but the way it represents the feelings of love and relationships is nicely communicated by the in-game actions. A5. Donut County A silly but clever take on Katamari. Instead of a ball, you have a hole, but the devestation you wreak is the same. The difference is that this time everyone is annoyed at you for destroying their town, which is a funny take on the genre. The physics of making things fall down your hole leads to some great slapstick comedy, as you deliberately teeter a guy on a sunbed half over the hole, causing him to wave his arms and legs, before inevitably tumbling into oblivion. Mua-hahaha! Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else) Z1. Half Life 3 I just thought that when it came out, it probably wasn't worth the wait or the hype. A shame. Z2. Z3. Z4. Z5. Sound Design of the Year S1. Donut County Great tunes, silly sounds. Tricky category. S2. Florence There's some lovely music in there. S3. Dead Cells Good noises. Visual Design of the Year V1. Dead Cells Vibrant and colourful, wonderful to look at. Also the animation is smooth and satisfyingly cool. V2. Florence Looks like an indie graphic novel for grown-ups. I love indie graphic novels for grown ups. V3. Donut County Fun characters, funny design, a duck on a moped. Looks like a really good, funny kids book. Writing of the Year W1. Donut County The idea that everyone is pissed off at you for dropping them in your hole is hilarious, and BK's justifications and attempts at deflection are nicely written. W2. Florence Despite my reservations, a lovely little story, of a type that is so rarely seen in games. W3. Warhammer 40000 Mechanicus I know, but hear me out. If you don't know Warhammer lore it'll probably be infuriating and boring, but I enjoyed it. There's a lot of tongue-in-cheek humour! Inbetween missions there's basically an ongoing argument between a guy who says things like "Aquisition of knowledge > lives of individuals" and a guy who's big idea for fighting an alien invasion is to install loudspeakers everywhere broadcasting prayers. Gaming Format (System) of the Year F1. PC Why is the Switch likely to win this? Sheer fanaticism is the only answer when you consider that the only original release of note is fucking Smash Brothers, which has always been rubbish and will always be rubbish, a throwaway five minute wonder at best, and yet they sell it for £60, I don't know what the world is coming to. What else was there in 2018? About a million ports of old indie games. The PC is better. It has about a million NEW indie games. Publisher or Developer of the Year P1. Motion Twin Made the best game. Best Supported Game (released pre 2018) of the Year B1. Pokemon Go Urgh. But they keep adding stuff so I can't stop playing it. Your game of the year that didn't come out this year (basically what is your favourite game you played this year that came out in 2017 or earlier) X1. Yakuza 0 An amazing game. One of the funniest games ever made. The game's occasionally iffy gender politics somehow becomes a plus as it's all done with a huge slice of naivety and it's heart is obviously in the right place. The side missions are the best bit. I've watched soft porn in a booth with another man, taught a band of fake punks how to act tough, and accidentally aquired an eight-year-old girlfriend through the medium of scalextric. Best game character of the year C1. BK (Donut County) He's doomed a town to a like at the bottom of his hole, but he claims he's the victim because his drone got broken. C2. The worm/ghost thing from Holedown (Holedown) Seize the means of production! C3. Florence (Florence) She seems nice. Obviously, I didn't play many of this year's games. The only one I played that I haven't given any awards to is Onrush. Unlucky, Onrush. I actually quite liked it, in a mindless, drive around trying to crash with oddly unsatisfying crash mechanics kind of way. Many edits - I have tried to adhere to your thread rules, @Benny. Is this now okay? I'll be honest, I cannot bring myself to put my comments in quotation marks. It is just so utterly, completely wrong. It looks like you're quoting someone else and it has thrown me every single time I have read a comment in this entire thread. It's such awful, appalling grammer. It makes me feel sick to look at it. Sorry.
  8. Do I have time for a last minute vote?
  9. feltmonkey

    Football Thread 2018/19

    No, it's not a definitive answer to the question of whether Ole is up to the job on its own, particularly as with a different keeper between the sticks Spurs would have won comfortably. However, it counts as a big plus, because Ole definitely got his tactics right in the first half, and United caused Spurs a lot of problems and deserved to go in 1-0 up at half time. In the second half Spurs piled on a lot of pressure, as you would expect from a top quality team who are mounting a title challenge and playing at home. Spurs are a better team than United, but Ole has given United enough belief to mean that we're able to match you. As @tbb said, all the big names started somewhere. How do you become a big name? By managing a big club and being successful. There are managers around the world who sort of lucked into managing a top club (arguably Guardiola and Zidane could be included in this) then proved themselves by making a success of it. Perhaps that's what Ole will do between now and the end of the season. It's far from decided, but I'd love it if he was given the job permanently.
  10. feltmonkey

    Football Thread 2018/19

    An amazing result for United. Very harsh on Spurs considering their performance in the second half, but De Gea was unbeatable. That's not the story of the whole game though - United were excellent in the first half, and had a string of chances at the star of the second. A lot of media outlets are going to have to make a sharp change in their "Solskjaer has made everyone smile but he'll come unstuck against a decent team" narratives.
  11. feltmonkey

    The Man Utd Thread

    Fucking fantastic result. Give Ole the job.
  12. feltmonkey

    The Man Utd Thread

    Now De Gea is keeping us in front! No matter what the result from here, this is a really encouraging performance. De Gea is making saves, but we're unlucky not to have scored more.
  13. feltmonkey

    The Man Utd Thread

    And people say he can't finish! Brilliant goal, and thoroughly deserved too.
  14. feltmonkey

    The Man Utd Thread

    And shaky at the back. We've been the better team, but we're struggling to cope with Son, and the clever play of Alli and Erikson around him. Good game so far.
  15. feltmonkey

    Football Thread 2018/19

    I reckon Burton will win the second leg 10-1 and go out on away goals.

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