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  1. grindmouse

    Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - Making Zombies Creepy Again

    Finally finished this after pushing myself to binge the second half. As a fan of the old games I’m conflicted tbh. Some of what it did was incredible. The environmental detail. VR. Genuine scares and various types of horror represented. But... I didn’t enjoy it. And....reflecting on it... I just don’t like it. Aside from being relentlessly terrifying due to the viewpoint and sfx, the plot was incoherent, and reminded me a lot of the Revelations games: the boat section in particular was poor. Resident Evil was always campy action horror to me - some creepiness is great, but this was too much. If Resi 8 is a direct sequel I’m out.
  2. The show lost Tyrion at the same time. Was there no good Tyrion dialogue in the books they hadn't adapted? Nothing post-Tywin? Because Tyrion may as well have died in season 5 given the lack of decent dialogue or plot he's had since.
  3. The show emphasised the wrong scene imo. The birth was fucked up, but without any context and as an episode closer, it kind of made out Stannis was going to have some demon spirit army. By contrast, Renly’s death scene was too understated, lacked energy, with awkward reaction shots and poor CG. And then demon goop monster was no more.
  4. But isn’t the point of THOB&W a trade? The ability to change faces for pledging allegiance to the red god and doing his bidding? If anyone can do the training and gain the powers without sacrifice and then just fuck off it makes a mockery of the whole THOB&W plotline imo. Apprentices were dying because they hadn’t proved themselves worthy - yet Arya betrays J’aqen in the clearest way with no repercussions. Hmmmph. The Faceless men can’t be dangerous, mysterious, but also softies who like to dish out their powers to pet projects at the cost of countless other lives. I really hope the show addresses it.
  5. Then she didn’t become “no-one” and should’ve died at the house of black and white - because those were the stakes the show established if she failed her training. Leaving the Hound to die, the Red Woman telling her she would take many lives, her choosing to kill Meryn Trant and being punished by blindness, demonstrated a callousness and dedication to completing her list at all costs - it makes no sense for her to pop back over to Westeros and resumes her life as if nothing happened. It makes less sense the faceless men would allow it.
  6. Arya's current trajectory is Lost levels of dumb. They've thrown out all of the foreshadowing of her losing her identity and becoming a faceless assassin, pissing three seasons of character development up the wall, and now they're trying to push her back into her season 2 & 3 role, but with the ability to fight sort of unconvincingly. Her role should be tragic and vengeful, not domesticated at Winterfell and poised to take the thrown with Gendry once everyone else is dead. That would be a terribly dissatisfying outcome.
  7. "Like... whatever dude. It was about the characters, not the story." Remember these guys made script notes such as "Tyrion, motherfucker!" and when they wrote an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadephlia they ripped off an iconic Simpsons gag, and that was a punchline of an entire subplot. So... lower your expectations.
  8. grindmouse

    Fortnite | Battle Royale - Season 8 - Treasure Island

    How is Save the World? It’s offer on PSN for £16 atm.
  9. grindmouse

    Fleabag - BBC3 Comedy

    This was perfect. Not much more to add, but it was strong throughout and didn’t cop out with the ending. I feel like Catastrophe needs a mention, though not as sharply written or layered as Fleabag, it’s another series which recently ended on a dark, poetic final note. Both of these shows had me on the edge of my seat more than any recent serious drama.
  10. grindmouse

    Rainbow Six Siege - Wind Bastion DLC Dec 4th

    They put a lot more effort into this mode than the halloween one. Enjoying it so far. Like most people, I’ll be gunning for the Tachanka headgear. Year 3 was a shitshow in places, but Burnt Horizon has been great. The game is in a solid place right now. This is the best map and season since early Year 2.
  11. grindmouse

    Gremlins 2 Appreciation Station

    My local cinema were told I was under 10, but they allowed me in to see it anyway because “it wasn’t that bad”. Result.
  12. grindmouse

    Edge #331

    I haven't played Anthem, it's been pretty widely slated by those who have, including Edge. Any conspiracy theory talk is just jokes.
  13. grindmouse

    Edge #331

    A surprisingly low score for a Destiny-competitor...
  14. grindmouse

    Star Fox Grand Prix - Or: What has Retro been up to?

    To be fair, failing to produce a proper sequel to Starfox for another generation, and instead farming out not one, but two racing spin-offs, is pretty believable given how Nintendo treat this IP.
  15. grindmouse

    Pokemon Sword & Shield - Nintendo Switch

    Good shape in terms of sales, but not technically, relative to the advancements made in similarly popular franchises. I don’t think people were expecting the fundamentals to change. It’s not like Pokemon has the clever dungeon design of Zelda, it’s progression is specifically gated around the gym system, so an open world would only go so far. I think people were, not unreasonably, expecting more open and complex environments, bringing back the bike for example... instead there are still invisible corridors. Presentation-wise, seeing the pokemon in the overworld was established in Let’s Go, but appears absent here, the environments are low-poly with low-res textures - and the battle system is still pretty basic. It doesn’t mean Sword/Shield won’t possess some innovations or charm, but we’re hardly asking for the moon on a stick.

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