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  1. The wet season thing does look like an extension of how seasons changed the environment in 4. The seasons in 4 though were universal, the whole environment would be the same, whether you were up a mountain or wherever. Is 5 going to have snowy bits and desert bits and jungles? Maybe the variety will come in biomes rather than the seasons, the wet season adding an extra bit of variation.
  2. I'm the same re FH5, looks great and I'll probably pick that up down the line but I still have tons to do on FH4. The release of FH5 has made me want to get FH4 going again. I suspect that'll be the case for quite a few people.
  3. I'd be happy with a Best Of XBLIG which had the best 50 or 100 games in one big package. There were some right corkers there.
  4. Someone at work was going on about how they wouldn't put it past Amazon to send you animals through the post and I mentioned PetsOvernight.com from GTA3. Like a lot of the GTA radio station humour it's obvious, juvenile, but a lot of it still makes me laugh.
  5. With you on the complexity thing. My patience for learning new things has diminished with age, like I'm feeling life's too short and my time is limited, so I don't want to have to learn how to walk all over again. The trouble is the idea of complex games really appeals to a part of my brain that tries to convince me they will be really engrossing, deep and satisfying. Stellaris is the latest one there. It's great but every time I put it on it feels impenetrable. That leads me to feel like I'm thick as two short planks, I feel bad, for not giving it a proper go, end up playing Tetris DX again. I don't think that internal conflict will ever go away.
  6. Similar to a lot of people here, I'm nearly 50 and whilst I don't think I'll ever tire of games broadly-speaking, I'm a lot less passionate about them than I was 20 years ago. I have absolutely no interest in the current gen (PS5/XB Series), the PS4 got little use. It's mainly retro gaming via emulation, currently enjoying Zelda Oracle Of Seasons. Following a recent move I found I had a room full of crates of games and systems that I can't honestly justify keeping. I'm not a collector and it just feels like hoarding now. 50 seems to be the age I'm re-evaluating this hobby, how much I play, how closely I follow things, what I want to spend my money on, and whilst it's nowhere near as big a part of my life any more, it's still there to some degree.
  7. This Film Is Not Yet Rated is generally good although it tries to mix useful information with an attempt to name and speak with the people responsible for doing the rating which doesn't amount to anything. It has lot lots of info which is common knowledge now like the US military offering access in exchange for control of their image. Re NC-17 though it speaks to a few film-makers about how their films were basically killed stone dead when given that rating over an R, plus how unrated films struggled to get distribution due to discrimination from the likes of Walmart who won't stock them. Obviously things have changed a lot in the last 15 years or so and the situation for distribution is different. It's been years since I saw it but there was a female director who had made a lesbian romance drama which got lumbered with an NC-17.
  8. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Whilst I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as Goldeneye I didn't find it as awful as its reputation would have it. Jonathan Pryce absolutely fits the bill as the insane media mogul, things livened up every time he'd archly pontificate or demand yet more ruthless execution of his plans, even if it all felt a bit silly, although that's half the fun. Action was all over the place though and didn't have nearly as many memorable set-pieces. At least Michelle Yeoh got to kick some arse, albeit nowhere near as deftly-directed as she was in Hong Kong. To a greater extent that Goldeneye it felt like the past Bond films had been plundered for ideas, it did feel very familiar albeit with a 90s veneer. To someone my age it's never going to be considered Classic Bond, but it's not that bad either. 3.5/5
  9. Loophole (1981) Sedate bank heist where professional bankrobber Albert Finney persuades down-on-his-luck architect Martin Sheen to help plan an audacious job. It does take a fair old while establishing Sheen's predicament, but the rest of the film is the planning and execution of the heist. It's not especially action-packed, more steady and methodical with some tension here and there. Not sure what was going on with the ending though, it felt like some shots had been cut out. If it was an attempt at ambiguity it passed me by. Not a top-tier heist film but great performances from the leads plus Susannah York and Jonathan Pryce it's worth a watch at least. 3/5
  10. Ban The Sadist Videos (2005) Documentary that covers the furore surrounding 'video nasties', starting off with the home video boom, the outrage whipped up by the likes of Mary Whitehouse, attempts to control what people could see via the BBFC, then the second half looks at James Ferman's time as the had of the BBFC and a fresh wave of outrage following the murder of James Bulger in 1993 and attempts to link that with Child's Play 3 in particular. It's amazing to think that we came dangerously close to having a bill and amendment passed that would stop people accessing 18-rated films normally. Good variety of voices here including those opposed to violent videos. From this distance the tabloid-fuelled sensationalism seems a bit quaint compared to our more cine-literate society now. Food for thought. 4/6
  11. Circuitry Man (1990) Quirky post-apocalyptic cyberpunk-noir? It certainly has all those elements. The humour did chime with me, as did the cast of odd characters. All that made up for a pretty simplistic pursuit plot that, for a post-apocalyptic film, at least didn't totally rely on a desert locale. Vernon Wells' Plughead is great, suitably creepy, the number of leads coming out of his head increasing as time goes on. Some great ideas, and definitely a bit of style here too in places. Gets a bit messy especially towards the end although I applaud director Steven Lovy for trying to at least to imbue the film with something. Your enjoyment will probably depend on how well you get the off-beatness of the setting and humour. It won't be for everyone. 3.5/5
  12. License To Kill (1989) Definitely enjoyed this more than The Living Daylights. It's essentially what Bond did on holiday, as if someone did a standard American action film of the time and for whatever reason make James Bond the good guy to the point where when M and Q turn up they feel almost like an intrusion. Robert Davi is the perfect bad guy in this situation too. Is it a Bond film though? It does feature my favourite Bond theme though, properly epic stuff made even more so by Gladys Knight. 4/5 Goldeneye (1995) This Bond has a great deal, from Sean Bean's Alec Trevelyan to comic relief from Alan Cumming as Boris, a resourceful, no-nonsense Bond girl in Natalya to a properly dangerous femme fatale in Xenia Onatopp, cold war hangover plot, exotic locations, stuff exploding for no reason, and a genuinely gripping fight at the end. There are enough films spanning enough time for people to have an idea of their Bond and what that means, but it would be hard to deny how much fun Goldeneye is. There's a nod to Bond's character flaws brilliantly delivered by the then new M, Judy Dench, although to be fair they didn't really follow though on that. Brosnan didn't seem quite as slimy here, there are a few well-timed double entendres and some 90s-style quips. It's debatable whether he moved the character that much forward though. You could argue the whole film is somewhat reliant on past films as a sort of shorthand, although it's important to note by this point post-modernism was becoming dominant, taking familiar elements and making something new. To be honest it doesn't take away from the pure enjoyment for me. It makes The Living Daylights look like a wet Sunday afternoon anyway. 4.5/5
  13. This. If Rockstar had made any significant changes they'd be in full-on PR mode by now showing off everything that's new and amazing. No, this is just like when Capcom put Resi 4 on a new platform, do the barest of work, slip it out there with no fanfare. Quietly make sure these games are available wherever.
  14. My 1.6 model didn't come with one of those power cables, just a normal black one. I had to open the thing up to find out if it was a 1.6 through which isn't tricky, just a bit fiddly as you have to take all the drives out first. I don't know why Microsoft decided on having a capacitor for the clock over a battery. Even on my model when you pull the power plug out it discharges with a very loud crack. Touch wood but coming up on 17 years after getting this it's still going. Yes it's noisy and bulky, the controller would be improved as time went on, but it is still a great machine with some fantastic original games.
  15. Plus didn't you have to tap-run everywhere because Nico's walking speed was slower than a very cold glacier?
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