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  1. It’s hard to say for sure and it doesn’t shed any light on the menus, but this picture makes the HUD scaling look promising to me, so I can’t imagine they’d drop the ball horribly elsewhere.
  2. I don’t know how much time I’d spend with it on Switch & definitely have no desire to play this version docked (I’ve finished the main game and Hearts of Stone on PS4, and have been diving in and out of the complete edition on XB1X over the last year and a bit) but unless it’s a complete shit-show of a port, which it doesn’t look like it will be, I’ll probably buy it further down the line just for the fact that The Witcher 3 handheld has been brought into existence.
  3. I agree there should be something worked out to offer early Steam keys to backers, but that comparison doesn’t quite work, because in reality they still have the means to play the game with minimal effort on the day of release, whereas if SEGA had sent Xbox discs they’d also had to have provided Xbox consoles to make it equivalent, albeit with the additional kick in the balls of both arriving almost a year after the Dreamcast version released in Europe.
  4. That article also goes on to describe Ryo like this - ”He who was once so elegant, so charismatic, is only a shadow of himself. Postmortem rigidity, empty and inexpressive gaze, the hero of a whole generation is hard to see. He's not just inexpressive: he's just not alive.” Those impressions are clearly coming from someone who might have read an article about it, but has never played or really looked at Shenmue in any great detail, because “so elegant, so charismatic...hero of a whole generation” sure as shit isn’t a perception of Ryo it’s possible to come away with if you've actually seen the originals in action.
  5. While I think PC backers should, if possible, have the option of getting a Steam code at launch, the reaction to this on Resetera is something else. I wonder how many of the people who are now baying for the game's failure boycotted Shenmue II on principle upon its original official release in the US? After all, SEGA signed a distribution deal that required the purchase of an entirely new console in order to play the game, which seems more of an inconvenience and middle finger to existing fans than the installation of an inferior launcher.
  6. I thought the second episode was even better than the first. I see that there’s a narrative growing that it’s terrible because the viewing figures dived after the first episode though. I’m not sure what some people were expecting from this; it’s obviously a very different format to I'm Alan Partridge, but I think it’s shaping up to surpass Knowing Me, Knowing You.
  7. I do think that game critics are - thankfully - using a wider range of scores nowadays, but the way this has been treated does strike me as harsh based on an hour or so's play. 3s and 4s out of 10, of which it’s received a few, still tend to be the preserve of something that is fundamentally broken, which this really doesn’t seem to be. It controls well (definitely better than the first one, which is currently available free of charge on Xbox), runs smoothly (with the accusation levelled by some that it looks like a 360 game being laughable) and does what you’d expect if you’re going in blind having played previous Crackdown games. I look forward to playing more when I get the chance. I believe perception plays a big part - if this was announced a month or two ago and released today, it would be seen as a pleasant surprise and you’d probably be looking at a review average in the 70s. As it is, the original iteration was unveiled half a decade ago and all of the false starts and stories of development hell have taken their toll.
  8. Nintendo didn’t bother transferring any of my save files when I returned my Switch for repair due to the cracked backplate issue that occurred with some of the early units. Worked fine, only returned it on NOE's advice and the end result was nearly 100 hours of Zelda (and tens of hours of other games) down the drain.
  9. So the Joy-Con that took Nintendo six weeks to ‘repair’ earlier in the year has now developed another fault. Won’t be seeing that until February. Bet they try to erroneously charge me again, too.
  10. Which other reporters? I’m not sure it was people spreading rumours in bad faith, more just the question being asked given that he’d returned from Leicester matches with Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in the past. Same with Claude Puel. It almost goes without saying that it is a dreadful tragedy regardless of the identity of the victims.
  11. The Twitter rumour mill has brought up the name of Gareth Southgate, because he was at the game & has previously travelled back to London in the owner’s helicopter. There’s nothing at all on any news sites or whatever, but the only thing close to confirmation that he is okay is courtesy of a reporter from the West Midlands Express & Star, who claims to have been told by the FA that he wasn’t on board.
  12. Oh, no cars. That would be a huge misstep. If you want to get around quicker, use the subway. Otherwise though, a little bit of icing wouldn’t hurt at adding a bit more colour to the world.
  13. I’m enjoying it so far. The portrayal of Manhattan is visually great and although far from 1:1, the best videogame approximation I’ve experienced to date. With that said, it would be improved greatly by having more substantial side-content ‘on the ground’. Being able to roam as Peter Parker and having accessible businesses would add a lot.
  14. It was only £22.49 to pre-order on there.
  15. Yet another stonewall card not given for Ramos. Says it all about the vested interest UEFA have in Real Madrid that he’s still on.
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