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  1. Can anyone suggest a decent couch multi-player game that I can play with my wife, who is not hugely into games but knows her way around a controller? Ideally co-op or competitive in a way that does not punish novices, and not 3D as she gets a bit woozy watching FPS games. Mario Party would be ideal if something similar exists; Phogs was a good laugh before it got pulled from the service, and Minecraft Dungeons is probably the best alternative I know of.
  2. I used the conversion trick, but even at full price it represents value for money. Before Game Pass I probably spent about £20 per month on games, and had less to play, so I would be getting my money's worth. With EA and Ubisoft games on the service there is always something to play. If it were just big-budget titles I would find it worthwhile, but the constant stream of newly released indie titles is also great. Vampire Survivors this month has been a great addition, and would likely have been overlooked if I could not simply try it out as part of the subscription. My gaming behaviours are better as a subscriber as well. No buyers remorse making me feel that I should be completing a dud game; when the game stops being fun then there is always something else waiting to get started on.
  3. Klara and the Sun is 99p today.
  4. I'm well up for a series of It is easy to pick holes in the show but at the end of the day prequels are really hard to get right. I think they have done a good job - enough new stuff in there while being true enough to the original films. It is all about the dwarves though. They are the best think in the Tolkien universe by a country mile. Like the Jedi in the SW universe, the elves are so overpowered in most situations that they just seem dull by comparison.
  5. Some better suggestions:
  6. I loved everything about that trailer except for Mario.
  7. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure has also just been added to Prime.
  8. If we are doing best Frasier quotes then this one has always stayed with me: Frasier runs into Lilith and her new boyfriend on holiday Lilith: Brian is a seismologist at MIT. Frasier: Oh, well, that's perfect - Brian being a seismologist and you having so many faults.
  9. The setting for Parasite was practically a character for the film itself, to the extent that the slum areas became something of a tourist attraction and their standards shamed the Government enough that a massive urban regeneration project was undertaken to improve them.
  10. Not doing a proper headcount of your kids when your previous holiday was ruined by accidentally leaving one at home.
  11. Its great. Probably the least effort ever made in a war game to pretend that that bad guys are imaginary villains and not Nazis though, given that the enemies are dobermans in Wehrmacht uniforms referred to as the 'Bermans'. My guess is that the developers got to a month before release before someone pointed out that a game where the intro story was basically 'Nazis murdering children' might be a tough sell, so they decided to stick furry ears onto everyone.
  12. Rather than graphics, controls, or frame rates, the thing that turns me off old classics tends to be outdated gameplay design. Random battles, for example, are incredibly frustrating in games where the combat is dull or becomes formulaic (such as where you end up using the same tactics in every fight), and were likely to lengthen games in an era when they cost a lot more and needed to represent value. In addition, overly long or prescriptive intro sections where you spend your time watching FMV instead of playing, or running an assault course, can turn me off a game immediately. It is not that this was inevitable a few decades ago. Goldeneye, for example, did drop you straight into a decent mission for your training, there was no real intro for Doom before you started killing stuff, and after waking up Master Chief was straight into the action in Halo: CE. In contrast, playing a Final Fantasy game now feels masochistic. Take three steps, fight a battle. Only use physical attacks to conserve value MP. Win after a couple of rounds. Take three steps. Begin identical fight. Repeat for 20 minutes.
  13. Cage of Souls is my favourite Adrian Tchaikovsky book. It is endlessly inventive and paints a really detailed science fiction setting.
  14. Really looking forward to this being released on streaming services. My local cinema is showing the original and this as a double bill later in the month - very tempted to take my son, wo has seen neither, so that I can see it for a second time as well.
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