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  1. 11 minutes ago, partious said:

    I recently put down Like a Dragon after 20+ hours when I realized there was going to be a bunch of tedium/grind involved in getting to the end. Choosing the jrpg style one was a big mistake in hindsight, since I have a low tolerance for grind and such. The sheer number of games in the main series pushed me towards LAD though.


    I was enjoying the nonsense story and wouldn't mind playing some of the other games, but reading a bit about zero (the one people always recommend starting with) people keep mentioning grinding various side activities/mini games and I get the impression it's necessary. Is this stuff actually necessary to smoothly go through the main story. For example, are there points where the game says something like "I need 50 million yen to do such and such" to force you to grind out money in some minigame?

    I'd be happy enough to play through on easy to be honest and enjoy the story and a few side missions, watch cut scenes, run from place to place with some button mashing in between, but if the side stuff is required I won't bother. I'm sure they're fun if you're in the mood but I have zero interest in anything like the stock market waste of time from LAD.


    I completed Ishin back at the ps4 launch and don't remember anything particularly tedious/grindy aside from the high number of random fights when running down the street and vague memories of an optional slightly musou style dungeon minigame (it was a long time ago).

    There's no grinding in 0, you can safely skip any side activities you don't like as far as I can remember. I certainly didn't do the real estate stuff. 

  2. 12 hours ago, Stopharage said:

    Which ones? I'm always interested to know what people pick up. 

    It was 6, not 8. There were a few more that seemed interesting but I'm a slow reader and I don't want my backlog to become too big. 


    I really enjoy going through your list every time there's a new one and seeing what's there. I've already picked up many books this way that I'd otherwise probably never would've come across. So thanks again for taking the time to do this :hat:


  3. 27 minutes ago, Stopharage said:

    Quite a lot here, surely got to be something for everyone. The 3rd and 4th offerings are well worth a read. 


    Going Postal - Terry Pratchett £1.99


    The Last Hero - Terry Pratchett


    When the Dust Settles: Searching For Hope After Disaster - Lucy Easthope


    The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future - David Wallace-Wells £1.99


    A Village in the Third Reich: How Ordinary Lives Were Transformed By the Rise of Fascism - Julia Boyd


    All the Lies They Did Not Tell: The True Story of Satanic Panic in an Italian Community - Pablo Trincia


    The Ruin of All Witches: Life and Death in the New World -  Malcolm Gaskill £1.99


    AI 2041: Ten Visions of Our Future by Kai-Fu Lee & Chen Qiufan


    Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America - Beth Macy £3.99


    The Matter of Everything: Twelve Experiments that Changed Our World - Susie Sheehy £3.99


    Casino: The Rise and Fall of the Mob in Las Vegas - Nicholas Pileggi


    Control - Adam Rutherford


    Glue - Irvine Welsh


    Menus that Made History: Over 2000 years of menus from Ancient Egyptian food for the afterlife to Elvis Presley's wedding breakfast - Alex Johnson & Vincent Franklin


    Cunk on Everything: The Encyclopedia Philomena - Philomena Cunk


    How To Be Famous - Caitlin Moran


    Animal Vegetable Criminal: When Nature Breaks the Law - Mary Roach


    This is the Night They Come For You - Robert Goddard


    The Monster of Florence - Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi


    Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress - Steven Pinker £1.99


    The Club King: My Rise, Reign, and Fall in New York Nightlife - Peter Gatien


    The Kaiju Preservation Society - John Scalzi


    The Lonely Londoners - Sam Selvon £1.99


    Roadside Picnic - Arkady Strugatsky


    How to Make the World Add Up: Ten Rules for Thinking Differently About Numbers - Tim Harford


    Go Tell it on the Mountain - James Baldwin £1.99


    The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch


    The Doors of Perception - Aldous Huxley


    Utopia Avenue - David Mitchell


    'Rommel?' 'Gunner Who?': A Confrontation in the Desert (Milligan Memoirs Book 2) - Spike Milligan


    The Midwich Cuckoos - John Wyndham


    Scar Tissue - Anthony Kiedis


    The God is Not Willing: The First Tale of Witness - Steven Erikson


    The City We Became - N. K. Jemisin


    Blind Assassin - Margaret Attwood


    The Caraval Trilogy - Stephanie Garber


    About Time - Jodi Taylor


    The Girl in the Spider's Web - David Lagercrantz


    To Be Taught, If Fortunate: A Novella - Becky Chambers


    The Runaway Jury - John Grisham


    The Labyrinth of the Spirits - Carlos Ruiz Zafon


    Zero History - William Gibson


    My Name'5 Doddie - Doddie Weir


    Redemption - TROY DEENEY


    Far From The Light - Tade Thompson


    Ringworld - Larry Niven


    Inhibitor Phase - Alistair Reynolds


    Absolution Gap - Alistair Reynolds


    George's Marvellous Medicine - Roald Dahl

    Thanks! I bought about 8 of them :hat:

  4. 4 hours ago, Super Craig said:


    Those are links to the UK marketplace. If you do a web search for "daytona usa xbox marketplace" as an example, then you should be given your region's link hopefully.

    If I search on the Dutch store it had them but says not available to buy. The links above redirect me to the US store. I guess it's a rights thing. 

  5. 9 hours ago, Uzi said:


    Thanks. I just stumped up the extra £100 for a preorder of the new Audeze Maxwell. Paid £303 for the below





    With much better compatibility options, incredible sound based on their Penrose drives and a 80 (!) hr battery life I figured it will be worth it. Their mic is meant to have some insane noise cancelling which will help when my wife is watching stuff on the laptop next to me while I play warzone with buddies

    That looks pretty great! I bet it will beat the Portal as a gaming headset. For me the main draw of the Portal is that it does everything (that I need it to). I wear it when commuting to work, I use it in teams meetings at work and in the evening on the Xbox. 


    I never used them on pc though, it's disappointing to hear they have problems. To be honest I never understood why they made two versions of the Portal, why not one that works on everything? 

  6. 3 minutes ago, SteveH said:

    I'm not sure if I tempted fate or not posting the price of them, as a couple of days later I started having an issue with my Xbox Portals and now need to send them back to B&O. I've heard that they sometimes send back reconditioned headsets instead of doing a repair, which always annoys me as I look after my stuff and always want it fixed if possible (once it is a fair few months old). 

     So I ended up buying a second pair to ensure I have a working pair for the foreseeable future. I was hesitant as I initially hadn't noticed that they were sold by a third party who don't have the best trust pilot rating. But triple checked that it was actually fulfilled by Amazon, which they are, so knew I was safe. And a brand spanking new pair arrived today :)

    Nice! I wish they had more colors though. My old H6's had that lovely beige/brown leather look, I'd buy a Portal like that in a heartbeat. 

  7. I had the same experience. It's the same as with my huge Steam library or burning every single Dreamcast game to cdr back in the day. Games lose their value and I end up playing lot's of games for a very short while or not even bothering at all. The slightest friction makes me drop a game for something else. It sounds stupid but that huge library and constant drip feed of new games on GP is really detrimental to my enjoyment of games.


    So I let my GP lapse a week or 2 ago and it felt great! I'm now mainly playing Cyberpunk and I bought Yakuza 5 for when I'm done with that. And I play Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne on my Switch when commuting. And that's pretty much it. I'll probably resub around the next big MS release I really want to play, play that and maybe some other stuff and then quit again. And I'll happily even pay full price if they get rid of the gold trick in the mean time.

  8. I bought both the 8bitdo and the black one pictured above. The 8bitdo wouldn't work, only 1 in 5 or so button presses registered. Might have been a faulty one but the seller I bought from on amazon refused to let me return it so I never found out. Shame because it feels nice. I then bought the black remote and have been using it ever since. It's like K says: it's OK. I really dislike the feel of the directional circle thingy, it's squishy and kind of angled inwards so it makes scrolling through things much harder than it should be. Other than that it's fine. I still prefer using it over the controller for putting on movies because you can pick it up and pause things without having to turn it on.

  9. I've been playing this recently after buying the remaster on switch and it's still amazing. This game just gets it hooks in me like few others. The atmosphere and storytelling are unrivaled to me. 


    Some thoughts on the remaster:

    Playing it handheld is great! Being able to just pick it up and make some small progress or do some demon fusing in bed let's me spend a lot more time on it. Also it looks great on the OLED screen :wub:


    The sound quality of the music is not great, it's very compressed. But playing in handheld mode it doesn't bother me too much. It's too bad though because the music is fantastic. 


    I like the added merciful difficulty. I wouldn't recommend actually playing the entire game on it because it's so easy it removes any challenge, however it is nice to switch it on now and then (you can switch at any moment). For instance if you want to do grinding because you get a lot more exp. Or after doing a long difficult part of the game and you've run out of mp and you're looking for the save room. 

  10. 37 minutes ago, Mallet said:

    I would get the system and use it before deciding to buy more storage, I have personally never felt the need for more storage yet.

    This is also my experience. I just fill it up with gamepass stuff because I can, but I actually only play a handful of games at the same time at most. When I need space I just delete a few of the dozens of games on there I've never played :lol:. Of course it's always nice to have more storage but considering the cost I'd spend that money on something else. 

  11. On 02/01/2023 at 17:13, Stopharage said:

    Maybe send this to them? I didn’t get an email confirming the deal once I clicked on it but this was on the email I received when they sent me the £5. 


    Thanks! I sent them an email explaining everything, added this screenshot. They replied I should call them for some realtime assistance and trouble shooting :hmm:. I told them they can keep their 5 pounds.

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