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    RLLMUK Driveclub Weekly Time Trial Challenge 2018

    I didn't get a chance to have a go at the last challenge but I'm pleased with second place overall, it would probably have been third if Pearl Jam had been playing from the beginning! Anyway, it's been great fun so definitely up for doing another one -- thanks to Minion for organising. Couldn't agree more, Driveclub is a fantastic game and I'm sure if it had been released in the state it ended up in it would have been far more successful.
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    RLLMUK Driveclub Weekly Time Trial Challenge 2018

    I struggle to get in a groove on them. As far as I could tell Pearl Jam managed to drive the whole thing as well as he does a normal track, which is bloody fast!
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    RLLMUK Driveclub Weekly Time Trial Challenge 2018

    I finally won one despite a bit of a crappy final sector: Luckily Spatular didn't pip me at the end! I know this track pretty well so doubt I spent much more than three hours in total. Generally I find it's best to spend about 45mins having a go and then do something else. It's also worth watching your replays to get an idea of where you can do better.
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    RLLMUK Driveclub Weekly Time Trial Challenge 2018

    A 38 is definitely possible but the darn weather is too nice!
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    RLLMUK Driveclub Weekly Time Trial Challenge 2018

    Had a quick go as this week's challenge last night. The M4 really likes to get its ass out and has loads of torque so it's pretty fun around Skjolden, which is one of the best tracks in the game imo. Having said that, just like last week's challenge, there is a fucking annoying chicane in the final sector were getting a corner penalty or crashing is a million times more likely than actually being quick!
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    RLLMUK Driveclub Weekly Time Trial Challenge 2018

    Slow first sector though!
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    RLLMUK Driveclub Weekly Time Trial Challenge 2018

    I really need to dip into the 36s before I go away for the weekend!
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    RLLMUK Driveclub Weekly Time Trial Challenge 2018

    Well that last challenge was great. I played it a shitload a today (good thing to do between World Cup matches) but couldn't quite get top thanks to a bloody quick time by Pearl Jam. There were some bits where you had to be really aggressive and then parts where you had to be really smooth, definitely an interesting car/track combo.
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    Death Stranding - Kojima at it again

    It looks to me as though the motherbase idea from mgsv is integrated into the openworld. So you go about collecting stuff to improve your base which improves your abilities which means you can attempt harder story missions and advance the plot. Quite possibly, dying a lot is part of the game a la Dark Souls. Not losing too much of your progress is probably reliant on heaving stuff back to base.
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    The Last of Us Part 2

    Watched the trailer, I'm sure it'll be good, but felt it's trying a bit too much to channel the 'shocking' HBO vibe. I know it's a video game, but the presentation is so hard hitting and visceral it just seems a bit silly that a teenage girl can take a load of bullets and still kill an entire skinhead death squad. When you played as Ellie in the original game there was a vulnerability that made it cool -- it was a nice twist on the classic late game 'lose all your weapons and abilities' dynamic. Maybe I won't care once the pad's in my hands but it seemed a little off from the video. I still wish they'd made the Uncharted in space game instead.
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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi - December 2017

    Rian Johnson's lucky I never studied film!
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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi - December 2017

    I don't like bad writing. There are some well written films that I don't like because they are not my cup of tea. Star Wars is my cup of tea but not when it is badly written. When you create a film that has an inconsistent world which spoils immersion, characters whose motivations don't make sense, a heroine who doesn't have to struggle to overcome adversity, and a set of antagonists who are not remotely threatening, it's fair to say that the people who made it didn't 'know what they were doing'. It's like, I dunno, they were bad writers or something! Maybe that's unfair, maybe they were good writers but they attempted 'something interesting' and it was a bit beyond them, or maybe the studio execs stepped in and fucked it up for them. It doesn't really matter how it happened, the end result was bad writing.
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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi - December 2017

    Holdo withholding information from Poe for no reason is bad writing. The whole running out of fuel thing is lame and bad writing. The bit when Rose and Fin work out how the Last Order are tracking them is laughably bad writing -- not even an episode of Star Trek TNG would have such a lazy and contrived eureka moment as that. The almost needless gambling planet subplot is bad writing. Having Leia magically fly through space is bad writing. The battle on the white salt planet is dull and hackneyed because of bad writing. The way most of the First Order are just played for laughs meaning they carry no threat and their actions have no weight is bad writing. Obviously it's subjective. You may think all of the above are examples of good writing. However, I think the fact that Solo is being classed as a flop suggests that TLJ pissed a lot of people off and not just the alt-right weirdos. edit: just saw I wrote Last Order instead of First Order. Lol, just shows what thin villains they are! By this stage in the original trilogy, Luke had had his hand cut off by his own father and he was shitting himself about facing him again. That's good writing!
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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi - December 2017

    Exactly, same with the Admiral Holdo versus Poe stuff, it was just poorly written. Some people seem to think this was the result of a politically correct agenda and decided to go on a weird alt-right social media campaign. Those people are sad. They may be right that there was a politically correct agenda but they are still sad. It's also sad that TLJ was, overall, a really badly conceived film. The force user stuff was good (apart from Rey being completely invincible and thus rather boring) but everything else was an illogical mess that shouldn't have made it any further than the first draft of the script, let alone all the way to the big screen. We all know the world has plenty of racist sexist bigoted idiots, let's hope it doesn't get anymore shit Star Wars films.
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    RLLMUK Driveclub Weekly Time Trial Challenge 2018

    A sub 18 is possible but damn it's tricky with the rain coming and going. It really ramps up the pressure when the rack is dry because you know there's only a lap or two at best before it starts pissing down again.
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