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  1. Just finished season 1. This is simply brilliant. Highlights: - Johnny is the best self-unaware comic character since Gareth in The Office. So many good lines but my favourite, "the only thing I understood about any of that was three-way." - How the writers make us root for the 'bad guys' and then the 'good guys' from minute to minute. A tough balance to achieve but they tread it brilliantly. - They nail the nostalgia for us 40/50 somethings but keep it relevant for kids/teenagers. - It's refreshingly un-PC. - Hawk - How Xander was introduced in the last episode and instantly became one of the best/worst characters in the entire series. - The comedy. Not laughed this much since early Gervais. And it's not even a comedy. - The last episode is like Blood Sport condensed into 30 mins. Stunningly, cheesily fantastic.
  2. Totally agree. As a lapsed player - it must be over two years since my last foray - I'm also finding this messy and confusing. I bought Forsaken a week ago and in terms of the campaign it's alright but seems to be on the easy side, balance wise. Everything else that surrounds it is obtuse and disjointed. I imagine for veterans there's probably a lot of repetition and a decaying user-base so Bungie seems to have added a lot of extraneous collectables and bells and whistles. But for newbies (or returning players) all this gunk is baffling. Not sure I'll return once the Forsaken campaign is done, though I still love the feel, weight and feedback of the shooting.
  3. I much preferred this to both The Last of Us and Red Dead Redemption 2 so you may be on a hiding to nothing if it's not clicking yet. However, I do remember thinking it was decidedly average for the first 5 or 6 hours. So yes, that's a long investment of time and shame on the developers for eeking it out unnecessarily. It doesn't help that the story and cut scenes are pretty crappy at the beginning. But again, as time went on I very much started to enjoy Deek's journey. The hordes are tremendous but don't really play a part for a very long time. Daft.
  4. I'm enjoying them both. The second is a little more tricky to be sure, but I powered my way through the first game so this doesn't bother me. Out of interest, has anyone notched up the difficulty on the second game? This forces you to rotate pieces which I thought was an odd omission from the first. It really does ramp up the challenge. I'm now going from completing puzzles in 20 minutes to nearer 2 hours. I guess this would be the equivalent of pulling teeth for some people but going back to vanilla mode just seems too easy now. By the way, it's worth 3 quid all day long.
  5. X-Com and similar strategy/action hybrid games would probably work.
  6. That's interesting that you got two credits. I don't use the Quest much now, especially as I have a backlog but it may actually encourage me not to use the store until I get another credit.
  7. I got this about a month ago. I believe it happens if your buying lapses to encourage you back to the store.
  8. I'll be back for more but probably next year. I don't mind that it's harder but I did feel a bit burned out, especially from doing all those random district crimes.
  9. After finishing the main game on about 84% I thought I'd have a break, but something just drew me back. I think it's mainly to do with the traversal which is wonderfully liberating. So I half-heartedly started mopping stuff up and just couldn't stop. Because I invested challenge tokens in gadgets early on it meant I needed to gold a few of them to unlock all suits. Got my platinum this morning. Those gold combat challenges were a pain at first but they really do teach you the nuances of the combat system. You have to take enemies out fast and use the gadgets expertly. It's such good fun maximising the trip wires to take out two baddies at a time. Such a great game but I do need a rest from it now. Is the DLC same, better or worse? Will defo come back to this universe in a few months.
  10. I played Glass Masquerade 100 percent handheld and the size was never an issue. It never even occurred to me it might be a problem. I am short-sighted though, so only need glasses for long distance.
  11. I agree with a lot of this, will have to try The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. I did enjoy the adaptation of Doctor Sleep.
  12. Spider-Man PS4 I just finished the main story in this and I had a blast. The web-slinging is super effective and I loved taking on waves of assailants, to the point where I sometimes finished them off and just missed out on a challenge and was more than happy to start again. The way you can pounce around combining skills and gadgets is terrific. It was never too difficult either, generally beating most story hurdles first or second time. But I have to add that the side missions and collectathons were poorly integrated and felt very lazy. I didn't mind so much the bags and the sightseeing but the Taskmaster stuff was often a chore. The character models, especially Peter Parker, were decidedly wooden and last gen. Still a solid 8/10. Glass Masquerade (Switch) On the surface this is a throwaway jigsaw-like puzzler but there's something about the art design, music and stained-glass beauty of it all that raises it to a blissful, magisterial level. It has a wonderful mindful quality that saw me complete it in three days (and I played hardly anything else during that time). It also has to be one of the best bargains I've ever picked up on the e-shop: around 3 quid for this and its sequel. Top notch.
  13. Season 1 definitely loses momentum around episode 7 but I still enjoyed it. I think one of the things I like the most is that it doesn't spoon feed its audience. There's some subtle and not so subtle call backs, some lyrical character studies (I'm thinking Hazel and his ornithology in particular) and some poetry among the explosions and crumbling buildings. Looking forward to season 2 tonight.
  14. So I just finished the main story in this and I had a blast. The web-slinging is super effective and I loved taking on waves of assailants, to the point where I sometimes finished them off and just missed out on a challenge and was more than happy to start again. The way you can pounce around combining skills and gadgets is terrific. It was never too difficult either, generally beating most story hurdles first or second time. But I have to agree with some earlier posts that the side missions and collectathons were poorly integrated and felt very lazy. I didn't mind so much the bags and the sightseeing but the Taskmaster stuff was often a chore. I'm at 84 percent and tempted to try for platinum. Do I have to get gold in all the challenges? Really don't think I could stomach that.
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