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  1. I'm in the camp of loved the book too, though that trailer was poor. My real fear is that a potentially decent 2 hour movie is getting eeked out into an overly long and tedious mini series.
  2. I'm glad that was true for you, and I sincerely doff my cap to you, sir, for your gaming prowess. But to be fair, the poor signposting and difficulty in Blasphemous is a very common gripe. Best pointed out to someone who isn't a fan of Dark Souls.
  3. The signposting is arcane, especially towards the end. I remember one part was deciphering a riddle found on an obscure item or piece of scenery. Also, if you leave it for a few days then go back cold, it's a massive struggle to get get going again. Having said that, I finished it and loved the combat and atmosphere.
  4. I did enjoy Blasphemous but it also has an incredibly obtuse clue system. It is definitely more Dark Souls in tone than your typical Metroid.
  5. I was just about to post that. I enjoyed Saints Row 2 but that was a long time ago. Does the series still hold up? Not that I can complain for less than the price of a Starbucks coffee!
  6. Yes, as much as I love this I also hope Season 4 is the last. Its compelling nucleus is in danger of falling in on itself otherwise. Great piece in The Guardian today about it. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/dec/14/succession-creator-jesse-armstrong-finale-kendall-as-good-as-ive-got I'm going back to gobble it all up again.
  7. A special mention for Jeremy Strong. I think that New Yorker piece was mean considering how great he's been in this.
  8. I've realised my old Switch is the V1 model that can be used for homebrew. May I ask where you sold yours? Is there a place where people know the difference between V1 and V2 to make it more desirable? I imagine Gumtree etc would just be your regular punters looking for one for the kids.
  9. As much as I love this show I've felt like the mechanics and its narrow focus have been exposed this season. But that was a humdinger of a finale! This is what Shakespeare would be writing if he was signed up for HBO. Tom:
  10. The biggest injustice is that Lewis Hamilton has been dropped from the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year because he "lost" that final race. I'm no fan of his but in my eyes he should have been a candidate for how he ran that race and his post-race reaction.
  11. On a positive note Codemasters are implementing a much needed new feature into their F1 games called "lobby the race director" which can dramatically change the result of the race even if you have no chance of winning.
  12. Does Lewis *have* to switch to softs at some point?
  13. It certainly is given the stewards.
  14. I'm no fan of Verstappen but that decision was bullshit.
  15. Dangerous Driving This is very good and an impressive achievement for such a small team. On the downside it has a very narrow focus and lacks that final polish you'd get from one of the big publishers, but what it does, it does superbly well. That feeling of speed and the sheer seatofthepants terror as you powerslide around a corner, hoping against all hope that there's not an unavoidable truck in the oncoming lane is a thrill rarely experienced in driving games these days. But by the 4th event class repetition inevitably sets in. Still, I'm sure I'll go back to it from time to time because there's nothing quite like it. 7/10
  16. Agreed. Doctor Sleep is surprisingly good and it has Rebecca Ferguson in it, which instantly gives it an extra point in my book.
  17. I only bought my OLED today on the back of Rab's review on Gamesmaster. Honestly, I'm not blown away like a lot of people. The slightly larger screen is the biggest improvement for me (haven't had a chance to check out battery life). I've been comparing it to my original Switch for the last couple of hours and, yes, the colours pop more but not significantly enough for me to really notice in handheld mode. And... In some cases I feel the screen is even a very minor downgrade. For instance, when I compare the two loading screens from Snooker 19 the faces on the players look sharper and crisper on the original Switch. You can see stubble, whereas with the OLED their faces have marginally better colour tone but you can't quite make out the individual stubble. It's almost like there's a smear. (Yes, I didn't have a lot on today). Don't get me wrong, there's very little in it but it is not night and day like some people are saying. At least for me. This is also after changing brightness and vibrancy settings. I've also tried Mudrunner side by side and the colours are infitessimally more vibrant on OLED, but worth another £309? Not if you are on a budget. I've got more hours of experimentation ahead of me, these are just initial thoughts. I imagine some of the more vibrant games like Mario may sway the balance. I do love the bigger screen though, so I'm probably going to stick with it rather than sell on or take back.
  18. Just finished episode 2. I think the reviews are great and would prefer this part to be expanded, at least two an episode. I'd happily lose one of the challenges. Weirdly I'd never even considered upgrading my standard Switch for an OLED but I'm going to have to get one for Xmas now. Rab should be working for Nintendo.
  19. I've just started playing Resident Evil 4 and I'm loving it. I was worried going back to one of my favourite games of all time would tarnish the memories but I'm glad I took the plunge. The closest comparison I can make, from a VR perspective, is Saints & Sinners and this trumps that game in nearly every department. I'm surprised the visuals are so crisp and atmospheric. Although I'm still in the village area this is fabulous. I'll report a full review once finished.
  20. Apparently it's the 7th month in a row the games have been leaked. The Lego game will be a lot of fun over Christmas. The other two are intriguing enough to download and try. Very decent month.
  21. Far Cry 5 I bloody loved this I did. Let's get the crappy bits out of the way first. 1) The droning cultists bad guys became tedious pretty quickly. It didn't help that their proselytizing music offended the ears in every base and outpost. A clever idea on paper, no doubt, but it grated beyond belief after a few hours. 2) Whomever decided to integrate a key design feature that 'captured' the player and imprisoned them several times over in a free-roaming sandbox game needs to be put back into the QA dept and strapped into a chair. Despite these missteps this was marvellous fun. The Prepper stashes were terrific, the vehicles and gunplay excellent and the variety was better than in previous outings. While I loved the atmosphere and systems of Far Cry 2 I never actually got over the line with it (going back to it more recently it does suffer from control issues that we were willing to forgive back in the day). Similarly with 3 and 4 the first few outposts were terrific then the Ubislog set in. But I got to the end with this and had a blast. I've been saying for a long time that too many open-world games suffer from a lack of unique locales and hidden crannies that motivate exploration (I'm staring at you Just Cause series) but this nailed it. All those little caves, underground bunkers and eyries, each with loot, lore and stashes to raid made the world feel alive. Sure, the narrative was poor (I couldn't tell you the main character's name and didn't care) but with so much fun stuff to do it didn't spoil the enjoyment. I also preferred the way this was compartmentalised into 3 regions and any mission or attack on the enemy fed into the progression there. It curtailed a lot of the grind I'd felt in previous outings. I may even go back to get some of those final challenges. Never did quite get the hang of fishing or wingsuiting. Terrific stuff. 8/10
  22. I laughed when I saw Big Boy Barry again. Nostalgia. And he's bigger. Didn't get a line though.
  23. Rab is perfect for this and holds the whole thing together. His comment about Tomb Raider showed he's not afraid to call people out and underlined his gaming knowledge. I was surprised it was 45 mins long as it gobbled up the time nicely. I just hope the other 'co-hosts' bed in as they seemed a bit awkward.
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