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Mawdlin

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  1. Hmm, I fancy an RPG. But which is better, Kingdoms of Amalur (from last month) or Godfall? I doubt I will have the stamina to play through both
  2. Overrule. The footage was very tame, to take into account the target demographic is middle-aged men who watched the original and now have 9 year-old sons. (Having said that, my 13 year-old thought it was lame (but I reckon he secretly enjoyed it)).
  3. Burnout Paradise: Remastered (Switch) I didn't play a minute of this online so probably missed out on its main appeal, but it was great fun anyway. I enjoyed smashing through the billboards as much as the racing but it did start to get a bit samey towards the 'end' - or when I'd unlocked most of the main features. Great for a quick blast on the Switch. 7/10 Super Arcade Football (Switch) Easy to gobble up 10 three minute games before bed, this makes up for its lack of depth with instant goal gratification. The narrative is quite a laugh too. 7/10 The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners (Quest 2) This was more tense and thoughtful than I was expecting and is better for it. I loved scrounging around cupboards for materials and weapon upgrades and the crafting is done very well, because it makes a massive difference to your survival chances. The satisfaction of glassing or shiving a zombie in the head never gets old. (Although top tip - keep a skull handy because they make for a brutal bludgeoning weapon and never break.) Probably my favourite VR narrative experience to date, and it takes a lot to impress me these days. Pity the humans make for poor enemies which sometimes lets the experience down. 8/10
  4. Search for 'halo strap' on Aliexpress and you'll find a terrific alternative. They are about £25 including delivery. I got on fine with the standard strap but the halo gives me double comfort.
  5. I loved the first Dune novel (which I read 30 years ago). Are the others worth the effort? I heard it was a case of diminishing returns, but maybe that's unfair..?
  6. I was being facetious, but I take your point.
  7. This sort of reminds me of when I joined PSplus about 5 years ago and you got a lucky dip of budget games and remasters. I like.
  8. Visually stunning, amazing costumes and lore but I just didn't feel anything for the characters. Someone describing their dreams has always been tiresome too, and so it is here. Despite the negatives I enjoyed the experience. I expect it's a grower.
  9. I see both Mudrunner and Snowrunner are in the sale for the Switch. Are these versions the same as for Xbox/PS4 and worth buying?
  10. Talking of football, New Star Manager is down to £3.74. Instant buy. That plus Super Arcade Football will get me through the winter.
  11. Very enjoyable. I do like the way these last few Bonds have linked together. Some of the ideas didn't fully deliver but it was a lot of fun to watch with some old-fashioned heart. I still can't decide if the bit with was supposed to be deliberately funny? Me and the girlfriend were laughing like drains anyway. 4/5
  12. The Alpinist You'll love this if you enjoyed The Dawn Wall or Free Solo. It follows the frankly eye-watering climbing exploits of Marc-Andre Leclerc, a person who sees a peak and navigates it with only a couple of ice axes as his companions (food is often an afterthought - he'll often pack a few granola bars though). And we're talking big, previously un-soloed peaks like Torre Egger. Even world renowned climbing figures think he's nuts. The only very minor issue with the film is that Leclerc does it for the experience and has zero interest in fame, hence the filmmakers struggling to get footage of him, especially in the second half of the movie. A must watch. 4/5
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    I think Ali and the duplicitous brother character are great but I totally agree about the detective subplot. I was far less invested in that and it slowed things up. Not to mention it felt preposterous (although I accept the entire premise is farfetched). Having said that, this is brilliant. The imaginative ways they (mostly) overcome the games is thrilling.
  14. I see Bradshaw's given it 5 stars so my expectations have effectively gone into the minuses.
  15. This is great as far as I'm concerned. I will ignore the first two but I'm well up for a new golf game. Beats the last two months anyway, but I can sympathise with those who don't like golf. It's been a very lean period for PS+ subscribers.
  16. I watch a lot of these BBC dramas with my girlfriend (she's a bigger fan than me, to put it mildly) and they're all very poor on character. The Bodyguard, Line of Duty, Vigil, etc. I never feel anything for the characters. Vigil is a case in point. The focus is on throwing people together in a dramatic situation and then asking the viewer to work out who is the baddie. There's nothing wrong with this but they're all essentially a very long and blunt game of Cluedo. Compare with US drama and they all come up short.
  17. Respect This was tripe and pays a disservice to such a rich, complex and challenging artist. Talk about kid gloves. Rated 12, the movie can't even begin to explore some of the darker areas of Aretha Franklin's life with any depth. Instead rape, alcohol abuse, misogyny and abuse are treated, and then brushed aside, like Sunday afternoon melodrama beats. It makes for a long, hollow watch (weighing in at 2 hrs 30 minutes) and it's revealing that the real footage of of her during the end credits packs the most punch. There are a couple of good moments, such as when she's coming up with the arrangement for Respect, but the script is anaemic from start to finish. Hopefully a more thorough and penetrating documentary will be made to highlight Aretha's rich and varied life. 1/5
  18. The Last of Us Part 2 I went into this completely blind and haven't even read anything since completing it. The only thing I'd vaguely heard was that there was a 'controversy'. Playing through it I was struggling to find what was so controversial. On the back of the Incel stuff (post The Last Jedi) I can only assume this major controversy has to do with Naughty Dog concentrating on female leads, and gay ones at that. If this is the case then there's nothing to add except a shrug and to move on. Idiots. Presentationally this is some next level stuff. Stunning. The glass. The animations. The lighting. The visceral gore. The sound. The feeling of being *there*. But purely in *game* terms I felt the pacing was off. The first half of the game took too long to get going and just when the combat started to get interesting and tactical that thing happened. The second half reset and while there were, pound for pound, more encounters I wasn't quite as invested because I found the epilogue a slog. This game really didn't know when to end. It felt like the narrative became so important they forgot about pacing. It was very stop start and it spoiled the overall experience for me. The pacing was much better in the original game (I played it again leading up to this so it is fresh in the mind). Narratively this was excellent. No spoilers here but it sets a new benchmark for storytelling in games. There are still issues, pacing aside, but those are for the spoiler thread. I played this on Hard but apart from a couple of spikes it was never as hard or terrifying as that first game. The only exception to this was the dogs which were bloody brilliant. But again, just as I was enjoying those encounters they disappeared. I think this was the biggest disappointment, a feeling that some of the gameplay and encounters were reigned in to allow the narrative to breathe, but I just wanted to play with all the toys once I'd gotten them. Overall this was something I never could have imagined when I first booted up my Atari VCS back in the 80s. Well done Naughty Dog. (But I preferred the breezy fun of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End). 9/10
  19. The end for me was I have to agree with @Gigawatt, the epilogue as a free DLC or even option back on the main menu would have been better emotionally. I think even if I'd have left it a couple of weeks I would have enjoyed it a lot more.
  20. I went into this completely blind and haven't even read anything since completing it last night. I'm sure these comments will feel naive and repeat a lot of what's already been said, but here goes. The only thing I'd vaguely heard was that there was a 'controversy'. Playing through it I was struggling to find what was so controversial. On the back of the Incel stuff (post The Last Jedi) I can only assume this major controversy has to do with Naughty Dog concentrating on female leads, and gay ones at that. If this is the case then there's nothing to add except a shrug and to move on. Idiots. Presentationally this is some next level stuff. Stunning. The glass. The animations. The lighting. The visceral gore. The sound. The feeling of being *there*. But purely in *game* terms I felt the pacing was off. The first half of the game took too long to get going and just when the combat started to get interesting and tactical that thing happened. The second half reset and while there were, pound for pound, more encounters I wasn't quite as invested because I found the epilogue a slog. This game really didn't know when to end. It felt like the narrative became so important they forgot about pacing. It was very stop start and it spoiled the overall experience for me. The pacing was much better in the original game (I played it again leading up to this so it is fresh in the mind). Narratively this was excellent. No spoilers here but it sets a new benchmark for storytelling in games. There are still issues, pacing aside, but those are for the spoiler thread. I played this on Hard but apart from a couple of spikes it was never as hard or terrifying as that first game. The only exception to this was the dogs which were bloody brilliant. But again, just as I was enjoying those encounters they disappeared. I think this was the biggest disappointment, a feeling that some of the gameplay and encounters were reigned in to allow the narrative to breathe, but I just wanted to play with all the toys once I'd gotten them. Overall this was something I never could have imagined when I first booted up my Atari VCS back in the 80s. Well done Naughty Dog. (But I preferred the breezy fun of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End).
  21. Mr. Driller Drill Land (Switch) I always had a soft spot for Mr. Driller since its release on Dreamcast back in the 00s. Although I had no idea what was going on with the story here, the individual modes and levels are as addictive as ever. I love everything about it: the bubblegum pops, the second to second twitch gameplay, the macro strategizing and hitting that all important flow state. I didn't get anywhere close to completing the harder levels but this will remain on my Switch forever.
  22. People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan This is the epitome of average. There are some lovely touches of character humour and the story feels authentic enough to carry you along but the comedy never rises above the odd chuckle. There's something just a bit too obvious about most of the gags and it doesn't have an ending either. However, the repressed friendships between the crew give it an unexpected heart and I enjoyed it for what it was. 2.5/5
  23. There's no question specs are more of an issue with Quest 2. I never had much of a problem with Quest 1. I bought a halo strap for £20 (Aliexpress) recently though and things have improved markedly. I've gone from 30 minute sessions to over 1 hour so I'd highly recommend upgrading the Quest 2 strap if you are having comfort issues.
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