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    Mass Effect Andromeda

    Did you replay it on PC? It can still look rather decent with the HD texture pack.
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    Resident Evil 2 Remake - no spoilers pls

    So play on Hardcore then? Hardcore has double lunges, a faster he-who-shall-not-be-named, less bag upgrades and bugger all ammo. A single bite from a zombie will take you to danger. it’s weird to complain a game is too easy while ignoring the setting that is designed to make your life a misery.
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    Mass Effect Andromeda

    Hello. Can someone please make a new game that provides moments of joy and awe like this series did please? "We're going outside." Pure class moment, that.
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    Resident Evil 2 Remake - no spoilers pls

    "He was a cop with something to prove, she was a private dick with a bad attitude. Together they were gonna blow the lid off the biggest case Raccoon City had ever seen."
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    Resident Evil 2 Remake - no spoilers pls

    I’ve been thnking about what should come next, assuming Resi 8 is a given anyway. Most of us have been falling between Nemesis or Code: Veronica but I’ve just had a better idea... ..Dino Crisis! The original was kind of dull and had limited dino selection, boring grey corridors by the bucketload so go crazy, full on, all out Isla Sorna with all kind of weird dinos and overgrown, reclaimed buildings and labs. Tear it apart and make something beautiful.
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    Resident Evil 2 Remake - no spoilers pls

    A delightfully perfect username/post combo right there.
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    The Watchtower - A thread for all comics

    Something else I've been enjoying recently is a Dark Horse adaptation of William Gibson's unused Alien 3 script, part 4/5 of which is out this week. Everyone knows about the old 'wooden planet of monks' that eventually became the slapheads on a prison colony film Fincher directed but before all that, Gibson turned in a treatment which went in a somewhat different direction. Essentially, the story was split between two locations - one space station owned by Weyland-Yutani, and another belonging to a Soviet style alliance of communists engaged in a cold war with them. The space communists pick up the Sulaco in their territory, get a rough idea of what happened and deliver the Sulaco to W-Y. However, they keep Bishop's remains, which they pump for info and retrieve cell samples still on it from the Alien queen, before patching him up and later sending him back too. They then begin running their own experiments on the Alien cells, with completely predictable results. Meanwhile, Hicks and Newt are revived but there's an issue with Ripley's cryotube so she's effectively out of action for the entire story (hmmm, can't imagine why it was rejected...). Obnoxious W-Y reps on the station co-op the station's scientists to experimenting on Alien cell samples too... ..also with completely predictable results. Ultimately it's up to Hicks and the rapidly dwindling station staff trying to contain the problem and escape the station before it's too late. The way the Alien cells are used in the screenplay may have influenced Prometheus and, especially, Covenant, and result in a particularly hideous reveal at one point as a character receives a gruesome comeuppance. There's also a nice scene with Bishop proving yet again how much he owns after the W-Y reps put him in charge of the experiments on the Alien cell cultures. I expect the issues will be collected in a few months, I'd certainly recommend it to any Alien fans. It's an interesting curio of what might have been.
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    Abandoned Games (2019)

    Vampyr Y'know, I thought this would be right up my alley but I got about 2-3 hours in and really didn't care for it alas, it felt so slow, clunky and cheap. So I bought Resi 2.0 instead and haven't looked back.
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    Resident Evil 2 Remake - no spoilers pls

    I think it's more a pathing thing than a "oooooh nooooooo, not rocket launchers" thing - his pathing is stricter than the player's as far as the Library shelves go.
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    Star Trek Discovery

    Perhaps we can try Varon-T disruptor next?
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    Resident Evil 2 Remake - no spoilers pls

    Your complaints are premature, Mr X does not appear in Claire's campaign anywhere near as much as Leon's. In fact, B run Leon is the true unlucky bastard of the game who suffers from being STOMPstalked from near start to finish.
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    Avengers: Endgame (April 2019)

    If there's time travel then they can fix the wrongs of AoU and save Pietro, who can then whiz around punching Thanos in the nutsack one thousand times a second until he capitulates.
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    The Watchtower - A thread for all comics

    My current favourite each month is Warren Ellis' Wildstorm reboot, called The Wild Storm oddly enough. Starting with Angie the Engineer going public with her nanosuit to save a guy falling from a skyscraper, it gradually (re)introduces the various Wildstorm players who are mostly the same albeit with the odd race/genderbent spin here and there. The basics are still the same - Bendix runs Skywatch from space, IO handle things on Earth and various independent players are both targetted by them and trying to set them off against each other, all the while Jenny Sparks starts assembling The Authority in the background to tear down the corrupt power structures, and John Lynch goes about following a trail of former associates that will presumably set the stage for Gen13. It's something of a slow burn at first, the stakes gradually escalating each issue as Skywatch and IO plot against each other with varying degrees of horrific lethality while gradually realising other agents/factors at play too. I knew nothing about the WildCATS and Kherubim/Daemon side of things but read Gen13, Stormwatch (oh that cruel ending) and The Authority back in the day so it's been fun getting a lot of gaps filled and seeing a lot of old favourites given a fresh lick of paint - it's a good example of how to do a reboot well. It's more spycraft and tech based than the superheroics of its previous version, though Jenny, Jack, Angie, Apollo and the Midnighter are essentially unchanged and Shen is no longer a weird bird woman but instead doubles up as the current incarnation of The Doctor. There was also a limited series spin-off based around one of IO's hitmen as he's given missions to kill versions of various DC characters (spoiler - naturally, John Constantine is the only one to survive). It was enjoyable enough but suffered from some horrendous art that spoiled things rather. As for as the main series, my only negatives would be the non-appearance of the Planetary gang (though there are a couple of references that fans will recognise), and the fact it's due to end in a couple of months with #24. Hopefully it's just the end of the first act though and a Vol 2 will ensue.
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    Resident Evil 2 Remake - no spoilers pls

    The real difference is that the main story beats (specifically the need to find an antiviral agent, the fates of Irons and Ben, the resolution of the Mr X plot) originally depended on which version of the character's run through was happening. In Claire A, the lab section was all about finding an antiviral; in Claire B it wasn't required at all and the issue instead was Mr X stalking Sherry for a locket with the G virus sample. Similarly, in the original Leon B, Ada finds Sherry's locket and that's why Mr X comes after her. For the remake, Capcom have settled on a straight canon so the main story beats play out the same on a character's A/B regardless: I should add it doesn't actually bother me, I absolutely loved the entire experience and prefer the new unified story. The only things I would tweak are contradictory things like having both A and B fighting G v1, and especially v2 and v3; having to repeat the entire greenhouse scenario in the NEST instead of an alternative way to upgrade your wristband; and certain events around both Annette and Mr X, the latter of which could have been fixed by giving him a model tweak to remove the trenchcoat for the final third.
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    Resident Evil 2 Remake - no spoilers pls

    I don't really get on with horror games for the most part. Siren, Project Zero, Silent Hill...the sense of dread always tends to be too much for me. Alien: Isolation is, in many ways, my favourite and most admired game of the current generation but I never came close to finishing it, the tension and stomach-churning horror of the Alien has been practically a primal thing for me going back to the age of 6 and to this day, it haunts my dreams. I am obsessed with it, I love and fear it in equal measure. Yup, as horror games go, the only real exception for me is the Resident Evil series. I finished the original back in the day, bought a PSX for the sequel and played it to death. Finished Nemesis and Code: Veronica, and thrilled to Leon's mad adventure when Resident Evil 4 came out. I then lost interest in gaming for a while there, never finished the prequel or first remake, and to this day have never played the fifth or sixth games. I recently bought the latest one during the Xmas sale (sans VR, I am kinda skint) but not played it yet. But when it comes to Resident Evil 2, nothing's going to hold me back, that's a day one purchase right there. And yet, having seen the various hilarious X Gon' Give It To Ya videos, I knew right away it would stress me the hell out, it'll be Isolation all over again. Do I really want to go through that? Screw it, I started Claire A and tried to power through as best I could. Eventually, I overcame my fear somewhat and soldiered on through it all at my own (very languid) pace. Suffice to say, I won't be getting any S ranks any time soon but nevermind. I went into the final fight with 200 SMG rounds, 13 magnum rounds, a dozen grenade rounds, 120 9mm rounds, 3 grenades, 6 stun grenades, two full heals with armour, and a god damn minigun and still managed to use most of it as I ran around like a panicky loon frantically trying to stay alive. And I wouldn't change it for anything. This is a stunning example of how to do a remake right. The atmosphere is incredible, everything looks amazing and gross and beautiful, the enemies are horrific and revolting in the best way, and even the performances are, for the most part, leagues ahead of the original - Claire, Sherry and Annette in particular are great. William's kind of a weird goon but still an improved take than the cackling mad scientist from before. It's a much greater step up in quality compared to the first REmake, which was honestly the kind of level I was expecting here. Bravo, Capcom, bravo. So yeah, loved it. Time to get stuck into Leon B, I guess. I'll say this though - while I'm up for a Code Veronica remake, there's nee chance of me doing Nemesis. It's stressful enough with an unarmed Terminator on your case, nevermind one who can run after you and is armed with a god damn rocket launcher. Just a big ol' case of pure, grade A NOPE.

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