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  1. Very mixed feelings on this - ultimately negative I think but with a lot of caveats. The opening is really gratuitously horrifying in a way I really disliked - it mirrors a very similar sequence in Hereditary that made me feel a similar way. Very effective filmmaking but I don't think there was any need for it. Odd thing to say about a horror film, I know. The central relationship is so well realised that it's actually kind of uncomfortable to watch (in a good way this time). Christian in particular is very well written, a complete arsehole in a hundred minor ways. Ari Aster is incredibly good at building an uneasy mood just from the tiniest things, an off-kilter camera angle, a weird bit of acting, etc. I felt a lot of tension and dread throughout the film but it didn't really build or pay off, it just sort of bubbled. I imagine a lot of people will find this interesting and unusual but I just got frustrated. I wasn't ever bored but a lot of scenes dragged on aimlessly and without any sense of ebb and flow. I also felt like the weird undercurrent of humour was very at odds with everything else. The funny-creepy imagery in the final sequence is almost bonkers enough to make it worthwhile though.
  2. I got the currys £2 stylus too and it works fine. Not the most precise thing in the world but it doesn’t need to be for something grid-based like this.
  3. We wouldn’t have “I Wish I Was James Bond” by Scouting For Girls and I can’t countenance such a horrible dystopia even in fiction.
  4. The new interface is fucking me up. Feels really cramped. Are people using styluses?
  5. I’m not too bothered about toning down the quirks - the “shake” thing for example was cute but not that practical, I’m not mad if they’ve made things a bit simpler in that area. Touch controls only in handheld though? I can’t think of a single possible reason why they’ve done that.
  6. In terms of story, craft, humour, originality, character etc etc this is on a par with the other three. I guess I didn’t enjoy it quite as much just because it’s the fourth one and I’m kinda checked out of the series at this point, but setting that aside, there’s really nothing much to criticise. Maybe a few too many “we need to get to here or we’ll be left behind!” crisis/peril moments towards the end, it got a little fatiguing, but it’s insane how much new stuff they’ve found to say with the same old characters and scenarios. Key and Peele’s repeated “plan” had me absolutely cackling. Great character designs too, they look exactly like those crappy off-brand toys you get at the funfair.
  7. Splatoon combining weaponry, area control and fast travel into a single mechanic (ie ink).
  8. Odyssey went in on the SM64 nostalgia, maybe it’ll be that.
  9. I don’t get the DIY dungeon thing, you just put pre-existing rooms together? How is that going to be interesting?
  10. This doesn’t totally fit the topic, but the first time I played Portal, when the platform started going into the furnace I thought it was just a scripted death and didn’t bother doing anything. Thought it was a bit of anticlimax. Then my friend who was watching me play said “er, do you wanna try and escape maybe...?”
  11. I was late to the party with the first game and thought it was absolutely dreadful. Maybe it improves as it goes along because I never bothered going past the first world. Huge disappointment. I’m willing to be proved wrong but I can’t help thinking a 2D game will just magnify the flaws. Like everyone’s said, we’re utterly spoilt for great 2D platformers these days.
  12. Advance Wars! They de-cartoonified the backgrounds a lot in AW2 and it looked kinda bland. I guess they wanted the units to “pop” more.
  13. Odyssey haters rise up! There are dozens of us! Dozens!
  14. I really loved it too. Unsubtle as fuck and completely unashamed of being cheesy and over the top. The songs are obviously great but they’re brilliantly staged as well. A real pleasant surprise.
  15. The main difference is Gay Times is a lot less anal.
  16. Not surprised if costumes are gone. They were cute but probably fair bit of work to make and ultimately a bit pointless. I usually preferred to stay as Mario.
  17. The most offensive part of this is saying “air quotes” when you mean... written quotes.
  18. The beat blocks and on/off switches are going to be absolute game changers. <3
  19. Best: Avengers, Winter Soldier, Infinity War Good: Guardians, Age of Ultron, Ant Man, Civil War Ok: Captain America, Iron Man Meh: Doctor Strange, Homecoming, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Endgame As you can see the Cap and Avengers series are where it’s mostly at for me. I seem to have avoided all the truly bad ones. Want to check out Guardians 2 and Ragnarok but that’ll do I think.
  20. They’re the weakest part of the game but I’d still take them over half the Skyward Sword/Wind Waker dungeons tbh
  21. Having loved Infinity War I really didn't care for this very much. The opening Hawkeye scene was probably my favourite bit. Really devastating. The whole opening section works well, I was surprised they set off to whack Thanos so quickly but it was a smart choice to have that happen early and show how little it mattered. All the depressing world-left-behind stuff was great but it feels like we immediately lose that gravitas as soon as the mission starts and it's just a fun romp. The time travel section felt very "let's get the thing", it's all gags and not much lingering sense of what's at stake. The character moments don't really interact with the quest: Iron Man gets to have a nice long chat with his dad, and Thor wandering off to find his mum is treated as this dangerous mistake but nothing actually comes of it. Nat and Hawkeye arguing over who gets to die was a bit better and I really liked Nebula's storyline because stuff actually goes wrong and it feels important. (Yes stuff goes wrong with the tesseract but it's fixed comparatively quickly and easily.) Also, this isn't very objective but "time travelling back to the previous film" has been a pet hate of mine ever since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I HATED what they did with Thor. As a single comedy scene it would've been ok, or even if they'd just played the same concept a little bit more straight, but he stays in comedy mode almost the whole film and constantly undermines the drama. Hawkeye going on a killing spree is fair enough, but it felt like he turned around way too quick and faced zero consequences for it. I mean yeah he's killing bad people I guess but still. The final battle just hinges on a bunch of people arriving at the right time, yes it's a bit of a "moment" but it feels weightless. It's not the result of some big moral decision or test of character or anything. They just show up. That shot of Cap facing down the hordes by himself was spectacular. I hate being that guy but the "yay women" bit was just... cringe. It's a completely meta moment, it doesn't work as something "in" the film. (By contrast I thought the First Ever Gay Character In History was quite nicely done) Cap and Iron Man's endings were good. The Build-A-Bear line was funny.
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