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  1. Which one did you watch? The 1992 original (and the first 18 that I saw at the cinema whilst blatantly under age but nevermind that) or this year's version?
  2. New Carcass is great by the way. Only listened all the rest through once so I'm still not sure about staying power, but it's certainly more distinctive than Surgical Steel which just seemed like Carcass doing their best Heartwork impression with a mix of absolute belters and filler. If nothing else just listen to those beautifully melodic solos by Bill Steer. Glorious. https://carcass.bandcamp.com/album/torn-arteries
  3. Frame rate discussion has been split into a new thread. I suspect there's another thread kicking around with that kind of thing in it, but it's probably old and I'd rather have a new thread than dig up the corpse of a long dead thread. Anyway, if you want to continue that discussion, fill your boots.
  4. Not knowing when to actually stop, I've decided that I'm going for the final achievement of beating all the Elite enemies (each one 50 times), champions (all 6, 10 times each) and bosses (Avatars 10 times each, the Champion of Death 5 times) without getting hit, plus beating the final Hard exploration twice in a row and lastly defeating the Champion of Death after having suffered the Final Curse (where your HP reduces over time until it reaches 1). So far I've done the last two challenges and I've done most of the Elite enemies without being hit, as well as a fair number of the champions multiple times without getting hit, but this is still going to be a grind to do the champions (2 out of 6 I haven't managed to beat even once without getting hit). Lastly, beating the Champion of Death without getting hit is going to be fun as you have to do an entire mixed temple before you can even get to him. That said, given a ceremonial dagger and a good set of claws (managed to get poison claws with a 1% modifier for each point of Perception, which was excellent), then I can consistently finish the normal mixed temple without much trouble. Well, fuck it. If I can beat the game at its hardest, I should be able to do this. My next update will no doubt be at the end of the year where I've played nothing but this game and hate it, but so far it's still fun to play. More content (a new temple or something) would be amazing though.
  5. And done! Had another go at the final Hard exploration and got a middling Ceremonial Dagger, and nothing special in terms of Relics, but upgraded the dagger to level 5, got up to 70 Perception and collected enough gold to level everything up at the very end that I would have been able to tank Clovis if I needed to. Got lucky with the mobs during the fight with Clovis, and this time during his second phase, I stayed well clear when he was wielding a hammer and only got hit a few times during one of his claw combos, unlike the previous night when I got caught by his hammer ground pound a few times which basically buggered what had been an otherwise excellent run. That said, I still took about 2000 damage though, so I'm going to have to work on that if I want to have a prayer of beating this exploration twice in a row for the Bestiary entry and the final achievement, but for now I'm happy that I managed to beat what is a pretty damn challenging game. I certainly got my money's worth out from this as a GamePass game, and I was happy to buy the game to send some money to the devs. I'm hoping for DLC but if not, then I still plan keep an eye out for what this developer gets up to next.
  6. After banging my head against the first Hard mixed exploration (Clovis' Trial) and 25 attempts (some of which failed at the Champion of Death despite being loaded up on health and a wicked Ceremonial Dagger), I managed it and then the second mixed Hard exploration on the third attempt last night (had relics that gave me health on killing burning enemies and some bonuses, so used the mobs during the final boss fight to stock up on health and tanked the Champion of Death in his second phase). I was within a hairsbreadth of doing the final exploration as well, despite having finishing with 9000 gold and thus needing to make some calculated decisions for my final offerings before the Champion of Death, but took too many hits during the third mob of enemies and then completely mistimed some key dodges and parries right at the end. I think I got him down to less than 25% health, and that was with a Ceremonial Dagger that had no special attributes attached (on previous explorations, I've had +30% damage against bosses and champions, but the best one is off-hit combos do critical damage. You literally just have to do X -> Y over and over again and the dagger absolutely ruins enemies, providing you have enough Perception to scale its damage up). Anyway. The end is in sight and I reckon it's do-able, given a decent weapon set and relics. I doubt I'll get anything as indestructible as the build I had for the second Hard mixed temple, but then that is the joy/pain/frustration of rogue-lites. I saw one guy who had a Stinger Lash (poisoned whip) that was doing 700+ damage and I have no idea how he managed that unless I watch a 45 minute video. Ugh....
  7. That gif took so damn long to load, I thought it was going to be the cannonball move, but then that would require Colossus etc etc so anyway just ignore me.
  8. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't as good as the first film. I remember the interplay between McAdams and Downey Jr being a highlight of the first film, so killing her right at the start was a terrible waste. Also, fridging the love interest to motivate the main (male) character is a trope that needs to get in the sea.
  9. I really liked the huge gothic cathedrals on wheels thing as a conceit, albeit removed from the epic locales of previous books (even including Chasm City), but that downbeat epilogue came out of nowhere and was am absolutely dire ending to a series about humanity persevering in the face of robots trying to annihilate them from the galaxy. Meh. That said, Reynolds has always a lot of problems ending books (like Neal Stephenson come to think of it). He has improved over time, there is always a feeling of extreme plot acceleration towards the last few chapters in his books.
  10. Hard Eagle temple done! I managed to get a Ceremonial Dagger, upgraded it a few times and went all out on Perception to the point where it would do critical damage on an off-hand combo (basically, all I did was X then Y over and over again on enemies) and it was doing 400-500 damage! The Eagle Avatar went down in less than a minute and if I hadn't gotten greedy at the end, it would have been a no-hit win as well. Seriously, look at this shit: Flush with victory joy, I tried the first Hard mixed temple exploration (Clovis's Trial) and was doing well, beating the first two bosses reasonably easily before panicking when Titan Skulls started appearing in the third part and buggered it all up a few rooms before the Serpent Avatar and then the Champion of Death. Tried again and didn't even make it past the first boss. It was late by that point so I called it a day.
  11. I ended up having to do the entire games solo on Legendary twice because my progress didn't save properly, so had to suffer that ball ache twice over put me off the single player campaign. It's been a few years now, so playing through on co-op on Heroic for those last few achievements would be okay. Assuming I could find anyone willing to do that during the hours that I'm actually online.
  12. I'd argue that having a professional writer (Karen Traviss) actually made the dialogue and character interactions work much better than the previous games, and Cliffy B was still there supplying the crazy shit (the Lambent leviathan that attacks the ship, the Lambent Berzerker etc). The biggest problem with Gears 3 was setting the game a few years after the events of the second with bloody tie-in novels filling in the gap. There was a massive disconnect for players coming in from Gears 2 and I remember thinking "Who the fuck are all these new characters and why are they even here?". That said, Sam (voiced by Claudia Black) was great and it's a shame she wasn't in any of the previous games.
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