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  1. The Karate Kid (2010) I'm not entirely sure why I watched this nor why I'm writing all this to complain about it but here we are. Full disclosure: I loved the original when I first watched it in the 80s and though it has dated to a certain degree I think that it still stands up reasonably well now. There was just no way that a remake could be as iconic without wholesale plagiarism and to its credit it doesn't even try. Hitting the same beats in different ways would have been admirable except for the fact that those ways are far less interesting. "Jacket off, jacket on"
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    Dead Space 2

    I see that it's been fixed already. That's quick work! A couple of minor points that I also noted (apologies for the amateur proof-reading here). This depends on the EG style guide and the game's official name for chapter 10, but shouldn't "Déjà vu On The Ishimura" be "Déjà Vu on the Ishimura" to avoid capitalization of the preposition and article? Some inconsistent references to the level itself. Throughout the article, it's written as "chapter 10" and then at the very end it changes to "Chapter Ten".
  3. I banged it down to WT7 and gave him an absolute drubbing. The bastard.
  4. On the final boss and getting my arse kicked. Any tips?
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    Dead Space 2

    Awesome article. I loved this game, though I've been putting off trying it on Hardcore for (ten!) years now because the game still makes me very tense (especially that last damn necromorph, but also many of the set-pieces). Btw, there's some kind of weird cock-up near the end: "It's an abrupt 'magic door' end to a fantastic section of video gaminGetting you on the way back in decontaminationg that remains one of the finest pieces of horror design of the last twenty years"
  6. Honestly, I have no idea of how long I've spent on games prior to the Bone since TrueAchievements has no hours tracked for those games (which isn't a bad thing to be honest) so the pre-Bone games are estimates. 1. Halo 2 (1000+ hours) 2. Halo 3 (1000+ hours) 3. Gears of War 4 (592 hours) 4. Halo 5 (341 hours) 5. Titanfall (255 hours) That is an utterly depressing amount of time that could have been spent doing other more productive pursuits, but here we are.
  7. I was going to question why anyone would ever choose to let the Space Nazi live, but then this way she doesn't get to become a glorious martyr to the cause, so I can sort of get behind this. I'm still going to kill her off though because ugh.
  8. Is there any recommended order in terms of story, side-quests and post-game? In terms of story: I've done most of the hunts and wanted side-quests, about half of the historian side quests and most of the other available side-quests that are randomly dotted around. I'm a level 25 Pyromancer running around with level 30 gear (mostly purple and one low level gold) on World Tier 7. God knows how many hours I've put into, but I've been playing solo and increasing World Tier automatically as they unlock. Am I doing it wrong lol?
  9. Hollow Knight would be my choice, but I'd also include Streets of Rage 4 and Huntdown in that list too.
  10. Dark Empire is great, and could have been used as the basis for an excellent follow-up trilogy to the original films instead of the dire prequels but there you go. Such is life.
  11. Page 2, and you know that you can just quote yourself instead of using a screenshot right? Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but suggesting that the MK reboot should have taken a tack similar to a film you haven't actually seen is questionable at best, and that's before we even get into your idea of high school fatalities. U wot m8.
  12. Excellent analysis but spoilers man. The film is only just out and I was skimming through to get a rough idea of what people thought then that. Damn.
  13. If they had made Kano the main character, cut out Cole Young and Jax (sorry but Jax was rubbish too), leaned heavily into taking the piss out of the entire premise, had OTT gory violence throughout the film and featured an actual fucking tournament, it could have been a decent film. Actually, fuck that. They should have made Joe Taslim the main actor (in a good guy role) and just had him fighting Hiroyuki Sanada (who was probably capable of doing his own stunts as he trained at the Sonny Chiba Japan Action School, but I just checked and the dude is 60 so maybe not) and other traine
  14. I'm not sure what you're getting at with Kano. He was an utter dickhead throughout the film and in no way was being portrayed as a hero. He just happened to be amusing and would occasionally skewer the pompous bullshit being spewed out by Liu Kang, Kung Lao and Raiden. Whilst I'm here, can I say that I really fucking hate action films that cut between multiple fights happening at the same time. The hyper-editing of Western action films is bad enough at the best of times even for a single fight (Cole's first cage fight is a prime example) but it's a blur when you have multiple fight
  15. Apparently the soundtrack features new songs and songs that have been re-recorded and extended in length (that last bit at Yoko Taro's request), so that issue has probably been fixed.
  16. I'm still playing it. It'll be awesome all the same, and there is always the possibility that I didn't spoil everything. That's my hope anyway lol.
  17. I stupidly watched a game developer conference talk that Yoko Taro gave about how his games are designed to elicit an emotional response from the player and how he goes about doing that, by giving examples from NiEr without actually mentioning the game's title. I'd watched about half of the talk before realising I had inadvertently spoiled the game's ending, which was then made significantly worse by the news that NiEr was being remastered and that I would eventually be playing it. Fuuuuuuuu.
  18. Was Rooker playing an arsehole? I watched The Bone Collector recently and unsurprisingly, he was the arsehole police captain getting in the way of the dynamic duo of Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. I mean, why wouldn't you let a rookie cop with no training examine crime scenes alone? Makes perfect sense to me.
  19. The two Blood Bowl Team Manager expansions, Foul Play and Sudden Death I meant to pick them up when I was in the US for work trips practically every year from 2012 to 2018, but kept forgetting in favour of buying more comics and eventually they went out of print and then on eBay for stupid money. Bah.
  20. Brilliant. Are those small sized hardback editions? They look great.
  21. The Farewell (2019) A beautifully made drama about white lies, emigration and family ties that was a little painful to watch at times. Anyone who says that Awkwafina can't act needs to watch this film, but in general it's a film that should be widely seen. That last shot though... 4/5
  22. I was thinking the exact same thing when i saw that image!
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