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  1. I've just finished watching the first series of The Orville and it takes about half a dozen episodes to really settle down but it is so, so good once it gets into its groove. A proper love letter to TNG. Apparently the second series is even better, I'm very much looking forward to continuing with it.
  2. That's a seriously uninspiring list. Bloody Skyrim is going to outsell most of that lot, again. I tried playing Back 4 Blood yesterday - it's been out a matter of days, it's on Game Pass, it has crossplay across all platforms, and it still took nearly ten minutes to match me as part of a team of four. It's dead in the water. Can't see this year's Avengers Cosplay game being a big hit. Just stump up the cash and get the MCU likenesses, it might be a decent game but no-one wants to see That Guy and That Other Guy pretending to be the characters we know and love. Skyrim's a remake. Advance Wars is a remake. Danganronpa is a remake. Pokemon's a remake. Monkey Ball's a remake. GTA's a remake. Fuck's sake. Basically the year has peaked already with Metroid Dread. It's downhill all the way from here.
  3. We've probably got a thread somewhere on teeny tiny fonts and the problems they cause, and it's not purely a Japanese thing, but they sure do love having big dialogue boxes with tiny writing in them. I mean look at Fire Emblem: Three Houses for instance: You could increase the size of that text by about 30% without having to make any other changes to the UI. There's so much unused space in that dialogue box. And it would be much more readable in both handheld and TV mode. Cram a little less text in each box and you could have something that's actually pleasant to play. Compare and contrast to Fire Emblem: Awakening on the 3DS: Now isn't that better? I miss the days of handhelds being dedicated machines, and having UIs to match: the Switch has muddied the waters too much and everything's perpetually too small and fiddly.
  4. I don't disagree with any of that, just observing that what they've come up still feels quite stilted. The lack of swearing definitely feels part of that, the language is all very sanitised in a way that doesn't suit the source material. I'm thinking particularly here of the Yakuza series of games, which I've been playing a lot lately - of course it's Japanese rather than Korean but I'm sure a lot of the same translation challenges apply. Yet somehow they've managed to come up with something that always feels natural yet also authentic, and still keeps in a lot of the honorifics that give the language its flavour. And they do that over hundreds and hundreds of hours, not just a limited Netflix series. I'm sure this stuff is exceptionally difficult.
  5. Just watched episode 6 and really enjoying this - if that's the right word - but I really wish it hadn't been translated by someone who learned English from reading Enid Blyton books. Every time a character says "Goodness" or "My gosh" (and they say them a LOT) it takes me right out of it. "Old sir" is also really clunky.
  6. I've grown to hate the new trend for intensely cluttered menu screens that you have to navigate by pushing a little circle around with the left stick like it was a mouse pointer. The last few Assassin's Creed games have done this and it's an absolute nuisance, but Marvel's Avengers takes it to new heights (lows) with tab after tab of relentless clutter. Everything you click on takes you to another screen of incomprehensible rubbish. Just lay your screens out sensibly and let us jump between options with the d-pad.
  7. I like the EMMIs mostly because they actually help to differentiate the various areas of the map. Knowing there's a big EMMI section you'll need to traverse multiple times actually helps you get the map straight in your head. Otherwise the environments are a bit too samey. Also it's very cathartic when you finally take one of the fuckers out. I've been stuck on Kraid for two days now, this is getting embarrassing.
  8. How many energy tanks did everyone have when facing Kraid? He's kind of kicking my arse and I'm wondering if it's worthwhile trawling through other areas to see if I can beef myself up a bit.
  9. How about The Turing Test? Nice little first-person puzzler with strong Portal vibes. Supraland is also really nice although for some reason it gave me terrible motion sickness and I had to stop playing.
  10. I got it with Undertale without any issues. You basically just have to play the first 5 minutes and it pops an achievement.
  11. I confess to voting for Stamets as best engineer. I like that he’s Trek’s first out gay character, I like the strange little family he’s got going on with Adira, I love the way he appears perpetually on the verge of snapping and punching someone in the face and I hope one day he gets to do that and it’s Michael Burnham.
  12. I struggled with the first main boss (it took me way more attempts than I'd like to admit) and I'm now completely lost in the second area with no idea where I'm supposed to be going, so this one is going to last me a very long time. It's very, very good though.
  13. If you've got a Switch Online membership, it's one of the many many classics on the SNES app you can download.
  14. Could probably have done with some characters (and maybe the ship) from the Picard series. I guess Rios is probably a helmsman and Jurati a Doctor? Raffi as Number One? The characters don't really fit the archetypes. Ah well, no-one would have voted for them anyway I suppose.
  15. TNG Ferengi were always a bit dubious and you can see why they got accused of being a Jewish stereotype. Given they were originally supposed to be new the big bad, they got dropped pretty quickly (I don't think they appeared at all after the first couple of seasons). DS9 went a long way towards rehabilitating the Ferengi and making them well-rounded characters in their own right. I'm fully expecting Discovery to throw all that away and base the entire race around one writer's cursory, half-remembered viewing of The Last Outpost.
  16. They weren't, though - Daredevil and Punisher were mostly excellent, Jessica Jones had one really good season and a great lead, Iron Fist and Luke Cage had their moments. Their main issue that they were a bit padded out, they all felt like 8 episodes stretched to 13. But you could say the same about Agents of Shield, lots of good stuff in there but a lot of filler too. Generally TV is getting a bit better at this stuff. I still consider them all canon (or at least "multiverse canon") and I'd recommend them all to anyone who enjoys MCU stuff. I was genuinely disappointed when they all got shitcanned in rapid succession.
  17. How is the colour banding? It’s pretty bad for me in HDR at 120Hz unless I put the TV into PC mode - and I’ve heard Dolby Vision is even worse.
  18. This seems pretty good so far. It’s more like the 3DS game than I was expecting. The EMMIs are straight out of Lost in Space (the new one). Every time a cutscene switches to 3D I get a little thrill followed by a huge surge of disappointment as I remember I’m not playing a new Metroid Prime. They’ve done a great job of unifying the graphics styles though.
  19. I think that's the first official confirmation of this, too, isn't it? Not a surprise really but nice to know it's on the way.
  20. That looks surprisingly decent. I hope the English dub is an absolute travesty, it wouldn't be right any other way.
  21. It was a particularly gammony podcast this week. Simon Parkin was nowhere near as engaging as Dan Dawkins was a few weeks back, and after half an hour of him running through his CV and discussing what he had for breakfast in 2008 I switched off. Still, it's unreasonable of me to expect them to produce podcasts that are to my exact liking every week! And I did absolutely love the N64 Mini Draft episode. Even if it did consist mostly of Matthew waxing lyrical about Nintendo games for 20 minutes at a time, and Samuel occasionally interjecting with "Yeah, great stuff Matthew". Basically I love these guys when they talk about actual games. The series deep dives into Yakuza, Hitman and Phoenix Wright were absolutely outstanding. I'm going to be more selective I think based on the episode descriptions, skip the magazine episodes where I can and really enjoy the good stuff.
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