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  1. I was thinking about how extraordinarily prolific the Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio are. I mean, this gen alone they have managed three Yakuza games (0, 6 and 7), two full remakes (Kiwami 1 and 2), a spin-off title (Judgment) and three remasters (3, 4 and 5). All of these have been expertly localised (OK, 7 is still pending), the remasters received new translations and there’s at least 100 hours of gameplay in every one of these titles if you want it. And they are *all good*. They are an absolute powerhouse in terms of churning stuff out.
  2. It also has the bit in chapter 9 where which practically redeems the entire game in my eyes.
  3. One thing I'm really missing, strangely, is the little musical sting when you start or complete a side-story. It's in all the other Yakuza games I've played (0, K1, K2) but not in 3. When does that start?
  4. I'm finding Y3 a real mixed bag. The combat is, honestly, terrible: enemies block *all the damn time*. Battles end up as endless wars of attrition, as the first attack in a combo does chip damage and everything after that just gets blocked. The substories and minigames are generally pretty good but they feel entirely disconnected from the main story this time around, with little incentive to really delve into them. And it has a habit of unexpectedly railroading you through several chapters at a time, so when you do get the opportunity to do some side stuff you really feel you need to put the whole game on hold in order to do that because you don't know when you're going to get another chance. But. Somehow I've sunk nearly forty hours into this already, and every time I think "right, I really should just crack on with this and move on to the better games in the series", I find myself romancing hostesses, or hunting down hitmen, or posting photos to Kiryu's blog, or looking for some woman's missing cat, or any one of a hundred ridiculous side activities. Even a bad Yakuza game, it turns out, is more fun than 99% of the games out there.
  5. You are right about this one. Bottom-of-the-barrel, TNG S1 tier Trek. Shame really as the previous episode, Vanishing Point, was pretty decent.
  6. Lower your expectations for Kiwami 1, definitely - it's a lot simpler than 0, the side stories in particular are much more basic. There's no harm in just blasting through it for the story if that's what you want to do. I did really enjoy it though and spent more time with it than I initially expected. Kiwami 2 is awesome though, brand new engine, lots of changes, much more in line with 0. I still think 0 is the best but Kiwami 1 and 2 are definitely a good time.
  7. I think in many ways it's a similar situation to Voyager, where they had a great idea for a series but then never actually had the courage to run with it, reverting in both cases to "alien of the week" stories and TNG rehashes. With Enterprise being the third go at this, it's hardly surprising it's so stale. But there was so much potential in a show that could have explored the birth of the Federation, tensions with the Vulcans, the development of the Prime Directive, first relations with the Klingons and the journey of the human race towards the Trek utopia we all know and love. It's a perfectly sound idea. But to do that properly would have required a different sort of show, one that didn't rely on a crew of half a dozen people travelling to different places on a starship each week, and sadly it seemed that no-one had the courage to do that.
  8. Another random Yakuza 3 observation: the game suddenly looks much better once you get to Kamurocho. It looks and feels much more like Yakuza Kiwami now. I can't work out why: whether it's the darker colour scheme flattering the PS3-era graphics more, whether there's been a lot more work put into Kamurocho than into Ryukyu, or whether I'm simply adjusting to the graphics the more I play. Probably all three.
  9. Yakuza 3 says hi. That said, 3 is growing on me. It's still janky as hell, the combat's really basic, and Kiryu looks like he's wearing a fat suit, but there's real heart and charm in there and it's getting more interesting as it opens up. For those that have played the remasters, are 4 and 5 a step up technically? I know they've got more content but I'm hoping they're more polished in general than this.
  10. Yeah, this is definitely a thing. Another thing I'm noticing more and more is that Enterprise doesn't really do b-stories. You remember how on DS9 if the main story was fairly slight, there'd usually be a secondary story running alongside it featuring, I dunno, Bashir dropping his darts into O'Brien's pint or something. Enterprise doesn't do that at all, really, it only ever has one story and however boring or slight it is, that's all you're going to get. So the episodes regularly feel quite padded out, like there's 40 minutes of runtime for 30 minutes of story. And it means the cast all hang around together all the time, there's no sense of any life on the vessel outside the story of the week. Worse - even though Enterprise already has the smallest core cast of any of the Star Trek shows, it's always absolutely determined to focus on the core trio of Archer, Trip and T'Pol (occasionally with Malcolm thrown in for comic relief). Hoshi and especially Travis get virtually no character development at all. Sometimes they barely even seem to get any lines. I mean, it's watchable. Occasionally fun. But why isn't it better?
  11. I watched this today for the first time with my 10-year-old - who really isn't much of a movie-watcher and tends to bounce off stuff really easily if he misses a couple of lines of dialogue or can't work out a character's motivations. He'd always rather read a book than watch something on the TV. And he's always hated Pixar/Dreamworks movies, with characters constantly jabbering at each other and wisecracking all the time. I was hoping the more laid-back style here would be more to his taste. I've honestly not seen him so enthralled by a movie in a long time. Long before Totoro even appeared, he was absolutely rapt. We both loved it. And he's already asked if we can watch something else like it. Such a great movie.
  12. I think the way the multi-step QTEs in Shenmue II are displayed on the PS4 is very confusing: it’s much harder to work out what you need to press, though I don’t think the timings are any tighter. I ended up watching one QTE over and over on YouTube until I worked out exactly what it was asking me to press. After I’d done that I’d obviously adapted because I was OK from then on.
  13. Does Torchlight II have couch co-op? I’m looking for something similar to Diablo III that I can play with my 10-year-old without all the Satanic imagery and teenage goth overtones.
  14. I started Yakuza 3 last night too. I know it’s a straight remaster of the PS3 version but it’s still rougher than I’d expected: foolishly I’d thought that Y0/Kiwami were “PS3 standard” but turns out they’re not, at all, and this looks an order of magnitude worse. Also, you can’t pause the cutscenes, which is infuriating, and even dropping back to the dash leaves them happily playing in the background so you miss stuff. It’s still Yakuza though! One look at Kiryu’s look of furious concentration as he’s chopping onions in the first chapter and I’m hooked all over again.
  15. I can’t wait for 3D World without the dual screens, Galaxy without motion controls and Sunshine without analogue triggers Every one of these games was built around the capabilities of its host system. Just because you can now run it at a higher resolution, doesn’t mean it’s going to be better.
  16. Phlox is great, no problems there. Dear Doctor was probably my favourite episode from season one and all his scenes here were fine too. It’s everything else that’s wrong with this episode, especially Boring Archer and his boring mutt, the relentless perving over T’Pol and the endless scenes of the crew soaping each other down in the Enterprise’s dedicated sex disco.
  17. Yep, four decent episodes on the trot at the start of season 2, I'm happy with this now. Carbon Creek in particular was excellent.
  18. Which one’s Nier and which one’s Nioh? I can’t remember which one is worth playing.
  19. The final episode was, sadly, a bit bobbins. I completely missed how Doctor Jurati got the magical McGuffin that saved the day, and there were too many scenes where you just thought: naaah And that's a shame, because overall I really enjoyed the series: they mostly got the pacing right, it had an episodic kind of feel to it in places, Stewart was great, I liked the new crew (Rios especially) and I tuned in every week not out of a sense of duty (as with Discovery) but because I genuinely wanted to watch it and see what happened next. I hope someone's keeping Patrick Stewart in isolation somewhere until the coronavirus outbreak passes because I'd really like a series 2 of this and now the heavy lifting's been done in terms of setup I think it could be very good indeed.
  20. The Samsung TV (KS7000) I use has a sound delay when passing through 5.1 sound via HDMI, in Game mode only. It’s a very specific bug that’s never going to get fixed given the age of the TV. I’m disappointed that the Xbox Series X appears to have removed the optical output. It’ll mean I’m limited to stereo unless I buy a new TV or some different audio equipment.
  21. I’m using optical audio from my One X , no issues here. You just set it up in the Audio section of the settings page and make sure the format you are using matches what your audio system supports. This might sound silly but every problem I’ve ever had with optical audio has been because the cable hasn’t clicked in properly. Give it a good shove at both ends.
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