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Gabe

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  1. It's been delayed to next year, but looks interesting, yes.
  2. Where did you get version 1.7 from @SqueakyG, as the official site only has 1.6 still?
  3. You can only play as Quill? I don't know if that was widely known (I haven't followed it) but what a boring choice. That's me out then. I wasn't going to buy it until it was about £10 anyway (or it hits Game Pass), but I don't want a third-person shooter with some selectable skill moves from the rest of the gang. I agree with @Harsin, that combat just looks awkward and reminds of some of the jank I've played recently on PS2 where the camera is just not fit for purpose. S-E have really messed up this partnership, haven't they?
  4. Brentford are good fun to watch, aren't they?
  5. Yes, that's fair comment, but at the same time there are lots of threads over there that are untroubled by poor mods/trolls etc.
  6. For people that say they feel they have played it all before, do you feel the same about other media? If not, why not? Nearly all films, tvs and books - even a lot of music - are the same structurally (like games), so if there is a tiredness of one form but not another I'd find that interesting. I get that for games you are using the same mechanics as well as structure but, again, I don't see it as being wildly different.
  7. I used to love JRPGs too, but the last one I played (and my first in a long time) was FFXV and I absolutely hated it. I find they just overlay mechanics over mechanics and they are just a complicated mess but - crucially - don't make them fun to play. I can also no longer abide the twee anime 'this child is actually 403' stuff that permeates the genre all too much and games that try and inject a load of social gumpf (so things like Persona - which I know people rate - I have absolutely no interest in). I do still love my RPGs though and yes, I know Western RPGs have their problems too, but honestly, it's largely the anime framings that put me off. In terms of gaming in general, I still game as much as I can, still love the artform and don't really see that changing. I went through a very long patch from the early 2000s where I fell out of actually playing, but spent hours and hours reading about stuff. I bought a PS3 & 360 at launch but basically didn't touch it the 360 for about 2 years and the PS3, well, pretty much never. I still own them both (the PS3 is an original US model, so still has the PS2 hardware in it), but have always hated the Dualshock, so it was never comfortable to play. The 360 did eventually win me around and I went through a real achievement hunting phase, but was enjoying gaming again. I then built myself a good gaming PC around 2010 and have been largely focused on that ever since. I play a mix of titles at the same time - at the moment I have around 6 or 7 games on the go - and do find howlongtobeat a helpful resource when looking through what I have and planning what to play. Unless something really grabs me it's rare that I commit all my gaming time to one title - it's usually maybe an hour or so across a couple of games a night (more at weekends) - so for bigger games it'll take me a long time to get through, but I find the 'What games did you complete' threads on here a real motivational tool to help me finish games - I hardly ever abandon anything - and so it's meant I've completed upwards of 30/40 games a year for the last few years, which I'm really happy with (this year already stands at 40+ and is going to be my best year yet for completions, which does please me.) Long may it continue!
  8. I've been playing a bit of this over the past couple of weeks but I find it's just exhausting to get through for any length of time, so it's the odd half-hour here and there rather than a proper session (I'm very glad of its generous autosaving). It's...fine, I guess? It doesn't do anything remarkable and the main sell - the world - is both its blessing and curse. Sure, it really does look lovely at times (especially with everything dialled-up to the max), but as a space to roam around in, it's so boring. There's nothing to actually do other than slowly trudge to your next objective (and whoa-boy at that map) and it feels just so empty and, dare I say, pointless. Gunplay does what you expect, though I can't imagine trying it without the aim assist up to the max, but man the missions don't half drag. I've only completed the first 3, and that third mission (Trading Places) I had to do in 3 parts because it was so long and, frankly, dull. When your only interaction with this world is to shoot it, it's hard to make that feel different enough to make me want to push on and see more. I don't know quite what more I expected from a twin-stick shooter, but I feel it's missing something that would elevate it and turn it into something I can't put down. As it stands, I'll probably continue to just chip away at it and I guess the fun will come from whether I can beat it or not before it leaves Game Pass. Now that's not an achievement that'll pop.
  9. I'm sure there are some awful threads on Era, but I find it does have plenty of interesting things to read and is a change of pace from here, where things can be very slow and there's often not all that much to see. The speed and sheer volume of posts threads can attract when they catch fire means that it is a site better for reading, rather than engaging with though, so I'm a lurker over there. I find it odd the way people dismiss the whole site whenever it is mentioned on here, I'm sure there are awful posters/bad faith content/terrible or contentious moderation decisions - but that all exists here too, just not at the same scale.
  10. Like @pastry, I think the opportunity is there to have pieces that have content you wouldn't have got back in the day (similar to Retro Gamer, of course), rather than just re-hash reviews with a modern eye. That didn't seem to be the case in the sampler, though of course that doesn't mean it wouldn't happen. That said, I read a few pages of the sampler and the writing felt just like it (probably) was back in the heyday of the mags its trying to recreate, and it just read poorly in 2021. I almost expected to have 'zany' comments from the 'Ed' in brackets dotted about - so on the writing alone, this isn't something for me.
  11. I can't imagine an Epic Store newsletter has much of interest to say, perhaps talk about the features they still don't have?
  12. I wait until something is usually 75% off, purely because I already have too much stuff to play. I just don't therefore have any need to buy new and don't suffer from the FOMO of threads on here about the latest thing. I can't even remember the last game I paid full price for (or even half price), but it was years ago. It helps of course that I play almost exclusively on PC, so those kind of sales on titles are fairly frequent.
  13. I think that is as generic as generic comes. I certainly wouldn't consider it anything worth highlighting.
  14. Do you know what the PC community forum is? I don't do discord, so no interest in that.
  15. Wait, what? When did this happen and why? The PC community did a really good release highltlights thread each month but there wasn't one for October, which I did think was odd at the time.
  16. As @Fry Crayolasays, IIRC the idea is to scrap friendlies (and I'm sure FIFA would like to get rid of the Nations League too) and just have a two-month block of pure international football for WC qualifiers - and screw everything else like the Euros or Copa America (and it would hurt the Africa Cup of Nations too, I'm sure.) Elite players would get little to no rest, but neither UEFA nor FIFA really care about that anyway so long as they continue to make bank. I'm still a bit lost on the logic of how it is meant to help smaller nations (as was meant to be one of the aims), but of course nobody really believed that anyway.
  17. Fielding and Lucas make this such a hard watch, because they are terribly unfunny (the little skits they try to do are extreme cringe) and poor presenters to boot. They have no charisma, bumble their lines and generally try too hard. Also, like @Gotters, Masterchef Australia is my go to cooking show (only just started the current season) and the food they put out in incredible - certainly puts some undercooked breadsticks to shame. With that said though, they do serve different audiences. Masterchef is more about wanting to make a career at a high level, this is quite a bit less serious and I don't mind the concept and execution because whereas Masterchef is about creating delicious and smart looking food, Bake Off is about having more fun with it - and I do like seeing the creations the Showstoppers spawn.
  18. For the record @Loik V credern, I'm not irrated by your post in the slightest. The Mission Impossible films are a very different thing, more an action-heist type affair these days. I certainly don't consider them Bond-like (or ever did, really.) I also find they always drag out any set-piece, and your note of the opera scene is a great comparison; in QoS it is tight, snappy and to the point. In Rogue Nation we have Cruise fighting, then falling off something, a bit more fighting and, and....zzzzz You're bang on about the personal relationship in this, that it doesn't quite feel earned (especially when compared to the Bourne Identity, as you say), but I don't think they were ever really fully focused on tugging the heartstrings with it, but more I suppose hoping you at least bought into Bond feeling these emotions. Its not a film without problems - there is a surprising lack of action, the big bad doesn't feel like a threat nor has a presence and the plot is a bit sketchy but, for me, it did still feel like a good send-off for Craig's run, which is hitherto unknown for the character, and at least a proper ending. Will I watch it again, like I have Casino Royal and QoS (the only two of his I have rewatched)? I'm not sure and, if not, then it worked well as my goodbye to Craig, so for that I will have some affection for it.
  19. @Loik V credernIt amuses me that you moan the film is too long and has nothing interesting and you then write and post...that.
  20. @MogsterI don't even think it started off well and was bored for most of it. @tenrouShe is going to be the antagonist in the Hawkeye series, I think?
  21. I'm not a big Ghostbusters fan so only saw the trailer for this when watching Bond last week - but the tone of it was a bit a mess and I couldn't tell whether they were going for Stranger Things type small-town serious, teen adventure, a dramatic comedy or a mix of everything. It didn't make me want to see it, at any rate. Hasn't the definition of 'ad libbed' changed quite a bit since back then though, where it now means lots of lines are workshopped during filming and the 'best' being used versus something truly being a bit more off-the-cuff and running with it (albeit it would still be honed)?
  22. I think it's quite explicit that he's preparing to have a date with a man, and I like the fact it was introduced in a completely normal way without having to make any kind of deal of it, to the point that it doesn't even matter. Just a nice little detail in a film that had quite a few nice little details; I mentioned it my original post, but I don't think it's a spoiler to say that there were little tunes dotted throughout that had been key music in previous films. I do hope they continue with the current supporting cast, partly because they've actually given them some character development. I also hope they stick with not putting loads of gadgets in, something I've appreciated a lot in the Craig run. I think the overriding feeling from this film has been quite profound for me - it's made me interested in Bond again. As I say, I hated Skyfall and Spectre (despite liking Craig) so I was watching this more because it was his last, rather than because I particularly cared. Now, though, I'm definitely curious to see in what direction they take it, who they cast and how it will all be tied-together (or not.) Quite an achievement, I'd say.
  23. I think what this film does is leave it very open as to how they want the next Bond film to be; given it will be a new actor, they could start from the very beginning again (a la Casino Royale) but retain the same continuity of M, Moneypenny etc. Alternatively, they could scrap everybody and start completely afresh, or somewhere in between (so keep the supporting cast but have the new Bond already part of their known world). Edit: Ha, I knew I should've read @Nick R's post first Regarding Craig's age, I do wonder had both Skyfall and this film not been beset by production troubles, how many films he may have done. From his point of view, 16 years in the role for 5 Bond films - considering Connery's first 5 were done in 5/6 years - is a poor output. One of his reasons for not liking the role was the need to keep in shape and gruelling press junket stuff, but had they been closer to being released every 2 years or so, he would've only been still mid/late-40s when this came out and perhaps inclined to do some more.
  24. Yeah, Triple D (as those in the know call it) is a better representation of actual food you'd find more commonly throughout the US, versus the more outlandish stuff that Man vs Food showcases. As with a lot of these shows though, quite a few are no longer in business (and sometimes they do blame the exposure from being on TV as contributing to their downfall.)
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