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phresh

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  1. The 7's thing is fucking stupid, there are so few try saving tackles on the try line they should just adopt a variation of american football touchdowns. It's always annoying seeing players wait to score until an opposition player approaches them at some point, this is just an extreme version of that.
  2. This is more of a 'can't find at a price i'm willing to pay' but keeping an eye out for LNoE Timber Peak at the moment. It's available in the US, and looks like I can get a copy from ebay for ~£65 but it's one thing i'd probably rather not chance it with on global shipping. It's a shame Zombicide seemed to take the mantle of top zombie game as I think LNoE is the better game (with an expansion or two).
  3. Didn't manage to get that game of Quacks in but did play Men at Work again. Can't remember if i've mentioned it before in here but it's a great dexterity game, the handful of games we've played so far have nearly all descended into tears of laughter. Might take a game just to get a feel for the pieces, and games tend to take few rounds to get interesting but the pay off is absolutely worth it. Had our first game of the new Azul (Queen's Garden) last night, and while at first glance it looks a bit complicated, the actual rules are simple - just the way the tiles work can be a bit confusing in the heat of battle gardening. The mechanics are all similar to the other games, with the main difference being that tiles are revealed more gradually in each round This means you don't know what tiles are necessarily coming up and so strategically it feels a bit more on the fly than some of the other versions. Enjoyed it though and will definitely end up in rotation! I have two complaints though - the tiles are in 6 colours, blue, yellow and then dark/light green and dark/light purple, which requires just that little bit too much effort to differentiate, especially as the same colours are printed on some of the card pieces which aren't a perfect match. It's not a game breaker by any means (although anyone with colour blindness around green/purple would have a nightmare I imagine), but seems like an aesthetic decision that does slightly hinder it. Secondly, the boards are now thinner card rather than board so feel a bit cheap, I assume this is a cost decision but they feel a bit cheap compared to all the other components.
  4. I've only played a few games but I think all push your luck games benefit from a group with at least one all or nothing 'wildcard' player to encourage the others. I didn't think the explosions were too bad, you probably only lose out on victory points, and you'll get the rats tail advantage on the next round as well assuming you're not in first. Hoping to get a few games in tonight with 4 of us so interested to see how that plays out.
  5. Played some Quacks of Quedlinburg at the weekend and really enjoyed it. I'm partial to a push your luck game so it's probably taken me longer than it should have done to pick it up. It does a great job of balancing the risk, not making it completely catastrophic if your potion explodes, but with enough of a penalty to make pushing further a non-trivial decision. Really enjoyed this and the variety from the different potion books you can use each game was surprising. Also played Isle of Cats a few nights ago, we love a tetromino-esque game and while I didn't find it as enjoyable as the likes of Patchwork it's got some nice mechanics and enough variability that games should be quite different. It is probably better with more than two players though.
  6. Rebel Strike? Didn't it come with a two player version of Rogue Squadron 2? That was amazing.
  7. Get MameUI instead of Mame as it’s a touch easier to use without a front end. For roms you want the same version romset as the MameUI version you downloaded. Internet Archive has merged romsets which are a bit awkward in that you can’t necessarily just download the game you want. If space isn’t an issue just download the full set. For neogeo and others you’ll need bios files, which are probably on IA as well but I haven’t checked. These should all be version labelled as well, make sure everything matches.
  8. Don't treat it as a single quest to complete in one go, just keep an eye on them as you do everything else. Familiarise yourself with them and you'll soon start spotting areas they might be as you travel around.
  9. The city is incredible, just amazing to walk around but the game still feels like it's still stuck in the past to some extent. I haven't completed it yet although have done a reasonable amount. Some of the issues I have; 1) Awful UI, it sort of gets easier with time 2) A lot of quests, especially main, have a sense of urgency that is at odds with how you want to experience the city. Also, it doesn't seem to make any difference, no matter how often a character says 'meet me tonight' I can rock up a few days later and the quest continues as normal (so far at least). Breaks immersion, especially when you can assume that there is enough to keep everyone in the city busy. I've tried to roleplay it reasonably, accepting or refusing quests as I feel appropriate at the time but it all feels a bit smoke and mirrors. 3) From the outset, when you have to choose nipple/penis size, the game feels a bit 'lads, lads, lads'. Someone else in here mentioned the porn adverts, which feel the same way. Maybe it's all appropriate for a cyberpunk universe, but there is a better version of this game that doesn't resort to that cheapness. I would still recommend everyone play it, not least to just experience the city. You could easily just spend 10+ hours navigating the city and ignoring the story entirely and it would still be worth the price of entry. At the moment Night City get's a 10/10 but gameplay is an 8/10. I'm on the fence about the story still. I'm playing this on the premium 3080 tier on Geforce Now which definitely helps give a bit more detail to the world and stops the slightly jarring plasticine faces.
  10. Sugar Hill (1974) - A zombie blaxploitation film, nothing particularly interesting as it doesn't have the gore to really nail the former or the cool/soundtrack to nail the latter. Decent costume design/effects though. 2/5 Wily's Wonderland (2022) - Thought this was pretty good, it's ridiculous and let down by the quality of acting from the group of teenagers but it doesn't outstay it's welcome. Doesn't get anywhere neat the highs of Mandy or Colour in Space but worth a watch - 3/5 Bull (2022) - Would echo a lot of recent reviews in here, it's no dead man's shoes and screams 'revenge wank fantasy' for large stretches but Mitchell's performance does do a good job of elevating it a bit. 3/5
  11. Death on the Nile (1979) - Good fun, and a reminder of how an all star cast can improve a film. Also includes my new favourite zinger, Niven to Ustinov - 'I forgot about your opinion of yourself'. 4/5 Trouble Man (1972) - Trouble Man could be the best soundtrack of all time, it could even be the coolest album of all time. Yet the film barely uses it from what I could hear, absolute madness. It's a competent enough film, even if it lacks the character of the best films in the genre. The most curious thing is how little you ever find out about the main character, he's a fixer of some sort but that's it, feels like they never really considered it compared to something like Shaft or Superfly. "There's only three things in life...taxes, death and trouble". 3/5
  12. Office Space (1999) - Even though I think it still tapers off a bit towards the end there are some truly excellent scenes, and the combination of white collar working with 90's hip-hop soundtrack is unparalleled. 5/5
  13. Another vote for the mini TTR games. Something like the first Azul game or Barenpark might also suit for some tile placement action. Both are pretty simple.
  14. Enter the Dragon (1973) - Not a lot to say about this really, it's still the best kung-fu movie of all time (certainly one where kung-fu as an intrinsic part of the story) and just contains so many iconic shots, as well as that melody. I always like that it feels a bit more surreal than I expect it to as well. 5/5
  15. Don't view it as approaching it 'incorrectly' and restart, just take the learning that you need to be a bit tougher and go shrine hunting. Embrace the world and the mistakes you make in it.
  16. Robot Carnival (1987) - A Japanese animated anthology, focussed on robots. Weird one this, it doesn't have any link between segments in the way Heavy Metal does, and it has limited dialogue (some segments have it, others don't). Some of the segments are great, benefitting from the limitations. If you like any combination of robots, anime or even dystopian sci-fi I reckon you'll find something in here. 3/5 Timecrimes (2007) - Pretty sure it was recommended in here, a really nicely done time-travel-goes-wrong-horror-lite (maybe?). Just watch it, it's very good. 4/5
  17. Amelie (2001) - Ages since I first watched this and always had fond memories of it, partly as I was on a bit of a french movie binge at the time. 4/5 Arrietty (2010) - It's basically Ghibli Borrowers, which is excellent. I really enjoyed this, lovely soundtrack too. 4/5
  18. England, Wales and Scotland all look in a bit of trouble, I don't think any of them come out of the tournament with many positives. A couple of new players here and there but that's it. I fully expect Jones to keep his job but two piss poor tournaments in a row isn't acceptable (he get's a bye for '18 based on the '19 WC). I assume he has some sort of plan but England just looked so poor. It feels a bit like the 2007 team where you have enough decent players that your baseline should be enough win some games, and stay in the ones you lose, but that isn't good enough.
  19. Interesting England team, Steward goes on the wing + Ben Young back in at SH suggest a pretty unsubtle kicking game. Furbank at FB is a bit of a surprise with Daly in the squad but he's a decent all round player (covers fly half at Northampton when Biggar is away). Great to see Sam Underhill back too, even if it as at the loss of Curry. Would have preferred to see Lawes in the back row rather than Isiekwe but oh well. It's a bit all or nothing for England really, a win would be a great result and an average tournament, a loss is almost expected and would be a terrible tournament (again). It doesn't feel like someone fighting for their job though so I wouldn't be surprised if England lose and Jones keeps his position.
  20. Roller Boogie (1979) - I downloaded this after reading the blurb (disco, rollerskating, the mob), but not that it was a PG. I stopped watching this halfway through and the 'mob' hadn't even appeared at that point. Some half decent rollerskating and decent nipples can't even save this from a rock bottom score. 1/5
  21. Open worlds have to move beyond the constant need for 'rewards' though. I haven't played ER yet, but i'm just playing Cyberpunk and despite's it's systems being completely different to BotW they both just have a confidence that the world alone is sometimes reward enough. Even traversing the same areas from a different approach or viewpoint is enough sometimes. The physics engine is pretty integral to what makes BotW unique, it thrives on creativity rather than optimisation, which is what other open world adventure games often rely on (just look at the number of weapon level posts in the last few pages*). The best stories i've heard about BotW have all been from friends taking direction from their kids while playing, where they embrace that far more than I ever could. *Not a criticism of the game, I could spend all day re-speccing a character in DoS.
  22. I've got that sat on Plex, I really need to get round to watching it. Motel Hell (1980) - A pretty decent attempt at a comedy horror Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Fun premise, doesn't try and be too extreme and the acting is better than average for the genre. 4/5
  23. Has anyone actually done that in the other thread, which I assume is what you're referring too? Also a bit rich from someone who's venn diagram for 'threads posted in' and 'post saying how much I hate Nintendo' overlaps so hard the hubble telescope wouldn't be able to spot the difference.
  24. Super Mario Bros (1993) - Enjoyable enough, even if you could take the Mario Bros element out and it wouldn't harm the film at all, if anything make it better. Bob Hoskins is great. 3/5 My Brother's Keeper (1992) - A documentary about a potential murder in a US backwater. Really enjoyed this, it's nicely paced and the people in the film come across honest enough, apart from the police obviously. The police only make statements to the camera rather than speaking to the interviewers (possibly a legal thing, I have no idea) but it does give a nice bit of juxtaposition to the more casual filming elsewhere. Good soundtrack too. 4/5 Ponyo (2008) - Working our way through the Ghibli back catalogue still. The storm scenes are exceptional, really well done, and the story is nice enough. 3/5 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1991) - I don't think i've seen this in 20+ years, possibly even since release and it's not terrible! The costumes hold up ok, although coming from Jim Henson's workshop that maybe shouldn't be too much of a surprise. It's all a bit cheesy but watchable enough. The best bit is the first trip into the footsoldier base, which features arcade machines, skateboarding and breakdancing - all of the hallmarks of an evil base (Is this a way to annoy adults who might see these activities as dangerous or a way of appealing to the young? I have no idea). 3/5
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