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  1. 16/11/2022 - Resident Evil Village: Shadows of Rose I forgot to write this up at the time, but there's not really much to say. This was a very small expansion that took me on a brief tour of some of the main locations from Resi 8, adding in some supernatural crowd control abilities due to the new character. It was cool to see these locations in third person, to the point where I might replay the main game with the option at some point, but otherwise I felt it was a bit forgettable really. For the most part it gave me some very generic Resident Evil action, which was fine, but nothing more. I did enjoy one particular encounter though. Without giving too much away, it made some clever use of line of sight to incredibly creepy effect. Unfortunately it directly preceded a really annoying stealth section, complete with vision cones that almost made me stop playing. The story was a bit predictable, but made for a nice enough coda to the Winters story. I'm quite glad Capcom are apparently moving on from this for the next game though, as I can't say I've enjoyed it anywhere near as much as the Umbrella nonsense from the earlier games.
  2. I played through the main scenario a couple of times, failing the first time around and just scraping through on my second attempt. I was completely burnt out after that though, to the point where I never got around to the other scenarios. It was amazing, but bloody hell! I've got my eye on Ixion, which is out later today: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1113120/IXION/ It's a story based, sci-fi management sim about managing a space station containing the last of humanity searching for a new home. It sounds right up my street anyway, and hopefully not quite as bleak as Frostpunk.
  3. Microsoft first party games don't leave Game Pass, unless there's a licensing reason like the Forza games. I doubt Wasteland 3 would leave. I have however been after a Steam version for the Deck. This is a great month for me.
  4. Obviously not, but that doesn't stop this one being particularly bad. It's not like I was expecting a good story from the game, but what's there is both inane and bizarrely vague. The best "story" I've seen in a Sonic game was probably Sonic 3, which got across a few simple beats without any dialogue and without ever getting in the way.
  5. I'm playing Sonic Frontiers at the moment, and while I'm enjoying it I think I can easily see why it could score a 3. I could also see why it could score a 7. It's such a weird mix of good and bad stuff, and sometimes the bad stuff becomes sort of good when it adds a layer of jank to take into account and master. The only thing I think its unequivocally bad so far is the story, which is not only dull but also weirdly vague. I feel like I could skip all the dialogue and lose nothing from the experience.
  6. A full on remake in this style would certainly be cool, if a bit BSG, but probably not really necessary. What this will do though is open the door for more Star Wars in this style, and possibly other styles too now its proven that Star Wars works just fine in other genres.
  7. I mean, he literally posted a link to one a few posts up. I guess if you use your Deck while out and about a lot I can kind of see the point, just like a phone case. Unlike a phone though, it's surely a lot more important to keep the Deck as ergonomic as possible. I'd just make sure the Deck goes back into its carry case when you're not using it.
  8. Speaking as someone who only got into Twin Peaks a decade or so ago, it may still be worth sticking with simply because it's not quite like anything else. Season 1 is basically a 90s soap opera pastiche with an undercurrent of Lynch weirdness. Season 2 continues this for a few episodes, then Lynch sods off for a bit and it turns into, well, a dodgy 90s soap opera before Lynch comes back for a pretty mindblowing ending. I do think it's worth watching the shit episodes, but I don't think you'd lose too much by skipping them. I'm sure there's a watchlist somewhere if you're after the essential ones. Fire Walk With Me is horrific, in a good way. Season 3 (The Return) is probably what you're looking for, and is the point where things go full weird. It's astonishingly good, but won't make any sense whatsoever without the grounding you get from the older seasons and the movie.
  9. On Steam Deck I just set the frame rate to 30 and switched to the Low graphics preset. It's been running will well with those settings.
  10. Soul Reaver needs a full blown remake rather than a simple remaster, I think. I adored that game, but it really hasn't aged well.
  11. I almost gave up on that one early on, but I either adapted to the audio quality as it went on or it may have improved a bit. It was a good podcast in the end, in spite of his audio.
  12. Nope, you can get the Expansion pass and save a whole pound. https://store.steampowered.com/app/355880/The_Witcher_3_Wild_Hunt__Expansion_Pass/ EDIT: Oh sorry, I thought you meant the expansions. The upgraded stuff is free and will apply to any version on PC. This is from the Steam blurb for the standard edition:
  13. As I recall, yes. You get an option at the start to jump straight to either DLC with an appropriately levelled character, so you could start with Hearts of Stone and the then continue to Blood and Wine. I can't remember if your choices in the main game affect the DLC or not though.
  14. It's £6.99 for the GOTY Edition with all the DLC too. I already own the GOG version, but I'm thinking of double dipping just for the Steam Deck.
  15. I really wasn't prepared for just how good this show was. You could rip Star Wars out of it altogether and it would still be amazing, but the fact that it adds so much texture to that universe makes it that much better. Incredible stuff. The finalé was absolutely perfect.
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