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  1. Only God Forgives is a controversial choice, and I actually like it. What I find funny about John Carpenter having four Howard Hawks films in his top ten is that I would probably four John Carpenter films in mine.
  2. I’ve only seen the film once but I didn’t think that bit worked at all personally* and could quite easily have been removed, but agree it’s the main section that seemed to have her voice. It’s pretty much the only bit with any jokes. But some people seemed to attribute Bond becoming a dad to her, whereas that was surely the foundation of the plot from the start. *borderline parodic sub-John Wick choreography with seemingly never-ending goons pouring out of doors like it’s Time Crisis, zero sense of threat, along with that try-hard running joke about it being her first day. As action scenes go it was bizarrely unconvincing and took me out of the film completely.
  3. I hadn’t seen Fleabag when I worked on Solo, so when I started getting rushes with her character I was absolutely baffled as she doesn’t have the frame of a professional mocap performer and the suit was spectacularly unflattering, even by mocap standards. When I finally figured out who she was the schtick finally made sense. Fleabag was excellent to be fair, even if it did completely obliterate my ‘entitled middle class comedian’ radar. I’m not convinced she actually contributed much to Bond beyond name recognition, it seemed to me like they got her involved purely to deflect attention from the usual misogynist criticism, which seems to have worked. Critics spoke about her involvement as if she wrote the whole thing, whereas I doubt the script actually changed much at all so late in the day. I presume she’s effectively the new Marcus in this?
  4. It all look better besides the added reflections on the lakes. Large bodies of water don’t look like that and the non-RT versions actually look more realistic, in those example videos at least. That aside, the new lighting looks lovely.
  5. The first two Dead Space games are almost 100% linear so I’m a bit baffled that anyone would find it contentious here.
  6. Haven’t played this one but the previous ones were clearly designed to be played in co-op and suffered in single player as a result. With two players you’ll only end up playing half the chapters each (whilst also sharing some), but on your own you play each individual scenario successively and they become repetitive as a result. These games must be a logistical nightmare to design, with so many variables I’m not surprised the pacing sometimes suffers.
  7. They sell for about £65 (headset only), so probably not that much.
  8. The original launched for £400, and now every single CEX in the country has around three of them in the window for £65. Oh, and none of the games you might have previously bought will work either. This thing is dead on arrival. VR is a niche hobbyist pursuit for people with lots of disposable income & spare room, which is an increasingly small demographic these days.
  9. Think I just prefer my action games more like Ninja Gaiden or to an extent DmC, just 100% focused on the combat with minimal faff. I particularly like NG’s emphasis on just surviving encounters, as opposed to showboating. I think the closest Platinum have ever come to making something like this is Revengeance, but unfortunately I just found that quite mechanically annoying with one of the worst cameras of the 360 era. Vanquish is a can of worms for me, there’s so much to love but again I found it mechanically annoying. The weapon upgrade system is nonsense and the necessity to repeatedly spam the slide button for i-frames just seems stupid. At the time I preferred Binary Domain. (Never played Astral Chain, W101, Bayo 2 or the licensed games).
  10. Haven’t played the second or third games, but the original definitely had its fair share of shitty novelty sections and never-ending cutscenes. I’ve always thought Platinum are mad overrated tbh, everything I’ve played has always had some insanely annoying mechanic or indulgent nonsense.
  11. I don’t think Die Another Day is actually a good film, but I do think it’s secretly Brosnan’s second best. It’s a super camp modern day Moonraker which at least has some naff kitsch value as a relic of the early naughties, unlike Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough which are just turgid. TND in particular I always want to like more than I actually do, but next to Goldeneye it’s painful. How do you put Michelle Yeoh in a film with zero decent action?
  12. @Rubber_JohnnyThis thread is conflating remasters and remakes and everything inbetween. A proper Resident Evil-style remake is a completely new game (in the sense that all those Disney remakes are completely different films), and not really what most people are discussing here. Of course Steam, PC gaming in general and more recently the Xbox platform are all doing an admiral job of forward compatibility. It’s not really relevant if someone wants to play something like Viewtiful Joe though is it? It either gets re-released or forgotten about. Even the actual Resident Evil remake was limited to the GameCube until a few years ago, when it was remastered for modern hardware. It’s 20 years old and the GameCube wasn’t a huge seller. Plenty of Resident Evil fans, old and new, never played it the first time, now you can play it on almost anything. This is apparently bad for some reason.
  13. You could (and many people do) make the same argument about every single time a film is released on a new format, as there’s always some degree is artistic interpretation/compromise involved in updating something to a technology that hadn’t even been comprehended at the time. There’s good and bad examples of remastering in both gaming and films. But I don’t see anyone seriously suggesting that we shouldn’t attempt to re-release older films, whereas I do semi-regularly see people suggesting that in earnest about games. And in almost all cases I’d still take a less than perfect remaster over nothing at all, should I decide to revisit something. ‘But if some people spend all their money on 4k Dario Argento films, fewer people might go to see Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’. This statement is clearly total nonsense, and I don’t see how it’s any different for games.
  14. Why are Amazon/HMV so full of old films, when they could just be full new films instead? Whinging about remakes and remasters is exactly as stupid as the above statement. There’s also a particular brand of entitlement that seems to go ‘I played this 20 years ago, I don’t need a remake’ and it’s like, yeah, so what? Lots of people didn’t play it 20 years ago and would otherwise have no way of doing so. It’s one form persevering/archiving experiences that would otherwise be largely forgotten about. The other daft argument is that newer games are slicker mechanically so it’s pointless playing older games, as if the creation of CGI made watching stop-motion films pointless. Plenty of remasters smooth the edges off older games, sometimes it’s for better and sometimes it’s for worse, in much the same way some films held up better on a scuzzy old VHS than they do now in HD. It’s not always an improvement but it doesn’t make the effort redundant, when the alternative is total obscurity. Not every remake is for people who played it the first time. We’re old. Ultimately though I think MS have the right approach here, by future-proofing their catalogue in a way that makes actually re-releasing a title largely redundant.
  15. It's not an easy one, either. Took me about 30 minutes. What's nuts is that there's been nothing remotely as difficult since. No idea why they thought that was a good idea to open the game with, it's an incredibly obtuse area and seemingly the only one with two different resolutions. Whoever said it breaks every game design sin going was bang on the money, but there's still something quite compelling about it. I'm about three hours in and so far, despite the grotesque scenes, it's actually been a bizarrely chill experience. I do admire the absolute commitment to zero plot.
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