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  1. pinholestar

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    This World Cup is absolutely fucking bonkers.
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    Tom Clancy's The Division

    Apart from a 5 minute section at the very start, the entire game can be played co-op &/or using matchmaking with randoms. No vehicles. One of the 3 DLCs (and by far the best) is called 'Survival' which turns the whole map into a lethal blizzard & has you scavenging for meds & gear as you make your way to the central Dark Zone & attempt to escape before the timer runs out. The main game & the core mechanics are just 3rd-person cover-shooting with various abilities & gadgets but it's a looter-shooter, so obtaining progressively better gear is the main objective of the endgame. Until you reach that point though there's a huge map to gradually uncover & explore & a fairly lengthy storyline to work your way through as you do so. I haven't played for a while now but compared to how it launched the game has come on leaps & bounds & has been refined into an excellent package.
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    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    Judging by that, as disappointed as I am that the fight is off I'm really glad that Max isn't going to fight in that state. His eyes are drooping all over the place. Guess it's either a concussion picked up in training or his body is just saying no to the weight cut. Sincerely hope it's not the effect of accumulated damage this early in his career.
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    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    Stipe TKO 3rd round. Holloway TKO 2nd round. Those are plucked straight from my backside really as both fights are very hard to call. Looking forward to seeing how effective DC’s wrestling is going to be against the bigger (and no slouch on the ground himself) Stipe. The first exchange on the ground will tell us a lot about the way the fight’s going to go. Obviously Ortega’s a lethal submission threat but he routinely pulls those out when he’s in trouble & behind in the fight & I think Max’s high pressure & volume style could overwhelm him. Wouldn’t put money on it though.
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    Final Fantasy XV

    That's pretty much how I felt for the whole 50 hours it took me to finish it. It's a very odd game indeed. At times it's brilliant & the boyband on a sunny roadtrip angle really works & then you'll fight some antelope-rabbits or whatever in a forest & the camera will do its absolute best to fuck up your day & give you absolutely no view of what's going on whatsoever & you wonder why the hell you're bothering. With its notoriously troublesome development it's a miracle it came out at all but I don't think I've ever played a game that's so clearly flailing around for an identity as this one. It's all over the shop. The seeds are there for something spectacular though, so I hope they take what they learned & apply it to FF16. Not holding my breath though.
  6. pinholestar

    Splatoon 2 - Octo Expansion AVAILABLE NOW

    Some of these are absolutely fucking nails.
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    Splatoon 2 - Octo Expansion AVAILABLE NOW

    How do I change my multiplayer character to an Octoling?
  8. pinholestar

    Resident Evil 2 Remake!

    It looked like Resident Evil 2 in terms of environment & pacing but RE4 in terms of control & combat. Perfect.
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    Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt Red next masterpiece)

    Pretty much sounds like the dream game I’ve had in my head for about 25 years.
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    Death Stranding - Kojima at it again

    Looks like there’s going to be stealth in there by using the baby-powered shoulder radar to avoid the inter-dimensional ghosts (sounds legit) & he pulled a gun out at some point so there’ll be shooting I guess. Don’t know if all the walking stuff was just to show off the barren setting or not but there did seem to be a focus on the different things he was carrying on his back each time. Fuck knows what it’s about & how it will actually play but I’m on board.
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    E3 2018: Playstation Conference - NO FFVII

    I get my candy-coloured, family-friendly fix from Nintendo so I’m fine with Sony’s first-party offerings being violent & dark in tone. I think the criticisms of them tending towards being cinematic, violent, third-person action games are perfectly valid but I love games like that when they’re done well & all of them looked absolutely stunning, so I have no complaints personally. Maybe I’m easily pleased but I’m consistently blown away by the quality of games these days. Truly feels like we’re living in a golden age & the things developers are able to do these days boggles my mind. Last of Us 2 was ridiculous. There’s a fluidity to Naughty Dog’s games that must take an extraordinary effort to pull off. It’s seamless. I thought the tense stealth gameplay of the first game was very well done but it was the characterisation & pacing of the story that really set it apart. For my money it was up there with what high-quality television has to offer so I’m intrigued to see what the motivation for Ellie’s journey’s going to be this time. I appreciate that for some people it’s difficult to watch but the brutal violence is entirely within context as far I’m concerned. Killing a human being with a knife is a horrifically violent act so I have no problem with it being portrayed as such. Ghost of Tsushima looked sumptuously gorgeous but I suspect it’s going to be a fairly shallow experience based on what they showed. Of the raft of games that have been revealed this year in a feudal Japan setting (Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Nioh 2 etc) this is the one I’m probably least interested in but fuck me does it look good. Death Stranding continues to intrigue & looks extraordinary. I’m happy for the whole thing to remain a bizarre Kojima fever-dream mystery. Too much of entertainment media is overexposed & spoiled to high heaven before release these days so I’d be happy to see nothing more of the game until it’s released. I still have no real idea what it’s about & there were vague indications of how it will play but it suggested a huge barren landscape & some sort of stealth mechanics. Dunno, but I’m totally on board. Resident Evil 2 remake was far more than I was expecting. Looks to have the spirit of RE4 running through it & that can only be a good thing. Spider-Man looked like everything you’d want a Spider-Man game to be. Heavily-scripted demo but the open-world web-slinging gameplay they showed afterwards looked great. They’ve got this generation wrapped up & the quality of Sony’s first-party offerings is off the charts. There’s a huge variety of games available these days & Sony offer one particular aspect of that & do it better than anyone. Nothing wrong with that at all.
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    E3 2018: Playstation Conference - NO FFVII

    Jesus. Naughty Dog are on a different level aren’t they.
  13. pinholestar

    E3 2018: Playstation Conference - NO FFVII

    This is very different isn’t it.
  14. pinholestar

    E3 2018: Playstation Conference - NO FFVII

    Been up for the best part of 2 days & in any other situation I’d be sound asleep. But this is no ordinary situation. This is rllmuk. This is E3. We stand together!
  15. Origins was a great return to form but they should leave at least 2 years between each instalment now. It’s just too much having a 100-hour epic every single year.

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