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  1. Cosmic_Guru

    What books did you read in 2019?

    I got a bunch of crime books from my sister's brother in law who is one of the Daggers judges, but nothing I would recommend particularly - either they are good page turners but ultimately implausible, or bit workman-like (various BBC reporters guilty of this), maybe The Lying Game was the best of the bunch - nicely atmospheric and it's easy to believe a bunch of 15 year olds would act as they did. First non-fiction book - Fire and Fury - Michael Wolff. Very readable account of the goings on in the White House. You couldn't make it up etc (except you could as Sinclair Lewis demonstrated perfectly well in his novel). First novel - White Tears - Hari Kuzau. A couple of American fake a '20s blues record and upload it with dire consequences. This is a strange novel and probably not one to worry about the story too much (for example did Shaw actually record or not?) but just let the experience wash over you - after about half way through 3 time periods get mixed together - the late 20s/early 30s, the late 50s/early 60s and the present day, and the whole becomes a sort of alternate futures or impressionist piece.
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    Forza Horizon 4 - Open-UK Racing

    7 million players. Pretty impressive for a driving game I would have thought, regardless of game share and GP.
  3. Cosmic_Guru

    Forza Horizon 4 - Open-UK Racing

    Isha's taxis is a bit of light relief after all the high speed career chapters. Love just pottering around this for a couple of hours each Thursday trying to level the closest things up and get a few more stars.
  4. Cosmic_Guru

    What are you playing?

    Well, S&S is finished for now for the time being after some pretty long and exhausting (but hugely enjoyable) Act II quests. All put away and documented so that a new evil team can be formed if the compulsion to play this again strikes again before the final expansion is out (together with 2 new characters). I read that the final dragon boss in that expansion might require a 10 character team at LVI/VII to beat, so it may be wise to hang fire a bit to see if that is correct, and anyway I think I have worked out the compulsion for the time being. So I cracked open Everdell for some light relief this afternoon and it's just as good as anticipated. It really manages that trick of appearing simple and straightforward on the surface so everyone can pick it up quickly, but concealing good depths underneath. The way in which each successive season offers more opportunities for action and enables synergies and other positive feedback loops to emerge is both pleasing in itself, and supports the overall theme of preparation. After an initial flail around to learn the mechanics with 2H, I decided to settle down with the solo game where you attempt to defeat a rat over 3 increasingly difficult years. It's cunning (like a rat) and well designed, and for once doesn't feel like an add-on to attract Kickstarter backers. It is a good training tool since it forces you to think about what you are doing, principally in maintaining a high average point value for your city cards (the rat acquires one card for each card played by you and his always score at least 2 points), and also trying to achieve at least one of the special events (the rat takes credit for all those you miss). I achieved a win at the 4th attempt, helped by completing 2 special events which both scored well, keeping the average card value high AND cashing out big in the final journey (possibly this score would have sufficed to win in year 2 also). In an earlier game I came very close to his score by severely restricting the number of cards I played, so my city was only 7 units large. A couple of observations: the tree looks pretty but is impracticable for solo play (and I imagine for 3 or 4 P play also) - much better to have it to one side as a reminder of the seasons, and put the special events in the sort of hole in the front of the board where they are much easier to read it seems a strange design choice to have 11 and not 12 forest cards when you use 3 or 4 each game.
  5. Just suck up the fetch quests and enjoy the little vignettes they offer. You can adjust the difficulty levels of combat, stealth and survival as you wish - I think I reduced combat since it's extremely basic, but left the others unaltered - the survival stuff (eating, drinking and sleep that is - outfits are very important) is not an issue at all. Hopefully post release patches have improved performance although there was nothing so bad it impeded progress.
  6. Cosmic_Guru

    Sniper Elite IV (PC/PS4/XB1)

    That bit was quite awkward - the charge lodges in the bottom right hand side of the hole in the wall which makes the angle more tricky. I ended up dashing down to check again exactly where it was placed before doing my snipey thing. Nice old fashioned SP military shooter, nothing too taxing but with obvious scope to make more challenging, or to set your own level objectives. Spent stupid time in the port level emptying the armoury in various ways, in particular booby trapping bodies and chucking them down the stairs to be stumbled over, and also sniping from one of the snipers' nests, just moving from side to side of the crane structure. This game has actually motivated me to download a couple of Hitman 1 episodes since it's sort of got me in the mood for it.
  7. Good to see We Happy Few potentially getting wider exposure. Almost pleased here to see nothing appealing given my GP backlog alone.
  8. Cosmic_Guru

    The Occupation - Out 5th March 2019

    Looks right up my street and very nostalgic tech wise.
  9. Cosmic_Guru

    Assassin's Creed Odyssey

    This is much better. You have: Much more freedom to explore A much more likeable main character (female version at least) More interesting and enjoyable locations and characters you will more likely to have heard of Possibly other things like more refined character build options and more variety of activity but I never got too far into Origins so it might be unfair to make further comparisons. A big bonus is the minimisation of modern day interruptions, so other than synching viewpoints, for long stretches it could be any other action RPG franchise where stealth is an option and you don't need to have followed the course of the AC storyline at all.
  10. Cosmic_Guru

    Assassin's Creed Odyssey

    You can often spam enemies from positions of hight using bows. I think a few times they might have got stuck on scenery to my advantage, but not particularly often. I remember taking the first bounty hunter down from a rooftop, probably aided by Sparta kick. You can't spam the Artemis hunt beasts and certain other encounters. Don't worry about the map - there is a lot of variation to experience (albeit at least 3 seasons are represented). Are you certain you have the quest object? You can obtain them before taking on the quest. Unlucky if bugged. It is a gamey game though, no doubt about it - Phobos is near nigh invincible (I managed to knock her out for a few minutes at one point after a particularly ambitious jump). No need to lady-shave or eat or apply horse medicine or any of that sort of thing .
  11. Cosmic_Guru

    Resident Evil 2 Remake - 1-Shot Demo January 11th

    The knife is your best ammo saving bet for putting them down permanently after they first fall. I wasted a bit of ammo on trying to shoot off locks etc and ended up ammo less cowering in the mens locker room waiting for the timer to expire.
  12. Cosmic_Guru

    Have you ever found a game too hard?

    Yes, lots back in the day of infrequent checkpoints and no difficulty slider. Nnow I just avoid games I'm hopeless at - platforms, schmupps etc, and you can always look up a puzzle solution if you are stuck, so I don't think there is any game I've given up for difficulty for some time, usually just boredom or ennui or lack of player agency issues . MDK2 Enclave That one where the bod runs around in his underpants if he loses health are 3 I recall in particular.
  13. Cosmic_Guru

    Resident Evil 2 Remake - 1-Shot Demo January 11th

    Yes. I first played on the N64 (1999?). Apparently that version is one of the best because of extra bells and whistles, not that I knew or cared at the time. Being new to the whole zombies in video games thing, it took me several attempts just to reach the police station .
  14. Cosmic_Guru

    Assassin's Creed Odyssey

    That boar is the toughest enemy in the hunter quest chain because of the adds he calls up midway through. You really have to stick close and pummel away so the pack are a little way away.
  15. Cosmic_Guru

    Sniper Elite IV (PC/PS4/XB1)

    Really enjoying this courtesy of Game Pass although new to the franchise (only playing on normal difficulty mind). You can quick save once something has been achieved, and then feel free to experiment a bit more for a while. Looks gorgeous too which always helps in these fairly slow paced experiences. The agency is good too. For one of the officer kills, I blew up a lorry, waited for the officer and accompanying goons to go searching and crept into the hut. When the officer returned I stabbed him in the guts. So much for sniping

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