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  1. Wow, considering all the great updates they've done it seems mad there's a bug as bad as that still in there. I wonder how many otherwise good runs I've had to sacrifice for the shortcut guy now. Normally I wouldn't bother since they don't tend to be worth the effort in these games but people seem to think the items that also unlock are really good, though I can't imagine you get them massively regularly? Now trying to get the Hollow one with the five keys and 240 gold. The last quest where I gave him the four junk ended up being pretty fun since at that point in the game I wasn't going to win and had also picked up Casey for the first time so just sacrificed the rest of my health as batting practice. I can see how that weapon could be amazing if you get the hang of it. 30 hours in I've also made a final (?) change to my control scheme, putting items on L2 and the map on square since I constantly fuck up using items in the heat of the moment having to take my thumb off the right analog, especially ones like Daruma which should be great in theory but just make me take more hits in practice. It does make warping pretty awkward but I figure it's better to wrestle with the controls outside of combat if you have to at all..
  2. I had a bit of a posse going earlier too.. Was desperately destroying chests I probably shouldn't have done to try and add another into the mix. I first bought this about five years ago thinking I'd love it and kept struggling to get into it for one reason and another. Couldn't get a control layout that didn't feel awkward, runs felt very samey at the start (not sure how much that's changed after all the generous updates) and I kept getting annoyed at my lack of ability to see when I was in danger of falling down a pit/realise when I'm on fire/notice an enemy has spawned right on top of me etc. I still take way too many annoying hits due to that stuff but on the whole it's really clicked with me lately. I should've been sensible and played something more sedate today since I only got an hour of sleep last night but instead.. I got my first Dragun kill! Probably a good advert for letting things play out in roguelites rather than starting over since I didn't play particularly well, didn't have weapons I was all that into, didn't have any real synergies yet I still somehow muddled though the Dragun and managed to deliver three of the four bits to the blacksmith. I got bailed out right at the death though, died when he only had a tiny bit of health left only to be very surprised at reviving with full health.. Upon Googling it turned out the pig that had been following me around was good for something after all
  3. 2015-2019, from going through my end of year mixes.. Lil Ugly Mane - Third Side of Tape/Oblivion Access Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside/Some Rap Songs Travis Scott - Rodeo Ka - Honor Killed the Samurai Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition Isaiah Rashad - The Sun's Tirade A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service Westside Gunn - Flygod (from the days before I got absolutely sick of hearing this guy's voice and patter) Denzel Curry - Impreial/TA13BOO Tyler, The Creator - Flower Boy/Igor DJ Muggs & Roc Marciano - Kaos Jean Grae & Quelle Chris - Everything's Fine Quelle Chris - Guns Pusha T - Daytona Playboi Carti - Die Lit Kids See Ghosts - Kids See Ghosts Mach-Hommy - The GAT Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana JPEGMAFIA - Veteran/All My Heroes Are Cornballs clipping. - There Existed an Addiction to Blood/Visions of Bodies Being Burned
  4. Hold up, is the hitbox different? I watched the STG Weekly for the arcade game yesterday and they seemed to think it was like 4 pixels. Can't get much smaller than that!
  5. Yeah, I think we've discussed it in here before. I'm not a very good player but I could probably trick someone into thinking I must be decent the first time I try something. After the initial peak it's a big trough as I struggle to match the first attempt for ages then a very gradual climb to (hopefully) eventually going beyond it. I think you're right in that's it's mainly about mindset, having no real expecations and hence no pressure. I've somehow done a fair chunk of FROM bosses first time as well and I'm sure it's because I go in the first time all relaxed not expecting to beat them, just looking at it as practice and to scope out their moveset. On the flipside if I get to the point where I've ground something out for a while and feel like I should be doing it, or even somehow deserve to since I've put x amount of time in, then that tends to be a recipe for tensing up and fucking it. I find a lot of hard/intense games double up as some sort of weird Zen training, I think the mental side of things is often massively underestimated when people discuss how to approach stuff like that.
  6. Trouble is, even after doing it you move on to arcade mode and you're right back at 'OK, first goal is to do the first stage without dying' Usually playing stuff blind (even things with a repution like Garegga etc.) I'll be able muddle through the first two or three stages on a credit straight away but absolutely not with this. There doesn't feel much room to freestyle at all, it's more like 'learn exactly where you need to be at any given moment or the enemies will pile up and the screen will become a curtain'. Some of the bosses are obviously very tough but the stages scare me more right now.
  7. Is it not possible to stick a bit of card under somewhere to level it out? Not the most elegant solution but I have bits of folded paper in varying thicknesses under some of the legs of the unit mine's stood on.
  8. The best part is that QC has somehow managed to hit new depths pretty much across the board as well, probably fewer labels paying for extra care in the circumstances (with everyone trying to gazump everyone else, jump the queue etc.) and the plants rushing everything out even more. Paying more for shoddier product is a super appealing combination.
  9. No, I wouldn't worry. I think it'd pretty much take the stylus totally bottoming out to the point where the cartridge was actually scraping along the record for there to be any danger. I guess theoretically if you just listened to that one record over and over again you might end up with uneven wear on the stylus but that's probably not a realistic scenario!
  10. It's been a while since I was last reading about Garegga but I think one of the secret ships is supposed to be good (Miyamoto?) I couldn't use any of them though, I don't want to be flying around as some Lord of the Rings shit in my very austere and serious military shooter thankyou very much. IIRC the Golden Bat variation of Wild Snail is the most popular to try and clear the game with. Turns out Deathtiny mode didn't require a whole lot of sticking with as it got 1cc'd on the next attempt! I was on my last life when Doom went down though. Actually knowing that the laser doesn't go full screen is kind of a big deal, and @phillv85's suggestion of treating the guage as just a life bar was good advice too. It's stupid but normally I manually bomb all the time when I play modes with autobomb just so as not to lose the instinct to do so when going back to arcade mode or whatever. I tell you what though, the microscopic hurtbox in this game makes you unduly feel like an absolute god with some of the flukedodges you end up pulling off.
  11. Press F for those of us who played through the Shenmue I & II QTEs on a Dualshock 4 with 360 button prompts.
  12. Yeah, you can just map keyboard commands to whatever joypad input you want. No idea if it'll still work OK after several years or if the layout will suit anyone else but my settings for TIE Fighter are below, paste them into a cfg file in JoyToKey's config folder and it should show up in the program.
  13. There's a toggle to just have him appear at the end of the game regardless, in that mode at least. It's on by default so at first I assumed he'd also appear at the end of the first loop in arcade mode and was very relieved that that wasn't the case. It says something about the experience of trying to get past him that I had no idea his music was completely boss until I watched that video.
  14. Forgot to say, thank god that that Doom TLB who you can have turn up at the end of the other modes won't be part of any prospective 1-all attempts since he only seems to appear at the end of the second loop once you've cleared the first loop scoring at least 120,000,000 points.. And also without dying or bombing That turret pattern. Good lord.
  15. I played through X-Wing and TIE Fighter a couple of years back with a Xbox One controller, was a faff to set up with JoyToKey but it did the job pretty nicely once set up so you should be fine.
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