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  1. Alright all? I've got a spare afternoon and have been up since 3am flying back from Barcelona. Any tips on a chilled out fun game to play that's on Gamepass. I'll probably drop it after today but just looking for something light that I can while away the afternoon on. I've already played Artful Escape and the space disc flinger that I forget the name of...

  2. 45 minutes ago, Naysonymous said:

    In other news Liverpool have just bought Carvalho off of Fulham for £5m.  That feels like a piss take of a fee. 

    That's because it is a piss take of a fee. I'd assume there'd be some deal that we'll definitely get Nico Williams back for a reduced cost once we've secured promotion but Fulham tend to have a bit of a habit of nurturing talent and not being able to actually get any money for them when it comes down to it because they refuse to sign new contracts. I like Carvalho though, he's absolutely torn up the Championship a good few times this season and under Klopp could go onto be something really special. Hopefully he'll be more of a Harvey Elliot than a Patrick Roberts, anyway!

  3. 4 hours ago, Halo said:

    Got around to playing and finishing this (inc all the coins, with limited cheating) - it’s fairly polished but pretty bland, uninspired and forgettable, sadly. A couple of the secrets could have done with a bit more signposting to prevent the need for said cheating.

     

    It’s better than NSMB2 but that’s not saying much - I wish I’d spent my time replaying one of the SMB1-3/SMW/NSMB instead.

     

    I hope they have some better ideas when they next dust off the corpse of 2D Mario.

    Yeah I'm a huge 2D Mario guy and I didn't love it nearly as much as some. It's fine, and when the challenge picks up towards the end it's much better than that, but what comes before it just pretty safe, bland Mario. I don't think playing it after the absolutely sublime Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze helped a huge amount either. 

  4. 11 minutes ago, Jolly said:

    It's a reference to the irreverent features you used to get on the back page of gaming magazines. The podcast had quite a magazine focused slant in the first few months, but it's veered away from that more recently. 

    After a violent but let’s be honest fully justified attack from a popular UK gaming forum. 

  5. On 03/04/2022 at 13:09, Ran said:

    I did a bit of a prequel binge yesterday in readiness for this. Ewan McGregor is easily one of the best things about it and I have softened on them with age (though there are some incredible clangers along the way still and attack of the clowns is mostly terrible).

    I hope we get a bit of suprise Qui Gonn force ghost action, Liam Neeson is pretty great in phantom menace. Really looking forward to it.

     

    17 hours ago, Doctor Shark said:

    Yeah, Qui Gonn and Obi Wan should have been the anchors of the entire trilogy. Instead we only got Obi Wan and as amazing as he was, even he couldn't carry the second two films.

    I've always thought this line of thinking was basically mad. I've always had a soft spot for Neeson's performance but my God is McGregor rubbish in these movies. I don't specifically blame him, the writing is so utterly atrocious that it's impossible not to be bad in these movies, but the accent is dodgy and he just sort of moans his way through the first movie then smirks his way through the other two.

     

    I'm looking forward to the series though, it'd be cool to see his Kenobi be good with better scripts.  

  6. 24 minutes ago, Mike S said:

     

    I realise you are simply doing your ever tedious thing and that I shouldn't humour it but I am 110 hours into ER and haven't needed to grind for runes at all as, instead of trying to force an upgrade, I just go and do something at my level instead. Of which there have been near limitless opportunities.

     

    It's a game that can be played totally organically with zero need to grind or to frantically chase objectives unless you want to rush to the end but you know that. It also makes all other open world games, bar BOTW and very few others, look like the formulaic, hand holding, snooze fest that they all are and that is a significant element of why so many people, and all the critics,  are enjoying it so much.

     

    'Zealots'. Amazing.

    He’s doing his ever tedious thing and you bit. He wins. You’ve made him win. 

  7. I bought this as a kind of "chill out" game for when I get five minutes during the working from home days. Elden Ring was too stressful/you needed too long a session so I thought the nice chilled out cafe car game I'd read all about would be a good tonic for if I'm wanting to play during the day.

     

    I spent basically all of yesterday on the IB-10 license test. All of it. By the end of the day I was too stressed to play Elden Ring and had a microwaveable lasagne for dinner because I'd left it too late to cook because of stupid bastard IB-10. I have got gold on every other license test so far.

     

    I still have not done IB-10. 

  8. 7 hours ago, StumpyJohn said:

    In the past couple of days I've been knocked off a cliff to my death by a regular enemy while on my way to recover about 32k and then lost 60k in a cave where there was no way out other than through and it was way too high level for me to get past the boss.

     

    The jeopardy of losing loads of runes is cramping my enjoyment of the game a bit recently.

    Just don't worry about it. There's literally infinite runes out there. Back in my day enemies disappeared after 7 deaths and then those souls were gone! And you only had one way you could go! Back in my time none of this used to be fields, basically. 

     

    Seriously though Runes don't really matter. It's annoying when you lose them, yeah, but don't let it ruin the game for you. Just go get more!

  9. 6 hours ago, Hanzo the Razor said:

     

    I was shocked by the news and of course feel heartbroken for his wife and children, friends and the Foo's. However they have somehow become the Hard Rock version of U2. They're very popular, make (or did make) great singles and play massive shows. But you never hear them mentioned as an influence by newer bands. There's respect there because Dave Grohl was the drummer in Nirvana. And that the first Foo's album is a masterpiece that he made on his own. 

     

    Anyway RIP Taylor Hawkins. He seemed like a good bloke who had the grapefruits to audition to be the drummer in Dave Grohl's band. And did it successfully for 25 years.

    Definitely the time to find out what Hanzo thinks of the Foo Fighters. 

  10. 5 minutes ago, Ste Pickford said:

    I really enjoyed DS2.  I think perhaps because I played it when it came out, rather than much later like the others, and it was a bit easier for me, with the disappearing enemies and stuff.  I think objectively it's the worst one, and doesn't have the magic of the first, but I still think it's a good game.

    It was the first one I played and I really really love it. It is, as you say, probably the worst one but it always felt the biggest to me. Maybe because it was the first Soulslike I finished so everything felt bigger, maybe it just is the biggest, but it's this enormous, varied world that I've always loved going back to and dipping into. I shamefully never played the DLC and never quite made it through enough of the game to get a good enough character to start any of them. I'm assuming my first character was a useless hodgepodge with no ADP because I didn't know what it was or what it did first time through. 

     

    Actually can you respec? You can right? At the witch ladies? Maybe I'll go back in and spec out an awesome character and play through the DS2 DLC once I'm having Elden Ring withdrawals...

  11. 29 minutes ago, marsh said:

    I was absolutely most definitely not going to load this if it borked after all the recent updates, but it loaded fine and then you spend a couple of hours just doing various things and it's pretty wonderful. I mean some of the micro transactions seem like absolute bollocks, but then they were in gt sport, so is it really any different? I've not once felt the need to go off and buy something new or think that I've seen something I absolutely must own. I'm only on something like cafe menu 10 but I've not found many things you can't beat in a radical on sport softs. I did get a ringside seat of an amg merc roughing up an m3 last night at alsace which was entertaining.

    This is the thing, it's really frustrating because the game underneath it all is fantastic fun. I've never been a big GT guy, Forza 4 Lyf Yo, but after a few hours of me complaining how slow 7 feels and how a proper racing line would improve things it's just clicked. I've turned off basically all of the visual assists and am actually getting on alright judging corners the old fashioned way and it just feels fantastic!

     

     But there's no excusing what they're doing on the microtransaction side of things. The big cars cost so much, which in a way does make them feel more special but there has to be a way of making those credits without pumping hours and hours into the same events and that's just not fun. And the roulette is built in such a way as it actually feels like a bit of a snide joke. "Let's have a look at what you could of won... here we go... here it comes.. I wonder if it'll actually be the car this ti- BWOM BWOOOM here's 2k." And the lack of microtransactions in review copies feels actively corrupt. If you're hiding it from reviewers it shouldn't be in the final game.

     

    There's definitely a middle ground between Forza's "blink and you get a Mazda" and what's in here, it's just a shame Polyphony come off looking so cheap and leaving such a bad taste in the mouth in their apparent bid to get there. 

  12. Yep. That blog's an interesting explanation but calling it, or even what David Chase actually says about the ending, in any way definitive ruins what made that choice so brilliant in the first place. 

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