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  1. On 18/06/2022 at 12:32, Garibaldi said:

    Bonkers, but still slightly less bonkers than my flatmate who is using a PS4 on a cheap, probably fifteen years old at this point, LCD. My family were getting rid of a quality 1080p LED which I offered but he declined, much to my bafflement. 


    Ooh, this is apparently me. I mean, not literally me, but a friend gave me this TV (a 720p 26in LCD from 2007) back in 2015 and I'm still using it. 


    I'll probably go straight from that to some mindblowing 4K OLED next year and see if it changes my life.

  2. On 19/03/2022 at 23:12, Curtis said:



    My point was: feel free to ask before giving up entirely, because its highly likely you aren't getting the most out of your set-up. I've been tutoring fellow forumites since Demon's in 2009, and they even dubbed me Sir Curtis. 😆


    Since then i've clocked 7000+ hours on Soulsborne games. All that aside, i'm not a 'great' player, my enjoyment comes from figuring out the best way to abuse the systems in place. The purists who love the thrill of solo-ing everything might smirk and say, "nah thats not how its done", but what does it matter? Each to their own!


    Also, do what i do: never try a boss more than 3-4 times. Take a break. Think about it. Sleep on it. If you're doing pitiful damage then your gear clearly isn't up to spec for that particular fight. Its not about learning every move and when to evade. Thats too clinical for me. Bashing your head against a wall repeatedly will only lead to a headache.


    The beautiful thing about the open world nature of this game is even if you hit a roadblock (or two), you can still explore and find all sorts of distractions. Thats what this game is about. After beating Margit i went all over exploring, dying, suiciding for an item, and by the time i got back on the main story path, i was proper tooled up!


    I'm always available for jolly coop. :eyebrows:


    Yeah I remember you from the previous Souls threads - I used to read them to enjoy what other people were getting up to, even though I wasn't interested in getting repeatedly squelched by bosses myself! You are a very helpful chap who might like Souls games too much. 


    I appreciate the offer of co-op and I'll probably get back into the game at some point in a couple of months when I've moved house. You'll still be playing it by then, right? 😉

  3. 1 minute ago, Curtis said:

    I can't help but notice a lot of "i'm done with it" posts over the past couple of days? Have the semi-casual crowd who helped the game reach 12 million sales (thank you, seriously) reached their breaking point? 


    I would say stick with it, and use every tool at your disposal to hurt the game that will never stop hurting you. And it only gets worse towards endgame, trust me - theres no respite or easy way to see it through to the credits.


    Ha, is this supposed to reassure the semi-casual crowd? Of which I am one, and I'm indeed stopping playing after about 45 hours.


    I don't regard it as a bad thing necessarily - I wasn't expecting to ever finish it, and I've just spent too much time on it and got "fatigued" as people are describing it. 45 hours is still a serious amount of time for me to put into a game. 


    I think it's a little inevitable that the casual crowd will be more likely to enjoy the new areas, new bizarre enemies, new vistas etc rather than learning to bludgeon the game harder than it bludgeons you. 


    I made it to the Capital but the balance of being murdered vs seeing cool new stuff had gradually shifted. Doesn't make it a bad game in my estimation by any means. 

  4. So I'm thinking of respeccing, having just killed Rennala and currently a clumpy STR-focused melee type. It's decent, but I feel like I'm missing out on a lot of fun as I repeatedly jump-attack people with a claymore. 


    I'm a complete newbie to the genre, so you can't really use the word 'build' to describe my current state, since I put points in DEX originally that I now never use. 


    Question is, who has more fun? A DEXy dual-wielding katana type, a magic-focused spellsword (which would mean I could still use my +13 claymore, maybe), something else? FROM seem to have put tons of effort into the magic side of things, I'm constantly picking up spells and incantations that I can't use - so I'm leaning towards respeccing as a magic user. 


    Any views on the magic user side of things?

  5. Is there any reason why my Ashes of War now give me the option of more affinities?


    For example, Endure - which would normally be Standard/Heavy - can now be Standard/Heavy/Magic/Cold... I'm not complaining, mind.

  6. As an almost-total newbie to Soulslikes (I played a couple of hours of the first Dark Souls years ago) I'm enjoying this.


    I've just got to Margit and I can see why someone described them as a 'tutorial boss' - the moves are clearly delineated and the dodge timing is relatively easy to achieve. Not that I've come close to defeating them obvs. 


    So far my least favourite enemy is probably the humble pack of dogs. Wankers. Castle Morne entrance absolutely sucked until I realised I could sic giant helmet guy on everybody. 

  7. Thanks for the recommendation on this, it was incredible. I was sat there slightly shaking during the tension of the last episode!


    Like everyone else has said, the show fleshes out its characters more tightly than anything else, no wasted space at all. Feel like the police force could do with a bit more funding, mind.

  8. 12 minutes ago, Doctor Shark said:

    Also, just to counter @CrichStand absolutely bonkers issues he seems to be having, setting up my Series X couldn't have been easier. Did it all through my phone, had everything set up and Red Dead Redemption 2, which I'd been playing on my One X the day before, downloaded and my save available in less than 2 hours (it's a big game to download!).


    Yeah the S setup was very smooth, though I did laugh at having to update the controller as well as the console. Great to have quick resume and all the games I apparently bought back in the day - I own Perfect Dark Zero? Definitely forgot I bought that - just appear. 


    If I was picking holes in the UI, it is weird that even with my ~200mb internet if I go into the Gamepass app it'll load up the top few icons, then take a good few seconds to let me access any of the other sections further down.

  9. I completed this yesterday, after picking it up based on recommendations in this thread. It's clearly an incredible achievement - not necessarily for the complex interweaving of the various murder mysteries, but for giving the player the tools to work out the answers with a solid user interface and simple controls. There's plenty of extremely smart people out there that could build the murder mystery part, but the combination of the notebook, name list, images and all the rest is really inspired. 


    The personal downside for me is essentially the total lack of hand-holding. It's a deliberate feature of the game and the genre, especially given in this game you're sometimes essentially trying to 'defeat' the developer who is trying to mislead you on some of the more ambiguous fates. I'll never be a detective for sure - getting them all took me a while, though partly due to the below. 


    For me (not being immersed in the genre at all) that lack of hand-holding meant I missed a critical set of information that led to me brute-forcing the last few fates. For anyone working on the last few fates, I'll put what I missed in the first spoiler below without saying why it's important (with the second spoiler being very spoilery!)



    The sailors are in their bunks in both Part 2.1 and in Part 7.2.


    I think if I played a few of this kind of murder mystery game I'd be aware of things a bit more and pay attention in the right places - whereas to begin with I was treating it as a narrative and not a tableau of clues.  



    I only found the bunks in Part 2.1 - clearly because I wasn't paying enough attention; in Part 7 they even say "the whole ship will be up!" in the memories implying that everyone's in bed. 


    I was able to sort out quite a lot with those bunks - the Russians, the guy with his arm hanging out who has a tattoo of a woman, the Chinese topman with stripy socks. 


    But I wanted to cross-reference who was still alive later on using their bunks, but because I didn't go back through all the memories to find out when they were accessible I just brute-forced the final few. It's definitely on me, but it's a very unforgiving game in that respect which I'm not sure I'm hard enough for. 


    I was also surprised that the "Bargain" didn't involve any human sacrifice. What a let-down :D 


  10. On 05/12/2021 at 22:16, Sabreman said:


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    I think with the political and societal structure of the time (women as property with very little personal agency), plus his own ego and misinterpretation of Marguerite's attitude towards him, he probably really thought he'd done no wrong - at least in terms of the specific charge of rape. We know his version of events is bullshit, and very much hero of his own narrative stuff, but I believe he's genuinely drawing a distinction between consensual adultery and rape and actually thinks he's innocent.




    I think you're right - especially as he refers to it as the "customary protest". He's not particularly bothered about women fighting back and doesn't regard it as anything to do with their desire to have sex with him. It's sort of an odd combination with his words about them being 'lovers', though.


  11. Watched this tonight and thought it was fantastic, though I'm not surprised it bombed - an enormously expensive but ridiculously niche film.


    I struggled having to watch 



    the rape scene twice.


    It let the audience make their own decisions more than most films, though as someone else has mentioned 



    keeping "the truth" up for longer at the start of Marguerite's section was hammer-subtle at best.


  12. Unfortunately he has come down in the world as he's not actually the principal conman on this one, that would be his partner Gala Games. For example, their last three blog posts:




    Legacy is just one of their various cons - you can currently buy the Anvil of Gravity from Echoes of Empire for a cool £800k. Echoes of Empire appears to be based around various reoccurring rounds of 'land claims' that get more expensive each time round, thus enabling an endless grift.

  13. I bought this partly because rllmuk thinks it's the best thing ever, but TBH it just doesn't grab me. The visuals are fantastic, and the style of the game is really appealing with all the weird characters - but actually playing the game isn't really that satisfying. 

    What am I missing? I'm not against being a tiny crow running around swinging swords at people, but the actual sword-swinging and puzzle-solving is just not doing it for me.


    If you'd like to chip in with "You just need to play up until [x] and then it'll grab you", I'm currently up to the Witch's castle, running around solving puzzles.  

  14. On 17/11/2021 at 22:31, TehStu said:

    It's patch Tuesday Wednesday.





    Plus you can now set speakers to mute when headphones are attached. My word, that's an overdue feature.


    Oooh! Nice to see some recognition that colour-blind people exist, way after most games have worked this out. 


    Pretty sure I'm mostly protanopia, though deuteranopia looks pretty similar for me too.

  15. 1 hour ago, Davros sock drawer said:



    If you'd like to know, it's not that they're ineffective against shields, it's that they are actively dangerous against shields. That goes for the shields around the city or ships as well. From a Wiki:







    I think they mean guns in general, rather than lasers - and it's a fair question, since in the film there seems to be a gun that fires a dart that slows when it hits a shield so it can still get through.


    You'd think the opposing armies would invest in a few thousand of those rather than mess about with swords. 

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