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  1. Read the Frank Herbert novels from the start until they get too completely insane for you, which for me was Heretics of Dune (the fifth one). Anything with Brian Herbert on the cover, don't bother. Or, as a compromise between listening and not listening to 'the purists', buy one and experience the GCSE-level creative writing for yourself.
  2. If Villeneuve is ignoring the abysmal works of Brian and Kevin, that's alright by me.
  3. If you think they have Spanish roots because of the bullfighting references, that's taken from the book. (I don't think they're Greek or Spanish - I didn't think the Houses really have forebears in that way)
  4. It's not possible to get it the first time (according to a speedrun posted here before). Second tunnel is the earliest.
  5. TBF I may be a book groupie but the soundtrack in this was great. Dunno what the bagpipes were all about when you could just bang a stringed instrument in there and call it a baliset, but it certainly woke me up when they started wailing.
  6. As a fellow extreme book lover - probably my favourite book - I agree with all of this, but at the same time I think it was visually stunning and hit some of the right notes. Book-related nitpicking below: I think the take on lasguns (with the minor change mentioned in the spoiler) was pretty amazing - one of the few examples where it translated a concept from the book into the film better than in the source material, I'd say. If I hadn't read the book or been interested in the lore, I think it'd be a fascinating film in terms of atmosphere but almost nothing there in terms of character. The bleak hard-edged approach works well for architecture but bleeds a lot of the nuance from the characterisation.
  7. Speak for yourself, you skilful git! I generally get to T&A, get battered depending on how extreme their measures are (maximum Extreme Measures was amazingly unfair) then replenish all my defiances at the Charon's Wells in Styx, then get wiped out a couple of times by Redacted. That's just reminded me of how much I hate Satyrs. God, I hate satyrs.
  8. Yeah, I use charm as a call a fair amount (equal to Poseidon's excellent call) - but I don't use the lower versions, I just use the Greater Call during boss battles - which, for example, will more or less instantly kill the final phase of the Hydra. I don't think I have the reaction speeds to use it to interrupt attacks.
  9. Thanatos is sometimes back at the ranch - he's not much more chatty then either, but you can give him nectar. But then doesn't that amount to 'you get a good heal when you're doing something you've already managed'? You already get healed in the fountain after bosses (can't remember if that was an upgrade or not!).
  10. Chthonic Vitality. I've never found its alternative (Dark Regeneration) to be any good, especially as it requires you to pick Darkness rewards which you won't bother with later on.
  11. If I were you, assuming you have some death defiances, I would get rid of Skelly's tooth and use Old Spiked Collar instead. The tooth isn't doing anything for you until you've burnt through all your death defiances, and the Old Spiked Collar (especially once upgraded to +50 health) will reduce your chance of dying. (Edit: realised this assumes you have the Contractor upgrade allowing you to change keepsakes after each boss. If you don't - you gotta get it!) I assume you have the upgrade giving you +3 health each room, and if you're working on the last upgrades on the Mirror you should have three defiances already. If you mostly get wasted in the boss battles rather than regular enemies, you could use Evergreen Acorn which once upgraded makes a real difference (especially to the later bosses). As for me, though I really enjoy the game the approach to story-telling is pretty slow! I'm well into the game (50 attempts, 9 or 10 successes) and I still don't have any of the late-game stuff - despite being post-credits! Still trying to convince (both sets of) fated lovers to stop fucking about and get back together, too. It's asking quite a lot from its players to keep going through again and again as the only mechanism to advance the plot, and it only gets away with it because it's amazing.
  12. What deerokus said. Lots of waiting around, weird design decisions. Very pretty though.
  13. I put God mode on in the end as well, wish I'd done it earlier - I was more interested in resolving the story than killing monsters the pure way! What's your setup @tobert? Full set of mirror talents? Plus, the trinket that means you don't get hit the first five times in the boss fight is extremely useful.
  14. My experience with the Pierced Butterfly is that if you change to another trinket, you lose the damage bonus benefit it provides. Which makes it a bit pointless.
  15. So I feel like I'm missing something - or possibly I've just overdone my playtime on the game. I've cleared five times now but I rarely feel like I'm properly stacking the upgrades to get seriously powerful - with Aspect of Chiron for example it was pretty workmanlike, I had the special inflicting Doom and a weak-inflicting attack; even with Relentless Volley it wasn't that great. I generally do get through to old buddy redacted, but it's 70/30 in favour of me getting wrecked. Any top tips? What does your choice of Mirror talents look like? Should I be exclusively using a dash-strike, like RPS thinks I should? Last set of mirror talents related:
  16. I didn't like it, if you need someone to burn in effigy. Thought it was pretty trite and the only occasion where I haven't loved something Taika Waititi is in. It's certainly got references to stuff, I can't deny that.
  17. So we had a powercut yesterday and I was pre-annoyed at the thought of turning the S back on - the PS4 chides you and puts you through a loading screen so you know you've been a bad boy for not turning it off properly, like it was your choice to eat dinner by torchlight. The S turns back on with no issues, and quick resumes straight back into Hades. Nice.
  18. I'd forgotten about that - my pihole setup kills them but it's still abysmal that they exist. Are they at least for Xbox-related gear?
  19. And I've just bought an S as my first current-gen console (after asking the question in here) and it's amazing. Primarily it's just that everything is really simple - it's the kind of simple you would naively expect a console to be, if you hadn't used one before. The UI is clean and effective (at least compared to my PS4), using Game Pass is easy, and I keep getting surprised when I start up a game again and it's instantly ready to go. Game Pass is an absurdly good deal - if it was a Google product, I'd be expecting a email saying it's being 'sunsetted' any day now. Storage hasn't been an issue, but I'm not playing many massive games. All round I'm happy - I'm glad I got the cheaper option, because I go through rounds of buyer's remorse when buying gaming stuff but it's pretty hard to regret such an excellent machine.
  20. TBF the scalper prices have come down to being almost reasonable (£530) - depends on whether it's a matter of principle!
  21. There was stock at Currys a week ago, and stock at Amazon two or three days ago. It's pretty rare but doable.
  22. More Series X stock at Amazon today - I was quick enough but paying £530 for a mandatory bundle wasn't very appealing.
  23. I'm in there, but I think I need to set my Discord notifications to be more aggressive - missed the Currys stock. But I think you've mostly convinced me that an S is a good choice anyway - shame you can't tear it open and put a 2TB NVME drive in there.
  24. Thanks, that's useful. I don't (and won't for a good long while) have another current-gen console so there is that.
  25. Any S users here who regret the choice? Or think it's the greatest thing ever? Just trying to decide if I should hold out for an X - wasn't as quick as @thesnwmn on the Currys website this morning! TBH I think the S makes sense for me - I have a 1080p TV, and I haven't bought a game on disc since I owned a 360. The 500GB capacity with a storage upgrade that costs the same as the console is not the dream though.
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