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  1. SteveH

    Your old arcade and game shop hangouts

    That Game Express store in Stockport! I remember when he was further down the road, up the slight hill next door to Richer Sounds. I bought a fair few SNES imports from him as well as an Atari Jaguar. It went downhill somewhat when he moved near to Stage Door. From my earlier years, my favourite was Atari World in Manchester city centre on Fennel Street was it? Near the corn exchange.
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    What are you playing Christmas Day?

    Not sure what my main game will be, but I'll be playing some Steep just for the snow
  3. SteveH

    Just Cause 4 - After Rain Comes Explosions

    I'm kind of having fun playing it, as I like traversing the world with the parachute and wingsuit. But they have removed the stuff that really hooked me in in the first place. All the small villages/towns have fuck all to do in them now apart from the piss easy challenges. No red stuff to find and blow up, no hidden chests where you followed the blip on your radar....nothing. All they needed to do, starting with JC3, was take the gameplay elements and build a new world to stick them in. But this other team seem determined to mess around with the formula, and keep getting further away from what made JC2 so great. They have built a much more interesting world this time around, and then given you no real reason to go exploring it.
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    Just Cause 4 - After Rain Comes Explosions

    Totally agree about the challenges..... "jump through this ring in vehicle "X" " ...oh ok, easy enough because here is the vehicle parked right next to the ring! As Max Damage has said, the wingsuit ones are shite, always 3 rings and always piss easy. One odd thing as well, with the gold edition you get access to the rocket pack flying thing right from the start of the game. But to equip it, you need to pause the game into the actual pause menu where you quit the game, access the DLC section etc. You equip it there from a customisation option. It warns you that doing wingsuit challenges are void if using it. But why the fuck is it in a separate section like that? It makes no sense! Also, when doing missions with multiple parts, more often than not, if you die as you get to the next part of the mission, when you get back into the game, it treats it as though you completed that section. So you miss seeing what you might even needed to have done!? Nice if you are struggling I guess, but at least give me the option to retry.
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    I'm really enjoying this. I really like the art direction and it's like a nice relaxing Dark Souls which suits me just fine.
  6. SteveH

    Just Cause 4 - After Rain Comes Explosions

    That says Avalanche New York. I thought it was the Swedish team that made Just Cause 2? That explains a lot then, as the New York team made JC3 didn't they?
  7. SteveH

    The last Remnant

    One thing I didn't like in the original, was the towns looking like big areas, but having lots of loading as you went from place to place. Did the PC version improve on that? Or do they load quicker now? Really fancy giving this another go.
  8. Well I liked that trailer. It's basically Mad Max 2 (the movie) isn't it? The player in what looks like Max's V8 with your dog companion. I'm ok with that
  9. SteveH

    Game Awards 2018 (1:30am England time)

    Oh dear....that was it? So gamers are all one big family - but it's some kind of miracle getting 3 people on stage together. Hmmm
  10. SteveH

    Game Awards 2018 (1:30am England time)

    So what was the super special surprise that Geoff Keighley hinted at on Twitter??
  11. This isn't due next Christmas is it? I'm sick of seeing trailers for games that are years away from release.
  12. SteveH

    Just Cause 4 - After Rain Comes Explosions

    I'm still sort of enjoying it on the X. Mainly because the world feels much more like JC2 than 3 and has some decent variety to it. But it really is ugly....the water is a joke. There are too many instances of not knowing what is happening. Small villages had a question mark against them initially, with no clue as to what you were supposed to do there. It turns out it's just stunt stuff with the vehicles.....but until I unlocked a certain mission, I had no idea what I was supposed to do to start doing those challenges. And a lot of the red stuff you can blow up just respawns now once you load up a save game. So in theory you could stay in the same region and blow shit up, wait for your next game, blow the same shit up, and increase the damage meter that way. Bobbins! I have to agree with Max Damage, that hopefully a B team were making this while the main team are working on Rage 2. Because otherwise that may well turn out to be a big bag of shite. Is it using an ID engine or Avalanches does anybody know? This is by far the worst Xbox One X game graphically. You'd be forgiven for thinking they had forgotten to add whatever tells the game which version of the console it is running on.
  13. SteveH

    Just Cause 4 - After Rain Comes Explosions

    Yeah there is some bar at the top of the screen that represents chaos damage, or something like that. As you cause damage it builds up and once it hits a new level, you can then take control of a region. But so far at least, it seems too easy to do - and not nearly as satisfying. That is if I am reading it right of course, everything is so poorly explained!
  14. SteveH

    Just Cause 4 - After Rain Comes Explosions

    Yep, really annoying. I don't feel like I'm properly doing missions without the 100% counter. Don't get that design choice at all.
  15. SteveH

    Just Cause 4 - After Rain Comes Explosions

    Well, the good news is, that this is definitely more Just Cause 2, rather than 3 But on the Xbox One X it can look as rough as fuck to be honest. In cutscenes especially, it looks like it doesn't even display 1080p at times. There are jaggies all over the place. I'm playing on a 1080P set so no idea if it is supposed to reach 4k or not. There aren't any graphics settings that I can see in the options. I have had a great time playing it the last couple of hours (got the Gold edition which unlocked today) but low res textures, LOD issues, and pop-in are quite noticeable. Not noticed the framerate tank yet, unlike JC3, but god knows what it will be like on the standard Xbox One and PS4. It isn't like it is doing any special graphics-wise. Something like AC Odyssey looks more detailed and has just as impressive draw distances, but looks much sharper. Not sure if they can patch it.....and what it might mean for how Rage 2 looks.

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