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  1. Majora

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    I haven't got to the part in the story focused there yet, but I think it's an absolute marvel technically and aesthetically. Trotting through the streets on horseback, at night, in a rainstorm, with the streets softly lit by lamps and illuminated by the theatre sign, is possibly the most eye-popping thing I've yet experienced in gaming, period.
  2. Majora

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    No, I think everyone agrees to varying extents. You eventually just begin to tolerate or get used to most of it, apart from the ever-vanishing guns which just annoys me the longer the game goes on.
  3. Majora

    Fallout 76 - Prepare Your GaaS Masks

    Is it safe to say this is the new Mass Effect Andromeda?
  4. Majora

    Hitman 2 (2018) - Death by Rake

    I did the A New Life sequel in this last night and it was probably my favourite so far. It's the smallest map apart from the New Zealand tutorial but there are so many juicy opportunites that I almost felt disappointed when I had to commit to one and leave the others for another playthrough. It's pretty much exactly what you would want out of a 2018 version of A New Life, with lots of little references to the original level too.
  5. Majora

    Hitman 2 (2018) - Death by Rake

    I wonder if Microsoft would be interested in acquiring IO? On paper they seem to fit the mould of acquisitions they're looking for - struggling AA developers with fewer than 200 employees, who aren't releasing huge selling blockbusters but have a good pedigree and turn out well reviewed titles that could be used to bolster their exclusive GamePass library. Especially with them pushing GamePass so hard now, I'm sure they would love to be able to say they had a brand new episode of something like Hitman free and exclusive to the service every two months. The end goal must be for GamePass to replicate Netflix's model of having a steady stream of exclusive content, and Hitman would fit that better than nearly any franchise out there. Even if the average punter isn't willing to fork out $60 for it anymore, I'm sure it would attract a lot more interest as part of a service like GamePass. Is this what they call the bargaining phase?
  6. Majora

    Hitman 2 (2018) - Death by Rake

    It does have a small overarching narrative but I both couldn't care less and find it completely baffling.
  7. Majora

    Hitman 2 (2018) - Death by Rake

    Yeah, just buy the second game and then purchase the legacy pack if you don't already own the first game. Your unlocks from the first game don't carry over unless you earn them through the legacy pack anyway.
  8. Majora

    Hitman 2 (2018) - Death by Rake

    Yeah, sad as it is that the franchise is likely on its deathbed, back in 2012 it seemed possible we'd never get any more proper Hitman ever again. The release date absolutely won't have helped, but the sad fact is that it's just not on-trend at the moment. I'd say the reasons it has fallen out of favour are probably broadly similar to the death of the immersive sim. The market as a whole is broadly dominated by open world games, GAAS and ultra expensive cinematic games. Spending ages exploring small but dense open-ended levels just isn't really in demand right now, hence the death of Prey, Dishonored, Deus Ex and now Hitman. Well, I say small levels but I think some of the levels in this are the biggest they've ever been by far. Mumbai is insanely huge, I'm honestly not sure I'll ever properly get to grips with the layout of it.
  9. Majora

    Hitman 2 (2018) - Death by Rake

    UK launch sales are down 90% from Absolution, the game has unsurprisingly tanked. I'd enjoy Hitman in its current form while you can because we sure as hell aren't getting another one in this vein again. IO are either going to have to move on from the franchise completely or reboot it again to something more mass market friendly. It's just not sustainable. I could tell from the leaderboard numbers alone that the sales were tragic. I completed the Colombia level and was told I was about 1,000 out of 8,000 on the global Xbox leaderboards. Colombia is only the third level.
  10. Majora

    Netflix - Releases & Recommendations

    Isn't 50 backlight the default setting for Dolby Vision? That's actually how it's meant to be, you shouldn't be changing any of the presets for Dolby Vision really. HDR10 will set the backlight to 100 but that doesn't mean you should whack Dolby Vision up to that too.
  11. Majora

    Hitman 2 (2018) - Death by Rake

    I've actually put RDR2 on the back burner to play this, contrary to what I said earlier. I really like RDR2 but after dipping into this I'm really enjoying have a lot more (well, any) player agency and after tens of hours of RDR2 this is really refreshing. I will get back to RDR2 in the next week or so though, lest I forget every single control input. I did Miami last night and enjoyed it. I don't think it's quite inventive or quirky enough to be amongst the best Hitman maps but it's solid, and trying to sabotage the race itself rather than kill the driver after it finishes should be interesting.
  12. Majora

    Toy Story 4 - June 2019

    I'm pretty sure they did remaster it to some extent in a recent release so YouTube clips may not be entirely representative of how it actually looked at the time. Watching that clip, I forgot how thick they ladle Woody's jealousy on. What an asshole. And then he basically tries to kill Buzz. Woody is a really awful person with severe anger issues for most of the first movie.
  13. Majora

    The Apprentice 2018

    This week's episode and last week's airline challenge have literally just been full on farces. 'I'd like for you to get off my property'
  14. Majora

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Yeah I'm almost positive it will too, and I understand the idea that career criminals find it hard to ever really lay low. I just don't think it slots together very nicely or coherently as presented. You get access to weapons removed in Rhodes, you've had to move camp at least twice since the game started, Dutch repeatedly cites that you have to not draw attention to yourself (hence weapon removal in Rhodes)....then everyone clambers to rob banks, trains and local families without a second thought. Maybe if it felt like they were even remotely trying to lay low but they slowly fell back into it, or there was real conflict about going back out on crime sprees, I would find it more convincing. It just feels like the main narrative paints one picture in cutscenes and is then completely ignored by literally everyone, including Dutch, until the next major story event.
  15. Majora

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    The main thing I'm not keen on in the story (somewhere in chapter 3) is that they keep saying they have to lay low so as not to attract attention after they fucked up in Blackwater, yet they repeatedly go on crime sprees, killing sprees and do seemingly everything they possibly can to draw attention to themselves. It would be a boring game if they didn't do any of that but it sits extremely incongruously with the central thrust of the narrative. I guess you could argue that's just the way of lifetime criminals but the game even goes out of its way to deny you access to your weapons whilst in Rhodes to reinforce the idea that you have to be good for now. Then you go and do a mission where you mow down 25 people a kilometre away.

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