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@Treble and myself chatted about the noise around The Last of Us Part II with regards to inclusions, writing, comparisons to films, etc. Was due to be part of the podcast but it ran long, so we put it out as its own thing. 

We haven't played it yet, so no spoilers of the second game, but some from the first. 
 

 

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Troy Baker and Druckmann have had a bee in their bonnet since Schreier took the piss out of someone comparing their zombie game without a hint of irony to Schindler's List.

 

I guess Troy won't be turning up to collect any of those Game of the Year awards from the critics then.

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26 minutes ago, Gambit said:

Troy Baker seems like a bit of a precious soul. 

 

P.S. Games are too long.

Says this  34 year old man with responsibilities. 


There comes a time when we all have to make a choice

A leap of faith

And discover it's not the size of the leap

It's the willingness to take it

It's about rising above and standing our ground

We give it everything we have

And end up with more than we imagined 

So to those who say "they don't make heroes like they used to"

That can't be true 

Because there are real, courageous, inspiring heroes all around us

All we have to do is open our eyes 

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13 minutes ago, JoeK said:

Schreier comes across as someone who’s a bit of a dick and probably needs a little smack in the face really. 

 

Alternatively he's the only person in the games industry actually doing proper investigative journalism. :)

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25 minutes ago, Gambit said:

 

Alternatively he's the only person in the games industry actually doing proper investigative journalism. :)


Unfortunately he does himself a disservice by doing this sort of thing then. 
 

edit. I have no idea if he is or isn’t. Is he the one who’s done the take on crunch at Naughty Dog? Valuable insight I’m sure, but then doing something like this basically makes him a bit of a twat in my eyes and devalues an undoubtably important piece of journalism by making him a bit of a twat.

 

Either that or I’m in a bad mood and have no time for this sort of thing!

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Deep in to day two now 

 

Spoiler

Just done the guitar string hunting flashback


Surprised myself a bit actually, settled in to a nice three or four hour session today, whereas I usually have to limit myself to a couple of hours at a time. Really scraped through a couple of battles there, but also had a couple of genuinely great moments where it clicked i I entered some kind of zen like murgerous flow state. 

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I put my copy up for sale 20 mins after finishing it and it was gone within 10 mins. Guy came to my house 15 mins later.

 

Quickest sale of anything ever. :)

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Honestly think that the new consoles are going to take a good couple of years before we see something as technically stunning as this...the thing just constantly ramps up the 'wow' factor all the time. 

 

Obviously, we'll see some sort of updated version on the PS5, and I'd be amazed if that doesn't happen sometime near or around launch time, and whilst I hope it'll be a free patch for me I'm fairly sure even if it isn't I'd buy it again if the thing moved at 60fps.

 

It's wonderful.

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9 minutes ago, JoeK said:

Honestly think that the new consoles are going to take a good couple of years before we see something as technically stunning as this...the thing just constantly ramps up the 'wow' factor all the time. 

 

Obviously, we'll see some sort of updated version on the PS5, and I'd be amazed if that doesn't happen sometime near or around launch time, and whilst I hope it'll be a free patch for me I'm fairly sure even if it isn't I'd buy it again if the thing moved at 60fps.

 

It's wonderful.

 

A PS5 version with all the little loading sections removed, no more lifting beams and squeezing through gaps :D:

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The museum omfg probably the best directed cut scene of all time. Heart warming

 

i love the pace shifting in this .... totally well judged....up to day 2 anyway

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1 hour ago, Gabzy said:

The second half of the game is just... stunning.

Amen to that . I am

almost at the aquarium with Abby. The fact I spent half the game wanting to kill her and now am enjoying every single second playing as her bad ass self , not to mention the superb scenes with her and Owen.. ugh love it . .  

 

 

this game is astonishing . 

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I've started a New Game Plus run on Survivor, but I've made items very easy to come by. I've also enabled slow-mo in the accessibility settings every time I aim :lol:

 

Great fun so far.

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Deep in the second half now...

 

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Abby in the hospital :0

 

This game is incredible. I don’t think I could take anyone seriously that hates it, as its the very pinnacle of the art form and has taken the story in a direction I didn’t expect atall. The set pieces and design just gets better and better, and to be honest I don’t want it to end. 

 

Game of the generation so far.

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Fuck Seattle. Day 2.

 

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Stalkers are a thing. Thanks! Was this game the result of some sadistic “yes and ho” session?

 

”Like Bloaters except, uh, acid clouds and you can’t stealth kill them?”

”YES AND HO!”

”Enemies you can’t hear in any useful way, except to ruin your trousers?”

”YES AND HO!”

”Clickers and Stalkers together?”

”YES AND HO!”

 

Only the sweet sound of an explosive trip mine detaching each important part of a Stalker from the other keeps me going through, until...

 

”Sewer level!”

”YES AND HO!”

 

I’m never going to Seattle. Tis an awful place.

 

So next up, escape the finest set of pipes since Bing Crosbie. Great.

 

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I’m playing through now on Hard+ and it is rock...

 

...but I seem to have hit a bug?! Rags aren’t registering for me, so I have pockets full of alcohol but can’t get any rags for Med kits or Molotov’s! 
 

I pick up a Rag but it’s zero in my inventory :/ 

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I am so fucking disappointed by this. Which isn't to say it's bad, it isn't, it's good, it's really good mostly, if it was a new IP it would probably be my game of the decade (not saying much since the decade is six months old but I wouldn't think anything will better it any time soon) but as a sequel it is just worse pretty much across-the-board. And no, not because of the representation of LGBTQ people, I thought that was great.

 

Will withhold full judgement until I've finished it. It might still could turn it around, but I don't think it's going to.

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I could understand someone preferring the story of the original but worse across the board? You'd have to work very hard to convince me that the original game has better combat or level design.

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6 hours ago, Vemsie said:

 

 

I'm trying to figure out what settings that guy's using to make these. No HUD, obviously, and the slow-mo on toggle, but he must have have aim assist whacked up all the way to make those shots without the aiming reticule. Camera lock on as well, by the looks of it.

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