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Down by Law

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  1. How's that John Carpenter score though? Best part of 2018 Halloween for sure
  2. I think my problem with Yagami is it's hard to relate to a guy who looks 45 years old, dresses like a 20 year old, preaches about righteousness like a 70 year old, whose transport method of choice is a Skateboard. The character, tonally, is just fucking weird. The main story was better than the original though for the simple fact that outside of the opening I never had to do any of those wretched tailing missions again. Kaito and the rest of the squad are great though. Would be a shame not to see them again.
  3. Credits rolling with 19 hours on the clock - total completion - 13% I did pretty much mainline the story though. Plenty of game there as it is! Pretty good overall but I don't think I'd play a third one. I don't think Yagami is a great lead if I'm honest, he's certainly no Ichiban. The supporting cast carry it.
  4. https://www.resetera.com/threads/resetera-ownership-update.499677/ @Harsin
  5. We know that they were pitching IV to publishers and if anything the anime can only help that. It's one thing to say 'look we have a niche series here but we still raised 7 million dollars through kickstarter' to 'we have a high quality anime adaptation that can bring in legions of new fans that could all be potential customers for Shenmue IV' He couldn't end it with Shenmue III. Shenmue II only covered up to chapter 5 of 11 so the idea that he could cram in 6 chapters worth of story in a very low budget game that doesn't have many expensive cut scenes to begin with would have been a grave mistake IMO. Not to mention that the scope of the game changed so much with the different funding streams and Deep Silver coming on board so it wasn't like the game was pre-planned and scripted with a singular vision, you don't get that luxury with kickstarters. I still maintain it was and is an amazing achievement of how far they stretched that budget. This wasn't the AM2 Sega glory years with 100's of established developers on board it was an indie studios first major game. Having an Anime might be disappointing to some but Shenmue has never been more alive. It's not like the wilderness years of 2002-2015. IV could be in production right now for all we know but Cedric Biscay (Shibuya productions and producer on III) said the one thing they regretted was having to release very early footage to show backers (the 2017 trailer) - that is also the only trailer without the Shibuya productions logo because he wasn't happy with it (this is the one with very stilted characters whose eyes didn't move). The game faced an uphill battle after that and was the source of much ridicule online for it's graphics, despite it obviously being early pre-alpha footage (parts of that video don't even exist in the finished game). I still reckon we'll get another game but it makes no sense to promote the anime and muddy the waters with a game announcement at the same time. Let the animation do it's thing and show the next game only when it's ready and there is good stuff to show.
  6. I'm up to chapter 9 and really enjoying it but I did drop it down to easy. I'm really tired of the formula of having a tough enemy where you trade blows, counter, throw, block and it all feels very slick and intuitive, very enjoyable, but then the enemy goes into shouty red aura mode where basically you have to spam your longest string attacks against each each other with little to no feedback. It just becomes far less about skill and timing and more about mashing options so you can eat another bento so you don't get a game over. Tedious. Everything else? Very good indeed. Only complaint is the excellent looking rain in cutscenes vanishing when you're back in control.
  7. mate, you're out of touch if you think 2k are gonna pay for those music rights, you're out of time if you think anyone cares about those songs these days and you're out of my head if you're not around WHOA-OH-OHH WHOA-OH-OHHHHHHHHHHHH (I totally agree with you )
  8. If the game was a total mess it wouldn't have got the good reviews it did. It's got 67 on metacritic which is not mindblowing but not exactly big rigs either and well above average. Just because the story didn't play out like it did in his head, or he doesn't have a grasp of simple things 'why does he take his shoes off in the house?' 'why does he walk past this obvious shrine' 'why didn't the story end the way I wanted it to' and it's full of frankly bullshit statements presented as fact 'the only way to accrue enough money in this game is to spam the gambling' which is nonsense. I was absolutely minted by selling herbs and fish alone nevermind doing jobs and fighting in the rose garden. It's pretty insulting to Yu Suzuki on several occasions and any true fan would like to see a series they like do better, which with the systems in place Shenmue IV absolutely could have been. But instead he traded his fandom for clicks and when they were trying to pitch Shenmue IV to publishers they likely saw this 2 million view video and thought...nah we're not getting involved in that. The Shenmue series has always been low hanging fruit for people to rag on (J Sterling did one 'the waterworld of videogames') it's like people can't handle this lavish expensive production has a languid pace and funny voice acting so it's easier to take the piss out of something you don't understand than just move on. Bastards the lot of them Anyway i'll gladly take a Anime over nothing and I don't watch Anime so
  9. If only 'the fans' weren't so dramatically negative about part 3 online you might have been seeing a different outcome 2 million views this fucking whiney arsehole video got. Trading your fandom for clicks more like. 'i have wasted my life' it's a videogame mate Battle Rally is good fun. Not played the other two yet, gonna do a trilogy run through over Christmas.
  10. On a positive note Yokoyama is the new studio lead and he's wrote the mainline games since Zero, so it has been left in good hands.
  11. Are you still sure about that? (end of episode 4 showdown)
  12. https://www.findthemetaverse.com/anime/nycc-2021-shenmue-continuing-the-legacy-virtual-screening First trailer for the anime ! 22:44 in the video. Doesn't show much story beats as it's a teaser, but plenty of action. Ryo's scar + 70 man battle is in Edit: direct link to trailer
  13. Pffft, I got all the achievements on Silent Hill Homecoming which was an achievement itself as it is a bad game has no inverted camera option full stop. Shit was tough
  14. Playing on PS5 if you have the HDR set at console level you do get extremely bright lights, the guide in the intro was like shining a torch into my face. Don't forget to pull L2 all the way to concentrate the beam to burn the darkness away much quicker but you have to be careful of the battery management doing this
  15. It's dark and pissing it down outside
  16. Hang on, I thought Yakuza was the 'Japanese GTA' and Sleeping Dogs was like 'Shenmue but with driving in it' Anyone with actually plays them knows they nothing alike, aside from a Japanese male protagonist. The only thing similar is that they were both on life support 5 years ago but Yakuza Zero hit at the perfect moment and Shenmue III delivered a decent game on a fuck all budget.
  17. This should cheer up anyone on this thoroughly miserable day
  18. Just had a quick look at the unpatched version and it's so smooth, great first impression. Check out my matching deerfest wallpaper lmao I love that you can see the white of the Taken's eyes now, rather than just being a low res black smudge.
  19. I really didn't mind. I thought it was flashy thanks to usual remedy flair for special effects and engaging enough to not get dull. The action serves the atmosphere imo , rather than the other way round. Same as Silent Hill 2 has some of the worst combat committed to disc, but everything else is so strong it doesn't matter at all.
  20. I thought the controls were totally fine. I think the main problem was people tried to use the dodge too early, you are meant to hit it at the very last second but from watching my friends and partner play the game they often preemptively dodged straight into danger. The amount of people online moaning about the dodge is really quite something. You can even string multiple last second dodges together which always looked quite awesome.
  21. Game Sack is one of the only youtube channels I can stand. You know Joe has been through it since the beginning and he really knows his shit. Also he is a hardcore Sega fanboy so easy to like !
  22. PS5 version on the way Apparently you can disable motion blur, film grain AND the HUD now. That constant HUD really got on my tits in the original so this is wonderful news
  23. Sony have console exclusivity, simple as that. That's what they got in return for letting YsNet plug the Kickstarter at their E3 conference.
  24. The Anime first look is at New York Comic Con on October 7th so if there is going to be an announcement it would likely be there. Yu Suzuki is also featured in a recent trailer for 110 industries (it's in the Wanted:Dead thread) and they have new games to announce, so there's speculation they are working together.
  25. both Yu Suzuki & Koji Igarashi feature in this video, from Wanted:Dead's publisher, 110 Industries. Apparently they have funding from the Embracer group (THQ Nordic) and will be announcing some new games soon.
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