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  1. After all the hype surrounding Yakuza, I’m finding it pretty boring an hour in. Shall persevere for a bit longer, though.
  2. Did Westworld just borrow a plot device from Kingsman? So far, so mediocre for me. Oh sure, they keep trying to hang some allegory and portentous lines on it but the skeleton of this thing is very by the numbers now. It’s like someone handed a pretty generic sci-fi series to a pretentious, but not unskilled author and said ‘artsy this up will you?’ ‘When do you need it ready by? Six months, like the first one?’ ‘Actually, a week….no, four days should do it. Chop chop!’
  3. I came to Destiny 2 from Fallout 76, so thought it could only be more stable. For the most part it is, but then you hear things which make you realise its engine has become a beast of burden - such as Bungie saying that having a wheel to choose from more than four different emoticons would be too much for the game. Not quite as bad as FO76’s devs saying the game couldn’t support more hairstyles, but it’s up there. Frustratingly (as I say this as someone who’s only just bought into Destiny 2) they don’t seem to have any plans for a third game in the series, and just want to keep updating D2 despite it struggling in places now. Maybe Sony can give them a kick up the arse.
  4. I forgot that my Bungie ID is just my PS+ ID so wasn’t as bad as expected. No, haven’t joined a Rllmuk clan. I’m a member of some random one that invited me atm, but it’s not too lively.
  5. Do Americans have the same fascination with energy drinks that they do with fast food? While I’ve always enjoyed Gerstmann’s dry wit, I can’t imagine listening to anyone doing a solo podcast for three hours. Best of luck to him, though.
  6. I keep meaning to join, but the last time I tried, after registering with Discord, it said ‘now go to this website, sign in your Bungie account, face in a south-westerly direction then..:’ and I backed out with an apathetic noise. I’m sure it’s great once you’re in there, but getting it all up and running is a bit of a pain in the arse. I’ve stayed away from Discord for years just for such reasons, but now there’s always some game trying to nudge me in there. Plus hearing that Drifter’s gun is actually gently awful hasn’t helped me commit.
  7. The one to get the Drifter’s gun? Yeah, it’s pretty horrible. I gave up on trying to do it solo, even after I’d beefed up a bit.
  8. There’s a trial of this this weekend (on PlayStation, probably other platforms too) so if you can get the 90GB downloaded in time then it’s free to wander about in. After ten minutes, I was bored already. I’ve pushed through and given it another couple of hours but that feeling hasn’t really subsided. After three previous games in the same mould, the formula just feels so fucking tired now. Sticking health bars and levels on the enemies isn’t going to change that one bit, in fact it just waters down what is still good. Plus points? The island looks gorgeous. To the point where I might go back just to have a walk around and enjoy it. It’s a shame there’s been such obvious hard work poured into parts of this game, only for them to be ham-strung by its garbled, overall vision. Ubisoft need to step back and have a good, long think about where to take Far Cry next. Because the series is in need of, at least, as big a reinvention as there was from Far Cry 2 to 3.
  9. Shame. Seems like a missed opportunity, but I can see why shooting scenes in two languages might’ve been a bit ambitious - considering the scale of production. Appears my worries about the predator’s tech being too advanced were (mostly) unfounded judging by some recent footage. It’s the same level of ‘kind of the same, but ultimately unfair,’ that was in the original film. Surprised and delighted this has such a good reception so far. I really didn’t want The Predator to be the last entry in this series.
  10. Dares of Eternity is free, though some emotes, shaders and armor sets that are part of the 30th anniversary pack (and which they try to push on Xur’s menu screen) are not. As a fairly new player, I do it pretty regularly. Some decent guns to be had, though the RNG for doing so can be punishing. It doesn’t take long to get a random group together, so it’s still reasonably popular.
  11. This is the last game I felt that way about, for sure. Before that, it was Amnesia. Before that, System Shock 2.
  12. Is it me or are there very few stasis mods compared to the other classes? Admittedly, it’s difficult to tell given the absurd system where Ava sells four random ones a day from any class. Also, as I’m here (and as the game never explains it) can I just mix and match the class of my armour pieces to make use of different class mods, or is there some kind of bonus for having them the same class as my own?
  13. It’s quite fitting that they’re all trying to convey seriousness and gravitas but just look miserable.
  14. Doubt it. From what I can see, the PS5 is so stupendously huge (largely, ho-ho) because of its massive fan. Barring some new internals that produce a lot less heat, there seems to be little they could do with the design right now.
  15. Nolan’s audio mixing is a subject of some interest to me now. Filmmakers wrote a collective letter to him pointing out the issue, but he framed it as just not understanding his artistic choices rather than them actually saying ‘your films are either too quiet or too loud.’ Some have speculated he has low frequency hearing loss, and is either oblivious to the problem or too stubborn to have it treated. Personally I feel bad for his sound crew, who must know they’re crafting a mess but are beholden to his ‘vision.’
  16. CGI looks a bit better, but I think the thing that bothers me most is how normal she looks. I know She-Hulk is nowhere near as ripped as Hulk, but she’s still muscular. In this it just looks like she gets taller when she changes.
  17. Much like the original Matrix, the writers of Westworld will never convince me they had concrete plans beyond season one. That season was so perfectly disciplined and contained that what has followed feels very much like ‘oh shit! They want more? What did we scrawl on those napkins?’
  18. It’s often the way. I have a long list of favourite shows that were cut short prematurely, whereas crap like Smallville was given ten whole seasons to bumble to its conclusion.
  19. Probably not, I think she was just included to act as a red herring for Neuman.
  20. Probably not a great shame, as they likely cancelled because they hadn’t been planning to give those remasters any more effort than the GTA Trilogy.
  21. I’m horrified, yet also mildly intrigued, after a YouTube channel I trust called this a ‘CW version of Resident Evil.’ The one reviewer who had never played the games quite enjoyed the absurdity of it all, and the fairly frequent surprises. Whereas the reviewer who was familiar with the games was annoyed by this being so different, yet still trying to lazily appeal to that audience with a slew of ‘eh? Eh?’ easter-eggs thrown in even when they made zero sense in context. Must admit, I think that sort of thing would drive me low-key bonkers as well.
  22. I did chuckle at the thought of a random pedestrian being hit in the face by a 500mph bottle of Novichok.
  23. I think it’s because it was a big thing in the comics so fans of those were determined to have it be a big thing no matter what, as opposed to the mildly amusing/diverting side note it actually was. Plus it featured a fight a lot of people had been waiting for, which did a fair amount to redeem the episode.
  24. I think what pissed me off about Frenchie is him always fucking jobs up. This was probably the first one he didn’t. MM was absolutely right when he said that Frenchie doesn’t stick to the plan and is guided by his emotions. You saw it with tailing Lamplighter; setting Kamiko free; blowing their cover at the Vought facility; pissing about with the hamster in the Russian facility and triggering an alarm, etc. If I were MM I’d go mental about having to work with him as well.
  25. Yes yes, but is the trench coat bit still in there?
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