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  1. Spoilt for choice during the Emerson years. I settled on this one, because its part of the same family of tracks such as Daft Punk's "Rollin' and Scratchin'" + "Burnin'" and the 1-2 punch of the Chemical Brothers "It doesn't matter/Don't stop the rock" - whereby when I play it in the house there is some either audible complaint during it, or relief expressed that it has finally finished I enjoy the live version too, the video clip especially, probably taken just on the cusp of the gig going experience about to flip into moronic smartphone usage at all stages of the performance.
  2. The PS5 version of this, just the multiplayer aspect of it (not the single player or zombies or anything else) now consumes around 150 Gig of space I've no idea how much space the other modes and options take up, but could be looking at just having a single console to play one game on it soon if they have their way. The matchmaking in this is also bollocks. I'm at level 75 of something, I think its prestige something level, and I was pitched last night in a FFA game against someone that was 600 and another one at 1001. That someone is level 1001 is frightening to be honest (I think the levels reset down a bit on each season), to think they are probably sitting in a chair whilst someone feeds them Doritos and Mountain Dew constantly. As an older player - the stats in this just don't matter to me. It is interesting when talking to younger players (such as my best mates two boys that play this) that they put so much into these. They laugh at my 87 odd percent of wins overall, but I like to point out that I play FFA and winning can be quite rare, unlike other modes. I'll also quit a FFA match too if someone has 25 or over kills (out of 30) within the space of 4 minutes of the game starting, fuck it, there is absolutely no point in sticking around until the end. I also notice that the "block player" feature, although still there and present, does absolutely nothing whatsoever.
  3. Quite enjoyed the latest 90 minutes. I couldn't give a shit what the Guardian say about it to be honest, they have made their point many, many, many, many fucking times that I don't know why they bother to waste their own time watching and reviewing it, other than to try and tell you "we told you it was rubbish" in some Tenent revolving door of time.
  4. englishbob

    Prince

    What is the Blu-Ray like?
  5. Another great Rhino / Chris Bellman cut reissue for not a lot of money - I think this might just edge out my rather crusty original now.
  6. englishbob

    Prince

    It's not £150 worth it
  7. Thanks - I vaguely remember My Team as a choice now during the starting choice of Career I gave up on Career to be honest, its far too dry an experience, I just wanted to race, not worry about my fucking engineers morale or why they kept fucking up the new parts delivery (even with automated selected). The performance of the car in just about every aspect (especially grip and handling) is wank for those early races, its almost like driving around on ice. Just went for the Grand Prix solo option just to race the calendar of events, much more enjoyable.
  8. Does anyone know WTF "My Team" is? It's mentioned in the achievements and also the DLC packs, but I can't find anything actually in the game called "My Team" ? Also on the MFD you can't change your fuel mix ?
  9. Chernobyl 1986 (Netflix) aka Russian Chris Pratt firefighter in Pripyat - had there been no HBO series made this would have probably been one of the closest things made on the subject, however it's not the case. Thematically a bit of a odds-and-sods - 2.5 This is Spinal Tap - last time I checked its not on any streaming service, therefore my trusty R1 DVD comes to the rescue - 11
  10. If you've not seen it just make sure it's the European edit, rather than the American cut because that runs for far too long. I think I read somewhere the European was Kubrick's preferred cut
  11. A little I suppose but they are still taking the piss Spot the difference here The Black is £35.99 The Black and Silver is £60.99
  12. It's because of Kayne West The 808 & Heartbreak album had bags of autotune, the most probably heard in one place since a modern day Cher album. Kayne's album probably isn't solely responsible for it, but it seemed to have a great influence as it started cropping up on a lot of pop music thereafter. That was made over 12 years ago now - my issue is that pop music used to have that general ability to change, usually radically, in seismic shifts, every few years. But not this. Even Stock Aitken and Waterman's Hit Factory production techniques only lasted arguably around 7 years before the public had enough. Cut n'paste tech? Lack of imagination? Must also sound the same as that other track by someone else? Where have the producers gone? Where are the basslines? Where are the good drum tracks? I'm well aware of the fact that I'm supposed to be old enough to be enraged by pop music, but I miss the days of the reinvention of the soundscape, the excitement of something bold and new. It sounds like its stuck in a rut to be honest and no one is asking the questions or shaking it up.
  13. One of my daughters likes them, but I can't stand the lead singers voice, it's a weird pitch to me, somewhere between not being able to sing and then can sing, but all within a split second of a note. I can listen to a lot of artists that just can't sing and it doesn't bother me, but there is something about him that grates on the ears.
  14. I've found the reason for pitcoins
  15. You can hear the crowd on some tracks, like Mexico when the car splits through that grandstand
  16. I ended up buying this off a mate (well, his boys that played it to death last week during the first week of school holiday, and then didn't feel a need to keep hold of it as they'd "completed it mate!" - so gave them £38 cash for it as it was the line between CEX trade in and cash values) First of all, no crashes on the PS5 so far, played a few hours on different modes here and there, so maybe the new patch fixed some of that. The most next gen feature here is the loading times, again a revelation in terms of experience. The presentation and options appear slick, although the "XP-Level up things" seem a bit limp to be honest, I'm not sure where pitcoins fit in either and why on earth I'd want or need them. It doesn't at this stage feel like a barrier to anything. Overall the driving experience is good, and the AI so far seem great. There is an entire menu of online options that don't appear to unlock until Autumn of this year though, not sure why they are waiting for so long during the lifecycle of the game that will only last 12 months before the inevitable 2022 version. Online racing on any driving game doesn't appeal to me at all, so there is one sole mode where you can race a lap-time challenge thing, but it needs more modes like this that probably won't materialise. Graphically its fine for me, but I'm a bog standard 1080p screen person, so can't possibly comment on the next-geness of it overall. Not had the sound bug yet, but I've only started playing this from patch v1.04 The complexity of the game though is never explained, a lot of options to the driving that aren't conveyed at all. The weirdest thing then about this game is "Breaking Point" - the story mode. It's not a beginners guide at all, it is more like a couple of episodes of Hollyoaks (yes it's that bad) stitched together, that assume you know what its about and know what you are doing. The cast seems to be made up of people that might actually exist in real life, versus the main protagonist that looks like a randomly generated video game character that moves and talks like one. The story part is not that obtrusive at all, the cutscenes are thankfully fairly light and brief, but if you are looking to this as a softly-softly introduction to racing, it isn't, at all. It throws you straight behind the wheel of a car on several occasions without any kind of warning. The objective here is just get on with it, you've played this game before, right? Some races start mid-way into the action, or some at the beginning, but neither do a decent job of explaining the objectives satisfactorily. They are no audible announcements, they are displayed on the the screen - just to the left of the screen, usually a few seconds after you are driving. This is of course ridiculous, you are already at maximum concentration to notice, and I crossed the finish line on one of them thinking I'd done a good job of finishing in the points to find out I'd failed the objective because I needed to beat both McLaren and Renault drivers to the finish. Oh right, well, I have to beat 4 drivers from teams I've never been introduced to, and need to know their driver names? Right, which ones are those again? Return to my trailer to receive phone calls from my generic video game character's Mum, read my social media feed (do you think Kimi does this too?) and read my emails at a weird perpendicular angle to the screen for some reason, all in a days work for a Codemasters version of how exciting F1 must be if you are in it. Looking forward to buying a place in Monaco so I can live in relative seclusion financially. If you've never played an F1 game from this series before, starting with the story mode is therefore probably the worst possible option available to you, no matter how they dress it up (if I remember FIFAs story mode at least gave you some training tips!). To start off, just do some Time Trials on your own, learning the controls, tailoring your controller or wheel preferences, and repeating that cycle until you get it right. Once you have a general level of understanding, then the story mode will probably be OK to start. Bottom line though the driving and racing aspect of this title feels good, and the AI is pretty good as well.
  17. Overheating - Jesus that is bad!
  18. It never crashed on review copies because THEY NEVER FUCKING PLAYED IT 9/10
  19. Love the fact they want to squeeze even more because it comes in blue. BLACK VINYL IS ALSO COLOURED VINYL
  20. Someone's On Drugs more like A couple of labels / artist try this shit every so often, but I hope no one buys it. That price is certainly not the norm though. Its like the Prince Estate's releases, always £30 for a single album when they are first released, but if you wait long enough the price comes down.
  21. They've said they are out of ideas now, Spotify came first, I'm sure physical will follow fairly soon
  22. Those two albums will always sell - its stuff like the recent reissue of Lionel Richie "Can't Slow Down" album that don't. I still see original copies of this floating about in charity shops and record fairs, usually fairly mint condition - can't even give it away for 50p - yet here is the recut/shitter sounding 180g pressing for £20+! I suppose you can't blame some of the old guard for trying to jump on it and make some money out of old rope, but some records coming back in-print when an original is available for very small sum and in good condition seems daft. On the other side of it, in this month's Record Mirror magazine #521 - there is a good article on Eddy Grant - but this was a bizarre thing to read... "A savvy businessman, Grant owns the rights and publishing to his entire back catalogue, from the Equals to the rare 32nd Turn Off LP (1969). As he believes the financial rewards shared by streaming sites like Spotify are too small, he has refrained from reissuing anything, even on vinyl. This means collectors still have to search for originals of everything" What a strange approach to earn nothing at all from your back catalogue, apart from the odd TV ad and radio play
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