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  1. K

    IMMORTALITY

    Immortality is a great game and all, but do we really have to have yet another game based on an obscure eighteenth century gothic novel? It’s like, I get it, I like Ann Radcliffe and Charles Brockden Brown too, but it’d be nice if game devs put the book down every so often and watched Star Wars or Aliens or any kind of violent sci-fi really.
  2. K

    Deathloop

    I’ll say one thing for this game, when you break someone’s neck, you really break the fuck out of their neck. I mean, it comes right round. There’s no ambiguity there. That neck is 100% broken. A complete writeoff.
  3. I just assumed it was Cleveleys based on the general level of desolation.
  4. K

    IMMORTALITY

    This is one of very few games I've played where I felt the need to take notes.
  5. The first episode was great. I love the way they embrace the 1970s character actor qualities of the original Star Wars, and have loads of miserable-looking British actors walking through beige complexes that look like Cumbernauld shopping centre. It’s also kind of brilliant that they decided the only place in the world that could realistically capture the cosmically dismal vibe that they were going for was Cleveleys.
  6. It might just be me, but it feels like Microsoft have sped up the Eco mode startup on Series X. I'm sure it used to take longer than it does now.
  7. K

    Deathloop

    I really like the setup of having no savegames, but I've also had the game crash on me twice, when I was quite some way into a particular segment of the day. It's spectacularly annoying to lose all your unique weapons, residuum, trinkets, and info because the game locked up, especially after I spent a good 45mins Goldeneye-ing my way through the complex with a silenced nailgun. I'm enjoying the hell out of this, but might put it on hold until a patch comes out.
  8. K

    IMMORTALITY

    Rewinding with the left trigger revealed quite a few clips that I couldn't get to play any other way, but it sounds like you've tried that.
  9. You very occasionally see police cars chasing after gang members. I think I've only ever seen one, to be honest.
  10. I finished this last night (apart from the DLC) and mostly really enjoyed it. The writing is very good, and manages to create some very evocative, distinctive environments with a few paragraphs of text and some minimalist illustrations. I had a couple of criticisms. It’s fairly quick to remove most (if not all) of the ticking clock elements, at which point I thought the game got a bit dull and grindy. The characters and story kept me going, but I got a bit bored of planting mushrooms and selling data. The other, connected thing, is that I found the game a lot more compelling when life was hard. By the end of my game, life had become very comfortable and the overall vibe was, for want of a better word, cosy. There was a bit too much hanging around with nice, cute people, drinking tea, and eating delicious mushroom feasts. The whole vibe was a sort of domestic, social bliss with the nice gangsters and the cheeky space engineers. I can see why people would like it, but it reminded me a bit of the Gunk in that it combined sci-fi with a kind of twee domesticity. I’m not a huge fan of that kind of comfortable SF environment - I’m not saying it needed to be some kind of grimdark Warhammer 40,000 thing, but I would have much preferred it if they’d kept up the tension and left the curling up in a chair with a fried mushroom dish until the very end. Still, some good ideas and interesting scenarios, and I thought some of the endings were quite moving. I particularly liked the way that some stories ended badly without me consciously going for some kind of BioWare “bad” choice - things went south because I made a mistake. That felt really natural, and subtly done.
  11. K

    Deathloop

    I'm really enjoying this so far. There are bits and pieces of so many different things in here - the snowy bunkers and Bond-style music make it feel like Goldeneye or the first level of Timesplitters 2 - but the overall vibe is really distinctive. I love the fact that you can't save, so you don't get the temptation to savescum your way through a level like I usually do in Dishonored. It means there's a real risk / reward feeling to each section - death is simultaneously meaningful (in that you can lose stuff when you die) and meaningless (in that you can just try the section again, and experiment with no risk of fucking anything up permanently). The AI is absolutely terrible, as it was in Dishonored. If anything, it seems even worse, and the developers have leaned into it by making everyone into an enemy (so you don't get those immersion-breaking bits where non-combatants go into a panic state for no reason and run around like chickens forever), and building it into the lore that almost everyone you meet is ripped to the tits on booze. I have a lot - I repeat, a LOT - of respect for a developer who works their crap AI into the fabric of the game by having all the game's NPCs be off their heads on drink and drugs. Couple that with the timeloop structure, and you've got a world where you're much freer to experiment and torment the idiotic shitfaced NPCs than you ever were in Arkane's other games.
  12. K

    Deathloop

    Deathloop seems interesting so far; it’s much jokier than Arkane’s other games. It’s sort of like The Prisoner and Portal, with guns, except set in the north of Scotland and with more swearing and with a diverse cast. Is it just me, or do the different graphics options not seem to change anything? When I turn the ray-tracing on, I still get 60fps - which suggests it’s not actually doing ray-tracing.
  13. K

    Deathloop

    It's weird how little publicity the Xbox release of this is getting. You would have thought they would put a bit more effort into marketing this very lavish-looking first person shooter from one of their expensively-acquired in-house developers. I guess it didn't exactly set the world alight on PS5 (as with most of Arkane's other games, unfortunately), but you would have thought they'd at least punt out a few interviews with the developers to the major websites. Still, I'm really looking forward to it. Dishonored without guns vs Prey without the crap enemies and generic setting, all wrapped up in a Groundhog Day structure, sounds like a pretty compelling mix to me.
  14. Is it just me, or is this new series considerably more difficult than previous ones? I may have suffered some kind of cognitive decline since the last series, but I’m struggling to get many questions right, even on the early episodes.
  15. The character switching from GTA V would probably be the most obvious one. They probably could have done more with it, but it’s still incredibly slick and there are some great moments in the single player where you switch to a character to find them involved in a car chase or shootout, which then seamlessly transitions to a mission. The heists aren’t really a mechanic, but the way it gives each player a distinctive role in this multiplayer is pretty unique. Like, the sequence where you have to infiltrate a prison, with one player disguised as a cop, another disguised as a prisoner, and the others providing backup / support in a chopper - I can’t remember playing anything else like that. You obviously get multiplayer games where each player has a specific role, but none of them have ever captured that feeling of being in a crew of criminals out to do a job.
  16. In order: Yes. There are still a few, but no more than any other major open world game. It's 90% fixed. You can still see it happen sometimes as the "fake" cars in the distance transition into proper 3D models, but it's much, much better than it was before the 1.5 patch. Almost too many to mention. The economy and difficulty have been rebalanced, so the game is more of a challenge and money is more meaningful. There are many, many adjustments to the structure, so that missions get doled out as you progress rather than getting dumped on you in one huge avalanche of content. You can buy apartments to live in, some of which are beautiful. The crowd density is much higher. Vehicle handling is hugely improved. The new throwing knife mechanic is amazing. The world is much more alive, with metro trains running around and police chases happening around you. Etc.
  17. Who is the black guy who sometimes appears in the nested flashbacks / hidden footage / whatever the hell it is when you rewind and see something fucking weird? Is he a former host / incarnation of The One?
  18. The “unsayable” bit was very funny, but the bit in his previous show where he just goes “uuuuh Stew why you having a go at Russell?” for about ten minutes had me doubled over with laughter.
  19. K

    IMMORTALITY

    it’s a weird, experimental game with pretty niche appeal, it’s obviously not going to attract as much attention as Halo or Zelda, in so much as you can realistically compare three games that have so little in common. But equally obviously, that has no bearing at all on the game’s quality or whether or not people like it. Guess what, the threads for weird, niche films like Phantom Thread and The French Dispatch have fewer posts in them than the threads for Top Gun; Maverick and Mission Impossible: Fallout. And yet some people claim these niche films are actually good!
  20. I would have thought Stewart Lee publicly criticising Ricky Gervais is going hit Gervais quite hard - RG was hugely influenced by SL, and Stew's book 'How I Escaped My Certain Fate' has a long section in it discussing his influence on Gervais' act, Gervais constant praise for him, and the way that his early-noughties career was given a big boost by Gervais endorsing him. They have quite a complex relationship, but Gervais clearly values Lee's opinion much more than the other way round.
  21. Are people watching this with English or Japanese voiceover? I switched back and forth during the first episode, and couldn't quite settle on what sounded natural.
  22. Is the Bash Brothers thing any good if you have absolutely no idea who either of them are, and also know nothing about baseball in general? I'm tempted to watch it, but I suspect it'd be like me watching a series about cricket or kabaddi or something.
  23. I think it was an expanded version of this piece: https://www.stewartlee.co.uk/written_for_money/roll-over-fleabag-mrs-brown-got-the-priest-first/
  24. This is no different to any other thread on the forum. It’d be more notable if there was a a thread about games people liked, rather than another thread where people can go “The Last of Us? Actually shit.” and then stand back while the rest of the forum recovers from being exposed to such heresy.
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