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  1. I may be the wrong person to answer, as I'd never quite gotten into the series prior to World, and I only really got into that last year, with Iceborne, etc, already available, so it was just constant content for me for hundreds of hours (and still is - I'm still occasionally dipping into the Guiding Lands, and only fought the Silver and Gold Raths for the first time in the last few weeks), so Rise feels like an easier, simpler, more lightweight and arcade-y instalment, but I still found plenty to do. There's definitely an element of looking for it though - I've got over 200 hours on the clock, but have done every single Event Quest, as well as frequently just answering SOS's for the hell of it (just as I did with World/Iceborne), especially as I was learning new weapons. I'm not a fan of the talisman crafting system, and can see why people bounce off of Rise a bit, or find it a little lacking, as the lack of tougher quests means there's less need for item/build variety, but there's plenty of fun to be had, and I'm really looking forward to Sunbreak.
  2. I haven’t watched many non-Arsenal games this season, so I’m not sure if he always does this, but Carragher’s favourite way of adding emphasis during commentary is very irritating, it really is.
  3. I didn’t think it was a penalty at all in real-time, but the replay did show that Coufal’s foot touches the ball, but doesn’t really win it, before he trips Lacazette. I don’t think it’s totally clear cut, and I think the award of the yellow card on top was harsh, but I do understand it being given (as well as your frustration - I definitely think I’d have been annoyed if the roles were reversed).
  4. JDubYes

    Arsenal

    Same. It’s not like it was immediately from the throw either - Watford even had the ball back again afterwards, before being dispossessed by White. Add in that Rose could’ve probably just let the ball run out for a goal kick, or certainly got it back up towards the halfway line (rather than just casually knocking it out), and it’s hard to feel any sympathy for them at all.
  5. Just a heads up - ComiXology currently has the first volume of Locke & Key for 79p (normally about £9), and the rest of them for £1.59 (down from about £11), which even by their standards is pretty damn cheap.
  6. Yup, that was my plan too. With that said, and maybe I’ll get FOMO nearer the time, and have my resolve tested, at the moment I’m sufficiently disillusioned with the whole thing that it barely even feels like a hardship (which further devalues an already fairly insignificant gesture, I suppose). I’m still following the team I’ve always supported (Arsenal), almost purely out of habit, and up until the pandemic was actually still going to games fairly regularly - I actually had tickets for the first game called off due to Coronavirus - but I barely watch anything else these days, even at International level, and am generally finding it increasingly hard to care about any of it.
  7. It is - it’s the first of the original trilogy, and then there’s further books set in the same world, some covering the same characters, some more loosely linked. (I’ve read the first trilogy, been meaning to get around to the rest at some point.)
  8. I bought that the other week, and while mine doesn't glow in the dark, I still really it - I'm not a massive collector of the things, but do have a Hellboy, Ash, Cthulhu, Audrey II and Pennywise dotted around a few shelves. He's bigger than all of those others, and was pretty much instantly my favourite one. I'd wanted a Hulk one for a while, but found them all a bit underwhelming ('It's a green bloke. Woo'), so was pretty happy with it really.
  9. '...we will make their deaths look like accidents...' That trailer features a window shattering immediately before a chandelier drops on someone's head, and someone else literally about to take a bullet to the face.
  10. Took five attempts to actually get it into the basket, and then went straight to checkout as soon as it actually did... Arriving tomorrow. Still half-expecting it to not show up, but I'm buzzing!
  11. Already put it in the main Manga thread, but I know there's some crossover, etc, so... The first volume of Demon Slayer is currently down from £5.59 to £0.00 on ComiXology, if anyone's interested...
  12. The first volume of Demon Slayer is currently down from £5.59 to £0.00 on ComiXology, if anyone's interested...
  13. Oh, I should probably have dropped the ‘properly’ - I’d only been there about three times before this weekend, but I am actually going there, hunting stuff, and trying to level the areas up now.
  14. I actually got a new Optional quest from the shop lady in the forge yesterday, couldn't find it anywhere, and then went and found it in the Low/High Rank Optional list. I'm currently something like MR 77 / HR 150, so I have no idea what the hell suddenly triggered that, but it did amuse me. I did end up trying the Hammer, as I said I might in my last post a few weeks back, but only briefly, and I dropped it again fairly quickly (having described the experience to my MH-playing nephew as 'like being a T-Rex but trying to punch stuff to death', because of the lack of range). Objectively it's easy to just say that the GS is better - longer range, bigger numbers, cuts tails, can still stagger, etc, but something about it stuck with me, so I picked it up again this weekend, and haven't used another weapon since. I think my 15th ever hunt with it was to unlock the level cap at MR 70, against a tempered Glavenus and Brachydios, and I figured if I could do that with it (they've both got difficult to reach heads, etc) I was probably not imagining it, and was onto something. I think it took 20-25 minutes to capture them both in the end, which I figured was probably pretty decent in the circumstances/a good sign, and while I still think the GS probably has the better matchup spread, and is maybe the purists choice, it's also a bit more fiddly and tryhard, whereas Hammer is just more fun/goes bonk, so I think I'm converted. I'm much more prepared to just grit out bad matchups with Hammer, weirdly (I think the GS's gimped mobility made me get angrier quicker). I went back to fight (fucking) Diablos with it, to see what it was like in a fight I normally switch (to Lance) for, and while it was still not my favourite thing, it went fine, and was actually quite satisfying knocking the horns off that prick's head. I with the GS you have to be opportunistic in a different way, whereas with the Hammer it feels more natural (to me) to try and be proactive, influence the flow of the fight, and be more aggressive. (Also: bonk.) I've finally started using the Guiding Lands properly too - it's insane how much this game (and Iceborne) have to give, so seeing as I'm also still playing co-op with my gf (who's still going through the Iceborne story), I currently still don't see me getting to Rise until they have most of the additional content patched in...
  15. Yeah, I'm actually a little worried about going straight from Iceborne (nearing the end of the story, I think - just fought Namielle) to Rise, just because all the LR stuff is probably going to be really easy in comparison, and I'll miss all this nice gear I'm making for my GS and Lance... I expect to be (initially) terrible with the Wirebug though, so that will probably help balance it out a bit.
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