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  1. No expansions sneaking in the Hive box? 
     

    Very much depending on price, I’d be interested in Army of Frogs, Getaway Driver, Sensor Ghosts and Lux Aeterna, plus a couple that have been spoken for. 

  2. On 15/10/2020 at 20:09, Spatial said:

    Me and Kickstarter don't hang, but I do wish I'd gotten on board with Awaken Realm's Etherium. Especially now the final product is starting to hit and the impressions are very positive.

     

    Looks like a nice Dreamlands cosmic horror vibe to it, and there's a metric f'tonne of content. The models look crazy detailed but really good unpainted with that light patina style (although not sure they all come like that).

     

     

    I'm reeeeeally hoping it gets a retail release, or is at least more generally available from retailers like they did with Nemesis.


    Pretty sure that the pledge manager is opening again between the first and second waves ship, that was certainly the plan.  You can probably get on it then. 
     

    I’m in a similar-but-different position of having backed it but not added anything except a playmat. Kinda thinking I should have gone for more since it’s being well-received. 

  3. 5 minutes ago, HarryBizzle said:

    Boomerang rentals have now added PS5 titles to their available games and they’ll be available on launch. Probably a good idea if people want to try stuff like Destruction All Stars and don’t fancy spending £70.


    It will also be available in every charity shop for £1 in a few years, if that helps. 

  4. On 10/10/2020 at 18:57, jonamok said:

    Gotcha.


    Not necessarily that company, but the same general idea has become pretty much the default for games on Kickstarter. For the big stupid ones with 97,000 miniatures and 49 different tiers to back at it’s basically a requirement for keeping track of the different combinations of things that people want. And if they can cope with those, they can definitely help out with smaller projects too.

  5. 5 hours ago, DukeOfEarlsfield said:

    Is it Batman if he’s a dinosaur?

     

    Genuinely surprised that someone as knowledgeable about comics as Gaiman could come up with a hot take that weak. His joke Batman wouldn’t even register in the top ten most ridiculous versions of the character.

     

    I mean, the most memorable screen version of the character was made out of fucking Lego.

     

    And the best superhero movie of the past decade was entirely predicated on the idea that you can do anything you like with the central theme as long as you stay true to the heart of it.

     

    Hands up everyone who’d watch a Spider-Ham movie?


     

    The only mitigating factor here is that comic book fans are used to there being multiple versions of the same character. It’s pretty much baked into the dna of comics that there will be multiple writers, artists and editors all putting their own spin and twists on things in an effort to make their mark. Keep things fresh and relevant.

     

    But there’s only one Pratchett, only one Discworld, only one Vimes. So Pratchett aficionados are struggling to perceive of the thing they love as being anything other than the thing they love.


    Lego Batman is probably the most pure Batman, distilled and focused on his character traits, not his actions. There is literally nothing in the way he acts that is contrary to the established character. That’s why it works so well and that’s the absolute opposite of what Vimes has here. 
     

    The only times Batman has been fundamentally changed are when the point of the story is seeing what happens to the world with that Batman in it. Vampire Batman, for instance. Which isn’t what is happening here.

  6. £15 a match is ridiculous. Sky/BT aren’t really showing matches for the fans of the teams playing, the actual numbers come from the people who were just interested enough to put it on. Like, Villa and Leicester will probably be a good game, you’d watch that if you’re sat on your arse in front of the telly. You’re not paying £15 for it.

  7. Watching the various clips, there’s definitely something there. It’s got a similar sort of chunkiness to the feel of it that could work...Honestly if Terry was still alive I’m sure everyone would watch the first couple of episodes and broadly forget about it until an in-joke appeared in a footnote in a couple of novel’s time. And we’d lol, and some people would do some cosplay and that’d be that.
     

    But he’s not alive. There’s not going to be a joke in a future novel, there’s not going to be a rolling of eyes at a press conference. He’s gone and his death has given people who haven’t read the books a glance of the love people had for him and his work. They’ve bought a couple of them on their kindle and not got around to reading it yet and instead they’re going to watch this. And there will be enough of them to justify the budget, and it’ll be a success. But it isn’t the thing that we all loved and all wanted other people to love, and it feels like watching this will put them off. Clearly it’s put off Rhianna. 
     

    It’s probably something that should be anger inducing, but honestly it’s just sad. Sad that he’s gone, sad that Rhianna and Rob are uninvolved but also having to defend themselves, sad that it’s probably the last time it’ll be attempted, sad that it wasn’t done properly and mostly it’s sad because it could have been joyous. 2020 strikes again.

  8. 14 minutes ago, Bacon Horsemeat said:

     

    Which tells us about the way humans are wired more than anything. You got what you paid for. New releases do not diminish from your purchase. It still offers the same power. But people (especially at this end of the market) tend to think more "This is the most powerful consumer CPU out there" rather than "this will handle every game out there in 4k60fps"

     

     


    Well, no. It’s a question of opportunity cost, not cost. It’s basically impossible to make a good financial decision of any kind if you don’t consider opportunity cost.

  9. The last few pages of this have just reminded me of all the shite “limited edition” Xbox 360 faceplates that people were intermittently paying a comparative fortune for. 
     

    What a load of shite they were.

     

    EDIT: They’re still paying a fortune. One went for £100 in the last week! And someone paid £58 for a Virgin Megastore one.
     

    Bloody hell. 

  10. How much can he be on per year? A day of Auba’s new contract?

     

    It’s a fucking disgrace. Sacking scouts when we bought a scouting company was crappy, but realistically it’s one or the other.

  11. 5 minutes ago, smac said:


    So you have to sign up for Origin to play alongside 'mukkers?


    EA account, technically, not Origin although they are functionally identical. EA accounts are used on all EA games with an online aspect I believe and you’ve almost certainly already got one if you’ve not been asked to make one. Go to EA Account in the Options menu, iirc. 

  12. 4 hours ago, Benny said:

    No, none of that paying for cosmetics shite please. I'd pay for expansions, just like the old days.


    I think there’s a zero percent chance of that happening, unless they simultaneously developed it and then cut it out for release. Five ship squads and 4 flyable ships does suggest there’s a B-Wing and TIE Defender kicking around somewhere, mind. 
     

    Actually being able to make money would help it have a longer life before it dies.

  13. If you turn crossplay off, at least on Xbox One, it takes ages, a good few minutes, to find a game. I don’t think there’s much hope of further filtering beyond that unless it sells much better than expected.

     

    I’ve moved from X-Wing to the A-Wing, with a few upgrades, and I’m doing better. The playing field does feel more level with crossplay off, even though one person was amazing, but I don’t think I can be bothered to wait that long each time. It’s really fun though, even when losing. It’s a shame PC folk aren’t getting the best experience yet. 
     

    I had a look through cosmetics too, moved to Red Squadron paint, but they’re very limited. I really hope they’ve got more lined up to keep people interested. It is nice that everything is free, and I’m glad that the ship upgrades aren’t possible to pay for, but I just don’t see why they’re not selling cosmetics. I know that Battlefront controversy isn’t exactly a distant memory, but this is a niche title and even more than if it was made by a nice indie studio it needs to be profitable or support will be dropped instantly. Let me pay 79p to be an Ithorian so there’s a full Season 2 (or whatever). 

  14. I think I’ve ended up with a different set up to other people, mostly cribbed from No Man’s Sky. Yaw and pitch on the left stick, roll on the bumpers. That moves repair and missiles to the two sticks, with boost at a flick with the right stick.

     

    It works, but I think I’m going to have to move throttle to the triggers because in the heat of battle I keep bashing the left trigger to slow down. On an elite pad I’ll be fine, but I’ve not got that at the mo.

     

    I think I probably expected to be better at it than I am, especially multiplayer. I’m getting alright at not dying, but I’m definitely not killing enough. I may at some point allege that there’s some cheating going on, mind. It seems a very odd coincidence that the ones who do best aren’t on the Xbox, as I am. On both teams. It might just be better controls, but it seems a bit odd. 
     

    It’s a really good game though. If you liked X-Wing and don’t mind finding out that you’re rubbish, buy ASAP.

  15. Most of my gaming on the Xbox One is local multiplayer and backwards compatibility has some bangers on that front, ironically mostly older. Perfect Dark, NBA Jam, Sensi, EDF, a bunch of fighting games. Those will all be among my most played games this gen, with probably Human Fall Flat at the top along with Minecraft and recently Minecraft Dungeons. 
     

    Losing all those would be rubbish. As noted above, I think it’s a PC gamer mentality to be able to hop back into almost-anything either thanks to the games just working or a dedicated community. Test Drive Unlimited is still a pretty great game on the PC thanks to the community, for instance.
     

    @Marlew Microsoft don’t decide which titles are backwards compatible, the emulation is pretty complete. They need permission from the publishers to enable it.

  16. On the plus side, videogames have the novelty of having appalling work conditions for people in rich, developed countries rather than everything else that takes it out on poor countries.

     

    As an industry, videogames have always been a pretty pure implementation of capitalism. Profit is chased aggressively, things like gambling are readily accepted. I really don’t think you can support any part of it if you’re trying to be conscientious. Do what you feel is best for yourself, but the industry chose long ago that it didn’t want regulation and so there will always be bad practices.

  17. Just been fiddling with Carrion for a couple of hours. Score another one for “games I would never buy [until they were in a Humble Bundle] but I’m thoroughly enjoying”. I spent a lot of time slurping around the walls and backtracking while not being sure where to go, which definitely isn’t ideal, but it’s so quick and fun to navigate that it’s a lot less of an issue. And you also get the same feeling of being a Horrible Goose, except being a Horrific Amorphous Blob when torturing and tearing apart puny humans, which is great fun. If it cost money (properly) I’d be quite cautious recommending it, but as it’s Game Pass it’s a strong Worth A Go/10.

  18. 6 minutes ago, deerokus said:

    I'm not even a star wars fan but I bought this, seems like the kind of escapist stuff I need right now. 

     

    Big publishers should be encouraged to put out more games at this scale and price, if the triple A (quadruple A?) stuff is going to be 70+ quid next gen. 

     

    X-Wing was better than Star Wars. 

  19. 6 minutes ago, Pob said:

    Yaw seems to have much more effect in this than it does a real plane (by which I mean a videogame plane). You rotate pretty fast left and right, whereas the effect is quite minimal in the flying games I’ve played.

     

    I can’t imagine being able to track a target with just pitch and roll. 
     

    Still thinking that the old games had a simplified ‘bank left and right’ system rather. Am I misremembering?


    I don’t think you’re remembering entirely, but you’re not wrong either. Not sure about if you had a three-axis stick, but the default was to bank and loop then hold down a secondary joystick button to roll. I think you’re probably forgetting the holding-down-button bit.

  20. 44 minutes ago, Pob said:

    I mean like a fighter plane, silly. 
     

    It occurs to me how that I’ve never had much luck dogfighting with a pad, it’s always felt really awkward. I only ever played the old X-Wing games with a 3-axis stick, so maybe it’s that. 
     

    Battlefront 2 has a kind of ‘easy mode’ system where the left stick basically banks and turns the fighter when you press left or right. I resorted to that when I played that game. I think perhaps the old X-Wing games used a similar system. Squadrons is more like flying an actual fighter jet where left/right just rolls the ship like a corkscrew. 
     

    More experimentation needed. 


    I’ve not played it yet, but is yaw actually needed? Obviously it’s useful in a real plane, but I’m not sure it is in an X-Wing.

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