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  1. 1 minute ago, Calashnikov said:

    Don’t you need to complete it 5 times for all that 13 Sentinelsy greatness to reveal itself? I’d also like to experience it, and have been curious about this game for time, but that whole aspect has been the mean reason I’ve never taken the plunge.

    You do, but each play through is different enough to keep you interested. You're not really completing the game five times, it's more like a Rashomon-esque retelling of the story from a different perspective.


    However, if you don't get on with the gameplay it will definitely be a problem.

  2. On 06/06/2021 at 14:42, Sketch said:

    Dug out my phat PS2 and updated the games on the internal HDD. They've recently (January 2021) released a new stable version of OPL HD Loader (V1, as opposed to v0.93 from years ago). I have not trawled the topic - might have been mentioned.


    I've been playing Evergrace.


    How did I miss? Janky as hell action-RPG that's batshit crazy. Weird voice sampled soundtrack, shells growing out of the ground, rats made of melons, two characters, incomprehensible dialogue, super deep clothing system, no EXP for levelling, so much strangeness.


    Also: it's by From Software and is basically a prototype Demon's Souls with bright garish colours.


    I love it.


    Also, one type of armour is a bird's nest with chicks in hit.



    Damn. I think I just gave this to a charity shop as part of a clear out! I picked it up 10+ years ago, played it briefly and then never looked at it again.

  3. I'm a Chelsea fan, but I don't think it's controversial to say that Chelsea thoroughly deserved that. They were superb for the whole game, and really should have been out of sight by half time. The fact that they weren't necessitated a rear guard action that was faultlessly executed. 


    I was disappointed to see Lampard sacked but don't mind admitting that he is simply not at the level of someone like Tuchel. Who has taken the same players, and in some cases players Lampard had side-lined, and made them look like the world beaters they are. Next season should be very interesting.

  4. The greatest song writer of modern times (or any time) turns 80 today. A prodigious artists, he released his first record in 1962 and his last in 2020, with no noticeable fallow period. He's written countless classic songs, and released dozens of superb albums. His songs come in all forms, from simple ballads and love songs to epic musical stories, taking in blues, country, rock, folk, jazz and probably a few things I'm not even aware of. Those songs have been covered by artists from myriad musical genres and adapted into wildly differing styles. (In fact he surely must be the most covered artists of all time).


    He has an image in popular culture of being unable to sing, but anyone who's listened to him will know that his voice is very musical. This, coupled with his abilities as a musician and composer has allowed him to create some truly beautiful melodies. But it's the lyrics he weaves through those melodies that really sets Dylan apart. Dylan has a gift for language that is simply unparalleled in music. He has an eye for poetic imagery worthy of Ezra Pound or T.S. Eliot (fighting in the captain's tower).


    For me personally, Dylan has literally been an ever present factor in my life. I have been listening to his music since birth, grew to love it as a child when my parents played it, and if anything have grown to love it even more as I've become older. The songs have taken on new dimensions as I've aged, fallen in and out of love, got married, had kids, lost people I cared about and hopefully matured enough to know that I didn't know as much as I thought I did. As Dylan himself sang "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now".


    The Guardian have asked a load of famous people for their favourite Dylan song




    but I'm much more interested in the favourite Dylan song of the musical luminaries of rllmuk. So let's hear your thoughts on this colossus of popular culture at this major milestone in his life.


    My offering: It's very hard to pick a favourite song when I love so many of them, and a few of the likely contenders are mentioned in that Guardian article (Desolation Row and Hard Rain's Gonna Fall are songs I listen to on an almost daily basis), so in the interests of variety I'll choose one of those epic stories I mentioned. A song that never fails to raise a smile, wherein Bob Dylan discovers America.




  5. 8 hours ago, Twinbee said:

    Looking on Amazon Prime, I gave City Hunter a go and turned it off after about 20 minutes. Just gratingly awful slapstick ‘comedy’, dreadfully sexist, and he has a weird relationship with his adoptive daughter, who he’s raised from the age of 10 on a vow to his dying buddy. Now she’s an adult he fancies her. 

    Gutted his big hits aren’t on the main streaming services, as I know my son would love them. 

    I remember thinking Armour of God was amazing when I was about 15. Is it still good?

    Armour of God is still phenomenally good.

  6. 8 minutes ago, deerokus said:

    Ff7 remake is exclusive to PlayStation for no reason other than money hatting. I've yet to see the confusion and grousing about that on the same scale. 


    Sony have been buying third party exclusives (usually timed, but not always) the whole last gen.

    We all had Playstations so it didn't make any difference.

  7. On 16/05/2021 at 00:38, fragglerock said:

    You kill a lot of robots, and mash a load of buttons, but that is the least of what the game is.

    I don't think that's quite true though. The game has an interesting plot and an unusual way of telling it, but the vast majority of your time is spent dodging bullets and smashing up robots. I liked it but have to admit that the shmup based hacking was starting to wear thin by the end.

  8. 20 hours ago, Ste Pickford said:

    I generally love long, difficult books, so I've not given up on much (I loved whaling textbook sections of Moby Dick!).


    I only managed about 4 pages of Ulysses.  This was in my late teens though, so I'm aiming to go back one day.


    I think I gave up on Milton's Paradise Lost about half way through.


    I gave up on Tristram Shandy midway too. I was loving it, when I could follow it, but my feeble brain just couldn't keep up with those long olde english sentences full of endless clauses, and I was forgetting where each sentence had started once I got to its end.  Probably one where an audiobook would work better for me.

    That's funny because that's sort of the point of Tristram Shandy, right. The constant shifting of focus onto some tangent or other, never really getting to the original point.


    It works on so many levels!

  9. I'm unapologetic about the fact that I really like The Doors, and even own a book of Jim Morrison's poetry. I don't love it but there's some nice imagery in there, and it's certainly no worse than Edgar Allen Poe's (and shares thematic similarities with that writer's poems). He probably was a twat personally, but he was backed by a great band who came up with some great tunes. Including some real epics like The End, When The Music's Over, Riders on The Storm, and L.A. Woman.


    I also really like the album @Art Vandelay mentioned that The Doors made after Morrison had died, where they composed (or borrowed) tunes and played them over recordings of Morrison reading his poems. It's a very thoughtful, poignant record.


    So you can all stick that in your collective pipes and smoke it (while listening to The Doors).

  10. It's worth listening to this brilliant outtake from the sessions Howling Wolf did with Clapton, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman and others.



    You can just hear the reverence in Clapton's voice.


    (This whole session is absolutely amazing and for my money has the best version of I Ain't Superstitious there is. Love those horns!)



  11. I'd have to dig it out but there's a great clip of B. B. King talking about how much he owed to the Stones and Cream and the like, for re-introducing white Americans to the Blues. I mean we can call it cultural appropriation, but they didn't do it because they wanted to steal anything, they did it because they loved the music and wanted to play it. Their popularity gave a living to a lot of the great bluesmen, who without them would have worked and died in relative obscurity.


    It's worth mentioning as well that Cream especially were a really good blues band.

  12. On 07/04/2021 at 13:45, Art Vandelay said:

    Anyway, white people make bad music. If they do make good music it's because they've managed to make it sound enough like black music for us not to notice. Prove me wrong kids.


  13. Unfortunately I think the download list on the Vita is the only way to do it.


    I've been slowly working my way through it trying to catch any cross play stuff that I never downloaded to the Vita. There are games on my list that I have no recollection of buying. I'm not totally sure what Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirth is but it seems I own it. Same with Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, although I've now downloaded that and am giving it a crack. It's er.... odd. There must be 8 or 10 other similarly colon laden titles on there that are not ringing any bells. I think I must have had an episode during one of the many PSN sales.


    In terms of mopping up what's available, I had wanted to buy Sorcery Saga Curse of the Great Curry God before the store closed but it seems it's already been removed.

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