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    Senior QA Engineer & Game Designer. Fanatical about Performance Cars & Retro Gaming.

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  1. Wools

    Dirt Rally 2.0

    Nice, thank you! Will pick it up.
  2. Wools

    Dirt Rally 2.0

    I adored Dirt Rally and picked it up on PS4, then Xbox One when I moved across to that and once again last year on PC. It's always played and looked great but on PC on full settings? I've held off on Dirt 2.0 as I was still rinsing the PC version but I also heard some negativity towards the lack of content. Now that it's been out for awhile, it seems the content is all there and with Steam having the GOTY Edition on sale for £22, I'm ready to jump in! However, does anyone know if the recently released Colin McRae DLC is the final bit of content or could more be lined up? I don't like to keep paying for more content, just like to jump in once and get it all.
  3. Lost in Translation. Have never watched it so this weekend was my first time. Really loved it, reminded me of my teenage years spent watching subtitled French and Italian films (No, not those) where we meet 2 characters, spend 2 hours with them as they go on a road trip and then they seperate. Really enjoyed the subtle shots of Charlotte longing for a more fulfilled existence, Bob's fantastic dialogue of his trapped life and the beautiful but grounded atmosphere of a life lived in Hotel rooms. There's a few issues with the film, where I felt their relationship didn't come together as naturally as I would have expected and as mentioned; the shots of Charlotte at temples felt like it was filmed for a more longer movie that never quite got made. Overall though, I loved it and it and want to rewatch it. 4 / 5
  4. Ohh yes, it's a system hog! I don't have a £5000 PC but it's a top of the line i7, 16GB Ram, M.2 Memory with a 2070RTX Card and Quake II struggles on absloute full settings. However, if you dial down the insanity settings, it runs perfect and that's where you start to appreciate that if a 20 year old game with simple models and physics can look this good, ray tracing is going to have a great future. Battlefield 5 has RTX but I believe it's only on specific maps, I could be lying on that front though.
  5. I still love Quake II is the current bastion for a game you can play right now but with full RTX capibility, it does look stunning. If I turn everything on full on QII with my 2070 Card at 2K resolution, I get around 20FPS!
  6. I agree, it's small little refinements that don't look great over a single generation but if you then step back after immersing yourself in the current generation, it's so difficult to imagine going back. I've recently been gaming on PC with a 140Mhz Monitor in 2K and just going back to a PS4 game in 1K at 60hz feels like stepping back in time. It doesn't mean it's bad, it's just that we've moved on. And even with my decent PC, we're now on 6K monitors and 200Mhz refresh rates! However, going back to a Mega Drive or SNES game, then playing Tomb Raider on the PlayStation is a lesson in how stunningly unique the transition was from 16-bit 2D games to stunning 3D Worlds on the 32-bit generation. We're just not in that place at the moment and arguably, unless we get a true VR imperceptible from reality, we probably never will again.
  7. I would argue the last real leaps in terms of graphics were the Xbox 360 / PS3 generation. PS4 & XB1 was the era in which the leaps were small but important. The PS5 XB2 will be much the same. Load times will fall through the floor, updates will be handled better and just small refinments to game engines that look exceptional. But looked at through a wide lens of someone who's been gaming since the Master System and 386 PC, it doesn't look as important or significant. However, I think we all have to accept that despite the jump not being as revolutionary as years gone past, you'll be supprised how quickly you'll get used to modern games and when you hop back to an Xbox 360 title you look at it and go; "Ohh, that's not how I remembered it."
  8. I purchased a bottle of Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old before Christmas and finished it off over the weekend. One of the nicest I've had in recent memory. It has a really sweet aftertaste and just thinking about it now, makes me want to order another bottle.
  9. Pixar are clealry a talanted bunch, that's unarguable in my eyes. However, my 2 favourite films they've made (Wall-E and Up) start so unbelievably brilliantly but then seem to loose the courage of their opening and fall back on children film staples like talking animals in Up and bringing in the humans as caricatures in Wall-E. It felt like both films are so capable and brilliant, but both films take such a massive detour, it broke the immersion for me. Toy Story is a classic though, I'll fight you over that.
  10. I sold the last of my collection over 10 years ago now and for much the same reasons as others, I just got older, wiser and found gaming had become an excuse to not do other things in my life. However, I still get giddy when I see a mint Japanese N64 or a copy of Shenmue for Dreamcast so every year or so, I would go down a rabbit hole of looking at a certain system and working out how to make it look good on a modern TV, what's the price of good controllers (Often overlooked in the retro community, shit controllers were the bane of many fast paced games) and other basics which slowly brought up the price I needed to pay for it all. Thankfully, I picked up a PC recently and the options for emulation has all but silenced my need to pick up old consoles and PC's. With rare exception, all the consoles I want to play have been emulated to imperceptible levels that I can play perfect versions of Ferrari F355 Challenge, Perfect Dark, Gran Turismo 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Super Mario World along with hundreds more, I don't need old consoles that collectors are charging an arm and a leg for. Rather than the old adage of; you have access to thousands of games and don't play any of them, I curate my ROM collection to games I used to own so that doesn’t really come into effect. I load up an old game to play it breifly or play it to completion. Altough having the old hardware is unquestionably a nice feeling, I equate it to walking around an old home you used to live in. The memories are just as strong and potent, but it's all changed and not quite how you remember it. Going back to emulation, you can play with brand new USB controllers, have upscaled resolution (The RE:Dream Dreamcast emulator is stunning for this) and your choice of game that didn't cost the Eath to acquire. I honestly find it more impressive when I got the new offical Sega Saturn USB controller (In This is Cool colours ) and played US copies of Revenge of Shinobi and Sonic 2, rather than using original hardware and attempting to get it looking great through an HDMI Converter. However, I am really impressed with the FGPA work that Analog are doing and if I did go back to a machine under the TV, I would go through Analog's example. Especially the frosted plastic Mega SG. So everytime I seen an old N64 with an uncreased copy of Perfect Dark, or a pristine boxed Sega Mega Drive II and sticker still on copy of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 or a mint condition PlayStation 2 with not an inch of dust along its many fine lines, I take a breath then remember; Oh, I can play them all right now!
  11. I think gaming has long since passed a basic level of writing, characterisation and story, no longer needing to justify itself like it had to back in the 1990's. GTA though. I won't argue the defense for that series. Althoough, I really enjoyed parts of the story in GTA4. Wheras 5 attempts to bring in some unique characters but ends up as a pastiche of all of them.
  12. I noticed those 'fufiled by Amazon' but got a bit suspicius as several are french or just launched, so wanted to check if their were some trusted sellers on amazon any of you here use?
  13. I know the 3DS suffered from piracy, do you know if any of those Amazon shop links for those M2 Ports look legit for buying from?
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