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  1. Well I just have to add Just Cause 2 don’t I - My Steam library already has Prototype and Red Faction Guerrilla from yonks back. Hopefully one day they’ll drop Crackdown on Steam and I can go on sabbatical to write the definitive treatise on mad AA open worlders of the late 00s.
  2. Yep, saw that setting up Game Pass on the deck involved installing Windows, can’t be bothered with all that.
  3. In the end I grabbed: Far Cry 2 The Orange Box Vanquish Hotline Miami 2 Fallout 3 GOTY edition Fallout 4 Batman Arkham City Max Payne 3 GTA 4 Complete Edition Yakuza 0 Metal Gear Solid 5 For a total sum of £46.67. Also nabbed Dragon’s Dogma for £4 last week. That should do me for Steam Decking for the next couple of years or so.
  4. Having just bought a Steam Deck, the autumn sale is the first big Steam sale that’s been relevant for me in many years. I’m sure it’s old hat to most people but the prices are eye poppingly low. It looks like I can assemble a perfect Xbox 360/PS4 gen mobile library that will last me for years for fifty quid.
  5. It’s been amusing to see big Jim do his PT Barnum on steroids schtick in the marketing for this film - he’s a proper throwback and it really feels like the modern social media crowd don’t know what to make of him. Makes you realise how few genuine creatives these days are out there blowing their own horn about how great they are.
  6. I realised a while back that I basically really love third person 3D games much more than any other type - which is obviously quite narrow-minded in one way but not too bad because it means I am up for basically any type of sub-genre within that perspective, from platformers to brawlers to adventures to RPGs to out and out shooters. Conversely I’ve also realised I don’t actually like 2D games, with a few notable exceptions. I thought that might make me some kind of gaming heretic but when I look back on my childhood I only ever really remember being fond of my Megadrive - actual love of games only came in with the N64 and the PlayStation. I find certain aspects of interaction with 2D games to be kind of intrinsically unfun, which means I quickly lose interest even when I can see the underlying design is great. Two good examples of this would be Super Metroid and Hollow Knight. Both beautiful, both atmospheric, both clever and amazingly constructed. Unfortunately they both contain a lot of combat, and I find 2D combat to be unfailingly horrible. Plus the entire time I was playing them I was thinking that this was all very well and good, but really Metroid Prime and Dark Souls are the ‘proper’ version of these games. Like I say, heresy!
  7. I had that last night, couldn’t put it down. I think the combat in this is miles better than the first one, so much more variety and encouragement to experiment.
  8. I struggle to get value from it with the Gold conversion so the full whack is a definite no-no. The Steam Deck has probably killed my interest in the subscription services for good tbh. Between the emulators and the Steam sales I can spend as little as I would on Game Pass but on an indie/old games library that’s specifically tailored to me, on a machine that’s better suited to play it. Vampire Survivors is great on a portable but I’m never going to play it on my living room TV. As for the blockbusters, PS5 covers that base and even if Microsoft ever do get up to speed with their exclusives I still won’t have the free time to get the most out of the subscription. It took me best part of five months to play through Elden Ring, if Starfield is good then it will be at least the same. If that’s at full price for Game Pass it’s essentially more than £50-60, I’d be better off buying it.
  9. The first episode of the new season was astonishingly boring. All the main characters spent most of their time talking to anonymous flunkies instead of each other, really weird writing decision. I had forgotten that the first recasting season (3) was also pretty bad - season 4 was one of those rare but wonderful occasions where a TV show pulls out of a nosedive and redefines itself. Pulling the same trick twice was always going to be difficult, especially as there’s just not much left to do with the Queen and Prince Phillip anymore.
  10. Saw this earlier and couldn’t stop laughing.
  11. Re: the why has Marvel Gone Downhill discussion - it’s all the reasons everyone else has already stated but I do think one thing that has been underestimated is how important Chris Evans/Captain America and even more so Robert Downey/Iron Man were to making the whole thing work. Marvel likes to act like it’s beyond movie stars, but Downey was absolutely a movie star draw for so many of those films. It’s telling how everyone in the MCU speaks like Tony Stark and it doesn’t work, because they’re not Robert Downey.
  12. Is this another one of those threads designed for people to pretend they’re being massive iconoclasts even though they’re voicing opinions held by 90pc of this forum? Feels like we’re getting one of these at least once a month these days.
  13. What is about these PlayStation exclusives that attracts the attention of people who know they won’t like them? It can’t just be the review scores. Nintendo games get great scores but I’m never going to play Smash Brothers or boringly pontificate about Fire Emblem because I know they’re not for me.
  14. Diego Luna is pulling off an incredible performance in this show. It’s one of the most selfless leading actor roles I’ve ever seen - Cassian gets none of the big moments but he is the absolute lynchpin that everything revolves around. Between the actor and the writing it’s an amazing depiction of a pure survivor, and just how inspiring that characteristic is to others in hard times.
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