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  1. The PS4 catalogue has been amazing. I'm (literally) 99% through Horizon Zero Dawn after thinking I'd be a bit 'meh' about it, but I've been surprised by yet another Sony exclusive gem. For me the following all sit comfortably in a 'must play' list for the platform: Bloodborne Spider-Man God of War Horizon Zero Dawn GT Sport The Last Guardian Shadow of the Colossus Remastered Journey Everybody's Gone to the Rapture I've also got Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima, Until Dawn, Days Gone and Last of Us Part 2 sat in my draw still to play too so that list could well get longer over the next few months. Ultimately I'm a paid up Game Pass subscriber as well and while I actually played and enjoyed a lot of things on that during 2020 (probably by volume more than my PS), pretty much none of it can hold a candle to the titles above as top-tier gaming. The Sony quality was a league above last gen.
  2. @Jamie John Great post! I may well jump back in and mop up some more. I feel I’ve made pretty good progress to the credits so far... Along the way as well as the basic challenges I’ve done... So can definitely see the appeal of delving deeper to find out what else is there. I just know I have so much else to play I may well get tempted onto other things. Totally agree re: The Witness though. Top tier puzzling.
  3. 3. Fez (PS4) - This indie darling is a game I've bounced off previously for no other reason than losing momentum with it, however since buying the PS5 and moving the PS4 into the office it became the perfect lunch break puzzler during the week so I started it afresh. In summary it really is a great little enigmatic and creative game, especially given how small the dev team was, and deserves the various plaudits it received. Its core rotational mechanic is one of those simple but genius concepts that works solidly and even now is pretty much unique to this game. I'm not sure I have the time, dedication or brain power to find all the anti-cubes, codes and secrets, but if you like puzzle games (like Jonathon Blow's excellent Braid) you will really like this. - 8/10
  4. In my experience at least disc vs digital of the same title generally works fine. It's just when you move between editions (e.g. GOTY, etc...) you get more issues.Then you obviously things like Spider-man PS4 to Ultimate Edition on the PS5 not being possible, however as most stuff is running in BC mode I have - for now - had zero problems with my old saves. Despite protestations from the Xbox crowd this isn't just a Playstation issue. Things like original Ori and Blind Forest saves won't work with the definitive edition of the game, and the Witcher 3 has the same save transfer issue on both platforms. Xbox does seem to have a better track record on the whole though and better back end for devs to make it work.
  5. https://www.gamesradar.com/control-ps5-and-xbox-series-x-upgrades-launch-in-february-2021/ 60fps performance mode and 30fps ray-tracing mode.
  6. Oooh very nice! Ultimate Edition next-gen updates come out - just by chance - on Feb 2nd I believe. I have it already downloaded on Game Pass but would much rather play it with the new shinies! Thinking about it actually that pretty much puts my Xbox on the backburner until some new stuff starts landing on Game Pass as Control was pretty much the last thing left on there I really wanted to play.
  7. Yeah there is a bit of a curve there but I’d definitely recommend it, even if just for basic commits and branches initially. The GameDevTV lot teach it alongside the Unity basics as it gives you more creative freedom and means you can “fail fast” on ideas without compromising your working code (or rely on mass undos). It also means you can - if you are so inclined/disciplined - have a couple of ideas branches on the go at once to allow yourself a bit of headspace on a project (e.g. get the camera zooming bit started, get annoyed, and leave it for a bit and do some other stuff like UI and then come back to it). You just need to make sure you don’t end up with a huge collection of unfinished ideas/branches knocking about (I give myself a max 3 limit). I really want to get back into this again. I had a really good stint learning it in early 2019 but it’s been mostly parked since the middle of that year due to work/family/life/covid/etc... If you get in the zone I found it really rewarding, especially as a bit of a tonic from the programming I do as a day job.
  8. This is going back a bit in your journey but I’m only just catching up. However, are you using version control system (like GIT)? If not you really should consider it as it gives you the freedom to use branches to experiment with new ideas, refactor, break things, etc... all while having the peace of mind that your Master branch is still intact and working.
  9. Not sure if it’s different for Blu-ray Discs, but I’ve just put a standard DVD in the PS5 for the first time to watch a film with my boy and it’s totally silent. Impressed, given the comments on here previously I was expecting to be irritated by the drive noise.
  10. Yeah, I had this once while playing Demon Souls (1 of my only 2 issues I've had with the system since launch). I found that plugging in and turning on my HOTAS stick made it all come back to life again (just like your second pad) and I could then carry on as normal as well.
  11. @peeveen I agree wholeheartedly. I never managed to get the timed final challenge done and I would now be way to rusty on the various puzzle types to attempt it, but I'm actually quite tempted to run the entire thing again and try and finish it off. Fantastic game.
  12. I think it's this. Xbox Live Gold has been a terrible proposition for ages now (basically since launching Game Pass) as the online experience is just the same as every other platform and the games are now consistently shit every month. It's basically just an Xbox tax and I think they are now just trying to make it as unattractive as possible so people suck up the little bit extra and go for Game Pass Ultimate (which is definitely a much much better offer) and help towards their overall subscription service strategy. They probably just feel they can't get away with canning it altogether right now as there would be complaints from people that just want to play games they have bought in shops online without signing up to a full game service. I think it's on borrowed time though. It's an interesting one as I've been a bit surprised how Sony have seemingly tried to maintain a pretty strong value proposition with PS+, to the point the PS Now isn't something I've ever really considered (even though at it's price it is perhaps better value than Game Pass barring the lack of guaranteed exclusives at launch). I suspect they are just watching how Microsoft get on for now. Either way, at the moment PS+ and Game Pass Ultimate for me works a treat as a setup.
  13. Everything but this please I really like the sub-30 min average running time as I find I can usually fit one in when I'm in the mood regardless of my schedule. Hour long things always get backed up for months until I have the time to watch them. More episodes would be good though.
  14. Finished S3 last night... as with all of them it has a few hokey moments - and the kids bits can sometimes be a bit meh - but overall I really enjoyed it again and put it firmly above S2 quality wise. I'm basically game for any section where Johnny Lawrence is the focus, I just think they've done really well with that character arc and made him somehow vulnerable, short-tempered, sensitive, funny, stupid and also fundamentally still a bit of a prick. The mix is weirdly likeable though. The Kreese origins were good too, and I felt we finally got a bit of pay off from that whole setup towards the end. I also like how they continually poke at Daniel being equally in the wrong throughout (and literally just say it outright in the final episode). Also - as partly mentioned above - I'm amazed at how the cast of Karate Kid seem to have all aged so well... Bring on S4!
  15. My boy got me (or rather my wife got him it to give me) the limited edition version of the "Art of Jedi: Fallen Order" book for my birthday and it really is excellent. I've got quite a few concept art books for various games and films and this one is right up there. The one I got is the same as below but I believe the actual content of the book is the same as the standard edition which is much cheaper. Great compliment to my concept art book for The Mandalorian.
  16. They look smart @Thor Where from? We bought a friend one of these for a recent 'big birthday'...
  17. Gris (PS5) - If you were to be critical of this indie platformer you could perhaps accuse it of being a little bit style over substance, especially for the first half where the platforming is very basic. But my word what tremendous style it has! It is undoubtably one of the most beautiful games I've ever played, with silky smooth movement/animation and a frankly outstanding score by Berlinist. It has an enigmatic narrative that feels almost like a sister piece to things like Journey which I also hold so dear. And as the game gets going it does introduce some nice ideas and a few interesting, if fairly simple, puzzles to solve. It's just a lovely chilled out experience, almost an interactive graphic art piece, and worth every single penny of the £5.99 I got it for in the recent sale. - 9/10
  18. @cavalcade Wow. Obviously you are totally entitled to like or not like whatever you want, but I'm not sure I've seen a pair of such polar opposite posts to my own view in quite a long time! The Mandalorian and The Expanse are probably my favourite sci-fi shows since Space: Above and Beyond, and I really didn't get on with either Firefly* or BSG. Still life would be dull if we all liked the same things though so it's all good. * I appreciate I'm in a massive minority on this based on most people I know but I found Firefly the definition of 'meh'.
  19. Thanks @shirubagan. I'm planning on getting Apple Arcade this month to try Little Orpheus, The Last Campfire and The Pathless so will put this on the list too. I've liked UsTwo's games previously (and actually met some of their studio too and they are a really nice bunch).
  20. Probably because I've just realised I'm thinking of 3-1 not 2-1... Sorry!
  21. There are some black phantoms are just part of the game that you have to beat. Black world tendency can spawn more of them just as enemies though. @tobert Are you referring to a certain enemy that is down some steps and then on a wide staircase leading up to a big door in 2-1? If so that one is present whatever the tendency I believe.
  22. Boxed off Uncharted 4 last night after 15 odd hours. I really enjoyed it despite the traditional terrible combat/cover systems that all the series has. The platforming was great though, and I thought the visuals and writing were a cut above where they have been before. The epilogue was just lovely too and a really nice way to round off the Nathan Drake story. I hope they never make another one but I suspect that is wishful thinking. Just purchased Gris so think I may give that a whirl next before getting back into something meatier.
  23. Same for me. Lots of Nexus rolling post bosses. Pure white everywhere.
  24. Well may as well kick the year off Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS5) - This is the best Uncharted game and that tells you everything you need to know about it. The combat/cover systems are still as janky and annoying as ever, the platforming is great, the QTE set pieces are spectacular but massively over used, and the plot is stupidly far fetched but very entertaining. Standard Uncharted. However this one really nits things together well with some great levels, top-notch writing and voice performances, and genuine heart at the centre of the narratives. It looks frankly astonishing too, one of the most impressive games I've played in that regard and I can't believe it's nearly 5 years old. I felt the final two main chapters let it down a bit, but the epilogue is a really really lovely piece of narrative closure and rounds the Nathan Drake (et al) arcs nicely. I really enjoyed playing it and hope they never make another one with him as the lead. - 8/10
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