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  1. Cheers! The reason the square is coloured in is because I picked up one of the chests in that area but didn't realise that the chest I couldn't figure out how to reach was the important one. I agree that hiding a necessary item like that is a bit weird (a bit like the shard you need to move about in water) but no game is perfect and I've enjoyed myself for the most part. I plan to get all the achievements, but have a horrible feeling that getting/creating all the items is going to be a colossal grind.
  2. I'm annoyed with myself for having to ask, but I seem to be stuck. I've discovered 75.5% of the map and have recently done: I've mopped up as many of the remaining areas as I can, minus what I believe are optional bosses that are locked away by keys I don't have (the Millionaire's Key and the Warhorse's Key specifically. That said, I've discovered the Carpenter's Key but have no idea where the Carpenter's Door is) so I'm a bit baffled as to where to go next. Could anyone give me a non-spoilery hint please? My map looks like this
  3. Up to about 60% of the map, and I keep on going exploring for lengthy periods of time and dying because I can't find/get to a save room. Mildly frustrating but nothing that makes me want to delete the game. One thing that I'm a little bemused by is the sheer number of weapons/shards/food/items etc etc. It's all a bit much. I tend to just stick to a single weapon at a time, expect when I'm trying to master a technique (some of which did fuck all damage and took some serious grinding), the armour with the most defense and a few shards, like Welcome Party, Flame Cannon (that I ranked up to 9) and maybe Heretical Grinder (rank 7 I think). Basically, there's too many things that I could be equipping and it causes option paralysis (I have the same problem with Dark Souls to be honest). I would be happier if the game pared things down to a sensible level in terms of items and was a little less sprawling. Call me a heretic if you will, but my favourite Metroidvania is still Shadow Complex. I note that I still haven't finished SotN after getting stuck because I bought the wrong item from the merchant guy. Given that there's no way of knowing which item you're supposed to buy if you happen to stumble on the merchant before the obstacle blocking you for which he sells an ability (magic?) that gets you past it, this seemed like a fucking awful design decision and so I sacked off the game. Change my mind if you will.
  4. I just started playing this on Game Pass and I can't stop playing. Save points or fast travel points are discovered regularly enough that you always want to push on around the next corner to see what's there. Discovering that random walls can be destroyed means that I'm now swiping at every damn wall in sight, mostly to no avail but I'm still having a lot of fun. After 9 hours of play, I've discovered 40% of the map and unlocked 3 of the story related abilities, went exploring with my newly acquired ability for about 30 minutes and another 4% of the map then died because I couldn't find a damn save room in the Hall of Terminations. Fuuuuuuu.
  5. Not just me then. That makes me feel marginally better, but at the same time I need to get on those damn books. First world problems I know, but I love books, films and gaming equally, but almost always spend my free time at home just doing one of those things (and if we're being honest here, it's mostly gaming). I always used to read when commuting to work, but that's not a thing right now and even then for the past few years I've been only a short bus ride from work so my commute read has been practically non-existent for about five years now. I guess I need to try and divide up my time between the three things, but that just feels like work so more often than not I just end up pissing more time away on the Bone. Ugh.
  6. I think they updated around July 11th (at least that's when I bought Monstrous Regiment), so just keep checking. It should update in due course. Due to the stupid way in which Amazon lists the various Discworld novels, there's no easy way of seeing which ones I already own (unlike other series, like say The Expanse novels) which is mildly irritating, but I'm on the same quest. I own pretty much all of them in paperback but as they're in another country and also the vast majority are amazing, I'm happy to throw a relatively small amount of cash at the Pratchett estate to own Kindle editions.
  7. Talvalin


    Although The Tatami Galaxy is available on Netflix over here too, I've only got Japanese subtitles to help me understand and I'm not coping in the slightest due to the dialogue speed (I got up to episode 6), so I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and get the UK Bluray release so I can appreciate it properly. Next problem will be finding something to play it on as my Xbox One X was bought in Japan but I'll figure something out. Worst case scenario: I get it sent to my sister and ask her to rip it for me.
  8. Whilst this is a valid criticism of the film, Alita was surprisingly entertaining (if you could cope with the nightmarishly large eyes) and a decent first film to launch a series, but I get the feeling that it didn't do well enough. As for this, it's mildly depressing that they couldn't actually find an actual Japanese actor in the US to play Spike, but I have a feeling that criticism in that direction would result in Netflix saying "Well, it's anime and the future so Spike could be any nationality. We just went with colour-blind casting" and then I would be forced to put my foot through my laptop screen in rage. That said, if they get Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts involved, then I'll be all over the soundtrack if nothing else. Apropos of which:
  9. The Fifth Season is (was?) also 99p and that is a great book at any price.
  10. Talvalin


    Well, after that spectacular derail from the actual topic of abuse at Ubisoft, I created a new topic for discussion about voting with your wallet (the majority of posts focused on games companies, so I left it in discussion but will be happy to move it to Off Topic if the discussion branches off from there). As noted in the first (edited) post, I may have missed some relevant posts in an attempt to keep the Ubisoft specific discussion in this thread, so if I've missed anything obvious that should be in the new thread, then just PM me with details.
  11. I guess Max Payne 3 is a blip in that series of games since Vice City, but it features no grinding, fetch quests or any of that bollocks. Sure, there's some long cut-scenes but aside from that, it's pure action from start to finish.
  12. Btw, that list not being in alphabetical order made it annoyingly difficult to parse. I would have probably said Bulletstorm over Control had I known, simply because Bulletstorm is so gloriously OTT, hilarious and just plain fun. But anyway, you should totally play that after Control. (on a completely different note, do you have the original 360 version or the remastered Xbox One version?)
  13. Could someone please explain what the boxed set actually includes, and if all of it can be bought separately? The Metallica store site doesn't do basic things like list the actual contents of the boxed set so it's a little difficult to tell.
  14. Talvalin

    Gears 5

    I think I'm right at the end of Act 3 (I'm in UIR territory and have to go through a wall and navigate one of those annoying storms?) but got bored and moved to other games. I should really finish the campaign on this, even if I refuse to get stuck into the grind of the multiplayer achievements (so many, and so tedious).
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