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  1. Oh cool, so they’re still doing the weekly seasonal weather changes as well? Weird they didn’t mention that at the conference, unless I missed it.
  2. I’m still using the exact same 7200rpm 4tb Seagate drive I’ve been using since the Xbox One and it’s fine. Takes about 5-10 mins to copy a game back onto the internal, copying them off a bit slower, but compared to re-downloading and re-installing things it’s no hassle at all. Also you can run all the back-compat stuff (and a few Series X/S enhanced titles) off the external anyway. I only use the internal storage for dedicated next-gen games and the occasional open-worlder that greatly benefits from the speed increase (Witcher 3, Cyberpunk, etc). Also in these days of queuing games t
  3. Must admit I was disappointed not to see more of this yesterday, but having thought about it did we ever see much of Halo 5’s campaign before it launched? My recollection is they played through one small section of that level on the Elite planet at E3 and that was it, the rest was pre-rendered cutscenes and multiplayer. Ditto Halo 4, from which I don’t recall seeing any pre-release campaign footage. I was hoping they’d show a bit more self-awareness with some self-deprecation about the previous reveal, but I guess the social media teams get a lot more leeway with that stuff.
  4. To be fair, there’s Returnal as well, and I’d be well up for both that and Demon’s Souls if they were available on the other side of the aisle. It’s more than Microsoft have managed so far (it’s amusing to think that Halo was originally supposed to be their big launch title) but I’m not sure there’s much else due for the PS5 for the rest of this year, is it just Horizon 2?
  5. Microsoft need to stop flogging Sea of Thieves / The 17th(!!) entry in the Ratchet and Clank series is ‘jaw-dropping’. Presented in this very thread without any irony at all.
  6. I see we’ve gone full circle on Sea of Thieves, laughed at as a flop when it launched and now being mentioned in the same breath as Halo/Gears/Forza as being ‘flogged’ by virtue of its success.
  7. If I’m not mistaken I think NG: Black and NG2 are both on GamePass, or at least they used to be. I don’t understand how MS can hack the games to run at a flawless 4k60 without any access to the source code, but Tecmo themselves are unable port them to the same standard.
  8. All the ‘professional’ disc reviewers are just as bad. Waffle on on about imperceptible bit-rate nonsense to make it sound like they know what they’re talking about whilst missing the wood for the trees, unable to spot obvious QC issues in almost every transfer. The Matrix and Jaws both got perfect scores despite having obvious grading issues I’ve never seen mentioned. Blade Runner 2049 has an ungraded shot at the end!
  9. Well if Crytek are on their arse and on the verge of going bust, which seems to be the case, then why not grab them on the cheap for the licenses and tech? They already have prior form as a MS second party dev. It got dunked on but I’d gladly play another Ryse on GP, it was one of the better launch games from last-gen, and the Far Cry franchise has been stagnant for 10 years so that could do with a proper competitor. I don’t think the Xbox market will ever tire of glossy shooters. Of course if they’ve been struggling for years then the talent might already be gone, the
  10. Saw a rumour of a Crytek buyout, which would kinda make sense.
  11. Ray tracing is definitely splotchy when the density isn’t high enough, I remember seeing the same thing when using Maya. It looks absolutely awful in Watch Dogs Legion on the next-gen consoles.
  12. It can mean anything from someone lending their name as a favour to get a smaller project more notice (Quentin Tarantino presents, etc) to someone who might have used their connections to get certain people creatively involved despite not being directly involved themselves. It can also be a pure vanity credit for high profile management and/or actors.
  13. I always thought the tipping point for Friends was the Las Vegas two-parter, at the end of season 6 iirc. Those episodes are silly but still really funny, whereas the season after that was completely awful. The others aren’t quite as bad but they never get any better than mediocre.
  14. There’s a particularly good episode of Episodes where LeBlanc needs to get one of the other cast members from Friends to make a cameo in his new sitcom, and the various reasons given that none of them are speaking to him any more are amazing.
  15. Anyone who has nostalgia for Friends but hasn’t watched Episodes really owes it to themselves, I always found Matt LeBlanc charismatic but the level of self-deprication he commits to is phenomenal. The first series is a bit ‘BBC goes to Hollywood’ but after that they get a budget boost and the rest is shot on location. Ran for four series and if anything they kept getting better, and it ends on a high. Think it’s all on Netflix, or at least it used to be. Bonus if you’re a Friedkin fan; see if you can spot which one of the main characters is from To Live and Die in LA.
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