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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 12 August, 2018, 10:27:03 am »
I've got a double DVD set of two Patlabor movies that I've actually been hankering to revisit sometime soon. I found them a little hard to follow in places (maybe they assume a bit of knowledge about the series, or I just didn't concentrate hard enough!) but I remember them being very cool. There's something about an enormous robot who also has an enormous to-scale Magnum in his hand that fires bullets the size of buses that's impossible not to love.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 30 July, 2018, 04:22:59 pm »
Played through Costume Quest last week, nice charming Double Fine RPG-lite with a really simple turn-based combat system and a relatively short and breezy playtime for an RPG at about 5hrs-ish. I enjoyed it, was good non-challenging fun with a good sense of humor and while the combat was simplistic enough to get repetitive it didn't outstay its welcome at all, glad I played through it.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 30 July, 2018, 12:34:57 pm »
I actually feel like the MI movies go harder on plot than a lot of similar franchises, there are always some really satisfying twists, turns and double crosses that keep that side of it genuinely unpredictable and a bit more thrilling than a standard blockbuster.

And the action is always exceptional, the fact that any series can get to part 6 and be putting out action as thrilling as what's in Fallout is really something special. There wasn't any one singular stunt this time around that really blew my mind (at least personally there wasn't anything that I thought had the BLOODY HELL I CAN'T BELIEVE HE DID THAT factor that running down that Dubai tower or hanging off that airplane did - the Halo jump and the heli stuff is amazing when you watch the behind the scenes stuff after the fact but at the time I think it's started to feel so over the top that my brain doesn't register it as a human being doing that stuff and just assumes it's CG - I've seen it described as the reverse uncanny valley effect), but I was thrilled and exhilarated throughout the action scenes in a way that very few action movies actually manage.

Love the series, loved Fallout. I've always felt the problem with the last few Bond movies is that the MI movies are doing what the Bond movies should be and doing it much, much better for the most part.

Games / Re: Anyone going to play Strange Brigade at launch?
« on: 27 July, 2018, 02:56:11 pm »
That's good to hear. It wasn't so much that the Nazi Zombie games were too hard as such when you were solo (although they were obviously easier with more players), it was more that the battles and sieges could be a bit of a slog to get through on your own because they were pretty relentless, and bosses took ages to take down when you couldn't really flank them. Played the first one alone and wasn't too keen on it, but then playing through with a mate and having the chat and laughs that come from trying to deal with those fights together and rush to help each other when we got in a hairy spot added a whole other dimension to it.

It was definitely designed for co-op, so if this has been made with single player more of a focus then it hopefully won't have the same problem.

Games / Re: Anyone going to play Strange Brigade at launch?
« on: 27 July, 2018, 09:28:25 am »
I will be! Got it pre-ordered on Xbox, looking forward to it. The Nazi Zombie games were pretty rough solo but great fun with a co-op buddy, so expecting this'll really work best with more people too.

Film & TV / Re: New Rogue Trooper Film!!
« on: 26 July, 2018, 12:25:45 pm »
I guess the biochips don't have to go into his equipment. A small "rescue terminal" with three slots/ports would do, I suppose. That might even set up the question of whether their voices are real or imagined, at least in the first half of the film.

I was going to suggest the same thing, I wouldn't want to lose the biochips but I do think the idea of having them in his equipment will be a hard thing to sell in a film without it feeling a bit silly so my first thought was that he could have them with him and preserve the buddy dynamic without having them necessarily responsible for controlling any of his equipment. The idea of him carrying around the voices of his dead friends is interesting and cinematic enough I think.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 24 July, 2018, 05:00:41 pm »
Lara Croft and The Temple of Osiris, the sequel to Guardian of Light which I really enjoyed. This isn't quite as good, thanks to what feel like fussier/fiddlier controls and some perspective issues making the platforming occasionally frustrating. It also has some of the worst physics puzzles I've ever seen, where getting objects into the spots they need to be in can be more a case of blind luck rather than any satisfactory ingenuity. Still, for all those frustrations it still offers some decent enough old school fun and at 5 hours(ish) doesn't overstay its welcome.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 24 July, 2018, 09:36:51 am »
The one criticism I keep seeing about TLJ that I really don't get is this notion that they got Luke's character wrong, or that he was a different person than he was in the original trilogy.

Just don't see it at all, he was always conflicted, prone to grumpiness and self doubt and even when he was projecting himself as some badass jedi warrior he could come out of it looking arrogant and flawed. I thought TLJ nailed that guy further down the line and later in life.

Film & TV / Re: New Rogue Trooper Film!!
« on: 19 July, 2018, 01:44:20 pm »
One thing I've never understood about Rogue (and think would come across really oddly in a movie) is what Gunnar actually does in terms of aiming the gun. In the comics he's adjusting Rogue's aim for him (unless I've imagined that) and I just roll with that because the premise is so fun, even if I can't understand how he could be doing that.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 18 July, 2018, 09:31:36 am »
I’m really looking forward to the next one: Beyond Thunderdome. I understand many regard this as a downturn in quality, but I’ve always liked it and admired it for bringing something new to the series. More about that when I watch it.

I was disappointed with Thunderdome when I first saw it as a kid, but I think only because I loved Mad Max 2 so much. Me and my friends watched that so many times and the chase scene was so insane and exciting that we expected Thunderdome to top that, but it doesn't even really try to. There is some vehicle action in it but it feels a bit too brief and not as mental as I'd expected after 2. I came to the conclusion that was a sensible choice because the chase scene thrills in 2 probably couldn't ever be matched let alone bettered, which is why Fury Road blew me away so much. It felt like the ultimate version of that thing 2 was.

On a positive note I now really like Thunderdome, it holds up way better on a rewatch than I'd expected, and it really benefits from going in knowing you're not getting another Road Warrior movie.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 16 July, 2018, 02:34:57 pm »
I really enjoyed Andromeda too! It's not perfect, but it was one of those cases where the online backlash to it was so loud and disproportionate that it was kind of insane. I played through it three times and got every achievement, and loved every minute of it (I'm a huge Mass Effect fan though, so that probably helped).

Film & TV / Re: New Rogue Trooper Film!!
« on: 16 July, 2018, 12:13:33 pm »
If we're talking dream casting, I'd always thought Tom Jane would make a fantastic Rogue.

Film & TV / Re: RoboCop Returns
« on: 13 July, 2018, 10:28:33 am »
Just to weigh in, I thought Elysium was a derivative bore fest.
I haven't really seen anything that has impressed me from Blomkamp since the admittedly excellent District 9.
Even his recent internet shorts left me cold.
He has a keen visual eye and flair for sure, but nothing that translates into an interesting movie, for me at least.

Still, it can't be any worse than the steaming turd that was the 2014 reboot movie, can it?

Only saw the remake once, but I seem to remember it had one good thing about it (honestly can't remember what it was - I do know it didn't have the adverts and satire that characterised the real film).

I do remember finding the scene where he demands they remove the augmentations really eerie. The way they then take everything away and show him how little of him that's left is actually human is pretty disturbing and probably more effective at communicating that than anything that happened in the original.

Other than that I sort of thought it was okay-ish, but seem to recall being annoyed with how it ended (unless I'd zoned out I don't remember there being any clever 'Dick, you're fired!' style way of him getting over his 'don't arrest an OCP employee' directive, he just sort of overcame it by force of will? Or something. I may have not paid enough attention but that part didn't click with me in the remake and certainly didn't have the original's fist-pumping YAAAAASSS vibe).

Funnily enough, when I first saw District 9 I remember mentioning to a friends that in terms of the tone and splatter (they got away with a surprising amount of splatter!) it was really reminiscent of Robocop and the like. If you'd have told me then that Blomkamp's next movie would be a Robocop sequel I would have been super pumped for it, but nothing else he's done has really impressed.

I also really don't like this idea of making sequels that ignore the other sequels, I didn't want to see Alien 3 written out of continuity and by the same token don't want to see Robocop 2 discarded. That's admittedly me being uptight, but in my mind I'd never see these sequels as canon, and would struggle to see them as anything other than fan fiction or (shudder) one of those Marvel alternate universe things that they do in the comics all the time that just muddy everything up.

I can't say that without admitting wholeheartedly that I'm really excited for this years' Halloween movie which is doing exactly that, so I guess it depends on the quality of the sequels being written off (Halloween 3 is the only sequel I really liked, and that wasn't even set in the same universe so I'm all good with them hitting reset on that one).

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 06 July, 2018, 09:35:56 am »
Yeah I do like a bit of ZAT. I originally played through the first game on PC on my own and found it a bit of a slog, but teamed up with a friend to play through the whole trilogy on XB1 and we had a brilliant time. Like GrudgeJohnDeed says, it scratches the same stressy co-op itch that Left 4 Dead does for me and can often outshine it.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 28 June, 2018, 03:34:39 pm »
Playing Nier Automata just now myself, it's lovely!

The story in TWE is pretty surreal anyway, so anywhere you jump in it's going to be a bit bewildering by design I think. Greg's right about the difficulty too, the first one is way less forgiving on the default. I'm sure I read the devs felt like they balanced those difficulty levels one notch too high, so for the second game Hard is closer to the first game's Medium etc.

Love those games, and the first one is great, but the second one was a real step up. Definitely worth playing both, especially if you like your old school survival horror.

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