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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 21 February, 2018, 03:04:39 pm »
Battered through the Battlefield 1 campaign pretty quickly and enjoyed it a fair bit. Not usually that into real war shooters like that but this told some really good stories with some characters I really engaged with and cared about. The way it's split up into mini-stories too was quite a refreshing way of doing it, meant every hour or so you were getting a new setting and focus. Favourite was probably the pilot one, had some pretty epic aerial thrills and also some great on-foot levels. Plus, while it isn't enhanced for XB1X it does have HDR and some of that stuff looked flipping gorgeous.

Prog / Re: Prog 2069 : Warrior's code
« on: 21 February, 2018, 01:59:46 pm »
The new Dredd strip has gone a long way to boosting my thrill levels after a bit of a meh few weeks. Looks great and is ticking my sci-fi horror boxes nicely!

Other than that I still quite enjoyed Savage but the other strips were a bit of a skim through for me unfortunately. No idea what's happening in Brass Sun or ABC Warriors (and throwing more robots at it in a trademark Mills line-up style isn't going to help with that), and my interest drifts in and out of Bad Company. Some weeks I like it, others I'm not fussed. The art always looks very nice though, for all of these strips.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 19 February, 2018, 01:46:50 pm »
Watched Need For Speed at the weekend, which was probably the most faithful videogame to movie adaptation I've seen based on the couple of NFS games I've played through.

It's hardly high art (it's the quintessential greasy hamburger of a movie) but if you want to switch off your brain and just watch someone who has to drive a car really fast for honor, love and justice then it's actually surprisingly enjoyable trash. It's no Tokyo Drift but makes an alright fist of it.

Tonight I'm going to see Iron Eagle in the cinema, which I haven't seen since renting it about a dozen times as a kid. I'm sure it still holds up great and isn't a load of dated cheese at all.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 19 February, 2018, 12:03:44 pm »
It took 3 or 4 episodes for Altered Carbon to really get its hooks in for me, but I've been blitzing through it ever since and really loving it.

I've never read the novels and the show does do a bit of a messy job of establishing a lot of things, it's about 7 episodes before you get I got a solid chunk of backstory and actually figured out what the whole envoy thing was all about and what the motivations of the different factions were and that kind of thing. All the sort of stuff that would ideally be laid out in the first episode I guess, but the style and swagger of the whole thing carried me through until I was properly engrossed.

It probably helps that I unashamedly love all things cyberpunk, it's just an aesthetic that pushes my happiness buttons really hard, and this has really clicked with me.

It also has one of the coolest, most badass uses of White Zombie I've seen, and the fact that in a show that I've heard people call a rip-off of Blade Runner, they've straight up used a track written about Blade Runner showed a nice bit of self-awareness that it knows exactly how heavily it wears its inspirations and is fine with that.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 19 February, 2018, 11:14:37 am »
Thomas Was Alone, brilliant. A really pleasant relaxing puzzle platformer with a perfectly tuned learning curve, a fabulously engaging narration and a lovely post-rock style soundtrack. Exactly what I needed after Grim Fandango convincing me I was now too dumb for puzzle games, this made me feel a bit cleverer again!

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 15 February, 2018, 08:30:00 am »
The Good Place.

Not even through season 1 yet but I love it so much already.

I would describe it as the charm and wit of Parks and Rec meets the high concept insanity of Rick and Morty.

Forking great.

Loving this too, only a few episodes into season 1 but every time we've got a spare 20 minutes it goes on, which is the slot Parks & Rec, 30 Rock and Brooklyn 99 usually occupy for us. Easy to digest and fabulously more-ish. Everyone in it is fantastic too.

Prog / Re: Prog 2068 - In Cold Blood!
« on: 14 February, 2018, 01:39:42 pm »
Having a bit of a dip with the prog personally, still reading weekly and still look forward to it but storywise the current batch of thrills just doesn't seem to be gripping me. It's really, really rare I get a bit detached from 2000AD though, and it's probably been years since the last time so I'm sure I'll be clicking with it again very soon. There are only a handful of strips Tharg puts out that I don't really follow too intently, and I think it's just rare poor fortune that a bunch of them have shown up at once.

Savage normally actually falls into that category but  I think it's the thing I'm enjoying most just now, just because the action has been really fun lately, and I am enjoying the artwork in Bad Company. The Dredd story hasn't really grabbed me and I totally lost the thread of what's going on in Brass Sun and ABC Warriors many moons ago unfortunately.

Hope others are still really enjoying it though, but personally looking forward to the next line-up refresh!

Film Discussion / Re: Dredd 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray available to pre-order now!
« on: 14 February, 2018, 12:21:54 pm »
Fired it on for 15mins just to check the disc worked (I'd heard 4k discs had no region locking but this was my first purchase of an import one). Looks good, not mindblowing (but I'm finding that's par for the course with 4k discs, they very rarely seem to offer a noticeably big leap over 1080p, unless there's something wrong with my eyes) but definitely bloody nice. The Atmos mix on first impression is one of the best I've ever heard. It sounds fantastic.

Looking forward to sitting down and watching the whole thing!

Film & TV / Re: Black Mirror Season 4
« on: 12 February, 2018, 01:49:00 pm »
After a bit of time to digest the whole series, the episode I look back on in the season as my favourite is definitely Hang The DJ. Lovely story and didn't go in the direction I expected it to (possibly conditioned by the downbeat nature of Black Mirror endings I actually thought that the dating app would turn out to be a scam cover for a prostitution ring - at one point it made such a point of him being tied up in long stays while she was pretty much just being assigned one night stands constantly. I figured the guys were rich paying customers in on the scam who just wanting to 'rent' a willing woman. I think I just expected it to be unpleasant, and that was the most unpleasant twist I could think of! I'm glad that didn't turn out to be the case, and it was a rare instance of a really feel-good episode instead).

I enjoyed them all though, and thought Callister was a great romp and a really fun episode. I sometimes think Brooker's humor comes through a lot less in the last couple of series, with the exception of the occasional episode and Callister was one of those.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 12 February, 2018, 10:05:32 am »
Couldn't get along with Grim Fandango at all sadly. I enjoyed the style and the writing enough that I wanted to see it through, but couldn't tune into the logic of the puzzles so wound up using a guide just to get it done and dusted. There were a bunch of puzzles where I feel like I would have found the solution if the interface was better - lost count of the amount of times I didn't know something was interactive because it was sitting too close to something else and with the default control scheme it was incredibly fiddly to recognize and distinguish between interactive objects. I ended up switching to the traditional point and click controls, and then got hopelessly stuck in places because there were things you just straight-up couldn't do with that control scheme.

I knew if I persevered I would just end up hating it, so just blasted through with a guide in the end. A bit gutted, some of those LucasArts adventures are in my all time favourites list (Monkey Island, Full Throttle, Day of The Tentacle, Fate of Atlantis) and with the reputation Grim has I thought it would be a match for those. Not a fan.

Then I played through Her Story in a couple of hours and really enjoyed it. The credits have rolled but I feel like there are important parts of the story I might have missed, looking online though it appears the credits will only roll once you've seen all the pertinent information.

A really unique game mechanic, and a very unusual way to tell a story, and the voyeuristic rabbit-hole you go down as you search for videos and unravel what's happened is massively absorbing. Really liked it.

Film & TV / Re: Deadpool 2 (2018)
« on: 09 February, 2018, 09:34:00 am »
Holy shit,  that's Ricky Baker in there!


Awesome! All we need is Negasonic in the picture too and then it'll be a trifecta!


Damn, I love that movie.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 06 February, 2018, 01:46:54 pm »
Star Wars trailers rarely excite me, and I always love the eventual movies. The trailers seem to know they don't really need to do anything more than show you it's a Star Wars movie, and in that regard it's nice that they don't really give away much else (granted, after the first reveal trailers I don't bother to watch any more until the movies come out. I've only watched the initial teaser for Solo and probably won't watch another).

The trailers for The Force Awakens, Rogue One and The Last Jedi all left me curiously cold, but I love all three of those movies pretty damn hard.

So basically, I'm on board, regardless of any trailers.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 05 February, 2018, 01:50:03 pm »
Watched Louis Theroux's My Scientology Movie at the weekend and while it was really enjoyable it's frustrating that he got so little actual access, so the end result is I don't feel like I learned anything new about the whole thing. The recreations of the audits and sessions were the most interesting part probably, and more than ever it's clear watching it just how much of a cult the whole thing is, but I couldn't help but feel that the ex-member he was mainly getting his info from was a bit of an unreliable narrator. I mean, there's no question from the way they behave in the movie that they're mental, but he seemed too close to it all, and when they're recreating some of the more abusive stuff he seems to be oddly relishing it in a way that made me think he was just too tied up in it all to be the balanced viewpoint that Theroux probably needed to make the film work.

It's also a really weird set-up for a documentary, but I guess the lack of access would have been frustrating to Theroux and his team too and that they made the best of what they could get. Hands down I still think the oddest thing about the church is the secrecy. It's bizarre to think there's a religion which is so aggressively opposed to the outside world having any insight into their practices, you'd imagine that taking part in documentaries would be seen as a great opportunity to set the record straight or even draw more people into the church.

That is, unless they're just lunatics and are up to no good, which is the impression they seem to almost actively pursue.

An interesting film, but a frustrating one.

Then we rewatched Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, because my missus was glum and I thought a slick-but-dumb action flick would cheer her up. Did the trick! I stand by those movies as good popcorn fodder if you just want something a but cheesy and fun. Plus Milla jumping about in 4K kicking and shooting her way through the hordes is a wonderful thing. Incidentally the Atmos track on this was one of the best I've heard, the mix is fantastic.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 05 February, 2018, 01:40:05 pm »
AAAAAAAAGH even after reading Tordelback's post I still had a quick scroll at the comments. I should not have looked. I did find it very amusing that the anti-women brigade like to accuse anyone who responds of being 'triggered' when they're the ones throwing childish tantrums because of a 2 second shot in a movie trailer. Cretins.

Trailer looks great though! That's the last one I'll watch though, managed to skip pretty much all the trailers for the recent SW movies and am really enjoying going in cold without any of that expectation or hype. Fingers crossed this'll be another good one, Disney are batting 3 for 3 so far in my eyes.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 04 February, 2018, 10:02:20 am »
Yup, that was my experience with Psychonauts too. Bags of charm in spades, but clunky in the gameplay department. They're one of those studios I like a lot because their games always have a ton of character, but haven't played one yet that I didn't have quibbles with.

I've moved straight onto Grim Fandango Remastered actually, because I never played that back in the day. So far it's got the charm and character down, will see how the gameplay goes!

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