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Film & TV / Re: Another New Star Wars Trilogy
« on: 07 February, 2018, 01:17:43 pm »
I still love the Ewoks  :-X

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 05 February, 2018, 02:06:22 pm »
Urban Chaos: Riot Response

Such a good game!! Rocksteady have been teasing their next game for ages now and i have my fingers crossed its a sequel to this gem. A boy can dream!

I've been playing lots of Wii and Gamecube (via Wii) games, some highlights include:

Starfox Adventures - my first time playing this, I'm a huge fan of Rare and this was a glaring omission. It still looks and sounds great, and is a blast to play. It's basically the Zelda formula with a Rare twist and style, and on-rails shooting sections. It's also shorter and less obtuse than your average 3d Zelda too, which makes for perhaps a tighter more focused experience (but you could argue on the flipside, less open and non-linear). Speaking of the shooting sections, the seams do show a bit, in places you can definitely tell that the Starfox IP was injected into the game late in development. Something at the end is very jarring indeed!

It makes me think you could make an awesome RPG out of Starfox though, it's not a series I've thought much about in recent years but it's a really cool world. I'd love to see them tell the story of Andross's rise to infamy on Corneria and Starwolf's fall from grace, have you fly to air battles on the overworld map in your Arwing and explore on foot the cities we've seen collapsed so many times.

Resident Evil 3 - For me, as awesome as Resident Evil 2 is, it's RE3 that delivers on that promise of surviving an infected city. RE3 is kinda Resident Evil's Dawn of the Dead to RE1's Night. No hiding inside police stations like in RE2, you must face the rampaging hordes head-on as you explore the streets and overrun buildings, with the unstoppable Nemesis snapping at your heels the entire time. As you would, you see more zombies than ever on the streets (I think I saw 8 on-screen at once?) and there's constant ambient zombie wailing to keep the hair on the back of your neck bristling, it might even be baked into the music. Buckets of atmosphere. The music in general is scarier and more sinister than ever for my money, the save room music for example which often in Resi games has *some* feeling of respite or a change of mood is just so bleak and oppressive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBYSQxrk7QI&t=172s

Needless to say it's the scariest of the old-style Resis imo, you never feel safe and they deliver on the premise. I should also mention it looks great too, looks like a lot of the backgrounds are higher resolution than RE2 and tons of detail has been put into the cluttered city.

I also played through Burnout 2 again, which is still fantastic and perhaps my favourite in the series!

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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 05 February, 2018, 02:18:07 am »
Looks great! Hype train here I come!

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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 02 February, 2018, 07:16:54 pm »
I agree that there are other characters we know little about that would be more intriguing to explore. I'll be seeing it of course, but I have no idea what to expect! Is there no Xmas Star Wars movie this year then? It had been becoming a bit of a tradition for me and my friends!

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Film & TV / Re: The Last Jedi - Forum Opinion
« on: 31 January, 2018, 02:46:52 am »
Just like radiator, it's a 2 out of 5 for me but it's better than The Phantom Menace.

 
I always think back to the whole Mass Effect 3 thing whenever something like this happens (and it now happens constantly). That feels like a bit of a watershed moment now and I think Bioware handled it the wrong way and set a very poor precedent. It conditioned people to think that their rage had an impact so was justified.

I know what you're saying and it's kinda crazy that people are motivated to create petitions and pressure groups to try and have TLJ wiped from the records, but man, I wish Mass Effect 3 had a worthy ending and I have to admit that if disgruntled fans had got me that, I wouldn't have complained. The Indoctrination Theory was pretty cool!! :D

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 January, 2018, 03:22:47 pm »
have you got anything I can read?

I highly recommend ReGeneration One, as it shows how the G1 Transformers story finally ends, though I also hear good things about The War Within.

:D I'm a G1 guy so I'll check it out!

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 January, 2018, 03:04:06 pm »
Yes, yes, I agree, no justification for comparing Churchill to Hitler (unless you were watching your children starve in Bengal in 1943, or dying pointlessly on a Turkish beach in 1915, when it was probably much of a muchness).

Do you agree though or is that sarcasm? If they made a film that concentrated on a short period of Hitler's life that didnt involve constant racism and megalomania, I'd be fine with that. I think that would be the like for like analogy.

But it would be naive to expect everyone else to shut up about it.

I hope you don't think I do!

Food was at subsistence levels in Bengal even before the war, but Churchill took it regardless and sent it to the Middle East where it wasn't actually required.  You can't even argue that he couldn't have seen this leading to mass starvation, because it's more or less what happened with the Irish famine, added to which he also directly prevented American and Canadian aid from being delivered to India once famine was known to be affecting the region.

Whereabouts in the middle east was it sent? Wasnt a lot of it used for self-defence, to feed the army stationed in India too? They had the enemy on their border by then. I wouldnt argue he didnt know it would have led to starvation, but the war was of the utmost importance.

I've not heard about him blocking aid from other countries, that sounds bad, have you got anything I can read?

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 January, 2018, 02:30:17 pm »
I'd like to think that someone whose fingerprints are all over the Bengal famine would be reprehensible by any day's standards.

Thats a tough one. As I understand it because of world war 2 Churchill prioritised feeding the armed forces at a time when there wasnt enough food to go round, which contributed to the famine. It may have been the wrong thing to do with hindsight, I'm not sure what impact that food had on the war effort. It doesnt make him a monster to me though.

It wouldnt be mentioned in a film set in 1940 though, of course.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 January, 2018, 01:43:57 pm »
I've not seen Oldman's Churchill film yet, but does a film about Churchill during the war have to be completely objective like a documentary and show every trait, every deed and misdeed? He is a hero even if he's a racist one by today's standards, I don't mind them focusing on some of the good things for a few hours.

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Games / Re: Backwards Compatible Rebellion Games..
« on: 16 January, 2018, 05:55:38 pm »
Wooo! Sniper Elite V2 has gone backwards compatible on Xbox One today, many thanks to the Kingsleys and Rebellion! :)

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 January, 2018, 07:10:55 pm »
This was a film where large parts of it where taken up with characters talking about doing things, only to then get into a long discussion about whether it was okay to do the things, then deciding to do things, then checking it was really, really okay to do the things, before going to do them. Then they would get to where they had to do the things, only to discover that while they were argung about whether to do the things, Godzilla had done the thngs they wanted to do the things to stop him from doing. And then they realised they'd taken too long to do the things.

long tedious conversations are what puts me off some Japanese anime series when I try to watch them. In those cases they're usually sillily melodramatic and overwrought, and pop up at implausible times :D . Filler is the word I guess, anime series are a masterclass in wringing as much content as you can out of a budget.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 10 January, 2018, 12:34:40 am »
I'd love a story where we see how that random declaration to him set in motion a chain of events and changed history forever :D

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 08 January, 2018, 08:06:28 pm »
What did Frank Miller do? I cant seem to find anything. Nothing too heinous I hope, I don't want to have to edit him out of Robocop 2

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Film & TV / Re: Black Mirror Season 4
« on: 08 January, 2018, 12:44:40 pm »
I definitely think the DNA --> memories thing wasn't Charlie's finest hour, Black Mirror is usually really good at keeping it believable, that's why they're so unsettling. To me at least. Maybe if they'd introduced and explained the concept upfront? 'Remember Assassin's Creed? Well Ubisoft - RIP - were fucking right!'.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 08 January, 2018, 12:37:36 pm »
I definitely can't always separate the person from the art, if they're poisoned enough. I wouldn't turn to dust, but I've noticed I don't really watch Tom Cruise films anymore for example. If they're a prolific paedophile or a figurehead complicit in the dodgy activities of a sinister cult, it's a prism I find it hard not to see them and their art through.

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