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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 15 October, 2021, 09:37:46 AM »
(thinking of returning to the forum gently)

Rise of the Tomb Raider. Mostly great, but man she does a lot of killing rather than tomb raiding. Currently caught in an annoying bottle neck were she has to swim below ice and pick off bad guys. I mean, she's a teenage girl processing her father's death. Is ice-picking anonymous men to death really the way to go?

That's the issue i have with that so-called "modern" reboot. Technically speaking, these are good games, but they are not the Tomb Raider I remember. And where the puzzles that made me feverishly sweating for the whole day. Plus, Laura is not a psycho, a female Rambo (which sounds actually more as an oxymoron) to have the borderline sadistic treatment for herself and the others. I mean, in the first one, she gets impaled on a pole or something. Gtfo.
I disagree on most counts. Lara was a killing machine in all of the original games, it was simply sanitised by video game tropes and capabilities of the time. At least the first of the Tomb Raider reboots *tried* to address this aspect of her character. As for the puzzles, apart from the exploration aspect which is present and correct, I'd personally rather have the brilliant physics-based, self-enclosed tombs of the reboots than the endless "hope you don't drown" or "push this cube" nonsense of the originals.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 14 October, 2021, 12:03:45 PM »
While waiting on Metroid Dread to arrive in the post I downloaded Doom (2016) on my PS5 partially on a curious whim / partially because it was only a coupla quid.
Metroid Dread is bloody brilliant. I'm sneaking every spare minute I can find.

Prog / Re: Prog 2253 - Empire state of emergency!
« on: 13 October, 2021, 10:45:18 AM »
Interview with Dan Abnett on The Out:

The interview also confirms that we might be seeing more Grey Area, if there was any doubt whether that story had run its course.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 09 October, 2021, 10:43:26 AM »
But gosh, ST:LD is not only incredibly, delightfully daft and at times side achingly funny, but unexpectedly endearing, well written, and just an all around blast.
Couldn't agree more! This week's was particularly brilliant.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 01 October, 2021, 11:36:55 AM »
I think I'm done with Aliens: Fireteam.  It was enjoyable and I've been through it a few times but it is a bit samey and lacking in content so I think I'm done.  The DLC roadmap only mentions new classes and gear.  Which I couldn't care less about.
I'm just about to complete the main campaign after ~12 hours. It's a fun, action-packed game, surprisingly well-written, and I think I'm going to carry on and experiment with the other classes.

My primary complaint is the match-making, with its stupid 60-second timer and auto-filled AI slots when the timer runs low. Please, stop. Keep looking for people until I have an all-human squad. I'll wait. It's fine.

Overall I've had more than enough fun for my money and would recommend it.

Prog / Re: Prog 2251 - Escape into the unknown
« on: 01 October, 2021, 09:04:32 AM »
Wow. I'll take a print of that concept piece as soon as possible, please.

Prog / Re: Prog 2251 - Escape into the unknown
« on: 30 September, 2021, 01:21:48 PM »
Dredd and The Out book-end an excellent prog. I haven't got too much out of the last few weeks, but we're on the up and up.

Film & TV / Re: Babylon 5 Reboot?
« on: 28 September, 2021, 09:06:10 AM »
Can we no longer edit posts here?

Edit: Ah, maybe only for a small window after it's posted.

JMS on Twitter with additional context for those interested.

Film & TV / Re: Sandman TV series coming to Netfix
« on: 28 September, 2021, 08:59:49 AM »
Hmm, so is this just going to adapt the comic verbatim?
Impossible to tell from one teaser, but I wouldn't have expected this pivotal scene to deviate from the source either way.

Film & TV / Re: Babylon 5 Reboot?
« on: 28 September, 2021, 08:57:15 AM »
I mean...this was a clear "WTF?" from me last night when I heard about this.

I'll be interested to hear from JMS about what he thinks a reboot can bring to the table.

Film & TV / Re: Foundation on Apple TV
« on: 27 September, 2021, 02:13:08 PM »

Also, plays. Also, one of the best episodes of Babylon 5, Intersections in real Time, is just two people in a room talking. Also, Pulp Fiction is full of scenes of people talking. I don't think that comparing a TV show to a TV show is comparing two different things. The question is, 'is the talking compelling?' My answer to that question regarding the first episode of Foundation is 'yes.'
Especially when you have Lee Pace, Jared Harris and the like doing the talking. I loved the first episode.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 27 September, 2021, 09:32:52 AM »
After being a little disappointed in Dunkirk, I went back to double check that Inception is as perfect as I remember it. Good news, it is! Incredible film-making.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 September, 2021, 02:01:10 PM »
Dunkirk. Finally got around to this admirable piece, but came away dissatisfied as I have with all Nolan films since Dark Knight Rises. The time shifting felt like a piece of gaffer tape rather than a legitimate part of the vision, and while the film had amazing tension in fits and starts, none of it travelled all the way from the opening scenes to the end. I recognise the cinematic value of vignette storytelling, but the unfortunate structure just diluted everything into sludge. One of the great things about Nolan's work is that you can marvel at the imagery and there's always the possibility it was created in camera, but apart from one stand-out shot at the beginning, I never, ever believed there were 300,00 troops on those beaches, which lent the whole thing a boutique scale at odds with the record. Plenty to admire, but more like a newsreel cut into something resembling a narrative. This may have been the director's intention, but I didn't get on with it.

Welcome to the board / Re: Hi
« on: 21 September, 2021, 01:19:02 PM »
Welcome aboard, have fun. :)

Games / Re: Dredd COD Cold War.
« on: 16 September, 2021, 11:38:25 AM »
This is the level of imagination Rebellion has towards the IP treasure trove that it has in the 2000ad character catalogue and from someone who has been waiting for a decent 2000ad character game since 1981.
It's not, and never will be, a failure of imagination. I'm sure their devs are brimming with ideas. Rebellion obviously feels that pouring millions into a Dredd game is a risk they aren't willing to take when that money would better serve the IP elsewhere.

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