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  1. Bayonetta

    Yeah I thought I'd avoided the need to buy a Switch by playing Breath of the Wild on a friend's Wii U, but with this and Odyssey it's beginning the road to stacking up enough games I can't play elsewhere that I'll probably cave eventually.
  2. Yes! The fact that most of the climactic scene of the trailer is just a long animation of setting up an old film camera made me so happy.
  3. GOTY of the Year

    The same must be true for me because I totally failed to put it in my list, despite actually quite enjoying it. It wasn't as meaningful to me as Gone Home, but I was definitely engaged while playing it. If I were to revise my list I might swap it in for Shadow of War, which was fun to screw around with but since neither the story nor the endgame was compelling it was almost more of a toy to me than anything else. I would probably keep Hellblade at #10 because I feel I want to recognise the game that at least tried to say something about mental illness and used excellent performances to do so, despite the fact that actually playing that game was not particularly great.
  4. GOTY of the Year

    I think my top 10 broadly shakes out like this: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild What Remains of Edith Finch Horizon Zero Dawn Total Warhammer 2 Persona 5 For Honor Injustice 2 Assassin's Creed: Origins Middle-earth: Shadow of War Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice I've talked about What Remains of Edith Finch in another thread, and it's oddly Breath of the Wild that needs more explanation. I haven't traditionally been the biggest fan of Nintendo - I don't have a problem with Nintendo games by any means, but I haven't personally owned a non-handheld Nintendo console since the SNES. The praise for BotW was so effusive that I borrowed a friend's Wii U to try it out for myself, and boy was I not disappointed. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed exploring a world so much, getting into weird little scrapes and seeing the bizarre, janky physics and systems interactions that I would normally never associate with Nintendo. I was also very impressed with the subtlety and restraint with which the story was told, and gathering the memories of Zelda genuinely led to meaningful character moments. The themes of the world in terms of narrative, art design and musical composition were melancholy and wonderful in equal measure. I honestly didn't expect to be as impressed with the game as I was, and I was very glad to be proven wrong. A couple caveats about other entries on the list; For Honor is only as high as it is because I had a dedicated group of friends that I was playing it with a lot around launch, and Shadow of War is only as high as it is because I skipped the last act and watched the ending on YouTube. Finally, there are two games I haven't put enough time into yet, but could potentially make their way on: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
  5. Mr. Robutt

    By the by, Mr. Robot seems much better than I had expected it to be. I'm not 100% sold just yet, I'll try to remember to come back and make a full post if I become so, but so far it's actually genuinely well acted and the dialogue is all pretty natural. Neither of which I associate with shows from the USA network, or really anything about hackers.
  6. Assassin's Creed Origins

    I am bummed that I'm not level 40 yet and the Anubis event is going away soon. I might go find him and get horribly murdered so that I can at least see the fight.
  7. Marvel movies

    No. The only relevant plot point from Thor 2 is re-described almost immediately. I felt the other way about it - a lot of this film read to me as a desperate grab at recreating Guardians of the Galaxy's success by aping its style visually, audibly and comedically. Which isn't to say that it didn't succeed a lot of the time, and I'll take a fun, light-hearted superhero (really more sci-fi) romp over the endless grinding misery of most of DC's attempts any day.
  8. Marvel movies

    And now it's mine too.
  9. Marvel movies

    In principle I like the idea of telling different kinds of stories in that universe... but that trailer was awful. Is it just that all trailers are bad now? I'm genuinely asking for the opinion of someone who might watch more than me, because in the rare cases I actually watch a film trailer now I'm almost always disappointed and vaguely grossed out by it.
  10. Movie/TV recommendations

    I’ll give a +1 to American Vandal too. I tried it based on recommendations here without having high hopes for it myself, and was glad to be proven wrong. It’s surprisingly compelling.
  11. Yeah, it's on Netflix here in the UK too, and also an exclusive as far as I know, but in the US it's part of a new service called CBS All Access.
  12. Movie/TV recommendations

    I'm not sure whether it's been brought up in this thread before, but I just watched the Big Sick and absolutely loved it. It's the semi-fictionalised story of stand up comedian/actor Kumail Nanjiani meeting his now wife. It's really funny without making the dramatic plot unbelievable - which I suppose might be helped by most of it having actually happened. Just very well written and performed, and genuinely enjoyable to watch.
  13. I could see that. They're trying to stay culturally pure, which I guess is something someone who was very anti-immigration might be concerned about. There's definitely an implication that they want to return to the Good Old Days that may or may not ever have existed.
  14. Well now that I think about it, how much is it being modified for Discovery? The Klingons are now represented as religious zealots with a vaguely Egyptian theme who hate the western culture of Starfleet... upon reflection, I'm suddenly wondering whether this is them being recast as America's current "great enemy" of Islamic fundamentalists. Also, yeah, after I watched the episodes I was pretty much thinking that the series title is currently nonsensical. Here's hoping that's a temporary problem.
  15. FYI it's Encounter at Farpoint, not Encounter at Waypoint. Every time I read that I imagine Austin Walker and Danielle Riendeau wearing the Q judge robes. In fact, could someone with photoshop skills mock that up?
  16. Total War: Warhammer II

    Yeah I can second the little UI improvements - lots of minor quality of life changes have been made since the first game. Originally I was thinking that I'd play this for the new factions, but keep the first game installed for the old ones and the old map. Having actually played a bit, though, it's definitely a different and better experience. Hopefully the combined map for all the races from both games will come soon and be enjoyable to play. I'm not deep enough yet into the campaign to say whether the new stuff really fixes the age old strategy game issue of "I've clearly won this, but I have at least 100 turns left to just grind it out", as they were claiming it would.
  17. Divinity: Original Sin II

    I tried a bit of a friend's copy and just found it a bit overwhelming. I had this problem with the first game too; since it's so open and gives so little direction and literally every NPC has dialogue and a trade inventory, I just end up feeling tired by it all. Also, as Nappi said, just how long the game is also contributes to the sense of "there's just too much here and I can't tell what is the stuff I'll enjoy". This is all exacerbated by the writing style which, while entertaining, is outrageously effusive. Characters often speak in paragraphs, and the line reads tend to be a bit slow and exaggerated as well. Original Sin was the first voice acted game in years that I'd repeatedly skipped through dialogue in.
  18. Game of Thrones (TV show)

    I actually quite like this idea. I'm going to be disappointed if it doesn't go down like that.
  19. Meow.

    That is an adorable cat. I'm sorry for your loss, eot, but glad she had a good long life with you.
  20. The McElroy Family of Products

    I haven't finished the series yet - just started the finale arc - but he did say at some point on a bonus episode or something that he had basically sketched out the overall plot by the end of the first proper arc. I'm not sure whether he meant Gerblins or the one after, but either way, yeah, he seems to have been trying to figure out how to get here for quite a while now.
  21. Is that why Riker and Troi have this really ill-defined and barely explored on again off again relationship? Or was it just that they made their relationship whatever was convenient to the plot at the time?
  22. In principle I like the idea but the first two episodes have actually just been very frustrating for me. I don't necessarily need everyone who's recording something to be a pro player, but when they don't even bother to read basic instructions it does kind of bother me. Hopefully as time goes on and they get more familiar with the game this will be less of an issue.
  23. It's also kind of an indictment of the later series Enterprise when viewed nowadays, because Enterprise actually did try to retcon the different looks of Klingons. This seems to be a trap prequels fall into a lot; attempting to explain away what were clearly just design choices with in-universe fiction that wasn't really necessary or desired.
  24. I had also heard tell that the fact that the actor was not very well liked had something to do with it... Voyager characterisation is definitely a "favourite children" crapshoot. The Doctor and Seven get all kinds of evolution, while other members of the main cast never do. The only reason this never bothered me is they were my favourites too.
  25. I'm also not overly enthused by the idea of another prequel. I'm not sure why they keep going that way. Oh well, we'll see how it turns out - I'd still like to see some more good Star Trek in my life! Edit: Oh, I also didn't realise until watching that trailer that they seem to be going with an actual protagonist this time, and that said protagonist is not the captain. That's... potentially interesting? But not necessarily hugely "Star Trek".