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  1. Haven't got the game yet, but one thing I like the sound of from these impressions is precisely the thing some are disappointed with, the lack of endlessly deep customisable rpg elements. It's one of the things I think always put me off Souls, having to get my head around stats and muddle around with endless bits of armour and weapons in menus. It's too intimidating. And just looking at the last page of the Nioh thread and reading about the deluge of largely pointless loot gives me a headache. Not knocking those games at all. But I think I might actually welcome the difficulty here if it's more divorced from stats and grinding and all that. Although I'm sure this game will likely destroy me either way!
  2. I think one potential argument against the inclusion of an easy mode is players like me. I'm one of those people who always habitually choose easy mode when given the option, I always have since childhood as I've always considered myself crap at games despite loving them. Even when I see people on this forum rave about how much better a game is on hard mode, I just won't ever willingly select it. However, sometimes a challenging game without selectable difficulty comes along, manages to sink its hooks in me inspiring me to persist and forcing me out of my comfort zone to learn its ways and play it on its own terms, and I end up appreciating the game so much more for it. Of course the problem is more the mentality of pathological easy mode selectors like me, rather than easy modes in and of itself, I know. And I completely understand that there are players who have disabilities that render the game impossible, and who aren't simply lazy like I am. But while I've never played more than half an hour of a Souls game (because the world and narrative elements didn't look appealing enough to inspire me to learn its ways), of all game series I can't truly begrudge them for not including an easy mode since its difficulty lies at its very heart. It's like my local Indian restaurant, I've asked them not to make it spicy but they simply refuse. It's a bit annoying but I don't begrudge them for it.
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    This is Hip-Hop.

    These guys are more down with the youth than you lot! Banger.
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    This is Hip-Hop.

    I'm not going to lie, as a longtime listener of gangster rap some of these UK Drill tunes are legitimately good. Headie One is a standout for me. But this stuff is really dark, I find a lot of straight up unlistenable because of it, maybe because I'm older now or maybe because it seems so much more realistic than older forms of gangster rap seemed. It's morbid. And yet I think I'll always be interested in the music the youth of this country are making. It clearly says something about society that the music has taken such a dark turn.
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    Shenmue III - PS4/PC | 2019

    This looks lovely to me, more than what I'd hoped for graphically, to be honest. Are people actually complaining about the graphics? God those people annoy me, you'd think they'd be happy enough the game even exists at all let alone look as good as it currently does. I think they've done a good job of trying to keep the original style. The original games featured pretty heavily exaggerated, and often freakish and flamboyant character designs. The game's look was never photorealistic and that was always part of its charm. Certainly the faces in the Dreamcast games did have a unique depth and richness, but that probably would have been difficult or costly to translate to modern technology. It looks great either way, and in particular the environments which I'm pleased seem to be being prioritised. I might have a media black out on Shenmue 3 from here onwards, if I can find the strength not to feverishly consume each new morsel we get.
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    Devil May Cry 5

    I can't believe I let this slide off my radar, it looks fantastic! I think I let the ugly new westernised faces of Dante and Nero put me off and lead me to assume that it wasn't going to be in the vein of the classic DMCs. But it sounds like a real return to form. I just googled the director of this, Hideaki Itsuno, and he sure does have an impressive CV being behind a lot of my favourite Capcom fighters, DMC3 and even Dragon's Dogma. And that line about this being a gorgeous ps2 game. This has suddenly become a must buy for me.
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    Edge #330 | Shenmue III

    The EDGE cover I used to dream of <3 <3 <3 This is a pinch myself moment for me. If the game ends up getting anything other than a mystical 6 I'll be annoyed. Maybe a symbolic 3 would be acceptable too.
  8. I haven't played this yet, but I am so glad that games like this are still being made. I don't get round to playing too many games these days, so I could be wrong, but I get the impression that, Indie gaming aside, we're in an era that priorities ease and comfort of gameplay over barmyness and creative vision. Re2make over Resi 2. That might be for the best, who knows, but I'm glad something as deliberately esoteric as this clearly is can still come out. I'm not even a big Suda fan though, so I think it's a bit sad that I'm more open to this than some of his actual fans seem to be, and I suppose that bodes badly for the future I'll be buying this though.
  9. I can't lie, I love massive sprawling unwieldy games. But that's partly because I buy so very few games, and if the game is very good I'm perfectly content to leisurely chip away at it over literally years. The last game I bought was Persona 5 on its day of release, and now a year and a half later I think I'm perhaps a third of the way through it. I don't play it all the time, sometimes I go a couple months without playing it at all, but I've never tired of it and always come back to it and feel pleased to know there's plenty more left to play. It's become a very minor part of my life really, in a way I don't think any other form of media could and its partly because of its prodigious size. The last game I bought before that was Metal Gear Solid 5, another fulsome game, and I'm maybe about half way through that. It's fantastic value for a poor person like me, I shouldn't need another game for a while longer yet.
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    This is Hip-Hop.

    Haven't listened to Nas in years, but wow he absolutely smashed this tune, vintage Nas.
  11. I really enjoyed this. One of the better recent BBC dramas, in my opinion.
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    Edge #326 | Devil May Cry 5

    FotNS got that other legendary Edge seal of approval, a 6. An Edge 6 is the quirky gamer's 10.
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    Is Read Dead Redemption 2 any good?

    I can't tell you how appealing this sounds to me. Seriously, I had almost no interest in this game before I started seeing these kinds of sentiments. Fair play to Rockstar for making what sound like typically non-commercial gameplay choices in such a hugely expensive mainstream game. It kind of reminds me a bit of Shenmue in that way, maybe that's why this sounds so good to me. I'll have to actually play this and see for myself soon of course.
  14. So this game has unwieldy controls, unexplained features, and a slow ponderous beginning? Right, where's my hat, I'm off to buy this right now! I'm not into how streamlined and un-esoteric most modern gaming is, so for the first time I'm properly excited about this game!
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