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  1. smac

    XIII Remake, Winter 2019

    Yeah, one of the few games I fancied on the GC that I never actually picked up at the time. Might give it a punt.
  2. While I usually draw the line at a 3.3Gb download on my connection, I'm so going to get this; the love that has gone into the artwork deserves some reward.
  3. smac

    Videogame Art Books

    Maybe I'm misremembering the black markings - that's the box I bought. Maybe I'm getting mixed up with the tribal GBA SP: But at the time I bought it, I seem to recall that silver was a special colour for the Zelda model. And no, I could not find a silver GBA player base... Edit: The Zelda: TWW special edition WiiU has gold markings around the black controller, again, that could be confusing my ageing brain.
  4. smac

    Videogame Art Books

    Was there a standard silver or was it the Zelda: The Wind Waker special edition, with the black markings around the top? Cos that's the one I have; didn't think they did silver as standard. Maybe just not in the UK.
  5. smac

    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

    Nooooooo. Never did complete that bastard last pic on S2.
  6. smac

    Splatoon 2

    Looks like you had more luck than me tonight. Had my lowest scores ever in Salmon Run. 3 of 'em. A lot of games at high tide on that stage = pain.
  7. Yup, I would not argue with anyone who preferred the second, or with anything you say; there were a lot of gameplay tweaks and like I said, the individual levels were more complex. Both are great games. I did the lot in a single epic playthrough: the first one plus all of the DLC in the remaster, the second game, then Death of the Outsider. I just love the melancholy of Dunwall. Must have played that first game a half-dozen times, now.
  8. smac

    Harry Potter is 20 years old

    Some of the Terry Pratchett young adult books, in particular the Tiffany Aching series. The Wee Free Men A Hat Full of Sky Wintersmith I Shall Wear Midnight The Shepherd's Crown https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiffany_Aching
  9. smac

    PlayStation 4 Console Thread

    Good to hear.
  10. Boo. But a long innings, etc.: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/16/gene-wolfe-science-fiction-author-dies-aged-87
  11. smac

    The first one is by far the worst one

    Absolutely - I rate 1 and 2 as just about equal, but they're different games. And I prefer the first game, the racing, the tactical use of boost.
  12. Both characters can be built for mayhem, as I recall; been a while since I played it. Although I think the game mechanics reward a mix of stealthin' and stabbin' I did a Corvo run-through first, replaying the remaster of the first game and DLC and then into this, and did Emily as an afterthought; I think she has the more interesting skill-set, so go for her first. The final game, Death of the Outsider, is worth a punt if you're still interested in the game world but isn't as good as the first two. A decent finale.
  13. I think the sequel's levels are more intricate and, taken in isolation, better put together. But it feels more like a bunch of individual puzzle missions vaguely themed by the backstory. The original's journey through the city mirrored the narrative arc much better, and the themes of redemption, betrayal, rescue by the humble and the long journey back to revenge. And like I said, all framed by a painterly eye.

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