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    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

    I wonder if you’re even supposed to be able to react to the kanji attack at the point the symbol appears. The only way I can deal with them is through awareness of what’s coming due to spacing or their previous moves.
  2. Pob

    Antstream - It's Netflix for Games!

    The difference is that that CrashedAlex is the head (I think) of a small studio. Anne Summers is just an employee of a larger machine and has probably already been told off for this thread.
  3. XB1 has a few decent exclusives for sure, but PS4 has a bunch of generation-defining must-haves. I imagine the XB1 sold better at the start due to leftover goodwill from the 360 era - certainly I felt that pull even though it was clear it was the inferior choice. That goodwill gradually ebbed away as people realised Sony were back in the game big-time.
  4. Also I think the XB1's lineup of exclusives for the 18 months or so was really strong compared to the PS4s - Titanfall, Forza Horizon 2 etc. With a better launch strategy it could've built up a lot of momentum, at least until the Sony first-party juggernaut games came along and steamrolled it a couple of years later.
  5. I thought Lucas and Kennedy were friends?
  6. Hang on I always thought surround sound through headphones was always an inferior fake compared to speakers all round your head? Are we now saying that with the right cans and processing power it can sound like proper surround?
  7. The one little bit of backstory we get about Snoke is that Leia knows his name and refers to him in quite an offhand way, like you would an untrustworthy uncle who hangs around trying to get kids into booze and stuff. It feels like he was just some regular New Republic dude who could use the force and went bad. He certainly wasn't built up as some mysterious force from the fringes of the galaxy.
  8. Can you explain Palpatine's plan in more detail? Sounds interesting. So was the First Order tooling itself up in secret before the Emperor died?
  9. Pob

    The first one is by far the worst one

    Golden Eagle doesn't rhyme with 'best' though
  10. Pob

    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

    I reckon I'm going to go back to the ninja guarding the Mist Raven pagoda every now and then for some sparring. They're great enemies once you're powered up a bit.
  11. Leadbetter raises the question in the DF article about whether cross-gen games would be truly cross-gen i.e the same game-code working across both machines, but obviously with much higher settings enabled on PS5.
  12. Putting any of the PS5's raw power into resolutions above 4K (even trying to reach 4K, to be honest) seems like it would be such a massive waste. I was really struck by @Rushy's comment about how the persistent terrain deformation in Motorstorm on PS3 simply isn't viable with today's fidelity expectations. Ultra-high resolution surely means resources - both human and compute - are being focused in entirely the wrong place. Who cares about making games sharper if they're having to sacrifice complexity?
  13. Pob

    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

    Heh, you just popped my ego but you're probably right. Early on one hit would wipe out most of your vitality but now I feel like I can bulldoze into the tougher enemies a bit more and trade blows for a swift victory. I went back to Lady Butterfly with three health upgrades and six healing gourds and brute-forced my way to victory on the first attempt. I didn't feel like I had to learn her patterns, just keep up the pressure until her posture got maxed out.
  14. Snoke looked old enough to have been around in the original trilogy and even the prequels so it did feel a bit unsatisfying that this powerful Force user seemed to appear out of nowhere when the OT was at pains to point out that the Skywalkers and Palpatine were the only ones left. It's like they just invented a new Emperor character without any explanation. When you're making a cinematic saga you want to have an idea of how history unfolded between instalments. TFA isn't the first film in the series - the tantalising thing about it is, what's happened in the 30 years since ROTJ? Thus far, Snoke just feels like a plot device rather than someone satisfyingly woven into the story.
  15. Pob

    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

    It's amazing how much you improve in this without necessarily realising it. I went back to the ninja in the well after a few hours of progressing other paths, expecting to have to attempt it a bunch of times as those ninjas had always pwned me up till now, and aside from one retreat back to an idol after he 'killed' me, I defeated him straight away. Opening with the spring-loaded axe certainly helped, but apart from that I seemed to be able to deflect and counter by sight and intuition rather than memorisation. The unblockable moves still throw me but I just get up in their faces to the extent they can't execute them. I'm definitely focusing on posture-ruining moves like the axe and Ichimon combat art as you take enemies out before they have a chance to do much damage. I upgraded the Mist Raven last night and was practicing with that. I need to play with the prosthetic tools more - still got a few I've barely used.

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