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  1. Talvalin

    Games with Gold for July 2018

    Conviction is great, and the co-op was also excellent. It's free for fuck's sake, so just try it and see!
  2. Talvalin

    Doki Doki Literature Club

    Cut that out please. It's out of order and in no way contributing to the thread. Conversely, @NEG please either spoiler your post or remove the text of the article (unless the link is behind a paywall in which case stick to spoiler tags). The reason being that I inadvertently managed to catch a glimpse of a spoiler whilst simply scrolling past your post, which would have been very annoying had I been intent on playing the game.
  3. Talvalin

    The Rllmuk Metal Thread Part 2

    So fucking true. I wouldn't give up metal, but I wouldn't have objected to being able to develop some appreciation for other genres of music too. Metal is the only thing I listen to which is fine when there are like-minded people around to talk to and somewhat lonely when those people are not around.
  4. Talvalin

    The Rllmuk Metal Thread Part 2

    This could turn easily into a bucket list of albums, so I tried to be concise with a mix of older classics and some newer ones too. Also out of the above, I'd pick "Close to a World Below" as my favourite Immolation album, "Human" or "Symbolic" for Death, "Turn Loose the Swans" for My Dying Bride and "Wolverine Blues" for Entombed but I'm a heathen that way. Dead Beyond Buried - The Dark Era Dead Congregation - Graves of the Archangels Edge of Sanity - Crimson Gorguts - Considered Dead Konkeror - The Abysmal Horizons Necrophobic - Darkside Pestilence - Consuming Impulse The Ominous Circle - Appalling Ascension Slugdge - Gastronomicon Sulphur Aeon - Swallowed by the Ocean's Tide Unmoored - Indefinite Soul-Extension
  5. Fixing covenants would have been good, if only to avoid grinding harpies for Souvenirs of Reprisal.
  6. Games are the only medium I can think of where it's possible to spend money and be denied access to the product through a lack of ability. I propose that every game should have a guaranteed way of letting you complete it. So an "easy mode", or even one step further and a cheat mode where you take zero damage. Imagine the following: A film with no available subtitles, as it's "not intended" for blind people A film which you can't fast forward, as it's not the "director's vision" A book where you can't jump to the last page A book you're not allowed to read if you're not deemed intelligent enough Yet this is what happens in games, if you lack skill, or coordination (sometimes through no fault of your own, such as a physical disability). I understand that challenge is fundamental to a game's enjoyment, but I don't see how entirely optional difficulty settings (with a stern warning against them) would affect those who want the intended experience. It wouldn't just be useful for "bad" players; I recall setting the difficulty to the lowest to rush through the repetitive towers in Oblivion, otherwise I might have abandoned the game.
  7. Talvalin

    PS3 Emulation

    Amazing progress from RPCS3, the open-source PS3 emulator. PS3 emulation was once considered a pipe dream: https://rpcs3.net/blog/2018/04/09/progress-report-march-2018/ Nearly a third of games are now playable from start to finish! Since Sony look unlikely to provide PS3 backwards compatibility, this allows us to run games in 4k with improved performance and image quality. Along with the usual benefits for preserving game history.
  8. Talvalin

    So, what is the best Video Game movie

    Toss up between DoA and the Phoenix Wright film. The former for being so gloriously over the top and not giving a damn (also Lord Cookie agrees with me so ner) and the latter for nailing the game's story and characters so well. That said it's a bit too long for my liking so DoA it is.
  9. Talvalin

    Burnout Paradise

    Despite preferring Revenge, I more or less rinsed the 360 version (apart from the cops and robbers mode and two of the party achievements), so I don't think I'd ever go back and do this again because man that was a lot of hours to sink into a game. Doing it twice? No thanks.
  10. Talvalin


    I started from scratch on Bone BC because I never got around to uploading all my 360 saves, and man it's so much fun. I've been playing on Ruthless which is about right at the start (since I seem to be dying all the damn time), but I might up things to Psychotic as I level up. Currently have 3* for Agility, Driving and Strength and *coughs* 1* for Firearms and Explosives, and I've taken out three of the Los Muertos bosses. It seems more of a balanced challenge this time around. On my first playthrough I think I picked up a Firefly from a Shai-Gen gang right near the start of my playthrough and that alone made a mockery of the first few boss fights. The Street Racing challenges though can bugger right off. I've managed to get gold with all vehicles for the first race, but the second race has rocks on the sides of the tracks that will flip your vehicle if you clip them, and if you clip them *really* badly then your car ends up in the water. I can't even finish that race with any car, so I moved on to the third race where I've managed two golds and a variety of hilarious (and usually race ending) barrel rolls. I'm trying to do as many of them as possible the legit way, but I may resort to building a road block and/or using the Agency car when I get my driving skill up to 4*.
  11. Talvalin

    Bayonetta 1 & 2 - Nintendo's Witch

    From the perspective of a dirty casual who loves action brawlers but is lazy and so tends to learn a few effective combos and then spam the shit out of them (see also Ninja Gaiden 2 on Master Ninja because that was not really fun, and DMC3 [fun, but having to play the main game 6 fucking times was taking the piss, and then Bloody Palace?), Hard is the best mode. Dodging enemies, going into Witch Time and then whaling on them is great, and it is that kind of game when things pick up as it gets harder. Much as I enjoyed it, especially once I actually worked out the boss fights instead of spamming my way through them on Normal, NSIC mode can do one. Removing Witch Time? Get out. I used lollipops and continues without shame to grind my way through, getting mostly stone and the occasional bronze statues. It was not fun, and a disappointing finale after the joy of playing on and getting to grips with Hard.
  12. Talvalin

    The Rllmuk Metal Thread Part 2

    First episode of Slayer's retrospective web series.
  13. Talvalin

    The Rllmuk Metal Thread Part 2

    Horizon Ablaze have released their new album (don't worry, I had no idea who the fuck these guys were either) and it's a solid slab of black/death metal. https://horizon-ablaze.bandcamp.com/album/the-weight-of-a-thousand-suns Reviews over at AMG and NCS
  14. I actually liked the ending of 10 Cloverfield Lane.
  15. Talvalin

    The Rllmuk Metal Thread Part 2

    They put AIC on the tour instead of Sepultura? I mean, I love AIC but putting them with Slayer, Megadeth, Testament and Anthrax is just plain fucking stupid. Also, reading that, I think they should have interviewed Gloria Cavalera as well. The number of times Max says "Oh Gloria would know better" or variations thereof is faintly maddening. Meanwhile, music! Quality doom from the Faroe Islands https://hamferd.bandcamp.com/

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