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  1. I burned out on World after realising the endgame basically consisted of fighting the same 5 monsters in the same 5 locations over and over to get the best gear. Loved it up till then but (graphics aside) I'm not sure it's necessarily better than the older games, just a bit slicker. I'll happily take a "new" game with this amount of content. I passed on the original Generations on the 3DS (but loved MH4U) so this is perfect for me. Portability is a big bonus too.
  2. Garwoofoo

    Nintendo Switch

    Well as a fan of the series it answered the questions I had: how does it look (fine), how does it run (fine) and is it hard to go back to the older style of Monster Hunter after playing World (not at all). So I guess I’m in, day one.
  3. Garwoofoo

    Nintendo Switch

    Yes, and take the voucher back.
  4. Garwoofoo

    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - December 2018

    I was grinning all the way through that. Sakurai you absolute maniac.
  5. Garwoofoo

    Nintendo eShop

    There's a load of a few seconds when you go into battle and a couple more seconds when you return to the map. I think the first time you go in is perhaps slightly longer as it loads the assets for the first time. It's honestly not too bad and it's probably quicker than the original game was when I played it on the Xbox One. It's a fairly ponderous game anyway so I genuinely don't find it an issue.
  6. Garwoofoo

    Nintendo eShop

    Really enjoying Hand of Fate 2. It's got everything I loved about the first game but simply better across the board. It's perfect for the Switch as well, as it's essentially played as a series of bite-size interactions and it autosaves constantly. Also it's bastard hard, in a good way, and the numerous restarts somehow seem more palatable on a handheld.
  7. So it's confirmed. Sir Patrick Stewart returning to the role of Jean-Luc Picard in a new series focusing on his character. Holy shit. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/patrick-stewart-reprise-star-trek-role-new-cbs-all-access-series-1132262
  8. Garwoofoo

    Your 4K Gaming TV Experiences & Thoughts

    I think that’s exactly it though, Sony didn’t have to wait another year or more, they got a 4K mid-gen refresh out the door well in advance of the competition with a solution that still looks spectacular. Obviously we’ll all go full 4K eventually but quite honestly I think the processing power could be better used in other ways.
  9. Garwoofoo

    Your 4K Gaming TV Experiences & Thoughts

    I've got a Samsung KS7000 and it's a great gaming TV. The game mode has insanely low latency and HDR in games is spectacular. Like all these TVs, it can be a bit of a pain to configure it with so many modes and settings to get your head around but once you do, it's amazing. I do agree though that 4K resolution is over-rated (unless, I guess, you're one of those folk who sits right up close to their TV). It looks better than 1080p but it's not a night-and-day difference for either games or movies. I think the PS4 Pro took the right approach, concentrating on 1440p/1800p/chequerboard rendering for a nice boost in image clarity without going all out for a 4K picture that a lot of people won't fully appreciate.
  10. Garwoofoo

    Shenmue 1 and 2 coming to PS4,XB,PC

    Funnily enough I had the exact opposite experience. Yakuza Zero delivered a ramped-up version of everything I loved about Shenmue (II in particular), I adored every minute of it and it's cooled me significantly on revisiting the originals. I want to play more Yakuza games, I don't necessarily want to go back to Shenmue. I'd love it to be as good as I remember it but really it's never going to be, is it?
  11. Garwoofoo

    All things Yakuza!

    It’s an incredible ending. Just perfect in every way.
  12. God of Warm UK heatwave leads to killing spree.
  13. Garwoofoo

    All things Yakuza!

    I went straight back into Zero last night in Premium Adventure and I’ve still got so much to do. Finding sub stories all over the place so I’m going to be here for a while. It’s still every bit as fun as it was when I was playing through the main story so I’m very far from done with this one for now. Cheers for the advice though, I will definitely bear it in mind!
  14. Garwoofoo

    All things Yakuza!

    So I completed Yakuza Zero and you probably know all this already but it's hands down the best game I've played in a very long time. It's a game of two halves really, and both halves are amazing. The main story is superb, with some of the best writing and characterisation I've ever seen in a game. Every cut scene is a treat, and while the graphics engine isn't exactly cutting edge, they've focused attention on the areas that really matter: the facial expressions, the animations and the general framing of the action. The two main characters genuinely change and grow over the course of the story, with Majima in particular ending in a very different place to where he started. The action's genuinely thrilling, the twists are perfectly executed and a couple of the more emotional scenes are more affecting than I ever thought a game could be, because you genuinely get to care about the cast. It's left me feeling like I've watched a really excellent TV show or a great movie, not like I've played a game at all. Then there's the other half of the game, which is - well, everything else. The side stories are unpredictable and often deeply silly, but while they seem like silly fluff they do help to build the world and they also grow the personality of the main characters by watching them interact with the denizens of Kamurocho and Sotenbori. You learn that Kiryu is serious, principled to a fault but also naive; and that Majima is a darker, more unpredictable but also somehow kinder character. There are the minigames, ranging from fun distractions to all-encompassing distractions: I enjoyed Kiryu's Real Estate company, wandering around town buying properties and taking on local kingpins, but I became obsessed with Majima's Cabaret Czar challenge, recruiting random munters classy ladies to work in my sleazy knocking shop upmarket cabaret joint and training them up to cope with every variety of grotty Japanese punter. Small things spiral out into huge diversions - there's a scene about halfway through where one of the characters has to fight in a tournament to prove his worth, and only on revisiting the same location hours later did I realise it's the basis for a massive tournament game (that could easily be missed entirely) featuring a range of unique enemies and challenges. Or you can just play darts for hours. I played darts for hours. And the combat system is good. It starts off a bit basic (the fight at the end of chapter one, before you've really powered up much at all, is one of the hardest battles in the whole game) but once you unlock a few styles and get used to switching between them, it becomes enormous fun. Slamming an enemy into a wall, then switching to Beast mode to pick up a motorbike and slaughtering a whole horde of goons, never gets old. I absolutely loved this game from start to finish. I could talk about it for hours. I've still got loads of stuff to do (after 60 hours, my completion stands at less than 35%) and although I'm never going to see it all, I'm heading back to the cabaret clubs at the first opportunity. So - there's no way the rest of the games in the series are this good, right? I know Yakuza Kiwami isn't supposed to be quite up to this standard (and right now, I'm wondering whether anything possibly could be) but there's no way on earth I'm not going to play it. Might play something else in the meantime just to break it up a little, but it won't be long before I'm venturing back onto the streets of Kamurocho again.
  15. Garwoofoo

    Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)

    LTTP on this one but in this case the P stands for Pile of Shit. Probably the worst of the Marvel Netflix series for me, Jessica Jones feels like she's barely in it and instead we get the Trish Walker story with about four different back-stories for her and everything dragged out interminably. Carrie-Anne Moss is good but pretty much everything else is disjointed and uninteresting. Iron Fist at least had a story to tell and some actual character growth, this is just a bunch of side-stories slung together. Why oh why do all these shows need to be 13 episodes long.

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