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  1. LongHairStu

    FREE SOLO - out 11th December

    It's simply stunning. I love bouldering, trad, and a little bit of soloing, but this takes the concept of there always being a bigger fish to ridiculous extremes. Can't wait to see it.
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    Shadow of the Colossus Remake (Bluepoint)

    Just finished this yesterday. As a veteran of the PS2 game, my first turn on this had the colossi seeming to look smaller, possibly some illusion of resolution. That soon passed however, and looking back to 2005 and comparing is an interesting look at experience and memory. Anyway, the wonder was still there, and amplified by the increased richness of the world. Still some occasional frustrations, but these were - for my money - valid parts of Wander's part in the story, as he would struggle (he's pretty tough though, possibly justifiable in game...). Any other frustration was my own, as I made a meal of several colossi, or more pointedly the access to them. Number 13 was, as ever, the highlight - if you haven't got that far, I implore you to continue, there's very little like it, even in games (to my knowledge). If you have got that far and beyond, which is your favourite colossus to experience tussling with?
  3. It's not that I don't know it's there, but my brain can't handle rotating anti-clockwise in Lumines. I mean, come on, that is pretty complicated, right?
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    Photographic Modes and Streaming Gameplay

    For me, it's the memories. It's all on PS4 for me, but I can see how it evolved. As I journeyed through The Last of Us, such sights clearly deserved photos. As I battled Bloodborne's heinous creatures, I delighted in replaying boss battles over through uploading clips. And when I dived into the Hunter's Nightmare, I realised I could share the whole horror with whoever cared to tune in... and with my future self. Okay, looking back at a stream often reveals it to be flabby and in need of an edit, but at least I have the option. There are many older games I'll never play - or worse, be able to play - again that the option of a repeat viewing would be a real nostalgic boon. Sometimes I'll even watch something back immediately afterwards, and find it rewarding and cathartic. And I certainly would be tempted to watch other people play the games that I wish I liked but couldn't get on with... Probably better in the flesh though, with beers and snacks. It can be a trap though - I don't feel like I can play a game on the PS4 without having to go through the 'hassle' of setting up a stream, or the obligation to stream battles against the urge not to need to be watchable, just for a quick blast, you know? But those are my problems to sort out, and overall I'll take what I enjoy about it and discard the bad - definitely a fan overall.
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    Bloodborne

    Chalice Dungeons don't scale with NG levels. They are what they are and forever will be. It's just the DLC that should hold you back from dashing into NG+ (and it really should...).
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    Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

    Anyway... Decent new TV spot... (Hawkeye isn't in it though.)
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    Bloodborne

    Yes - but your level will be modified whilst summoned, to have you closer to the level of the summoner. Something to that effect anyway.
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    Thor: Ragnarok

    They may all be MCU movies, but I wouldn't even say they were all the same type of movie. They've all got different jobs to do in the wider context, they've all got different kinds of stories to tell, and they can have as much substance as you choose to invest in them.
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    SOLO: A Star Wars Story

    Just watched the trailer. Thank goodness Emilia Clarke didn't blink. I'm basically in. Some of it seems laid on a bit thick, but I'd say this younger Solo could be as reasonable an evolution of the character, or at least our memory of the character, as Ford's older TFA version.
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    Shadow of the Colossus Remake (Bluepoint)

    Fairy tales are more than true, not because they tell us monsters exist, but because they tell us monsters can be defeated... Maybe this one tells us that sometimes they shouldn't be. Or that we should be careful when deciding who or what is a monster.
  11. No magic radar hearing in The Last of Us. Of course, you could argue that's how it should be anyway, and it's a fairly obvious thing to do. Currently playing Bloodborne again, and realised I wasn't buying any weapons, only using the starting weapon and any found in the process of playing, so I may well stick to that.
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    Bloodborne

    I was just thinking of changing tack and rerouting into Old Yharnam - to open the door that would let me get Ludwig's Holy Blade, but I guess that's not really in the spirit of the run... - so rifle spear could well be on my shopping list, with others for further down the line. Hunter pistol has had a few shards... Think I read something about the gun you find in Cainhurst (Evelyn, is it?) being worse up to +5 but then being better...? Could be an option.
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    Bloodborne

    Alleged Bloodtinge run... First area exhausted save for bosses, I took Sweet Daddy G into the Cleric Beast fight with me, just for shits and giggles. That went well. Then I went to take on Gazza himself, all on my lonesome*. Pleasingly, I took him down first time and fairly cleanly - never any real panics. In fact, I seem to have got worse since then, as even the ogres are giving me trouble now, never mind the giants! About to unlock the gate to the plaza - that's always felt the proper way to me, and I don't feel inclined to change now. If anyone (Qaz, I'd guess...) knows, what's the first weapon I'll come across that Bloodtinge will have a marked effect on? Otherwise it's just going to feel like a pretty normal run till then... *Can't get online at the moment, so no videos either.
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    Bloodborne

    Fair point, I guess, but you still need to go to the face buttons, particularly for dodging. Starting to build in confidence again after last night's session with my supposed Bloodtinge build. I say supposed, as I still haven't levelled up yet, though Bloodtinge is my highest starting stat. After several frustrating attempts, I got very handy at taking the bonfire crew out. Couple of goes each to best the ogre, the bridge werewolf crew, and to retrieve the first armour. There I left it, looking out at Yharnam with a sense of hope and purpose...
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    Bloodborne

    To be honest though, I don't think every game would suit the same attack configuration. Even Bloodborne isn't as fast as Zelda, never mind Devil May Cry or Bayonetta. Those games need the snappier approach of the face buttons, but attacking with the shoulder buttons here seems more measured, almost as if it promotes the patience required. I wonder if so much thought went into it...
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