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  1. Alexlotl

    Currently playing...

    More FFIV, climbing the Tower of Babil. Compared to the Tower of Zot, it’s a piece of piss - the enemies don’t seem to hit any harder, I’ve naturally levelled up a bit and have better gear, and most significantly, I have a proper white mage. Rosa is stupendously better than Tellah at healing. She has roughly 2.5x the MP, and her healing is about 3x more effective - she does as much with a Cure as Tellah did with a Cura. Faster too, and a very handy archer. Don’t feel like I’ve got the hang of adult Rydia quite as much yet, her base level spells don’t do enough damage and her -a level spells (e.g. Blizzara) take too long to cast. Should finish the Tower tonight. Hopefully the next dungeon isn’t the same generic sci-fi tower theme like the last two.
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    Rllmuk Fantasy Premier League 2018/19

    Salah as vice? Could be a tense match! I captained Salah - brought him in with my wildcard because Mane was injured, figured I could trade Salah & Sane to Sterling and Mane in a few weeks. Was not previously of the opinion that he’s worth the extra over Mane this season, but I may need to re-evaluate that. Sane gamble didn’t come off this week, but fingers crossed Sterling blanks too. Chuffed with Filipe Anderson’s haul, WHU’s festive fixtures are dreamy.
  3. Found this: http://www.headen.com/XL1.htm Sounds like he wrote an early PoC himself, then got an old friend with a CS degree to do the proper version.
  4. Alexlotl

    Currently playing...

    Westwood's rather excellent Blade Runner on PC was an adventure-detective-game-with-occasional-shooting-gameplay. I've read that the Saturn version is even leerier, and allows you to grope literally every female in the game.
  5. Alexlotl

    Xenoblade Chronicles 2

    The recent discussion here inspired me to go back and re-finish the game, as the game crashed after the end credits last time I dispatched the end boss, meaning I had no NG+ options. Anyway, I have my game clear title screen and NG+ options now! For those that have done both, would you recommend Torna or NG+ first? I'm leaning towards Torna.
  6. Alexlotl

    Rllmuk Fantasy Premier League 2018/19

    No clean sheets in a gameweek for the first time since November 2010. Although I got one for Trippier, thanks to his timely substitution. Reckon I’m heading for 90pts this week after BPs, so a pretty satisfying wildcard. Need to replace Duffy, though. I was just sizing up Rob Holding for the job when he did his ligaments. It is sad hearing so many players getting injured, this ridiculous schedule at the coldest time of he year is utter madness, even if it does add a fun challenge to FPL.
  7. Alexlotl

    Nintendo Switch

    Isn’t backtracking to find those bits 100% design intent, though, rather than something you missed? Some of them need upgrades you only got later to find, from memory.
  8. Alexlotl

    Rllmuk Fantasy Premier League 2018/19

    Doesn't that mean you've been letting transfers go to waste though? I can't imagine feeling so good about my team that I'd let a transfer pass me by (although I did burn 2FTs when I played my wildcard).
  9. Alexlotl

    Nintendo Switch

    I know everyone loved Wii Metroid Prime Trilogy as it added Wiimote control to MP1 & 2, but I’m excited at the prospect of the Switch MP Trilogy adding pad controls to Metroid Prime 3.
  10. Alexlotl

    Rllmuk Fantasy Premier League 2018/19

    Ha, I have Duffy sitting at the top of my bench like an unexploded bomb. Most of my first XI are nailed, but if Trippier or TAA don’t play, it’ll cost me 2 points! Wildcarded this week, despite having 2FTs, as a) I’d been planning to do it around GW15 anyway, and b) I only had 8 fit players. Went for big beasts, on the basis that it’s easier to trade down than trade up, so I have Kane and Salah. That didn’t leave enough for Sterling, but I figured that Sane has been matching him lately, and is probably as nailed as you can be in a Pep team as long as Mendy is injured. Realistically, I’m expecting Pep to rotate like nuts in December, and it’s less painful to see a £9.4m player get benched than an £11.5m one. Anyway, decent night for me, other than the Duffy bomb - I have Wilson, Fraser, Sane and Fabianski (who saved a pen). Gutted when Cardiff scored, though.
  11. Alexlotl

    Analogue Super Nt

    I’ve noticed this - I presume it’s a deliberate aesthetic. Black text on blue, no margin/gutter. It’s hell to read. The consoles look look pretty great, though.
  12. Alexlotl

    Your Retro Grail Items

    Christmas came early! Finally found a UK based seller at a not-too-silly price, and was vascillating about it when eBay dropped a 15%-off-anything promo for Cyber Monday. It’s in pretty decent condition for its age (31 years old!), with some slight colouration which looks more due to wear than yellowing, and a few non-structural melt marks in the (absurdly short) cable. I’ve never had a paddle controller of any kind before, and was surprised at the lack of detents on the wheel - it just turns freely between min and max, like the volume knob on an old Sony transistor radio. The grip is interesting - you can hold it horizontal like a normal controller, or vertically with your index finger on the trigger button. Note that both buttons are 1/Start - there is no button 2. Managed to get it working with my JP MD2 + Mega Everdrive X7, by selecting Japanese SMS BIOS - without that, it was totally unusable with gibberish input. Brief game reviews: - Megumi Rescue. The main reason I got this thing - it’s a fantastic game, and the paddle controls are made for it. - Woody Pop. An Arkanoid clone, so obviously good with a paddle. I suck at these, though. - Galactic Protector. A sort of rotary shooter starring Opa-Opa. Buckets of character, but rock hard, and it would make more sense with a paddle which rotated endlessly rather than having fixed min-max points - Alex Kidd BMX Challenge. Fun but rock hard with wonderful production values. Best control of all the racers. - Super Racing. Serious racing game, which isn’t my scene. Pretty damn hard to control with the paddle, not sure if it’s any better on pad. - Outrun. I always forget how good this port was, particularly at 60hz. The paddle controls aren’t great though, as it’s too hard to centre your car. Fun being able to lock the wheel into corners though, and setting the stereo at the start with an actual knob oozes verisimilitude. I’ll pack it away now until my Mega SG arrives next year (my MD + Scaler setup isn’t compatible with kids), then dig it out and see if I can clock Megumi Rescue.
  13. Alexlotl

    Nintendo Switch

    There was a wireless impedence issue on the first issue controllers. Later models have some conductive foam added, as do the fixed ones from Nintendo. That said, it seems both sticks are liable to drift if they get dirt in them. @PyramidFace - Any new joycon you buy now should be the revised version.
  14. Alexlotl

    Xenoblade Chronicles 2

    You've got Nia at this point, right? Her healing should help you along. Make sure she only has healing blades equipped - she's better off with just one healing blade than a healer and a blade of some other type, even if that may seem counter-intuitive. Your anchor shot attack also produces health potions, which you can pick up to regain energy. You've probably noticed that your character moves slowly when they're holding weapons, but when you use your blade special, you toss the weapon to your blade and briefly gain the ability to run like a hare (and you're also immortal for the duration) - this is the time to go and hoover up those HP potions. The problem with this stage of the game is that you don't have a tank yet, so the fairly fragile Rex (who with Pyra is a DPS character) is taking all the damage. I'd ignore side-quests for now and press on with the main plot until you get given your third character, and then the combat will make a lot more sense. Other essential things for combat - level up your battle arts, and buy the best chips you can afford for your weapons (you can't buy new weapons like you can in normal RPGs, but chips will change the power, properties and physical appearance of your weapons - they're new weapons in all but name). The latter in particular makes a huge difference, although I can't remember if you can do this before getting a tutorial.
  15. Alexlotl

    Nintendo Switch

    Man, all this grip talk. Glad I planned ahead and just had small hands.
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