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  1. 4 points
    Now that I've completed the 12 Resident Evil Games games I wanted to play, I thought it would be nice to take a moment before the the release of the Resident Evil 2 remake and reflect on the series as a whole. Here are some observations and thoughts that have popped into my head over the past six months as I played through this long and storied franchise. The Resident Evil franchise is wildly inconsistent quality-wise. With this many entries, any franchise is bound to have highs and lows in terms of quality. Resident Evil is no different. What surprised me, though, is how large the delta was between the truly great and the truly bad. The best of them are among the greatest games ever made, in my opinion. The worst are spectacular misfires that did so much damage to the franchise's reputation that it’s a wonder the series didn’t get discontinued at certain points. I would expect more consistency from one of the biggest franchises in gaming, but that's not what we can get. It's a bit of a crapshoot as to whether a particular isntallment is any good or not. I think this is partly why my interest in the series has ebbed and flowed over the years. Prior to and after the release of Resident Evil 4, I was totally on board for each new game. I bought Resident Evil 5 on Xbox 360 as soon as it was released in early 2009. It was good, but a bit of a disappointment. Resident Evil 6 came just three years later, and I skipped it completely at the time because everyone hated it so much. It was so bad, that I didn’t even play the excellent Resident Evil 7 until a couple months ago for this journey through the entire series, all because the quality appeared to be declining with each successive release after RE4. I hope that Capcom has learned from these missteps so that they will be less likely to make them again in the future. Between both Resident Evil 7 and the Resident Evil 2 remake, we're experiencing one of the better periods for the franchise now. I'm on board for whatever Capcom does next, but I will still be watching for any signs that the series is slipping again on the quality front. Every game does something new and different. Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 7 get the most credit for taking the series in bold new directions—and rightfully so. That said, when playing through all of these games, I was surprised to see how each one tried to put its own unique spin on survival horror. Whether it’s the zapping system in RE2, the use of Nemesis in RE3, the introduction of online co-op play in RE5, or the general shitty-ness RE6, each entry tries to do something new and unique. Some of these ideas work better than others, but you can't say that each game is simply a carbon copy of the previous ones. Yes, many of them share similarities—they are all part of the same series after all—but Capcom at least seems willing to try new ideas to keep the basic formula fresh for returning players. That said, RE4 and RE7 deserve special recognition for reinventing the franchise. In both cases, the games that preceded them (Resident Evil 0 and Resident Evil 6, respectively) were not well received. RE4 and RE7 brought the series back to relevance by throwing out what wasn't working and doubling down its best qualities. Doing this once was an incredible achievement. The fact that Capcom has done it twice now is miraculous. I miss the old fixed-camera angle games. When going back and replaying the pre-RE4 games, I was struck by how much I enjoyed them. I wish that Capcom—or anyone else for that matter—would make another game like them again. They were great in their own way and allowed for a type of gameplay that you don't get with either an over-the-shoulder view or in first-person. They emphasized exploring and puzzle-solving. Combat was more about deciding to use precious resources rather than the player's ability to pull off a successful headshot. They were more thoughtful and deliberate, and the slower pace made them more unsettling. Abandoning the fixed-camera angles in RE4 and beyond was the right move. I can’t fault Capcom for switching to the over-the-shoulder perspective though. Overall, it’s a superior design that allows for better controls, making these games easier to play for more people. Tank controls, while necessary in a game where the camera perspective shifts wildly from scene to scene, are unintuitive. I think players were more willing to accept them in the late ‘90s because 3D games were still so new and very few developers had cracked how to do controls in 3D spaces very well. Nowadays, this is a solved problem, and games have improved tremendously in this regard. If Resident Evil had stuck with both the fixed-camera angles and tank controls (RE4 technically had tank controls, after all), the series would not be around anymore. Fortunately, Capcom did make that change, and we’re still playing new entries in the series to this very day. "What the fuck is she wearing?" This was my wife's reaction upon seeing any of the alternative costumes for the women in these games. Ranking Resident Evil. In Mark's thread revisiting The Legned of Zelda series, he has been ranking each game as he completes it. I didn't think to do that at the start of this project, so I'm going to attempt to do it now. However, rather than ranking the games numerically from 1 to 12, I'm going to do something a little different. I'm going to group them into four tiers of quality, ranging from bad to best. Since there are twelve games total, I decided that each tier needs to have three games. That way I have to really consider which games are best and make some tough decisions about where to place them. Each game is listed chronologically according to its original release date. Zombie Tier Poorly designed and poorly executed, these games can be skipped by anyone other than the most enthusiastic fans. Otherwise, shoot 'em in the head. Multiple times. Nemesis Tier Decent games that don’t quite live up to their potential. A bit more polish, and they could have been truly great. Wesker Tier Excellent games that stand as solid entries in the RE franchise, with only minor flaws holding them back from true greatness. Baker Tier These games are not only the best in the series but are some of the greatest games ever made, period. I love them, and would happily replay them any time, preferably on a dark and stormy night. "This is my, last escape..." So, what’s next? Where does the series go from here? Well, obviously, the remake of Resident Evil 2 is almost here. Reviews suggest that it’s a stellar reimagining of the classic PlayStation game. I’m excited as hell to finally playing it on Friday. I have high hopes, and I suspect I'm going to like it. The only question is, which of those tiers will I put it in when I complete it? My hope is that, at the very least, it goes into the Wesker Tier. I would love for it to be good enough to put in the Baker Tier, but it's got to do some amazing things for it to stand next to those three games.
  2. 3 points
    I saw Bohemian Rhapsody last night. I can't remember the last time I saw a movie with so many flaws that was still so exhilarating to watch. The flaws are many; uneven acting, some very poor editing decisions, a few cliché moments, awkward script at times. I think the single biggest problem I had was that, at a few points in the film, it seemed clear that events had unfolded outside of the movie, that the viewer only sees the consequences of. For a biography this is confusing and pulls one out of the story. Although I must say the film covers a lot of ground, so I'm not sure the answer to this is necessarily more story. I should add, I was never a fan of Queen so, going in, the film didn't interest me on that level. But, despite all of that, the sizable heart beating at the center of the film far outshines all of the niggling issues. Rami Malek is mostly great as Freddie, and the rest of the band are well cast. The music is very well presented, the performances are inspired, Malek is exuberant to a degree I didn't think possible (only knowing him from Mr Robot, where he is anything but). By the end, the film is playing on its strengths and finishes in a wonderful, emotionally satisfying, if bittersweet, crescendo.
  3. 3 points
    Here's my VIP Demo Friend Code link. It's good for three uses, so first come, first served! https://www.ea.com/games/anthem/anthem-demos/redeem?token=MXBIUm1ubz0jTSMxMDAwMDIwODA0ODgy edit: One use left!
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    I’m going to play and rank these as a pair, but Oracle of Seasons is done. Once I finish Ages I’ll be halfway done the list!
  6. 3 points
    Yes, 60” doesn’t really exist anymore. 55, 65, 75, 77 and 85 are the most common, with 55 and 65 being the most reasonably priced when it comes to OLED options. I went from my 50” Pioneer KURO plasma to the 55” LG E6 and the real estate taken up by the latter is barely any different to my old TV since modern TV’s have tiny to non existent bezels. I’d have loved a 65 inch display but could not justify the added cost at the time. I intend to save up for my next display to be 65 though. If you are happy to wait a year, sure, it’d provide a bit more peace of mind for the future, otherwise your options for full 2.1 support in 2019 look limited. LG’s WebOS is nice. Whatever Samsung use seems decent, while Sony use Android which isn’t known to be great but I think is said to run better on the more recent Sony TV’s with their extreme processor. If you are entertaining an external device like an AppleTV at all then I’d argue concern over a TV’s internal OS is rendered moot. I no longer use my LG’s apps since getting the Apple TV. All 4k TVs support HDR10, and both LG and Sony support HDR10 and Dolby Vision in their upper range of TVs. There does seem to be an appreciable benefit to Dolby Vision, particularly on OLED displays. I don’t know whether VIZIO and TCL also support Dolby Vision as neither sell in the U.K. I THINK Vizio do though? Software wise Dolby Vision is very prevalent on streaming services, while on disc Paramount and Lionsgate are the only studios supporting it consistently. Sony, Warner and Universal randomly opt to use it on select titles. All Dolby Vision content, streamed or on disc, contains an HDR10 base layer for backwards compatibility. It’s HDR10+ support that’s the grey area right now as it’s so new. This is an open standard dynamic metadata based HDR format to serve as an alternative to Dolby Vision which is also dynamic metadata based (regular HDR10 is static. What this means, in simple terms, is the dynamic formats can send signals to the display on a scene by scene basis to regulate the colour range and light output based on a display’s capabilities rather than the TV having to do a lot of heavy processing and guesswork to self moderate the image). On the software side of things Amazon are supposed to be supporting HDR10+, meanwhile on disc Fox have recently started releasing discs with HDR10+ and Lionsgate appear to be supporting it in future (though Lionsgate appear to be providing both HDR10+ AND Dolby Vision on the same disc). Warner also pledged HDR10+ support but we’ve not yet seen any supporting content from them. Panasonic are currently the only ones offering HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support in their TV’s, but their TV’s are not available in the US. Likewise this week Philips revealed support for both HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision in their 2019 OLED TVs. Samsung are unlikely to adopt Dolby Vision anytime soon because they helped conceive HDR10+, meanwhile it’s anyone’s guess as to whether LG support HDR10+ given their bitter rivalry with Samsung. You also have to bear in mind that as well as the display, HDR10+ support is required of playback device just as Dolby Vision is, so a UHD Player for example (Oppo will be upgrading their existing players, but you cannot buy those anymore. Some of Panasonic’s players will support both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision however, and unlike their TVs their players are still available in the States. We’ll probably see more HDR10+ support in players/TVs in 2020 when there will be a lot more content on the market. On OLED, yes it is certainly possible. I used to get retention, not burn in, on my Pioneer plasma but have never had any on my LG OLED. I’m of the opinion that retention, and more severely burn in itself, is only likely if you don’t set up your display properly either by doing a basic calibration yourself, or calling in a professional, and if you leave a TV network with a logo on or a single game hud for hours and hours on end.
  7. 3 points
    Last night, I thought I was done with the campaign for Resident Evil Reveations 2. I got to the end of Episode 4, defeated the final boss and... got the bad ending. I was not expecting that. I didnt even know there were multiple endings in this game. I immeditely looked up how to get the good ending, and spent most of today replaying Episodes 3 and 4 (in other words, half the game) in order to get it, which I did just now. I think I can finally say I’m “done” with the campaign. Now all I have to do is play the “Little Miss” and “The Struggle” bonus episodes, both of which shouldn’t take more than a couple hours combined to beat.Once all they’re done, I’ll post my thoughts on the game as a whole. I really want to have it up before the remake of RE2 comes out next week. My goal has always been to play through every game before its release. I think I will make it just in time. Oh yeah, in case you had any doubt, Barry Burton is a total badass.
  8. 2 points
    This is old news now, but Bill Maher pissed off lots of people by criticizing Stan Lee and dismissing Comics as a legitimate form of art: Granted, this here is a discussion forum for man-children, so I cannot imagine the people here will have much tolerance for Bill Maher's remarks. But I have no problem with what he says. I've always enjoyed Maher's irreverent politically incorrect roastings of groups I don't like. I have enough humility to allow Maher to target my demographic without losing my shit. Maher's wrong about this. But so what. He can be wrong. I'm sure all his other victims of his monologs thought Maher was wrong about them too. So what that Maher makes fun of our videogames and comicbooks and comicbook movies. I make fun of my wife's watching of the Bachelor. Anyone who watches the Bachelor is human trash in my estimation. Half the fun of living is making fun of other people's ways of having fun! You love what you love and if someone makes fun of it, let them. Then make fun of them right back. Its all good. Now back to my Mom's basement.
  9. 2 points
    Keith, when you go to the bathroom, sir, and see the sign that says "Gentlemen," pay it no heed. Walk right in. There is no bathroom for scoundrels.
  10. 2 points
    That's cause he was overpowered as fuck. Don't lie lol.:) I believe they finally nuked him in UMK3 and MK Trilogy.
  11. 2 points
    Bill M. is incredibly quick-witted and well-read enough to cover tons of topics and go toe-to-toe with politicians, artists, political zealots, etc. I therefore give him a lot of credit. And maybe even too much credit because he is funny. If you're funny or British I give you extra credit. Not for Scottish people certainly. Definitely not them. I guess I have a pet peeve for people calling other people stupid or crazy if they don't like or agree with them. Especially since none of us will agree on everything. And we even dislike one another temporarily. You might retort that sometimes people are actually dumb. That's true. I just see people dismissing other people as morons all the time and it bothers me. Because it is always in the context of them disagreeing. Everyone worshiped at the alter of John Stewart including my brother-in-law. And then Stewart made a joke that was critical of Israel and Stewart was dead to him. Similarly lots of liberals love Bill M. as long as he is only beating up on conservatives and not being critical of Islam or in this case videogames. He is such a naturalist that he says stupid shit about vaccinations quite a bit. I'd love to personally talk to him about some of these things. But that will never happen. So whatever. I sometimes agree and sometimes disagree. I just enjoy him saying unexpected things because that is my favorite.
  12. 2 points
    I should be in the Division 2 demo this weekend, and will see what happens. I played a metric shit-ton of Division, so I'm looking forward to seeing how this one shakes out. I know I'm definitely tired of all the snow and cold in the first game...
  13. 2 points
    It’s one of the best values in gaming right now, if you ask me. I thought I got a pretty good deal on it when I paid $40 for the main game and $15 when I preordered “The Frozen Wilds” (it was normally $20 upon release). In a way, I suppose I did since I bought and played both the same year of their release. Still, $15 for the entire package is one amazing deal. The people who held out are really lucky bastards.
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    The Kid Who Would Be King - thoroughly a kids movie in the wheelhouse of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, etc. Kid has a hard time, kid finds a sword, kid finds out he's a secret hero, kid goes on a quest, kid saves the world, etc. A lot of the messages in it are quite subversively dark - there is zero adult that has any affect on anything going on and have turned the world into a dark, meaningless place, so just literally act like they're not there. I laughed a lot & thoroughly enjoyed Merlin. Definite thumbs up from me, though the kids were a little less enthusiastic because of the length & denseness to it.
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  19. 2 points
    Two others I forgot.... Boxed and complete Dr. Mario for $14? Yes, please!
  20. 2 points
    I've spent my free game time this past week finally catching up with this one. I'd gone all this time knowing it was highly regarded, but little more. I'd assumed it was something in vein of a lower budget God of War come Tomb Raider/Horizon with a lot of emphasis placed on the lead character performance. It certainly raised an eyebrow the moment the game opened crediting not only a historical advisor but a mental health advisor. Immediately the sound design caught my attention too. Lamenting my lack of 5.1 I rushed to grab my headphones, and you can imagine my delight at what a good decision that was as the game seems tailored for such an experience. Had I known about the game's challenging exploration of psychosis and depression I'd have picked this up long ago, but I have to say going into this completely unaware made this all the more special for me. I have second hand experience with psychosis, and first hand experience with depression and anxiety, so to say the game's tone struck a chord would be an understatement. What's remarkable is just how well researched and thoughtful the depiction of these illnesses are. I honestly never would have imagined such a thing to be possible in a game, and while the game on a technical level is itself a superb achievement from such a tiny dev team, it's that sincere care in exploring these issues that I honestly think makes this game an immensely important contribution to the history of the medium, marking a radical turning point for what's possible with narrative and character development in interactive media that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as The Last of Us. In the games closing moments, I felt something I'd not felt in a game since Shadow of the Colossus back when it first came out on the PS2, and that is this unbreakable connection I felt between myself and the character, willing them to push on to the point where I am practically yelling at the screen. It takes a lot for a game to get that kind of reaction out of me. It's an essential game of this generation as far as I'm concerned, and for those with Gamepass access there's no excuse to let it pass. I dearly hope that Microsoft recognise what they've got having acquired Ninja Theory. They deserve a bright future and, nurtured properly, there's every chance they could become MS' equivalent of San Diego Studio or Naughty Dog. It was fascinating to discover that Senua was played by Melina Juergens who happened to be the dev team's in house editor and photographer, who was initially supposed to be a stand in. BAFTA did a nice interview with her which I've attached below: BAFTA also conducted a Masterclass on the game which I will make a point to watch tomorrow: I'd also highly recommend watching the making of featurette included with the game too.
  21. 2 points
    So I’ve played a few hours of the VIP demo now and it’s not bad. It’s definitely Destiny-like but, the player remains the same - you change class based on the Javelin you take out which is a good way to do it. The Javelins and specifically the jet packs on them are pretty awesome that has not gotten old in the demo so far. Graphically, the game looks gorgeous but, it’s a little weird playing in 3rd person but, being in 1st person in the hub city (the opposite of Destiny). I think the movement feels a little too “floaty” but, that may be just an issue with the demo version. The gunplay is ok and there is a lot of variety even in the demo but, the guns and the shooting does not feel up to the level of Destiny IMO. Will play some more later today but, so far impressions are good - not great but, this is an early demo.
  22. 2 points
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    No, that’s not why
  24. 2 points
    Uhm.... UHD Club is a company that has been granted licenses for elaborate (often leather or wooden) packaging for UHD's in China and this has surfaced as their 10th release... https://mediapsychos.com/topic/8777-the-adventures-of-indiana-jones-1-4-uhd-club-exclusive-uc10-coloured-wooden-case-edition-4k-only-china/ Surely not!
  25. 2 points
    Finally played Western Legends today. Fun game, really liked the poker mechanic for doing things and tons of different strategies to try out. Also got in some Tie One On and Decrypto in the party game section of our day.