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  2. There's now a Costco exclusive version of the MK cab priced at $349 that comes with a Light-Up Marquee, a riser with MK graphics, and a matching MK stool. There's also a brand new PCB and LCD screen in the bundle kits with new features (audio out). The new LCD panels are now a 4:3 aspect ratio vs the previous 5:4 aspect ratio. Apparently the speaker hiss has been corrected as well That's some BS lol
  3. This is still on game pass, so I started it over the weekend (thinking that it'd probably disappear at some point). Seems good so far (only just past the plane crash), but man do they like getting Lara in claustrophobic spaces.
  4. Today
  5. I bit the bullet and bought both the Contra and Castlevania collections this afternoon. Right away, I booted up the NES version of Contra. Much like Yoshi's Island, this is a game I expected to see on the Virtual Console at some point, but for some reason, it never came. We got Super C and Contra III: The Alien Wars, but never the original classic. I have no idea why Konami would not release it. At any rate, it's a thrill to be able to play it again. And fuck Konami for making me wait. It's probably been something like 15+ years since I last played it at all. For shits and giggles, I decided to see how far I could get with just 3 lives — no Konami Code for me. That game must be permanently etched in my brain, because I managed to get all the way to level 7 (of 8) before running out of continues. I'll admit I was a bit rusty at first and died a few times when I shouldn't have. That said, I surprised I managed to get as far as I did. I can probably make it through the entire game without using the Konami Code if I try it again. The ultimate test will be to see if I can beat it with 3 lives and using no continues. I was able to do this at one point in my youth. I would like to do it again. It's startling how well NES Contra holds up. Everything about it is just so polished, it makes most other NES games feel downright junky in comparison. The only other NES title I can think of that looks and feels as good all these years later is Super Mario Bros. 3. I still think Mario's third outing on the system is the more impressive game overall, but Contra might very well be a solid number 2... or at least in the top 5 anyway. At any rate, I can't wait to dig into some of the other games in this collection. I've had a real urge to play some Castlevania ever since they announce Simon and Richter would be playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate last year.
  6. Yesterday
  7. But not the only one. Only held my interest when Pitt was onscreen and the last 20-30 mins.
  8. Man, was there never a thread about Judgment? That’s been occupying my gaming time this month and it’s a delight - Yakuza, but detective work. The story is really well done, involving a serial killer targeting yakuza thugs and it gets much more complicated from there. In amongst that, mix in drone racing, the usual Sega games - including VF5, piles of side stories, and tons of things to do. The combat is still fun, although the tailing suspects mode gets old very quickly, and there’s a lot to love throughout. I do miss the whole karaoke and crazy sim elements from some of the recent yakuzas, but this is definitely worth the time you put into it.
  9. Didn't have to configure anything. When you say "Alexa" there's a delay as it mutes the music and when it beeps for the command. It basically integrates into the Alexa app on your phone which I guess is the only configuration you will have to set when you setup the device.
  10. Once Upon a Time In Hollywood I... I didn't hate it. But it was indulgent, too long, the plot went nowhere, and ultimately, pointless (to me) as a story. It was gorgeous to look at, it had actors playing their parts well, it was well made I guess. I enjoyed bits of it & especially Brad Pitt's character, but it never gelled into something that had a direction or seemed like a story Tarantino had to tell. I'm probably in the minority on this completely.
  11. I keep forgetting the rewind option is there on the Switch apps and Classic Mini consoles. I'd love to 100% Yoshi too.
  12. This has been on my wishlist in Steam since it came out but, I was reluctant to buy it without trying it first. Will definitely grab the demo now - thanks for the impressions.
  13. Does this act as an additional mic/receiver when using it with CarPlay? Did you have to configure anything to use Alexa instead of Siri for turn by turn - stuff like that?
  14. I just finished Yoshi’s Island tonight. I completed all the levels, earned 100 points on each, opened all six Extra levels, beat those, and got 100 points on them too. I basically 100% completed the game. It’s probably the first time I’ve played it from beginning to end in over 20 years. Overall, it still holds up. The level design is fantastic, the controls are tight and precise without being too stiff, and it has an aesthetic that is incomparable to any other SNES game. Plus, it has some great music from Mr. Koji Kondo. I am thankful, however, to have had the ability to use save states and rewind gameplay. This is a tough game, and these features saved me lots time and frustration. Though there are checkpoints throughout each level, they are spaced pretty far apart, and it is possible to lose several minutes worth of gameplay with one simple mistake. Being able to stop the game, rewind a few seconds and try a tough jump again made the experience more fun and satisfying. This is particularly true when trying to get 100 points on all the levels. Sometimes something you need to collect — like a red coin — will appear for a few seconds and disappear for good if you don’t collect it fast enough. The only thing you can do then is die and start over (hopefully from a checkpoint), but the rewind feature means you can just step back a few seconds and try again. At first part of me felt bad about this — like I was cheating. But I ultimately decided to hell with it. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone, and I’m playing this game to have fun more than anything. And I did have fun. I waited in vain for years for Yoshi’s Island to come to the Virtual Console — first on Wii, then Wii U — and I finally got to play it again. I couldn’t be happier.
  15. It's been in my car for a few days now and so far I like it. I have my iPhone using Apple Carplay and it works fine with it. Able to get directions using Waze and also choose songs on spotify. When I get home at night, I can turn on the outside lights and also lights inside. I will have to create various routines to automate all these as I get home. Maybe use the proximity settings. It's also much smaller than I expected.
  16. I wanted to finally post about this game which has been out for some time. I bought and played through it a number of months ago and really enjoyed the hell out of it. It’s a mid-range AA production with AAA production values. I like to call it this years Hellblade in that regard. It’s a primarily stealth based game with a really well told story that veers into the supernatural. It has an fantastic sense of time and place and again visually it’s pretty stunning. Digital Foundry did a nice video of its technology here: What really reminded me about the game is that there is currently a free trail version available on PC, Xbox One and PS4 right now that lets you play the first stage. Again, I highly recommend it!
  17. Last week
  18. I possibly wouldn’t say no to a White House Down disc. It’s so much better than Olympus Has Fallen.
  19. There is now indeed a UHD disc listing for Easy Rider in December (via Amazon Italy for now) https://www.amazon.it/Easy-Rider-Ultra-Blu-Ray/dp/B07XQBTTGG
  20. Yeah, they make the most sense as I don't listen to music while walking around town anymore. Will think it all over. Want to see what comes of Mac/iPad news in October.
  21. For you I’d go PowerBeats today. I have both the Jabra and the Plantronics sport buds and they are not good.
  22. Nov 4th for Universal Soldier in the UK: NEW 4K REMASTER OF THE FILM DOLBY VISION/HDR PRESENTATION OF THE FILM Audio Commentary featuring Roland Emmerich, Jean-Claude van Damme, Dolph Lundgren and Dean Devlin A tale of two titans - Featurette Guns, Genes and Fighting Machines - Featurette Behind The Scenes - Featurette Alternate Ending Original Trailer Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature Still hoping they will announce the one Emmerich movie I DO want (Stargate).
  23. Ok the Anne Pro 2 came in and I used it for an hour or so in Division 2 (wired) and another hour in Gears 5 (wireless). I wouldn’t say it’s been enough playtime yet to decide but, this keyboard is worlds better than the Drevo so far. Its great to type on, the switches (Kailh box reds) are noticeably better than the Drevo switches were, it’s nice and stable, the software features both on keyboard and via the desktop app are much better too. No ghosting or wireless issues so far and battery seems to be working normally but, I’ll see how it does over the next week. I still need to see how reliable Bluetooth is while working or gaming, how long the battery will last when in wireless mode and in practical use (backlighting off during the day but on at night), if there’s any key ghosting, etc but from the first few hours I’ve spent with it the AP2 is a significantly better keyboard.
  24. 1967 Jungle Book has shown up with a German retailer for January. Good news if true. It’s due a Signature Collection Blu-ray release at some stage, so this would likely arrive alongside that. Would imagine the Favreau version would get a UHD as well.
  25. Yeah, that Avengers series was spot on.
  26. From pictures it looks like Avengers Earths Mightiest Heroes animated series is on Disney+ as well. It came out after the first Avengers movie and lasted a few seasons, but it is terrific. Also gives me hope that Spectacular Spider-man will be on there, and that will be all the best Marvel animated series on the service.
  27. I second the vote for the Corsair. It's overly expensive, but the Lapdog tray for it is also great.
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