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  1. Oh yeah, parrying is way easier now. It finally feels the way I would expect it to based on other games that use the same mechanic. Thanks, Ember Lab!
  2. Oh good, it wasn’t just me then. Definitely downloading this patch ASAP. EDIT: Or… I could just let my PS5 automatically update the game while I’m asleep, which is what happened. 😁
  3. Speaking of folders, I saw this the other day and had a chuckle: FILE NOT FOUND: A generation that grew up with Google is forcing professors to rethink their lesson plans Monica Chin, writing for TheVerge: Whippersnappers! Can't even find files in a directory! Why, in my day, we didn't have Google or Spotlight or any fancy search engines! We had to look up websites on Yahoo! and Alta Vista! And if you forgot where you put a file, it was gone forever and you'd have to start the whole project over! Built character, it did! Ah, those were the good ol' days...
  4. Let me translate this for those of you with Normal gaming skills: "Regular enemies are super tough, and the boss encounters will have you crying to your mommies!" Seriously though, combat is indeed tough, even on Normal difficulty. I just did the first major boss last night and it took me a while to finally best him. I think I made the right move by buying the ability to slow down time when drawing the bow. It made things a little bit easier, but he was still no pushover. My biggest issue with the combat seems to be getting the timing down for parrying and evading attacks. I'm successful at parrying some of the time, but by no means is it consistent. Enemy attacks come at you fast (albeit after a moment of winding up, of course), and the window in which you can successfully parry (or evade for that matter) is very narrow — at least it seems that way for me. Everyone has (rightfully) talked about the gorgeous visuals, but I wanted to give a shout out to the sound design. I'm playing this on my 5.1 home theater system (B&W speakers and sub with an Onkyo THX receiver) and this game brings it to life in a way few others do. It's a game with some decent dynamic range. There's plenty of quiet moments during normal traversal and exploration. But when something big happens — particularly during a battle sequence — you really feel it. In that way, it actually feels more like you're watching/playing a movie. I love it. Overall, I'm very much enjoying this. As Romier said, it's nothing new or groundbreaking, but I don't expect it to be either. This is a solid amalgamation of different games mixed together into something both familiar and new. I can't wait to play more of Kena this weekend.
  5. Ah, you see, I just put all of my bookmarks into my Favorites, so that works for me.
  6. I assume you're talking about iPad? Tap the address bar instead. You'll get your bookmarks right there as icons.
  7. Maybe it’s in that time gap between when you last play as her and the end of the game. That would be quite a story to tell (and gruesome at that).
  8. I'm happy to see a performance mode on the PS5. Everything I've seen of the game so far has been 30 fps, and I was concerned that it would be the only option. I'll definitely be playing on Performance Mode. I'll be interested in seeing whether Digital Foundry puts out a video for this one. From that video though, it appears to be solid on both PS4 and PS5, which is great for owners of each console. Also, thumbs up to Ember Lab for making this a cross-buy game, so PS4 owners don't need to worry about upgrading if/when they get the new console. As for the reviews, I can't see anything that makes me regret the purchase at this point. The proof is in the playing, of course. If reviews had been universally negative for whatever reason, I might be more concerned. However, they appear to skew more positive. Reviews don't seem head-over-heels in love with the game, but they seem to like it overall.
  9. I missed this when it came out a couple weeks ago, but here is a list of the cars featured in Forza Horizon 5. By no means is the list complete, of course, more cars will be added to the list both before and after the launch. I admit, one thing I’m not looking forward to when starting the new game is having to rebuild my car collection. I’m up to 596 cars now in FH4, and it will be sad to lose some of my old favorites in the process. ☹️
  10. I think I’ll wait until tomorrow night to download it. I’d like to see if any reviews hit tomorrow first, just in case the game doesn’t live up to expectations. That said, I actually don’t need to spend any money on this. I received a recognition reward at work worth a $100 gift card from Amazon. I’m going to spend some of that on PSN Store credit for this game and maybe a couple others.
  11. I always leave the cabinet door open when playing either the PS5 or Series X. I've even trained my boys to do the same whenever they use one of the big consoles. I can get away with leaving the door closed when playing the Switch since it's so small and power efficient, but that's it. As far as having them inside a media cabinet, I don't think I have noticed any heat issues. As long as the door is open, the consoles seem to get enough airflow. At least I assume they do since the fans never ramp up or get crazy loud. On occasion, I might forget to open the door. That's when the fans kick in. As soon as I hear them, I'll open the cabinet door to let some fresh air in. After a few minutes, the fans will return to their normal speed and volume.
  12. At least on the English version, the characters speak with French accents. I’m slowly playing Assassin’s Creed Unity right now — a game set in Paris during the French Revolution — and I can’t get over how many of the main characters speak with English accents.
  13. I know I posted some pictures of my new matte black PS5 a few weeks ago, but I realized that I never posted a shot of it in my entertainment center with the other consoles: And here’s what it looked like before: Much better, in my opinion. I especially like the fact that my carpet doesn’t reflect in the gloss part of the PS5’s middle section any more.
  14. I’m really excited to finally play this. I wonder when reviews will drop? My biggest concern is that this one may suffer from various technical issues at launch, which may detract from the overall experience. It’s an untested studio, after all, so it’s hard to know what to expect from them at this point. Everything so far looks great though, so I have high hopes.
  15. Tomorrow's the big day. SSD expansion slot will finally be active for all PS5 users:
  16. Just a reminder that Forza Motorsport 7 and all its DLC leave the Xbox Store in two days. If you want to buy it, now is the time.
  17. The issue is that Apple sees passive media (movies, TV shows, books, etc.) differently than video games. In their eyes, video games are software, and if you want your software on the App Store, it has to be directly downloadable. In other words, you can't use an app like Game Pass to stream games from a server over the Internet. The games have to come through the App Store itself. The one exception is if you stream from a device in your home. This is why both Sony and Microsoft have apps on the App Store that allow you to play games from your personal PlayStation or Xbox to your iPhone or iPad. I believe Valve has a similar app for users with their gaming PCs. I'm not saying I agree with it, but that is the argument they have made about the subject.
  18. That trailer was good, but I hate the fact that the key image for it makes Samus look cross-eyed and stupid.
  19. Not really. This ruling only applies to in app purchases. From what I’ve read, Apple is not going to be forced to allow third-party stores on the App Store like Epic’s. The same would apply to Game Pass as well.
  20. I still have my preorder with Best Buy for the OLED model. I am very seriously considering canceling it. I have some other big purchases I might want to divert those funds to down the road. Specifically, some new hi-fi gear that I’ve been meaning to get for a while. We’ll see. If the price does come down, I may reconsider. I still like the idea of owning the best Switch available, even if the upgrades are modest at best. Christ, listen to me. I sound like @Angry the Clown.
  21. Thor revealed: They weren’t kidding when they said he would look different from the version everyone knows from the MCU — with perhaps the exception of Thor from Avengers: Endgame.
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