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  1. The impression I got was that Palpatine died by his own hand. Rey simply blocked the Force lightning with the one lightsabre until she got the second, at which point, she was able to reflect the bolts back at him and kill him. The ritual itself seemed like it needed to be done in a very specific way for the transference to work.
  2. The only thing I can think of is that you somehow have the same phone number assigned to two contacts. I’m not sure that’s it, but it might be worth checking on in case you haven’t done so already.
  3. IGN made a mock-up of the Xbox Series X based on the images released so far. Here are a couple videos showing it next to the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. Maybe I’m just used to seeing it standing vertically, but I think it — or rather this paper mock-up — looks really weird lying on its side.
  4. The Gaming Historian looks at the development and legacy of a little game called Super Mario Bros. 3.
  5. I finally finished What the Golf? today while I was home with a sick kid. I 100% completed it in 12:37:29 with around 11,000 strokes total. As I said in an earlier post, it’s a perfect game for mobile and touch screens. I did try it out on my iMac, and while I’m sure it is possible to play it with a mouse, I think the touch screen is simpler, faster, and more intuitive. For some of the harder levels, this is essential. The game can be brutally tough at times, and having good touch screen controls makes them a little easier to do. I recently also played a game called Stela. Did you like Limbo? Did you like Inside? Well, have I got a game for you! Stela very much follows in the footsteps of those two games, right down to the exact same control scheme. The developer, SkyBox Labs, describes it like this: You run left to right, solving puzzles, out-smarting various enemies and monsters, and basically trying not to die. The story is told in the environments and through the gameplay. It’s intentionally left vague and open-ended, allowing you to draw your own conclusions as to what’s happening. Overall, it’s good, but doesn’t live up to the quality of PlayDead’s two masterpieces. For one, it’s not quite as fucked up. Two, the puzzles and the set pieces are quite as good either. The good news is that it’s pretty short — probably less than three hours total for most players — and can probably be finished in a single evening if you have the time.
  6. Apple Arcade Now Available With $49.99/Year Subscription Option Joe Rossignol for MacRumors.com: This saves you about $9.89/year. I just switched mine. The new subscription will start for me on New Year’s Day.
  7. It’s funny... before this thread arrived, I had made a list of my own favorite games of the past 10 years. Here’s two of them: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Zelda is my favorite video game series of all time, so it may not be much of a surprise for me to name it as one of my games of the decade. That said, even I was surprised by not only how good it was, but how much I loved it. It’s not unusual for me to replay a game that I love, but with BotW, I ended up replaying it twice in a little over two years. And this is not a small game, mind you. My first time through, I spent around 90 hours playing it. My second play through — in which I tried to do as much as possible, including some of the DLC — clocked in at over 125 hours. What I love most about it is how it returns the series to the spirt of the original game on NES. You can go anywhere and do anything you want in any order. For the first time in ages, I felt like an adventurer, discovering new things over every hill. Despite it being an open-world sandbox, it didn’t feel like every other such game on the market. The icons on your map represent the things you’ve discovered, rather than the things you still need to do. It’s a subtle difference from every other open-world game, but an important one. Rather than feel anxiety about all the stuff you still have to do, you feel accomplished for finding so much. Bring on the sequel, Nintendo! I’m ready to explore another world like this. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End It’s hard to believe that this one hasn’t come up on anyone’s list yet. Naughty Dog billed this as the last adventure featuring Nathan Drake as the lead, and so we expected some sort of conclusion to his story. Amazingly, we got that and so much more. Uncharted has always been known for its spectacle — and there’s more than enough in this installment to go around — but it was the quiet moments that stuck with me the most. Nate and Elena arguing about who will do the dishes. Nate reconnecting with Sam after he returns from the dead. The banter between the characters throughout the adventure. And that epilogue... Man, that epilogue was just so beautiful and perfect. I had always like the characters from Uncharted, but by the time I’d finished Uncharted 4, I loved them. * * * That’s all for now. When I get a chance, I’ll post some more entries to this thread. I have a quite a few!
  8. John takes a look at Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire for N64 and PC. There are a lot of interesting findings on this one for both platforms. The N64 version looks rough by today’s standards, but the PC version had its own slew of issues — particularly if you don’t have the right graphics card installed. I remember being obsessed with this game at the time of its release. I was in a fever pitch waiting for both the prequels and the Special Editions of the to arrive. Shadows was the appetizer before the main course. Not only that, it was only the third N64 game I purchased (after Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64). I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was desperate for new software for my new console. The fact that this was a Star Wars game just made it all the more desirable. Luckily, I managed to snag a copy the day it came out. A close friend of mine was at Target in the video game section one Friday when he heard the staff say something about stocking this new Star Wars game that just arrived. He confirmed it was Shadows of the Empire, and ran to a pay phone to give me a call at home. I raced to the store, bought my copy, and headed home to try it out. Fun and completely unrelated fact — the next day this friend of mine and I went to the Mall of America to get our copies of Bad Hair Day signed by “Weird Al” Yankovic. That was a good couple days.
  9. Kind of hard to go back after The Lord of the Rings, isn’t it?
  10. I think we can expect USB-C on the controller. The new Elite Series II model uses it instead of micro USB.
  11. I have not seen anything one way or another in that regard.
  12. No, I don't have a small penis. Why do you keep asking?
  13. Further confirmation regarding how you can place the Series X.
  14. I don’t think this is a bad idea, per se. I’ve been pondering this as well. I bought a PS4 on launch day in November 2013. I played a bunch of PS4 games at launch, then spent the majority of the following year playing games on other systems like PS3, 3DS, and even Wii U. I barely touched the PS4 all year long. I bought an Xbox One just before Christmas 2014 but didn’t hook it up until February 2015. I was out of HDMI inputs on my receiver, and I had two Xbox 360 games I wanted to play first before removing it. Once I did, I spent more time playing games on the Xbox One than the PS4 thanks to Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Life Is Strange, and Rare Replay. It wasn’t until late-2015, early-2016 that I started using my PS4 more — like it took a little over two years for the games I wanted to finally arrive on the system. I’m still glad to have had a PS4 at launch, but it’s not like I couldn’t have waited (And subsequently saved myself some money in the process). I’m not saying that I won’t buy either an XSX or PS5 at launch — it’s still way to early to know for sure what I want to do or what I can afford. Like you, I have other tech things I’d like to get first. For one, I’d like to upgrade to a 4K display, but I want a nice one, preferably an LG OLED. I also need a new receiver as my current model does not have HDCP 2.2 support. If we’re going all in on 4K HDR next gen, I want my games to look as good as they possibly can. We’ll see how things shake out in the months to come. Already though, I can tell you that I like what I’m hearing from Microsoft now a lot more than I did in the run up to the the Xbox One launch.
  15. I don't know what Series X will cost at launch, but having a Game Pass subscription -- which includes all Microsoft first-party titles and hundreds of other games from third-party studios -- makes it a much better value proposition to me at the moment.
  16. Xbox Series X Exclusive: Say Hello To The New Console Formerly Known As Project Scarlett Peter Brown for GameSpot: Excellent to hear that Microsoft is continuing to push for the console to be as quiet as the Xbox One line has been. Sony, are you paying attention to this? I knew that Xbox One controllers would work on the new console, but the fact that the new controller work on Xbox One is a pleasant surprise. I've long appreciated the ability to suspend games and pick up where I left off right away -- both on Xbox One and PS4. Being able to do that with more than one game at a time would be awesome. Also, according to GameSpot, the console can be oriented both vertically or horizontally: It's good that both options are available. I really liked the original Xbox One design (after I bought it), but I really didn't like the fact that it couldn't be stood vertically.
  17. So, does anyone know why this game is Bravely Default II and not Bravely Default III? We already had Bravely Second.
  18. I don't know about you guys, but I was really surprised to see Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice take home Game of the Year. I thought Control was a likely underdog winner, but I though Sekiro was so niche that it had no chance of winning. Shows what I know.
  19. After letting the design of the new console sink in overnight, I have to say that it reminds me a lot of the design of the 2013 Mac Pro. Obviously, it's not cylindrical in shape, but the fact that it is oriented vertically as opposed to horizontally calls to mind Apple's doomed computer. With the vents on top of the unit, I wonder if it has a similar cooling system — pulling in air from the bottom of the unit, and then using a single fan on top to push it out so that it runs whisper quiet, even when it's being pushed hard.
  20. Also Wasteland 3 coming next year as well. Not much has been announced for Series X yet aside from Halo: Infinite and Hellblade II. They also have this series called Forza and Gears something or other.
  21. “Daddy, can I play XboxSeX?” ”No, son. That’s only for mommies and daddies.”
  22. It looks like they may have added a share button to the controller. It looks like a nice refinement of the Xbox One design. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
  23. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Ninja Theory is working with a slightly bigger budget on this one.
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