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  1. Jamie John

    Days Gone - Sons of Anarchy x Last of Us

    I read the Edge preview of this earlier. It...doesn't sound good.
  2. Jamie John

    Cuphead. Classic cartoon inspired side-scroller

    Are there different difficulties, then? What's 'simple' mode?
  3. Jamie John

    Line of Duty (BBC)

    Other people got the definately reference, then? I felt really clever when I spotted that What's the deal with
  4. Jamie John

    What books did you read in 2019?

    Try the print version. It's one of my favourite novels but it definitely dips into prose poetry at points. The diction and lexicon is often pretty epic, in the original sense of the word. Harold Bloom called it "The bloodiest book since The Illiad", which seems quite fitting.
  5. Jamie John

    Spider-Man PS4 - Insomniac swings into action!

    I think I'll keep playing for now but stick to the main missions. The sidequests seem mostly like busy work.
  6. Jamie John

    Cuphead. Classic cartoon inspired side-scroller

    @Stanshall, has it made you cry salty tears of frustration yet?
  7. Jamie John

    What books did you read in 2019?

    7. American Gods, Neil Gaiman I thought I would enjoy this more than I did, and the fact that it's nearly taken me two months to get through is quite telling (although I did read a couple of issues of Edge in that time as well). It's good for the first two thirds (and it's at this point that I stopped reading it when I tried it several years ago) but in the final act he seems to do that thing which Pratchett does towards the end of lots of his novels where he tends to flit around from scene to scene, between dimensions and planes of existence and so on in a sort of willfully ambiguous way, and it's all a bit tiring. It's a good thing I read this on Kindle, too, with its ability to search Wikipedia for different words and phrases, otherwise a lot of the allusions to gods from various pantheons would have been right over my head. I've only read a few of Gaiman's novels but I've yet to find one that I've thought was truly fantastic, given how well-received he is in sci-fi circles. Next up: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I've had this sitting on my Kindle for bloody years and must be the only person in the world who has yet to read it. Previously:
  8. Jamie John

    Spider-Man PS4 - Insomniac swings into action!

    I do like the traversal, but the missions themselves don't tend to make use of it very much and typically take place inside with a room full of baddies. It seems like a missed opportunity. The enforced stealth sections with MJ and Miles are a drag, too. I'm tempted to watch the remaining cutscenes on YouTube, I must admit. There doesn't seem to be a huge amount to stick around for. The various collectibles don't particularly appeal.
  9. Jamie John

    Spider-Man PS4 - Insomniac swings into action!

    I'm about two thirds of the way through this but am starting to find it a bit repetitive. I get the impression that I've already seen everything the game is going to show me. Is it worth sticking out through to the end?
  10. Jamie John

    Edge #332 | Control

    I recognise it now. It's by the same devs who did that Around the World in 80 Days game for mobile. It got a good write up in Eurogamer as well. One to keep an eye on.
  11. Jamie John

    Edge #332 | Control

    What's Heaven's Vault? And I'm surprised at the score for The Division 2. I'd expected a 6 going by other reviews I'd read.
  12. Jamie John

    Abandoned Games (2019)

  13. Jamie John

    Abandoned Games (2019)

    Danmaku Unlimited 3 (Switch) For all the kaledeiscopic spectacle and the sheer amount of stuff happening simultaneously on the screen, this ultimately is the gaming equivalent to one of these hateful bloody things: I spent the entire time holding down the shoot button, not actually looking at what I was shooting at but keeping my eyes fixated on my ship as I moved it very slightly back and forth out of the way of incoming bullets, trying not to make any sudden movements that would cause me to blunder into the path of one. It was just a bit boring, even when I pushed up the difficulty. It felt not so much like a shooter as a 'dodger', or a 'move-out-of-the-way-er'. And the music is godawful. Gave me a headache. I think I'm just going to stay away from shooters from now on as I can't seem to find one I really like. Nex Machina was good, but even then I didn't feel motivated to repeatedly replay it for higher scores. What's the best example of a non-arcade shooter, for want of a better term, one with multiple levels that you play to get to the end of, as opposed to one like this or Ikaruga that only has a few stages but which you play again and again for a higher score? I think it's the former that I would prefer.
  14. Jamie John

    Cuphead. Classic cartoon inspired side-scroller

    Is it getting a physical release for Switch, does anyone know? I'm tempted for £17 but want to be able to get my money back if it ends up making me want to hurt things too much and I need to sell it on.
  15. Jamie John

    A Lumines Thread

    That person makes it look so simple! I'll have a go at doing it that way and see if I get any joy. Otherwise, I think I might leave this for a bit.
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