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  1. All things Yakuza!

    Nice. Very hyped for it now!
  2. All things Yakuza!

    So last year I played my first Yakuza game (zero, obviously) and I just watched the credits roll on Kiwami. I can’t stress enough how into this I am. The overall tone, the fairly linear, directed action gameplay that doesn’t ask me to wander a huge map looking for trinkets, or make sense of endless loot. I love those things in games, but love this because it’s just the change of pace you need to break the never-ending open worlds up a little. And the story. That’s what it’s all about for me — it’s not clever, or genre bending, or wildly original. It just puts these characters you care about through some shit and twists and turns enough to keep interest right up to the end. I guess my next step will be 6, though, which feels really weird. Guess there’ll be a lot of story to make sense of to bridge the gap, but I don’t have anything I can play the interim games on.
  3. Hitman - Game of the Year Edition/Update Available Now

    Nice! It’s so rewarding when it goes well. Which sadly it didn’t with The Broker just now. I broke the one Hitman golden rule - don’t whip out a gun in the heat of the moment. Ever. Onto the next one! Genuinely one of my most loved games of the past several years — here’s hoping this re-run of elusive targets leads right into season 2!
  4. Monster Hunter: World

    By no means a monster hunter expert but if I remember rightly: 1. I think they slowly regain a capped amount of health and also stamina. 2. There are quests where you have to deliver them -- I guess taking them back to camp will also let you sell them. 3. It scales, but I think only once (Ie. it scales if you have 2+ players, not one increase for 2, another for 3, and even more for 4). I'm at the point where I can go fight Nergigante but would definitely need to grind first -- had a pootle around the elder's recess but not done anything there of note. I feel like I'm maybe reaching the point where I put it down. But then I've said that three or four times before now. Maybe it's time for me to jump in and do everything multiplayer to speed it along a little.
  5. General chatter - discuss anything here

    I thought that! But I can't seem to find it.
  6. General chatter - discuss anything here

    It's so well done it almost certainly has to be the actual factory off in China or wherever. But certain things just aren't quite right -- as per that Reddit thread, which was really useful in identifying my fake. The eBay seller was very apologetic -- I'm sure I'm not the first person to have called it out, because he immediately accepted it and said it was a crap supplier, he's not using it anymore. Didn't even ask what made it seem counterfeit. He's now suggested I send it back and he'll refund and cover the postage. Been ages since I used eBay, but I think I'm covered if he just doesn't give me a refund? He also suggested he might be able to get one at a higher price from his previous supplier, but I wouldn't have much confidence it's not just another dodgy copy...
  7. Monster Hunter: World

    Oh I forgot squads were even a thing in this. I might feel less bad about not pulling my weight when it's people from here doing the legwork -- although joining the PS4 squad sounds like a hassle. Awesome fight against the LR Kirin last night -- right down to the wire because it took ages to find it initially, and then it finally got the little skull icon. Found out the hard way you can't capture it and then ran out of time . Now I'm getting into the HR grind and getting ready to face off against the Anjanath, I keep telling myself I might call it and move onto something else. But the loop is just so addictive, it keeps on pulling me back for just one more Jagras, etc etc. And for all the joy of victory, I've realised that's not even what I love the most. It's the midpoint of every fight -- when you've gone from something that's fast, tough and intimidating to an increasingly dishevelled mess that needs to be put out of its misery. That instant when the tables feel like they've turned isn't something I've ever had in a game.
  8. General chatter - discuss anything here

    That was an interesting read! After some more investigation (I googled it), I’m pretty sure this is a fake. Clearly a very good one, probably a third shift in a legit factory, but still. Been onto the ebay seller so will hopefully get my money and buy a replacement somewhere. Third time lucky?
  9. General chatter - discuss anything here

    Huh, could be! Everything other than that looks to be intact — although by definition I can’t very well start opening everything to make sure it’s all there. The manufacturer is sending me out some replacements, anyway, so hopefully it won’t be long before we can get into failing all of Asia, every single game, but now on an even more distressing level.
  10. Monster Hunter: World

    One of my favourite things in this is just how intimidating it makes everything. Every NPC got really edgy with the ‘Woah, you don’t want to get ready before you travel deeper into wherever?’ that I did side stuff for a couple of evenings. Only to find it’s a cutscene that opens a new quest against a big scary thing. So big and scary, in fact, that it’s right back to the side quests again...
  11. Monster Hunter: World

    I'm not like after Anjanath, which was incredibly intimidating but not that hard. Still sticking with Sword and Shield, although I should probably try to mix it up a little. I just don't want to have to spend my precious resources on different weapons Not tried multiplayer once yet, partly because I'm crap and don't want to let the side down. Am I missing the greatest that this game has to offer?
  12. Hitman - Game of the Year Edition/Update Available Now

    SO I’ve finally been playing all the elusive targets as they re-occur. God damn those twins.
  13. General chatter - discuss anything here

    I think fate doesn't want me to play Pandemic Legacy. Accidentally ordered a poorly signposted German version from Amazon. Got a new version in a language I understand, only to find a handful of cards missing from the Legacy deck .
  14. Awesome summary. Also, my daughter is...er... 'dramatic'? So it's handy that I can set some rough expectations of what might happen so she doesn't sulk if it's not 100% what she expected!!
  15. Monster Hunter: World

    That strongly appeals! Although I do wonder if, as someone who is a bit crap at games, I should actually stick with it and re-train myself to use the shield.

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