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  1. Talvalin

    The Rllmuk Metal Thread Part 2

    And apparently a djent-type metal band
  2. Due to being a Xbox owner and only playing the occasional PlayStation or Nintendo game on someone else's console, there's a lot of classic games that I've failed to play. Games/series that I've dabbled in, but have shamefully not played more of: Metal Gear Solid: Completed the first game on a friend's PlayStation but never played the sequels due to not owning a PS2. Resident Evil: Played RE4 (amazing) and RE5 (still fun but disappointing in comparison) Metroid: I played Metroid Prime up to a boss where you had to roll bombs into four holes in the ground or something and gave up Castlevania: Completed Lords of Shadow on the 360 (SotN is in my unplayed pile of shame though) God of War: Completed 1 and 2 Devil May Cry: Completed 4 and DmC. Played 3 near to the end and got mildly fed up of being trounced regularly (this was giving up too early, as it took me a couple of playthroughs plus a guide to get the hang of DMC4, and even then I could never do the jump cancelling epic combos) Zelda: I've played LttP most of the way through three times now but never finished it (first time on my mate's SNES when he was away on holiday and loaned it to me, the second time on a Gameboy Advance Color when on tour for three weeks and then the third time on my DS [I think]), and I'm still plugging away at BotW but haven't played in months (three Divine Beasts down) Mario: The only one I've "completed" is Super Mario World 3D on the Wii U, but my sister and brother-in-law couldn't cope with the super-hard bonus levels so I didn't quite manage to finish the whole game. Fail.
  3. Talvalin

    Dark Souls II - Prepare to Die, Again

    I'm just mildly annoyed that they remastered it without making the 360 version backwards compatible (I guess the remaster was done first, but I can play DS1 via BC so why not DS2 dammit). I had more or less done as much as could be done on a first playthrough (minus Covenant based rewards, because I could never get summoned frequently enough unless I was a Sunbro) and then just stopped playing. My 360 is now in a different country and I'm wondering if I can be arsed to haul across half the world just to play the handful of 360 games I own that aren't playable on my Xbox One X. Meh.
  4. Talvalin

    The Rllmuk Metal Thread Part 2

    Mate, who or what the fuck is Dance Gavin Dance?
  5. Talvalin

    What games did you complete? 2019 Edition

    Best Crackdown game since Crackdown. I loved it (although I have no idea who Keith David is, plus a lot of the references to previous games were completely lost on me as I've only played SR3), but due to a glitched achievement I ended up having to play through twice which was mildly annoying. Clearly I need to give up on trying to 100% games, because it just leads to major annoyances like this.
  6. Talvalin

    What games did you complete? 2019 Edition

    Let's see if I can actually keep updating this until the end of the year this time around. Jan DOOM (2019/01/05) - I bought in a sale at the end of 2016, played the first level and then didn't touch it again until last month. Continuing with the difficulty set to Ultra-Violence, I got absolutely battered for the next two levels before the "push-forward combat" finally clicked and I began to love it (did anyone else think that the first boss was harder than the second boss?). I'm just polishing off the last few campaign achievements before trying out the Arcade mode, as well as the grind for the last couple of multiplayer achievements, but I should really move on to a new game. That said, now that I've finished it I can buy DOOM Eternal without shame.
  7. A shout into the void for the metal thread! 1. Horizon Ablaze - The Weight of a Thousand Suns 2. Barren Earth - A Complex of Cages 3. Slugdge - Esoteric Malacology 4. Craft - White Noise and Black Metal 5. Monolithe - Nebula Septum 6. Necrophobic - Mark of the Necrogram 7. Horrendous - Idol 8. Hamferð - Támsins Likam 9. Hate Eternal - Upon Desolate Sands 10. Amorphis - Queen of Time
  8. Talvalin

    The Rllmuk Metal Thread Part 2

    For any fans of Sylosis in here, this debut from Lucis Absentia hits the spot pretty well. It's a bit long though (72 minutes lolwut) https://lucisabsentia.bandcamp.com/album/gehenna-gate
  9. Talvalin

    Mortal Engines (2018)

    Oh man, this sucks as the books (the original quartet anyway) are excellent. Being a mug, I'm still going to go and see it though
  10. Talvalin

    Dreamcast is now 20 (in Japan)

    Any pics (scans) available? @shirubagan too (assuming you don't mind identifying information, otherwise...)
  11. Talvalin

    Best Films of 2018

    How are you judging your release dates? I'm looking at Letterboxd, and a tonne of films I watched this year are all showing as 2017 films which is confusing the fuck out of me. On that basis, my list is very short and basically amounts to: 1. Isle of Dogs 2. Black Panther 3. Mirai
  12. Talvalin

    The Rllmuk Metal Thread Part 2

    I'm still trying to scrape this together and though there's a huge amount of variance in the middle the top three are solid. 10. Amorphis - Queen of Time 9. Monolithe - Nebula Septem 8. Necrophobic - Mark of the Necrogram 7. Hamferd - Tamsins Likum 6. Craft - White Noise and Black Metal 5. Hate Eternal - Upon Desolate Sands 4. Warrel Dane - Shadow Work 3. Barren Earth - A Complex of Cages 2. Slugdge - Esoteric Malacology 1. Horizon Ablaze - The Weight of a Thousand Suns Honorable mentions: Horrendous - Idol Judas Priest - Firepower Madder Mortem - Marrow Dire Peril - The Extraterrestrial Compendium
  13. Talvalin

    The Rllmuk Metal Thread Part 2

    Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell (heavy metal) Candlemass - Nightfall (epic doom) King Diamond - Abigail (uh, not sure) Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I (power metal) Cacophony - Go Off! (power metal) Vicious Rumors - Vicious Rumors (power metal) Judas Priest - Painkiller (heavy metal) Metallica - Metallica (because by this point, they weren't thrash any more so you should be okay with this) Megadeth - Countdown to Extinction (again, not really thrash) Testament - The Ritual (see above, although Testament did go back to proper thrash when they reformed) Cathedral - The Ethereal Mirror (doom) Paradise Lost - Icon (goth metal) Type O Negative - October Rust (goth metal) Iced Earth - Something Wicked This Way Comes (power metal) Ocean Machine (Devin Townsend) - Biomech (metal) Bruce Dickinson - The Chemical Wedding (heavy metal) Nevermore - Dead Heart in a Dead World Tad Morose - Modus Vivendi (heavy metal) Pharaoh - Be Gone (heavy/power metal) Madder Mortem - Red in Tooth and Claw (goth metal, maybe) This all skews very heavily towards the 80s and 90s, but I went mostly towards death metal from the late 90s onwards so I'm not so familiar with trad/heavy/power metal bands after that point. That said, if you're okay with death metal, then the list would be very different.
  14. Talvalin

    Alien: Covenant - 2017 - Ridley Scott

    If you're trying to suggest that Jurassic World was anywhere near as bad as Prometheus, then what the actual fuck? It was dumb and a retread for sure, but nowhere near Prometheus-level awful (I haven't watched the Jurassic World sequel to judge it, but Covenant set a really really fucking low bar)
  15. If you had simply stated that out-sourcing development of a Blizzard game was something that was likely to alienate the core audience then no one would have blinked, but instead you drew explicit attention to the fact that a translator was required as being part of the problem, as if their mere presence was a slap in the face to the audience and people viewing online. Pixelbark's comment about this announcement being better off done as part of a Huawei conference wasn't really much better in my opinion, but milder for all that. People on this forum (and in the world at large) take great umbrage at the mere suggestion that they may be expressing a racist viewpoint, without even stopping for a moment to pause and reflect why someone might think that of them. And so I urge you to take a moment and consider before resuming your spat with Nequests, otherwise you'll both be heading for a timeout ban. /mod
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