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  1. Yeah, this is definitely a thing. Another thing I'm noticing more and more is that Enterprise doesn't really do b-stories. You remember how on DS9 if the main story was fairly slight, there'd usually be a secondary story running alongside it featuring, I dunno, Bashir dropping his darts into O'Brien's pint or something. Enterprise doesn't do that at all, really, it only ever has one story and however boring or slight it is, that's all you're going to get. So the episodes regularly feel quite padded out, like there's 40 minutes of runtime for 30 minutes of story. And it means the cast all hang around together all the time, there's no sense of any life on the vessel outside the story of the week. Worse - even though Enterprise already has the smallest core cast of any of the Star Trek shows, it's always absolutely determined to focus on the core trio of Archer, Trip and T'Pol (occasionally with Malcolm thrown in for comic relief). Hoshi and especially Travis get virtually no character development at all. Sometimes they barely even seem to get any lines. I mean, it's watchable. Occasionally fun. But why isn't it better?
  2. I watched this today for the first time with my 10-year-old - who really isn't much of a movie-watcher and tends to bounce off stuff really easily if he misses a couple of lines of dialogue or can't work out a character's motivations. He'd always rather read a book than watch something on the TV. And he's always hated Pixar/Dreamworks movies, with characters constantly jabbering at each other and wisecracking all the time. I was hoping the more laid-back style here would be more to his taste. I've honestly not seen him so enthralled by a movie in a long time. Long before Totoro even appeared, he was absolutely rapt. We both loved it. And he's already asked if we can watch something else like it. Such a great movie.
  3. I think the way the multi-step QTEs in Shenmue II are displayed on the PS4 is very confusing: it’s much harder to work out what you need to press, though I don’t think the timings are any tighter. I ended up watching one QTE over and over on YouTube until I worked out exactly what it was asking me to press. After I’d done that I’d obviously adapted because I was OK from then on.
  4. Does Torchlight II have couch co-op? I’m looking for something similar to Diablo III that I can play with my 10-year-old without all the Satanic imagery and teenage goth overtones.
  5. I started Yakuza 3 last night too. I know it’s a straight remaster of the PS3 version but it’s still rougher than I’d expected: foolishly I’d thought that Y0/Kiwami were “PS3 standard” but turns out they’re not, at all, and this looks an order of magnitude worse. Also, you can’t pause the cutscenes, which is infuriating, and even dropping back to the dash leaves them happily playing in the background so you miss stuff. It’s still Yakuza though! One look at Kiryu’s look of furious concentration as he’s chopping onions in the first chapter and I’m hooked all over again.
  6. I can’t wait for 3D World without the dual screens, Galaxy without motion controls and Sunshine without analogue triggers Every one of these games was built around the capabilities of its host system. Just because you can now run it at a higher resolution, doesn’t mean it’s going to be better.
  7. Phlox is great, no problems there. Dear Doctor was probably my favourite episode from season one and all his scenes here were fine too. It’s everything else that’s wrong with this episode, especially Boring Archer and his boring mutt, the relentless perving over T’Pol and the endless scenes of the crew soaping each other down in the Enterprise’s dedicated sex disco.
  8. Yep, four decent episodes on the trot at the start of season 2, I'm happy with this now. Carbon Creek in particular was excellent.
  9. Which one’s Nier and which one’s Nioh? I can’t remember which one is worth playing.
  10. The final episode was, sadly, a bit bobbins. I completely missed how Doctor Jurati got the magical McGuffin that saved the day, and there were too many scenes where you just thought: naaah And that's a shame, because overall I really enjoyed the series: they mostly got the pacing right, it had an episodic kind of feel to it in places, Stewart was great, I liked the new crew (Rios especially) and I tuned in every week not out of a sense of duty (as with Discovery) but because I genuinely wanted to watch it and see what happened next. I hope someone's keeping Patrick Stewart in isolation somewhere until the coronavirus outbreak passes because I'd really like a series 2 of this and now the heavy lifting's been done in terms of setup I think it could be very good indeed.
  11. The Samsung TV (KS7000) I use has a sound delay when passing through 5.1 sound via HDMI, in Game mode only. It’s a very specific bug that’s never going to get fixed given the age of the TV. I’m disappointed that the Xbox Series X appears to have removed the optical output. It’ll mean I’m limited to stereo unless I buy a new TV or some different audio equipment.
  12. I’m using optical audio from my One X , no issues here. You just set it up in the Audio section of the settings page and make sure the format you are using matches what your audio system supports. This might sound silly but every problem I’ve ever had with optical audio has been because the cable hasn’t clicked in properly. Give it a good shove at both ends.
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