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  1. Wiper

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    Their, not his And I... actually don't mind Skate Bird? I went in expecting something completely broken — glitchy controls, non-functioning physics or similar — and it's none of the above. I definitely don't rate it as a brilliant example of its genre, and the fact that THPS and Skate are finally getting attention again does render it a lot less relevant, but it's a perfectly acceptable skatearound with a lot of character. (it probably helps that I'm a sucker for miniaturised perspectives in games — they just take me back to that happy place of Dreamcast-era games like ReVolt and Toy Commander)
  2. I'm definitely interested in this, though with much the same caveats as Mr. Gerbik. The original was incredible, but I've found it hard to go back to (even compared to far rougher, far more mechanically-compromised games like Little Big Adventure[ 2]); likely because so much of what was engaging and exciting about the original has been taken up and iterated on massively in the decades since. However, the one thing I will say is that I don't understand why they felt a sequel should once again star the incredibly generic, hilariously named Cutter Slade once more. I can't see any way that's going to help the sequel stand out — does anyone have fond memories of the original game that are in any way tied to Cutter?
  3. Well, that'd be funny* if it weren't so grim. An extra chilling effect on non-heteronormative characters and non-traditonal gender performativity in video games, just what we need! Well, I guess after the US spent so much time inflicting its moral values on the world via the Hays and Comics Codes, it's only fair that another state gets a go of the direct-intervention anti-progression machine. * the idea of games, an industry whose big budget games are still massively skewed towards American mainstream culture needing restrictions on its representations of gender and sexuality is genuinely quite funny. In reality, this will be driven more by adventure games (like dontnod's, as mentioned above) and visual novels and the like, but the idea of, say, Gears of War being too effeminate tickles me.
  4. Just to be Captain Derail for a moment, the luddites really did have good reason for their rebellion and the fact they're painted as foolish progress-haters is slightly gross historical revisionism fully in keeping with the way history is taught in this country to paint the nations' progress as naturally leading towards an ideal state. You may all now return to (correctly) dunking on the awful Escapist article and the attitude it espouses.
  5. Yeah, it feels like they couldn't/didn't have time to implement decent shaders for volumetric clouds (and non-awful water). I'd like to hope it's development footage, but given it looks identical in the Nintendo Life video, albeit entirely minus the clouds,* I'm not too hopeful: (from 3:56, if it doesn't automatically put you there) The lighting, the sea, it's all just worlds apart from the lovely-looking original. And that's without worrying about the physics tweaks they talk about * which might well end up being a 'fix' that will be applied to the release version: remove any volumetric clouds
  6. Wiper

    Xbox Game Pass

    For what it's worth, it's not for the game proper, it's for the soundtrack - it includes songs with 12-worthy lyrics rather than random swearing birds. Something I imagine the other skating games also fall afoul of (possibly compounded by injury detail and/or character speech in those, of course).
  7. At the risk of 'moaning' and upsetting Strafe, I'm going to say that this remake looks Not Great. And I mean looks not great; the remake footage in that Nintendo Life video looked pretty rough, and initially I thought maybe it was just rose-tinted specs making me misremember how nice the original looked, but no: I mean, I wasn't expecting something up to the standard of the Virtua Fighter 5 remake, but it's pretty offensive that they've made the game regress visually.
  8. Wiper

    Xbox Game Pass

    Yep, very much looking forward to Aragami 2, and I liked what I played of Phoenix Point at release, despite it being a bit buggy at that point, and am definitely going to give it another go now that it's a bit more mature and accessible to me while sat on a couch! Well, once I've finished Psychonauts 2, at least. And finished a campaign of Humankind. And played The Artful Escape.* Oh, the calamity of having too many games to play. *and, on other systems, finished the new-old Ace Attorney games
  9. While the armies aren't as immediately exciting for me as Best Boys the lizardmen were, I'm still looking forward to them. Cathay's an interesting one, as (to my knowledge) they're a faction that's only ever existed as flavour-text (or 'lore', if you prefer); CA may well have had a fair bit of freedom in designing them here, both aesthetically and mechanically speaking. Really not sure what to expect of them, because of that. Meanwhile, having the discrete Chaos Daemon armies to play as should be fun; Khorne's always a bit boring, but I love the other three visually, and there's a lot you could do with them mechanically. (Kislev I have no interest in whatsoever, so naturally they're who the campaign/advertising seem to be focussed on) As for the game proper, I'm not sure I want the campaign to be super-long, but I'm interested to see what core mechanic(s) they centre this one around. Unless they completely balls the whole thing up I'll be three for three on Total Warhammer games!
  10. Shin Megami Tensei 5 is the big one for me. I'm looking forward to other things too, but that's the one I'm most excited for (and, by the same stroke, am most worried won't live up to its potential).
  11. Wiper

    Xbox Game Pass

    Yeah, on my experience there it's somewhere between 15 and 100 fps depending on the situation, ideal
  12. Yeah, mine was in fact 'free', courtesy of rewards points; absolutely worth it for a second controller, never mind a second controller whose design I love. I'll be tempted to do it again in half a year, this time as a PC controller; my old Xbox One controller serving that purpose is starting to show its age.
  13. I am delighted: (forgive the poor lighting)
  14. Watched the trailer, and I'm pleasantly surprised that they didn't slap on the Iconic Green Filter. No expectations either way, beyond that, but a good sign that is it's not going to be 100% homage-to-self, at least!
  15. Wiper

    Edge #363

    I feel for the poor designer given the most bland-looking Marvel game as their cover assignment. No way to make anything visually interesting with that one. (I got The Boringest Iron Man, whoopee!) Feel a bit sorry for Humankind, though I'm glad to see the best time-looping game of the month scoring above Twelve Minutes, at least!
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