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  1. Rudderless

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    I thought this was a mess. It assumes a familiarity with the wider lore that none of the other HP films do and doesn't bother making sure your average viewer is up to speed, it introduces 12,000 characters and doesn't give any of them enough to do (the Queenie stuff is potentially interesting but it doesn't come close to providing the narrative foundations to make it work), it has one scene where about eight of the cast stand in a narrow room and explain the plot to one another, and the action scenes were all badly lit and edited to ribbons. The best thing I can say about Johnny Depp's performance is that it's not as bad as it could have been, but close your eyes during half his scenes and it just sounds like he's doing Jack Sparrow again. I was reluctant to see the first and ended up very pleasantly surprised. As a result I was looking forward to this much more and found it a crushing disappointment.
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    Splatoon 2

    Yeah, I love the torpedo - for the first time ever I've switched to 'sub power up' and 'ink saver sub'. Got five kills in one Turf War match with them alone, and the Splattershot Jr has decent coverage so I've still been scoring well.
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    Tetris Effect - Mizuguchi does Tetris

    I'm the same - I do much better in VR because the refresh rate is faster than my TV (which also introduces input lag).
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    Edge #326 | Devil May Cry 5

    "They do exactly what you tell them", you said. Ergo, if they're smashing their heads into trees, they're doing it because you made 'em.
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    Edge #326 | Devil May Cry 5

    Don't steer them into trees then? I would avoid 'cinematic' camera full stop, though. First time I used it my horse decided he fancied a dip in the river and it took me two full minutes to manoeuvre Arthur into a position where he'd deign to pick up the deer carcass he'd dropped.
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    Edge #326 | Devil May Cry 5

    RDR2 has its issues, but I'm struggling to think of a single open-world game I've played that *hasn't* penalised me for similarly minor infractions such as in the clip above. I think it was Mafia III where a vehicle randomly swerved into my path, which resulted in a nearby police car chasing me for about 20 minutes because I was in some old jalopy and couldn't outrun it. Accidents are bound to happen in games with that many moving parts.
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    Tetris Effect - Mizuguchi does Tetris

    If you've got a JP account, you can download it now.
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    Nocturnal Animals

    That misunderstanding was worth it for this post.
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    Return of the Obra Dinn

    You can make an educated guess based on the final memory they're in. Your instinct will probably be right for all of them.
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    Return of the Obra Dinn

    Tiny general hint: the numbers on the manifest occasionally come in handy.
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    Astro Bot - PSVR - Game of the year 2018.

    About six hours for the story. Maybe slightly more if you're getting all the robots. The challenge stuff doesn't take that long - they're generally fairly short, though if you're looking to 100% everything it'll take maybe a few hours more. And then you've got all the gachapon for the hub to collect (and you'll probably want to do that). It's not an epic by any means, but it's nice to play a game that doesn't outstay its welcome, and it feels like great value because what's there is of a consistently high quality.
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    Edge #325 - Settle your scores here ;)

    Not all heroes wear...hang on, are you wearing a cape?
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    First Man - Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong

    All of this, except replace Blackkklansman with Leave No Trace. My dad walked out of this halfway through, saying he found the frequent use of handheld camera 'distracting', and later asked me why it was necessary to be so shaky and out of focus for the domestic scenes (by contrast, he appreciated how it lent a sense of urgency to the space sequences). I know handheld cameras are often used to communicate a sense of intimacy, but I wondered if there was something more to it here, that it was about reflecting Armstrong's comparative unease on terra firma. Tellingly, the image is noticeably stiller during the moments when he deliberately isolates himself, like when he's staring up at the moon, or standing in a room on his own (and then obviously at the end). That's probably a load of nonsense, but that was my reading of it. Either way, Dad didn't buy it. His loss.
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    Gareth Evans' Apostle - September 28th on Netflix

    I thought Stevens was laying it on a bit thick at first, but the film seemed to rise to the pitch of his performance. Understatement just isn't Evans' style. Yes, it's a bit uneven, but I found the whole thing royally entertaining and really beautifully shot (though 'beautifully' is probably the wrong word).
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    Splatoon 2

    Booyah Bomb is *incredibly* useful in Tower Control, as much for its disruptive qualities as anything else. Even if you don't hit whoever's on the Tower, you can send them scattering, potentially into waiting teammates (if they're smart enough to get in the right places to take advantage).
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