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  1. alex3d

    Days Gone - Sons of Anarchy x Last of Us

    Looks like a solid 8/10 game according to a first review: https://twistedvoxel.com/first-days-gone-review/
  2. Well, I've added about 30 books to my shelf there and still most of the recommendations I get don't excite me.
  3. Indeed. Goodreads is shite (at least for me).
  4. This is just ridiculous. Two German Let's Players - watch a few seconds in between and then fast forward to the last two minutes. Three hours fighting the same fight. Definitely not gonna touch this game https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy7fMRarg2Y&feature=youtu.be
  5. alex3d

    Shenmue III - PS4/PC | 2019

    HOLY ********** WOW
  6. alex3d

    Devil May Cry 5

    So, yeah, this is some serious GOTY material. I'm well into SoS and everything just WORKS and controls well and is fun to play but hard to master. And that's indeed surprising given the variety of moves and weapons.
  7. alex3d

    What are you reading at the moment?

    The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Richard Flanagan) A novel about some Australian POW building a railway in Thailand for the Japanese army during WWII. Absolutely horrifying to read
  8. That's the first part, yes. Fight enemy, die, fight again, advance, level up, die, fight, level up. Are all games like that? Yes, I do find Bloodborne way too obvious though (e.g. compared to DMC5 with its many weapons and styles and characters). I find that incredibly tiring after the first DS. The other part is the combat mechanism itself which mainly depends on a) the bosses' size and speed and sounds (even though they all behave the same and the size and horror isn't really reflecting on their underlying fighting style) and b) the same old "way to victory", namely evading, running, attacking and benefiting from higher levels.
  9. I've completed Dark Souls and thought it was a nice experience. However, I stopped playing Bloodborne in Old Yarnham as I felt it's always the same mechanism. And as opposed to, say, DMC5, it's a bloody OBVIOUS mechanism and I couldn't be bothered with it any longer. I'm also not interested in Sekiro at all - or DS2 or DS3 for that matter.
  10. True, their operational business (sales of new games, used games) is in pretty significant decline though.
  11. Not a great year 2018 as a whole https://www.destructoid.com/gamestop-is-losing-so-much-money-548758.phtml
  12. alex3d

    Pre-owned games sales in freefall (UK)

    True, but there has to be some sort of process to avoid a brand-damaging situation like this. Either the system is programmed to NOT allow pre-owned price > new price or it must be done manually. This just looks terribly unprofessional.
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    Just started playing this. Yes, I am veeeeeery late to the party. However, after the crisp-and-smooth-60fps-DMC5 this takes some getting used to
  14. alex3d

    Pre-owned games sales in freefall (UK)

    These are plus points for publishers though. I'm pretty sure we as customers will see very little of these benefits in terms of pricing.
  15. Thought that was interesting as it's pretty much the preferred outcome for publishers and developers. Remember the infamous Microsoft press conference a few years ago? This is bad news for GAME and Gamestop as their margins depend to a big extent on selling pre-owned games. https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-04-02-pre-owned-game-sales-are-in-freefall-in-the-uk Ukie - the trade body for the UK's games and interactive entertainment industry - released new data today revealing pre-owned software sales were down 30.8 per cent year-on-year in the UK, from a value of £98.2m in 2017 to £67.9m in 2018. The likes of GAME still trade in pre-owned software, but it's a rapidly shrinking market. The significant drop in pre-owned game sales comes amid an uptick for the UK games market overall. Software revenues exceeded £4bn for the first time, up just over 10 per cent, and hardware was up 10.7 per cent to £1.57bn. But the massive pre-owned sales drop can be more directly related to the significant increase in digital and online revenues, which were up 20.3 per cent to a record £2.01bn.

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