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  1. Can we just have a new KOTOR, X-Wing or Tie Fighter for fucks sake. No more re-skinned Battlefront dirges.
  2. womblingfree

    Your shameful gaming secrets

    I swapped the price label on Donkey Kong Country in Woolworths and got it for a tenner.
  3. Gah, really thought of adding Bndersnatch to the list. Definitely one of the most amazing interactive experiences, well, ever if it came as a surprise to you. Also should’ve put Doc Oc over Spider-Man. Everyone who voted for him’s right, a truly exceptional re-telling of the character which made it feel completely fresh.
  4. womblingfree

    Have you ever completely mastered a game?

    Ghouls'n'Ghosts. I played it so much, twice through for the proper ending, that I could do it in one life. Think I even got pretty far playing with my feet once. The trick to getting the bonus at the end of a level was to pull back on the stick the moment you caught the key. My friends never figured out how I did that.
  5. womblingfree

    Llamasoft / Jeff Minter documentary on the way

    First Bandersnatch and now this. Great to see Jeff getting the recognition he deserves. Hopefully they can improve the website and get Goat Up 2 and Gridrunner back up on the App Store next.
  6. womblingfree

    Hanna - TV version

    The film has a lot of potential as a series. Hopefully they’ll come up with a better villain this time than Rev in a shellsuit.
  7. womblingfree

    Resident Evil 2 Remake

    This was mostly great but a couple of niggling things: when you press X on something instead of a description the item menu comes up, so I repeatedly clicked on the handgun for no reason whatsoever; when you quick turn the camera doesn’t always quick turn with you. Apart from that, wonderful. Hopefully they’ll iron out the above.
  8. womblingfree

    The Watchtower - A thread for all comics

    Robin just looks like Robin.
  9. womblingfree

    The Watchtower - A thread for all comics

    Are the TMNT on Comixology the unedited originals?
  10. womblingfree

    The Watchtower - A thread for all comics

    It's pretty hard to track down past Marvel stories. Read through Planet Hulk, which was a not particularly interesting Battleworld story. Then after starting World War Hulk realised I'd read the wrong Planet Hulk and, after some research, needed to go back to issues 88 to 105 of Incredible Hulk to find what I was looking for. This Planet Hulk is really good. Marvel Unlimited does a so-so job of helping you follow plots over titles, but Wikipedia becomes essential more often than it should.
  11. Game of the Year A1. Spiderman “This may not be the deepest or cleverest game of the year, but it is charming, polished to perfection and has been the most consistently entertaining for me. A large part of this is that you can play in very short chunks and still achieve quite a lot. In the time it would take to get through a cut-scene in most AAA titles I can catch a pigeon, foil a mugging and do some amateur photography. The long list of things to do on the map I find is also compelling rather than a chore. It makes me want to tidy up New York in much the same way the best Dynasty Warriors games make me want to tidy up maps of China. Spiderman done right.” A2. Wipeout Omega VR “I almost didn’t get the original release as I’d ploughed dozens of hours into the PS3 versions, which still look amazing. Eventually the retro PSone style packaging from Base.com convinced me, and it was good. Then the VR patch came out this year. Holy shit. It really was the most transformative thing I’d seen since the very first Wipeout knocked me sideways. A truly next-level experience and a huge leap for gaming. It takes the series into another dimension, let alone the next-gen. Astonishing.” A3. Red Dead Redemption 2 “Although this isn’t my GOTY it might end up my game of the gen because of the fact that it takes me years to get through and fully appreciate Rockstar games. This year I completed GTAV for the first time having got it on release for PS3 way back in 2013. The arguments that there isn’t enough to do in Rockstar games falls flat for me as these are games you inhabit rather than burn through missions. For the time I’ve played it’s already thrown up some of the most memorable gaming situations I can remember, and it looks absolutely stunning. Looking forward to playing it for years to come.” A4. Astrobot “That the developers took one of the generic robots from a tech demo and transformed it into a beloved hero is amazing in itself. But that was only possible because this game is of such high quality, and really quite revolutionary in its use of VR. It feels like a game Nintendo should or would have released if they had the resources, and although nowhere near as in depth as something like Mario 64, the astonishment at the new dimension on show is very similar, as is the polished gameplay. Can’t give much higher praise than that.” A5. God of War “There are games where ratcheting up the difficulty level makes it a chore (Bioshock Infinity) and there are games were ratcheting up the difficulty makes it a joy (Goldeneye, Ninja Gaiden). This is the latter. The combat is so satisfying! It also helps that it looks beautiful and has an interesting take on the whole gods thing. I’m not a huge fan of its hub World, but it can be immersive outside of this. A pretty stunning achievement.” Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else) Z1. Fallout 76 “I feel sorry for everyone who worked hard on this and saw it rushed out to ridicule and critical trashings. Also sad to see another once great franchise as good as destroyed in this way.” Z2. Z3. Z4. Z5. Sound Design of the Year S1. Wipeout Omega VR S2. Tetris Effect S3. Red Dead Redemption 2 Visual Design of the Year V1. Red Dead Redemption 2 V2. Spiderman V3. Astrobot Writing of the Year W1. Red Dead Redemption 2 W2. Spiderman W3. God of War Gaming Format (System) of the Year F1. PSVR “Indistinguishable from magic. The update of Wipeout and the ground breaking Astrobot this year are truly revolutionary gaming experiences, the kind you only get once every few decades. The price of the kit seemed steep at first, but once you experience it you wonder how they can do it for the money.” Publisher or Developer of the Year P1. Sony “Spiderman, God of War and the continued support and innovation of its VR games. They just aced it this year.” Best Supported Game (released pre 2018) of the Year B1. Wipeout Omega “OMFG. Not so much supported as reborn.” Your game of the year that didn't come out this year (basically what is your favourite game you played this year that came out in 2017 or earlier) X1. The Witcher 3 “My most played game of the year probably, and according to the algorithms, my third most played game of all time. Still nowhere near finished.” Best game character of the year C1. Astrobot C2. Arthur Morgan C3. Spiderman
  12. womblingfree

    The Watchtower - A thread for all comics

    Got so lost on Comixology figuring out what to read that I re-subscribed to Marvel Unlimited again. Need something to tide me over until Immortal Hulk Vol 2 is out. Started on I Am A Hero too, which is really good. Love how it develops the characters for ages before the zombies appear.
  13. womblingfree

    Resident Evil 2 Remake

    I'm going for the lenticular box version at Base.com. Love me some lenticular.
  14. womblingfree

    Quick fire poll: will the PS5/XB2 have a disc drive?

    Sony and the Japanese market are all about the discs, so PS5 definitely will. Having said that it feels so old fashioned to put a disc in these days. Even putting in a game disc makes me feel like Sisyphus.
  15. womblingfree

    Netflix - Releases & Recommendations

    Is Maniac any good? In need of a new series to binge.

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