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The better option would be to tell your boss you are snowed in and just WFH with the heating on or just sit under a blanket all day playing video games.
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Context is still king here. FH5 was one of the highest rated games of 2021, a year that was one of the worst for gaming in recent memory. Ditto with Halo. It wasn’t just the Xbox that was starved of decent exclusives last year.
FH5 is a better game than 4 because you can actually buy the cosmetics instead of them all being locked behind a grind wall and the progression in the single player is well thought out. The story missions were a good laugh. Mexico might look nice though but the seasons really don’t add anything to gameplay, the sunrises are so badly drawn that in the wilderness you can barely tell when night and day start and end. And the setting this time is that you are the champion from number 4 come over to run a few promos rather than the unknown driver who takes the crown. The soundtrack is terrible.
In 4 the seasons do make for drastic gameplay changes but the campaign is terribly structured and everything requires a huge grind. Replaying the same events over and over is not fun.
3 had the best map of the series. A great selection of biomes and some gorgeous coastal scenery. The single player was ok but it had the best offroad sections.
2 is better than most people remember. The motorway sections are fantastic and the road trip mechanic for the single player shook things up enough to make it unique. It also forced the player to use different car classes and types and actually get better at the game. The rain mechanics for the weather are gorgeous and not only change the handling model but can never be entirely predicted. The reflective surfaces after a storm are still great to look at. It has a brilliant soundtrack and the most urban locations of any game in the series.
For me the original is still the best. No other game in the series has sold the idea of being at a motoring festival quite like this one, from the cheesy cut scenes to the rival drivers. Each event actually has a kind of outpost rather than just a video-gamey sign floating in the air. The soundtrack is incredible and the whole thing comes together to be greater than the sum of its parts. The early-fall Colorado map still looks stunning 10 years later and because it has no offroad shortcuts tyou actually learn the roads. I could draw the whole map from memory. And unlike FH5 and its ridiculously powerful Series X hardware, FH1 has the best sunrises and sunsets this side of Horizon Zero Dawn all on the lowly 360.
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I think a lot of these numbers need to be looked at in context. GT3 sold 15m copies because it was the first PS2 game that was a) worth buying the console just to play and b) looked lightyears ahead of anything on the market at time of release. It was a really good game though!
Xbox gamers on the other hand (me included) have been so starved of exclusives for so long that they will latch on to anything that comes along. The Forza Horizon series has had diminishing returns as the releases have gone along. FH4 is arguably the worst in the series (endless grind, inability to buy cosmetics, too many F2P mechanics) and 5 is a definite improvement but nowhere near the high points of 1-3.
Halo Infinite is a good game but only I think in context to the rest of the market. Your other choices? The chaos of Fortnite, the takes-itself-too-seriously COD or a few other minor hits. HI brings back that classic gameplay that is refreshing in a modern sense and yet stale in a Halo sense. It is beloved becaise it is just like the original game in the same way Mario is but even Nintendo know how to evolve a series to new heights.
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Maybe we need to limit the amount of devices that have silicon in them? Games console and PC’s? Build build build! Most ‘smart’ tech? A minor convenience we can live without. Crypto mining? Maybe ban the Ponzi scheme altogether.
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They were both way ahead of their time in so many ways. With Windows Phone it was the introduction of flat design that has filtered through, well everything else. WP7 also had speed. It was so goddam fast compared to ios and android. I used to like all the folding in animations as well.
WebOS was so prescient it borders on the psychic. Card-based multitasking, magnetic wireless charging, instant search, rounded OS corners etc etc all became fashionable years after Palm’s last stand. There are other things too like the swipe-up ‘ribbon’ dock and the bottom-up notifications I wish would also move across.
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We can only assume he saw the annual bill for the subscription.
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Sounded ok, and this is coming from a Brit.
What didn’t sound ok were the awful accents by the american cast in Black Widow. Florence Pugh sounds awful as Yelena. We hear all the time about ‘whitewashing’ films but nothing about the fact that Marvel couldn’t find some quality eastern european actors for the roles therein. Why cast someone like Ray Winstone as a Russian villain when someone like Peter Stormare would have done a much better job?
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Now imagine the government put in place a properly funded public healthcare system free at the point of use so the USA could join the rest of the civilised western world!
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I didn’t mind Eternals. It was certainly less excruciating than sitting through Florence Pugh’s terrible accent in Black Widow.
It’s just the movie was so…. pointless. They hide throughout time, fight some monsters, fight each other and then disappear off into Space. The End. It was like the MCU version of ‘Kill the Moon’.
They could have easily used this as an excuse to foreshadow things to come. They could have reframed the MCU Galactus as some sort of rogue Celestial who went around consuming life instead of creating it.
An even better solution would have been to actually set the film in the past in a similar way to Odin’s prehistoric Avengers from 1000000BC in Final Host. This might have made more sense.
And yet it looked better than the horribly ropey time suits in Endgame.
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Because we knew so much about him beforehand? Why are fans angry about a character who in the original trilogy isn’t really anything other than an interplanetary DHL? In ROJ he may as well be a comic relief character given the way he dies. The Ewoks defeat more people!
It seems painfully obvious that Boba is in town to tidy up Tatooine to an extent. He wants to rule by respect, not fear. He doesn’t want to use the old ways. He’s seen how the general populace treat outcasts like the Sand People (and by extension himself) and now sees a power vacuum and the chance to actually do something about it. He was an outcast his entire life, even shunned by the Mandalorians.
The seeds of this were sown in Bad Batch. The young Boba is pretty close to Omega in terms of purity and morals. The Clones were pretty honourable until the Emperor corrupted them all.
If he went around just killing the people he disagreed with and being more ‘badass’ (a terrible word really) we would be moaning it was just a clone of The Mandalorian! Once again it doesn’t really matter what is done with the franchise, a certain section of Star Wars fans are just never happy.
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Only a company like Apple would overengineer a feature as relatively straightforward as biometric authentication.
The iPad Air and Mini have already solved their problem with the TouchID power button. I use an Xperia as my main phone and the fingerprint scanner in the power button is quick, convenient and saves building things into a display you don’t really need. I don’t think it has ever taken a wrong reading.
If they were really clever they’d put it on the rear of the device but hide it in the Apple logo.
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Am I the only person who doesn’t care about black levels because during dark scenes in games and TV I end up turning up the brightness so I can see what is happening?
I quite enjoyed his official game: Tom Braider.
You want full on audio predictions?
- Companies will continue to attempt to monetise a medium people continue to expect to be free. This will fail spectacularly. Apple will still forget to do anything meaningful with a medium they helped to invent.
- The music industry will continue to recycle ideas continuing it’s downward spiral. Despite the ongoing fight for equality female pop stars will continue to dress like strippers in pointless videos which at some point will merge with softcore porn. This will be led by men at the top.
- The actual music industry (gigs, musicians self promoting online) will continue without all the crap to pump out decent music.
- Vinyl sales will continue to rise as newer listeners flock to older music.
- Frank Turner will release his new album in February and it will be brilliant.