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#1 Posted by thomasnash (601 posts) -

@ravelle said:

@thomasnash said:

@ravelle said:

Yes. I want an actual Burnout like Revenge and Takedown, those were brilliant and fun games. Paradise was fun but didn't like the open world part, just assign me a mission and let's go!

I agree. Paradise was saddled with too many niggling issues for me to really enjoy it - the fact that all the races basically had one of two second halves becausee of the way they all ended in one of 8 places. The worst thing was the fact that to redo a race you had to drive all the way back there. Also not being able to skip the crashes got annoying after a while.

With that said, a lot of these issues were gone in NFS Most Wanted last (?) year. If they made something like that, but with Burnout physics and handling I'd be totally down for that.

Also they really should make a new Skate. Skate is awesome.

Most Wanted was full of micro transaction in the worst way, every time I found a new hot car while driving around and wanted to unlock it it told me it was DLC I needed to purchase in the store. That ruined the whole experience for me.

That's true. I'd actually forgotten about that. Actually I might have bought the season pass type thing? I really can't remember. Anyway, I totally understand how that could put a sour note on it. Generally I'm pretty good at ignoring that sort of stuff but I do agree that it can be annoying. I remember finding it a bummer sometimes in the first Forza Horizon game.

#2 Posted by thomasnash (601 posts) -

No. If land ownership was the only thing that made someone a Lord, there would be a lot more Lords in this country. It's just a nonsense thing like naming a star or whatever.

#3 Posted by thomasnash (601 posts) -

@ravelle said:

Yes. I want an actual Burnout like Revenge and Takedown, those were brilliant and fun games. Paradise was fun but didn't like the open world part, just assign me a mission and let's go!

I agree. Paradise was saddled with too many niggling issues for me to really enjoy it - the fact that all the races basically had one of two second halves becausee of the way they all ended in one of 8 places. The worst thing was the fact that to redo a race you had to drive all the way back there. Also not being able to skip the crashes got annoying after a while.

With that said, a lot of these issues were gone in NFS Most Wanted last (?) year. If they made something like that, but with Burnout physics and handling I'd be totally down for that.

Also they really should make a new Skate. Skate is awesome.

#4 Posted by thomasnash (601 posts) -

@huser said:
@rirse said:

Maybe you ARE Jack the Ripper in this?

But honestly hope they took those complaints about Unity and make the new main character a female.

Given the era that might be interesting. Being an Assassin but having to plan and attend social events to maintain your standing might be an interesting side thing...assuming it somehow all ties together.

Oh man, as I read this I imagined AC with some Persona Social Linking elements. Only instead of building friendships, you're creating relationships with different social groups to help in your assassination missions. Like maybe some groups would have information about your target or they could could (at MAX level) create an alibi for you to avoid suspicion from the police.

May I introduce you to a game called Alpha Protocol?

#5 Posted by thomasnash (601 posts) -

If anyone is interested in seeing what an MOO is like, I have been known to play and enjoy the Discworld MUD.

It's good fun!

#6 Posted by thomasnash (601 posts) -

@cornbredx: A bit more info on off licenses: it specifically means that a shop is licensed to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises, as opposed to a bar which is (obv) licensed to sell alcohol for immediate consumption (my dad once told me this was an "on licence" but I'm starting to think he was winding me up).

#7 Edited by thomasnash (601 posts) -

Honestly it rarely bothers me because I feel like if a film/game is embargoed until release I feel like that already tells me quite a lot about its quality.

Generally that applies more to films though.

#8 Posted by thomasnash (601 posts) -

As far as size goes you might have to accept that smart phones are big now!

If the high end smart phones are a bit too pricey, I think I can recommend the phone I just got, which is a Sony Xperia M2. It's their mid range phone, apparently not as powerful as the z2, but I don't really play games on it so it hasn't bothered me, and it' near half the price of most high end phones. I'm sure that most games that are really designed for phones would be fine on it. It has one of the better battery lives I've seen in a smart phone - I get about 2 days from it if I'm using it fairly heavily, and if I'm using it how I normally use it (some phone calls, maybe about an hour a day using it as an MP3 player) then I get 3 or 4 before it needs charging. It also has that sweet 4g capability.

For the more general questions, I'm no expert but here's a few thoughts:

On whether it will last for 3 years: My last phone was a Samsung Galaxy S2 which I got second hand from my sister. It lasted me 3 years, and she had it for 2. It still works, actually, but it was slowing down a lot and the OS had developed some odd bugs. Basically there's no reason, imo, that any phone wouldn't last 3 years at least if you take care of it. Obviously with phones getting larger and thinner it's a bit easier to break them accidentally now, but if you're not clumsy then you should be ok!

On whether to buy Sim Free or get a contract: Best thing to do is to compare any contract that comes with a phone to the cost of the phone, and the cost of an equivalent SIM-only contract. If you get a phone on contract (in the UK) it's normally a 24 month contract, so it's a case of subtracting 24 months worth of the SIM-only contract from 24 months of the with SIM contract to find out how much they are charging you for the phone, essentially. It will invariably be over the odds, but that's thee premium for financing your phone I suppose. I suppose this is actually totally obvious, but I feel like in this country they try and obfuscate the fact that what you are doing is financing a purchase. If you have the money in hand, it will almost certainly be better to buy the phone out of pocket and get a SIM only contract. Less money overall, and it will have less impact on your monthly cash flow.

On whether a better phone is worth it over a console: Obviously this is a personal decision, but for me I would say definitely not. The range of types of game you can get on a phone is pretty limited, and honestly once the initial excitement has worn off I very rarely find myself using my phone for games. It might be worth it if you are travelling/commuting a lot and don't get much time to sit down and play games, I suppose.

#9 Edited by thomasnash (601 posts) -

So someone please correct me if they know something that I don't, but is there an assumption that it's going to be a political allegory about racism because that's basically what he's done before? Is there more evidence for that than just his last two films?

To me I get more of a sense that this is going to be about the ways in which negativity in our environment has negative effects on our personality, and how it can be a struggle to not let it get to you.

Admittedly Jackman's character does seem to be presented as a typical bigoted bad character, but Blomkamp doesn't seem like someone who can totally leave behind narrative conventions (or doesn't want to jettison traditional structures at the risk of reducing the commercial appeal). That tension certainly seemed to be there in District 9.

So I'm not saying I'm definitely right, but I do think what I saw in that trailer does suggest as much potential for it to be a quite Universal, philosophical and humane film as a stretched political allegory. I hope that's the case, because it could indicate a step up for his career, moving beyond the SFX-artistry-meets-b-movie-sci-fi of his previous films and applying that to meatier stories with real heft to them.

#10 Edited by thomasnash (601 posts) -