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The Flood / Hunter X Hunter
« on: June 21, 2021, 07:48:12 AM »
After having it recommended to me for years, a few weeks ago I decided to just dive into it and see if I enjoyed it. I was pleasantly surprised by what I initially expected to be your average run-of-the-mill shounen with a plucky young protagonist eventually morphing into something far darker and engrossing. By the Yorknew City arc I was hooked, and then by the end of the Chimera Anr arc I was gobsmacked. Some people really haaaaated how much it dragged on and the supposed unnecessary time spent on side characters, but fuckem I really liked it. I'm still reading the manga so the giant walls of text haven't cropped up yet.

So yeah uh I guess have any of you folks read/watched it? What did you think? It's definitely up there with my favorites.

The second ED is straight fire.

The Flood / Hi hello
« on: June 15, 2021, 06:48:20 AM »
What did you have for lunch?

The Flood / So I was away for a while, what's everyone up to?
« on: June 10, 2020, 01:41:35 PM »
Hope everyone is doing well. I've just been reading a lot and sitting on my ass watching tv and playing vidya. What's everyone else up to? I don't even know who's around anymore. Are people like Snake, TBlocks and Challenger still knocking about?

The Flood / What shows have you been watching lately?
« on: June 07, 2020, 02:35:55 PM »
Since I've been stuck in during lockdown I've been looking for stuff to watch. I really enjoyed The Boys, and just started the second season of Future Man.

Gaming / Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition
« on: May 31, 2020, 06:13:04 AM »
Anyone else pick it up? I've never played the original, so this is all new to me. I ended up muting the character voices within half an hour because I'm already sick of hearing the same 2 lines after every battle.

The Flood / Transformers
« on: May 28, 2020, 05:40:53 PM »
Anyone else here into Transformers? I've been really into the franchise this year, binging the comics hard and collecting my favorite characters' figures. I just picked up Titans Return Sixshot today and I'm really happy with him, though the limbs are a bit floppy.

The Flood / Favorite pasta dish
« on: February 20, 2020, 11:12:17 AM »
Post your favorite pasta dish. I'm a boring cook so I enjoy just the usual pasta with bacon in a tomtato and herb sauce, but my dad makes a really nice carbonara.

The Flood / Spoiler Disney's 'Star Wars': The Rise of Skywalker
« on: December 19, 2019, 12:02:50 PM »
Discuss it here

I'm so excited

Gaming / Finally got around to finishing The Witcher 3!
« on: November 30, 2019, 09:54:55 PM »
What an amazing game that was. I've never played the previous games or read much of the books, but that didn't prevent me from loving the absolute hell out of this game. It made me laugh, it made me sad, it made me excited, and most of all it made me interested in exploring the world and meeting the characters just to see what sort of whacky adventures Geralt would end up in next. I even enjoyed the combat, which was a real negative for some people!

Since starting it, I've also purchased the whole book series and recently finished the first one so I suppose I've got those to look forward to as well as the DLC!

Gaming / Got an Xbox One last week
« on: August 14, 2019, 10:49:15 AM »
Any of you fine people still play Halo? I'm rusty as hell but it's still as fun (and annoying as ever)

The Flood / Been trying my hand at pixel art recently
« on: January 18, 2019, 08:57:05 PM »
It's something I never really tried before, and I thought it looked cool so I just kinda went for it, with a bit of animation too. It's a bit janky but I'm slowly getting a bit better at it. I been doing a bunch of Dark Souls stuff, so thought I'd share.


Hope y'all like

The Flood / John Wick 3: Parabellum trailer
« on: January 17, 2019, 11:29:21 AM »

Very excited for this. John Wick 1 and 2 are some of my favorite movies and if they can pull off more of that I'll be very happy.

Gaming / Current Backlog? (2019 Edition)
« on: January 10, 2019, 08:36:33 AM »
It's a new year, which comes with a whole new list of games to start, play and probably never finish. I feel like the list just grows bigger and bigger all the time, festering like an angry wart that just doesn't want to pop. I'm going to try and clear out as much of it as I can this year, though I have no clue how well that's going to turn out. Here's mine, I've separated it into two sections. parts.

Bayonetta Finished 10/01/19
Octopath Traveler
The Last of Us
Yakuza Kiwami
Gravity Rush
Jak trilogy (PS4)
Crash N-Sane Trilogy
Pokemon Let's Go Eevee
Transformers Fall of Cybertron

Bayonetta 2
The entire Kingdom Hearts series
Uncharted 4

I think it's doable, but I have a bad habit of flip flopping between games and abandoning others...

What's yours?

Gaming / Playing through Bayonetta for the first time
« on: December 27, 2018, 05:18:54 PM »
For context, I'm a big fan of action games and a giant DMC nut. I've had the game reccommendted to me so many times, I decided to get the double pack on the Switch. I've gone into it with an open mind so there's no bias here.

I'm not really loving it as much as I thought I would. The combat is awesome and the over the top goofiness is great, I love how silly it is sometimes. There's a large amount of combo variety and it's still fun experimenting with what works and the most efficient way of killing enemies is up to you, which is what a game like this should do, so big bouns points there. Bayonetta herself is pretty entertaining and she lays the sexual themes on THICK. Seriously, if you're repulsed by witchsluts then this game would probably make you vomit. I'm not really following the story at all and the enemy designs, while all retaining the same overall angelic theme are pretty cool looking, with freaky bosses.  Movementt feels well enough and some of the platforming sections are interesting, buuuut...

I find the game really visually unappealing. Everything just looks like a mix of yellow, browns and greys. I guess it came out during that era of gaming where it looks like the screen has been dropped into a vat of piss. Metal Gear Rising suffers the same problem, I think Platinum Games just went through an awkward ugly phase to be honest.

There's instant death QTEs up the wazoo. So. Fucking. Many. I've never liked them, and this game just throws them at you all over the place. They just break the flow for me and are total bullshit sometimes. Like I get it, some interactivity is good but Jesus fucking Christ. Barely scraped through a boss by the skin of your teeth? Enjoying the cutscene? Haha, well enjoy failing a jump and losing that last remaining chunk of health you had!

I'm only on chapter 10 now and so far the lowest point has been a driving section on a motorbike that dragged on for far too long.

But yeah, TL;DR Bayonetta's got great combat but everything else is pretty poopy.  I hope the second one is better. If not, I'll have DMC5 soon...

The Flood / Super Best Friends Youtube channel is finished
« on: December 16, 2018, 12:53:27 PM »
I doubt a lot of you watch them/know who they are but they were my favorite guys to watch on Youtube. They've consistently entertained me with their antics and LPs, and it sucks that they had to call it quits. I get the whole 'why would I watch other people playing a game when I can just play it myself?' thing but personally I loved just having them on in the background while working or just sitting down comfy to watch some Friday Night Fisticuffs.

I suppose they'll still be doing stuff on their individual channels but hearing that Matt and Pat are no longer friends hurts


Gaming / 'fallout 76 thread'
« on: November 07, 2018, 05:14:53 AM »
I thought it would have a thread in case anyone happened to play it

I mean I didn't but I guess some of you did, did you have fun with that beta?

The Flood / Daredevil season 3
« on: October 23, 2018, 05:20:20 AM »
Just finished watching it. I liked Bullseye a lot more than I thought I would. Given that I've never read a DD comic and my only experience with him was the 2003 movie, I was pleasantly surprised.

Anyone else seen it yet? What did you think?

The Flood / Daredevil Season 3 trailer
« on: October 04, 2018, 01:16:29 PM »

Well shit, I didn't even realize season 3 was in production, let alone coming out this month. I've only seen both seasons of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, didn't really bother with any of the other ones. Should be aight.

Gaming / Spider-Man (PS4) Review:- Quite Spectacular Indeed.
« on: September 16, 2018, 09:14:21 AM »
Insomniac’s friendly neighborhood, wall-crawling open-world superhero title swings its way onto the PS4 and gracefully sticks the landing.

A good Spider-Man game has been long overdue. Given Spidey’s colourful diverse cast of characters, abilities and decades’ worth of stories, it’s surprising that there haven’t really been too many videogame adaptions that have really stood out or made good use of the wealth of content at their disposal. While most fans tend to look to 2004’s videogame adaptation of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 as the benchmark of everything a Spidey game should be, it was still hindered by the licensed game curse of having to cater its scenarios and key plot points to the film it was attached to, with varying degrees of success. Still, that didn’t matter because the game’s free-roaming, web-swinging open world was unparalleled at the time. New York City was your playground, and it was up to you to zip, run, hop and jump through the city to tackle petty crimes, rescue children’s lost balloons and web-zip costumed villains right in their faces.

That was fourteen years ago, and to most it feels like Spider-Man hasn’t had much success since then. While admirable efforts were made with Shattered Dimensions, Edge of Time and Web of Shadows, the general consensus is that Spider-Man 2 was the last truly great Spider-Man game that delivered the experience of being in the hero's shoes.

It should be something of a blessing then, that 2018’s Spider-Man, developed by Insomniac Games is fantastic, amazing even.  With the 15+ hours I spent playing the game up until the hard-hitting finale, I’ve felt a mixture of excitement, sadness, some frustration and a large sense of satisfaction that we finally have a proper Spider-Man game that just seems to get everything right.

The gameplay is everything you’d expect from a Spider-Man, which is to say you’ll be spending your time swinging throughout the big apple, fighting large gangs of crooks, doing errands for other characters and spending downtime playing as Peter Parker. Given that this incarnation of Spidey has been around for 8 years, there’s not as much in the way of him having to learn to juggle the responsibilities of a hero with his own personal life as was commonly the case in other Spider-Man stories. However, there are a couple of key moments in the game’s story that really put a heavy weight on Peter’s shoulders and it’s these moments that made me fall in love with the game. Yes, he’s still the quippy acrobatic ass-kicker that he’s always been (which is great) but personally, the thing that has always stood out to me about Spider-Man was his inner, personal struggles that hit harder than any super-powered villain could ever could. 

Spider-Man has never played better. Swinging throughout the city just feels so smooth with a real sense of speed, with context-based tricks and traversal mechanics that differ depending on what surface you're on, the height of the building and the speed of your swing. Thankfully the game retains the much-loved mechanic of only being able to attach webs to buildings, so no swinging from the sky this time around. Leaping from the tallest building around, diving gracefully to the ground and catching yourself with a swing moments before hitting the ground never gets old, and the completely moveable camera can lead to some beautiful cinematic moments that wouldn't look out of place during the movies. The combat’s smooth and highly variable rhythmic attacking/dodging system may conjure up memories of the Arkham series, but it’s more similar to the way Spider-Man 2 played, albeit highly streamlined and refined. During fight sequences  Spider-Man will have to time landing hits on foes while simultaneously keeping an eye on incoming damage with his Spider-Sense, represented by the classic white bolts around his head. What really makes the combat in this game stand out is just how many options you have at your disposal when fighting. Since Peter’s a bit of a genius it’s no surprise that he has a whole array of gadgets available to use, ranging from simple webshooters to robotic drones that can assist you, which can lead to plenty of experimentation to see what works best for the player.  My personal favourite gadget is the impact web, which can knock foes clean off their feet, flying straight towards the nearest surface where they will be webbed up and incapacitated.

In addition to gadgets, a range of unlockable costumes are in the game that pull inspiration from Spider-Man’s history including his suit from the Civil War movie, 2099 and Spider-Man Noir. Each suit comes with a specific bonus ability that you can use to make traversal or combat easier, and the best part is if you hate the look of the suit but the power is too good to pass up you can assign them separately to your own liking.

The story of the game involves a Spider-Man with 8 years of experience that has already dealt with past villains such as Shocker and Rhino, in addition to having already met (and been involved with) Mary Jane, so there’s not much in the way of an origin story for Peter here, although throughout the game you will see and be involved in the creation of certain other noteworthy characters that I won’t go into any more details of because it’s best experienced without any knowledge of the game’s twists. As a Spider-Man fan myself with some degree of knowledge of the character and his stories, some of the reveals this game dropped before me took me by surprise, leaving me very excited and curious to see where they’ll lead.

The title features a photo mode, something I absolutely adore as a feature and wish more games had. With a quick tap of the options button, photo mode enables the player to modify the snapshot of the game that occurs at the moment of pause, with access to different filters and levels of zoom, a rotatable camera and stickers. The possibilities for taking screenshots are endless.

Whether you’re a hardcore Spider-Man fan, an open-world aficionado or just person hungry for more high-quality action games, Spider-Man on the PS4 is a love-letter to the character that has clearly had a lot of love put into the formula that results in a fun, action-packed experience that’s satisfied the webhead in me, in addition to providing a challenging open-world beat-em-up that rewards combat creativity and acrobatic prowess. (Seriously, I’ve spent about three or so hours just swinging around New York aimlessly, it’s just that enjoyable.) While I found a couple of the non-optional stealth sequences to be a bit of a drag that left me wanting to get back to swinging as soon as I could, and some of the story turns may be off-putting to hardcore Spider-Man purists, I can’t recommend this game enough and can confidently say that it’s a spectacular game and undoubtedly the greatest Spider-Man video-game ever made. It may lack the memorable pizza delivery missions and runaway balloons but this title manages to crawl its way to the top in just about every way imaginable.

All the photos used are my own taken within the game. Thanks for reading!

Gaming / Spider-Man
« on: September 08, 2018, 08:40:05 PM »
People who got the game, how are you enjoying it so far?

I found the combat to feel weird as hell at first because my brain was still in Arkham Mode but when I got the hang of it and started putting the rest of Spidey's kit and mobility to use, it became much more manageable and fun. I'm not too far in the story yet but I'm already loving just swinging around NY and doing tricks.

The Flood / Of all the places I thought I'd see my art displayed...
« on: August 26, 2018, 09:26:00 AM »
Some fried chicken restaurant in Jakarta was pretty low on the list. Like wow how does this even end up happening?

Some nice memories in there, a couple of crappy anime drawings that just look horrendous, but the best thing I found was a goddamn guide I made for myself to keep up with internet lingo while playing Runescape, and a nice guide on how to make money.

Anyone still have any stuff like this from when you were younger, like self-drawn game maps or written down cheat codes? I love seeing things like that

The Flood / Stefan Karl Stefansson dead at 43
« on: August 21, 2018, 04:07:22 PM »

Well damn... I mean, I know it was going to happen eventually considering the diagnosis, but still. I'm not even sure how he became big on the internet but I enjoyed seeing him so active, with singing the number one song and stuff.

The Flood / Obligatory birthday thread
« on: August 18, 2018, 04:29:39 AM »
23 is a nasty number to look at

Gaming / Hey Chally I started playing Nioh finally
« on: August 17, 2018, 11:35:07 AM »
I regret picking the spear as my 2nd weapon profciency at the start but it's cool so far

I love exploring. After hearing of an old school near-ish to me, a friend and I decided to have a look. It's a primary school that closed in 2010, much to the annoyance of the locals. It was pretty cool seeing the stuff left behind!


The Flood / Star Wars: The Clone Wars trailer
« on: July 19, 2018, 03:23:47 PM »

Oh shit, wasn't expecting that at all. NICE.


Bethesda's Todd Howard praises Obsidian for Fallout: New Vegas, but says he'd rather keep development internal.

2010's Fallout: New Vegas was developed by Obsidian Entertainment, not by Bethesda Game Studios itself. The game was generally well-liked, with GameSpot praising its big, detailed open world and quests filled with personality. While Obsidian has said it would like to make another Fallout game someday, it sounds like that won't happen. Bethesda boss Todd Howard said in a new interview that the company would rather develop big games internally.

He told The Guardian that he isn't ready to say definitively that a Fallout game from an outside studio won't ever happen again--but don't count on it.

"I wouldn't say never," Howard said. "[But] now that our company is so big, it's always better to keep stuff internal ... it becomes less likely, but I could never say never. I thought the Obsidian guys did a fabulous job."

In addition its main office in Maryland, Bethesda Game Studios opened a studio in Montreal in 2015. Earlier this year, Bethesda rebranded BattleCry Studios as Bethesda Game Studios Austin, based in Austin, Texas. The team was formerly working on BattleCry.

This is all to say, Bethesda has more internal development headcount than it did years ago when it went to Obsidian to make a Fallout game. Given the size and stature of the Fallout brand, it makes sense that Bethesda would want to develop new entries in-house, as it theoretically gives the company more control over the end product.

Because their own Fallout games were sooooo much better, yeah?

The Flood / DC (Teen) Titans show trailer
« on: July 19, 2018, 09:58:19 AM »

I don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't this

fuck batman

The Flood / It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 13 poster
« on: July 13, 2018, 02:20:28 PM »

Thought I may as well post, I'm pretty excited. I don't seem to ever get bored of this show. I bet that dude in the back is a 5-star murderer!

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