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Chit Chat / Re: The Top 5 Thread
« on: May 04, 2021, 04:42:48 PM »
This is a good one.
Ill post in the spirit of avoiding duplication;

My first one is an A) and B)
1A) I'd sooner kiss a Wookie!
1B) I can arrange that!
-Han and Leia

This one has been in my lexicon since it aired:
2) We're fine, we're all fine here now, thank you. How are you?
-Han Solo

3) I'm altering the deal, pray I don't alter it further
-Vader

4) Han Solo the rebellion general?
No, the smuggler
-Rey and Finn

So relevant these last few years.
5) So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause.
-Padmé Amidala

Honorable Mention
I never ask that question until after I've done it
-Han Solo

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Chit Chat / Re: The Top 5 Thread
« on: May 04, 2021, 04:29:25 PM »
Not that I've got an eye on a PS5 anytime soon, but since we're at the tail end of the PS4 era...

Top Five PS4 Games I've Played

1. Spider-Man - the amount of care and devotion that Insomniac put into this game and this story was just incredible. It really did feel like an MCU movie to me, and it was really hard for me to put down. NYC looked absolutely stunning and felt like big city life. The characters were well done too. Photo mode was fun to mess around with. I couldn't put this one down.

2. Red Dead Redemption 2 - 2018 gave us some incredible games, and this one...wow. Loved playing as Arthur Morgan, and the world that Rockstar built was simply epic. The interactions with the gang were amazing, and you know they did a great job with the characters when you'd get a little bummed when some would meet their demise while you simply couldn't wait to send another character on the express to Hell (yeah Micah).

3. Ghost of Tsushima - what a swan song for the PS4, with some of the best graphics and gameplay on the console. Compelling story too, with interesting side characters that help round out Jin's story. Honestly, I go back and forth on switching this one and RDR2 on this list.

4. South Park: The Fractured But Whole - to me, this game was better than The Stick of Truth. It felt like a really great episode of South Park and just like the show wasn't afraid to cross boundaries. There were moments in this game where I had to pause it for a few minutes because I simply couldn't stop laughing. I really need to play through this again, it's been a few years.

5. Grand Theft Auto V - feels weird putting a game that dropped during the tail end of the PS3 era and was ported over to PS4, but the story was good and the graphical upgrade...wow. This game might even be higher (and maybe RDR2 perhaps) if Rockstar actually added more standalone single player offline stories like they did in the past (think back to RDR1 and GTA IV) but they only give a fuck about the online modes now. Props to them though, they've made the online mode so great that it's still thriving in 2021...so much so that this will carry over to the PS5 too. Maybe sometime during the PS5 life cycle we'll actually get a GTA VI.

Sure I missed quite a few (God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4) but if I didn't finish them they weren't making the list. Might also be the first list for me where a console didn't release a sports title that was good enough for me to add here...NBA 2K20 would be the closest.

Your turn.

I swear I thought I responded to this....

1) GTAV - first game I tried and very nearly accomplished 100% with

2) Spider Man - first game where I did accomplish 100% completion, twice.

3) RDR II - love the genre and loved this game and again achieved 100%

4) MLB series - this was an annual purchase for me

5) LOU 2 - I really enjoyed Uncharted 1 and 2 but for me, this one was much better.


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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: Returnal (PS5)
« on: May 03, 2021, 08:08:03 PM »
damn, that sounds like its too much for me lol
No save? How is that even possible today? If I spent a few hours only to get kicked back to the start, my controller would be through the tv

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Chit Chat / Re: The Movies Thread
« on: May 02, 2021, 12:45:26 AM »
LOL I could go...$50, will that get me in??


Promising Young Woman
Carey Mulligan

There isn't much exposition in this film as the director chose to let Carey Mulligan flesh out Cassandra (Cassie) as we move along.
Honestly, we don't need to know everything because the high points are bled out slowly but reassuringly.
Cassie has an issue with men who take advantage of intoxicated women by playing the white night only to later accost, molest and potentially rape their new found score.
This is not a heavy handed "the cops never do anything so I will" kinda narrative, not at all, nor iis it a blood and guts "Ill get you for this" vehicle.
Carrie plays drunk and goes along with her savior, hping to find a shred of decency in her world, but it isn't to be.
In the background, we know why she is this way, sort of, we just don't know details, but that lure is always dazzling just under the surface.
Bo Burnham, yea, that one, plays Ryan. An old college mate who runs in to Carrie these years later and despite his genuine nature and interest, he is rebuffed by the untrusting protagonist.
I should preface this by saying, look, Im the first guy to admit, I'm no prize and the last one that should be judging the appearance of others, but Bo just has that look, ya know? Oh he is talented, and really quite surprising, at least to me, on point in this film. Capturing the essence of this character and having on screen chemistry really heaped this film up a rung, not that it needed it.
This theme has popped up again and it needs to be told, again, or still. However, the narrative is not such a harsh in your face one, like say Thelma and Louise. Not so black and white. In PYW, Carrie hears, "I'm a nice guy" and she scoffs, "If I hear that one more time..."
But you should hear it at least one more time because you should watch this film.
Wonderfully made and acted. Ok, there was a touch of overacting in a scene, but to illustrate a point, I let it slide. Nothing really diminishes this story. It's not a slow burn but it does unravel and though the interest and intensity rises, it does maintain a solid pace.
If you check your watch early on and huff because its only been thirty minutes of the 1:54 run time, just sit tight, and stop looking at your phone.

4.25 /5

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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: MLB The Show 21
« on: May 02, 2021, 12:25:19 AM »
Just a quick positive note....

First year AA - hit about .235.
Starting tearing it up in my second year, headed to the All Star game, but a week prior, I get bumped up to AAA. I was hitting .360 in AA, but the second half in AAA? About .245 lol
Both years, invited to Spring Training, but sent down at seasons start.
Third year in triple A (Still not a full AAA season yet) and its been tough. Seriously, one hit in my first twelve...games! Not only that, THREE executive klan games.
Im about three weeks in now, but my overall point is, in 20 and previous, Id be in the Show, hitting .300 in a year and a half.
This is much more realistic.

Oh and that reminds me; in previous versions, you had the showcase games prior to the draft and the scout day...all that is gone. I dont miss it really, but what I do miss is the ability to pass on the draft and progress as a player while staying in college.
A 22-23 year old MLB rookie is a LOT more believable than some 18 year old tearing up The Show.

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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: Returnal (PS5)
« on: May 02, 2021, 12:18:49 AM »
Anyone pick it up? Played it about two hours on release day, I'd describe it as Dead Space meets Hades. Very challenging but enjoying it so far.

this means nothing to me lol can you clarify?

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Chit Chat / Re: The TV thread
« on: April 27, 2021, 11:07:12 AM »
I was sorta surprised by the depth of the social commentary too.
My memory of what Ive seen in the MCU is pretty spotty. I dont retain it as well as say SW, so I had to pause to look up a few things from time to time, like Sharon Carter, but overall I enjoyed it.
I get kinda bored with the oh so tired tropes from time to time, but sometimes you just have to push the story forward and within the confines of the MCU, it's acceptable.
The fight scenes are filmed a little better now which helps.

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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: Disco Elysium
« on: April 27, 2021, 11:02:31 AM »
lol while i appreciate the effort to keep my gaming hopes alive, I think Id be better off reading a book that listening to one via a video game 😉

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Chit Chat / Re: The TV thread
« on: April 20, 2021, 11:13:10 AM »
Succession S2

Better than S1, not that season 1 isnt good either.
I really ended up enjoying this story.
It's a look in to the rich and elite corporate and political world. It most certainly depicts our society, accurately I might add.
At one point, a true outsider who would have 5 million dollars and mentioned retirement. Everyone scoffed at him, 5 million is nothing, cant retire on that little etc.
Gives you an idea of the people we are talking about.
Watch it

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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: Enlisted
« on: April 20, 2021, 10:16:57 AM »
Im afraid Im being squeezed out of gaming because everyone is going online only, eventually

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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: Enlisted
« on: April 19, 2021, 11:12:17 PM »
So this is all online gameplay?

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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: MLB The Show 21
« on: April 18, 2021, 11:30:11 PM »
ok, so after another stint;

I solved part of the SOTS issue, which is listening to their 10 o so songs over and over. DL spotify on PS5 and theres your music.
However, I dont like it when Im in the actual game.
So you can turn off music in the game which is what I did, I let Spotify play while Im tinkering around in the menus, stats and the like.
When I get to the game screen, I just pause Spotify via my phone (which is how Im connected, and all the normal game sounds are still there.
Better than having to pause the game, go to PS5 home screen, bring up Spotify and pause.
I still miss my chants and cheers and yells that I worked so hard on over the last few yearrs. Editing movie quotes and putting them in to the game, editing songs to play your walkups or HR music was just too much fun and I had a litany of them.
When Im at bat sometimes, I just imagine a few of my favorite clips playing like, "you play ball like a GIRL!" Or, "you're gonna loooose, youuuuu stink"
And of course, "you start using your head, thats that lump thats three feet above your ass"
I really miss SOTS. But maybe Ill get used to it.
Maybe SDS will cave to their original true fans and note all the complaints and fuck Microsoft and put the feature back in the game.

Ok, so, loadouts. Heres the thing.
All your attributes can be increased up to 50 instead of 99 like before. Now to get beyond 50 in any attribute, you need to use loadouts.
In your ballplayer screen, you set up your LO. There's a  a main perk with two minor ones, and they all affect different attributes, positively and negatively.
For instance, as my main, I chose Speed, which of course bumps up speed and base stealing say 5 points. But it drops, I think in my case, reaction three points.
My first minor perk is contact (there are different levels Contact 1, 2, 3 etc) which boosts that a few points but dings me in the power category.
Another I chose power, but discovered it affected my contact like negative 6. Im too poor a hitter to give up that much contact.
So there is some strategy to it and you can have more than one LO and you get to select before each game.
In my initial thought I said, so you can be a gold glover one game, Babe Ruth the next and so on.
Obviously that isnt true, however, you can focus on those attributes in different loadouts, you just have to balance it with what will be negatively affected.
The other perks, like pre game ritual, special cleats etc are all still there too and I see the LO as just an extension of that feature.
Now that Ive tinkered with it, I dont hate it as much, but I am also only ytwo months in to a career so I dont know how it will play out in the long run. I dont even know if there's a limit as to how many LO's you can create.


Ok, now, stadium creator.
Finally played with this today. They have a tutorial, which is boring for me, so i spent a longer more frustrating amount of time figuring it out on my own cuz Im smart like that 🙄
Once you get used to it, it actually is kinda fun.
They start you out with 30 ballparks. That is 30 saved slots for you, meaning you can edit any of those 30 included stadiums and save it as your new one. It is just a base so you dont have to create from the ground up.
But, if you want to do that, one of those 30 is a bare bones park, with a batters eye in CF and thats it, you can add whatever you want from there.
The elements you have to play with are quite plentiful and diverse. From seating stands, to ballpark dimensions, fence height, concession stands, scoreboards, ballpark backdrop (city, rural, desert etc)\
Add trees, hills, lights, speakers, flagpoles, animals, statues, water slides, infield dirt, grass, mowing patterns...you get the idea.
I created my first one today.
And here's the cool thing.
So, Im in Double A playing for the Tennessee Smokies. After you save your stadium, you can replace any stadium at any level, so now, the Smokies have a new stadium as of 2021.

Lets see, what else?
So some in game stuff...
There is a route to the ball meter which suggests the best angle to the ball. If you go outside the route, haptic feedback. Matter of fact, theres a lot of haptic feedback instances in 21, kinda nice. That isnt to say that if you veer off the route you wont be able to make the play, you still certainly can make the play
You can set it where it will take you exactly to where the ball will land, or you can set it to where it sends you to a smaler general area whre you have to guess...not guess, but decide for yourself where the ball will land.
Icons have changed with regard to outfield play which was badly needed.
You can decide to go for a ball close to the wall, or you can play it safe and play the bounce off the wall. And, when your player plays the bounce, he doesnt twist and rotate if you need to just move a step or three like in 20; next thing you know, you are turned around all the ball has bounced past you costing you bases. its a more realistic animation getting yourself in to postiion to make the play.
Also, the icons make more sense now allowing you to planyour rob HR jump better. Its basically three stacked green arrows lighting up at the wall and you time it when the third arrow lights.
So all of that is much much better.
In RTTS, specifically the outfield, if a ball is hit over your head, you cant, or at least I cant, most times, find it, so the route to the ball helps greatly.

The analog pitching is more responsive and the pitches break much more accurately.

I will rarely blame a sports game for their announcing features as it must be impossible to field something that wont be repetitive at some point.
That said, MLB continues to do a great job in that regard, its an entertaining listen even when you are being chastised.
If youre like me, you'll turn it off soon, but I may not now because that was the void SOTS filled for me, one of em anyway.

Diamond Dynasty.
Ive played this a little bit on 20, just to see what the hell it was in prep for 21. Now Ive fieldd a team.
You create uniforms, logos, name, the whole thing. Use the vault to find tons of community logos or upload your own although I havent tried it and I dont know if there are any trademark issues, but I did see some D1 school logos in there so...🤷🏻
Ill omit online because I dont intend to go that far...maybe I will one day, but not now.
After you create your team, you draft players and perks in a 12 round draft. The cool thing is its current players, old players, dead players, anybody really. And throughout the DD run, you keep upgrading guys, or at least getting who you want.
There are a few categories within DD and Im not sure what they all are yet, but there is a single player section which Ive tried so far.
For instance, you go through four instances (which is really the game teaching you how DD works.)
So my first thing was, complete four tasks to get whatever reward, which is usually more draft picks or players, perks, equipment etc.
Face the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth in a tied game, win it without going in to extras. Its automatically at rookie setting, you get a guy on third, pretty easy.
For all four of mine, it stayed on rooke. Once I moved beyond that, it was veteran, which I havent tried, but I dont know if it keeps progressing like that or not.
The game is full of instances like that. Play real moments in history, play challenges in DD and like I said, there seem to be at least some single player DD options.
And you always get your created team, unis, and whatever stadium you choose, created or otherwise.
So I can see how it an be fun and honestly Ill probably try it just as a break from RTTS.

I havent looked at March to October yet, but I doubt anything has changed.
You start your run by picking a team from a category like longshots, wild cards, contenders, heavy contenders etc.
Then the game will give you a projected number of wins to achieve. It will simulate to key moments and you try to win, duh, in order to create momentum and keep winning. Sometimes they put you in late game situations where you are pitching out of a jam in the 7th and regardless of what happens. You still finish the game playing offense and defense.
Sometimes it will select a player lok and you be that guy for a game in order to get him on a hot streak. Might be a pitcher or fielder.
You manage the team via a few screens like trae management. Select players to target for trades. Select guys you are willing to trade, or guys you want to hold on to no matter what. And you can trade all leves, A, AA, AAA, MLB.
Now the "bad thing" is that you can obviously trade away potential A rated players who are 24, or 25 for a 30 year old stud.
The trade logic is reasonable, but what isnt is that obviously, there are no consequences for such actions because its a one year eal.
The caveat is, no matter how the season turns out, you can just end it, or you will have to option to continue in franchise mode, in which case, all decisions you made will affect your teams future.
So, I did this with 20 and it was a fun little thing to do.

Thats about all I comment on right now. Ill keep updating as warranted.


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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: PlayStation 5
« on: April 18, 2021, 10:42:27 PM »
So my boss messages me during work on Thursday and says "I can't stop buying PS5s because getting them is so satisfying, but I never play them because I prefer my XBox Series S." He then tells me how he's had 3 so far, and given away two to two other co-workers and, hey, would I like the third one?

And that's how I came to have a PS5 in my house today.

Nice!

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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: MLB The Show 21
« on: April 17, 2021, 11:09:04 AM »
lol Its so tempting to make another green monster.

So heres the deal on SOTS.
If I understand correctly, Microsoft has a bug up its ass about music licensing, so no music on Xbox.
therefore no SOTS on Xbox. And since SDS has such a hard on for the XBox casuals, they had to remove it from the PS5 MLB 21 game.
However, MLB 21 SOTS still works on PS4 because it doesnt cross paltform game against the Xbox.
And if you have a PS5, MLB 20 still utilizes SOTS.
So there ya go.
Fuckin Microsoft. Dont we have a middle finger emoji?

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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: MLB The Show 21
« on: April 16, 2021, 02:00:03 PM »
ok, so the first glaring problem Ive noticed was no Sounds of the Show for the PS5 and all other next gen consoles.
It is still available on the PS4 however.
Thats pisses me off more than any other thing ever will. It was a huge part of my enjoyment, and all this to gain some Xbox casuals  ::)

I only played a few games of RTTS, however, everything looks cleaner, and action is much tighter. Seems like controls are much more responsive.
Dabbled with the stadium creator for a few minutes but couldnt really grasp it yet, or what features can utilize it.
But they give you 30 designed stadiums which you can alter to your hearts content, plus they give you a blank canvas to start with you if you want.
Name the stadium, city location, capacity and even seat color.

I dont like the new menu, there was nothing wrong with the old one.
Its not counter intuitive, just not necessary.

No SOTS means listening to their god awful 12 songs on repeat for the rest of my fucking life.

Ill probably take a look at the March to October feature before long, and maybe franchise just to see what it is, but I normally dont.



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