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  1. BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    I actually like the look of the Advance better than the YF. If anyone lucky enough to score a preorder wants to sell off their older model afterward for a not-ridiculous price, please PM me.
  2. I've been keeping busy with Horizon Zero Dawn's DLC expansion, "The Frozen Wilds." It doesn't seem to add much so far to the (epic) main story, but the new machines are humbling to say the least. Even with my end-of-main-campaign loadout, the new fights force me to carefully consider strategy and equipment choices, which is more of what makes this game so much fun. It's very easy to lose yourself in the thrill of some hunts, combined with the exploration and real-world inspired scenery - one area I explored while my wife looked it up on online maps, and was able to ID a dam in the region with a present-day photo. The absolutely stunning scenery is further enhanced by some of the best snow effects I've ever seen in a game - after one particularly tough battle on a snowy ridge I downed a Scorcher with a heavy strike that sent it rolling down the hill, and I could follow the trail in the snow all the way down to it. Character animations supposedly got some tweaks, but there's still a touch of uncanny valley going on with the glazed-over eyes. The new characters also show a little more spunk/snark than the originals, with some good humorous moments thrown in (Aloy facepalm is priceless). With all the talk of P2W multiplayer drama lately, this game is a rare jewel with a solid single-player experience and DLC that adds some meat to it, and is also going for good prices lately.
  3. The Nintendo Switch

    Indivisible coming to Switch as well, color me interested. It looks like a mashup of Valkyrie Profile and Guardian Heroes.
  4. Horizon Zero Dawn is getting some DLC goodness. Excellent, since the game left me wanting more even after finishing 100%/platinum trophy.
  5. TRAN5FORMERS: The Last Knight

    I'm kind of scattered on this movie. On the one hand, I'm hopeful that the younger cast is going to lead to a more kid-friendly film overall, and signals an end to the juvenile Bay humor that plagued the previous ones. The Maker reminds me of Rita from the new MMPR movie, at least superficially, but they'll probably not ham the character up like that and keep her kind of nebulous. I don't see much transforming though, and that kind of worries me. This may turn out to be another Cybertronian Giants vs Earth kind of deal, like AoE was. Then again, the odd-numbered films tend to be the better ones, which bodes well for this one (not so much for solo Bumblebee prequel!).
  6. The Nintendo Switch

    I finally hooked mine up last weekend, but am not going to play Zelda until I finish Horizon Zero Dawn, so at this point the entire gaming history on my Switch is my 2.5-year old enjoying Just Dance 2017. With the wait though, I'm seriously considering getting a 2nd Joy-con and painting the cases gold so I can Zelda properly. There are some awesome custom paint jobs out there, and thankfully some how-to guides to go with them.
  7. I have watched the blu-rays on my US PS3 and PS4 with no issues. I'm just waiting on disc 9 and I'll be able to finish the series, since I decided not to watch it online (personal choice, not judging) and wanted the box set presence on my shelf.
  8. I'm maybe 30-40% into Horizon Zero Dawn, and it is incredible. I think it might be like a more realistic/grown-up Zelda BotW, though I can't confirm until I finish it and start on Zelda. There's a lot of cool discovery elements to the story, and both the robot and scenery models are so gorgeous I have actually spent time just looking around to take it all in. There is a lot to accomplish, like a Fallout or other open world game, and it's easy to go off on side quests and forget the main story, but it's never tedious or feels repetitive. I actually rack up so many crafting materials, I have to dump/sell to make inventory space, but have not had any issues crafting/trading for upgrades I want. The discovery of where you actually are geographically (I actually figured it out because I used to live there and recognized a couple landmarks!) and how the world became a tribal, post-apocalyptic machine empire (still figuring it out), along with Aloy's mysterious origins (also still figuring out) are definitely holding my interest.
  9. All things Voltron

    I like the 8" die-cast version, I'll have to keep an eye out for them. Is there going to be any non-Netflix way to watch this show in the future, like a DVD release or anything? I don't have a subscription and can't see myself getting it over just one show.
  10. They forgot the apostrophe on Morphin'. You know, as in "morphing," as in "metamorphosis." Might as well put a # on it while they're at it. And get off my lawn.
  11. Disney's Beauty and the Beast

    I'm skeptical about the live-action version being able to capture the magic of the original. The characters were so exaggerated that cartoon proportions were necessary to really sell them, whereas human actors filling the same roles with the same (or very similar) dialogue will seem hammy and over-acted. I don't doubt Disney can pull it off, but I would find it a daunting task to try and reproduce the same film rather than making a new adaptation - especially with the strong nostalgia this particular movie carries. It comes out around my wife's birthday though, so I don't have much of a choice about seeing it in the theater. I will give it a fair shot though - the original was a big hit and the studio has to know they need to do it justice.
  12. Disney's Beauty and the Beast

    To be fair, in the original Disney animated film she saw the Prince's painting and recognized him by his eyes, so she might have put together that he was a human cursed in some way. The live action trailers have shown a similar painting, though there is a greater age difference.
  13. Weapons Banter Thread

    As a Glock guy with the 1911 bug for the last several months, color me very interested. Range reviews from SHOT all sound very positive about this one too. It's generating a ton of buzz and I bet most of you have already seen a thing or two about it, but I had to share the teaser vid. Their marketing department deserves some serious kudos. The firearm podcasts I listen to (This Week in Guns, and Gun Talk) are sounding like we're going to see some real innovation coming out in the next couple years, so I'm glad to see companies taking the risks and rolling out new ideas.
  14. Weapons Banter Thread

    I didn't see a sling in any of those photos, have you tried stabilizing with a 2-pt sling strap? I'm a weak guy myself, and that has really helped me, even with a 26" bull barrel & bipod.
  15. The camera is a little awkward to control from time to time, but I would say the controls feel like they were ripped right from SotC. It's especially noticeable when climbing on Trico. The puzzles are creative without being repetitive or overly difficult, and the action controls are pretty minimal with a nice touch of not letting you run right off cliffs.Graphically the game is so gorgeous I have found myself just watching some still moments when Trico goes off to do something animalistic like roll around in a puddle or sniff around at things. After one particularly suspenseful puzzle he looked back and sat down, and I was happy to follow suit for a moment. I almost forgave him for (slight spoiler) earlier. I'm just getting bits of the overall story from the environment right now, but these games have always tied it all up near the end. I won't fault anyone for waiting on a price drop, but it's definitely worth playing at some point.
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