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  1. Cavs still own the greatest comeback in NBA history. Suck it, Boston.
  2. Ah okay. Pretty sure I already have that quest. Just haven't done it yet.
  3. At what point do you get the thing in your spoiler? Is it after a specific temple? I've only done the Wind Temple so far. I just got to the Goron town, so will probably knock out the Fire Temple (presumably) this weekend.
  4. The nice thing is that fuse can theoretically make any fight winnable, at least so long as you don’t get hit. Some of the enemies can one shot you even after you’ve added a few extra hearts, and I haven’t even fought some of the more powerful enemies like those three headed dragons or the lion things.
  5. Tears of the Kingdom effectively addresses just about every issue I had with Breath of the Wild. The combat is more dynamic and fun thanks to all the crazy shit you can do with fuse and ultrahand. Getting around is significantly faster and less frustrating than it was in the first game because of the towers that rocket you into the sky, the ascend ability, and being able to just teleport to a checkpoint on some sky island near where you're trying to get to and skydiving down to it rather than climbing a whole ass mountain. Puzzles often have a variety of solutions or can be skipped entirely if you've got a rocket strapped to one of your shields. The vast majority of weapons you find lying around are no longer completely fucking useless, as you can use fuse to attach a high damage item to them and make them formidable. The items monsters drop now have utility outside of making elixers, as some of them drop the high damage items you attach to your weapons. Further, there's now a legitimate reason to fight tougher enemies, as they give you weapons with a better base damage (that you can improve further with fuse) and also tend to drop the more powerful fuse items. Similarly, bows no longer feel wildly underpowered. I use my bow far more than melee weapons in this game, and in many fights I don't even bother switching to a melee weapon at all. There also just seems like far more to do. It's not so much that the first game was short on content. There was a metric fuckton of content in Breath of the Wild. But the vast majority of it lacked any sort of narrative to go along with it. In this game, every one of the dozens or so stables has at least one main side quest and several smaller things to do, like help the sign guy or a korok get to his friend. There's also, like, an actual story in this game, and a bunch of cut-scenes. It's not on the level of fantastic narrative works like The Last of Us or Portal 2, but it's at least more interesting than anything I remember from Breath of the Wild. It's definitely the best game I've played so far this year.
  6. Probably the easiest of the early games to remake. The first two would basically require ground up reworks like the first few Resident Evil games did, but the third was essentially already a third-person shooter by the time Kojima had tinkered with it enough.
  7. What’s even more inexplicable is that they let you swap two of the buttons, but it’s not two that make the scheme make much more sense.
  8. So far the toughest enemy in Tears of the Kingdom is the controller. Whoever decided to reverse the A & B buttons can fuck right off. I've died at least three times because the buttons are so ass backwards.
  9. Yeah, the two new Zelda games definitely veer more toward Dark Souls in difficulty than the Zelda games of old, which were challenging at times but very gated. With how open the world is and how little restriction you get from the outset (at least after leaving the tutorial area), it’s easy to run into enemies early on that can obliterate you in one hit.
  10. I decided to look it up on Steam and apparently I already own it? Which is strange because I don't remember buying it, or ever having heard of it before.
  11. I really enjoyed Firewatch. Played it back around when it came out. I was a little underwhelmed by where the story ended up going, but it was still a great, atmospheric game with gorgeous visuals.
  12. It takes some getting used to and is a bit obtuse, but the game is mostly pretty slow-paced and so it's rarely an issue. Time only advances in the game when your ship is moving, and so for the most part you're safe when stationary (outside of certain areas), which allows you to take the time to fiddle with your inventory or prepare for an expedition into dangerous waters. The game's atmosphere is unsettling and there are some enemies that can very easily destroy your ship, especially early on before you upgrade it, but for the most part it's a pretty laid back experience.
  13. Dredge is a fun little game. I haven't had the proper time to dig into it, as I've been on vacation and then had my parents visiting, but I've made it to the third of four islands in the game. I love the art style, and the game is equal parts peaceful fishing adventure and Lovecraftian horror.
  14. I think people are just over having Reigns as champ. He’s had both belts forever now and he is basically a part timer.
  15. So I haven't watched Mania yet, but most of the comments I've seen from wrestling fans who have were positive. The ending of the main event seems pretty universally panned, but everyone loved night one.
  16. Skyrim is a bit different because it's so meandering and open ended and how you play can alter a run significantly. With Witcher 3, there's really only one way to play it, and the story is linear even if you can spend a lot of time dicking around. You're Geralt (and, occasionally, Ciri). You'll always be Geralt, the witcher. He'll always have two swords and the same five or so spells and a bunch of potions you always forget to use.
  17. Sure, but how many people ever actually replay games that take 40+ hours to beat? I'd love to replay Witcher 3 with the graphics update, but I just don't have the fucking time if I want to play anything else for the next six months.
  18. Doubt it impacts Rick and Morty at all. From everything that I’ve read or listened to, everyone who works on the show was glad to see him gone and believed it took too long to finally get rid of him.
  19. My dog had her best friend over on Friday night. Pic 1 Pic 2 The aftermath
  20. The crowd for this show has been tremendous. Reminds me of NXT crowds from before the pandemic.
  21. I don't know how you can't have Sami win. He's the guy right now. No one in WWE has been this over since Daniel Bryan, and that was like a decade ago.
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