The good, the bad and the ugly of the past week (13 October 2017)

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Jason

It’s Friday the 13th! In the month of Halloween! That probably means we’re all going to die! In the unlikely event that we make it through the day unscathed and still bound to this mortal realm, I planned to spend my weekend converting no good orcs into once willing to fight alongside me. That plan has, however, been scuppered – as more review games have fallen into my lap. No complaints though! What are you fine folk doing this weekend?

Best Stories

Marvel’s Cinematic Universe may seem like it’s an incoherent temporal mess, but there’s official timeline coming to clean that all up. For it to really take off, VR needs to be wireless, affordable and capable. Oculus Go is the affordable, hassle-free headset VR needs right now. Representation matters! That’s why it’s so cool that the live-action Akira will actually use Asian actors. Feel like watching the Star Wars trailer set you up for spoilers? Don’t worry, that Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer didn’t really spoil anything.

Worst Stories

Still waiting for PlayStation fans and Xbox ones to play nicely together? You may be waiting forever because Cross-console multiplayer may be a lost cause. Loot boxes may be terrible things that prey on human psychology but they’re not gambling, apparently. Gaming is expensive, especially in a country where the economy isn’t doing as well as it should be. How do you fix that? Through overarching legislation, of course! The FPB wants Steam to pay up to R3.17 million to sell games in South Africa.

Random Stories

They’re just as deadly in video games as they are in real life, as Hippos will mess you up real bad in Assassin’s Creed Origins. No words. Just…this. KFC’s Colonel Sanders is going to cluck you up in WWE 2K18.

Reviews and Features

The Snowman Review – A thriller that is too distracted from its own plot to draw you in
The 100 greatest video game quotes – Part 2
The Sense of An Ending (DVD) Review – Solid acting and clever direction can’t rescue this dull drama
WRC 7 review – Lacks innovation, but still a thrilling hardcore rally sim experience
Nioh Bloodshed’s End Review – An incredible closing
Telltale’s Batman: The Enemy Within Episode 2 Review
Blood, guts and glory – Happy 25th birthday, Mortal Kombat
Blade Runner 2049 review – A masterclass in sci-fi filmmaking, superior to its predecessor
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Review – A bigger and bolder return to Mordor
The brilliant cosplay of rAge Expo 2017

Header of the Week

Comment of the Week

There’s this!

And this one for good measure.

Random stuff

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Last Updated: October 13, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • For the Emperor!

    You missed a “best story” candidate! What is that story? Easy – I quit my job 😛

  • MonsterCheddar
  • Hammersteyn

    Congrats @disqus_YDGhciulmi:disqus and @MonsterCheddar:disqus

    • Magoo

      Honourable mentions for setting them up @SkittleZA and @hammersteyn

      • MonsterCheddar

        Oh yes, indeed. Thanks Fuckers…. o/

        • Hammersteyn

          XD

  • MonsterCheddar

    Congrats Nikola, Dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Admiral Chief

    I’m going to explore the Plains of Eidolon this fine weekend!

    • MonsterCheddar

      A nice Chilli broth, and I will be exploring the Plains of My Colon.

      • HvR

        *Pains

        • MonsterCheddar

          Too right. XD

          • Admiral Chief

            Hehehe chilli amateur!

    • Original Heretic

      The excitement is strong with this one.

    • Hammersteyn

      Sounds boring

      • MonsterCheddar
        • Admiral Chief
          • HGGGGNNNNNNNNN

          • Admiral Chief

          • That dude on the left sounds… very… excited. [sarc]

          • Hammersteyn

            Sorry, still not excited. Is this like a action video game?

          • Admiral Chief

            It’s higher grade, only PC folk understands, and a select few consolers

            😛

          • Hammersteyn

            XD XD XD

          • Original Heretic

            I need to ask something.
            What’s it like having a Kubrow? Is it better than the little floaty thingy?
            I’m just about done with the Howl of the Kubrow quest (just need the collar), so I need to know!

          • Admiral Chief

            Wonderful to have one, good for endgame, but for everyday missions, can be burden

          • Original Heretic

            A burden? How so?
            Right now, my little floater freezes guys for me, which slows them down nicely. Hence, I’m very hesitant to swap it out.

          • Admiral Chief

            Keep em, keep em all. Well, keep the primes (you need plat to buy more slots though…)

          • Original Heretic

            I currently have NO primes of anything.

          • Original Heretic

            And how is it a burden? You’re leaving me hanging here….

          • Admiral Chief

            You have to play with it daily and it loses genetic stability out of stasis (less per day if you bough the incubator upgrade)

          • There is only Kavats!

            Nothing strikes fear into your enemies like a death kitty by your side!

          • Admiral Chief

            Nothing strikes fear into a Tenno more than scanning for Kavats

          • We shall never talk about that again.

          • Admiral Chief

            That is literally the only thing keeping me from growing collection

          • Original Heretic

            This sounds like a story that needs to be shared. Spill it!

          • Admiral Chief

            Nope, we will let you do it

          • Dont drink when you do this mission to get a kavat…you will be wasted by the time you finish.

          • Original Heretic

            I never drink when I game. In fact, I hardly ever drink at all.

          • Admiral Chief

            Well, you could play drinking game, one shot for every code scanned successfully. Your bottle will keep a month, easy.

          • One shot every time a kavat rips your face off before the scan goes through

          • Admiral Chief

            Dronk in 5mins

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            If you see an alert mission for 5 genetic codes… drop everything and do it. Save yourself a ton of pain. Farming Kubrow eggs is a breeze compared to Kavat scanning.

          • Admiral Chief

            I hardly see those alerts, but yes, good advice

          • Original Heretic

            I found my Kubrow eggs pretty easily, actually. First time, and I got one.
            Then in a timed mission, I got another, so I have a spare.

            Where does Kavat scanning take place? Any particular planet?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Orokin derelict, but not defense missions. You need 10 genetic codes to breed a kavat, and you get those by scanning the feral kavats… that are frequently invisible… and move very fast… and it’s not a guaranteed drop when you get it right either.

          • Original Heretic

            Jeez, okay, sounds rough.
            And pretty damn awesome.
            What kind of scanner do you need? The normal fragment type scanner or the hunting scanner you get from Cephalon Simaris?

          • Admiral Chief

            Ceph

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Can use either, but with the Simaris one you’ve got a chance at getting two codes with one scan if you install the upgrade.

          • Admiral Chief

            ^^^

          • Original Heretic

            Thanks guys, very helpful of y’all.
            @Admiral_Chief:disqus
            @ottokie:disqus

          • ODE

            The exterminate Derelicts worked bestest

          • I have never ever seen an alert for those

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            They’re pretty rare. But I’ve done a few over the last few months & built up a nice stock.

          • Original Heretic

            I don’t even know what those are yet…

          • The cats 😛

          • Admiral Chief

            Meow-wow

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            What’s really cool is not maturing your Kubrow, then having the puppy running around your ship.

          • Original Heretic

            I thought about doing that. But since it is my first Kubrow, I wanted to see what it was like.

          • Admiral Chief

            At least they mature faster now

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            If you want a tank of a Kubrow install the health & armour sharing mods and pair it with Inaros, it’s scary tough then. Only real reason I don’t use pets over sentinels is because sentinels have loot vacuum.

          • Admiral Chief

            For that reason alone I mainly use sentinels, the loot vacuum

          • Original Heretic

            I like that loot vacuum part of it.
            And like I mentioned to Admiral below, my sentinel has a very nice cold/freezing effect, so it slows enemies down hectically.

          • Admiral Chief

            I don’t put weapons on mine, the kills are MINE

          • Original Heretic

            It hardly does damage.
            And it freezes.
            So I still end up with 90% of the kills.

          • Admiral Chief

            Well the weapon takes affinity, so you level up slower

          • Original Heretic

            Even if it’s already fulled levelled?

          • Admiral Chief

            Jip. Share affinity

          • My low energy usage Ember can solo up to wave 15 defense by just standing there and me going to do something else…problem is I don’t get loot cause it registers me as afk xD

          • Admiral Chief

            Haha

          • Admiral Chief

            Yeah, love this

          • Hammersteyn

            Looks the same

          • Admiral Chief

            …but freeeeeeeeeeeeee

          • Hammersteyn

            So are deserts

          • Admiral Chief

            And desserts are LEKKER

      • MonsterCheddar

        Sounds….well….plain.

  • Original Heretic

    Wait….I just noticed something….

    Isn’t the plural of “sarcophagus” meant to be “sarcophagi”?

    • Admiral Chief
      • Original Heretic

        So I’m right then. Cool. Cool cool cool.

        • Admiral Chief

          The plural form in Latin is sarcophagi, and in English it is sarcophaguses

          • Original Heretic

            It’s a Latin word. So I’m right. That other words just sounds totally wrong. Like Bruce Springsteen trying to clear his throat.

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