Super Mario Odysesy

December 16, 2017 at 14:54 (Games, Switch) ()

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I pre-ordered this before realising I wouldn’t have time to play it until weeks after the release. In that time I saw lots of feedback about how great the game was so it was perhaps inevitable that (slight) disappointment would follow when I first started playing. It wasn’t until I got to the end of the New Donk City that the game truly impressed me with a magnificent sequence that is full of joy. It didn’t help that I somehow completely missed the T-Rex early in the game although I did find one later but only as a result of fumbling the controls and ending up somewhere I wasn’t trying to get to. It’s those controls and to a lesser extent the camera that marred my early hours with the game. I expect more from Nintendo, I don’t want to feel let down by the controls or be unsure exactly where I should be heading and certainly not miss an epic set piece. As I continued through the game, it never felt like a slog but it did feel a bit like going through the motions, albeit with a smile on my face. Those moments of pure joy did pop up from time to time but not enough to be fully impressed. This already didn’t feel as memorable as the Galaxy games or even Sunshine not to mention 64.

I tried not to read too much about the game but I was already aware that things may not be exactly as they seem. Throughout there is a sense that something else is being teased and as I approached Bowser’s Castle my hopes were raised. I don’t really think it’s a spoiler (but others have so feel free to skip ahead) to say that the 10ish hour story is really just a really long tutorial for the real game and it’s only once that starts that, for me, the game really came alive.  I’m not far into that stage of the game but already I feel the desire to play more which I didn’t have before. It is filling me with joy to play and also to marvel at how well the levels are put together which I didn’t appreciate as I was being funneled through the story. The funny thing is this is how I’ve said games should be designed, a brief story to introduce you to the world and mechanics but then an open world to explore and enjoy fully.

I have no idea how much more of the game I’ll play, it feels like there is a lot to see and a desire to do so but this felt like the right time to say something about it before I forget (like I did with Breath Of The Wild and possibly Tomb Raider).

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Glastonbury 2017: The List

June 27, 2017 at 14:17 (Festivals, Film, Gigs, Music) (, )

A list of all the acts and films I saw (or partially saw/heard) at Glastonbury this year. Nothing was disappointing (apart from the massive crowds and gridlock) but also not much stood out as a real highlight, those few highlights are in bold.

Thursday

  • La Strada (Black Lamp)
  • Rogue One (Palais)
  • The Libertine (Cineramageddon)
  • Withnail & I (Cineramageddon)

Friday

  • Hacienda Classical (Pyramid)
  • The Pretenders* (Other)
  • Glass Animals (Introducing)
  • Dua Lipa (Peel)
  • Roe (Introducing)
  • Kris Kristofferson (Pyramid)
  • Royal Blood (Pyramid)
  • Elbow** (Park)
  • Lorde* (Other)
  • Radiohead* (Pyramid)
  • The Flaming Lips (Park)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road* (Cineramageddon)

Saturday

  • The Bootleg Beatles (Pyramid)
  • Jeremy Hardy (Cabaret)
  • Kernow King (Cabaret)
  • Phil Kay (Theatre Field)
  • Jeremy Corbyn (Pyramid)
  • Run The Jewels (Pyramid)
  • Katy Perry (Pyramid)
  • The Avalanches* (Holts)
  • Foo Fighters** (Only heard them walking behind Pyramid)
  • Fatboy Slim* (Sonic)
  • Craig Hill (Cabaret)

Sunday

  • Robin Ince (Crow)
  • Cassette Boy vs DJ Rubbish (Glade)
  • Rag’n’Bone Man (Missed because of a nose bleed)
  • Barry Gibb* (Pyramid)
  • Kiefer Sutherland* (Avalon)
  • Stuart Goldsmith (Cabaret)
  • Chic** (Pyramid) 
  • Goldfrapp* (Peel)
  • London Grammar (Peel)
  • Justice** (Holts)

* – Partial set
** – Passing through/couldn’t see but heard

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March TV

April 5, 2017 at 18:08 (TV) ()

  • Inside Number 9 (1-4)
  • Follow The Money
  • Catastrophe
  • Gap Year
  • Homeland
  • Last Week Tonight
  • The Replacement
  • Broadchurch
  • The Goldbergs
  • Agents Of Shield
  • 24 Legacy
  • The Walking Dead
  • Full Frontal
  • SS GB
  • Taboo
  • Class
  • The Moorside
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine
  • Timeless

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February TV

March 5, 2017 at 13:56 (TV) (, )

  • OJ: Made In America
  • Inside No  9
  • Uncle S3
  • SS-GB
  • Homeland S6 (1-5)
  • Last Week Tonight
  • Bojack Horseman S2
  • The Goldbergs S4 (1-8)
  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  • Taboo
  • Modus
  • Agents of SHIELD S4 (1-3)
  • Class S1 (1-5)
  • The Daily Show
  • The Affair S3 
  • Film 2017
  • Lip Sync Battle S3 (1-2)
  • Real Time With Bill Maher
  • Brooklyn S4 (1-10)
  • Great American Railroad Journeys
  • Timeless
  • Not Going Out S8

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January TV

February 5, 2017 at 15:08 (Misc, TV) ()

I thought it felt like I hadn’t watched much this month, I think there were some other one off things from Christmas which I haven’t tracked but nothing is standing out in my memory.

  • Sherlock (S4)
  • Uncle (S3 1-5)
  • Planet Earth II (3-6)
  • Full Frontal
  • Bojack Horseman (S2 1-8)
  • Homeland (S6 1-2)
  • The Goldbergs (S4 1-3)
  • The Daily Show
  • Timeless (S1 1-7)
  • The Code (S2)
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine (S4 1-8)

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