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@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 08:26 PM)

It's a good deal if you want a full set of Refraktor (and if they have them at your location)

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 November 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Here we can buy two and get one free, but at least two of them are gonna be the same toy, because lol distribution.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 01:01 PM)

In the U.K., it’s more like you but two, you only get one given how expensive they are.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 11:38 AM)

Transformers are Buy 2 Get 1 free at Target this week.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 04:29 AM)

2019 has been one long South Park episode.

@  Sjogre : (16 November 2019 - 10:46 PM)

Okay, that actually sounds pretty fun.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 12:49 PM)

It was set in the forties, featured Nazi's as the villains and had Kiko fight mostly Ice Age animals and a mythical dragon that now ruled the island guarding Kongs treasure.

@  Paladin : (15 November 2019 - 11:37 AM)

and it was ALSO eleven hours long.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 10:55 AM)

In a alternate reality Peter Jackson made Son of Kong.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 November 2019 - 09:30 AM)

To be fair to boba: everyone else to go into the sarlacc was a sacrifice. Stripped almost naked and tossed, and didn't have body armor, a jetpack and a weapon.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 November 2019 - 06:54 AM)

Nah, he just has to keep up his plot insurance payments so he can shoot his way out of the Sarlacc again.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 November 2019 - 02:59 AM)

Funny, but everyone knows he bounty hunts for Jabba Hutt to finance his 'Vette.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 November 2019 - 02:54 AM)

Okay.. Not sure why.. but streaming is harder than jsut playing the game.. even though that's pretty much what I was doing.

@  Xellos : (14 November 2019 - 06:47 PM)

What type of vehicle does Boba Fett use for time travel? A Man-DeLorean.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 03:55 PM)

Admittedly, it's been a long time since I've been to a walk-in clinic, as I tend not to get sick (and the one time I do every 4-5 years, I prefer just riding it out at home), but the last time I went I'm pretty sure you could just show up, no appointment. It may be different in Quebec,though

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:36 PM)

One thing to note about health insurance in Germany is that we have a two-class system: mandatory health insurance is basically the economy class, while private health insurance is the business class.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:32 PM)

My local doctor is actually a shared office with several doctors where you will get randomly assigned to one of the doctors available that day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:30 PM)

Also, employers are required by law to cover part of their employees' health insurance fees, so I only have to pay my part.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:28 PM)

Basic examinations and sick notes (known as "work-inability certificates" in Germany) for the employer are covered by our health insurances by default.

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 November 2019 - 12:02 PM)

Around here, we can go to a walk-in clinic whenever, but might have to wait in the queue until there's a doctor available, which can take hours on a busy day. And then hope our insurance will cover anything.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2019 - 07:38 AM)

There actually are a good number of clinics around here: but the walk ins require an appointment (what?) and are only done once a week. IF you can get an appointment, you see a doctor usually within 40 minutes, but good luck getting the appointment.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

Depending on the day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

We have family doctors (called "house doctors") with regular office hours where you may need an hour or two of waiting time.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 12:50 AM)

Two weeks? That seems a little long; are there not a lot of walk-in clinics around you?

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 07:01 PM)

Does germany make it quick and easy to see a doctor too? Cause an emergency doctor visit can take two weeks out here, and an emergency ROOM visit can take 18-24 hours.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:43 PM)

(Good thing is, under German law, if you call in sick during your vacation and see a doctor immediately, you get to keep your vacation days.)

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:42 PM)

Too bad. My plans wee to do two more overtime hours before having my last day of vacation for the year on Friday. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:41 PM)

So I'm currently on medical leave for a particularly stupid reason: Burned my back with a hot-water bag while sleeping last night. Though the doctor said I'm hardly the first person to have this happen to them.

@  Patch : (13 November 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Just a particularly odious example of the 90s era of depicting transgender women as either the subject of crude humor, or "Jerry Springer" material.

@  Ashley : (13 November 2019 - 04:55 PM)

I think Ace Ventura legit contributed to me spending years in self denial. I will never be ok with Jim Carrey.

@  Benbot : (13 November 2019 - 01:22 PM)

I thought he since changed his tune.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 November 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Jim Carry Paladin?

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 November 2019 - 12:22 PM)

Don't doubt what he can do. Sonic the Hedgehog!

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 11:51 AM)

not giving a dime to a transphobic antivaxxer.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 11:25 AM)

It'll be a terrible movie if jim carrey phones it in. Otherwise it should be decent.

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 10:45 AM)

sonics' still gonna be a terrible movie but at least they whined loud enough to make him look passable for a 2-minute trailer. "yay."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:37 AM)

But of course to annoying people there's no such thing as different decisions made for different reasons, there is only "I like it so it's right" and "I don't like it so it's wrong."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:35 AM)

Even if we pretend it's objective truth that they were both bad, then they were bad in very different ways.

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:33 AM)

Sonic's previous movie design looked genuinely bad. The Transformers '07 designs just looked insufficiently like what certain loud and obnoxious parts of the fandom think Transformers are required to always look like.

@  Otaku : (13 November 2019 - 08:50 AM)

Um... Purple Monkey Dishwasher?

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 November 2019 - 08:25 AM)

Do we really need to have Every Movie Transformer Thread Ever in the Squawkbox?

@  Bass X0 : (13 November 2019 - 08:13 AM)

Sure it made money but that doesn’t mean it has appealing character designs. Lot of god awful fugly faces in the Transformers movies.

@  Otaku : (12 November 2019 - 08:25 PM)

@Liege My issue with Transformers (2007) were elements I thought were unnecessary.  I know it was supposed to just be a joke, but I didn't ever need to hear about "Sam's Happy Time". >.> Which, being in awe of the first "live action" TF-film, didn't even register until I'd already purchased and watched it on DVD a few times (after seeing it in theaters 3 times).

@  Liege : (12 November 2019 - 08:22 PM)

For all the Bayisms in the 07 movie, it was tempered by Spielberg as producer. Designs aside it was an enjoyable popcorn blockbuster about a boy and his first car who happens to be an alien from another planet. They sequels are just Bay going unchecked after he proved how much bank he could bring in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 November 2019 - 07:12 PM)

I didn't find the designs in the '07 movie to be that bad, personally. What got really offputting was how Cybertronians in general become such huge a-holes in the later films; the designs were very much secondary to their horrible personalities

@  Sabrblade : (12 November 2019 - 06:59 PM)

And yet, Transformers still broke the bank at the box office, opened up the brand to a whole new generation of fans, shot the brand up to mainstream appeal, and enabled all kinds of new collector-oriented lines and other avenues to come about. Not saying Sonic's movie will do the same for his series, but the 2007 TF movie certainly did more good than harm.

@  Bass X0 : (12 November 2019 - 06:09 PM)

Paramount changed Sonic due to fan backlash but refused to redo Transformers 2007 with new cgi appearances based on their classic forms everyone’s knows and loves, and can relate to. Trailer 1 Sonic is as appealing a design as 2007 Bumblebee...

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

I don't. They're a pain in the ass to repair.

@  Benbot : (12 November 2019 - 12:48 PM)

I wish car companies would bring back flip up headlights

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 09:07 AM)

Wear a hazmat suit. It's Walmart, they're used to weird.


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#1 wonko the sane?

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 09:30 PM

And while there's a lot to love, and a lot to hate, the game itself is a far cry from what made the series interesting in the first place.

 

I loved the hell out of far cry 3. It made interesting use of all three dimensions in a game, had a lush, well sculpted world full of a variety of terrain which you could use to your advantage, and the old school styled "walking armory" gun play (which you actually had to earn.) to throw into it. Compounded with a quasi open world, item gathering and crafting, and the fact that your actions actually left a mark on the world. Taking over outposts actually pushed the bad guys out of the area.

 

Now; The world in far cry five is beautiful. But... I find it beautiful because the textures and lighting are good, and it reflects a similar natural environment to that in which I grew up. There is no good utilization of all three dimensions in the world, most of the areas are functionally flat, with houses being just about all you can climb up onto. The game offers you the same shopping experience as far cry 3 and 4, but also directly monetized the game, offering you the "option" to purchase silver ingots for real money right in the in-game store menu. Way to break immersion ubisoft. The weapons in the game (that I've been able to acquire so far.) feel loose and seem to have ridiculous drop and scatter. Some of the enemies are armored to the point where 10 .44 mag rounds to the head only result in ME dying. Those same enemies are also no longer carrying the more random load outs for you to play with. My revolver has been, so far, the most exotic weapon fielded and I had to purchase it as this games rendition of the baretta m1911 is... bad. Hard to aim, poor accuracy, and what feels like a baby sized clip. Body armor is freely available at all the shops, and largely seems to do nothing, making no difference in how you long you can last outside of cover. The enemy AI is a ridiculous combination of incredibly clever, and incredibly stupid. They make great use of cover, throw smoke grenades, and often times rally together to force multiply weapon power. They make distinct efforts to revive fallen comrades, and seem quicker than in FC3 to hit the alarm button and call reinforcements. They also seem entirely and completely ignorant of WHAT they happen to be shooting, because they've managed to blow themselves up on more than one occasion hitting stuff like barrels and gas pumps because I happened to be standing somewhere on the other side of them. And the enemies: there's about three distinct faces for males and three more for females and after the second outpost: you kind feel bad for killing this many inbred folk. Mullets and mountain men beards hugging everywhere.

 

The game also offers random targets of opportunity, giving you the chance to free hostages in transit, destroy moving fuel trucks, and hijacking enemies supply trucks for looting. It puts these things on the country roads in frequencies which wouldn't be out of place in a major city. In fact, I camped a corner which had a machine gun turret, and was able to hit all three of these random events in about 5 minutes time. As well as kill some wolves and a bear. And create a small scrap yard's worth of abandoned enemy cars from shooting out the drivers head as they passed. There is a perk system, in which completing in game challenges and missions rewards you points to spend to allow you to upgrade your characters health, skills and loadout. Again, these perks seem to do nothing, as doubling my health made no measurable effect on survival. Crafting has also lost some of it's interest: as in the previous two titles, you could hunt down wild animals to build bigger storage bags to increase ammo caps and allow for more thrown weapons and even carry more guns. As well as the manufacturing of narcotic substances which gave short term boosts to stuff like how long you could swim under water, or hunters vision, night vision or even all natural medkits. These things are gone as well. Ammo cap is increased through a perk which: again, didn't seem to work when I purchased it. You can make a bunch of stuff under the utility menu: but none of it's use is readily apparent, and why would I even need to MAKE more liquor? All I need to do is shake down a cultist and he fills up my inventory on it and you can't sell it. You just cart it around for some reason.

 

This meandering review has pushed me towards finally stating this point: This COULD have been a fun game if ubisoft had kept the elements which made the previous entries in the series fun. The randomness of animal attacks, enemies with decent AI and a sense of survival (this last point could be technically written off as they are a religious cult, but still: poor form there.), A better constructed world to both explore and use, and a FAR better sense of population density and variety. It's got stuff to like, but it's not a very good game so far. I think ubisoft has been pulling a bethesda since they made far cry primal, and it's just going to negatively affect the company and their product. I'm happy they felt they could experiment with the game mechanics and implementation: but I also hope they learn from those experiments and understand what does and doesn't work for an open world styled game.

 

If you're a fan of the series: wait for an uber sale. If you're not but were on the fence about trying it: I suggest you pass. It brings nothing new except story to the table, and it's just more cliched crap. The point was to give the user a sandbox in which to kill and explode, and they didn't do a very good job of it.


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 12:19 PM

*gets into a helicopter, destroys giant armored truck AND claims a cult outpost before they finish the radio chatter on the truck mission.*

 

Okay, maybe I was being harsh a bit...


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Posted 03 March 2019 - 10:58 AM

Do you get to fight edge-glowing giant reptiles as a chromed laser cyborg in the post-apocalyptic future of 2007?
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Posted 03 March 2019 - 12:16 PM

Oh man, I loved that one.


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Posted 03 March 2019 - 12:41 PM

Hey you can't be later then the party then I am.

 

I've never played a Farcry game.


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Posted 03 March 2019 - 01:15 PM

Hey you can't be later then the party then I am.

 

I've never played a Farcry game.

I can break it down for you!

 

"american exceptionalism will solve everyone else's problems"

 

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