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  1. Clearing the slate at the end of every year is actually a great way of avoiding WK influencing the booking like it does the G1. In the same way it also enables its crowning to be something of note for the tail end of the calendar when they are usually treading water (sorry tag league).
  2. I had the exact same plan. I don't really do tv so I set myself a target of about one per working day. I'm currently up to episode 23 and there may be another pandemic before I finish.
  3. Infamous 2 popped up in my backlog roulette and a couple of hours in I'm still struggling to not be amused by how Cole the superpowered movieman handles the same as Sly the thieving raccoon. Congrats to Sucker Punch for breaking a twenty year habit assuming the same is not the case for Ghost.
  4. The IWGP so transparently having to change trajectory in early 2019 after Kenny neglected to mention his plans to leave makes it easy to forget how much of a let down his 'me against my friends' 2018 reign was after being so hot chasing and how badly the dome main event was sabotaged. The US expansion could never have existed and AEW turning Kenny's ear would still be looked back on as the point when New Japan's recent golden age came to an end. They've yet to regain that lost momentum.
  5. Best bit was him pointing out that his down-throw was from Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition just to out-dork everybody who thought they didn't need a lesson. Never thought I'd see a Pic-a-Pix Color mention here! It was my pre-bed chill for a bit. First puzzle reveals the picture, then the second is a desperate few seconds trying to work out what the hell the picture is meant to be before the punchline of the game telling you.
  6. They add more characters / modes etc like usual fighting game expansions and mix up the mechanics a bit too. Story-wise they pick up where the previous one left off, but be aware that the story is extensive. Leans into visual novel territory at times. I was intrigued by the story side when I played Calamity Trigger, but when I picked up the second in the series and saw that it takes four hours to 'play' through the canonical recap of Calamity Trigger's story as a prelude to the new one I was happy to skip to the final game. The final game was described as the end of its 'arc', sugges
  7. I can't say Darius Gaiden is in my personal top tier of games, horischmups or otherwise, but that operatic YMO-like soundtrack is enough to cement it in the memory and warrant a return trip down the line.
  8. Doors opened at 4, scheduled to start at 6. Sat down at about 5:20 and just when I was wondering how I best to kill the remaining time Emerson, Lake and Palmer tickles my fanboy nerve to start the show. Had a seat to the side of the video wall so there were plenty of segments that consisted to me of people randomly cheering indecipherable Japanese audio. My consolation was a bit of behind the curtain peeking. Seeing performers moving into position before revealing themselves gave a bit of surrogate performance anxiety, and while most provided bonus selling after disappearing off-camera, o
  9. Suzuki is Palpatine now.
  10. Archibald making a reference to this show a couple of weeks ago reminded me that this show existed and I grabbed a couple of tickets , so big thanks to them. I think when the show was announced I couldn't think of anyone who I could go with. Turns out the answer to that question of who would attend pro wrestling with me is my girlfriend who doesn't know what pro wrestling is. First live wrestling event for me but seeing as I've followed New Japan since 2003 this seems like the time to start sampling the atmos. Not sure how well the main event and Zack's tekkers will translate to the cheap
  11. And one of Tenzan's title wins was an accident!
  12. Salads

    NJPW Dominion 2019

    YMMV on whether this counts but I had Omega down as the one man Okada didn't need the Rainmaker to pin with the title on the line thanks to the first fall in their 2/3 match. Looking back it was the same hold used then as the one to pin Jericho, so it wasn't completely out of nowhere. I like to think it was an intentional callback of some kind, though not one AEW would brag about. I call it the Winnipegger.
  13. If you are not a fan of Kenny, Ibushi signing means a clearer route to 'Ibushi: IWGP Champion' without Mr Creative Control casting him as a supporting player in a never-ending autobiopic. If you are a fan of Kenny, Ibushi was signed as the most realistic bait of getting him to come back. New Japan have got two dome shows to fill next year, and someone really wants to have a match against Ibushi there.
  14. Varies wildly on an individual basis Wii U end, unhelpfully. - Bayonetta ran way better on Wii U than PS3 which isn't saying much, and has cosmetic but cool Nintendo-themed extras. An example: choose the Samus costume and guns turn into her arm blaster, panther within turns into morph ball (with bombs when you jump that do small damage) and you can wiggle the visor on or off at any time including cutscenes. - Haven't played Arkham City on any format but have the Wii U version lined up because I'd potentially value the gamepad features more than peak performance like I did with
  15. Exploiting AI is usually the most effective tactic in the single player of the few MK games I have played, so escalating that to an SNK boss at the end goes down better with me than it does in most actual SNK fighters. My not-so intensive contribution to the Final Fantasy discussion is that I'm currently playing VI and it's a heap better than VII IMO.
  16. NJPW has been booming while using broadly the same result-conscious booking they always have and the Elite will be familiar with that so they could easily cherry pick what they thought would carry over. But with wins and losses not mattering being a common complaint towards WWE in recent years the simplest interpretation is probably as a 'yeah, we're not going to be like that'.
  17. Saw Tony Khan pop up on the front page of BBC News today because he told a Fulham fan to go to hell on twitter. Best part is, the tweet that prompted the response was an extraordinarily civil 'Leave my club please'.
  18. For reference, Tanahashi on Strong Style: http://yottsumepuroresu.blogspot.com/2014/05/njpw-hiroshi-tanahashi-talks-about.html He's not a fan.
  19. Patience usually pays off with NJPW a hell of a lot more than the competition because they have a good record with long term booking and there are examples of results getting fan blowback at the time that retroactively turned out fine. This doesn't really apply to the years-long neglect of the tag division. Giving the tag titles its own 'division' of teams assembled from singles nearly-men to make room for a trillion singles belts is one of the Americanisms I never wanted. With the swelling of talent vying for the top of the card pre-assembled into factions you'd think a stronger set of tag ti
  20. Apologies if this is in bad taste, but I was always amused by the reference to the male performer as 'The Big Guy' in this review of Sunny's porn appearance and against my better judgement that tweet bought it all back.
  21. Looking at Tanahashi's photo I'd say he's already succumbed to his genetic destiny by becoming a grumpy vet and is hiding it from his fans with the power of his hair alone. There's a wig-snatch double turn in there for sure.
  22. Thank you for reminding me of Toru Yano: hot amateur prospect and the confusion accompanying his subsequent career path.
  23. I'm hoping he will be - low-impact bouts for his opponents, singles submission school for the young'uns, style deviation for the fans and I'd imagine a booker's dream when it comes to pulling off random-ass G1 results. It's been a while since they've had anyone in the Nishimura role.
  24. Frantically pounding on bongos to fury-smack a giant ape around on screen is the kind of gratification I dream of whenever I'm button mashing for a torture attack in Bayonetta. I've no interest in the New Play Control version.
  25. Inadvertently saw the new year in playing Ninja Gaiden Black. Could be worse.
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