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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 17 January, 2019, 01:05:42 pm »
What Radiator said!

Mario Kart, Zelda, New Super Mario Bros, Mario Odyssey, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, all the obvious big hitters from Nintendo will be fine for the kids, and fun for you too! If the kids are into runners in particular there is a game called Runner3 on there that's the latest in a series of prestigious rythmic runner games -


Super Meat Boy Forever is out in April, and that's going to be a runner unless they changed it! The original SMB was fantastic so expectations are high. May contain some light potty humour


Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 06 January, 2019, 05:09:16 pm »
Nice review, and great game! A real blast from the past. I'm more of a Columns guy than a Tetris guy myself, mainly just because that was my first proper exposure to the genre! The version I played a lot of was on the Game Gear, but it wasn't the standalone one which I think was just a port of the Master System version (as were most GG games) - it was in the 'Sega Game Pack 4-in-1'. It had its own look and much better graphics in general than the GG/MS version. In fact I liked how it looked a lot, cool tunes too! I think it had slightly different rules to Megadrive Columns though, it didn't have single line diagonals iirc


edit: ah a bit of research tells me it was based on the Flash mode in normal Columns.

Games / Re: Games of the 80s
« on: 25 December, 2018, 02:13:28 am »
Wow M.I.K, that stuff is so impressive. I'd say if you ever need a pixel artist we should collab but I think you've got it covered!

Oh and Merry Xmas, just got back from the pub!!

Games / Re: Games of the 80s
« on: 23 December, 2018, 02:52:06 am »
We had a BBC Micro. I spent endless hours playing games on that. Particular favourites were Planetoid, Arcadians, Zalaga, Revs, Elite, Castle Quest and Citadel.

Citadel on the Beeb! I really liked that as a kid, in all honesty I think mainly because the title screen got in my head and transported me to another world! It's the main thing I remember. That might sound weird but back then box art and title screens (if they bothered with art) were so powerful to me, sparking off the imagination that would then work whilst you played.

Repton, Daredevil Dennis, Space Pilot, Deathstar, Frak! and Shark were other highlights for me on the Beeb, although Shark didn't want to work often and gained legendary status probably because of how rarely you'd get to actually enjoy it!

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 18 December, 2018, 09:24:50 pm »
Any particular systems you're aiming at in the upcoming season? My votes for more 16-bit stuff!

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 17 December, 2018, 05:37:14 pm »
Great stuff, before I got my own SNES I remember my brother's friend bringing over theirs and Super R-Type when I was a kid. It definitely doesn't look like a stone cold stunner now, but at the time these were some of the best graphics I had ever seen :D

That's always been my thing with Shmups, I love the graphics and sound and the role of the daring fighter pilot taking on armies in space, but I've never found them very satisfying. It's my problem of course, I'm just not very good at them. If I'd ever paid the full price to buy one new back in their console hay-day I probably would've forced myself to learn it though, and maybe I'd be a genre maniac now! Because like you say in the video a big part of these games, and a lot of old hard games, is level memorisation. I suppose I always came to them wanting instant gratification, but they take work. I did get good at the Shmup levels in Cuphead though!

As for the lack of continues (edit - checkpoints sorry), it might have something to do with it being a short game. With arcade games being short, some ports from arcade to console were made harder to lengthen the thing to make them seem more worth their console price. Totally agree that its a pretty thoughtless, arbitrary way to do it. Another thing that happened with some Japanese games too, is their western versions were made harder in these cheap ways because of game rentals in the west, which Japan didn't have. Checkpoints, lives, continues etc. removed just to lower the chance somebody would rent it and finish it. Happened a lot on the NES in my experience!

I have to namedrop Nevryon from 1990, the problematic R-type clone on Acorn. No wonder I thought Super R-type looked insane! Still love dat theme tune doe - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnMr_Ozeoso

crank it up!

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 05 December, 2018, 12:50:55 pm »
Half-Life 1 holds up pretty darn well too in my opinion!

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 03 December, 2018, 06:20:59 pm »
There are no supernatural elements in any of the Uncharted games. The zombies from the first game are the descendants of Spanish colonists who were driven out of their settlements by a plague outbreak and over time developed an immunity to the plague while reverting to savagery, and it's implied this is caused by their carrying some form of the disease - a complicated explanation most likely put in to divert from any potentially troubling subtext about the white main character fighting a tribe of cannibals.

Ah fair enough, it's been a while! I'm not sure what the phrase would be for that then, science fiction I guess? Either way, I wasn't a fan :(

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 03 December, 2018, 02:19:15 pm »
I'm with you on the Uncharted gameplay! I actually haven't bought one since the first one, I didn't like the way it played and didn't get into the story enough for it to become one of those games where I put up with the gameplay for the story or characters. Didn't like the supernatural turn it took either - felt like they were shoehorning zombie hordes into the game as an easy crescendo and we were right in the middle of a zombie fad as I remember. It was much more interesting prior!

I do like zombies though! I love the Romero films and I don't think many games do those zombies justice, I'd love more good ones.

Games / Re: Backwards Compatible Rebellion Games..
« on: 03 December, 2018, 01:46:47 pm »
Haha it does get a bit much, if we include non-FPS games there must be more than 5 games just called AVP. AVP (Classic 2000) is great though you're in for a treat. So is it's sequel AVP 2 which is the only main entry in the AVP FPS games not made by Rebellion afaik, it's made by Monolith. The Jag one is the very first one yeah and it has an engine like Doom which is cool (the enemies are 2d sprites and whatnot, also like Alien Trilogy in fact) and even back then it had great atmosphere. A collection of all these in a bundle would be great, AVP Jag, AVP Classic 2000, AVP 2, and the most recent AVP.

Alien Trilogy and Alien Resurrection are great games too though now you mention them! Playing through Resurrection again at the moment actually. I'd LOVE to make an FPS with a low-poly, pixelated PS1 style but with cool lighting and atmospherics - and Alien Resurrection is exactly that. Shame about the film though!

Acid deaths from close-range headshots are a problem. I mentioned it before but the key on Nightmare really is to abuse the heck out of the melee system if they're close. If they're winding up a big unblockable melee attack, whack 'em with RB, otherwise block with LB and RB and when they use a fast attack, RB them when they bounce off your block. Both ways will end up with them on the floor at a safe distance struggling to get up, a sitting duck! It neutralises the threat so well you can just use the pistol a lot of the time if you fancy saving ammo. You can use it just to buy you space and time too. I just finished a play through and it still works like a charm!

Games / Re: Backwards Compatible Rebellion Games..
« on: 30 November, 2018, 04:47:47 pm »
YES! Top of my BC wishlist has come true. Still got my disk but yeah, now that it's BC I definitely want it digital next time it's cheap.

Last time I booted it up was to play through the Predator campaign on whatever the crazy nightmare difficulty was which was a fun challenge, was going to do the other campaigns on Nightmare too but just became too much faff to dig out the 360 (and I can't remember if it's died or not) so this is fabulous news. Happy days!

Oh nice! I'd save the Marine Nightmare campaign for last, it's definitely the hardest! Totally doable though, I remember thinking the last boss would be an actual nightmare but it wasn't that bad at all.

Off topic but related - do you think they will ever port AVP Classic 2000 that came out on PC to consoles? That'd be cool, I feel like with all the remasters and rereleases these days that'd fit right in. Shame that the grand daddy of them all is stuck on the Atari Jaguar, too! Wonder what the ownership is like with that one.

Games / Re: Backwards Compatible Rebellion Games..
« on: 29 November, 2018, 09:47:10 pm »

It is done!!!

You beautiful bastards. Need to go dig out my physical copy! I'll snag a digital copy too next time it's on sale, liking a digital library these days. Woop Woop!

Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 25 November, 2018, 09:48:13 pm »
Fantastic news, they're bloody serious eh!!

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 20 October, 2018, 01:05:44 am »
Good review! I'm often suprised by how many franchises have books. I really enjoyed Enemy Unknown on 360, but not played Xcom 2. The gaps between my strategy game moods are usually measured in years and one's not come around again yet! I have been thinking about Advance Wars a lot though recently, might have to dig that out and see if it sparks me off..

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 18 October, 2018, 12:02:55 pm »
I've not actually finished one since Assassin's Creed 3, but I think if you're enjoying the latest AC and are thinking of trying another, the previous one Origins is probably your best bet at being the most similar. That was its triumphant return with some new ideas - a lot of people felt it was getting stale and formulaic before then, myself included!

Although those older ones are still good games in their own right, if removed from the context of being one in a long line of very similar games. They often go for very cheap too if you have an Xbox, they're all backwards compatible. Avoid AC1 like the plague though, it's prototype trash!

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