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General / Re: A Year in Review - 2021
« on: December 03, 2021, 05:07:52 pm »
The worst year of my life, not a lot of time for gaming.. but still found a little so here goes:

Favorite 2021 Release: Metroid Dread, from what little I've played of it - a masterpiece.

Least Favorite 2021 Release: Haven't played many games from this year at all and can't remember if any of them got chucked on the trade-in pile.

Favorite Game Played in 2021: What game this year earns your spot for best game ever? It could be released in 2021 if you like.

Least Favorite Game Played in 2021: Disaster Report 4 - completely abandons everything good about previous entries in the series.

Sleeper Hit of 2021: Metroid Dread

Favorite Gaming Moment in 2021: Really discovering Steam and ogling massive lists of tower defence, metroidvania and RTS games.

Proudest Collection Accomplishment of 2021: Got a lovely condition Toe Jam and Earl 2 (Panic on Funkotron) for the Megadrive in a charity shop for £8

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Used my game store credit on some Switch games:

Hades
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
Shantae - Half Genie Hero

Really pleased with all of them, got rid of my Wii U Shovel Knight in favour of the Switch version but had yet to replace it, Shantae is always good, Hades is yet another Switch game they don't seem to have manufactured enough copies of - it's already turning into Ebay fodder, so to pick it up for £30 new (and credit to boot) was a real bargain.

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General / Re: What are you playing?
« on: June 15, 2021, 03:48:54 am »
At the final area of Link's Awakening for the Switch, otherwise pretty quiet on the gaming front. Looking to start a new Switch game soon (or pick up Dark Souls Remastered again and take on Nito) and to find something new (and cheap) to play on Steam.

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Off Topic / Re: Netflix Resident Evil Live-Action Series
« on: June 14, 2021, 05:10:48 am »
You're right, I'll never make it in this industry  :-[

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Off Topic / Re: Netflix Resident Evil Live-Action Series
« on: June 12, 2021, 02:45:02 pm »
Its main character will be a guy called Alan, who after two series will be revealed to be a clone produced by the Parasol Institute, a food and drinks manufacturer with a development kitchen in Badger Town.  He'll be joined by Bill Valentine, a wheelchair user with 8 mothers, each of whom is of a different ethnic background, along with Bish Greenfield, a post-operative species-fluid flying space otter who identifies as mildly ticklish.

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Sorry to hear that hoshichiri, but it's good to see you nonetheless, stay safe.

Since Covid hit things have changed for me massively. I've been unable to go out and bargain hunt (which in turn gives me swappies to actually get games with), money has been extremely tight, my health has been poor and I'm primary carer for my 2 year old. So stuff coming in has been pretty lightweight beyond some Switch games obtained by swapping my existing stuff.

I've embraced Steam through necessity, got tired of trying to get my PC CD-ROMs to work on a Windows 8 machine, I won't be paying 'proper' money for games, on sale or GTFO, since not owning a physical copy goes against the grain, but the horror games and titles under genres like tower defence and metroidvania are a sight for sore eyes.

Collecting-wise this year I've designated PS1 and before as being an actual collection - stuff I like the look of etc. but nonetheless it's stuff I don't have set up to actually play. PS2 onwards are a different matter - I either like them or I don't, slowly been picking through a few games from this era and will continue to try them and see if they're to keep or to trade. I've sold most of the valuable PS2 games in my collection now anyhow, so no point in holding onto anything except what I really want to keep.

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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury and Link's Awakening for the Switch, both bought new with credit from my local independent game shop. Been clearing out, always clearing out these days.

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Modern Video Games / Re: Instinction - Spiritual Successor to Dino Crisis
« on: February 19, 2021, 02:21:21 pm »
If it's more DC and less Turok then I'm excited too :D fingers crossed it pans out, thanks for the heads up on this

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Modern Video Games / Re: Instinction - Spiritual Successor to Dino Crisis
« on: February 19, 2021, 10:40:09 am »
Is it survival horror or heavily inspired by survival horror? It doesn't sound like it, unless I've missed something. The term 'survival' has a very different meaning these days - large open-world 3D games where you have to eat and shelter etc. as opposed to manage limited ammo and solve puzzles involving portraits and crank handles.

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Just picked up a new copy of PS4 Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades edition for £25 store credit.

Also recently bought for cash: Valkyria Revolution PS4 (£4), Fade to Silence PS4 (£6), Left Alive PS4 (£6), Daymare 1998 PS4 (£20)

Didn't know anything about Daymare, just noticed it at £13 new on Ebay, left it a few weeks due to having no cash, it bounced back up to £20, which is a sure sign it's going to be a pig to get hold of cheaply down the line. It's pretty enjoyable, like a bargain basement RE 2/3 Remak.

I've started trading yet more stuff in at my favourite game shop, really scraping out my modern games to get rid of anything I don't need, with the intention of picking up a PS5 sooner rather than later. I was going to wait, but the backwards-compatibility swung it for me. The other thing is the 'honeymoon period' for the last two console generations has proven to be short, PS4 exclusives seem to have all but dried up already (except for the limited run type releases), PS4 games are also suddenly very cheap, so we're in that snap em up period before they disappear or jump in value.

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Off Topic / Re: How Many Stop Playing A Video Game Due To Fatigue?
« on: January 11, 2021, 02:59:32 pm »
Fatigue's pretty hard to explain, at least without sounding wet, but I understand exactly what fatigue feels like and have skipped days and weeks of gaming due to it. When I'm too flat to game I just watch a DVD or Blu Ray, which are always second choices to gaming.

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General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2021
« on: December 21, 2020, 11:53:11 am »
Previous Years

2020 - 33 beaten, 20 tried and discarded
2019 - 45 beaten, 34 tried and discarded
2018 - 44 beaten, 41 tried and discarded
2017 - 37 beaten, 9 tried and discarded
2016 - 21 beaten

Games beaten

01] Resident Evil 3 (remake) (PS4) |16 Jan| Replay with the ammo maker tool, had abundant ammo this time!
02] Mount & Blade: Warband (PS4) |24 Jan| No surprises here, one of my all time favourites replayed yet again.
03] Daymare 1998 (PS4) |5 Feb| Basically a budget RE2/3 Remake clone, had a lot of fun despite technical glitches and a few tough sections.
04] Drox Operative (STM) |19 Feb| Endlessly replayable, but beaten umpteen randomly generated scenarios and spent enough time on it to have beaten a standard game.
05] Shikhondo: Soul Eater (PS4) |13 Mar| Replay using the other playable character, bog standard vertical shooter, nothing outstanding nor bad about it.
06] Unholy Heights (STM) |16 Mar| Really original take on the tower defense genre, well presented too, happy!
07] Resident Evil VIII (PS4) |12 May| Bloody fantastic game, pity it's taken 2 months to beat a game -.- Disaster.
08] Chaos Legion (PS2) |20 May| Flawed but still one of my favourite PS2-era games, haven't played through this one in a decade, had forgotten so much!
09] Moero Crystal H (NSW) |30 May| Bonus beaten game for the month, unexpectedly managed to progress massively after picking it up again a week ago.
10] Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (STM) |3 Jun| Double digits at last and a massive undertaking for me, really pleased to have played the original AoE through properly at last.
11] The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (NSW) |19 Jun| Heavy duty nostalgia from this one, almost emotional at points, a real treat to play through.
12] The Final Station (STM) |25 Jun| They made a hash of the ending but it was a great game and another I'm very pleased to have had the opportunity to play through.
13] Tesla vs Lovecraft (STM) |14 Jul| Twin stick shooter. Fun.
14] Katamari Damacy Reroll (STM) |23 Jul| We never got the original Katamari in PAL territories, so it's interesting to have played through it at last via Steam.
15] Lewdapocalypse (STM) |20 Aug| NSFW click to shoot skit of RE3, not exactly the highlight of my gaming year..
16] Basement (STM) |28 Aug| This on the other hand is a cracking but hard as nails strategy games where you have to produce and sell narcotics and deal with gangsters.
17] Undead Horde (STM) |8 Sep| Imagine Overlord but on a smaller scale and with skellies instead of minions and you've got this, fun game.
18] Castle in the Clouds (STM) |1 Dec| Risque metroidvania, surprisingly good game in its own rights, NES-ish visuals.

Games Tried/Disliked/Got Rid Of

01] Sparklite (NSW) |11 Jan| Liteweight. Like a lot of these randomised games, there's not enough meat on the bones to be at all interesting.
02] Distrust (PS4) |24 Jan| Fiddly controls, less than compelling gameplay, not terrible but certainly not something I could be bothered to keep playing.
03] Fade to Silence (PS4) |6 Feb| Overall really intrigued, came across a couple of deal-breakers though, pity.
04] Intruders: Hide and Seek (PS4) |20 Feb| The game itself is OK, but the restart points on failing are eye-watering, deal breaker.
05] NeoGeo Battle Coliseum (PS2) |13 Mar| One of the most pointless games played in living memory - cheapest final boss ever, horrid looking character sprites - why did they bother?
06] Swords of Destiny (PS2) |1 Apr| Was enjoying this hack and slash game until I hit upon a part I couldn't get by no matter how hard I tried.
07] 10,000 Bullets (PS2) |20 May| Rare. Also: shit.
08] 198X (STM) |30 Aug| Homage to 80s arcade games, featuring a handful of bite-sized games, looks gorgeous but the games themselves are mostly poor imitations.
09] Disaster Report 4 (NSW) |8 Sep| Just plain disaster, took a really quirky and fun game series and squeezed out a shonky walking simulator instead, no thanks.

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General / Re: What are you playing?
« on: November 20, 2020, 12:54:22 pm »
Put Rune Factory 4 Special down temporarily after beating the base game, picked up Yoshi's Crafted World (Switch), what a gorgeous game! Looks amazing and plays sweet as anything, Nintendo really do have platformers nailed. Next after that is Pikmin 3 Deluxe. I'm just playing the basic playthrough of everything I've got for the Switch as I'm getting it, I'll return to them later to fully explore the gameworlds, at some point I am going to run out of games to try (and I'm not complaining about that, it'll be a relief) 0.0

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Picked up Pikmin 3 Deluxe from my local independent game shop, the owner, who's a really stand-up guy, even allowed me to have a few Spiderman (Miles) posters and a floor sticker which I gave to my nephew (who's hooked on it). Pikmin 3 is one of my all-time favourites so I'm delighted, been a good day all round.

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General / Re: What are you playing?
« on: November 09, 2020, 12:47:43 pm »
Playing through Shantae and the 7 Sirens, it's excellent :)

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