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General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: January 09, 2023, 02:30:11 pm »
The Sonic 2 Specials Stages can get tough, the magic of Save States can help but god only knows how I managed that back in the day! S3's are more managable and fun IMO.

Sonic Frontiers (PS5) - 09/01/2023
Sonic games these days have a tendency to be very hit or miss so there is always trepidation when the next one arrives. Sonic Frontiers is a game that initially disinterested me, the open world level design looked questionable and the art direction very bland. Having spent 25 hours on the adventure, overall... I had a very decent time with this one!

It's not without its faults mind you, the games structure is a mess. You have the open world maps, which have little challenges spread throughout the landmass that help you acquire tokens to progress with the main characters story of that section. You also have Keys to gather from Levels, each level has 5 challenges which if you do gets you near double the about of Keys. I found these Levels to be quite fun to play, among the best I have played within a 3D Sonic game that match Unleashed/Generations quality - Sadly, there is no incentive to play the levels as you can by pass them easily by finding more Keys in the Open World Section or participating in a Fishing game to where you can acquire any of  the Collectables you need for the Open World Section you are in. Also upgrading Sonics abilities was very tedious as you find little cute creatures, when returning them to the inhabitants of this land they upgrade Sonic 1 Level at a time, Yet the other creature takes all the Heart/Shield upgrades and accumulates them to upgrade your level in 1 go.

As much as I whine, there honestly was a lot of good within the game too! The Open World Sections where fun to navigate, I've heard many complain about the pop-in but this was not a detraction for me at all. There was only one Open World Section to where navigating felt like a chore and became really difficult to progress in but the other Sections were great. Also, I enjoyed the story overall too! It adds more depth to characters seen in Sonic Adventure in a respectful way - The only thing I will say is that, while this aspect was interesting I felt the active story within the game was very slim. If they do another game, I don't want it to be set in a digital dimension, I want active conflict with the main characters more. One minor gripe is that the final boss is hidden within the Hard difficulty within the game, which left playing it in Normal mode quite underwhelming.

Also, combat overall was very enjoyable! it's not the first thing I think of within a Sonic game but I found there enemies and sub-bosses very compelling and almost like little puzzle to figure out how to defeat. The main bosses of the Island while great spectacles played the exact same way and the Parry in the game requires you to hold the buttons rather than time the action right.

Sonic Frontiers does more right than not and good foundation to go forward with, I just hope for a little more empathist on the core levels and more active story telling next time around.

Classic Video Games / Re: The PS3 in 2023
« on: January 05, 2023, 10:32:54 am »
Yes, Remasters are also another big part of the disregard I have for the system - Sure there are still games I value which haven't been ported but if there is an alternative way to play the game on another system I'll try go for it. I have a seperate box of PS3 games tucked away which have been ported to PS4 - Can't quite let myself rid of them as there is a big bundle and they're not worth much at all now.

I use to use the PS3 for PS1 Emulation until I saw how badly compressed the image quality was in comparison to an emulator - Which is how I play any PS1 game from now on. My friend has a Polymega which still makes use of the discs, my PS1 & PS2 games are all just in storage.

Classic Video Games / The PS3 in 2023
« on: January 05, 2023, 06:13:30 am »

It's the begining of the year and I've been going through my game stock once again. Something that has become very apparent is my disinterest for my PS3.

The Console is Slow! - When did you last boot up your PS3? have you nicted how terribly slow it is? This isn't me tyring to compare it to modern consoles, it wasn't always this bad! I don't know if it's just a multitude of updates but the console is a chore to navigate one.

The Dualshock 3 - I have nothing wrong with the functionality of the controller, however trying to find one in this day & age is really difficult! I rememebr I bought a couple 'NEW' off eBay a few years back and while official they were bought lightweight and the analogue sticks didn't rotate natually (They'd stagger like the edge was an octogon rather than a circle). Maybe I just got duped but I'm not finding many pleasant alternatives out their either. Strangely you can use a PS5 controlelr wired up but even then I have noticed issuse when holding shoulder buttons down.

Not 1080p - This may not matter for retrogamers here but for me I always like to aim for the best experience possible on consoles and sadly it feels the PS3 doesn't offer this so much any more. I know a couple of gamse run in 1080p but for the most part games are set to 720p and it shows - This coming from someone who doesn't even have a 4K display yet. I know you can get HDMI plug-ins to upscale the content but they're hardly at accessible prices online.

Backwards compatibility - While not about the console itself this topic is very prominiten to my issues with the consoles content. The battle between 360 & PS3 gamse was very hit or miss, at first it seemed many games were made on 360 then ported to PS3 as the PS3 was renown for being difficulty to develope for. So it really is a case by case scenario as to what title is better one what system. I have been working on gathering replacement copies of PS3 game for their 360 counterparts and this is mostly due to the appeal of backwards compatibility. Now Xbox's BC is hardly perfect, a lot of original Xbox games accessible on 360 were dropped for Xbox One/Series & I have noticed that many of the game that are accessible via One/Series BC aren't even upscaled. Still, beyond all that, the notion of not having to deal with the PS3's archaic hardware is enough of an incentive for me alone.

Am I being too harsh? I noticed I didn't use my PS3 once last year, the year previous we had the panic notion of the PSN going down - I just have little positive to reflect on about the console in modern days.

I'm going to continue going through my collection but I have noticed I have already put aside some sale items.

General / Re: Video Game Resolutions and Goals in 2023
« on: January 01, 2023, 05:09:10 am »
1. Attempt the 52 Challenge - I did good in 2022 as i had multiple GamePass trials. Not worried if I beat 52 or not but like to keep track of them all the same.

2. Play More Classic Games - I've gotten access to a way to play PS2 games now so I want to really xplore that catalogue as there are many I have missed out on over the years.

3. Play More Sonic Games - Sonic is a series I have really wanted to explore more, I've beat most of the mainnline ones but I'm curious to try ones like the Advance games.

4. Avoid Day One Purchases if I can - Tends to be a benefit to hold out for a while these days, the only Pre-Order I have is for Final Fantasy XVI. Any sign of a Season Pass I'm out.

5. Continue Collecting for Backwards Compat 360 titles

Mostly Christmas/BirthdayGifts This month

Beyond A Steel Sky
Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core Reunion
Sonic Frontiers
Star Ocean: The Divine Force

NieR Replicant
Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster (Pre-Order)

Xbox One:
Octopath Traveller (Digital)

Matrix Online

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: December 26, 2022, 04:16:05 am »
Reserved - Did really well last year, mostly as I got a 3 month Game Pass trial but I'll see how it goes this year!

01. Sonic Frontiers (PS5) - 09/01/2023
02. Sherlock Holmes: Chapater One (PS5) - 26/01/2023
03. Resident Evil Revelations HD (PS4 on PS5) - 10/02/2023
04. Star Ocean: The Divine Force (PS5) - 20/02/2023
05. Dante's Inferno (Xbox 360 on Xbox One X) - 27/02/2023
06. Evil Dead The Game (PS5) - 09/03/2023
07. Tell Me Why (Xbox One X) - 17/03/2023
08. The Gardens Between (PS5) - 18/03/2023
09. Journey To A Savage Planet (PS4 on PS5) - 26/03/2023
10. Resident Evil Revelations 2 (PS4 on PS5) - 07/04/2023
11. HiFi Rush (Xbox Series X) - 08/04/2023
12. Power Wash Simulator - Final Fantasy VII DLC (Xbox Series X) - 09/04/2023
13. Atomic Heart (Xbox Series X) - 12/04/2023
14. Spider-Man + DLC (PS4 on PS5) - 05/05/2023
15. Kona (PS5) - 12/05/2023
16. Last Day of June (PS4 on PS5) - 13/05/2023
17. NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… (Xbox One X) - 18/05/2023
18. Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5) - 20/05/2023
19. Hogwart's Legacy (PS5) - 20/06/2023
20. Final Fantasy XVI (PS5) - 18/07/2023
21. Resident Evil 6 HD (PS4 on PS5) - 21/07/2023
22. Klonoa: Door to Phantomile HD (PS5) - 22/07/2023
23. Klonoa: Empire of Dreams (GBA) - 08/08/2023
24. Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil HD (PS5) - 14/08/2023
25. A Short Hike (Xbox Series X) - 23/0/2023
26. Planet of Lana (Xbox Series X) - 23/08/2023
27. Bramble: The Mountain King (Xbox Series X) - 25/08/2023
28. In Sound Mind (Xbox Series S) - 25/08/2023
29. Resident Evil 7 + DLC (PS5) - 28/08/2023
30. NieR Automata: GotY Edition (Xbox One X) - 29/08/2023
31. Syndicate (Xbox 360 on Xbox One X) - 06/09/2023

Currently Playing:
The Legend of Dragoon
Coffee Talk
Final Fantasy X HD

Watch Dogs 2
Lost Judgment
Chrono Cross
Remothered 1
Remothered 2
Time Hollow
Catherine: Full Body

General / Re: A Year in Review - 2022
« on: December 12, 2022, 03:11:01 am »
Favorite 2022 Release: A Plagues Tale: Reqiuem - I haven't beat this yet but I really am enjoying it! What I love is that it isn't just an open world adventure but a game with structure and benefits with perfect pacing. The bleak narrative and character struggles are genuinely compelling and I'm very invested in the journey. With a generation of games with padding and lacking of interesting scenario writting I'm thrilled to see a game which has so much to offer in it's core experience.

Least Favorite 2022 Release: SIFU - Sure there are worse games but this was the biggest let down for me, and it all comes down to the difficulty. The game  takes on the Dark Souls difficulty mentality to the poitn where it just isn't approachable, especially on the bosses which use projectiles. There is an Easy mode, but that mode is a joke and as demanding as watching a Let's Play. Also, I didn't like the way the game offers branches of the story ONLY once yuo have beaten the game, I would have liked these options to be available within the initial playthrough.
Favorite Game Played in 2022: Yakuza: Like A Dragon - I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this title going turn based but I loved it! It's niot without it's flaws I didn't like the job system but the narrative cuts DEEP and I love Ichiban as a main character. There was a lot of room for error within this game but it really does succeed far beyond I expected.

Least Favorite Game Played in 2022: SIFU - Once again, its not 'The Bouncer' I was hoping for.

Sleeper Hit of 2022: Road 96 - An interesting adventure game where you play as teenagers travelling to cross the American border. The main characters are silent but the journeys and characters you meet and how they all interconnect is very compelling.

Favorite Gaming Moment in 2022: Yakuza: Like A Dragon - The narrative regarding the Locker, I don't wantto go into too much detail for who haven't experienced it but it was very emotional.

Favorite Game Revisited in 2022: Resident Evil Code Veronica HD - I've been playing the entire RE series with a firend this year and didn't hold Code Veronica with much regard before. But replaying it I really began to appreciate it. There are still problems like how it begins Weskers overpowered abilities & Steve... But the game is very solid and we had a lot of fun playing it.

Proudest Collection Accomplishment of 2022: Final Fantasy VIII Bandai Figures - I don't normally get figures but I couldn't pass on seeing the 2x Bandai set of figures for Final Fantasy VIII. I also found the 2 missing characters (Irvine & Selphie) for cheap on eBay too. I would like to eventually collect all the ArtFX range but they ain't cheap!

Also shout out to the Xbox Series S - It will be an experimental device for modding but if I can finally play my 200+ PS2 Games in HD It will be a great investment!

Quite a lot for me this Month - Fell into the BF frenzy!


The Chant
Klonoa 1 & 2 Remake/Remaster
The Medium
A Plagues Tale Innocence
The Quarry
Tormented Souls


Blair Witch

Xbox Series S - Console

Xbox 360
Gray Matter
Sherlock Holmes vs Jack The Ripper
The Testment of Sherlock Holmes

Final Fantasy VIII (Platinum)

Final Fantasy VII (Eidos - No Big Box)
Final Fantasy VII (EA Classic)
Shadow of Memories

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Original Soundtrack
Final Fantasy VIII - Digi-Cube Original Print of the Soundtrack

The one feature I regret this system didn't have was a way to upscale original Wii games - It can play them but still in 480p quality... That alone would have made his console very valuable but sadly as it offered no enhancements to play the previous gen and has now had most of its big titlse put forward to the Switch it does come across as very redundant to me.

I bought one when Windwaker HD came out but much like my experience with the Switch I just never played it - But then I have always had a very distant relation with Nintendo, most of their big IPs never appeal to me for one reason or another.

Xenoblade Chronicles X was what could have won me over but they took all the charm and zapped it right out of the experience, as much as i loved the 1st game I haven't touch the series since - Well a brief encounter with XC2 but once again I couldn't get into it on Switch and sold the console soon after.

General / Re: Is "hype" for games dying off along side of physical media?
« on: November 16, 2022, 11:48:21 am »
There are a few factors for the hype of modern gmaing beingon a decline:

Games not being complete on release date - I often find these days you hear about so many releases offering a real inferior experience at launch. It seems it is often best to wait 3-6 motnsh now for the games to be patched. I'm not just talking about bugs either, often games have gotten subtantial upgrades to the performance like 4k or 60fps options!

Games released incomplete due to incoming DLC - Another reason I am fed up with the industry is that most games seem to have Season Passes. Now as soon as I hear of a Season Pass offered within a game I wait. I hope there will be a Complete Edition released in time but even if that does happen half of them are jsut the base game on disc with a code (Super pissed at Capcom for doing that to RE Village Gold recently!)

The cost! - Sadly much liek everythign these days games have gone up in price, especially the big Sony exclusives which want £70 for a Standard Edition... My usual price for a brand new game is £40. So there is certainly a disconnect. It would have to be a very big release in order for me to put up with it like the next Final Fantasy - provided it doesn't have a Season Pass either...

Video Game Database Discussion / Re: Duplicate List 2022
« on: November 14, 2022, 06:56:16 am »
Burnout 2: Point of Impact - Didn't show up on search when I first looked for it! My bad!

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2022
« on: November 08, 2022, 01:03:35 pm »
I did it! ;D

52. Blair Witch (PS4 on PS5) 07/11/2022
I was curious to play this after the news of Bloober Team workign on the Silent Hill 2 Remake. The games setting is very well realised, the texture detail of the woodlands is very rich. The game itself was ok, I liked the PTSD themes with Ellis but I found the last act overstayed its welcome and the Bad Ending is pretty much default - To get the Good Ending you really have to go out of your way and not kill anything. The mechanics with the Dog worked really well apart from one section in the fog where he was fixated on an enemy and I needed him to search the areas to progress but overall a decent experience.

A few things this month!:

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment
Sherlock Holmes: the Devils Daughter
Sinper Elite 4 Seaon Pass (Digital)
Dragon Ball Z Fighterz (Digital)

Xbox One:
Grand teft Auto V
Mafia III
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die (Digital)
Voodoo Vince Remastered (Digital)

Xbox 360:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
Far Cry 2
Lego Batman 1
Lego Batman 2
Resonance of Fate

Triangle Strategy

General / Re: What is your favorite menu theme?
« on: October 25, 2022, 07:56:01 am »
Instant one that comes to mind is Xenoblade Chronicles - What also helps is that wonderful imagery of the Monado Blade within the field and how the sky transitions from day to night.

I actually think RE as a franchise is stronger than it's ever been! This is on big part to the dedication Capcom have put to re-releasing most of the games on modern consoles. Just having the series accessible has allowed me to really embrace the series more - Sure, the original versions of RE2/3 aren't available (yet) But I'm very content with the Remakes... (Well not RE3R but i can play RE3 on my PS Classic...)

Regarding content, I felt RE fell of the rails at RE4 - I respect what it did technically but I found a lot of the enviornments really goofy - Like the Castle area or even an Eygyptian theme cavern... I played through it this month with a friend as we're replaying the series and still feel RE4 is amongst the weakest of the series. It has good moments but it really is a mixed bag for me.

RE5 - I Love as an action Co-Op game, from this perspective it is among the best in the industry! But, as a RE game... once again the tone is just very ill-fitted to the franchise.

RE 6 - I... Like this game. Really do! I think Chris' Campaign is actually decent even storywise. But once again I view this in the same way as 5, fantastic Co-Op action experience - Especially the mercs mode!

RE 7 - This, this is where Resident Evil is re-born! Easily within my top-3 of the series! Fantastic Setting and compelling throughout! I also appreciate Ethan as a minimalistic character, he's enough of a character to at least re-act to what is happening but never too intrustive for the 1st- person set-up of the game.

RE 8 - ... Hmmm, once again I feel this leasn towards the RE4 side of things - Having too much varied content to where it loses it's Identity, I enjoyedt the early portions of the game adn the Castle within this game actually worked better this time but I found a lot of the other sections of the game over the top and really different to what I expect from the series. The game is okay, but no way near as atompsheric as RE7.

Truth be told the only game I really can't stand is RE Zero, the gimmick for controlling two character throughout the game is beyond tedious! As is the lack of an Item Box, so inventory management is just frustrating. I actually prefer to the the story through the Umbrella Chronicles shooty game instead - Which was a lot more repsectful to the stories than I would have expected from a Light-Gun game.

Despite not enjoying RE8 as much, I am still very optimistic to where the serise is going next, there is a lot of mystery to explore and having a wealth of well established characters I'm curious to see what happens in an RE9.

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