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    The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

    Just started playing this. It's amazing. The 3D effect makes everything look like cool little models come to life, all without having to resort to some over-designed/impossible-to-parse graphical style that so many indie games use. Running around and 2D Zelda-ing has never felt so good. It controls perfectly. The music is superb as well.

    Nintendo 64 Mini

    This is the only one of these consoles I think I'd be interested in. The emualtion for the 8/16/32bit stuff is so solid and feature-rich on PC/Mac and the current crop of readily available USB controllers work well enough that I can't get excited by another bit of plastic electronics in a drawer or shelf. For the N64 though, the PC/Mac emulation is still so poor, and the controller options even on the Wii/U are crap enough (and the games too pricey) that I'd actually quite like a package that just sorts all of this out. Also, while emulation is fine on the Wii/U, I do wish they'd have some option for the native lower resolution, with some attempt made to simulate the strange anti-aliasing solution of the base hardware. Think games like 1080 suffer from just being farted out at 640x480 with nothing else going on. Not fussed by Rare stuff, realistically the only games I'd want to play on it are: Super Mario 64 Ocarina of Time 1080 Snowboarding F-Zero X Wave Race 64 Pilotwings 64 Robotron 64 Doom 64 Resident Evil 2 Excitebike 64 Castlevania
  3. Yessss. Love Lords of Shadow 1. Just Asura's Wrath, Lollipop Chainsaw, El Shaddai, Binary Domain and Nier to go for the full complement of slightly jank but still brilliant 360 games.

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Some of that is in 1st person, so the rain sometimes leaks off the brim of the hat in a stream.

    Mark of the Ninja Remastered

    Good game. Incredible controls. Found it fizzled out near the end though. Either becoming repetive or having weaker level design. Can't quite remember.

    Currently playing...

    Ridge Racer (PS1) - Only ever fleetingly played this on PS1, after going straight to Rage Racer and Type 4. This plays better I think. It feels like the handling has you driving more on the very limit of the car's capabilities and there's just something more rewarding about throwing your car around the track. Feel that Rage Racer is too lumpy and Type 4 is too imprecise and easy (Modern arcade handling models (Forza Horizon as an example) similarly seem to try and avoid you spinning out at all costs and so miss out on what still makes Ridge Racer 1 so great). Dipped into the Hi-Spec demo as well, and it's kinda amazing heading into that tunnel with the bonnet cam at top speed at 60fps. Both versions are so nice and colourful, again, moreso than the sequels. Daytona USA (Saturn) - On Saturn I went straight to CCE and it was gash. Ignoring the graphics (pretty bloody shonky, but just about servicable) it plays just like the arcade and is great. The sense of speed and hanging onto a perfect drift around a tricky corner by the skin of your teeth is brilliant.
  7. How is Bangai-O for PC folk? Mine is all zoomed out and broken on a 2013 Mac, but there have been mac specific rendering bugs in previous builds.

    The Arcade Ten

    Alphabetical: Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja Daytona Daytona 2 House of the Dead 2 Snow Bros. Pang Sega Rally Sega Rally 2 Street Fighter II: Champion Edition Virtua Racing

    PlayStation Classic - December 2018

    Another predictable dream list: Abe's Oddysee Castlevania: SotN Colin McRae Rally Destruction Derby 2 DOOM!! Chrono Trigger Dragon Quest IV (Needs the DS translation patched in) Fade to Black Final Fantasy VII Gran Turismo 1/2 Grand Theft Auto ISS Pro '98 Metal Gear Solid Music 2000 Poy Poy 2 Resident Evil 1/2 Ridge/Rage Racer/Type 4 Silent Hill Tomb Raider THPS2 T-Rex demo Wipeout 2097
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    PlayStation Classic - December 2018

    Playing through Gran Turismo 2 at the momemt and I'm liking it a lot more than the recent offerings. More accesible, clearer more rewarding progression and the driving still feels fantastic.
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    PlayStation Classic - December 2018

    No Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo, Wipeout 2097 or Tomb Raider in the headline list/trailer is a bit worrying? The rest of the stuff they haven't announced is gonna be filler right?
  12. I think Half-Life 2 has two good bits. The opening where you can throw stuff about on the see-saw, and Revenholm. (Both in the demo I think?) For me everything else is a soup of dull level design, weak weapons/combat against nothing enemies while pushing forward a pointless story in an uncompelling world. The tech was impressive at the time though, especially the phsyics and animation. Half-Life 1 similarly has the bit with the spikey worm that detects sound and the opening moments of hopping about on fallen lockers over electrified water, which were great, but the rest of it is even worse than the sequel. I think both have aged a lot worse than the classic first-person/shooter stuff like Doom I+II, Quake I+II, Halo, Metroid Prime, Brothers in Arms & Resi 4. The best thing to come out of it's development are the fantastic Portal 1 & 2.
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    If you're emulating, there's rom hacks for most RPGs to drop the encounter rates.

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