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    The first one is still the best one

    For me it's definitely Tomb Raider – the sequels couldn't capture the magic at all, though they tried hard with big dull set pieces and loads more henchmen to shoot – totally missing what made the first game so great. I found the mention of the original FIFA quite interesting. It was alright at the time but surely they improved on it in the end? What about that version from about 2004, with the amazing free kick system? OK the rest of the game remained utter shite until about 2012, but that free kick mechanism..! On a similar vein – what about EA Hockey? I've never enjoyed an ice hockey game more than that one.
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    Guilty Pleasures

    Good reminder – on a similar note I'll always give Days of Thunder a watch!
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    Guilty Pleasures

    The Karate Kid, but more specifically for this thread – as 1 is an undoubted classic – #2 and #3. I love them all to bits. Hoping to see Terry Silver in Cobra Kai eventually. Robin Hood – yes, the Ridley Scott one.. I genuinely hoped for a sequel or two! Love Actually – embarrassingly, I just adore it. The Holiday – as above. Switch off cringe.
  4. We have 3 kids age 4 and under.. I could perhaps squeeze an hour or two in if I didn't want to spend any time at all with my wife.. I manage a few goes at Sega Rally now and then - perfect kind of game for a quiet ten mins - always wanting to beat my time or get a perfect run. It's looking its age but the handling is so well tuned! It's just not much fun going back to Horizon for the 15th time having forgotten how to play it yet again.. and knowing I'm still only about quarter of the way through it...! Ugh
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    A great gaming track a day

    This thread is overdue more F-Zero. F Zero X - Dream Chaser
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    Streets of Rage IV

    It's looking pretty amazing to be honest, love the tag team juggling etc, what a great addition to SOR. The art direction is a million miles better than The Takeover.. which is just utterly horrible. Hope they drop in a new version of this
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    Best one hit wonder of all time

    this is a rule breaker but feels like the only hit they had - it's a bit mopey after all this time, seemed kind of funky back then.. edit: ah - I discovered the version you'd always hear back then was a Fatboy Slim remix. There ya go!
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    Shenmue III - PS4/PC | 2019

    Hmm well I did read an interview where YS talks about it being more of an accessible, choreographed battle system.. so I’m not so sure!
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    Shenmue III - PS4/PC | 2019

    Ah, are they really? Noooooooo
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    Shenmue III - PS4/PC | 2019

    yeah isn't that kind of insane? They had to build a whole fighting game as well as an entire story-driven RPG! Perhaps they should spin off a dedicated Shenmue fighting game to make some extra cash.
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    Best one hit wonder of all time

    I can't think of anything else Julian Lennon has released - though I'm sure he has released a few. I also really like this track, it's still poignant. Famous Dad, I know.
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    Shenmue III - PS4/PC | 2019

    Yeah i hope they don't make too much of that kind of thing – what next, a "Get Ryo to the toilet in time" QTE? I always enjoyed the training and VF-like system, that all feels true to Ryo's character and quest. His need for a protein shake, not so much.
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    Shenmue III - PS4/PC | 2019

    I watched the new trailer a few more times. I think they've done an absolutely brilliant job of the camera work and environments, and as I've already said, I love the art and character style. Wonderful to see some creativity rather than out and out "realism". Maybe it's because I don't have much time for gaming so I don't notice if there's anything "wrong" with it, but when I see things like butterflies and waving bamboo in the background, and in the foreground those solid, chunky, full-of-life characters with full facial animation, all set to subtle camera work and rendered with well-considered lighting and DOF... I have to ask what the hell people must expect! I'm so impressed with what a small team have achieved here - remembering the other environments we've already seen, and noting this trailer is all set in the rural areas, I'm excited to see the rest of it brought to life. - - - In terms of the story - sure, it makes sense it would need one or more additional releases - painful as that notion is. It's fair to say that the momentum was building massively throughout Shenmue 2, so if that pace continues we might get somewhere.. but yeah, it sounds way bigger than this release. I would certainly put in the same $ amount for Shenmue 4 – I dare say they could match the last Kickstarter, and of course for a future game they already have a team in place, a lot of assets ready to go, hopefully a revised and manageable story arc, and far less time would be required to kick off - the only problem might be holding that team together until they have sufficient funding.
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    Shenmue III - PS4/PC | 2019

    It looks spectacular to me, I absolutely love the art style – probably because it reminds me quite a lot of "old Sega". It has so much character. Seeing Ryo beaten down like this makes me wonder if we will see any conclusion - how he could progress far enough in his training to beat Lan Di in the space of this game without some kind of time progression? Perhaps I am just not considering the more supernatural side we saw at the end of Shenmue 2. And of course, perhaps he's never meant to beat Lan Di directly..

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