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  1. Yeah, I seem to recall there being a real attitude of "we're so over this now" in regards to 2D games in the late 90s, not specifically in EDGE but just in general. I think it sadly stopped me purchasing many a 2D game I thought looked cool back then because I was worried people would scoff at my bumpkin taste in games, incredibly.
  2. I have a weird soft spot for the PS3. Partly due no doubt to me owning one from release and it being pretty much my main console of that generation, and I agree it didn't have anywhere near as many good exclusives as previous PSs, not even a patch on them. But for some reason in my mind it feels like the last console of its kind, the last of the weird, idiosyncratic, hubristic, not really-focus tested consoles that were seemingly built entirely on the whims of some slightly mad person who is willing to throw hundreds of millions of yen to the wind. Isn't there some quote from Ken Kutaragi or someone saying the console had eight processors in it because the number eight is beautiful? Crackers! But I was there for it. Also, for all of its arrogance the original PS3 was actually backwards compatible with most of the prior PS library, which is something I value hugely in a console whereas nowadays it doesn't really happen anymore. And the (original) was big and shiny and imposing and full of dumb swagger. There weren't that many great games on it I suppose, but that made me appreciate the occasional gems that did come along, they felt like big deals, Folklore, Heavenly Sword, Katamari Forever, even some random Gundam game in desperation, a reason to huddle around your ps3 and praise it for its supposedly god-like power. And it was god-like power that seemed to always promise more, its true depths, it was rumoured, would take years and maybe decades of painstaking study and alchemy for devs to tease out. Even though ultimately it didn't go on to become a truly great console I kept believing that it might, and that alone was exciting. I enjoyed letting it dominate my room and my imagination for quite a few years. PS4 came along, and I know it's an objectively better console with better games, but it didn't really mean anything to me if I'm honest, it was just a generic games machine to me, and I doubt any PS will ever grab me again the way the first three did.
  3. I think for me what slightly puts me off Kendrick is his portentousness. He leans into it so much. I mean, wearing a million dollar diamond crown of thorns is just parody though, how can he possibly take himself seriously in that. But he does, very seriously. Why does he need to be some weird Christ-like figure and not just a normal dude who can rap well.
  4. I have to say, I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It is definitely an ego trip for that Adelstein guy, who in this show simultaneously comes across as as cool and hunky as Adelstein probably imagines he really was and still like bit of an annoying dickhead. But I thought it was well made and acted (the Yaks especially!) and the Japan setting and refences appeal to me.
  5. I'll say Dead or Alive 2 by Takashi Miike. unimpeachable madness with a heart.
  6. Bloody hell, PS1 games could look lovely! I think I'd take the original over the remake visually speaking, as I find is so often the case with remakes and remasters. But I adore the Klonoa series so I'm just chuffed we're getting these and they look lovely all the same!
  7. When look back on the history of the series Resi sure has been a wild ride. So many highs and lows and crazy mixes of high and low at the same time. What a series.
  8. No no @Darwock I've been singing 13s praises since it came out pretty much and still love just as much to this day. I love 12 too but not quite as much. I've been pleased to see 13 slowly getting reappraised as the years go on and appreciated for the risks it took and vision it had. Can understand it's not everyone's cuppa of course.
  9. 1. Shenmue 2. Shenmue II 3. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 4. Metal Gear Solid (1998 video game) 5. Metal Slug 2 6. Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001 7. Final Fantasy VII 8. Final Fantasy XIII 9. Resident Evil (2002 video game) 10. Resident Evil 2 11. Jet Set Radio Future 12. Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne 13. Zone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars 14. Phantom Crash 15. Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee 16. Shenmue III 17. Killer7 18. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 19. Tekken 3 20. Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
  10. Yeah I've always found it a bit weird how Kendrick often says bitch. It kind of rubs me the wrong way even more than with other rappers (and I don't like it then either though), I don't know why, maybe it's because it seems like he should know better and seems like he wants himself to be taken very seriously yet still loves a bit of casual sexism.
  11. Absolutely, I love game central and Jenkins, they never give a fig about hype and aren't afraid of going against the grain. I remember them giving Team Yu a little time of day too while the Shenmue 3 campaign was in full swing which only endeared me more to the little platform.
  12. Glad to see El Shaddai get a time extent. Lovely and unique game that I feared was largely forgotten about.
  13. Yeah Witchfinder is ok, made me chuckle a bit, but it's certainly not as good as their work on Partridge in my opinion and it's not a patch on the fantastic Upstart Crow either.
  14. Found a pretty nice video game-musicy Pizzicato 5 song on youtube called 'catwalk' and then found a St Etienne remix of it, double sweet Here's the original P5 song which could have come straight from P4 funnily enough Remix:
  15. Yeah I started this a few days ago and it's wonderful stuff, pretty much a dream game for me. Awesome space station setting, thoughtful and interconnected level design, a heap of gamey systems which interweave as cleverly as Talos 1 does, and most importantly the whole thing is just dripping in atmosphere. It just scratches that 'space station horror game' itch so good. I don't think I'd describe this game as a 'shooter' so much even though it kind of is, what it really reminds me of is my childhood memories with Castlevania, Metroid, or even early Resi games. It's beautiful and you can tell it's made by a bunch of geeks who were surely just making what they wanted to play.
  16. I haven't finished this yet, though I'm good way into it now (it's a big game!) and surely not too far off. I need to see how this ends before I figure out exactly how I feel about it all, but soulless it is not. It's a consummately made game, for sure. Still, I did go back to Death Stranding today, and returning to that glorious genius (not horrifically violent) lunacy felt so good after TLOU.
  17. I do find it interesting that so many consider this a challenging piece of storytelling, but I'm only on the first chapter (first day) so my opinion may well change and it's a wonderful thing we if we do end up having different opinions anyway. Maybe I am comparing it to Hollywood films of a bygone era, certainly not comparing it to marvel. But so far it just has all the traditional elements I imagine a big budget zombie blockbuster would have, maybe something starring Tom Cruise or Will Smith, or whoever their teenage equivalents are . There's nothing very unconventional so far. But I'll play to the end and give my final thoughts then.
  18. I finally started playing this, I was hoping this would be the first Naughty Dog game I love, but after 4 or 5 hours it seems to be having the same effect other ND games have on me and leaving me with a sense of apathy more than anything else. I don't know exactly what it is about all their games that leaves me cold, but I feel like they're always games that tick every box a critically acclaimed triple A game should tick, but I can't feel any soul in them. From story, characters to gameplay, it has everything a good game "should have", but the only exceptional thing that I can see about it is the polish and budget. I feel like I'm watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster, just as I did with Uncharted (albeit a different genre). I get the feeling ND wants to make movies far more than Hideo Kojima ever has. I would go as far as to say that ND's whole thing is refining the gaming status quo until it seems almost groundbreaking, except it isn't. Nothing wrong with all that though, and I'll keep on with this game as it's only early days still and it might still win me over.
  19. I've mentioned it in this thread before, but I actually love the approach Yu took in regards to story progression of Shenmue 3. It's just so Shenmue and seems like he was just trying to be true to himself and his vision of the game, rather than try to force some ultra blockbuster fireworks finale that could never realistically hope to match the fantasises the fans clamouring for that have been cultivating over years anyway. Yu just went his own route and did a total Shenmue move by not finishing it and by making the game more about the relationship of the two main characters than the revenge on Lan Di. It's bold and brilliant and feels like something he would have done while he was sill the big man at Sega rather than a tiny developer totally beholden to the fans. But also I suspect going that route was the only way Yu could make the pressure bearable for himself, just focusing on the spirit and atmosphere of the game rather than chasing after some ungodly dramatic payoff the fans want. And for me there was significant story progress in the game, as for me the Shenmue series was always clearly not really a revenge story but a coming of age story of sorts. I always expected the ultimate closure of the series would not be Ryo battering Lan Di but rather Ryo learning to let go of his hatred and his quest for revenge. When you go back and play the original games, it's done pretty well I think, the subtle portrayal of Ryo's emotional distance from the normal lives of people around him, and less subtle but the signposting that he's on a dark path in seeking revenge. And gradually we see him soften slightly over the course of the two games as he travels and makes new friends. And sure, we don't get closure or Ryo's renunciation of revenge in 3, but for the first time in the series it seems like he cares more about other people's lives than his own quest, he cares more about rescuing Shenhua's father than avenging his own. And it gives the game a wonderful excuse to plod around and be slow and rambling in the way Shenmue should be. And anyway Shenmue was really all about atmosphere and location, Yu knows that well and S3 has that in spades. China, in particular Niaowu, is stunning. And the whole thing is just full of so much heart and gratitude, it beautifully pays homage to the fans who made it possible and pays homage to itself. It's a game that is just happy to exist, for it knows how miraculous that existence is. I love 3 in a different way to the way I love the first two games (but to me, all three individual Shenmue games are somehow different beasts with same heart), but I love it just as any fan should, and any fan making a vid entitled "this game is terrible and I've wasted my life" is a cunt basically.
  20. I knew it would! Thought that trailer looked fab:) You live in a little tank!
  21. I don't understand how these translators can not love names like Decoy Octopus, Big Boss and Solid Snake. The jarring blend of utter wackiness and realistic military fetishism has always been one of MGS' unique charms.
  22. Damn, this post broke my heart, I love SNK. I had no idea about this. What strange bedfellows they are. I guess I will be saying no to anymore Metal Slug in my life I'm actually glad KOFs best days are behind it now though and that MBS didn't insist on 15 being a return to lush sprite based animation, the fool!
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