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  1. That's the impression I'm getting from this. I mean, again, the German version of the trailer has a joke scene at the end which isn't in the US version.
  2. Well, there we go guys. Please no more mentioning of any of the 85 or so SNES games that used enhancement chips in the cartridge - these aren't actually SNES games. Also, no Virtua Racing on the Mega Drive. Please also exclude any Amiga games that can't run on the 512k version of the Amiga A500. Also, no PC games later than what was released on the original IBM PC with 16k RAM and CGA graphics. Hundreds of NES games were released were released with mappers, so please make sure you exclude any of these also.
  3. I always thought Elite on the NES was pretty impressive - I mean, it's not the prettiest game out there, but even wireframe polygons on that machine seemed impossible! And it's arguably the best 8-bit Elite out there too! Star Fox would probably tip it on the SNES for me if enhancement chips are allowed. Options are pretty limited if not... Super Mario World always looked amazing though and that's a launch title! Contra III was another great-looking SNES title and I don't think that used any kind of enhancement... though there is some Mode 7 in there. The Master System had technically excellent ports of Road Rash, as someone mentioned earlier, and Golden Axe. Contra Hard Corps is pretty spectacular on the Megadrive. Sonic 3 is pretty fine looking! As much as I loved Panzer Dragoon Saga, I'd probably say Panzer Dragoon Zwei was the better looking title. I think it's on-rails nature gave space for extra graphical trickery. Burning Rangers was technically brilliant, but looked a bit of an ugly mess in practice. Wipeout 3 was my favourite looking PS1 title. I really don't think that game gets enough praise. I always figured Soul Calibur was generally considered the best looking Dreamcast title, although there were a lot of good-looking games on that system in it's all-too-short life. Otogi or Panzer Dragoon Orta would probably be my pick on the original Xbox, and I guess Snake Eater on the PS2. As others have mentioned though, GTA San Andreas was another technically brilliant title for the hardware, but not the best looking game on the system.
  4. I'm not sure how you can say enhancement chips are not allowed, when they were a stock consideration on the SNES (and can only enhance the games so much), but Donkey Kong Country, a game using pre-rendered graphics (so graphics literally rendered on vastly more powerful hardware, then ported to the SNES game as bitmaps) is fine? That's slightly weird logic for me.
  5. Yeah, the scary bits are going to be more of a problem, I think. My 10-year-old daughter has seen it and is fine with it, but I tried once with her when she was much younger and she was traumatised by the "scary doggie".
  6. I'm someone that absolutely adores the original Ghostbusters... so much so I actually own a replica proton pack, ghost trap, PKE meter, ecto goggles and uniform. I always kinda felt that one of the things the original had going for it was that, in terms of plot, it was a fairly straight-up sci-fi blockbuster that just happened to have a main cast made up almost entirely of highly-rated comedians of the time. Whereas the 2016 reboot felt like it set out to be a zany comedy right from the start, and it's just not very good at all. I've got high hopes for this one. I don't see any problem with making it more a straight adventure movie, and the original cast are too old now to be Ghostbusters. Besides, the extra scene at the end of the German trailer shows there's definitely gags in it.
  7. Oh my God, I'm a dead man. Thanks though!
  8. Shit, really?? Oh man, the missus is going to be even more pissed! If I remember rightly it was... I figured I'd spoiler them in case there are people reading here that don't want to know the Rebel objectives before they play themselves. Let me know if I've got the rules wrong here - if so I might hopefully convince my girlfriend to play a rematch!
  9. Played my third game of Star Wars Rebellion with my girlfriend last night, with me taking on the mantle of the Rebel Alliance versus her Galactic Empire. It was the first time either of us had taken on these roles and she managed to successfully defeat virtually every mission and objective I went for - plus she'd done such a good job of organising her forces that I lost every battle we had. She was like the cat who got the cream throughout, whilst I spent most of the game desperately fighting an urge to tip the board up and storm off. I had at least spent most of the game performing troop movements to lead her away from where I'd hidden my rebel base, but she eventually sussed it's location. Now she just had to get her Death Star in position. She'd almost completely wiped out my ships, so although I had some serious ground defences ready, they'd be useless against a primed Death Star. And then, just as all hope was lost, I suddenly realised I could just about perform a string of objectives - provided she didn't realise or try to stop my sudden, desperate, suicidal rush towards Coruscant with what little remained of my fleet. She realised all too late what I was doing, and I was successfully able to reveal two objectives at once... and just enough to ensure she'd never get to my base in time before the end of the game. I'd won... and she threw such a strop I wish I hadn't. She's fine now of course, but I'm starting to think I might need to find someone else to play with. That, or next time I just let the wookie win. (She's going to murder me if she ever sees this post). Seriously though, it can be simultaneously the most fun and incredibly frustrating game, and yet once it's over and you've had time to digest what happened, you just want to play it again. I really want to buy the reprint of Dune next, but from everything I've seen about it, I worry it could cause the end of my relationship.
  10. Holy shit, I'm so excited after seeing that trailer!
  11. Well, this is a little different from the audiophile, gold-plated, electromagnetically-shielded, hi-fi cable snake oil stuff. RGB SCART is a different video standard to RF and it's more akin to connecting a PC to a CRT monitor with a VGA cable than it is connecting an old console to a TV via RF cable. You'd see a huge difference in quality on an old CRT television - Sega were so convinced by this back in the day they shipped the Saturn in the UK with only an RGB cable and sold the RF cable separately - this was always considered one of their missteps because not everyone buying one would necessarily have had SCART sockets on the back of their TV. It's always going to look a bit arse on a 55" HD telly, but RGB cables should improve things a fair bit. Using a proper upscaling solution like an OSSC would improve things even further.
  12. I'm in the "liked it" camp, but then I used to watch The A-Team religiously as a child.
  13. It turned out that with some very careful placement of things and using spare chairs as side tables, we can just about fit everything we need for Star Wars Rebellion without having to play on the floor. So far myself and my girlfriend have managed two games since we got it... we'd play more but our first game took 6 hours and our second almost 4, which makes it tricky on a work night. To be fair though, I think a large part of those extreme game lengths are us being a bit new to it and still having to refer to the rule reference book a lot. We're hoping to move next year anyway, and if we do we've discussed getting a MobyGeek table for the new place so we can leave longer games like this setup to come back to. Rebellion is absolutely bloody brilliant though! I can see why boardgamegeek.com have it listed so highly! The combat is sadly a negative at times, particularly when a big battle breaks out, which you'd think would be a deal-breaker for a war game. Weirdly everything else works so well it isn't. But yeah, the combat is weighted so that sometimes miracles or good luck can happen, but when your opponent moves a tonne of units into one of your territories and you start thinking about all the dice rolls, tactic cards, damage markers and mental gymnastics tracking all this will entail, the temptation is often to just take your pieces off the board and say "fuck it, you win this one". Which both myself and my gf have done at times. Smaller skirmishes are fun though and a lot of what really makes the game is the deliberately unbalanced nature - with the Empire just spreading out throughout the galaxy with overwhelming military might, making the Rebel player sweat constantly, whilst the Rebels keep pulling missions and objectives that require them to be total dicks to the Empire player - and this has all so far lead to good fun, laugh-out-loud moments more than frustrating, potentially relationship-breaking ones. If you've not played it, the object of the game is simply that the Empire has a finite number of turns to locate and destroy the secret Rebel base, with the Rebels able to complete objectives to lower this number of turns, provide other setbacks to the Empire and even relocate the base in a pinch. I've played as the Empire in both games so far and it's fun when you're suddenly convinced you know where the base is hidden, get your Death Star up there primed and ready and then have your girlfriend gleefully tell you "Nope, it's not there!" I do need to try and find some better way to handle the combat though.
  14. I could never get on with Undead Nightmare, despite also adoring RDR1. But RDR2 is an absolute 10/10 Game of the Century for me. Although curiously I haven't been back since finishing it and despite promising myself I'd rebuy it on PC once it came out, it's been a couple of weeks and I still haven't. I really liked the story though and the ending was terrific! Getting back on point though: - Dishonored 2. I loved the original Dishonored, but I've tried playing the sequel a couple of times and just lose interest. I think, for whatever reason, that world was one I was excited about getting immersed in when the original came out, but by the time the sequel came out I'd lost interest. I've no other way of explaining it. - Super Mario Odyssey. A couple of people have mentioned this one. I've got pretty far into it, but it's always one of those games I keep thinking I should get back to someday and never actually do. Super Mario Maker 2 though is a different story - I've played the crap out of that one. I will say though, there's been a couple of times in the past where I've given up on a game that everyone else seems to be enjoying but I'm not, only to try again sometime later and suddenly have it click. The original Mass Effect was like this - I just couldn't get on with it first time out. Tried again just before ME2 got released and have since played through the entirety of it twice. I adore it now... although strangely as much as I also loved Mass Effect 2, I still haven't played the third game. I genuinely still studiously avoid spoilers for it, so I've still got no clue what that controversial ending was. God knows if I'll ever get around to playing it. The Witcher 3 was also like this. I had a mate who used to bang on endlessly about how it was one of the greatest games ever made. I started and gave up on it twice - it just didn't click. Somehow, on my third attempt to get into it, something clicked in my brain and now I also think it's one of the greatest games ever made.
  15. Zio

    Nintendo Switch

    Heh, I've gone from playing The Witcher 3 on my PS4 Pro connected to a 4k HDR TV to playing it on the Switch (occasionally on that same TV) simply because it's portable and, despite looking pretty blurry, is still exactly the same game. It is a real shame there's no cross-save though. Would be nice to have the option of loading my save up on either PS4 or PC where I can enjoy the visuals a bit more. But if I can only play it on one system, I choose to do so on the Switch.
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