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  1. Getting off a slow start, but I'm not expecting to beat last year's record ever, nor am I going to try! I am still broadly sticking to some rules, though. No buying new games until I've finished/abandoned the ones I've got (four left currently, nearly there), I must play the games I've got in chronological (release) order, and only purchase new games in chronological order (with exceptions for remakes and remasters, which can brought forward to when the original was released). The 'front-log' is 98-strong, so... yeah. Let's get going. -------- 1) New Super Mario
  2. Previously... 56) Uncharted 4: A Thief's End - PS4 - 2016 Completed once on normal difficulty (16 hours). Having earlier this year gorged myself on the trio of freebies that was The Nathan Drake Collection, I finally put this into my PS4. I don't know if I've just gotten used to the silky 60fps presentation of the previous remastered games, but Uncharted 4 feels jittery, blurry and less responsive in comparison - perhaps I should have waited for the inevitable PS5 remaster! The generational shift sees more detailed character models and lavish environments, but un
  3. Previously... 54) Tacoma - PC - 2017 Played through twice, the second time with the developer commentaries turned on (I highly recommend doing this, as it's easy to miss some details on the first play through). For their second game, indie developer Fullbright moved from the nostalgia of the past to the speculative fiction of the future. Where Gone Home only presented characterisation through writing, audio and discarded belongings (mostly for budgetary reasons!), in Tacoma we get to actually see 'augmented reality' simulations of their bodies and voices that the space statio
  4. Has anyone here tried Sonic 3 A.I.R. (Angel Island Revisited)? It's a fan-made PC port/remaster of Sonic 3 & Knuckles that came out last year and has been gradually improved since then. The engine code is open source and it also supports mods, so while it misses some of the tweaks and adjustments that Sonic 3 Complete has out of the box, most of it can be added back in as mods, making this pretty much the definitive way to play the game on PC/Mac. Straight away, just being in widescreen is a massive improvement. It also has many graphical effects that couldn't be done on the Me
  5. Previously... 52) Sonic 3 Complete - Megadrive - 2013 (1994) My annual Sonic-a-thon continues. This is a fan-made ROM-hack, a version of Sonic 3 & Knuckles with all the bugs fixed and lots of customisation for changing music and moves and so on. It's still my favourite Sonic game, although I'm now so familiar with it that I can almost play it on autopilot. If you haven't tried the Sonic 3 Complete version before, give it a try, it's fabulous. I have also recently become aware of another Sonic 3 mod project called Angel Island Revisited (AIR), which offers widescreen and achieve
  6. FIFTY GAMES!!! Previously... 50) Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - Megadrive - 1992 Hardly a great achievement, it's my annual Sonic retro re-play. But a cred's a cred! Sonic 2 has remained one of my favourite platformers, kicking up the speed and variety from Sonic 1, introducing a sidekick character, bringing in a two-player mode, 3D special stages, a spin-dash attack, Supersonic, Metal Sonic, an aeroplane level, the Death Egg. It's really quite something, and it's still loads of fun to play today. But it is a tiny bit buggy, in fact it's the most glitchy of all the Sonic
  7. Previously... 49) Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy - 3DS - 2013 Completed the story mode, all puzzles plus extra challenges (except daily puzzles) - 36 hours approx. The sixth game in the series, the second one to be released on the 3DS, the third part of the second trilogy and a prequel to the first trilogy - and if you think that's confusing, you should see the puzzles! The plot of The Azran Legacy revolves around a lost civilization, and although the format and gameplay is the same as previous games, there is a section in the middle where you are free to
  8. January: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice (3DS) £8.24 February / March / April / May / June / July: Nothing August: £25 PlayStation Network Credit £23.99 Star Fox 64 3D (3DS) £7.95 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (3DS) £31.95 September: [SOLD] Star Fox 64 3D (3DS) -£4.57 Nintendo Switch console (Neon) + case + protectors £298.42 Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) £39.99 Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Switch) £49.99 Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (3DS) £19.95 WarioWare Gold (3DS) £9.95 Micro
  9. Previously... 48) Grand Theft Auto V - PC - 2015 (2013) Despite enjoying all of the GTA titles and really looking forward to GTAV, I somehow never got around to playing it until now. I let the console versions pass me by in 2013, waited for the PC release to come down in price, while the next-gen versions got released and regularly updated with new online content, the next-next-gen versions got announced, and finally the PC game was given away for free on the Epic Store. No excuses now! Rockstar's open world crime-em-up series has come such a long way since the gri
  10. I do wonder how many of these examples actually require ray-tracing to look good enough. I'm often playing decade-old games and I see plenty of examples of reflections in windows, shiny surfaces, mirrors and so on, and they all look perfectly convincing (hell, Mario Sunshine on the Gamecube was doing it 18 years ago) and not a bit of ray-tracing in sight. Is it really worth halving the framerate or resolution to achieve this sort of effect?
  11. I'm hoping my 10-year old PC (and 8-year old graphics card) will actually run these games reasonably well, given they're also quite old. Although Halo 2 Enhanced might struggle a bit...
  12. Previously... 47) The Last of Us Remastered - PS4 - 2014 (2013) Completed main story and Left Behind expansion (17 hours approx.) I went into this one knowing it was a very highly regarded game, but not much else (yes, I even avoided spoilers!). It's from the makers of Uncharted, so it's got ludicrously high production values and seamlessly integrates the 'acted sequences' into the flow of the gameplay, ushering you through a mostly linear world of scripted events, punctuated by combat encounters. Unlike Uncharted, however, The Last of Us is not a plucky hollywood adventure, it
  13. Previously... 46) Super Mario Galaxy - Switch - 2020 (2007) 120 stars (Mario only). The last of the 3D All-Stars collection and the best one by far. Mario Galaxy didn't just retread old ideas, it came out bursting with new ones at every turn, and it knew that a 3D Mario game doesn't have to be constantly filled with exploration of 3D spaces - it can take the simple but satisfying A-to-B gameplay of 2D Mario games and deliver it in all new ways. It has variety, it has that compelling "one more go" factor, it's not a hard game but it knows what's fun and what isn't, and it delivers
  14. I was thinking "'Luigi's Purple Coins' is faaaaaaar harder than I remember it being", until thirty attempts later I realised there's actually more than a hundred coins and you don't have to get all of them. Anyway, that's Galaxy done. 120 stars (Mario only). Absolutely delightful to play this again. I don't think I can quite bring myself to do the Luigi run, having done it on the Wii in '07. Three play throughs is more than most of my games get. The 'star' of this collection, without a doubt. -------- I did another of these 'highlight' videos. It's
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