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  1. Agree. The one thing I hated about Awakening more than anything else was the 'optional' levelling up battles. It completely screws up the progression through the game when you can just out level any problem that comes up. I wasn't crazy about the introduction of DLC for the first time either now I think about it.
  2. Yeah, Awakening and Fates are the weakest in the series by some distance I would say. I did like Echoes, although that was a remake of Gaiden so not a 3DS original. The three GBA games are the highlights of the series for me. Honourable mention to the Super Famicom games which I would have loved at the time had I played them but only discovered later.
  3. Final 2022 Update: 1. Capcom vs SNK Card Fighters Clash (Nintendo Switch) - £4.19 2. Elden Ring (PC) - £36.99 3. Peglin (PC) - £13.49 4. Steam Deck 512GB - £565.00 5. Roundguard (PC) - £3.74 6. Cursed to Golf (PC) - £15.29 7. Arcade Paradise (PC) - £15.99 8. Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous (PC) - £16.64 (As part of RPG Legends Humble Bundle) 9. Front Mission 1st: Remake (Nintendo Switch) - £31.49 10. Atari 50: The Anniversary Collection (Nintendo Switch) - £21.99 And that's it for 2022. A couple of thoughts when reflecting back on the year: Apart from Front Mission (only bought a few days ago) and Atari 50 (on it's way but will be wrapped up by Santa for Christmas Day) I have completely rinsed all of these games. Elden Ring alone kept me going for about 6 months! Best game of the year, the decade, maybe ever? The Steam Deck was a game changer. It worked as a way to eat into the backlog, as opposed to just buying new game after new game and leaving them on the (metaphorical) shelf. I got through more 'old' games than I ever have and there is a lot of satisfaction in that. With the Epic, Amazon, GOG, etc. giveaways there are so many 'free' games now that you could buy nothing and still never run out of stuff to play. More than ever, time has become the limiting factor. So, overall, job done and very happy. Where do I sign up for next year?
  4. Due to the latest Humble Bundle I have a steam key for the game + DLC up for grabs. Let me know if you want 'em!
  5. The infinity engine CRPGs still hold up today (and have modern enhanced editions): Baldurs Gate I and II Icewind Dale I and II Planescape Torment Also, in no particular order: Star Wars KOTOR 1 and 2 Elder Scrolls: Morrowind Fallout 1 and 2 (and maybe Tactics) Mechwarrior 2, 3, and 4 (+ expansions) Mechcommander 1 and 2 Counter Strike Max Payne 1 and 2 Age of Empires 2 Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines Broken Sword 1 and 2 Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura Civ 2
  6. It will run but performance and battery life will be big issues, and controls/screen real estate willbe even bigger issues. It needs a big screen and mouse/keyboard really.
  7. I love Battletech - have put 1000+ of hours into it, partly because I loved the old Mechwarrior and Mechcommander games but mostly because it's the very definition of a top tier open ended sandbox tactics game. Plenty of amazing mods as well once you get to grips with the basics (BEX, BTA, Roguetech). Play through the campaign first to learn the game then move on to career if it grabs you.
  8. Lots of good advice in this thread already. I would say game choice is important - Into the Breach might look simple on the surface but it requires a good deal of thought. It's more like chess than a traditional SRPG I would say. I would recommend starting with some older, simpler games and working your way up to more modern, complex tactics games. Some recommendations: Advance Wars (GBA/DS). Start with the first as it's the best but they are all worth playing. Shining Force (Megadrive). Again, start with the first. Older Fire Emblem games. Sacred Stones on GBA is a good place to start - has a very good, lenghty (and not boring) tutorial. The Gamecube (Path of Radiance) and Wii (Radiant Dawn) games are good starters too, but very pricy now if you want physical copies. Front Mission 3/4/5 (PS1/PS2) if you like stompy robots. I would say Front Mission 4 (PS2) is the best place to start. There are also re-makes of Front Mission 1 and 2 in the pipeline for Switch. And for more modern tactics games: Shadowrun Trilogy. I liked Hong Kong the best but all 3 are great. XCOM 2. Can be hard as nails but very, very satisfying. Battletech. More stompy robots, but at the more demanding end of the spectrum (both in terms of PC specs and complexity). Wasteland 3. Post-apocalyptic turn based squad battles. The original Wasteland was the progenitor of the Fallout games.
  9. Yeah, that sucks. I haven't even got as far as ordering one given they are never in stock and seemingly sell out 2 seconds before they go on sale.
  10. Update: 1. Capcom vs SNK Card Fighters Clash (Nintendo Switch) - £4.19 2. Elden Ring (PC) - £36.99 3. Peglin (PC) - £13.49 4. Steam Deck 512GB - £565.00 5. Roundguard (PC) - £3.74 6. Cursed to Golf (PC) - £15.29 7. Arcade Paradise (PC) - £15.99 I loved the PS Vita version of Everybody's Golf so Easy Come Easy Golf on Switch is on the radar. Front Mission 1st remake too, if it arrives this year. Also waiting for a price drop for the Judgment games on PC. Will probably end up somewhere near 12 for the year after all.
  11. Judgment and Lost Judgment now available on Steam. Can buy them separately or as a bundle.
  12. Yeah, back in stock on Amazon. I was wavering but have pre-ordered. The pull of the Mega CD games proved too strong in the end; one of my big gaming regrets is selling my Megadrive + Mega CD + games back in the mists of time (don't ask about the Neo Geo Pocket Colour, that's still too raw).
  13. I think this trick only works once.
  14. The fact that they are built in to the new console, rather than coming as a cart (like the IREM and Toaplan carts) makes me think not.
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