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  1. 47 minutes ago, Nick R said:

    Wordle 216 4/6






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    I wonder if the people who have being using

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    that swear word version of Wordle

    had an easier time getting today's?


    I did exactly the same. I would have had it in 3 if I had gone for the rude word first....

  2. 7 minutes ago, BossSaru said:

    Yakuza. I love the games, but some of the side quests are definitely not for when the missus is on the sofa.


    Likewise. My wife has zero interest in games but is always fascinated by the fact that I play Japanese games (with Japanese voiceovers) - I make sure that Yakuza is a laptop only job - no big TV Yakuza for me 😄


    11 minutes ago, JamesC said:

    Another example - I've just started playing Days Gone and at the moment I had to batter a zombie child with a plank of wood I started to get a bit uncomfortable. Not long after, I had to kill a woman using a baseball bat with nails in it. I can now never play this game in front of my girlfriend. She's fairly ambivalent towards games but I know she would be appalled at this type of violence and I'm pretty dubious about it myself. It's a fun game and I'll keep playing it but it's certainly not something I'd use as an example of how wholesome my hobby is.


    I justify this to my wife (and myself I guess) by saying 'it's only zombies right?' but Days Gone is a violent game, no doubt about it. Is it any different to watching a horror movie though? It's escapist entertainment - who would really want to be stuck in a post-apocalyptic zombie nightmare?


  3. 4 minutes ago, strider said:

    The shipping on these from Amazon seems horrendous. 21,000 yen!

    May have to preorder from Strictly Limited.


    Only if you buy the box set. If you buy the base unit on it's own (and any of the add-ons) the shipping is much more reasonable. Counter intuitive but much cheaper to order everything separately.


    You miss out on some of the extras (tat) in the box set though.

  4. First purchase of the year and it's not a new game and it's also one that I have played to death already 🤦‍♂️


    1. Capcom vs SNK Card Fighters Clash (Nintendo Switch)


    Only cost £4.19 with the judicious use of some Nintendo points though and it is one of my all time favourites so it will definitely get plenty of playtime.


    In terms of the backlog I am working my way through Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch) and Pathfinder: Kingmaker (PC). Early days but going OK so far.

  5. Oh man, this is great news. I'd been hoping for more NGPC games and this is the one. The amount of hours I put into this game is scary (owned both versions, played both to completion). I also remember jumping through multiple hoops to bypass the game breaking bug in the DS sequel (patching the game to fix it).


    And if there's a physical Switch Volume 2 around the corner then Faselei and Biomotor Unitron must be nailed on surely? Not much chance of Pac-Man sadly (remember the plastic ring to lock the joystick to 4 directions?).


    I don't have many regrets in terms of selling off old systems/games but I really do miss my Neo Geo Pocket collection. Had pretty much a full set of PAL games and a number of consoles that I sold off for bobbins years back.



  6. There's definitely a common theme here.


    I played this on PS4 soon after release but like many in this thread I bounced off it pretty quickly. I picked it up again on PC just before Christmas and this time I loved it. Maybe down to it running a bit smoother on PC, maybe because I picked it up on sale (and subconsciously the value/expectation ratio was re-balanced) but also I came prepared this time and ground my way through the early game until it opened up a bit and became more interesting. The characters grew on me as the game went on and the drip fed story cut scenes became something to look forward to rather than dreaded.


    A reminder that sometimes the problem is you rather than the game perhaps! There are definitely some 'good' games that I haven't got on with - maybe time to re-visit some of them.

  7. On 22/10/2021 at 00:55, lolly said:

    Days Gone- Quite liked the premise ,I tend to enjoy apocalyptic scenarios ,  and the setting in the woods and mountains, the gunplay and combat was barely competent but passable. Died a few times in the opening hours due to my own stupidity and not understanding the rules of the game world  and was having an okay time until  I did a mission where I had to pick up some mcguffin  and it teleported in enemies to the area that I had cleared out , they appeared out of thin air in the background. I know it's a long game and if it's doing that kind of obvious  shite  and  is only passable in other areas I'm not sinking time into a badly realised open world collectathon.


    I like my open world collectathons well realised like Ghost of Tsushmina   or some of the Assassins Creeds thank you very much.


    I played this on PS4 originally and bounced off it pretty quickly - for very simlar reasons to you.


    Picked it up on PC and played it throught to completion over Christmas, really enjoyed it. I think it helped that I ignored the 'gotta collect 'em all' aspect and just played through the story without worring about anything else.



  8. Having originally played the original GBA game as an unofficial translation I remain delighted that the Phoenix Wright games eventually got official western releases (I know that we're still waiting for Ace Attorney Investigations 2, perhaps in vain now). I have bought them many times over on various systems and don't begrudge it one bit.


    I'm still waiting for offical western releases of:


    Fire Emblem: Geneology of the Holy War

    Fire Emblem: Thracia 776

    Fire Emblem: Binding Blade

    Rya ga Gotuku Kenzan!

    Rya ga Gotuku Ishin!

    Mother 3


    Valkyria Chronicles III


    I'm not holding my breath....




  9. 40+ years of gaming into 5 games is not easy!


    5. Splat: This is where it all started for me. ZX Spectrum twitch gaming at it's finest. Still good to this day as well which you can't say for all Spectrum games.


    4. Championship Manager 97/98: In terms of time spent playing this is the one. I started early (Champ Man '93 I think) but 97/98 was the one. In those halcyon days between university and responsibility came Champ Man. I lived, breathed and dreamed this game - to the point that I eventually went cold turkey on Football Manager and will never go back. I could spend 25 hours a day playing it and it wouldn't be enough. From time to time I still think about the good times - Ibrahima Bakayoko and Tom Youngs carrying us to trophy after trophy....


    3. R-Type: I love shmups and this is the definitive one for me. There was an R-Type cab in the taxi office next to the train station that I got the train to and from school in. I played it day in day out for years (lunch money never better spent) and I know it inside and out, can 1cc it from cold. More than that though, it reminds me of the arcade experience and that feeling of being in the zone, even better if you have a crowd watching.


    2. System Shock 2: Sometimes a game comes along that transcends the medium. How 'real' do you want your entertainment? A truly immersive experience, and something you couldn't get from any other medium.


    1. Elite: Do I need to say anything more? For me, this is the gaming equivalent of 1984 - something that expands the mind and opens up the possibilities. The Blue Danube is inextricably embedded in my consiousness....


    Honourable mentions to:


    Fallout 2 (post-apocalyptic nirvana, when player choice was the watchword for RPGs)

    Bloodborne (best of the Souls for me)

    Deus Ex (ask me on a different day and I'd swap this for System Shock 2)

    Civ (take your pick, my favourite is 6)

    Zelda: A Link to the Past (for the rain at the start, if nothing else)

    Planescape Torment (best story ever)

    Slay the Spire (a challenger for the time sink crown)

    Fire Emblem (again, take your pick, Binding Blade is my choice)


  10. I own all the original Nintendo hardware/games and could emulate pretty much everything Nintendo if I wanted to but I'll still probably upgrade to the 'expansion pak' sub, but only grudgingly. Any more 'expansion paks' that bump up the cost further and I'll be out.


    I think Nintendo need to tread carefully here as they are really leveraging their legacy and the goodwill that stems from that. If you look at it in terms of the core value proposition then it's dead in the water compared to GamePass. Younger gamers without the emotional attachement to Nintendo that us older suckers have will drop them much quicker....

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