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  1. Retro mini games hidden in modern games

    Only on UK budget re-releases I suspect. Invade-a-load right?
  2. I'm a sucker for hidden retro mini games. On a related note I've made a personal decision to skip Kingdom Hearts 3. Every game in that series has been the perfect case of diminishing returns for me. Then this happened. Fuck you Square Enix! (throws money.) What other amazing retro or retro style games are hidden in modern games?
  3. Should all games have an easy mode?

    I think a lot of people are confusing difficulty with accessabilty which is something I've been thinking a lot about recently playing Mass Effect Andromeda with it's tiny text. I'm a bit torn about Dark Souls / Bloodbourne. I really want to play the games but they're way too hard for me. And I suspect that an easy mode isn't a fix for that as it's similar to the control systems in Brothers or Edith Finch where the control mechanics themselves are part of the narrative. And it's not a loss if I skip them as long as not every game becomes Dark Souls / Super Meat Boy bastard hard. Accessabilty options should be essential though, like changning the hammering of the x button to open doors in Uncharted which was nothing to do with difficulty and all to do with hiding level data being loaded in.
  4. Saying this as a PS4 owner. If Microsoft had told us all about this rather than faffing on about about Kinect and licences, if it had talked about "games as a service" not about tying discs to consoles but as having an ll you can eat buffet I would have totally gone the One over the PS4. Would I have missed some of the exclusives? Maybe. Or maybe I'd be too busy to even worry about it. Compared to Sony's pathetic suppport of PS1/2/3 games on the 4 it's night and day. If I was trying to boost the One to PS4 owners right now I'd point out the following. Sure you have your nice exclusives now but what happens when the PS5 is out? Once your 4 is dead more likley than not you'll have to rebuy your collection again, if they bother to remaster your favourites. I'd also dive into the retro thread and point out for retro gaming on a modern console the One is easily king of the hill at the moment. You have almost an unbroken line of games going back almost 20 years now, more if you count some of the 360 retro releases.
  5. NHL discussion thread

    This has gone a bit viral today.
  6. Best compilation tape ever. I had some amazing times with that at the end of 1988. Still own it too! The 16 bit flight sim I spent the most time with was Red Baron at a friend's place on his high end PC. I read the manual cover to cover.
  7. Star Wars: The Last Jedi - December 2017

    How dare you sir! HOW DARE YOU! Fo course it was all planned out in advance which is why we got
  8. I’m thinking of getting a bone to replace my aging 360. Partly because my partner is a massive Morrowind fan. I’m lucky (My ex would have totally vetoed it!)
  9. Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    That's a great watch! The comparison between Night Trap and Five Night's at Freddies is spot on. (Also the magic of playing 90's games without manuals.)
  10. God of War (2018) - Magni-ficent!

    I'm a little interested in this game now that I've seen some of the early reviews. Previously I bought the first two on PS2 and the PSP versions and then stopped with 2 after one of the puzzle solutions left a seriously bad taste in my mouth. Be careful who you pretend to be and all that. So I can see why the new direction would draw in a new audience. I can also see how the existing audience would feel alienated when they wanted more of the same thematically. I thought Bioware was getting really good at them by Dragon Age:Inquisition (and as for romance the Mass Effect trilogy for me at least had an incredibly bittersweet ending.) I haven't gone back over this thread but I remember the ones in God of War just made me want to cringe, they were the opposite of sexy IMHO, silly at best.
  11. God of War (2018) - Magni-ficent!

    I don't know, I felt that the relationship arc I built up in Mass Effect added a lot to my experince of the game. But I digress, it's a tad off topic.
  12. Best classic tomb raider?

    So obviously the graphics have aged but what really makes this is the ambient noises and musical stings. It really helped sell the rest of it. In my mind's eye it looked like the tombs in Assassin's Creed Origins. I sometimes wonder if my friends were confused not understanding what I saw in manipulating a papercraft puppet around cardboard levels.
  13. Should all games have an easy mode?

    Doom is a really good example of difficulty levels done right. Sure it did the usual thing of buffing enemies and nerfing players a little bit but the big change in difficulty came from changing the starting locations, types and numbers of enemies. Playing Doom on easy was great for beginners who wanted a horror / stealth game. On the hardest setting? It was the closest thing ever to a first person version of Smash TV. It’s a masterclass of difficulty design IMHO.
  14. And he's now been banned! http://variety.com/2018/gaming/news/king-of-kong-stripped-of-title-1202751358/ Twin Galaxies statement.
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