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    Devil May Cry 5

    Cheers! Are they considered one of the legit sellers? I'm always wary of key sites cos of the likes of G2A.
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    Devil May Cry 5

    Seems there isn't gonna be a PC demo because of the data-mining that went on with RE7. Real shame because although I've played the PS4 demo several times I'd like to be able to see how high I can push the graphical settings. I'm hopeful that it'll be as well optimised as RE2 which let me whack everything up full with a 1060, I didn't notice that much slowdown on the base PS4 except with lots of particle effects firing off at once. The wait for this is agonising, I keep thinking it's this Friday coming but it's an extra week I was gonna get it a few hours before release (don't want to support pre-order bollocks in general) from instant-gaming for about £32 but might just trade in RDR2 for Steam credit and buy the deluxe edition. Unless anyone knows of somewhere selling a key for the Deluxe outside of Steam for less than £55?
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    Shmups

    Devil Engine has just come out on Steam. I've only had a chance to play the first couple of levels since it's so late but so far it seems good if maybe slightly on the cheap side with the difficulty. If you accidentally collect a power-up that isn't suited for the current area you can be screwed very quickly and it can feel a bit too much like sheer luck at the minute. Looking forward to be able to get properly into it this weekend though, my initial impressions are probably more out of frustration than anything else as I remember not being particularly good at the demo either but still wanting to keep trying.
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    Shmups

    It's really grabbed me now, it's like it has the perfect balance between being accessible while still allowing for totally insane play like that. For the most part I never really bother with the actual score in shooters, I just want to survive as long as possible but the buzzing along with the level up system in this makes it feel much more rewarding and I'm not totally sure why. I've played things like Graze Counter which is good but Psyvariar just gets it absolutely bang on. The short period of invincibility on each level up really is a stroke of genius. Really the only complaint I can think of is the lack of a hitbox marker but that's becoming less of an issue as I begin to recognise more enemies and know their shot patterns so I can plan how to buzz them without taking too big a risk.
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    Shmups

    I'd played Psyvariar on an emulator and thought it was decent but didn't really see why it was so highly rated. After buying it on Steam and looking up how the buzz mechanic really works it feels like its finally clicked. Dodging amongst bullet patterns in something like DoDonPachi is cool, but actually waiting for enemies to attack before opening fire while heading directly into the most dense attacks is a great mechanic. I think I'm gonna have to use the roll button though, tapping left and right is getting me killed more than anything. Shame you can't actually see the hitbox, having the buzz area highlighted doesn't seem very useful at all.
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    Shmups

    Switch versions would be amazing, one of the best things about the Switch is the easy tate mode. I'm thinking the same about just waiting on Ketsui etc, I like having most of my shooters on Steam in one place to quickly fire them up then move onto another, switching discs is such a pain in the arse on the 360. That bug in Windows 10 sounds a bit weird though, I just assumed it was because of some licensing differences outside US and JP. Who am I kidding, after a few drinks over Christmas I'll probably end up with all of the M2 Shot Trigger versions digitally on the PS4
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    Shmups

    I wish they'd bring the M2 ports over here, I hate port begging but getting those on PC to go with the other Cave games would be incredible. I've still not gone for the whole creating a US/JP account and buying store credit, it's inevitable that I'll do it over Christmas but now the choice is between Ketsui and Battle Garegga (not a big fan of Dangun/SOS). My mate lives in Japan so would there be any advantage in getting him to buy the PSN cards instead of online or is the price difference not worth it? Another possibility would be the physical version of Ketsui but I dunno if that would be cheaper over there than the £50 odd it seems to be going for online. I feel bad for waiting for a sale on Blue Revolver, it's well worth that full price especially with the update on the way.
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    Shmups

    Blue Revolver is half price at £5.49 in the current Steam sale in case anyone wasn't sure before (like me).
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    Prima games shutting down

    Didn't Saur do some of the guides for them? The Prima guide for FF12 and 13 was so useful as a reference for weapons and stats, I always liked having a big hardback book to go with the game. Amazon reckons it's worth around £50 but that sounds a bit high, I got a good price for my old Half Life 2 book but it was mostly concept artwork etc. and after reading it I just put it away so was perfect condition. My most recent one was FF15 but that was Piggyback, if I get properly into RDR2 I might get that one as they save having to trawl though endless Google results and I really like how they look on the shelf. The FF ones were particularly useful if you go away for a significant amount of time as it's easy to read the story guide to get properly back up to speed.
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    Shmups

    The Cave games are half price on Steam if anyone hasn't got them yet, I'm going to give DoDonPachi another go now that I'm more familiar with it through emulation. ZeroRanger is absolutely brilliant, I just can't quite get through the end of the last stage though but it at least rewards you for having to repeat the levels.
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    Shmups

    What's the best way to get hold of the M2 Shot Trigger releases? I really want the Battle Garegga one but at the minute it seems I can either buy it from the US store by creating a new account on my PS4 or importing the physical Korean version. Maybe digital would be easier because then I could then get Dangun Feveron at the same time , I wish they'd just release them WW on the digital stores. I've been playing more Battle Garegga on emulation but the tiny bullets that blend in with the background are driving me up the wall so the mode on the M2 version to made them stand out more would be perfect. I pulled my DS out of one of the storage/mess cupboards and it still had the flash cart in it and I can't believe they released what is supposed to be Ketsui in that state, thank God I tried that before looking to get a physical copy. Recently got Akai Katana for the 360, it's excellent but the mechanics of scoring so far are really confusing. At least it comes with a proper manual to explain it rather than the advertising pamphlets we usually get nowadays. Finally had a go on Deathsmiles 2 using the decrypted files from the arcade version which just has an old PC inside the cabinet. It's not that bad as a game but the whole Christmas theme just doesn't work at all, not to mention the very questionable bullet patterns made by one boss in particular... Edit : Forgot to mention Shikhondo which I was close to buying on Switch but the lack of tate mode means I'll probably just stick to PC cos for me that's the best thing about these games on Switch.
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    ReDream - the amazing Dreamcast Emulator

    Have you tried the Supermodel emulator? I think it's able to run Model 3 based games now and since it's the arcade you wouldn't have the problems that came with the port (assuming the emulation has improved, I've not tried it myself).
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    ReDream - the amazing Dreamcast Emulator

    Oh I hadn't noticed that, I think I'll stick with the free version. Seems an odd decision, I wonder if they're worried Paypal will freeze the account if Sega complain.
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    ReDream - the amazing Dreamcast Emulator

    I was surprised how far along Dreamcast emulation is, although I'm not sure why it wouldn't be as I've been using Demul to play a few Naomi-based shooters that chug on MAME (can't for the life of me get Atomiswave ones working at all, it just complains about the bios despite the file being there). Mostly I was looking to play the DC version of Bangai-O and this runs it great although there seem to be a few screen elements missing and I'm not really familiar with the game enough to notice things that are wrong. It's great to be able to play stuff like Mars Matrix with the additional modes from the home release rather than just the arcade, now I just need to find the games on their own as I don't really want to download the 250GB of what I'm assuming is a full set. A fiver for high resolution seems like a pretty good deal, this kind of stuff must take crazy amounts of work but with sprite based shooting games I doubt it'd make an awful lot of difference, 3D ones like Exzeal do look amazing rendering at 1920x1080 on Demul though. It would be great if 360 emulation worked as well, then I could finally pack the console away as at the minute it's just a dedicated Radiant Silvergun machine.
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    Shmups

    I'm pretty much constantly adding to my Steam and Switch wishlist, a lot of them I only discovered because of this YouTube channel in case others haven't come across it. The Hurricane of the Varstray and the DLC have been my main focus at the minute, the caravan style (which I've only really learned about recently) is just so satisfying when you build the special gauge fully and rack up a huge score. Really disappointed with Star Mazer : DSP, it starts off so well but they obviously essentially stopped development after the first set of levels (I think a lot may be due to a whole legal thing with the musician for the game). Real shame as I loved the fleet mechanic instead of a certain number of lives and what is there plays really well, at least I got 4 hours out of it. Just got Zero Gunner 2 for the Switch, only had a quick go on it but the rotating crosshair mechanic will take some getting used to, that and the default Option special attack being mapped to what feels like the most unnatural button. I really want to buy the Psikyo games on the Switch but the news of a compilation coming out in Korea puts me off in case it gets a western release.
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