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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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    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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    Shmups

    I love the first one, maybe even prefer it to Cave's vertical scrollers. That sequel though, what were they thinking. I brought my Switch into work today, set up portrait mode and with the sound down it easily blends in with all the other screens from behind, got a few good runs of Danmaku Unlimited 3 with the joycons not even visible (at least until the girl who sits to the side of me comes back). Playing games on my phone was cool when I first got Doom on my old HTC phone but the Switch takes stealth office gaming to another level.
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    Shmups

    Cheers for the advice, I do actually have a DS somewhere that I think has one of those sd card slots. After reading reviews of Dariusburst I decided that at £11 it was worth a punt. I'd played it before and didn't really like the enemy designs but now that I'm understanding more of just how much stuff is in the game and how the mechanics work (no thanks to the actual game, as far as I can tell absolutely nothing is explained so I had to look up guides) i'm really enjoying it. I think the format of the screen really put me off at first but it's just more of an excuse to get the projector out and working again. That non-sale price is crazy though, even the DLC is overpriced so I'll probably grab the Deathsmiles one before the sale ends. Speaking of Deathsmiles, I watched a play-through of the sequel on YouTube and decided that I really didn't need to track down a copy of it, it just looks so awful. I mean all those bosses look terrible, the sound is horrible and it looks like it slows down not when you need it due to the number of bullets, but just when there's too many score collectibles on screen. It's worth watching just to see some of the bosses though, my favourite is the bloke who kicks bullets out of his shoes and the ridiculous noises he makes.
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    Shmups

    Is the 360 the best way to play Bangai-O? I remember trying it on the Dreamcast once but couldn't get my head around how any of it worked but since it's held in such high regard fancy giving it another try. I've still got my 60gig US PS3 set up in the spare room for Rock Band so might dig the 360 out and set it up too, so many good shooters seem to be on there and it's a TV I can easily move about. I've seen people saying Radiant Silvergun is landscape mode only on the 360?! That's making me think i should built a small MAME machine for in there and just load it with all the games I can't get hold of or where emulation is the better option. With these games and Street Fighter 30th Anniversary my old SF4 TE stick is getting more use than it has in years, shame about Mad Catz since with those sticks they really did things right.
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    Shmups

    Has anyone got Super Hydorah ? It's got good reviews and looks like a pretty good Gradius clone. I wish they're release Gradius V on PC or Switch, even with a simple resolution boost on the PS2 emulator it looks amazing and this may be the next best thing. The price puts me off a bit, for a tenner I could get Raiden V. I also realised I've a mostly complete set of MAME roms hiding in the Games folder on my desktop, it's just not the same as having a proper release on Steam though with rankings etc and my favourite feature the replays. Watching the top ranked Raiden 4 replay on Overkill mode (I think the first one is maybe a hack, I've seen on some games where the player just dies but still somehow holds the no.1 spot) you can see how much work has gone into memorising every pattern on every level, he's ready for every single enemy and much more strategic in choosing power-ups and bonuses whereas I'm just picking up everything I see. With both Raiden games I just wish the enemy bullets were a bit more prominent or even just red, having them nearly the same colour as some bonus items has gotten me killed far too many times. I'd like to get Raiden V but that it's that kind of difficulty which seems kind of unfair puts me off. Speaking of infuriatingly small projectiles, I had a quick go of Battle Garegga but had to stop before I started pulling my hair out, that boss music though...
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    Shmups

    Thanks for the recommendations, I'll check them out. I've been playing Crimson Clover from the Steam sale and it's excellent, I'm pretty sure Espagulda was another one I played the demo of on iPhone and enjoyed but it and Ketsui don't seem to be available on any of the systems I'm using at the minute (PC, PS4 and Switch) unless I go for emulation.
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    Shmups

    Yeah I might refund it and get the other two instead, I'm not a fan of that much info being plastered all over the screen as it makes it feel like too much of an element of luck whether you make a mistake or not. Plus Ikaruga has given me as much memorising patterns as I think I can cope with at the minute!
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    Shmups

    Yeah I'll probably get both, I remember Deathsmiles being bloody difficult which isn't necessarily bad but played Mushihimesama on the iPhone back when I had one. It was only the demo but I remember playing through it more than once so it's got to be worth the £4 odd. I'd probably have been better going for the two of those rather than DoDonPachi on its own. I also found that I have Raiden 4 on Steam, no recollection of buying it but I got Raiden 3 for a quid which is well worth it and even if the port is a bit of a hack job it still plays really well. Tempted by Raiden V but there's so many other things I could get for £10 on Steam right now. I tried one of the Touhou games and can see why they're popular but the shots (of what looks like rectangular cards??) you fire just don't feel like they have the same impact as something like Raiden, I guess it's more the actual survival aspect that people go for in those as some of the bullet patterns are fantastic. There's also a lot of visual noise like the pulsing background and blossoms floating about that feel like they serve no purpose other than to increase the difficulty through sheer confusion which feels a bit cheap and unnecessary.
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    Shmups

    Shameless bump but I've been playing a load of games on Steam that are on sale. My favourites at the minute are Crimson Clover WORLD IGNITION, The Hurricane of the Varstray Collateral hazard and Caldarius Blaze (although the "shame break" thing is a bit dodgy, the elemental attacks are a really good addition). I might get my old arcade stick out again as trying to play some of them with a normal controller is borderline impossible so I've been sticking to keyboard which isn't ideal once the number of buttons goes up. I also got DoDonPachi Resurrection, I've played it on MAME before and it's not really clicked with me yet despite being the most expensive and it's making me wonder whether I would actually enjoy the other Cave games. I've got Deathsmiles on the 360 somewhere and will probably get them for the sake of the £4 odd they cost but I'm wondering are there others that I'd be better getting. I didn't realise that Sine Mora EX was free to anyone who owned the original, it's a great looking game and feels good to play but then I remembered why I stopped playing it in the first place : the part where you're moving through the lasers by hiding behind the garbage parts just feels really badly designed, I can't do it and lose all my lives with no way of even cheesing through it. It also got me looking at the best way to play Radiant Silvergun since my 360 is packed away somewhere, I know MAME supports it but it looks pretty bad on an LCD. Has anyone tried using a Saturn emulator to run it at a higher resolution or anything like that? It just looks like one of those games that could look incredible with an internal resolution bump and texture filtering as it looks like it uses textured polygons for everything rather than sprites (or a mixture of both, it's hard to tell). I think the XBox Live version had updated graphics but I really don't want to have to dig all that out just for one game.
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