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  1. Prediction: there will be a revised Switch Lite eventually that does dock and connect to the TV like a proper Switch.
  2. The narrative is so simplistic they it’s barely a story as such, the gameplay is very simplistic and repetitive. Didn’t think it was worth the fiver or so I paid last time it was on sale, if I’m being honest. Having not played Phantasy Star before and having no nostalgic feelings for the series, I just found a dated game that frustrated much more than it entertained, which is a shame, as I wanted to like it.
  3. Exactly. As someone who uses the Switch 80-90% of the time in TV mode, I'm very concerned that Switch games will be made specifically for the 720p resolution and weaker processing grunt of the handheld mode from this point onwards. I mean, Nintendo's never been particularly big on emphasising graphical fidelity...
  4. Best thing about the Switch physical design, is that it’s modular. Analogue stick wears out on your launch Switch? No major problem, just buy a new JoyCon. Much preferable than having to replace the whole unit. Unfortunately the Switch Lite won’t have that luxury of modularity. Without that and TV connectivity, it seems like a dud.
  5. Yeah, a smaller, cheaper model we were expecting (and perhaps anticipating for family members), but no TV functionality? That's... Not a good decision.
  6. That's... Interesting. I have to admit that I only watched the first episode of The Orville, and was put off very quickly by the tone and 'humour' and didn't watch further.
  7. A Nintendo Switch without a TV output mode? That's like Apple offering a MacBook that can't connect to the Internet. The idea of a reduced size and cost Switch is laudable, but without TV connectivity, that's just a ridiculous design decision. I can't see this smaller model having much of a viable commercial lifespan.
  8. Beat the final boss stage in Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker and the Elite Four in Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu. Over six months since I reached those parts of the games, and left them there for some reason. The Elite Four in LGP was absurdly easy to beat, a real anticlimax. I had assumed the game was putting the player into a false sense of security, and was saving the difficulty up for a real ordeal, but nope. Oh well.
  9. Odo’s one of the most underrated characters in all of Trek. And played by arguably the best regular actor in a Trek series.
  10. When I first discovered retro gaming circa 1995, via fanzines, websites, and an article in Super Play, retro meant Atari VCS generation of consoles, and the ZX Spectrum generation of computers (or Apple II, Atari 800, C64 et al if you were American). Systems considered unquestionably retro now, such as the Super NES, Amiga and so on, were 'current' systems back then, albeit at the ends of their commercial lifespans. So yeah, the definition of retro changes over time. Although perhaps the definition might again alter over time to mean 'roots gaming' rather than a specific time period, who knows, Incidentally, as a Retro Gamer, I've got no problem whatsoever with the magazine covering the PS2 and GC generation, and their contemporary PC games. There's only so many Commodore 64 games to cover, after all.
  11. I got some superb Super Famicom games (Akumajō Dracula, Area 88, Axelay, Contra Spirits) for literally price of postage back before the explosion in retro gaming. Sure, some of the games weren't exactly in perfect condition, but it was great to own them at last, and for much cheaper than those games are currently available on the secondary market.
  12. Any general tips? Finding this crushingly difficult so far. (Normal or Arcade controls? Analogue or button acceleration and braking, etc?)
  13. Finding the steering control a bit juddery, a bit stop-start. Playing with a Pro Controller doesn’t feel any different to using the left analogue stick. Analogue accelerate/brake works fine, but still feels quite a difficult game to control, TBH.
  14. Am I right in thinking that Mega Drive Xenon 2 is the PAL version? That’s put me right off the service, if it’s PAL rather than NTSC games.
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