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  1. All this talk is making me want to play Probotector 😅


    I'll probably stick it on, game over after 3 minutes then turn it off again. These games were definitely aimed at people who didn't have access to lots games back in the day. I'm so pleased they are done like that though, some of the Mega Drive games I've mastered I'd never get to do now due to time constraints and having zero attention span.

  2. I've cancelled my PLAY subscription after they sent the last issue out in their stupid paper envelopes and I ended up with multicoloured paper mache. I asked for the mag to be resent only to be told it was out of print and they'd extend me one issue. Absolute fucking garbage. 

  3. Interesting on your top 5 shooters. I feel like the MD is one of the few consoles where there's no definitive list of top shooters. I can't wait to see how Shmup Junkie ranks them. Even the PC Engine and Saturn I imagine most people's top 5's would mainly consist of the same ~10 games. 


    I think mine would probably be something like:


    Fire Shark


    Zero Wing


    Empire of Steel


    I imagine a lot of people would have Thunderforce games in their list although I don't really get on with them.


    And yeah, Gunstar Heroes is truly immense. I played it a bit as a kid but never bought it, I don't think I could ever complete the mine cart boss. It was mind blowing at the time, I guess it still kind of is when you consider what they did with on a 16 bit system.

  4. 7 hours ago, strider said:

    I've often thought of trying that. Seems like a good way to save money in the long term and you have something to look forward to, which is a nice distraction in itself.


    I must admit the anticipation of getting the games is a great distraction. It's probably worth doing once in a while, you can get some bargains, but really you need to ship quite a few things back in one go to really take advantage of the savings, otherwise the shipping just kills any discount. It's fun though and you get access to a lot more stuff, often in far better condition than we see over here. It definitely keeps the purchase buzz going quite a bit longer as well if it's that you enjoy (it is for me).

  5. It all falls down for me there. I buy the games one month through a proxy in Japan then shop them and pay the fees and duty the next. I won’t be playing these games until the end of June 🤕.


    Sounds like Indy is a blast at least. I doubt I’ll ever try it out due it having such a weird release.

  6. I’ve been very fortunate to mostly always have good mental health. However I do have my moments, and retro gaming is one of the things that can nip at it. I absolutely love buying games, every pay day is excitement. I build up to it a few days before looking at what I might want etc. Where it falls down for me is when I see a bargain, even if that bargain is a well priced copy of a bloody expensive game. It happened to me today, I’d pretty much spent my fun money for the month, but looking at Yahoo Auctions for a cheap Mega Drive game or two I see Elevator Action Returns for way below normal price, only 13 minutes to go. I put in a bid I’d be delighted to win it at, and 13 minutes later I’d won and that money is being removed from my account. This is something I often do, overspend a little. It’s not exactly destructive to my finances, but it does bother me. It’s a catch 22 though, I’d be kicking myself if didn’t bid, and now I’m annoyed at myself for bidding. As long as it stays where it is now it’s fine, I will just stop looking at stuff. If I didn’t stop looking though I might see something else I really want and then it could become an issue.


    As for WFH, I’m starting to miss working from the office. I do like WFH but I could do with going in once a week really. The problem for me is organising it so anyone else is there. I’ve been in a couple of times and nobody else from my team has been there and that’s worse than being at home for me. What I miss is just chatting with others, whether it’s about work or anything else.

  7. Interesting, I didn't realise that about MWIII, it's just one I never picked the PAL copy up of. Glad I went straight for the Japanese copy.


    It's amazing how often they did cheap things like that. From what I've read it was often due to the rental market in the west being allowed and flourishing. Some games (like Bare Knuckle 3) they completely changed the difficulty, others they just stuck cheap bosses in that often saw difficulty spikes in games.

  8. After not touching NTSC-J MD games since I started collecting games in 2009 I've finally started collecting them. 




    My Japanese collection will mostly be to complement my PAL collection rather than replace it. The Mega Drive was my first console so I've got huge amounts of nostalgia for it and playing the games in 50hz feels right because it's all I knew as a kid. I did get Bare Knuckle 3 and FotNS to improve on my PAL copies though as SOR3 is too bloody difficult and Last Battle is shite, adding Kenshiro and the gore makes it tolerable. 


    Street Smart and XDR are both properly shite games, but I wanted to try them for myself :facepalm:

  9. That’s just reminded me I have them ordered with First Press Games. Just checked their release status and almost all of it has been pushed back. Those guys are probably going to end up going bust before I get anything from them 🙄

  10. 19 minutes ago, Goemon said:

    Loved this game. Interesting to know why you find it so difficult. I think it’s important to balance your pace through the levels.


    Too slow and enemies continue to spawn and you end up not moving forward, too quick and you get a substantial build up on enemies which can make death very swift.


    Another thing to note is if you can down time in a level your health will boost back up. Also, it’s important to take the shield with you (I think you get it from the start) which can really help.



    I actually was going to come back and retract my earlier statement. Despite saying I was done with it I did give it another go and this time it clicked. I've now played through the entire game and really enjoyed it. It is, as you say, all to do with pacing yourself. I do think the first stage is one of the hardest in the game (at least comparatively when you first start playing). Trying to take down that aircraft in time was a nightmare for me on my first few attempts. 


    I found most of the weapons in the game rubbish, I only really used the machine gun and two of the types of missiles. Slick use of the shield is also important as you say, particularly later on.

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