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  1. clumpyjamie

    Great Gaming Shortcuts.

    Getting the Banshee early in Halo (by knocking it upside down with a rocket launcher) then skipping half the level.
  2. clumpyjamie

    Bad bits in otherwise good games

    Speaking of bullshittery, Meat Circus in (the Xbox version of) Psychonauts was not fun. It was a great idea ruined by having to remember the whole level by rote and performing it almost perfectly. I’d post a video but can’t find one not ruined by someone annoying speaking over the top. They apparently made it a bit easier for the PS2 and PC release. The final mission (The President’s Run) in Driver was also fucking horrible. Everyone mentions the garage tutorial, which was bad enough, but that final mission took me over a week. It wasn’t enough to learn the route and how to react at every point - you needed luck too. A bad hit (from any number of cars you can’t outrun) could spin you off the road - at which point it’s pretty much game over. And it was a wet level; that combined with the PS1’s low frame rate and response time meant your car took nearly a second to respond to every moment.
  3. clumpyjamie

    Bad bits in otherwise good games

    Recently, I finished Dark Souls for the first time (having started it 3 previous times). I’d never played to Demon Ruins/Lost Izalith before. I know it’s been said countless times before but enemy placements, especially in Demon Ruins are bizarre - it’s like someone spent about 2 minutes just plonking down a load of bosses wherever. A real disappointment. And yeah - Bed of Chaos. Almost destroyed the controller in a fit of rage on that.
  4. clumpyjamie

    Do/did your parents game?

    The only thing I’ve seen my dad play is Microsoft Hearts. He got quite irritated after accidentally updating his laptop and finding out it had disappeared.
  5. clumpyjamie

    Your favourite weapons

    Twin Crissagrims in Symphony of the Night. I’m not sure I even liked them - they made the game far too easy - even the final - final boss went down in about 2 seconds.
  6. clumpyjamie

    Beyond: Two Souls

    I’m trying this out as it was a PS+ game ages ago and I’m bored. This is the first David Cage game I’ve played since that stupid one somehow with David Bowie in it. The controls are bloody awful - unbelievably awful. I can barely work out how to initiate actions - I’m pushing both sticks all over the place just to open doors or stand up. Now, I’ve got to a bit where I’m training in a gym and you’re supposed to push the stick in the direction she’s punching or kicking but it’s bloody picky. I’ve failed at least 10 times in a row because if it wants you to push down, you have to push EXACTLY down - any slight deviation to one side and it fails you. It’s worse than Dragon’s Lair!
  7. clumpyjamie

    Shenmue 1&2

    My parents asked me to sort out some stuff or they were going to throw it out (I’m not sure why as they have loads of space) so I went to their house to check what it was. As well as loads of other crap, I found my original DC copies of Shenmue 1 and 2 along with my Dreamcast, Megadrive and some C64 games. The Dreamcast has gone really yellow, which hit home just how much time has passed. It doesn’t seem that long ago when I last used it (I vividly remember having to jiggle the scart cable to get the picture to stop flickering.) I’ve been putting off playing the HD versions so far, as I have very particular memories of the originals. It was a time in my life when I’d finished my first degree, was unemployed and useless - getting more and more sick of my masters and didn’t know what to do. I’d lost contact with all my school and uni friends and spent most days (when not at college) speaking to pretty much no one except my nan, and just playing games all day. Shenmue was one of those games, along with Crazy Taxi and MSR. Going back to these games and realising how old they are makes me feel old.
  8. clumpyjamie

    Recommend Me A Whisky

    I've been alternating every other night between Lagavulin 8 and 16 for the past few days. I think I actually prefer the 8.
  9. clumpyjamie

    Shenmue 1&2

    Does anyone know if the data carries over from 1 to 2 like it used to?
  10. clumpyjamie

    Shenmue 1&2

    I don't think it's stretched exactly. I remember playing it on a CRT in 60hz which always stretched stuff slightly vertically. It looks stretched (horizontally) compared to that so maybe that's it.
  11. clumpyjamie

    Shenmue 1&2

    I didn't know that! Still, I'm happy with digital.
  12. clumpyjamie

    Shenmue 1&2

    I decided to go digital for this. I've still got the original DC games somewhere for the boxes. I really can't be arsed with boxes anymore unless they at least have some sort of manual.
  13. I beat the first boss easily a while ago. Now I can’t get past him. First bit is easy. It’s when he goes mental near the end. I can easily slip up just once - he gets s few good hits in and I’m finished.
  14. clumpyjamie

    Most impressive use of limited hardware.

    I remember being really impressed by the Melbourne House Transformers game on PS2. It had open landscapes, long draw distances, grass and foliage. I hadn't seen anything like it on a console before.
  15. I summoned Sif for Manus. It made the fight pretty easy. I couldn’t kill the dragon in the DLC area though.

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