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On 19/04/2020 at 15:00, strider said:

I've now started playing Yoshi's Story and you know what? I think it's really good. Granted, I can see why it wasn't everybody's cup of tea on release (2D, easy, basic mechanics etc) but if you treat it as a score-based game it's actually incredibly challenging. Keep on dying on the final world and now on my third attempt. Granted, each world is effectively one level but there's a lot of replay value. It has the added bonus of looking exceptional on my PVM.


Myself and the wife are playing this now. It’s much more fun than I remember. I think when I got it on launch, the easiness bugged me and I missed out on a fun collect em up!

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went out to the garage...

 

looking for brawlers

 

found a boxed s-video SCART block too :facepalm:

 

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that might seem inconsequential now, but over in the n64 s-video thread I made a complete nuisance of myself...

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On 02/03/2020 at 15:00, strider said:

Rocket: Robot On Wheels

 

Shoutout to Rocket as a game we should all talk about way more. It is THE BEST non-Mario N64 platformer and I will die on this hill. Also it basically invented Half-Life 2 five years early.

 

(I had to look that up, pretty bonkers that they're only five years apart, lol remember actual technological progress in video games)

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It literally has a gravity gun! And a realistic* physics engine. And in both games you have to rescue a large purple walrus, except in Half-Life 2 the large purple walrus is a normal sized human woman.

 

*I mean it's very much an N64 game but still

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Apart from SF Rush 2049 did Midway ever manage to make a decent racer on the N64?

 

Cruisin USA/World/Exotica are all gash

California Speed manages to be worse than those 3

MRC is worse than I remember. (and I'm talking the lifespan of this thread, not back in 1997)

 

Also:

 

FZeroX is woolly

ExciteBikes 64 might be good if they didn't have a top speed of 40kph

Lambourghini Racing and Beetle Adventure racing are carried by their licences

V-Rally 99 isn't as good as the playstation v-rally games

Stunt Racer 64 is nothing of the sort

Destruction Derby 64 tries to use the power of the console, and makes the same mistake as DD2. Are we racing, or are we destroying?

 

the F1 games that I played vary in quality (per my previous posts)

 

the only saving graces are RR64 and WipeOut64

 

 

That just leaves the Top Gear games to play...

 

 

 

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10 minutes ago, Camel said:

F-Zero X is what now?

 

woolly.

 

but then I was playing with my Brawler64. You know, testing it with a bunch of driving games?

 

 

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1 hour ago, SeanR said:

Apart from SF Rush 2049 did Midway ever manage to make a decent racer on the N64?

 

Cruisin USA/World/Exotica are all gash

California Speed manages to be worse than those 3

MRC is worse than I remember. (and I'm talking the lifespan of this thread, not back in 1997)

 

Also:

 

FZeroX is woolly

ExciteBikes 64 might be good if they didn't have a top speed of 40kph

Lambourghini Racing and Beetle Adventure racing are carried by their licences

V-Rally 99 isn't as good as the playstation v-rally games

Stunt Racer 64 is nothing of the sort

Destruction Derby 64 tries to use the power of the console, and makes the same mistake as DD2. Are we racing, or are we destroying?

 

the F1 games that I played vary in quality (per my previous posts)

 

the only saving graces are RR64 and WipeOut64

 

 

That just leaves the Top Gear games to play...

 

 

 

 

Mickey's Speedway USA? 

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yeah, I sort of sat-out the cartoonish kart games.

 

I'll check that out, and give DKR a proper go too.

 

obv, none of the water-based games got played either.

 

up next will be FPSes that are not goldeneye...

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48 minutes ago, SeanR said:

 

woolly.

 

but then I was playing with my Brawler64. You know, testing it with a bunch of driving games?

 

 

 

I thought you were talking visuals. But now you're talking controls it's even more absurd.

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On 07/08/2020 at 00:29, Made of Ghosts said:

 

On 02/03/2020 at 15:00, strider said:

Rocket: Robot On Wheels

 

Shoutout to Rocket as a game we should all talk about way more. It is THE BEST non-Mario N64 platformer and I will die on this hill. Also it basically invented Half-Life 2 five years early

 

 

It’s brilliant but I’d recommend  Glover as well. Another interesting platformer with a fun physics engine.

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20 hours ago, Wonderm said:

 

Mickey's Speedway USA? 


competent. Can’t believe Mickey gets his emails on an Amiga though... it’s really dark too. I guess that’s more Disney anyway.

 

i like my racing a bit more blue sky.

 

22 hours ago, SeanR said:

That just leaves the Top Gear games to play...


only managed Overdrive before the F1 started* Full of little touches. Like this animated witch scarecrow. 

 

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I need to get some screencap hardware...
 

* because I also played NASCAR 2000 and that’s a bad game. I even did a couple of different ovals..

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1 hour ago, Ninja Doctor said:

@SeanR so my rad2x arrived just now for my GameCube. Shame I’ve got a gcvideo in the time between preordering and it arriving. 
 

anyone want one for cost+shipping?

 

how much would that be? :eyebrows:

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6 hours ago, Ninja Doctor said:

I paid £52.79 all in with postage. I’ll test it later, it’s currently still in it’s sealed baggie. 

 

call it £55, tested, and you've got a deal!

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3 hours ago, bplus said:

Anyone know how an N64 rbg modded through an ossc compares to ultra hdmi?

 

Yep, I had the RGB mod via OSSC and upgraded to HDMI. Basically the former is very good, the latter is better, but if you don't have the money or don't want to spend the significant cash on upgrading to HDMI you really aren't losing out that much.

 

If you can afford it and want to go for it though, Ultra HDMI is absolutely brilliant. RGB/OSSC makes old games look good on modern displays, Ultra HDMI makes them look like new games*.

 

*relatively speaking

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54 minutes ago, ianinthefuture said:

 

Yep, I had the RGB mod via OSSC and upgraded to HDMI. Basically the former is very good, the latter is better, but if you don't have the money or don't want to spend the significant cash on upgrading to HDMI you really aren't losing out that much.

 

If you can afford it and want to go for it though, Ultra HDMI is absolutely brilliant. RGB/OSSC makes old games look good on modern displays, Ultra HDMI makes them look like new games*.

 

*relatively speaking

Thanks. Bit random but does ultra hdmi basically look as good as Dreamcast VGA on a modern telly?

 

Btw did you have the RGB mod with deblur included? I'm wondering if that's what is making hdmi so much better. Or maybe it's that hdmi is giving you a proper progressive picture?

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6 hours ago, bplus said:

Thanks. Bit random but does ultra hdmi basically look as good as Dreamcast VGA on a modern telly?

 

Btw did you have the RGB mod with deblur included? I'm wondering if that's what is making hdmi so much better. Or maybe it's that hdmi is giving you a proper progressive picture?

HDMI definitely has that crispness you notice with DC VGA yeah, but it's a better quality signal (pure digital, I believe, versus DC VGA being analogue) so it's all super-crispy crisp.

 

I did have deblur, but there's still a level of softness to it even through the OSSC. Softness isn't a bad thing at all, the console was designed around the fact tellies could only do certain sorts of images back then after all. I think a fair bit of it does come down to personal preference, and I'm just more of a fan of crispyness. And spending money I don't have on things I don't need so I can make videos nobody will watch etc etc.

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I realise not many people will ever use the N64 controller for the games which supported the D-pad, but having just finished a long overdue replay of Bangaioh it really must be said how great it is. 

 

It's got to be the most unfairly maligned controller for a major retro system out there (followed perhaps by the western Saturn model 1 pad which I'm convinced 90% of detractors have never used)

 

For my long-fingered hands the ergonomics are absolutely spot on, and the D-pad itself - whilst incomparable to very best (Saturn Mk2, 8bitdo M30) made waltzing through Bangaioh a breeze. Not to mention how the close-together C-buttons are the perfect 8-way twin stick without being a twin stick - easily useable with a single thumb (unlike with a say a SNES or DC controller).

 

I appreciate you immensely, N64 controller (you just should have originally come bundled with a thimble-sized sachet of silicone grease for the analogue stick).

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