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So, what you playing at the mo? Retro Edition

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,028 ✭✭✭ Worztron


    Mitch Hedberg: "Rice is great if you're really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something."



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,774 ✭✭✭ Colonel Panic


    Metroid Fusion at the moment. Just got to a spider robot boss that's ended up being a big difficulty spike. It's really hard to avoid the initial grab move he does, but even when you do, there's a second phase that's also really hard to navigate.

    I was playing on a GBA with an IPS screen, but had to switch to GC player because I was afraid I'd break something!

    EDIT:

    Right after I moan about it I manage to kill that boss just before lunch is over!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,774 ✭✭✭ Colonel Panic


    Finished Fusion and conveniently a click and collect for an OLED Switch is now at my disposal! Hmm, I guess Dread is next, THEN Prime and Samus Returns.

    Fusion was great. I really loved the music and apart from one spike in difficulty, it was an enjoyable jaunt. I do hate the cutscenes and dialogue inserted into the games now though. I get that originally, it was a technical limitation, but there was something about the story being told via gameplay in Super Metroid that I really loved about that game. Prime managed to do the same for the first two games. I guess it's just more my thing.



  • Registered Users Posts: 31,752 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n


    Finally started playing Dread myself yesterday, I'm not usually a massive fan of 2.5D visuals and prefer when games like this are sprite based - but this looks fantastic, really suits the style of the Metroid universe, some of the backgrounds look incredible.

    Not too sure if I'm sold on the parry action as of yet, makes the game feel more like a modern fighting based Metroidvania like Dead Cells (which I'm sure is the point) than an explorative one.

    Only mild niggles really, enjoying it immensely so far and cant wait to get back to it this evening!



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 26,901 CMod ✭✭✭✭ johnny_ultimate


    Dread definitely dials down the exploration, sometimes to its detriment. Overall though I think the game does a really good job of moving you along the map in a really organic and satisfying way - speed is the main focus of the game, and it has a hell of a pace.

    Was so-so on the parry overall though. I think it feels great when out against normal enemies, but becomes too much like a glorified quick time event in some of the boss fights. Especially against the EMMI - the parry window's obviously extremely narrow and random on purpose, but the timing feels just that little bit too unforgiving.



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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 33,907 CMod ✭✭✭✭ CiDeRmAn


    Playing some Mario Kart 64 courtesy of Nintendo Switch Online...

    It's expensive, but the games play very well, with a choice between the EU and US versions of the games.

    MK64 is super smooth, lots of fun



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,774 ✭✭✭ Colonel Panic


    Ploughing through Dread now. I've got most of the usual power ups now so guessing I'm near the end. It has been pretty enjoyable so far, but some aspects of it like the EMMIs and annoying 3D areas where you're faced with corridors you can't go down work against it for me.

    The other bosses are great. Interesting move sets and challenging enough at times.

    @CiDeRmAn - Isn't the N64 emulator Nintendo have used supposed to be input lag city?



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 33,907 CMod ✭✭✭✭ CiDeRmAn


    In fairness, I haven't put much time into it, but I had fun with both Mario Kart and Zelda



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,120 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    Finished Sparkster for the SNES on Normal. Need to go back to play it on Hard to get the true final boss.

    I always was annoyed that the SNES got the better Sparkster. It looked amazing in screenshots and the first stage I played on emulators was pretty good.

    Actually playing it though and I actually think the Megadrive game is the better one. It does look gorgeous with the SNES pulling off some insane graphical effects but after that initial opening stage the game isn't that great. Levels are big and open but badly designed, feeling like they come from the Sonic CD school of level design. There are some clever ideas in parts but it's mostly bad design. Bosses as well are very disappointing with some just not being fun or well made. And the music isn't a patch on the Megadrive game which sounds so much better.

    Another win for the Megadrive then although it also means Rocket Knight Adventures never got the sequel it deserved.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,120 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    How about no I **** won't.

    I realised today why this game feels so off. It's the rocket pack. In RKA after a rocket jump of you hit an enemy you bounce outside of them or if you don't the enemy will be in a damage state and can't do damage giving you time to get away.

    In this game about 40% of the time you end up inside the enemies hit box and will take damage making the rocket pack a total crap shoot.

    That and the rockem sockem robot fight is complete shite.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,743 ✭✭✭ DaveyDave


    Couldn't think of what to play earlier so I threw on Bully to get a few remaining trophies. Debating replaying it as I really enjoy it but sure I've loads of other stuff to play...



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,774 ✭✭✭ Colonel Panic


    Finished Samus Returns after Dread and tried taking a break with The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons.

    Not really sure about it yet. It’s like NES Zelda in that you start out quite fragile and death is a thing in dungeons. In generally actually, it reminds me more of the NES game than Link’s Awakening.

    So, back to the Metroid series… I’m working through Metroid Prime whenever the baby sleeps long enough to get a session in.

    It’s as good as ever! Phendrana Drifts is just a great section, although the Space Pirates showing up is a bit of a pain.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,120 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    I found oracle of ages and seasons to be quite tough. Some really challenging dungeons, bosses and some real head scratcher puzzles.

    As for reminding you of Zelda 1, the oracle project was meant to be a trilogy of games, a remake of 1 and 2 and a brand new game.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 33,907 CMod ✭✭✭✭ CiDeRmAn


    I must play them again, I have the carts and I can play them via the GB Player or the Retron 5, Capcom made them, didn't they?

    I really liked The Minish Cap too.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,774 ✭✭✭ Colonel Panic


    Minish Cap is another one on my "to play" list. It's only recently I've been interested in handheld stuff so it's all new for me! I'll probably play on a mix of GBA and GB Player like I did Metroid Fusion and Zero Mission!



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,596 ✭✭✭ The Last Bandit


    Recently completed KOTOR I & II, iPad versions with community mods installed on II. Still very enjoyable and perfectly playable on touchscreen.

    Just picked up a Xbox S so replaying the Halo collection at the moment.



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,743 ✭✭✭ DaveyDave


    I renewed Game Pass PC for 3 months for €1 and going to give Halo another try. I just never got into it before. Not sure why. Tried it on PC way back then again on Game Pass on One S a year or two ago. Maybe it's because I was playing other games on Game Pass and didn't give it the time of day. Also going to give Gears of War a go.



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,743 ✭✭✭ DaveyDave


    Played a bit of Lumines last night. Easy to get sucked into that game and lose an hour without realising!



  • Registered Users Posts: 31,752 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n


    Any of you guys give Capcom arcade Stadium a go yet? I bought it on a whim for the switch when I saw a line of candy cabinet in the demo.

    Its a really cool take on the whole thing, it literally emulates candy cabinets. You can play on a camcom Cute, Impress and a Status 18. Some really fantastic CRT emulation going on too, great to see such a thing taking off more and more, would absolutely love if they added more cabinets!



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,871 ✭✭✭ The Nal


    Playing some of the Megadrive games on the Switch. Jesus theyre bad. What an awful console.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 31,752 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n




  • Registered Users Posts: 9,871 ✭✭✭ The Nal


    I played them all as a kid but was always more of a Commadore/Nintendo guy anyway. Never liked Sonic for example. But some of these were bad then and are abysmal now. I downloaded the emulator a few years ago and could think of about 3 games worth getting.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,254 ✭✭✭ Inviere


    There's 3 Megadrive games worth getting? Cmon the ****....



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,871 ✭✭✭ The Nal


    I kinda really have to start thinking hard after Streets of Rage. Ecco the Dolphin plays quick I suppose.



  • Registered Users Posts: 31,752 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n


    So you've played Phantasy Star IV, Gunstar Heroes, Castlevania Bloodlines, Musha Aleste, Streets Of Rage 2, Contra Hard Corps, Rocket Knight Adventures, Ghouls n Ghosts, Alien Soldier and think they're all shite?

    If that's the case, I think you just don't like videogames ;)



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,120 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    I mean the super Nintendo was a better console than the megadrive but the megadrive is still one of the best consoles ever and pretty much essential. What I love the most is that the libraries of the snes and megadrive are so different but compliment each other.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,871 ✭✭✭ The Nal


    Maybe thats it. Too many Megadrive games are the same. Run aloing to the right punching or shooting forever.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,812 ✭✭✭ KeRbDoG


    It filled the arcade at home demand at the time with a large number of its games. The Super Nintendo didn't really have that, had a different range of games.

    On great MegaDrive/Genesis games, check out;

    • Shadowrun
    • Wiz 'n' Liz
    • Powermonger (lots of other versions out there, the MD/G one is fairly good)
    • Earthworm Jim(s)
    • Road Rash 2




  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 33,907 CMod ✭✭✭✭ CiDeRmAn


    The Megadrive was a cracking machine with a great games library.

    If you have decided that the console was awful, you are probably in the wrong forum and 30 years too late, as the playground MD hate nonsense belonged there.



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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,120 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    The SNES also doesn't have a game better than Gunstar Heroes.

    Fight me.



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