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So, what you playing at the mo? Retro Edition

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  • Registered Users Posts: 31,751 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n


    The release of Metal Gear Solid must be one of the biggest gaming hype experiences I remember. Official UK Playstation magazine were really pushing it heavily, especially with that amazing demo with the whole opening section of the game. I was counting down the days till release.

    Was also one of the biggest gaming hype experiences that actually lived up to expectations. Such an incredible game.



  • Registered Users Posts: 31,751 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n


    Anyone played the new Dune RTS release, 'Spice Wars'?

    Had to pick it up when I saw it was coming out, tapping into that Dune 2: Battle for Arrakis nostalgia.

    Only €20 at the moment on CDKeys too.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,118 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    I never bought OPSM as thought it was a heap of crap but somehow I ended up with that issue. Might be remembering it wrong but they had a massive break down of the japanese release. And that demo was sooooo good.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,118 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    Nope but have my eye on it. I've never actually played Dune 2. Wouldn't mind going back as the C&C remaster showed that that series is dated but still a massive amount of fun.



  • Registered Users Posts: 31,751 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n


    Honestly I'd be surprised if I even read 10% of those magazines, it was all about the demo disc back in those days! Played so many weird little obscure titles via those demos that I'd never have found at all.

    Everyone remembers playing the Future Cop LAPD demo for example but nobody actually seems to remember buying it - same with Tombi!

    We rented out the Megadrive copy of Dune 2 a lot when we were kids, Brilliant stuff but extremely dated now. Worth a play around with just to see where the modern RTS building blocks were really refined after Herzog Zwei.



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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,118 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    Lads, don't sleep on Silent Bomber on the PS1. It's one of the best action games I've ever played. It's insane I've heard so few people talk about it because it's incredible.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 33,903 CMod ✭✭✭✭ CiDeRmAn


    I'm after looking at a video of it and, I have to ask, are you okay Retr0?




  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,118 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    No it's seriously that good. It's like a proto character action game with a ranking system that is reminiscent of something like devil may cry.


    And that video doesn't show how the game is best played. The person playing it skipped the tutorial because they don't know you can throw the bombs as projectiles and also you have a dash move with I frames that they never use.

    I've always heard it was good but recently the hg101 podcast rated it in their top 20 games and Kim justice had it in her top 10 ps1 games.



  • Registered Users Posts: 31,751 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n


    I see it's still relatively cheap on ebay. Should we all be buying a copy before it goes up X10 times in price?



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,773 ✭✭✭ Colonel Panic


    I grabbed it to try on the Mister PS core and never got beyond playing MGS VR Missions at the time!

    Currently playing Super Mario Land 2. Not bad at all, weird compared to the EAD developed games, much like the first one!



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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 33,903 CMod ✭✭✭✭ CiDeRmAn


    Just bought it for €12 on Adverts, including post, no case though, ah, I've some spares here somewhere



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,451 ✭✭✭ Mr.Saturn


    Trying this new thing where I have no time to play so I play about 40 different things when I do get a minute. Invariably, I slink back to Crazy Taxi and rack up the fares until the end credits again. On the arcade map, obviously — we don't talk about the awful original map they tagged onto the home ports.

    I'm also looking to pick up some PS3 harder-to-find games and that's brought me to the unfortunate task of finding that (a) everything is starting to go up from Gen 7 and (b) finding an affordable copy of Folklore is going to be a pain in the hoop.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,773 ✭✭✭ Colonel Panic


    @Mr.Saturn My go-to games are usually either Super Aleste or F-Zero!

    Right now I'm seriously hooked on Wipeout HD again after reading through this month's Retrogamer article on it. On event 4/8 and starting to see more Rapier races crop up including a single race on my nemesis, Sebenco Climb!



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,118 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    I'll make it easy on you. Folklore reviews at the time were spot on and maybe a bit too kind to the game because outside of the weirdness and it being set in Ireland it's the run of the mill bog standard boring action game that Game Republic kept putting out. I bought all the DLC for it, played it and got bored and played God of War instead. And I'm not even wild about God of War but at least it's fun.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,451 ✭✭✭ Mr.Saturn


    Maybe, but a game doesn't necessarily have to be a barn-burner to be interesting. That, and the retro-speculation is slowly casting its shadow of PS3-era gear and I'm not sitting on the fence on anything even slightly intriguing anymore — I'll be priced out of the market soon enough.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,118 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    But that's the big problem with Folklore. It should be interesting but it just isn't. If you really must have it then go for it, especially with the price increases but its kind of a Genji/Maijn level by the numbers action slogfest.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 33,903 CMod ✭✭✭✭ CiDeRmAn


    I have Folklore somewhere, is it getting pricey now?



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,118 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    It was bargain bin fodder for a while but there's a perception now that Sony developed/published games are all high quality classics despite stuff like Genji, Folklore, Legend of Dragoon and Primal existing and stinking to various degrees.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,451 ✭✭✭ Mr.Saturn


    Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is like my canary in the mine for the 360 gen — as soon as its price inflates I'll know the entire scene is bollocked.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,118 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    I imagine it will at some stage. It's constantly in 'hidden gem' articles and videos despite being 'grand'.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,237 ✭✭✭ bugs


    It's a very appropriate description and it seems to be that often these 'grand' games end up costing a fortune. I can think of so many valuable games from the last few generations that have only a small amount of merit.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,118 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    Finished Final Fantasy Legend finally. Started a few times but its take until the analogue pocket to finish it.

    It's a remarkable game considering it was the Gameboys first RPG and in the launch window of release. Squaresoft not only released a fully fledged RPG on the system but instead of copying the dragon quest formula they put out something really interesting and like no other JRPG at the time. The weird levelling up of the characters and random elements might annoy people but I really enjoyed how they upset by comfort zone and made me adapt constantly. And the setting is pretty cool with a giant tower that has to be climbed and side worlds that have really varied settings.



  • Registered Users Posts: 31,751 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n


    I didn't realise that game was such a big deal, will check it out. I see it's not absolute insane money on ebay for a cart only.

    Any idea if it uses a save battery? Must have been one of the first handheld games to do so actually?

    Speaking of turn based RPGs, have you played Shin Megami Tensei V yet? I've had it there fore a couple of months but got really stuck in over the weekend and played through the first ten hours or so. It's absolutely brilliant, if you haven't played it yet I can see it really being your thing. Battle System is a lot of fun.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,118 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    It's surprisingly great especially considering it's a 1989 game. It's really made to take advantage and fit around its handheld nature and yes it has save battery. It's not quite perfect, localisation is a little weak due to memory limitations and you will need a faq for some early puzzles but it's a nice neat little 12 hour RPG. Check out jeremy parish's gameboy works video on it.

    I've not played or bought SMTV yet. I'm a massive megaten fan and absolutely adored SMT 3 and 4 and heard SMTV is very much a SMT3 follow up. I'm holding out for a PC version as it was one of the games in the Nvidia leak that has so far been 100% on the money. I imagine there's going to be a SMTV release with added content for all consoles and PC. It's been very hard not taking the plunge but I'm thinking I'm probably holding the universe back and the day I buy it is the day they announce the PC port.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,118 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    My latest Gameboy game is For the Frog the Bell Tolls.

    It's an unlocalised Nintendo game and it's a travesty it went unlocalised because so far it's brilliant. The game is more well know for links awakening being built on it's engine but it's a fantastic game in its own right.

    It's a little bit Zelda like but also very different. Combat is initiated by touching an enemy and takes place automatically. Whether you win or lose is determined automatically. It sounds weird and crpa but it's not. There's no luck involved and your characters strength is determined by the items you find. So basically you are exploring an area finding items to make you strong enough to get past a road block. It works really well and it's quite amusing as well



  • Registered Users Posts: 31,751 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n


    There's a Japanese only GB game that Link's Awakening used the engine from?

    Do you ever sometimes feel like the Mandela Effect is in fact real, as there's no way you could go your whole life without knowing a particular piece of information? :D

    I'll have to check that out! Has it been fan translated yeah?



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,118 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    I only found out about it from a hg101 article.

    Its fully fan translated and it's a really high quality translation. Having loads of fun with it. Couldn't put it down last night.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 33,903 CMod ✭✭✭✭ CiDeRmAn


    I'm now imagining how much more fun any game in the Xenoblade Chronicles series would have been if the fights were just... decided, instead of the insane stats fest I find them to be!



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,118 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    They actually kind of are :D You can't do significant damage to any enemy until you are about 5 levels from their level. So go level up more and come back :P

    Anyway it's a very complicated battle system and if you walk away from the game and come back to it like the way you play games you'll have forgotten it all and be lost. You kind of need to dedicate time to it. They're amazing games but unfortunately require serious time investment and dedication to beat.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,773 ✭✭✭ Colonel Panic


    My first time playing SOTN. Thanks Mister!




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