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New to gaming - recommend a platform and some games for me

  • 02-02-2021 8:39am
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    I was big into video games in the early to mid-90s. I have a Sega Mega Drive and my favorite games by far were Revenge of Shinobi and Shinobi 3.

    I also liked Sonic I and II, Streets of Rage I, and Golden Axe II.

    Recently I've been thing of getting back into video games.
    I love shooting games (what used to be called "shoot-em-ups" - basically non stop shooting games, whether that's shooting enemies with guns or arrows, or shooting space ships.

    Can anyone recommend for me which platform I should get (X Box or PS) along with some good shooting / action games?


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 50,980 CMod ✭✭✭✭Retr0gamer

    Not a good time to be buying videogame hardware. If you want to go for the ps5 or new xbox good luck finding one. You could get a ps4. But the platform wi be basically dead within a year.

    The games you like would be considered very old school now and be very niche. The ps4 has a decent selection of them but most you will need to set up a separate japanese account to get them.

    There's also the switch to consider. It's an excellent console with amazing games and is hybrid portable. It also has an excellent selection of the shoot'em ups you are looking for.

    And other option would be to get a controller and play on your pc. Steam, the pc digital platform is full of these types of games and they will run on very modest hardware.

    As for recommendations, streets of rage 4 is incredible and available on everything. Scott pilgrim is pretty great as well. Plenty of old school shooting games like Darius and gradius. Some newer ones worth trying are devil trigger, darius chronicle saviour, ikaruga and crimson clover. Enjoy.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,225 ✭✭✭blockfighter

    Depends on what you're after. All the major platforms offer something different these days.

    Playstation is the most traditional console, buy the game, play the game. They have a great list of exclusives available.

    Xbox also has this but less of the big games Playstation has. Xbox has GamePass however, a monthly subscription service which gives you access to about 200 games or more for €10 a month or something like that. Great way to get back into gaming but not sure where to start as you get access to lots of different types of games from the start.

    Nintendo is the place to go for Mario, Zelda and the likes but has also become a great place for Indie games. Quite a few big 3rd party games come to the platform but usually a slightly inferior version since the Switch isn't as powerfulas a PS4 etc.
    It is a hybrid console though which is a great feature. You can play on your TV as noral or bring it with you and play on the go as it's also a handheld console.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,349 ✭✭✭✭Skerries

    yeah I would pick up a 2nd hand PS4 as it has a big library of games which you can pick up cheap from places like CEX or Gamestop or online at or ebay and should be supported for new games for another couple of years.
    As the others have said to get a switch as it has the old school type of games, unfortunately they hold their price so don't get discounted
    If you want to play the old games there are web sites that allow you play them in the browser but are a very grey area legally

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,798 ✭✭✭Grumpypants

    If you only plan on playing here and there look at Stadia if you have decent broadband. No hardware needed. Just stream your games. You can sign up and play Destiny free too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,657 ✭✭✭✭mrcheez

    PS4 Pro and you can delve into VR on it if you decide later

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  • Registered Users Posts: 27,322 ✭✭✭✭super_furry

    Pick up a cheap PS4 Pro and Xbox One X second-half bundle with some games would be my recommendation. Plenty for you to catch up on, especially with Game Pass and PS Now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,302 ✭✭✭corcaigh07

    Depends what era of gaming you want to delve into. Seeing as you used to be a Sega fan, would a Dreamcast be out of the question?

    You could also start off with a PS3, dirt cheap and you can still play online for free on some of the more popular titles. Also makes sense in a way later as PS4 and PS5 isn't backwards compatible with PS3.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,092 ✭✭✭The Raging Bile Duct

    PS3 is a 15 year old console at this stage.

    For someone that doesn't already have a console sitting in the house and is looking for a bit of casual gaming, I'd go with the Switch. Can be used handheld or on your TV, good variety of indie games as well as all the Nintendo exclusives and Switch online membership (which is only €20 a year compared to the likes of €60 for Sony and Xbox) comes with a load of NES and SNES you can play for free. The Switch is also going to have proper support from Nintendo long after the Sony and Microsoft start taking the pedal off support for the Xbox One and PS4. It's a no brainer imo.

    The only real downside is that the Nintendo exclusives tend not to go down in price the way the exclusives for Sony and Xbox tend to do.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16 ColinD4881

    Whichever platform you end up choosing you should play the new DOOM games. DOOM Eternal is definitely one of the best old school "shoot-em-ups" I have played in recent years.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,582 ✭✭✭quokula

    First of all there are two new consoles, the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5. They're expensive and they're in short supply so unlikely to be a good fit, but if money is no object and you want to commit and be future proof, both machines are completely compatible with games from the previous consoles, so they might be worth your while.

    More realistically, you're looking at the previous consoles, the PS4, Xbox One and Switch. The PS4 and Xbox One have updated versions called the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X - these are probably the ones to go for as the originals struggle a bit with some newer games. I don't think they're too expensive these days.

    The Switch is pretty unique as it can be plugged into the tv but also taken away and used as a handheld. It is less powerful than the others so games can be a bit more limited or worse looking, but it's not a big deal in most cases. It has access to a range of Nintendo exclusive games (Mario, Zelda etc, basically they're still pumping out sequels of everything you remember from the SNES days, very little originality but always high quality, they may not resonate with you if you were more into Sega at the time), and also a pretty good variety of third party games, though less than the other consoles.

    The PS4 has the biggest and best library of games by a country mile. But it also has more great games than you could play in a lifetime, so if you were to get another console you wouldn't feel like you were missing out necessarily. The Xbox has a subscription service where you can pay 15 quid per month and get access to around 200 games, a bit like Netflix. The Playstation has a similar service, it's cheaper but it's more like 100 games I think and generally not considered as strong. If you get a PS4 you'll be buying games, if you get an Xbox you'll probably just use the subscription. If you're just sampling things to see what might interest you the Xbox might be the way to go.

    While there are still plenty of games in the genres you mentioned, they can be a bit niche these days. You may find that it's worth delving into newer more modern styles of games. For example, if you like Streets of Rage there are plenty of games out there that are true to that, including Streets of Rage 4 which recently came out, but if what you want is roaming around a city picking up street furniture and hitting people over the head with it, you might find you'll love something like Yakuza (also made by Sega, available on both Playstation and Xbox) which takes the format to a whole different level, with an expansive story and a whole lot of other things going on in the game too.

    If you're looking for good shooting / action games there are again 2D games faithful to what you remember, but you could also check out modern games like Nier Automata or Ratchet & Clank which are filled with action packed shooting. Or of course there are first person shooter games like Call of Duty etc which I'm sure you've heard of which are a bit different (I've never been a fan of the genre personally)

    I'd recommend watching some youtube footage of different games to see what takes your fancy. If you like Shinobi, look up Ghost of Tsushima. If you like Streets of Rage, look up Yakuza. If you like Golden Axe, look up God of War. If you like Sonic, look up Trackmania (ok that's probably way wide of the mark but I never really understood what people liked about Sonic games :p)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,092 ✭✭✭The Raging Bile Duct

    quokula wrote: »
    The Xbox has a subscription service where you can pay 15 quid per month and get access to around 200 games, a bit like Netflix. The Playstation has a similar service, it's cheaper but it's more like 100 games I think and generally not considered as strong.

    On this point, PS Now has over 700 games on it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,657 ✭✭✭✭mrcheez

    And whatever you do... try to keep some control over your backlog :D

    as if