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Sat 18th July, 2009

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Ristar42 commented on Talking Point: Is This the End for the PlaySta...:

Not for me, I still prefer the PS3, I'm yet to see a compelling reason to buy any of the new consoles. I still have so many games to play on the PS3, the 'next gen' just doesnt impress me so far, but, I suppose Im more of a retro gamer anyway.



Ristar42 commented on Review: Life Is Strange: Episode 1 - Chrysalis...:

I really liked it, but if something is out of date internet humour, I probably wouldnt know. Reminds me of all those US teen movies and adds in a bit of sci fi, and as an 80s child I can appreciate that.
I also liked that low orange sun which gives a kind of dreamy nostalgic style to the art direction, and the roaming about at my own pace, there are heavy handed moments in the script, but also subtle. I'll probably get the season pass as its not like anything else Ive played recently. I like that you can rewind for different outcomes to see how an individual scene will play out, but still not know if you have made a 'right' choice, or how it may effect the next.



Ristar42 commented on Guide: How to Survive the Spencer Mansion in R...:

I played this on the Gamecube, wasnt going to buy it again, but I did. Looks great on PS3, plus was a cross buy if I ever get a PS4. First place I played Resident Evil was on the Saturn!
First run through playing as Jill took me 8+ hours (saving Barry and Chris), I'd forgotten a lot of the game so was fun and reminded me what a great game this is.
Gamecube had some cool action replay codes though, like play as other characters.



Ristar42 commented on Out This Week: Resident Evil, Saints Row, and ...:

I think Capcom had already updated the tank controls for the Wii version of REmake, though I find they better suit the style of gameplay myself, if the camera flips I still know 'up' makes my character walk forward. Reminds me of playing 'combat' on the Atari 2600!



Ristar42 commented on What Actually Comes with Dark Souls II: Schola...:

After spending many hours playing Dark Souls, which I thought was a great game, I bought the sequel on launch day and it just didnt capture my interest in the same way. I've read people debating its various qualities, but for me I found it lacked the cohesive world design and atmosphere that the original achieved, the game world was fragmented and at times just visually unappealing with flat lighting and sparse environments.
Once I completed the game, I never bothered with the dlc.



Ristar42 commented on Review: Resident Evil (PlayStation 4):

I've played this game too many times to buy it again, first on the Saturn, PS1, Gamecube, DS, PS1 again on PSN...
My thoughts on REmake were that it was good, but I missed the cheesy quality of the original. Was interesting to see what had changed when I first played it on the Gamecube, but I find the original more 'fun', for all its 90s nostalgia.



Ristar42 commented on Game of the Year: Best PS3 Games of 2014:

@DESS-M-8 Got to say I pretty much agree, if the attention of the industry has 'moved on', mine has not, as I still the think the PS3 is a better console in terms of games available, vs. the cost of investing in new hardware.

As a gamer since the Atari 2600 days, this whole fixation with resolution and framerate is not really generating much interest from me at the moment, in comparison to the PS2 to PS3 transition.

I play a lot of retro games though, so quite a backlog anyway!



Ristar42 commented on Feature: The Third Place - A Brief History of ...:

Ah, the 'double life' one takes me back... In the UK at least Sony managed to pick up where the Megadrive left off in having a slighly 'edgy' image (yep, I remember Pirate TV, and SEGAs 'cyber razor cut' ad')!
I had a saturn instead of a PS1 as it meant I could play SEGA Rally, but games like GT and Resident Evil 2 were something else.
Great period for gaming!



Ristar42 commented on Shadow Warrior's Latest PS4 Trailer Is Packed ...:

That song is only really Transformers the movie for me, Far Cry Blood Dragon trailer's sold me more on an 80s vibe too. They could have used 'Never Surrender' from Kickboxer, I think may have suited better... plus I wouldnt just see Prime on his way to confront Megatron!



Ristar42 commented on Here's a Really Bad Resident Evil: Revelations...:

Dunno about all out 'bad', upon replaying the early games recently its a series which for me is as over the top and camp at times, as it is scary.
In a way I think the modern games remain true to this mix pretty well.



Ristar42 commented on Yu Suzuki: I'm Ready to Create Shenmue III Sho...:

I remember the released Saturn version footage seemed to include scenes up to the end of Shenmue 2, I wonder how much of the game design was actually developed beyond that point. The pacing of Shenmue 2 seemed to really pick up towards the end, as if they knew they were unlikely to give the story the scope intended due to the Dreamcast looking to be discontinued - at least we got the game in Europe and I still prefer the Dreamcast Shenmue 2 to the Xbox version!
The 'Project Berkley' video on the VF3 TB Japanese showed some scenes not in the game...
I would probably buy a console just to play Shenmue 3.



Ristar42 commented on Activision Rolls Out Transformers: Rise of the...:

3 Optimus Prime versions in that trailer, proper G1 can be seen near the begining. Hope you can unlock and play as G1 in other missions, tranformers has levels of childhood nostalgia up there with Ghostbusters for me!



Ristar42 commented on Review: Watch Dogs (PlayStation 4):

@SteveoKenobi Ha ha yep, I tried waiting at a bus stop for a while, they get pretty noisey in the rain, some odd sound balancing (on PS3 at least, Ive not played PS4), but a nice effect!
Been playing on PS3 and enjoying the game so far, I went off the gta series after 4, so this is a nice alternative. The game runs ok, bit of screen tearing, water looks flat when youre in a boat, good atmosphere at night though.



Ristar42 commented on Talking Point: Which PlayStation Game Gives Yo...:

I'd say Fatal Frame 2 was pretty spooky. It gave you those Resident Evil style camera angles (Wii remake is 3rd person, but I think it made the game less scary), plus a slow moving character with enemies that can pass through walls. Then, you have to actually look at the spooky stuff to progress, using a first person camera.



Ristar42 commented on BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Bubbles to th...:

I though Bioshock 1 & 2 were great, as was Minerva's Den. Infinite, I found quite over-rated however. Rapture was far more interesting a location for me than Columbia, so I'm really looking forward to seeing a new take on the city.



Ristar42 commented on Soapbox: Variety Is the Spice of Gaming Life:

@eliotgballade Yep - I played Shenmue 1 and 2 for hours beyond the main story, with all its retro SEGA collectables and distractions. It was ahead of its time, the world may have been small compared to the modern sandbox, but there was a lot of variety to explore and discover, great game. Now, where is Shenmue 3 SEGA?



Ristar42 commented on Soapbox: Variety Is the Spice of Gaming Life:

I've not got GTA5 yet, not sure I'm interested enough in that particular game but... I did enjoy the previous generation GTA games, although I never finished any of them as just messing around, listening to music while driving, flying and so on, also made me forget what I was supposed to be doing overall. I think I only played missions to unlock the map!

This is one reason I’m disappointed with no custom soundtracks in the new game.

I was a big fan of Shenmue and played both games to their conclusion (still want to know what happens next, I guess we'll never know...), I appreciated the effort SEGA put in to collecting items and playing mini games that you could progress with to discover new things (such as the duck racing in Shenmue 2), even to the point of getting games for Ryo's Saturn (though, how did he get that console in 1986!?).



Ristar42 commented on Talking Point: Is Grand Theft Auto V Living Up...:

Just heard there are no custom soundtracks in the game. I realise the option was not in GTA 4, but the original Xbox games had the option, so why not now. The most time wasting fun I had with the old games, was driving or flying about the massive open world listening to my own tunes...



Ristar42 commented on Review: DuckTales: Remastered (PlayStation Net...:

Being a SEGA rather that Nintendo owner back in the 80s and 90s, I'd never played the NES version and only recently the Gameboy. I got this though and it was a fun game, not quite up to QuackShot in my opinion though.

I’ve already pre-ordered Castle of Illusion so hoping that will be good, plus it has the cool bonus of the Megadrive version as a download.

Also, you do get the 8-bit music, though the review says otherwise, its in the options once you complete the game?



Ristar42 commented on Sony Almost Joined Forces with SEGA for the Pl...:

Up to the Dreamcast, I was a SEGA fan all the way since the Master System (I think this was before the word 'fanboy', but I suppose I kind of was one), I have to admit I sort of resented the success of PS2 at the time as I could see SEGA losing it in the hardware business.

I wonder what may have happened if they had teamed up pre-Saturn, but then again, they Saturn was a great console for 2D games and importing, while the Playstation also had great games and shook up the industry and games as pop culture in a whole new way. In retrospect I see how cool both consoles were, so I suppose we may have missed out of something with the SEGA Sony Saturn.



Ristar42 commented on Video: Watch Us Put the Pedal to the Metal in ...:

Nice Daytona reference :) I still play that game on PS3 even now, beats the Saturn and Dreamcast versions.
Never been the biggest fan of Gran Turismo's realistic approach myself, I remember finding the scope of the original game very impressive, but the driving itself, not so much my thing.
Favourite driving game of recent years was probably Grid, going to get the demo for this and see what I think though, as not played Gran Turismo since the 2nd one on original Playstation.



Ristar42 commented on Naughty Dog Working To Remove Sex Line Numbers...:

Weirdly, I never think of calling the phone numbers I might see in video games, except in the Silent Hill Shattered Memories on the Wii, where you could dial them in game as part of the gameplay, that was a pretty neat feature.



Ristar42 commented on Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid And Castlevani...:

While this is cool, its a shame they are the 50Hz versions, I downloaded Castlevania and while I can zoom the screen to lose the boarders, the gameplay is still slower. For a £4 version though, I can get used to it.



Ristar42 commented on Cliff Bleszinski Reckons That Sony's Playing Y...:

Perhaps the issue is developing more sustainable ways of creating games, rather than restricting people from owning their personal property, that they have worked and earned money to buy.
If Xbox restrictions were across the board, I wouldn’t be buying any of these new consoles, so that would be one less person spending money on games anyway.
As a gamer since the Atari 2600, I find the Xbox one's restrictions an awful proposition, and I don’t accept this 'big budget' excuse to justify what they are trying to do.



Ristar42 commented on Talking Point: The Increasingly Complex Issue ...:

I wont buy any system that requires a fee to pay used games, so no Xbox purchase here, PS4 wait and see approach in the long run. I'm mainly a retro gamer and only just got to the PS3, so I am aware I may not be representative!

I think people also sometimes tend to forget the selling of used games creates jobs and profits, just not in such a centralised way. Its also good for recycling those mountains of discs out there and creating interest in the industry, as more people get to play more games...



Ristar42 commented on Flashback Sharpens Up with PlayStation Network...:

I remember renting Flashback 'back then' for the Megadrive, and at the time the atmosphere created by those sparse, but oh so well animated graphics, was really quite impressive.
I now own the cart, as collecting Megadrive games years later is somewhat cheaper than it was at the time...
Be interested to see how much the core gameplay has changed, and what this remake brings to the game.



Ristar42 commented on SEGA Conjuring Up Castle of Illusion Starring ...:

@shinobi88 I played the 8-bit before the 16-bit version and it is also great, may even have the edge...

Was one of my first Master System games, which is the same as the Game Gear version. Can also be played on the megadrive using the powerbase converter, so thats how I play it. My Game Gear screen is wrecked, so not so good playing on the original hardward anymore, sadly...