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MaulTsir

@RogerRoger An Excellent and very classy review mate, I played the first and second games when they came out with my cousin we played through them together over many sleep overs and I remember the good and the bad! But I never got round to the 3rd, I don't know If I actually ever would return because I'm the type of person who when plays something I remember fondly I end up picking all its faults and it ruins my nostalgic memories with a game, but I really enjoyed your review! Top notch and I'm glad you were able to appreciate the game for what it was, "warts and all" and take enjoyment out of it.

MaulTsir

RogerRoger

@MaulTsir Thank you, very kind of you! Nostalgia can definitely be a double-edged sword. Sometimes it can be the deciding factor in thinking an average game is great, but other times your fond memories can totally wreck an experience... or worse, an experience can wreck your fond memories, and then everything gets dragged down together. That's why I wanted to note that my journey with Shenmue has been a relatively recent one, and I'm nervous about making a firm recommendation to somebody who grew up with the originals. Sounds like you and your cousin had a blast back in the day! Perhaps if you know not to expect any great advancements, you might not come away disappointed, but it's still a risk.

"We want different things, Crosshair. That doesn't mean that we have to be enemies."

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Making It So Since 1987

MaulTsir

@RogerRoger Your very welcome, I highly agree with you that nostalgia can be a very double edged sword! FF7 was the one for me that I really remembered fondly and was the greatest game I ever played! Until I revisited it about 5 years ago and well to be honest I absolutely still loved the story and the characters but the game was a bit meh! Nostalgic definitely, and it brought back some found memories and mabye for its time it was truly ground breaking, but replaying it just seemed underwhelming, I think that's probably a big reason i was a fan of the remake because I'd recently revisited it and didn't have my Rose tinted glasses on.

Mabye somethings are best left in the memory box lol. Yeah we did have a blast but sometimes I think it's because we never had anything better you know, games are just mind blowing to what they where 15 to 25 years ago, I mean even in the last 10 year the advancements we've is unbelievable, not only do I mean in mechanics and graphics but story wise as well.

I'm going a bit of track here so I'll end it there 🤣(I do love a good old ramble)

MaulTsir

RogerRoger

@MaulTsir That's another famous example where I was late to the party, as I first played the original FFVII for myself in 2020. As compelling as parts of it obviously were, and will always be, the whole thing hasn't aged well, at all, so I completely understand how it would become increasingly disappointing to revisit as more and more time goes by. There's only so much heavy lifting nostalgia can do!

There are a very select few games which I'd describe as "timeless classics" and that could still be measured as being good by today's standards, but nothing lasts forever, not even them. You're right, the advances of the entire art form have been so huge, it's impossible to go back and try to analyse older games in isolation. We're being spoilt by all this greatness, but it's retroactively exposing the flaws in our favourites. It's gonna be interesting to see how non-enthusiasts react to this recent retro push. I doubt your average Fortnite fan will even care about Syphon Filter and Ape Escape being made available!

Well, as you can see, I've replied to your ramble with a ramble of my own, so you're in good company!

"We want different things, Crosshair. That doesn't mean that we have to be enemies."

PSN: GDS_2421
Making It So Since 1987

nessisonett

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Smell The Pitch – Scratch and Sniff

Ahh, 2000. The year that brought us Big Brother, The Sims and Bob the Builder’s number 1 hit, “Can We Fix It”. Per tradition, it also brought us yet another FIFA game. FIFA 2001 arrived as a launch title for the PlayStation 2 in Europe, sporting Paul Scholes on the cover. The PlayStation release also included a bizarre scratch and sniff disc, which claimed to smell like a football pitch and in fact smelled more like Sol Campbell’s jockstrap.

This review is the first part of a series in which a season will be played in every FIFA game of the 2000s. Naturally, this will be using Celtic, who did historically win the 2000-01 season and in fact won the domestic treble. Could this success be repeated in-game? Well, in a nutshell – yes.

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See, there’s one small catch with FIFA 2001. It’s utterly broken. For whatever reason, overhead kicks have an almost 100% chance of going in the back of the net. This meant that Chris Sutton ended the season on 112 goals, with Henrik Larsson not far behind on 97 (in all competitions). All you have to do to score is tap Circle twice while the ball is in the air. Easy stuff.

Graphics wise, the game is a decent step up from the PS1 titles. It’s fairly dated now but has its charms. Unfortunately, every single player has the same face. Yes, that includes players of completely different ethnicities. It’s as if they modelled one face to reuse across every player in the game.

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So, is the game worth a go in 2022? Yes and no. It’s surprisingly fun for its age and it’s always great playing with the teams of yesteryear. However, the gameplay is not as great as PES was at the time and sacrifices were clearly made in terms of presentation. John Motson and Mark Lawrenson sound a bit like they’re being held at gunpoint too. At least there’s a disc to sniff.

That’s 1 treble winning season for Celtic so far, will we see the same again in a significantly less broken FIFA 2002? Who knows, but for now let’s savour Chris Sutton’s triumphant mug. Which is the exact same mug as Henrik Larsson’s.

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LN78

@nessisonett It'll be fun to see how this compares with "FIFA 14" which was (I believe) the very last game ever shipped on PS2.

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LN78

nessisonett

@LN78 Somehow it doesn’t surprise me that they kept going until FIFA 14. That’s a hell of a lot of games to get through! Might move onto the PS3 games by the later part of the decade instead though, they’re really cheap in CEX.

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JohnnyShoulder

@nessisonett Is that for real the discs were sctrach n sniff? That is so bizarre! I was a PES player back then so most likely missed anything tomdo with FIFA, or was in the gutter somewhere after a night out!

We are now in a world of people being offended for other people who they think should be offended, who arent offended.
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nessisonett

@JohnnyShoulder Yeah, I think FIFA 2001 and Gran Turismo 2 were the only games with scratch and sniff discs! Gran Turismo 2’s disc apparently smelled like a pit-stop, whatever that means 😂

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Ralizah

@RogerRoger Yeah, it's pretty big. Each route gives you about 5ish hours worth of gameplay, and all three routes are accessible from the start of the demo. So, depending on how much you play, there's a LOT of content to dig into here.

I feel like Omega Force is putting more and more effort into these crossovers as time goes on, in terms of trying to make them feel like organic extensions of the games they're based on. Their previous crossover game, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, took a similar approach in that it functioned as a spinoff of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and adopted significant stylistic and mechanical elements from it, and quickly became the best-selling musou title of all time, so if Three Hopes sells well, I expect this will become their new strategy for future musou crossover titles.

The pop-in won't be fixed. That it runs at a reasonable framerate is honestly enough. It's not really any worse than Three Houses in that regard, so it's not too distracting.

The game is out near the end of June, so not long. Unfortunately, that's also around the time when Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, AI: The Somnium Files - Nirvana Initative, Elechead, and Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak are launching, so I have no idea which game I'm going to go for first!

We're mostly recovered, thankfully, aside from a lingering sense of tiredness (my exercise of choice is walking, and long walks that barely caused me to sweat before now have me gasping by the time I'm done) and a lack of the ability to smell or taste much of anything. My mother is dealing with severe pain caused by a torn rotator cuff, but she's off the oxygen now, so I'll count my blessings.

Thanks for reading!

@nessisonett I never knew scratch-and-sniff discs were a thing. To be honest, while I know people in my age bracket are often eager to resurrect everything from their childhoods to distract themselves from the fact that they're rapidly becoming Olds themselves, I feel like the "scratch-and-sniff" concept is one probably best left in the past.

I do sometimes wonder how good these disposable yearly sports titles really are. Sad to hear it's mechanically broken, but it sounds like there's some fun to be had in it regardless.

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Ralizah

PSN: Ralizah

nessisonett

@Ralizah There’s something quite satisfying about going through these yearly titles, I think it helps me appreciate the newer ones as you tend to gloss over how much more refined they actually are than games from the PS2 era. And hey, I won a game scoring over 30 goals so at least it’s mechanically broken in a way that makes you win!

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ThereThere

@RogerRoger No apologies necessary, I found your review almost immediately after asking you the question 🤷‍♂️ I fully intend to return at some point later this year. I was still in the village last I can remember arsing about finding herbs. The trophy list is a car crash too isn’t it?

The collector’s edition looks great, now I’ve seen it I can move on before I start getting ideas haha I’m slowly selling on all my stuff and it’s been cathartic, the most recent and hardest were my Dreamcast and platinum GameCube. I can’t see me buying anything else physical besides the odd record and books in future.

I actually received two Chai toys, no idea if it was in error? They’re fetching a good price then?

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Keep on keeping on 👍

PSN: Bundersvessel

RogerRoger

@Ralizah Wow! That's really stretching the definition of the word "demo", I reckon! Can you carry your progress over into the full release, or will you be starting over? Sounds like your Switch is gonna get pretty crowded next week; first world problems an' all, but I do kinda hate it when that happens. Perhaps making so much of Three Hopes available for free wasn't so smart of the publishers after all, as you might be more likely to think that you've played enough of it for now, and opt for something else.

Sorry to hear your road to recovery has been, and continues to be, a long one. Don't push yourself too hard, and I'm sure you'll be able to build yourself back up again. Also, I apologise if I'm wording this badly, but at least your Mom's physical injury is a fixable problem, if that makes sense? It's a known thing that you can see and hopefully sort, rather than some mysterious virus that may or may not randomly cause varying degrees of problems. At any rate, I'm glad she's off the oxygen, and I hope that she's able to stay as comfortable as possible. Best wishes to you all.

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@ThereThere You're right, the Shenmue III trophy list is... let's call it obtuse. None of it is challenging to execute, but there's a lot of demanding busywork and grinding required. Picking herbs is one thing, but obtaining all the Skill Books and capsule toy sets is where I drew the line.

Nevertheless, I would like to return and platinum it someday, because I have the plats from the previous pair and it'd be nice to have a matching set. I'll definitely be using a guide, though.

You're not alone in slowly saying farewell to physical collections. It's tough to get started, but I'd agree that the process can eventually become cathartic, despite the occasional wrench. Kudos for having the strength to ditch your classic consoles! You might wanna consider selling that spare Chai toy next, as eBay has them priced between £50 and £70. No idea if anybody'd bite at that price, but it's an encouraging ballpark to start in, at least. Seems like a crazy price to me, but then collectors are crazy folk!

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@nessisonett That's a brilliant way to approach classic FIFA games! We haven't seen many annual sportsball series' represented in this topic before, but you're the obvious candidate to represent 'em given your deep background knowledge on the subject, as well as your flair for the funny. Thanks for making me laugh multiple times! I wonder what the FIFA 2002 disc will smell like? No, wait, there's a more important question... how the heck do you know what Sol Campbell's jockstrap smells like?!

"We want different things, Crosshair. That doesn't mean that we have to be enemies."

PSN: GDS_2421
Making It So Since 1987

Ralizah

RogerRoger wrote:

Wow! That's really stretching the definition of the word "demo", I reckon! Can you carry your progress over into the full release, or will you be starting over? Sounds like your Switch is gonna get pretty crowded next week; first world problems an' all, but I do kinda hate it when that happens. Perhaps making so much of Three Hopes available for free wasn't so smart of the publishers after all, as you might be more likely to think that you've played enough of it for now, and opt for something else.

I believe it's only the very beginning of the game itself. Most people will only try one route anyway, since they won't want to go through the tutorial stuff at the very start again to see the story differences in the demo.

Yes, the data carries over. This has increasingly been the case with demos of Switch games where you're essentially given free access to the first few hours of the game.

I don't think people getting their fill with the demo is too much of a risk. In my experience, unless a game is super short or has a shallow gameplay loop, a good demo is more likely to invest you and keep the game on your mind.

RogerRoger wrote:

Sorry to hear your road to recovery has been, and continues to be, a long one. Don't push yourself too hard, and I'm sure you'll be able to build yourself back up again. Also, I apologise if I'm wording this badly, but at least your Mom's physical injury is a fixable problem, if that makes sense? It's a known thing that you can see and hopefully sort, rather than some mysterious virus that may or may not randomly cause varying degrees of problems. At any rate, I'm glad she's off the oxygen, and I hope that she's able to stay as comfortable as possible. Best wishes to you all.

No, I totally agree. The pain might be making her miserable, but rotator cuff injuries are fairly common in older people and it'll either heal on its own or require some surgical intervention that we'll need to schedule. Long term, it's far less scary than some weird disease doing additional damage to her heart and lungs, which aren't good in the first place. We did give her a drug that's supposed to prevent severe covid when she first started showing symptoms, so maybe that helped.

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Ralizah

PSN: Ralizah

nessisonett

@RogerRoger Thanks for the kind words! I found I had quite a bit of energy to spare after writing so much for uni so thought I’d take the time to put words to paper in a more structured way than I normally do.

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Black Lives Matter. Enough is enough.

KilloWertz

@Ralizah I haven't really chimed in much, but I'm glad to see that any issues with your mother are at worst fixable. It's still not ideal of course, but at least it's something that will get better in time.

Hopefully your own lingering issues from COVID also get better soon. When I had it early this year, I luckily didn't loose much smell or taste, but it did take a good week or two to feel normal again as far as energy and such. At least nothing major came of it.

For my kind words, care to buy me a Switch? No, that's not why I typed this out. lol Honestly, I don't really have time for a Switch and a PS5 (and I still have a Series X even though I don't use it anymore). I wouldn't mind playing some of the JRPGs and such on there, but bouncing back and forth between consoles last generation kept me from playing as many games on my PS4 as I would have liked, so I think it would be best just to stick with my PS5.

PSN ID/Xbox Live Gamertag: KilloWertz

Ralizah

@KilloWertz Thanks. Yeah, considering how covid has torn through families in the past, I'm thankful we all seem to have made it out the other end without severe complications. I'm guessing it'll take me months before I feel 100% again, but that's fine.

While I like owning multiple platforms to have full access to all of the games I want, it quickly becomes too much. I also discovered that last generation. Still, it's hard to resist the allure of new hardware at times.

Is your wanting to play more games on Playstation thing more about trophies, or just wanting to keep your library primarily centered in one ecosystem?

Ralizah

PSN: Ralizah

KilloWertz

@Ralizah Yeah, unfortunately the side effects can linger a while for whatever reason for some people.

I understand for you as I know you really like a lot of the Nintendo franchises. While PlayStation has games in those genres too, some aren't quite Zelda, Xenoblade Chronicles, etc. Maybe someday since Nintendo is the one that is most different from PlayStation, but not anytime soon.

I like trophies, but I don't really go out of my way to get a platinum unless it's easy. Like Life is Strange: True Colors, where you just have to beat the game and find all of the memories. Obviously I got that one, but the answer would be one ecosystem. I ended up buying several games twice last generation on Xbox and PlayStation, but I much prefer the exclusives on PlayStation, so PlayStation it is for the most part this gen.

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RogerRoger

@Ralizah I'm glad there's carryover. I haven't played many digital demos before, because you're right, they tend to be a hefty download of the full game that locks you out after a while. It's a far cry from getting a free disc sellotaped to the front of a monthly magazine!

Demos have always walked a tightrope for me. There were numerous PSone and PS2 games which I didn't feel the need to buy in full, because I had access to enough of 'em via those free demo discs. Then again, I'm also somebody who doesn't mind replaying old favourites, so perhaps my tendency for that mindset helps shore up my satisfaction with playing a small chunk of something over and over, rather than reaching the end after an hour or so and thinking, "I need more of this; where's my wallet?"

And I'm glad you got my point. Thanks for the reassurance, as I'd hate to cause offence! Sounds like you did, and are doing, everything right, but I'm keeping two of my fingers crossed for y'all regardless!

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@nessisonett It seems a funny thing to say, but I know exactly what you mean. I wrote some of my best bits of fiction back when I was a student, in between writing formal essays. You'd think that, after being forced to write so much, writing for fun would be the last thing on your mind, but it's quite the opposite! Almost as if you wanna reclaim writing for yourself or something!

"We want different things, Crosshair. That doesn't mean that we have to be enemies."

PSN: GDS_2421
Making It So Since 1987

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