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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 15 March 2018 at 11:51am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

This was my favourite Western game actually:


It was mainly text-based.

The poker rounds were, well, I know nothing about how to play poker!

In the desert areas, if you encountered a foe (wild animal, bandit, etc), you could press R, F or B. Run, fight or bribe. I did press B once when attacked by a mountain lion, but the game said, "What would a mountain lion do with $50?" Most of the time, F was the option. You could only run if your horse was well-fed and the like.

And sometimes you did get the wrong man. Your task was to bring in a criminal, but I shot the wrong guy once. Took the body to the sheriff and was told it was the town clerk or something.

Great fun, though.
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Richard White
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Posted: 15 March 2018 at 2:30pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Definitely had the Spectrum tape in our collection, I don't recall having ever played it though.

Time to fire up the ZX Next!
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 15 March 2018 at 2:38pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

This was a good (if saucy) text game:


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Richard White
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Started playing this yesterday, the second game in the Kill the Past series of games. Originally released in 2005 this is the first time the game has had a English language release.

As with all of all Suda 51's games the aesthetics are right up my street.

This should keep my Suda fix going until Travis Strikes Again releases later this year.

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Robbie Parry
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That looks intriguing, Richard, first time I've read about it.

Oh, I am ecstatic:

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Richard White
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Posted: 17 March 2018 at 2:20am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I'll have to give Mania a shot, looks very good. I haven't enjoyed any of the recent Sonic outings.
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Robbie Parry
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Did you ever play SHADOW THE HEDGEHOG? I never got around to buying or renting that.
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Richard White
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Posted: 17 March 2018 at 8:47am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

No I never did. I remember him well as the villain in Sonic Adventure 2, which looked gorgeous on the Dreamcast back in the day.
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Robbie Parry
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It's hard to believe Shadow has been around since 2001. It seems like he has only been around a short time.
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Richard White
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Posted: 17 March 2018 at 11:41am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Did you ever play Billy Hatcher from 2003? It's an excellent platform game from Team Sonic, which went by largely unnoticed. It's even running on an enhanced Sonic Adventure 2 engine.
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Familiar with it, but never played it.
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Richard White
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Posted: 19 March 2018 at 12:52am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Matt Reed:

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SWEET!  Can't wait!
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HITMAN: GOTY Edition.  Thoughts?  This is the one that came out in stages.  Just got it via the PlayStation Store on the cheap, but had my reservations as it's not a story centric tale.  Rather, you have multiple opportunities to complete your contract in as many varied ways as you can devise.  Looks great, just feels like it's missing a theme or story that I can hold onto.  Thoughts?
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Richard, I want you to know that I just pre-ordered the steelbook edition of Yakuza Kiwami 2.  Your work here is done.  

Fucker... 

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Robin Taylor
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Hey Matt

HITMAN GOTY edition is fantastic. The game has multiple ways to achieve the missions where you can turn on or off all of the hints or challenges to fit your play style. You can basically do anything you can think of doing to achieve the mission goals. The story is very thin as it was originally released episodically but it was one of my favorite games to noodle in last year. If you play enough to get familiar with the maps you can really do some silly fun stuff.


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Richard White
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Posted: 20 March 2018 at 9:43am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

You're welcome Matt...I think!


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HA!  Just being cheeky.  Thanks for the heads up about Yakuza Kiwami 2!
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Richard White
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Posted: 20 March 2018 at 12:11pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Interesting to see actor/director Takeshi Kitano appearing in Yakuza 6. Apparently, the man loathes video games!



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Matt Reed
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OK.  Played through the Paris map of HITMAN. Then played it again.  Then played it AGAIN.  Then played it and played it and played it.  I probably went through that map/level 20 times before I moved on to the next one.  I NEVER replay a game.  EVER.    But there are so many things to discover and so many ways to discover them that each and every play-through is a different experience.  I'm also not the biggest fan of a story hinging on the barest of threads particularly considering that Hitman does have a story and it's been told through multiple iterations.  

That said?  Fantastic game.  So glad I waited to buy the GOTY edition for next to nothing.  I'm itching to get back to it even now...
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For those who have played it, how does walking around as the Clown affect your play through?  In other words, is it fun for a heartbeat and then when you realize you can't make it onto the grounds of a heavily fortified position make you switch costumes rather quickly? Or do you try to do it all AS the clown?  And how, really, do you complete the side mission of achieving everything in the suit?  I mean...wow.  I imagine the first mission is the easiest and it only gets harder from there.
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If anyone is wondering why we're talking about a 1.5 year old game, it came up for sale at a really deeply discounted rate for a limited time on PSN (PlayStation Network).  The GOTY Edition is only $23 until March 27.  Well worth the cash.  
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Richard White
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Posted: 24 March 2018 at 3:37am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

It'll be interesting to see what IO Interactive do with the franchise next, now they're independent again but have retained the Hitman license.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 29 March 2018 at 7:28am | IP Logged | 24 post reply

RESIDENT EVIL 2 recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

I really enjoyed RESIDENT EVIL, but RESIDENT EVIL 2 may even be slightly better. I definitely feel the earlier games are more atmospheric and less-action driven. Everyone's mileage may vary, of course.

I was reading about PROJECT FIRESTART (1989) and CLOCK TOWER (1995), both horror games.

Would it be correct to state that horror games were more niche prior to the RESIDENT EVIL series? They definitely seem to have become more mainstream in recent years.
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Posted: 29 March 2018 at 3:15pm | IP Logged | 25 post reply

I recall the ALONE IN THE DARK series getting a lot of press and spawning multiple sequels, but I would agree that RESIDENT EVIL is what prompted all the copycats. 
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