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by IAmTheSaladMan » Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:51 pm

Super Mario Bros. on NES.

This is still a fantastic game, easily as playable now as it must have been in 1985. No, it isn't perfect and yes, it's been bettered over the years particularly by it's superior sequels but this must have been a revelation when it first came out. Think about it, the 2600 was still on the market back then so imagine going from say Pitfall to Super Mario Bros. The leap in terms of what could be done with a video game was tremendous.

9/10

Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 on NES. Plays exactly like the first one but with much better graphics.

7/10

Solbrain on NES. This came out here as Shatterhand and had you playing as a generic hero but in Japan it was a licensed game (from a tokusatsu series I believe), I played a translation of the Japanese version.

It's a really good game and looks great too with a lot of different themed levels some with a clever gravity reversing mechanic there is however some pretty bad slowdown during certain boss fights.

My biggest issue is that it's just too hard, it starts out really easy and the first couple of levels are a cakewalk but by the end it gets very difficult.

In terms of the gameplay I've seen it compared to Sunsoft's Batman but I'd say it's more akin to Taito's Blue Shadow only a lot more difficult.

7/10

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Death's Head » Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:15 am

Life is Strange - episode 1. I think this is free now on most platforms (I played it on the PC) which is a very good way of checking whether this is something you like without shelling out for the full thing. My view has not changed much from the "currently playing" thread in that I found it too slow going and as a result, boring. It seems like there is a potentially interesting story behind this, but it just builds far too slowly to keep you gripped. There are a lot of items scattered through the game that you can examine but serve zero purpose which is an annoying strategy as you feel you need to examine them to make sure you don't miss something important, but 90% of them are just padding.

Graphically this is fairly disappointing. It is older than "The Vanishing of Ethan Carter" (which is a similar genre) but much less impressive. My disappointment was confounded by the fact that setting the graphics detail to maximum made very little difference. I suppose the one good thing about this is that anyone with a fairly low spec PC wouldn't miss hardly anything if playing on lower settings.

The very last few minutes of episode 1 have the promise of a more interesting game to come and a few people on here have stated that the game gets better, but this really needs to be evident from the first episode rather than buying into this based on a leap of faith. When this is on sale again I will pick up the remainder of the episodes, but based purely on episode 1, difficult to recommend.

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by IAmTheSaladMan » Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:53 pm

Fortified Zone on Gameboy. I've played through this a few times over the years, it seems to be a game I keep coming back to. It's not great by any stretch of the imagination but it's a fun top down shooter.

7/10

Tiny Toon Adventures on NES. I didn't even know this existed, it definitely falls into the hidden gems category. It's a fantastic platformer with some surprising depth to it as you pick a partner at the start of each world that you can switch to at certain points. Each partner has different abilities that impact on how you approach the levels. It looks great, it's very well animated, controls well and has a cool little touch where Buster can lean on scenery, it serves no purpose but it looks cool.

I'm gonna give this 8/10 it might have got a 9 but there was one particularly cheap boss that lets it down a little.

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by Ste » Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:35 am

Resident Evil 4 HD.

Along with Halo: CE and Metroid Prime this makes up my top 3 of favourite ever games.

Having played them all originally in the space of couple of years when they were all first released I was never quite sure what was my number 1.

I recently completed Halo again as part of the MCC and felt it had stood the test of time.

I wasn't expecting this to. Took a while to get used to the controls again but when I did I found the village and castle sections to be as good as ever.

Didn't really enjoy the Island however. If I remember rightly even at the time it was generally considered the game dropped off at this point although I didn't remember thinking it was too bad. I definitely seemed to remember the bit where the helicopter turned up being quite good but didn't think that this time around.

It's hard to pin point exactly what the issue is. One thing that did frustrate me was that it seemed like it didn't get the balance right between killing bad guys and solving puzzles.

What I mean by this is that early on it seems as if you were either having to kill a lot of bad guys or you were trying to figure out what to do. Later on it seemed like you are trying to figure out what to do while bad guys are coming at you constantly. I don't think this suits the manner in which you control the character.

8/10. Overall still a very good game but I would now say that for me Halo is better.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Ste » Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:37 am

IAmTheSaladMan wrote:Fortified Zone on Gameboy. I've played through this a few times over the years, it seems to be a game I keep coming back to. It's not great by any stretch of the imagination but it's a fun top down shooter.

7/10


I used to have that. Remember reading about it in Total and really wanting it. Finally got it with my Xmas money one year.

Remember it being quote tough. I wasn't able to complete it without the Game Genie.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by IAmTheSaladMan » Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:36 pm

Ste wrote:
IAmTheSaladMan wrote:Fortified Zone on Gameboy. I've played through this a few times over the years, it seems to be a game I keep coming back to. It's not great by any stretch of the imagination but it's a fun top down shooter.

7/10


I used to have that. Remember reading about it in Total and really wanting it. Finally got it with my Xmas money one year.

Remember it being quote tough. I wasn't able to complete it without the Game Genie.


I gave the sequel a blast last night too, Ikari no Yousai 2 also on GB and while it improves things over the original in almost every respect particularly it looks a lot nicer, has 8 way movement/shooting and is a bit faster paced they ruin it in one specific area... the map as it no longer shows the exits from each room until you find them making navigation pretty confusing.

It actually has a second sequel on SNES called Ikari no Yousai which is the same as what Fortified Zone is called in Japan confusingly enough, it launched in the west as Operation Logic Bomb. I've played a little of it but it seems really hard, you have a health meter but I couldn't find any health pickups.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Miguel007 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:44 pm

Finally finished Picross 3D: Round 2 on the 3DS, 9/10 more of the same but truly addictive. Played 121 times for a total of 124:21 Hours :shock:

Hope there is a Switch Picross game.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Johnny Jalfrezi » Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:30 am

The Last of Us Remastered

I played it on the PS3 and didn't really enjoy it but thought I'd give it another go to see if it would finally click. It didn't. I don't get the love for this game at all - it is a tedious trudge from start to finish and the ladder/floating pallet/skip on wheels puzzle mechanics are woefully archaic. The combat is largely okay but not especially satisfying, unlike the stealth sections which can be when done successfully, but are equally hamstrung by some very frustrating moments.

The story is fine. Nothing amazing but handled very intelligently, save for a couple of bits where I felt it was a bit heavy-handed in its attempts to provoke an emotional response.

Graphically, it still looks to me like a last-gen game, though admittedly a very nice one. Not sure if it was a problem with my shitty TV (the posh new 4k Samsung is saved for special occasions like watching CBBC or Strictly, apparently...), but everything was very, VERY dark.

So, yeah - yet another game held in high regard that I don't like very much. As much as I love reading about games, hearing discussions about them, and watching Youtube videos, I really do lose enthusiasm when it comes to actually playing them (I'm two stages in to Battlefield 1 and I've already had a gutsful...). No doubt I'll be in here in a couple of weeks giving Zelda a '3/10 - tedious bullshit'.

The Last of Us Remastered - 5/10.

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by Fade » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:18 am

I feel like Last of Us is one of those games you had to play at the time for it to have it's full impact. Like Half Life 2, or Bioshock, or Halo or Resident Evil 4.

It's a landmark game in terms of storytelling.

Also, the way it blends story and gameplay is very immersive. Like it feels part of Joel's character that he is killing that many people.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Fruits Punch Samurai » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:00 pm

Adventure Time Explore The Dungeon Because I Don't Know! 4/10 I enjoyed the humour and retro styled visuals, it's even fun enough in co-op, but as a single player experience it got dull quick.

The Legend of Zelda Four Swords Adventure 8/10 Played about half of this game in 4 player back when it came out in 2005. When it became an inconvenience to get everyone together I just stopped, not really thinking it would work as a single player game. But you know, it's great, feels like a proper 2D Zelda with smart puzzles, villages and exploration, just in a stage by stage basis. Sometimes it's a bit awkward switching between four characters, but it's much better than the original Four Swords.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by dmin » Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:29 am

Uncharted 4 (PS4)

After a long hiatus, this fine choice (also, my first Uncharted) marked my proper return to gaming.

Admittedly, in the beginning, I wasn't overly enthralled with the SP; it felt like the majority of time was spent watching cutscenes rather than playing. Though, it did set the scene for the epic adventure to come and became less of an issue as it progressed.

For the majority of the 22hrs odd I spent in the SP, the blockbuster entertainment values, scaling the environments/exploration and gunplay were lots of fun and kept me thoroughly entertained. Though, not enough to tarnish it, the story did drag on a little too long and it's formula did get a bit repetitive. Prob won't go through the game again (thanks to my backlog!), but, will hunt out some trophies I missed first time round and admire the beautiful locales again.

The MP actually turned out to be an unexpected and pleasant surprise; pretty addictive and handy for a good, quick blast. I've managed to sink quite a few hours into it and will be returning to it with regularity, for the foreseeable future.

Rating: 9/10

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Squinty » Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:12 am

Guacamelee 9/10

3rd time I've been through this game. It's probably my favourite indie game. I can't think of a bad thing about it. Gameplay is fun, the challenge is there if you want it. I love the combat and how fluid it feels.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Rubix » Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:51 am

IAmTheSaladMan wrote:Super Mario Bros. on NES.

This is still a fantastic game, easily as playable now as it must have been in 1985. No, it isn't perfect and yes, it's been bettered over the years particularly by it's superior sequels but this must have been a revelation when it first came out. Think about it, the 2600 was still on the market back then so imagine going from say Pitfall to Super Mario Bros. The leap in terms of what could be done with a video game was tremendous.

9/10


Was think about this the other day, although I played previous games and game systems (showing my age) this was the game that got me into video games. I played it round a mates house and I was forever hooked

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by Tafdolphin » Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:59 pm

Dishonored 2: 9/10

Amazing game, loved it even more the second time round, this time with a High Chaos Corvo with mix n'match powers. Disappointed in how little the High and Low Chaos matters however. Remember how D1 had a completely different last level? None of that here. Oh well.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Lotus » Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:25 pm

Hotline Miami - 8/10

+ Nice 80s vibe
+ Addictive and frustrating in equal measure
+ Simple but deep enough to keep you engaged
+ Brilliant soundtrack
+ Just the right length

- Controls can be a bit wank at times
- Plot could have ended better
- Frustrating and addictive in equal measure

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by chalkitdown » Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:05 pm

Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 9/10 FYI: Finished it with all memories, 74 shrines completed and 66 hours on the clock. (WiiU version)

Will probably be my game of the year, unless Mario Odyssey somehow ends up even better (very likely to be honest). A massive return to form for the series for me after the disappointing Twilight Princess and downright average Skyward Sword.

The positives:

- No handholding of any kind. I've hated this in the most recent 3D Zeldas, Skyward Sword being the lowpoint. Thankfully this throws all the old Zelda opening hour problems out the window. Once you do the tutorial area and get your runes you are left to your own devices and can go straight to the final boss if you so wish. I love that. I didn't do that, of course, in fact I didn't even step foot inside the castle until the end of the game, such was my desire to explore this wonderfully crafted & realized world.

- Sense of adventure is unparalleled. I've never played a game that filled me with such wonder and excitement by just running around and exploring. The game world is massive and vast & entering a new area was a joyous experience each and every time. There's so much to do and see and now even after finished the game I've still loads to do with about 30 shrines left uncovered and probably even more side-quests than that to discover.

- The cast of characters. I used to think Majora's Mask was the highpoint in this regard with its extensive trading system and bomber's notebook but this tops it by some distance. There are so many people to meet and dozens upon dozens of quests to do and tons of memorable characters to get you to do them. Some are more expansive than others which might take you the length of the game to carry out while others 5 minutes.

- Climbing. I can't stress enough how great this is. Being able to climb virtually anything is a revelation for an open-world game. In face, I was so used to the old Zeldas that I would often forget I could do so and spend ages in an area trying to get around or over something before remembering I could just go straight over it.

- The Shrines. I mostly loved these and like the idea of them partially replacing traditional dungeons. It lets the devs experiment with puzzle that use all the different runes and items in so many different ways without being beholden to the theme of a
particular dungeon as in older games.

- Eventide Island. One of my favourite things in any game ever. I'll say no more than that 'cos I don't want to spoil anything.

- The massive, MASSIVE number of flora & fauna make this a really believable world to have an adventure in. The amount of different living creatures wandering the world must run to over 200 at least ( i have no idea of the actual number) with double that when it comes to plants & flowers.

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As for negatives:

Weapon degradation. My biggest grip upon completion was the same as it was in the first hour of the game. In the second half of the game I was actively discouraged from engaging in combat because there's no point wasting a good weapon on a meaningless fight that will reward you with a worse weapon than the one you just broke getting it. It's a horrible cycle of pointlessness, particularly towards the end game when you have really good stuff and don't want to lose them to nothing enemies.

Minor gripes:

- The item management screen is a bit of a mess. Really needed a recipe book or something for quick cooking and separate screens for cooking and non-cooking items.

- Motion control puzzles in certain shrines :dread: :dread:

- Game could have used more enemy variety. 90% of the enemies are the same types of bokoblins, moblins and those lizard banana splits over and over. Where were the stalfos, like-likes, darknuts, poes, iron-knuckles etc? So many enemies from previous games to draw from and they're nowhere to be seen. I liked the new enemies, but there were too few of them.

- A lot of barren nothingness in a some areas of the game. I realize this was maybe what they were going for, to make you feel like you're wandering a huge desolate desert/mountain range etc, but I just would've preferred more to do in those areas. Side note: there was no graveyard in the entire game. Where do the people of Hyrule bury their dead? :dread:

Teeny tiny gripes:

- Framerate can be terrible in some areas; Kokoriko Village, Korok Forest etc. but it only bothered me a little. I'm not the type to lose the plot over dropped frames.

- Link doing 20 rolls like a football player feigning injury when you get knocked down :lol: That never stopped being ridiculous. Especially if you fell down a hill. Just keep on rollin' baby (you know what time it is).

- Horse controls :dread: Thankfully, using horses is optional except for one single occasion.


Overall, an outstanding experience that took over my life for 10 days straight. A long time since a game has engrossed me like this.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Death's Head » Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:26 pm

Doom (PS4). Wasn't overly impressed with the PC demo, but as this was raved about on here, picked it up for £11 on the PS4 (and looks like I'll get £8 trade in from CEX so a better investment than £10 for the PC version I think). On first playing the game there was some noticeable screen tear and a few minor bugs (some of the notifications of new stuff I found kept coming back even though I'd checked them), but a 30GB patch later and these issues seemed to go away. I don't really think a 30GB patch is acceptable. Here's an idea, why not release finished products rather than bringing out 30GB patches?

As for the game itself, runs very smoothly on the PS4 and the speed is immense compared to most FPS. Feels like you are running everywhere and I expect that other FPS will now feel very slow in comparison. Outside of this though it doesn't really do anything every other FPS does. There are a few bosses in the game and they spoilt my enjoyment rather than adding to it. I don't mind boss fights, but I don't like doing the same thing over and over again (which I had to do with one of them). I also found the final boss tiresome, mainly because it went on too long (and actually I'd level the same criticism at the boss who beat me about 10 times).

I also found a fair amount of loading between levels which is tolerable, unless you die and then it becomes a bit of a chore as you are all psyched up to continue but then have to wait for the loading....

Maybe harsh, but you only get a 7 from me Doom.

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Rapidly-Greying » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:44 pm

Resident Evil 7. Absolutely outstanding from start to finish, proper triple A gaming. Far and away my favourite Resident Evil game, enjoyed it much more than 4 and if I'm being honest, 2 and 4 were the only others I even remotely got on with(think the cameras ruined them for me).

Felt like a totally new IP apart from the wee drop of links to series past, and all the better for it

I'm hoping that 8 sticks with the same formula but adds the occasional bout of zombie action, just to appeal to the zombie geek that lives within me.

653/678

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by IAmTheSaladMan » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:40 am

Horizon: Zero Dawn on PS4. I thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish. It looks great, controls great and even had a good story. Save for a couple of moments of frustration this is a nigh perfect game in my opinion and scores 9/10

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PostRe: Last Game You Finished and Your Rating
by Gandalf » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:34 am

Resident Evil 7 :8.5/10 Comments made in the other thread.


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