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Ristar42

Ristar42

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#1

Ristar42 commented on 3D OutRun Given a Release Date and Details for...:

Is that screen shot from the 3DS version? I Guessed right if so, they went with an alternative car sprite, no prancing horse or potential issue with a Ferrari license.
Not that it matters for gameplay, and Ill be getting this as soon as released, but the Saturn remains the most acurate arcade port!

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#2

Ristar42 commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Saturn:

@Damo That’s cool, you must've had good access to games! I had one tv which accepted SCART, and what a difference when I saw the improved picture quality.

I 2nd the 'Console Passion' recommendation by the way, got a switchless modded Megadrive 2 from that site with RGB output, its still working years later.

For those in London, there is also Retro Game Base who have an actual shop, I've only bought games there but I think they do retro mods too.

http://www.retrogamebase.co.uk/

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#3

Ristar42 commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Saturn:

@Damo The Saturn shiped with a SCART cable in the UK and the output looked so much clearer than the output on the PAL N64, which is murky at best.
Saturn also had 3 great PAL optimised releases with Virtua Fighter 2, Sega Rally and Virtua Cop having their speed corrected and running full screen.

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#4

Ristar42 commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Saturn:

@Kirk I still put Sega Rally up there as one of the best racing games ever, Japan got Sega Rally plus which added analogue support which I play to this day!

I collect Saturn games and a modded console is probably the best option, with multi region and 50/60Hz switch. So many good games were left in Japan, its a console you need to read up on to see the best of.

Nice to see Soukyugurentai in the main picture, one game that doesnt get mentioned much and I wish had a translation is Dungeon Master Nexus...Used to play the original on my friends Atari ST .

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#5

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo Australia Confirms Game Boy Advance W...:

I find it quite odd to take issue with genuine and well founded complaints from other long term fans. They just want better services from a company they have invested a lot of their money and time engaging with.

I'm not very technical, but I doubt putting GBA on 3DS is impossible, it would just take time and investment to implement, which I suppose they have made a decision against at present. Certainly I think its a missed oppertunity for cross buy.

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#6

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo Australia Confirms Game Boy Advance W...:

I think Nintendo need to grow the Wii U audience, improve their services so more people want to buy their console with better incentives for multi platform ownership (like cross buy, which as someone mentioned in another thread, GBA would be a good opportunity to implement).

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#7

Ristar42 commented on Game Boy Advance Games On The Wii U Virtual Co...:

Hmm, I already have a gamecube and a gameboy player, no additional incentive here to buy a Wii U. Beyond multiplayer, cross buy and accounts are what I think Nintendo really need.

Ive got a feeling that existing fans dont mind the current set up, but I think those elements would add value to their digital services, maybe drawing in some of the 3DS owners with an incentive to own both systems.

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#8

Ristar42 commented on OutRun Confirmed As The Next 3D Classic Racing...:

Well, this is only my favourite ever videogame.

The Japanese Saturn stand alone release is the best version as of now.
The SEGA AGES US and PAL Saturn versions have a bug with the car becoming stuck in an uphill animation if you take the left route from the first stage.
I'm sure M2 will add overseas and Japan track versions.
My question is, will we have the correct car sprite, the Ferrari has not been seen since the version unlocakable in the Xbox release of OutRun 2, a game which had an offical liscence. Dreamcast versions have the stand in car...

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#9

Ristar42 commented on Latest Assassin's Creed Announcement Continues...:

@electrolite77 Well made points, I recall people actually defending poorly converted 50Hz games when the Wii VC launched (even by some who I think had perhaps never experienced the PAL versions).

I honestly think the 60Hz VC was a response to Mii Verse complaints that Nintendo could no longer avoid.

With Assassin's Creed, 4 was the first I'd played and I got bored before the end, I don’t think it’s a series I'll return to for the moment, though annoying for Wii U owners who do enjoy it.

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#10

Ristar42 commented on Shenmue 3 Could Happen Via A Kickstarter Campa...:

Certainty it could be done, it doesn’t need to be the same scale of production as the earlier games (which were in development since the Saturn), just to advance the story as I want to know what happens next, its sometime since I finished the second game on the Dreamcast.

I'm sure Yu Suzuki knows where he wants the story to go, he just needs to share it with the fans, somehow! I'd put money down, he is a video game legend.

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#13

Ristar42 commented on Yoshi's New Island Makes UK Chart Début in 12...:

I think Yoshi may be a bit of a cash grab game, not saying it’s bad as I've not played it, but it looks very derivative of its prequels and a few have suggested the quality is lessened.
I want to play Dark Souls 2, but I'm still (slowly!) working my way through the first one...

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#14

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo Comes Up Empty at BAFTA Awards:

@Peek-a-boo Also agree Last of Us was a game deserving of its recognition, Left Behind also impressed me.

While awards may help publicise a title, I dont put much faith in them, taste is a subjective thing, I found Skyward Sword so dull it took me nearly a year to complete it, while I really enjoyed Twilight Princess...

As an aside, I think Nintendo characters may hold less retro nostagia in the UK then perhaps they do in the US, the Master System was pretty big here in addition to the C64, The Spectrum and various other 8-bit mircos.

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#15

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo Comes Up Empty at BAFTA Awards:

I think The Last of Us was an outstanding game, while it may have areas that could be improved, I think it was one of the best integrations of Cinematic and videogame elements I've seen within a big mainstream title, and I started gaming with the Atari 2600... As for Nintendo not winning anything, I dont hold award ceremonies as a general measure of quality anyway.

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#16

Ristar42 commented on Retro City Rampage: DX Hits The 3DS eShop This...:

I bought the game on PS3 and while I can appreciate the work that went in, and I enjoyed the nostalgic 80 references that recall my childhood pop-culture memories, I just found the actual game not that much fun to play.

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#17

Ristar42 commented on Soapbox: A Monster Hunter Obsession, and Why t...:

I just could not get into Monster Hunter on the Wii, I'm currently playing Dark Souls on PS3 though, and its much more my kind of game. The world in Monster Hunter just felt much more like a backdrop, than something I was able to actually explore.

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#19

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo of America Issues Refunds After Warne...:

The game is not that glitchy in my experience, I had one major glitch in the whole game on PS3, where a lift went up and batman fell through the floor (cant speak for multiplayer, I never really bother with it)... I really enjoyed the game, even though I didnt complete Arkham City.
I can see why they have done this, but I think it does negatively impact upon gamers perception of the Wii U in relation to third party software. It generates negative publicity for the console, therefore less sales, so more support is withdrawn.

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#20

Ristar42 commented on Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Was "A Great O...:

One of the stand out games I played on the Wii, and far better than Homecoming with its clunky combat in my opinion.

Although quite different to the Team Silent creation of Silent Hill, I still think Shattered Memories is a great game on its own merits. It's more consistenly unnerving than 'jump out' scary, and the other world can get a little frustrating at times, but it's an original, well made and very playable entry in the series that should have done better by the sounds of it.

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#21

Ristar42 commented on Review: 3D Sonic The Hedgehog (3DS eShop):

10/10 for me, an all time classic game and a really good version by M2. I got Sonic 2 just after release and even as a big SEGA fan, I thought it lost something over this game. Sonic 1 caps your running speed while holding right, you have to roll to go faster. As such, its platforming has a more consistant pace than the sequel, which had you running through the level until you hit somthing and come to a stop.

Who knows how many times I've played this game since 1991, and its still fun.

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#22

Ristar42 commented on M2 Developed a "Virtual" Sega Console for 3D S...:

@unrandomsam I don’t like touch screen controls myself in retro games, music sounds fine to me (ha, try the Dreamcast Smash Pack version, or even the DS with its weird pitch shifting instead of sped up music!), but I've not used headphones.
Guess people can watch a vid and see what they think.

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#23

Ristar42 commented on M2 Developed a "Virtual" Sega Console for 3D S...:

I have the Japanese and PAL versions of Sonic Jam, and if I recall, the reprogrammed version on there has some very minor slow down issues of its own, but it is still a great version. As an 'emulated' console version goes, this 3DS version is perhaps the best I've played, inclusive of Dreamcast, Gamecube, PSP, DS and PS3. It adds the spin dash and the 3D background layers, and includes the revision which added layers to all the stages backgounds, in addition to Green Hill. I find the curved 3D screen option a bit too curved to represent a CRT TV, but its a minor gripe. The definitive version for me is still playing my original cart on an actual Megadrive, modded for 60Hz with SCART output.

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#24

Ristar42 commented on Analysts Weigh In With Estimates for Wii U Fis...:

As many of those 3rd party games drifted away, I guess the problem would be that the Wii U is going to be a 2nd console option, which people will want if they want Nintendo games. It’s pretty pricey an investment for just a few exclusive games though, I think if they had managed to maintain more 3rd party interest they'd be better off. That’s one of the things that’s steered me from buying the console at least.
I'd also want to see a new HD Zelda, Metroid, F-Zero or Star Fox, broader VC, I still think the console has a lot of potential.

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#25

Ristar42 commented on PS4 and Xbox One Surpass Wii U Lifetime Sales ...:

Sad thing is you could see it coming, I think. People can talk about frame rates and resoultions, but the Wii U started missing out on a lot of 3rd party games, or getting versions which looked to me almost the same as the PS3 / 360 version, sometimes late and / or with removed features.
Add this to the lack of a fully implemented accounts system, the drip feed of the VC, no sign of Metroid or F-Zero, at the moment I feel I have have no reason to buy the console over my PS3.

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#26

Ristar42 commented on M2: Bringing Space Harrier To 3DS Was "Almost ...:

@Windy That would be great, but its the one that seems to get left out these days, weirdly. I figure the car sprite is a perhaps problem, but Shenmue 2 and the Yu Suzuki game works Dreamcast version just replaced it (as it has the 'Prancing Horse' lookalike).

I'd actually like to see Turbo OutRun at some point, its never had an arcade perfect port to my knowledge (FM Towns version is closest I suppose).

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#27

Ristar42 commented on M2: Bringing Space Harrier To 3DS Was "Almost ...:

While I'd love to see OutRun, which is perhaps my favourite ever game, I dont think we will, at least with the original car sprite. The best non arcade version of OutRun is the Japanese Saturn release (the US and PAL SEGA ages compilation versions have a glitch where the car becomes stuck in its 'uphill' animation on the second stage).

If we see OutRun on 3DS, I think it will be with the generic sports car that is in the Shenmue 2 release... That would still be very cool though, as its not reappeared since OutRun 2 on Xbox, which had a decent emulated version of the arcade.

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#28

Ristar42 commented on M2: Bringing Space Harrier To 3DS Was "Almost ...:

If anyone can do it it's M2, their SEGA Vintage Collection emulations on PS3 are great and an example of how to best present retro games on modern consoles, jukebox, multiple region setting, 50/60 Hz options, full screen customization, full button remapping including auto-fire, multiple save states, and scan lines options.
When I pre-ordered Castle of Illusion on PS3 and received the Megadrive version as a bonus, I was very glad to see their logo appear on start up!

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#29

Ristar42 commented on Soapbox: Super Mario 3D World's Playful Whimsy...:

I think the distinction is a bit overstated here, I only tend to have one console I'm buying games for at a time and at the moment thats a PS3, I've no interest in CoD or military fps games, but I still find a better range of games that interest me to play, than I would on the Wii U at the moment.
I've played most of the recent Mario games and completed them, I think they're generally great games, but its not enough for me to invest in a Wii U at the moment. Its great that Nintendo has these exclusives, but the console misses out on many interesting and varied multi platform releases, which is a shame. I still like the idea of games consoles myself, I started with the Atari 2600!

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#30

Ristar42 commented on System Update Will Allow You To Share eShop Ba...:

Its worth noting that often compaines wont improve their services unless people complain, or stop investing their products or services. I remember when the Wii U VC launched and Balloon fight was presented in a slow 50Hz format, it was only after many PAL gamers expressed their opinions on Miiverse and online, that Nintendo started providing 60Hz versions of the games where they could just substitute the US version (this is not a Nintendo exclusive problem by the way, most PS1 games on PSN are 50Hz although it is possible to make a US account).

I'm not a fan of any particular games company (except maybe SEGA, which is slightly rose tinted nostalgia I admit!). I like video games, but when I see Nintendo selling digital games attached to a console, it puts me off using their e-shop. If my console breaks, there is no simple way to transfer the investment I have made in those games to a new system.

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#31

Ristar42 commented on System Update Will Allow You To Share eShop Ba...:

It was bad enough with the Wii, but there is no way I would buy full price digital games on a system which ties them to a console. Once they have a proper accounts system (and some more games which interest me), I might buy a Wii U!

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#32

Ristar42 commented on Video: Watch Japanese Celebrity Aya Ueto Make ...:

3D World looks like a fun game, if there was a good enough deal, I'd consider a Wii U, if they just create a proper accounts system, more VC, a new Zelda, a new Metroid and F-Zero. I have a PS3 which has some great games, but I'm not rushing out to buy PS4 anytime soon, my approach to the next gen is 'wait and see' before buy.

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#33

Ristar42 commented on Former Video Game Destination Blockbuster Vide...:

I remember before dedicated or chain video rental shops existed here in the UK. Used to rent films from a local shop that just had them on shelves above a freezer... I also remember those 'wow, what a difference' very American style ads and renting 80s movies from the Blockbuster that opened locally. Funny how things changed so fast.

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#34

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo Download: 7th November (Europe):

I bought Arkham Origins on PS3 at the weekend (yes, £35 retail), I'm really enjoying the game even though I gave up on Arkham City. I think I like the representation of the city at Christmas...
As I don't have a Wii U, just not interested enough by the games to invest in the console, I'm just waiting for the SEGA classics on 3DS at the moment.

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#35

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo Disables Swapnote's SpotPass Service ...:

@Memeboy3 The current situation was foreseeable, create a forum and some anoymity and its only a matter of time before someone will be puposely offensive I'm afraid. Perhaps it would have been better for them to prioritise an accounts system over this service.
Then they would not be in the position of having to withdraw it and upset those that enjoy using it. I didn't use the letter box feature myself anymore, but I thought it had a quaint charm, almost like posting a letter these days...

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#36

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo Disables Swapnote's SpotPass Service ...:

This was the 'Nintendo letter box' thing right? I thought it was a pretty neat feature, but what I take from the story and the comments is that with an absence of an account system, Nintendo left themselves open to this type of situation, with no effective method of identifying and banning offending users.
Therefore, they have to abandon the entire service to protect themselves, evidently offending many of their own customers in the process. I really think they need an accounts system.

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#37

Ristar42 commented on Sega's Most Successful Console Is 25 Years Old...:

1991, good time to be in your early teens and for console gaming, I got the console with Sonic included for my birthday, I still play my original cart (though I have a modded 60hz Megadrive to play it on these days!).

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#38

Ristar42 commented on Sonic Can't Quite Dash Into the UK All-Format ...:

Sonic might pick up if people play the demo, the reviews are bad but it’s a really rather good game (I have 3DS version), with some of the most responsive controls in the series I've played (at least in the 3D style games).

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#39

Ristar42 commented on Review: Sonic Lost World (3DS):

As a Sonic fan since '91 this is one of the better late games I've played in the series, levels are varied, the controls actually work really well for the most part (with the exception of the gyro) and I also like the slower pace of some levels. The 'button to run' mechanic lessens the problem with speeding off ledges and provides improved control, there are new game play mechanics like the wall run which work well, and if you get stuck with a particularly challenging sequence, the game even helps you out with handy little RC vehicles.

With the snowboarding stage, if you hold up on the analogue slider and curve to steer, you get a much better sense of control than just pushing left or right.

I really don’t understand the low ratings on this, if you're a Sonic fan, I would recommend trying this game.

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#40

Ristar42 commented on Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Is A ...:

I don’t have a Wii U, but to be honest, I wouldn’t download actual retail games to a console without a properly implemented accounts system (I buy carts for my 3DS, unless a download exclusive I really want to play). I played the original version of Human Revolution again on PS3 recently, and it’s a very nice looking game, this size includes the original dlc too I believe...

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#42

Ristar42 commented on Sonic Lost World Producer Admits "There Was a ...:

I always thought it’s the speed that caused the problem for Sonic in 3D.

Precision platforming in 3D becomes problem at high speed, so the games started to feel very scripted, with a stilted start / stop / 'fly off in a random direction in to a bottomless pit because you dashed the wrong way' quality.

The shifting of 'running fast' to a button press is a significant change to control, and hopefully will make the pace of the game and the platforming more stable and less scripted.

Shame I can’t get this for PS3 (I don’t have a Wii U), but I will be picking up the 3DS version (like I do pretty much every Sonic game I can when it launches, since 1991...). I found 'Generations' didn’t really fix the problems of Sonic in 3D, at least on the home consoles, I think I actually preferred the 3DS version despite its simplified graphics.

I also thought Sonic 4: Episode Two was one of the better recent Sonic games, hope we see Episode Three...

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#43

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo Download: 10th October (Europe):

I don’t have a Wii U, just a 3DS, but its getting to the point I can hardly remember the last time I downloaded something off the e-shop (still waiting for the SEGA 3D classics!). I realise I've pretty much switched to PSN for downloads. They seem to have themed sales on PSN every week or so, with decent discounts.
Those Wii U VC options are quite poor, they're ok games, but there must be more appealing choices Nintendo could make to attract people to the service, and in turn, their console (Megadrive and SNES would be a start!).

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#45

Ristar42 commented on Soapbox: Why Grand Theft Auto V Isn't For Me:

Felt to me like it lost its way with GTA 4 in terms of how I enjoyed the series as a video game, it just didnt seem fun anymore, despite how I used to enjoy exploring the map and listening to music in Vice City and San Andreas.
I'm not hyped to buy the new game, but the world looks impressive and I might try it just for that (the missions were never the appeal, unlock the map and just waste time!). Hope they have custom soundtracks this time though.
Also, those dancing mini games in TBOGT, just yuk.

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#46

Ristar42 commented on Contra III: The Alien Wars Listing Points to V...:

SNES on 3DS would be very cool indeed. Its weird as we got a Wii-Ware 'Contra' in Europe, Contra 4 never got released on DS (I had to Import it). Then there is weird stuff like the GBC Konami collection having a version of 'Operation C' with the Contra sprites, but with the title screen 'Probotector'...
Anyway, 'let's attack aggressively'.

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#47

Ristar42 commented on Video: Want To Know Which Version Of Street Fi...:

@Cohort Yep, Megadrive Special Champion Edition is my 16-bit version of choice, I actually prefer the music as was a bit more like the arcade I think. Add the six button joypad and its still the version I'd play from the era (before arcade perfect versions). I never liked 'Super' as much as Champion Edition and Turbo. I also remember the weird arcade mods that appeared at the time...

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#48

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo Tested Two Other Zelda Titles in HD o...:

Twilight Princess (Gamecube version) is my favourite Zelda game, I had high expectations of Skyward Sword and got it at release with the gold remote, but I just didnt enjoy the game anywhere near as much. For me Wind Waker was somewhere between the two, not a game I would buy a console to play in HD.