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Sat 18th July, 2009

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Ristar42 commented on 3D Out Run Developers Talk Over Bringing Class...:

@MrHeli Seek out the Saturn version if you can, you can even get it to display 'insert coin' and it looks great on CRT tv with a SCART lead, as close to the arcade as you could get with the correct car graphics, and supports the analogue pad for steering and acceleration.
The Japanese version is the one to get though, so also requires a multi region mod or Japanese console, the international Sega Ages release has a glitch with the car on some routes where it gets stuck in an 'uphill' animation.



Ristar42 commented on 3D Out Run Developers Talk Over Bringing Class...:

My favourite game of all time, the Saturn has the 60fps mode by the way as described in the interview, and the Japanese Saturn release remains the best ever home version for me, while retaining the original car sprite, which is altered here and seems similar to the version in Shenmue 2.
This may be the second best version of the game though!



Ristar42 commented on Gone Home Console Versions Are "Not Actively i...:

I always like to try games which do something creative or different, and its good to see greater diversity on consoles thanks to digital distribution.
For example, I like the fact that I can play games as different as Dark Souls and Proteus on PS3.



Ristar42 commented on 3DS System Update Shuts Off Web Browser Exploi...:

I dont like region locking one bit, I had many great games not released in Europe in the GBA and DS days, why not invest in something that actually improves their console rather than adding restrictions, like a decent account system.



Ristar42 commented on Weirdness: eBay Trolls amiibo Fans With Gold M...:

Nintendo seem to be making an awful lot of 'limited editions' of late, I think perhaps to keep selling to existing fans of the games / company / brand, rather than drawing in new fans. I dont see this as 'trolling' by eBay though, they are a company publicising the selling of a product, its inflated resale 'value' is a direct result of the limited release.



Ristar42 commented on Sonic Team Boss States That There Are No Plans...:

He already has a few exclusive smart phone games so this makes sense. Of course there will be more games, kids like Sonic so hes not just a nostalgic character. I enjoyed Lost World on 3DS mostly, and 4 episode 2 I though was a real improvement on the first.



Ristar42 commented on Reaction: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is an Impres...:

@ikki5 I agree, I see little value for the cost in new 3DS as an upgrade, especially when they will not even permit digital purchases active on two systems I own (which even my psp supports!).
I put 70hrs in this game on the Wii, its epic scale seemed far better suited to HD version to me, but great game either way.



Ristar42 commented on The Nintendo Game Plan - How the NES Slowly Wo...:

@Dazza Ha, sadly I didnt need to imagine Street Fighter 2, as I actually got to play it that way! I had one six button controller, so the unlucky second player was stuck hitting start.
My friend had an Imported SNES with SF2, but it was the arcade that really made the impression on me as I played that most, prior to the Megadrive release (I remember the preview in Mean Machines SEGA).
Then there was the C64 version of SF2 which begged the question, why!?



Ristar42 commented on The Nintendo Game Plan - How the NES Slowly Wo...:

@Dazza 8-bit micros were still doing pretty well I think up to 1990, Zzapp 64! was published up until '92 and games were so cheap compared to the consoles (as they were on cassettes). Like Peach64 says, I think the range of popular computer games here account for less specific nostalgia for Nintendo in the UK.

I recall the SNES launch and Street Fighter 2 took off certainly as every video shop seems to have the arcade, but then Champion Edition was out and ported to the Megadrive soon after! I remember the Megadrive vs. SNES debates at school, mainly fueled by the fact many parents could only be talked into buying one console I'd guess!



Ristar42 commented on Eiji Aonuma Explains Why Tingle is Such a Pecu...:

I think he is a pretty 'camp' character, so perhaps he broadly fits in to a certain history in popular cultural representation in that sense.
He is not explicitly coded to have a sexuality, as there's hardly enough character development there!



Ristar42 commented on Soapbox: Portable Gaming Forges a Special Rela...:

I remeber the pre Game boy, early 80s portable games, Spitball Sparky, Grandstand Scramble and all that. When the Game boy launched, I was very impressed, but sold it to buy a Game Gear, then didnt get another hand held until the GBA.
I liked the DS lite a lot, 3DS less so even thought I bought it at launch, Ive not bought a retail game in over a year. The GBA SP is perhaps my favourite, I have the classic NES edition, psp was a good system too.



Ristar42 commented on Poll: Are You An Early Adopter With The New Ni...:

I won’t be buying this, I find the 3D fine on the current model, I doubt many games will require the second analogue or be hardware exclusive, and I've played Xenoblade on a tv where it looked better than it does here.
Also, the transfer system is overly complicated, and why not allow purchased downloads on two active consoles, then I might buy two consoles, like I did with the psp.



Ristar42 commented on Review: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS):

@Marcins94 Im not so sure, I played Dark Souls for a long time and really enjoyed the game, but cannot get into Monster Hunter at all. It does not have that aspect of exploring a large world which is a significant aspect of Dark Souls, I played Monster Hunter 3 and the background while pretty, was really just that, a pretty back drop for seperately loaded hubs.

For me Monster Hunter felt more like Phantasy Star Online. Ive not played this new game so it may be very different to 3, but, perhaps try before you buy!



Ristar42 commented on Video: You NEED To Play Metroid Prime Trilogy:

I almost completed the first on the Gamecube, got bored with the second after a while and also the third, where I had some problems using the motion controls. I bought the triolgy and launch on Wii and tried again, but ended up trading it in. I really liked Zero Mission on GBA though. I see they are good games, but not so much my thing, though I did appreciate the atmosphere of isolation which was really well done in the first game.



Ristar42 commented on Sega's Digital Restructure Means 300 Staff Wil...:

Such a rich history to draw upon. Im sure they'd make money even just getting M2 to port more of their amazing arcade games to consoles. SEGA games were such a part of my gaming history growing up and I hope they maybe look at extending their vintage range on dedicated console gaming download services, rather than creating bland tablet versions of once classic titles. That seems such a saturated marketplace.
If not, I still have my Master System, Megadrive, Saturn and Dreamcast. Alien Isolation is a great game by the way.



Ristar42 commented on Not Everyone is Thrilled That Metroid Prime Tr...:

A physical copy and a download are quite different things, one you own and can resell if you want, the other is worthless in regard to exchange or resale the moment you purchase it.
In regards to collectable or rare computer games, they are worth what someone is willing to pay at that time, and that can vary whether the game can be downloaded or not.
I do think having a legitimate download purchase option is a great thing, where a game has become rare or expensive, or you don't have the system / physical copy. That's what made the Virtual Console on the Wii such a good idea!



Ristar42 commented on Video: 90's Arcade Racer Is Still Alive, And H...:

A bit Dreamcast Daytona, a bit Daytona 2, a bit Scud Race. Lot of potential, but SEGAs arcade racers are exceptionally well made and often deeper than they may first appear. I like the visuals and it could turn out great, hope so. Id still like to see SEGA bring the aforementioned arcade games to consoles though (and the arcade SEGA Rally).
Scanlines, having 'insert coin' displaying as screen burn would be even more acurate!



Ristar42 commented on Nintendo Download: 29th January (Europe):

I used to have the Prime Trilogy, but I traded it years back, good collection though.
I'm mainly waiting for the next SEGA 3D classic on 3DS, and yes whats happened to 3DS VC, its pretty quiet.



Ristar42 commented on Video: New Nintendo 3DS In-Depth Review: Episo...:

It looks cool and an improvement, I prefer the smaller model but I'm not seeing a compelling reason to but a new 3DS over my lauch era model.
Games-wise, I played Xenoblade for 70hrs on the Wii, and it seems a game better suited to a big screen and console than a handheld.
I've never found the 3D that troublesome in terms of stability myself.
I think having two 3DS' active on a single account would be an incentive to buy this, if I could use games I've downloaded on both consoles I own (like I can with the PSP / PS3), but Nintendo dont support that, so I'll stick with my original for the moment.



Ristar42 commented on Review: 3D After Burner II (3DS eShop):

An amazingly good version of a classic game, it has so many options and includes one to add the lead melody to the music, that most versions missed. Even the credits are great, cant wait for Thunderblade and my favourite game ever, Outrun!



Ristar42 commented on Video: Does Super Mario Galaxy 2 On Wii U Offe...:

There is no guarantee that digital versions will be supported any more than physical discs in future hardware - unless Nintendo have said this?
Personally, I'd rather have the Wii discs as the console includes backward compatibility as standard.
Plus, that account system needs development before I'd use digital as a preferred option on a Nintendo console.



Ristar42 commented on Video: This Incredible Retro Gaming Collection...:

That is an impressive collection, Ive never seen a kiosk like that, I do remember demo units in shops here in the UK. Dreamcast was a great console, and pretty distinctive to recall using the system, from the loud beep of the visual memory unit with a flat battery when you powered on the system, to the loud grinding of the motor for the laser while it accessed the disc!
I had to curtail my own limited retro collecting as I just dont have the space, keep it to the games Im likely to play these days.



Ristar42 commented on Video: SEGA's 3D Classics Collection Now Avail...:

@ungibbed I got a PS3 too late and Outrun Online Arcade was removed, kind of demonstrating the value of a physical relase like in the news story!
At least Daytona and Afterburner Climax are still on PSN, plus in the US you get 60Hz PS1 games as standard.
Thats one thing Nintendo have at least addressed to a degree with Wii U VC in Europe, generally offering the US version of games now. PSP was a good system for retro on the go, quite a few comilations (of varying quality, Taito legends was rather lacking!).
I hope SEGA relase this compilation as I dont want to buy a Japanese system just to import games...



Ristar42 commented on Video: SEGA's 3D Classics Collection Now Avail...:

@ungibbed Its hardware locked! Power Drift is cool, the Saturn version is pretty good but 30fps, Dreamcast Yu Suzuki Game Works is best I think...

I played the Saturn version of Virtua Racing quite a bit, still in my collection, I remember finding a well hidden shortcut on one track.

With Outrun, Id say the Japanese Saturn release is the best version, but that GBA port is suprisingly good!



Ristar42 commented on Feature: Five Reasons To Choose Wii U This Hol...:

Not for me this year, maybe when a proper Zelda arrives, or a new Metroid. I held off buying a HD console for years but I prefer the PS3 as is now to the Wii U.
With other next gen systems, maybe PS4 once Arkham Knight and Bloodborne arrive, if they look good, I played a lot of Dark Souls. The lack of backward compatibility is a bit annoying there though, as Id need the two consoles set up...
Nintendo's account system for digital games is also really in need of improvment in my opinion, as is the VC (which was a major draw for me with the original Wii).



Ristar42 commented on Soapbox: Sonic, It's Time to Talk:

Sonic could have been amazing on the Saturn. If a 2D game had been made, it would have stood the test of time way better than a lot of early polygon games from that era have.
Yet, everyone wanted 3D polygon games (or so we were told), and Sonic was not the only series to suffer in that transition.
In a sense I guess Sonic Team realised the limitations of a 3D Sonic on the Saturn and gave us Nights and Burning Rangers instead.

When Sonic did go 3D on the Dreamcast the game was visually impressive for the time, but felt like a first attempt.
The problem is, SEGA don’t seem to build upon and refine what works in each new game into the next, but introduce new gameplay mechanics which often create new problems (I saw a recent video from Jim Sterling where he summarised this pretty well I think).
Sonic 4 was an exception, I think episode 2 was a real improvement over the original in graphics and physics and showed promise, but they promptly abandoned it right there.



Ristar42 commented on Review: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U):

Yep, they cant recapture what made the original great. 4 Episode 2 was moving towards the right direction for me, refine that further SEGA, and make Shenmue 3, or get Alex Kidd out of retirement!
I was playing Sonic Adventure on my PS3 last night, for Dreamcast nostalgia, and to be honest that game is seriously glitchy. Its kind of fun to see how much you can break the game though, like getting characters into stages they are not supposed to visit.



Ristar42 commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

Still not a console for me, it misses too many multi platform games and I dont have an interest in Smash Bros or the other exclusives.
I think the account system could also be better, I can play PS1 games I buy on my PS3 and both PSPs that I own, but with the VC there is nothing like that.
As a mainly retro gamer with a 3DS, those type of things would add value to the system for me.
Im not really convinced with the other next gen consoles either though as yet, at least the Wii U has backward compatibility.



Ristar42 commented on Video: Early Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric Footage...:

Is there a 3D Sonic where you wont fall through the floor at some point ..?
Perhaps Sonic Jam, you had to really try to glitch out of the map in the mini 'Sonic World' included there!
Though, glitching out of a map is hardly rare in modern games.
As a fan since 91, I think 4 episode 2 was on the right track, its a shame the didnt improve things more and move to episode 3. I quite liked Lost World on 3DS, Generations on 3DS was also a bit under-rated I think, bad frame rate but pretty solid gameplay.



Ristar42 commented on The Man Behind Sega's Wonder Boy Series Hates ...:

Ive never played the first Wonderboy game in the arcade, but I do find the NES game's Mario to be a bit 'slipply'... I know most wont agree, but I prefer Super Mario Land, maybe as I played it so much when it came out.
Wonderboy 2 and 3 the Dragons Trap were great games on the Master System, its a shame the series is no more, and that Wii Ware Wonderboy game was pretty bad.



Ristar42 commented on I'll Take Zelda And Mario Over Sharing Call Of...:

Even with the Nintendo exclusives, I still prefer the range of games available on the PS3 at the moment, and I don't even play Call of Duty or GTA!
Alien Isolation is a good example, as its a game I recently enjoyed, again no Wii U version.
I think Nintendo need to strive to have both, the PS4 will have games like Bloodborne and then also multi-platform titles like the next Arkham game.



Ristar42 commented on SEGA Confirms Second Batch of 3D Classics for ...:

I'd get all but the Fantasy Zones, never really enjoyed those games. Great to see the arcade version of Thunder Blade, as I dont think its seen a past SEGA AGES release.
How about the arcade versions of Turbo OutRun or Golden Axe 2, Turbo OutRun was woeful on the Megadrive and Golden Axe 2 good, but a very different game.



Ristar42 commented on Video: Sanzaru Games Discusses Sonic Boom: Sha...:

He's changed a lot since '91... but then who hasn't!
I found Generations and Lost World on 3DS to be mostly good fun, this seems to mix it up a bit too much though, with all the characters.
Sonic 4 Episode 2 was pretty good and improved a lot on the first, I'd like to see them make part 3...
For me, nothing will ever match the impact of the first game though, it impressed me in regards to 16-bit gaming as Mario 64 would for 3D platformers a few years later.



Ristar42 commented on Video: Here Are Some Fun Facts About The Might...:

What a great console, I skipped to the Gamecube after the Dreamcast.
Star Wars Rouge Leader sold me the console and I still have my copy of Twilight Princess which was the last game I bought new, great game and I still think better than the Wii version.
I also liked the action replay for playing imports (which ran at 60hz and were therefore often superior to the PAL version).
Some US games (like Burnout 2) also supported an edtv component mode, which is not supported on the PAL Gamecube hardware.
However, this can be activated on a PAL Wii with a component cable, if the action replay is used in Gamecube mode (if you can find one that works, earlier versions of the gamecube action replay were blocked by various Wii system updates).



Ristar42 commented on Official Nintendo Magazine Announces Closure i...:

The old days of print mags were cool, Zzap!, Sega Force, Sega Power, Mean Machines, Total... I stopped buying mags in the 32 bit era when I moved to the Saturn, but returned when 'Retro Gamer' was published here in the UK, which I have from issue 1, and I still buy in print every month.

I suppose the circulation must have dropped very low, seems odd though as I thought an official mag is a good way to promote stuff.



Ristar42 commented on Want Bayonetta 2 On PS4 And Xbox One? You Migh...:

I guess if some fans want this game that much, and nothing else on the Wii U appeals, it is an expensive outlay for one title. I was annoyed when Outrun 2 skipped the Gamecube and I had to buy an Xbox.
Still, there it is, want the game buy the console. Im happy with PS3 and retro collection at the moment, next gen can wait!



Ristar42 commented on Nintendo Confirms Development of Games That Wi...:

Reminds me if SEGA had actually made that stand alone 32X console, with its slightly upgraded Megadrive games... just kidding!
I guess here though, the same games will work (mostly), but support dual analogue on the newer system, and maybe some slight performance improvement.
I think its another option, if my 3DS broke I'd maybe get one.
As an upgrade, it doesnt impress me as much as the original DS Lite, which I bought after one shop demo, even though I had the original DS.