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Ristar42

Ristar42

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#1

Ristar42 commented on Video: Players React to Splatoon and Star Fox ...:

I was there, I played Starfox and thought it was pretty average... I only played the Corneria stage though. Compared to the memories of the SNES and N64 games, it just didnt make an impression upon me. I liked Mario Maker though, I still dont find the Wii U a compelling enough system to buy myself (and I am into neither sports nor fps games).
There was a good retro game stall, and 'The Heart of Gaming' also had a cool section set up.

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Ristar42 commented on Review: Final Fight One (Wii U eShop / GBA):

Oh, my car! Censorship aside (I had the Japanese version), I'd say this was a good version, beats out the SNES not just with more characters and a two player option in the original - but in the number of enemies on screen at once. This game mimics the sometimes frantic nature of the arcade much better, especially when placed against the PAL 50Hz SNES version. The sound is weak, but nothing is going to beat Final fight CD anyway for me there.
The PS3 / Xbox360 version is probably closest to the arcade in graphics and gameplay, even get some CRT style filters.

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#5

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo Download: 16th July (Europe):

@Bass_X0 I like the Megadrive version, subjective I know!
I never got the glitch on the GBA either, I thought was a good version at the time, but GBA could have managed better renditions of the tunes Im sure.
Weirdly, Akuma is the only character who retains the arcade animation for walking backwards in this version.

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#6

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo Download: 16th July (Europe):

Final Fight One does better than the SNES, all the characters plus Zero outfits for Guy and Cody, industrial stage reinstated, more enemies on screen. Japanese version wins though as the western versions retain the daft removal of Poison and Roxy.
SSF2 turbo Revival is far from my favourite SF2 game, its an odd version, and the characters are lacking their extra animations when walking backwards, just like the 16 bit versions. The music is also pretty lacking I think.

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#9

Ristar42 commented on Video: Capcom Shares Footage of Resident Evil ...:

I quite liked RE 0 on Gamecube, I think I'll be about ready to play the game again when the new version arrives, plus the first one was cross buy for the PS3 / PS4 version, so its one game I could carry across if I buy a PS4.

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#10

Ristar42 commented on Hands On: Blast Ball Brings Crude Button Mashi...:

@Aromaiden I suppose they are in a bit of a bind, the Wii U could I'm sure play host to an amazing Metroid game, but it could be expensive to make and not sell well.
Then again, making a game like that may shift a few more consoles.
Makes me nostalgic for the Gamecube days.

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#11

Ristar42 commented on Hands On: Blast Ball Brings Crude Button Mashi...:

Looking at the use of a franchise like Metroid attached to this (the problem being, its multi player action appears at odds to the central themes of lonely isolation that have come to define the atmosphere of those games), I hope it is not a sign of the 'transformation' Nintendo is describing.
Nintendo can do whatever they want with Metroid of couse, and it may sell very well, but I hope they will also still make games which truely reflect heritage of the series.

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#12

Ristar42 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Asks for Fan Trust With Metro...:

I want 'Silent Hill: Pub Skittles', Konami make it happen.
Trading on an existing franchise is one thing, but if you alienate the fans of that particular franchise whats the point? Its not just an art style, its a matter of gameplay, that sense of been lost in a weird, decaying and lonely word is kind of at odds to what were seeing here. It may be great fun, but why call it 'Metroid Prime'.

I'd guess a good comparison would be 'Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City'.

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#13

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo Isn't Talking About NX Because It Doe...:

@aaronsullivan They are still popular here, especially with maybe slightly younger people than I. Think they took off a bit more here with the SNES certainly, Street Fighter 2, Super Mario World F Zero, great library for that system. The Wii was the system eveyone bought, but interestingly I think for different reasons, many for its accessable or 'casual' games, me for the VC!
In the 8-bit days though we had lots of UK software houses making distinct games for C64, Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, and earlier than that even more varied formats, and we had the Acorn BBC Micro in schools. It was easier to convice parents to buy games on cassette for £1.99 from WH Smiths, than what seemed crazy expensive console games. I just dont think the Nintendo brand has that broad nostaliga in like the US, but Ive certainly played many great games on Nintendo systems.

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#14

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo Isn't Talking About NX Because It Doe...:

@aaronsullivan I think Nintendo have far more nostalgia for their brand in the US, the NES is percieved to have 'saved video games' whereas in the UK that was not the reality. I grew up playing Atari, ZX Spectrum, C64, Amiga, Sega and Nintendo consoles. The 8-bit computers were big and led to many playground debates about the best platform.
As such, I dont care much about the platform, just games. I got a Wii for the VC, which was a great idea.
I remember code masters releasing a CD games pack for the Spectrum and that was in 1989!
Mario 64 did impress me at the time though, it was so well realised, you dont often see a game like that.

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#15

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo Isn't Talking About NX Because It Doe...:

Saturn had an analogue pad before the N64, Nintendo just made it a standard to the packaged controller. It also had analogue triggers. If we are taking inovators how about someone like the late Ralph Baer.
Also, the text says 'unofficial translation' and 'grain of salt', so I really want to see some details on the new system before I evaluate it!

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#16

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo Isn't Talking About NX Because It Doe...:

I'll judge it when I see it, but thing is the PS4 is already pretty much what I'd want from console, I'm just waiting for more games that interest me to convince me to buy one.
By the time this probably releases those other consoles will have large and cheap game libraries, just like PS3 and 360 did when Wii U launched.
Nintendo will need to start building its platform from zero, while other consoles with perhaps similar specs will be well established.
If there is a gimmick, they will be really hoping it catches on like the Wii mote.
I find it unlikey looking at the current situation, that whatever the new console is, it will be very forward looking.
They still dont even have proper user accounts for digital purchases, allowing account access on multiple devices, and any platform needs third party games to enrich its library.

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#17

Ristar42 commented on Yup, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 Is Definitely S...:

The other consoles sell better as they have greater variety in their games, Ive no interest in CoD or fps games, but if you add up all the third party games that add choice to the respective audiences of those consoles, but miss Wii U, its a lot.
The other consoles have the third party games covering a diverse range of styles and genres, plus their exclusives. For example, I like racing games, and looking at Wii U, Id be pretty limited for choice.

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#18

Ristar42 commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Approach is Often Peculi...:

Hmm, I dont think people play Bloodborne or the Souls games because they think they are 'mature', more likely because they are great games.
The Wii U is not a console I'd buy, not enough games Im interested in, and I find more variety on PS3 / Vita at the moment, I also like the cross play / buy features of those consoles over Nintendo's digital purchase attached to a single console approach.

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#19

Ristar42 commented on ​Lego Jurassic World Pre-Order Freebies Comi...:

I wish they would put the proper console games on the Vita, rather than 3DS ports... maybe thats a memory issue but if the Wii could handle the console Batman 2, the Vita could have. I guess if this dlc doesnt appear, its another example of investment / vs profit, if the Wii U sold better and they projected better sales of their dlc, it would be there.

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#20

Ristar42 commented on Exclusive: Slightly Mad Studio Head Ian Bell S...:

I guess they let in run on quite a while which is bad, but I dunno, I wonder how many of the outraged folk would have actually bought the game on Wii U.
Many were talking up Need for Speed Most Wanted, but it sold pretty bad on Wii U, and Nintendo have never really been a go to for fans of realistic racing simulation.
Seems like another investment / projected profit issue to me.
Game looks good, will try it if I get a PS4 at some point.

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#21

Ristar42 commented on Talking Point: Retro Gamers Beware, PAC-MAN 25...:

@TheRealThanos yep, I also think many Atari games were simple because they had roots in the arcade, designed to be short and addictive, and to make you keep wanting to insert another coin!

Not all games built on simple technology were intended to be played that way though, the BBC Mirco had Elite!

In a sense I see a similarity with how many mobile games are designed to mimic early arcade games, insert coin for the 21st Century.

I actually like the 'retro style' presentation in some games, if creative, vvvvv is a good example of where the style really fit the game for me. Often though, as you say, its just a cheap filter added to a simple idea.

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#22

Ristar42 commented on Talking Point: Retro Gamers Beware, PAC-MAN 25...:

The simplicity of phone games reminds me more of the Atari 2600 era, but simple can be compelling.

I think a lot of people play these type of games on their phones while they are waiting to do something else, I dont play phone games myself as I prefer real over touch contols, but they certainly have a mass appeal.

Im sure more complex games will still be created for people who appreciate something more out of their videogames, it may just not be those once famous developers creating them anymore, as they become focused on the mobile market, and target percieved increased profits therin.

Hopefully some will manage to strike a balance and do both!

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#23

Ristar42 commented on Capcom Is Bringing The Nintendo Exclusive Resi...:

@StevieB777 I think Revelations 2 is getting ported by a different studio, with assistance from SCEA. Looks like will be digital only though I think:
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/04/10/resident-evil-revelations-2-ps-vita-status-check/
Whoops - just realised that was already answered!
As for Zero, this was to be expected as the next 'remaster' choice, I dont know why no Wii U and can only guess it’s a investment / profit decision, but I might get it on PS3 as the previous was cross-buy with PS4.

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#24

Ristar42 commented on Project CARS Studio Boss Admits to Problems Wi...:

@JLPick Yep, I have those consoles, I suppose there were a lot overall, but with the Wii and 3DS there seemed less so, I kept waiting for a new 3DS racer since Ridge Racer and Need for Speed the Run. On Wii U, few indeed and I dont know why Need for Speed Most Wanted didnt sell, its pretty good. Bad news for all those who backed this game for the system, no doubt, and it would certainly address a gap in the Wii U library.

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#25

Ristar42 commented on Project CARS Studio Boss Admits to Problems Wi...:

I wonder how many people backed the game for the Wii U. Nintendo consoles have never really been a place to find many racing games (beyond Mario Kart and F Zero).
The lack of information on the Wii U version seemed to speak volumes.
I'd probably try the game if I had a PS4, the way eveything is open from the off sounds pretty different, and I enjoy both Gran Turismo and arcade sytle racers.

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#26

Ristar42 commented on Talking Point: The Fragility of Buying Downloa...:

Nintendo are the worst here, a download attached to a specific console, I will not buy anything else from them digitally until they implement a better system.
I spend a lot on PSN as it has great sales, and at least I know as long as the service is there, I can download my games on a few activated consoles, even those subsequently delisted.
I collect retro games as physical releases, mainly the Saturn and other SEGA consoles.

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#29

Ristar42 commented on Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the ...:

I wont buy anything else from Nintendo's eshops as long as a digital purchase is attached to a console, the 3DS 'transfer' highlighted this issued for me. I would consider owning two consoles once new 3DS came out, but because they wont implement a proper account sysytem, I would not be able to play my digital purchases on both.
I bought a Vita and straight away had access to various cross buy games Id bought on PS3 and my PSP and PS1 digital purchases just by logging in to my account.
Pricing alone is not an issue for me, Im happy to pay a fair price for a good game, but I think they need to improve how they manage digital sales overall to add value in other ways, like allowing the activation of more than one console for an account.

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#31

Ristar42 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo World Championships 20...:

I dont think they ever 'seized' pop culture in the UK. In the late 80s we were playing 8-bit micros like the C64 and the Spectrum, the Master System was also a popular console. Id say the Megadrive and PS1 were the consoles that had more of a popular cultural impact here at least.
I do like the vid, for its retro nostalgia, the Virtual

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#32

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo "Currently Investigating" The Idea Of...:

@Quorthon You're right, I just got a Vita and its great system bar the memory card issue. At least I can easily copy and store games on the PS3, but it is a pain to only fit a few games on the system at one time.

Returning to region locking, Nintendo even went to the level of updating the region lock on the Wii for its Gamecube mode, to prevent the use of existing Free Loader discs. An issue as many PAL Gamecube games are 50Hz only, while 60Hz US discs run better and some even support EDTV, a feature no PAL Gamecube games support.

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#33

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo "Currently Investigating" The Idea Of...:

Region locking is bad, it doesnt always mean there will be support for international release unless it is a big title that gets a lot of attention. Some of my favourite DS games were not released in Europe so I imported them. Im not about to buy three consoles to do so. They also need to think about their digital shop that attaches a purchase to a single console rather than a proper account.

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#35

Ristar42 commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

@Quorthon Yep, thats right, I was citing how PS2 classics on PSN are therefore a pretty impressive bit of software emulation. I know only particular early models of PS3, with the additional hardware, play actual PS2 discs.

It wasnt dropped though for digital purchases, I can play PS2 games I have downloaded on my PS3 Slim and light - I'm playing Deus Ex at the moment!
They are still releasing PS2 classics on PS3 in 2015.

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#37

Ristar42 commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

If Sony could get PS2 to emulate on PS3 through software alone, SNES should be something Nintendo can get to work. I guess they choose not to invest in that area, which is a shame as the VC was a major draw for me to buy an original Wii.

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#38

Ristar42 commented on Video: This Is The 3D Sonic Game We All Truly ...:

@Kirk You should check out Sonic Mega Collection on the Gamecube, you can use a code to play the JP2 revision of Sonic, or the US version, plus the PAL version has a 60hz mode!

This video looks nice, but not 'better' than the original. Sonic 4 episode 2 showed a great improvement over the first, I dont know why SEGA forgot about episode 3, I guess sales...

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#40

Ristar42 commented on Nintendo Highlights Increased US Hardware Sale...:

I was hopeful of Wii U, but it really has become a console with a limited appeal to Nintendo fans, its games library has failed to achieve a broad appeal outside this audience. As Wii owner, I also didnt like how they immediatley stopped supporting the old console.

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#41

Ristar42 commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Dreamcast:

@unrandomsam Yeah, I have a lot of retro stuff, but not enough room, so Ive not added any streering wheel controllers to my collection. Its the brake / accelerate to boost technique in Crazy Taxi that caused the pain, most driving games were fine!

Nice article by the way, I have Retro Gamer from issue 1, great mag!

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#43

Ristar42 commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Dreamcast:

Also, I think it introduced '60 Hz' mode to a lot of PAL gamers with Sonic Adventure. It was weird that the Saturn gave us two of the best PAL optimised games ever with Sega Rally and Virtua Fighter 2, but Sega Rally 2 and Virtua fighter 3 launched on Dreamcast with slow boardered versions and unlike Sonic Adventure, had no 60Hz mode. Maybe they supported the VGA cable, hey there was another console innovation.
Amazing console, great games, easy to play imports with a boot disc, noisey when accessing a disc, has a tendency to develop a 'reseting' issue, but managed to fix mine, still works!

I think the controller could have been better though, I completed both Crazy Taxi games 100% on all the challenges and those analogue triggers get painful! The Saturn 3D analogue controller felt like a better design to me.

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#44

Ristar42 commented on Video: Xenoblade Chronicles X May Have Been Su...:

@Quorthon I think youre about right there, retuning to Dark Souls 2, the downgrade had an impact upon the game's atmosphere, and in Dark Souls the atmosphere created by the world is important. They do not 'make' a game, but they are certainly a legitimate contributing aspect to the creation of an immersive environment.

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#45

Ristar42 commented on Video: Xenoblade Chronicles X May Have Been Su...:

Its not as bad as Dark Souls 2, which I bought release day and was quite suprised by after only watching pre-release videos.
Upon playing the game on PS3, lighting, textures and geometry were all simplified.

I've watched a few of the gameplay videos for this, and it doesnt look amazing up close, but having played the first game (and I get a similar sense here), visually Xenoblade is a game about epic scale. That is why you could zoom the camera so far out, to appreciate those wide open spaces.

I remember buying C64 games where they would put screen shots from the Amiga version on the back of the box, games never look quite as good as promotional material, and sadly we have come to expect that.

'Lets plays' are usually the best way of judging how a game actually looks!

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#46

Ristar42 commented on Reaction: Confirmation of Unity on the New Nin...:

Considering Nintendo wont even allow the download of a digital purchase on, say two of the same system that you own, I dont see unified purchase across a number of platforms as a likely future for them. Would be good though.
I'm sticking with my launch 3DS and doubt I'll pick up the 'new' version. Good it has this support for those who do though.
Just implementing an actual proper account system like pretty much evey other digital platform would be a start.

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#47

Ristar42 commented on Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Dow...:

The Wii U was too late, and the 'tablet' style controller never caught that mass appeal that the Wii remote did. The initial display of 3rd party support didnt last, and I think console gamers who perhaps dont have nostagia for Nintendo, and who only purchase one system, are looking to PS4 and Xbox as a better investment for varied and longer term support from a range of developers.

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#49

Ristar42 commented on Retrospective: Sega's Streets of Rage Series:

I have the preference for the first game, perhaps its because I'd never quite heard music like that in a videogame, or the dark megadrive palette perfectly capturing an atmosphere all together different to Double Dragon, Final Fight or the Turtles. I also think the characters have a great sprite design for such a low resolution, and most importantly, the combat has impact and rewards getting better at the game. This is a game I played a lot at the time.

I like the second game, but not quite as much as I only really played it some years later, I first played the third on the gamecube when I imported the Japanese version of Sonic Gems, it has good qualities, you can run which is a nice addition.
The remake looked amazing and I wish SEGA had worked with those folks to make it a commercial product, I'd buy it in moment!

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#50

Ristar42 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Turns to Classics, DLC...:

Seems they are really playing to existing Nintendo fans, more than anything else.
With Mario 64, I've bought it too many times already, and why does the Wii U VC not have a more diverse range of systems than just Nintendo, and even then, there is a comparative paltry selection to the Wii.
I recall thinking what an great idea the Virtual Console back when it was announced for the 'revolution' - it really sold me the Wii console, but the Wii U... not so much.