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  1. Huge Castlevania fan here. I'll pop my opinions up of the ones I have played for what it's worth.

    Super Castlevania IV.

    Probably my favourite game in the entire franchise. Utterly epic levels and music with so many clever bosses. You can really see the inspiration for Lords of Shadow in here because half the game is just getting to the castle. The whip control is amazing.

    Symphony of the Night.

    Certainly the other best game in the series. Utterly huge in scope, a reasonable plot, amazing music and superb controls. Loads of items, magic, etc.

    Rondo of Blood.

    Only have this on PSP and I feel it's wildly overrated but still a good game. Absolutely brilliant level design with multiple paths but hateful consoles compared to Super IV. Felt like a step back to me. That said, the game works perfectly within in the control system it uses. I just wish you had the same whip control.

    Dracula XX.

    SNES port of Rondo. As good to play but lacking content. Odd really.

    Castlevania 64.

    Pretty average but clever in places. Good atmosphere in there. Worth at a low price.

    Circle of the Moon.

    Great opening game on GBA. Plays really well, very responsive and has loads of moves including a wicked jump and dash.

    Harmony of Dissonance.

    Favourite GBA outing here. Just felt fun to play with a great castle to explore and frantic, frenetic gamplay.

    Aria of Sorrow.

    Technically the best GBA game, not my fav but certainly rightly acclaimed due to the sheer amount of depth.

    Lament of Innocence.

    Really enjoyed this. Solid combat engine with very pretty visuals and amazing music. Despite the formulaic gameplay, the boss battles are brilliant.

    Curse of Darkness.

    Deeper combat than Lament but worse visuals due to a fully controllable camera. Still a pretty good game overall.

    Dawn of Sorrow.

    Probably the best DS outing. Really excellent graphics and liked the varied locations. The formula was certainly stale now but I liked the glyph drawing for the finishing of bosses.

    Portrait of Ruin.

    Similar formula, still fun.

    Order of Ecclesia.

    A very fresh take on a now stale series. More of a Castlevania RPG than ever. Lost of smaller, separate locations to explore like a map from a RPG. Very challenging too, much more so than others.

    Lord of Shadow.

    I didn't like this too much. Cold, austere, charmless and formulaic gameplay. Ropey visuals on PS360 too, looks great on PC. It has a great plot though and some lovely varied locations. It just takes too long to get going. Played it for about 7 hours in total. Worth a punt at the price it costs now though.

  2. The older games are a pain at times in the Persona series with the first being the worst. Persona 3 and 4 are just immese though but they are slow to start. The feature great characters, superb music, excellent plots, charming visuals and absorbing gameplay. P3 has a bit too much samey dungeon crawling but both games don't have random encounters. P3 does not allow direct commands of team mates but overall they perform well.

    P4 is the better rounded game but I just prefer P3 due to the characters.

  3. Rage Racer (PS1 12/1/13) Still fantastic.

    Power Drive (SNES 16/1/13) Awesome top down rally racer.

    Forza Horizon. 1000G! (360 22/1/13) Best game on 360.

    Auto Modellista. (PS2 27/1/13) Fairly fun if short.

    Resident Evil 2 (GC 10/2/13) Still outstanding.

    Dead Space Extraction (Wii 12/2/13) Superb gun shooter with a movie feel.

    Aladdin (SNES 4/3/12) Better than the spongy MD game.

    Return of Double Dragon. (SFC 7/3/13) Fantastic scrolling fighter with iffy visuals.

    Streets of Rage 2 (MD 10/3/13) Stunning fighter still with huge bass.

    Goof Troop (SNES 19/3/13) Fun two player puzzler. Too short.

    Nigel Mansell's F1 (SFC 22/3/13) Surprisingly realistic F1 racer.

    TMNT Turtles in Time. (SFC 28/3/13) Huge fun in two player.

    Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3 1/4/13) Enjoyable but poorly paced. Great combat, odd plot.

    Zelda no Densetsu Yume o Miru Shima. (GB 7/4/13) Wonderful game crammed into a GB.

    Final Fight 2 (SNES 10/4/13) Rubbish.

    Super Castlevania IV. (SFC 16/4/13) Still superb to this day. Plays well, huge levels and amazing audio.

    Resident Evil 5 Gold (PS3 2/5/13) Excellent in two player.

    The Bouncer (PS2 11/5/13) Guilty pleasure. Not great.

    Final Fantasy Adventure (GB 15/5/13) Huge game for the GB. Still compelling.

    Fighters History (All 9 chars SFC 15/5/13) Straight SF rip off and plays well as a result.

    Uncharted (PS3 1/6/13) Solid adventure with some nice acting. Indifferent combat.

    Uncharted 2 (PS3 2/6/13) Hugely improved gameplay and production. Entertaining but not exciting.

    The Last of Us (PS3) 23/6/13) Game of the HD generation.

    Silent Hill Shattered Memories (PS2 27/6/13) Very clever plot with superb visuals. Terrible action.

    Hook (SFC) 9/7/13 Slow but fun and miles too short.

    Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) 12/7/13 Stunning rpg.

  4. Virtua Tennis is a huge no no for me. Amazing animation for the time but you simply cannot hit the ball out, at all. Absolutely no point in playing it.

    Super Tennis is still the best tennis title for me. Amazing control of the ball with a huge variety of shots. Grand Slam Tennis 2 is superb for a more recent effort.

  5. 4: Stunt Race FX

    Brilliantly playable, the 2 player mode was excellent. Loved the RC cars. The various challenges kept you plugging away.

    Great to see some love for this, always a huge fan myself. It actually had decent physics, unlike Virtua Racing. Although MD V.R was a superb port, Stunt Race FX was the better game for me.

    That said, it does chug a bit now so I picked up a slightly overclocked cart.

  6. I know the 16 bit systems will be upscaled somewhat, but I don't mind the look of them overall on a HDTV so in theory they should look ok on an EDTV.

    I cannot tolerate the PS2/Wii stuff on a HD set though, they just look messy even at 480p. That said, PS1 will probably take a very bad hit so may not be worth it as a result. That era looks rough enough on a CRT!

  7. I have a 24'' widescreen Toshiba CRT. Full NTSC support, rgb and picture size settings. Pucrchased it for £400 around 13 years ago and it still works a treat.

    I run my Wii, PS2 and SNES through it.

    I have been tempted by an EDTV of late, an LCD with a max resolution of 480/525p. Not sure how they would look though.

  8. I did the first NES game back in the summer, it was incredibly hard and I would have given up without save states!

    Zelda on the GB is without doubt my fav game in the series though, you are in for a treat I think. As above the Oracle games are excellent, at first I thought it was a bit of a rip off using two carts but they both play a great game.

  9. Weird to see you struggling to go back to the last gen after moving on. I personally like the last gen look the best. Yes some games look ropey but on a decent CRT I prefer the style to current as it is often less shiny and runs at a higher frame rate in many cases.

    Good to have a mix of all gens when gaming though.

  10. Interested to see how this turns out. No doubt Forza 3 was good but it lacked a little in the track department and the in car view was not amazing. This is looking a lot better though.

  11. When playing online with others there's sometimes lag depending on a person's connection which causes a person to crash into someone else even though it didn't register with the person who did the crashing. It's basically a hit detection issue. For the most part its fine but it's bloody annoying when it does happen.


    Seems like a pain but nothing overly gamebraking as in it happens every race.

  12. Sorry if people don't agree with my comment but I just found SSF4 to be really underwhelming. I hated the visual style, huge characters, ugly animation and weird jumping.

    The whole game felt like a slightly better EX to me.

    I would much rather some proper hd sprites and 3rd Strike level animation but it wont happen. Or a decent Resident Evil.

    Anyway Darkstalkers, dunno just never clicked, even Vampire Saviour. Was more into Samurai Showdown on Saturn at the time.

  13. Wow it just feels like 1998 again. Capcom rinsing their fighting games just like before but the problem is that they are not that good anymore.

    SFIV is just SFEX with better combos. Darkstalkers was pretty dull just with lovely graphics.

  14. I don't have fond memories of the machine really, had an SP back in the day but for some reason I stopped playing it and sold it. A few months ago I wanted to play the GBC Zelda games but also wanted to play some GBA titles so I picked up another SP and instantly remembered why I stopped playing it, the screen was poor. So after a little research I picked up an SP AGS 101 and haven't looked back, it is superb.

    Since owning the machine I have compelted both Oracle games and Minish Cap, Metroid Fusion and Mario Kart. Into Harry Potter PS on the GBC now and V-Rally 3. My library has grown pretty rapidly to about 15 games with Yoshi's Island, Castlevania and Sword of Mana next on my list to play. Love it.

  15. I think people are far too harsh about Fusion on PS2. It was a different beast but still very much Wipeout, I really liked it personally

    I agree, I think Fusion is excellent overall. Craft handling is a bit too rigid and the pal version is very flickery but the tracks are superb and so is the music. I picked up a US version to help reduce flicker. :)

    Overall though 2097 just about nabs it as the best title. Everything about it is awesome from the presentation to the gameplay. It had the perfect balance of weapons and just about enough features to make it last in 1996. Special mention to the awesome craft noise sorely missing from newer versions and the awesome vapour trails of the ships.

    The original game is just second though. I love the tracks and visual style in this, also the different colour in Rapier mode gave it a superficial but sweet boost in lifespan. Music is also top notch, love Cold Storage.

    Pure is also another one I like a lot, more so with all the DLC. It feels the most like 2097 to play and has a decent set of weapons again. Music was mostly rubbish though, much like Pulse and HD.

    Pulse I hate, along with Wipeout 64. Nothing wrong with the gameplay in 64, just the lazy mirrored track design, I worked it out about 3 days after paying full price for it and felt ripped off. Pulse is just a bore, sterile, bland, muted. Not keen on WO3 either but the SE has a lot to offer.

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