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  1. Brand new Switch owner here. Quick question(s), screen protector: do I need one, and which one is good?
  2. Previously... 38) Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - PS4 - 2015 (2011) Completed on normal difficulty (9.5 hours). Another stunning remaster by Bluepoint Games, and this is the only one of the three I hadn't played before. It's more of the same, a mix of "push-foward-to-navigate" sections and some shooter combat, wrapped up with some great character chemistry, natural writing and performances, over-the-top peril dialed up to eleven, and Drake seemingly surviving superhuman odds, while gunning down several hundred more people. I know realism isn
  3. This year so far I've got my backlog of 40 down to about 15 (well, down to 5 or so, and then back up to 15 - stupid bloody freebies have piled on top). Amazing, really, that even in the midst of a global pandemic and lockdown, where I have literally never had as much free time as I do now, I still haven't played all the games I own. I will get there, though.
  4. It seems I've finally jumped aboard the Switch train. There goes my austere year of self-control. (Choo-choo!!! ) ------ January: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice (3DS) £8.24 February: Nothing March: Nothing April: Nothing May: Nothing June: Nothing July: Nothing August: £25 PlayStation Network Credit £23.99 Star Fox 64 3D (3DS) £7.95 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (3DS) £31.95 September: [SO
  5. Previously... 37) The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D - 3DS - 2015 (2000) Fun fact: Majora's Mask for the N64 was the very first item of any kind I purchased through eBay. Two decades later and the 3D remake is still bloody hard to buy, at least in the UK where it never got a budget re-issue. Still, that wasn't going to stop me. It's a weird, brilliant and frustrating sort of experience, this one. It's a work of absolute genius and creativity, but also at times tediously dull and depressing. The core premise of impending doom creates an ever-prese
  6. Based on the definition of remastering as it applies to movies and TV shows, it means creating a new 'master copy' from which all subsequent copies are derived and distributed, such as rescanning and cleaning up a film to digital 4K, or going back to the original elements (camera negatives, master tapes or audio recordings, etc.) and piecing them back together to create the new master copy. It doesn't get changed or 'updated', just cleaned up. Remaster: A new definitive version of the same game, brought up to a higher visual and audio quality, either by restoring original art asset
  7. Previously... 36) Limbo - PC - 2011 (2010) Just a quick one, this - an indie platformer with silhouette stylings and bags of atmosphere. I originally played it on the 360 when it first came out and absolutely loved it, and it was great to play it again on PC. I didn't even realise I owned it; I must have picked it up in an indie bundle years ago, redeemed it on Steam and forgot about it. Two and a half hours later and it's all over. Less is more, and this is a game of absolute ambiguity. Is the boy dead? Is he trying to find his sister? What's with
  8. Previously... 35) Star Fox 64 3D - 3DS - 2011 (1997) After playing Star Fox last year and Star Fox 2 earlier this year, I thought I would give the sequel a go, having played it briefly on the N64 when it was known as Lylat Wars. So I played through and completed the 3DS remake a few times, to try alternate routes and see all of the levels (approx. 8 hours total). I got the good ending eventually, on normal N64 difficulty. This is an on-rails shooter like its predecessors, but can be thought of as a reboot of the series as it follows the same scenari
  9. I've got both the PC and iOS versions of Sonic CD and they're basically identical. However, I seem to recall it was harder to restart a special stage on the iOS version for some reason, whereas on the PC (and consoles, presumably) you could quit the game from within a special stage and reload at the beginning of it. Something like that, I can't remember exactly, but it made it harder to practice the special stages. Pretty sure all formats have both soundtracks included (just without the lyrics in the Japanese intro, for legal reasons).
  10. Previously... 34) Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game - PC - 2011 Completed to 100% (approx. 24 hours). As per all the Lego games, this is shallow, but accessible and addictive. There's something satisfying about smashing bits of Lego into smaller bits of Lego and watching little spinning studs get absorbed into you. There's also something compelling about the gradually opening-up structure and using multipliers to rack up massive scores while unlocking new characters and 100%-ing levels. I didn't love it, but I felt obligated to see it to the end!
  11. Previously... 33) Day of the Tentacle Remastered - Vita - 2016 (1993) Completed twice - once for the first time in a decade and then immediately again with the developer commentaries turned on. The remaster really is excellent, treating the game like piece of history to be preserved, re-drawing all the art in the exact style of the original, going back to old audio recordings and re-cutting them, enhancing the music... and then offering the unaltered version underneath. I've played Full Throttle and Grim Fandango Remastered and they're both excellent, but this
  12. Previously... 32) Alpha Protocol - PC - 2010 A forum recommendation from the 'PS360' era. I'm glad I stuck with this after my iffy first impressions because it gets quite good. It starts off as a pretty janky action game, where you're given all these enticing options for espionage and combat and stealth and gadgets... and none of them fucking work! Before you actually level-up your abilities, you can't aim for shit, can't sneak for shit, can't tech for shit, and it just feels like a load of shit. I have understandable issues with the concept of an "action RPG
  13. It's certainly been a funny old year but I guess I picked a great time to decide to clear my entire backlog in (mostly) chronological order. I still have lots of PC and console games waiting in the wings (the digital stores keep giving out free stuff, it's not helping! ) however, wrapping up Ace Attorney brought my handheld backlog to an end, so now I can move on from "games I own but haven't played yet" to "games I still want to get". Previously... 31) Final Fantasy Adventure - GameBoy - 1991 It's not really a Final Fantasy game (despite having ch
  14. I've barely spent anything this year, as I made a pact to play through my entire PC, console and handheld backlogs before I buy anything new. But now I've almost run out of handheld games so I had to buy some PSN credit. Oh well! ------ January: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice (3DS) £8.24 February: Nothing March: Nothing April: Nothing May: Nothing June: Nothing July: Nothing August: £25 PlayStation Network Credit £23.99 Star
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