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  1. EXILE holds up superbly. Magnificent space-cave arcade adventure with impressive technical tricks crammed into 32K. TETRAPOD is a clever single-screen early '80s shooter from Acornsoft. XOR fills out the maze puzzler genre nicely. Get yer lateral (literally and figuratively) thinking in gear. CODENAME DROID is a top run-and-gun game, with elements of resource management. GALAFORCE has some lovely Martin Galway intro music, and is a smooth and colourful old school shoot 'em up to boot. THE HUNT: SEARCH FOR SHAUNA represents the lesser-spotted category of text adventure (with some graphics). Atmospheric space hijinks. . (Some other good BBC/Acorn games include: the sentinel, thrust, galaforce 2, firetrack, by fair means or foul, imogen, icarus, tarzan boy, infinity, citadel, repton thru time, mega-apocalypse, revs, blast, castle quest, chuckie egg, indoor sports, way of the exploding fist, meteor mission, perplexity, starship command, karate combat, shark)
  2. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/230165553/game-history-book-high-score-3rd-edition If you've ever scoured Amazon or other online book sellers for illustrated videogame history books, then you might have come across "High Score", which I highly recommend over many other efforts out there. A fab coffee-table slice of glossy videogame insight. Especially the second edition that was published in the mid noughties. There is a new Kickstarter project (by the book's author, of course) to get together funds to produce an updated 3rd edition. See the link above. The deadline is April 3rd/4th if you wish to help get the project up and running. I thought some rllmukkers here might be interested.
  3. Really like the arcade original. Unfortunately the look and feel of it was lost somewhat in all the sequels.
  4. SR2 did have a far deeper and broader selection of clothes. Saints Row The Third's selection is quite a step backwards. I hoped for more layering of clothes items, a much wider choice of both normal and outlandish costumes, but Volition's 3rd effort is a letdown here (especially when compared to the technical advances in other parts of the franchise). . I still enjoy 3, but prefer 2 even if the car 'pop-in' and screen tearing was pretty bad in that one. I'd pay for a remastered Saints Row 2 on the Xbox 720 / PS4.
  5. More high-def skull gibbing, please. Ta!
  6. I have hundreds of cassette tapes for everything from the MSX1 to the Acorn Electron and on through to the C64, and more. I tested a lot of them in November last, and virtually all of the ones I tried, worked just fine. I recall only two not working ("REVS" due to some kind of white rot on part of the reel, and "HEAD OVER HEELS" due to a crumpled bit of tape after the pink lead-in section). Quite resilient really.
  7. This is one of the few vulnerable-central-protagonist survival horror puzzle adventures that I liked. Haunting Ground has great atmosphere, wonderfully forboding visuals and eerie audio. Using the dog to solve missions is neat, and those disturbingly persistent enemies are memorable.
  8. The Mai (lineswoman) and Dhalsim (exercise) edits are two of the best, because they're not taking the straightforward approach to the pictures, but take a clever bent instead.
  9. As I've emphasised a few times, my proposal is that the games are longform as usual... except with the addition of an optional short play mode. Given that, I would happily pay full price for that.
  10. Yes, there'll always be mouthy tossers who'll not be bothered to properly read the content of an opening post.
  11. Saying something like "play it in short chunks over months, instead of long blocks over a few days" is missing the point.
  12. Exactly, and I've not even got kids yet! If the provision of the OPTION of a 'condensed playmode' was widely provided, I can only see upsides for all player types.
  13. Well really I mean to say that I would love for PS3/X360/Wii games to have the option of 2-hour short versions of 16-hour story campaigns. If you choose the short option, the cutscenes would be similarly terse. As much as I still love videogames, my free time into my thirties is getting increasingly limited. If I was a kid again, I'd have no qualms about ploughing 63 hours into a game. But now I'd love to see a persistent trend of developers putting in the option to play the game in a short-form edition. 2 or 3 hours for the campaign mode... and more 'exhibition/arcade' modes in genres where that is not usually provided. (A real draw for me these days are action games on the C64/Mame/Speccy et al, mostly because the games are, for the most part, still 'hardcore' without being long. If that mix could be replicated on current gen systems, I'd be well pleased.) Of course the regular longform playmode would remain too (lest time-rich teens and more committed players fear losing the typical 22+ hour playthrough experience, or those who place a premium on duration when it comes to value for money). .-.-.-..-.-.-. .-.-.-..-.-.-. TLDR? Too long, I'll probably not play or complete. Gimme the short option.
  14. Sorry, but could you give a sentence for each, as to what makes them worthwhile/unique? Thanks.
  15. What books on computer games are worth a read? More generally, what makes a good book in that field? I've seen some that are mostly glossy photographs of coin-ops with virtually no text to describe the games in question. Then, for such a visual medium as video games, there are other books that are pages upon pages of verbosity with not even a few centre inset picture pages to match the described games. I'm not a fan of 'list' books if there's not even a small bit of opinion or description to go with the entries. A better approach is to focus on a few games in detail. To start: Racing The Beam http://www.amazon.co.uk/Racing-Beam-Computer-Platform-Studies/dp/026201257X/ref=pd_sim_b_9 This book focuses on the creation of the Atari 2600 (aka. VCS) and some of its hit games. You quickly get the impression that the authors truly know the tech behind the console, and they clearly impress on the reader the programming expertise behind games such as Pitfall and Adventure. Don't worry - it's not an egghead book dissecting reams of assembly code, but it does do real justice to the few games highlighted by it! Racing The Beam is an easy read, and is not over-long. Recommended if you're interested in videogame history, and want to appreciate the craft and challenges in their creation.
  16. That would explain why Elite loads in just 10 seconds or so! Mind you the only comparable experience with an 8bit machines disc drive is the old Commodore 1541. Slow as sludge! A standard BBC Micro disc drive is just as fast. The rare Torch Z80 second processor system is a red herring. The C64 1541 is just a really slow abomination, despite its RAM and fully-fledged CPU under the drive casing.
  17. Thanks. I'll have to pass on this, so.
  18. Does the "Complete Edition" contain integrated on-disc extra missions, or is it a 'free codes' DLC redemption type thing? My PSThrizzle is non-networked, so it would be useful to know, thanks.
  19. 01 - Roxy Music - Avalon 02 - The Replacements - Let It Be 03 - The Replacements - Tim 04 - Roxy Music - Flesh And Blood 05 - Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love 06 - Bryan Ferry - Boys And Girls 07 - The Replacements - Don't Tell A Soul 08 - The Replacements - Pleased To Meet Me 09 - Bryan Ferry - Bete Noire 10 - Clannad - Legend 11 - Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen 12 - The Dentists - Some People Are On The Pitch They Think It's All Over It Is Now 13 - Kraftwerk - Computer World 14 - Kate Bush - The Sensual World 15 - Nirvana - Bleach 16 - Sparks - Angst In My Pants 17 - Kid Creole And The Coconuts - Tropical Gangsters 18 - The Go Gos - Talk Show 19 - Stevie Nicks - Rock A Little 20 - Ozzy Osbourne - Bark At The Moon
  20. I use it too, and I agree on the 'cool secondary feature' point. It was one of the peripheral features trumpeted by Sony that helped swing me into getting a PSTrizzle. Carpet well and truly pulled from under now...
  21. Anyone have an idea what content Sony is censoring from the PS3 release of TLATD + TBOGT ?
  22. C Nut!

    God of War 3

    What is the likelihood of the remastered GoW1 + 2 disc being released on its own in Europe? (I don't want the ridiculous packaging overkill that comes with the GoW3 Ultimate Trilogy box.)
  23. C Nut!

    Portal 2

    Not on the psthrizzle. Dang it, Bobby.
  24. It was passable fare. The best thing about it is the soundtrack.
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