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Everything posted by Bobfoc

  1. I only played No Mercy years after it was released and thought it was quite good, but I'd probably prefer it if I'd played it back in the day. I was playing Smackdown then, and I really liked Smackdown 2. I don't imagine many people playing it for the first time now would be all that enthusiastic, but it's one that's stuck in the memory for me. I actually thought the Smackdown series was consistently good until a few years ago. I even had a lot of fun with Just Bring It.
  2. I think everyone except Jon Connington did.
  3. I'm still OK with the gameplay in Vice City, especially on PC. What kills it for me, though, is the lack of checkpoints, a problem that harms all GTA games of that era. Failing a mission because your AI companion runs into oncoming traffic, and then having to drive across the city just to restart the whole mission, was infuriating then and is infuriating now.
  4. In my opinion, Rare's best ever game isn't Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Banjo-Kazooie, Killer Instinct or Donkey Kong Country. It's Viva Pinata.
  5. That's true, but I think it's a decisive factor. I'm not saying the N64 had no positive qualities, but the Playstation had a huge advantage when it came to third-party support. If Nintendo had opted for disc-based games, things could have been very different.
  6. I hate to see this sort of thing going on. Having seen my own favourite club coming close to extinction more than once, I know it has to be hard for the Coventry fans. On the other hand, if Coventry are expelled from the Football League, does that mean that there's only one team relegated from League Two? Things are starting to look up...
  7. Besides the Virtual Boy, I think the Nintendo 64 was Nintendo's worst system. I've never liked the controller, the cartridges made multiplatform development a nightmare and the Playstation had a far greater quantity of good games. It wasn't awful by any means, but it's aged poorly. I'm also influenced by someone I knew at school who used to rant on and on about how the N64 was a god-like machine while every single game on the Playstation was tripe only used by only people who weren't clever enough to play Nintendo games.
  8. On the plus side, Doug Bowser seems to be a keen gamer and Nintendo fan, so I'm not worried about Nintendo of America changing dramatically. It won't be like Don Mattrick at Microsoft.
  9. I've always liked Reggie, so this is sad news. I can only hope that his successor is as personable and enthusiastic. Here's a picture that's both uplifting and sad at the same time:
  10. Isn't the dagger Arya now uses Valyrian steel?
  11. I didn't realise that was happening. I may be tempted to pick up the Switch version once the whole package is available.
  12. Joking aside, he's backed Neal Ardley in the transfer window, despite putting the club up for sale. He's been happy to let Ardley bring in the types of players that suit his tactical style and who'll battle hard in a relegation fight. He's incapable of using Twitter responsibly and clearly has some issues in his personal life, but he's got the interests of the club at heart.
  13. Great day today. Notts were all over Mansfield and got the win, putting them just two points from safety. That's seven points from nine against the teams placed first, second and fourth in the league over the last couple of weeks. Fantastic.
  14. I've only played part of Yakuza 0, but I'm inclined to agree. With so many open world games opting for vast expanses of empty space, it's really refreshing to play a game that packs so much into a relatively small geographical area. If I think about my favourite game locations, I'm thinking of Shadow Moses from Metal Gear Solid, the region of Yokosuka from Shenmue and the police station from Resident Evil 2. They're all fairly small settings that become increasingly familiar as you continue playing. Contrast that with the sprawling mass of nothingness you get in games like Far Cry, which are so much less memorable.
  15. I think one of my biggest problems with piracy is that it punishes the wrong people. By and large, it's the publishers who dictate whether or not a game includes the kind of anti-consumer features that drive people to pirate games. By choosing to play the game illegally, chances are that the higher-ups will leave more or less untouched and the developer will be more likely to have to get rid of innocent staff members to account for what publishers deem to be disappointing sales figures.
  16. Flower is now available on PC. It's a nice, relaxing experience that is worth a look.
  17. If you buy games on Steam, you have a two-hour play time window to request a refund if you don't like it. That's a demo of sorts.
  18. I thought it was created to remind us that Jerome Flynn existed.
  19. Give me crazy nonsense in a WWE game over a repetitive, directionless career mode any day.
  20. Final Fantasy IX is £16.99 on Switch. I know it's a long game, but that's taking a not insignificant amount of piss.
  21. I think it's just a "last person standing" game where you only focus on your own performance.
  22. My problem with panel shows is that there are a lot of good concepts, but I find that the guests aren't to my taste more often than not. Hypothetical sounds like an interesting idea, but I find Widdicombe and particularly Acaster more annoying than funny, so it's probably not for me. Really, there are only a select few stand-up comedians who do anything for me right now. Reginald D Hunter is someone whose appearances on panel shows I relish, as is David Mitchell, although he's more of a comic actor/writer than a stand-up. By and large, I think it's the non-comedians who entertain me most, with Richard Osman and Victoria Coren-Mitchell always delivering. A small number of performers, particularly Russell Howard and Sarah Millican, I'll actively avoid.
  23. Lots of interesting under-the-radar stuff there. I thought it was a good showcase.
  24. This looks as though it could be a good starting point for the Fire Emblem series. I've been looking to get into it for a while. Link's Awakening has been given the Trumpton remake treatment.
  25. Super Mario Maker 2 is coming in June.

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