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  1. bum

    I'm playing old racers.

    Here's my most recent racer. Game Boy F1 Race This is one of the earliest racers on the system. It's one of a few games that use the four-player adapter (Super RC Pro Am and Faceball are two others I can think of). It's a racer with a pole position view, and billboards along the sides of the road, so if you overdo a turn, you'll crash, costing you a couple of seconds. There are three modes - Grand Prix, Time Trial and Championship. Championship pits you against three other racers, be they human or AI. Grand Prix is very challenging. In just two laps you have to fight your way to the front and cross the line first. The bad news is thst you start from the back, which is a real bummer at the Japan track (the only track which really resembles its real-life version at Suzuka), since you start the just at the entrance to a chicane. Choice of car is an essential factor - one has higher jet (nitrous) top speed and the other has a higher non-jet top speed. Once the jet is gone, your car can't hold off the AI card for long if you went with the former. There's some sense of speed, but it's not too fast to be impossible to play in the way that Super Monaco on the Game Gear was. The cars look a bit rubbish, but there are some nice country-specific backgrounds in the distance. I loved the delighted jumping around after you win a race. Engine noises are like an angry bluebottle and jet is like a travel hair-dryer gone beserk. As with a lot of Game Boy games, some of the tunes are quite memorable. It's not a patch on Super RC Pro Am, but on a system that wasn't good for racing games, it's worth a look.
  2. bum

    I'm playing old racers.

    I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. I played it mainly on a portable SNES. Maybe it plays better on the TV.
  3. bum

    Declining Sales. WTF Is Going On?

    For me the fact that the old one becomes worthless and something you'll never want to play again is all the more reason to go physical and flog it. I doubt many people consider damaging the disk as a factor nowadays.
  4. bum

    Declining Sales. WTF Is Going On?

    This is particularly true if you're buying yearly sports games. I can understand buying Breath of the Wild digitally or, to choose a largely multi-player game, Mario Kart 8, as that won't get a sequel any time soon, but it surprises me that people buy Fifa et al digitally.
  5. bum

    Nintendo Switch

    If anyone is after a turn-based strategy, Robot Wars is great fun.
  6. bum

    Your views on collecting

    I'd never try to collect every game ever released for a particular console. I collect for a few series, such as: Kirby Mario Gameboy /Advance Wars I also collect a few themes, such as: Airport-related games Food and restaurant-related games Games related to the legal profession I also find it hard to resist an old racing game.
  7. bum

    F1 2019

    I hate the Monaco GP. Boring as hell to watch the real thing and frustrating to play. It's the only one I don't enjoy in F1 2017.
  8. bum

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Kompany has left City for Anderlecht, as player-manager. Hope he succeeds. He always seemed like a gent - rather rare in the game these days.
  9. How are the sequels to this game? Land of Illusion and Legend of Illusion? If anyone has played them, I would be interested in your comments.
  10. bum

    Nintendo Switch

    I've snapped up Super Robot Wars. Only tried these games years ago on the GBA, but didn't get very far. Anyone played the Switch one?
  11. Put a Batman mission, where he comes after you in the Batmobile and you have to evade him, into GTA5. Give the option of a racing line in Burnout Paradise. I keep going off course and ruining my race without it. Put an "endless" mode on all Air Traffic Controller games.
  12. It looks utterly brilliant. Day one. Can't wait.
  13. Tried again tonight but kept arsing up the forest level. It's definitely the trickiest of the opening three. Those platforms with snakes on them, and a fall to your death if you mess them up are devilishly difficult if you don't have a missile to throw at the snake. There's barely a mm either side of space. Mario's moving platforms are much easier. Still loving the animation of Mickey, and that's quite a compliment, as I loathe all things Mickey Mouse. Anyone else seeing the similarity with Ducktails?
  14. bum

    Are cutscenes necessary?

    The Yakuza series has absolutely incredible cut scenes. I think my favourite is the ramen shop massacre that Saejima carries out in Yakuza 4. Most games, though, I lose interest, unless it's a Star Wars game. I enjoyed the cut scenes in Battlefront 2.
  15. bum

    Football Thread 2018/19

    I can see why your wife went off the idea of having sex with you.
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