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  1. Strangelite

    The first one is still the best one

    Elite I've finally thought of one! - Elite, never been bettered by any of the sequels etc. (and don't be giving me Elite dangerous..)
  2. I use boomerang game rental, they're top tier £15.99 a month one is pretty decent. (two games, unlimited swapping for a month) - they do lots of decent customer support things too, like giving you free game rentals if someone goes wrong etc.. I really recommend them (and I'm not associated with them in any way! Don't want to sound like a walking advert)
  3. RDR2 is a great example, I played it solidly for two weeks after I got it on a day-one rental, nothing got close to my console for those weeks. I was a bit obsessed, but as soon as I finished the story, I noticed a couple of games of Fifa creeping in, and then a game of something else, and then it was a chore to even consider booting the game up as there was only a couple of challenges and meaningless side missions to take on.. So back in the envelope it went, all in all it cost me about £7 quid for RDR2's charm to wear off completely. I look at the people who pre-order the deluxe digital edition for 80 odd quid and think Also, if there's a game i simply must have day 1, I tend to buy it from a shop and e-bay it afterwards... which is a more expensive form of rental i guess.
  4. This is why I rent games nowadays. It kind of forces me into being absolutely bearish towards most games if I'm "not enjoying them" - it just becomes the huge determining factor of whether I keep them on rental or not (basically, I think "if i keep this game for 2 months, I could have bought it with the rental cost = i.e. £30") - which makes me very clear as to whether I'm genuinely enjoying the experience. I get to play basically everything as it comes out, and find that some games linger around longer than others. There's been occasions where I've re-rented a game to make sure based on what a forum or a reviewer says about it ("Maybe I didn't give it enough time?") - but on the whole it's made me trust my own instincts on what i enjoy or won't enjoy a lot more. So whilst the entire internet is screaming about how great Sekiro is, I'm currently (very happily) playing Far Cry New Dawn and blasting through it, knowing I'll chuck it back in the post in a matter of days after I've finished it... I'll no doubt get round to Sekiro at some point in the future, but that "must have it day 1" feeling has completely gone now. Games aren't for life for me any more, it's massively great not having tonnes of bluray boxes piling up and staring at me making me feel guilty. I've also saved a shit-tonne of cash, (£6,000~ last count) - this is mostly why i fear our digitial-only future... I'll most probably quit games by that point anyway, so.. Edit: To answer the question, Far Cry New Dawn: it's the same game as all the others, very true, and the bad-ass'ness is boring to an extreme, but my god Far Cry games handle well, and it's a lot more _fun_ than the others. Just feels great and doesn't take itself too seriously. So I'd recommend it if you've not played a Far Cry for the last 3 or 4 games.
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    Shenmue III - PS4/PC | 2019

    As long as he says "hey, there's a job listing for a forklift driver over there" and isn't forced into a mind-numbing "Hey i've got at least 7 days worth of experience" tutorial, it's alright.. kind of makes sense he's sticking to what he knows.. but yeah.. fan service a go go..
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    Stunt Car Racer

    I spent a tonne of time playing it (obviously) and trying to sorta-recreate it, I was trying to be 'inspired by' rather than replicating it like a remake - one of the big things I figured I was missing was the 'spring' noise when you do throw it into a corner, like the spring of the suspension bottoming out. That was a really good sound effect. And the whine of the engine when you became airborne... Sound was a huge part of that game's feeling I reckon. I've decided to definitely try and reincarnate the project, I'll probably start from scratch though...
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    Stunt Car Racer

    Yeah absolutely, that's what makes it so difficult to guess - i highly doubt it's attempting anything like "real" physics that most engines give you for free. it's all just a simplified approximation I reckon
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    Stunt Car Racer

    It's not sadly... I lost my hard disk and lost everything, I have bits of that project left on my Dropbox.. and I've been very tempted to restart it, but I just don't get the time nowadays In a spare lunch hour a while ago, I wrote a much better car handling/physics model that I was pretty pleased with, I might try and dig it out... The newer versions of Unity would make a huge improvement nowadays.. I read an interview with Geoff Crammond years ago, and he was saying SCR was all about "getting to the right speed before a corner or jump and not really worrying about the cornering" - which .. ridiculously, is very hard to mimic nowadays... (I did much more than this video btw) https://www.moddb.com/games/stuntcaronline/videos https://www.moddb.com/games/stuntcaronline/images
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    Examples of reviewers/adverts etc caught lying

    Oh jesus, it was called Freak Out in the UK, and it's easily the worst pile of crap I've ever bought in my life. Awful, I bought a PlayStation 2 for that game... (well, I bought a PS2 and that was the first game I got with the hardware) - what an introduction... woeful.
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    Desert island discs - One game per system

    Specifically targeting "stuff that's still fun now" + replay-ability. Spectrum - Target Renegade Master System - Wonderboy NES - Duck Hunt Megadrive - Mega Lo Mania MegaCD: Shining Force CD SNES - Zelda LttP Amiga - Sensible World of Soccer 3DO - Need for Speed PS1 - Ridge Racer Saturn - Shining the Holy Ark N64 - Goldeneye PC - Open Roller Coaster Tycoon Dreamcast - Rez PS2 - San Andreas Xbox - Project Gotham 2 Gamecube - Resident Evil 4 PS3 - Red Dead Redemption 360 - Elder Scrolls Oblivion Wii - Wii Sports PS4 - Witcher 3 XBOXONEX - Forza 7 PSVR: Gran Turismo Sport Gameboy - Tetris GameGear: Columns GBA: Fire Emblem Switch: Into the Breach
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    Examples of reviewers/adverts etc caught lying

    To be completely fair to Killzone, Motorstorm and Call of Duty, they aren't deliberately misleading, just being "economical with the truth". there's nothing stating it's in game, (which would be misleading). Simply letting the viewer draw their own conclusions about an "aspirational" trailer. Even phases such as "Rendered on PlayStation 3 hardware" isn't misleading.. it can be rendered at 1 frame an hour, and be technically correct.
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    Examples of reviewers/adverts etc caught lying

    This advert was banned also, (I was one of the people who complained to the ASA, nerd fans!) Missing: "Not in game footage" tag In game
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    Abandoned Games (2019)

    Ugh god, I absolutely hated the last guardian. After the initial "oh bloody hell, look at that" of the big birdycat thing, the controls. oh god the controls the 1990's rang and want their 3d adventure platformer mechanics back
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    Abandoned Games (2019)

    Regarding Forza Horizon (4) but most of them, I can't quite nail what it is, but it does and will always feel inferior to Test Drive Unlimited (and it's sequel to me) - there was just something about that game that was ... well, yeah, I can't quite nail it. I think it's they've nailed the idea of going to physically own a car, by buying it in a store. It not all being about racing, just cruising around was so satisfying, the driving model was sufficiently weird enough to make every car feel different, even if it wasn't the most realistic thing ever. I dunno, it had an enormous amount of charm that I think was closer to my ideal open world racing game... (Being able to move the windows up and down.. why?? why?!)... Forza, even though massively more polished feels a bit soul-less. Like they don't really get the idea of super car ownership and how every car is unique and special to it's owner.
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