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  1. Treble

    Mortal Engines (2018)

    Well, he is a visual effects concept designer. Certainly doesn't seem like he's a director...
  2. Treble

    Mortal Engines (2018)

    But he didn't direct this film. The marketing's pretty misleading, he's just producer. It's directed by this bloke, who'll be familiar to any LOTR fans. Possibly not the kind of project to cut your teeth on though, eh?
  3. It definitely suits save states! At least, until you've got the measure of the levels. The Switch release has infinite lives, I think? In a separate option to the arcade option.
  4. Let's all bow our heads in respect for the premier horizontal shooter series of all time... R-Type, motherlover! I can't remember the exact first time I came across Irem's biomechanical gem, but it was in the arcade. What I couldn't quite fathom was why anyone would create a game this difficult. But it was so exciting, so beautiful, that I had to keep playing. Well, until I ran out of cash, which did NOT take long. I drifted away from it in the arcade, but got back into it when the PC Engine version was released. Which was ironic, as I didn't own one. So I played on my mate's Master Systrem copy instead, and over time I started to learn the patterns and how to use the Force properly, and reaching the heady heights of levels 2 and 3 became a possibility. These were the AAA releases of their day, and the level of sophistication and balance in the game is just astounding. Each weapon operates very differently from the others, and also whether fired when the force is attached or detached. You can position the Force in three ways - attached, detached and 'lasso' (I just made that up) where you call the Force back but don't let it attach. The constant motion as it tracks around your ship is used as a mix of offence and defence. I started the thread now as R-Type Dimensions EX has just been released on Switch, and can be gotten pretty cheap. Buy it and be reminded why we need more horis on our lives! What are you memories of the RT games?
  5. I find the form factor for that incredibly offputting, i'm afraid. The best designs for handhelds are either hands at the side or clamshell. The old Game Boy design is the most dated and restrictive because there's no way to have shoulder buttons. The modular idea is a good one, but they've really designed themselves into a corner trying to chase the retro market, I think.
  6. Treble

    Recommend Me An Emulation Box

    If any of you fancy leaping into the cheap PC end of the emulation pool, there's a guy doing desktops for £25 delivered: Gigabyte G31M-ES2L Motherboard Intel Core 2 Duo E5400 2M, 2.70 GHz Seagate 500GB SATA Hard Drive 4GB Crucial DDR2 Memory Samsung DVD±RW (±R DL) Item will be supplied with a fully licensed clean installation of Windows 7 Pro More identical desktop PCs available upon request That's cracking, and will do you up to and including gen 5, no bother. I'd look to throw a later cpu in when you can. For my cheapo build, I have a decent Gigabyte mobo like this has and have slung in a Core 2 Quad q9400 that's an absolute beast for the money. Cost me £14.50
  7. Treble

    Recommend Me An Emulation Box

    Having a quick look, there's a couple of recommendations for AnyToiso. Downside is, that's paid software. You may be better off cutting the Gordian knot and either downloading the ISOs pre-made, or installing Boot Camp and a copy of Windows. Worst comes to the worst, send them to me and I'll do it for you
  8. Treble

    What game is the most FUN?

    It's a game with an arcade sensibility, for sure. There's too many to count, but Ridge Racer and the 2D Street Fighter games are unadulterated joy. And with the latter, you can chuckle at beating your friends to a pulp, too! My favourites of this year are instant fun: Battle Princess Madelyn, Infinos Gaiden, Tetris Effect, the new Wonder Boy game - they're great and a reassurance that instajoy hasn't gone from gaming
  9. I'm a bit baffled why the reactions are so negative... Gunn makes pretty dark stuff outside of GotG. Villains don't normally get the spotlight, particularly with powers equal to Supes's. The combo could make for something pretty gruesome. I'd be up for that.
  10. Treble

    Recommend Me An Emulation Box

    That is good, @Dudley, for an all-in-one solution at a decent price.
  11. Is it just advertising something Capcom themselves run? Or are they opening their bums doors to big corporations?
  12. Treble

    Recommend Me An Emulation Box

    It's fantastic whenever people get into emulation. There's so much to explore; so much history. Whatever you do it on is great, but there's a reason the PC is the ultimate emulation machine, and it's not just about grunt. The three big things are: Compatibility. The widest range of emulators are available on Windows. Controllers. From cheap joysticks, to out of the box Xbox and DS4 support, to esoteric paddles, to wiimotes, to the Steel Battalion controller, you can make anything work on PC, mostly with very little effort Steam, GOG etc. Emulating the sixth gen machines and higher can be a challenge, even with powerful hardware. You're getting a machine to imitate a machine whilst still going its regular machine business, after all! With Steam, not only can you get thousands of older games for free or pennies, but later non-exclusives too, that just wouldn't fly using emus. On my uber-cheap rig (see below) I've got these - plus others - running at at least 30fps: Tomb Raider (reboot) Alien Isolation MGSV: The Phantom Pain Cuphead So you're probably wondering how much you have to spend, right? Well, you can do it with around £80 or less, depending how you get on with the cost of the initial PC. 1. You should be looking to spend around £30 for a PC with Windows 7. Make sure it has the OS installed on an HDD, not just the CoA. Be patient and you will see them crop up. You should be able to get a Core 2 Duo or i3 build for that. Private sellers are often really good for bargains, but resellers/bulk sellers often have well-maintained machines that were office-based. These are good as they tend to be built to last and are small - Dell and HP desktop units particularly. Example: if you can get to Manchester, you could have this 4GB/500GB/Core 2 Duo Win7 machine for £25 2. Obviously a Core 2 Duo is going to need all the help it can get, so buy an SSD, small and cheap, and Ghost the operating system onto it. You can now get a 120GB SSD for under £20! 3. The final necessity is a graphics card. I went for a GTX750 from Aliexpress for £32. Two very cool things about this, other than the extremely low price: it's easily overclockable to be as good as the 750ti, but about £10-15 cheaper, and it's very low power draw. So even some low wattage PSU that comes in an office PC will run it. It doesn't even need a power cable, just draws all it needs from the PCIExpress socket! So that total spend would be about £76, which is not much more than a Raspberry Pi with an 120GB Micro SD card, case and PSU, but - like my machine - can run: ReDream @60fps. Tested with Cannon Spike, Crazy Taxi, Sturmwind, Border Down, Jet Set Radio, Power Stone 2 and several more PCSX2 @30-60fps. Tested with Gradius V, ZOE2, Virtual On Marz and lots more Dolphin @30-60fps. Tested with Super Mario Galaxy 2, Umbrella Chronicles ...and the Steam games mentioned above. If you want any advice on the graphics card overclocking I did, or how to create a ghost of your OS so you can move it to a different drive, hit me up. I'm still dying to make a Youtube video on how cheaply you can play all this wonderful stuff, but time is always against me! Graaagh!
  13. I like the PSP one too It is brutal though. BPM (hah!) is hard, but not eye-watering.
  14. Definitely not in Arcade mode. I've got towards the arse end of level two, and it's three lives where you respawn roughly where you died. When the lives are exhausted, you continue automatically from the start of the level. There's no restarting from that level after you quit, though, and no saves: you're restarting from level one each time. Who knows, you might be able to unlock a level select (or a cheat discovered) but for now it's a straight up arcade experience. I like it so far. The levels are good, and each is about the same size as a Super GnG level. It's much more about plotting a route than dealing with billions of baddies. They still spawn regularly, but not underneath you (!) and not as frequently. Because the levels are large, especially vertically (partly because of 16:9 creating more real estate) a fall can be a pain in the arse - you can plummet several screens deep. That's a bit of a ballache. But yeah, so far it's a cracking clone that may end up standing alongside the originals. And it's already better than the merciless, pitiless PSP game

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