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  2. What Have You Bought?

    Bought myself a new lens and strap for my camera. Peak Design strap and a Viltrox 23mm f.14 lens. I don't like the strap that came with my Fuji so it'll be nice to have something that can come off quickly and I've wanted a nicer lens for a while now.
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  4. Two similar but surprisingly different games 32. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 Original Platform: PC/360/PS3 Version played: 360 Where to get, Steam, Xbox Store, PS3 store. I was originally going to do Sonic 4 as a single game, but after playing through Episode 1 and Episode 2, it’s evident that they’re completely different games so I’ve decided to give them separate slots. The “Episode” part of this is a complete lie, it seems. Also a complete lie is the “Sonic the Hedgehog 4” name it has been given. It’s nothing like a sequel to the original games in any way. The best way I can justify the name is that it’s a new take on the Game Gear “Sonic the Hedgehog 4”, aka Sonic Blast, which seems apt due to the more maze-like levels and the “Donkey Kong Country” style graphics, where Sonic’s sprite is based on a 3D model. It kind of looks similar to the Sonic Blast one, too. The other parts of the game take on different styles. The levels look like they’re 2D textures with some shading added in photoshop to make it “look” 3D. The backgrounds are sometimes layers of 2D, but other times are fully 3D. Dr Robotnic has a cel shaded style and stands out. There’s no consistency to the graphical style at all. Also like Sonic Blast is how slow it takes Sonic to get moving. Moving from a standstill is so slow it’s agonising. Especially when you’re trying to move Sonic away from an obstacle. There’s something off about the way he moves and jumps as well. It’s not nice to play. Sonic Blast 2 (the name I’ve given this game) also features the homing attack from the 3D games, but unlike some of those, it also kills Sonic’s momentum, so you have to start moving from a standstill again. Even when you have the Power Sneakers, Sonic still feels slow. The levels are a rehash of previous levels: Green Hill, Casino Night, Labyrinth and Scrap Brain. They have different names in Sonic Blast 2, but they don’t feel different (although Scrap Brain has elements from a Sonic 2 level). There’s three acts for each zone and two of these are all incredibly dull, just retreading old ground. The second act of each stage does try something new. The second act of Casino Night introduces a cannon mechanic, where you have to aim and fire Sonic. Aiming is very slow and it’s not smooth or fun at all. Labyrinth zone act 2 is dark and Sonic has a torch, lighting other torches (sometimes activating switches) and setting off TNT. With a better level design and physics, this level could actually be really good. The bosses are mostly the same as the original bosses, with a brief second stage. Even the final boss is just the final boss from Sonic 2, and you have to fight all the previous bosses again to reach it. Sonic Blast 2 is a poor rehash of Sonic 1 & 2, with bad graphics and wonky physics. It’s a very poor Sonic game. 33. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 Original Platform: PC/360/PS3 Version played: 360 Where to get, Steam, Xbox Store, PS3 store. This shouldn’t be called Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2, but for different reasons: it’s actually a good game. I’m going to call this one “Sonic & Tails”, as it revolves heavily on using Tails’ abilities to navigate the levels. The graphics in Sonic & Tails are much more consistent, using 3D models for everything, and the consistent style not only works well, but also looks amazing, with beautiful backgrounds and scenery, and some surprisingly nice lighting effects. Physics also feel much better, with Sonic actually moving at a fun speed and jumping is precise, it never felt like a death was due to the game being at fault. The levels are technically remixes, but they remix multiple stages together in a way where they feel like new stages instead of re-hashed content. The level gimmicks are also fluid and keep up the flow of the gameplay. There are only four (and a bit) zones, so it’s quite short, but each has three acts and a boss, and each act feels very different. I especially loved the rollercoaster level. Tails follows you along this time, and seems to have some level of AI as he’ll occasionally grab a few rings for you or navigate platforms. Together, Sonic and Tails have two abilities: flying and a rolling attack. Flying seems to be limited to a certain height of where you start, and can be used for shortcuts or is needed to navigate some sections. Rolling is very fast, and allows for digging through some sections. Both are fun to use, although the game hand-holds them a bit as a screen is in the background showing you which ability to use. It’s a shame there’s no way to turn these off. The bosses are also all new, with some fun fights (although some do last quite a while). The first boss actually mocks Sonic Blast 2 by setting up a stage from an old boss fight before smashing it up. If you skipped this because of Episode 1, it’s worth giving it a go. Sonic & Tails is a fun, albeit short, Sonic game.
  5. Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

    I can see how somebody could argue otherwise, Flo Jo's still unbeaten records from the 1988 Olympics, Bolt's WR double in 2009, Van Niekerk breaking Michael Johnson's 400m record in Rio and David Rudisha storming to 800m glory in 2012 are just a few of the iconic moments in track history but for me Karsten Warholm's feat this morning surpasses them all. I've watched athletics avidly since childhood and on so many levels that race was remarkable, Warholm smashed the WR (with 45.94) but he was pushed all the way by Benjamin (46.17), the top two were both half a second inside Warholm's previous WR of 46.70 and dos Santos in third ran 46.72 - to get it so right in such a technical event, under all that pressure, in an Olympic final I just don't see how anyone can deny what a remarkable feat it was.
  6. Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

    You really think that it is inarguably the most impressive performance of all time, or are you just being hyperbolic? I mean, if you really think that nobody is going to argue with that statement, it must be your first day on the internet.
  7. Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

    Keeley Hodgkinson smashed the British record to take silver in the 800m - another fantastic race and GB finally get an athletics medal to give the team a confidence boost. Can't look past the 400m hurdles final though, I woke up early to watch it and it didn't disappoint, the medalists all going below 47 seconds with Karsten Warholm absolutely demolishing his WR by 3/4 of a second, utterly ridiculous - unequivocally the most impressive athletics performance of all time. Plenty more medals for GB overnight and this morning, kind of disappointed we couldn't get a gold in the track cycling today but the Danes and the Germans were dominant - it would have taken a lot to beat either of them.
  8. You old grump. Tugs flopped and Thomas the Tank is still going (?) so...?
  9. ..and who am I blaming for Spirit Tracks
  10. Well, you only have yourself to blame for not nominating it yourself.
  11. Not really feeling the magic: xy/xx with these nominations.
  12. Tetris 99 -- Available Today

    In Europe, this sky-high grand prix will be: From 06/08 (Fri) 9:00 CEST Until 10/08 (Tues) 8:59 CEST
  13. I was kind of hesitant if I should do a fixed poll or keep it open for politics, but let's see how this goes. In case of a draw we can always do a second vote between the winners. To be honest I would have picked Phantom Hourglass over Spirit Tracks as well (because it is less fresh in my memory, and it is the first Zelda DS game so the order would be more correct), but because @Jonnas preferred ST I went for that one. It's an interesting list, that's for sure! I don't know yet who will get my vote, as a couple of games would be fun to revisit. I'll... think about it a bit longer.
  14. Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) - 8th October 2021

    A couple of Dutch outlets had a hands-on session and they put some previews up online. They all kind of noted the same things: The colours of the OLED are a lot more vibrant than those of the original Switch. Higher contrast and colourful games like Mario Kart really pop. The screen can go a bit darker than the OG Switch, but also a bit brighter. If this is enough to make it playable outside can't be said. Viewing angles from the side are also a lot better, so if you look at it from an angle visibility is better. Useful in tabletop mode. The device looks a lot more modern thanks to the bezel-less design. The extra 0,7 inch is very noticeable. And although pixels are a bit more visible, it isn't disturbing. Speaker upgrade was not very noticeable during the hands-on for some, others thought it was a decent improvement. Kickstand is a big improvement. Much more stable, and the Switch can be set in any position from almost flat to almost upright. Buttons are different, the cartridge slot is a bit more difficult to open.
  15. WarioWare Gold ( 3DS 27th July 2018)

    Chiming in to say that Split Screen is the best thing about this game. So simple, yet so effective!
  16. I never thought I'd find someone who would put Phantom Hourglass over Spirit Tracks! Timed Stealth Sections that you have to repeat five times is the main reason I never want to play it again. At least Spirit Tracks lets you use Zelda to make the stealth easier. And no repeating sections to boot. Oh, and Zelda still cracks me up in this game. Let's face it, Spirit Tracks started the trend of more interesting Zeldas.
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  18. Tetris 99 -- Available Today

    Skyward Sword theme
  19. Yesterday
  20. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

    Just bought a copy of this for £38.24, there is an eBay code valid at the moment... 'HAVE15' Gets you 15% off with selected sellers, Boss Deals is one of the sellers, they did have around 2,500 copies of this game, there are now around half that still available. There are other games etc you could use the code on, but being that Nintendo games tend to stay at £45, saving nearly £7 on a Zelda title seems like a reasonably good deal. I wasn't going to buy it this soon, but I saw someone playing it on a stream, the first time I'd seen any non-official footage of it, it certainly looks decent in HD.
  21. What Have You Bought?

    All the Anime Summer sale mystery boxes. 10 anime blurays I'll probably stick on a shelf and never even watch. But i need to have them!
  22. Oh so that's what we're calling it.
  23. Reggie Is Retiring

    The book will be out on May 24th 2022 and can be pre-ordered at amazon.co.uk. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disrupting-Game-Bronx-Top-Nintendo/dp/1400226678
  24. Thanks a lot for opening and thanks for boxing her in until I got up there. Got the Leo DIY and checked your shop before leaving.
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