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  1. Your Gaming Diary 2022

    Overboard! (Mobile) A wonderfully written choose your own adventure story, by the same developers as 80 Days. I used to really enjoy choose your own adventure books, and the clever twist of this mystery is that you already know you’re the culprit and you’re trying to work out how to get away with it (a “youdunnit” if you will… see what I did there!). It initially got found out on my first few playthroughs, but as it should be, I could use the experience and things I learned to try different narrative choices, or visit areas in a different order, to eventually succeed. Or kind of anyway. Turns out there are a variety of endings, and the game does give new objectives, usually ones I hadn’t realised were even possible, and I did play it longer than intended to try and find these additional endings and the fun writing they usually lead to. Overall, it may have only been a few hours in total, and I did give up finding all the endings in the end (I found enough), but i enjoyed this.
  2. Pocket Card Jockey (eShop)

    Fantastic! Exciting to know they haven’t given up on the series. With how fast you need to move cards to do well in the later races it’ll be much tougher when not using touch controls.
  3. From the first few seconds of the “Mario, Mario” chanting reminiscent of the original Super Mario Bros 3 commercial I was won over by the various nods and Easter Eggs contained in this trailer. Looking forward to reading up on the huge number I will have missed. Overall impressions from me are positive again from this. Whether you like their films or not, this has struck me as very much an Illumination movie.
  4. Wii U 10 Year Anniversary

    I always found the Wii U a mixed bag and a real tease. It constantly gave with one hand while taking away with the other. I remember holding the gamepad and thinking it felt big, but that I could get used to it (which I did). I was excited that it had a touch screen, but then was quickly concerned that it felt similar to the DS, in that the touch aspect felt a little less responsive then an iPad and that it didn’t like multi-touch. With the touch screens on the iPad quickly improving, I wasn’t sure how well it would last over the next potential 5 years. It felt it had lots of tech demoes ideas, but sadly never really transitioned into games (e.g., it had some video demoes where you’d follow a set path on the TV, but you could look around you on the gamepad screen, but then nothing was ever really done with the idea). Some great first-party games, but little third party support. Handheld mode so someone else could watch TV was great, but the controller couldn’t cope with being very far from the system. I thought Nintendo Land was fantastic, but only short-term fun. I remember inviting friends round, and the games were short-term fun, but no-one was really interested in playing long sessions of hide-and-seek for instance, so we quickly went back to our regular multiplayer games. I loved Wind Waker HD and was more than happy to play it again having enjoyed it on GameCube (no Tingle Tuner mind, which I liked on the GameCube). Playing it through with my wife was a great experience. The best games were great, but it was a very disheartening time overall with the sparse release schedule. I never played it, but I’m hearing a lot of love for Affordable Space Adventures, which is a game that only works on WiiU.
  5. I like this topic and the scope for ‘lowness’! 😀 Some great examples suggested. A few others sprung to mind: WWE 2K (2019, multi-platform) A buggy mess that saw #FixWWE2K20 trending and contributed to the cancellation of the following years’ title, and a 2-year gap for this usually annual wrestling game. Long-time developer Yukes had left, and somehow this game was allowed to be released in a clearly unfit state. Things continued to get worse too, as the more expensive collector’s edition, supposedly containing wrestler autographs, were sent out without the actual signatures (which lead to one wrestler, Edge, setting up a PO Box himself to allow people to send him their copies to sign). To add a huge heap of ironic misery to the situation, the game even initially suffered a game-breaking bug when attempting to play WWE 2K20 when the year changed to 2020! Yes game fixes were subsequently implemented, but the damage had been done. It didn’t kill the series, but caused a huge black mark, a delay to future games, and a lot of rebuilding (both with game engine and in reputation). Bubsy 3D (1996/7, PS1) This attempt at revitalising the Bubsy series effectively killed it (at least we thought / hoped, until a new game was made 20 years later!). It was being developed as one of the first console 3D platformers and then shortly before release the developers saw Super Mario 64 demoed and swiftly realised how inferior Bubsy looked in comparison! It was too late to change though, so their game was released and made to look even worse in the shadow of Mario’s 3D masterpiece. Balan Wonderworld (2021, multi-platform) Ok, so I cheated as I really can’t see this becoming a series after the disastrous reception of this! It did however, cause the co-creator of Sonic to leave Square-Enix so is likely considered one of the low points for everyone involved…. According to him, he actually left six months before the game was released, after complaining about the state of the game.
  6. Persona 5 Royal is really good! I understand the hype now. It took me a little while to get into, and everything seemed a little overwhelming, but I’ve hit that point now where it’s got me hooked. I think I’m about halfway through, and I’m going to stop writing so I can get back to it! 😃
  7. Sonic Frontiers

    I was a little worried by the lack of Switch reviews, but they’ve started coming through it seems, which is reassuring. I’ve just watched the GameXplain gameplay comparison and yes the PS5 version certainly looks much better, but the Switch version still looks perfectly playable and it doesn’t appear as though the gameplay is altered.
  8. Do you still buy gaming magazines?

    No not anymore. I do miss the days of N64 / NGamer magazine as I enjoyed their sense of humour and found their reviews seemed pretty accurate with how I felt about the games I played. I do enjoy the different articles that paper magazines tended to put together, and I don’t see anywhere near enough online. I guess they had to fill pages each month so were forced to be creative. I am pleased to see that the likes of Edge & Famitsu have still managed to hold on to their reputations when it comes to reviews, and a high score in them is still held in high regard.
  9. Your Gaming Diary 2022

    Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch) Playing the original Mario + Rabbids game and it really is the surprise that many others exclaimed it was. Thankfully UbiSoft have avoided the mistakes other developers have made when taking a popular gaming mascot and giving them a firearm *cough* Shadow *cough*. The over-the-top weaponary suits the game’s aesthetic. The battles are fun, the block puzzles inbetween do feel more for padding, and the ‘eccentric’ humour of the Rabbid cosplayers thankfully doesn’t really interfere with gameplay. It didn’t quite feel as polished as a first party Mario game, with a few graphical glitches, but I thought it was solid and much more enjoyable than I thought it would be! It has made me more interested in Sparks of Hope.
  10. I now realise that I really haven’t played many horror games. I’ve included RE4, but only as I’m struggling to get ten games on here (hence why a few I’ve used some poetic licence to call “horror themed”… ): 1. Eternal Darkness (GameCube) 2. Resident Evil 4 (Wii) 3. Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (DS) 4. The Last of Us (PS4) 5. Until Dawn (PS4) 6. Doki Doki Literature Club! (Switch) 7. Limbo (PS4) 8. The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series (PS4 / Xbox 360) 9. Resident Evil (GameCube) 10. Maniac Mansion (PC) I really need to play the P.T. demo at some point, is it really that unnerving? Oh, and while not supposed to be a horror themed game, special mention to Granny’s Garden on the BBC, as that first section with ‘The Witch’ was a more traumatising experience as a child then most of the above games!
  11. Your Gaming Diary 2022

    Mario Party Superstars (Switch) Having grown up on the N64 Mario Party games, it felt good to return to many of the classic mini games I recognised. 100 of them may sound a lot, and even though they’re the better ones from previous games and ditched any motion controlled ones, the familiarity with so many of them (even though I admittedly haven’t played Mario Party 5-10) meant I was left wanting more. 5 boards didn’t feel enough either, especially as a couple are quite basic. It’s probably one of the better Mario Party games, taking the most popular parts of previous games and including online play. I do feel greedy, but it feels as though they’ve included the bare minimum of what they needed to, and unless any DLC suddenly appears then I’m left wishing there was more!
  12. General Retro Discussion

    Haha! I forgot I posted on that, nice spot! Anything to help promote it as I have a real soft spot for the N64 (& I really enjoyed the book).
  13. Your Gaming Diary 2022

    Five Dates (Switch) Conceived, developed, released & set during the pandemic lockdown. Five Dates is an interactive rom-com that I enjoyed more than I expected to. You watch video dates between protagonist Vinny and five female matches. Occasionally you’ll be given a few seconds to select a response from multiple choices, and these can affect how the date plays out, and whether you are able to get any follow-up dates. Since the actors are all real and this was filmed during lockdown there’s no way for the characters to meet up in person. I liked it as, while I guess it’s classed as a dating sim, the game focuses more on the rapport between the characters instead of just trying to hook up. Vinny is likeable and sincere, the actors are good and the writing is pleasant. I didn’t find it laugh out loud funny, but I did find it charming and chuckled on quite a few occasions. I didn’t mind the reminder of being in lockdown, and found it to be a short and simple feel-good experience.
  14. General Retro Discussion

    If only so I can show off my copy too 😃, but I agree this is an outstanding and comprehensive summary of the N64 library. His writing and summaries are excellent.
  15. Your Gaming Diary 2022

    I heard really good things about this on a Podcast recently and glad to hear you’ve backed up those opinions! How long would you say it is out of interest?
  16. I was relieved and pleasantly surprised watching this. I thought it looked really good and very promising. I know it’s a little too early to really tell, but look at the backlash after the initial Sonic movie reveal and I don’t foresee anything like that happening here now. It was a little odd not hearing the regular voices, but I was ok with them. Jack Black in particular looks like he could have some fun with his part!
  17. Return to Monkey Island

    It’s out! Has anyone played this yet? The reviews I’ve seen have been positive and once I’ve finished the games I’m on I think I’ll be getting this and getting my Grog on! (Ok I know that sentence doesn’t actually make any real sense but you get the sentiment!)
  18. Nintendo films

    You don’t often get trailers for a trailer! 😁 There’s so much intrigue and dread behind this first look. 4 days and counting… place your bets now: great or disastrous, I can’t see there being many opinions in between!
  19. Tunic

    I don’t often buy games at launch due to my backlog, but after the reviews and praise for Tunic, I’ve downloaded the Switch version. I’m only 30 minutes in so far and I enjoy the art style and controls (Monument Valley meets Link to the Past so far!). I’m intrigued and excited and can’t wait to see where the game takes me next!
  20. Your Gaming Diary 2022

    Similar here! Although I only played them both recently. I must have been a lot more patient when I was younger to put up with the controls & numerous deaths! I can also see now why I never got far with Flashback! Still, I’m glad to have played them, just for the experience, but I won’t be going back to either of them again.
  21. Your Gaming Diary 2022

    Flashback (PS4) - 2018 The original Flashback was an important sci-fi cinematic platformer back in 1992. The lack of updates to this 2018 version makes it feel as though it exists here for nostalgia only. I made copious use of the new rewind function, but beyond that there's very little updated here from the 1992 version. It plays in a similar vein to the likes of Abe's Odyssey, Another World, and the original Prince of Persia, with you controlling Conrad across non-scrolling stages, with now awkward controls for leaping, sprinting, climbing and shooting. It's certainly better than it's predecessors, such as Another World, thanks mainly to the rechargable shield allowing me to take a few hits, whether through my own poor choices or because I was waiting for the pistol animation to finish. Set in 2142, but very much now just a historical artifact of gaming.
  22. Your Gaming Diary 2022

    There is no Game: Wrong Dimension (Switch) Despite the name, this is most definitely a game! This is a clever 4th wall-breaking point & click game, which sees the narrator sticking you in various situations to stop you playing their so-called “game”. Reading that back, it sounds incredibly confusing, but in reality it really isn’t. For example, he may plant a large sign up. Clicking on certain letters causes certain tapping sounds and then the letter may drop. At which point you could use the sharp end as a screwdriver to unlock the screws to the sign. It’s hard to really describe many other puzzles without spoiling them, but most do make you think outside the box as you figure out how to use the items on the screen in unfamiliar ways. It’s all light-hearted and doesn’t take itself too seriously. My favourite parts are where it parodied other genres, such as RPG, mobile games, and even point & click adventure games themselves. There’s always a hint system available so you’ll rarely get stuck if you decide to use it. The story isn’t as memorable as your class graphic adventure games, and ‘gamers’ will definitely enjoy this more than ‘casual players’. Ultimately, I found it short but satisfying, and it did make me feel smart at times like a good point & click game should!
  23. Grand Theft Auto VI

    I’ve mentioned recently my dislike of people leaking information that would be so much better when the developers surprise us. I’ve deliberately avoided watching any of the leaked stuff and feel for Rockstar on this. Hope they catch the guy! (Actually I rather hope Rockstar staff catch him first…!)
  24. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection is one of the latest retro game re-release / update. Over recent years I’ve found that a growing number of titles that I could never complete as a child have been given HD updates or re-releases. This collection in particular contains another of the games that defeated me as a child: the dreaded side-scrolling NES TMNT game. I’ve found it incredibly satisfying to play these games and finally reach the end. To such extent that I’ve delayed playing some of the better modern games in order to finally get some ‘closure’ for the younger me! Does anyone else get that same gratification or ever have the urge to return to a game they could never defeat and finally complete? The introduction of rewind features to many of these has helped and I think that will finally enable me to defeat Shredder and finally justify the countless hours I spent as a child getting my butt kicked by the hordes of respawning enemies, losing heroes to the infamous underwater section, or being squashed by the tanks wandering the overworld. Examples over recent years for me have included Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Flashback, Aladdin & Lion King (Disney Games Classic Collection), and even one of the first games I ever played and used to terrify us in primary school: Granny’s Garden (a BBC game that saw a re-release on mobile). The latter in particular is a very dated game for children, that I probably gained more joy for finally completing as an adult than I really should have! This image alone haunted many schoolchildren in the 80’s! Is it just me? Or do you have any games you’ve been determined to finally beat, even if you’ve had to return to it many years later?
  25. As expected, Goldeneye is seeing a simultaneous release on both NSO and GamePass.
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