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by stvnorman
December 5th, 2021, 8:28 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Whatcha Been Playing?
Replies: 10850
Views: 2687162

Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Lost arcade game Clockwork Aquario finally emerged after 27 years this week, and while it’s not the best platformer you’ll ever play, it’s a decent one and is a proper looker on Switch with a great soundtrack. It’s a bit Wonder Boy (same dev), a bit Mega Man and a bit Sonic, and like all of those it...
by stvnorman
November 30th, 2021, 9:31 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Games Completed 2021
Replies: 654
Views: 84856

Re: Games Completed 2021

1 November: Splatterhouse 2 (Mega Drive) 5 November: Splatterhouse (PC-Engine) 7 November: Super Mario World (Game Boy) 14 November: Hypnospace Outlaw (Xbox Series X) 20 November: Haunted Castle (Arcade on Switch) 24 November: Noddy - A Day in Toyland (Game Boy Advance) 26 November: Exo One (Xbox Se...
by stvnorman
November 28th, 2021, 9:23 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Whatcha Been Playing?
Replies: 10850
Views: 2687162

Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Not sure what I was I thinking when I decided to make an assault on Haunted Castle, the brutal Castlevania arcade game, but actually, once you’re past stage one - apart from a couple of insane difficulty spikes - it’s beatable, and ends with about the easiest Dracula you’ll find across the whole ser...
by stvnorman
November 21st, 2021, 7:52 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Whatcha Been Playing?
Replies: 10850
Views: 2687162

Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

I finally finished Hypnospace Outlaw care of Game Pass (after being led there by its Cane and Rinse podcast), and if you like the sound of a slow-burn sleuth puzzler set in a deep and thoughtful simulation of the early internet, I can’t recommend it enough! Apart from that, lots more Forza Horizon 5...
by stvnorman
November 20th, 2021, 9:53 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discourse
Topic: Whatcha Been Listening To?
Replies: 189
Views: 119203

Re: Whatcha Been Listening To?

Nice one. I’ve got an old Entombed album, Left Hand Path, but never listened to much else. Just found a cool Essentials playlist on Apple Music though, so I’ll check that out. Don’t know Edge of Sanity at all but like what I just found, so will have a dabble there too. Thanks a lot! Left Hand Path ...
by stvnorman
November 20th, 2021, 9:52 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Videogame Deals
Replies: 2000
Views: 697433

Re: Videogame Deals

Tons of stuff on sale on Switch at the moment, but from my wish list I just picked up Contra: Rogue Corps for £1.99, which is 95% off. I know it got a bum rap when it came out last year, but I thought the demo was alright and it’s definitely worth that. The Sega Ages stuff is 50% off as well - also ...
by stvnorman
November 15th, 2021, 8:58 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discourse
Topic: Whatcha Been Listening To?
Replies: 189
Views: 119203

Re: Whatcha Been Listening To?

I would recommend both Entombed and Edge of Sanity. Nice one. I’ve got an old Entombed album, Left Hand Path, but never listened to much else. Just found a cool Essentials playlist on Apple Music though, so I’ll check that out. Don’t know Edge of Sanity at all but like what I just found, so will ha...
by stvnorman
November 14th, 2021, 9:27 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Forza Horizon 5
Replies: 18
Views: 455

Re: Forza Horizon 5

I thought maybe this game deserved its own thread. As I mentioned in another thread, I'm really enjoying this. I wish it had a bit more structure and sense of direction, but the game is really addictive with that 'one more race/event' feeling after everything you do. It's fun just driving around to...
by stvnorman
November 14th, 2021, 9:26 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Whatcha Been Playing?
Replies: 10850
Views: 2687162

Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Being a frames per second philistine meant there was never any hesitation about sticking Forza Horizon 5 into Quality mode from the outset and enjoying what is possibly the best-looking game ever created! I reckon it might be one of the best driving games ever created too, striking a perfect balance...
by stvnorman
November 7th, 2021, 8:46 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Games Completed 2021
Replies: 654
Views: 84856

Re: Games Completed 2021

6 October: Castlevania: Circle of the Moon - Castlevania Advance Collection (Switch) 10 October: Gleylancer (Switch) 15 October: Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance - Castlevania Advance Collection (Switch) 17 October: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow - Castlevania Advance Collection (Switch) 17 October: ...
by stvnorman
November 7th, 2021, 8:44 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Whatcha Been Playing?
Replies: 10850
Views: 2687162

Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Big week of horizontal shooters for me! First I discovered Deathsmiles, a very gothic, occult-infused 2007 Cave bullet-hell arcade shooter that’s simply gorgeous, and its Castlevania-esque soundtrack does it no harm either! Forced me to finally get MAME going on my MacBook, then immediately started ...
by stvnorman
October 31st, 2021, 9:43 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Games Completed 2021
Replies: 654
Views: 84856

Re: Games Completed 2021

6 October: Castlevania: Circle of the Moon - Castlevania Advance Collection (Switch) 10 October: Gleylancer (Switch) 15 October: Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance - Castlevania Advance Collection (Switch) 17 October: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow - Castlevania Advance Collection (Switch) 17 October: ...
by stvnorman
October 31st, 2021, 8:01 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Whatcha Been Playing?
Replies: 10850
Views: 2687162

Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

All about my favourite witchy cute ‘em up Cotton on Switch this week, with two more 30th anniversary releases coming to the West for the first time - SNES Cotton 100% and Mega Drive Panorama Cotton from the Mega Drive. Cotton 100% is a straight-up 2D shooter, remixing the original arcade game with n...
by stvnorman
October 24th, 2021, 8:35 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Whatcha Been Playing?
Replies: 10850
Views: 2687162

Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

I played through Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow over a couple of evenings, and while I enjoyed every second (apart from a couple of unexpectedly nasty bosses), I was left wanting a bit more, both in terms of length (at around five hours) and what it was bringing to the party - bit by numbers. Still loo...
by stvnorman
October 17th, 2021, 9:31 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Whatcha Been Playing?
Replies: 10850
Views: 2687162

Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Mostly been playing Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance on Switch, which I’ve just finished at 191%, and had the absolute best time over the course of nearly ten hours! It’s rich, gothic psychedelia made up for the slightly lightweight soundtrack (by GBA Castlevania standards), but its intuitive expl...
by stvnorman
October 12th, 2021, 4:53 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Whatcha Been Playing?
Replies: 10850
Views: 2687162

Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

That's a shame about the lack of colourblind accessibility. It's not that old a game but these days you see more games having colourblind modes. What do you mean by 'Invisible' deaths? Do you mean with enemies shooting from off screen? If it is what I would do is use the analogue stick to look ahea...
by stvnorman
October 10th, 2021, 9:06 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Whatcha Been Playing?
Replies: 10850
Views: 2687162

Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Anyway, if you liked Hotline Miami, I urge you to play this. I completed Katana Zero where I bounced off Hotline Miami. I back up Kurt's recommendation. Good enough for me. I love the original Hotline Miami (and like the 2nd), but that itch hasn't been scratched in a long time. Adding Katana Zero t...
by stvnorman
October 10th, 2021, 9:04 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Whatcha Been Playing?
Replies: 10850
Views: 2687162

Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

I’ve never played a lot of Darius Gaiden before, even though it’s predecessor, G-Darius, would be a top five all-time shooter for me. I think G-Darius came out a few years after Darius Gaiden. Thanks Alex! You’re absolutely right. It was the other way around. Darius Gaiden 1994, G-Darius 1997.
by stvnorman
October 10th, 2021, 4:50 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Whatcha Been Playing?
Replies: 10850
Views: 2687162

Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Finished my first of the proper “Advance” games on the Castlevania Advance Collection on Switch with Circle of the Moon. What a game despite the grind, and what a soundtrack coming out of a lowly Game Boy Advance - love that music player feature in the main menu too! Dived straight into Harmony of D...
by stvnorman
October 3rd, 2021, 9:53 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Nintendo GameCube
Replies: 16
Views: 2334

Re: Our next console special podcast recording (24.10.21): Nintendo GameCube

My wife bought me a GameCube the Christmas after launch, but as much I appreciated getting it, I’d never really wanted one, and apart from a bit of Wave Race and Resident Evil Zero, I barely touched it, and it was soon lost to a couple of house moves and forgotten. It finally reappeared when we move...