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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » February 17th, 2019, 8:17 pm

stvnorman wrote:
February 17th, 2019, 7:03 pm
I’ve been trying out new free stuff on the Switch. I think I like Tetris 99’s fast-paced spin on the game, though I’m still not really sure what these attacking options are all about, which is probably why I can place in the top ten and not much higher!
Whilst searching whether this game will come out on any other consoles I stumbled across this, which seems a fairly comprehensive guide.

https://www.reddit.com/r/NintendoSwitch ... mechanics/

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by dezm0nd » February 17th, 2019, 8:18 pm

Suits wrote:
February 17th, 2019, 8:16 pm


I'd also like a nice pre-order poster please Nintendo.
I got a feeling this is gonna get a swanky collectors editon

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by dezm0nd » February 17th, 2019, 8:22 pm

In regards to Tetris 99 coming to other consoles... it's a nintendo published game so it's not looking likely.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by stvnorman » February 17th, 2019, 8:26 pm

Alex79uk wrote:
February 17th, 2019, 8:17 pm

Whilst searching whether this game will come out on any other consoles I stumbled across this, which seems a fairly comprehensive guide.

https://www.reddit.com/r/NintendoSwitch ... mechanics/
I think I wish I hadn’t asked! Thanks. Much better informed now, and will give some of those attack pointers a go.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » February 17th, 2019, 8:50 pm

dezm0nd wrote:
February 17th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Suits wrote:
February 17th, 2019, 8:16 pm


I'd also like a nice pre-order poster please Nintendo.
I got a feeling this is gonna get a swanky collectors editon
Ah, man - I’d be soooo keen for that.

Mind, I think we’ll be more likely to maybe get a few amiibo.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Joshihatsumitsu » February 17th, 2019, 8:55 pm

I took the dive and picked up an original Splatterhouse PCB! Being born 1980 means the first time I saw this game in the arcade I would have been 7-8 years old, and boy, did it leave a long-lasting impression. I think I was both too intimidated to play it at that age, plus it was one of the more expensive machines, and my income is was whatever loose change my parents had.

After reading this wonderful interview I spent a bit of time in the sound test menu, listening GWAAA's! and GYAAA's! that embarrassed them to do at the time. There's a lot of Hammer-horror-esque organ too... such a horror movie love-letter of a game.

Plus there was a 3D test option in the settings, which was a thing I forgot this game had. I never saw a 3D Splatterhouse cab in the wild, and it must have been pretty rare. In retrospect it kind of fell under the radar - it certainly didn't get the attention Mortal Kombat got - so I can kinda understand why it would just be chucked in a regular cab.

I won't bang on about the game - it's Splatterhouse! It's a very arcade-y arcade game, great for short bursts of gaming goodness. A real B-movie level, 1980's, video-nasty-type game!

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Stanshall » February 17th, 2019, 9:06 pm

In the absence of a PC at home now, and no real interest in getting one, I did some research and picked up a 4K Amazon Fire Stick to run some emulation, and it's very very good. I've basically just been playing shmups in FB Alpha via Retroarch.

How did I never give Progear enough time before? What a tremendous game. It r. eally captures the intensity of a top tier vert but with an almost Metal Slug aesthetic sensibility. It's so chunky and full of personality. The range of options with different ships and secondary characters means lots of variety, too. This is going to do me very nicely til Devil Engine on Thurs.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Joshihatsumitsu » February 17th, 2019, 9:20 pm

Stanshall wrote:
February 17th, 2019, 9:06 pm
In the absence of a PC at home now, and no real interest in getting one, I did some research and picked up a 4K Amazon Fire Stick to run some emulation, and it's very very good. I've basically just been playing shmups in FB Alpha via Retroarch.

How did I never give Progear enough time before? What a tremendous game. It r. eally captures the intensity of a top tier vert but with an almost Metal Slug aesthetic sensibility. It's so chunky and full of personality. The range of options with different ships and secondary characters means lots of variety, too. This is going to do me very nicely til Devil Engine on Thurs.
Seeing as Progear never got ported (Cave IP on Capcom hardware may be the reason?) it's understandable that it wasn't more widely played.

But yeah, it is a beautiful looking game! There is a section in the second stage where the slowdown kicks in, the bullets increasingly fill the screen, and you slowly nudge your plane through the chaos, positioning yourself ever so slightly out of danger... it gets wonderfully intense!

Glad you're playing it! It definitely deserves a wider audience.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Stanshall » February 18th, 2019, 7:18 am

Joshihatsumitsu wrote:
February 17th, 2019, 9:20 pm
Stanshall wrote:
February 17th, 2019, 9:06 pm
In the absence of a PC at home now, and no real interest in getting one, I did some research and picked up a 4K Amazon Fire Stick to run some emulation, and it's very very good. I've basically just been playing shmups in FB Alpha via Retroarch.

How did I never give Progear enough time before? What a tremendous game. It r. eally captures the intensity of a top tier vert but with an almost Metal Slug aesthetic sensibility. It's so chunky and full of personality. The range of options with different ships and secondary characters means lots of variety, too. This is going to do me very nicely til Devil Engine on Thurs.
Seeing as Progear never got ported (Cave IP on Capcom hardware may be the reason?) it's understandable that it wasn't more widely played.

But yeah, it is a beautiful looking game! There is a section in the second stage where the slowdown kicks in, the bullets increasingly fill the screen, and you slowly nudge your plane through the chaos, positioning yourself ever so slightly out of danger... it gets wonderfully intense!

Glad you're playing it! It definitely deserves a wider audience.
It certainly seems like an interesting set of circumstances and it's a real shame it's not been ported because this is already up there with my favourite horis. I should say that I'm not a massive fan in general, I don't get much from the Gradius or R-Type or Pulstar style, but it compares very well to stuff I do love like Blazing Star and Tengai. If I'm honest, I prefer it to them in pretty much every way so far!

On another horizontal shmup tip, I've really enjoyed Super Hydorah recently on the Switch. It's very much in the Gradius vein but it's just a little more accessible to my tastes/skill and it's got some excellent, well balanced level design and bosses. Compared to something like Last Resort which I find too brutal, this feels like it's been tested and tested to get the difficulty curve just right. I love the range of load outs as well, different stats for different missions. It just works really well, a labour of love as well as a tightly designed little package.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Craig » February 18th, 2019, 1:32 pm

Been pushing through a few games on the Capcom Belt Scrolling Action Collection (the Beat Em up one) and blimey it’s just the right thing right now. A quick 30 minute blast of mostly mindless punching, great fun and they manage to change things up just to keep you pushing on (and back in the day paying.)

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Magical_Isopod » February 19th, 2019, 2:09 am

Picked up Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator (only $5.49 on PSN right now), and PHEW LADS is that every a flashy, flamboyant game. I love it. Not sure I like the character roster or overall aesthetic more than BlazBlue, but I love the crazy snippets of cutscene before and after each battle, and during all the specials. It's a pretty hekkin game.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by ThirdMan » February 19th, 2019, 7:46 am

Magical_Isopod wrote:
February 19th, 2019, 2:09 am
Picked up Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator (only $5.49 on PSN right now), and PHEW LADS is that every a flashy, flamboyant game. I love it. Not sure I like the character roster or overall aesthetic more than BlazBlue, but I love the crazy snippets of cutscene before and after each battle, and during all the specials. It's a pretty hekkin game.
It also has one of the finest tutorials you could ask for, something which is often overlooked in fighting games.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by ADumican83 » February 19th, 2019, 2:01 pm

Tetris 99. I'm not the best at it but I'm finding it really addictive atm. I even bought Puyo Puyo Tetris so I can play when I'm offline. I can manage every few games to break into the Top 10 and have managed a few 4th place finishes. This is my first Tetirs game I've bothered with since the Game Boy version so I'm probably way off the pace with how its probably evolved, I just think there's something I'm not understanding tactically when it gets to the last 10 in order to hold out til the end. Either way I think it's great.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by duskvstweak » February 19th, 2019, 3:10 pm

So, my wife and I are playing through Super Mario 64. She played it a lot as a kid, but I never got on with it. It was actually the game the helped cement my love for 2D platformers, because I also never had a great time with Banjo, DK64 or Jak. I can see the appeal, and I'm amazed at how great it looks after all these years, but 3D platformers just don't do it for me, even the ones that are at the top of their game.
I do love the music for Dire, Dire Docks and Bower's first dungeon, though.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by dezm0nd » February 19th, 2019, 3:38 pm

Regarding Tetris 99 late game, there's quite a detailed system regarding how much damage you do based on badges etc.

I need to read into it but im having too much fun not taking it too seriously at the mo

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » February 19th, 2019, 3:55 pm

I’m worried I’m going to run out of steam and never fisnhed with a 1st, just a couple of 2nd’s 😔.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by DomsBeard » February 19th, 2019, 4:03 pm

Suits wrote:
February 19th, 2019, 3:55 pm
I’m worried I’m going to run out of steam and never fisnhed with a 1st, just a couple of 2nd’s 😔.
Ha yes I am the same. I think my only issue with this amazing and free game is that I will feel when I win it will be down to luck rather than skill. I tend to get beat regularly by being targeted by 2 or 3 when in the top 10/20. It then flashes to say you are screwed then boom gone.

Would love a version where you can limit it to 8 so we could have community nights etc.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by duskvstweak » February 19th, 2019, 5:17 pm

dezm0nd wrote:
February 19th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Regarding Tetris 99 late game, there's quite a detailed system regarding how much damage you do based on badges etc.

I need to read into it but im having too much fun not taking it too seriously at the mo
I'd download this YESTERDAY if it was on the PC.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by dezm0nd » February 19th, 2019, 8:12 pm

Yeah, Nintendo don't do PC... yet.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by stvnorman » February 21st, 2019, 8:16 pm

I spent a couple of hours during the day enjoying the Trials Rising beta on Switch. Then I downloaded the PS4 version after work and it looks like a different game. As much as I wanted it on Switch, I couldn’t ignore how crap it looked in comparison, so I switched my pre-order to PS4. Then I thought if I’m getting it on there, it will be loads cheaper within a couple of weeks, so I cancelled that too. I think I’m just going to order the new physical Dynasties Edition of Mutant Football League on Switch instead, and save myself a fiver for the time being at least.

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