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  1. So after all the talk here, I figured I had to re-buy this and play it again over the weekend: It was like putting on an old shirt - the game has certainly aged, but the high framerate still makes it well playable. I did however had some issues with nialing drifting - reckon this was one of the earlier games to put an emphasis on it (in terms of making it a scoring and boost charging mechanic). The cars sort of snap into a drift at a slightly overly ambitious angle. More importantly, I was surprised to find the first Championship race takes 8 minutes! Loved it really, especially as it starts on a highway letting you transition from weaving through traffic into driving on the wrong side of the road Race 2 was as amazing as I remembered, with the lovely Sunday drive tune transitioning into more dramatic chase music. And race 3 of the first series was actually pretty relentless, as there's so much crossing traffic on junctions creating inescapable traps - only barely finished second!
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    Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes: Punk Is Dead

    The whole minigame collection thing feels lost in translation, too. You could say this game features six games in the game - sort of in the same way that No More Heroes had the 8 bit side jobs, the 2D sections on Shadows of the Damned and the amazing arcade games in Contact on DS. Featuring 'games within a game' is a Suda thing - put in full effect here.
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    Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes: Punk Is Dead

    It's already out. (Just not on consoles, I know.)
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    Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes: Punk Is Dead

    Fair enough. Agree with you on NMH2, though the gameplay was sort of improved over the first one, it felt lacking in depth. I reckon Travis Strikes Again is a different beast though. By all means enjoy 25th Ward (providing you've already completed The Silver Case) and Shadows of the Damned - completing that may give you another solid reason to still check out Travis Strikes Again
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    Your shameful gaming secrets

    You obviously don't know my brother. The 13-year old him would have come close to killing me - or at the very least complain with our parents so much I wouldn't have been allowed to touch his PS2 for at least a year. 27-year old him would smile but cleverly find a way to use it as a smoking gun at some point in our lives. He's still a decent chap, though. At the time I thought they were pretty fun. Though my brother and I actually most enjoyed the half-arsed co-op mode together, climbing over airport fences and nicking planes to get 5-star wanted levels as soon as we tried to cross the island boundaries
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    Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes: Punk Is Dead

    I don't know about the UK school system but in the Netherlands tests would generally be graded 0-10, with a 6 rating as 'passable' or 'sufficient' - and often being required to pass important tests or subjects altogether. This systeem effectively makes a 7 'average', an 8 'good', a 9 'excellent' and a 10 'outstanding'. (Actual definitions may vary.) I remember the old N64 Magazine (which had a Dutch semi-translated equivalent) once featured a reader letter complaining about a 7.5 for the Mission: Impossible game. The editorial response: 'Would you also complain about getting a 7.5 for a report in school? Make no mistake, we still consider this a decent game.' So, yeah
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    Your shameful gaming secrets

    On GTA San Andreas launch day, my younger brother (aged 13 at the time, so 16-year old me had to buy it) was entitled to play the game first for the whole day because he owned the PS2. He actually got pretty far on the first Los Santos island. Even found a cool rare car and 'pimped' it out with nitrous and all. Not to mention he spent a lot of time working out his CJ character to maximum muscle, which took quite a lot of button mashing in the gym. That night, he went away on a sleepover party or something so it was my turn to play. Good times were had - up until the point where I accidentally overwrote his save file with mine (Bless these modern day times with saves linked to player profiles!) Fearing I'd never get to play any PS2 game again on HIS console (he could be very anal about that as it was), I immediately got to work on forging a new save file, trying to play the game as identical to his run as possible. Not just the mission progress, but also his weapon collection, doing all that button mashing in the gym and spending forever to find that car - and getting the funds to mod it as it was. I even remember playing through the night to make sure that new save was as close to his deleted one, making sure not to miss any details he would question later. Fortunately, he never seemed to have noticed the difference, meaning I could still sort of get away with stealing his PS2 every now and then for Gran Turismo. Also, I've never told him and believe even 27-year old him nowadays would not respond kindly to this confession
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    Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes: Punk Is Dead

    A 7.5 is a slightly above average score in my book. But the difference between this and an 8 or even an 8.5 can be negligible, as Kayin is effectively saying. Also, fuck grading games. If anything the two-sentence summary should give readers enough on whether they should play it or not. But sadly, this world needs figures to make the business work. Or something. The DeathDrive thing is obvious but I didn't even notice the Meijin resemblance! Please don't do this. If you like Suda51's games, just dive in and play this Fearing 'this is a bad game' then proceeding to consume the good parts through other means is completely defeating the point. So did I, they were fun in terms of gameplay and style but lacked the depth of killer7 and No More Heroes. Travis Strikes Again is somewhere in between: less exciting to play, but more interesting to spend time with (and thinking about) regardless. Yeah, the battle system in this is indeed undercooked. No More Heroes 1 and 2 had far better and actually more sophisticated combat. I can still accept it for what it is, but some more depth would have just made it more enjoyable to play altogether
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    Gran Turismo Sport -Tuesday nights forum races

    I'm going to recommend it again and leave the link to that Assetto Corsa Ultimate Edition offer right here - valid until this Saturday: https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/product/EP4040-CUSA11487_00-ASSETTOCORSASPEC I never really liked it before, but revisited it recently anyway when looking for 'the most realistic racing game' on PS4. In that sense, it's unrivaled really: GT Sport is still just a semi-sim (but also the most enjoyable to me, still), Forza is too slidey, PCARS is too floaty. AC is hard, but just right. In fact, it's perfect to hone your skills - as I'm finding out now with a bit of coaching from an actual F1 test driver (), who's letting me do consistent laps around Brands Hatch GT in a Mercedes-AMG GT3: Returning to GT Sport this morning, I find my virtual car handling there has MUCH improved. Driving various cars (like N300, N400 and even a Gr. 3) with traction control set to 0 felt far better doable than before. Previously, whenever I felt liked drifting a car I would end up in the barrier straight away. Now, I'm actually managing it like this: Anyone interested in raising his game (on PS4) - by all means give Assetto Corsa a try and see how you get on! (And don't worry, I'm still keeping a tight grip on GT Sport as my go-to online racing game.)
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    Gran Turismo Sport -Tuesday nights forum races

    Good point! I'll work up a settings list for some test races tomorrow for everyone to work on for next Tuesday By all means do! Actually, the AC Ultimate Edition on PS4 is now just 15 euros (12 quid I guess?) on the PS Store Would love to experiment in that game with some online racing as well.
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    Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes: Punk Is Dead

    Old jeans, a purplish jacket and a video game shirt. For real.
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    Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes: Punk Is Dead

    It's easy to dismiss this as a poorly made, shallow game that only appeals to people who like weird humour and numerous references. But then that could be said of any Suda51 game, really. I scored this a 7.5/10 in my Dutch review for Gamer.nl. The gameplay is indeed on the shallow and weak side, but the batshit situations you encounter in various ways make up for that. Also, I especially liked the way Suda completely bashes a certain AAA publisher into the ground by dedicating an entire level filled with critical notes to one of his earlier games. It even starts off with a major character being killed just like that: AMA, by the way
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    Dirt Rally

    Neither really. They took apart the whole handling and restructured it to something both realistic and (with some assists on) accessible. I found it played very nicely both on the wheel and pad during the reveal event in September.
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    Gran Turismo Sport -Tuesday nights forum races

    Right, let's make it happen for sure next week Really looking forward to racing with you all again and work towards a new series. In the meantime, I've suddenly discovered Assetto Corsa is actually quite good on PS4 - there's nothing like it in terms of realistic handling on the consoles. It's proving a great workout to improve on racing skills!
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    Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes: Punk Is Dead

    Sorry, I mistook the date in my earlier post. Tomorrow late afternoon!
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