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  1. NickyDrinks

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    I suppose M2 saw that the fans will import the games anyway so releasing more in other territories just mustn't be worth it. They're not really the kind of thing I can see someone who isn't already into the genre picking up on a whim, especially as they aren't budget releases. The Japanese menus are a real pain in the ass at first but once you have a translation you learn the position in the list of the options you want surprisingly quickly, I tend to end up remembering them by their relative position to other obvious options e.g. two options up from hitbox size. None of their upcoming games feel like must-haves to me other than their own original one though. I'll have to give them more of a chance in emulation cos I don't imagine they just randomly pick any old game they can license. I mean I absolutely hated Battle Garegga the first 10 times or so I played it in mame! It wasn't until I started reading about the secrets, scoring system and formations that it really seemed to click.
  2. NickyDrinks

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    I had it back when I was on iOS and I'd say yes. It's not exactly a "proper" DDP game as such I suppose but it's fun for what it is. I imagine it's much better on the larger screens of the newer devices but I enjoyed it at the time. This was before I really got into the genre properly though so take that with a grain of salt!
  3. I remember seeing some screenshots of the arcade machine in a magazine and hearing from a friend how good the game was but I'd never actually played it or seen a cabinet. I got my mum to write me a cheque for £10 and posted it off to one of the mail order places listed in either Your Sinclair or Crash, from what I remember they didn't even list what games they had or the prices I just assumed they must have it in stock and that a tenner would cover it. Surprisingly it arrived a couple of weeks later in that lovely box and I was amazed at how brilliant a game it was, I played it to absolute death but don't think I ever actually finished it. I'd had bad luck with Spectrum conversions in the past, my dad got into a massive argument with the cashier at Boots when returning Ghostbusters 2 because she couldn't understand that we were returning it not because it didn't work and needed another copy, but simply because it was utter shite. The same Boots was also where I bought Ninja Warriors, a borderline unplayable mess that didn't even have an attempt to copy the amazing music from the arcade. I felt horribly guilty pretending the tape didn't work (I suspect my mum knew rightly...) but luckily Ninja Warriors got swapped for Chase HQ without any fuss so along with that and Rainbow Islands I had two of the absolute best Spectrum games going. I never did understand that some games came with a 48k and 128k version though, I thought sometimes Chase HQ just wouldn't have the voice at the start. Plus the back of the box may have pulled the "various formats shown" aka "Arcade and Amiga shown" but it didn't matter because it was so damn good. I later played the C64 version at my mate's house and it just didn't feel as good to play, same with the Amiga version which although it looked and sounded good felt "wrong" to me probably because I was so used to the Spectrum version using the keyboard rather than a joystick.
  4. NickyDrinks

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    Man I really need to get Ketsui, especially now I can play in portrait mode properly again. What's the actual reasoning behind Rolling Gunner for PC being a physical release only? I've seen quite a few games that are only available from either 3rd party stores or physical, there was a great one that was kind of like a horizontal Ketsui that I played the demo of recently but I'll be damned if I can even remember the name of it now. It'd be great if they were available on Steam or GOG but I suppose the devs must have their reasons. I find Rolling Gunner borderline impossible with the Switch controls which is a shame as it feels well suited to handheld play, the twin stick mode sounds like it'd really help but I don't have the DLC yet.
  5. Despite playing on PC I've switched to the Xbox pad for this, the platforming sections and having to use chainsaw all the time just to get ammo and the flamethrower to get armour feels much easier for me to remember when the abilities are assigned to main face buttons rather than keys that in many other FPS games would be side-options. I get what they're going for, making you use all of your abilities and switching between them all the time but comapred to Doom 2016 it's just needlessly fussy. So far it makes me feel more like a character that would be referred to as "Rookie" in any other FPS rather than the Doom Slayer. I really hope they do some balace adjustment because it seems like it would be so easy to fix with an increase in resource drops and damage reduction on the normal/lower difficulty levels. It's shit that the map is totally broken in HDR. It's not absolutely necessary but if you want to actually hunt for the secrets then you're out of luck, I've no idea how something so blatant was missed in testing.
  6. So far it feels like the problems with scarce ammo could be solved by letting you kill the zombies with one hit and then a glory kill, they seem to hang about after a main fight is over which suggests that's what they're for but the balancing of them just feels way off. Having the bloody Doom Slayer half dead from one shambling zombie waving its arm in your general direction just feels wrong, waiting for the chainsaw to "recharge" instead of having an infinite ammo blaster feels like such a weird design decision. I'm enjoying it but it just feels like small changes could make it so much better. It doesn't help that enemies seem to make a beeline for you the second they spot you, I've lost count of the number of times I've been mobbed to death because I can't tell how many enemies are stood right on top of me even though I keep moving.
  7. NickyDrinks

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    I think this game counts so this is the best place to put it. I didn't even know they were working on a follow-up until I saw someone playing it in my Steam friends list. So far I'm really enjoying it but it doesn't feel like it has as much longevity as Enter The Gungeon and some of the random weapons you get can are frustratingly useless. Great for £7 though, will probably be one I'll get on the Switch as well as PC.
  8. NickyDrinks

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    It isn't cheap, but holy shit the LG 27GL850 is amazing for pretty much everything.
  9. NickyDrinks

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    Yeah I know exactly what you mean, once I've determined that I can get them printed the right size for the plexi I'll work on adjusting things properly. Really just wanted something that would do the job temporarily while I took more time on the others. I was playing it particularly safe with the red borders too,I reckon once I see how far you can push it I'll be able to fit the entire ship in or even just using other bits of artwork shrunk down so no ships are cut off by anything (putting the rest of the art on the buttons is a long way off!)
  10. NickyDrinks

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    After fiddling about with the templates and getting the new plexi I've got this exported to a PNG (this is just from the full image using the Windows snipping tool. Does anyone know if I just need to get it printed at 300dpi for it to be the right size for me to cut it? I'm worried the printing will resize it somehow and it'll not fit at all.
  11. NickyDrinks

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    So that's the plexi ordered and on the way :-) I'm just looking for some artwork now, I've got the templates but my Photoshop/Gimp skills are pretty useless, is there anywhere to get premade artwork that can be printed? I've been checking the shoryuken forums but most of the links seem to be dead (unless I'm being totally blind). Really I'm just looking for something I can get my mate to test out, he's confirmed that he can print it after everyone else in the office has gone home. It's one of those big fancy plotter machines that takes ridiculously expensive colour refills so should be exactly what I'm after. I did message a guy on Fiverr who said he did commisions but he's never come back to me so I assume isn't doing it anymore. What I was hoping to get was either an Ikaruga or Battle Garegga style one (none of the Radiant Silvergun art I could find was high enough resolution not to look terrible even after an AI upscale). Most of the ones I've seen seem to be based around fighting games but I can't be the only one who uses their sticks for shooters. I'll take another look on shoryuken and see if there's people there that do commissions, I'd happily pay for someone who actually knows what they are doing and could take the images I have and make something good out of it rather than just plop it straight down onto the template looking all distorted like my current efforts! I think I'm gonna replace the buttons and top now too, I think if possible I'd prefer buttons that have a bit more of a click cos the Sanwa ones are a bit on the mushy side for me. I'm also in the process of building a new PC so my current main screen is gonna be turned into a dedicated portrait one :-)
  12. NickyDrinks

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    I found the same with the Dualshock 4 after playing a lot of Battle Garegga. I had originally bought the 8bitDo adapter so I could play Astral Chain on the Switch properly rather than shell out for the Pro controller but now I just don't feel like it's at all necessary even with the added latency. I don't think I play any of the games at anything like a high enough level that the input latency feels like it's causing me problems to be honest although I'm sure that could change depending on the amount already in the game. I have wondered how the games would feel on console played with a keyboard though, I'm sure having movement linked to my right hand feels more natural because I've played so many of them in emulators over the years when I can't be bothered to plug in a proper stick. I do definitely prefer keyboard over the Xbox One controller on PC, especially with the satisfying clack of proper mechanical keys.
  13. NickyDrinks

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    Nice one, cheers! I don't know why I had it in my head that the plexi was more expensive than that. I'm pretty sure we have a colour laser somewhere in our work building too so I can always test my designs out on that. It looks like M2 have their own shooter coming out on a Sega arcade system. I've not seen anything in English but the Google auto-translate does a decent enough job : https://www.maniac.de/news/senzin-neuer-m2-shooter-kommt-in-japans-spielhallen/
  14. NickyDrinks

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    Has anyone tried the HORI Split Pad Pro for the Switch? I do prefer to play things like Rolling Gunner in handheld mode but the buttons on the joycons really don't help. I only noticed it in the newest episode of Consolevania where Rab reviewed the Psikyo collection and he's using one. They're pretty pricey at near £50 though, I think the external Brook adapters linked above are probably what I'd be best getting. Also one of the dongles with HDMI and USB on them since the hotels I've been in recently haven't had the external ports blocked on the TV (in fact the one I was in last month had the TV attached to the wall with a pretty hefty adjustable VESA bracket that would almost certainly have rotated into portrait, I thought better of testing it out in case I brought the wall down with it and had to explain to the management what I was trying to do...) That's so cool, do you mind me asking where you got the artwork printed and plexi from? I'd love to be able to just swap artwork out, my mate works in architecture and has a fancy printer that he uses for massive D&D maps so I'm pretty sure he could knock out a few if I asked.
  15. NickyDrinks

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    Is there one that will do Switch and PS4 from the 360 stick without installing a new board internally? With the price of the Mayflash and Sanwa parts it does seem a bit silly to pay near the same to use a stick that has nowhere near the build quality of the TE. I'd like to change the artwork on it too but once I realised I'd have to replace the plexi as well as not having a way to print them in high quality myself I sort of went off that idea.
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