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  1. Stanshall

    Shmups

    I do play 90% with Pro Controller, yep. I much prefer that to the PS4 pad for shmups but I don't have a proper stick. Maybe it's time to invest. That said, I've got a few S class first stages on Ikaruga in handheld so it's possible to adapt to the quite shit Joycon sticks, it's just not preferable. Speaking overall, there's a large and growing collection of 'proper' shmups on the Switch. Almost all the Psikyo games including Gunbird 2, Zero Gunner 2, Dragon Blaze and Tengai, the top Neo Geo stuff like Blazing Star and Pulstar, then Ikaruga, Psyvariar, Azure Reflections, Danmaku Unlimited 3. There's plenty more besides but these are the highlights for me. I'm still hopeful that M2 will work their magic on Battle Garegga and Ketsui and we'll see where it goes from there.
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    Shmups

    Aye, Caladrius Blaze is pretty gross. Half-decent game underneath it but still only half. I can just about tolerate the cutesy witch/maid stuff from Azure Reflections and the girly stuff in Mushihimesama and Dodonpachi DaiOuJou is mild enough to ignore but it was so obnoxious in Caladrius Blaze that I uninstalled and never went back. In very related news, though, I can kind of recommend Sisters Royale, a cute-em-up available on the Japanese Nintendo eShop. Comes to about eight quid or so. It's decent enough. It feels like a very good mobile game shmup. Fuckin hell, talk about a soft sell. Anyway, sod all that. Psyvariar Delta is out in the West this week on PS4 and Switch. Absolutely banging game.
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    Paying to Play 'Early'

    When I see the wankers whooping with 'glee' at Alton Towers with their so-called 'Fast Track' passes thinking they're having more fun than me in the queue with my beady eyes fixed upon them, the joke is well and truly on them because I'm not even arsed about the rides, I just like the anticipation. I'd abandon them halfway through if I could, I'm only interested in waiting for the next one.
  4. Again, plenty of summons for me this evening and I finally finished the network test, too. I am in bed slightly under the weather and playing in handheld, and I can't believe how good it is. This is exactly what I had hoped for.
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    Shmups

    Totally on the same page. For the sale price, it's pretty good if a little dry. For fifty quid, I'd have been gutted. I got the Cave DLC pack and it basically adds Dodonpachi, Deathsmiles and Ketsui gameplay elements, along with the ships/characters. It's probably the most fun I've had with the game, to be frank. YMMV, though. I'm easily pleased by anything Cave.
  6. I'm awful at SFV, genuinely awful and have hardly put any time in relative to SF4, but I've been most successful by far when just playing total offensive spam, and least successful by far when trying to play solidly, intelligently and punish appropriately. I find that a bit dispiriting.
  7. Which utter homunculus would downvote this post?
  8. And for contrast, I suppose, I played for approximately the same amount of time at various points over the four hour session and was invaded every couple of minutes and invaded others a dozen times. It's just the nature of the stress test, I suppose.
  9. Stanshall

    Forza Horizon 4 - Open-UK Racing

    I played it on the PC on Ultra via the Shadow streaming thing. It looks phenomenal and I had a massive grin on my face. I'm mulling whether to pick up a One X again or not and get it on there but I probably won't bother. I feel I need a proper 4K HDR telly to get the most out of the One X, and then I think I never played on the One X when I had it, and I barely turn on my Pro, and HDR isn't suddenly going to make those games more appealing, so I'm better saving myself two grand. But it looks amazing, and RDR2 and all the other stuff which might come one day, but I feel like I probably need a 4K telly with HDR... And I think about this again and again on a loop.
  10. Well, I'd say fair warning then and don't let it put you off! It's technically representative of the game, obviously, but it's not a demo, there's no tutorial, there's no context for the bit you play, it's very much cut down in terms of what you can do and where you can go, you'll probably die a bit to enemies and also other players and think what the fuck is this shit? It's a stress test for the online components and nothing more. The full game, however, is every bit as brilliant as everyone says.
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    The Arcade Ten

    TMNT: Arcade Super Sprint Quick & Crash Star Wars Robotron 2084 Street Fighter 2 Gauntlet Outrun Dodonpachi DaiOuJou Ketsui All of which I've played at Arcade Club in Bury recently. Massive recommendation.
  12. I don't know if you played the previous network test on PS4 or whatever but it's exactly the same linited location with a choice of builds. You start at the Altar of Sunlight, basically, and make your way to the gargoyles. You'll find yourself invaded constantly and there will be loads of summons but it's otherwise only a tiny chunk of the game. It's certainly not a demo, it's a stress test, so you'll probably have had enough after an hour or so.
  13. It ran from 6pm to 10pm, as advertised. Same again tomorrow and Sunday.
  14. It's just the PS3 version but more solid. Which is fucking great. I never quite got on board with the updated textures and lighting choices and craved the original flavour. This is it. Seems very solid to me in handheld and docked. Slightly odd coming off the PS4 version but actually more 'authentic' in terms of my lifetime experience of DS. I was invading and summoning and being invaded constantly, and it was brilliant. Absolutely thrilled with it.
  15. You always know who negged or pozzed your post by who just replied.
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