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Stoikovich

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    OH GOD I AM GETTING OLD : reminiscing about old Transformers; doing DIY; spending time with my daughter; swimming & cycling.
    Enjoy reading sci-fi and comic books - currently enjoying Lost Light/More Than Meets The Eye and Saga.
    House of Cards and The Americans are great, as is Catastrophe. I have a massive fondness for Billions, despite a creeping feeling its just a modern-day Dallas....
    Studying part time for a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Econimics

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  1. Stoikovich

    Shmups

    Ikaruga’s a tricky bast because you can totally figure out straightforward chains through levels, but always feel like there’s more optimisation available... more opportunities to chain MORE. And then a small slip in execution and you have to restart... again Great job with the S++!
  2. Stoikovich

    Shmups

    Got the artwork printed at a local printers, just need a decent one capable of A3. Sounds like your mate is just the ticket. Somewhere on https://forums.shoryuken.com/ is the Photoshop template for the TE layout; if you need it then drop me a PM, I should have it on the PC at home. The plexi cover was from https://www.highflow.nl/modding/laser-cutting-engraving/mad-catz-te-full-te-s-plexi-cover.html?sl=en
  3. Stoikovich

    Shmups

    While we’re talking sticks, I’ve been wondering about the HRAPs for PS4 - I currently play PS4 with my 360 MadCatz TE through a Brooks adaptor. Is the HRAP4 Kai or Hayabusa any better? They don’t seem to have Sanwa/Semitsu parts, though do look lovely. My current stick
  4. Stoikovich

    Shmups

    That was great! I especially like the stage 3 boss and stage 4 mid-boss (where my runs start to fall apart...). And, you take the stage 3 ship apart far quicker than I've ever managed to. Think I'll try to copy that Your bombing looks really good ; Remembering to bomb is a definite skill! Got any idea what the next 1CC will be?
  5. Stoikovich

    Shmups

    FWIW - Chain enough to feel like you’re doing something. Otherwise you’ll take fifteen years to emulate a perfect superplay! Stage four is tough. There is definitely a manageable route through which allows a chain to be maintained - but it’s miles off the high score vids you see. Once I was dialled in to stage 4, then 5 was a (comparative) cakewalk
  6. Stoikovich

    Shmups

    Here is some more I’m not one for OSTs generally, but DFK on iPhone is a winner For the last fortnight I’ve been smashing Ketsui. It. Is. Tough. luckily the PS4 has a great training mode where you can gradually increase difficulty and/or practice specific sections. Difficulty moves from 1-10, with 1 being supereasy, and 10 at arcade level. I can comfortably clear level 8 (with autobombs...) but hot damn if level 10 isn’t absolutely brutal. Right now I can reach stage 4 boss some of the time, but stage five is positively daunting. I’m going to persevere! I did the same with Ikaruga a few years back and managed to achieve a 1CC, hopefully I can repeat the trick!
  7. Really enjoyed it. Wished there was It was kinda a greatest hits - after all, it’s part nine. Need to see it again!
  8. Stoikovich

    Shmups

    That was mad skills! Nicely done I don't think the IOS versions of Cave games count as 'proper' Cave, but I love them (and touch controls make the games miles easier). I loved Futari when it still worked on iOS, and hope it gets updated soon.
  9. Stoikovich

    Shmups

    I enjoyed Deathsmiles 1, even managed multiple 1CC’s once I got used to scoring etc. Be great if a DS1+2 pack comes out.
  10. Got my SD2VITA last week too I used an ebay seller with a good feedback rating. The whole process started when I bought Gradius Gaiden (PSP) off the store, not realising it's no longer compatible with Vita. So, after rolling back the firmware and installing Enso, it has become compatible again, plus I can now play any PSP and PSX games on the Vita with near-zero hassle. SD2VITA was a massive bonus because my 16gb official card was just too small. Followed a few guides online, it was pretty straightforward if a little nervy when you first start
  11. In the early nineties my supercool aunt treated me to a trip to London where we went to some anime screenings at the ICA. They were putting on an exhibition called Manga Manga Manga, it was just around the time that Manga video became a thing, and started releasing stuff in the high street. Over a couple of nights we saw cinema screenings of Akira, Venus Wars, Graveyard for Fireflies and one other which I can’t remember (it may have been Laputa). Akira was obviously brilliant, Venus Wars fairly pants (and the projector broke halfway through), but Fireflies was amazing; the whole theatre was in tears. I’ve not brought myself to watch it again, and I have a daughter now, so it would probably put me in floods. It’s so funny hearing other people’s recollections about Laputa and the ITV dub - I thought I was the only one! I used to enjoy spotting the VO actors common between cartoons, I think there were a few in Laputa that cropped up in Dogtanian
  12. Gone in for the physical copy and name in credits, thats too good to resist! And agreed, something from Treasure along the lines of Gradius V 2 would be a dream come true!
  13. Loved the book but not read it for a few years now. While I didn’t warm to the first episode, it’s gathered pace and grown more enjoyable; I think it’s been done well overall. cant wait to go through the last two episodes tonight
  14. Please, something amazing before the end. Like, transform into a power ranger
  15. Ridge Racer in the arcade. OMGGGGG Stepping onto Hyrule Field in Ocarina of Time, and seeing the game world stretching off to the horizon. First time I went online with Phantasy Star Online (DC). The excitement and promise of online gaming!
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