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    PlayStation Classic - December 2018

    This absolutely has to have Gran Turismo on it.
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    Edge #323 25th Anniversary Edition

    Ha ha, I've considered off-loading my collection once or twice, because it's growing every month and taking over my shelving... BUT I do like to go back through old issues from time-to-time, and Edge is an encyclopedia of the best videogame journalism since its launch in 1993. There's also the superb design that complements the written words (take those issue 323 covers, for example!). When I moved house several years ago, it was an epic task carrying continual arm-loads of Edge magazines out of the house and into the new one (our new house is directly opposite our old house). I think the neighbours probably enjoyed watching me sweat as I hauled the future of interactive entertainment from one building to the other.
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    Edge #323 25th Anniversary Edition

    I was hoping for that sort of thing too, although Edge have done "behind the scenes" features at least twice before. I can't remember when exactly, but I'm sure they did a "Making of" Edge in one of the other anniversary issues. All the same, it would be great to have a new feature looking back over the 25 years, from a gaming point of view AND from the magazine's perspective. I also think Edge should revive the "File" special editions that lasted for three issues (collating a years worth of the best of Edge in each edition). In answer to the question @MattyP, there isn't anything in the latest mag that covers the history of Edge.
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    EDGE #322 - The E3 Issue

    When I opened it, I presumed all subscription copies were printed in this way. I hadn't realised mine was quite so limited edition! I'm going to bury in it a time capsule in the garden.
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    EDGE #322 - The E3 Issue

    PM sent, I'd be grateful for an Edge in all its full-cover glory!
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    EDGE #322 - The E3 Issue

    Please look away now, anyone who is offended by a slip in Edge's usual high standards... here's my subscriber copy of Edge 322 with the cover on inside out. Truly an horrific sight. Amiga Power NEVER did this to me. And because the back cover is the same, I don't know if I'm holding my Edge upside down unless I open it to look at the inside contents!!! Disgusting.
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    EDGE #322 - The E3 Issue

    My subscriber copy is very limited edition... the "cover" is in fact on the inside page (and upside down) and my cover is what should have been inside... a predominantly black cover with a grey E3 pattern. Basically, the cover seems to have been applied inside out!
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    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    I'll admit I'm not a regular visitor to the Legend of Zelda series, but I've recently bought BOTW and it's an absolutely incredible game. In fact, it's gripped me enough that I feel compelled to buy some Amiibo for it (and I've not tended to buy them in the past) but - after browsing online - I now realise I'm late to the Amiibo BOTW party, and they're only available at extortionate prices. I have a question that has probably been asked a million times online (apologies!) but when an Amiibo range shows as "out of stock" on the official Nintendo store, what are the odds of there being a subsequent re-release? Is it unlikely that the Breath of The Wild Amiibo collection will be on general sale again? I'd even settle for unboxed secondhand ones, but there doesn't even seem to be many of those on eBay.
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    Stardew Valley

    Help me out guys. I've had a little play around with this game (on Switch) but I feel too daunted to properly dive into it. Can I literally play it at my own pace, or if I haven't introduced myself to specific characters after a certain number of days, does that limit potential opportunities in the future? I realise that the sooner I plant things correctly, the sooner I'd reap the rewards, but does it really matter how long you take to achieve certain things, as long as you get there in the end?
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    20 years ago today - PAL N64 Launch

    It was Goldeneye that originally persuaded me to buy my first Nintendo console, but as soon as I loaded up Super Mario 64 I realised the error I had made in not having Mario in my life sooner. Here's my sticker-covered original boxed SM64 game from 1996. Wave Race still plays magnificently; those water effects still look great in 2018. I've written a new blog post about Mario right here - please do give it a read!
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    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

    The bit where Yondu was using his magic arrow to slaughter everybody on the ship... Were we meant to be cheering him on? It felt a bit jarring to me. It kind of reminded me of A View To A Kill when Christopher Walken is machine-gunning all his employees.
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    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

    Can I offer my modest film review: The original film is one of my favourite super-hero movies of all-time, although generally speaking I’m not into super-hero movies (particularly Marvel’s current saga, which weaves the various films into each other using an on-going story arc within the same universe). But the original Guardians of the Galaxy was a lot of fun, had some great set-pieces, a superb soundtrack and a selection of very likeable characters. Nine out of ten! My expectations were high for the sequel. The opening credits sequence is a major highlight: the camera focuses on Baby Groot whilst an epic battle between the other Guardians and a huge hideous beast plays out in the background to amusing effect. This is the exact tone Guardians should have; it should be a film that dissects and plays with the conventions of what is expected for a super-hero movie. Unfortunately however, the film becomes a little too bloated and wayward. If the first film was about throwing together the ensemble that is the Guardians of the Galaxy, then this second film gives the impression that it wants to explore their backstory more, and to identify the inner demons that each character is living with. And so we find ourselves (in a film series that seems to identify itself as wanting to play with convention) in a situation where – in the middle of the film – we have outpourings of inner turmoil from most of the key characters, in scenes of sentimentality that are layered one after the other until you could be forgiven for thinking you’re watching EastEnders In Space. I can completely understand the film wanting to explore the Star-Lord’s (our main hero) tragic backstory, but do we need all of them? Did The Empire Strikes Back need to highlight the tragic past of Han Solo? I see what the film is trying to achieve; it’s highlighting that the collected Guardians are essentially a “family” who can rely on each other for support in times of need. But this felt a little like overkill. There are humour misfires too. Scenes featuring Baby Groot running errands incorrectly soon wear thin, as does an entire scene in which a villain character’s adopted name (Tazerface) is mocked for being a bit rubbish. Funny for five seconds, but not for five minutes. Additionally, for every great comedic line that Drax has, there is another that is too forced. However. Despite all the above, it is an entertaining film. The special effects are incredible (I saw it in IMAX 3D) and the Guardians are still a likeable bunch. It’s a roller-coaster of crash bang zap spectacle, and there is only the odd occasion when I had the impression I was watching a video-game rather than a film. It’s essentially a film with a worthy heart-felt message, but it’s not up to the standard of the original. I can’t help comparing the Guardians films to the recent Star Wars releases, probably because I haven’t watched that much sci-fi in the past decade or so. With the first Guardians, I felt that it had a lot of the freshness and fun that was lacking from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This sequel however isn’t quite as endearing. They can still save the galaxy, but these Guardians need to do it in a more entertaining way next time.
  13. Hmmm, tough decision. I can't decide whether to buy the Dreamcast with SNES controller or the SNES with Dreamcast controller.
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    Star Wars: Rogue One

    Do you mean Riz Ahmed? Watch Four Lions.
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    Nintendo Switch

    I'm really sorry Nintendo, but I'm holding off for a limited edition colour (a Famicom-styled Switch would be nice). However, if you release a Switch Metroid game and an Advance Wars game (ideal for multiplayer local gaming!) I will make a purchase sooner.
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