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Paulando

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    Favourite Games include:
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night [PS1]
    Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow [DS]
    Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time [XB]
    Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil [PS2]
    Katamari Damacy [PS2]
    Rallisport Challenge 2 [XB]
    Colin McRae Rally 2.0 [PS1]
    Virtua Tennis [DC]
    Metal Slug 2 [NeoGeo]
    Luigi’s Mansion [GC]
    Metroid Prime [GC]
    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 [MD]
    Sonic 3 & Knuckles [MD]
    Quackshot [MD]
    Super Mario World [GBA]
    Super Mario Sunshine [GC]
    Super Mario Galaxy [Wii]
    Super Mario Galaxy 2 [Wii]
    DoDonPachi [ARC]
    Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 [PC]
    Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door [GC]
    Tetris DX (GBC)
    Picture Puzzle [NGPC]
    Wario Ware [GBA]
    Half-Life 2: The Orange Box [X360]
    Hot Shots Golf [PSP]
    Peggle [iPad]
    Trials HD [X360]
    Uncharted 2 [PS3]
    Crackdown [X360]
    Bulletstorm [X360]
    Prince of Persia 2008 [X360]
    Outrun Online Arcade [X360]
    Hydrothunder [X360]
    Crysis 2 [X360]
    Portal 2 [X360]
    Fable 2 [X360]
    Fable 3 [X360]
    The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX [GBC]
    Persona 4 Golden [VITA]
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds [3DS]
    Final Fantasy X HD Remaster [VITA]
    Super Mario 3D World [WII U]
    Borderlands 2 [PC]
    Tomb Raider [PS4]
    The Talos Principle [PS4]
    The Witness [PS4]
    The Swapper [VITA]
    Stealth Inc [VITA]
    Bravely Second [3DS]
    Rise of the Tomb Raider [XBONE]
    Inside [XBONE]
    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD [WII U]
    Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic [iOS]
    WipEout: Omega Collection [PS4]
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [SWITCH]
    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe [SWITCH]
    Minecraft [SWITCH]
    Sonic Mania [SWITCH]
    Super Mario Odyssey [SWITCH]
    Steamworld Dig 2 [SWITCH]
    Celeste [SWITCH]
    Into the Breach [SWITCH]
    Astro Bot: Rescue Mission [PSVR]
    Return of the Obra Dinn [PC]

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  1. Paulando

    Oculus Quest - Out Now - £399 (64GB), £499 (128GB)

    Not long ago VR probably cost £1500 minimum (PC + Rift), then £700 (PS4 + PS VR), now £399 will do it. Seems decent to me, especially when it has some huge benefits over the Rift and PS VR. Of course, there’ll be some price drops in future, and upgraded hardware, like almost every console ever released. But talk about stating the bloody obvious.
  2. I remember the countdown website for this. I watched it the second it was released, then downloaded it from Dave’s Trailer Page It’s an awful film though, just a bad rehash of T2. Bad jokes, terrible action, and a nonsensical plot filled with coincidences. The ending is good, mind.
  3. Paulando

    Oculus Quest - Out Now - £399 (64GB), £499 (128GB)

    There’s always better tech around the corner. Everything you buy nowadays is replaced by something a year later. But I’ll just sell it and buy the next one.
  4. Paulando

    Playdate-A new handheld console thingy

    Coming soon: Playdate Light Player™
  5. Paulando

    Oculus Quest - Out Now - £399 (64GB), £499 (128GB)

    Happy Quest Day everybody I’m going away for a week and a half, so I’m having it delivered to a neighbour. Had a look through the store and I’ve built up a decent wish list so far. I think I’ll go for the games I don’t already have (Beat Saber), or the ones that will really benefit from full movement and tracking (Superhot), and I’ll hold out for a discount on the others. Looking forward to everyone’s impressions
  6. Paulando

    Oculus Quest - Out Now - £399 (64GB), £499 (128GB)

    Happy Quest Day everybody I’m going away for a week and a half, so I’m having it delivered to a neighbour. Had a look through the store and I’ve built up a decent wish list so far. I think I’ll go for the games I don’t already have (Beat Saber), or the ones that will really benefit from full movement and tracking (Superhot), and I’ll hold out for a discount on the others. Looking forward to everyone’s impressions
  7. It’s fine, you can switch between kick and punch with the start button if using a 3-button pad.
  8. Paulando

    Are cutscenes necessary?

    Generally, I skip them all. They’re mostly shit, sub-TV movie trash, and not worthy of my time. They also tend to be too long, or boring. Short, snappy cutscenes that show a lot with very little will get a pass. Why do I want to put a new game on, only to sit there for 10 minutes, twiddling the joysticks? There are a few notable exceptions. The story in the Persona games is brilliant, and it’s a key part of the game that changes depending on decisions you make. Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t really my ‘hing, but the cutscenes and dialogue are incredibly well done, and I can see why people get so invested in its story. I suppose you need that to put up with the clunky gameplay (). A fine example of how a story can be told is Inside. It tells so much with no cutscenes and no dialogue, and it’s a perfect example of ‘show don’t tell’. Uncharted did a decent job of combining dialogue with some of the platforming bits too, which in turn makes them more interesting to play. I could put up with the cutscenes in those, because the voice acting and dialogue was decent, and they did blur the line between gameplay and story. There are plenty of ways to tell a story without resorting to overlong cutscenes, and this would probably make a decent Game Maker’s Toolkit episode.
  9. Paulando

    Chernobyl (HBO/Sky)

  10. Paulando

    Chernobyl (HBO/Sky)

    The podcast is brilliant. I’ve listened to Craig Mazin for several years now on the Scriptnotes podcast, and he clearly knows his stuff, so it’s interesting to hear his thought processes when writing it, and a little bit more about the history. Makes for a great companion piece.
  11. The most GoT thing about this episode was:
  12. All TV shows have the odd junk episode, but episode 4 wasn’t just bad, it took seven seasons of setup, careful plotting and character building, screwed it up and chucked it in the bin. We’ve witnessed the dragons blossom from unhatched eggs to the fearsome beasts they’d become, and Rufus Hound kills one in 10 seconds with three perfectly-placed arrows. And while the ending of episode 3 was visually and aurally impressive, killing the Night King halfway through the season with so little bloodshed was misjudged. The armies were obliterated and thousands died (apparently?), but we didn’t feel anything because the Game of Thrones Hall of Fame™ assembled at the end of season 7 all survived.
  13. Paulando

    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

    No issue. You just need to disable auto-renew on your online membership first.
  14. Paulando

    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

    Picked up The Messenger and it’s pretty fabulous. Like a cross between Shovel Knight and Ninja Cop. You need to take your time and make your way carefully through the screens, but you also have just enough health points to showboat every now and then. Love that.
  15. Paulando

    Oculus Quest - Out Now - £399 (64GB), £499 (128GB)

    Yeah, I noticed this yesterday so I got my order in. I’ll get it delivered to a neighbour or something.
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