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Mr. Gerbik

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  1. A while back I looked at my backlog, which goes back decades, and picked out the games I really wanted to play at some point. Since then I have been working my through that list and whatever interesting title pops up on Game Pass. This has not only saved me a lot of money so far, I noticed that I'm not anxiously waiting for the next new big thing(tm) like I usually would. On top of that, we're right in the middle of the transition to the next generation. There are a few current gen breadcrumbs left to be released (not to that there aren't a lot of good games among those crumbs) and all the next-gen bigness hasn't been announced yet. So whatever everyone is working on beyond the first or second quarter of 2020 is a big unknown. Having said all that, there are a few titles that I'm really looking forward to nonetheless. Cyberpunk 2077 - I've been crazy hype about this ever since CD Projekt RED started recruiting for it in 2012. It would be madness to stop the hype now. I'm a big fan of CD Projekt's Witcher RPGs and I absolutely love the cyberpunk setting in games ever since Shadowrun on the SNES. Moreso than the standard medieval style fantasy, so this should be right up my grimy cyberpunk alley. The other game that I'm really looking forward to, is Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. The original is one of my all-time favourite RPGs and a bunch of the same devs are making this sequel, which hopefully won't be rushed out unfinished by the publisher this time around. I haven't followed it all, watched no trailers nor read any previews - but I'm hopeful it will live up to expectations.
  2. The idea was for Stadia to deliver an high-end PC experience. Given all the visual extras of the PC version of Metro, all the fancy stuff that isn't possible on current consoles - not even on a Pro or X - it would have been an ideal game to prove that Stadia can offer an experience akin to a 2000 quid PC. That it's just Xbox One X level visuals with far, far worse performance, you have to wonder where all those promised FLOPS have gone.
  3. EA is not on Game Pass, so don't hold your breath. You can of course take advantage of that deal of getting a month of EA Access for free through GP.
  4. No, that was a one time only deal. 12 months gold converts to something like 4 months Game Pass because of the price difference. I was lucky enough to stack 3 years first, but even so I want to extend it as much as possible. There are often deals for 3 months Game Pass Ultimate 50% off on Amazon, so keep an eye on that. I upgraded to Game Pass Ultimate around E3 iirc, so during Black Friday I bought 6 months at 50% off That's your only option at the moment. That £1 for Game Pass Ultimate deal is only for new subscribers who haven't had GPU before.
  5. Nice, I've been waiting for a sale but 'free' is an excellent deal
  6. Falls below the Xbox One X version and even the PS4 Pro, doesn't come remotely close to the PC version. 1080p/30fps with console level settings. Again Stadia offers visuals below the X, and completely negates the idea being able to play an expensive über PC version of a game at high settings at 4k. What a treat.
  7. Metal Gear Solid 6 GTA6 Final Fantasy 6 Remake Final Fantasy 7 Remake delayed
  8. Well, you got me there because I did indeed own a C64 before the NES. Thanks for making me feel old In all seriousness, what you say completely fits with my experience growing up in Amsterdam. I don't even remember seeing a Master System in the shops, and without the internet I simply didn't know about its existence until I started reading UK games magazines years later. It was even rarer than Megatron - with Megatron at least there were always rumours that a shop in Limburg was selling it, or someone's cousin's friend had one. Master System? Not a whisper. As you say, everyone owned either a NES or a computer wot played games. Before the SNES came along, the Mega Drive appeared in the shops. From some company I never heard of at that point, say-ka? And I remember staring at the demo attract screen of Altered Beast of all things Dem graphics It always surprised me when everyone on this forum is all like, Master System, yeah of course I had that! But that makes sense.
  9. The original Way of the Samurai on PS2 was exactly that. A travelling ronin walks into a small village that is terrorized by opposing factions. In the game you can choose who to side with and how to resolve it all. I remember there being a bazillion endings depending on what you did and when. But even so, I would love to finally play the Yakuza Yojimbo games!
  10. 4 is fantastic and my favourite until Zero came along. It doesn't really work as well on its own as Zero does however. Even if you buy no others ever again, play Zero fist because it works even as an introduction to 4 in a weird way - you'd at least know what the series is about and who some people are before starting 4. Zero and Kiwami 1 both use the Zero engine, which was a tarted up (but lovely) version of the PS3 engine running at a silky smooth 60FPS. Zero was a cross-platform game in Japan, came out on both PS3 and 4. Kiwami 1 used that engine. 6 featured a brand new engine, developed for PS4 instead of being cross-gen, and that's the one Kiwami 2 uses. Kiwami 1 and 2 are both complete remakes using a different engine than the PS2 originals which used isometric/static camera angles and stuff, had to load each background in separately! 3 is where the series moved to PS3 and to the 3rd person perspective behind Kiryu you all know and love, and where the environment became a proper 3D sandbox. 3, 4, 5 on the PS4 are a remasters of the original games - not remakes - which means a higher resolution and a bit of a polish here and there, but otherwise the same games. Also, the same team that localizes Yakuza from Zero onwards re-translated the English versions of these three games, and Yakuza 3 HD features a boatload of content that was cut out of the original English release because Sega back then thought it was 'too Japanese' and we would not be able to understand what was going on.
  11. NES, and at the time I didn't even know the Master System existed. Everyone I knew had a NES.
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