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  • Super Castlevania 4 proved the best Dracula games don't have to be scary

  • LudusSolers 21/07/2014

    I love this game and I have no shame in admitting it. This, rather than Super Mario World, LttP or F-Zero, was the game that made me buy a SNES, and it was the first purchase I made after I got my first pay cheque from my first job!

    I loved everything about it, from the controls to the level design to the graphics. However, like many others, it was the soundtrack that had the biggest impact on me - it really is perfect, and I genuinely think that very few scores in gaming since then could claim to be on a par with Super Castlevania IV.

    A seminal work and one of my favourite games ever.
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  • The real story behind The Sun's "Gaming as addictive as heroin" headline

  • LudusSolers 08/07/2014

    I make a point of not reading the Scum, but I'm totally unsurprised at their peddling of yet more tenuous, unsubstantiated bollocks. What an absolute waste of trees, ink and time. Reply +1
  • Editor's blog: I am sexist

  • LudusSolers 19/06/2014

    Interesting article, and a number of relevant points raised which are worth a reasoned discussion. I'm pretty sure if I don't completely agree 100% with all of Tom's assertions and I think that it's over simplistic in the article's view of what seems like the majority of males.

    Yes, there are a number of titles that are dismissive, sexist or misogynistic in portraying women, and it's right it should be addressed. I don't think it is right to wholly castigate a developer's artistic vision for its apparent or perceived lack of inclusiveness or equality. At the end of the day, it's their right to choose how a story and its characters develop, just as it's the consumer's right to critique it.

    Humanity is not homogeneous, and there are clearly differences in the way men and women approach things from a physiological and emotional perspective. Diversity between genders in games is something that needs to be addressed sensibly, and will require a change in attitudes on a number of sides. I don't think it will be achieved by trying to shame or castigate specific demographics who hold entrenched views, but by having positive, open discussions where all sides are heard respectfully. I'm hoping that this article becomes a starting point for this.
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  • EA Sports UFC review

  • LudusSolers 17/06/2014

    @dan_de_la_peche You're absolutely right - Jon was referring to a no hands sweep from ground / guard position rather than a standing takedown. I fail on reading comprehension today! Reply 0
  • LudusSolers 17/06/2014

    Not sure if this tops UFC Undisputed 3, but it sure looks pretty. I've yet to buy a next gen console and I was hoping that this might be my tipping point. Somehow, I don't think it is, which is disappointing. I guess as this is their first effort, future revisions will address some of the issues raised - especially relating to ground game.

    Also, scissor takedowns DO work on trained UFC competitors - just ask Anderson Silva.
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  • Mercenary retrospective

  • LudusSolers 16/06/2014

    @Luke_Martin_VA Agree 100% and also, happy birthday! Reply 0
  • Nintendo reveals Zelda Wii U gameplay footage

  • LudusSolers 10/06/2014

    @Dantonir Those Neogaf screens are insane - it's astonishingly beautiful without the YouTube decompression. I wonder if that's Death Mountain in the far distance... Reply +2
  • Final Fight retrospective

  • LudusSolers 25/05/2014

    One of my favourite games and I spent a huge amount of time and money on this (some of which was when I should have actually been in school). I never managed to finish this on a one credit run but that awesome continue screen was almost worth dying for! Reply +1
  • Ridge Racer retrospective

  • LudusSolers 19/05/2014

    I loved Ridge Racer and spent a ridiculous amount of money on the arcade cab (1 a go was a lot back then!) and it was one of the first games I bought on PSX. Articles like this retrospective and the StunFest piece make me sad: firstly, because the arcade experience is almost lost to an entire generation; secondly because it reminds me that I am getting old... Reply 0
  • Block rockin' beeps: What's behind gaming's greatest soundtracks

  • LudusSolers 30/04/2014

    As complete coincidence, I thought I'd break up the monotony of the drive from Coventry to Manchester this morning by listening to the JSR soundtrack. The M6 is considerably less dull with Sneakman blasting out of the speakers. In any case, I loved this article but as others have mentioned, it didn't scratch the surface of this subject! So many games have absolutely outstanding soundtracks - Rez, F Zero X, OutRun, Super Castlevania IV, AfterBurner, Soul Calibur 2, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Strider and Lords of Thunder on PC Engine, or any number of Neo Geo titles.

    Finally, IMHO a special mention ought to go to Module for his sterling work on the Shatter soundtrack. Much like Hotline Miami, the game and the music are intrinsic to the overall experience the player has - bizzarely, it's one of the only times I've bought a game on the strength of the soundtrack alone.

    EDIT: Spelling DERP
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  • Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion

  • LudusSolers 26/03/2014

    "Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face - just by putting on goggles in your home."

    This concerns me greatly - I got rid of my Facebook account years ago because of concerns over data privacy and their unrelenting desire to harvest every bit of information about you. Medical data is as personal as it gets; there's no way I'd want Facebook and their marketing buddies anywhere near mine or my family's. Disappointing.
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  • Dark Souls 2 review

  • LudusSolers 13/03/2014

    @JonFE thanks for the pointers - I'll man up and head back in there!! Reply 0
  • LudusSolers 11/03/2014

    I am ashamed to say that I haven't made it past Blighttown in DS1 (quit in a huff after yet another bloody toxic death, and haven't picked it up in 3 months) but knowing that DS2 is here might inspire me to push through and finish the first one... Reply +1
  • Super Mario 3D World review

  • LudusSolers 21/11/2013

    @sid-6581 For an example of narrative, thought-provoking storylines AND fun, you could do much worse than look at LOZ: Majora's Mask. Actually, Link's Awakening is probably an even better example - the final "twist" was a real sucker-punch for me. Reply 0
  • LudusSolers 20/11/2013

    @Cringles88 True, cut scenes can add to a player's engagement with the protagonist / avatar, but they aren't wholly necessary. The Metroid games - recent entries aside - are proof enough of this. Reply +2
  • Nintendo's now-discontinued Letter Box service used by alleged child predators

  • LudusSolers 06/11/2013

    Shocking. Although pulling the service seemed like a knee jerk reaction by Nintendo, nothing can be more important than the safety and security of children. Reply +28
  • FIFA 14 patch out on console this week

  • LudusSolers 10/10/2013

    No fix for the invisible player glitch then. SMH. Reply 0
  • The ultimate retro handheld collectors' guide

  • LudusSolers 30/09/2013

    Another Lynx fan here. Yes, it was extremely expensive and chewed through batteries at an exponential rate (I took to carrying my power supply around and plugging it in at the back of the class room!), but it is a masterpiece of engineering and well ahead of it's time.

    If you do splash out for it, I highly recommend trying to get your hands on Electrocop, Chips Challenge, Klax, Ninja Gaiden and the outstanding Warbirds - in addition to the titles mentioned earlier. IMHO it also has the best version of California Games - even though it was "missing" two events. A fantastic machine which I will always have a soft spot for.
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  • Viewtiful Joe retrospective

  • LudusSolers 15/09/2013

    Read this article with fond memories. Then I remembered how long I spent trying to defeat Fire Leo, and turned into a sobbing, broken mess of a man. Reply +2
  • Used game sales can be limited by making better games, Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime says

  • LudusSolers 14/06/2013

    I don't always agree with Reggie, but it's hard to fault what he's saying here. I still have the original GBA version of Advance Wars - it's one of my favourite games ever and I can't bear to let it go, even though I don't actually have anything I can play it on at the moment (I have a 3DS now, though I'm tempted to shell out for another DS Lite again). In my humble opinion, Nintendo make the best games in the world. Reply +8
  • Poland and Portugal not supported at Xbox One launch, importing near ruled out

  • LudusSolers 13/06/2013

    What an absolute shambles from start to (sooner than expected, I reckon) finish. There has been literally nothing positive forthcoming from XBox One. It's the Windows Vista of consoles. Reply +2
  • GamesMaster: The Inside Story

  • LudusSolers 04/06/2013

    What a brilliant article, read it with misty-eyed appreciation of what was a influential part of my (apparently) mis-spent youth.

    Only one thing though - where was the GamesMistress interview? She was surely responsible for more than a few joysticks being waggled... ;)
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  • Hotline Miami for Vita and PS3 this spring

  • LudusSolers 19/02/2013

    Fantastic news; Vita purchase confirmed!! Reply +8
  • Microsoft warns of console bans after Gears of War: Judgment leaks a month before release

  • LudusSolers 19/02/2013

    Maybe it's just me, but I've never been so desperate to play a game before it's retail release that I'd pirate/torrent a leaked version of it. As much as I love games, I simply don't see them as being so important that I'd risk potential legal action or at the very least, an instaban from my content delivery service of choice. Reply +6
  • The History of Nintendo: 1889-1980 review

  • LudusSolers 14/02/2013

    @pwnsweet @patrickbauer

    You may or may not like Nintendo, but the impact that they've had on the pastime we all (hopefully) enjoy is virtually incalculable. Fact is, they essentially rescued the console videogame industry from imploding back in the 80s.

    For that alone, they deserve the respect of everyone involved in the gaming industry - from CEO to consumer. Wishing for their (actually undeserved) demise smacks of fanboyism and is a childish - and pretty irritating thing to do.
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  • Nintendo announces Zelda: Wind Waker HD re-make for Wii U, out this year

  • LudusSolers 23/01/2013

    It's so beautiful, I actually shed a (manly) tear... :') Reply 0
  • The man who made Conker - Rare's most adult game

  • LudusSolers 23/11/2012

    A very interesting read and one that brings into sharp relief the increasing tension between artistic vision and the need to deliver in a target-driven corporate environment. I guess that's the way things are nowadays, as sad as it sounds, but realistically we knew that it was the case with modern games development.

    One title I noticed that was conspicuous by its absence was Jet Force Gemini - one of Rare's strongest titles. Along with KI, I think JFG (either an update or a full-fledged sequel) would've been a big win for Microsoft/Rare.
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  • Angry Birds Star Wars HD: an intellectual analysis

  • LudusSolers 22/11/2012

    Brilliant and scathingly true. Also, play Boom Blox if you haven't already - it really is one of the most criminally overlooked games in recent times. Reply +7
  • Jet Set Radio Review

  • LudusSolers 12/09/2012

    Boo to Yappie Feet and Many Styles being MIA (although it is nigh on impossible to find anything by OB ONE) but JSR is still one of my favourite soundtracks ever. Even with that bollocks by Rob Zombie included.

    Day 1 purchase for me - thank you Sega!
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  • Golden Generation: How FIFA Won the HD Era

  • LudusSolers 23/08/2012

    PES 05 still the pinnacle of football games for me. FIFA 12 was incredibly frustrating at times ("no, not that player - pass to the OTHER one!") but played well enough. I suspect that '13 won't have addressed some of the more glaring issues but having licensed league teams will be more than enough for many to ignore them. The new skill mode sounds very much like the training challenge mode in the old ISS titles - something I've missed quite a bit.

    Interested to see how PES stacks up against FIFA this year.
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  • Sony closes WipEout developer Sony Liverpool

  • LudusSolers 22/08/2012

    Desperately sad news and a real blow to the UK dev scene. Psygnosis/Sony Liverpool were one of my favourite developers - I've never played a game of theirs that I didn't enjoy.

    Wishing them all the best for the future.

    Thank you, guys.
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  • Loving the Crunch

  • LudusSolers 29/07/2012

    My project has been in crunch since March - there's been nothing remotely loveable about it... :( Reply +37
  • Dating site for gamers launches Shag a Gamer in UK

  • LudusSolers 16/07/2012

    Sounds legit. I'm sure that the young lady in the accompanying photos is an accurate representation of the calibre of candidate signed up to the site, too. Reply +19
  • FIFA 13 video: Arsenal's new purple away kit revealed

  • LudusSolers 13/07/2012

    Appalling. It's up there with Coventry City's 'brown' kit and Man U's grey strip for sheer fugliness. Nike seem to be on a roll with dodgy kits this year - Man U's home strip looks like a picnic blanket. Reply +1
  • Lara Croft attempted rape will make Tomb Raider players want to "protect" her

  • LudusSolers 13/06/2012

    @Slipstream I suppose it's dependent on your own experience really. I have two friends who have been raped, as well as a close family member, so it's a painful subject for me.

    If I read a book or watch a film where a character is raped or sexually assaulted, it brings up horrible emotions and I find it difficult to compartmentalise it as just a plot device.

    In all, I'd rather not see this scene in Tomb Raider - especially as I think it will be poorly handled to the point of gratuitousness.
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  • Changes to The Last of Us' Ellie and announcement of Ellen Page in Beyond are "complete coincidence"

  • LudusSolers 08/06/2012

    Y'know anytime I see Ellen Page, the line "It's all gushy" always pops into my head...

    Also - Naughty Dog's pants are on fire.
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  • FIFA 13 Preview: Your Team-Mates Have Woken Up!

  • LudusSolers 06/06/2012

    I've said it before - they *really* need to remove the ability for referees to physically interfere with play. I can't stress how bloody irritating it is to concede a goal on the counter because the ref either stood in the way of a pass or blocked off one of my player's runs.

    For that matter, the best feature I'd like to see is the one where player AI allows them to GET OUT OF THE BLOODY WAY OF EACH OTHER. There's nothing fun about watching players struggle to work out how to jump over or run around someone who is on the floor. I remain cautious about FIFA 13...
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  • E3 Reaction: Nintendo Blows Its E3 Conference Opportunity

  • LudusSolers 06/06/2012

    I have to say I was really disappointed with the presentation from Nintendo - as Tom rightly pointed out, this was a great opportunity missed. I'm not even feeling let down by the game titles announced, but by the lack of clear vision communicated during the session. This is apparent by - again, as highlighted in this thread - the stuttering pace and order of the presentation.

    I also thought that Reggie absolutely did nothing in terms of adding value - in fact, I thought he derailed the session with his poor presentation style and stilted performance; failing to connect with the audience or show any sort of enthusiasm for the product.

    With a bit more forethought (and a bit less Reggie), Nintendo could have walked this E3 and left everyone satisfied - that they didn't is a real shame.
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  • Nintendo's E3 2012 Conference

  • LudusSolers 05/06/2012

    Well that's it, this entire E3 has left me feeling deflated. Really disappointing from Nintendo. Reply 0
  • LudusSolers 05/06/2012

    Yay Scribblenauts!! Reply 0
  • Ubisoft's Watch Dogs unveiled, platforms not yet disclosed

  • LudusSolers 05/06/2012

    Very impressive. I'm reminded of the first Deus Ex for some reason, which to me, can only be a good thing.

    Very much looking forward to finding out more. Along with NFS: MW, this has gone a long way towards redeeming a disappointing Day 1 of E3.
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  • Microsoft's E3 2012 Conference

  • LudusSolers 04/06/2012

    Disappointed, but not surprised by this presentation. Surely Microsoft are saving themselves for next year's event. Reply 0
  • LudusSolers 04/06/2012

    This is actually worse than Microsoft's 2010 E3 presentation. Reply +1
  • Nintendo reveals evolved Wii U GamePad, Xbox-like Pro Controller

  • LudusSolers 04/06/2012

    @Ahskay "sexy blackness" - maybe they could call it the (Jada) Firepad... Reply 0
  • FIFA 13 Preview: A Final Flourish?

  • LudusSolers 16/05/2012

    Still no mention of the need to remove the ability for refs to interfere with the ball during play. I've conceded too many goals because a pass has rebounded into the path of an attacking player or they've blocked the run of one of my own players. It's not a fun or exciting feature, and it adds nothing to the game play but frustration and annoyance. Sort it out please. Reply -2
  • The Last of Us trailer reveals Ellie redesign

  • LudusSolers 16/05/2012

    Unless Ellie was being redesigned to look more like Emma Stone, this was not a win for me. Reply +1
  • Miyamoto: Vita isn't currently a strong product

  • LudusSolers 04/05/2012

    Fishing for hits again, EG?

    Miyamoto isn't saying Vita is weak, or even that it isn't a strong platform - just that it will be a 'very strong' proposition when it has more software, similar to the situation with 3DS. Which is an entirely accurate observation to make, and nowhere near as inflammatory as the headline suggests.

    A bit of red top journalism/SDF flame-bait there; no need for platform zealots to get their tin hats out.
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  • Jet Set Radio HD details revealed

  • LudusSolers 14/03/2012

    Please, please, PLEASE make sure you get Toronto's Electric Toothbrush in there! Also, +1 for Jurassic 5 - I actually became a massive fan of theirs (and subsequently Blackalicious/Quannum Projects) because I first heard "Improvise" here. Reply +1
  • Facebook gaming boom is over - study

  • LudusSolers 27/02/2012

    Facebook? How very 2009. Reply +1
  • 2012 BAFTA Video Game Award nominations list

  • LudusSolers 16/02/2012

    Astonished that Skyward Sword wasn't nominated in the Design category. Asides from a couple of fetch quests that bordered on tedium, I thought it's design, pacing and ingenuity - particularly in some of the dungeons - were almost flawless. Reply +3