30 Day Video Game Challenge Day 30

30 – Favourite game ever?

A tough one this…but there is only game that I’ve been chasing the same high from for years.

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As I wrote on Day 10 of this 30 Day Challenge, I loved Pro Evolution Soccer 4 so much, I’ve played nearly every Pro Evolution Soccer game since, trying to recapture the highs I got from that game. Now I think about it, it’s been a disappointment…no Pro Evo has ever come close.

Why is that? I think Pro Evo 4 had a few things going for it. Firstly, we had a great option file, which gave us all the correct teams from the off. To a Pro Evo fan, this was like nirvana – we were used to awful ‘fake teams’, so to have all the correct details was amazing!

Secondly, I think Pro Evo had some of the best attacking play of any football game ever. It felt really open, like the balance of play could switch in an instance. A simple throw in could lead to a break away, if the defence wasn’t paying attention. Yet it wasn’t too ‘arcadey’ – you could defend effectively, you just needed to pay attention.

Thirdly. the controls were out of this world. This was before player animations would become a big issue in football games, there were no problems with asking a player to do something then watching him follow a pre-designed routine while you were effectively a man down. Your players did what was required, when required…within their limitations.

…and that was the biggest thing for me. Each player felt like an individual player. One of my biggest criticisms of FIFA (and latter day PES) is that players all feel like they play the same, with a bit of variety in speed. In Pro Evo 4, everyone was different, You had your huge central defenders like Hayden Foxe, who were tall, unbeatable in the air but weak on the ball and painfully slow. You had strikers like Michael Owen, weak but fast with great finishing.

Thanks to Pro Evo 4’s newest gameplay feature, players now improved and decline with age. You could watch that average winger become an incredible crosser of a ball, just by training him on crossing and giving him game time…even 10 minutes a game! You could see legends decline and fall to the bench…still capable of ‘putting a shift in’ but not capable of running the show anymore.

Maybe I’m looking through the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia…but it’s better than nothing!

That’s the last entry in the 30 Day Video Game Challenge series. If you’ve read through all these entries, then thank you! I’ve enjoyed reminiscing about my gaming life while answering some tough questions and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts!

If you’re a blogger and haven’t taken on this challenge, I recommend you do – it’s a lot of fun and it really makes you think about the games and consoles you’ve played before!

 I’ll see you in 2018…I’ve still got quite a lot of games to play through…


Creative Christmas Day 11: Gaming Resolution for 2018?

🤞   31 December 2017:   Midnight eventually rolls around, which means it’s now time to pick a New Year gaming resolution to see you through the next 12 months. What’s your choice for 2018?

I’ve got a gaming resolution I want to succeed with in 2018 – simply put, I want to play and complete an RPG. Not an action RPG like Fallout, but a proper RPG.

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I reckon, if you don’t count Fallout, that I’ve only played two RPG’s in my entire life – Atari ST classic Dungeon Master and Fire Emblem Awakenings on the 3DS. I’ll be honest too – my playthrough of Fire Emblem was on an easier difficulty level with characters returning from the dead. Basically, it was a lame playthrough by a lame RPG player.

In 2018 I’m going to break the habit of a lifetime and sit down with an RPG. I’d love to hear some suggestions – I have the Steam Genesis classics, any early Mega Drive RPG’s that might be a good starting point?


30 Day Video Game Challenge Day 28

28 – Favourite game developer?

Do you even have to ask me?

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Yes, Nintendo are more innovative and Sony have dominated the market for 20 years or so…but if you mention gaming to me, I’ll always think Sega first.

I grew up with Sega machines (the Master System and Mega Drive) and though I moved over to Sony when the Mega Drive started to wind down in 1997, the 8-bit and 16-bit Sega consoles made a huge impression on me. Part of that reason was the games Sega made.

I think the reason that Sega games made such an impression on me is simply down to the fact they were immediate and fun. Sega was an arcade developer and I think that carried over into their console games. When reading about Sega on the internet, a few years ago, I heard the term ‘blue skies gaming’ used and I couldn’t agree more. Sega games seem like they are set in a world where it’s always sunny, there’s no stress and you can simply pick up a pad and play.

Games like Crazy Taxi, Outrun and Super Hang On are great examples of this – all racing games, but based around the sheer adrenaline of getting to the next goal, music blaring as the wind hits your face. There’s no unnecessary details, no complicated mechanics to learn. You can simply pick up the game and play it. That’s something I miss in modern gaming – I don’t want an epic tutorial, let me learn how to play the game myself! I love any game that is ‘simple to play but hard to master’ – anything that rewards skill and practice!

I know Sega have made their mistakes over the past 25 years, but I’d miss them if they weren’t around. Their legacy is a great one and I wish we could see more of it. I like what Sega Forever are doing, but there are so many more games they could release. Still, it’s better than nothing I guess.

#22 – Ninja Gaiden

In a gaiden-da-vida, honey…

Guilty Party – Retro Redress

Crime – Giving up on Ninja Gaiden at Stage 6-2 due to being intimidated by the difficulty

Redress – Get over the difficulty and try to beat Ninja Gaiden!

When I look through by backlog of unfinished and abandoned games, I always look for games that I know I can beat. Games that are near the end and just need a few hours to beat. Games that just need one big session to get to the end.

Ninja Gaiden isn’t any of the above. Ninja Gaiden is insanely hard, so hard that I simply just gave up on it…

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#20 – Galaxy Force II

I don’t think the force is with me on this one….

Guilty Party – Retro Redress

Crime – Never playing Galaxy Force II

Redress – Spend an hour playing Galaxy Force II.

I’ve owned various Sega systems and compilations over the years and they all have one thing in common – I don’t play Galaxy Force on them. I’ve owned Galaxy Force II a few times, but I’ve never played it for more than five minutes.

Well, you know what that means? Like Columns and Space Harrier II, we need to dedicate an hour to Galaxy Force II. Let;s do this…

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It’ll be Christmas soon….

Yeah, so I didn’t get another PS4 redress posted. Sue me…all I’ve got is a couple of cats who have decided that my PS4 is a good place to try and sleep….

I’m kidding really. I adore my cats and the reason I didn’t get another PS4 redress posted was because I spent my blogging time playing football with them. They won….

October is an odd month for me, as I’m off to Las Vegas for a week on the 9th. So rather than try and work around another theme or try and rush posts out (ala Until Dawn. Good game, but it completely messed up my sleep pattern. I blame Mike), I’m going to use October to catch up on all the games that fell through the cracks during my Sega Holiday (due to lack of internet) and Sony September (due to illness/tiredness/settling cats in).

So, please join me for a month of PS4 and Mega Drive leftovers…like last night’s tea heated up the next day – still tasty and familiar. Plus, there will be some Well-Red Mage reviews too….

#15 – Altered Beast

Entering Beast Mode…

Guilty Party – everyone bar Retro Redress

Crime – not appreciating the greatness that is Altered Beast

Redress – Retro Redress will defend Altered Beast the best he can

I’m fairly new to blogging on the internet and have only really been reading up on gaming opinions and analysis for the past few years. Generally, I’ve really enjoyed myself – there are some great people to discuss games with and some brilliant writers and bloggers out there. However, there is one thing that bothers me…It’s the general consensus on Altered Beast.

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