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  1. If I have time, I’m going to go retro on what may be some of the final PS3 physical collections I can get. Hitman HD Trilogy, Tomb Raider set (Underworld, Legend, Anniversary), and the Tom Clancy Splinter Cell Trilogy. 
     

    Don’t care if someone tells me “they’re too old” and blah blah blah. I love going back to PS2 stuff, especially when you never played a single Hitman game in your life. There's that feel and charm missing in modern stuff.
     

    People will tell me “play Hitman 3 it’s much better”. Nahh. I hate all the modern crap shoved into the interfaces and main menu. 
     

    PS2 era is king. Outside of some good stuff here and there, PS5 generation has mostly been a disappointment.

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    2. Jeanoltt

      Jeanoltt

      Splinter cell has probably the best IA ever. Still haven't seen something like the illumination and sound being a factor in the enemies detecting you.

    3. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      @Cleggworth I’m sure they are, but I’m a devout purist when it comes to starting game franchises. 
       

      Unless a game is abhorrently bad and aged poorly like a number of Atari to PS1 era games have, then I generally start with older titles and work my way up. 
       

      Hitman 1 on PS4 is tempting, if only because it still looks good and it doesn’t handhold the player. 
       

      @zizimonster They also need to be fun, first and foremost. Saints Row not only has a poor cast of characters with awful plot, the game was practically unfinished at launch. So I won’t bother with it. 
       

      Elden Ring has been one of a select few titles worth playing at release. 
       

      @DrBloodmoney Blood Money in fact on the PS4. But to be fair paying $59.99 for two games that are over a decade old is ridiculous. The PS3 Hitman HD Trilogy is around $35 - 40 plus tax if you shop around on Amazon or eBay. 
       

      Tomb Raider trilogy is actually cheap, surprising for a PS3 generation physical game. Tom Clancy is expensive like Hitman, as is expected. 
       

      @Jeanoltt Splinter Cell is second to Metal Gear Solid, but still very decent despite some flaws. Enjoyed Blacklist so I expect a challenge with the Xbox/PS2 generation games.

    4. Maxximum

      Maxximum

      I enjoyed the Tomb Raider Trilogy. Really fun. Underworld is a lot different compared to Legend and anniversary. It feels like it was just thrown in to join the other two to complete the trilogy. 

  2. 2022 has been a shitty year outside of gaming for me. I can’t say the same for gaming itself. 
     

    The Yakuza ‘Origins’ trilogy was worth the time spent alone. A combined 250 - 300 hours of gameplay to platinum all three. I don’t often praise bigger budget games from start to finish but this is one of them. 
     

    I think I’m going to actually write shortened reviews of each platinum from January until now. Riptide GP2 will be the final platinum of 2022. I don’t feel people are interested in me rambling about a game that I did quite a while ago. 
     

    2023, while I expect more shit in the real world, I expect more accomplishment in the gaming sphere. Will finally try to contribute to a friendly trophy event that I joined. Looking forward to Metal Gear Solid 2, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls and others.

    1. kingofbattle8174

      kingofbattle8174

      My view is inner happiness, is that there is nothing much I can control outside of myself. Once you realize that and really accept it, you can be on the road to a more positive outlook. I dont let alot of things bother me because they are out of my control. 

    2. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      @kingofbattle8174 I don’t believe anyone to have gone thru their lives without having a shitty year or two. 
       

      Fact of the matter is the real world is cruel and unforgiving. As it always has been. Real success comes from what you can accomplish out of what you have. Some people are better off, some people are worse off. 
       

      When you reach your mid 30’s like me, you realize much of what you idolized as a child wasn’t as it seemed. I can pick apart issues with much better clarity and detail than I could at 21 years old. I have far more life experience. For kids, their homes and what they’re exposed to is all they know. 
       

      But all this, I’m sure you’re already aware. 

  3. Recently I’ve had to look after my niece and nephew. They got a couple new Nintendo Switch games on Christmas, so I decided to play these with them. 
     

    I was just reminded of why I abandoned Nintendo a decade ago in 2012. 
     

    The only reason to stick with Nintendo for me at this point is to play the exclusives. And some of them are great. But for everything else I can play those games on other systems including the PC with much better performance.
     

    The business decisions Nintendo makes are atrocious, and date back to the 1990’s. 
     

    They have a “hate boner” for emulation. Nintendo shut down a lot of emulation/ROM websites which are essentially the only way you’re going to play a number of those exclusives. Their expansion service that you have to shell out a bunch of money for every year is a complete joke. Why would I want to play an old game like Sonic the Hedgehog 2, given Nintendo’s bad business decisions and marketing? They can’t even port a classic like Mario Kart 64 properly, as lag is atrocious. 
     

    Nintendo also is stubborn when it comes to actual sales. While Sony enjoys and appreciates sales, Nintendo seems to be the complete opposite. Give me something cheaper for Super Mario Odyssey. I’m not paying your prices. 
     

    And there’s honestly a bunch of other things I don’t like about Nintendo. This is somebody who was subscribed to Nintendo Power for a number of years, and invested so much time into N64 and GameCube. Super Mario Sunshine is still very decent, but can you give me a damn discount for Super Mario 3D All-Stars?  
     

    Thank goodness I don’t have a Switch myself. As much as I don’t like some of Sony’s decisions, I find hooking up games and playing Soulsborne games to be far more gratifying. 
     

    Nintendo is the Disney of the video game world. Largely appealing to children, with an active adult audience that still appreciates and enjoys their products. For the most part, I have largely outgrown a lot of Nintendo stuff. 
     

    No achievement system like Sony, Steam or Microsoft, big letdown. 
     

    Pricing your games high including your older stuff from the Wii and Wii U generations is ridiculous. Should we be surprised that people are emulating on PC and those guys who probably don’t get paid are doing a better job then Nintendo themselves? 

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    2. MidnightDragon

      MidnightDragon

      C’mon, Switch isn’t THAT bad. 

    3. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      @MidnightDragon It ain’t, but I hate the business side of Nintendo.

    4. FreshFromThaDeli

      FreshFromThaDeli

      I love my Switch. Play it regularly. Would spend more time on PlayStation if I didn't have one but those exclusives are too good to miss out on. 

  4. I honestly think if you went and watched Elf (2003) and Violent Night (2022) back to back, you would guess these films were made in the same era. 
     

    Both have feel good characters. Both have antagonistic assholes. I thought Elf would be better but it basically amounted to Will Farrell prancing around like a doofus. Certainly not as good as I remember. Jim Carrey’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas was bad also. Carrey playing the Grinch was sort of lame. His comedy couldn’t pull off the role. 
     

    Violent Night was essentially a Disney style plot with first person shooter inspired shooting scenes, a loudmouth toxic New York/New Jersey accent sounding asshole, a young girl believing in Santa, and crude humor & jokes that would make Adam Sandler & Ashton Kutcher proud. Several R rated movies feel like they were made by people who played too much Call of Duty and watched too much South Park. 
     

    Across all three mediocre Christmas films (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, Violent Night), the plot lines are predictable, the characters are antagonistic and hateful, and the flow is boring. Santa Inc takes the place as being one of the worst contrived pieces of garbage I’ve had the mispleasure of seeing. 
     

    I’m utterly ashamed of actress Beverly D’Angelo for being in such a shit movie as Violent Night for a Christmas film, knowing Chevy Chase’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) with its clever dialogue and witty interactions. In Violent Night, Beverly is the scapegoat and is utterly humiliated in virtually every scene she is in. 
     

    And this film is a 6.9/10 on IMDB? How? Because Violent Night tries to be a pathetic reimagining of Home Alone (1990)? Did these people never watch older films that did spoof comedy much better? 
     

    It’s PG formulaic crap with the R rated movie rating slapped on it. 
     

    So after watching this movie with friends, I think I watched A Christmas Story (1983). 
     

    If you guys want a better Christmas movie full of swearing and crude jokes, watch Bad Santa (2003). More off beat and it knows what it is. 
     

    Violent Night was good for the first 10 minutes, then quickly becomes a Disney atmospheric shit fest, full of death, cringe characters, and a plot that’s literally been beaten to death.

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    2. DrBloodmoney

      DrBloodmoney

      My top 20:

       

      (some of which aren’t technically Christmas movies, but since the UK doesn’t have Thanksgiving or some other holidays, anything “festive with snow” becomes “default Christmas” 😂)

       

      1. Scrooged
      2. The Apartment
      3. Groundhog Day
      4. Trading Places
      5. Muppet Christmas Carol
      6. Planes Trains and Automobiles
      7. Black Christmas
      8. It’s a Wonderful Life
      9. The Nightmare Before Christmas
      10. Mixed Nuts
      11. Klaus
      12. Die Hard
      13. The Preacher’s Wife
      14. Rare Exports
      15. The Santa Clause
      16. A Christmas Carol (Albert Finney version)
      17. Tangerine
      18. Mickey’s Christmas Carol
      19. Carol
      20. 36.15 code Père Noël (The original movie that Home Alone ripped off)
    3. Silver-I-Chariot

      Silver-I-Chariot

      My suggestion for one of the best Christmas movies would be Fatman (2020). It's on the cheaper side and is about a violent battle between Santa as Mel Gibson and a brutal assassin (Walton Goggins) sent by a naughty kid who didn't get his desired presents. If you are in the mood for one more Christmas movie and are fan of Mel Gibson you should give it a try. 

       

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    4. Sikutai

      Sikutai

      The only true Christmas movie is "Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel".

  5. Christmas is about the old time the corporate radio stations will play the oldies (1940’s - 1960’s), some more classic stuff from the 1970’s - 1990’s, and the occasional modern Christmas song that isn’t too bad. 
     

    How dinosaur radio stations are still around at the end of 2022 is beyond me. iTunes was the first service to break me away from radio. Spotify and Pandora broke me away indefinitely. 
     

    iHeart Radio is a complete joke, nothing but favoritism and corporatism with that company. Radio talk shows didn’t go extinct, they just made it to internet podcasts, readily available on YouTube and elsewhere. Unfortunately the young guys don’t have the charm and personality of the old guys my parents listened to, but that’s something I’m going to have to live with. Actual radio DJs were already on their way out when I was growing up, as MTV and internet services like Napster were fast on the rise. 
     

    Sirius XM is garbage also. Not that much better from dinosaur radio. AM radio is only good for rural areas when you need to get a quick weather update. 

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    2. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      @jgm4789 Shouldn't Nirvana and company be on a station dedicated to old Grunge music? Don't get me wrong I absolutely dug that music growing up. Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam were the absolute shit. Punk like Green Day was great as well.

       

      Sirius XM I believe has a channel dedicated to that, but even decades later, Grunge isn't even in the same category as Deep Purple or those other old bands that your parents and grandparents probably loved.

    3. jgm4789

      jgm4789

      To radio programmers classic rock just means anything thats 20 years old. And even then i was hearing mid 2000s hits from 90s bands that remained hit makers in the 2000s like green days American idiot or foo fighters the pretender as soon as they were considered fair game. In 10-20 years classic rock radio will literally be 90s and early 2000s music with the occasional zeppelin or acdc song because radio doesn't care about integrity or giving an accurate representation of the various eras, they just go member nirvana, member def leppard, and eventually member linkin park and my chemical romance while groups like dinosaur jr, iron maiden, king crimson, or any other reasonably popular but not huge hitmaker groups are lucky to get played on a weekend syndicated block like house of hair, nights with alice cooper or that one 90s block a classic rock station i used to listen to had.

    4. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      @jgm4789 You’re leaving out the fact that Baby Boomers have for the most part retired from the music industry. 
       

      I love some Dubstep circa 2007 - 2013ish, but that doesn’t come close to some of the older Techno stuff and certainly not House. 
       

      Millennial tastes start with Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and those other garbage artists. The only stuff I can stomach is indie/underground. Gen Xer Grunge music is far better. 
       

      For today’s radio programmers, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are old and classic to them. Thankfully some local stations where I live still play the classics, including the holiday songs. 
       

      Every subsequent generation gets worse with music. What the Zoomers like… I don’t even know. It’s just a bunch of noise, which is the same opinion the Boomers thought 15 - 20 years ago when Millennials started making their own entertainment.

  6. I’m beginning to have more new found appreciation for older games with mods because they can bring an ideal experience to modern systems. I bought Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 on GOG.com, but almost every old game generally has to be played with mods or patches for a better experience. They don’t necessarily have to make any additions, but they have to be worked on to fix the issues the old developers couldn’t a long time ago. 
     

    The modding communities out there I can’t thank enough. Been playing Sim City 4, and without any mods it probably would of been too cumbersome on my Windows 10. I think I’ll just try out Cities: Skylines on Steam, rather than try to play it on Sony with trophies. Strategy games are generally better on PC anyway. 

    And while some games don’t have mods to speak of, titles like Might & Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven and Might & Magic VII: For Blood & Honor benefit greatly from unofficial patches. Some of my favorite PC games of all time, up there with StarCraft, Baldurs Gate 1 & 2, RollerCoaster Tycoon 1, Deus Ex and Diablo II. 


    Been getting more into Blood, the 1997 old school shooter that has thankfully been discovered by modern audiences on Steam. I never had a chance to play thru the entirety of the original Shadow Warrior, so to see it get a modern treatment and better interface is awesome. 

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    2. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      @Mesopithecus Actually I bought Fallout 1 & 2 a decade ago, but a few years ago I played with mods and they were a better experience. 
       

      They kept the core gameplay in everything, but added some cut content and made the resolution tolerable for modern PCs.

    3. Mesopithecus

      Mesopithecus

      Ah gotcha, I misunderstood and thought you got Fallout 1 & 2 recently because they are on the Steam sale right now.  Have you dabbled much with emulation on PC?  I'm interested in giving it a try myself at some point as it seems like a great way to play some of the older games I enjoyed again.

    4. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      @Mesopithecus You mean emulators for console games?

  7. I re-watched No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood for the first time in years. Both released in 2007. Both I greatly enjoyed watching. 
     

    This I consider to be the last time Hollywood had any semblance of actual character, and they could cast both veterans and newer actors in roles that weren’t automatically going to get the social media horde spewing political propaganda bullshit. Movies weren’t too pandering to butthurt ‘soys’ crying that their upcoming Marvel film from the creatively bankrupt MCU was delayed. Hollywood itself is creatively bankrupt and serves as an empty hollow shell, because money and propaganda matter more than the audience spending years and decades enjoying their stuff. 
     

    The fact I argued at someone on another online forum over The Dark Knight (2008) and Heath Ledger’s role as the Joker is proof Hollywood has done a fantastic job alienating at least half the United States and to a lesser extent the western world. They spew ivory tower propaganda and treat male audiences like dirt. In the name of political correctness, stuff that was acceptable in films even just 10, 12, 15, 20 years ago is now taboo, as they have to fulfill more tick boxing. This stifles any amateur film maker and independent film producers are going elsewhere, for good reason. 
     

    To no surprise, the change of narrative within Hollywood in the past 10 years has ultimately lead to many video game productions suffering the same fate. I spoiled most of the God of War Ragnarok storyline and if I didn’t already know this franchise, I would of thought this was a Disney open world game. Because it ticks off a lot of the same garbage commonplace in modern Hollywood films. 
     

    And, in conclusion, this stuff is so boring. For a long time I admired Sony’s great graphics and set pieces, but their exclusives (which end up on PC eventually) just feel the same, without the engaging gameplay. A lot of indies look and feel the same sure, but at least they try to value gameplay more so than anything else. 
     

    In turn, Hollywood has become more childish and while it has always sucked to a degree, these pampered imbeciles are standing on their soapboxes more than they did in the recent past. The MeToo disaster was an embarrassment. Scandals are commonplace because it what makes the business relevant.
     

    The big studios have run out of any ideas and originality. It’s only good when people who are disgusted and given up on Hollywood are trying to make more entertainment decentralized, and not be forced to make reboots, reinterpretations or remakes, with questionable casting choices. 

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    2. LC-Fraggers

      LC-Fraggers

      @AJ_Radio Respectfully, I'm out. Myself and others have asked you for evidence to back up your claims a good few times now and each time you've ignored the request because you have none. It's clear that you're not interested in debating anything as much as you are blindly ranting in the face of overwhelming experience to the contrary of your deeply flawed views.

      I sincerely wish you the best.

    3. Abby_TheLastofUs

      Abby_TheLastofUs

      @LC-Fraggers Yep. He wants people to talk at, not talk to. He's admitted as much in the past.

       

      I'm not saying talking to him is pointless, because there is value in publicly exposing why his arguments are wrong or just pointing out absurd his comments are. You don't want misinformation to go unchallenged in any public space.

       

      But you're not going to have an actual conversation with the guy because that's not what he's interested in. 

    4. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      @Infected Elite Then leave. I don't need your input and I certainly don't need to constantly be told "just shut up" and "either watch the movies or you don't". If you're going to be condescending then you're just wasting your time.

       

      You troll people you don't like to get a reaction. I wish you to enjoy your holidays, but that's all I'm going to give.

       

      @VoidVictorious Do you want me to list everything I enjoyed over the past five years or so? I even recommended some stuff to people only to have that being spit back to me because it does not fall in accordance to what I think is good.

       

      Case in point, LC-Fraggers claiming all Chris Gore is bitch about Hollywood and reminisce about the old days.

       

      @LC-Fraggers By deeply flawed views you mean stuff that caters more to the right of the political spectrum. You can't be bothered to watch stuff that falls more in line with my set of thinking so why should I bother taking some of the suggestions you and others gave?

       

      Whatever. You're just as guilty because you can't be bothered to listen to anything people from a different 'side' are saying.

       

      Enjoy your new Hollywood media. I will just sit back and laugh and not bother engaging with any of it, since you seem fit to go along with progressive ideals.

       

      @Abby_TheLastofUs Maybe because you keep injecting the same crap and you're tossing out everything I said to you anyway.

       

      Your side has its share of faults also. 

  8. I have to say after several years, I'm pretty disappointed in the overall very limited selection of PS1/PS2 generation games that we can purchase off PS Store or livestream on whatever PS Now turned into (PS Premium).

     

    It's probably licensing issues and the fact that most all game developers from those eras have long moved on, a number of whom are probably retired or decided to give up gaming as a business.

     

    There is a treasure mine of old classics, Steam sort of fills that itch but I absolutely hate their Steam achievement system. PS1 and PS2 to me was the 'heyday' of gaming.

     

    PS1 & PS2 classics with trophy support on the PS4 & PS5 would be such a godsend, would be so much better than all this indie garbage that some hack developers made in a weekend that is basically 'shovelware', for being cash grabs.

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    2. Sicho

      Sicho

      @enaysoft

      it is not as black and white as it may seem.

      They often don't outright own the games or sometimes they simply just don't own part of it like for example the music in a game, and then have to get new license agreements with the composers or other licensees. A pretty good example is the James Bond license in the N64 GoldenEye game where they just recently were finally able to get a new deal so that the game can be re-released on Switch and Xbox.

      This gets even more complex if for example the game studio making the game doesn't exist anymore and the licenses, or the studio, was bought up by someone else. GoldenEye is yet again an example of this: since Microsoft bought Rare and GoldenEye is a game by Rare, Nintendo is only able to re-release it now on Switch by negotiating the compromise of allowing Microsoft to release their own version for Xbox.

      And that only scratches the surface of it all. There are costs involved as well (porting, QA, customer support, patches, etc.) that might be worth it for some games but not for others, there might be challenges with properly emulating the games at all (Hello PS3 games and Cell architecture!), there are laws and translations, changed views in society and other things to consider, then the master copy of the game might just be missing or destroyed or not available and so many other things we might not immediately think off. (royalty payments, patent stuff etc.)

      Trust me, these companies like money, and if putting old classics on their services would print them money, we would be flooded with those games. That fact that we aren't shows that there is much more to this than just putting a ROM up on their storefront.

    3. Abby_TheLastofUs

      Abby_TheLastofUs

      I think it's an emulator issue for the PS2 games.

       

      PS2 games run really badly on the PS5. They might it be waiting till they can improve things before bringing more PS2 games to PS+.

    4. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      @Sicho Goldeneye 007 didn’t age well in a lot of respects. Low frame rate, sluggish speeds with a lot was going on, controls are cumbersome, etc. It was the first James Bond film I got into as a kid, and with a friend we played the game constantly. 
       

      I finally beat the game on 00 Agent difficulty, but it was tough. The Train level had me stumped. 
       

      Emulation is the only ‘modern’ way you can play a lot of the classics unless you’re willing to plug in the old consoles and do them old school. 

  9. Well, my curiosity got the better of me so I finally decided to spoil myself by seeing livestream footage of God of War Ragnarok after deliberating avoiding most footage. 
     

    And…. I think I’m just going to throw the towel on this franchise.

     

    Sony 1st Party games are really starting to turn into homogenized pieces of trash. Ever since The Last of Us it seems like the folks at Sony have become more creatively bankrupt. Most Sony games follow the same template, and despite a lot of them feeling the same, they somehow get extreme praise. 
     

    They’re just interactive movies at this point. And the soundtracks are the most formulaic garbage. It’s the same music we hear from most modern Hollywood films.

     

    There’s even a goddamn squirrel that just looks like he was plopped in from Disney. 
     

    And the comparisons to Horizon Forbidden West are on point. Even falls down to the combat system being not so fantastic. 
     

    The games seem to have the same scripts. 
     

    The release of The Last of Us Part 1 was a pretty low blow. But now every Sony 1st Party game follows the same template. If Sony tries something different, it usually turns out to be something that is quickly forgotten or is obscure, that only a few people care about.

     

    Honestly I don’t have to even play some of these games without feeling like I’ve already been through them. 
     

    And the whole personality of Kratos is just off. I get that times change. I get that he is supposed to have moved on from his killing spree of killing Greek gods. But Christ he is just an idiot in Ragnarok. He gets in many confrontations with his son, and now you’re expected to play as him for a good chunk of the game. 
     

    So basically, Santa Monica went the path of The Last of Us. It was already apparent in GoW 2018, because of certain story plot lines that gave Kratos pain when thinking of his past. And that’s the point of these stories. But I don’t want a melodrama if that means you’re going to sacrifice good gameplay. 
     

    Even more sad is if you try to defend the original GoW 1 thru 3 on any social media platform, you automatically get tons of hate comments from people who have nothing better to do than to try to bully you. 
     

    Kratos was one dimensional in God of War 2005”. Not necessarily true. He was a human being capable of real thought and emotion. He bowed down to Ares, the initial God of War and killed his family. He saw the blood he wrought and sought revenge on Ares. 
     

    God of War 2 & 3 are poor storywise. Both are essentially ongoing quests to murder any being of notable status, which is the very thing GoW 2018 and Ragnarok deliberately stray away from. The older games however made up for that by delivering solid gameplay. 
     

    Apart from story, the entire game feels watered down. It’s a gorgeous environment with great graphics, but so was Horizon Forbidden West. The two games pretty much run parallel in more ways than one, despite being from different studios. 
     

    Blood and gore were toned down. No surprise. 
     

    This hurts coming from someone who played the original 2005 game the week it came out. It’s almost like seeing something from your childhood or teen years twist into something that is no longer recognizable. 
     

    Thus concludes my big rant for the week.

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    2. enaysoft

      enaysoft

      Getting on for TWENTY years...

    3. Dry

      Dry

      The image AJ shared is good proof that too much of a good thing can become a bad thing.

       

      Late reply, I know.

    4. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      @Dry Pretty much. I wouldn’t have so much of an issue with God of War: Ragnarok if the game structure didn’t look so much like other big AAA games. 
       

      The Walt Disney/Netflix esque story and cast of characters doesn’t help either. 

  10. The Callisto Protocol. Take what made Dead Space great, neuter it, dumb it down, make it “accessible” for a wider audience, and treat the player like an idiot. 
     

    Modern gaming in the Western Hemisphere is a big trash fire.

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    2. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      @Dreakon13 Dead Space is supposed to be a little challenging. You are Isaac, one of the few humans left when you are surrounded by necromorphs. The horror and suspense was well executed in the 2008 original. 
       

      Times have changed. 

    3. Dreakon13

      Dreakon13

      When I say "was never able to get past the first few chapters"... I don't mean because it was challenging.  I got through them fine.  It was just pretty dull.  Callisto Protocol hasn't been so dull, partly due to the more engaging melee combat.  Honestly the 18 minutes I watched of the Dead Space remake looked pretty dull too.

    4. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      I can’t understand how someone can look at the 2008 original and say that is dull, but to each their own. 
       

      I just know I enjoyed every minute I played of that game. Blew my mind back when it came out in 2008.

  11. Should my upcoming thermal paste cool down and quiet my PS4 console, it might be time to play some AAA titles I’ve avoided because of the fan blaring. 
     

    DOOM 2016 is a likely option. Stopped playing in the fifth chapter because my PS4 was so loud I didn’t want to risk overheating and possibly causing a little damage. Game is a heavyweight, over 60 - 70 GBs of space. DLC multiplayer I’m told can be done with four players boosting a hour or two a day for a week, week and a half. 
     

    Days Gone is likely. Bend Studios in Bend, Oregon made this game. I’m quite familiar with the Pacific Northwest and the West Coast. Zombies, a concept done to death but I’m looking forward to the hordes. The challenges look to present some real difficulty. Hopefully this game isn’t much of a slog. 
     

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is another one. I was impressed with the gameplay in Ground Zeroes, smooth buttery controls, tight mechanics and great execution, and running at better than 30 FPS. Phantom Pain is the longest game on my backlog in terms of platinum, and being Hideo Kojima’s final game at Konami I’m looking forward to this. 
     

    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. We all heard of Mein Leben, the controversy and the difficulty of having one life. Won’t be starting until this coming year. Smooth controls, story is mediocre compared to the earlier Wolfenstein reboots, choice of weaponry is okay. The courtroom was a serious difficulty spike so I expect to take around 20 - 30 attempts on Mein Leben. 

    1. GraniteSnake

      GraniteSnake

      The PS5 being virtually silent is a real blessing. My PS4 turned into a jet engine after a few years, headphones were a necessity or else I couldn’t enjoy the games due to the fan.

       

      Best of luck with Mein Leben!

    2. Yukiko Amagi

      Yukiko Amagi

      Come now Spaz. Mein Leben would be a suicide for you and even I know how to stop it. I already have the second Mein Leben fully installed.

       

      @GraniteSnake Oh yeah. I had that too on my PS4 Pro. My jet engine plane started taking off to Las Venturas lol. Oh do you mean this screenshot that I had before?

       

      Wolfenstein-2-Platinum

  12. Everyone griping about the Video Game Awards of 2022. 
     

    Me sitting here not giving a flying fuck, buying up some cheap indie titles on Steam and Sony, and going back to retro games like Age of Empires II and StarCraft and having an absolute blast. 
     

    I just don’t care.

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    2. enaysoft

      enaysoft

      GOW III is definitely the best GOW though.

    3. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      @Infected Elite You’d fit right in with the mainstream narrative of gaming today. You’re incapable of assimilation, so you could never be a modder working for a small indie gaming company.

    4. Infected Elite

      Infected Elite

      @AJ_Radio i wouldn't want to work for any gaming company. I would say how i feel but I don't feel like insulting you for more than just your point of view.

  13. Judgment looks to be freaking awesome, even the PS4. 
     

    My thermal paste should arrive soon, then I should be able to play without my fan in overdrive. Waited far too long on this.

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    2. Infected Elite

      Infected Elite

      the usb thing isn't that big of a deal. There is cloud saves. Good enough. 

    3. enaysoft

      enaysoft

      Well for now, it's a deal breaker for me lol

    4. Infected Elite
  14. Spooky Chase is a great indie title. Challenging, priced at $4.99 normally, and offers bang for your buck. 
     

    What good/great indie titles (Axiom Verge 2, Hollow Knight, etc) would you guys recommend to me, should I decide to try them out?

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    2. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      @AihaLoveleaf Don't know much about it. Could you elaborate a little?

       

      @Gommes_ It looks good. Some right wing nuts are claiming the story is a bit SJW on YouTube, just as long as it doesn't get into the way of the gameplay, it should be fun.

       

      @zizimonster Never sadly. Already on my wish list.

       

      @Godo Fwar Death's Door is like a Slain: Back From Hell/Valfaris esque experience, don't know much about it. Cyber Shadow is like The Messenger. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is essentially Castlevania, practically to a T.

       

      *scratch Death's Door, it's actually more like Titan Souls.

    3. AihaLoveleaf

      AihaLoveleaf

      Quote

      Don't know much about it. Could you elaborate a little?

      2D Puzzle-Platformer from WayForward. Each stage has a time trial to conquer. Music is by Jake Kaufman, and art is by Henk Nieborg (Shantae, etc.). You're already familiar with the output of both artists I just mentioned, so you have some idea of the quality you can expect from the series.

    4. Gommes_

      Gommes_

      I read these comments too but it's just bonkers. There is nothing SJW about this game.

  15. Watching old holiday films from the late 80's and early - mid 90's brings back a lot of fond memories for me. They certainly don't make em like they used to.

    1. Sgznr

      Sgznr

      Planes, Trains and Automobiles is one my favourites 😀

    2. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      @Sgznr Glad to see someone appreciating the 80's/90's classics.

  16. Yakuza: Like A Dragon has some of the best, most polished graphics on a PS4 system. Consoles typically do not showcase the best graphically until near the end of their lifecycle. 
     

    The tactical based combat system is a bit of a turnoff for me, initially. Otherwise I expect the same quality storytelling and immersive experience as in previous Yakuza games. 
     

    In my experience, how a game runs depends on how the game was designed and optimized. For instance, Dark Souls Remastered runs buttery smooth at 60 FPS on the PS4. The fan runs at a hum, but doesn’t go into high gear. 
     

    In contrast, Days Gone, Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain both kick the PS4 into overdrive. Starting beginning next year I will be adding thermal paste to the motherboard. DOOM (2016) is the worst culprit, it kicks the PS4 so badly my room sounds like I have a computer suffering from overheating. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is another bad one. 
     

    Spooky Chase I was able to play with a very quiet PS4. Small indie games take up far less resources than a big AAA game. Based on friends I have, the PS4 Slim is a much better system. The PS4 Pro can still run loudly, Red Dead Redemption 2 being a good example. Paying last gen outside of a mandatory replacement is a complete waste of time and money. 
     

    I’ve also noticed that late era PS4 games are more physically demanding on the fan and cooling system than early era PS4 games are. Assassin’s Creed Unity still made my PS4 run loudly, but I put part of the blame from the poor optimization from Ubisoft. Yakuza: Like a Dragon did make my PS4 kick a bit but it didn’t run as badly as it could of. Then again I only played the first 15 - 20 minutes so maybe that can change. Knack 1 had my console run a bit, but wasn’t anything serious.
     

    A PS5 is next to impossible to pick up right now. I already watched several disassembly videos on the PS4. The part where the power cable plugs in can pose a problem. Taking care not to damage the ribbon cables is another. I ruined too many electronics due to broken ribbon cables. 

    1. enaysoft

      enaysoft

      Yakuza 2 Kiwami, Yakuza 6 and Yakuza 7 will be 30fps on PS4 sadly.

    2. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      Someone told me Kiwami 2 was 30 FPS on PS5 as well.

    3. enaysoft

      enaysoft

      Oh yes, that's true. Yakuza 2 Kiwami, Yakuza 6 will also be 30fps on PS5.

       

      This is because the previous games before Yakuza 6 are 60fps HD upgrades of PS3 games.

      There is a PS5 version of Yakuza 7 and that one is 60fps. But yeah no magic 60fps upgrade for playing a PS4 version of a game on PS5 (obviously)

  17. Any PS3 game with still open servers is at risk at this point to get shut down, as we’re learning with Medal of Honor. 
     

    I have two games on the legacy console with online still up but having to work and do family duty has prevented me from playing more than a couple hours or so. 
     

    Split Second looks to be quite fun and the online can be done solo with the exception of one trophy, which is great. I’m likely going to write off the PS Store on the legacy consoles because they are an absolute mess, and Sony no longer feels the need to maintain them since only a very select few play on the PS3 and Vita. 
     

    Looking to start and finish a few games this year, then come January I will go back to Dark Souls 2 and Metal Gear Solid 2.

    1. CelestialRequiem

      CelestialRequiem

      Verdict Day awaits. 

    2. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      All depends on my schedule.

  18. Dark Souls and it’s respective games (including Bloodborne, Demon’s Souls original & remake, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Elden Ring) are fine wine. Still tastes good years later. It’s that Chinese/Japanese restaurant that keeps to tradition. The staff are more friendly, you order that authentic rice that still tastes great. 
     

    Ubisoft games of the past several years is fast food. You order a McDonalds meal. Who doesn’t love a Big Mac every now and then? You bite in, then your stomach gets upset. The large fries and McDouble you toss into the bin. You barely drink thru your jumbo size Coke. You regret buying that food. 
     

    Valhalla broke over $1 billion in sales. Ghost of Tsushima, which people tell me does a better job of being Assassin’s Creed, hasn’t made near the sales. Both are open world. One is more polished than the other. One makes more sense than the other. One is more fine tuned. But the other far exceeds in the sales department. 
     

    Finding hidden gems ala indies and some AA production level games is like finding that deal at your local stores. The stores don’t make much by way of sales and traffic, but the staff are friendly and they value customer satisfaction. 
     

    Walmart and Dollar Tree are the retail store equivalent of Activision, Blizzard, EA, 2K Games, and Ubisoft. The service sucks, it fact it’s largely nonexistent. Any letters or online contact fall on deaf ears. It’s a one way street, you’re either in or your not. A small percentage of people represent much of the financial wealth and assets. You’re not part of that group, in fact 99 percent of workers will never get in. The 1 percent hold multi million dollar homes and can afford going on ship cruises and spending money on that luxury hotel in New York City. You are the peon, you live paycheck to paycheck gathering shopping carts at Walmart. You’re the cashier at Dollar Tree while your co-workers have COVID-19 and your customers are meth heads who lost all their teeth. They live under the poverty line, many won’t live to see the next 10 years. You work for an assembly line at Ubisoft, making far better pay than that of Walmart but you’re still a grunt. 
     

    From Software is a rarity, but they may fold like so many before them. The local stores I grew up loving have been replaced by Walmart and McDonalds. No humanity, no genuineness, no authenticity, no integrity. There are many who are warm hearted at Ubisoft, but they have no vision because they’re not allowed to have vision. 
     

    Corporate greed is real, and thanks to WEF and their mindless imbeciles, things will continue to slide.

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    2. CelestialRequiem

      CelestialRequiem

      FromSoftware fans tend to not know much about Armored Core. 

    3. Xenoblast91

      Xenoblast91

      I have the suspicion that this demise happened due to the fast-paced speed at which technology goes right now. I'm from the gen of late 90s all the way to early 2010s, and back then, the improvements where notorious. Like, you could clearly see how the development in something was evident. 

       

      Games like Sonic Adventure or Psychonauts were groundbreaking back in the day due to the huge jump we saw from 2D-pixel graphics to 3D-polygonal design. And people (corporate by the way) hadn't had the chance to give a leeway for their products. Heck, I'm pissed that Pokémon is utter trash now, even I grew up with that series until the 6th generation (which, I believe, was true final game made by OG developers). We see examples over examples of games from back then. 

       

      And the conclusion of this is as follows: since technology only allowed certain feedback to developers from their sales, they had to put all the effort to make revenue. A sequel? It depends on public impact in the first entry has. What about now? Don't worry, Cyberpunk 2077 was shit? Let's release a series of updates and patched to make it the way we intended in the first place, but we already sell the nucleus, the foundational layer (ugly, empty and uncouth) upon we're gonna really work. The same goes for all the things that we've seen since midterm of the 8th console generation, since the boom of excessive, almost required multiplayer and online connection to play.

       

      That's what I think about all those companies you mentioned. And to think that they were the standard of great games and titles, sigh.

    4. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      @Xenoblast91 It’s evident when the people who created Assassin’s Creed are long gone. I’m convinced the people who put together Valhalla are those who mostly work in spreadsheets and marketing. Those who put in the actual work, including the developers and those who did the actual coding, got little to no credit. It sucks, because Valhalla really does show some bright spots.

       

      Assassin’s Creed 2 is still a great game. However, Ubisoft was already doubling down by the time Brotherhood and Revelations hit the shelves. Then we see a yearly cycle of AC games getting released until Syndicate broke that trend. 
       

      The late 1990s to the early 2010s was the golden period for gaming. Even midway thru the Xbox 360/PS3 lifecycle, you had stuff like Lollypop Chainsaw that felt fresh and creative. There is absolutely NONE of that in Big Tech. This includes EA, Activision/Blizzard, 2K Games, Bethesda, and of course Ubisoft. Big Tech isn’t just Google/YouTube, Apple or Microsoft. 
       

      There is nothing today that remotely compares to the freedom, art, creativity and passion of the PS2 era. It’s a goddamn shame. 
       

      Indie developers are trying to stay afloat, but they’re working largely with very small budgets so they’re beholden to old 8-bit, 16-bit inspired games. I want to see AA stuff make a comeback, like what we got with Splatterhouse, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and other games. AA has largely been absent since the PS4 generation, there are some efforts, like Darksiders Genesis, but not much. 
       

      Another thing is gaming was still considered largely niche during the late 90’s. I was one of millions of Nintendo kids. My dad played PC only games, which were niche in their own right due to PC being expensive. Also, most people didn’t know how to work on PCs back then, and a lot of computer programs didn’t run properly. 
       

      The era you speak of was largely the Wild West. Anything could go, even stuff that bordered on the ESRB rating Adults Only. 
       

      Today, you have only a few Big Tech companies doing a lot of the AAA stuff, while AA has nowhere near the budget to produce anything exceptionally stellar graphically. There are also the publishers who supply a lot of the funding, something that wasn’t as commonplace in the Golden Era of gaming.
       

      These publishers are sitting on mines but don’t bother to tap into them for fear of risk. Max Payne? Prince of Persia? Rayman? Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell? Midnight Club? Bully? Manhunt? There are so many franchises left untouched it’s sickening. 

  19. Got every review ready except for Sonic Origins. Since I lost some reviews due to losing a portable hard drive, I’m going to mostly skim through most of the games I’ve done this year. 
     

    Yakuza 0 is my GOTY for this year. 10/10 and I can’t say enough about it. It alone convinced me to play Yakuza Kiwami 1 & 2, and they are some of the best open world games I ever played. It’s always good when the game doesn’t treat you like an idiot, which Ubisoft loves to do to people. 

    1. starcrunch061

      starcrunch061

      I dunno. Sometimes, I like being treated like an idiot in a game. It's relaxing.

    2. Joe Dubz

      Joe Dubz

      @starcrunch061 Hell yeah dude! Give me tutorials and waypoints all the way!! 😂

       

      In all seriousness tho AJ, I'm with you on Y0... I still have yet to plat it, but I sincerely enjoyed the hell out of that game!

    3. enaysoft

      enaysoft

      I am glad I nagged so much about playing Yakuza 0 over several months, that you actually went along and did it. :)

       

  20. If I’m going to get a PS5, it may be late next year. Right now I cannot afford one and even if I could I would have to compete with a bunch of other people scrambling for the same thing. Shit is fucked up right now, the chip shortage has affected a great deal, not just gaming. Online retail is out, because good luck trying to find a PS5 for any reasonable price if the thing is even in stock. The holiday season makes it apparent. 
     

    Instead, I’m considering buying and adding thermal paste to make my potato last a bit longer. I’ve done some clean up work and added a 2 TB drive several years back. The main issue is not applying thermal paste, it’s being careful enough to not wreck any circuitry that is delicate. I’ve wrecked two laptops and a smartphone by not being careful. 
     

    This is why I haven’t played Days Gone or some of the other big games like Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain because I get tired of the jet engine. Even if I still hear my console roaring, the added thermal paste should ease things down a bit. I want to be able to hear myself, the last time my engine roared I couldn’t even listen to a podcast while playing. 

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    2. MidnightDragon

      MidnightDragon

      It'll be at least spring for me...but could easily be later, though I'm sure I'll have one before 2024.

    3. Gommes_

      Gommes_

      It's actually pretty easy, so don't worry about it.

    4. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      @Gommes_ True, but…. I hope I don’t damage my console in the process.

  21. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is one of a few games I picked up that I haven’t added to my backlog yet. 
     

    Don’t know how this compares with Super Meat Boy. I reckon it will be the second or third hardest platinum when I go for it.

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    2. LC-Fraggers

      LC-Fraggers

      I platted it a week or two ago. For me, it wasn't quite a 9/10 as mentioned in the guide- maybe a low 8- but make no mistake, it will challenge you. Compared to the N. Sane Trilogy, you're talking a monstrous difficulty spike. Things hit Stormy Ascent levels intermittently around halfway through and they do not go back.

      For me, the perfect relics weren't so bad as you can take the majority of the levels slowly but the time trials require a lot of practice.  

    3. GraniteSnake

      GraniteSnake

      Planning on getting around to both this and Nitro-Fueled at some point myself - should be quite the challenge!

    4. Deluziion90

      Deluziion90

      Very easy compared to super meat boy.

       

      (I played SMB on PC back in the day and wasn't even close to getting 100%)

  22. If I was younger, things like the Fastest Achievers leaderboard would appeal to me more. In fact, I'm still ranked in the top 50 for a number of games I completed.

     

    At this point though, I just no longer give a fuck. If I land on a spot on the front page then that is completely by happenstance, I didn't plan it out or nothing. Too old to give a shit.

     

    eSports? No chance in hell would I ever do something like that. AGDQ, used to love watching those guys several years back, but I got bored of them too. The only way you're going to pull in any sizable audience for old retro games like Super Mario Bros on the NES is if you achieve a near world record. After that one dude cheated, I just stopped caring. I'm too old to speedrun.

     

    My teens and 20s are over. I don't have the reflexes like I did when I was 20 years of age. Eating McDonalds makes me sick to my stomach, so I've cut it off entirely. Fast food is gross and detrimental to your health. When you're a 12 year old kid, you think it's goddamn awesome. Just like getting those "free CD ROMs" from those gaming magazines back in the late 90's/early 2000's, not knowing they could contain a virus... or worse. Soda pop is completely out too. Mountain Dew Livewire? That shit will make your teeth suffer.

     

    The other night I watched old footage of the X Games. Fucking loved watching it as a kid. Today, after watching some of it, I'm going "How the fuck did I ever watch this stuff?". It's a bit better than The Fast & the Furious, another movie I loved, but did not age well. Paul Walker and Vin Diesel were performing at slightly above amateur levels of acting.

     

    Tastes have changed, but at least my love for gaming hasn't dimmed out.

    1. KenjiCBZ

      KenjiCBZ

      Just one word, autopop

    2. zizimonster

      zizimonster

      Quote

      Tastes have changed, but at least my love for gaming hasn't dimmed out.

       

      you-me.gif

  23. Mark Zuckerberg’s FB account got removed, for reasons that remain confidential. 
     

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/zuckerbergs-fb-account-disabled-fb-takes-sexuality-religion-and-politics-off-the-profile-table/ar-AA14lrDx?li=BBnb7Kz

     

    Their plans to remove certain features has been too little, too late. They already politicized at least two generations of people. 
     

    Zuckerberg himself ain’t looking too hot. Looks seemingly detached from reality in that photo, whilst knowing his company is going down the drain. The layoffs of thousands of employees is well deserved. 
     

    The sooner this company hits rock bottom, the better.

    1. Infected Elite

      Infected Elite

      do you know what happiness is?

      also his page is perfectly in tact. Sure it got removed. But its back now. Perhaps dont obsess over FB. If you hate it so much, dont follow it.

    2. MidnightDragon

      MidnightDragon

      WTF? How does that happen?

  24. Mark Zuckerberg, the faceless android still wants to fund his big project the MetaVerse, essentially a virtual reality simulator where he wants to replace reality... with Big Brother watching over you.

     

    I can tell you guys Second Life had far more life and personality than MetaVerse, given the more primitive internet tech of the early 2000's. Does anybody really give a fuck?

     

    Facebook obviously has deep connections because they're still staying afloat despite the userbase dropping like flies on paper. Likely the same reasons Hollywood can still crank out the same bullshit 'woke' nonsense year after year, despite Metacritic reviews in the toilet and a good number of people not going to the movie theater. You couldn't get me to watch that crap for free off of pirating.

     

    Windows 11 is sounding more dystopian by the day. Yet the post modernists will say "it is progress done because it is change". I refuse to upgrade to Windows 11 and instead I've been slowly learning how Linux works. It's been long overdue for me to make a switch. Spent the better part of the late 2000's, early 2010's with an Apple computer (I installed bootcamp eventually). I stuck with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. My history goes back to Windows 3.1 and Windows 95. Looking back now, I feel there is nothing remotely exciting from Microsoft now. I just see an empty husk of one of the most powerful, dystopian big tech corps in history. Bill Gates certainly isn't giving every last bit of his portion of money for the betterment of society.

     

    "You will own nothing and be happy" will be the slogan of western society over the next several years. It's everywhere and there's nowhere else to go.

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    2. A_FlyingMegaKiwi

      A_FlyingMegaKiwi

      meta - not evn 1ce

    3. enaysoft

      enaysoft

      OMFG that face is terrifying. Is that real?

      I'm going to have dreams about that tonight.

    4. A_FlyingMegaKiwi

      A_FlyingMegaKiwi

      vry real, thats what hanppens when u use maclesns toothpaste - sdponsored by coldgape, 16/23 dentists reconvened

  25. Absolutely scummy:

     

    https://platprices.com/game/90445-sonic-origins-classic-music-pack-ps4-and-ps5

     

    I'd pay to get the Sonic 3 tracks that Michael Jackson himself was involved with working on.

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    2. Zephrese

      Zephrese

      In any case this is just my take on things, I'm not trying to give you a hard time. lol

    3. enaysoft

      enaysoft

      Regarding Michael Jackson, I suspect not even Sega wanted to mess with the tracks, not like what choice do they have? Not like they can renegotiate a deal with Michael Jackson since he's no longer alive. Nor can Sega just re-use music that they probably don't own the rights too anymore.

    4. AJ_Radio

      AJ_Radio

      It's been a shitshow since Michael Jackson's tragic death in June 2009. Remember @enaysoft and @Zephrese that Sonic 3 & Knuckles were left out of the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive collection in 2018. Ecco the Dolphin 1 & 2 were also missing strangely enough. 

       

      Likely it's to do with the music tracks and the copyrights.