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Re: What are you playing?

Postby osaka » Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:01 pm

I've decided to take up WipEout Fusion just to say I've played all wipeout games after getting done with Wipeout XL. It's definitely not a bad racing game, but I can see where the backlash came from.

Also fuck the Van Uber challenges. How do you make the first challenge an elimination challenge with a ship that has at stock 39 health
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby Ghegs » Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:29 pm

Returned to Side By Side again, at least for a spell. I went and got #1 in the few remaining courses in arcade mode, to unlock the three bonus tracks, and then I got #1 in those to unlock the three bonus cars. Not a terribly difficult thing to do overall, took me less than two hours overall. The bonus tracks were a bit tough, since they're all point-to-point so there's no minimap to help you, just have to drive them until you memorize them enough to win.

One of the bonus courses is Akagi Downhill, btw. Pretty cool. I wonder if the other two are famous from Initial D as well?

The unlockable cars are mostly curiosities. There's Taito Van, Taito 1Box and Taito Truck. The truck one handles appropriately sluggishly, and the van is quite fast but doesn't turn very well. So not a real contender for Akina, but it would probably do well in the easier courses. I did manage to beat Bunta in Akina Downhill with it, though!
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby Lee » Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:36 am

I really wanted to get under 2 minutes on Manx TT's Laxey Coast. There's hardly anyone playing it on YouTube but I could feel it was possible, just had to keep playing and playing until I got it..


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EDIT: Replaced with slightly faster time. EDIT 2: Reuploaded for slightly better quality :)
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby Ghegs » Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:36 pm

Nice job there. I've never played the game myself, looks to have a great feel of speed to it.
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby Lee » Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:25 pm

Only 2 tracks, but it's fast and handles quite satisfyingly (if you're playing it properly as if you were sat on a bike). I went back to Sega Rally after playing this for a few days and it was incredibly sensitive! You just had to look at the car and it would turn. It's going to take a while to re-learn it.

With this game, the experience is really in the cab, leaning on the bike and using the other view but the other view really hinders your lines and can make you a bit seasick.
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby Ghegs » Tue May 02, 2017 7:35 pm

The other day I re-installed Shinseiki GPX Cyber Formula: SIN Drei Plus to take screenshots for RGDB and was reminded how fun the game is, so I've been casually time attacking it. Picked a track, picked a car, did a time attack run and then changed to a different car and tried to beat my ghost. When beaten, change the car again and beat the new ghost, and repeat. I find this very entertaining, and it also lets me learn the differences between the different vehicles better.

The game has some of the best record-keeping I've seen. It keeps track of your best lap time and best total time for each vehicle in each course. It's very easy to see which vehicle is giving you the best results in whatever course you're looking at. Best of all, instead of the game only saving the best ghost for each course, it saves any run you want as both a replay and a ghost. You can then race against any ghost you have saved, no matter the car, or how good or bad a replay it is. And since it's a PC game the files can be easily located and shared with other players.

And as a sugar on top, the game has in-game achievements for going under specific times for each course, and there's a Bronze, Silver and Gold time. So that's pretty awesome, it gives you clear goals to reach for as well as giving an idea of what kind of times are possible.
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby clp » Sun May 14, 2017 2:46 pm

Just got done 100% clearing midnight club 2, fantastic game and a great time all the way.


Also been time attacking Ballistigng on steam a bit on the fastest class zen, hope some of you guys shows up there? it's a great game. Pic related.

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Re: What are you playing?

Postby Ghegs » Mon May 22, 2017 7:15 am

I went to play the first FlatOut game with the intent of taking screenshots for RGDB and ended up playing through the whole game with all golds during the weekend, sans the bonus "throw the ragdoll at the bowling pins" events. Whoops.

Really fun game, I hadn't really played it before. It was cool seeing the design differences between the first and the second game/UC that I've played through three or four times. Like in the first game the shortcuts are these slightly hidden paths that definitely cut down your time if you take them, but it's also possible to mess up and lose time instead, while in the sequels the courses have clear, alternative paths but whether they're faster is much more difficult to say.

If there's something I don't particularly like, is that it's so much easier to crash out. I've slightly clipped a decrepit wooden fence with the back of the car and BOOM the ragdoll flies out through the windshield.

Still, 'twas fun times. And unlike 2 (but redeemed in UC) the game has a proper time attack mode. I'd be up for doing some of that if anybody's interested.
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby clp » Wed May 24, 2017 11:43 am

Ghegs wrote:Still, 'twas fun times. And unlike 2 (but redeemed in UC) the game has a proper time attack mode. I'd be up for doing some of that if anybody's interested.


I would be for sure, 2 not having time attack was a travesty and slightly odd.
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby Ghegs » Wed May 24, 2017 12:26 pm

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Ghegs wrote:Still, 'twas fun times. And unlike 2 (but redeemed in UC) the game has a proper time attack mode. I'd be up for doing some of that if anybody's interested.


I would be for sure, 2 not having time attack was a travesty and slightly odd.


Great! Do you have a favorite track? And free choice of vehicle so we can use the fastest ones, certainly?

The lack of time attack in 2 boggles my mind. It would probably rank in my Top 5 racing games if included that. Even UC's time attack mode is a bit weak, since it's only one lap.
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby clp » Thu May 25, 2017 6:36 am

No preference on track although i haven't played through the game fully yet but it won't take long i'm sure so go ahead with whatever.
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby Ghegs » Thu May 25, 2017 2:50 pm

FlatOut TA thread is now up with two tracks that I thought were fun.
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby KAI » Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:43 am

Played the PC port of Sega Rally 2 this weekend and managed to clear the 10 Years Championship mode. Damn, this game is so good, too bad the port is crap (took me almost an entire day to fix the music). 18 years and still no way to play it decently :(

Time to get full time into Sega Rally 2006 now. Cleared the arcade series 5 and unlocked the Delta and Celica so far, but the series 6 it's a pain in the ass. I'll make the time attack thread after I unlock the Statos and finish this game Ghegs.
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby Marc » Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:46 pm

Just managed to 3 star everything on Riptide RenegadePS4. Never want to see the game again as long as I live. Those last few boss slalom races.....
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby spectre » Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:39 am

a few weeks ago I downloaded the demo for DiRT 2 on Xbox 360 as someone created a score track at Twin Galaxies. I noticed that I didn't have the game in my collection, which I find strange as I've played both 1 and 3 and liked them quite a bit.

Found it cheap on Amazon and I'm going to dive in this weekend. Besides DiRT 2 I'm also still playing Daytona USA pretty regularly. Playing that game with the Xbox 360 controller is pissing me off. It's so hard to be consistent with the inputs on that thing. I shouldn't have sold my steering wheel :oops:
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby itsgood2slide » Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:02 am

Dirt 2 is awesome. I particularly enjoyed the team races and the raid events. On balance it is my favourite Dirt, although I am very much enjoying Dirt Rally with PSVR right now.

I played a lot of Daytona USA on 360 before buying it again on PS3 to play with my T300RS. It definitely made the game easier to control.
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby Marc » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:23 am

Finished up with Riptide Renegade. 3 starred the lot of it, and never want to see it again as long as I live after the last few Slalom challenges.

Started Mantis Burn Racing. Seems fun enough. Prefer the mad pace and quick laps of Motorstorm RC, but I'll get my moneys worth here.
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby Ghegs » Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:32 pm

Playing through FlatOut: UC for the umpteenth time. Still a great game, but the way the AI, on the first lap, intentionally drives through obstacles to bring in tons of random debris on the road is starting to get annoying. It's like Bugbear did that for two reasons only: to make the game harder for the player and to showcase their engine's physics model.

In one race I had to restart 20+ times just get a podium finish because some tiny piece of debris, that at other times I've driven over without incident, would suddenly flip my car over. And in the very next race I got first place with a seven second lead on the first attempt.

I also bit the bullet a lil' while back and got the dreaded FlatOut 3. I haven't been able to play it much, both because of time constraints and because I feel so damn uncomfortable while playing it. It's like the game had a development time of three weeks and a budget of half a bottle of vodka.

You know it starts off bad when even the game's shortcut is dumb.

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I know it's the developers' logo, but having a number there that's different from the game's numbering is just a tad retarded. And funnily enough, it's the only game where it's spelled Flatout instead of FlatOut.
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby osaka » Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:06 pm

I got RedOut on the steam sale and been streaming my first playthrough. Europa tracks are dumb as fuck.
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby Ghegs » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:20 pm

Finishing off FlatOut: UC by taking down the non-compulsory events before tackling the final cup. It's here in the time trial events where glimpses of the game's true depth can be found. When the AI is no longer around to make a mess of the course and get in your way, and you're shaving down those half-seconds to reach the Gold goal, you're forced to learn the handling and the tracks in a completely new way. Finding the best route through the debris, figuring out how to smash through the scaffolding while still keeping the car under controls, learning the best way to tackle corners (flying through them using inertia drift is fun and effective) - that's the real good stuff right there.

I wish the Gold goals were a bit harder to reach, really. And yet their difficulty is tied to what car you're using and how upgraded it is, which is kind of disappointing. Would've been better had the time trial events given the player a specific car with set upgrades to use.
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby Ghegs » Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:00 am

You know what I would've loved to see in FlatOut: UC? Clean Racing Challenge. The courses are as they normally are, but hitting anything gives you a time penalty. For added depth, the mode could still give nitro normally, so you'd have to figure out when it's beneficial to take the time penalty in order to get some nitro.

After I'm done with UC I'm going to have to return to the first game in the series and see if I can overtake wizkid's time attack results.
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby Thunderer » Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:01 am

Ghegs wrote:You know what I would've loved to see in FlatOut: UC? Clean Racing Challenge. The courses are as they normally are, but hitting anything gives you a time penalty. For added depth, the mode could still give nitro normally, so you'd have to figure out when it's beneficial to take the time penalty in order to get some nitro.

After I'm done with UC I'm going to have to return to the first game in the series and see if I can overtake wizkid's time attack results.

Considering Bugbear's vision was always about (sometimes nothing else but) destruction and more destruction, I think that would be extremely counter intuitive.
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby Ghegs » Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:13 am

Most definitely, but I would've liked to see it nonetheless.

I gave FlatOut 2 a quick whirl after finishing UC, and the destruction-level is toned down quite a few notches there. The tracks have far less debris to be thrown around (there are no tires at all gathered in some corners) and the AI drivers seem a bit calmer, trying to pass you cleanly more often instead of just ramming into you.

Anybody wanna try FlatOut 1 or 2 multiplayer via Game Ranger?
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby Ghegs » Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:15 pm

Never thought I'd see it happen, but I found Cruis'n Blast, Sega Touring Car, Storm Racer G, Showdown and MotoGP in the wild.

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Seriously, who gets a Sega Touring Car for their arcade in this day and age? Boggles the mind. I didn't have any money on me so I was unable to play any of them, but I'll be going back soon and give each a go.

Cruis'n Blast is priced at €2/credit, tho. :shock: It's in the middle of an amusement park too, so lots of kids running around and all that.
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Re: What are you playing?

Postby Ghegs » Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:58 pm

I went back to the arcade today and recorded some footage off the racers there.


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It was cool to try out Cruis'n Blast, but my favorite turned out to be Storm Racer G. Very fun, kind of Ridge Racer-like. I would love to see a home port of this.

Sadly Sega Touring Car wasn't working (the coin chute wouldn't accept any coins, it just spat them out) so I didn't get to give that a go.
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