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About ThatOddLiam

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    There's always a way to turn things around! To find the fun!
  • Birthday 06/24/1996

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    Animation, Video Games, Film Critique & Spreading Optimism!
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  1. Is Crash Team Racing worth buying and getting into now? Not fully kept up with all the post-launch content but wasn't sure if I've missed the boat or not.

    1. Ryannumber1gamer


      Sure, a lot of content and you can usually get it fairly cheap now.

    2. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      It's a fun racer. Just don't spend any extra money on it.

    3. KHCast


      There’s a lot of content but it’s in a fortnite esque rotation cycle, so if you can deal with that and the Microtransactions and output of coins in game, it’s alright. If you can find it cheap, I’d say go for it. Personally I was turned off by all the aforementioned bs, but a lot of people still enjoy it 

    4. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Yeah, what KHCast said about the microtransactions is really true. Some people claim that the in-game payout of coins is balanced and is more than enough for you to unlock everything, but unless you're winning online races left, right and centre, the I really don't find that to be the case at all. Moreover, the very fact that they're even present in the game is a big red flag to me. 

  2. Now that we're half way through June, do you think we're going to get any Sonic news this month?

    1. Rabid-Coot


      Yes a small birthday post later this week.

  3. That design is really cool! I like that it's not just another generic cuboid. I've missed consoles that have their own look.


  4. Does anyone own any of those all in one emulation handheld machines? I'm trying to find something pocket size and quite like the look of the RG360M but it's a bit steep here in the UK from what I can see.

    1. CleverSonicUsername



      Could look into this. It's pretty affordable at 66 bucks, and if it can run PSP, N64, and Dreamcast games as well as that video would lead you to believe, then it's worth that price.

      I don't own any myself, but am considering picking this one up if I get any at all. I just sank a hundred into a Pi4 build though so, not for a while.

      Edit: Will say I'm not a fan of the shoulder buttons being laid out the way they are, but it's an improvement over similar handhelds that lack L2 and R2's entirely. If they had designed it with grips and organized those buttons the way they should be laid out then that'd be ideal.

  5. Still wanting a full Unleashed Rerelease but I swear, imagine if it was one of the games to accept a performance increase on Project X. Unleashed in HDR 60fps would be BEAUTIFUL!

  6. Props to Unleashed Wii for clearly dictating what is expected for an S rank from stage to stage.  Especially in the Werehog stages where, if you don't get the S rank on your first go, it's easy to tell what you need to do more of or less of next time around. 

    Having the medal system tied to ranks also created a nice feedback loop of getting good ranks to get more medals, which unlocks more gia gate rooms where you can get collectables and more missions.

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Totally disagree. Whilst it's nice that the game outlines how to get each rank, making it based solely on time and nothing else is pretty boring. And then tying ranks into the progression system is bollocks.

      "So you beat all the levels up to this point, eh? Oh but you didn't beat them will enough so you'll have to go and beat them them more to progress." 

      Rush Adventure had virtually the same problem. I'm not going to defend the mandatory hunting of Sun and Moon Medals in Unleashed HD to progress (especially in the daytime stages where they're so counter intuitive), but I'll take exploration over the demand that I "play better" any day of the week.

    2. ThatOddLiam


      To be fair, it never prevents progress for the main campaign and you can get a reasonable amount of the side missions before having to break a sweat on the likes of Eggmanland to get more medals with better ranks. 

      For the boost gameplay I prefer it being based on time since speed is prioritised over everything else anyway. The werehog has a three way split between time, rings, and Dark Gia force collected which suits that style more, although some sort of point system based on combos would've made sense too. 


  7. Just finished a 100% run of UnWiished. Fatigue started to set in at the end getting all the collectables in order to unlock the final mission but overall I'm surprised how well this held up. I still prefer the HD version for various reasons but as somebody who loves Unleashed, the Wii version stands fairly strong as an alternate way to experience the game.  It even handles certain things better than than the HD version.

    1. Diogenes


      i still think it's got one of the most interesting lives systems in any sonic game. one of the few times when i felt a game actually justified having lives, even if they're still not super important to the experience.

  8. I feel like the 2008 Prince of Persia game is slept on nowadays. I need to grab the steam version sometime and replay it since it's been about 10 years for me but I remember having a great time with it. Still got my 360 steelbook copy.

    1. Teoskaven


      Pro tip, stick to the 360 version, the DLC epilogue (wich is sadly kinda important) has never been released on PC.

    2. ThatOddLiam


      Oh really? Knew about the dlc but didn't know it's not made it to PC. How weird!

    3. Teoskaven


      Back then DLC small story portions that were not expansions were an actual novelty, and Ubisoft cited "buisness reasons" behind the exclusion. Considering they didn't gave the studio too much of a budget for it (hence why it's not localized in the standard multi-5 languages in terms of voice acting like the vanilla game) methinks they kept things to a minimum and they thought the PC market was the ideal one to cut corners from.
      It also makes sense considering before Dark Souls literally opened the gates, the idea of PC versions for all upcoming console games was not an immediate thought, even with the rising of Steam.

  9. Long shot. Does anybody have a pal Mega Drive mini that they used the Project Lunar mod on? I lost the backup files needed to make it work or uninstall it.

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      I do. If you've not sourced them already, let me know and I'll get them sorted for you. 

    2. ThatOddLiam


      Hey man! Nah I've been hunting around for a good hour and a half and they're definitely well hidden if they're out there at all. If you're sure you have the time to help that'd be a MASSIVE help, thank you!

    3. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Cool. I'll go get it sorted for you now. Wasn't sure who on earth this "ThatOddLiam" was popping up in my notifications was though. Lol 

    4. ThatOddLiam


      Hahaha I'll be honest, the moment I changed it I did think "this might actually be a confusing time for a name change". No rush for this dude, really appreciate you taking the time to help! 

  10. Been working through Sonic X on Netflix. It's so surreal hearing Mike Pollock's early Eggman laugh being a deeper pitch and much more "normal" sounding than the higher pitched one that's now the default after refining the voice over the years.

  11. With the big Sonic bundle discount on Steam happening right now I checked what games I don't already own. I have Forces and TSR on PS4 and I'm sad that I can't justify a double dip for any reason when Generations and ASRT are already in my library. Forces doesn't even really have a particularly big modding scene, unsurprising when Gens is a far stronger base for custom content.

    1. Sean


      The only things I'm missing that I've been wanting to get were some of the Genesis games, but I'm annoyed that Sega never made the Sonic-related games $0.99 like the others and I always miss them when they're on sale.

  12. Finished a new PC build last night and everything's running great, gonna be really useful for gaming and 3D animation work.

    Has anybody had issues with Sonic Generations PC having screen tearing? Never used to have it but now I've freshly installed it on the new rig it consistently tears no matter what. I'm aware the default Vsync is a bit wacky but even a couple external solutions don't seem to be helping.

    1. Strickerx5


      If you have a Nvidia gpu, try going into the control panel and adjusting the game manually from there. This can force the app to only update at a 60fps rate. Had to do this for CD because the in-game v-sync did not work and it started going upwards of 300+fps which just sped up the entire game at that point.

      Gen in general though has a wacky config though so sometimes even just running through it again will solve a lot of issues.

    2. ThatOddLiam


      Ah it's an AMD gpu I'm afraid, should have mentioned sorry. There'll definitely be a fix somewhere.

    3. McGroose


      Glorious overpriced Nvidia masterrace

      I mean it saves on power I guess so that's one thing

    4. ThatOddLiam


      Managed to get it running beautifully, tried out the D3dOverrider and it's worked wonders!

  13. Assuming the Mario rumour is true I was having a think last night about how all of this could be structured:

    • Mario 64 & Sunshine - Digital only. Basic re-releases with naitive widescreen and increaed resolutions to improve the likes of texture quality.


    • Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 - Physical and Digital. Full HD resolutions and adjusted control schemes, ending up being extremely similar to the Chinese Nvidia Shield release. Available to buy seperately on the Eshop or as a 2-cartridge physical release. My only worry is that I'm not sure Nintendo wouldn't want to charge these at near-full price individually. If they get a physical release though, part of me just can't see the two games on shelves seperately.


    • 3D World Deluxe - Physical and Digital. Similar to the likes of the Tropical Freeze Switch port. Mostly a straight re-release with a few addons. I'm seeing some people on Twitter suggesting adding in the 3D Land levels which would definitely be cool but might be too much to hope for. Definitely a full price release.




    1. Jack out of the comics!

      Jack out of the comics!

      3D Land as bonus stages are definitely a must for me, as I only played 3D World. Plus, I hope for more power-ups, add Yoshis maybe. They usually have one more easy character but this game already had plenty. I dunno... it was one of my favorites, perhaps I enjoyed it more than Odyssey, can't wait to have it back in my game library (and I'm not talking about the rumor, Nintendo would simply be stupid to not port it on a console where it can really sell, as much as I want brand new games too). I would also love a new 64-esque game.

  14. If an Adventure style project is coming, I can absolutely see the first teaser being something like Sonic in a black void, whispy, mysterious audio playing throughout and ending with him looking at the camera and pulling that 2000s era Nike grin. We get a Coming Soon and target platforms but don't find out until a while after if it's a remake or new game.

    1. Kuzu


      Ahh yes, my favorite type of trailer: absolutely nothing at all.

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