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jinks -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (18/7/2014 1:30:02 PM)

Another Xbox Splurge today in CEX:

Need for Speed Underground 2
Tony Hawks Underground 2 (i can always mute Bam in it)
Rainbow 6 Lockdown
Star Trek Shattered Dimensions.

Also ordered from Amazon:

Dead or Alive Ultimate (DOA 1 and 2 redone on the original Xbox)
Dead of Alive Extreme Volleyball (the volleyballing is actually pretty good!)




Sleazy -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (24/7/2014 8:19:43 AM)


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ORIGINAL: Dpp1978


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I'm looking at purchasing a reconditioned Amiga, and wondered if you can use the the emulator ROMS to re-create actual bootable disks?

Anyone have a clue?


I dug out and have been playing around with my old A1200 recently. I can't do much with it until I get an adapter so I can use a PC mouse but at least it still works.

As Sleazy said you can't make bootable Amiga disks easily on a PC. This is because the Amiga used double density floppy disks (rather than the standard high density ones used on PCs) and a proprietary file system.

The good news is that if you get an A600 or A1200 (I'm not sure about the other types) you can easily install an old laptop drive, or a even use a CompactFlash card as a hard drive by using a cheap ATA adapter. Better still you can format and configure the drive using WinUAE on your PC so it boots to Workbench, install all the games you can get your hands on to it, and have it work when you put it in your Amiga. There are loads of tutorials on how to do this out there if you Google it. I'm going to try and get mine running over the weekend if the bits I ordered arrive.

There are sites where pretty much the whole Amiga library is available for download, if you are into that sort of thing.


Much better than I could have put it!

One issue I've noticed running off HDD though is is munches your RAM, I have 2MB but workbench/HDD drivers or whatever use 1/2MB straight away. This is then compounded by that when you load a game from HDD it will load all the disks needed so if its more than 2 disks you run out of memory, often even if its only 2 disks.

This can be solved by getting a SRAM card and installing that in the side port but I havent found one at a reasonable price yet.




Dpp1978 -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (24/7/2014 12:10:00 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Sleazy

Much better than I could have put it!

One issue I've noticed running off HDD though is is munches your RAM, I have 2MB but workbench/HDD drivers or whatever use 1/2MB straight away. This is then compounded by that when you load a game from HDD it will load all the disks needed so if its more than 2 disks you run out of memory, often even if its only 2 disks.

This can be solved by getting a SRAM card and installing that in the side port but I havent found one at a reasonable price yet.



I got my A1200 running off an old laptop drive. It took a couple of hours to configure it to boot to Workbench through WinUAE, most of which was spent looking for a decent tutorial. The one I used is here. Once put in the Amiga it booted straight away.

I've installed a couple of games from old floppies and they seem to work well. They were Lucasarts adventure games and had install scripts which made the process easy once I worked out the correct syntax to choose where to install to. A few of the old floppies have become corrupt over the years so I will have to use WinUAE and disk images to install those games, but that is not a big deal. I might try playing with WHDLoad at some point but for now I'm happy.

I don't know about your memory issue as I've not spent much time looking at the intricacies of how the system works. I know you can get accelerator boards for the A1200 which boost the CPU as well as give additional memory but they cost more than I'm willing to pay.

Most of the games I want to play are old adventure games available on the PC via Dosbox or ScummVM and the rest are simple one disk affairs. It was more out of curiosity that I did this than anything else, although it was very nostalgic hearing the sound of the Amiga floppy drive chugging away. I was also surprised how different the Monkey Island music was to the PC version I've become accustomed to.

I dug out my old NES, SNES and N64 games after seeing how crazy the prices have become and will get around to playing them again at some point. I also found some PS1 and Dreamcast games I forgot I still had.

I just need to get a decent little CRT TV to play them on as they look like arse on my HDTV.




From_Hell -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (3/8/2014 5:17:08 PM)

Great article here on the making of Robocod....

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-07-04-the-making-of-robocod




juanvasquez -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (25/8/2014 3:29:02 PM)

After having a lovely Star Wars re watch again recently, I decided to get a couple of the Dreamcast games. Ended up with Jedi Power Battles, and Pod Racer. I remember enjoying the former on the PS1, way back when. Fuck, it's like a dog chewed them and then sicked up on them. Pod Racer don't look too bad I guess, but the controls... How did we put up with that shit back then?




Sleazy -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (26/8/2014 9:52:01 AM)

I enjoyed Star Wars Racer on N64, still plays well.

Is the DC one the same? I also played Racer Revenge on PS2 which is also decent.

I bought a load of Master System games this week, was impressed with the SMS version of Robocod. Also been playing Master of Darkness. Its an unashamed Castlevania ripoff but a good one.




jinks -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (1/9/2014 2:56:25 PM)

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ORIGINAL: juanvasquez

After having a lovely Star Wars re watch again recently, I decided to get a couple of the Dreamcast games. Ended up with Jedi Power Battles, and Pod Racer. I remember enjoying the former on the PS1, way back when. Fuck, it's like a dog chewed them and then sicked up on them. Pod Racer don't look too bad I guess, but the controls... How did we put up with that shit back then?


I got Jedi Power Battles in a Hospice Shop on a trip back to the UK recently for 50pence! Its ridiculously difficult in places and enemies get in cheap hits when your Jedi is the middle of his saber animations and theres nothing you can do to block.

But hey, its Star Wars right...right?! [&:] (its still better than the horrible Phantom Menace tie in though!)

Also bought Star Wars Republic Commando for the Xbox a few weeks back too. Still pretty good to this day, pity there was no sequel that expanded upon its Rainbow Six lite gameplay as id have definitely liked to have seen further games with the commandos in them.




jinks -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (9/9/2014 1:09:43 PM)

Finally managed to get a copy of Legend of Zelda: the Wind Waker for the Gamecube for a decent price this morning from local CEX - 15 which im rather chuffed to bits with. No bonus disc though, as it was the 'players choice' label - but ive got Ocarina of Time downloaded anyways from the Nintendo store.[:)]





juanvasquez -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (10/9/2014 7:36:55 AM)

You got a sought after title for a reasonable price from CEX? Was it smeared with faeces or something?




Sleazy -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (10/9/2014 10:27:18 AM)

in the run up to halloween I've started playing through some classic horror games.

Been playing Resident Evil 2 this week on Gamecube, really enjoying it too.

Probably do Eternal Darkness next although I have never played a Silent Hill?




jinks -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (10/9/2014 11:35:10 AM)

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ORIGINAL: Sleazy

Although I have never played a Silent Hill?

Never played one?! Oh dear lord, sir - you must rectify that ASAP. You're best off playing the first 3 and Homecoming - SH1 is on the PSN store for about a fiver i think and 2-3 are in the Silent Hill HD Collection (SH2 is based on the Restless Dreams/Directors Cut and has the Maria story) - SH4: The Room was an oddity really, but pretty creepy in parts. Origins was ok - just dont get me started on a particular level...Arrrggghhhhh!!!! [:@]

Silent Hill Homecoming i REALLY enjoyed as it references both the games AND the films and its my favourite since the brilliant SH2 (the transition to the other-world happens as it does in the films in real time, plus it has all the staples of the SH franchise too - nurses, pyramid head, hospitals etc).

SH Downpour, to me, didnt feel like a Silent Hill game at all, but it had an interesting central character though.

There's also the Remake/Reimagining of SH1 Shattered Memories on Wii, PS2 and PSP - which is worth a look (just dont expect ANY sort of combat).




Sleazy -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (10/9/2014 11:45:46 AM)

I have a few, I have the first on PS1 disc and as a download off PSN. I have 2 & 3 that I picked up for a quid each on PS2, I also have Silent Hill Origins on PSP.

All I have done is had a quick 10 min look at the first one. Should I start at the beginning or does it not matter?




juanvasquez -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (10/9/2014 12:36:40 PM)

Start with the first one. It's superb, and will help make the superior 2nd game make a tad more sense. The first 2 are absolute classics. Really mess with your head!




jinks -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (10/9/2014 1:51:33 PM)

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ORIGINAL: Sleazy

I have a few, I have the first on PS1 disc and as a download off PSN. I have 2 & 3 that I picked up for a quid each on PS2, I also have Silent Hill Origins on PSP.

All I have done is had a quick 10 min look at the first one. Should I start at the beginning or does it not matter?


Definitely play SH1 before playing SH3 as they're both linked.




Sleazy -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (10/9/2014 2:43:08 PM)

will do, gonna finish Resi 2 first then start on Silent Hill 1. Quite looking forward to it now.

We should all try n do a horror game and report back here how we found it/how it has held up?




juanvasquez -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (11/9/2014 12:37:18 AM)

Sounds like a plan. I'll have have a rummage and see what I've got. See if I've owt that isn't Resident Evil flavoured!




Sleazy -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (11/9/2014 8:52:05 AM)

BTW, the Resi trilogy and the First Silent Hill are all reduced on PSN at the mo




jinks -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (11/9/2014 4:14:22 PM)

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ORIGINAL: Sleazy

will do, gonna finish Resi 2 first then start on Silent Hill 1. Quite looking forward to it now.

We should all try n do a horror game and report back here how we found it/how it has held up?


Yeah man, im up for that. Have got all the main resi series (bar the original PS1 version, but do have REmake on the Wii and i dont have the Gun survivor series nor dead aim.), SH1 and Homecoming, Alone in the Dark Inferno.
I'll be quite happy to play either Dino Crisis 1 and 2 again on the PS1 or Project Zero 2?




juanvasquez -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (11/9/2014 6:54:35 PM)

I've got Resi Survivor. It's fucking shite. I'm one that always gives the Resi games the benefit of the doubt, but that game is arse!

I think I might do Blue Stinger or Carrier. Probably the latter as I seem to recall getting stuck with Blue Stinger!




Sleazy -> RE: Lets play RETRO!!! (12/9/2014 9:05:00 AM)

Sounds good. Any of those games would work great, would love to hear how well you think Dino Crisis and Blue Stinger have aged as I loved both of those.




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