I’m really loving the Walking Dead so far, I’ve just beaten the second episode, can’t wait for the upcoming episodes.
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@beige I hesitate to even tell you this, but don’t go it alone 100% in Journey, after a while, stick with someone you happen to run across. Trust me, it’s worth it. I’ll never forget my first journey, that’s how strong this game was for me. I smile when I think about it.
You mean aside from it being a stunning piece of art (oops, I said the “A” word)? Best use of silent player companion since… I dunno, Dark Souls.
I don’t want to say anything else really. You need to experience it cold for yourself.
WOW! Journey is absolutely magical, guys! That was a very, very, very strong shared experience for me. Well done, That Game Company. Damn, that was good!
Going to be hard to beat that, in my mind anyway. Shepard who?
*Excuse me while I come down from this high*
SoS FROZEN SYNAPSE SCRUB TOURNAMENT 2011 PRELIM!
Official “What is this, I Don’t Even…”, Wait, This Has Nothing To Do With Frozen Synapse, Blame Beige, Bracket Placement Round of Death, GO!
1. Click link –> MYSTERY GAME!
2. Regain senses.
3. Get longest distance you can (note: you can hit whatever that is while it’s still in the air).
4. You’re allowed to play as long as you can stand it!
5. Email your best distance and name to christopherjbowley (at) g m a i l . c o m
6. You are all on the honor system!
7. Direct all hate mail towards @bluesforbuddha
I’ll send the bracket link + youtube details once all the scores are in.
Assassins Creed: Brotherhood is Hot Shit of the highest order, and if you don’t have it yet, you suck.
I even thoroughly enjoyed playing the multiplayers with Mark and MJ last night, and it’s pretty well known I don’t like sharing my gaming time with anyone ever.
Amazon started Cyber Monday early and it’s looking like hot shit guys.
I’ve already decided to pull the trigger on 3D Dot Game Heroes for $20.
If you STILL don’t own Assassin’s Creed II, it’s also $20 on every platform (except retail PC for which it is $30).
@feen Now, fingers crossed for a big price drop for the annual Steam Holiday Sale.
Ok, something that’s been bothering me. I was listening to Weekend Confirmed on the way in to work this morning, and they started on a diatribe about the Half-Life series.
I don’t get it.
What am I missing, and why do I not think that this game is the greatest thing since sliced bread? I’ve played them all, I own multiple copies of multiple versions, and yet I’ve never finished one because I’ve gotten bored and stopped playing them. Portal was the only Half-lifey game I enjoyed, and I’m actually worried Portal 2 might be going overboard a bit and making things too big and complex.
Sell me on Half-Life and why it’s deserving of all of the chub tugging it gets.
Civ V. Mac. Steam Play. That’s how you do it, people.
@beige You make Fallout sound very enticing just as a sandbox game on survivalist mode. I’ve never found the franchise all that interesting, but the itemisation and fiddling about with combinations sounds fun.
Is the discussion for the Squadcast still going to be somewhat war-themed? I suppose I’ve stated all I’ve to say on the topic until the squad leaders cast their opinions.
Might I just throw some hot shit all over the place? The Walking Dead seems to be some hot shambling shit on AMC, and that’s coming from someone who finds every single ‘thing of the night’ utterly twee. Terriers is a fantastic show as well, but much like young America’s disinterest in voting, the lack of viewership for such a brilliant show is puzzling and disappointing. Boardwalk Empire…shouldn’t have to be mentioned, because – to quote @feenwager – if you’re not watching it, you’re doing it wrong.
Hey folks. Thanks for another rather enjoyable podcast. Big thumbs up to Jeff, Pete and Kevin for a rather rollicking squadcast! Some hearty discussion indeed. Not much to add, outside of the memories I have of my young sister, much younger at the time, cultivating psychopathic tendencies in the original Sims game. She’d get her seemingly innocent Sim to get friendly with neighbours, call them up and invite them over for a pool party of sorts.
Only to capture her victims in the backyard by toggling the create mode and being rather liberal with al fresco walls and balustrades. After a while, it looked like some grotesque urban concentration camp. With incredibly tasteful interior design. Like some scene from American Psycho.
In other news, this thing of beauty – to quote tricky Dicky – just made my list. Gran Turismo isn’t the only vehicular thrill ride in town come November. Thanks very much, Gaijin Entertainment – the folks behind Il-2 Sturmovik – I now have something very exciting to look forward to. Anyone who played Birds of Prey will testify this studio can crank out a deep sim for a console. Built on a modified Birds of Prey engine, Apache: Air Assault!
Also, might I serve up a plate of hot shit?
The BBC production of Ian Curteis’ The Falklands Play, starring Patricia Hodge as Margaret Thatcher is incredible. Much like my cherished HBO Conspiracy dramatisation of the 1942 Wannsee conference, The Falklands Play production is stellar. Breathtaking portrayal of the era with Hodge giving a wonderful performance as the Iron Lady, with a brilliant supporting cast. Much like Curteis’ “Suez” script and the aforementioned Conspiracy, there is no action in TFP…it’s entirely politico-centric, allowing for some of the snappiest dialogue I’ve heard since Colin Firth and Kenneth Brannagh’s Stuckart and Heydrich, respectively.
You’re in luck if you’re interested – the whole 90 minute thing is on Youtube. Part one here – http://bit.ly/c4VZ4s
Anyway, this week in the subject of horseshit – games balanced specifically for co-op to the detriment of the singleplayer.
After you beat Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker the game actually unlocks a shitlload of extra sidequest missions along with an epilogue chapter. Most of these missions were balanced for four-player co-op, and Kojima saw fit to go “one size fits all” with the difficulty. This means missions in positions that are almost hopeless for one player to manage, and bosses that require several times more ammo than Snake can carry on his own.
What makes this all really damning is the fact that this game’s co-op is local only. Oh yeah you can use Ad-Hoc Party, but you gotta own a PS3 for that, and at that point you might as well be just playing the game on PS3. This is an increasing problem with Japanese games, particularly handhelds like this, Dragon Quest IX and most notoriously Monster Hunter. This is also somewhat true for some of Capcom’s console games like Resident Evil 5 and Lost Planet 2.
I get it, the Japanese lifestyle is perfect for local multiplayer on handhelds what with their on-the-move lifestyle and population density 10 times that of the United States. My problem is that most of these games would do perfectly fine in the American market with just some tiny-ass adjustments. The fighting game genre went through this same problem like four years ago.
Circa 2006 fighting games were in serious decline in North America because arcades were dead, but in Japan they were still strong enough to support games like Virtua Fighter 5, so Japanese developers still geared them towards that market. Fast-forward to 2008, and the simple implementation of online play basically revived the entire genre over here in Street Fighter IV, King of Fighters XII, and Soul Calibur IV.
That’s one thing that needs to happen for games like Peace Walker to work in North America. Hell, MGS Portable Ops and its expansion pack on the PSP had online versus. Konami America themselves even asked if western journalists wanted a PS3 version of Peace Walker distributed over PSN with online play. The same goes for Dragon Quest. Right now only a couple of these co-op-focused portable games actually had the foresight to include online play – Ace Combat Joint Assault and Phantasy Star Portable 2.
That’s not all though. A game that basically only has a co-op mode to me has always felt like half a product. Yeah that probably just means I have no friends nearby and can never find friends with which to play online at the right time. I mean, that’s why I’ve only played 3 hours total of Left 4 Dead 2 since buying it at launch. Why can’t these games at the very least be like the last couple Splinter Cell games with singleplayer and co-op modes that exist independently in the same package?
In my opinion Resident Evil 5 would’ve benefited greatly from RE2’s multiple scenario system. One singleplayer story and one co-op story I think would have made for a much more even experience. The same might go for Lost Planet 2.
Still though, the overall package of Peace Walker is definitely still hot shit. Like I said before, the storyline is one of the least ridiculous in the Metal Gear canon. Technically speaking it’s really tangentially related to the rest of the story, only being a sequel to MGS3 in the sense of Naked Snake finally reconciling within himself what happened with The Boss. Otherwise its just its own story examining the theory of deterrence in the middle of the Cold War.
@RedSwirl Sounds great, that DMZ. I’ll have to check it out. I wasn’t trying to turn this into a pissing contest of legitimacy either, more that the non-action scenes of Homefront…some guy milking a goat, the greenhouse and cottage industries…they’re far more evocative than any of the action I’ve seen. More of the detail and quiet rumination, please!
Can I supply an artistic slice of hot shit? *grunts*
My Missus got me the Steambot Studios concept art omnibus ‘Exodyssey’ for my birthday, which was terrific of her. It’s a great assemblage of their work in a loosely-cohesive arc, with beautiful glossy pages filled to the brim with the very best in speed-painting, 3D renders, character art etc.. If you’re in the mood to just let the imagination run to the stars, I highly recommend this book. Coffee table class. It’s the closest thing I’ve seen to the Terran Trade Authority handbooks of yesterday. One day, I’ll be able to afford all the TTA handbooks. Most borrowed items from my school library as a kid. Explains the Homeworld love.
GOG.com is back tomorrow at 1pm GMT.
And they’re bringing Baldur’s Gate plus Tales of the Sword Coast with it for $9.99.
They also say they “know the other games you have in mind… and we have the same games in mind, too.”
OMG CAN HAZ TORMENT PLZ?
@sinfony @beige @mjpilon rumor has it you’re also getting some movies that your southern cousins are unable to stream. Superbad and Mad Men are the ones I recall off the top of my head. I’m a bit jealous.
@sinfony And with it, I’m hearing, the iPod, iPad and iPhone app work as well!
Netflix hits Canada today.
@RedSwirl As much as I’d like to be frivolous with my moolah at the Cheap-fu price, I’ll have to deny myself the purchase of Castle Crashers in favour of holding out for Under Siege.
If you’re in need of some serious hot shit and are shying away from last-night’s vindaloo, you could do worse than download the free original concept game that has become the commercial Dungeon Defenders! That’s right, back when it was a showcase for the Unreal Development Kit, Dungeon Defence was a four-week firestorm project for indy devs Trendy Entertainment. It’d be interesting to hear reports from those packing decent computers on what this plays like, then getting a comparison going when the commercial version hits.
Remember…less than 200MB, and free as a bird.
Excellent, excellent show fellas. I’m definitely digging the new format over the old. I think what I like the most about the changes that have been made is that anyone can enjoy it without having had participated in something, exclusively. In the old format I felt distanced, often times skipping through parts, by the fact that I hadn’t played most of the games you all were talking about. Now, with this new format, the ~2 hours really fly by and I don’t even notice how long it’s been!
I don’t, so much, mind the stereo sound. I have to agree with Pete in that it helps keep people seperate and seems less like people are just talking over each other. Also, don’t use the Firefox plug-in “FoxyTunes.” That’s some horseshit right there, at least as far as the squawkbox is concerned. I couldn’t, for the life of me, figure out why the podcast was playing every couple of seconds while I was making a post. Come to find out, Shift+Space is a shortcut in FoxyTunes to auto-play any directly linked MP3s on a website. As the podcast was a direct link, and I tend to linger on the shift key when I type, every couple of sentences I was starting up the podcast. Horse shit.
Hot Shit? That you guys aren’t afraid to talk non-gaming related stuff in the Hot/Horse Shit section.
Also Hot Shit? The Scott Pilgrim music at the end of the podcast. That, alone, is almost enough to make me go pick it up.
@feenwager You’re going to keeping winning my Quote of the Week award, I swear.
The DLC debate should fall under the “hot shit/horseshit” segment. I can’t wait until you guys hear the new segment we’ll be introducing next episode. It’s straight off of @feenwager‘s dome so you know it’s…well, Feen shit.
Remember folks, be sure to tag your topic ideas under the “squadcast” tag. If you don’t, it’ll get passed over.
@mjpilon I just put it in there. Looking forward to it. Thanks to @beige for the tip on finding Future Tense. Worked like a charm.
Speaking of podcasts, just finished listening to the latest episode of The Nerdist. I was very entertained despite some belly-achin’ about how hard “internet celebs” have to work but it’s definitely worth keeping in the queue.
You know what else is hot shit? The Chipophone. Pete, tell me you don’t want one of these.