Join us for a chat about unemployment and games that sound like the following: Smashing Brothers, Sleepy Dogs, Alien Insulation, Fribbage, Spelarky, and Baynaretta 2.
It’s an event witnessed only once a console generation—something that die-hard fanboys will be frothing about to the uninitiated for years to come. That’s right—a good Lord of the Rings game. Also, we played Super Smash Bros. 4.
We haven’t played Shadow of Mordor yet but that doesn’t keep us from talking about it and the sleeper hit phenomenon. Also, Luftrausers, The Last of Us Remastered, and Borderlands 2 on the Vita.
Time for a road trip with your favorite anime bros! D.J. returns to Bravely Default while Paul discovers LEGOs and walks down a hallway. Also, Final Fantasy XV, Monster Hunter, and Animal Crossing—must be Tokyo Game Show.
Are there any more new video games in 2014? We get to the bottom of this controversial issue. Also, we played Smash Bros. on a 3DS, how weird.
This is it! We finally tackle the GamerGate controversy, hold on to your butts! We also chat about games like the new Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright and Code of Princess, but who cares about that? RAGE. MORE. IMPORTANT.
We made it! Backlog 2014 is complete and is our most successful ever, with 11 out of 18 games eventually getting crossed off our lists. As for those pesky remainders, I plan to get into Sleeping Dogs soon (maybe around when the Definitive Edition hits), Randy will seek out new rereleases of A Link to the Past to try, and Paul has vowed to play XCOM for the rest of his gaming life so he never actually has to play The Last of Us.
Listen to our closing thoughts, plus find out the winner of our community backlog contest on this week’s episode, VGH #160: Bug Stick.
Our backlogging will continue until next summer, though! You can still follow us on the Backloggery here:
We’ve got the hottest scoops and the biggest beetles from PAX Prime in Seattle. Scoop on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Freedom Wars, Below, Firewatch, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and maybe more! Also, we crown 2014’s Summer Backlog champion!
The board is finally free of Halo and Alan Wake! We made some serious progress in the next-to-last week of backlog attacking—get the full update (including a discussion of Alan Wake‘s ending) on this week’s show: VGH #159: Bomb the Moon!
If you’re competing in our Backlog Attack contest, there are just a few days left before September 1st to cross games off your list! We’ll announce 2014’s backlog champion on next week’s show!
Track our last week of backlog progress on our Backloggery pages here:
After a few harrowing weeks of real life, D.J. returns to Halo world and Randy gets involved in a dastardly moon bombing plot in CounterSpy. Meanwhile, Paul finished Alan Wake and probably played XCOM: Enemy Within. Also, Swing Copters.
Alan Wake and Guardian Heroes complete! Guardian Heroes was short and deserves a little more time, so I’ll be splitting my time between replaying that and getting through Halo 4 as we enter the last two weeks of the Backlog Attack.
Are you competing in our Backlog Attack contest? Post your progress updates in the comments below, and make sure to listen to this week’s episode, VGH #158: The Magician Randy, for the weekly backlog challenge!
You can track our progress on our Backloggery pages here:
And don’t forget, we’re playing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate tonight!
Sharpen your sword and polish that BBQ spit: We’re going hunting this Friday night in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate!*
We’ll be slaying monsters of all shapes and sizes throughout the evening. Working on some early quests? All hunter ranks are welcome! Need parts from an abyssal lagiacrus? Uh… we’ll see what we can do. Hunting parties may be small, but we’ll be playing all night and we’ll start a second room if we need to, so you’ll have plenty of time to join in. (Just make sure your character has access to Port Tanzia and network mode.)
WHAT: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the Wii U
WHEN: Friday, August 22 @ 9:30pm ET
WHERE: Network Mode World 02 Free B, Lobby 1
ROOM: game night
See you online on Friday! In the meantime, leave a comment with your favored weapon and/or the top monster you want to hunt! (Personally, I’ll be using a heavy bowgun to keep things interesting.)
*Looking for The Last of Us game night? Don’t worry, we’ll do that next month!
WE’RE STILL PLAYING ALAN WAKE. And we’re loving it, but please make us stop walking through the forest at night. Meanwhile, Randy continues to play A Link to the Past, but has also started into writer/director/executive producer/writer-director Suda51’s Killer Is Dead, which we’re led to believe is a video game. Get the full rundown (or at least a lengthier attempt at explanation) on this week’s show, VGH #157: The Ambiguity Continues.
You can track our progress on our Backloggery pages here:
We take a leisurely stroll through the forest with Alan Wake, this year’s most stubborn Backlog Attack game. Less leisurely, we shoot laser guns in Rex Rocket and wonder what’s going on in Killer Is Dead. Finally, there’s a new Silent Hill game at Gamescom… we think.
Surprise! It’s the same image from last week. But, this time, I’ve actually started Alan Wake, and Randy’s made some real progress into Zelda and collected a few of those pendants or whatever magical things they’ve lost this time. Hopefully, Paul and I will have a few more episodes of Alan Wake to discuss next time. Get the full progress update for this week on our latest episode.
Also, if you haven’t already entered the Backlog Attack contest, now’s the time! Get your list of backlog games posted so we can track your progress and declare you the winner at the end of the month! You’ll win the new release game of your choice!
If you have already entered, tune into next week’s episode for the first backlog bonus challenge! In the meantime, why not create yourself an account at The Backloggery to make keeping tabs on your games even easier? You can follow our own Backloggery pages here:
Two more games complete! I ended Halo: Reach on a high note, and Paul finished Assassin’s Creed IV. (It was OK.) Meanwhile, Randy switched Zelda platforms again. Get the full backlog update in this week’s episode.
Working through a backlog pile of your own? Enter our backlog contest and you could win a new game of your choice!
If you’ve been following the show over the last few weeks, you’ll know we’re about halfway through Backlog Attack 2014, our annual attempt to cross some games off our backlog lists before the Fall’s new releases arrive. Last year, we challenged you, the listeners, to get through some backlog games of your own (and maybe even win a cool prize), and we had so much fun we’re doing it again!
Joining in is easy: Just come up with a list of unplayed games you’ve got sitting around, then complete as many as you can before September 1st. The games you pick are completely up to you, but choose wisely! We’ll choose a winner based on who we think accomplished the greatest feat of backloggery—that is, we’ll be more impressed if, say, you platinum all the Souls games than if you earn all the stars in Angry Birds. (Or will we!?)
The backlog champion, once again, will receive an amazing price: the Fall new release of their choice!* (Because after weeks of playing dusty, old games, there will be plenty of room for a shiny, new one.) We’ll even send it to you on release day.**
To get started, just post your list in the comments below. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and listen to the show over the next few weeks, since we’ll be hanging out bonus backlog challenges that will surely help secure your title as backlog champion.
If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line via Twitter, Facebook or email and we’ll be happy to explain any of the rules. We think it’s simple enough, though: play your old games, win a new one! Now get to it and post your list below!
* MSRP $60 (U.S.) or under
** Where available. If the game you choose isn’t eligible for release date delivery, we’ll use the next fastest shipping.
This week, at the 155th annual VGHangover Con: MORE Halo! MORE Assassin’s Creed! That game about the bird and fish! How to win a cool video game of your very own! And a date with Destiny!