How did you fill the time in your days/nights/weekends before The Witcher 3 came out?
On this week’s show, Paul and Randy are distracting themselves with Invisible Inc., KLEI’s fun-but-stressful new tactical espionage thing. We also dig into a couple of 3DS eShop oddities, Stretchmo and Adventure Bar Story, and Randy finally delivers his promised update from his Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth playthrough.
We also ruminate on our lifelong struggles to balance gaming with being a productive member of society. It’s harder than it may look from the outside.
When is a squid not a squid? When it’s a human-squid girl/boy hybrid. But what if this hypothetical hybrid hu-squid were to transform suddenly into a full squid? A definitive answer eludes squidymologists to this day. Anyway, we played Splatoon.
Mario Kart night is back in honor of the new Animal Crossing DLC and 200cc mode! We’ll be tearing up the new tracks this Friday night. Just add us to your Wii U friends list and you’ll be able to join the VGH lobby. (Make sure to send us a friend request ahead of time because it’s difficult for us to add people once the game starts!) We’ll have a Google Hangout going as well so we can chat during the game. (Check back here later for the link.)
If you don’t have any of the DLC, don’t worry—we’ll be racing on the regular courses too. Just make sure you sign on early to get the latest patch if you haven’t already!
(There’s also a chance we might try out the Splatoon beta at 11pm Eastern, so get that downloaded if you’re interested!)
WHAT: Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U
WHEN: Friday, May 8 @ 10:00pm ET
HOW: Add one of us to your Wii U friends list.
We regret to inform our listeners that D.J. Ross fell in battle during the great Burrito Wars of Cinco de Mayo 2015. Never forget.
Randy and Paul somehow find the strength to carry on, however, and this week they weigh in on big Suicide Squad news, PC gaming’s big night at E3, and the big new scheme to get gamers off of their big fat asses.
The guys also drown their sorrows in games, including Cities: Skylines, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, and Never Alone.
Randy plugs in his Xbox One to make sure it plays video games, but alas, all it does is play the new Star Trek trailer (which looks suspiciously like Star Wars). Meanwhile, Paul locks himself in a room and D.J. jumps off a cliff to avoid being bled on by Superman.
Paul and D.J. get deep into Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate fashion and this season’s hottest armor skills. Meanwhile, Randy prefers to stay out of the spotlight with Monster Bag. Also, Pillars of Eternity, Mario Party 10, and smartwatches destroy civilization.
Randy seeks relief from his third unrelenting week of The Order: 1886 by playing a game about boxes. Paul searches for the correct sequence of buttons to beat Helldivers, D.J. spends the weekend watching a Call of Duty video, and Final Fantasy XIV… ends?!
We get in touch with our inner time traveling tweens in Life Is Strange episode 2, the most steampunk game since The Order: 1886. Also: Why the Zelda delay is good, why Master Chief is bad, and a new Mass Effect?
Legendary game designer Hideo Kojima stops by to clear up some rumors about his future with Konami and the Metal Gear series. Paul’s plan to get his space crew in order fails spectacularly. D.J. plays Project Diva F 2nd, the most embarrassing rhythm game yet. And Randy spends time with The Order: 1886, a video game.
We’re doing #MetroidMarch right by replaying the series’s best. Like Metroid: Code Name: STEAM, Metroid: Q*bert, Metroid: Monster Hunter and the game many consider an all-time classic, Metroid: Jak and Daxter Collection.
Just how far is one man willing to go to attend PAX East? When traveling through a late winter snowstorm by train, the correct answer is “approximately 400 miles”. Join Randy (and VGH Community Contributor Chris Gregory) this week as he checks in from the frozen wasteland that once was Boston, MA, with thoughts on Splatoon, Steamworld Heist, We Happy Few, Just Cause 3, Invisible Inc., and more – including a full report on the 100% Smash Mouth-less Cards Against Humanity panel.
Please enjoy this episode full of PAX East hype that we recorded before they canceled the East Coast. Also: skateboarding in OlliOlli2, French lessons, an MMO memorial to Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek Online, Ironfall: Invasion puts the “gears” and “war” into Gears of War, the Final Fantasy XIV community loses its collective mind over a card game, and we try to uncover the origin of #MetroidMarch. (Spoiler: We invented it.)
It’s the Vita’s 3rd birthday, so naturally we celebrate by playing 3DS games all week. More Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, some Majora’s Mask, and Tetris Ultimate. Also Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, which is on neither 3DS nor Vita.
Randy rewinds time to save Clock Town in the remastered N64 classic, The Order: 1886, and Paul and D.J. get their claws into Capcom’s latest hunting action game, The Order: 1886. We also wonder what’s up with Peter Molyneux (creator of The Order: 1886).
Where were you the night before Nintendoom? We were getting our affairs in order playing Freedom Wars and copying our 3DS games onto a series of progressively smaller memory cards. Randy and Paul return to/are still Shadow of Mordor. D.J. doesn’t talk about Final Fantasy XIV.
Once a year, a legendary lobster crawls out of the sea to tell tales of time-traveling high schoolers and historical steampunk lions. Unfortunately, we missed the lobster again. Fortunately, we’re perfectly capable of telling you those stories ourselves.
If I were to start predicting my game of the year lists in January of that year, I think I’d usually be able to get at least one or two games correct. There’s often a notable game from a favorite developer or series that seems like a safe bet—sure things like Monster Hunter, Metal Gear, or anything by Yasumi Matsuno. Had I guessed at 2014’s list I would have struck out completely, which is disappointing because it means some of the games I was most looking forward to ended up falling short of my expectations. On the other hand, so many fun and surprising games appeared last year that I had no trouble filling the empty spaces.
Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)
Existing somewhere between Call of Duty and Unreal Tournament, Titanfall is one of the freshest first-person shooters I’ve played in years. The giant Titan mech suits, sort of a democratized version of other games’ killstreaks and vehicles, may be the feature attraction, but I found the parkour-inspired, out-of-mech movement system to be the real star. I quickly reached a point where I’d only climb into my Titan if I really had to—it was too much fun running on walls or discovering a new aerial route to the next objective. (more…)
After a nearly two-year hiatus, we’ve finally released a new show. Coincidentally, Randy and D.J. are excited about a potential new Rock Band, while Paul tries to remember the name of that game he played with a plastic guitar. Also: PS1 classics Suikoden I and II, The Marvellous Miss Take, Shadow of Mordor, and 1000 dead Mr. Game and Watches in Super Smash Bros.