It’s dangerous to go alone, so why not take some friends? On this week’s show, we’re talking about Nintendo’s suggestion that the next Zelda game might be a co-op affair. We also dig into some other beloved games that made scary changes, including Red Faction, Final Fantasy, and Metroid. In The Hangover, D.J. gets his hands on the upcoming Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Randy weighs on the new Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.
Month: January 2013
This episode, we’re talking all things 90s gaming: shoebox Gameboys and other, more dubiously portable handhelds, gaming urban legends, classic series that need to make a comeback, and others that we probably should have left behind. In the Hangover, we’re getting strange vibes from Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational on the Vita and taking a sneak peak at Klei’s 2D wilderness survival game, Don’t Starve.
Special thanks to listener kube00 for suggesting this week’s topic!
#5: Soulcalibur V
It’s been an auspicious year for fighting games–can you imagine the reaction just a few years ago if someone predicted that in one year, we’d see new iterations of nearly every major fighting franchise? That’s exactly what happened in 2012, and I’ve got to give credit to the latest in my favorite fighting series: Soulcalibur. Despite some skepticism over new gameplay mechanics and a dramatically different character roster, SCV emerged as one of the series’ strongest entries and even appeared to gain back some respect from the arcade circuit. Best of all: No Star Wars characters in sight.
The folks at Xbox Live usually horde some of their best downloadable titles for their Summer of Arcade campaign. The headliner of 2012’s line-up for me was easily Deadlight, a 2D puzzle-platformer from Spanish developer Tequilaworks. Combining a visual style heavily influenced by LIMBO and gameplay elements reminiscent of Shadow Complex, you play as a survivor of the zombie apocalypse trying to navigate your way through the decimated remains of Seattle. Filled with challenging environmental puzzles and intense “run or die” moments, Deadlight brought a fresh perspective to the zombie survival genre.
What can be said about Journey that hasn’t been said already? It’s a game but it’s not. It features multiplayer but you can’t play it with your friends. It’s surprisingly moving, occasionally frightening, and very, very strange. Most importantly, Journey is an experiment in gaming that succeeds primarily because of the fearlessness of developer thatgamecompany.
8. Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
The jury’s still out on Sony’s Playstation Vita but most owners agree that its gaming line-up was a bit slight in early 2012. Mutant Blobs Attack was an early Vita release but it remains one of the most fun and original experiences on the system. You play as a one-eyed blob who rolls along absorbing pieces of the environment and growing in size until, eventually, terrorizing the populace and attracting the attention of the military. It’s one of the most laugh-out-loud funny games of the year, filled with 1950’s B-movie tropes and a roster of evolving powers that allow your blob to dominate Earth.
In our last Mini Hangover of Season 2, we have a spoiler filled chat about Telltale’s The Walking Dead! Spoiler alert!
Good news everyone! Paul and Matt decide to wax poetic about Far Cry 3, one of the best games of 2012. Wub wub wub.