How can we improve movie tie-in games? We discuss whether GoldenEye is destined to be the best we can do. Also: XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Dishonored and a little more Borderlands 2!
Are you proud to call yourself a gamer? On this week’s show, we’re talking about how Nintendo’s recent ads and Maine’s Republican Party both seem to think it’s something to be ashamed of.
We’ll also revisit The Great Gaming Debate (with provocative new questions from the VGH community!) and weigh in on Tokyo Jungle and Inversion.
We had planned to do a show inspired by this week’s Presidential Debate but we ended up talking about how much we love Borderlands 2 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown for an hour instead. Hope you don’t mind.
We’ve also got Viewer Mail, a winner in our LittleBigPlanet Vita contest, Netflix recommendations, and more!
Besides pretty graphics, what do you want from next gen games? On this week’s show, we’re hoping for evolution beyond 1080p. We’ve also got talk of the Wii U, and reviews of Double Dragon Neon, Darksiders II and Demons’ Score.
Borderlands 2 is out and the summer drought is over! This week, we’re talking about the highs and lows of gaming in 2012 and pick the game that we’re still most excited about from the back half of the year. Also: LittleBigPlanet Vita, Joe Danger 2, the Armored Kill DLC for Battlefield 3 and, of course, GIANT ROBOTS.
Check it out folks, our latest video review! Paul and Matt get together and chat about their thoughts on Klei Entertainments’ latest game: Mark of the Ninja.
Mark of the Ninja was provided for review by Klei Entertainment. Story completed in approximately 7-8 hours. For more info on how VGH approaches game reviews, please read our reviews philosophy.
We pitch our own amazing sandbox games after being inspired by the bar-raising Sleeping Dogs. We also talk about Klei’s Mark of the Ninja, Terry Cavanagh’s Super Hexagon, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Steam’s Big Picture mode.
Couldn’t make the trek to Seattle last week? If Randy can somehow survive the intro, we might have the lowdown on all the cool stuff that D.J. saw at PAX Prime last week. We’ve also got reviews of Sleeping Dogs and the newest Walking Dead episode.
Want some cool PAX freebies from D.J.’s swag bag? Listen for details on this week’s show to find out what he’s giving away and how you can get your hands on it.
Getting old sucks! This week, we’re talking about our changing tastes and the gaming concepts that just don’t do it for us anymore. Also: pre-PAX anticipation, Viewer Mail, Dungeon Defenders, Spec Ops: The Line, and more on New Super Mario Bros. 2 and The Last Story.
Can games be fun without the threat of death? On this week’s show, we’re talking about death and consequences in gaming. We also got a coffin-load of your Viewer Mail and we weigh in on the new Mario, Sound Shapes, Papo and Yo, and The Last Story.
NASA’s Curiosity rover is the coolest thing to happen on Mars since the rise of the Red Faction. This week, we’re talking about games in space. We’ve also got your Viewer Mail, thoughts on Deadlight, Red Faction: Armageddon, Bioshock and Limbo, and we pick sides in the EA vs. Zynga dust-up.
Sure, Michael Phelps can swim…but how is he at Tekken 3? With apologies to all of the real Olympians out there, we humbly present our own Gold Medal Moments in Gaming. We’ve also got talk of Modern Warfare 3, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Puddle, Quantum Conundrum and lots and lots of fighting games. Go for the gold!
What Summer lull? This week, we’re talking about the crazy new Ouya console and the Diablo III endgame controversy. We also recast the upcoming Superman movie and report on our time with Tribes: Ascend, Quantum Conundrum, and Mighty Switch Force.
On this week’s show, we try really hard to connect our love for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movies with a conversation about video game culture. We’ve also got talk of Mega Man, Final Fantasy Tactics, Metal Gear, Lego Batman, and the salvation of G4TV.
Sony’s purchase of cloud-gaming company Gaikai has us wondering about the future of shiny plastic discs. Also: THQ’s near-cancellation of The Devil’s Third gets us talking about some potentially good games that never saw the light of day.
In the Hangover, we offer a quick update on our Summer Backlog Project, survive The Walking Dead: Starved for Help and the tap to the beat of Final Fantasy: Theatrhythm.
Lastly, we’ve got your Tweets and comments, a reminder to set your DVR for the new season of Breaking Bad, a celebration of 25 years of Metal Gear, and a fun foodie recommendation.
We’re getting all hot and bothered this week, and not just because it’s 103 degrees outside. The release of Lollipop Chainsaw prompts a decidedly PG-13 conversation about sex, sexuality and video games. NSFW!
Paul and D.J. are working their way through their backlogs and offer quick updates on Psychonauts and Bioshock.
We’ve also got thoughts on the new Mass Effect ending, Andrew Garfield’s pre-Spider-Man work, and the tenuous threads between Dane Cook and Capcom.
We start our Summer Backlog Attack this week to avoid the summer gaming lull… but with this many games, is there ever really a lull? We’ve also got a second opinion on Gravity Rush, more Mario Tennis Open, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, your Viewer Mail and Last Call.
Each week in Play More Games, members of the VGH team will chime in on the new video game releases that have piqued their interest.
Randy Dickinson (@randy_wrecked): I hope Spec Ops: The Line is as good as I want it to be. It’s essentially just a 3rd-person, squad-based military shooter about a search-and-rescue mission in a fallen desert city–not exactly a premise that would typically pique my interest. But Yager, the developers, have promised new highs in the use of character and morality in the game, reaching for something more akin to the emotional horror of Apocalypse Now rather than the meathead spectacle of a Rambo movie. Early reviews have been mixed (one critic even said it ultimately felt like they were playing an interactive snuff film) but I remain cautiously optimistic that Spec Ops will bring something challenging and new into the crowded “war games” genre.
Paul Sandhu (@spaulsandhu): Oh great, just when I commit to going through my backlog this summer Bethesda has to come around and try to screw it all up. As if 120+ hours wasn’t enough with Skyrim… now Dawnguard, the first DLC/expansion pack for the game, is being released this week. I do however, think it is an Xbox 360 timed exclusive… so I’ll probably be safe until it hits the PC. One does have to wonder if Bethesda can keep up with releasing high quality content for Skyrim on the PC though, what with the modding community finally hitting its stride.
But I digress! In Dawnguard you get to do VAMPIRE quests and can become a VAMPIRE LORD. Bloooooood!
Honestly I haven’t been following this expansion pack at all. I just know it’ll probably be fun, and has vampires in it. I’m sold.
D.J. Ross (@metaly): The Close Quarters expansion pack for Battlefield 3 is out this week for non-Premium Xbox and PC players. I discussed it during last week’s Hangover, but here’s the short version: four new, smaller maps, two new modes, and 10 new assignments and their associated weapons to unlock. The maps are fun to run around in, but they’re a bit small and they, along with the new Conquest Domination game mode, feel less like proper Battlefield and more like–you guessed it–Call of Duty. With that in mind, sometimes it’s nice to have a change of pace, and the new Gun Master mode (a riff on Gun Game from Counter-Strike and Call of Duty: Black Ops where kills earn you progressively more powerful weapons) is a fun and incredibly frantic race to the top. My only problem with it is I tend to play late at night and the adrenaline rush wreaks havoc on my sleep schedule.
Also worth mentioning is that Mass Effect 3‘s free extended ending DLC is out today. Will this be enough for Bioware to smooth things over with an angry, angry fanbase? Tune into next week’s show to find out.
Other notable games out this week:
Resident Evil Chronicles HD Collection (PSN)
The Amazing Spider-Man (360, PS3, PC, Wii, 3DS, DS)
We state our demands for the next console generation while Microsoft tries to keep its next Xbox under wraps. In the Hangover, Paul experiences a summer lull, D.J. blings out his Battlefield 3 experience, and Matt is head over heels for Gravity Rush.
It’s our last E3 show! Really, we promise. This week, we take aim at one of the big themes to come out of the Expo: over-the-top video game violence. We’ve also got talk of Diablo III, Mario Tennis Open, Mighty Switch Force! and swanky new music by Jim Guthrie!