Review: Broken Age

Of course, I’m far too mature and sophisticated for this baby game. Humph.

Note: Version reviewed was PS4

Review: Crypt of the NecroDancer

New, new, neeeeeew! I demand new control schemes to satiate my ceaseless desire for innovation!

Crypt of the NecroDancer is on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/247080/
Soundtrack: http://store.steampowered.com/app/314680/

George and friends talk vomiting, last week’s delay, Deus Ex and your $25 class-action PS Vita reward on the TOVG podcast: http://www.thatonevideogamer.com/podcasts/the-tovg-podcast-45-dry-george/

Bloodborne and H.P. Lovecraft (Spoilers!)

Shoggoths, tentacles and sanity meters. Let’s see how much Lovecraft there is in Bloodborne!

Warning: this video spoils pretty much everything. Almost all the endings, optional bosses, monsters, item descriptions. Everything.

A free anthology of Lovecraft stories can be found here. I reccomend starting with Call of Cthulhu, then Innsmouth, then the Mountains of Madness: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031h.html

Review: Axiom Verge

At the time of uploading, Axiom Verge is only available on the PS4 on the PSN Store here: https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/axiom-verge/cid=UP2149-CUSA01230_00-AXIOMVERGE001PS4

Due to indie game funding politics, it’ll be coming to PC and other platforms around “May”

Review: Pillars of Eternity

Disclaimer: One time at Dragon Con I had a soda with Chris Avellone and he said I was a cool dude for playing 250 hours of New Vegas.

Pillars of Eternity on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/291650/
Gog: http://www.gog.com/game/pillars_of_eternity_hero_edition

8th Gen Console Gaming: The Bunnyhop Review

Birds fly, fish swim, and George hates consoles:

Also, here’s a PNG of my Mii avatar so you can stick him on your Christmas cards or whatever: http://i.imgur.com/XKSJ0Ee.png

This video uses music from Kevin Macleod at incompetech.com/

Last week on the TOVG podcast, we eschewed newstalk so that we could just chit-chat about games casually. Which devolved into arguing about which Fallout is the best Fallout, of course:

http://www.thatonevideogamer.com/podcasts/the-tovg-podcast-41-the-great-fallout-war/

Review: Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

Do you like hurting other people?

Hotline Miami 2 on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/274170/

Australian viewers, I’ve heard that Gamersgate and Get Games Go might work:

http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-HM2SE/hotline-miami-2-wrong-number-digital-special-edition

http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/hotline-miami-2-collectors-edition

George got a PS4 and played a lot of games on it this week also. Hear about it on the TOVG podcast: http://www.thatonevideogamer.com/tag/tovg-podcast/

This video uses music from audiomicro.com

Retro Review: Policenauts

This week I went back and finally checked out Kojima’s forbidden fruit: Policenauts. What did I think?

GDC talk and Maxis getting the axes this week on the TOVG podcast: http://www.thatonevideogamer.com/tag/tovg-podcast/

Supplementary materials:
Policenauts fan translation project: http://policenauts.net/english/
Hideo Kojima interview on Game Center CX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wPAVBNjQ0o
1996 Kojima interview on Policenauts: http://shmuplations.com/policenauts/
Retroware TV’s Policenauts retrospective: http://retrowaretv.com/policenauts-retrospective-a-video-game-odyssey/

I know I was rough on it, but goddammit that’s a great soundtrack.

 

Let’s Talk About Game Length

It’s not the length that matters, it’s the… meh.

Readings:

https://bradbambara.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/respecting-time-investment/

https://mentalgaming.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/why-so-focused-on-game-length/

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/197181/When_choice_is_bad_finding_the_sweet_spot_for_player_agency.php

Just a really useful website in general: http://howlongtobeat.com/

REmake vs. REmake Remake vs. Resident Evil

Hey let’s talk about good games for once. If it’s a version of Resident Evil, it’s probably gonna be a good game.

REmake Remake is on Steam here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/304240/
And here’s a .png of Wesker’s face so you can stick it on pictures of athletes or make stickers out of it I dunno: http://imgur.com/OqXFSuy

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