Vic, Marissa and Scott talk about investing time in games and media. What’s worth it and how much time do you get back when expected content falls short of expectations? We go on to discuss the viability of Oculus Rift as our saviour for the games industry. Dumb and Dumber Too was the movie we saw this week. Is it worth the full movie price?
We also were giving away codes for Retro City Rampage in the live chat during the live stream. Just to see if anyone is sharp enough, we’ll hide one more for Steam on PC or Mac right LEY74-GA63W-LYR55 here in this description.
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There definitely is a bit too much nostalgia & remakes surrounding new game releases lately. I really don’t bother picking up these repackaged games unless there is something substantially better than the originals. Recently I picked up Darkstalkers Resurrection on PSN only because it offered online matchmaking – something lacking in the original releases. But simply tweaking the graphics and adding a few features is a weak offering to my mind. I generally agree with Scott – and it’s related to nostalgia/remake fatigue – that the big problem is nobody seems willing to put up a risk that has the sliver of potential for greatness. It’s too easy to just iterate on proven, safe formulas. Gamers have grown complacent with this, but with each passing iterative release – and it’s attendant missed opportunity to innovate – it will gradually push away interest in the medium. It’s a medium born of innovation, and seeing it grow static & stale is a turn-off.
Will Occulus be that next big thing that we’re all waiting for that will spring much-needed innovation? Maybe. But to me half of the joy in games is watching someone else play, or someone watching me play, and sharing that experience in some such way. The ‘scuba mask’ just puts another layer of disconnect between you and your immediate environment. It’s nice to be able to look up from the experience you’re absorbed in and immediately ground yourself in reality. But maybe that’s just me. Also, I get awful motion-sickness from certain 1st person games so it’s probably intrinsically not for me.
As for a sequel I would like to see (that probably won’t be made): Castlevania Symphony of The Night. This one is with an asterisk. There have obviously been many iterations on the SOTN theme on handheld over the years but I would want either a direct 2D successor made for consoles, or else a 3D successor similar to the Dark Souls series (I always thought the Souls series is what all of those failed 3D Castelvania experiments should have been)
Games that I played right away after finishing: Dishonored, Tomb Raider (2013), Far Cry 3, The Witcher 2, Fallout 3, Skyrim, GTA 4 and 5, Alan Wake, Watch Dogs, Borderlands 2, Max Payne 3, and LA Noire.
All the Batman Arkham games I finished, I played them on the highest difficulty.
I agree with Scott. Stop talking about Mario Kart! It’s kid’s game. Sorry. I don’t feel that people that are watching Vic’s basement are interested to ear you guys talk about Nintendo’s game. I’m not anyway.
I’ll use the same game for two of the questions asked. What game did I play again right after finishing and what game do I want a sequel to.
Guacamelee. oh and I also played Prince of Persia sands of time again. What a masterpiece that game is.
3 games that I replayed as soon as I’ve finished them – Halo, Mass Effect 2, Brutal Legend.
I forget, which one was old spice?