March 21, 2016

Episode 40: Cross Platform Play? Maybe

This episode is chock full of goodness with Jake continuing his run of Paper Mario games and starting in on Paper Jam.  Steve continues playing all sorts of stuff; Dragon Quest IV, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, Defense Grid 2, Lego Indiana Jones 2, Mad Max, and The Witness.

We also discuss the news about Microsoft allowing cross-platform play and Sony's response.

Finally we end with some listener feedback and a new GV 10 List: Games that are art.

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  1. - Gravity Rush: I'm pretty far along in the main story missions for Gravity rush on the PS4. I'm enjoying it, I just wish there was a little bit more to the combat. Overall I'm having a good time, but I'm finding the writing to be rather embarrassing. I don't think Kat is written very well, and it generally feels very high-school-ish.

    - Talking about upcoming releases, what I'm looking forward to this year are the new Mirror's Edge, Doom, Deus Ex, and Neir games, as well as Ninja Theory's new IP: Hellblade.

    - I’m supportive of the invincible-ship mode in Star Fox. Everyone enjoys games in different ways, and this is an optional way to include more players in the experience. For those that can have fun in that mode, well now they get to, and it impacts no one that doesn't want to use it. Take the Lego games as a comparison. You can unlock invincible mode, and no ones seems to complain. And even without it you're still pretty much invisible in terms of just getting through the missions. Yeah, you can die, but you spawn right back to where you left off and have unlimited lives. I'm on the side that an invincible more for the new Star Fox game is not only not a bad thing, but a positive thing.

    - RE: KaiBueno's comments: I did a review on Lightsaber Duels, and yes it is a terrible game.

    - Games as art: I think just by the general definition art games fit, but it's a weird question dependent on how broad you want the word art to be. I think part of the reason people get sensitive is they seem to tie positivity to the word art, and not think that yes something can be a piece of art AND be terrible. Not all art is a work of art, if you know what I mean. BUT, based on the examples you provided, Rez comes to mind as something that could fit into that list.

  2. Quick thoughts:

    Looking forward to LEGO SW The Force Awakens, and the Last Guardian and of course Ratchet and Clank. Doesn't matter that I don't have a PS4 yet, they're on the short list to play when I jump to a new tier of console.

    Games as art short list: Agree on Flower, Ico/'re oddly missing Journey (by makers of Flower)

    I'd also like to add echochrome, Grim Fandango (which I'm restarting), Katamari Damacy, LIMBO, LocoRoco, Machinarium, Monument Valley, Puppeteer, Rain, VVVVVV (Modern Old School done right)

    I'm probably forgetting one, but the mention of Rez is a good call too. That was hard...killed my thumb spamming (and failing) on the Boss of Area 3.

  3. Thanks for review, I'm not good at starting this game. Or is it because I think back to the days on Game Boy. Or newer I still think it ran through the checkpoint to help the princess.
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