Happy Day, Skype Call Recorder lives again! To celebrate, we have blogger and fan of the show, Simpleek, joining Joshua for Episode.26. The duo chat about gaming, coming from common backgrounds, life in general and the why everyone LIKES the show, but isn’t IN LIKE with the show enough to leave some of them there communications on the Twitter. Also, with the restored function of Joshua’s Skype recorder, the door is very much open for guest hosts if anyone’s interested. Thanks always for listening!
South Park: The Stick of Truth, slated for a March 4th release for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3, had one trailer reveal during the Super Bowl game yesterday, while two more “rejected” trailers were posted on the game’s official website. While nothing too specific is revealed about the game’s content on the reveal, it gives fans a very nice taste of what is to be expected after the game has been pelted with numerous delays. Continue reading New South Park: The Stick of Truth Trailers Appear→
This past week I got around to purchasing the season pass for Telltale Games’ newest series The Wolf Among Us. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect when I started playing. I mean, I played through Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead series so I was familiar with the style and all that but was otherwise clueless as far as general content and narrative goes. For some reason I like to know as little as possible when going into most games. I like to see the initial concept, watch the announcement trailer and some view some of the art for the game but I really like to remain a bit in the dark so that I can form my own opinions of the game at hand without outside influence. The only exception is when I don’t know anything about the game and am not sure if I even want it. Before I get too off-topic, let’s get into the point of this post – my initial impressions of the game.
The Wolf Among Us is based of DC comic book series called Fables, a series which I haven’t read yet (emphasis on yet). The game takes place 20 years before the first comic book in the Fables series but obviously follows the same basic premise – The fables we know and love such as Snow White and Ichabod Crane have been forced to leave their homeland and live in ours. Thanks to some magical stuff called Galmour certain fables such as Mr. Toad can hide in plain sight without the humans noticing anything suspicious, allowing the fables to live in the depths of New York City in relative peace. If they stop taking Glamour they revert back to their natural form which has been made illegal. I suppose that is understandable though, it would be odd to walk down the streets of New York City and see a 4-foot-tall talking toad. These fables all have to work together since they are kind of an inclusive club and are the only ones who know about one another, but obviously it doesn’t always work out and that’s where Bigby Wolf (or more mythically known as the Big Bad Wolf) comes in. Bigby is the Sheriff of Fabletown and is tasked with the job of keeping everyone from killing one another. It seems like a hard job, to be honest.
The gameplay is a lot like that of Telltale’s The Walking Dead in that it features small sections of exploration, large dialog sequences and lots of quick-time events. One new feature though is the addition of more action-oriented gameplay. I was super surprised to find myself actually dodging attacks and throwing some punches myself. That being said, it’s obvious that The Wolf Among Us has a much darker spin on it than The Walking Dead did. There are some seriously sinister themes as well as an overabundance of cursing and blood. There were many choices to make in conversation which shaped the story, one of the most ingenious parts of any Telltale game series in my opinion. There are plenty of ways in which your choices shape the narrative and I honestly plan on playing through it a couple of times to see some things play out differently. The experience overall though was a big departure from The Walking Dead, which I really do want to emphasis. It’s not just like playing the same game with different characters, it’s a whole new and wonderful experience.
I know that some people are choosing to wait until all five episodes are out to start playing, but this is too good to pass up. I recommend all of you who have yet to play this to get on that immediately. The season pass is $20 and includes all planned episodes or you can buy them all separately for $5 a pop. The Wolf Among Us – Episode One “Faith” is out now on Steam, the PS3, and Xbox 360. It will soon be out on the Vita though along with The Walking Dead, which is really neat for you handheld lovers. It’s great stuff, I’m telling you!
Sony just recently released a video with the hashtag “#PlayStationMemories” which made me miss some of my favorite PlayStation games… and it made me crave pizza. Here’s the video below as well as a few lists of my personal favorite PlayStation games throughout the years. What are some of your favorite titles?
Nostalgia tends to hit at the most random times, and this time it urged me to start Final Fantasy VIII over again… so of course that’s exactly what I did. Even without the childhood memories, Final Fantasy VIII is a masterpiece that deserves a breath of fresh air. While Final Fantasy VII really focused on a more epic story, Final Fantasy VIII felt more personal, and as a grown person revisiting the story, it still clicks with me more than VII did. The complex qualities of the characters and their relationships are amazing to watch, and even today, it doesn’t feel generic.
However, it can be a bit frustrating to play this game on a flat screen. It’s primarily this reason that makes me hope for an eventual HD remake. I can remember staring at the graphics in awe as a child, but now it’s just aggravating and sometimes even painful on my eyes. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much away from the ultimate experience of working through such an amazing story. I still neglect the Junction system and I always forget about playing cards, but that’s mainly because I always become too absorbed in the story.
I can remember having nightmares about Edea as a child and it’s nice to get that same chill when she appears now. None of the emotion has faded. Overall this game has passed through time beautifully, and I’m loving the fact that I’m able to introduce it to younger gamers. In the midst of all of the new games, it’s so nice to be able to return to a traditional RPG experience. Dedicating hours to the text dialogue and battle system has been really fun!
The story, the characters, the world, the music, and the cutscenes… Final Fantasy VIII will always be one of my absolute favorite games. Now I just need that HD remake. Let’s make that happen, okay?
The midnight release of GTA V is less than four hours away, and although I’ll be waiting until my copy is mailed tomorrow, I’m preparing for some all night livestreams and YouTube watching. Thanks to the game being leaked, several people have been posting streams, videos, and pictures of the game despite Rockstar’s mission to shut them down, and I can say from watching… this game is going to be amazing. Like I’ve told other people, this is the Grand Theft Auto game I’ve always wished for, and with GTA Online launching October 1st, I’ll have plenty of time to do some single-player exploring and free roaming. Consider my social life non-existent.
For those of you planning on playing on PS3, make sure you add me in preparation for GTA Online! My PSN is PhoenixDownnn. Also, for those interested in joining a crew (particularly mine), make sure you sign up on the Social Club and make sure you add me there as well! Once GTA Online launches, I expect a lot of play time and money-making… because I want a snazzy apartment and garage to show off all my cars. Also, once GTA V gets here tomorrow, I’m planning on making a first impressions video before I write out any kind of review so make sure you keep an eye out for that. All links are listed below.
GTA V comes out in eight days, and I’m kind of feeling like a kid waiting for her birthday. Time is moving way too damn slow! I have a bunch of stuff to do like bicycle riding through Los Santos, skydiving out of jets, base jumping off of buildings that I crash my jet on, finding a new jet after I crash my jet, maybe some golf when I can’t find another jet, hunting for Bigfoot because he definitely does exist (you better not tell me otherwise), and spending my hard-earned cash on properties and other things I don’t need. I also have to play some tennis. I hate tennis but I’m excited to play it. What have you done to me, Rockstar?!
Every other GTA fan is probably experiencing the same feelings I am. The sweaty palms, the stuttered speech, the awkward daydreams where you drool and you don’t realize it… oh wait, that’s just me? No it’s not! GTA V is sounding more and more like the Grand Theft Auto game I’ve always fantasized about. And I can’t even describe my excitement for GTA Online. With the exception of maybe Dragon Age: Inquisition, GTA Online is an experience I’m looking forward to above all else.
This is going to be a dream for the GTA player that enjoys the free-roaming experience outside of the storytelling. So in order to maybe relate with some of you other crazy dudes out there (I know you’re out there), here’s a list of what I’m looking forward to the most in GTA V and Online.
1. Buy an apartment
Apartment-buying is tough when you don’t have any money. Luckily, there will always be some type of job to do in Los Santos, which is fantastic considering I want a kick-ass place my friends can come hang out at. While we know the basic fact that apartments can be bought, I haven’t really heard much about customizing it. Can you transform the interior into a place that is unique to you? While ultimately it really doesn’t matter to me, no one else better not have the same apartment as I do, otherwise I’m going to shoot you… which is completely possible! But not everyone has to come hang out all at once! While some weird strangers may get high on my couch (it was confirmed that you can do that with screen-altering effects), the rest of you may be in an intense car chase on the news… and I can watch that with my strangers-that-may-eventually-be-friends on my television. How cool is that?
2. Understanding the importance of money
Money can be lost in GTA Online, and I’m guessing in a world where you don’t know for sure just how loyal your teammates are, this is something to worry about. ATMs and banks are a lifesaver in GTA Online where you can deposit and withdraw cash whenever you need to. What’s cool, though, is the fact that you’ll apparently have some type of credit card. Your “iFruit” phone can also help you manage your funds. Making these steps to insure your earnings is important since any cash you carry can be stolen if you die. What’s also interesting is the moral decisions you and other players can make. If you and I decide to rob a liquor store and I’m the one carrying the cash when we masterfully escape the police, I can choose how to divide that. Since I’m a nice person (unless you’re a douche), I’ll probably dish out a 50/50 split. However someone else might choose to take the money and run. Or if you’re the one carrying the dough, I could just kill you and run off with it. That’s just how it works.
3. Having car insurance/personal repair man
This sounds weird, doesn’t it? But I have a feeling it’s going to be extremely important. From what I’ve heard, GTA Online tries to motivate you to legally purchase your vehicle, and while this is something I plan on doing, I know how the world works. Some douchebag with a rocket launcher is going to run by and blow it up… or steal it. But fortunately, with car insurance, you’re covered and can have it replaced. Small qualities like this makes the world seem a lot more (kind of) realistic. Y’know, in a crime-filled kind of realistic way. In addition to insurance, you can also hire your own personal $50 a day repair man. Supposedly he’ll repair your car as well as deliver it to you no matter where you’re at. Unfortunately he won’t touch stolen cars, which brings me to my next topic…
4. Steal and mod cars
Crime is key in any GTA game and obviously GTA Online isn’t going to be any different. If I see a nice car on the street, I can attempt to steal it. What’s interesting is that you can mod your stolen car (change the look, plates, etc.), but unfortunately some places won’t touch stolen cars, and if the police catch you with stolen plates, you’ll end up in trouble. Which in my case normally happens quite often. Car customization, however, is going to be awesome. I’ve actually recently returned to San Andreas just for the sake of nostalgia, and the customization really makes the game shine– even as outdated as it is. Being able to directly influence your cars and your character is always a nice touch… but now it’s going to be nice to customize my own personal avatar.
5. Character customization
I was immediately interested by GTA Online’s character creation. While not too much has been revealed, the idea is certainly a cool thought. DNA is what the character creator focuses on. So instead of just choosing certain looks and attributes, you will have to pick certain traits that your parents have in a hereditary-based creation system, and then use a gene dominance meter to kind of tweak which parent you take after the most. What I’m just finding out, however, is that your character will have a life outside of your playtime.
For example, you’ll be able to customize your daily activities which will ultimately impact your character’s appearance and skills. You may be a gym maniac or a couch potato or a routine criminal, and those details with affect who your character is. But while your character may build certain skills that way, you’ll be able to manually rank up during gameplay.
This is all just a small taste of what I’m looking forward to in GTA V/Online (I can ramble about it all day). What are you looking forward to? If you’re planning on getting it, what system will you be playing it on?
For those of you planning on playing it on the PS3, make sure you add me (PSN: PhoenixDownnn) so we can cause some chaos when GTA Online drops.