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Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: June 7th, 2019, 7:42 pm
by Jobobonobo
KissMammal wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 8:20 pm
I so wanted to like Night in the Woods - the music, art and writing are all incredible. I just wish it had more in the way of actual, you know, gameplay. Some platforming, some point and click styles puzzles... anything to get my teeth into. I know there are those that disagree, but I'm firmly of the opinion that unless a game has some level of of challenge or element of interactivity beyond simply navigating an environment, I just don't see the point and I'd honestly rather you had just made a short animation instead.
That never bothered me at all with this game, I think the (mostly) laid back gameplay of hanging out with your friends and choosing dialogue choices was honestly enough to pull me in. The writing was so good that I would replay certain sections just to see what characters would say. Building a robot, shoplifting pretzels to feed a family of rats, looking for constellations through your neighbour's telescope, it was these mundane little things that made this town feel alive to me. Not to mention during the more awkward social moments, trying to choose something that would not put your foot too far into your mouth was almost like this game's boss battles! Whenever I messed up, I would feel like an idiot and would want to patch things up with my friends or family asap. It is these moments of social anxiety that made this suited to be a game, just reading or watching it would not feel the same way to me.

Also, when you unlock Demontower that could be a fun little time waster if you wanted a break from life in Possum Springs. However, a game with this kind of visuals and writing that had point and click elements/platforming? I definitely would be all up for that! Hope Scott Benson is working on something like that currently or in the future.

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: June 11th, 2019, 12:13 am
by KissMammal
Fair enough, each to their own. For me it's the same reason I could never get on with any of the Telltale games. For me they were like playing an old point and click game with all the puzzles (ie the actual meat of the game) taken out.

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: July 9th, 2019, 11:43 am
by denysarr
Noticed that JRPGs get quite a bit of air time on the podcast! (Not that I'm complaining!) Josh and Leah seem particularly big fans of the genre. Was wondering whether any of the staff have tried The Legend of Heroes series, by Falcom? Specifically, the Trails in the Sky trilogy and Trails of Cold Steel I and II (III is coming out this September in the West). Jason Schreier from Kotaku has sung its praises many times and wrote about it here back in 2016: https://kotaku.com/how-to-get-into-trai ... 1786275078

Would love to see it covered on C&R at some point, if it's not already on the list, since it's somewhat of a niche series (with a very small but passionate following) and doesn't get much mention in the mainstream media!

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: July 9th, 2019, 12:33 pm
by ratsoalbion
The Trails of Cold Steel games are already on the list. Leah has played them but she’s the only one from the team as far as we can tell, though Charlotte and I have expressed interest in them.

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: July 9th, 2019, 1:33 pm
by denysarr
ratsoalbion wrote:
July 9th, 2019, 12:33 pm
The Trails of Cold Steel games are already on the list. Leah has played them but she’s the only one from the team as far as we can tell, though Charlotte and I have expressed interest in them.
That's great! Really hope to see it on the list of episodes some day. If it ever comes up for serious consideration though, I would suggest starting with the Sky trilogy first, because it comes first timeline-wise. Also because its graphics and gameplay mechanics are a bit more dated.

The games generally take a while to get going, but it's a joy to see how the plot deepens from game to game. Can't think of any other RPG off the top of my head which has done such extensive worldbuilding across multiple games!

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: July 9th, 2019, 1:59 pm
by ratsoalbion
Noted.

Just to manage expectations as usual though, please bear in mind that there are over two thousand games on the list, and we can only make 50 shows per year..!

Everything on that list does get properly considered however.

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: July 24th, 2019, 12:25 pm
by denysarr
Sure. Thank you!

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: August 17th, 2019, 7:02 am
by ThirdDrawing
Two suggestions:

Stick it to the Man
Flipping Death

Same publisher. Both on PS4 and on Steam.

They're very reminiscent of Tim Schaeffer's games in the style of humour.
Sometimes it's quite dry, sometimes it's quite silly. Light puzzles/platforming.

If you haven't checked them out, I recommend them.

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: August 17th, 2019, 7:02 pm
by Simonsloth
ThirdDrawing wrote:
August 17th, 2019, 7:02 am
Two suggestions:

Stick it to the Man
Flipping Death

Same publisher. Both on PS4 and on Steam.

They're very reminiscent of Tim Schaeffer's games in the style of humour.
Sometimes it's quite dry, sometimes it's quite silly. Light puzzles/platforming.

If you haven't checked them out, I recommend them.
Haven’t played the latter game but Stick it to the man is great. Was on ps plus 5 years ago also so probably lurking on a few hard drives.

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: August 17th, 2019, 7:13 pm
by ratsoalbion
SITTM is definitely on the list, not sure about Flipping Death, will check.

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: August 20th, 2019, 11:44 pm
by NiaiMitch
I guess it's a bit of a too recent release for inclusion in the the podcast any time soon, but have just finished A Plague Tale: Innocence and though it had its flaws really enjoyed it - feels like the kind of thing Victor Hugo would have come up with if he'd worked at Naughty Dog.

(Though mon Dieu - play it with the French audio because the English-language actors were tasked with putting on some questionable French accents which damages an otherwise pretty immersive story)

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: August 21st, 2019, 6:26 am
by ratsoalbion
It’s on the list.

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: August 21st, 2019, 7:07 am
by Alex79uk
Angry Birds!

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: August 21st, 2019, 7:49 am
by ratsoalbion
Added.

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: August 21st, 2019, 8:23 am
by Chopper
Alex79uk wrote:
August 21st, 2019, 7:07 am
Angry Birds!
Does the list ever get pruned or ... eviscerated ... in any way? Asking for a friend.

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: August 21st, 2019, 9:02 am
by ratsoalbion
No, because then we’d just end up adding a load of the same stuff again.

We can tell at a glance what isn’t going to fly.

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: August 21st, 2019, 10:15 am
by Alex79uk
In its defence, Angry Birds did a huge amount to popularise mobile gaming and really was a breakthrough game in terms of bringing gaming in to the mainstream I think. I thought it could be interesting.

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: August 21st, 2019, 10:55 am
by Flabyo
Lot of spin off games as well for Angry Birds.

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: August 21st, 2019, 11:03 am
by ratsoalbion
In some ways it would be an interesting series to cover as alex suggests, however, I can’t realistically imagine enough of us want to play the game(s) to completion to make a podcast about it/them...

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Posted: August 21st, 2019, 11:39 am
by Flabyo
From a preservation point of view, I’m not even sure you could get the earlier ones even if you wanted to.