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The gang are back after a brief hiatus due to Craig moving in to the “Bang Flat” and Ryan went AWOL. Now they are back and found Rhys just where they left him – patiently awaiting the next big gaming chat. This time we look at Gears of War 4 and some of our favourite coop game as well as the ever changing landscape of gaming.
Earth’s is facing it’s imminent doom yet again and it’s up to the remnants of what’s left if humanity to stop it! Plucked straight from the hat of “traditional doomsday tropes” OneorEight have played it safe with the story of Earth’s Dawn, but have been a tad less conservative with its combat. Going for a more stylised form of hack and slash that feels familiar to classic action side scrollers with a more cumbersome weight to it. And in Earth’s Dawn’s case, that’s not a good thing.
I’ve played many a game in my time, ranging from simple puzzle games to the more complicated Dark Souls, but I’ve never played something like Farming Simulator 17. Well, I’ve played Farmville which is a watered down farming simulator, but the less said about that dark and disturbing part of my life, the better.
If one genre of game could be described as best summing up the late 1990s and early 2000s, it would probably be the 3D adventure platformer. Nintendo proved it could be done with the N64’s launch title, the incredible Super Mario 64. Floodgates opened and Rare rapidly followed suit to deliver not one, but two successful franchises; Banjo-Kazooie and Conker’s Bad Fur Day, delivering mechanically similar, but tonally diametric offerings. Then with PlayStation 2 the arrival of the Ratchet and Clank AND Jak and Daxter franchises and as time progressed more pretenders to the crown would surface and over saturate the market. Eventually the 3D plaforming genre would give way to the more popular FPS genre, with games like Gears of War and Call of Duty taking centre stage. But could the genre make a resurgence with Ginger: Beyond the Crystal?
Where do we go when we die? Heaven? Hell? Or do we wander the Earth forever as ghosts? No one knows. No one’s ever reached that place… but ghosts do, in fact, exist there. Or at least in Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters: Daybreak Special Gigs they do. Amidst uncertainty lies truth. And therein lies the key to solving the mystery.
I love metroidvania games. I must’ve sunk triple digits’ worth of hours into Symphony of the Night and it’s a genre I’m always keeping an eye out for. So, you can imagine just how high up my ears perked when I got a look at Toy Odyssey: The Lost and Found.It’s not so clear cut, however.
Let’s face it, Earth’s invasion and the dawning of Exosuits is nothing new in games, not even in the slightest. You can always name a few without little to no effort, but it’s always hard to really name any that are quite as unique as OneorEight’s latest game, Earth’s Dawn.
“It’s time to kick ass and chew bubblegum and I’m all outta gum!” is the most notable one liner you’ve heard in the past couple of decades. Duke’s love of pixelated nudity of hookers and his foul mouthed remarks on alien invaders and “babe” alike created a lot of controversy, especially in the mid 90’s. Thanks to my father, who I could only assume didn’t approve of censorship and media influence in the 90’s, I was but a child of 6 years when I first got my hands on Duke Nukem 3D. He did at least use Duke Nukem 3D as a vehicle to cascade good manners, encouraging that I always tip my female companions. In spite of the heavy criticism of Duke and his antics, nothing negative rubbed off on me and in fact spurred on my love for the origins of FPS games. Games like, Heretic, Hexen, Rise of the Triad, Doom itself all became my vice through those initial loving impressions left by Duke Nukem.
With a little bit of a delay between podcasts the guys finally pulled themselves away from destiny to talk about the games.
Bio-armor is for pussies.
Oh, I got bran’ new combine harvester, and we were lucky enough to get a key.
More soul than your average Ginger, but less than an actual human.