Thursday, July 24, 2014

Danny Jay Plays: WildStar - Episode 2 - Flip all the tables

Frustration sets in as Danny Jay tries to figure out the baffling world of Wildstar with housing, fed-ex quests and a needlessly complicated level advancement system.

It seems that Wildstar is filled with elements of clickbait, and "Sims-like" tasks to keep their users engaged in the MMO world. The world itself is interesting enough, and exploration can be rewarding especially if you're the type of person to 'stop and smell the roses'.

Wildstar is lacking in a few departments, mostly due to lack of user adoption, so the world feels kind of lonely, also a lot of quests leave you to figure things out on your own without any hints or clear indication of how to proceed - which can lead to frustration quite often.

Does Dan ragequit? Watch to see what happens...

Interesting Indie: The Deer God

Once again, Kickstarter brings about independent games that otherwise would probably have never seen the light of day.

In this case, that game would be The Deer God

The Deer God is a procedurally generated pixel art platformer, where you play as a stag. The art style is also very reminiscent of Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery, but also manages to maintain a style unique to itself as well.

The developers at Crescent Moon Games describe it as:
The Deer God is a 3D pixel art game about reincarnation.
The hunter becomes the deer, the deer the hunter.
Find others like you, discover new areas, avoid wilderness creatures, and search for hidden secrets. 

Because the game is procedurally generated, it will be a different experience every time you play. The environment of the game appears to be quite serene at times, landscapes such as glowy forests, quiet caverns, grassy mountain passes, warming sunsets, and wintery climates. The soundtrack also sounds quite good based on first impressions, adding more to the overall ambiance of the game, enhancing your experience.

One decision that I found interesting, and actually sort of odd, is the choice to release on OUYA. The game is slated for Wii U and Steam, which are both good choices, but the OUYA is a bit of an odd decision. But based on what I've seen graphically, the OUYA should be able to handle the game well enough. I'm wondering if some seed money came from the OUYA folks to help produce this game.

Such a weird word. Ouya. Ooooouyaaaa.

Sorry, where was I...

The Kickstarter was successfully funded less than a day ago at the time I write this, and it was also successfully Greenlit by the Steam community. So it goes to show that the public is interested, and needless to say, I wouldn't mind checking out this game when it's released.

It's nice to see some pretty interesting games on the horizon, and I'm certain that this won't be the last "Interesting Indie" that we'll be seeing this year.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Phreakdoubt plays: Binding of Isaac - Welcome to Sheol

In this installment of Phreakdoubt's "Road to Platinum God", Brian falls back on his mainstay Cain for a Run that explores new depths...

After being beaten by Mom in his previous episode, Brian needed a bit of a confidence boost - a great way to boost your confidence in Isaac is to run with Cain.

Did Brian's run pan out? Was his confidence sufficiently boosted? Did Sheol even happen? Watch and see.

If you want to watch the rest of the videos from this series, just click here!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Episode 26 - Integrity for Sale! Low Low Prices!

In this episode we discuss youtubers opinions being bought, dan goes on about something Disney, Brian is ready to throw Nelson out of a window, and Nelson goes on a hoarders expedition.

And there's a special bonus in the outtakes!

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Danny Jay Plays: Banished

Steam Sales load us up with a laundry list of unplayed games. But you have to try what you buy at least once before you plunk it down into your backlog if it doesn't grab your attention right away.

And then there's Banished.

In a simulation-strategy-survival-top-down-isometric styled game, developed by one single person, Dan discovered that this game is unforgiving but also surprisingly fun.

Join Dan as he tries to survive a long cold winter in Banished on hard-mode of all things. Did it go well? Did his entire encampment end up as a frozen faction of starved settlers? Watch to find out!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Episode 25 - Steam Summer Sale: The Butchers Bill

The Steam Summer Sale has come to an end. In this episode we do a damage report, to see how much we spent, what games we got, and which were worth it.

We also talk a little about the whole Steam Summer Sale model in general, and address listener emails!

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