Saturday, December 3, 2016

NieR: Automata drops March 7th.

The Last of Us Part II announced.



I cried.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy announced.


Stand-alone - it's not DLC, it's a full game - starring Chloe Frazer, and Awesome Lady from Uncharted 4, Nadine Ross!  Very cool, very cool.  
"From the critically acclaimed developer, Naughty Dog, comes the first standalone adventure in Uncharted franchise history led by fan-favorite character, Chloe Frazer.

In order to recover a fabled ancient Indian artifact and keep it out of the hands of a ruthless war profiteer, Chloe Frazer must enlist the aid of renowned mercenary Nadine Ross (from Uncharted 4: A Thief's End). Together, they’ll venture deep into the mountains of India in search of the legendary artifact. Along the way, they’ll learn to work together to unearth the mystery of the artifact, fight their way through fierce opposition, and prevent the region from falling into chaos."

Friday, December 2, 2016

Let's make this quick, shall we?

Like pulling off a bandaid.  Lots to deal with, and zero spirit to do so.  So...

Overwatch won big at The Game Awards last night, which are - as a general rule - stupid, and not worth paying attention to.  There are better ways to spend one's time.  For example, I could have my nipples removed via belt sander, lay under a sickly cow until it defecates into my eyes, or - and this is what I actually did - watch The Jungle Book on Netflix with a loved one.  It's not bad!  Not amazing.  Pretty not-bad, though.

People really need to stop Bill Murray from singing.  I get that you like it, but you're not good at it.  I feel like I'm getting off-topic, what was I talking about..?

Oh right.  Overwatch won big at The Game Awards.  Specifically,


  • Game of the Year
  • Best Game Direction
  • Best Multiplayer
  • Best Esports Game
This will shock you, but I'm okay with this.  Overwatch ain't too shabby. 

Forza Horizon 3 won best Sports/Racing Game, which should please Chamberlain, Civilization 6 won Best Strategy and the Blood and Wine DLC for Witcher 3 won best RPG, which should please Alex. Dishonored 2 got Best Action/Adventure, and DOOM won for Best Action Game and Best Music/Sound Design - which pleases me.  

In the you-gotta'-be-kiddin'-me category, Pokemon Go won Best Family Game which is fucking bullshit when Ratchet & Clank exists, and Inside won for Best Art Direction which is fucking bullshit because Odin Sphere Leifthrasir exists.  

But the real reason to pay attention to The Game Awards are the reveals.  This is where we learned about No Man's Sky, remember, and definitely not where we actually played No Man's Sky.  

So what did we get?

We got some Prey footage!  I have neither the energy nor the heart to watch it. 


But still, Prey looks fucking awesome.  I don't remember who coined it, but yeah, this is a spiritual successor to the System Shock/BioShock games - kinda' like Dishonored is for Thief.  

Ummm there is a new trailer for Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding which was all over my Twitter today, but I haven't watched it yet.  Here, you watch it.  Lemmie know what you think.  Apparently Mads Mikkelsen is in it, so that's fucking awesome. 


Mass Effect Andromeda got some gameplay shown, 


The Specter of Torment DLC for Shovel Knight got a trailer, 


Telltale are indeed making a Guardians of the Galaxy game, 


and that rumored new-gen up-port of Bulletstorm is indeed happening.  Comin' April 7th. 


And yeah.  That was The Game Awards.  What else... there's something else... Oh right.  Flinthook is coming to PS4.  That's pretty cool.





Not cool enough, obviously. 

Oh and The Flame in the Flood is coming to PS4.  That is also cool.  It's called a "Complete Edition," but beyond director commentary there aren't any deets on what's so complete about it.  Still, I'm more likely to play it on my PS4 than my laptop.  Not that I'll play it on my PS4 either.  Overwatch, you understand. 


Comin' in January. 

And that's it.  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Chamberlain & Chance 49 : No escape from the cheeriness


Wiiith Alex!

Alex thisChamberlain that podcast on iTunes



Chamberlain and Chance - No escape from the cheeriness

THIS WEEK!

  • Final Fantasy XV doesn't suck!
  • Civ 6 is still awesome. 
  • Forza Horizon 3 is comfy-fuzzy-sweatpants perfect.  Loved quickly, and abandoned fondly. 
  • Volgarr the Viking would have been fine in like 1992. Just-okay.  In 1992. 
  • Slain: Back From Hell is slightly-better on Vita, but Vanillaware exists so go with Muramasa first.  Or Odin Sphere.  Really, just get a Vanillaware game. 
  • Oh and what kind of Westworld spoilers populate the last few minutes of today's podcast?
You'll have to tune in to find out!

Wait, wait... I'm feeling a powerful need to find - and, then, to post - distressingly sexual art produced by the Overwatch community.  ...weeeird...










A tour of Oasis, Overwatch's new control map.



Cool.

Shakedown Hawaii PSX 2017 teaser trailer.



Coming to everything good in 2017 (Vita).

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Well, crap.

I was thinking, just yesterday or the day before, that I'm really done collecting figures.  I still love Momohime and all of them, of course, but... anyway.

So, months ago, I pretty much stopped paying attention to the old NeoGAF figures crew that moved over to MyFigureCollection.  Time was there were weekly posts by a very generous forumer who who find all the news from the western and Japanese news sources on figs, and once a week I could hit the thread to discover everything that was coming down the pike.  This was important, because the high-end figs are usually only available for preorder for a limited time, many months prior to release.
But, again, I stopped looking a long time ago.

Today, on my lunch break, I had exhausted my normal internet reading material.  My post of yesterday's Apache Overwatch clip had earned ten hearts on the Penny Arcade forums.  That's pretty cool ^.^


Means a lot, actually.

Anyway, on lunch, I was out of things to read.  So I opened the myfigurecollection forums to see whassup annnd...

...well...

...remember the Muramasa DLC that released in the west last year?  There was the one with the demon princess (awesome gameplay, very funny), the one with the farmer (meh gameplay, very funny), the one with the awesome ninja (awesome gameplay, solid story) and the one with the Okoi.

Fishy Tales of the Nekomata, the first and (in my opinion) best of the DLC series, was absolutely frickin' fantastic.  I loved the tragic story of the housecat who gave her soul to avenge her human mistress, annnd...


Well, shit.  I'll have to see the sculpt, obviously, but it's from Alter - they're very good.  As long as it's not an onsen version, chances are pretty good.

Weird how things work out.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Salt and Sanctuary will be at PSX. Playable on Vita.


Hahahahahah woooohooohohooohooooo YUSSS!

"We hope to be able to say soon when Salt and Sanctuary will be available on your PlayStation Vita handheld device, though we won’t know just yet."

I'm just happy to know it's coming.  Thank you, Lord Yoda.

Overwatch Long Cut 3 - Apache.


This one is much better than the last one, I promise.

Okay, so.  Numbani.  I'm on attack with my beloved Tracer, and my team is getting like nothing done, mostly because the reds' defense is... textbook, and on point.

Two tanks - D.Va and Rein.  Two healers - Mercy and Zen.  Two DPS - Reaper and Bastion.

Mercy is the keystone.  They won't have the healing to stop us, if we take her (and hopefully, the Bastion) out.  The Mercy, though, is well-guarded by the Bastion.

To kill Mercy, I need to kill Bastion.



Our show begins looking out over the enemy formation.

0:09 - 0:11 : That's Bastion in the back-right.  I could take the walkway above and drop down right on him, but that puts me in clear view of his team, and he could hear my footsteps.  I go the long way 'round.

0:21 - 0:24 : I don't know how the hell he saw me.  Maybe he heard my footsteps?  Maybe he was just looking around and saw me in his peripheral vision - either way, my sneak attack is fucked.

I give him a few seconds to think I've moved on...

0:29 - 0:35 : ...but Reinhardt shows up.


He's here to keep Bastion safe.

To break their defense, I need to kill Mercy.  To kill Mercy, I need to kill Bastion.  To kill Bastion, I need to kill Reinhardt.

Okay.  Step one.  Break the shield.

I zip in to scratch him up a bit, and confirm that Bastion's attention is still on me (it is).

0:35 - 0:40 : I bounce back and forth, laying damage onto his shield from behind the cover of the building.

I want him to swing, which forces him to drop the shield and will allow me to lay some bullets into him.  In the absence of his swings, though - to kill the Reinhardt to kill the Bastion to kill the Mercy - I need to bring his shield down.  Not shooting a Rein's shield is one of the biggest mistakes a DPS can make.

But he doesn't.  Hit me, I mean.  He keeps his shield up and... maybe thinking I'd learned my lesson, he turns away.

0:40 - 0:43 : He's wrong.  I know I won't kill the Bastion by zipping in and scratching him up (I would have to land all my shots, point blank, on his glowing weak spot - so it's theoretically possible but whatever), but I get Rein's attention back.

0:43 - 0:49 : C'mon, I want you to do it.  Hit me.


Bastion's popped his ult and moves onto the point - hopefully ignoring me for now.  He kills our Zenyatta, and his Zenyatta kills our Zarya.  It's time to accelerate things.

0:49 - 0:55 : Zipping behind a Reinhardt's shield to scratch him up is a classic Tracer move.  But this - blinking in from so far away, putting 100% of the rounds into his back point blank as I turn before blinking out of melee range - was the most-perfect Rein-shield-blink I have ever done.

He takes one swing and I fill him up with lead again while his shield's down - I'm already out of range - and he throws that shield up.  But it's cracked.  I know it'll fall soon.  I put one more clip into it.

It shatters.  He's defenseless.

And here

we

go.


0:55 - 0:57 : One clip is all it takes to finish off Rein.

0:57 - 1:00 : One pulse bomb is all it takes to remove the Bastion.

1:00 - 1:07 : Our Soldier is just off the point, and he takes advantage of the broken defenses to lay into Mercy from afar.  I scratch her a bit, but only get 21% of the kill.  More than enough.

The red D.Va is running up to the point, and I rush forward to challenge her, but she ain't backin' off and my health is low.   Our Soldier kills their Reaper.
 
I rewind back to the point.  Zenyatta is the priority now.

1:07 - 1:13 : Their Zen kills our Soldier, and drops a Discord on me - but then he ignores me in favor of going after our Hanzo.  A little scratchy from range.  One good (eh... decent) clip up-close and a whack with the butt of my pulse pistol finishes him off - but in that time, he's killed our Hanzo.

D.Va is now on the point, and her attention is on me.

1:13 - 1:22 : I strafe around her, emptying my pistols, and she takes most of my meager health bar with her.  I'm down to 25 HP.  That's how much shields Symmetra currently gives you.  I'm basically dead.

But D.Va turns her attention to our Zarya, and together we melt her out of that mech, and off the map.
And that's our show.  I can't believe how well Apache worked for this.  Been wantin' to use that song for a while.