Saturday, April 29, 2017

Clip Show 37 - Heart and Soul.

Vivixenne over on the Penny Arcade forums will put up gameplay clips occasionally, and I'm a bit of a fan. It's not just that it's always amusing to see someone stomp on Junkrat or that her shot-calling and communication on Zenyatta are always on point, but part of it is just getting to watch some gameplay of someone who's not Seagull or IDDQD or Soon - someone with skill level closer to my own (Viv's better, for the record).  Her gameplay is relateable, I guess is the point.

My clips shows, by their nature, are often a bit... emotionally one-note.  It's a series of smash-cuts from kicking someone's ass to kicking someone's ass and then (surprise!) kicking someone's ass, probably in a Play of the Game.

I love my clip shows - wouldn't make 'em, otherwise - I love Destroyer and Gel and most of all Believer, but triumph is little without failure.  So this week's clip show is a little different.  I've had Heart and Soul by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on my this-might-go-well-with-Overwatch-gameplay USB for months now, and it never got used because (1) the song is so long it naturally lends itself to a single long cut, (2) it has no kind of bannng or punctuation moments that would line up with a cool pulse bomb kill or elimination - which is how my clip shows usually work and (3) it gets kind of crazy towards the end, changing the emotional flavor of the song and the gameplay.

This week I lined it up with the sequence that starts at 3:00 below, and I was like "shit, this really works for long cuts."

So that's what the clip show is this week.  It's a teensy touch of Battle Mercy action (personal highlights: 100%ing the enemy Mercy on the first attack on King's Row, taking out Tracer and Genji with the help of Torb's turret and the Ulting Soldier Takedown from the NeoGAF in-house), and then a series of long, forty-second-plus clips of going on absolute tears with Tracer.

Like, almost ten minutes of it.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. YES!

So.  Earlier today, this was the SEGA / Atlus booth blurb on the official E3 2017 site:
"Atlus U.S.A., Inc. is known for high-quality, deeply immersive, uniquely Japanese and indie video game experiences. SEGA is a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment software products. Don’t miss our booth featuring highly anticipated titles from ATLUS and SEGA, including Yakuza 6, Yakuza Kiwami, Sonic Forces, Sonic Mania, and 13 Sentinels."



Remember what that is?


is the next

game from


Vanillaware, of Odin Sphere, of Muramasa: The Demon Blade (and Genroku Legends), and of Dragon's Crown.  Vanillaware - a studio I've held up in the top-five best dev houses in the world for most of the last decade.

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim was announced wayyy back in 2015 as in development for PS4 and Vita - and we've heard nothing of it since.  All we've seen of the game is this suitably lovely announcement trailer:

The listing on SEGA / Atlus's E3 page has since been changed to remove the "13 Sentinels" listing, because we haven't heard of this game for two fucking years, it was never announced for localization.

But it wouldn't be at E3 if it wasn't coming West.  What're the odds of it being localized for (my beloved) Vita?  Slim.  Very slim.  And the thought makes me sad - but even if I don't get it on my favoritest handheld, at least I'll have it on my PS4.  To me, this is up there with Sucker Punch announcing their next thing, with Klei making a new PS4 game, with Naughty Dog's latest.

I have no idea what 13 Sentinels is about, Vanillaware have never even suggested its genre.  Don't care.  Vanillaware in English.

Day zero.  Special Edition.  Soundtrack.  Shut up and take my money.

Bonjour from the other siiide.

Important revelations : Reaper knows Adele when he hears it.  

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Chamberlain & Chance 69 : Good Games Will Happen, Bad Games Will Happen Too.

Wiiith Alex!  Alex thisChamberlain that podcast on iTunes

Chamberlain and Chance - Good games will happen and bad games will happen

  • Chamberlain was right about The Deer God
  • Persona 5's sexy dungeons somehow offer longer-term pleasures than Persona 5's sexy cast. 
  • Yakuza 0 fails to seduce our resident curmudgeon. 
  • And Chance managed what when playing with and against a team featuring Grand Masters in Overwatch
You'll have to tune in to find out!!!

Oh who I am I kidding, I can't resist posting this: 

Oh my goodness gracious, the Darkest Dungeon diorama is so smexy.

Behold it!!!

Oh my goodness they've got the Shambler's alter and the Highwayman is using his Point-Blank Shot animation and the Crusader is using his holy scripture AoE and the Shambler comes with its two Tentacle companions and there's all kinds of enemies and OH MY GOD LOOK AT THE BOX IT COMES IN!

Okay.  Okay.  Deep breath.  This is just a prototype.  The official version may not be as spectacularly awesome.  Mass-production is months away.

Stay cool.

Stay cool.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Little Nightmares - launch trailer!

I have got to get in on this - where can I get a physical copy?  Hm... wants me to import from the UK - that's silly.

Hm... doesn't even have it listed...

Hm... I really don't want to import from the States...

I'll just call my EB.

Oh my God I have so much cache at my EB that the guy's going to hold me a copy for when it launches on Friday eyyyy.

This one's for Alex.

Call of Duty: WWII reveal trailer.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Aw yeah - Kingsman: The Golden Circle trailer!

I still feel bad that I don't own Kingsman: The Secret Service on Bluray.  It's a show that's having all the fun James Bond forgot to have for like the last fifteen years - but it was on Netflix for months (maybe it still is?) so there wasn't a need, there.



Monday, April 24, 2017

Vanquish coming to Steam?

Well well well...

Oh, also in the rumor mill today, PlayStation Universe says that in next month's Official PlayStation Magazine, this gem appears:
''Our sources tell us that after work is finished on Halo Wars 2, a new Alien game may start development over at Alien Isolation dev Creative Assembly.''
Oh God yes.  Oh God please be true.

Update: Oh Goddamnit.