Month: February 2014

Certain Age Gaming for February 23rd, 2014 “I Can Still Touch it if I Want To”

I hope you’re all excited to hear what we think about the new Heroes TV show! Cause we do that AND talk about games! Kody has a cold and he talks about Killzone Shadowfall and Final Fantasy XIV on the PS4. James played more Lord of the Rings but mostly he played Guns 2! We talk about Ken Levine and Irrational’s closing and Gearbox sueing 3D Realms for Duke Nukem.

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Certain Age Gaming for February 23rd 2014

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Xbox One’s New Remote Won’t Replace the Kinect

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Today Microsoft officially announce it’s Xbox One Media Remote (after it leaked on Amazon earlier this week). It’s a cool looking little device that… well, their Press Release says it best:

…the Xbox One Media Remote lets you control video playback for Blu-ray movies and streaming video on Xbox One*. Additionally, there are dedicated Back and OneGuide buttons. The OneGuide button provides one-touch, quick access to your favorite TV shows and movies through the Xbox program guide**. This simple, yet powerful remote is designed to help you listen, watch and switch among experiences instantly.

People everywhere are abuzz about this remote thinking that it’s the first sign of the long rumored Kincetless SKU of Xbox Ones. Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to be the case as this Remote actually controls through the Kinect, not around it.

The Media Remote can also control TV/Receiver power and volume through Kinect, which uses IR blasting to send signals to your TV and/or receiver.

This seems like a stop gap, not a replacement. Microsoft realizes that pure Kinect controls aren’t tenable in all situations and have finally, months after release, given us a solution to this problem. They could have included an IR Receiver dongle with the remote but chose not to as, it turns out, they probably don’t want to replace the Kinect.

Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate Review

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I get WHY they chose that naming convention. It’s an Arkham style of Batman game that’s a spinoff of the specific Origins game and title, itself, Blackgate. It just seems so clunky. You could have named it Batman Blackgate or Arkham Blackgate or something. It’s a name that’s serviceable, understandable, and a bit unwieldy. This perfectly describes the game it’s titling.

Maybe that’s a bit unfair. Blackgate (as it will be referred to from here on out) starts out a bit dull. You’re Batman and there’s been an escape attempt at the Blackgate prison. So it is your task to go in there and beat up people until they stop trying to escape. This may sound very similar to part of the plot of the previous game (Batman Arkham Origins) so you’d be forgiven for questioning the administrative ability of Gotham’s correctional staff.

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If you forget the other Arkham games and where this story takes place in the continuity then the game has a very good Batman story making good use of the villains featured. In fact, the setting is surprisingly well thought-out and vast with 4 separate maps of maze like corridors each with multiple levels to traverse in well rendered 2.5D space. The problem, then, comes with the actual traversing of those levels. At the beginning you’re only tool is the Bat-Grapple that allows you to pull yourself up to higher levels. This makes you feel rather impotent as Batman, the world’s greatest detective, is unable to navigate what seem like simple obstacles for lack of the specific tool. Lack of navigation makes the map utterly useless for the first few hours of play because you’re location is not well defined on the single level map within the multiple levels of the world.

Thankfully, the villains and your battles with them make up for these early game blunders. Each fight is unique and matches the criminally insane opponents very well. Black Mask blasts Batman with dual machine guns if Batman reveals himself, so you have to sneak about distracting him and knocking out lights. Penguin employs multiple gun toting henchmen and actual remote controlled drones, but is a pushover himself, etc. These moments are when the games mechanics and story come together in a cohesive and satisfying way… unlike when you’re clumsily stumbling through levels trying to find the next item you need to continue.

I will say that the last few hours provide relief from the world traversal because you’ve found ever gadget you need and are able to finally make sense of the terrible in game map. For the last few hours you’re jumping about on tightropes and crossing previously uncrossable gaps and gliding around in what almost feels like a Bionic Commando style platformer. It’s a bit too little too late though, as it only makes you regret the previous hours of dumfounded walking.

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If you’re a fan of Batman, like me, I think Blackgate provides the best examples yet as to what the relationships in these games should be between the Dark Knight and his adversaries (especially The Joker). And while the game takes a while to find its legs, there’s enough there to get you into the meat of the game and it finishes very satisfactorily. Maybe Armature felt a bit wobbly at their new home and needed a bit to really find their stride. Here’s hoping their next game is a banger from beginning to end.

Certain Age Gaming for February 17, 2014 “Invest To Pay To Play”

This week James and Kody talk about “Twitch Plays Pokemon” but FIRST they talk about less esoteric video games like what Kody played; “Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate” and “TxK”. James talks a bit more about “Payday 2” and “Lord of the Rings War in the North” and “Hearthstone” News also includes Peter Molyneux explaining what ‘Invest to Play’ means.

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Certain Age Gaming for February 17th, 2014

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Certain Age Gaming for February 9th, 2014 “Like Putting Out a Fire With Money”

We’re BACK after a short three week break and James and Kody have played some freaking GAMES! Also some non-freaking games. James talks about Payday 2 for about 3 hours and Blackguards for a bit less. Kody blows up about Might and Magic X Legacy and Rocksmith. And they both talk about Wolf Among Us Ep 2 “Smoke and Mirrors”. The news is mostly about how fucked March is going to be for everyone’s wallet. Also Flappy Bird.

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Certain Age Gaming for February 9th, 2014

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