This week Kody’s got himself a case of the deep sexy voice (and a deep sexy cough to go with it) so that means he monopolizes even more of the conversation than normal while talking about Atelier Totori Plus and Disco Zoo. James gets his when he tells us all the old shit he’s been playing like Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, Singularity, and Knights of the Old Republic. The news holds announcements of Unreal Tournament in our future, Project Beast being a tease, and Spelunky being released literally everywhere.
Justin’s back and he doesn’t like Divekick! James played some Spelunky and sucks at it and Kody gets scared of Nightmare House 2 in between bouts of Paranautical Activity. There’s also news. Xbox One gets a release date and Kojima likes to sell Video Games. Plus, Kody explains why the Divekick tournament didn’t take place on Saturday. (it’s a GREAT excuse!)
Justin’s phased out of reality again due to experiments at school and so Rumn drops in from the ceiling light bringing the KNOWLEDGE! Kody played Spelunky (Vita) and Dragon’s Crown (Vita), James played Divekick in training, Rumn played everything else. (Final Fantasy XIV and Might and Magic X Early Release). We also talked about MMO server issues and PAX and Nintendo’s new handheld the 2DS! Newness not guaranteed.
Due to the alignment of the planets or some events foretold ages ago by an old seer, three of the best Indie games released in the last year have all hit Steam on the same day. This may sound daunting, but you should play them all and then laugh about your serendipity and good fortune.
In Papers, Please you play a Lottery Winner. You win the opportunity to work as an immigrations official for the glorious (and fake) country of Arstotzka. It’s a thankless job that wears on you emotionally as you have to choose who to let in and who to turn away based on their paperwork and your empathy. It plays out sort of like a puzzle game. You look for potential errors in the paperwork of immigrants and at the end of the day you get paid a certain amount depending on how many mistakes you may or may not have made. This money is then allocated toward your home life for rent, food, heat, etc. Papers, Please had a free beta release a few months ago that you may have heard us talking about, but this Steam release is full of extra content. Our next game started out free as well, but had to work a lot harder to get a proper release on Steam…
Spelunky is a game that started out in that nebulous world of Freeware. A downloadable platforming Rogue-Like that caught the attention of someone and eventually made it’s way to Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) where everyone got a taste of it’s unforgiving awesomeness. It’s now re-released back onto the PC in full glory and is a much more robust game than the Freeware one from 4 years ago. The basic gameplay is that of platform exploration. You explore each map finding enemies and items along the way. Each map is randomly generated and resets when you die. There is no progression that will follow you from one playthrough to the next except for the few character unlocks you can get. The game is also slated to release on Vita at some point which, coincidentally, is the home platform for the last of the games released yesterday…
Guacamelee! originally released on the PS Vita April 9th of this year and it secured it’s place as a classic soon after. Brought by Drinkbox Studios (the same people who made the excellent Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack), it’s made in the same gameplay style as the recent Castlevanias. You traverse levels and switch in and out of two different Mexican themed worlds using the abilities gained to find the next make progression. The gameplay is interesting enough but the real joy of Guacamelee! comes from the world it takes place in. It feels like a classic Mexican movie where the hero travels through hell and back for the sake of his love, coupled with a humor that can only be achieved by having your main character’s profession as a Luchador (who’s down on his luck).
All three of these games deserve your attention if you missed them in their original incarnations. This day shall forever be known as Indie Thursday!