Vidjagame Apocalypse 46 – Shiver with Antici…

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Aaaand we’re back! VGA returns from its two-week hiatus with an obligatory Top 5 about our most hotly anticipated games. Then we get cheery on bumwine and talk about the booze- and game-related shenanigans we got up to while we’t making podcasts, after which we run through your personal picks for Game of the Year 2013.

Question of the Week

Which game coming in 2014 are you most excited for?

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  1. MGS: Ground Zeroes. Though i refuse to get it for PS3, so ill have to wait for the PC port, so that is the game i most anticipate for 2015 i guess.

  2. TITANFALL FUCK YEAH
    Call of Duty with gigantic mechs? That just tickles every excite bone I have in my tiny frail body.

  3. Does Final Fantasy XIV for the PS4 count? If not, definitely Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD, these games defined my taste in games for the rest of my life, and to see them look even better than before excites me to no end.

  4. Infamous: Second Son because I loved the last 2 games and this one looks even better than what came before. Also graphically it is the only game coming out that looks like it could not be done on last gen consoles. I’m waiting for that to come out at the end of March before I get a PS4 (although the earliest I can get a PS4 is February 22nd when it comes out in Japan).

    I’m also looking forward to Density because I’m a huge fan of Bungie and what they showed of the game looks similar to Borderlands which I’m also a big fan of. I don’t get why there seems to be more hype for Titanfall because that just seems like another competitive multiplayer game where I will never be good enough to hang with the top players.

    Finally I should give Watch Dogs a mention because that was my most anticipated title of 2013 before it got pushed back to this year. Hope the extra development time leads to a super polished game. Worked out well for Far Cry 3 when they pushed it back from September 2012 to December 2012 so hopefully the delay will mean a better game.

  5. Infamous:Second Son, the game has been one of the reasons why I put off buying a PS4 and the fact that it has new powers, improved gameplay and more likable leading character. If I only buy one new release game this year before E3, it is without a doubt it’s Infamous Second Son

  6. Dark Souls 2 all the way. I’ve spent hundreds of hours on Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls combined this year, and I can’t get enough of that wonderfully bleak depressing world. I’m super excited to test out the new classes, find cool new armour sets, join online guilds and I’m especially eager to discover any new pieces of lore to add to the story puzzle. 🙂

  7. Alright somebody has to say it

    The last guardian

    We all know It has zero chance of coming out this year, but maybe just maybe we could see something at E3. A new trailer, maybe some screen shots, hell if Sony just so much as mentions the last guardian my excitement alone would be enough energy to escape earth’s gravitational pull.

  8. South Park: The Stick of Truth.

    I am a huge fan of the show and hope this is the first great South Park game. The greater involvement of the creators than past games gives me further optimism and while it is being developed by bug prone Obsidian, they are a studio with interesting ideas and writing and the game has been delayed multiple times, possibly to iron out all the technical faults, publisher Ubisoft hopefully keeping that in check.

  9. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

    Why? easy: YOU GET TO PLAY AS MOTHERFUCKING DRACULA HIMSELF!!!

    There’s also the fact that this one seems to effectively improve on most of the first game’s problems, like having now a free form camera instead of a fixed one. Giving you an interconnected world that will be more interesting to explore than the corridors made of invisible walls from the first game. Keeping the core of what made the combat of the first one great, but adding to it, like making it so your light/dark magic attacks are now different weapons instead of always your whip, making the whole thing look way more interesting.

    But really, someone has to applaud the balls MercurySteam had with the story of the entire Lords of Shadow franchise. Re-imagine the entire lore of an already well know and beloved franchise, turn it up on it’s head, turning the always perceived protagonist into the iconic villain of the franchise AND placing him at least partially in a modern setting. The fact that the sequel is tackling directly to all that seem incredibly bold to me, and also has me incredibly excited.

  10. QOTW: Definitely Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. Being a big MG fan and having played pretty much every game (minus the Acid series) I’m eagerly awaiting the official 5.

  11. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Why? I just barely played the first game and will delve into XIII-2 which I’ve heard is better, but I really did like the first one and find it to be an underrated Final Fantasy game by the FF community. I like the world and the characters a lot and would love to see even more of what happens to each of them.

  12. My most anticipated game is The Witcher 3.

    I gotta be honest, I’m really not seeing the appeal of Titanfall. It’s a 6v6 multiplayer shooter with mechs, parkour, and… not much beyond that. And that’s fine, but there are so many games coming out this year that have rich worlds, complex characters and compelling stories, which I find much more interesting than just a new way to kill 12-year-olds online. I guess it’s just not my kind of game.

  13. QotW: Thief.

    I know people who’ve played it say it’s not great, but it’s my favorite series, and I’m hoping they can get it together before launch.

  14. I’m real excited about Routine. The best way to explain it would be Outlast with a cyberpunk aesthetic or Amnesia by way of Blade Runner.

  15. So good to have you guys back.

    QOTW: I’m looking forward to Bayonetta 2, Platinum said that their in house teams for Bayonetta 2 and Wonderful 101 were constantly trying to one-up each other, and after playing Wonderful 101, I can’t imagine what Bayo 2 has in store for me.

    My excitement for it is only tied with the sequel to Persona Arena, which is also releasing this year. Persona 4 Arena is my second favorite fighter, and the sequel is one of those games that just fills me with energy and excitement. I’ve been watching vids of the game in japanese arcades non-stop and can’t believe I’ll have to wait six months for a console version.

    1. No.

      I’d wager a guess and say with confidence that most people listening to this are more console gamers than PC gamers.

      Plus, if you want a PC centric pod-cast, why not check out the, *ahem* pcgamer podcast? It has been going for over 350 episodes now, and still going strong:

      http://www.pcgamer.com/category/podcast/

      1. I’m not sure why you’re answering for them really.
        But it’s not really an unreasonable request to talk more about PC games considering they have talked about PC games like Gone Home and Papers Please in the past already. It’s not like this is a console only podcast.

        I should check out PCgamer’s podcast though, somehow I never thought to listen to that considering Tyler is on it.

  16. QOTW: Halo (5?)

    Halo 4’s ending and the ending of Spartan Ops means that the Halo story is going in a very different and interesting direction. I think some people might be surprised by how Master Chief as a character develops. Before Halo 4 he really was only been a weapon for others to order around. And yes, I know reading the books makes me a super nerd, but they’re better than they’ve ever been right now and hinting at a lot of fascinating things that could happen in the future of the games. I’ve never read a book series accompanying a game series that actually stood on its own as an interesting read like Halo books do. (I’m looking at you, shitty Assassin’s Creed novelizations that just retell the game stories)

    Plus I’ve been getting more and more interested in the competitive side of Halo, and a lot of the teases seem to suggest that the competitive community will be catered to better than they were in H4. And it’s likely to be a huge graphical showcase for the Xbone. Plus I just love that world and gameplay, and want to see it evolve. So I’m excited.

    About shooters: I think it’s a bit unfair to say that most shooters are just about K/D. Almost every shooter has objective-based modes, and those modes are usually the ones played at serious tournaments. Deathmatch/Slayer modes are most popular and always will be, because most people who play any game prefer having less things to think about when they play so it’s easier to play.

    I suppose there’s a place for games like Titanfall and Tribes that remove that option, but it’s not exactly hard to get an objective mode match in most popular shooters anyways.

  17. QQTW: Dragon Age: Inquisition, without a doubt. Like so many others, I was very let down by Dragon Age II. While the story and characters were still well done, the gameplay, setting and sense of scale took a huge nosedive. But it looks like Bioware is really listening to feedback for this one. Multiple player races are back and it’s once again a sprawling, semi-open-world. Also, Qunari as a new player race. Including female Qunari? Bioware, you know just how to make me happy.

  18. Oh that’s what must have happened! I was ambushed by zombies and before I knew it my main character guy, Marcus, just blew up! I was like what ahhhh nooooooooo! Padink *Achievement Unlocked* Bittersweet and that game was def one of my favorites of 2013 which I did a little write up here: http://mikekolb.blogspot.com/2014/01/top-5-games-of-2013-its-top-downloads.html

    Def looking forward to Titanfall and Watch Dogs but believe it or not more so The Witcher 3. The amount of open world RPG goodness that game is going to give me and the amount of variables in conversing with NPCs with such its infamous rich story, I’m salivating over it. (The Witcher was a slow burn for me though.)

  19. Also, Mikel’s the best, but I couldn’t disagree more on Metal Gear Rising. It only got better as you kept playing and the final boss is probably my favorite final boss of any game in the last 5 years.

    1. I only watched an LP of it, but Monsoon, Sundowner, and the last boss were the low points for me. Jetstream Sam would have been a more interesting final boss fight. Instead we got a giant spider-mech that was not as cool as the Metal Gear you fight right at the beginning, and an annoying fat politician who has way too many long cutscenes and is not cool or scary or intimidating.

      1. Difference of opinion then. I thought both the fight against Monsoon and the Senator were pretty fantastic. Monsoon’s was varied and hectic, and the Senator was over the top in a good way. I mean yeah, he was silly, but so ridiculous taht it was just fun, at least to me.

        …Also, where do you get that he’s fat? He’s fucking buff as hell.

      2. Yeah, I can only really say that playing Metal Gear Rising is a very different experience from watching it. And that if you were just watching you would probably only see the absurdity and not the excellent combat system that really challenges and pushes you. I was initially upset at Senator Armstrong being the final boss, but then I started the fight, and the fight was just so fun and challenging I couldn’t help but love it. Platinum damn sure knows how to end a game.

  20. I’m most excited for Mario Kart 8. I play 7 all the time and I’m still unlocking things and learning new tricks. I can’t wait to do it all again in HD. I also just have Mario Kart fever after playing the new DX version of the arcade series in Japan last week.

  21. Watchdogs and the Telltale games (i.e. rest of Wolf Among Us and Walking Dead Season 2). The former choice because it is the next big AAA game (series) from Ubisoft, and the latter because they’re continuations of two solid narrative-focused series that show Telltale that have, while I wouldn’t state perfected, but instead finally developed their games to how they should’ve been since they started. Also, all the games are nearly upon us, making it much easier to get excited for.

  22. With the possible exception of Xrd, no game is as highly anticipated as Dark Souls 2. I literally don’t know a single person who isn’t hype for DaS2.

  23. i’d be lying if I said anything other than Metal Gear Solid. while there are a lot of games worthy of giddy anticipation, MGS is the one that’s going to sell me a PS4. Kojima always steps up and gives you a dense product of exceptional quality, and manages to mess with your expectations every time.

    and Infamous 3 looks like a blast. can’t wait for this console generation to get rolling

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