Vidjagame Apocalypse 122 – Call Your Horse

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Cars are great and all, but if you really want to get around in style, nothing beats nature’s motorcycle: the noble horse. Especially when you can call them to your side at any time, like the summonable horses in this week’s Top 5. Then we talk about Journey, Tembo and other new releases; some EVO news; and the deceased fighting games you’d love to see make a comeback.

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If you could ride any animal as your mount in a game, what would it be?

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26 thoughts on “Vidjagame Apocalypse 122 – Call Your Horse

  1. Thank you for including the divine comedy’s version of ‘my lovely horse’. This brings great joy.

  2. You were so right Mikel, you can call the Batmobile at any time on a road, and Batman will jump straight into the cockpit.

    1. This. I 100%ed my first play through and finished the story in NG+ and I never had a problem with automatically entering the Batmobile. Hearing Chris insist that that’s not how the game works was downright FRUSTRATING.

      1. I actually would prefer if there were a function that L1/LB would let you remote control the BM if you hold it or something instead of having to deal with that Radial Menu.

        Also Chris keeps saying he’ll never switch to a Buddy because they don’t get your upgrades; while true for gadgets, is false for moves. All Bats learn all the same moves.

    2. 100% with Mikel. This is also true if you call it when diving off a building.

      Chris, are you moving around a lot when it comes, because then Batman might not jump in automatically.

    3. What Chris was probably doing was the “secret feature”, which is when you HOLD DOWN LB/L1 rather than tap – in which case the Batmobile won’t pick you up and instead just comes within attacking distance.

  3. This episode makes me want to play Shadow of the Colossus SO badly! i have the HD Ico/SotC collection and, while I have played Ico to completion, I have yet to touch SotC. Btw, I hated the horse mechanics in that game. What a pain… I also just want to put in my RDR disc again and just ride around on my horse for a bit. I looked up Tembo The Badass Elephant on Steam and they should just call this game Elephant The Hedgehog, but if Game Freak can do it right than god bless them.

  4. Mikel’s right about the Batmobile and pressing L1 and having Batman auto-jump into it. I finished the game and it always worked like that

  5. The Arkham games DLC’s always seem pretty disappointment to me in my opinion, and that kinda sucks that chris is hinting that the ending doesnt fully resolve in the end of the game that i purchased, i hate when games do that these days.

  6. I’d like to be able to ride Phillipa Einhart from The Witcher series, in 3 she turns into an owl and I’d love to have a shapeshifting witch/owl as my partner and mount, I believe she can shapeshift into many other forms as well so she could be whatever I fancied that day AND she can teach me magic!

  7. Bigger than Bisons saddle of the world, bigger than a bunch of elephants stacked on top of each other, my QOTW is MIKELS BEARD.

    A mythical, epic steed- it’s dimensions and power trascend our paltry world- at one point infinite and at the same time small enough to fit in my pocket. Mikels Beard does not abide by our normal laws of physics, indeed- some speculate that Mikels beard doesn’t actually exist at all in our universe, and is instead a projection from a higher level of existence projected onto ours.

    Regardless, the true task is riding MIkels beard is to make sure it doesn’t end up riding you, as it is a finnicky and cantakerous creature, and can be spooked easily into destroying our current iteration of the universe before created an identicle copy moments later when in the vicinity of razers.

  8. QOTW:

    In Heroes of the Storm, a lot of the characters (especially the villains) look really ridiculous on certain mounts. In the alpha and early beta, there was a constant campaign that Diablo (who appears as he did in Diablo 2) should not ride on a horse, and should instead run around on all fours like he did in the game. They eventually gave him that ability as an alternate mount (you can still choose to have him ride on horses and such instead, if you prefer) and I think it was a missed opportunity that they didn’t just put diablo on all fours and make that a mount available to all characters. Yo dawg, I heard you like Diablo, so I put your Diablo on a Diablo so you can Diablo while you Diablo.

  9. Batmobile always worked for me and I got really good at driving it.
    I did get it stuck in one of the loaders when you go in the sewer though because I didnt know it was a ramp.

  10. I didn’t like the over emphasis on the batmobile in Arkham Knight, but it did work perfectly when I had to use it. Which you can’t say about any other game that ever attempted to have the batmobile since it always sucked.

  11. I don’t remember if you can call your horse in the first Assassins Creed, but it let you ride down bystanders, which was the most consistently fun part of that game. I think the second one made everyone jump out of the way, which wasn’t nearly as fun, and I think they got rid of horses after that.

  12. A: Sadly, I know we’ll never get another Saturday Night Slam Masters… or Cyberbots… or Capcom vs. SNK… or Star Gladiator… or Power Stone… and hell, even Darkstalkers is iffy. I’ve accepted it, though, and am just looking forward for Street Fighter V to be the best it can. Though a Lord Raptor cameo would be nice!

    B: I’d like to denote an excellent game released this week that could be talked about for the next VGA, and that’s Odallus: The Dark Call. This game does for pre-IGA Castlevania what Axiom Verge does for pre-Prime Metroid. I give it a look for anybody into retro action with lots of adventure elements to boot.

    C: Mikel, was that the horse song from Father Ted in the break?!? You magnificent bastard, I salute you!!

  13. XD “ugly boys life.”
    awww, chris and dave were so laughably mean to each other this episode.
    if I didn’t know they were good friends and that they would just not be in the same room together, I would think they had a falling out of some sort.

  14. I’m gonna give an honorable mention to D-Horse for you guys from MGSV. Its the only horse I’ve ever scene that you can mount while running at full speed and have shit on command. That shit will then loony toons spin out any vehicle that drives over it. It is the greatest Horse Ever. PERIOD. IT EVEN HAS HORSE ARMOR

  15. This was one of the most egregious omissions in a Top 5 in a long time.

    The best summonable horse in a game is easily Ruin from Darksiders.

  16. As a Cuban-American, I take offense to Dave’s insensitive imitation of the completely inoffensive and masterful portrayal of Cuban refugee Tony Montana by Al Pacino in De Palma’s seminal 1983 film “Scarface.”

    /s, in case it wasn’t obvious.

  17. QOTW: The giant robot eagle from Kung Fury. Preferably without the swastika but that could be fixed with some spray paint in a pinch.

  18. QOTW:

    I would tie a bunch of old mascot animals to a sled (like daxter, gex, awesome opossum, etc) and let their obnoxious banter ward off enemies as I ride to my goal.

  19. QOTW:

    My mount of choice would be a giant two-toed sloth. Two-toed, not one of the lazy three-toed variety.

    It wouldn’t be the fastest mount, but I don’t care. I’ll get there when I get there. And when I get there, it will be riding a giant fucking sloth! Hell yeah.

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