Vidjagame Apocalypse 244 – Bad Santas

In our second-to-last show of 2017, we’re joined by the legendary Tim Turi for a last-ditch attempt to do something holiday-themed: a look at five of the angriest, most threatening takes on Santa to ever appear in video games. Then we chat about the (re)return of Okami, news from the Game Awards, and the game-inspired cereals of your dreams.

Question of the Week
What’s your personal Game of the Year for 2017?

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19 thoughts on “Vidjagame Apocalypse 244 – Bad Santas

  1. After looking through a short list off the top of my head I have bought plenty of 2017 games this year, the first being Persona 5, next are Yakuza 0, South Park: the Fractured but Whole, Super Robot Wars V, River City Tokyo Rumble, and of course Super Mario Odyssey. I guess the game that resonated more with me is Persona 5 as it still manages to capture the same feelings of being a frustrated citizen in a society that has become either apathetic or more tribalist if you pay attention to the media. Even though it’s a highly Japanese game through and through, based on what is going on in society at the time, the themes of a nationalist political party continues to enact policies that makes the lives of its constituents more miserable, while at the same time expressing more militaristic attitudes indeed applies to many events going on in the world, if you’ve seen what’s happening after Brexit, Poland, and especially our country.

    Persona 5’s conceit is that it is basically Leverage the video game, as you go on heists into the darkest depths of a powerful person’s mind, but it is also about the younger generation’s struggle to hold the older generation accountable for its own actions, especially when the people in power continue to scapegoat and take advantage of the less fortunate for their own selfish desires. Even though we know who controls the halls the Congress, and who sits in the Oval Office, it does give me a lowly American citizen some hope that we can all unite to build a better world, in spite of what is happening. Persona 3 and 4 made me question my attitudes as a snot-nosed teen, Persona 5 made me question my own responsibility as an adult, even if my station in life is not what I want it to be. Yeah I’ll definitely give it my game of the year, even though I had lots of fun with the other games I bought this year.

  2. Qotw: hands down mario odyssey. The fact it’s also portable is icing on the cake. Great levels, loads to do, and even an interesting enough story.

  3. South Park: The Fractured But Whole edges out Injustice 2 both games I’ve sunk hella hours into however FBW tells a fantastic fan servicey and funny story and has excellent combat as much as judgmental loud mouths like to shame people who have the audacity to enjoy something not 100% in their black or white viewpoint the humor in that game is both childishly gleefull and also very clever and rewarding. As a complexed gender person going through the 3 steps of picking your gender felt both inclusive and “Mitch Conner” has long been a favorite “character” of mine since his debut nearly 15 years ago it’s the ultimate “Cartman’ joke.

    1. messed up a sentence meant to say “As a complexed gender person going through the 3 steps of picking your gender felt both inclusive and honest about gender identity”

  4. QOTW. My game of the year is Nier Automata. Excellent music, the usual great gameplay by Platinum and a story that kept me wanting more. Ending E is probably the most memorable game experience of the year.

  5. What’s your personal Game of the Year for 2017?

    My game of the year has to be Horizon: Zero Dawn. I was stunned at how beautiful the world looked. Horizon is the one of the best looking game I have ever seen. I took a week off work so I could dedicate the time Horizon deserved. I spent almost 60 hours in that week exploring Horizon. I was sad when I finished the game, not because how it ended, but because I no longer had anything left to do in Horizon. I was ecstatic when the DLC was anounnced at E3 this year. I pre-ordered the DLC the second it became available on PSN. I have learned my lesson and I am taking my time with the DLC .

  6. I love Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild to pieces, but my personal game of the year is actually The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth+, also for the Switch. I know that it’s a six-year-old game, one that I bought shortly after it’s initial release, but I never had any of the expansions and often found myself without a working computer to play it on. Now that I have it at my fingertips, I have sunk more time into it than Zelda or Mario and I always feel like I can go back to it. Just the vanilla build I originally had on PC was one of my favorite games of all time, now I get that in portable form, fully featured? Sign me up for life!

  7. It’s hard for me to pick a game of the year when almost every game I have played this year, I loved and is pretty deserving of the title. Zelda, Mario, Horizon Zero Dawn, Cupheads, etc. So I will determine my game of the year based on total play time.

    At first I thought it was Nioh. It is a beautiful Japanese inspired Dark Souls game, that not only stands out with it’s own identity, is in some way considerably better than Dark Souls (for example, the combat). Then I thought it was Zelda: Breath of the Wild. That needs no explanation as to why. But neither are my game of the year. My game of the year is probably Stardew Valley. I have probably put way more time into that game, in a shorter time span than any other title this year. Just when I think I will return to Zelda to play the DLC, continue Mario to collect more moon, or finish my incredible backlog of titles, I end up on my quiet farm feeding cows, hatching chicken eggs, fishing in the rain, and desperately farming potatoes so I can get enough cash to buy strawberry seeds at the Spring Fair . Basically, Stardew Valley has awaken my RPG addiction and it has only gotten worse since I can play on the go with my Switch. God help me when multiplayer comes out for consoles.

  8. Besides the boring answers of Breath of the Wild and Odyssey and Persona 5 which I still haven’t finished… I’d like to mention how great the FF12 remaster is.
    FF12 kind of tried to give a solo, console MMO experience in the mid/late 2000’s when MMOs were the biggest thing in the world. It’s very open and allows sequence breaking and power-leveling early on which helped me get to just the story. (look up how to powerlevel to lvl30 with just Vaan, its easy to do)

    The best part is the story. There’s one small middle east like country that’s caught between 2 much larger nations who are at war. You’re not out to use crystals to save the world, it’s all political intrigue and there’s a lot of parallels to Star Wars . One of the masked black armored Judges is related to someone in your party, there’s a princess of a fallen kingdom, a war orphan boy, and a sky pirate with Fran, the sexy Chewbacca.

  9. QOTW:
    RESIDENT EVIL 7. It is the perfect expression of what the series originally wanted to be, now made possible by new technology, and it is AWESOME. Not only does it look and play great, it’s such a good mashup of horror elements from different series (including Evil Dead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Saw, and Resident Evil itself) that you really feel like you’re living one of those stories. Exploring the creepy Baker estate grounds, dealing with each family member one by one in bizarre and unique fights while you learn more about what happened to Mia is the most captivated I’ve been by a game all year. I played it nearly obsessively, finding every secret, collecting all there is to collect, and beating it on professional. In a sense, RE7 was the encapsulation of everything I’d every wanted from a horror game.
    Shout-out to Injustice 2 as my runner up for being so fucking steeped in DC lore and having a fighting system that was easy enough to get me into it, but deep enough that I feel I actually learned and grew as a player with all my hours spent on it.

  10. QOTW: My Game of 2017 was the SNES Classic with Pokémon Silver/Gold on Virtual Console a close second. What? The SNES Classic is a console and/or collection of games that didn’t come out this year? Rerelease games don’t count? Who do you think you are? The podcast police? I stand by my statement.

  11. Games on Switch that use the touchscreen: Voez, Deemo, Piczle Lines DX, and Severed. I cannot speak for Severed but I enjoyed the others.

    QOTW: My Game of the Year is Cuphead. It plays a lot like a Treasure game which I know is the type of game that I want more of. What I did not know I wanted was a Treasure game with the personality of Walt Disney/Max Fleischer cartoons from the early 1900s. I love being pleasantly surprised by experiences I did not know I wanted and that is why I chose Cuphead as my 2017 Game of the Year.

  12. It isn’t my favourite game of the year (that honour definitely goes to Horizon Zero Dawn), I want to be the one who goes to bat for INJUSTICE 2. I’ve always had an aversion to fighting games but this one provided SO much fun, casual-friendly content for the single player-focused gamer with individual customisable characters, loot boxes you can ONLY earn through gameplay, a great single player campaign (the cutscenes of which are unquestionably the best Justice League movie this year) and the fantastic Multiverse mode. Multiverse provides a constantly-rotating series of match-ups of various difficulty and rewards. Don’t like the current Multiverse portals to earn gear for the Swamp Thing you never play? Don’t worry, there’ll be a brand new portal in an hour that might be right up your alley. NetherRealm outdid themselves this year and I can’t wait to see what they do next (almost certainly Mortal Kombat XI).

  13. NIER: AUTOMATA. I played most of the games that will no doubt be in the running for GOTY for most, but the surreal, melancholy beauty of Nier is what will stick in my mind for a long time. Finally propped up by developers who know how to craft a great gameplay experience, this game is the realization of Yoko Taro’s style. The story is filled with many wonderful highs and even bigger lows in a uniquely structured narrative that can only be executed in a video game. Combined with soundtrack of the year, this was everything I wanted as a cult fan of the first Nier, yet somehow turned out far greater than even I imagined and I’m glad it has gotten the praise from many more people in what has been an incredible year for games and I hope it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle. To quote Jim Sterling’s review of Nier: : “If history forgets this game, fuck history!”

  14. I have to go with Tales of Berseria as one of the best games of the past year that no one ever mentions. It’s the strongest story in a Tales game in years, and the characters are top notch. Velvet, aside from her ridiculous outfit is a relatable protagonist and Laphicet is just adorable. Magilou is a ton of fun too. It dovetails really well as a distant prequel to Tales of Zesteria, the prior game in the series, making you play from (technically) the villain’s perspective. It also has a very bittersweet ending, that feels like it’s the only way that game could end.

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