Rats Off To Ya! – Vidjagame Apocalypse 432

This week has seen an unusual surge in rodent-related media, with star turns for rat swarms in both The Suicide Squad and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. So this week, PNB‘s TL Foster joins us for a look at five games that featured unstoppable gnawing rat hordes, after which we’ll jump into Axiom Verge 2, AC Valhalla’s rat-infested The Siege of Paris expansion, Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase, and your favorite videogame auteurs.

Question of the Week: What’s an animal you think is underrepresented in games, and what should it be doing in them?


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4 thoughts on “Rats Off To Ya! – Vidjagame Apocalypse 432

  1. QOTW: I love that there’s an in-game social media post in 2019’s After Party where a game developer says they were sent to hell for knowingly releasing a game with a dog you can’t pet. I’m not saying that there aren’t a lot of dogs in games, I’m just saying that the ability to pet them is shockingly under 100%.

  2. QotW: The animal that is most under represented in video games is the opossum. Yes, that’s right ‘possums. They are resistant to rabies and they eat ticks which spread Lyme disease which is a big problem in the Northeast as winters are becoming milder. I’m not 100% sure if this is true but larger ones are even immune to rattlesnake venom. In a game, they would probably be feasting off of your fallen enemies since they tend to eat dead animals. Opossums don’t get enough respect.

  3. Mantis shrimp. AKA the one punch man of the animal kingdom.

    Small crustaceans that have either boxing glove or speared appendages. They can shoot these forward to attack at speeds of up to 50k an hour and a force of up to 1,500 newtons. This also generates spikes of temperature of up to 4,400 degrees Celsius /whatever “nearly as hot as the fucking sun” is in farenheit.

    Each individual eye can gauge depth with its “Trinocular vision” and it sees in spectrums not documented in any other living animal, including one defined as ‘spiralling light’.

    If you can’t find something cool to do with any of that in a video game setting… well, there’s not much hope for you is there?

    They can also see cancer cells, so you could at least have ‘press X to biopsy’, David Cage.

  4. Qotw: I go by RacoonHail in most online places so you would think I would say raccoons, but lately they have been everywhere. Thanks Rocket! So, I instead need to say their close cousin, bears. Not sure why there are not more bears in things. They are awesome enemies, bad guys, armored Calvary in steampunk, they should just be used more often. Bring godless killing machines and Colbert’s greatest enemy to more video games.

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