42: X-Men Apocalypse, No Man’s Sky, & Pokemon!

In this episode, Justin and Tony talk about their experience with X-Men Apocalypse. Also, news of No Man’s Sky being delayed has an emotional effect on one of the cast. There are rumors that Pokemon is having translation issues and the question is posed if Assassin’s Creed would have originally made a better movie than a videogame.

Thanks for listening!

Notes:

Episode 42: Sex-Men Apocalypse

Prof. X and Apoc fight reminded me of Gandalf and Saruman

Forgot about Wolverine and was pleasantly surprised to see him even though he had bad hair and a stupid thing on his face/chest

I like Sansa Stark in everything

I would have preferred more time with each new character

Scott (Cyclops) is useless as always

Essex Company/ Mr. Sinister/ Cable/ Deadpool/ Clones/ Jean Grey/ Scott Summers

Better than I expected

Quicksilver scene was fun but maybe too humorous for the tone

Too many jokes break the tension

Where’s Psylocke going?

Why did Strom change sides at the end?

 

No Man’s Sky releasing August 9

Infinite Warfare most liked and disliked COD trailer of all time

First Episode of ELeague

Nintendo changing the names of Pokemon on China

Record Breaking: EVO now biggest tournament ever for Smash Wii U

Ragnarok will include elements of Planet Hulk

Xbox One back down to $299 before E3

Would Assassin’s Creed originally be better as a movie than a game?

41 : 20 Years of GameSpot’s Game of the Year

In this episode of Underpaid Gamers Podcast Tony and Justin discuss Gamespot’s game of the year award for the last 20 years. Additional topics include No Man’s Sky delay, Captain America, Netflix, and Nintendo’s rumored new handheld. Listen in for a good time! Check out our youtube page!

 

Notes:

No Man’s Sky delayed until July or August, originally scheduled for June

Netflix makes exclusivity deal with Disney

Daniel Craig not James Bond, maybe woman? Ends: “Bond” CREDITS-Theme

Uncharted 4 breaks PS4 first week sales record

New Handheld Nintendo product

Battleborn stumbling, more people playing Borderlands 2

Captain America is a Hydra Agent?

John Carpenter coming back to Halloween

Jason Todd officially in Batman v Superman

GameSpot Game of the Year for 20 years

39: Esports, Luke Skywalker, and Gamefly

Episode 39: Gamefly and (?) Assassin’s Creed Trailer Notes

Assassin’s Creed trailer. Kayne West?

  • Music changes the whole tone
  • Movie takes out everything I found enjoyable about the game (parkour, violent takedowns, jumping in hay) Should be rated R to have takedowns violent enough
  • New animus?
  • Best part of AC1 was discovering that Abstergo was Templar and tearing it apart from the inside. This trailer seems to make Abstergo evil from the get-go
  • Biggest problem with videogame movies is the lack of gameplay

Gamefly possible Netflix of videogames?

 

Ubisoft to release 5 games by March 2017 Watch dogs, South Park, New AAA IP,

Ghost Recon: Wildlands and For Honor

Battlefield WW1 Likes vs Infinite Warfare Dislikes

Disney Infinity is no more. Not profitable.

Overwatch to permanently ban cheaters on first offense

Modern Warfare Trilogy outed by Best Buy website. Releasing for last Gen on May 16

“ELeague” on TBS esport episodes May 27 Friday night CS:GO 2 Ten Week tournaments

 

The Uncharted Collection – Review

As the Uncharted series of games have been out for a while I’ll not review each individual game separately but instead look at the first three installments as a whole. I approached Uncharted for the first time with this collection. I have a favorable opinion of the developer, Naughty Dog, from my experience with The Last of Us. They did not disappoint.

I have never played a game that has made me feel more like an action hero. Scenes of intense action and spectacle happen almost every chapter of the game. I think of this scene

Uncharted2
The attack helicopter bringing the building down around me.

in Uncharted 2 when an attack helicopter is destroying a building as I try to escape. I remember the pressure of running through the floors of the building thinking, “oh man, oh man…” over and over again, just trying to survive! Other parts of the story force you to hang on to the edge of a cliff, the camera angle shifting to show you what you could fall on. Through all of the trials Drake (the main character) and company experience I became emotionally attached to the story. I was thrilled with the victories, and saddened by losses and defeat.

Another aspect of the game that I find impressive is its level design. The environment is so well made, often I did not realize the level was on rails. I don’t always like being forced to take a specific path. However, Naughty Dog does environment creation so well that it makes the player naturally choose the correct path.

Collectively this collection of games imparts a common sense of danger and daring. Between the three games Drake’s Fortune, Among Thieves, and Drakes Deception. I found that the first two felt very similar in story and in gameplay. It’s almost as if Naughty Dog blazed a path with the first game and with the second paved and painted that path. The second is an improved and polished version of the first.

The third installment felt much different from those before. Instead of setting out and

Kid Drake
Kid Drake bein thug

competing with another treasure hunter, Drake begins his quest by trying to stop this illuminati-like group from finding a hidden Sir Francis Drake had found. We also get to play as kid-drake and find out how Sully and Drake become like Father and Son. I particularly enjoyed this section of the game. The dynamic between drake and Sully adds another enjoyable layer to this game.

I will say there are moments where the controls can become rather unwieldy. The climbing mechanics seemed to have improved with each new game but at a few points throughout the game became a negative experience. These are few and far between but can become rather frustrating and can leave a chapter as a frustrating mess of missed jumps.

Another negative, and truly a Naughty Dog problem, is their terrible trophies. Many games make trophies both challenging and fun. Naughty dog chooses to make its trophies both rote and un-creative. While games like fallout have trophies such as sneaking live-grenades into NPC’s pockets, Uncharted has trophies like “Get 50 kills with ” for every weapon in the game. Trophies are a way for developers to add a little extra replay value to their game and I believe Naughty has consistently failed at this.

To sum up my thoughts, I believe that Naughty Dog has created a lovable and memorable franchise. I was impressed with the storytelling, the environments, and the way they made me feel like an action hero. I highly recommend this game franchise to anyone who has not experienced it.

 

I give the Uncharted Collection a 9/10.

What rating would you give the franchise? Comment below!

 

 

37: COD Infinite Warfare and Ratchet & Clank 2016

In this episode of Underpaid Gamers Podcast Justin and Tony discuss the recent information around Call of Duty Infinite Warfare and the rumored modern warfare remaster, as well as Tony’s platinum of Ratchet and Clank. Additional topics include X-men Apocalypse, WoW, Star Wars, Dragon Quest 8 and so much more! Listen in for a good time! Share, Like, Comment, Follow, Subscribe! Check out our youtube channel!

Episode Notes

Magnificent Seven Trailer/movie – Denzel, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’onofrio, Ethan Hawke

Robert Downey Jr. Officially in Homecoming

Inhumans postponed indefinitely

Dragon Quest 7 coming to 3DS early Summer 2016 DQVIII coming in 2016.

The Rock in Jumanji remake

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare title leak

Rey is Luke’s father fan theory

May’s Free games – T

Vanilla WoW controversy ended – Blizzard creates stripped down server

X-Men Apocalypse Trailer (New) Wolverine

Uncharted 4 rumored to have 5gb day 1 patch

PC update to Fallout 4 can now browse mods.

Rumor: COD: Infinity Warfare release Nov. 4, includes Modern Warfare remastered

  • Levels: Crash, Creek, Overgrown, Pipeline, Bog
  • Scorestreak problems
  • Perk Problems

Ratchet and Clank

  • Platinum
  • Challenge mode
  • Changes between original
  • Visuals
  • Comedy
  • Over all story
  • Gameplay experience

Life is Strange

  • Platinum – Collection Mode
  • Story
  • Gameplay
  • Over all story

Mirror’s Edge Beta

  • Open World
  • Unlockables
  • Story was weak

Lego Avengers

  • Controls

Dragon Quest 8

  • Picking back up
  • First wipe out

 

34: PS4K a Good Idea???

In this episode of Underpaid Gamers Podcast Tony and Justin discuss whether or not Sony’s PS4K is a good move for the company. On top of that Tracer’s butt, Tom Hardy, and Batman V Superman are touched upon. Listen in for a good time! Share, Like, Comment, and rate us!

Episode Notes:

Tracer’s Butt

Gambit postponed again. Was first scheduled to be released in March 2016

Snoopavision

Tom Hardy future acting credits on IMDB “Untitled African American Poaching Project” “Untitled Tom Hardy Outlaw Biker Project” “Mad Max: the Wasteland” “Splinter Cell”

Pound 2016

-First Pound in 5 years

Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay. Has jetpack

Mang0 vs Hax$

Batman: The Killing Joke Trailer

Spider-Man: Homecoming

House of Cards

 

When Should I Sell My Old Games?

One of the hardest decisions I ever face when I finish a game is whether or not to keep it, or sell it. I generally view myself as a video game collector, though hoarder is more appropriate. My rule of thumb is to keep a game unless I didn’t enjoy the game. Needless to say I have only traded in a handful of games. Here I will discuss a few valid reasons to trade in a game.

1. You didn’t enjoy the game.

The first, and most obvious, reason to sell a game is if you did not enjoy it or are generally unhappy with it. I have sold a few games based on this logic. The most recent in memory is Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeros. When I purchased the game I expected it to be a full size Metal Gear game; what I received was a game with one mission that would do over and over again with different challenges. I was sorely disappointed. I promptly traded in the game, upset that I had spent money on a game with very little content.

2. There is little or no replay value.

Replay value is an important factor for me when I weigh the price of a game. If a game has a high replay value (meaning I can play it over-and-over again without it getting old) than I will be more willing to spend a high price on the game. If the game is a one-and-done type then it makes more sense to do one of two things. Either buy, beat, and quickly sell the game to maximize its trade in value, or wait for the price to bottom out before purchasing.

3. You need cash now

Sometimes life gets you. You know, it gets you right where it hurts- your car breaks down, your furnace goes out, you owe taxes, etc. The last acceptable reason, in my mind, for selling games is for the cash. Emergencies happen and sometimes you just have to make ends meet.

4. The new iteration of the franchise is out (Credited to Wolfe Stedro)

There are a few game franchises that reboot their old games and franchises with HD remakes and newer versions of the old games. I really see this in two ways.

First, in regard to HD remakes where the game is the same just with updated graphics. For instance the release of The Last of Us on the PS4. If you purchase the newer version, why keep the PS3 copy?

Second, franchises like Call of Duty release a game yearly. If you are into the competitive multiplayer these games offer than you’ll generally want to stay up-to-date on the newest version. If you’re following the competitive crowd, then there is no reason to keep the old version.

 

Do you have other valid reason’s to sell a game? Is my list missing something? Leave a comment or tweet at us @UPgamerspodcast

 

31:Marvel’s Civil War and Playstation VR

In this episode of Underpaid Gamers Podcast Justin and Tony discuss the upcoming release of Playstation VR and its competitors. As well as Marvel’s Civil War both the comic and the new movie. Listen in for possible spoilers and a run-through of Tony’s thoughts of the differences between the comic and the movie. As always if you would like to join the coversation send us a tweet @UPgamerspodcast or an email underpaidgamerspodcast@gmail.com

Episode Notes

News:

Ratchet and Clank Reviews in: Release Date April 14

  • Pixar-like playable videogame
  • Humour and guns
  • Reboot to the franchise
  • Return of characters (Quark)

JJ Abrams makes mistake on Star Wars 7

JJ Abrams  says Half-life and Portal movies in writing stage

Rocket League gets Basketball themed courts

Battlefront DLC Outer Rim

Men in Black/Jump Street Crossover

I guess there were Episode 8 set photos leaked. I’m not looking

Mark Hamill to reprise role as Joker in The Killing Joke animated movie

PS VR release in October for $399

Main Topics:

Playstation VR

Information released at game developer Conference in San Fransico

$399 (Oculus Rift $599, HTC Vive $799, You’ll need a powerful PC) However, the Sony price does not include move controllers or the camera which are required for use.

Releases October 2016

Games with Release 50 (Driveclub, Star Wars Battlefront, Wayward Sky, No Man’s Sky?, Eve: Valkerie,Psychonauts, Ace Combat 7, Final Fantasy 14)

Sony will treat VR headset like a console in terms of updating tech.

CIVIL WAR

Setting:

Kill counts of the past 3 movies (Avengers 1 and 2 and Cap: Winter Soldier)

Ironman taking responsibility after COMPLETELY HAVING NONE OF IT IN Avengers 2

Airport fight in Germany

Timeline:

In Trailer: Rumored Peter Parker home (Cap is in) signalling a change of heart for

I also think it ends with Bucky/Cap fighting Ironman alone in cold place (Russia?)

Bucky is in chamber in Russia, Captain America is there to release him, Ironman shows up, fight ensues. (Beginning, middle or end of movie) Keep in mind that there is the highway scene and airport scene where Winter Soldier is present.

“You just started a war” -Tony in Russia

Tony Stark has black eye when being shown the prison, so this happens after a fight with Cap/Bucky

Underwater prison = Negative zone (Ironman prison for people who won’t sign up)

Tony Stark also has black eye in the airport scene where Roadie was “killed”

It almost looks as though Ironman has black eye before Russia meet up so maybe someone got a sucker punch on him

Winter Soldier intended to shoot Ironman in the face, but the watch hand saves him –

Then he punches him in the face

Bucky doesn’t shoot War Machine

Movie might open with UN explosion

Black Widow/Shield shows up

Black Widow calls Cap to have him “stay out of this one”

Scarlet Witch immobilizes Vision

Airport:

War Machine = Goliath = turning point of Spider-Man which means the airport fight is in the middle of the movie

Ant-Man jumps off Hawkeye arrow. Rumored to be Giant Man!

Spider-Man

Spider-Man has the Ironman upgraded suit

Villians:

Baron Zemo on cast list (villain behind everything) – Daniel Bruhl

Cap jumps through window at IFID- Institute for Infectious Diseases –  In Africa

Crossbones is attacking IFID

Crossbones fights Cap in Market, possible Africa IFID

Bucky arm in vice when? In beginning of the movie, after UN explosion?

I assume Falcon and Cap go looking for Bucky

Essentially, trailer paints Ironman as a good guy making heroes register because they are “no better than the bad guys”

Death and future events:
Who dies? I’ve heard rumor of three deaths, but who knows

  • Ironman gets beat an inch from his death in the comics
  • Roadie appears dead in trailer
  • Cap dies in the comic directly preceding this event (by Crossbones). He also has a 6 movie deal with Marvel, this being his 5th. His death could also be a catalyst for the Avengers team to stop fighting and get their stuff together.
  • Bucky looks like his arm is cut off HOWEVER when Cap dies Bucky takes up the mantle, and have you seen him without long hair? He’s ruggedly handsome! Just like Chris Evans!

The Infinity Gauntlet can literally do anything, so whichever MAIN character dies, will be brought back 100%.

Russo Brothers confirm at least one end-credits scene with a max of 3. -Forbes

Comic:

Black Panther hates Tony Stark and give allegiance to Cap after Goliath dies

Vision clearly on Cap’s team

Most of Ironman’s team is the Thunderbolts

Hank Pymm on Ironman’s Team

Ironman within one punch of his life, Captain America realizes the effect the fight is having on the city and surrenders to the NYPD.

The Initiative is a plan to create superhero teams for every state, some old, some new, some created

Door 42 is still in use as a prison

Some heroes move to Canada for freedom in heroing

Some of Cap’s team is still underground fighting for Superhero freedom including Luke Cage, Dr. Strange, Spider-Man and Spider-Woman

Ironman’s Team “wins”

Tony Stark become director of Shield to protect hero identities.

The Platinum Quest: Completed Fallout 4

Though it took quite a bit of time Fallout 4 did not have the hardest path the platinum. The majority of trophies came from storyline missions. The hardest trophy by far the benevolent leader mentioned in my last blogpost. I have enjoyed Fallout 4 quite a bit. I enjoyed the mechanics and the gameplay, though I do miss a few of the features in past games. To some extent I actually miss weapon durability. It forced me to make decisions based on a weapons availability as well as its ammo. I also greatly missed the karma system from the old games. I loved being rewarded for my decisions to help or hurt people. It incentivized the decisions I made past the immediate context. I always enjoyed how karma shifts the way people would talk to you.

My favorite quest had to be the robot pirate ship also known as the “Last Voyage of the U.S.S. Constitution.” I remember as it blasted off wondering what would happen. Part of me expected to watch the ship blast off into the night sky. The pessimistic side thought the ship might explode kill me for all my effort. I was pleased with the result. The ship essentially flies into a building across the map. As you watch it park itself onto the top of one of the sky-scrappers, you hear the captain boast about its progress and calculate that, at the current rate, they will reach the ocean within a century.

Overall I appreciate this addition to the Fallout Franchise. The emphasis on settlement building and power armor was an exciting change that made Fallout 4 feel unique from Fallout 3 and New Vegas. Fallout 4 did not dethrone Fallout 3 from my list of favorite games but did provide a legitimate Fallout experience for the new generation of consoles.

More to come from Underpaid Gamers over Fallout 4 as DlC drops.

The Platinum Quest: Fallout 4 – Benevolent Leader

When I purchase a new game one of the first things I do is look at the trophy list and determine if this game is worth getting all of the  trophies/achievements. Fallout 4s trophies at first glance all looked achievable. Therefore I set my sights on that platinum trophy and went to warp speed.

Fallout 4 is undisputedly a huge game. Early critiques complained that the map was smaller than Fallout 3. From my experience so far its not about the size, but rather, the quality and quantity of things to do. Downtown Boston is packed with locations to explore. At this point I have probably put 60 or more hours into the game and am still experience fresh new side quests. Many of which are witty and fun. Most of the Trophies involved the main storyline and are split between the different factions you can choose. On my first play-through I decided to side with the Minutemen and the Brotherhood of Steel. I will say that finishing the game as the Brotherhood was way more fun than as the Minutemen. The other trophies can be easily accomplished in your first run through. A few will require extra effort. One trophy, above all else, gave me the hardest time.

The Benevolent Leader trophy. 

At face value this trophy seems manageable. Get a settlement to 100 happiness. I want my people to be happy! Quickly I realized how daunting this challenge actually is. All of my frustrations can be summed up in one word. Glitch. For some reason occasionally as I explored the wasteland my settlements would lose 10-15% happiness. When I would go to my data screen on the pip-boy it would show that I had no beds or food in a settlement! How is that possible! The first time I saw this I quickly fast-traveled to the settlement to see if this was due to a raider or supermutant attack. As soon as I arrived the beds and food reappeared. I realized that it was a glitch. And promptly mourned the loss of all the time I had spent trying to raise happiness.

I eventually earned the trophy.

How I dealt with the glitch was by checking my pip-boy every few minutes to see if the glitch had started. If you can catch the glitch early enough then you can quickly fast travel back to your settlement to fix the issue. All you have to do to fix it is to walk back into your settlement and then check your pip-boy’s data on the workshop. I would usually re-enter build mode then exit and fast travel back to whatever I was doing.

I haven’t earned the platinum trophy yet. However, all I have left for trophies is the storyline quests for the other factions I didn’t choose on my first run through. I also saved my game at a point right before you become hostile to the other factions. This allows me to skip all the boring intro stuff and get right at the faction’s story.

Never forget that old adage:  War… War never changes…