74: Should I watch Iron Fist?

In this episode of Underpaid Gamers Podcast Tony and Justin discuss the newly released Iron Fist on Netflix! Additional topics and news: Dragon Quest, Star Wars Update, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Matrix, an esports bracket and a DC movie update. Listen in for a great time!

74: Should I Watch Iron Fist

Colin Moriarty leaves Kinda Funny

Switch docks back on the market, this time with no cables, $30 cheaper

Switch nearing 2 Million units sold, Projected 8 million first year sales

Perspective:
– PS4: 20.5 million / 2 million in first month

  • Xbox One: 11 million
  • Wii: 20.13 Million

Horizon “Hunters’ Blind” quest glitch, Snapmaw heart (fixed)

I wish Horizon had techs like Smash or Kingdom Hearts

Horizon sells 2.6 Million copies / Uncharted 4 sells 2.7 million in first week

Telltale Games CEO leaves, but stays on the Board of Directors

Matrix Expansion (Not reboot)

  • Zac Penn to write: X2, XMen the Last Stand, Elektra, Avengers 2012
  • Michael B Jordan in discussions
  • Wachowskis not currently involved

Ben Affleck was in rehab for alcohol addiction recently (not sure if news)

ESPN esports player bracket

  • Featuring Melee, Smash 4, COD, League, Dota 2, CS:GO, SFV, SC2, Halo

James Gunn confirms Guardians 3, but he won’t direct

Solo Venom movie coming out in Oct. 5, 2018 (Sony)

  • No Director yet

Aquaman delayed to Dec. 21, 2018 (Star Wars Season)

ME Andromeda is getting torn apart in early reviews

  • Facial animations, storytelling, graphical issues (has become a meme)
  • Day 1 patch was included in early access copies, what you’re seeing is what you’ll be playing Day 1. Updates will come after, of course.
  • Focus on combat, exploration, story, environment

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43: Suicide Squad

Show Notes

Dragon Quest 7 release on 3DS Sept. 9

CS:GO Lounge

As the CS:GO gambling suit continues to take shape, CS:GO Lounge has filed for an official gambling license. In a statement from CS:GO Lounge, “Virtual items in CS:GO have no monetary value” but then they go on to say, “We have decided to acquire a license to legally operate in most countries and be able to accept esports bets by our community, as if it were real money.” Also operating a Dota 2 Lounge website, CS:GO Lounge was one of the many recipients of a cease and desist letter from Valve demanding a stop to all gambling using Valve property. The main defense against the lawsuits of illegal gambling are arguing that the randomized rewards aren’t actually monetary, and are therefore legal, but with the pursuit of a gambling license, CS:GO Lounge almost openly admits that it was gambling all along.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Black Ops 3 has broken Activision records by becoming the most profitable Call of Duty of all time while still in the first half of it’s 1 year life cycle. Sales of in-game content have doubled, compared to previous years at the same time period.  It can now be assumed that every Call of Duty from this point on will have a Black Market/ Supply Drop gear system that, will include skins, camos, and weapons. While the futuristic movement has deterred some players, it has not been enough and we, as a community of gamers, can expect more games similiar to Black ops 3 in the future. Black Ops 3 was the best selling game of 2015 and has continued that trend into 2016 still reigning supreme.

Also, Activision – Blizzard reported over $1 Billion from in-game content across all games (Call of Duty, Overwatch, Hearthstone and others).

Elder Scrolls: Legends

Elder Scrolls: Legends, the closest contestor to Hearthstone is now in open beta at Betheseda.net. Is now and forever will be, a free to play collectible card game.

Playstation

PS4 accounts for 78% of revenue for Sony between April  and June 2016, which is an increase of 14.5% from 2015. From Sony’s fiscal report, “this significant increase was primarily due to a significant increase in PS4 [game] sales including through the PS Store(…) and a decrease in PS3 hardware and software sales.” Games released in this quarter include: Dark Souls 3, Ratchet and Clank, DOOM, Overwatch, Lego The Force Awakens, and of course, best selling game of 2016, selling 3.41 million units, Playstation exclusive Uncharted 4. At an average of $55 per Uncharted sales alone, Uncharted 4 adds $1.86 million in revenue; total Sony Movie Studios took in $2.13 Million. The gaming sector for Sony is the strongest of the whole company in a usually slow quarter.

No Man’s Sky servers will be wiped before launch due to early release copies

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

Episode 42: X-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?

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!