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

Notes:

Episode 41: 20 Years of Game of the Year

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

 

 

Why Pokemon Go is Revolutionary and Why it Sucks

The release of Pokemon Go caused mass hysteria. Hundreds of nerds left their proverbial basements to explore the outdoors with their friends. To the outside observer Pokemon explorers looked like a bunch of young people walking around haphazardly staring at phones. Why is this game revolutionary? Beyond the touted and heavily reported “augmented reality” phrase tossed around, Pokemon Go was successful at getting gamers up and moving and physically present with their friends.

If you’re reading this blog you probably have some experience with gaming. You probably espouse the virtues of gaming as a way to connect with friends and family who live all over the place. I often explain to people those very facts. My brother lives hours and hours away yet we are able to communicate often, and in common interest, through party chats. However good it is to be able to communicate over a headset it is better to be with someone in person. Pokemon Go does this.

When Pokemon Go came out I was working at a summer camp. It quickly grew in popularity and I was amazed at what it did to the social situation on camp. People who orignially were not spending time together bonded over the game. Rivalries and alliances formed. Each team had a group chat which were used to coordinate gym take-overs. It was an amazing experience. All of these are revolutionary to me. People physically gaming together and coordinating that game in real life.

Pokemon Go sucks too. Struck with a myriad of problems at its launch, Pokemon Go and Niantic had to adjust on the fly. Updates to the game brought greater stability but cost us in player experience. Niantic lessened the circle of discovery around your player on the map, making it harder to find Pokemon. They also removed a broken feature as opposed to fixing it with the removal of the distance icons beneath the Pokemon in the Pokemon radar.

These updates lead me to believe that Niantic isn’t in the game for the user experience, but instead is in it for the money. With the announcement that businesses were going to be able to buy pokestops, and the declining novelty of the game, I’ve decided to stop playing.

Maybe I’ll return, but it’s unlikely. What do you think about Pokemon Go?

Newscast: Skyrim Remastered, Watch_Dogs 2 and Titanfall 2

Newscast:

Blizzard/ Overwatch banning players as promised

Following Blizzard’s lead, Ubisoft swears to perma ban cheaters in the Division on 1st

Anthony Hopkins in Trans 5 as the Hannibal Lecter of the robot universe, Unicron

Spider-Man 4, Mysterio as Bruce Campbell, Add Vulture (Jefferey Henderson)

Sucker Punch Spider-Man

  • InFamous, Sly Cooper

Watch Dogs 2 confirmed by Ubisoft, six different versions

  • Release Nov. 15

Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 releasing within 2 weeks of each other

RPG Battles: Blood and Wine vs Far Harbour

Jake Gyllenhaal to star in The Division Movie

Take-Two CEO no market for VR right now.

  • Owns Rockstar, 2K
  • Games like: GTA, Civ, Borderlands, Bioshock, NBA 2K

Horizon Zero Dawn pushed back until Feb. 28, consolation prize of a new trailer

  • Asks for pre-orders, dumb

Zootopia earns $1 Billion worldwide

  • Fourth animated movie to do so (Frozen, Toy Story 3, Minions)
  • 26th movie ever to gross $1 Bil, Disney owns 11
  • Second movie this year behind Civil War

E3 starts June 14

Skyrim Remastered

Kingdom Hearts 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue

Square Enix announced a FF12 remake for PS4

  • Adds new music and other things

Gwent coming to mobile? Trademarked

COD XP first in 5 years in September

  • $2 Million tournament, Largest in COD history
  • Multiplayer reveal for Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered
  • Really late reveal, BO3 was in June, AW in August, Ghost in August

Kit Harrington villain in Infinite Warfare

PS4K confirmed but won’t be shown at E3

Destiny: Rise of Iron new DLC not for Last Gen

  • Everyone gets the Gjallahorn, only get skin if pre-ordered

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

40: Doom and Gamertags

 

Episode Notes

Transformers 5: The Last Knight (Comedy)

Assassin’s Creed movie has pre-order bonus

Xenoverse 2 coming stateside

Assassin’s Creed movie will mostly take place in 21st Century

Black Ops 1 backwards compatible on Xbone one, but not PS4 despite deal Sony deal with Activision on new COD games?

Microsoft releases old gamertags

Family Guy steals footage from youtube channel then video is removed copyright

Michael Keaton cast as Vulture for Homecoming?

Pokemon Apex

Pokemon GO Field Test

DOOM

 

Uncharted 4:

  • Best intro to an Uncharted yet?
  • Not sure if there is any other character I root for more than Drake
  • Pirates!
  • Crash Bandicoot!
  • Drake’s hair color changes
  • Rafe is Jake Gyllenhaal?
  • More open world feel. Different climbable paths
  • Climbing is much more fluid
  • Chapter 15 combat and climbing and stealth all become one

Sucker Punch Spider-Man

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!