ugvm Podcast Episode 14

Just in time to finish recording immediately before the Nintendo Direct so we couldn’t cover it, here’s Episode 14. Like the secret of comedy, it’s all about timing. Note: there may be no comedy.

In this episode, deKay finds some sailors, Choobs is waiting for a leopard, Luffer is suffering from animal magnetism, and Kendrick talks a lot about some game nobody else has heard of or cares about.

Despite missing the Direct, there’s some predictions and early announcement chat, we mention the Game Maker’s Toolkit Jam, news about the Neo Geo Mini and reimagined Atari VCS, Persona 3 and 5 spinoffs, and all of these games:

  • Judge Eyes/Project Judge
  • Diablo III
  • Civilisation VI
  • Atelier Arland
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise
  • Shenmue
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Hollow Knight
  • Two Point Hospital
  • Turing Test
  • Golf Story
  • Disc Drivin’ 2
  • Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
  • Divinity: Original Sin II

And wouldn’t you know, some listener questions too. Lovely.

(Direct link here)

Links to things we mentioned:

Game Jam (and the other games from the same jam)

Encased

GameSX

Lazy Game Update Post

Yes, I’ve been playing games. I’ve not completed any recently so haven’t posted about them. And, all the games I’m playing are pretty long. With all that in mind, here’s an update on them!

No Man’s Sky (PS4)

Having not played the game for almost two years, I started it again. Why? Because Hello Games have effectively turned the original game into a sequel over a series of updates I’d never even looked at since then. And since many people have found bugs and other issues when migrating an old save to the new version, I thought it best to begin again.

It’s certainly different, that’s for sure. I go into a lot more detail on the ugvm Podcast, but in short, I don’t really like most of the changes. The base building is, in itself, fine but it’s not what I want in my No Man’s Sky. Some of the Quality of Life changes, like stacking inventory items and easier ways to make money are appreciated, though, and the new Artemis storyline gives me a new thing to do, so I’m still enjoying it. So much so I’m already 40 or so hours in. Again.

Sanrio Characters Picross (3DS)

Yes of course I was going to buy this. Because I love Hello K–uh picross games. It’s huge, and I’m probably only 15% done so far.

Shenmue (PS4)

Oh my. Who’d have thought this day would come? A re-release of Shenmue (and Shenmue II!) for a new console? Over the last few years I’ve been trying to find a nice way to play the original Dreamcast games on something more modern, eventually running it in an emulator on a PC streamed to my TV with a Steam Link… only that was a mess and fiddly and didn’t happen. I toyed with a handheld device like the GPD Win, but couldn’t justify the expense. But now – it’s on the PS4 and it’s excellent.

Well hello to you too.

So far in the story, I’ve spent all my money on capsule toys, played with a cat a lot, found some sailors, not found Charlie, and have made it into the wrong Warehouse 8. And I’m loving it.

Hollow Knight (Switch)

When I was trying to find reasons not to buy this, because I already have too many Switch games, I settled on “I don’t like the art style”. Then it was on the eShop for cheap and I bought it anyway. I Am Not Strong.

But I’m glad I did, because it’s amazing.

The game is very bug-y.

It’s a Metroidvania, where you play as some sort of beetle with a nail for a sword, fighting other bugs and exploring a ruined world. It’s beautiful, challenging and really very well designed, and after about twelve hours in I thought I’d seen most of the map and then opened up three entirely new areas. It’s big.

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