Good To Be A Gamer Podcast Update

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Category : Conventions, E-vents, Featured, Game On, PAX East, TempleCon

 

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EVENTS
Arisia
Westin Boston Waterfront – Boston, MA
1/18/13 -1/21/13
http://www.arisia.org

Jessa will be a panelist on 2 panels in the Gaming Track:
Gender & Gaming – Saturday, 1/19 @ 11:30am
Gaming Year in Review – Sunday, 1/20 @ 2:30pm

 

TempleCon
Crown Plaza – Warwick, RI
2/1/13 – 2/3/13
http://www.templecon.org

 

DICE Summit
Hard Rock Hotel – Las Vegas, NV
2/5/13 – 2/8/13
http://www.dicesummit.org

 

Total Confusion
Holiday Inn – Mansfield, MA
2/21/13 – 2/24/13
http://www.totalcon.com

 

PAX East
BCEC – Boston, MA
3/22/13 – 3/24/13
http://east.paxsite.com

 

WonderCon Anaheim
Anaheim Convention Center – Anaheim, CA
3/29/13 – 3/31/13
http://www.comic-con.org/wca

 

 

CONTACT
Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

 

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page (http://magnatune.com/artists/sterling) to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

 

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek. Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

 

Good To Be A Gamer, Episode 114 – Week of 02/05/2012

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Category : Good To Be A Gamer

Recorded 2/12/2012

 

 
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Dreamcast the Movie: Casting Eternal Champions
http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=2626

NEWS
DICE 2012: Is the Publising Model Broken? [GamaSutra]
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/40199/DICE_2012_Is_the_publishing_model_broken.php
Halo Dev: Don’t Block Used Games With Xbox 720: Lower Prices Instead [Official Xbox Magazine]
http://www.oxm.co.uk/38702/halo-dev-dont-block-used-games-with-xbox-720-lower-prices-instead/?cid=OTC-RSS&attr=OXM-General-RSS

Image Metrics Unreils Live Driver [Animation Magazine]
http://www.animationmagazine.net/vfx/image-metrics-unveils-live-driver/

Gamebase to Unveil Gambryo 4.0 at GDC 2012 [Gamers Hell]
http://www.gamershell.com/companies/gamebase/955684.html

Double Fine Adventure Exceeds Funding Expectations [Kickstarter]
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/66710809/double-fine-adventure

Notch offers to fund Psychonauts 2 [Pcworld]
http://www.pcworld.com/article/249593/minecraft_creator_offers_money_for_a_psychonauts_sequel.html

Fighting Fantasy coming to iOS [Digital Spy]
http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/news/a364749/fighting-fantasy-to-return-to-ios-through-epic-games.html
IndieCade 2012 Accepting Submissions [IndieCade]
http://www.indiecade.com/submissions/

Dragon Age: Redemption Hits DVDs on February 14th [Joystiq]
http://www.joystiq.com/2012/02/06/dragon-age-redemption-hits-dvd-on-felicia-day-er-valentines/

ITEMS OF INTEREST
Forget Used Games; Some New Game Sales Don’t Support Their Creators [1UP]
http://www.1up.com/news/forget-games-games-sales-don

Battleship: The Video Game Trailer [IGN Entertainment]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn1KpTRKK8U

Minecraft: Day One Live Action Web Series Project
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyyCjI3JZkI&list=FLbEukwPdzZIL3D2XxuoraGA&index=2&feature=plpp_video

EVENTS
Total Confusion
Holiday Inn – Mansfield, MA
February 23 – 26, 2012
http://totalcon.com/

Independent Games Festival
San Francisco, CA
March 5-9, 2012
http://www.igf.com/
Public can now vote for the 2012 Audience Award winner!

PAX East
BCEC
April 4-8, 2012
http://east.paxsite.com/

CONTACT
Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out hisMagnatune profile pageto learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.
Good To Be A Geekis licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

 

Good To Be A Gamer, Episode 111 – Week of 01/15/2012

Category : Good To Be A Gamer

 

Recorded 01/22/11

 

 

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Dreamcast the Movie: Casting Eternal Champions
http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=2626

 

NEWS

Death of Hudsonsoft
http://www.ripten.com/2012/01/18/bomberman-creator-hudson-soft-lays-down-its-last-bomb/

Diablo II producer departs
http://pc.ign.com/articles/121/1216986p1.html

Theatrhythm final fantasy to have paid DLC, use “nintendo network”
http://ds.ign.com/articles/121/1216948p1.html

Minecraft to help change xbox live certification process
http://xboxlive.ign.com/articles/121/1216910p1.html

Resident evil 6 revealed
http://venturebeat.com/2012/01/19/resident-evil-6-rumor/

 

EVENTS

TempleCon
Crowne Plaza – Warwick, RI
February 3 – 5, 2012
http://templecon.org

Total Confusion
Holiday Inn – Mansfield, MA
February 23 – 26, 2012
http://totalcon.com/

 

CONTACT

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry athttp://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast by Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

 

Good To Be A Gamer, Episode 110 – Week of 01/08/2012

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Category : Featured, Good To Be A Gamer

Recorded 01/16/11

 

 

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Dreamcast the Movie: Casting Eternal Champions
http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=2626

 

NEWS

Bethesda & Interplay settle on Fallout rights [GameSpy]
http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/fallout-mmo/1216149p1.html

League of Legends Developer & Player (US Congressman) Discuss their Opposition to SOPA/Protect IP Bill [1 UP]
http://www.1up.com/news/league-of-legends-dev-against-sopa
Related: NVIDIA, Runic, Epic and Others Speak Against SOPA –
http://www.1up.com/news/nvidia-runic-games-anti-sopa

CD Projekt RED ends the hunt for Pirates [GameSpy]
http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/the-witcher-2/1216406p1.html

Minecraft Creator Encourages Piracy? [IGN]
http://feeds.ign.com/~r/ignfeeds/pc/~3/7SBtdt6es2M/1216416p1.html

EA Reorganizes after Landmark $1 Billion Digital Year [GamaSutra]
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GamasutraNews/~3/-iCLSNfdYcM/EA_reorganizes_after_a_landmark_1B_digital_year.php

Is Xbox.com to Blame for Xbox Live Hacks? [Edge]
http://www.edge-online.com/news/report-xboxcom-security-flaw-behind-live-account-hacks

http://www.edge-online.com/news/microsoft-there-no-xboxcom-security-loophole

Mass Effect 3 Will Require Origin on PC [IGN]
http://feeds.ign.com/~r/ignfeeds/pc/~3/ryNhEt5PLRA/1216562p1.html

Square Enix make Scarygirl Graphic Novel playable for consoles [Kotaku]
http://kotaku.com/5876096/squares-scarygirl-is-anything-but-scary-all-sorts-of-fun
Scarygirl Website:
http://www.scarygirl.com

Asura’s Wrath Demo Available on Xbox Live [Major Nelson Blog]
http://majornelson.com/2012/01/10/demo-asuras-wrath/

Silent Hill HD Collection Delay Until March [Joystiq]
http://www.joystiq.com/2012/01/09/retailers-silent-hill-hd-collection-delayed-until-march/

Boxer Free DOS Game Emulator for Mac [Gawker]
http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/lifehacker/full/~3/9Yaj8ass8Qo/boxer-is-a-free-dos-game-emulator-for-your-mac

Kinect Release for Windows at a Higher Price [Kinect for Windows Blog]
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kinectforwindows/archive/2012/01/09/kinect-for-windows-commercial-program-announced.aspx

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Doctor Who Worlds in Time
http://www.doctorwhowit.com/

 

EVENTS

TempleCon
Crowne Plaza – Warwick, RI
February 3 – 5, 2012
http://templecon.org

Total Confusion
Holiday Inn – Mansfield, MA
February 23 – 26, 2012
http://totalcon.com/

 

CONTACT

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast by Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast, Episode 109 – Week of 01/01/2012

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Category : Featured, Good To Be A Gamer

Recorded 01/08/2012

 

 
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Dreamcast the Movie: Super Mario Bros. Results
Mario: James Gandolfini
Luigi: Will Arnett
Peach: Jayma Mays
Toad: Nick Frost
Yoshi: 3 way tie: Andy Serkis, Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill
Bowser: 3 way tie: John C. Reilly, Brendan Gleeson, Jack Nicholson
Wario: 2 way tie: Danny DeVito & John Noble
Director: Terry Gilliam

 

Dreamcast the Movie: Eternal Champions
http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=2626

 

NEWS

-Microsoft Discusses Xbox Live Security Issues [IGN]

http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/121/1215973p1.html

-Major Nelson reports the top Games Played on Xbox Live [Major Nelson Blog]
http://majornelson.com/2012/01/06/top-games-of-2011/

- Crysis 2, Super Mario Galaxy and Gears of Wars 3 Are Among the Most Pirated Games of 2011 [TorrentFreak]
http://torrentfreak.com/top-10-most-pirated-games-of-2011-111230/

-Finalists Announced for Game Developers Conference [GDC Site]
http://www.gdconf.com/news/game_developer_choice_awards/skyrim_bastion_lead_finalists_.html

-Steam continues to Grow & Show No Signs of Stopping [GameSpy]
http://pc.gamespy.com/articles/121/1215997p1.html

-Toxic Games Qube released on Steam [Qube Site]
http://qube-game.com/

-Asura’s Wrath Story Trailer [IGN Entertainment YouTube Channel]
http://youtu.be/pAEwZ_MJd5g
 

EVENTS

 -Arisia
January 13-16, 2012
Boston Westin Waterfront – Boston, MA

http://arisia.org

 

-TempleCon
February 3-5, 2012
Crown Plaza – Warwick, RI

http://www.templecon.org

 

-Total Confusion
February 23-26, 2012
Holiday Inn – Mansfield, MA

http://www.totalcon.com

 

CONTACT

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast by Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

Good To Be A Gamer, Episode 108 – Holiday Hiatus

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Category : Featured, Good To Be A Gamer

After experiencing technical difficulties, we’ve decided it’s time for a break. It is holiday time after all. Before we head home for the holidays, there are a few items we wanted to share with you.

 

 
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Dreamcast the Movie: Recasting Super Mario Bros.
Andrew Marnik has a feature posted on Good To Be A Geek, Dreamcast the Movie: Recasting Super Mario Bros. It’s a poll and we’re asking for your input. We’re taking the hollywood flop and asking you to re-imagine the film as if it were being produced today. Andrew’s provided several options for actors to play the key characters, as well as a few options for directors. Click the link below to make your voice heard.
http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=2218

 

Geek Gifting has begun!
At Good To Be A Geek, we believe everyday is a great day to celebrate being a Geek. What better time to celebrate than the holiday season? We have procured some nerdy delights that we are gifting away . . . to you! Follow the link for more information on how to enter, complete contest rules and a peak at the deliciously geeky goodness you could win.
http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=2500

 

 

EVENTS

TempleCon 2012 – February 3-5, 2011
Warwick, RI
Pre-registration is open!
http://www.templecon.org

Total Con 2012 – February 23-26,2011
Mansfield, MA
Registration opens in January
http://www.totalcon.com

 

 

CONTACT

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast by Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

Good To Be A Gamer, Episode 102 – Week of 10/31/2011

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Category : Good To Be A Gamer

David Lucier joins Jessa Phillips to bring you the top news and upcoming events from the video game industry. They are feeding your need to know and delivering their take on the the week’s top stories. Get your video game fix every week.
 

 

NEWS

DC Universe Online draws 120,000 new players since Free-to-play launch [Game Spy]
http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/dc-comics-mmo/1211648p1.html

 

Modern Warfare 3 Updates Wrap-Up
- PC Version will not ship with Call of Duty Elite Access [IGN]
http://pc.ign.com/articles/121/1211646p1.html?RSSwhen2011-11-04_165900&RSSid=1211646&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Fpc+%28IGN+PC%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

- Modern Warfare 3 Online Multiplayer looks to be the best of both games [Xbox 360 Magazine]
http://www.oxm.co.uk/35713/modern-warfare-3-online-the-new-ac-130-and-why-they-killed-one-man-army/?cid=OTC-RSS&attr=OXM-General-RSS

- Activision Won’t Ban Gamer with Early Copies of Modern Warfare 3 [Joystiq]
http://www.joystiq.com/2011/11/04/psa-you-probably-wont-be-banned-for-playing-mw3-early-we-t/

 

Mass Effect 3 Beta Leaked on Xbox Live [IGN]
http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/121/1211729p1.html?RSSwhen2011-11-04_213300&RSSid=1211729&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Fxbox360+%28IGN+Xbox+360%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

 

Grand Theft Auto V Trailer Released [Game Rant]
http://gamerant.com/grand-theft-auto-5-trailer-benk-113903/

 

Resident Evil Chronicles HD Selection Bound for PS3 [Adriasang]
http://andriasang.com/comytj/

 

PSN Limiting the Amount of Active Devices for Content Sharing [G4TV]
http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/718092/sony-cuts-game-sharing-by-limiting-playstation-network-content-to-two-devices/

 

GAMES DISCUSSED

To the Moon
http://www.freebirdgames.com/to_the_moon/

Star Legends
http://www.starlegends.com

Burn the City
Android Market – https://market.android.com/details?id=com.JoshOClock.BurnTheCity
App Store – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/burn-the-city/id444525916?mt=8

 

EVENTS

PAX East 2012 – April 6-8, 2012
Boston, MA
http://east.paxsite.com/

Carnage Con 2012 – November 4-6, 2011
Fairlee, VT
http://www.carnagecon.com/

Temple Con 2012 – February 3-6, 2012
Warwick, RI
http://www.templecon.org

Total Confusion 2012 – February 23-26, 2012
Mansfield, MA
http://www.totalcon.com

 

CONTACT

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

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Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.
Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.
Creative Commons License Good To Be A Gamer Podcast by Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

Good To Be A Gamer – Episode 01

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Category : Game On, Good To Be A Gamer

Good To Be A Gamer (Ep 01)

 

On the show, I talk Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. The Nintendo 3DS gets a release date and a price tag, EA Sports is betting on Virgin Gaming, we get details on Portal 2 for the PS3 and The Walking Dead make it into a video game?

NEED TO KNOW

**News**

Nintendo 3DS get a firm release date and pricing. Nintendo officially announced their next generation DS at E3 2010, introducing the 3DS. The 3DS is the first foray into glasses-free gaming and it looks amazing. Finally we have release details! Nintendo 3DS hits shelves in the US on March 27th and you can get yours for $249.99.
Learn more about the Nintendo 3DS.
Read the Nintendo press release.

Portal 2 announces PS3 Features including cross-platform game-play with PC & Mac. The announcement Portal 2 would be released on the PlayStation 3 shocked and excited the gaming community. This week, GameSpot brought us feature details. The most exciting feature is the Steamworks support, allowing PS3, PC & Mac gamers to engage in co-operative play and online chat. Gamers who purchase Portal 2 for the PS3 will have the ability to download a free PC or Mac version so long as they integrate their Steam and PlayStation Network accounts. PS3 gamers will also get the ability to save their games in the cloud. Portal 2 will be released April 19, 2011 for Mac, PC, PS3 & Xbox 360.
Read the full story at GameSpot.

Virgin Gaming joins forces with EA Sports to bring gambling to game-play. Electronic Arts penned an agreement with Virgin Gaming to make them the official world-wide provider of online tournaments for EA Sports. Virgin Gaming will integrate their tournament platform into selected EA Sports games to enable competitive game-play on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. Gamers will be able to buy-in to official tournaments, bet on the game outcome and the platform will track game-play to prevent cheating.
Read the Virgin Games press release.

The Walking Dead Video Game? 1UP.com notified readers they recently received an invitation to a Telltale Games event to take place February 17th. At the event, Telltale Games is expected to announce their newly developed games. The invitation includes a rather vague description that could reference a video game based on the hugely popular television series adapted from the graphic novel, The Walking Dead.
Read the post on 1UP.com.

**Games released last week include:
Mass Effect 2 (PS3)
Little Big Planet 2 (PS3)
The Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Nintendo DS)
Plants vs. Zombies (Nintendo DS)
Mindjack (PS3, Xbox 360)

**Games being released this week include:
You Don’t Know Jack (Wii)
Dead Space 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Lord of Arcana (PSP)
Two Worlds II (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Breach (PC, Xbox 360)

**On the Calendar, check out these Upcoming Events:

Unity Games XVII
Play Day (Board & Card Gaming)
January 29, 2011 – 9am to 12am
Woburn Hilton Hotel in Woburn, MA
http://www.unitygames.org/ugxvii/ugxvii.htm

TempleCon (Board, Card, LARP, Miniatures, Video Gaming & Steampunk)
February 2-4, 2011
Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI
Website: http://www.templecon.org

Total Confusion
February 24-27, 2011
Holiday Inn in Mansfield, MA
Website: http://www.totalcon.com

 

GET IN THE GAME

**Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is the follow-up game to Ninja Theory’s Heavenly Sword. 150 years in the future, Mankind is struggling to stay alive. The remaining humans are hunted and enslaved. When a slave ship crashes in New York, the only survivors are Trip and Monkey. Trip is a tech-savvy young woman from a tribe that has remained hidden while robots rule the earth. You play as Monkey, a big, burly fighter with acrobatic skill. To increase her chances of survival, Trip enslaves Monkey to ensure he will protect her as they travel across the treacherous landscape to find a way back to Trip’s people, fighting off mechs along the way. The story is well-told and integrates nicely with the game-play.

Enslaved is set in a post-apocalyptic world. Instead of going for the typical dust-bowl landscape we’re used to seeing from so many games, players are immersed in a lush, green environment which reminds me of the History Channel’s Life After People. Steel, concrete and brick crumble under the oppression of nature, as plants scale structures. The destabilized structures also provide a great environment for the platforming aspects of the game, adding that bit of danger when you realize your hand-hold is crumbling under your weight. Quite simply, the game is gorgeous.

Another fantastic aspect of Enslaved is the facial recognition. A lot of effort has been put into the character design and motion capture to add an additional feeling of realism. A prime example is the inclusion of Andy Serkis, of Lord of the Rings fame, who lends himself to Enslaved for the facial and motion capture, as well as the voice of Monkey. In addition, he puts his considerable talents to good use as co-director of the cut scenes.

In terms of the actual game-play, the game is fun. It combines strategic planning and combat, platforming and hack & slash with a dash of shooter game-play. The companion aspect with Trip is done well. While your primary mission is to protect her, Enslaved doesn’t make it feel like a babysitting job. The companion aspect is a welcome interactive experience, providing necessary assistance to get through the game. The fighting is not especially difficult, but the developers have done a great job mixing in different types of game-play to prevent the game from becoming too monotonous.

Sadly, it’s not all good for Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. Somehow, the game has not been able to avoid dreaded hang-ups. There are more than a few instances when you will find yourself stuck in the background, forcing you to move back before you can continue forward. Hanging on a piece of scaffolding when hopping from one piece to the next is a sure way to be removed from the gaming experience. Another issue is physical interaction with Trip. Too many times you will find yourself walking into and around Trip in order to find just the right stance to toss her to the next level.

To find out more about Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, visit Namco’s Official Site.

THANKS

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

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