This week we are still down a Grace but also down a Tamrielo because work travel happens.  Tonight we start the show with a discussion of Civilization VI and its new Gathering Storm expansion.  This introduces the fearful Hockey Rink building and Mountie fielding Canadian Army… and also natural disasters.  Then we get into a discussion about Anthem and our feelings about the release. I think as a whole we are largely enjoying it, but even at that we talk a bit about the problems the game is having.

Topics Discussed:

  • Civilization VI
    • Gathering Storm Expansion
  • Anthem
    • What we are enjoying
    • What we problems exist
Direct download: aggrochat_episode241.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:48am EDT

This evening we discuss the Anthem “Launch” and the spreadsheet that is required to understand it.  We give a quick summary of our experiences and how it is turning out to be really freaking good. From there we dive into Silksong the Hornet DLC that has turned into its own larger than the original Hollow Knight game.  We also talk about the first Nintendo Direct of the new year and all of the games that got announced. Bel tortures Kodra with some brief discussion about Keen Dreams showing up on the Switch. Finally we dive into a topic about playing games for what they are actually good at rather than trying to bend them to our will.


Topics Discussed:

  • Anthem “Launch”
    • Spreadsheet Launches
    • Improvements over Demo
    • Very Much a Bioware Game in a Good Way
  • Hollow Knight:  Silksong Announcement
  • Nintendo Direct
    • Mario Maker 2
    • Link’s Awakening
    • Various Final Fantasy Releases
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
    • Captain Toad DLC
    • Tetris 99
      • Did Tetris Need Battle Royale Mode?
    • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
    • Boxboy + Boxgirl
    • Yoshi’s Crafted World
    • Astral Chain
    • Deltarune
  • Keen Dreams on Switch
  • Playing Games for What They Are Good At
    • The Struggle with MMOs
Direct download: aggrochat_episode240.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Tonight we have a bunch of not entirely related topics, but there is at least a minor theme of how you end something is extremely important.  Bel talks a bit about his experiences with the latest brand name beta in the form of Division 2. From there he also shares some frustrations with the way Assassin’s Creed Origins is ending which leads its way into a larger discussion about what makes a satisfying game ending.  We talk about what this means for passive media and how it might be different for interactive media. We then get into a discussion about progression systems and why fixed ones often times feel better than completely random ones. Finally we have some assorted digression about us looking forward to Anthem as a non-PVP mmo that somehow leads its way to FFXIV housing?


Topics Discussed:

  • Division 2
    • Military Fantasy Fallout but no Nukes
    • Worthy Successor to Original
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins
    • Great Game… But
    • Forced Character Swaps
    • End of Game Without “Your” Character
  • Satisfying Finales
    • Twist Endings
      • Mass Effect 3
    • Resolution Endings
      • Plot Twist Ending
      • Plot Twist at Beginning of Final Chapter
    • Fixed Length Shows
      • Anime
      • Babylon 5
      • Russian Doll
    • Revisiting Choices From Game in Ending
  • Fixed vs Random Progression Systems
    • Warframe Blueprint System
    • Destiny Random “Powerful Gear” Frustrations
    • Warframe Economy
  • Excitement over Non-PVP MMORPG
    • Anthem
    • Free PVP Gear from FFXIV Retainers
    • Lacking Money Sinks in FFXIV
    • House Reclamation
Direct download: aggrochat_episode239.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:31am EDT

Tonight we talk about a bunch of things that have been sitting in our list as well as a quick revisit of Anthem and how much difference a week can make.  We all for the most part struggled last weekend but things have gone extremely smoothly this weekend. From there we talk about the revelations from Fanfest Paris… and the new Gunbreaker class giving us Gunblade Tanks!  We talk a bit about the various titles coming out for the Switch in the near future and close up with a postmortem of Octopath Traveller.

 

Topics Featured:

  • Anthem
    • One Week Later
    • Much Smoother Experience
    • Class Related Discussion
  • Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers
    • Gunblade Tanks
    • Viera Confirmed
    • Nier Automata Crossover Raid
    • New Game Plus
  • Switch Indie Releases
    • Tangledeep
    • Wargroove
    • CrossCode
    • Steamworld Quest
    • Not indie but…  Darksiders!
  • Octopath Traveler Postmortem
    • Demo Did More Harm than Good
    • Drastic Tone Shifts
Direct download: aggrochat_episode238.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:57am EDT

Tonight we talk mostly about the Anthem Demo and our thoughts about it.  Having played it or at least repeatedly attempted to play it...  we have things to discuss from our feelings about various Javelin types to the general feel of the gameplay.  Additionally we talk a bit about Ravnica Allegiances which officially came out this week.  Kodra and Bel have been drafting some on MTG Arena and talk a bit about the mechanics that they are enjoying.

Topics Discussed

  • Anthem Demo
  • Ravnica Allegiances
Direct download: aggrochat_episode237.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:34am EDT

Tonight we have a fairly packed show as Ashgar is recording from Pax South 2019.  As such we start off with a rundown of some of the games he played. From there Bel talks a bit about TemTem or a game he backed but forgot to fill out the survey for that is actually a Not-Pokemon MMORPG.  We dive into some talk about games that have massively overhauled themselves specifically discussing Stellaris and Warframe. Then we get into a discussion about normal and mundane things happening in games and how it sometimes enriches the experience in ways you don’t at first expect.  Finally a quick discussion about Elder Scrolls Online and the Necromancer before we realize we have gone well over time.

 

Topics Discussed

  • Magic the Gathering
    • Gatewatch Needs to Die
  • Pax South 2019
    • Tunic
    • Nelo
    • Last Epoch
    • Aqua Lungers
    • Super Cane Magic Zero
    • Plunderbound
    • Hermetica
    • Days Gone
      • Zombie Bear
    • Resident Evil 2
    • Ace Combat 7
    • Jump Force
    • Forsaken Castle
    • Gestalt Vanguard
    • Dicey Dungeons
    • Lapis Labyrinth
    • Witchstone
  • TemTem
    • Actual Not-Pokemon MMO
  • Game Overhauls
    • Stellaris
    • Warframe
  • Mudanity and Normality in Games
    • Hitman
    • Travel Time in MMORPGs
    • Tiny Normal Things in Assassin’s Creed
  • Elder Scrolls Online
    • Accidental Necromancer Discussion

 

Direct download: aggrochat_episode236.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:17am EDT

There is an auditory warning, but we figured we would throw one out here as well.  During about the last 15 minutes of the podcast something went wrong with Bel’s audio where the last bit of every statement got clipped.  So you essentially lost the last word he was saying. This weeks show starts with a discussion about Kickstarter projects, which leads into talk of some of the things we have backed and how Bel is that guy that fails to fill out surveys.  From there we jump into a discussion about Far Cry 5 and how it is a game where the forced story gets in the way of everything else. This leads into a discussion about Destiny 2, the Bungie divorce from Activision, and even to some discussions about how important publishers actually are now.  This also includes a bit about the bidding war for Gamestop between the folks behind Hot Topic and the folks behind Redbox.

Topics Discussed

  • Kickstarter Projects
    • Reliability of Boardgames
    • Questionable Nature of Software Projects
    • Bel fails at filling out Surveys
  • Far Cry 5
    • Fun Gameplay
    • Forced Story Mode Abductions
    • Weirdness of Religious Cult Theme
  • Destiny 2
    • Returning Player Experience
    • Expectations of Knowing Lore
    • Bungie and Activision Divorce
  • Importance of Publishers
    • Bidding War over Gamestop
    • Digital Only Standouts
    • UbiSoft Abandoning Steam
Direct download: aggrochat_episode235.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

This week we set out a plan of some dozen different topics… but only actually made it through two of them.  Last we recorded the Games of the Year show and this week we started things off with some discussion of a few of the honorable mentions that didn’t quite make the list.  From there we had a discussion about what games interest us for the upcoming year… and the list we gathered up is sorta nonsense. I have no clue what order we actually tackled them in so just sorta going to make an attempt at listing everything out.

Topics Discussed

  • Games of the Year Honorable Mentions
    • Tangledeep
    • Spyro Reignited Trilogy
    • Celeste
    • Civilization VI
    • Let’s Go Pokemon
    • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
    • Tetris Effect
  • Games Of Interest that “Might” Release This Year
    • Hollow Knight: Hornet
    • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
    • Beyond Good and Evil 2
    • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
    • Ghosts of Tsushima
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
    • In The Valley of the Gods
    • Untitled Goose Game
    • Kingdom Hearts III
    • Digimon Survive
    • Tangledeep on Switch
    • Anthem
    • Dragon Marked for Death
    • Chocobo’s Mysterious Dungeon: Every Buddy
    • Pokemon 2019?
    • Town
    • Granblue Fantasy Relink
    • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
    • Onimusha: Warlords remaster
    • Metro Exodus
    • Far Cry: New Dawn
    • The Division 2
    • Rage 2
    • Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringer
    • The Outer Worlds
    • Ooblets
    • Harry Potter Wizards Unite
    • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
    • Welcome to Animal Crossing
    • Dragon Quest Builders 2
    • Psychonauts 2
    • Wasteland 3
    • Minecraft: Dungeons
    • Star Wars Jedi - Fallen Order
    • Metroid Prime 4
    • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Direct download: aggrochat_episode234.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:38am EDT

This evening we do our traditional Games of the Year show, and apparently we are way less verbose than we used to be.  These shows used to get chopped into two roughly hour and a half long shows… but this year we managed to do it in pretty much two hours straight.  What makes this even more interesting is the fact that we churned through nineteen games in the process. Ultimately we each pick roughly five games that were important to us during the calendar year, and some overlap always occurs.  This year less overlap happened than is normal.


Games Discussed

  • CrossCode
  • Destiny 2 Forsaken
  • Dragon Quest XI
  • Fallout 76
  • Subnautica
  • Gloomhaven
  • Heroes of Hammerwatch
  • Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Diablo 3 on Switch
  • Magic the Gathering Arena
  • Night in the Woods
  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate
  • Hitman 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • Spiderman
  • Hollow Knight
  • Dragalia Lost
  • Monster Hunter World
Direct download: aggrochat_episode233.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:21am EDT

Tonight we are down a few people and have a fairly scattered show where we cover a bunch of topics… but none of them super deeply?  You can tell we were all somewhat out of it because while editing the podcast there were a bunch of really lengthy pauses. Tonight Bel rails in the Elder Scrolls Patcher apparently being blocked by various ISPs including his.  He also talks a bit about the Destiny 2 Dawning Event and making questionable baked goods. Thalen talks a bit about the FFXIV Starlight Celebration event.

Bel spins up a topic from his blog about the seeming return to NDA restricted games testing.  Thalen talks about Return of the Obra Dinn, and Kodra a bit about Gris. We discuss the topic that has bounced around a bit on the significance of going Left in video games.  There is some brief discussion about Artifact and how it is trying to right the ship… and some of the MTG Finance speculation that came into that market quickly that is super angry about the price crash.  Finally we talk a bit about Starfinder and Pathfinder in general and the lack of really good ready made third party modules.

Topics Discussed

  • Elder Scrolls Online Patcher Problems
  • Destiny 2
    • The Dawning Event
  • Final Fantasy XIV
    • Starlight Celebration
  • NDA Testing Makes a Comeback
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • Gris
  • Going Left
    • Night in the Woods
    • Metroid
    • Castlevania Symphony of the Night
    • Braid
  • Artifact Tries to Fix Things
    • MTG Finance meets Artifact Speculation
  • Starfinder
    • Third Party Modules
Direct download: aggrochat_episode232.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:53am EDT