Tonight we talk about our April AggroChat Game Club Game…  Moon Hunters.  This was an Ashgar pick, and bills itself as a Co-Op Personality Test.  We talk about whether or not this title actually is fitting as well as our experiences playing a game designed to be replayed over and over.  We discuss the storytelling, artwork and music of the game and our general thoughts and feelings about the experience.  Additionally we announce the May AggroChat Game Club Game that is definitely going to provide some interesting discussion.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode154.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:16am EST

One of the things that gets edited down before you get your hands on the podcast is any long gaps between topics.  This week we were seemingly a little bit out of it, and the pauses were significant.  When I sat down to start editing I had 2 hours and 15 minutes worth of recorded audio, and after doing my normal compression pass…  we are down to just a little over 1 hour and 30 minutes.  The result was a pretty wide gamut of topics that we discussed, and between the pauses some of the more interesting conversation about a few things that we had never quite delved into.  Among the topics a lengthy discussion about what is wrong with Warhammer games as a whole, and our fears regarding what is absolutely going to be a crushing tank shortage with Stormblood.

Topics Discussed:  

  • Star Wars the Old Republic
  • Skyforge PC
  • Bomberman Creepy Characters
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
  • Hollow Knight
  • Eternal Crusade
  • Warhammer 40,000
  • Games Workshop
  • Pips are Important
  • People Don’t Understand NDAs
  • Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood
  • Tank Shortage
  • Dark Souls III
  • Variable Difficulty in Games
  • Persona 5
Direct download: aggrochat_episode153.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:21am EST

Tonight we talk about a whole list of topics in probably one of our more packed shows in a very long time.  Tam talks some more about how Persona 5 it is a serious contender for his game of the year… and his current soundtrack addiction.  Kodra shares his final thoughts about Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild and how he enjoyed it… but not nearly as  much as he had hoped.  Belghast talks about Mass Effect Andromeda and his thoughts upon completing it in as non-spoilery as he possibly can.  We talk about the cancelling of the NES Classic, and how Nintendo sometimes seems like it doesn’t like money.  We talk about the Skyforge and the release on consoles and how they have improved the game since launch.  We talk about what we know about The Secret World Legends… and our hopes that it makes that game into one that we want to return to in A Realm Reborn style.  Kodra talks about the new Magic the Gathering Amonkhet card set release, and finally Thalen talks about the brand new Netflix Mystery Science Theater 3000 series.

Topics Discussed: Persona 5 - Zelda Breath of the Wild Final Thoughts - Skyward Sword - Mass Effect Andromeda Final Thoughts - Nintendo Doesn’t Like Money - Skyforge on Console - The Secret World Legends - Magic the Gathering Amonkhet - Mystery Science Theater 3000

Direct download: aggrochat_episode152.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:56am EST

Tonight a very sleepy Belghast leads our cast through a discussion of the things that have been sitting waiting to be discussed due to last week being a Game of the Month show.  The year of amazing video game releases continues and Tam especially is extremely amped to talk about Persona 5.  In a weird turn of events Kodra discovers Castlevania Symphony of the Night in looking for things to play on his PSTV and we dive into a length discussion about that game.  We continue on our discussion about Zelda Breath of the Wild and how Tam is just struggling with it.  Belghast and Tam gush a bit about the Nintendo Switch given that Bel just recently joined the Cult by getting one from Amazon during their extremely brief window of availability.  We talk about Specter of Torment the latest addon pack to Shovel Knight, and how it is doing a bunch of different things than either the Shovel or Plague Knight content.  Grace and Bel talk a bit about the Diablo 3 10th Season and how they are desperate for new content… but still finding a lot of fun in the game.  Finally there is some discussion about the World of Warcraft 7.2 patch and how both Grace and Belghast have largely bounced off of it so far.

Topics Discussed: Persona 5 - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild - Nintendo Switch - Specter of Torment - Diablo 3 Season - World of Warcraft 7.2 Patch

Direct download: aggrochat_episode151.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:40am EST

Tonight we record the show our March AggroChat Game Club game Tyranny.  For those uninitiated to the game, it is a deeply story driven RPG in the proud PC tradition of Baldur’s Gate or more truthfully Planescape Torment.  Six of us played the game… and six of us played a vastly different game experience. Tyranny after all was one of our games we talked about during the Games of the Year show, and for several of our cast they chose to do a second play-through for the show.  Join us as we hash out our thoughts about this truly interesting game.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode150.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:13am EST

Sometimes we go into a show not really having a clue what to talk about.  This was one of those shows because over the last week the combined six member cast of AggroChat was not really playing that much game wise.  However as is usually the case when we have no fixed topic… a whole bunch of them come out of the woodwork.  Join us as we go through a bit of a topical whirlwind as we have the same exact sort of conversations we have when we are not recording.  Side Note:  At the request of the rest of the staff and several listeners... Bel has re-recorded the intro with less potato quality sound.  It only took 149 episodes to actually do this.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode149.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:28am EST

We hurt the ones we love.  This week we realize while talking about Zelda that when we talk about games on AggroChat we tend to often times dwell on the negative aspects.  This has been true with FFXIV and World of Warcraft, and apparently also extremely true with Zelda.  Last week I was the only one who had spent any time in Hyrule and this week both Kodra and Tam have as well.  We get off on some odd tangents during the night, like a discussion at the start of the show about Gas Station Food.  Largely however we talk Zelda, the Switch, and Amiibos.  We also have some final thoughts discussion about Horizon Zero Dawn and Final Fantasy XV in a non-spoilery manner.  We talk a bit about the upcoming Mass Effect Andromeda and our experiences with the limited time trial version of the game.

Topics Discussed: Gas Station Food - Zelda Breath of the Wild - Nintendo Switch - Nintendo Wii U - Amiibos - Horizon Zero Dawn Final Thoughts - Mass Effect Andromeda - Final Fantasy XV Thoughts

Direct download: aggrochat_episode148.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:27am EST

It always feels like we have a bunch of stuff to talk about the week after we record a game club show.  This time is no difference given that a bunch of games released in the meantime…  namely Horizon Zero Dawn and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.  Grace has fallen into a deep Horizon shaped hole and various others have been playing it off and on as well.  We talk about how the game is really good at making you feel competent.  Similarly Belghast has been playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild… and talks about how that game is coming from a vastly different philosophy and is in turn good at making you feel weak and insignificant.  We talk about our recent indoctrination into the world of Gundam building, and finish off the show with some Mario Maker discussion and namely Kaizo style level design.

Topics Discussed: Mass Effect: Andromeda - Horizon Zero Dawn - Zelda Breath of the Wild - Competing Philosophy of Both Games - Building Gundams - Mario Maker - Kaizo Mario

Direct download: aggrochat_episode147.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 11:04am EST

Tonight we record probably our most odd AggroChat Game Club show.  Namely because essentially we divided the show into two part.  The first part is general impressions about the game and the second half is full spoiler discussion of the story.  The reason why we drew this line in the sand… is because while Ashgar, Kodra and Tam finished the game, Belghast, Grace and Thalen are still very much enjoying the game at their own pace.  In the end this was a game that was very different for each person playing it.  So join us as we hash out our thoughts.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode146.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:13am EST

Tonight we have another big rambly show where we start out having zero clue what we are going to talk about… and then wind up recording for a couple hours.  Edited down the show ends up being roughly another hour and a half experience.  Tonight we talk at length about our addiction to Final Fantasy XIV and the Palace of the Dead.  Grace and I talk a bit about the blah feeling this latest patch cycle has given us in World of Warcraft.  Bel talk about getting into the Crowfall pre-alpha and how it is in fact a piece of software that he installed on his system and does in fact launch.  We talk a bit a bit about the weird City of Heroes nostalgia game wave and how there really is only room for one of those titles in the market.  We also talk about the drought of MMOs on the horizon and how instead it seems to be the Golden Age of expansions for existing games.  Bel gives an update on the gaming at work thing, and his first steps into God Eater.  Finally we have a weird offshoot into talking about building Gundams before wrapping things up.

Topics Discussed: Final Fantasy XIV - World of Warcraft Blahs - Crowfall Disappointment - City of Heroes nostalgia - Drought of New MMOs - Golden Age of Expansions - Elder Scrolls Online - Work Gaming Space - God Eater - Gundam Kits

Direct download: aggrochat_episode145.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:20am EST