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TRP 7/16/14: Dog Ball: A True Moondog Story

moonsThis week’s show gets a full five hobo bindles out of five! After ripping apart Cleveland sports mascots – SPORTS TALK! – the Pack is stunned by Tom’s new PS4 purchase. Who saw that coming?! Afterwards, Neil visits two hellscapes in Valiant Hearts and Fallout: New Vegas, Justin needs a Hiryu in this year’s Strider reboot, Kaz solves the last case in The Wolf Among Us and Mike drops a couple bucks on League of Legends.

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Beloved Cavaliers Mascots

Strider Series Retrospective from Hardcore Gaming 101

TRP 7/10/14: Summer Beach Boops

beachGot a summer reading list? What about a summer gaming list? This week, the guys tackle both, with lots of classic games and even some “Game of Thrones” talk sneaking in. Afterwards, Justin enters the trenches in Valiant Hearts, Kaz loves his Shovel Knight, and Mike chases the World Cup in FIFA 2014.

TRP 7/3/14: Embracing Kazinomics

shuvsHas the Rumble Pack caught World Cup fever?! Almost! While Neil, Kaz, Tom and Justin aren’t about to become soccer fanatics, there’s a bit more enthusiasm on the podcast for the Beautiful Game than usual. And of course, there are plenty of video games to discuss, too! Kaz takes on the Moon Nazis in Wolfenstein: The New Order; Neil puts the Broken Age back together on his iPad; and Justin and Tom LOVE Shovel Knight. So much. Play it. Plus, our favorite games from the first half of 2014!

TRP 6/25/14: Nerd Referendum

capesIn one of the shaggier episodes in recent memory, Bumble Pack buddies Kaz and Justin spend the opening minutes of the show ranting about some of their biggest nerd culture gripes – endless nitpicking, empty nostalgia and even those pesky moon wizards come up. But there’s still time for some game talk; Justin explores Another World for the first time and finally checks out the forgotten Hotel Dusk sequel, Last Window, while Kaz remains on the case in the latest The Wolf Among Us episode.

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Last Window Rotoscoping

“The Nostalgia Will Eat Itself”

QuickReview: inFAMOUS: Second Son

inFAMOUS Second SonI don’t know if I ever particularly enjoyed my time with inFAMOUS: Second Son. But I don’t think I disliked it either. I’m left pretty neutral in the end, it’s almost like Sucker Punch  intentionally added one irritating idea every time they added something awesome.

Awesome voice acting and mocapping? Time for really annoying character flaws (seriously Reggie, pick a side!). Build a huge city? Let’s fill it with a handful of hipsters and nothing else!

I’m all about collecting small shiny objects to better my character, see: my Crackdown obsession, but there was no sense of exploration in inFAMOUS: Second Son with each opened area having every collectible listed on the map. I like Sucker Punch for trying to eliminate the frustration of mindless collect-a-thons, but making it a rote activity is the wrong direction.

I largely ignored all of this and pushed through the story one mission at a time, occasionally I was confused where to go next, but I ultimately found my way. The most satisfying portions of the game occurred when I was building up Delsin’s latest power with “Blast Cores”, which allowed access to the skill tree for each ability, a genuinely fun experience. The last power you receive in the game is particularly fun and it’s drastically different than all the other powers to boot. It’s frustrating that you receive it after the end of the game. But it’s cool nonetheless.

At the end of the day I’d recommend inFAMOUS: Second Son for people looking for something for their PS4 to do. If you’re already happily playing Transistor or the Destiny beta/alpha/demo there’s no reason to snag the game. Maybe check out the stand alone DLC coming later this summer instead.

Mediocre game, I'm not sad that i played it but I'm not all that happy either, only play if you like the genre or series...