Rand(Nerds); Episode 21

In this episode, which features a new angle for our video viewers thanks to some new hardware, we discuss Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze. Skazz and Ram have a strange game swap when Skazz learns the joy of long distance driving in a big truck and develops road manners, and Ram starts with minecraft and how he performs massive land clearance to increase his sheep empire. Bard looks at the slightly disappointing Hyrule Warriors and a new Gauntlet game. We find out who’s the most obsessed with steam, with perhaps some surprising conclusions. Plus, how Skazz has been banned before starting a game

Notes

We mentioned it last month, well bard played it: Donkey Kong Tropical freeze

TheSuffolkRam collection of games, the crap Fist of Awesome, the hard PID, and the great classic MDK

You too can have your own environmentally damaging sheep farm in Minecraft

Or live out your dreams of driving a big rig across Europe with Eurotruck Simulator 2

Bard minor disappointing Hyrule warriors

Have your own podcast streaming laptop with the Asus G550

An arcadey mech simulator with Hawken

All old school slash em ups with Gauntlet

Skazz favorite book may be having a film on the way

Make your own unique minecraft feature with the Fountain of cats.

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Freedom Planet – Review

Earlier in the year the indie gaming scene was graced with a charming title that harked back to an era many of us hold dear, that of the Nintendo Entertainment System. Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games delighted retro gamers and newcomers alike with its classic NES like charm, wonderful retro soundtrack and cleverly constructed levels, polished off with a unique art style that celebrates games of the late 80s. Now it seems that it’s the early 90s turn to shine with Freedom Planet, a title from indie developer Galaxy Trail that harks back to the era of a console I hold very dear, the Sega Megadrive (otherwise known as the Genesis in the US).

Freedom Planet clearly takes great inspiration from many Sega Megadrive games, most notably Sonic The Hedgehog which the bulk of its gameplay elements seem to mimic. It also evokes memories of Treasure’s fantastic platform shooter Gunstar Heroes with much of its design and there are even elements of Capcom’s Mega Man X series, so there’s a little bit of Super Nintendo love in there somewhere too. The 90s nostalgia doesn’t stop there either, Freedom Planet’s art style and story is reminiscent of early 90s cartoons such as Bucky ‘O Hare with its tale of anthropomorphic freedom fighters taking on a militaristic threat to the galaxy, this time in the form of intergalactic overlord Brevon, an insectoid tyrant with dreams of absolute, intergalactic domination. This cartoon like feel is further captured in the way the story is told as it follows the three protagonists, Lilac (an anthropomorphic dragon), Carol (an anthropomorphic cat) and Milla (an anthropomorphic rabbit) who are portrayed as innocent, adolescent characters finding themselves thrust into a dangerous war that their sense of right forces them to engage.

The gameplay of Freedom Planet flows beautifully. Much like the Sonic series it pays homage to, much of the game involves racing around levels collecting gems and smashing your way through enemies at high speeds. Level designs are colourful and large ranging from a lush rainforest shrouding trap filled Aztec ruins to a bustling Chinese styled city in the middle of a celebratory festival, each level boasts new and interesting mechanics to get to grips with and a nice variety of enemies to fight. Boss battles too are cleverly thought out, a joy to look at and offer a significant, fast paced challenge that really gets the adrenaline pumping. The games three protagonists control somewhat differently, Lilac feels very much like a Sonic character with her ability to pinball around levels whereas Carol feels more like a Mega Man character with her ability to wall jump, she also has a Chun Li style kick attack that gives her more of a fighter like feel, Carol also has a motorbike that she can use upon finding gas cans scattered about the various levels, making her much faster than before and changing up her abilities slightly. Milla is a little more unique, she has the ability to create energy cubes that she can throw as projectiles, she can also create a small energy shield and has the ability to flap her ears to execute a type of double jump. Of the three main characters Lilac definitely feels like her play style fits the flow of the game best.

The soundtrack to Freedom Planet is definitely deserving of a mention, the music is absolutely phenomenal and with a whopping two hour OST (no small feat for such a small Indie project) you’re going to hear a number of great tunes that you’ll want to listen to again and again that really set the tone for every stage and situation. The voice acting is also great for such a small title, some of the actors are noticeably better than others, however the bulk of the voice acting is top notch, Lilac, Carol and Milla sound especially convincing and carry the tone of the story across well.

All in all for £10.99 (the games price on Steam as of the time of this review) you really can’t go wrong with Galaxy Trail’s Freedom Planet, especially if, like me, you’re a retro, platform fanatic who grew up during the Sega Megadrive era. If this sounds like you then this nostalgic trip down memory lane is definitely a game worth looking into.

– Bard

Rand(Nerds); Episode 20

In this more spartan episode, TheSuffolkRam talks about his new sim obsession with Euro Truck Simulator 1 and 2, and the courtesy of other AI drivers and how often hes crashed, we also look at what other simulations should (and shouldn’t) be created and how in depth some sim players get. Skazz discuss taking control of managing a band of girls with Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection, Bard and Skazz look forward to Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze and there likes and dislikes of the various Kong’s. We also look at the newly announced Apple Watch and how we wouldn’t buy one and the flaws of other modern tech.

Notes

The pinnacle of gaming, driving a 40 ton truck across Europe with Euro Truck Simulator 2.

We twice mention Bayonetta and fail to properly discuss it

Take control of a Japanese girl band with Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection

Experience the cold on a tropical island with Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

Skazz recommends: Classic Game Room Anniversary DVD

We look at the modern technology Apple Watch, iPhone 6 and Google Glass

The weird of camouflage, pink plans, black and white ships, and yes, a ship disguised as an island

You spend all your time descending into a volcano with a GoPro only to take a selfie

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Metro: Last Light

Hi All

TheSuffolkRam has just completed a lets play of Metro: Last Light.

You can watch the whole thing from start to finish below

 

Podcast Techincal issues

Hi Everybody

We’ve not published a podcast recently, rest assured we’ve not faded! Unfortunately Skazz has had some techincal issue (i.e. his graphic card and screen burnt our) and until we have them sorted were not able to properly edit them, which mean we had nothing to upload. we’re working on getting them sorted as soon as possible. In the mean time you can find and view all of our recent podcast on our YouTube channel (follow the link on the side)

 

Rand(Nerds); Episode 19

Yea! We’re one year old! We celebrate with cake which almost ends in disaster as is the Rand(nerds); tradition. We look at Metro: Last Light, Dishonored, Monster Hunter, The Wonderful 101, Portal 2 and Minecraft. We talk about how steam is killing the future of the high street. Bard talks about Planet Hulk, other superhero movies and story lines. We look at the new, as yet unnamed 3DS. TheSuffolkRam look back at The Walking Dead season 2 after the release of final episode featuring spoilers. We invent words, discuss how games are terrible at endings and multiple choices in game

Notes

A sequel so good we made up words Metro: Last Light, and watch TheSuffolkRam’s Lets play of it

A game TheSuffolkRam likes and Skazz and Bard hate Dishonored

And a game Bard and Skazz love: Monster Hunter

Odd look superheros with The Wonderful 101

A classic game with Portal 2

A strangely addictive block carving game with Minecraft

Why you should be more careful shooting mutants into space with Planet Hulk

How to make robots trust each other in portal 2

Have sheep gained the power of Levitation? or been turned into a weird new Drone? decide for yourself:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Rand(Nerds); Episode 18

With the looming threat of the blue screen of death over our heads we lung forward into episode 18, Bard talks about purchasing a WiiU with Skazz and his experences of it as a new user and where Nitendo need to improve. Ram install a game that’s been sitting on his steam account for a few years with Psychonauts and finds a good game let down by bad gameplay. We have a review by Bard of Gurdians of the Galaxiy and following on with the space theme Ram look’s forward to Doctor Who series 8 and another Farming Simulator. We also pay a tribute and reflect on the sad news of Robin Williams Suicide.

Notes

Join Bard and Skazz in the world of WiiU

TheSuffolkRam been experiencing weirdness with Psychonauts

Missing you fix of Racoon people? then Guardians of the Galaxy is for you

Info on the new series of Doctor Who and TheSuffolkRam’s reviews

Plough Soil! Harvest Wheat! Fell Trees! and more with Farming Simulator 15

We’ll miss you Robin William

Before The Hobbit, before The Lord of The Rings, Peter Jackson early work in Braindead

Have a tree giving you problem, get revenge with a Tree Harvester

Tom Frances epic Galactic Civilization diary

Need you fix of sheep? Heading to Devon, Look no further then The Big Sheep

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Rand(Nerds); Episode 17

On this episode we celebrate The Bard 29th naming day with ale, tea and courgettes, we discuss a smattering of text adventure, “A Spirited Seven Nights’ Haunting” the  latest DLC for Muramasa and ArmA 3. We discuss MMO and our exploit in them and why TheSuffolkRam picked Tauren’s and Dwarf’s as his PC races. We talk at people abusing kickstarter and accessories for the raspberry pi. and look forward to Zelda spin off Hyrule Warriors and find out about how Skazz got started on YouTube. We also look at banning and censorship in UK and Europe. We re-examine Mighty Number Nine latest release footage and the rebooting of old games,  Ram and Bard discover how powerless they are without Skazz to guide them.

Notes

Relive the text adventure that started it all with Adventure and have a go at a few others

The latest Muramasa DLC: A Spirited Seven Nights’ Haunting

Experience a taste of being a soldier in a realistic world with ArmA 3

Try all the MMOs on our tanget with WOW, Guild Wars, Final fantasy XI, Wurm Online, Lord of the Rings Online and mourn the long dead Start War Galaxies

Have a Raspberry Pi, but want a decent portable screen, have a look at HDMI Pi

A Zelda game meet Dynasty Warriors: Hyrule Warriors

Liked Mega man? want a version created by a business man, see Mighty Number Nine

Skass recommendation: Romance of the three kingdoms the Moss Roberts translation

One of the more weirder forms of DRM Lenslok

No-one named Vlad, but we do have frogs from TMNT named after conquers.

Zack Braff “Video Game The Movie”

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