Rand(Nerds); Episode 24

Welcome to another well planned and put together podcast. Skazz discuss playing Smash Brother on the 3DS and his through on the Wii U version and controller support on steam. Ram plays Alpha Centauri and shows what would happen if he was to became a dictator. Bard talks about Transformers: Fall of Cybertron and blows Ram minds with the logic of the universe, and then onto more wholesome task with Farming Simulator 15 and how Ram’s hacked it plus further Euro Truck simulator 2 adventures. We discuss the dark side of digital distribution and how the internet will help prevent history being lost, Bard talks to a cat and enjoys a more intelligent conversation and we end up in hysterics.

Notes

WiiU or 3DS, how will you play Smash Brothers

Explore your inner dictator with Sid Myers: Alpha Centauri

Illogical robots with Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Destroy many trees with Farming Simulator 15

Get confused by which games you can play with PlayStation Vita TV

Hopefully we will never lose our history again with the internet archive

One way to prevent complaints, ban them!

If you ever find yourself chased by ghost, here’s how to hide

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Rand(Nerds); Episode 23

This episode we start by talking crap from the very beginning including how were all ill with possible cases of ebolia, Bard saves the day by actually playing some games such as Styx: Master of Shadows, a game similar to thief with lots of spitting. And X-com, a game unlike thief and featuring no spitting. We look forward to Portal 2: Tag and the new smash brothers game leading into a discussion on how family friendly Nitendo is. We also talk about the embarrassment of owning an XBox One and what would temp us into installing Origin, creating our own version of the archers and where indie games are going wrong.

Notes

Play as a spitting goblin in Styx: Master of shadows

Take on aliens with low resources with X-com Enemy Unknown

A good looking fan made mode with Portal 2: Tag

See whats all the fuss about with the Smash Brother Nintendo Direct

The worst X-com with X-Com: The Bureal

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Rand(Nerds); Episode 22

In this episode Bard has to go solo in a multiplayer game as no one else has played it despite having copy, Ram get creeped out with Alien: isolation right before we are attacked by aliens ourselves in the form of Skazz’s cat. Bard also looks at Freedom Planet. We look forward to Hotline Miami 2 and Kingdom Come: Deliverance a realistic medieval RPG. We also talk about how Hyperkin have been caught out plagiarizing with the Retron 5 We discuss both bad and good Alien films, the downside to close combat on laundrette bills, how none of us really like Fable, and why Paris is like London but worst

Notes

Have some friends? Try Gauntlet

Or if you prefer to to be scared senseless, fight xeonmorph in Alien Isolation

Or more lighthearted with Freedom Planet

Or indeed, massive violence with Hotline Miami 2

Or if non of the above, and fancy a sword for a mere $5000, look for the upcoming Kingdom Come: Deliverance

We wont support plagiarism for Retron 5, instead look at RetroArch

Yes it does exists, the ‘performance art’ of EXTREME ironing

Beware getting trapped, Tv tropes Conservation of Ninjutsu and Uncanny Valley

relive nostalgia with the PS1 start up

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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