Tales of Arise

GWJ Conference Call 792

2021 GWJ Game of the Year Interview Series: Lara and Rich.

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Each 2021 GWJ Game of the Year Interview episode contains a few one-on-one interviews with some of our favorite regular and guest hosts! This week's episode features Rich Lovejoy interviewing Lara Crigger, followed by Rich's own interview conducted by Sean McKenna!

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Wow, the game of the year lists are here!

I have a question for Rich or anyone else who has played Neurocracy. Does it work as an asynchronous multiplayer game? I want to play it with a friend who lives in a different time zone. If we both buy the game on our own and play one episode at a time, will we read the same stuff and be able to talk to each other about it or will we see different things that will be disconnected and not make total sense to one another?

Pink Stripes wrote:

Wow, the game of the year lists are here!

I have a question for Rich or anyone else who has played Neurocracy. Does it work as an asynchronous multiplayer game? I want to play it with a friend who lives in a different time zone. If we both buy the game on our own and play one episode at a time, will we read the same stuff and be able to talk to each other about it or will we see different things that will be disconnected and not make total sense to one another?

I think you could absolutely do this with Neurocracy. In fact, that's probably an ideal way to play. I think the game is well served by bouncing your ideas/theories off of someone else whose brain works differently than your own. Playing it with Glendon was clearly a highlight of the year for me and I think it would have been if we had played at different times and then come together to discuss it after the fact.

I also imagine I would have enjoyed playing it on my own quite a bit, but having someone to share it with made it particularly special - and that could be both in the moment or after.

Thanks for the insight! I guess now there's only one way to figure out how that would work and it's an easy way because the first episode is free.

Tales of Arise reminds me of the old school Xbox RPG Sudeki. (probably with a better story)
I can't wait to try it. I've had my eye on it as it has been heavily promoted. My concerns are that it was a Dark Souls clone or had that level of difficulty and that put me off big time.

Dungeon Encounters reminds me a lot of how you explored in the old school rpg Phantasie. I loved that game!
That was the game I spend so many hours in before the Gold Box games came out. That and Ultima 3. (and Might and Magic as well)

Because it came up in the episode that just dropped:

mastrude wrote:

Would someone please post the two Game of the Year lists? I listened to the podcast but didn't manage to catch the lists.

We're going to put up a big post with everyone's list, but in the meantime I'll go ahead and provide some references, here's the episode's lists:

~mod~ please spoil these if you post them in the thread ahead of the scheduled FP post so folks aren't accidentally seeing it if they'd rather go into the episode cold. thanks! -Amoebic

Spoiler:

Me-
1. Neurocracy 2049
2. Dungeon Encounters
3. Black Book
4. Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
5. 1000-Year-Old Vampire
6. Wildermyth
7. Gordian Quest
8. Trials of Fire
9. Loop Hero
10. Ender Lillies

Lara Crigger-
1. Psychonauts 2
2. Tales of Arise
3. Metroid: Dread

I can see the worksheets for the folks in this episode, but I'll give a listen before posting those lists to ensure accuracy.