Pacific Drive

GWJ Conference Call 907

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Rich, Daryl, and Amanda talk about Games That Leverage Atmosphere.

Games: Pacific Drive (PS5), Solium Infernum (PC), Balatro (Switch), LEGO Fortnite (Switch), Dawncaster (Mobile), Unicorn Overlord Demo (PS5), Helldivers 2 (PS5).

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(Mumbles) I speak Latin

Loved the discussion as always but wanted to give a special shout out to the music — there’s been some different stuff happening lately and I dig it

00:02:10 Pacific Drive
00:17:04 Solium Infernum
00:26:05 Dawncaster (mobile)
00:31:49 Balatro
00:33:30 Unicorn Overlord
00:42:51 Helldivers 2
00:45:48 Games That Leverage Atmosphere

I apologize for my total lack of Latin lol.

Also, further playing of Solium with actual people has only made my fiery (demonic) heart burn brighter for it.

Fun discussion this week. A lot of the examples were horror, horror adjacent, or generally foreboding or negative. Just want to add atmosphere/mood can also be a light hearted feeling. My favorite example currently would be the What The ____ series. I’ve 100%’d What the Golf? and What the Bat? And played maybe a third of What the Car? All of these games have a silly spirit to every moment that just makes everything fun.

I'm here for the Unicorn Overlord love. It might be the hardest I've ever been sold by a demo.

Dyni wrote:

I'm here for the Unicorn Overlord love. It might be the hardest I've ever been sold by a demo.

There will be more UO talk next week as I know Daryl hopped in on the demo. And then the week after the actual game releases so...

Rich's comment that Unicorn Overlord leans more on strategy and less on tactics was the moment I was sold. Perfectly articulated my preference in games like this.

Now if only I can find the time...

I've been catching up on the podcast (I spent a lot of time driving last week), and the discussion of the radio in Pacific Drive reminded me of the moment I realized you could turn off the radio in Fallout 3. Switching from the '40s-era music to the creepy ambient score made the Wasteland a very different experience.