GWJ Conference Call Episode 494

Revisiting Mass Effect, Rainbow Six: Siege, Factorio, Mom/Dad Rock Games, Your Email and More!

March 28 – April 3

With VR dropping this week, you'd think it would be a prime opportunity for some conniving jerk like yours truly to do an April Fools joke about Half-Life 3 releasing as a Vive exclusive. I'm sure someone else will. That joke is the village bicycle at this point. Besides, who needs April Fools jokes when Tabletopia is coming out?
Did anyone but me play the 2D platformer version of Portal? It was a free Flash game. I played it back when I had a job that let me have breaks and didn't block any website that had the word “game” somewhere on the page. Crushing corporate IT policies aside, Defy Gravity reminds me of that Flash version of Portal.

GWJ Conference Call Episode 493

Live From rabbitcon 2016!

March 21 – March 27

This week marks the return of my very favorite point-and-click adventure game series. After too long an absence, Samorost returns for a third installment. I first played the original Samorost way back in 2003 when I had a job that involved lots of free time and an unrestricted internet connection.
A roguelIke? With a gimmick? The devil, you say!

GWJ Conference Call Episode 492

The Division, Stardew Valley, Dying Light, XCOM 2, Black Desert Online, Shooter Mechanics, Level Design, World Building, Special Guests Jeff Green and Ken Levine, Your Email and More!

I Do Not Get to Like Tie Fighter

I’ve got more games than I need, but I still find myself checking the Humble Bundles. Every now and then I see something that is worth a few bucks just to have the (very theoretical) ability to play an old favorite of mine that I sold in some long forgotten garage sale.
Salt and Sanctuary, Pokken Tournament, and Deadbolt

March 14 – March 20

One of my junior-high dream games was a Pokémon fighter in the style of Marvel vs. Capcom 2. The idea of juggling the likes of Hitmonchan and Nidoking in the air with a swift and stylish Scyther was as appealing a concept as they come. Pokken Tournament is developed by the Tekken team, but it's as close to yet another childhood dream coming true as I'm bound to get.
It's like Giants Software took all of the parts that made Red Faction: Guerilla fun and threw away all the parts that made it terrible!