We start this episode with a special guest, who almost immediately wanders off to take a nap.
In our short news segment, we can thank Kickstarter for allowing the opportunity for Shadowrun to come back as a top-down, turn-based, 2D CRPG! Alex is very excited. Not so excited is Sam for the extended cut of Mass Effect 3′s ending coming this summer. Finally, none of the hosts are excited for the possibility of a law requiring a warning label be affixed to every video game ever made.
The hosts have also been playing games this week! Well, two of the hosts have. Sam’s just been playing solitaire on his phone, which doesn’t really count.
Alex has gone old-school and picked up Final Fantasy X-2. Not XIII-2. X-2. Yup, he’s playing Final Fantasy Dress-Up, and liking it.
Jonathan has spent some time this week with the new FIFA Street. The trick controls and various modes are pretty awesome and deep, but figuring out how to play the basics of the game have got him a bit stumped. Also this week, The Tribe has dropped as a new team for Hero Academy, and Jonathan continues to be impressed by the depth and variety each team brings to the game.
In our topic this week, it’s been reported that Obsidian missed out on a bonus for Fallout New Vegas because the game was one point short of an 85 on Metacritic. Alex thinks this is a terrible way to hand out bonuses for a game because of the high degree of subjectivity involved in reviewing a game. Jonathan and Sam think any metric for determining bonuses is going to extremely arbitrary, and Metacritic is as valid a method as any other.
Finally, we have another round of Star Wars Reverse Casting Call. For this round, Alex has chosen Lando, Ben Kenobi, and Darth Maul as the characters to be cast. He’s also chosen “fighting game characters” as his restriction. It gets ugly, folks.