Archive for July, 2012

Episode 41 – Whatcha Playin’ 07.30.12

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Botanicula, Steam, Picross 3D, The Darkness II, 2K Games, Nintendo
Today’s Whatcha Playin’ is a study in predecessors: we talk about each of this episode’s games in context to its predecessors and look at how this informed our opinions on the titles in question. Rich talks about the magical plantlife of Botanicula and how it differs from the gunmetal grey land of Amanita’s previous game, Machinarium; Steve continues Jackie Estacado’s saga with The Darkness and moves on to the Darkness II (which is better?) and Matt gushes over some of his favorite puzzle games for the DS, Picross and Picross 3D. Does the third dimension add another level of engaging gameplay or horrible frustration? Spoiler alert: you won’t be able to put it down. Featuring music by I Fight Dragons

Episode 40 – Point-Counter-Point: Is Lollipop Chainsaw Any Good?

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Lollipop Chainsaw, Xbox 360, PS3, Warner Bros. Interactive, Grasshopper Manufacture, Suda 51

Frequently on AJBS, we have a unified opinion about most games. Half Life? Loved it. Dead Space? Yes please. Portal? Seconds.

Surprisingly, co-hosts Rich Lau and Steve Haske both exclaimed drastically differing views about Grasshopper Manufacture’s Lollipop Chainsaw. Hashing it out seemed like a good idea, so the boxing gloves were dusted off,  pads were strapped on and sparring commenced.

Is Lollipop Chainsaw a fun romp in a bizarre zombie apocalypse or a cloying, sloppily designed disappointment with Suda 51 seemingly trying to impersonate himself? Let us know what you think.

Featuring music by Producer Snafu

Episode 39 – Whatcha Playin’ 07.16.12

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Kinect, Steel Battalion, Xbox 360, From Software, Konami, Metal Gear Solid HD

So, we’re trying something a little different at A Jumps B Shoots HQ: For the next few (or several, or whatever) weeks the podcast’s format is going to be shortened and run weekly. What does that mean to you, our loyal listeners? It means more in-depth Whatcha Playin’ segments will get their own episodes, alternating weeks with our regular guest discussions on loftier game-related matters.  That way we get more times to talk about the games we really like or don’t like, and no matter what week it is you’ll have something to listen to.

This week, Matt finally gets The Binding of Isaac and learns what he has been missing from Metal Gear Solid 2. Rich reveals his love of Planet Puzzle League (by way of Henry Hatsworth) and shares with us his favorite PSN minis game, Where is my Heart. Finally Steve throws back to 2008 with Banjo Kazooie – Nuts and Bolts and shows us all how a pro plays the new Steel Battalion for the Xbox 360.

Featuring music by Producer Snafu

Episode 38 – Mr. Haske Goes to E3

E3 has been in slow decline in importance over the years. Companies have not been using it as the big reveal venue as they have in previous years. Instead its a catch up for every little detail they plan on releasing over the next year. Steve’s trip to E3 was that of a reporter. He talked with game makers and publishers, as well as taking stock of how E3 was being utilized. His report covers a number of games, but is the story he tells that of an industry in transition? A game development scene in a hopeless cycle? The death knell of North America’s biggest video game industry trade show?

Watchdogs
Lollipop Chainsaw
Star Trek
Pikmin 3
Nintendo Land
The Last of Us
Tomb Raider