Our first Whatcha Playin’ of the new year brings a few games back from our past, for better or worse.
Matt sings the praises—and laments the maddening qualities—of the old-school Heroes of Might and Magic 3 and Ultima 8: Pagan, discussing his experiences with each series’ respectively addictive and arcane qualities (via Good Old Games).
Steve talks about two games from one of his favorite designers, Yasumi Matsuno. First is the wonderfully Shakespearean Vagrant Story: arguably Square’s other classic dark fantasy tale for the PS One (astride Final Fantasy Tactics) for its unique battle system alone. It’s also aged well. There’s also some mention Crimson Shroud, Matsuno’s latest for the 3DS, notable for being essentially an interactive D&D game, complete with character figurines that wobble on-screen.
Rich also introduces a hilariously fun iOS game, Spaceteam. It’s a game of teamwork; players have to work together on a multiscreen control panel that ends in spouting nonsense phrases at each other. There’s a short recording of it being played during this episode’s post roll. It’s…interesting.