Episode 30: Kingdoms of Amalur

We do a full episode this week on the new Kingdoms of Amalur, going in-depth on the graphics, gameplay, story etc,.  With focus of the game very obviously gameplay in Reckoning, the Ahtletes discuss whether or not story is as important as other factors anymore.  Here's the notes!

Episode 30: Show Notes

00:00:35 Quick hits:

We talk about Guild Wars 2 coming out for consoles, the bestselling sports video game of all time, where PAX East will be for the next 11 years, and the potential Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning sequel. Towards the end of the segment, Eric finds his edge.

00:25:17 Music Break: Butterfly Tea – “DragonTales”

00:26:47 Main Segment: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

We discuss that hot new RPG Curt Schilling had something to do with. From combat to crafting, each of us share our experiences with the game and touch on some Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning tips and advice.

01:47:17 Music Break: Butterfly Tea – “There is Magic in You”

01:48:47 Feedback:

A listener writes in about the plotlines in Metal Gear and 3DS as a potential indie game platform. A listener chooses Dead Space 2 for game of the year, and we wonder what a Dead Space is.

01:58:50 News:

Corey comments on Heath Hindman’s GameRevolution article, “Final Fantasy XIII-2 Bombing in Japan?”, which brings to light gamers’ indifference towards holding on to XIII-2 for DLC. Does Square Enix need a miracle?

02:08:13 Dan lists the awards presented in Destructoid’s article, “Skyrim wins big at Annual Interactive Achievement Awards,” by Maurice Tan. Eric expresses more tongue-in-cheek distaste for Portal 2 and Corey wonders why Dark Souls didn’t win more awards.

02:23:20 Eric brings up the IGN article outlining some of the ideas Bethesda may include in future Skryim DLC. We collectively sigh. Eric continues by asking us what we think of Xbox 720’s potential touch screen controller.

02:30:30 Will discusses Skyrim lag issues brought to light in the article “Why Skyrim didn’t play nice with the PS3.” We offer up a couple mudcrab jokes after some speculation.

02:35:15 Music Break: Butterfly Tea – “Goblin Dance”

02:36:23 What We’ve Played:

Will tries out Final Fantasy 7 for the first time after accidentally purchasing Final Fantasy 8. As always, the Murtha boys gush all over the Final Fantasy series and Eric hands out tissues.

02:47:50 Corey beats Final Fantasy XIII-2, and likens it to a smelly girlfriend. He keeps the week casual with a free download of Ticket to Ride for iPhone. Dan somehow manages to include beef on weck in the conversation.

02:55:20 Dan relives Mario RPG for the SNES to everyone’s pleasure.

02:57:34 Eric tries out a new formation in Fifa 12. He switches gears to discuss UFC Undisputed 3. Dan and Eric conclude the segment by discussing the Mass Effect 3 demo, with Dan lamenting EA Origin and the ME3 multiplayer policy.

03:16:54 Human Interest : “Video Game Music Finally Get its Due” by Thomas Emanuel

Corey gives a shout out to the University of South Dakota and Thomas Emanuel’s smart opinion of the Grammy’s and how it incorporates video game music.

 

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