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May 2018

032: The Witness

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We solve all the puzzles in The Witness.

Developer: Thekla Inc. | Publisher: Thekla Inc. | Release Date: January 26th, 2016

Jacob, Mike, Moe and Special Guest CourtFTW travel to a deserted island, use “2 Brainz”, get stuck, feel like geniuses and then get stuck again.

You can now join our Discord server! Go to LeftBehindGame.Club and scroll down to the Discord section of the homepage!

Here’s is our upcoming release schedule:

  • June 6th: E3 2018 Special
  • June 13th: Star Wars: Republic Commando
  • June 27th: Vanquish
  • June 29th: The 1-Year Anniversary of the Podcast!

Players: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt), Michael Ruffolo (@ruffolom) and Moe Murtadi (@mmurtadi)

Special Guest: Courtney G. (@CourtFTW)

Website: LeftBehindGame.Club | Twitter: @LeftBehindClub | Instagram: @LeftBehindGameClub

Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 2:10 We introduce you to CourtFTW!
  • 3:55 We rip off the band-aid… how did we play the game?
  • 5:30 Court talks about streaming the game on Twitch
  • 7:10 What is The Witness?
  • 8:55 “Twisted Logic” and the Scientific Process
  • 11:20 Starting the game
  • 13:10 The game’s difficulty (Quarry and Jungle)
  • 15:30 Nausea¬†(shout-out to Kevin) and how we tackled the game
  • 18:10 The beauty of the game world (and game engine)
  • 20:20 What Remains of Edith Finch and recordings of philosophers
  • 22:20 The different types of puzzles in the game
  • 27:20 Timers and Treehouses
  • 30:40 Monastery, Anger and Art Museums
  • 34:10 Pacing ourselves through the Witness
  • 38:40 Lasers and Mirrors
  • 40:10 Finishing the game
  • 45:20 Our least favorite parts of the game
  • 47:45 The secret ending (with a Virginia call-back)
  • 52:35 Our closing thoughts…
  • 58:35 …just kidding… what about the puzzles in the environment?
  • 59:40 The game’s achievements
  • 1:01:25 A final section of puzzle talk

031: Grow Home

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We climb with B.U.D., listen to M.O.M. and drunkenly flail about in Grow Home.

Developer: Ubisoft Reflections | Publisher: Ubisoft | Release Date: February 4, 2015

Jacob, Mike and Moe rode beanstalks, used giant leaves as hang-gliders and collected crystals. Also, we decided unanimously that this game should always be played with a controller.

You can now join our Discord server! Go to LeftBehindGame.Club and scroll down to the Discord section of the homepage!

We had previously announced that this week would be our “The Witness” episode. We wanted more time with the game, so we shuffled our upcoming schedule around. Our next two episodes will be: The Witness (May 30) and Star Wars: Republic Commando (June 13). More June content announcements in the coming weeks!

Players: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt), Michael Ruffolo (@ruffolom) and Moe Murtadi (@mmurtadi)

Website: LeftBehindGame.Club | Twitter: @LeftBehindClub

Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 2:25 What is Grow Home?
  • 3:35 Who is Ubisoft Reflections?
  • 5:10 This game is on Unity; Moe gives his two cents on this game and Unity
  • 7:10 Mike didn’t have a great time; don’t play this game with a controller
  • 10:50 Jacob compares Grow Home to Katamari Damacy, QWOP and GIRP
  • 12:25 Moe talks about the ragdoll
  • 13:35 Some of the other mechanics and powers in the game
  • 15:55 What Moe and Jacob liked about Grow Home and the game’s reception
  • 18:15 Falling and tips for falling
  • 19:45 Grow Home isn’t, but Grow Up is on Xbox One (correction: the game is not on Mac)
  • 20:50 Jacob brings up Space Station Silicon Valley and Mike brings up Metal Arms: Glitch in the System (R.I.P. Swingin’ Ape Studios)
  • 22:30 What would make you play Grow Up?
  • 24:25 Final thoughts (and Jacob sets out his perfect Saturday)

030: Metro 2033

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We trade military-grade bullets for weapons, wipe off our gas masks and shoot mutated birds and bears in Metro 2033.

Developer: 4A Games | Publisher: THQ | Release Date: March 16, 2010

Jacob, Moe and special guest Josh Wilson become Rangers and go above ground, get attached to characters only have to them die and really miss the way that Mike ends our show.

You can now join our Discord server! Go to LeftBehindGame.Club and scroll down to the Discord section of the homepage!

The remaining two games for May 2018 are: The Witness (May 16) and Star Wars: Republic Commando (May 30).

Players: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt) and Moe Murtadi (@mmurtadi)

Special Guest: Josh Wilson

Website: LeftBehindGame.Club | Twitter: @LeftBehindClub

Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 2:20 OG Metro 2033 vs. Metro 2033 Redux
  • 3:45 What is Metro 2033 all about?
  • 7:35 The start of Metro 2033
  • 11:40 We compare Metro 2033 to other games (and Street Sharks)
  • 13:55 The different non-human enemy types
  • 18:00 The difficulty settings
  • 20:50 The game’s use of stealth
  • 21:40 Metro 2033’s weapons and using Cheat Engine
  • 26:40 Metro 2033’s UI, controls (for both the OG and Redux versions) and tools (like the night vision, battery charger)
  • 31:45 We geek out about respirators and masks
  • 36:30 Dropping the bomb and using military grade bullets
  • 37:55 The compass
  • 39:50 Jacob played both versions…
  • 41:25 The little boy Sasha and good video game kids
  • 45:05 Did you know that Metro 2033 has a morality system?
  • 48:35 Weapon customization
  • 50:15 The emergency message was on a cassette tape?
  • 52:00 The ending sequence of the game
  • 56:00 An Xbox One ending glitch!
  • 56:50 Our final thoughts about Metro 2033 and Jacob’s ideal version of Metro 2033
  • 1:03:10 We give three alternatives to Metro 2033