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057: SOMA

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We question mankind’s remaining humanity in SOMA.

Developer: Frictional Games | Publisher: Frictional Games | Release Date: September 22, 2015

Jacob, Moe and special guest Jessica Fantauzzo look through everyone’s personal effects, dodge monsters, curl up into the fetal position and question everyone’s motives. Also, we flip a coin.

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

Special Guest: Jessica Fantauzzo (@jfant)

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 3:00 The origins of SOMA
  • 8:30 SOMA’s Toronto connection
  • 9:15 A very explicit spoiler warning…
  • 10:10 Simon Jarrett’s start in Toronto
  • 12:00 The brain scan
  • 14:40 The physicality in the game (and Edward Scissorhands)
  • 18:30 What do you mean… they can use doors (like Resident Evil 2’s Mr. X)?
  • 21:20 The first enemy and friendly encounter
  • 26:45 Carl Semken and moral choice
  • 29:25 First contact with Catherine Chun and her “heavenly robotic voice” aka “Pokedex Catherine”
  • 31:05 The room floods… and we question everything…
  • 33:35 Meeting Catherine
  • 37:15 Where we are, what happened to Earth
  • 39:50 Moe made so many notes
  • 41:40 The ARK
  • 44:25 The WAU
  • 46:00 Sarah Lindwall
  • 54:45 “A brand new you”
  • 1:00:50 “Flip a coin”
  • 1:03:35 The “cat buttholes” scattered throughout the game, structure gel and Dr. Johan Ross
  • 1:09:00 Walking on the ocean floor is super dope
  • 1:11:00 Moe wants a kick or a punch in this game (and we sneak in some anime)
  • 1:16:00 Finding Catherine and the final sequence of the game
  • 1:21:20 The ARK survey
  • 1:25:30 The “mirror moment”
  • 1:27:10 The WAU’s end was disappointing
  • 1:29:50 The Left Behind Quiz Corner
  • 1:36:00 Wrap-up

056: Crackdown

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We jump for joy (and orbs) in Crackdown.

Developer: Realtime Worlds | Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios | Release Date: February 20, 2007

Mike and Jacob run very quickly on the streets of Pacific City, shoot so many rockets and kick each other in the face in the pursuit of the greater good.

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Players: Michael Ruffolo (@ruffolom) and Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt)

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 1:45 Michael starts with the Halo 3 connection
  • 2:50 Game Informer’s thoughts about the game echo our own
  • 3:55 What is Crackdown, Agent?
  • 7:15 Skills for Kills, Agent? No… good load-outs.
  • 9:45 Who is David Jones, Agent?
  • 12:45 Prototype vs. Crackdown
  • 14:00 What do you like most about Crackdown, Agent?
  • 14:45 ORBS!
  • 17:30 A standout boss battle with Olga Romanov
  • 19:45 Michael and Jacob talk about their favorite open-world games
  • 24:15 Cut-scenes and story bits in the game
  • 26:20 Crackdown 2
  • 28:40 “So much of this game is dumb”, including the ending
  • 32:00 The Crackdown co-op experience
  • 36:00 Jacob and Mike play a game of “This or That”
  • 39:00 Jacob brings up Breakdown
  • 42:25 Crackdown 3 and final thoughts

055: Ori and the Blind Forest

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We air dash, double jump and float out of harm’s way in Ori and the Blind Forest.

Developer: Moon Studios | Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios | Release Date: March 11, 2015

Mike, Jacob and special guest Nick O’Hagan-Wong get caressed by the game’s wonderful art and music, died over a thousand times collectively and enter the Left Behind Quiz Corner for the first time. Do they exit? Listen to the end to find out!

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Players: Michael Ruffolo (@ruffolom) and Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt)

Special Guest: Nick O’Hagan-Wong

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 2:00 What is a Metroidvania game?
  • 3:00 The Rabbids invade the Left Behind Game Club
  • 3:20 The story of Ori and the Blind Forest and the name game
  • 5:55 Ori is Jesus and Sein is the Holy Spirit?
  • 6:40 The upgrade tree
  • 8:25 Who died the most through their playthrough?
  • 10:45 How about that jump?
  • 11:55 Jacob shares Alex Newhouse’s description of Ori and the Blind Forest
  • 12:35 Airborn Studios does stuff for everyone [Twitter]
  • 13:40 The crew talks about their favourite upgrades
  • 16:25 The gravity puzzles
  • 19:55 Using Soul Links well
  • 21:35 A Dark Souls comparison and other Metroidvania games
  • 23:45 This game looks so good.
  • 26:05 “Jacob’s gonna hate this.”
  • 29:20 What about the story and the characters?
  • 32:15 A Legend of Zelda connection?
  • 33:15 The game’s language
  • 34:05 Jacob brings in Home Alone 2 (somehow)
  • 35:25 Nick got fired up by the difficulty
  • 38:05 Mount Horu was tough
  • 42:00 Escaping Kuro again and the final sequence of the game
  • 46:00 The crew enters the Left Behind Quiz Corner
  • 49:20 Our final thoughts about Ori and the Blind Forest
  • 50:40 The podcast was nominated for three awards at the Canadian Podcast Awards!

053: Costume Quest: Grubbins on Ice (DLC)

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We make sure that our Yeti costume doesn’t shrink in the dryer and enter the world of Repugia for Costume Quest: Grubbins on Ice.

Developer: Double Fine Productions | Publisher: THQ, Double Fine Productions and Dracogen (PC) | Release Date: December 21, 2010

Jacob, Mike, Moe and special guest Shay Whiston collect dandy candy and stamps, tell terribly good Dad jokes and lure people away from their relaxing getaways with French Fry smell.

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

Special Guest: Shay Whiston (@ShaelynTai)

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 1:40 The crew welcomes Shay to the show and we talk a little bit about her gaming habits (like Pokemon, Fallout 3)
  • 3:55 What is Costume Quest: Grubbins on Ice?
  • 5:15 Moe didn’t play the base game, just the DLC
  • 7:40 Shay shares her love of Double Fine and Psychonauts
  • 10:40 Could you play Grubbins on Ice before the main game?
  • 14:30 We go deep on the costumes in Grubbins on Ice
  • 19:00 What were your ideal loadouts?
  • 23:40 Losing to start the game and a difficulty spike to end the game
  • 27:40 Using the French Fry costume
  • 30:15 Beating the final boss (Araxia and Big Bones)
  • 34:10 Jacob shares some details about Amnesia Fortnight and how it ties into Costume Quest and Stacking
  • 36:40 The writing in Costume Quest: Grubbins on Ice
  • 39:15 Bobbing for eyeballs?
  • 40:10 A Costume Quest cartoon?
  • 42:05 The PC version that almost didn’t happen
  • 43:00 Is Grubbins on Ice a Christmas game?

051: The Wolf Among Us (Season 1, Episode 5)

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We go Full Wolf in episode 5 of Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us Season 1.

Developer: Telltale Games | Publisher: Telltale Games | Release Date: October 11, 2013

Jacob, Mike and Moe chase down cars, break mirrors (or mirror-people) and talk about Dragon Ball Z a lot.

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

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 2:05 An episode 4 recap
  • 4:15 Mike & Jacob get really descriptive about The Crooked Man
  • 7:25 The Crooked Man has a backwards villain strategy
  • 8:50 The big reveal… WHODUNNIT?
  • 10:30 The best part of the Wolf Among Us: the political system
  • 13:45 A fight breaks out
  • 14:55 Episode 5 had some technical issues on Xbox One
  • 16:40 Back to the fight!
  • 19:30 What we find out about Vivian
  • 25:00 Moving on from The Pudding and Pie to the Old Foundry
  • 26:50 The big fight with Bloody Mary and another transformation
  • 27:50 Jacob speaks to Moe’s heart directly… through Dragon Ball Z
  • 29:30 Jacob ties the final boss fight… to Asura’s Wrath
  • 30:10 The final confrontation with The Crooked Man
  • 32:20 The community holds a trial
  • 34:10 Moe and Mike share their version of the trial
  • 38:45 How did Moe’s trial conclude?
  • 40:05 Jacob’s version of the trial
  • 41:30 Nerissa was the smoking gun
  • 42:40 The final scenes in the game
  • 44:25 The important final scene and the Michael’s two hypotheses
  • 50:30 The sad bit about The Wolf Among Us
  • 52:10 Episode 5 and series wrap-up

050: The Wolf Among Us (Season 1, Episode 4)

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We vomit on public transportation while playing through episode 4 of Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us Season 1.

Developer: Telltale Games | Publisher: Telltale Games | Release Date: October 11, 2013

Jacob, Mike and Moe snap bones back into place after snapping necks, send our roommate to the farm and ponder on the significance of subtitles.

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

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 1:40 A special episode 50 thank you to everyone!
  • 2:30 Recap of Episode 3
  • 3:15 Jacob vomits while resetting his arm bone
  • 4:40 Moe played this sequence on public transit
  • 6:10 Mike ponders on the subtitle: “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”
  • 10:05 A Conversation with Colin
  • 13:25 Jacob makes a series of terrible jokes about pigs
  • 16:00 Beauty and the Beast again? Ugh.
  • 19:20 A fork in the road
  • 20:10 First… the butcher shop!
  • 24:00 Breaking Bigby
  • 26:00 A fine detail… the list of names on the chalk board
  • 28:20 We head to the Lucky Pawn and confront the Jersey Devil
  • 32:45 All paths lead back to Bufkin
  • 36:45 Getting to the Crooked Man and Tiny Tim
  • 40:45 One final choice!

047: The Wolf Among Us (Season 1, Episode 1)

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We create our own versions of the Big Bad Wolf in Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us.

Developer: Telltale Games | Publisher: Telltale Games | Release Date: October 11, 2013

Jacob, Mike and Moe trap toad-men in lies, get knocked out by some Fables and enjoy a double whiskey in a seedy dive bar.

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

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 2:00 What do we know about the Wolf Among Us?
  • 4:30 Honoring the work of Telltale Games’ employees
  • 5:25 The setup for the Wolf Among Us
  • 8:25 Jacob gets Harry Potter vibes… but this game is not for children
  • 9:30 The game’s graphics. The Wolf Among Us looks like a comic book. Jacob gets Blade Runner vibes next.
  • 11:40 How did we play The Wolf Among Us? Moe talks about how the interface changes on PC
  • 14:20 We have all decided how we are going to roleplay our Bigby
  • 17:05 The voice acting in The Wolf Among Us
  • 20:00 The opening of Episode 1
  • 24:15 Figuring out who the mystery girl is?
  • 25:00 Your first big decision: “did you give “her” your money”
  • 26:00 Your partner is Snow White!
  • 27:00 Entering the Business Office
  • 31:30 Discovering Faith
  • 33:00 Hey… we forgot that “she” died…
  • 34:15 Discovering Beauty and the Beast
  • 37:50 Choosing Mr. Toad or Prince Lawrence
  • 39:00 Confronting Mr. Toad and his lies
  • 41:55 Investigating Prince Lawrence’s
  • 46:10 Saving Prince Lawrence
  • 48:30 Another choice: “who’s your prime suspect”
  • 51:05 Entering a seedy, troubling bar
  • 53:40 Gren causes things go south
  • 56:30 A very dark choice
  • 58:50 Your final big decision: Dweedle Dee or the Woodsman?
  • 1:00:55 A final revelation for Episode 1
  • 1:03:50 Our final thoughts on Episode 1

045: What Remains of Edith Finch

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We climb our family tree (literally and figuratively) in What Remains of Edith Finch.

Developer: Giant Sparrow | Publisher: Annapurna Interactive | Release Date: April 25, 2017

Jacob, Mike and Moe crawl through doggy doors, chase birds, swing and hide in bunkers.

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

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 2:10 A warning about What Remains of Edith Finch
  • 3:30 Moe makes a surprising proclamation about this game
  • 4:10 What is a walking simulator?
  • 6:15 Why are we playing What Remains of Edith Finch?
  • 7:10 Jacob accidentally spoiled the game for Mike
  • 9:40 The opening of What Remains of Edith Finch
  • 11:50 The Finch’s house
  • 13:40 Introduction to the game’s narrator, Edith Finch
  • 15:20 Entering the house
  • 17:10 Jacob brings up Matilda, The Curious Case Benjamin Button and The Pagemaster
  • 18:30 We introduce the structure of the game and start with the story of Molly Finch
  • 21:20 Cats, owls, sharks and sea monsters
  • 26:30 The game’s toughest question
  • 29:00 Odin Finch and the history of the Finch family
  • 32:00 Calvin Finch
  • 35:00 Barbara Finch
  • 37:00 Moe compares this section to Telltale’s The Walking Dead and Jacob brings up XIII, Killer7 and Madworld
  • 39:35 Walter Finch
  • 43:30 Jacob compares this section to the Beginner’s Guide
  • 44:00 We looked down
  • 46:10 Sam Finch
  • 51:45 Gregory Finch
  • 54:30 Gus Finch
  • 57:00 Milton Finch
  • 59:20 Mike connects this game to Unfinished Swan
  • 1:00:35 Lewis Finch
  • 1:08:00 Content warning (suicide and self-harm)
  • 1:09:45 End of content warning
  • 1:10:05 The beginning of the end (of the story)
  • 1:13:30 Wait… who is Edith talking to?
  • 1:15:15 Jacob… the game has to come full circle!
  • 1:17:00 Moe brings it back to Lord of the Rings
  • 1:17:45 The crew wraps it up
  • 1:21:00 A question from the Ludonarrative Podcast
  • 1:25:05 We announce our next game: Superhot

044: Portal

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We enjoy cake (even though the cake is a lie) in Portal.

Developer: Valve Corporation | Publisher: Valve Corporation | Release Date: October 10, 2007

Jacob, Mike and Moe make some extreme trust leaps, talk extensively about Mirror’s Edge and laugh at some great comedic writing.

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

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 2:00 Remember when Valve made video games?
  • 2:15 Is Moe secretly the owner of @IsHL3OutYet?
  • 3:00 The Digipen connection & Narbacular Drop
  • 4:20 The Orange Box
  • 5:55 How does Portal start?
  • 7:45 The difficulty ramp
  • 9:00 Jacob compares Portal to The Witness
  • 11:20 Mike praises Erik Wolpaw and Mike Morasky’s writing
  • 14:20 Jacob avoided 11 years of Portal spoilers
  • 15:50 We talk about our favourite levels!
  • 19:00 Jacob used a walkthrough
  • 21:20 Jacob asks about the Weighted Companion Cube
  • 23:35 The Source engine was the engine for physics
  • 24:50 The final boss encounter with GLaDOS
  • 28:05 Connecting Portal and Mirror’s Edge
  • 30:45 Jacob brings up the PS3 version of the Orange Box
  • 31:25 Our final thoughts about Portal

042: Hitman Part 6 [Colorado]

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We get trapped in the closet and plot out four very difficult Colorado kills in Hitman: Episode 5.

Developer: IO Interactive | Publisher: Square Enix, Feral Interactive (Linux, macOS) & Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Definitive Edition) | Release Date: September 27, 2016

Jacob, Mike, Moe and special guest Kevin Reaburn shake up the Left Behind Game Club’s “hierarchy of killers”, ogle Moe’s score in unison, discuss Hitman math and transform Sean Rose from an environmental terrorist to a Silicon Valley Bomb Boy in khakis.

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

Special Guest: Kevin Reaburn (@ATribeCalledKev)

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 2:40 We get our Colorado briefing
  • 4:25 Moe was Colorado-confused and imagines Sean Rose as a Silicon Valley CEO
  • 5:30 Mike gets really mad about reading
  • 6:30 Kevin gives his Hitman history (it’s very brief)
  • 8:20 Kevin hides his first kill
  • 11:20 Mike brings up the level’s “rings of security”
  • 16:30 Kevin takes on Sean Rose (aka the Silicon Valley Bomb Boy) and his watch
  • 19:20 We play the “how long did Kevin play this level” game!
  • 21:05 OH NO DON’T TALK ABOUT R. KELLY
  • 24:20 Taking out the Tamil Tiger, Maya Pavarti
  • 27:55 Kevin moves on to Penelope Graves
  • 30:45 Kevin exits the level
  • 33:15 What was Kevin’s score?
  • 34:10 Jacob got a non-zero score! Again!
  • 35:20 Jacob describes his path of destruction
  • 37:15 Jacob trusted the process to move from Sean Rose to Maya Pavarti
  • 40:00 Jacob finds goodies in a train car and tries to double kill Penelope Graves and Ezra Berg
  • 41:35 Jacob imbues the Handcrafted Killer
  • 43:35 Jacob channels Moe to kill Penelope Graves
  • 45:55 A big change in the Left Behind Game Club Hitman Universe
  • 47:40 Moe begins going through his masterful playthrough with Sean Rose and Maya Pavarti
  • 51:25 Moe has one set up… and gets two more with an amazing kill that had us in awe (in unison)
  • 53:10 Moe describes his final kill of Ezra Berg… lethal syringe style
  • 58:00 Mike takes a walk to start his playthrough
  • 1:00:50 We discuss Hitman math
  • 1:02:55 Jacob places Colorado this mission at the bottom of the Hitman Season 1 hierarchy
  • 1:06:00 Mike explains his Weekend at Bernie’s moment
  • 1:08:35 Mike goes after Maya Pavarti
  • 1:10:25 We compare Colorado to the other levels in Hitman
  • 1:14:25 Is the story backloaded? Also, Shakespeare.