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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!

054: Shadow Complex

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Developer: Chair Entertainment in association with Epic Games | Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios | Release Date: August 19, 2009

Mike, Moe and special guest Kevin Reaburn stomp around a secret military base throwing grenades at every Metal Gear…. i mean…. “mech” they see.

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Players: Michael Ruffolo (@ruffolom) and Moe Murtadi (@mmurtadi)

Special Guest: Kevin Reaburn

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 3:00 Metroid/Castlevania similarities
  • 4:20 What is this game? Do we find the Vice-President?
  • 6:52 This story isn’t as good as we were expecting.
  • 9:00 The mechanics of targeting
  • 10:15 Small game? But didn’t Epic Games make it?
  • 12:45 More Fortnite
  • 13:50 Kevin tries to dig into his issues with the game
  • 15:50 How did this get built secretly? There were definitely Instagram and Snapchat leaks
  • 20:50 Weapons were OP; grenades killed everything
  • 26:00 MOE READS (in real life only)!
  • 27:20 MIKE PROVEN WRONG!
  • 31:30 What part of the suit was your favorite?
  • 38:30 The guys cringe
  • 41:00 The ending and story were so random?
  • 43:10 What was Xbox Live Arcade and how did it effect development
  • 46:30 Our final thoughts, is it a great game, should you leave it behind?

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?

052: Hitman Part 8 [Holiday Hoarders]

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The Wet Bandits hit the Palais in Paris and the crew is tasked with stopping them.

Developer: IO Interactive | Publisher: WB Games | Release Date: December 14, 2016

Jacob, Mike, Moe, and special guest Thomas recount their journey to stop the Wet Bandits from taking their crime international with only a piano wire, syringe, and Santa suit at their disposal.

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

Special Guest: Thomas Riess (@CSGThomas | Editor in Chief, ChargedShot.com)

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Show Notes:

  • 1:40 Two-time guest host Thomas Riess speaks about his site, Charged Shot
  • 3:00 What the heck is Hitman: Holiday Hoarders?
  • 4:09 We talk about our love for Home Alone and tie that movie to this episode of Hitman
  • 6:15 The difference between “Regular Paris” and “Holiday Paris”
  • 8:25 Who’s the worst Hitman? It’s Jacob.
  • 9:45 Jacob breaks down his playthrough
  • 15:30 Mike came in third place on the leaderboard. He breaks down his playthrough.
  • 22:20 Thomas is a three-star, second-place killer (but he did find Santa)
  • 29:00 Moe’s playthrough was only a four-star playthrough
  • 35:50 Thomas’ role-played a little bit, we reminisce about Home Alone and talk about the challenges on this level
  • 39:40 Our final thoughts

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!

049: The Wolf Among Us (Season 1, Episode 3)

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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):

  • 2:30 recap of episode 2
  • 4:30 The funeral, The guys decide to give the patrons space
  • 5:25 The guys argue whether its wise to leak info to the public
  • 8:25 Jacob finds a reason to play the horn.
  • 9:45 The tweedles arrive again.
  • 11:40 The fight begins and gun shots start flying
  • 14:20 Crane has a witch???
  • 17:05 does butt monkey matter?
  • 20:10 Where did the guys go first?
  • 23:30 Skeeter from dug?
  • 27:00 Blue beard is destroying evidence
  • 29:00 The woodsman and the troll
  • 30:20 Info from an intoxicated troll
  • 33:30 Off to see the witch!
  • 34:45 Jacob gets creepy
  • 37:05 do not burn my magic  tree!
  • 40:10 Crane might be innocent?
  • 43:30 Episode over? Mary doesn’t think so!
  • 47:00 big Bad WOLF vs a tweedle
  • 49:00 Gruesomeness turns up a notch
  • 50:20 Silver bullet and we almost lose our wolf
  • 51:00 A new crooked character has arrived.

048: The Wolf Among Us (Season 1, Episode 2)

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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 Recap
  • 4:30 What kind of big bad wolf are we playing
  • 5:25 Crane, is he a problem, how do we respond?
  • 8:25 Interrogation of dee/woodsman
  • 9:45 Jacob decides to be a bad cop.
  • 11:40 “He sang like a canary” and Jacob steels money
  • 14:20 Autopsy of lily and
  • 17:05 Baby toad tries to share his story.
  • 20:00 Ariel? the little mermaid?
  • 24:00 Is there a spell keeping the girls quiet?
  • 25:00 You get the key to the hotel? but what does this mean?
  • 26:00 Beauty is working as the front desk admin at the brothel/hotel
  • 27:30 Mike eavesdrops and Jacob starts to kick doors down.
  • 29:00 Beast sees Bigby with Beauty and begins to become the “Beast”
  • 30:00 The bloody bed and the connection with Snow White
  • 33:30 Mike thinks Crane is being framed
  • 36:00 This episode has zero fat

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)

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

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

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