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061: Cuphead

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We died thousands of times in Cuphead.

Developer: StudioMDHR | Publisher: StudioMDHR| Release Date: September 29, 2017

Jacob, Mike and special guest Shane Chiasson make a deal with the devil, roll the dice, hold down “X” for many hours and get frustrated by the youth.

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

Special Guests: Shane Chiasson (@chiassoo; check out his YouTube channel)

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 2:00 What system did you play Cuphead on?
  • 2:30 Re-mapping the controls [Cuphead tips: How to fix the controls (Polygon)]
  • 3:40 Shout-out to old cartoons (Betty Boop, Tom & Jerry and Looney Tunes)
  • 4:45 Cuphead and many E3s
  • 6:00 Shout-out to Bendy and the Ink Machine and a Zombie Walt Disney
  • 6:25 Mike makes us feel old with his “Cuphead Cousin” and Jacob rage quits life
  • 8:00 Boss Run/Boss Rush games that we have played (shout-outs to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Castle Crashers and Mega Man X) & Studio MDHR’s influences
  • 10:30 Did we like this game?
  • 12:25 The game’s setup
  • 13:50 Run & Gun and the “Simple” difficulty level
  • 15:00 Power-up/weapon discussions and plane levels
  • 20:20 Our brain solved the tough levels (Jacob enjoys punishment)
  • 23:20 Back to power-up discussions
  • 25:50 The moment Jacob realized that Cuphead is a good video game [Cuphead, Ruiner, and the joy of really hard games (Verge)]
  • 32:30 We get to King Dice and breakdown this insane boss fight [Cuphead boss guide: King Dice in ‘All Bets Are Off’ (Polygon)]
  • 35:10 Tipsy Troop, Chips Bettigan and Mr. Wheezy
  • 37:20 Pip and Dot, Hocus Pocus and Phear Lap
  • 40:10 Who died the most in Cuphead?
  • 42:15 The Devil’s Choice
  • 44:30 Would the game better with a Switch controller [Yup, Cuphead Is Better On the Switch. Here’s Why. (Paste Magazine)]
  • 46:15 Pirouletta, Mangosteen and Mr. Chimes
  • 50:45 Perfect dice parrying
  • 52:40 The Devil and other boss talk
  • 59:05 “It’s a real castle?” and Cuphead 2
  • 1:00:25 Wrap-up

060: Night in the Woods

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We enjoy some small town livin’ in Night in the Woods.

Developer: Infinite Fall | Publisher: Finji | Release Date: February 21, 2017

Jacob, Mike and special guests Travis Colenutt and Jessica Fantauzzo run from right to left, dive deep into our early 20s friendships and relationships, debate the nature of man… AND CRIMES.

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

Special Guests: Travis Colenutt (@TravisColenutt)  and Jessica Fantauzzo (@jesstauzzo)

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 2:00 We enter the spoiler room brawl right at the beginning
  • 3:00 Tell us about the gameplay from Night in the Woods!
  • 4:05 What does the game look like?
  • 5:05 Jess describes the “Fab Four”
  • 6:25 The town is full of life and great secondary characters
  • 9:10 We imagine our voices for the characters
  • 10:35 Who did we hang out with the most (ft. Jacob’s Gregg voice and a question from Thomas Reiss)?
  • 15:15 More Gregg time (and Jacob’s Angus impression)
  • 19:00 Diving deep into our in-game friendships
  • 21:05 Our favourite characters
  • 24:10 Moving from right to left (thanks to What’s So Great About That?)
  • 25:20 YA Fiction, Coming of Age stories and Night in the Woods (see Scott Benson’s GDC talk & Errant Signal’s NitW video)
  • 27:10 Mae is kind of awful in the beginning… does she grow as a character?
  • 30:10 Gaining a greater appreciation for Night in the Woods as time goes on
  • 31:05 Jacob and Mike get into a debate about the nature of man
    (buckle up)
  • 35:50 Mike ties the debate into Mae’s mirror scenes
  • 37:30 Jacob relates himself to Mae to counter
  • 41:05 Jacob lost the debate, tries to shift the attention to poetry and Selmers
  • 42:20 Mallard the Duck
  • 44:00 The Tooth
  • 45:55 Jacob reads Selmers politically charged poem and we talk about her backstory
  • 48:10 Germ and cut content
  • 49:20 The twist
  • 53:10 The event that sets Part 3 into motion
  • 55:50 Chasing a hooded figure out of town
  • 57:30 Diving into the dream sequences
  • 59:20 Night in the Woods’ version of Rock Band
  • 1:02:25 The search for the ghost(s)!
  • 1:06:00 The goth guarded gate and Mae’s embarrassing stories
  • 1:10:00 Wrecking a bathroom (#crimes)
  • 1:11:15 Hanging out with Angus and learning more about him
  • 1:13:10 The linear path to the game’s conclusion
  • 1:16:45 Mae goes alone for a Night in the Woods (or does she)
  • 1:20:10 Lovecraftian Horror
  • 1:22:00 Mae’s mental health (check out Chloe Spencer’s piece about Night in the Woods entitled “Night In The Woods Treats Depression Like A Part Of Life“)
  • 1:27:30 Talking to an ancient god
  • 1:30:30 The game’s credits and a question from the Ludonarrative Podcast

059: Titanfall 2

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We befriend a robot and talk about APEX Legends in Titanfall 2.

Developer: Respawn Entertainment | Publisher: Electronic Arts | Release Date: October 28, 2016

Moe, Mike and special guests Bobby and Kevin run on walls, jump into huge killer robots and punch fools through the space-time continuum.

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

Special Guests: Bobby Baird (from the Part Time Gamers Podcast aka PTGCast) and Kevin Reaburn (@ATribeCalledKev)

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 2:00 What is your experience with Titanfall 2?
  • 5:45 Difficulty levels
  • 7:25 What is Titanfall 2?
  • 10:30 Mike enters the spoiler room brawl and tries to summarize the BT-7274 relationship
  • 12:30 The game’s personality bleeds into the multiplayer
  • 14:30 Loadout differences between APEX Legends and Titanfall 2
  • 20:45 The punching was really good
  • 22:15 Wall running and movement
  • 24:30 Time mechanic?
  • 28:00 We have a lot of questions about the story
  • 30:40 Feelin’ like Master Chief
  • 33:10 We compare Titanfall 2 to Stranger Things?
  • 33:40 Our favourite boss battles in Titanfall 2
  • 38:45 Our favourite moments from the game
  • 45:30 Playing Titanfall 2 makes us think about APEX Legends improvements & Titanfall 3
  • 48:05 Closing thoughts

058: Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus

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We join Sly, Bentley and Murray as we trek the world of Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus.

Developer: Sucker Punch Productions | Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment | Release Date: September 23, 2002

Jacob and Moe look through everyone’s personal things, dodge minions, and take down 5 bosses to retrieve Sly’s family heirloom, the Thievius Raccoonus.

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

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 2:38 Jacob breaks down his route in buying and playing sony’s hits
  • 4:10 Pop out colours and similarities to the wolf among us
  • 5:45 What is Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
  • 8:15 Sly being Sly
  • 10:06 Repetitive npc’s made it easy to power through
  • 11:58 Moe never actually beat this game but lived his life thinking he did
  • 13:22 Sound effects were great in Sly 2
  • 15:00 Moe concedes, maybe this did age badly
  • 17:41 Jacob’s turret rant
  • 19:20 Moe trolls Jacob and tries to convince him the turret moment with Murray was refreshing to see him in action
  • 22:30 Did this game along with others in the area make us expect better Boss Battles
  • 23:47 What would be the best boss battle in a game
  • 26:00 God of War did it right most of the time with Boss Battles
  • 28:50 All the final bosses were essentially bullied and became evil
  • 31:56 Thoughts on the PS VITA
  • 34:35 The Left Behind Quiz Corner
  • 40:59 Our final thoughts
  • 42:15 A twitter question! Is Murray the biggest ladies man in the Sly Universe?
  • 44:45 Wrap-up

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!

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