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086: The Last of Us

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We make travel across the country to potentially save humanity in the Last of Us.

Developer: Naughty Dog | Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment | Initial Release: June 14, 2013

Jacob, Mike and special guest Matt aka Stormageddon craft weapons, stumble through visceral battles and make human decisions throughout.

Players: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt) & Mike Ruffolo (@ruffolom)

Special Guest: Matt aka Stormageddon (@DJ_Stormageddon)

Twitch: twitch.tv/dj_stormageddon | Facebook: facebook.com/stormageddonnyc

Matt also hosts a number of podcasts:

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

SHOW NOTES:

  • 2:40 An introduction to Matt’s work (and a thank you to the Games Gone podcast)
  • 4:45 Fast Pitch for The Last of Us
  • 6:40 What are our personal histories with The Last of Us?
  • 11:10 What does The Last of Us feel like to play?
  • 18:20 The setup of The Last of Us and the opening of the game
  • 22:55 The voice acting in the game
  • 25:10 A primer on the combat and the gameplay and comparing it to Naughty Dog’s other games
  • 30:10 Talking through Uncharted 3’s train sequence, a comparison to horror games and Matt enters into the Mario vs. Luigi fray
  • 33:15 Is Mike being too hard on the game? Mike’s hot take on TLOU.
  • 35:55 Matt compares the game to the original Mass Effect
  • 39:30 The game’s jump cuts and comparisons to The Walking Dead
  • 45:45 We talk about the game’s cross-country journey (with Price is Right rules)
  • 48:20 Talking through some of the highlights in the story
  • 53:30 After teasing it throughout, we fully spoil the ending here
  • 56:05 The “re-bar” moment and the repercussions of that incident
  • 1:01:45 What do we want to see in TLOU2? [we do not speak about leaks here] 
  • 1:05:00 Moe would be envious of our weapon and tool talk
  • 1:09:45 Our standout moments from the game
  • 1:13:05 A deep dive on the hospital sequence
  • 1:17:15 “Do you think that Joel did the right thing?”
  • 1:19:30 The sound and music in the game and some 
  • 1:22:25 Questions from @lukewarmlewis, @LudonarrativeFM & @CtrlAltNoob
  • 1:28:45 Matt talks about his projects (links above)

NOTES ABOUT THE EPISODE:

  1. We did not discuss the multiplayer because PS3 servers for the multiplayer were shut down.
  2. We have avoided discussions about COVID-19 on the past few episodes, but for The Last of Us, we chose to discuss playing this game in our current environment. 
  3. We recorded this episode prior to April 27 when the new release date was announced and the leaks about the sequel occurred. The show only talks about sequel details from official Naughty Dog media and presentations.

NEXT SHOWS:

  • May 6, 2020 – Kentucky Route Zero Act I feat. Jacob, Mike and special guest Adam Ianetta
  • May 20, 2020 – Firewatch feat. Jacob, Mike, Moe and special guest Dan from the Greatest Story Ever Played Podcast 

(NEW) LEAVE US A VOICEMAIL: If you want a chance to get your voice on the show, give us a call at (734) 489-9753 and tell us what you think about one of this month’s games! This is a U.S. number, long-distance charges apply for international callers. 

DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast with a focus on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server!

TIP JAR: If you’re feeling generous and love the show, we have a PayPal tip jar! Any funds raised will go towards hosting our site and paying for games and equipment as we look to bring you higher quality content every month.

085: A Short Hike

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We explore the great outdoors at our own pace in A Short Hike.

Developer: Adam Robinson-Yu | Publisher: Adam Robinson-Yu | Initial Release: April 5, 2019

Jacob, Mike, Moe and special guest Blake Guthrie fish, hike, and play an imaginary sport that is a cross between volleyball and badminton.

Players: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt), Mike Ruffolo (@ruffolom) & Moe Murtadi (@mmurtadi)

Special Guest: Blake Guthrie, co-founder of EpilogueGaming.com

Twitter: @LudonarrativeFM | Twitch: @LudoFM

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

 SHOW NOTES:

  • 2:20 A summary of Blake’s work
  • 2:40 Our Short Hike Fast Pitch
  • 3:50 What did we know about A Short Hike before we started?
  • 8:10 What is it like playing A Short Hike? We explain the game’s Golden Feather system.
  • 12:00 “This game just lets you play,” the team refers to Adam Robinson-Yu’s GDC talk often (and Moe took a lot of notes)
  • 18:40 Some of the game’s ancillary system and mini-games (fishing, treasure hunting)
  • 21:10 We also talk about some of the characters and their snappy dialogue
  • 26:35 A Canadian connection to A Short Hike
  • 28:50 Silver Feathers?
  • 31:10 What do we think the game looks like?
  • 33:40 We talk about the sweet soundtrack
  • 35:30 We talk more specifically about the story and the dialogue
  • 43:30 Comparisons to Super Mario and Costume Quest
  • 45:25 Final thoughts

NEXT SHOWS:

  • The Last of Us w/ Jacob, Mike and Matt Storm: April 29th

(NEW) LEAVE US A VOICEMAIL: If you want a chance to get your voice on the show, give us a call at (734) 489-9753 and tell us what you think about one of this month’s games! This is a U.S. number, long-distance charges apply for international callers. 

DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast with a focus on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server!

TIP JAR: If you’re feeling generous and love the show, we have a PayPal tip jar! Any funds raised will go towards hosting our site and paying for games and equipment as we look to bring you higher quality content every month.

084: Oxenfree

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We experience John Hughes’ version of Goosebumps in Oxenfree.

Developer: Night School Studios | Publisher: Night School Studios | Initial Release: January 15, 2016

Jacob, Mike, Moe and special guest Kam Konek from the New Entertainment System Podcast try and remember what it’s like to be a rebellious teen, explore a cool/freaky deserted island and talk a lot about fate.

Technical note: Mike knocked the cable out of his microphone partway through recording, so we are using a back-up for his track. The audio quality is a little bit lower than usual.

Players: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt), Mike Ruffolo (@ruffolom) & Moe Murtadi (@mmurtadi)

Special Guest: Kam Konek (@TheKamdyman)

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

The NES Pod: Website | Apple Podcasts | Spotify

SHOW NOTES:

  • 2:00 Kam tells us about the New Entertainment System Podcast
  • 3:15 Fast Pitch: Oxenfree Edition
  • 4:55 What did you know about Oxenfree before we started recording?
  • 6:55 What platforms did we play Oxenfree on?
  • 7:35 What is the gameplay of Oxenfree?
  • 9:40 Mike compares the game to Night in the Woods, Jacob compares the game to coming-of-age movies like Perks of Being a Wallflower and the Spectacular Now and Moe talks about Unity
  • 11:55 The game’s characters
  • 16:05 An explanation of the game’s multiple endings and “Clarissa [expletive] sucks”
  • 18:10 The start of Oxenfree and Mike explains the dialogue/speech bubble system
  • 22:25 The game’s big spooky twist [major spoilers start here]
  • 25:45 Comparing Oxenfree to a VHS player
  • 28:15 The game’s music and scenery were tranquil, but the lack of fast travel made Moe rage
  • 30:45 The map is frustratingly hard to use
  • 32:05 Bugs
  • 34:45 What the heck is actually going on?
  • 37:30 “What did you all think of the dialogue and writing?”
  • 42:55 The game starts funnelling you towards the end of the game
  • 50:00 We compares Oxenfree to Stranger Things and Interstellar
  • 54:05 The final choice and time loops?
  • 1:04:15 “Is leave possible”, New Game+ and the Oxenfree ARG (the ARG documentary that Jacob mentioned)
  • 1:08:00 Other players entering your experience?
  • 1:10:10 Mike brings up Nietzsche and Amor Fati… Moe brings up Frozen
  • 1:17:00 We cap off the episode with some sound talk and our final thoughts
  • 1:24:30 A solo version of the Left Behind Game Show and a blooper

Thank you to @jacobdekk, @storyeverpod and @LudonarrativeFM for the questions!

NEXT SHOWS:

  • A Short Hike w/ Jacob, Moe, Mike: April 15th
  • The Last of Us w/ Jacob, Moe, Mike and Matt Storm (aka Stormageddon): April 29th

(NEW) LEAVE US A VOICEMAIL: If you want a chance to get your voice on the show, give us a call at (734) 489-9753 and tell us what you think about one of this month’s games! This is a U.S. number, long distance charges apply for international callers. 

DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast with a focus on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server!

TIP JAR: If you’re feeling generous and love the show, we have a PayPal tip jar! Any funds raised will go towards hosting our site and paying for games and equipment as we look to bring you higher quality content every month.

083: Broken Age

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We kickstart a tale of two humans in two different worlds in Broken Age.

Developer: Double Fine Productions | Publisher: Double Fine Productions | Full Release: April 28, 2015

Jacob and special guests Jessica Fantauzzo, Katie Lesperance and Travis Colenutt talk about their adventure game experience (or lack thereof), laughed out loud and got so frustrated with the Hexipals.

Players: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt)

Special Guests: Jessica Fantauzzo (@jfant), Travis Colenutt (@TravisColenutt) & Katie Lesperance (@lesperak)

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

SHOW NOTES:

  • 2:40 What is your fast pitch on Broken Age?
  • 5:10 Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter?
  • 6:50 The Broken Age Fast Pitch
  • 8:05 How did we play Broken Age?
  • 10:25 How does Broken Age start and how did you start?
  • 13:00 The voice cast is wild in this game (Jack Black, Elijah Wood, Will Wheaton and Jennifer Hale, for instance)
  • 13:40 General thoughts about Act 1
  • 14:50 The start of Shay’s Act 1
  • 18:40 Shay meets Marek
  • 20:50 Travis’ human parent conspiracy theory
  • 23:05 Marek’s errands
  • 25:35 The start of Vella’s Act 1 (Sugar Bunting)
  • 28:25 Confronting Mog Chothra for the first time
  • 30:35 Getting to Merriloft and losing your vowels
  • 34:00 Going down to Shellmound
  • 39:00 Fighting Mog Chothra and “the twist”
  • 44:10 Act 2 (and frustration) start!
  • 50:45 Laying out the story in Act 2?
  • 59:30 Diving deep on the Act story
  • 1:06:00 Wiring (and re-wiring) Hexipals
  • 1:09:55 More highlights from our experience and questions from Twitter
  • 1:23:20 Final thoughts (Jacob’s quote came from here and we spoke about 101 Dalmatians: Escape from DeVil Manor and Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland)
  • 1:28:35 We take a trip to the Left Behind Game Show!

Thank you to @VGRations, @CSGThomas, @ALittleBreath, @WTFamicom, @the_nmac, @PoundJayYi & Michael Ruffolo for your comments and questions!

NEXT SHOWS:

  • Oxenfree w/ Jacob, Moe and Kam Konek: April 1st
  • A Short Hike w/ guests TBD: April 15th
  • The Last of Us w/ Jacob, Moe, Mike and Matt (aka Stormageddon): April 29th

DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast with a focus on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server!

TIP JAR: If you’re feeling generous and love the show, we have a PayPal tip jar! Any funds raised will go towards hosting our site and paying for games and equipment as we look to bring you higher quality content every month.

082: Gato Roboto

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We jump into robotic armour as KiKi the Cat in Gato Roboto.

Developer: doinksoft | Publisher: Devolver Digital | Initial Release Date: May 30, 2019

Jacob, Moe (or Meow as he would like to be called from now on) and special guests Joseph Hooper and Arsene Lakpa from the Player Player Podcast jump into submarines, turrets and robot suits, enter bullet hells and laugh at some feline-leaning humour.

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

Special Guests: Joseph Hooper (@The3HoopMan) & Arsene Lakpa (@LeekyLeek13)

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

The Player Player Podcast Links: Twitter | Spotify | Apple Podcasts

SHOW NOTES:

  • 2:30 What is your fast pitch on Gato Roboto?
  • 3:20 What did you know about Gato Roboto before we podcasted?
  • 6:30 What is the gameplay style (and yes, the cat’s name is Kiki)?
  • 9:25 How does Gato Roboto start?
  • 12:00 Boss fights and vehicles
  • 18:25 Enemy types
  • 19:40 Weapons, power-ups and cartridges
  • 23:20 A short intermission about Playdate and how the console’s graphics are similar
  • 25:55 Was this game going to deliver an Undertale ending?
  • 27:40 The ending sequence
  • 33:35 The post-credit scene
  • 36:10 Final thoughts about Gato Roboto
  • 40:55 Other metroidvania games that we loved (we have covered Guacamelee, Shadow Complex and Ori and the Blind Forest)
  • 45:30 The Player Player Podcast pitch

NEXT SHOWS:

  • Broken Age w/ Jacob and special guests Katie Lesperance, Travis Colenutt and Jessica Fantauzzo: March 18th
  • Oxenfree w/ Jacob, Moe and a special guest (TBA): April 1st

DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast with a focus on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server!

TIP JAR: If you’re feeling generous and love the show, we have a PayPal tip jar! Any funds raised will go towards hosting our site and paying for games and equipment as we look to bring you higher quality content every month.

081: Batman: The Telltale Series (Episode 5 – City of Light)

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Gotham becomes uncaged in Batman: The Telltale Series (Episode 5). Will it become re-caged?

Developer: Telltale Games | Publisher: Telltale Games | Initial Release Date: December 13, 2016

Jacob, Mike and Moe face off with their remaining foes, make weighty choices about body parts and look to fix all of Gotham’s issues.

Players: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt), Mike Ruffolo (@ruffolom) & Moe Murtadi (@mmurtadi)

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

SHOW NOTES:

  • 2:05 Recap of Episode 4’s Endings
  • Episode 5 Thoughts:
    • 2:25 Chapter 1: Loose Ends & Chapter 2: Revelations (Penguin)
    • 9:30 Chapter 1: Loose Ends & Chapter 2: Revelations (Harvey Dent)
    • 20:10 Chapter 3: On The Trail
    • 25:10 Chapter 4: The Legacy
    • 33:10 Chapter 5: Executive Decision
    • 42:45 Chapter 6: A New Day in Gotham
  • 47:55 What style of Batman were we?
  • 51:10 Our final thoughts about Episode 5 and the whole series

NEXT SHOWS:

  • Gato Roboto w/ Jacob, Moe and special guests Arsene Lakpa and Joseph Hooper from the Player Player Podcast: March 4th
  • Broken Age w/ Jacob and special guests Katie Lesperance, Travis Colenutt and Jessica Fantauzzo: March 18th

DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast with a focus on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server!

TIP JAR: If you’re feeling generous and love the show, we have a PayPal tip jar! Any funds raised will go towards hosting our site and paying for games and equipment as we look to bring you higher quality content every month.

080: Batman: The Telltale Series (Episode 4 – Guardian of Gotham)

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We stan Troy Baker in Batman: The Telltale Series (Episode 4).

Developer: Telltale Games | Publisher: Telltale Games | Initial Release Date: November 22, 2016

Jacob, Mike and Moe rage at civilians, meet a new friend and finally get a W in these trying times.

Players: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt), Mike Ruffolo (@ruffolom) & Moe Murtadi (@mmurtadi)

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

SHOW NOTES:

  • 2:15 Recap of Episode 3’s Cliffhanger Ending
  • Episode 4 Thoughts:
    • 2:40 Chapter 1 – Price of Admission
    • 6:00 Chapter 2 – A Serious House
    • Chapter 3 – Home Sweet Home
      • 15:25 The Checkpoint
      • 23:15 The Vale Home
    • 34:55 Chapter 4 – Back to Business
    • 38:50 Chapter 5 – Another Night in the Office
    • Chapter 6 – The Good, The Bat and The Ugly
      • 49:55 Wayne Enterprises Route
      • 54:10 Wayne Manor Route

NEXT SHOWS:

  • Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 5: February 26th
  • Gato Roboto: March 4th
  • Broken Age: March 18th

DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast with a focus on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server!

TIP JAR: If you’re feeling generous and love the show, we have a PayPal tip jar! Any funds raised will go towards hosting our site and paying for games and equipment as we look to bring you higher quality content every month.

079: Batman: The Telltale Series (Episode 3 – New World Order)

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We prance, dance and romance in Batman: The Telltale Series (Episode 3).

Developer: Telltale Games | Publisher: Telltale Games | Initial Release Date: October 25, 2016

Jacob, Mike and Moe coddle their sweet baby boy, Harvey Dent, meet Lucius Fox and find out more about the leader of the Children of Arkham.

Players: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt), Mike Ruffolo (@ruffolom) & Moe Murtadi (@mmurtadi)

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

SHOW NOTES:

  • 1:40 Recap of Episode 2’s Cliffhanger Ending
  • Episode 3 Thoughts:
    • 3:35 Chapter 1 – State of the Union
    • 8:15 Chapter 2 – A Man Unhinged
    • 14:40 Chapter 3 – Hostile Takeover & Chapter 4 – Off the Rails
    • 26:20 Chapter 5 – Third Wheel
    • 34:00 Chapter 06- The Best of Us
  • 46:35 Final Thoughts (Jacob referred to this documentary by noclip)

NEXT SHOWS:

  • Batman: The Telltale Series
    • Episode 4: February 19th
    • Episode 5: February 26th
  • March Games (Dates TBD)
    • Gato Roboto
    • Broken Age

DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast with a focus on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server!

TIP JAR: If you’re feeling generous and love the show, we have a PayPal tip jar! Any funds raised will go towards hosting our site and paying for games and equipment as we look to bring you higher quality content every month.

078: Batman: The Telltale Series (Episode 2 – Children of Arkham)

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We look into our confusing past and make a choice about present romances while the future of Gotham hangs in the balance in Batman: The Telltale Series (Episode 2).

Developer: Telltale Games | Publisher: Telltale Games | Initial Release Date: September 20, 2016

Jacob, Mike and Moe ease the pain of our foes, bankroll our friends and approach corrupt politicians with caution.

Players: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt), Mike Ruffolo (@ruffolom) & Moe Murtadi (@mmurtadi)

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

SHOW NOTES:

  • 2:05 Recap of where we left off in Episode 1
  • Episode 2 Thoughts:
    • 5:05 Chapter 1 – Broken Memories
    • 6:15 Chapter 2 – The Children
    • 14:30 Chapter 3 – A Big Fan
    • 18:20 Chapter 4 – Two of a Kind
    • 25:55 Chapter 5 – The Incumbent (Bruce Wayne)
    • 26:30 Chapter 5 – The Incumbent (Batman)
    • 28:40 Chapter 6 – Narrow Margins
  • 41:00 Wrap-Up

NEXT SHOWS:

  • Batman: The Telltale Series
    • Episode 3: February 12th
    • Episode 4: February 19th
    • Episode 5: February 26th
  • March Games (Dates TBD)
    • Gato Roboto
    • Broken Age

DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast with a focus on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server!

TIP JAR: If you’re feeling generous and love the show, we have a PayPal tip jar! Any funds raised will go towards hosting our site and paying for games and equipment as we look to bring you higher quality content every month.

077: Batman: The Telltale Series (Episode 1 – Realm of Shadows)

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We dive into the life of Gotham’s most eligible bachelor in Batman: The Telltale Series (Episode 1).

Developer: Telltale Games | Publisher: Telltale Games | Initial Release Date: August 2, 2016

Jacob, Mike and Moe gush about their love for the Batman, meet mysterious new friends at the local coffee shop and hurt some bad bad men.

Players: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt), Mike Ruffolo (@ruffolom) & Moe Murtadi (@mmurtadi)

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

SHOW NOTES:

  • Pre-E1 Thoughts:
    • 2:30 What did you know about Batman: The Telltale Series before we started?
    • 4:30 How did we play the game? Also, our struggles with the Xbox Elite Controller.
    • 6:40 How would you describe this game to someone who hasn’t played a Telltale Game and playing it in front of a significant other.
    • 9:20 Our experience with the Batman series.
    • 12:35 How will we play our Batman?
    • 15:45 Graphic and sound (The Telltale Tool)
    • 17:45 What is the Shadows Edition?
  • Episode 1 Thoughts:
    • 18:15 Chapter 1: Welcome to Gotham
    • 19:05 Chapter 2: The One that Got Away
    • 26:35 Chapter 3: Meet the Press
    • 31:25 Chapter 4: World’s Greatest Detective
      • 40:10 Entering “Detective Mode” for the first time
      • *Jacob misquoted Jake Vanaman. He spoke about how one of the initial choices in Walking Dead S1 was lopsided and how it was their team’s fault for not justifying one choice as well as another (source). 
    • 47:05 Chapter 5: Room with a View
    • 1:00:55 Chapter 6: Family Secrets
    • 1:03:25 Final thoughts

NEXT SHOWS:

  • Batman: The Telltale Series [Episode 2]: February 5th
  • Batman: The Telltale Series [Episode 3]: February 12th
  • Batman: The Telltale Series [Episode 4]: February 19th
  • Batman: The Telltale Series [Episode 5]: February 26th

DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast with a focus on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server!

TIP JAR: If you’re feeling generous and love the show, we have a PayPal tip jar! Any funds raised will go towards hosting our site and paying for games and equipment as we look to bring you higher quality content every month.