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037: Hitman Part 1 [Setup & Training]

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We begin our adventures as Agent 47 in Hitman.

Developer: IO Interactive | Publisher: Square Enix, Feral Interactive (Linux, macOS) & Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Definitive Edition) | First Release Date: March 11, 2016

Jacob, Mike and Moe put guards into dumpsters and steal their clothes, throw coins (and hammers) at our enemies and complete our required safety training.

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

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 2:15 How we are splitting up our Hitman series!
  • 2:45 The setup for Hitman (2016)
  • 4:20 Our individual experience with the Hitman series
  • 8:05 A quick primer on IO Interactive
  • 9:15 Mike paid full price! Why?
  • 10:15 We dive into Freeform Training
  • 13:35 Environmental awareness is key
  • 15:05 The game’s Instinct system
  • 16:05 Moe hits his Lord of the Rings quota for the episode
  • 17:15 Mike sets up the narrative plot
  • 19:25 Maybe we’ll watch a Hitman movie?
  • 20:15 Mike sets up the Final Test
  • 21:55 Moe loves the Coin
  • 23:00 Jacob is a squirrel
  • 25:35 Moe is a Colonel
  • 26:05 Michael almost retires from the Left Behind Game Club
  • 28:15 Michael throws hammers
  • 30:15 “Kobe!”
  • 33:40 Michael plays dress-up
  • 35:25 What about the projector?
  • 36:35 Mr. Knight in the radio room
  • 39:30 “The video game equivalent of crop dusting”
  • 42:25 Wrap-up

028: Tomb Raider (2013)

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We raid some tombs and discover our inner Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (2013).

Developer: Crystal Dynamics with Eidos Montreal (Multiplayer), Nixxes (Next-Gen Console Ports), Feral Interactive (Mac/Linux Ports) and Square Visual Works (CGI) | Publisher: Square Enix | Release Date: March 5, 2013

Jacob, Mike, Moe and Special Guest Kevin Reaburn travel to the Dragon’s Triangle, reminisce about TressFX and miss spring game sales by two days.

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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):

  • 1:30 Jacob re-introduces the audience to Kevin Reaburn
  • 2:40 Kevin starts with a big question: “which came first?” (correction: pre-Crystal Dynamics’ Tomb Raider games were developed by Core Design)
  • 5:30 Our exposure to the Tomb Raider franchise
  • 8:40 The writers of Tomb Raider: Rhianna Pratchett and Susan O’Connor
  • 9:30: So many credits in this game!
  • 10:05: The story of Tomb Raider (2013)
  • 11:20 It’s just called Tomb Raider, y’all
  • 13:00 What is the Definitive Edition? Also, TressFX
  • 14:50 This isn’t the “old Lara”
  • 18:35 The rest of the crew of the Endurance
  • 19:10 Hunting and gathering
  • 23:00 Survival Instinct
  • 24:15 We debate about the best weapon in the game
  • 25:20 This game is so violent and has much dirty rebar
  • 28:40 A bear trap and a wolf attack
  • 30:05 Tomb Raider’s world building
  • 31:20 Jacob’s Dad Moment
  • 33:20 Encounters with the supernatural
  • 35:50 Lara’s First Kill (“kills a deer, kills a man and kills everyone”)
  • 38:35 The game’s progression
  • 40:05 Slow-mo time (aka the Steady Shot), fire arrows and headshot reticle
  • 42:35 Combat puzzles & Tomb Raider vs. Uncharted
  • 45:05 Comparing the game to Indiana Jones
  • 46:15 Shantytown and difficulty
  • 49:00 The landscape and the tombs
  • 51:45 Smart AI
  • 53:20 Under-developed side characters
  • 54:20 Dual pistols are overrated
  • 55:30 Issues with the next-gen ports and great checkpoints
  • 59:55 The final confrontation
  • 1:04:40 The Final Hours of Tomb Raider & Jason Graves’ soundtrack/”The Instrument”
  • 1:06:25 Final thoughts
  • 1:11:00 Kevin missed the Xbox Spring Sale by two days. We tell him about for the first time here.