Series: Gamer Heroes

A weekly podcast series dedicated to video games of all kinds. We’ll discuss the latest news and upcoming releases, plus detailed episodes covering consoles including Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo, and Sony Playstation, mobile gaming including Android and iOS, plus PC gaming.

E3 2019 Recap

E3 2019 Recap
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It’s time!  E3 2019 has come and gone, and you get the opportunity to have it summarized by three guys who didn’t attend! Come hang out for TWO HOURS while we talk about our favorite moments from the show!

Links are below for the articles we used for our recap!  Go give ’em a click!

Got questions to ask the hosts?  Hit us up on twitter (@GamerHeroesPod) and we could talk about it on the show!

Feel free to give us some love on our socials! You could even just forget we’re playing on your phone all day while your headphones are plugged in at work.  That’s cool too, we won’t mind.

Don’t forget to subscribe! We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

Find more about the GGKC folks at gg-kc.com.

Help support the show by becoming a Patron and get access to our exclusive Patron Lounge on Slack! – patreon.com/HeroesPodcasts.

Not looking for a long-term commitment? No problem. Every dollar truly helps, so buy us a coffee over at ko-fi.com/heroespodcasts!

Sources:

EA: https://www.gamesradar.com/ea-e3-2019/
Microsoft:
 https://www.gamesradar.com/microsoft-xbox-e3-2019/
Bethesda:
 https://www.gamesradar.com/bethesda-e3-2019/
Ubisoft:
 https://www.gamesradar.com/ubisoft-e3-2019/
Kinda Funny Games Showcase:
 https://www.onlysp.com/kinda-funny-games-showcase-e3-2019-all-games-list/
Square-Enix:
 https://www.gamesradar.com/square-enix-e3-2019/
Nintendo: 
https://www.gamesradar.com/nintendo-e3-2019/

Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Host Kam Konek

Guests Jimmy Hart, Chris Mowry

Editor Kam Konek  

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music Lifeformed

iTunes Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6x6MugEKoQAgV99OKkZmWp

Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Link https://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

RSS Feed Link http://heroespodcasts.com/feed/podcast/gamerheroes

Social Media @GamerHeroesPod & @GG_Kansas_City

Challenge Mode: Halo Music & Marty O’Donnell

Challenge Mode 5 is here!  We hope you’re having as much fun listening to these as we are recording them! This time around, Thomas gives us a profile on the composer Marty O’Donnell, and his life and work up to and during the Halo franchise.  There’s a lot of gushing about how cool the soundtracks are in this episode, you have been warned.

(psst, also if you’re in the Kansas City area and want to connect with local gamers, join the LFG KC Facebook Group!)

Feel free to give us some feedback by hitting up our socials!  Or even just forget we’re playing on your phone all day while your headphones are plugged in at work.  That’s cool too, we won’t mind.

Don’t forget to subscribe! We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

Sign-up for our weekly newsletter! Head over to heroespodcasts.com/newsletter to sign-up today.

Help support the show by becoming a Patron and get access to our exclusive Patron Lounge on Slack! – patreon.com/HeroesPodcasts.

Not looking for a long-term commitment? No problem. Every dollar truly helps, so buy us a coffee over at ko-fi.com/heroespodcasts!

Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Hosts Thomas Egan | Kam Konek

Guest Liang Deng

Editor Kam Konek

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music from https://filmmusic.io: “Nile’s Blues” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

iTunes Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6x6MugEKoQAgV99OKkZmWp

Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Link https://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

RSS Feed Link http://heroespodcasts.com/feed/podcast/gamerheroes

Social Media @GamerHeroesPod | @GG_Kansas_City

E3 2019 Prediction Show!

Thomas and Kam use their COOL NEW MICROPHONES to give their predictions that NOBODY ASKED FOR.

We also spend WAY TOO LONG talking about Death Stranding’s 2019 release date, at least 100 new Celeste levels, Watch Dogs 3 getting leaked, and Cuphead coming to the Tesla???  So much is happening because E3 week CANNOT BE CONTAINED.

Got questions to ask the hosts?  Hit us up on twitter (@GamerHeroesPod) and we could talk about it on the show! Feel free to give us some love on our socials! You could even just forget we’re playing on your phone all day while your headphones are plugged in at work.  That’s cool too, we won’t mind.

Don’t forget to subscribe! We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

Find more about the GGKC folks at gg-kc.com.

Help support the show by becoming a Patron and get access to our exclusive Patron Lounge on Slack! – patreon.com/HeroesPodcasts.

Not looking for a long-term commitment? No problem. Every dollar truly helps, so buy us a coffee over at ko-fi.com/heroespodcasts!

Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Hosts Thomas Egan & Kam Konek

Editor Kam Konek

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music Lifeformed

iTunes Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6x6MugEKoQAgV99OKkZmWp

Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Link https://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

RSS Feed Link http://heroespodcasts.com/feed/podcast/gamerheroes

Social Media @GamerHeroesPod & @GG_Kansas_City

E3 2019 Prediction Show!

Challenge Mode #4: How Persona 4 Changed My Life

We’re back from an accidental hiatus for Challenge Mode Episode 4!

This week, Kam shares his feelings on one of his favorite games of all time: Persona 4 Golden.  Specifically, what makes it and the res of the Persona series so cool and interesting, as well as how the themes and relationships in the game changed his life for the better.

(psst, also if you’re in the Kansas City area and want to connect with local gamers, join the GGKC Facebook Group!)

Feel free to give us some feedback by hitting up our socials!  Or even just forget we’re playing on your phone all day while your headphones are plugged in at work.  That’s cool too, we won’t mind.

Don’t forget to subscribe! We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

Sign-up for our weekly newsletter! Head over to heroespodcasts.com/newsletter to sign-up today.

Help support the show by becoming a Patron and get access to our exclusive Patron Lounge on Slack! – patreon.com/HeroesPodcasts.

Not looking for a long-term commitment? No problem. Every dollar truly helps, so buy us a coffee over at ko-fi.com/heroespodcasts!

Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Hosts Thomas Egan | Kam Konek | Jimmy Hart

Editor Kam Konek

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music from https://filmmusic.io: “Nile’s Blues” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

iTunes Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6x6MugEKoQAgV99OKkZmWp

Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Link https://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

RSS Feed Link http://heroespodcasts.com/feed/podcast/gamerheroes

Social Media @GamerHeroesPod @GG_Kansas_City

Puzzling Bonds

Apologies for the audio quality issues!  They’ll be fixed next week, we promise.  🙂

Also light spoiler warning for Undertale in the first half of the episode.  Just FYI.

This week, Thomas played Undertale on a livestream with no commentary! Kam is hopelessly addicted to manual labor and social interaction in Stardew Valley!  An eternal friendship is forged through an unlikely source: Tetris Plus. We also take some time to talk Super Mario Maker 2, and Sony and Microsoft playing friendly!  We recorded this podcast in the pouring rain and thunder because we’re CRAZY!

Got questions to ask the hosts?  Hit us up on twitter (@GamerHeroesPod) and we could talk about it on the show!

Feel free to give us some love on our socials! You could even just forget we’re playing on your phone all day while your headphones are plugged in at work.  That’s cool too, we won’t mind. Don’t forget to subscribe! We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

Find more about the GGKC folks at gg-kc.com.

Help support the show by becoming a Patron and get access to our exclusive Patron Lounge on Slack! – patreon.com/HeroesPodcasts.

Not looking for a long-term commitment? No problem. Every dollar truly helps, so buy us a coffee over at ko-fi.com/heroespodcasts!

Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Hosts Thomas Egan & Kam Konek

Editor Kam Konek

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music Lifeformed

iTunes Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6x6MugEKoQAgV99OKkZmWp

Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Link https://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

RSS Feed Link http://heroespodcasts.com/feed/podcast/gamerheroes

Social Media @GamerHeroesPod & @GG_Kansas_City

Slingin’ Drinks

This week! Kam falls in love with the legendary waifu bartending simulator VA-11 HALL-A and FINALLY commits to playing Stardew Valley!  Thomas talks about a cool game with a cooler name: Astro Bears Party, and gives Kam some welcome advice on proper digital farming.  Xbox talks how to not be terrible on the internet!  VICE Games tells us that Pokemon has probably impacted your brain in a cool way!

Wanna have something to say during the show too?  Hit us up on twitter (@GamerHeroesPod) and we could talk about it on the show!

Shout-out to Ysbryd Games for providing us with a copy of VA-11 HALL-A to talk about on the show!

Feel free to give us some love on our socials! You could even just forget we’re playing on your phone all day while your headphones are plugged in at work.  That’s cool too, we won’t mind. Don’t forget to subscribe! We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

Find more about the GGKC folks at gg-kc.com.

Help support the show by becoming a Patron and get access to our exclusive Patron Lounge on Slack! – patreon.com/HeroesPodcasts.

Not looking for a long-term commitment? No problem. Every dollar truly helps, so buy us a coffee over at ko-fi.com/heroespodcasts!

Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Hosts Thomas Egan & Kam Konek

Editor Kam Konek

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music Lifeformed

iTunes Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6x6MugEKoQAgV99OKkZmWp Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Link https://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

RSS Feed Link http://heroespodcasts.com/feed/podcast/gamerheroes

Social Media @GamerHeroesPod & @GG_Kansas_City

Slingin’ Drinks

2019 Game Releases Check-in

EDITOR’S NOTE: We ran into some issues during that we didn’t catch until after everything was exported.  Occasionally, you may here brief sections of conversation where the audio drops out and unfortunately we couldn’t recover it.  The issue has been addressed for the future. So we likely won’t run into this again.  Thanks for your patience and understanding, friends!

In this week’s episode, Kam talks Persona 5 Royal and Thomas talks Hearthstone. It’s like nothing’s changed!  We also realized that too many games have been announced and decide to go through the remaining list of 2019 game releases!

Are there any video games you’re looking forward to in 2019?  Anything a must buy? Let us know by tweeting at us @GamerHeroesPod and we could feature your picks on the next episode!

Feel free to give us some love on our socials! 

You could even just forget we’re playing on your phone all day while your headphones are plugged in at work.  That’s cool too, we won’t mind.

Don’t forget to subscribe! We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

Find more about the GGKC folks at gg-kc.com.

Help support the show by becoming a Patron and get access to our exclusive Patron Lounge on Slack! – patreon.com/HeroesPodcasts.

Not looking for a long-term commitment? No problem. Every dollar truly helps, so buy us a coffee over at ko-fi.com/heroespodcasts!

Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Hosts Thomas Egan & Kam Konek

Editor Kam Konek

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music Lifeformed

iTunes Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6x6MugEKoQAgV99OKkZmWp

Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Link https://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

RSS Feed Link http://heroespodcasts.com/feed/podcast/gamerheroes

Social Media @GamerHeroesPod & @GG_Kansas_City

Challenge Mode #3: Perceptions of Gaming

Welcome to episode three of Challenge Mode!  It’s the show where we revisit video games, the culture surrounding them, and the people who play and make them!

This week we talk about gaming culturally and what different groups of people think about gaming! New episodes of Challenge Mode will go up every two weeks right here in the Gamer Heroes podcast feed, so keep it here for more Challenge Mode!  Enjoy, friends!

(psst, also if you’re in the Kansas City area and want to connect with local gamers, join the GGKC Facebook Group!)

Feel free to give us some feedback by hitting up our socials!  Or even just forget we’re playing on your phone all day while your headphones are plugged in at work.  That’s cool too, we won’t mind.

Don’t forget to subscribe! We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

Sign-up for our weekly newsletter! Head over to heroespodcasts.com/newsletter to sign-up today.

Help support the show by becoming a Patron and get access to our exclusive Patron Lounge on Slack! – patreon.com/HeroesPodcasts.

Not looking for a long-term commitment? No problem. Every dollar truly helps, so buy us a coffee over at ko-fi.com/heroespodcasts!

Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Hosts Thomas Egan, Kam Konek, and Jimmy Hart

Editor Kam Konek

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music from https://filmmusic.io: “Nile’s Blues” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

iTunes Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6x6MugEKoQAgV99OKkZmWp

Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Link https://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

RSS Feed Link http://heroespodcasts.com/feed/podcast/gamerheroes

Social Media @GamerHeroesPod @GG_Kansas_City

SteamWorld Quest: A Review

SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is the fifth game in the SteamWorld universe starting back with 2010’s SteamWorld Tower Defense for the 3DS. Since then, we’ve seen two digging platformers in the form of SteamWorld Dig (2013) and SteamWorld Dig 2 (2017), as well as a turn-based RPG in SteamWorld Heist (2015). You can click on the hyperlinks to see my thoughts on some of those games. With that said, SteamWorld Quest is a almost completely different beast. My review here will be primarily spoiler-free but I will note some points and share some images and video from the first 4 chapters of the game.

So let’s begin. SteamWorld Quest is an RPG, that much can be sure. Per Image & Form Games’s press information:

SteamWorld Quest is the roleplaying card game you’ve been waiting for! Lead a party of aspiring heroes through a beautiful hand-drawn world and intense battles using only your wits and a handful of cards. Take on whatever threat comes your way by crafting your own deck choosing from over 100 unique punch-cards!

What awaits you is a luscious treasure chest filled with gold, dragons, vivid worlds, magic, knights in shining armor as well as XP, turn-based battles and all that good RPG stuff! The game’s humorous mix of traditional fantasy and steampunk robots makes for an unforgettable experience with lots of laughs.

Now, let’s shake some of this out. The game is a straight up fantasy RPG with a steampunk style. The steampunk style is in line with the previous SteamWorld games and has come to be one of my favorite video game aesthetics. The animation is lively, bright, unique, and a joy to view. Our three main characters, Armilly, Copernica, and Galleo each fill a relatively standard RPG role. Armilly is our hero though. She is cliche but in a tongue-in-cheek nature.

In fact, the whole game is very self-aware of RPG cliche and that’s just fine. Armilly is essentially our fighter warrior. She has a sword and can increase her strength in battle. Copernica, on the other hand, is our magic barer. She can cast spells of ice, fire, shielding, and more. Finally, Galleo is our tank but reminds me a bit of Overwatch’s Brigitte in that he can provide additional armor and healing while being able to soak up damage.SteamWorld Quest Journey 1

The battle mechanics are really where the game finds its footing, however. As the description says, the battles are turn-based and card-based. Now, when this was initially announced during a Nintendo Direct, I was concerned. Recently, card-based games where you can collect and craft cards have seemed like money pits, pay to win, freemium games. Hearthstone, for example, while a joy to play and really well done, it’s pretty difficult to be competitive without spending a lot of money or playing literally every day. So I was worried this would be similar. Would we be buying individual cards? Blind card packs? Purchasing some kind of dust or in-game currency to craft?

Actually, we don’t do any of that. Not one bit. There aren’t any microtransactions to date. I was shocked but in the best way possible.

SteamWorld Quest Punch-card Tutorial 1

So how does the card-based battle system work? It’s actually pretty interesting and intuitive. You see, at the beginning of a battle, you draw cards. Cards are associated with a specific hero. Strike and Upgrade cards build up Steam Pressure. Steam Pressure is required for Skill cards. For example, if you watch the video below, it shows a single turn. You can see that I play a Strike card but it does not give me enough SP to play by Skill card, Brave Buster, so I play a second Strike card which adds enough SP for me to play the Skill card.

You can play three cards on a turn and eventually you can chain cards together if you play all three from a single hero. In the video below, you’ll see that I was able to use three cards for Armilly. This chaining action adds a fourth card that has an effect, in this case, dealing more damage, but that will vary based on the hero being chained.

As noted before, you will earn new cards throughout the game as you come across treasure chests and level up. Additionally, you can craft cards for your heroes. Crafting cards is fairly simple and is done from the Deck screen. Shaded cards are card types you could craft but have not done so yet. Each card requires specific resources in order to craft it. “To Victory”, for example, requires 250 gold pieces, 5 lustrous fibers, and 10 smoldering ember. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough lustrous fiber, so I cannot craft this card yet.

The story brings our heroes across many different villains ranging from fairly basic characters to those with unique and complicated move sets, including boss level characters like Captain Canary, shown below. Battles range as far as the number of opponents you’ll confront, but the number of heroes you bring into the battle will depend on how many are you in party and how many are still conscious. Tómba, for example, are essentially bomb beetles. While they don’t appear to do much early on, they pack a very serious and deadly punch once they build up enough SP. Confronting these little steambots changed my whole strategy going into battle. I even crafted some cards and altered by decks just to beat them.

SteamWorld Quest Captain Canary

I think that’s all I want to reveal at this time. Overall, SteamWorld Quest is a solid and pleasantly surprising addition to the universe. The card battle system is unique and compelling, challenging and interesting. The characters are a bit corny but that’s clearly on purpose. The art is again, unique. It’s lively, joyful, bright, and appealing hour after hour. The music is bouncy and fun, never feeling repetitive even though I know it repeats. The cheesy characters and story might not be for you, but it hits me strong and I find it a bright spot to my day when I’m able to play. While I do prefer the platformer genre of SteamWorld Dig 1 & 2, SteamWorld Quest has increased by interest in turn-based RPGs. And I think that in itself is a big positive.

If you’ve enjoyed the previous games in this series, especially SteamWorld Heist, I would definitely recommend this new entry in the franchise. If you are looking for a new Indie game and enjoy RPGs with turn-based battle system, I would also recommend this game due to the unique nature of the card battles.

SteamWorld Quest releases April 25th, 2019 on Nintendo Switch for $24.99 USD (€24.99 /£22.49).

You can find additional information on the game through their official website: www.imageform.se/game/steamworld-quest

Game was played 100% in handheld mode on Nintendo Switch.

A review copy of this game was provided by Image & Form.

Follow me on Twitter @TheStarTrekDude to talk to me about this game in more detail!

Music:

  • District Four Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  • SteamWorld Quest theme loop recorded in-game on Nintendo Switch

SteamWorld Quest: A Review

Kill Your Past

Knock Knock!  Who’s there?  VIDEO GAMES. 

This week, we talk the new Enter the Gungeon and Hearthstone expansions, and more The Division 2!  Thomas is also overjoyed that he can now get rid of his terrible PSN name!  I guess some Star Wars happened too.

Feel free to give us some feedback by hitting up our socials!  Or even just forget we’re playing on your phone all day while your headphones are plugged in at work.  That’s cool too, we won’t mind.

Don’t forget to subscribe! We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

Find more about the GGKC folks at gg-kc.com.

Help support the show by becoming a Patron and get access to our exclusive Patron Lounge on Slack! – patreon.com/HeroesPodcasts.

Not looking for a long-term commitment? No problem. Every dollar truly helps, so buy us a coffee over at ko-fi.com/heroespodcasts!

Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Hosts Thomas Egan & Kam Konek

Editor Kam Konek

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music Lifeformed

iTunes Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6x6MugEKoQAgV99OKkZmWp

Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Link https://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

RSS Feed Link http://heroespodcasts.com/feed/podcast/gamerheroes

Social Media @GamerHeroesPod & @GG_Kansas_City

Challenge Mode #2 – Effort vs. Reward

Welcome to episode two of Challenge Mode!  It’s a series where we revisit video games, the culture surrounding them, and the people who play them!  Fun fact!  We recorded this before we had a name for the show!  We’re professionals!

In this episode we discuss our personal feelings on effort vs. reward in gaming, and provide some examples of what we feel works well and doesn’t! New episodes of Challenge Mode will go up every two weeks right here in the Gamer Heroes podcast feed, so keep it here for more Challenge Mode!  Enjoy, friends!

(psst, also if you’re in the Kansas City area and want to connect with local gamers, join the GGKC Facebook Group!)

Feel free to give us some feedback by hitting up our socials!  Or even just forget we’re playing on your phone all day while your headphones are plugged in at work.  That’s cool too, we won’t mind.

Don’t forget to subscribe! We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

Sign-up for our weekly newsletter! Head over to heroespodcasts.com/newsletter to sign-up today.

Help support the show by becoming a Patron and get access to our exclusive Patron Lounge on Slack! – patreon.com/HeroesPodcasts.

Not looking for a long-term commitment? No problem. Every dollar truly helps, so buy us a coffee over at ko-fi.com/heroespodcasts!

Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Hosts Thomas Egan, Kam Konek, and Jimmy Hart

Editor Kam Konek

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music from https://filmmusic.io: “Nile’s Blues” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

iTunes Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6x6MugEKoQAgV99OKkZmWp

Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

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OVERWHELM Game Review

Kam from Gamer Heroes brings you  his review of OVERWHELM for the Nintendo Switch!  A full written version of the review can be found below:


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Developer: Ruari O’Sullivan| Publisher: Alliance| Platforms: Switch, PC (Steam)

In the interest of full disclosure, a copy of this game was provided by popagenda on behalf of the developer for review purposes. The version played for review was on the Nintendo Switch platform.

Every once in a while, a game comes along that makes you appreciate the medium a little bit more. I hadn’t really run across a game personally that nailed the experience of anxiety and hopelessness until I came across OVERWHELM. It’s tense, it’s hectic, it’s even downright scary at times. True to its name, I was unbelievably tense and worried the whole game, but I just kept coming back for more.

OVERWHELM is a side-scrolling action platformer with some horror elements thrown in. You play as a soldier sent into a heavily-infested series of caverns to combat something ominously referred to only as “the Hive.” The goal is pretty straight-forward from the get-go: collect the five crystals spread around the map, bring them back to the center, and get the hell out. It seems simple, but the game will make you fight and learn for every single bit of progress, only to have you start over again as you inevitably fail. Your entire skill set consists of a dashing punch move, an uppercut double-jump, a single-shot pistol with limited ammunition, and three lives to pull it off. Oh, and you die in one hit. Sounds easy, right?

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Working your way through the various areas in OVERWHELM for the first time is absolutely harrowing. You never know what’s around the corner and whether or not it’s already lined up an attack. Coupled with the incredible sound design that incorporates some deep bass synth tones, petrifying white noise, and the scariest of all, absolute silence, the developer delivers a truly unique horror experience. Nothing about this game is scary in a traditional horror sense (after all, the regular monsters are just small white bunches of pixels) but the emergent feeling of dread and horror created by the always real possibility of immediately losing your run had my heart pounding every time I picked up this game for a session.

Once you lose your first life, you start to be able to see less of the screen, as if you, the player, is getting tunnel vision from being too freaked out to think straight. That effect is only amplified on your last life, too. The tunnel vision obscures your remaining ammunition and the silence is broken with some of the most unsettling white noise I’ve heard in a while. Almost as if to call you out, the game also flashes “LAST CHANCE” boldly in the center of the screen before you go off to try and survive just a little bit longer. Eventually you make it to a crystal, all of which are guarded by bosses that aren’t terribly difficult, but force you to learn their attack patterns and how they work. Once you throw yourself at it enough to finally kill the boss and grab that crystal is really when the magic of this game begins to shine.

Because, as the game says, the hive grows stronger.

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I absolutely love this game’s twist on typical rogue-like elements. Once you finally beat the boss, you don’t get stronger or get a new power up, but the enemies do. It felt like the hive you’re there to destroy has finally acknowledged your presence and starts to fight back and adapt to you. I don’t want to go too much into it since it should absolutely be experienced, but I felt it absolutely worth mentioning since it felt really earned by the nature of how the world works. You do get the benefit of being able to immediately start a run outside the boss room of any boss you’ve beaten so far, which definitely saves you time, but you still start over from the beginning. Getting 3 or 4 crystals only to die to the last boss was genuinely soul-crushing, but still absolutely exhilarating the whole way through. Every victory felt earned and while I do take some minor issues with how your character handles while in the heat of the moment and the occasional sudden death from the unfortunate enemy placement, they made everything feel frantic and stressful.

OVERWHELM isn’t a very long game technically (I’ve seen some speedruns clocking in at about the 15 minute mark) but the amount of time and effort you’re putting forth helps it stay around a little longer. Plus, once you finish the game, you unlock the New Game+ option, which changes up the paths and makes things have more of a set path.

I also want to give a shout-out to the game’s accessibility and difficulty options, because I think they’re brilliant. The menu literally says “Overwhelm is never easy. It’s hard for some. Impossible for others. If you find it impossible, try this:” and directs you to the assist mode, which lets you have infinite lives, ammo, and aim assist, among other tweaks. Those seem like they could ruin the experience, but they absolutely don’t. It doesn’t take away from the tension of knowing the boss can kill you in one hit or the frustration of throwing yourself at a problem you can’t solve. The assists streamline the process, and allows for people to experience the game when they normally couldn’t.

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Are you the type of person that enjoys haunted houses and a steep challenge? If so, then I absolutely cannot recommend this game enough. It’s equal parts rewarding, punishing, and terrifying. The sound and visual design combines to allow for some unsettling effects that feel designed to get inside the head of the player. Even if you aren’t a thrill-seeker, I would definitely say to give it a try! The assist mode options allows the game to still keep the same challenge while allowing the spirit of the game to remain. I could go on and on about how cool this game is, so I’ll wrap it up here with this: play OVERWHELM.

Kam is one of the hosts of the Gamer Heroes podcast, head of content at GGKC, and a passable Dave Grohl look-a-like. Read more of his pretty okay words at his blog, or keep an eye on his regular attempts at humor on twitter @TheKamdyman.

Music:

  • District Four Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  • Overwhelm soundtrack, courtesy of popagenda