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A Case of Distrust Review

As soon as you enter the stylish, monochrome world of A Case of Distrust, you can immediately feel the mood this game is trying to set. It’s the 1920s, you’re a down on your luck gumshoe with a troubled past, a former cop who interacts with the seedy underbelly. There’s a lot of fun and winky nostalgia as you talk very seriously to your cat as you lament your empty fridge in the game’s clever tutorial phase.

The game has virtually no user interface. The only persistent element on the screen is a small tab in the corner that allows you to review your notes. It’s a great touch and lets you entirely focus on the story being told through the game’s text blocks and static images.

Case of Mistrust

There are three ways to interact with A Case of Distrust. There are large scenes with objects you can click on that will give you clues or flavor text, there are conversations where you can pick from multiple dialog options, or there is the “Show Notes” interface where you can press for more info or contradict someone’s story by presenting something from your detective’s notebook.

For anyone that’s played L.A. Noire or Ace Attorney or any number of detective games, this will all seem very similar. That’s really the problem with A Case of Distrust, though. The more I played, the more things felt familiar. Not a new take on an existing genre or a nostalgic look at a foregone period, but a tedious attempt to capture the feeling of something else while doing none of the work.

Case of Mistrust

The art for the still images is crisp and stylish and the writing is a fun homage to detective writers like Dashiel Hammett or Raymond Chandler, but when all is said and done you’re basically paying $15 to read a short choose-your-own adventure detective story with pictures. Your notebook fills up with red herrings as you try and press the game’s few characters for information, all of which return stock responses. Progression is linear, there is no fail state.

The game is cute and interesting, but it never quite justifies it’s price tag. The main character’s backstory is a fascinating look at a female cop in the 20s, but you never feel like you get a strong sense of who she is under the layers of PI tropes. Going from place to place can trigger a neat little conversation with a cab driver, but it never amounts to anything. It’s like an informational loading screen when nothing is loading and the information isn’t germane to the game being played.

A Cast of Distrust would be a great game for anyone looking for an introduction to the detective/noir genre in either novel or game form, but it might be a little too familiar for anyone who’s spent some time with Phoenix Wright or Humphrey Bogart.

A Case of Distrust Review

GH30 – Do You Even Half-Life?

We’ve got tons to talk about this week including more details on the upcoming Ataribox home console, tons of Indie games at Nintendo’s Nindie event including SteamWorld Dig 2, Sony’s PSVR gets a price cut, Microsoft discontinues the OG XBox One, Overwatch makes massive changes to Mercy and D.Va, plus our thoughts on Half-Life with special guest, Ryan of Screen Heroes and Buster Props! So Stay tuned!

02:58 – Ataribox Crowdfunding and Dates

09:00 – PSVR Price Cut & the State of VR

15:05 – SteamWorld Dig 2 and Other Nindie Games

21:45 – Overwatch Tweaks Mercy and D.Va, Big Time

36:00 – OG Xbox One is Discontinued

37:05 – Half-Life 3 and What Could Have Been

53:25 – Closing Thoughts and Contest Details

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Jon Czerwinski
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Ryan Couture

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Derreck Mayer

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GH25: Ataribox and Local Co-op

Ataribox shocks the world. Can Splatoon 2 survive the ridiculousness of the Nintendo Switch voice app? PS4 is getting a major update and a new service aims to help people build a better PC. Then, it’s our main topic, local co-op gaming! We talk about its history, its evolution, its near death, and just maybe, its rebirth.

01:35 –  Ataribox and their return to consoles

12:30 – PS4 5.0 Beta

22:45 – Nintendo Switch Voice App and Splatoon 2

30:17 – BLD PC Spec Service

36:00 – Local Co-op and will it survive?

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Jon Czerwinski
Derreck Mayer

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Editor
Derreck Mayer

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GH25: Ataribox and Local Co-op

GH17: Shovel Knight Interview

Yacht Club Games, makers of the smash hit indie title Shovel Knight were awesome enough to sit down with us for an interview! We talk with two of the original founders of the company, Ian and Sean. They’ve been with Shovel Knight even before there was Kickstarter. We talk about their contributions to Yacht Club games, what they do day-to-day, and then dive into Shovel Knight. We hit on the Kickstarter, stretch goals, initial release, expansions, bringing the game to the Nintendo Switch, and the newest release, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. Plus, Ian and Sean talk a little about the final two major components coming to the game slated for 2017.

0:15 – Introduction with me (Derreck)

1:20 – Interview begins with Yacht Club Games

3:55 – King’s Knight Campaign

7:00 – Expanding the game from Kickstarter

14:00 – Bringing Shovel Knight to Nintendo Switch

19:45 – Treasure Trove and new features like body swap mode

27:00 – Amiibo compatibility

31:00 – Ian and Sean’s final thoughts and Shovel Knight in 3D

35:30 – Contra NES streaming and closing

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Jon Czerwinski
Derreck Mayer

Special Guests
Ian and Sean from Yacht Club Games

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Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

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Flying Killer Robots

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GH17: Shovel Knight Interview

GH13: March Madness Showdown – Part 3

Welcome to our Video Game March Madness Showdown Quarterfinals! We’re down to our final 8 contenders but only four remain after this week’s battles. Before we dive in, we talk some news, specifically what’s going on with Microsoft’s Project Scorpio? We’ve got technical specs and more info about the fall console release. Then it’s on to Overwatch as we discuss some  possibilities for next week’s big April 11th reveal. Will the game be getting a single-player mode? You’ll have to listen in.

Mario vs Link

Master Chief vs Gordon Freeman

Sonic vs Sonya Blade

Fenix vs Nova

What do you think of our Quarterfinal match-ups? Did the right characters move on to the semifinals? Comment below or on our Facebook page!

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Gamer Heroes Podcast Credits

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Derreck Mayer

Special Guest
Ryan Couture

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

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Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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GH13: March Madness Showdown – Part 3

Gamer Heroes 10: Overwatch + Orisa

Overwatch brings a new character, Orisa, to the public servers on March 21st. We sit down with our first guest, Ryan Couture of Screen Heroes and Buster Props, to talk about the addition of this new Overwatch character, how she plays and fits into the ecosystem, plus our general feelings on Blizzard’s entry into the first-person shooter world.

We cover some news including information on Microsoft’s Project Scoprio, sales info for the first week of Nintendo Switch, a bit about a new subscription offering from Sony for PS4, and even a universal controller hitting Kickstarter soon.

2:30 – All-Controller coming to Kickstarter

6:30 – Sony’s new PS4 to PC streaming service

10:45 – Splatoon 2 Global Fire Demo & Nintendo Switch sales info

17:15 – Project Scorpio update including Fallout 4 in VR

23:15 – Overwatch and the addition of Orisa plus other PTR changes coming

59:45 – Closing & Contest Info

Have you tried our Orisa in the PTR or after public launch? What do you think of Overwatch’s new tank? Let us know!

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Jon Czerwinski
Derreck Mayer
Zach Story

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Ryan Couture

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Derreck Mayer

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Derreck Mayer

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Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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Gamer Heroes 10: Overwatch + Orisa

GH01: Begin Level 1

Welcome to the first episode of Gamer Heroes, a new video game podcast from the Heroes Podcast Network! Hosted by David, Jon, and Derreck (me), the show will focus on PC, console, handheld, and mobile gaming from classic generations to today and beyond.

Please be aware that this show is marked as explicit content and will contain adult language.

We kick things off with introducing ourselves. We let you know who we are and what got us into gaming. This introductory episode is just a taste of what’s to come, letting everyone know our gaming backgrounds and what we are looking forward to in 2017.

Be sure to join us next week! We’re going to cover all of the (hopefully) exciting news from the Nintendo Switch event!

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Gamer Heroes Podcast Credits

Hosts
Dave Doherty
Derreck Mayer
Jon Czerwinski

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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GH01: Begin Level 1

Ryan gets dominated in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Check out Ryan’s latest video game spree and he takes on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive live on our Twitch channel! Be sure to subscribe at http://www.twitch.tv/griddaily to get notifications when we go live playing video games and even filming our podcasts and other media. Last week’s Screen Heroes took viewer votes in our first ever Versus match!

What did you think? Should Ryan keep practicing or is it time to move on to another game? Comment below and he might just listen.

If you’d like to see more Twitch videos, hit up http://griddaily.com/twitch for our gallery of nothing but video game streams.

If you’d like to see other stuff, we’ve got a full YouTube page with Rae’s I Ship It, plus unboxing videos, and live broadcasts of our Screen Heroes podcast!

Twitch with The Grid Daily

Do you like video games? Well then we have something for you! This past week, The Grid Daily launched our very own Twitch channel! What is Twitch? Twitch is an online service that allows people to watch live video streams of video game play. It also allows viewers to talk to the streamers via chat. We’ve only just started producing content for our channel but there are several videos available right now! That’s right, Twitch allows us to save our live broadcasts, making them available on our Twitch channel and allow us to export them to our YouTube channel. Check out our game play of the original Borderlands below, where Ryan (Screen Heroes and Buster Costumes and Props) joins me for my first play-through of the game.

If you liked our video, please subscribe to our YouTube page and our Twitch channel so you don’t miss our latest videos and game streams. We’ve got a lot planned including so classic video game play on consoles like the SNES and N64 as well as brand new games like Rocket League.

Are there games you’d like to see? Comment below and we might just make it happen!

 

Twitch with The Grid Daily