In this episode we welcome Tempeste from the Bind on Equip podcast. She is also the guild leader of Pants on Head guild and a moderator for the forum The Old Gamers. We also discuss Red Dead Redemption, Alan Wake & Portal.
Our final verdict on Red Dead Redemption: Nicole, Kim & Stephanie – BUY IT!
Alan Wake: Nicole – Buy It! (but not if you don’t like to be scared)
Check out the xbox/ps3 comparison
Eve had a contest to try and get more women to play. Here are the results
The top 10 finalist have been picked for the E3 Booth Babe
From Yahoo News on May 28th – Researchers find gamers have fewer nightmares
From Cracked.com 5 Creepy Ways Video Games Are Trying to Get You Addicted
Nier tips from Steve
Boring Side Quests
I highly recommend if the side quests are getting you down that you skip most of them and stick to the main quest. The game’s easy enough that you don’t need to grind huge amounts of XP/gold in order to proceed through the main story (which is easily one of the best JRPG stories I’ve ever played through, in my opinion).
If you stick with the game there’s a LOT of weird little rewarding things (like exploring a mansion in a Resident Evil style homage or fighting your way out of a dream in the style of a Choose Your Own Adventure story).
Fishing – A warning
You’re going to hit a rather clunky fishing quest at some point as part of the main story. In the interest of saving your sanity, two tips : one – this is the ONLY compulsory fishing quest in the game. After this you never need to look at it again and two – it isn’t very clear but the beach next to the old man is NOT the place where you need to start fishing. Instead, look for the red cross on your map (it’s in a side cove en-route to the lighthouse). Hopefully that will save you an hour or so of frustration :)
The main character
In the Japanese version, the character is actually younger and the girl is his sister. I actually think the decision to change it to a father/daughter dynamic works MUCH better or the story.
A second play through
When you finish the game (which is actually quite short if you just plow through the main quest) you get to restart “GAME B” from about 2/3 of the way through (at the point where you need to recover all the parts of a key, in typical RPG style).
I HIGHLY recommend playing through the second time because it adds certain scenes and conversations that COMPLETELY twist the story on it’s head. For example, there are a couple of boss battles that are UTTERLY HEARTBREAKING to the point where I wasn’t even sure if I WANTED to win. It’s brilliant.
Sweary Underwear Girl
Oh, and one final thing…it isn’t mentioned in the first play through of the game (and only really hinted at in the second) but the sweary girl in the underwear….well, there’s a reason she’s wearing a JOCK strap ;)
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