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The Gamesmen, Episode 58 – No Bird is Safe

tGm58Join Hardlydan and Amras89 for game talk and fun! This time, The Gamesmen talk about Frontier trademarking Elite: DeadlyTales of Zestiria coming to PC, the world video game hall of fameTwitchCon, a guy with rage issues, the iOS game DreepsTim Sweeney’s thoughts on VR, and Nintendo’s supply constraints. Games discussed are Dragon Age: Inquisition, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Homefront, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, The Golf Club, and Elite: Dangerous.

  • Homefront – “Main Theme”
  • Assassin’s Creed: Unity – “The Final Target”

Show Notes:

Go submit your nominee to the video game hall of fame!

Go check out the next famous podcast NintendPals

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The Gamesmen, Episode 57 – Sif the Woof

tGm57Join Amras89 and Hardlydan for game talk and fun! This time, The Gamesmen talk about the new Dragon Age update, Bethesda announcing their first E3 conference, the BAFTA nominees, Valve wanting developers to stop trading game keys for votes on Steam GreenlightPeter Molyneux in the media again, and Ubisoft’s unreleased Wii U game. Games discussed are Dragon Age: Inquisition, MMX Racing, Dark Souls, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, and Elite: Dangerous.

  • Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – “Observatory”
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – “Guardians Of The Past”

Show Notes:

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The Gamesmen, Episode 56 – The Farmers Legend

tGm56Join Hardlydan and Amras89 for game talk and fun! This time, The Gamesmen get into RPG playing the roles of the Legend of Zelda TV series writer, a farmer from Wales, a Nintendo decision maker, a market analyst for Nintendo, and Richard Hilleman from E.A. News discussed is Drunken Mario and Luigi and Netflix predicting 4K consoles.  Games discussed are Kerbal Space Program, Game of Thrones, Saints Row: Gat out of Hell, Dragon Age Inquisition, Prison Architect, Predestination, Battlefield Hardline, Dark Souls, A Bird Story, Elite: Dangerous, and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.

  • A Bird Story – “Another Stroll”
  • Dark Souls – “Bell Gargoyle”

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The Gamesmen, Episode 55 – All of You

tGm55Join Amras89 and Hardlydan for game talk and fun! This time, The Gamesmen talk about the Battlefield Hardline open beta, Ouya getting a $10 million investment, Spotify coming to Sony platforms, the Saitek farm sim controllers, a Law & Order GamerGate episode, AMD trolling Nvidia, Evolve having a single player mode, the Nintendo Creator ProgramAnthony Burch leaving Gearbox, Raptr being hacked, and the sad news of Joystiq closing. Games discussed are Grim Fandango, Far Cry 4, Saint’s Row: Gat out of Hell, Life is Strange, Trials Frontier, CSI: Hidden Crimes, Eryi’s Action, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and Codename: S.T.E.A.M. Demo.

  • Life Is Strange – “Syd Matters – To All of You”
  • Grim Fandango – “Smooth Hector”

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The Gamesmen, Episode 54 – Kinect on your Face

tGm54Join Hardlydan and Amras89 for game talk and fun! This time, The Gamesmen talk about the Lizard Squad hackers get hacked, what you will actually do in  No Man’s Sky, what came out of the Microsoft Event, Ubisoft removing Far Fry 4 from players accounts, Disney announcing “The Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything”, the Planetside 2 closed beta for PS4, Borderlands The Pre-Sequel DLC, Peter Molyneux warning Microsoft against over promising with Windows 10, and  Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns. Games discussed are Far Cry 4, Prison Architect, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and Saints Row: Gat out of Hell.

  • Saints Row: Gat out of Hell – “Marshalling Ground”
  • Far Cry 4 – “Painted in Blood”

Show Notes:

Go here for the No Man’s Sky interview

Check out Heart of Thorns here

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The Gamesmen, Episode 53 – A Direct Closure

tGm53Join Hardlydan and Amras89 for game talk and fun! This time, The Gamesmen go over the game of the year for 2014. News discussed is another gamer dies in another internet cafe, Dying Light physical copies being delayed, Sony closing all its stores in Canada, Nintendo halting console and software distribution in Brazil, and the latest Nintendo Direct. Games discussed are Elite: Dangerous, The Evil Within, Midnight Mysteries 3: Devil on the Mississippi, Tales From the Borderlands, The Witcher Adventure Game, Far Cry 4, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and Pokémon Omega Ruby.

  • The Witcher Adventure Game – “Three Fat Gnomes”
  • Tales From the Borderlands – “High Noon”
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – “Sera Was Never”

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Hardlydan’s Top Games of 2014

2014 was as far as I’m concerned one of the worst years in video game history. Don’t get me wrong, nothing was released by a major publisher that would almost kill the industry but one game which has that dubious honour was unearthed. So many games came out broken and a few were unplayable. Luckily it’s not a complete tale of woe and there were a few gems, here in no particular order are my picks of the year.

 

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth.

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Some have said that it is just a re-skinned version of Civ V and to be honest they are nearly right. Things are changed up enough to give even the most jaded Civ player something new, hell even the planets can kill the unprepared. A massive new tech web, aliens and a few tweaks here and there make this, for me a welcome change to the more traditional Earth based Civ games and well worth a look for those who enjoy the 4X genre.

The Witcher Adventure Game

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A bit of an odd one here I admit. It’s basically a board game set in the Witcher universe played on the PC. There is a physical version available but I can’t help but think one would be missing some of the atmosphere created by the fantastic music and sound effects in the digital version.

Playing as one of the four main characters (Geralt, Dandelion, Yarpen or Triss) you traverse the world, conducting investigations as you work to complete quests. Each character has their own skill set and can be upgraded with a set of development cards so you can craft your character to match your play style. For some reason Amras keeps playing as Yarpen, I think it’s a height thing. Anyway it’s a great game so go buy it, then Amras and I can play with more people.

Far Cry 4

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I was forced into Far Cry 4 by Lee. He bought it for me on the understanding that a: I would pay him back at some point and b: we would play the multiplayer. I have and we did. Why is it in this list? Well to be honest I haven’t played many games for long enough that I would feel happy recommending them. I have however played enough FC4 to feel fairly comfortable talking about it. Unsurprisingly it plays a lot like FC3. So much so it could be DLC. This however is by no means a bad thing and for once a Ubisoft published game actually worked on release. Well. . . Kind of. Whilst the single player experience was an exercise in beauty and tight gameplay there were some annoying bugs to be found in co-op, such as not being able to turn in missions. I also found the invisible tether between both players extremely irksome. Stray too far from your partner and one of you will be teleported to the other as if some giant bungee cord has reached its limit. It is however well worth taking a look at and any fan of the previous games in the series will I’m sure enjoy exploring the beautiful landscape.

 

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

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One of the few games I have actually completed this year and for me a welcome return to Middle Earth. Don’t worry, it’s not one of those that sees you walking for an eternity just to melt down a bit of jewelry at the end. No, time spent in Shadow of Mordor mostly consists of brutally slaying Orcs and Uruk-hai who all seem to have dodgy British accents. I could go on about the fantastic graphics, nemesis system and a whole bunch of other plus points but we would both be wasting our time. Go play it as soon as you have finished reading this post.

Elite Dangerous

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Space. . .

Space is BIG

Mind-bogglingly stupidly BIG.

As far as games go Elite: Dangerous is on a similar scale. Your map? The Milky Way, all four hundred billion stars. 400,000,000,000. Thats a hell of a lot of places to visit not to mention all the planets, black holes, comets and space stations surrounding said stars. It’s not all about exploration although it can be if you want. Starting with a basic ship and a few creds it’s up to you what kind of game Elite: Dangerous is. Take missions transporting goods from A to B, indulge in some private trading, become a notorious space pirate, it’s up to you. You could even follow the news in the stations and possibly end up assassinating a senator. The choice is yours. Whatever you do Elite: Dangerous will continually surprise you with its beauty, depth and stunning audio.

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