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The Gamesmen, Episode 145 – Dragons Full of Quests

tgm145Join Hardlydan and Amras89 for game talk and fun! This time, The Gamesmen talk about broadband lag, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, the Radeon RX 490, the comeback of Wipeout, the lovely sayings from Guillermo Del Toro, and The Last of Us Part 2. Games discussed are Dragon Age Inquisition, Ratchet and Clank, Dead Space, Gears of War 4, Mafia III, and Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past.

Featured Music:

Dead Space ” Welcome Aboard the U.S.G. Ishimura”
Mafia III“The Rolling Stones – Paint it Black”

Show Notes:

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Hardlydan’s Dirty 30 Part 1

Right, let me state right here that while I will attempt to write about every game in my Dirty30 there is a- let’s face it- massive chance that I will completely and utterly fail to get anything other than this written!

With that out of the way I have just finished the first game on my Dirty30 list and that game is:


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Yep, the PC guy has been playing on a PS4 and you know what? I freaking loved it!
Insomniac Games have given us not just a re-release or HD remake but a completely new version of the original built from the ground up. What a job they’ve done, fantastic lighting, character models and vistas make this one of the best looking games -on PS4- that I’ve played this year. The utter chaos on-screen when in a large battle is amazing. I found myself staring at the amazing amount of bolts flying towards Ratchet in amazement. Unfortunately a couple of times this did make the PS4 chug a little but there were a ridiculous amount of particles on-screen.

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Many, many more bolts than this!


Along with the brilliant visuals (not shown by any of my terrible screenshots unfortunately) you get a great, well told story, smooth controls, excellent sound production and some damn crazy weapons. Like the Pixelator, a gun which transforms your enemies into low res pixelated versions of themselves, or my favourite weapon; The Sheepinator which – as you might guess- turns your enemies into harmless sheep! All of the weapons level up as you use them and can be upgraded with active or passive effects which are well worth exploring.

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It’s not all third person platforming and shooting though, there is a spot of flying too. Not all that much, which for me was fine as this was the one area I felt the controls were a little off. Fortunately you don’t have to be a hot-shot pilot as these sections are fairly simple, just shoot and try not to hit things!

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Then of course there are the sections where you play as the stoical robot; Clank which fall into one of two categories: 1, Puzzle solving where you use Clanks’ abilities to control other robots, enabling you to create bridges, power doors etc. to get you to new areas.
2, Running away from things, where you erm. . . run away from things. .

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Run away!

All in all, as I stated earlier, I loved spending my time playing Ratchet & Clank with its bright, colourful worlds, rich character models and engrossing gameplay.  The only thing that made it better for me was listening to the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack whilst playing! If you get the chance be sure to pick it up, you will be rewarded with a rich story and a rewarding weapons system and smooth controls. Truly a game to treasure and worthy of any gamers collection.

So that’s the first game scratched off my #YoLG Dirty30 list. If you want to know more about the Year of living Gamegerously be sure to check out my earlier post. What’s the next game I’ll complete? I have no idea. Why not check out my list and tell me what you think I should finish next?

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The Dirty 30s

Mad genius Bongo the Sane over at The Overseas Connection Podcast has come up with a great idea which he is calling, “The Year of Living Gamegerously.” In a bid to save some cash over the next year, he has set himself a budget of £100 for new games and a list of thirty games, (his Dirty 30) to complete over the next year.

So far, so good but things are starting to get a little interesting as more and more people are accepting the #YoLG challenge and working on completing their old games in a bid to win an Overseas Connection coaster!

Both Amras89 and I are giving it a go and you can see our Dirty30 lists here and erm.. here. Be sure to keep an eye on the site as we are both trying to actually write stuff instead of just waffling on the podcast.

Go and check out Bongo’s blog to see what it’s all about and why not join up yourself?

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The Gamesmen, Episode 144 – Logging Off

tgm144Join Hardlydan and Amras89 for game talk and fun! This time, The Gamesmen talk about the No Man’s Sky update, Pokemon Uranium and AM2R not getting awards, toilet broadband, the release for season three of The Walking Dead, Netflix 4K streaming, the latest Minecraft console update, Star Citizen going public, and running the Windows 10 VR headset. Games discussed are Dragon Age Inquisition, Pac-Man 256, EVERSPACE, Need for Speed No Limits, Final Fantasy IX, and Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past.

Featured Music:

Final Fantast IX “Vivis Theme”
Dragon Age: Inquisition “The Inquisition Marches”

Show Notes:

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The Gamesmen, Episode 143 – Overseas Manic Mechanic

tgm143Join Amras89 and Markanix for game talk and fun! This time, The Gamesmen talk about Pokémon Sun and Moon on Switch, the Nintendo ban hammer, the Take-Two CEO talk on game franchises, the EA CEO on the future of video, and the Zelda themed escape room. Games discussed are Batman: Arkham Knight, Steep, Ratchet & Clank, Mad Max, Titanfall 2, Pokemon Moon, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past.

Featured Music:

Pokemon Moon “Team Skull Enforcer Gladion”
Ratchet & Clank “Basically Training”

Show Notes:

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The Gamesmen, Episode 142 – Overseas Disconnection

tgm142Join Hardlydan and Amras89 for game talk and fun! This time, The Gamesmen talk about making the HTC Vive wireless, Vivendi continues to buy up Ubisoft, a Final Fantasy XV supercar, the Xbox One holiday update, Oculus coming to low end PCs, and the New Nintendo 3DS black Friday deal. Games discussed are Spec Ops: The Line, Dishonored 2, Batman: Arkham Knight, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, Dance Dance Revolution Universe 2, Mafia II, Mafia III, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Skyrim, Flower, and Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past.

Featured Music:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered “The Coup”
Dance Dance Revolution Universe 3 “Man with the Hex”

Show Notes:

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The Gamesmen, Episode 141 – An Extra N7 Life

tgm-141Join Amras89 and Tephlon12 for game talk and fun! This time, The Gamesmen talk about Sony’s 3rd party exclusive DLC, Ubisoft’s next game going free, Shawn Layden on No Man’s Sky, an AI to play video games, more on Red Dead Redemption 2, and some N7 day talk. Games discussed are Gears of War 4, Gears of War: Judgment, Forza Horizon 3, Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Gomo, Path of Exile, The Walking Dead: Michonne, Spec Ops: The Line, Fallout 4, Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo, Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past.

Featured Music:

Fire Emblem Fates “You of the Light”
Battlefield 1 “Attackers Advance”

Show Notes:

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