In this latest episode from The Prof (@profplaysgames) and The Dev (@summerspeak), we discuss Nintendo Switch Specifications, Overwatch, SquareEnix announcements, FFXV, Mass Effect Andromeda, and politics. Outro music by Psycho Crusher with Full Paragon (ocremix.org/remix/OCR02810).
In this long episode, The Prof (@profplaysgames) and The Dev (@summerspeak) discuss the Fire Emblem Direct, Nintendo Switch, the Dice Awards, Diablo 3, Witcher 3 (and the Prof's Witcher 3 Wednesdays streaming series), Nioh, Hitman Go, and the Women's March on Washington (and other fine US cities). Outro music from TMNT: The Manhattan Project for the NES.
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In this episode, The Prof (@profplaysgames) and The Dev (@summerspeak) mistakenly call the episode number, episode 69, but its really 68. We discuss the Nintendo Switch presentation; what was said, what wasn't and what more we expect in the coming weeks. Along with that news we discuss the games we've been playing; Diablo 3, Monument Valley, Reigns, and Super Mario Run. Outro music by Big Giant Circles with Samus Aran (Metroid) - The Bounty of the Brain.
In this episode, The Prof (@profplaysgames) and The Dev (@summerspeak) discuss Nintendo Switch Predictions; Mass Effect: Andromeda; Clueless Gamer; Steam Sales; FFXV; Monster Hunter Generations' My Name is Mayo; and Diablo 3.
The Prof talks about Watch_Dogs 2 for 10 minutes. Spoiler alert: he liked the game.
In this special, extra episode, the Professor reflects on his 12in12 (beat 12 games from the backlog in 12 months) resolution from 2016, discusses his 2017 12in12 resolution, and talks quickly about all the games he played in 2016.
Last year, I embarked on the 12 in 12 challenge--in order to play through some backlogged games, and buy fewer new games, I challenged myself to play through 12 games that I had purchased previously (during sales and whatnot) the were sitting in my backlog. I mostly succeeded with that challenge.
If you look at last year's list, you'll see that while I didn't get through all 12 games I designated for the challenge, I did manage to beat more than 25 games (which is a feat for me). Exactly thirteen of those games were from my backlog, so I achieved that goal, but I did not meet my goal of spending only $300 on new games. Of the games that I played (and beat) in 2016, just over half of them were games that I bought in 2016. I want to change that for 2017.
My goal for 2017 is (a) to play (to completion) more games that were purchased before 1 January 2017 than games that were purchased during 2017 and (b) play (to completion) another 12 games from my backlog.
Just like last year, I will start this year with a list of 12 games from my backlog that I want to play and beat this year. However, I am also adding a smaller section of 8 games that I want to play and beat this year that are 2017 releases. Last, I'm adding a smaller section of 4 games that I want to experience this year as Let's Plays (older games that I've decided I'm not going to play but want to experience.
12in12 Backlog games (series grouped together) to beat in 2017
1. Halo 4 & Halo 5
2. The Last of Us
3. Life is Strange
4. The Walking Dead Season 1, 2, and Michonne
5. Final Fantasy XV (Feb...fun but not cohesive gameplay; incoherent story)
6. The Ezio Collection
7. Persona 4 Golden
8. Rise of the Tomb Raider
9. Ratchet and Clank (Feb...solid fucking game. Funny, well-told story and great platforming/shooting action and exploration. Solid, solid.)
10. Witcher 2 & Witcher 3 (replay)
12. Bioshock 1, 2, and Infinite
New games to beat in 2017
1. Horizon Zero Dawn
2. Mass Effect: Andromeda
3. LoZ: Breath of the Wild
4. Super Mario Odyssey
Let's Plays to watch in 2017
1. Shadow of the Colossus (Jan...I can see why people like this game, but I'm glad it's one I watched.)
2. Final Fantasy VI
Games Beaten (or Platinumed)
My Name is Mayo (Jan...shameful platinum run)
Monument Valley (Jan...smart puzzle game)
Super Mario Run (Jan...well-done Mario game and well-done mobile game)
To the Moon (Feb...great story, clunky mechanics)
One way I plan to maximize my gaming time with games I already own is to platinum (PS4) the games that are worthy of that accolade. I can already tell FFXV is a game I'll platinum as is Ratchet and Clank. My experience platinizing Watch_Dogs 2 last year taught me that I can wring a lot of value out of a good game after I "beat" it. However, not every game is suited for a platinum/100% experience.
I also plan to buy fewer new games this year than in 2016. I won't put a price on it, but I plan to be more intentional in 2017 (as I was more intentional in 2016 over 2015).
I'll check back in periodically on the podcast to let you know about my success with this challenge.
In this episode, The Prof (@profplaysgames) and The Dev (@summerspeak) discuss Stories: The Path of Destinies (their Dec '16 Video Game Book Club pick), the top 100 sellers on Steam for 2016, the 2016 Steam Awards, Watch_Dogs 2, Final Fantasy XV, Uncharted 4 Survival Mode, and TV and movies they've been watching.