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Posted by John_Wiswell

@wiseblood: It's a strange approach. I wonder if there's some hiccup in their system. I was actually refreshing the site in the background waiting for the Premium edition to pop up, not realizing until your comment that this episode might not have those ads.

Posted by baka_shinji17

I love Drew's stealth Bowie references.

Posted by MHumphreys89

Why didn't Brad ask Tim about tank-controls?

Posted by Lelcar

Finally, Jason.

Edited by jlet290

100% forgot today was Tuesday. What a wonderful fuckin' surprise.

Edited by Kasaioni

@danryckert @brad So I'm not sure when they added this during development, because the first reveal of the phantom cigar just made it look like a regular cigar (or vaping cigar). But it turns out that the smoke that the phantom cigar emits is actually a hologram.

It's difficult to see in this picture, but very obvious in this video.

Edit: Apparently it's always been like that, it's just easy to miss.

Posted by thePoark

Well, under 2 minutes before the first mention of wrestling. This must be a great website for people that love wrestling and low-effort first impressions of mainstream video games.

Posted by TournamentOfHate

Hey Brad, just wanted to say that you're a really good host of the Bombcast, it's been a really cool thing.

Posted by DirkaMan

missing Jeff, skeleton crew podcast according to brad

Posted by wrecks

Today I learned that Brad thinks he is too good for Bacon.

Edited by whatisdelicious

@wiseblood said:

So you guys just don't add episodes without ads to the Premium feed? Premium members have to subscribe to both feeds in their podcast player in case you guys do a podcast with no ads at all?

Is that why this happened? I knew they added the podcast but my app wasn't picking it up. Guess I'll go temporarily subscribe to the other feed again.

I hope it was just a fluke this week though, that @brad or whoever just kinda forgot to update the premium feed.

Posted by LiquidPrince

@danryckert RE6 was great. It got a lot of unjustified hate.

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Posted by defcomm

My favorite arthropodic podcast is back!

Edited by Bill_P

@thepoark said:

Well, under 2 minutes before the first mention of wrestling. This must be a great website for people that love wrestling and low-effort first impressions of mainstream video games.

I'm more a fan of presenting streams of games that don't work. And Quick Looks of coop games when only half the participants have downloaded the game. You can't beat GB levels of preparation and professionalism.

Posted by Quipido

Com'on, the subscribers' feed should be the priority! If you have add-less episode, add it to both feeds! This is dumb!

Posted by pompouspizza
Edited by Freedom4556

So, about the whole universe is a hologram thing... The usual explanation I hear from physicists involves imagining a 2D being and thinking about how they would see the world. A hologram is just a 3D picture (that's all the word technically means, forget the Star Trek or Leia stuff).

As video game people this is actually something we are pretty familiar with. Just think of a level from Fez or similar, those 2D platformers with 3D elements. Fez guy can't see that the ledge he's on is actually attached to a cube, and if he turns left then he will see a platform that is currently not visible to him. Just add a dimension and you get to 3D (normal reality) and there may be things that we as 3D people can't perceive because they have higher dimensions. Adding extra dimensions to math equations is actually pretty easy, so physicists are experimenting with this as a way to solve some of the outstanding big questions in science. String theory postulates the existence of 10 dimensions, of which we would only be able to perceive 3 (or 4, depending on how time factors into string theory).

Great cast guys, loved it.

Posted by Adderall_Admiral

Not even 3 hours you guys are slacking.

Posted by mems1224

I'm with Dan, godfather is fucking boring

Edited by Rasrimra

Hmm. Weird. I never had time problems in Majora's Mask when I played the original. I mean the tension of time being limited was there at times, and some times I wanted to hurry with doing something so that I could fit it in the current 3 day cycle. But you get tools to work with time so early on, that after the beginning of the game it is more of a cool gameplay element and it gives this crazy doll-house vibe of the world resetting every time. I think it adds to the freakishness of the world and after the beginning when you use the calendar, you'll really start to appreciate the uniqueness of the mechanic.

You can also save during the first dungeon I believe? (Owl?) Like, it was possible to lose your first hour of progress I guess, but you'd have to almost want to. I find it interesting that Brad is so worried about it when it's almost no concern. Maybe that the Moon is influencing his psyche.

Posted by caleb1915

Jesus, majors in film study and never saw Citizen Kane.

Edited by Humanity

@bill_p said:

@thepoark said:

Well, under 2 minutes before the first mention of wrestling. This must be a great website for people that love wrestling and low-effort first impressions of mainstream video games.

I'm more a fan of presenting streams of games that don't work. And Quick Looks of coop games when only half the participants have downloaded the game. You can't beat GB levels of preparation and professionalism.

In all seriousness it's just as often hilarious as it is completely infuriating - mostly cause at times it seems like mere 10 minutes of prep would have made a world of difference. Giant Bomb is a double edged dildo bat for sure.

Posted by TournamentOfHate

-Haha you can hear Mary's laugh in the backround when Tim Schafer comes in. They must have liked doing the GOTY deliberations in their studio to keep doing them there, now I'm excited for all the other cameos we're going to get.

-That e-mail where the lady thought the GB guys were actors had a point, funny stuff there haha.

-PAUL RYCKERT ON UPF! I've been looking forward to him and Jeff playing Ken Griffey for awhile, I have a feeling those two are going to get along well, possibly in their fondness of picking on Dan.

-That Saints Row sequel/reboot idea is pretty awesome I like it a lot.

Posted by Mister_V

This is the second conversation about putting skittles in vodka I have listened to this week. how random.

Posted by l4wd0g

Damn! My copy of Puyo Puyo Tetris is stuck in San Fransico (for almost a week now). Glad you guys got your copies.

I've learned my lesson: Always pay the $3 extra to ship Fed Ex because Air Economy Box Registered is a poor choice. I feel bad about my decision.

Posted by Unholymike123

@humanity: Giant Bomb has always been a personality website, more fun and loose instead of professional. While I do agree that some Quick Looks can benefit from more preparation I imagine most of us here know enough about gaming to put it together or find any missing information. Honestly I'd have it no other way.

Edited by Bill_P

@unholymike123: You're telling me UPF wouldn't have been better if Vinny had bothered to check beforehand if he could actually launch Far Cry 4 on his PC? Or even played around with the settings just a little, so when it did actually run, he wouldn't make viewers nauseous with terrible lag and frame rate? What about Brad's Dying Light Quick Look with Matt Rory? How about waiting till Dan got back? And wow thanks for showing the coop! Vinny logging on for the last 10 minutes to tell us he hasn't downloaded the game yet! Just perfect. When the cat's (Jeff) away the mice come out to play.

Posted by TournamentOfHate

Also Jason needs to be on the Bombcast all the time if only to laugh at Drew's awesome references that hardly ever get noticed by the other guys. Guy spouts gold on a regular basis.

Posted by Dan_CiTi

God Citizen Kane is such a fucking rad movie, also so is 12 Angry Men. FUCKING BADASS MOVIES!!!

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

It's a survival horror, you not meant to be able to have space to carry all your stuff.

Posted by Unholymike123

@bill_p: ...you know there are other websites to go to if you really don't like GB. I don't think GB is perfect, nothing is, but I've never been upset at the content. I just came off the Dying Light QL and while coop could've been shown it isn't anything new, except for the invasion as a zombie vs thing. But all I needed was a quick search of the game and I got what I needed.

Posted by Humanity

Also I will NOT have this Dragons Dogma hate Brad! It's an amazing game with some of the best RPG combat I've seen in years. Not to mention glorious static enemy levels!

Everyone, go play Dragons Dogma right now, stop listening to the bombast, don't walk, run to your nearest retailer and buy 10 copies of the game, it's awesome.

Posted by Fram

@humanity said:

Also I will NOT have this Dragons Dogma hate Brad! It's an amazing game with some of the best RPG combat I've seen in years. Not to mention glorious static enemy levels!

Everyone, go play Dragons Dogma right now, stop listening to the bombast, don't walk, run to your nearest retailer and buy 10 copies of the game, it's awesome.

QUOTED FOR TRUTH

Edited by hollitz

God Majora's is so fucking great. Can't wait to play it again. Love the time travel stuff and the general dark tone of the game.

Also Link to the Past definitely feels dated if you didn't play it back then. It's not a good starting point. My least favorite to be sure. Every following game does everything LTTP does but so much better. If you want to play an overhead one, A Link Between Worlds is sooooooooooooo much better.

Posted by Unholymike123

@bill_p: I'm agreeing with your criticism I just don't get the point of getting so worked up over something that can be avoided.

Posted by Homelessbird

@humanity said:

Also I will NOT have this Dragons Dogma hate Brad! It's an amazing game with some of the best RPG combat I've seen in years. Not to mention glorious static enemy levels!

Everyone, go play Dragons Dogma right now, stop listening to the bombast, don't walk, run to your nearest retailer and buy 10 copies of the game, it's awesome.

Yeah... I wouldn't do this. I'm a huge fan of both ARPGs and the vanilla flavor, and I couldn't do Dogma. Yes, the combat is pretty good. Some of the enemies are pretty cool. But that's where it stops.

The world is like an offline MMO - it's vast, and mostly barren, and fast travel is severely limited. There's very little point in exploring the map without a specific quest, as there's pretty much nothing to find. The towns have very few characters that matter, and just feel empty. A large majority of the quests are generic, and take place in the same locations - many of them are of the collect/kill-5-of or fetch variety. Yes, there are static enemy levels, but they're not tied to TYPES of enemies - so good luck if you run into a bandit, it might be easy, or it just as well might 3-shot you. Sometimes enemies of the same type in the same area have seemingly random level variations. The enemies are cool, but you'll fight the same ones frequently. The story is barely present most of the time, and what's there is very uninspiring. The pawn system feels like a stand-in for an unimplemented multiplayer feature - they're largely pretty stupid, and as you level up you have to constantly replace the ones that aren't tied to you. The class system can be fun, but the balance is off, and some of the choices are just straight-up better than others. And good god, the voiced dialogue - I hope you enjoy hearing the same lines a million times. YES I KNOW WOLVES HUNT IN FUCKING PACKS YOU SAID THAT ALREADY TODAY 5 TIMES I HATE YOU

Different strokes, of course. If you're the sort of person who pretty much just cares about the combat, you might have some fun with it. But to me, it just feels lifeless as hell. I tried really hard to like it (I've started it and dropped it 3+ times), but I just can't.

Posted by simian

I love Drew's stealth Bowie references.

I had to rewind to confirm. Drew++

Edited by Tr0n

@Brad You forgot the announcement of Guild Wars 2 expansion Heart of Thorns in your news section. It's a pretty big deal.

Posted by Humanity

@humanity said:

Also I will NOT have this Dragons Dogma hate Brad! It's an amazing game with some of the best RPG combat I've seen in years. Not to mention glorious static enemy levels!

Everyone, go play Dragons Dogma right now, stop listening to the bombast, don't walk, run to your nearest retailer and buy 10 copies of the game, it's awesome.

Yeah... I wouldn't do this. I'm a huge fan of both ARPGs and the vanilla flavor, and I couldn't do Dogma. Yes, the combat is pretty good. Some of the enemies are pretty cool. But that's where it stops.

The world is like an offline MMO - it's vast, and mostly barren, and fast travel is severely limited. There's very little point in exploring the map without a specific quest, as there's pretty much nothing to find. The towns have very few characters that matter, and just feel empty. A large majority of the quests are generic, and take place in the same locations - many of them are of the collect/kill-5-of or fetch variety. Yes, there are static enemy levels, but they're not tied to TYPES of enemies - so good luck if you run into a bandit, it might be easy, or it just as well might 3-shot you. Sometimes enemies of the same type in the same area have seemingly random level variations. The enemies are cool, but you'll fight the same ones frequently. The story is barely present most of the time, and what's there is very uninspiring. The pawn system feels like a stand-in for an unimplemented multiplayer feature - they're largely pretty stupid, and as you level up you have to constantly replace the ones that aren't tied to you. The class system can be fun, but the balance is off, and some of the choices are just straight-up better than others. And good god, the voiced dialogue - I hope you enjoy hearing the same lines a million times. YES I KNOW WOLVES HUNT IN FUCKING PACKS YOU SAID THAT ALREADY TODAY 5 TIMES I HATE YOU

Different strokes, of course. If you're the sort of person who pretty much just cares about the combat, you might have some fun with it. But to me, it just feels lifeless as hell. I tried really hard to like it (I've started it and dropped it 3+ times), but I just can't.

I would ignore everything this heathen has said, obviously his objectively poor taste cannot be trusted! Anyone that uses the lazy "it's like an mmo" comparison is obviously of questionable integrity as all modern games are structured like mmos! Furthermore read my amazing blog on how amazing Dragons Dogma and the subsequent DLC Dark Arisen is, and witness the mass of people who agree that not only did DD change their lives but it also even healed some of their wounds!

The story is uninspiring? Have you finished it?! Oh man the levels of crazy involved.. such a good game.

Posted by Homelessbird

@humanity said:

@homelessbird said:

@humanity said:

Also I will NOT have this Dragons Dogma hate Brad! It's an amazing game with some of the best RPG combat I've seen in years. Not to mention glorious static enemy levels!

Everyone, go play Dragons Dogma right now, stop listening to the bombast, don't walk, run to your nearest retailer and buy 10 copies of the game, it's awesome.

Yeah... I wouldn't do this. I'm a huge fan of both ARPGs and the vanilla flavor, and I couldn't do Dogma. Yes, the combat is pretty good. Some of the enemies are pretty cool. But that's where it stops.

The world is like an offline MMO - it's vast, and mostly barren, and fast travel is severely limited. There's very little point in exploring the map without a specific quest, as there's pretty much nothing to find. The towns have very few characters that matter, and just feel empty. A large majority of the quests are generic, and take place in the same locations - many of them are of the collect/kill-5-of or fetch variety. Yes, there are static enemy levels, but they're not tied to TYPES of enemies - so good luck if you run into a bandit, it might be easy, or it just as well might 3-shot you. Sometimes enemies of the same type in the same area have seemingly random level variations. The enemies are cool, but you'll fight the same ones frequently. The story is barely present most of the time, and what's there is very uninspiring. The pawn system feels like a stand-in for an unimplemented multiplayer feature - they're largely pretty stupid, and as you level up you have to constantly replace the ones that aren't tied to you. The class system can be fun, but the balance is off, and some of the choices are just straight-up better than others. And good god, the voiced dialogue - I hope you enjoy hearing the same lines a million times. YES I KNOW WOLVES HUNT IN FUCKING PACKS YOU SAID THAT ALREADY TODAY 5 TIMES I HATE YOU

Different strokes, of course. If you're the sort of person who pretty much just cares about the combat, you might have some fun with it. But to me, it just feels lifeless as hell. I tried really hard to like it (I've started it and dropped it 3+ times), but I just can't.

I would ignore everything this heathen has said, obviously his objectively poor taste cannot be trusted! Anyone that uses the lazy "it's like an mmo" comparison is obviously of questionable integrity as all modern games are structured like mmos! Furthermore read my amazing blog on how amazing Dragons Dogma and the subsequent DLC Dark Arisen is, and witness the mass of people who agree that not only did DD change their lives but it also even healed some of their wounds!

The story is uninspiring? Have you finished it?! Oh man the levels of crazy involved.. such a good game.

Oh yes! The last 30 minutes of the story is pretty good. I didn't experience it myself, but I watched my way through the rest of the game after I couldn't force myself to finish it, out of some bizarre need to do my "due diligence" or some nonsense, and that there's a twist. It made me wish they had made any attempt to make the rest of the game's story interesting in, you know, the part where you actually play through it.

Also, I use the "it's like an MMO" comparison not because of the structure of the game, but because the game world feels like an MMO without the people. There are all these swaths of land and expanses of town, fully modeled, that serve no purpose whatsoever, like there should be people there grinding level 1 rats. It's like the polar opposite of a Fable or a Dragon's Age, where every nook and cranny is tied to some quest objective. I'm not sure I think either of them are perfect, but at least the latter keeps some bait on the hook.

There was a whole lot of potential there, I'll admit. Dragon's Dogma 2 could be an excellent game if they ever make it. All they need to do is hire me and take all of my suggestions.

Posted by refoom

Yeah, where is the premium version with no ads?

Posted by combustion_man

nuclear wessels

Posted by Cheebahh

This was a fuckin awesome bombcast! Tim shafer popping in was brilliant

Posted by hallben

@refoom said:

Yeah, where is the premium version with no ads?

While it's hardly the end of the world having to get the show from the normal feed I have to add my voice of displeasure over this issue. It certainly seems backwards. The priority should always be the premium version, we are after all paying for the content.

Edited by AMyggen

@hallben said:

@refoom said:

Yeah, where is the premium version with no ads?

While it's hardly the end of the world having to get the show from the normal feed I have to add my voice of displeasure over this issue. It certainly seems backwards. The priority should always be the premium version, we are after all paying for the content.

There's no ads on this Bombcast, so no premium version. Ask Brad on Twitter if he can upload a premium version even when there's no ads on an episode, if you only subscribe to the premium feed or something like that.

Edited by Y2Ken

Day of the Tentacle is the best. Thanks, Tim Schafer.

@bill_p said:

@unholymike123: You're telling me UPF wouldn't have been better if Vinny had bothered to check beforehand if he could actually launch Far Cry 4 on his PC?

Y'know... I really enjoyed that bit. I get the criticism, but it is unprofessional Friday after all. Most of the time that just means "we're drinking and maybe playing older or weirder games", but I like the disorganised chaos for the purpose of that show. I'd sometimes like to see a little more preparation for QLs, but they have said in the past that they're usually intending to replicate the experience a user would have playing the game for the first time.

EDIT: Drew, that Last.fm reference at the start was fantastic. Scrobblin'!

Posted by Carlos1408

Holograms!

Posted by Teddie

Oh yes! The last 30 minutes of the story is pretty good. I didn't experience it myself, but I watched my way through the rest of the game after I couldn't force myself to finish it, out of some bizarre need to do my "due diligence" or some nonsense, and that there's a twist. It made me wish they had made any attempt to make the rest of the game's story interesting in, you know, the part where you actually play through it.

This is by no means meant to excuse the lack of anything interesting going on narrative-wise for 90% of the game's runtime, but that ending is made at least ten times more mind-shattering because nothing happened until then.

Posted by Bicycle_Repairman

I really enjoyed that last email.

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