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@bradgrenz: well while XB1 has done a lot of work to bring the past games to the current generation the PS4 was really lacking in this department.

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@doncabesa: I agree that generally this is the case, because a self contained console is always going to be easier to use than an “open” system like a PC. That said my intention with that post, and apologies if this wasn’t clear, is that there is a lot more confusion on the console market that can lead to frustration. I have a base PS4 from the beginning of the generation and I’m now generally waiting for a Digital Foundry breakdown on Pro/Regular before I decide on a purchase. Having to worry about how a game will perform on my version of the PS4 runs counter to the general notion of a one-size-fits-all box. Having to make the choice what you want to compromise with performance or quality is also a decision that consoles never dabbled with before. As someone that has played PC games since the early 90’s and had to content with the technicals headaches associated with them as well as the highs of great performance, I always really appreciated the simplicity of console gaming.

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I just finished this today and even got all the achievements in it. It's definitely a classic Devolver game and a perfect fit for Game Pass. I wouldn't even say it's very short because in my opinion they could have maybe reworked the levels and biomes a bit to have fewer areas but with more things to do in each one making the entire experience maybe shorter but meatier. I ended up collecting all of the containment canisters that give you unique powerups at the end of the game when I had actually already killed every living person in the base making them kind of pointless - but the game is structured in such a weird way that it sort of pushes you forward. Without a map it's also difficult to even know what you have and haven't done.

All in all very neat and I enjoyed the ending. Also big thanks to both @rorie and @brad for making the effort to record this one again, it's really appreciated.

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@faridmon: The big difference is that a lot of people don't want to deal with ANY of that like at all. Most casual gamers just want to pop in the disc and go. They don't care nor want to see graphic options surfaced. To the more savvy person a lot of those options indeed don't need to be touched but you really can't overstate how apprehensive people are towards seeing sliders for odd sounding things like "ambient occlusion". This combined with the potential for games to break in some weird ways is why computers are still a much higher bar to entry than some might think. Abby is actually the prime case here, oddly enough. She doesn't want to deal with any of that stuff and she is a young, ostensibly computer savvy person working in games media. There are plenty of people like her out in the world that similarly do not want to deal with a computer for gaming purposes - as strange as it might seem to people in the know, it's not an outdated point of view at all.

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The half step consoles were a major turning point in consoles going in a really bad direction. Now it’s really hard to tell what space they’re occupying on the market. They used to be a cheaper, simpler alternative to PC gaming with their own unique catalog of games. PC had Sim City, Civilzation, Mechwarrior etc while consoles had Sly Cooper and Zelda. Now you have everything on everything and performance modes and subscriptions with multi tier barriers to entry and it’s generally a mess.

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I know we used to rib Dan for not knowing anything about movies coming from film school but this episode fellow film school graduate Abby showing that she’s no slouch in not having seen a lot of classics either.

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@bradgrenz: has the complete backwards compatibility with PS4 games been officially stated because last I heard they were still using very unspecific wording around it.

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@knale said:

There's perilously little talk of The Gunk in this thread and frankly y'all should be ashamed.

It was the most interesting looking game to me. I do like my third person action games though.

One thing I noticed was that a lot of these games were showing a wide range of diversity. Lots of female leads and people of color front and center. In our current times it was a nice touch to see some things slowly changing.

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I was expecting more raw gameplay and after the Sony showcase and their own lackluster first stream I’m really surprised they showed a bunch of cinematic reveal trailers again.

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I feel like I've been hearing people say "now is about the time they should do the Leviathan DLC" for the last couple of episodes.