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Bombin' the A.M. With Scoops & the Wolf!

Bombin' the A.M. With Scoops and the Wolf: 10/10/2014

Alex makes NBA 2K15 sound like a nightmarish land barely full of basketball, I've become quite fond of plant collecting in Middle-Earth, and we run down the week's news.

Grab a cup of coffee, and catch up on the day's headlines with Giant Bomb guys that aren't in San Francisco.

Oct. 10 2014

Posted by: Patrick

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That thumbnail scared the shit out of me.

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What kind of nightmare is that thumbnail?

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Always a pleasure.

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Thunbnail looks like an angry Michael Chiklis

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All the face scans I've been seeing reminded me of this Simpsons clip. "Please kill me... every moment I live is agony."

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Oh, a new episode of... AHHHHH!

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2K are just embracing the Shocktober spirit.

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KILL IT WITH FIRE

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Alex - "..it's funny for the first 5 mins and then it's just us saying fuck over and over.."

Yea.. Exactly.. Put that shit up as premium content! lol You guys are hilarious when you are frustrated.

That robot instruction game, whatever it was called, was listening to Vinny yell at a computer saying the same stuff over and over for like 2 hours and getting to watch the human spirit crumble. Was one of the funniest things I've ever watched.

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All of the hate Alex has boiled up and has let out about NBA 2K15 is exactly how I've felt trying to play that game. The act of playing an actual game is really fun, but EVERYTHING else is just so...

Now I'm worried even more about WWE 2K15. I'll be waiting to hear if it will have the same issues.

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Regular users hurt by DRM and always-on 'features'? You don't say... /chin scratch

Alex, this has been going on since the beginning. Did you forget all about SafeDisc? This "calling home" thing is not new. It's just expanded.

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i would also like to second the putting up the video of you guys saying fuck a lot.

Also, why is the Unity Engine showing on the info panel to the right of this page?

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keep up the good work, excellent show!

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Alex Navarro... putting cherries on sandwiches since 2014....

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I, too, want The Evil Within to be awesome. We'll find out real soon.

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Alex Navarro... putting cherries on sandwiches since 2014....

Delicious.

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I also would be interested in the video of trying to face scan.

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BABYMETAL IS KING!

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Put that face scan video up as a Breaking Beast video.

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They should just make an entire game of botched face scan characters. That would make for great horror material. Or at least NBA Nightmare Basketball. Mutant League Basketball. Something, haha.

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The onset of virtual currencies tied to real life money is still complete insanity in my eyes. Unless you're providing a service with that cash, you're only doing it to exploit "whales" just like the iOS market and Las Vegas.

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I had my problems with NBA 2K14 when I bought it on sale last spring. I haven't played a NBA 2K game since the Dreamcast, but I thought I'd give it a go after so many positive reviews.

It was a pretty great game -- looks and gameplay, especially -- but so many little things about it turned me off enough that I eventually stopped playing it after my MyPlayer won the championship in his rookie season with the Bucks, the team that drafted my player.

At least a half a dozen times a game, a CPU player would dribble out of bounds for a turnover because it would try to go up for a layup but be stopped by a defender near the baseline. A few times a game, a player would have a foot out of bounds as a ball was being passed to him, which would cause a turnover, also. This wasn't genuine, real-life mistakes being replicated into a game, it was AI bullshit not being properly mapped on the court.

Those issues I was mostly fine with because basketball is a fast-paced sport full of contact in a small playing field and trying to mimic that into a game must be hard work. The stuff that really bothered me, though, were the bugs that caused the game to skip the All-Star game my player was voted in (something I was looking forward to), and the injury list of the entire league being wiped away for the rest of the season after the All-Star Weekend.

The bugs, I'm told, happened to x number of players, and it was a problem that had been in previous versions of the game. I'm told there was even a worse injury bug that prevented injured players from ever playing in the MyCareer/Franchise file again. So if Carmelo Anthony or Chris Paul were injured, they were injured forever in that save.

Stuff like that bothers me when I want a simulated experience; stuff like that is why I have moved away from playing sports games. I care about injuries in sports games. They can affect the landscape, causing pre-season favorites to miss the playoffs. In my game, the Nets lost Pierce, Garnett, Deron, and Joe Johnson to injuries and had little to no chance of making the playoffs by All-Star break. Since all the injuries were removed by the second half, the Nets managed to make the playoffs fine in the 7th seed.

Sports games can be amazing for the first few weeks, but then the cracks show. The little things will probably never be fixed because development is a yearly grind. The developers don't have time to fix everything since they need to focus on the next year's HOT NEW FEATURES that may or may not work. Even if they do fix the bugs certain people notice besides including new features, the game will review poorly because on the surface, it's the same game as last years.

(Sorry for complaining. I was upset months ago and had no one to bring it up to because last year's game was already old news to people. Humor me?)

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Jazzpunk GOTY

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haha borked ass online servers.

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I wasn't sure if the ads had been dropped in the last few or what, guess they were just forgotten.

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Annnnnd now I'm addicted to listening to Baby Metal lol

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I finished Shadow of Mordor last night with 100% completion and I can't remember the last time I've bothered to do that with a game. While it was really fairly painless to do all the gathering and sidequest stuff, it also wasn't very rewarding at all either. Doing 10/10 of your Sword/Dagger/Bow missions didn't really grant you anything tangible or useful, and likewise gathering all of the artifacts and elven door thingies had no actual real benefit.

PS: I found the combat in SoM to be more enjoyable than that of Batman or especially Assassins Creed.

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Monster sKu-u-u-ll.

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@patrickklepek On the off chance you have yet to look up babymetal this one is probably the best example.

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Yes that is a backing band of Skull-o-mania's

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"The most MADDENing thing..."

Dammit, Alex.

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Well, looks like I'm waiting to pick up 2k15 a little longer until all this crap gets fixed.

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Hearing Patrick describe Shadow of Mordor's landscape was sort of the nail in the coffin for me in regards to that game, as that's been my reaction to trailers and the quick look but few have uttered that sentiment. It seems like outside of the Nemesis system everything else has been described as "eh, it's alright". Yet somehow all those things together becomes "This is awesome", I just don't get that math. I don't really feel like taking a gamble on a single part of a game that might just end up feeling gimmicky to me. So, I hate saying it, but I'll check that game out if it ever find its way to PS plus or something.

Too bad about 2k15 and it's online woes, hope it works out, because that online street thing looks pretty fun and I am still in the market for a first current gen sports game to buy. And NHL 15 doesn't sound like it came fully featured and I don't understand football. I suppose to could get Fifa, but I feel like the most recent sports game of some kind I bought (outside of UFC) was a Fifa. So I am not that eager to go that route.

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I share your (lack of) feelings about Smash Bros Alex, you are not dead inside! :)

or at least I hope not