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Giant Bombcast Giant Bomb's Game of the Year 2015: Day Three

We're at the halfway point in our week-long deliberations, with Best Debut, Best Multiplayer, Best Moment or Sequence, and Hottest Mess rounding out day three.

The Giant Bombcast is the world's most beloved video game podcast, and now it's available in video form.

Dec. 30 2015

Posted by: Brad

In This Episode:

Game of the Year 2015

Episode Notes:

Thanks once again to Andrew Allen for our jazzy theme music!

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I can't believe Jeff out talk them about Konami, no sane company would have done this kind of PR disaster, Jeff has been apologetic about Konami direction for all year and they always get things worse. Who cares about Afro Samurai 2?

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Where is Life is Strange end of episode 5? Man was that devastating and heart crushing. I cried and I never do. :((

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Booya! Looking forward to this one, should be great!

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"You about ready to get outta here, cowboy?"

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@tr0n: The east coast people are the only ones who have played LiS and they have only played 3 episodes.

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Maaan. I am not thrilled with how the Konami debate went. Not thrilled at all.

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Anyone have the game specific spoiler times for best sequence? Specifically Tomb Raider.

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Another four hours! :D

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Hmmm. Interesting. They changed the third category from best local multiplayer to best multiplayer. I haven't listened yet but I think best local multiplayer would be a lot more open. Whereas I feel like rocket league has to run away with best multiplayer.

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Brad's whisper of "Fuck you..." at 50:48 needs to be its own audio file that anyone can use at any time. That single utterance had me laughing out loud.

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Got a free curry lunch from helping carry them back to the office and I can concur that the curry was spicy. Painfully so.

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Without spoiling, is there any real MGSV talk in this? Especially during Best Moment? That's the only game I'm still working on...

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@prometheum5: Around 2:53:00 is the start of the MGSV talk. They are starting off with Episode 11

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Mario Maker doesn't get any awards from me, it's a great thing, but the tools for making your own Mario levels have existed for decades, Nintendo just put the tools into a user friendly program.
It's the perfect game series for a level editor as you guys say during this podcast, we know the mechanics of Mario which removes the need for tutorials explaining how things work, making this one of the most successful level editors ever, i just don't think it gets any points for that, it's the same reason people made their own tools for making Mario levels before.

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@soundlug: It's because Konami has been pretty deliberate in pretty much everything they've done. It wasn't something that really spiralled out of control. They made unpopular moves for sure, but it was all pretty intentional so I wouldn't call it a 'mess'

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@jaypb08 @ollieg_9 you guys are confused. The category is "best moment" not "moment we all saw coming from a mile away".

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@glaaxx: Rocket League is a sequel to a game called Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars

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I feel like the start of ep 4 would of been on this list for Life is Strange.

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1h29m: Nintendo are already co-financing Monster Hunter development

1h42m: MGO3 is a mess of deaths to lag with only "try to get the lowest ping" for matchmaking, those who have logged on for the daily login rewards since release have almost enough free cash for three FOB bases or most of the fancy hats or uniforms they have released.

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Undertale spoilers at the 3 Hour mark

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Getting into orbit was really better of a moment than successfully landing on Mun? I literally threw my arms in the air when they landed on Mun, getting orbit only consisted of watching a circular line get bigger.

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That KKK joke Brad said when introducing Konami as hot mess was weird.

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@cale said:

Getting into orbit was really better of a moment than successfully landing on Mun? I literally threw my arms in the air when they landed on Mun, getting orbit only consisted of watching a circular line get bigger.

This was recorded in November, maybe Vinny hadn't been able to land on the Mun yet

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@re_player1: Probably one of those things that sounded way funnier in his head than it did out loud. Still not as bad/funny as the one breaking Brad with Vinny.

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Undertale spoilers at the 3 Hour mark

Spoilers for a lot of games you probably like because this is the deliberations podcast.

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I swear to god i would not mind a 6 hour podcast as long as it's this GB squad!

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Oh man, if only GBEast had finished Life is Strange, or at least episode 4. I would nominate the choice you make in the middle of episode 4 as a moment of the year. My hands were shaking and I started tearing up when that choice had to be made. I turned off the game and didn't come back to it for a few days.

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Were Blizzard serious about writing all that Starcraft 2 shit or is it a sign of how their writing has fallen (and how their writers have quit) since ten some years ago? What the hell?

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They mentioned the Brotherhood airship, but didn't mention the other flying ship in that game which is a shame, but it's something you can miss in that game.

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I was bored at work so here you guys go. Gave it my best shot.

Spoiler listing for the Best Sequence category:

  • Nominee List (not breaking out so skip if sensitive to spoilers for any game listed below) 1:47:00 - 1:52:40
  • Fallout 4 (minor early story related): 1:52:40 - 1:54:30
  • IDARB (haven’t played): 1:54:30 - 1:55:20
  • MGSV
    • (beginning cutscene) 3:29:40 – 3:30:02;
    • (minor upgrade mechanic) 1:55:19 - 1:56:37;
    • (episode 11) 2:53:17 - 2:56:45 and 3:30:00 - 3:30:15;
    • (end of episode 31) 2:56:45 - 2:59:15
  • NBA 2K16 story mode (end game): 1:56:36 - 2:00:10
  • Lara Croft Go (minor) 2:00:10 - 2:01:54
  • Batman Arkham Knight (includes some end game) 2:01:54 - 2:02:49
  • Hacknet (end game) 2:04:20 - 2:08:00 and 2:20:15 - 2:20:24; 3:35:32 – 3:35:40
  • Hotline Miami 2 (haven’t played) 2:08:00 - 2:09:03
  • Invisible Inc. (end game) 2:09:03 - 2:11:37
  • Starcraft 2 (end game, hilarious) 2:11:37 - 2:18:19; 3:34:27 - 3:34:45; 3:37:50 – 3:39:10
  • Contradiction (minor) 1:18:19 - 2:20:15
  • Assassin’s Creed (Syndicate end game and some previous AC games) 2:25:27 - 2:28:11
  • CoD Black Ops 3 (end game) 2:28:11 - 2:36:45
  • Life is Strange (major; everything up through the end of Episode 3) 2:36:45 - 2:49:50
  • Witcher 3 (Bloody Baron arc only) 2:49:50 - 2:53:17
  • Undertale (end game) 2:59:15 - 3:04:30
  • SOMA (pretty major) 3:09:58 - 3:17:41; 3:30:14 – 3:32:22
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (end game) 3:17:41 - 3:26:02
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@somejerk: It's pretty much all of Blizzard's worst writing tropes turned to 11. I think they were 100% serious :p

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Most of these are good but how the hell did they not even mention MGS mission 43 in sequence. Heartless.

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@glaaxx: rocket league is a sequel not a debut

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The Hottest Mess category was a little frustrating to not hear any pushback on Jeff's Konami defenses. Like, I kinda understand what he was saying, but I don't think you can really put "company denotes huge sections of staff and submits them to embarrassment and gross privacy violations" in a different lens that makes it ok. I think Konami is very obviously shady in how it treated its employees and should be called out on it.

Even though, in reality, calling it out does nothing because they no longer want video game money anyway.

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Them not finishing Life is Strange before this is a great injustice to this game. The arch of the story after the point they are up to is pivital to the whole game that the mystery of it is worse than the reality. It frustrates me to no end.

Favorite Storyline of 2015 and Ever: For Me

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DAY 3

00:02:15 - Podcast starts

00:03:57 - The categories are announced: Best Debut, Hottest Mess, Best Multiplayer, Best Moment or Sequence

00:04:39 - Best Debut.

  • 00:07:01 - Super Mario Maker
  • 00:08:21 - Galak-Z: The Dimensional
  • 00:08:57 - Helldivers
  • 00:09:48 - Her Story
  • 00:10:23 - SOMA (game mechanics spoilers)
  • 00:13:26 - Until Dawn
  • 00:14:04 - Grow Home
  • 00:18:28 - Dying Light
  • 00:19:47 - Invisible, Inc.
  • 00:21:59 - Splatoon
  • 00:23:40 - Life is Strange (game mechanics spoilers)
  • 00:30:13 - Rebel Galaxy
  • 00:30:58 - Ronin
  • 00:31:18 - Undertale
  • 00:32:09 - Final discussion
  • 00:39:04 - Kerbal Space Program intermission!
  • 00:46:42 - Ori and the Blind Forest intermission!
  • 00:50:45 - The discussion resumes

00:55:56 - Hottest Mess.

  • 00:58:06 - Just Cause 3 on consoles
  • 00:59:15 - Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma
  • 01:02:53 - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5
  • 01:03:06 - Raven's Cry
  • 01:04:01 - Batman: Arkham Knight on PC
  • 01:08:49 - Konami?!?!?!?!
  • 01:18:23 - Mortal Kombat X on PC
  • 01:21:20 - The rollout of Skyrim paid mods
  • 01:27:49 - Final discussion

01:34:30 - Best Multiplayer.

  • 01:38:12 - Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime and Affordable Space Adventures
  • 01:39:03 - #IDARB
  • 01:39:21 - Halo 5: Guardians
  • 01:40:15 - Duck Game
  • 01:40:45 - Mortal Kombat X
  • 01:41:45 - Super Mario Maker
  • 01:43:57 - Metal Gear Online 3
  • 01:44:42 - Final discussion (Splatoon, Rocket League and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes are talked about here)

01:46:40 - Best Moment or Sequence.

  • 01:53:06 - Fallout 4 - Brotherhood's arrival
  • 01:54:32 - #IDARB - hashbombs
  • 01:55:22 - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - the first time D-Dog uses a knife
  • 01:56:37 - NBA 2K16 - that time a ghost talks to you
  • 02:00:11 - Lara Croft Go - falling deeper in
  • 02:01:01 - Batman: Arkham Knight - vanquishing the Joker
  • 02:02:51 - Xenocross and Galak-Z: The Dimensional - when you get your mech
  • 02:03:38 - Mad Max - when you first start doing the convoy missions
  • 02:04:18 - Hacknet - getting counter-hacked
  • 02:07:00 - Hacknet - the final co-op hack
  • 02:07:58 - Hotline Miami 2 - the drug trip sequence
  • 02:09:04 - Invisible, Inc. - the final mission
  • 02:11:35 - Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void - Kerrigan's apotheosis (god, this is dumb)
  • 02:18:18 - Contradiction - Spot The Liar! - does this (\m/) mean anything to you?
  • 02:20:34 - Kerbal Space Program - getting into a stable orbit
  • 02:25:30 - Assassin's Creed Syndicate - World War I
  • 02:28:11 - Call of Duty: Black Ops III - the mission that takes place inside that lady's mind (this is dumb too)
  • 02:36:46 - Life is Strange - the end of Episode 2
  • 02:41:16 - Life is Strange - the end of Episode 3
  • 02:50:04 - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - the Bloody Baron and the Lubberkin
  • 02:53:15 - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - the way Episode 11 starts
  • 02:56:40 - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - the moment after the first credits
  • 02:59:16 - Undertale - the Flowey fight
  • 03:04:25 - Dying Light - getting caught out at night
  • 03:10:00 - SOMA - the mirror scene
  • 03:17:45 - Rise of the Tomb Raider - the ending
  • 03:26:24 - Galak-Z: The Dimensional - the pause screen
  • 03:27:32 - Super Mario Maker - uploading a super hard level successfully
  • 03:28:07 - Rocket League - every time you score a goal
  • 03:28:58 - Final discussion

03:41:36 - The day is done!

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they really needed to finish LIS, or they really should not of talked this long about it...

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The Hottest Mess category was a little frustrating to not hear any pushback on Jeff's Konami defenses. Like, I kinda understand what he was saying, but I don't think you can really put "company denotes huge sections of staff and submits them to embarrassment and gross privacy violations" in a different lens that makes it ok. I think Konami is very obviously shady in how it treated its employees and should be called out on it.

I think Jeff's arguments were solid. Much of that stuff regarding Konami's working conditions were either just hearsay, or crappy company practices that are indicative of Japanese business in that industry.

In my mind, no one in Konami's corporate offices are losing sleep about how all of this went down. The gaming public might be upset about it, but Konami doesn't care. In contrast, the other companies represented on the "Hot Mess" list, definitely lost a lot of sleep this year.

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Is it Jamaica the country, or Jamaica, Queens where you buy your parents a house in that NBA game?

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The Hottest Mess category was a little frustrating to not hear any pushback on Jeff's Konami defenses. Like, I kinda understand what he was saying, but I don't think you can really put "company denotes huge sections of staff and submits them to embarrassment and gross privacy violations" in a different lens that makes it ok. I think Konami is very obviously shady in how it treated its employees and should be called out on it.

Even though, in reality, calling it out does nothing because they no longer want video game money anyway.

Yeah, holy FUCK that shit is vile.