One Controller Port Podcast: Episode 48 – 2000s in 4K

This week I talk about re-releases of games from the early 2000s, Phantasy Star Online 2 and Closers.

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Feeling the Cold Winter of Shenmue

Shenmue Snow Top Cut

Many like to boil Shenmue down to an open-world adventure game. Fundamentally they wouldn’t be wrong, but it undermines the title’s ambition. What makes the game special is not the countless items you can examine, the number of characters or size of the towns. It’s the craftsmanship of the world, its citizens and how the two interact.

Part of what completes Shenmue is its weather system, which can change the atmosphere of the environment. It’s something I would largely overlook if I didn’t have a surreal experience with it.

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VGChartz gamrFeed – Use Quick Time Events Wisely

Wikipedia “Quick Time Events”. Find this. Wat do.

Video games are generally praised for being an immersive, interactive and a non-linear form of entertainment. So it’s strange to see developers hold on to a design element that was created specifically for games with little to no interactivity. Quick time events, or QTEs, have been made popular by Resident Evil 4, although existent since the 90’s, with The Driver being one of the first titles to use it. Ever since Resident Evil 4, it seems like we can’t avoid games with QTEs or some sort of timed button press being prompted by a giant onscreen icon saying “X” or “A.”

You can check out the full article at VGChartz gamrFeed.

Chitter Chatter: I Should Have Bought You

No Mother 3, ever.

If you look at the reviews around my site you will notice something, I review a lot of older games. Very rarely do I review a game right after release. Why? Because I am a poor college student, but I’m not here to tell you how poor I am. I am here to tell you a regret I often have, and that you might as well: not buying a game when it released.

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