Zed Games Podcast – Episode 252

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In studio: Jody Macregor, Candi Payne, Razor and  Sean “Minion” Mccarthy.

This week, Sean reviews the latest expansion to World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor. 

The three amigos review Metrocide, an open world stealth game by indie studio Flat Earth Games.

We hear an interview with Alex Hutchison, creative director of Far Cry 4. Thanks to 2RRR’s Big Head Mode for the recording.

Aired 14 January 2015.

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Zed Games Podcast – Episode 250

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In studio: Razor, Candi Payne, Alanah Pearce, Jody Macgregor and Lee.

The Zed Games end of year special! We celebrate 250 episodes, and each member of the Zed Games team nominates their favourite game of the year.

Plus: Jody reviews the PC port of Valkyria Chronicles. We say goodbye to Alanah as she departs for adventures in the USA.

Aired 17 December 2014.

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Skyrim Travelogue: A Little Rain Never Hurt No One

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There’s a popular Skyrim mod called Frostfall I’ve had installed for a while. It takes all those background weather effects, the snow and rain and fog, and pushes them into the foreground where you can’t help but notice them. It achieves this by letting them kill you. You know that expression “a little rain never hurt no one”? Yeah, forget that.

Somebody at Bethesda put a lot of effort into modelling the climate of Skyrim in the regular game, but apart from that one area near the top of The Throat Of The World that can chill you to death, it normally doesn’t affect you. Frostfall, on the other hand, models temperature and exposure and dampness, and will slowly freeze you to the bone if you wander off without adequate protection. To prepare you for that, Frostfall also lets you craft cloaks and sleeping tents, makes eating soup and standing near fires grant warmth and dryness, and also lets you take that wood you chopped just to watch the animation and light an actual fire with it.

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I’ve been messing about with Frostfall on a savegame where I’m playing a Khajiit – one of the catfolk – named Hunter. He’s a hunter, yes. I’m imagination personified. Thanks to another mod called Live Another Life, Hunter S. Tomcatson isn’t the Dragonborn, hero of prophecy. He’s just an ordinary catman with a bow and a cloak who has been tooling around for nine levels shooting wildlife, skinning them, and selling the bits. That’s literally it. Sometimes he gets attacked by bandits, but since I didn’t initiate the main questline, Hunter lives in a Skyrim that doesn’t even have dragons in it.

The main supernatural occurrence in Hunter’s Skyrim is fast-travel. Memories of slogging through the ash wasteland in Morrowind, or being funnelled by those tedious mountain passes while Cliff Racers swooped down like broken pterodactyls, have made me rely on the fast-travel in more recent Elder Scrolls games (and ride horses a lot too). But to get the most out of Frostfall you need to see it on foot and you need to see it continuously.

To that end I’m going to spend an afternoon travelling across the country, and I’ve banned myself from fast travel while I’m doing it. No carts or boats or mounts either. I’ll visit all the capital cities of the various Holds and see if I can do it without freezing to death. How long will that take? Let’s find out.

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Zed Games Podcast – Episode 246


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During the course of reviewing Assassins Creed Rogue (360/PS3/PC) Razor and Lee embarrass themselves live on the radio by forgetting the name of Captain Cooks ship, as well as confusing Benjamin Franklin with Isaac Newton. As it turns out, Rogue is one of the best games in the franchise to date!
They also discuss the recent downloadable content for Mario Kart 8 (Wii U).

Aired 19 November 2014

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Zed Games Podcast – Episode 245


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PAX AUS 2014 Special: Part Two
Interviews with: Tripod, Wargaming (World of Tanks), Disparity Games (Ninja Pizza Girl), Witchbeam Studios (Assault Android Cactus), Flat Earth Games (Towncraft/Metrocide) & Digital Confectioners (Depth).

Plus: Alanah gives us an overview of the New 3DS!

Aired 12 November 2014.

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Note: Due to a technical issue, the first 2 minutes of the podcast is lo-fidelity. The rest of the episode is in sparkling hi-fi!