Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, 360, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS
Developer: Traveller’s Tales
Australian rating: PG
The Lego games are released on a schedule as constant as Call Of Duty or Assassin’s Creed, and that means they can be formulaic. Lego Batman 2: DC Heroes was one of the series’ innovators, however, introducing fully-voiced characters and an open world. Between missions you and a friend could hoon around Gotham City in Lego vehicles or climb its buildings looking for secrets and punching on hoodlums. It basically had everything I want from future Arkham games and threw in a playable Superman as well.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham expands the roster even further, pulling various deep-cut characters from the DC Comics catalogue, while shifting the focus away from Batman’s home turf of Crimetown USA and into outer space. The villainous Brainiac has a plan to shrink the Earth and place it under glass like he’s collecting bugs, and he’s stolen the power of the variously coloured Lanterns to do it. Green Lantern isn’t alone, you see – in the comics he pals around with Red, Pink, Blue, Purple, Orange, and Yellow Lanterns. It’s a whole thing.
PAX AUS 2014 Special: Part One
In the first part of our PAX coverage, we interview Rich Vogel (Battlecry, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Ultima Online), 7bit Hero and The Voxel Agents (Train Conductor). We talk about our highlights of the convention and a few of the games we got to play. With Alanah Pearce, Lee and Razor. Don’t miss part 2 next week!
Aired 5 November 2014
In studio: Lee, Jody, Candi and Razor.
This week: a handsome man reviews a game featuring another handsome man! That’s right, Jody Macgregor gears up to review Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (PC/360/PS3).
Lee transcends the veil of reality to tell us all about Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey (PC/Mac/Linux).
Aired 29 October 2014.
We recorded too many interviews to fit in to our broadcast coverage of the event last week, so we’ve included more great stuff in this bonus podcast. Enjoy!
0:00 -7:12 Natural Alpha “Dirigible!!!”
7:13 -10:24 Alliance of Indies “Dwarves of the Air (DOTA)”
10:25 – 13:03 Avert Studios Billy’s Goat”
13:04 – 14:35 LOR Games “Pirate Pusher”
In studio: Lee, Jody & Razor
This week we review the remake of the classic co-op dungeon crawler Gauntlet (PC).
We brave the post-apocalyptic world of Wasteland 2 (PC).
Our Canberra correspondent Jessica Merceica explains why Fetch is a better protagonist than Delsin in the Infamous: Second Son universe.
Aired 1 October 2014.
Australian classification: MA15+
The first time I played this remake of Gauntlet I accidentally shot the food within the opening five minutes, so if the only thing you need to know is whether it’s possible to destroy an entire roast turkey with a single, poorly aimed arrow just like in the original, there you go.
Gauntlet is a remake of the 1985 arcade game that gave us one of our first four-player co-op experiences and birthed a bunch of memes about the wizard needing food badly. Arrowhead, the developers of Magicka, have focussed on that arcade multiplayer experience and created a fast-paced action RPG that boils Diablo down to potent stock.
In studio: Razor, Lee and Sean Mccarthy
Our new intern Sean Mccarthy gives us a preview of Heroes of the Storm, the upcoming MOBA by Blizzard.
Lee reviews The Sims 4.
We discuss the surprise announcement of the New 3DS.
Aired 10 September 2014