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Zed Games Podcast – Episode 225

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Alanah Pearce reviews Tomodachi Life, Nintendo’s “life-simulator” (3DS).

We celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog‘s 23rd birthday with a Sonic trivia quiz!

Alanah previews the haunting WW1 game, Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PC/360/XBONE/PS3/PS4)

Aired 25 June 2014

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Zed Games Podcast – Episode 224

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Jody Macgregor investigates Murdered: Soul Suspect , a supernatural murder mystery. (PC/PS4/PS3/XBONE/X360)

Razor goes hands on with Destiny (First Look Alpha)

Please note that the date for the commencement of the Destiny beta is given incorrectly as July 27. The actual date is July 17 for PS4/PS3 and July 23 for XBONE/X360.

Aired 18 June 2014

Zed Games Podcast – Episode 224

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Zed Games Podcast – Episode 223

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E3 special! We discuss and react to the announcements and news of the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

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

Aired 11 June 2014.

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Zed Games Podcast – Episode 222


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This week: Alanah and Razor cut through layers upon layers of media hype to provide a thorough analysis of Watch Dogs. (PC/PS3/PS4/360/XB1)

Plus, a preview of the forthcoming Magic: The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014. 

Aired 4 June 2014.

Zed Games Podcast – Episode 222

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Zed Games podcast – Episode 221

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With Alanah Pearce, Jody Macgregor and Razor.

Reviewed: Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC/PS3/PS4/360/XB1) & Transistor (PC/PS4).

Aired 28 May 2014

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Zed Games Podcast – Episode 220


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Marketing and public relations is a huge part of the video game industry. When it goes right, your game/product can rise to phenomenal heights. When it goes wrong, the results can be spectacular.

To help us understand some the biggest PR blunders in modern gaming history, we’re joined by Cameron Davis - industry veteran and author of Blow The Cartridge.

Jody reviews Sir, You Are Being Hunted. 

Aired 21 May 2014

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Review: Murdered: Soul Suspect

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Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Developer: Airtight Games
Website: http://murdered.com
Australian classification: M

My favourite thing about Murdered: Soul Suspect is the cigarette. The main character, Detective Ronan O’Connor, has this hip bartender look: trilby, waistcoat, tattoos, stubble, nicotine addiction. I’m pretty sure he sold me a Corona once and was polite enough not to sneer. But he’s dead now, and also a detective – a ghost detective who has to solve his own murder before he can move on. Since he was smoking when he was attacked he’s still smoking now. At a couple of dramatic moments he flicks that ethereal ciggie away and moments later it’s back in his mouth again, eternally half-finished. Just like he’s stuck wearing that hat until it comes back into fashion, he’s stuck with that smoke, which is maybe a commentary on addiction or just a cool little detail in a game that’s full of them.

Here’s another one. It’s set in Salem, Massachusetts, the town still infamous for its witch trials of over 300 years ago. The locals must be as sick of everyone bringing them up as Australians are of convict jokes. Being a religious place, all Salem’s buildings are consecrated, meaning ghosts can’t cross the thresholds and Ronan has to wait for someone to open a door like a cat who wants to be let in. Many of the town’s old structures have left ghosts of themselves behind as well; you’ll see burning spectral ruins where an old house caught fire, or an overturned cart in the middle of the street. The consecrated walls and ghostly leftovers force you to be creative in crossing town from one crime scene to the next, and also happen to look great. The old Salem overlaps with the new like the scabs of history refusing to heal.

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Zed Games Podcast – Episode 219

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This week, we shine a spotlight on some of the best mobile “rogue-likes” including Pixel Dungeon, Out There & Hoplite. These games are incredibly addictive and best of all, free or very cheap!

Lee stops short of giving Bound By Flame a glowing review.

Aired 14 May 2014

Zed Games Podcast – Episode 219

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Review: Transistor

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Platform: PC, PS4
Developer: Supergiant
Website: http://supergiantgames.com/index.php/transistor
Australian classification: Unrated

Plenty of games have kludged together the tactical depth of turn-based battles with the high-stakes immediacy of real-time fighting, letting you freeze combat to issue commands then watch things play out, maybe taking control of simple actions or just looking on till you need to take over again like an interfering theatre parent. Transistor, a new action RPG from the developers of Bastion, takes a similar approach: pause time to cue up some powers, watch them play out in a second of glorious bullet time, then run around like a headless chicken till your ability to freeze things refills.

You play Red, a singer who has lost her voice, as she travels across the city of Cloudbank towards a reckoning with the individuals who took it from her. The Transistor is both weapon and companion, a high-tech sword/artificial intelligence/soul-storage device/all-purpose problem solving tool, guiding and advising you as you cross the city. But a legion of robotic beings called The Process are in the midst of dismantling Cloudbank and you’ll have to fight through them to get both answers and revenge.

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Review: Vertical Drop Heroes HD

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Platform: PC
Developer: Nerdook
Website: http://nerdook-productions.com
Australian classification: Unrated

Vertical Drop Heroes HD is a fancied-up remake of a browser game you can play online at Kongregate (hence the HD), which is about adventurers exploring dungeons by jumping ever downwards from platform to platform (hence the vertical drop). It’s not so much a dungeon crawler as a dungeon faller. Nobody’s called a game about exploring a dungeon from the traditional left to right Horizontal Walk Heroes, so I guess that’s still up for grabs.

You start by picking one of three randomly generated heroes, each with different special abilities, weapons, and names, meaning you might be choosing from the mighty Hellspike, Skybane, or… Owlguard. Their appearances are random as well: big, boofy cartoon heads topped by helmets, hoods, masks, or flowers. If you don’t want to play a flower-wearing hero named Owlguard I don’t know what’s wrong with you.

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