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Review: Hack ‘n’ Slash

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Platform: PC, Mac, Linux
Developer: Double Fine
Website: www.hacknslashthegame.com
Australian rating: Unrated

In the Legend Of Zelda games Link spends a lot of time doing the fantasy equivalent of mowing the lawn. He’s constantly swiping at tall grass with his sword while shouting “Hah!” because that grass contains the hearts he needs to replenish his health bar, because video games. In Hack ‘n’ Slash you walk up to a bush, shout “Hah!” and stick your sword in it, but then things get weird. Your sword ends not with a blade but a USB connector and the bush has a matching plug, and when you join the two a text box pops up with a set of variables in it. One of them says “ON_FIRE false”, and you can exchange that “false” for a “true”. As soon as you do the bush bursts into flames with a FWOOSH. Only then do the hearts appear.

Hack ‘n’ Slash is about the other definition of the word hack.

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Zed Games Podcast – Episode 230


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Lee and Jody review The Wolf Among Us – A Telltale Game Series.
Lee reviews old-school styled RPG Divinity: Original Sin

Aired 30 July 2014

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Hand Of Fate – Gameplay

Zed Games host Razor plays through Hand of Fate (Early Access) and provides some initial impressions.

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Zed Games Podcast – Episode 229

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We chat in-studio with Jason Stark, the co-founder and co-director of Disparity Games (a family games studio based in Noosa, Queensland). We talk about the Kickstarter campaign for “Ninja Pizza Girl” – a game about bullying, depression, and teenage ninjas who deliver pizzas! We also touch on the challenge of balancing family and work when both are the same, the regrets of “Run Fatty, Run” and Razor nearly ruins the whole interview by opening his big mouth.

Aired 23 July 2014

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Review: The Walking Dead Season Two

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Platform: PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, iOS, Android, Ouya, Kindle Fire HDX
Developer: Telltale Games
Website: https://www.telltalegames.com/walkingdead
Australian rating: R18+

The second series of Telltale’s Walking Dead game stars a new protagonist: 10-year-old Clementine. If you thought having a child hero might involve toning things down from the previous season’s tough choices and brutality, the first episode proves you very wrong. It’s not long before survivors are turning on each other and zombies having their heads collapsed, and at one point Clem has to suture a serious wound. I’ve never found it so hard to perform a simple click and drag as I did when pushing that needle.

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Zed Games Podcast – Episode 228

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Razor gets acquainted with EA Sports UFC (PS4/XB1).

Lee provides some first impressions of sci-fi MMO Wildstar (PC).

Aired 16 July 2014

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Zed Games Podcast – Episode 227

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The Zed Games team chat with Maude Garrett , radio/TV presenter and creator of Geek Bomb. We cover all sorts of ground including how she started the gaming/geek website Geek Bomb, her favourite game of all time, her professional photo-bombing career and which A-list celebrities are closet gamers.

Alanah reviews Sniper Elite 3. We end up talking about shooting Nazis in the testicles for around 15 minutes.

Aired 9 July 2014.

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Zed Games Podcast – Episode 226

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The Zed Games crew have an in-studio chat with Scott Dickson, the one-man film crew behind Rodney Fickle: Online Athlete. Filmed around Brisbane and the Gold Coast on a modest budget over 50 weekends, the film tells the story of an ordinary man who puts everything on the line to follow his dream of becoming a professional competitive gamer.

Rodney Fickle: Online Athlete official website

Jody reviews Blockstorm, a first-person shooter set in a world of destructible blocks.

Aired 2 July 2014

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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

Zed Games Podcast – Episode 225

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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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