Lee and Razor have a lengthy discussion about Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated titles. Jody talks us through Warhammer 40,000 – Regicide, a chess game with a twist of space-marine.
In studio: Razor, Candi Payne, Jody Macgregor and Alanah Pearce
Alanah and Razor talk about Mad Max, the first videogame starring the iconic Australian wasteland dweller. Candi Payne reviews Lara Croft GO, a mobile puzzle game starring everyone’s favourite tomb raider.
Lee reviews Submerged (PC), a third person combat-free game where you explore the mysterious ruins of a flooded city. Razor talks Grow Home, a quirky climbins-simulator about a robot trying to climb a giant plant back to it’s home planet.
Cyberpunk was a very 1980s thing, and sometimes that comes through in the modern games reviving the genre. Shadowrun began as a tabletop RPG in 1989 and the video games based on it retain some of the era’s qualities, including a fascination with Asian culture as filtered through action movies. Street samurai wield katanas, every city has triads and yakuza, and the world is run by megacorps with names like Shiawase, Wuxing, and Renraku.
So in Shadowrun: Hong Kong of course you work for a triad boss based out of a mahjong parlour and one of your missions is to mess with the feng shui of an office building to harm the owners’ profits. It trades in pretty broad stereotypes, but that’s the nature of Shadowrun’s pulpy adventure fiction background, which mashes up cyberpunk and urban fantasy so that the street samurais are likely to be elves, the triads and yakuza backed up by shamans, and the megacorps run by dragons.
Blues and Bullets is a noir adventure that rewrites the story of Eliot Ness – leader of the Untouchables – and the legendary gangster Al Capone. This week, Lee plays the first episode. Jody gives us his impressions of the Might and Magic Heroes VII beta.
In studio: Jody Macgregor, Candi Payne, Lee and Razor.
It’s our Radiothon special celebrating 4ZZZ’s “mid-life crisis” and 40 years on-air… so we go retro!
We review Pac-Man 256, the latest version of the iconic arcade smash hit by Crossy Road developer Hipster Whale. King’s Quest is a modern “re-imagining” of the classic point and click adventure game, starring Christopher Lloyd and an all-star voice cast. We review Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember (we’ll return to it later for a discussion about the complete game). Razor presents a special segment on The History and Culture of Pinball , featuring Riff Randall and Chelle McIntyre.
Tim and Nick of Earthwork Games join us in studio for a chat about their upcoming game Forts. Forts is a real-time physics-based strategy game of construction and destruction, in which players fight over the last of earth’s natural resources. Lee reviews The Swindle, a steampunk heist roguelike.
Zed Games is a gaming radio show heard around Australia via the Community Radio network. We broadcast news, reviews, discussion, and commentary on issues and events concerning gamers, interviews with developers and people in the industry as well as various game-related music that you won’t hear on any other program.