Three Nerds in a Basement

Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 208

On this week’s TNIAB Podcast Anthony and Vince are joined by TJ to discuss Street Fighter V, DC’s variant comic book covers, Marvel’s hopes for Spider-man, Destiny: The Dark Below, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Toronto Comic Con.

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 207

On this week’s TNIAB Podcast Anthony, Blaven and Vince talk about The Game Awards, Playstation Experience, Star Wars the Force Awakens and the latest castings for both the Marvel and DC Movies!

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 206

This week on the TNIAB Podcast Anthony, Blaven and Vince bring you discussions of Jurassic World, rare Amiibos, Big Hero 6, and lots of other stuff that is probably meaningless and has no relevance or importance to society.

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 205 - Akame Ga Kill!

This week on the TNIAB Podcast Anthony, TJ and Vince give their impressions on the first two episodes of Akame Ga Kill! Other topics discussed include the Jurassic World teaser, League of Legends, Destiny’s Dark Below expansion, real Gunpla Battle, Dragon Age Inquisition, Luftrausers, Magi season 2, Heroes of the Storm and much more

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 204

This week on the TNIAB Podcast Anthony, Blaven and Vince discuss South Park, Oculus Rift, comet landings, the next Spider-Man movie, various anime, Dragon Age and so much more!

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Review - Bayonetta 2

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This review is done by Anthony Fallucco. You can get more videogame news and thoughts from Anthony by following him on Twitter @Killroycantkill.

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Bayonetta was a surprise hit back in 2010 and it has unexpectedly become not only my favourite character action game, but one of my favourite games of all time, period. So when Nintendo announced they would be publishing the sequel people were excited, and a bit trepidatious at the same time. But they have made a true sequel to an almost perfect game that is better in some ways but worse in others.

What most people come to Bayontta for is the smooth and insanely stylish gameplay. Fighting in this sequel has been polished even beyond that of the original, and considering how great the gameplay was in the first game that is an amazing accomplishment. Just as in the first game you are able to equip a variety of weapons not only to your hands but as well as your feet, which make for some very interesting combinations. Ever want to attach chainsaws to your feet and ride them around like motorized rollerblades? I know I have! This game allows for that kind of lunacy and more. Each weapon allows unique combos and they all handle drastically different from one another. You are also allowed to have two different sets of hand and feet weapons equipped at one time. I ended up finding my favourite set that I was most comfortable with and using that for most of the game while only briefly trying the new unlocks that I would get. Overall I thought the weapons were more interesting and fun to experiment in the original Bayonetta and because of that I didn’t want to try as many, or mess around with certain combinations in comparison to the original.

The defining mechanic in Bayonetta, Witch Time, is back in the sequel and works the same as its predecessor. Just before the enemy hits you with an attack, if you are able to dodge it you will go into Witch Time, which is basically a different version of bullet time (i.e. Slow Mo from The Matrix). During this time you will be able to freely hit enemies without worrying about retaliation plus it looks wicked cool. Being able to balance smacking angels and demons in the face with well time dodges will make for stylish combos and some of the most fun I’ve had since the original game. Another new mechanic is Umbran Climax, which turns all your attacks into wicked weave attacks. It’s meant to be an alternative to Torture Attacks but just completely outdoes them in both power and utility, and ends up making Torture Attacks useless in terms of efficiency.

Bayonetta 2 also has a story, but like with the first game it is all about time travelling nonsense that is very confusing, but not impenetrable. Mainly the story is used to show Bayonetta being her most awesome self and taking down larger than life enemies of Heaven and Hell while also doing insane things like fighting on top of a moving fighter jet flying through a bustling city, or battling for her life while two giants also fight behind her. It’s kind of a trademark for this game but the sequel uses a lot of ideas from the first game in an attempt to be an homage or reference, but just feels like the developers being lazy and willing to stay from the formula of the first game. For something as original as Bayonetta, it is disappointing to see the creators play it safe and reuse action scenes and ideas from the original game.

Multiplayer is a new addition in the form of Tag Climax. You can either team up with a friend, a random person online or just play with an AI partner and battle it out in different scenarios. While you’re working together to defeat the arena you have chosen, you are also battling against each other by going for the best score possible. Before a battle you are able to bet halos in order to gain more if you get a higher score from your opponent, but the more you bet the harder the difficulty of the scenario becomes. It’s a great addition to the game.

There are also a plethora of unlocks that will take more than one play-through if you want 100% completion. Like items called Accessories that will give you different abilities or make the enemies react to you in different ways. But the most popular unlocks are all the different costumes that you can get not only for Bayonetta herself but some other unlockable characters as well. Since the game has also been published by Nintendo, Platinum has added a lot of cool Nintendo costumes that are not only just texture switches, but also add new moves. For example you are able to unlock Samus Aran from Metroid and when you dash, instead of a turning into a cougar, you turn into the morph ball. It's little touches like these that make all of the unlocks worth striving to obtain.
 
In the end Bayonetta 2 is truly one of the best games to be released so far this year, with improved level design and smoother combat it makes for a great experience. But with a weapon list that's not as fun as the original, a lot of recycled ideas, and the what feels like, fear of trying anything different than from what made the first game great, it is a slightly inferior experience to the original. But I guess it’s good that this amazing Wii U game comes packaged with Bayonetta 1 right?

Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 203

It’s episode 203 of the TNIAB Podcast. This week, we talk Zelda Majora’s Mask 3DS, Overwatch, Marvel X Attack on Titan, Free DLC, Magi, Star Wars Rebels, Terra Formars, Big Hero 6 and so much more!

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 202

The latest episode of TNIAB is here and with it, discussions of Marvel’s Phase 3, the Furious 7 trailer, daylight savings time, Halloween experiences, Evolve Big Alpha, Sunset Overdrive, Gundam Build Fighters and so much more!

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode PRE-201

A discussion about nothing and everything.

Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 200 - Kamen Rider Drive

Start your engines and shift into gear because TNIAB 200 is here and we check out Kamen Rider Drive! The group also discuss G Gundam, RKO Vines, pregnant anime character memes, Fate/Zero, Fate/Stay Night: Unilmited Blade Works (2014), Pix the Cat, Konhou Banchou, Belle Knox documentary and more!

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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